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The Holy Spirit

Luke 1:35

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember when I was in elementary school – we use to pass notes in class.  You know the type I’m talking about – the girls would make up these little books with questions in them like do you like so-in-so?  One of the questions on a booklet passed around said – do you watch Dark Shadows?  Now Dark Shadows was a show that came on right after school – a soap opera as it were.  It was about a vampire and creepy things.  I didn’t watch it – or at least hadn’t watched it before being asked – and didn’t even know about it – and so I thought they were talking about dark shadows at night.  Everyone else said yes – so of course – succumbing to peer pressure I said yes as well.  It was only later – when I was asked specific questions about watching Dark Shadows – I found out it was a TV show – and of course I started watching it.

That memory came back to me as I read today’s passage.  Of course today’s passage is about Mary – the mother of Jesus – but it talked about the Most High overshadowing Mary and so I thought of that school experience.   Of course – one was an evil overshadowing and this passage is telling Mary that the power of the Most High will overshadow her.

Have you ever felt like the Holy Spirit was upon you?  I mean – have you ever felt that the Holy Spirit was so heavy upon you that you felt overshadowed – like the Spirit was all over you?  It is an awesome feeling – a feeling I wish every Christian would experience.  Being so overshadowed by the Holy Spirit that you felt soaked in the Spirit – drenched in His presence.

We’re told to seek after the Holy Spirit – to seek and yearn for His presence.  I want to urge the believers to do just that – seek after the Holy Spirit.  When you pray – when you read the Bible – when you worship – don’t be in such a hurry – don’t come with an agenda – allow time for the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit.  Be still and listen!

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Let me know what happens?  I would love to post some testimonies of what God did in us when we waited and allowed the Holy Spirit to overshadow us!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

August 15, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I think of this overshadowing image this way. Jesus said he longed to love Jerusalem, as a bird gathers her chicks under her wing, over Jerusalem, to protect and bless the city. God wants us to come under his wings for protection and blessing. We are errant children and need the safety God provides. Before we can fly, we must walk. Before we walk, we need God’s special instruction and protection.


    Comment by Favorite Son | August 15, 2014 | Reply

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