Power Through the Spirit
Because He yielded Himself in every way to the Spirit’s leading to be the vehicle for the Father’s work, Jesus exuded power. He showed how a life permeated with the power of the Spirit spilled over as rivers of living water to those around Him. Every area of His humanity was a conduit for the power of the indwelling Spirit. All the power of His that flowed from Him is power that was flowing through Him from the Spirit who dwelled in Him.
We have the same Spirit, but His indwelling presence activates different gifts and different passions and different approaches. He does not make us clones of each other, but instead brings out our uniqueness. He fits us together into a congruous entity made up of differing parts. The converging of the differing pieces give the whole its beauty.
The Spirit is given to us to enable us to accomplish what the Father has called us to accomplish, and to be what Jesus has provided for us to be. He is not at our command, but He is available to us every single moment that we live. He is not passive and polite, but instead He is intrusive and demanding. Can we ignore Him? Yes. Can we grieve Him? Yes? Quench Him? Yes. Still He persistently gives chase. He clamors and wrestles and pursues because His love is stubborn and He is determined to deliver all of Jesus to us. When we accept what He is offering, we find ourselves living the life God has designed for us. Not a generic, off-the-rack life that might fit just anyone, but a Tailor-made life that fits us hand-in-glove.
This content originally appeared in the book Clothed with Power by Jennifer Kennedy Dean.
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