August 25 The Power Within

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26–29

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:27

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

In his book The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, R. A. Torrey wrote,

The Holy Spirit dwells in every child of God. In some, however, He dwells way back of consciousness in the hidden sanctuary of their spirit. He is not allowed to take possession as He desires of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. Some therefore are not distinctly conscious of His indwelling, but He is there nonetheless.

What a solemn, and yet what a glorious thought, that in me dwells this August person, the Holy Spirit. If we are children of God, we are not so much to pray that the Spirit may come and dwell in us, for He does that already. We are rather to recognize His presence, His gracious and glorious indwelling, and give to Him complete control of the house He already inhabits, and strive so to live as not to grieve this holy one, this divine guest.

How considerately we ought to treat these bodies and how sensitively we ought to shun everything that will defile them. How carefully we ought to walk in all things so as not to grieve Him who dwells within us.

When we grieve God’s Spirit through sin or wrongful attitudes, we miss the full benefits of His presence. The power that indwells us is the same power that indwelled Christ while He was on earth. Pray and ask Him to reveal Himself to you today in a fresh new way.

O Lord, thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work in me. Reveal Yourself to me today in a fresh new way.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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