Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Holy Spirit in Action

Bible Reading: Genesis 1

Key Verse: Verse 2 – “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Key Words: And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

You do not have to go far into the Word of God to find the Holy Spirit in action. Now you do find a difference in how the Holy Spirit operates under the old covenant as compared to the new covenant. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would come and minister and then leave; in the New Testament He came to permanently stay until the Second Coming of Christ.

Wilbur Chapman in his book, Present-Day Parables, explains it this way.

“You have only to turn over the pages of the Old Testament to see him in his mighty power. I have a friend who says you have in the dove an emblem of the spirit, and whenever you find a dove in the Old Testament, you have some picture of the third person of the trinity. And he said, when Noah opened the window of the ark and sent out the dove, it flew out over the water, and found no resting-place, and returned again to the ark; then he let it fly again, and the little dove flies here and there and finds an olive-leaf, and comes back and rests upon the hand of Noah. (The olive in the Old Testament and in the New, is the emblem of peace.) Then the third time the dove flew forth, and came back no more forever. Just so the spirit of God came. He came to teach Moses, and Isaiah, and Abraham in the Old Testament time. He came when Christ was crucified. He plucked, as it were, the olive-branch of peace from the cross, and bears it back to God to say peace has been made in the death of the Son. But when Pentecost – the fullness of time – was come, he came, and he has not gone back since that day. He is in the world today, finding his resting-place in the hearts of the believers; and so I don’t speak of him as one far away, but as one near at hand, and right here among us.”

And I would add in us (Romans 8:9).

What to do:
✞ If the Holy Spirit has no place in your heart, I would challenge you to be saved today.
✞ Just as the Holy Spirit lives within each believer, each believer should live in the Spirit, desiring and living for the spiritual rather than the worldly.

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