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The Generous Gift of the Holy Spirit | Acts 1:8 | Devotional

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

I sometimes get it backwards. When my relationship with God grows stale, I convince myself that spiritual performance will freshen up my walk. But I am beginning to learn that doing more does not bring renewal. Oswald Chambers says it well:

“Freshness [with God] does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.”

In today’s passage, Jesus commanded us to be his witnesses. Certainly, there is some “doing” involved in that. We are to take his message to our community, region, and world. This is, or should be, the believer’s determined purpose. But notice what precedes our action—the power of the Holy Spirit.

When you grow spiritually stale, it is time to recharge…not to continue our charge forward. When we have been revived by the Holy Spirit’s power, then we will be able to do all that he has called us to do. Attempts at obedience without God’s power leads to legalism and staleness. Let’s not get the cart before the horse.

Father, remind us that freshness comes from you alone. Forgive me for getting it backwards. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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