Weekly Inspiration

MAY THE SPIRIT OF GOD STIR YOU UP

The Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit has been called alongside us to empower us.

The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him, and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him . . .
Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”
. . . Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. Judges 13:24-14:6.

Samson’s birth was divinely ordained. His parents were given careful instructions about his upbringing. The angel of the LORD said to Samson’s mother that the child was “dedicated to God from the womb.” He was no ordinary child.

As Samson began to grow, the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him up. It was obvious that without the presence and power of God’s Spirit upon him, Samson could not fulfill his destiny.
He was able to tear the lion apart with his bare hands because of the power of God’s Spirit upon him. The empowerment of God’s Spirit was crucial to his success.

The Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit has been called alongside us to empower us to accomplish God’s purposes for His Kingdom. Jesus Himself declared in Luke 4:18 that, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners . . . ”
Jesus functioned under the empowerment of the Spirit of God. We see this all through the Gospels. You and I cannot accomplish our divinely appointed destinies outside of the empowering presence of the Spirit of God.

Like Samson, may you be stirred up by the Spirit of God to do exploits for His glory. May God’s anointing overshadow your life to tear up every opposing lion-like Samson did. May the Spirit of God rest upon you to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and to set captives free from the enemy’s prison. May the Spirit of God stir you up to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the power of your Spirit. Let your presence be felt in all I do. Empower and direct me to do exploits for the glory of God. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Albert Appiah
A gifted and astute teacher and preacher of the Word of God, Pastor ABK’s compassion for people is demonstrated through his genuine concern for their well-being and spiritual growth. He is passionate about seeing people develop their potential. He is Senior Pastor of Renewal Christian Center and holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate Degree. He is the author of "Audacious Prayers", available on Amazon and other outlets where books are sold. Pastor ABK resides in Brandywine, Maryland with his lovely wife Angela and their twin children, Sara and Sam. Pastor ABK considers his marriage to Angela to be one of the greatest blessings of his life.

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