Today’s Meditation 

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP)

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Reflection:

The light of the Spirit can not be hidden. It’s not meant to be hidden. In Stephen’s case it shown through him not only for all to see but also through the acts of power the Spirit made manifest through him.
Does this sound familiar in your life? Do people come up to you because they see that there is something about you. What they are seeing is the light and power of the Holy Spirit resting upon you.

Like those Freedman in this Scripture, there will always be people who want to put out that light that they see. Their hearts are hardened and worst than that they claim the light to be yours and refuse to see it’s the Holy Spirit shining through.

People like these Freedman could be people that are very close to you in your family, friends, pastors or even other church members who have become jealous or scared of the truth and the light that you speak and represent. Starting trouble by spreading rumors and causing upheaval is the natural progression for someone who has animosity inside them. We pray for them.

Like Stephen, we keep being and doing as the anointing will allow. People will continue to see the Spirit work within us and know they have no power over what they did not give. The wisdom, light and power of the Spirit is undeniable. Praise God.

Barbara J. Couch, MDiv.

Everlasting vs Temporal

2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP)

“So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.”

In this world we live in it is easy to focus on what looks good to our senses. We trust what we see to be who they are or what it is but the experience of a born again person in spiritual matters tells us that what we see is not always what is.

The Holy Spirit takes us deeper into spiritual things that our mind or intellect can not understand or know. The Holy Spirit teaches us the things of God.

Have you ever thought about something or problem and then asked the Holy Spirit to help you get it or understand it. Then have what puzzled your mind and spirit become clear to you in an amazing way. These are the “unseen” things that only the Holy Spirit can help us discern.

Bjc, 4.5.17

Being Led Even as a Son

Romans 8:14 (AMP)

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Reflection: Is being led by the HOLY SPIRIT important to you? Is it important for you to occupy and receive the designation of “SON”? There was a time in my life when I did not know what being led or being called a son meant. As a matter of fact my thoughts never entertained the above questions. But now, I KNOW I could not function well in LOVING OTHERS if it were not for the presence of the Holy Spirit LIVING INSIDE of me. I walk and live in the authority (of sonship) given to me by my Father.

I am led by the Spirit and thus I occupy and receive the designation of sonship, PRAISE GOD!!! I am ONE with GOD!

Are you being led by the Holy Spirit today? Are you occupying and receiving the designation of sonship today?

Do You Love?

1 John 4:8 (AMP)

“He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.”

I wanted to take a moment and discuss love or more directly what could signify to the world and to other Christians in our home churches and around the world that ‘you love’? Before we proceed, in this discussion of love, I am NOT refering to the love we have for our biological families or the love we have for friends, girlfriends, boyfriends or spouses. I am refering to the love God gives us as His children and that same love Jesus told us that others will know us to be His.

Perhaps a few questions can get this discussion or thought process going. Is the love you give out only given to particular people? Is the love you express to others given only when it is convient or attached to getting something you want or think you should have? Is the love you give counterfeit/false in nature with no depth? Is the love you give based on how you see a
person or their appearance? If a person is homeless, without limbs, has an aids diagnoses, smelly, has mental health concerns, has problems with substance abuse or alcohol, is tall, short, big, fat, chubby, skinny, lanky etc., are you loving them as Jesus would love them?

In asking these questions, it’s not about condemnation of others or of self, it’s about self reflection and knowing how powerful love is even more powerful than fear. What do you think?

Scripture to ponder:

Romans 12:10 (KJV) [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Romans 13:10 (KJV) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 8:3 (KJV) But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Galatians 5:13 (KJV) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.