Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 20th, 2016

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Luke 3:16 (NIV)

Baptized with the Holy Spirit

Jesus’ arrival meant that He would give the power needed to obey. While the commands tell us what to do, we are promised the Holy Spirit who dwells within and works in us to be fruitful. Ask God to help you walk in obedience by depending upon His Spirit.

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Devotion

According to the website alive.com, Canada has an abundance of fresh water, but the majority is nonrenewable, as it is locked up underground in aquifers, frozen in glaciers, or found in lakes. Still, Canada holds a significant proportion of the world’s renewable freshwater supply. Most of this is found in Canada’s vast river systems. Although not entirely renewable, the Great Lakes are the largest fresh surface water system on the planet. These lakes provide drinking water to 8.5 million Canadians and support a quarter of Canada’s agricultural capacity. Canada also harbours a high proportion of all the wetlands in the world. Wetlands are vital for capturing, filtering, and recharging freshwater sources. Like many places in the world, in Canada significant wetland losses have occurred due to land conversion for agriculture and urban development.

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The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer gives us the power to live a life that honours God and walk in victory. It ought to be the longing of every follower of Jesus to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit so that we can experience all that God has for us and to enjoy every blessing that is ours in Christ. John the Baptist longed for that day. He knew that very soon the Messiah would be introduced to the world and the ministry that God had given him would come to an end. John’s role was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah and he had done that job well. But in Luke 3:16 John we read “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John’s baptism was a sign of what was to come. But it had no power to transform hearts and change the eternal destination of lives. Only Jesus had the power to do these things. And it would be coming of the Holy Spirit in power, following Jesus life, death, resurrection and ascension, that would guarantee this. Have you experienced the life that Jesus alone offers, when we receive Him by faith and He takes up residence in you by the Holy Spirit?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley