Whenever I am re-reading a book I like to have something specific that I am paying attention to or studying. While reading through the book of Acts this time I have been paying attention to what happened to the disciples when the Spirit of God came upon them and when they were filled with the Spirit. I have been so fascinated while reading this. Throughout the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is repeatedly called eloquent, intelligent, and wise, along with many other glorious attributes.
In Acts 4, Peter and John are brought before the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel. Verse 13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus [emphasis added].”
In Acts 6 Stephen has been brought before the people to be called blasphemous and eventually stoned to death. Verse 9-10 say, “However, some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (freed Jewish slaves)… arose [and undertook] to debate and dispute with Stephen. But they were not able to resist the intelligence and the wisdom and [the inspiration of] the Spirit with which and by Whom he spoke [emphasis added].”
These two portions of scripture have completely changed my way of thinking and praying. I want to be like the disciples. I want to be so filled with the Spirit, in such submission to Him, that at any moment the Spirit can take over and it is no longer me speaking, but the Spirit speaking through me.
My prayer is that I be filled to overflowing and completely covered with the Spirit of God. When I speak, I want others to know that it is not me speaking, but the Spirit of God because of the wisdom and intelligence they hear. I want the Spirit to be so strong, so intelligent, so wise, that others would not be able to resist what they hear and feel.
I want others to look at me and yet never see me; hear my voice but know that it isn’t my words. When others are near me I want them to see, hear, and feel the Spirit of God. I want the Spirit of God to be so present in my life that everyone I encounter would say, “Whatever she has that makes her so happy, so peaceful, so content, so wise…I want it. I just can’t resist. I can tell she has been with Jesus.”
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever; I choose Jesus.
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