It's amazing what we can do for God when we are inwardly empowered to do it. The spirit, wind, or breath that God creates within us is the dynamo we need to do God's will. Even love and self-discipline are possible with the power of God's Spirit at work within our selves.
Without the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we can never hope to maintain the confidence we need to be God's people. Where there is no spirit, there is no life. But where there is spirit, there is life, power, love, and self-discipline. --Wachenschwanz
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.