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PostSubject: February 11, 2010   Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:02 pm

Power of the Spirit










































Joyce Meyer, Daily Devotional
February 11






Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit . . . says the
Lord of hosts.

Zechariah
4:6B (NKJV)


“I’m a nobody,” my friend Gary said, “and
besides, God has so many millions of people to look out for, and in
comparison with some of them, my problems seem so petty.”

His
words shocked me. Of course, God has millions to care for—but He can
care for all of them at the same time.

Gary missed something
very important. God wants us to ask for help—and to ask often. Look at
it this way: If Satan constantly attacks our minds, how else can we
fortify ourselves? We fight back—but our major weapon is to cry out to
the Lord asking for His strength to become ours.

Too many times,
we think we can do it ourselves. In some instances, that may be true,
but if we’re going to win continually over the attacks against our
minds, we must realize that willpower alone won’t work. What we need is
the humility to turn to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to strengthen us.

I
realize that many people do not grasp how the Lord lovingly operates in
their lives. Not only does God love us like a father, but He also has
caring concern for every part of our lives. Our heavenly Father wants to
intervene and help us, but He waits for an invitation to get involved.
We issue that invitation and open the door for God’s help through
prayer. God’s Word says, “You do not have, because you do not ask”
(James 4:2 NKJV).

Perhaps we can think of it this way. God is
watching us all the time, and He is aware of the temptations, struggles,
and hardships we face—and we all face them. If we think we can do it by
ourselves, God takes no action. But He remains ready to jump in and
rescue us as soon as we cry out, asking for the power of the Holy Spirit
to operate in our lives.

Our victory begins with right
thinking. We have to be convinced that God cares, wants to act, and
waits for us to cry out. When we cry out, we understand the words quoted
previously, that it’s not by force or power, but by God’s Holy Spirit
that victory comes.

For example, take the matter of personal
fellowship—daily time spent in prayer and reading the Word. As
Christians, we know this is what God wants and what we need if we’re
going to mature spiritually. At one time in my life, I tried to maintain
spiritual self-discipline. I determined that I would pray and read my
Bible every single day. I would do well for two or three days, and then
something would interfere—sometimes my family or something at our
church, but mostly little things that took my attention away from daily
fellowship with my Lord.

One day, in desperation, I cried
out,“Without Your help, I’ll never be faithful in doing this.” That’s
when the Holy Spirit came to me and gave me the self-discipline I
needed. It was almost as if God watched me struggle and allowed me to
become frustrated and angry with myself. But as soon as I sincerely
asked for help, the Spirit came to my rescue. We are too independent,
and we experience a lot of unnecessary frustration simply because we try
to do things without God’s help.

With the Spirit’s help, I am
learning—yes, still learning—that I can choose what I want to think
about. I can choose my thoughts, and I need to do that carefully. Unless
I’m in regular fellowship with Him, I won’t know the difference between
healthy thoughts and unhealthy ones. And if I don’t know the
difference, I provide the opportunity for Satan to sneak into my mind
and torment me. Spend plenty of time studying God’s Word, and you will
quickly recognize each lie that Satan tries to plant in your mind.

Pray
this...

Dear loving God, I want to think thoughts
that honor You. I want to have a mind that’s fully centered on You, and I
know that can’t happen unless I spend daily time with You. Help me,
Holy Spirit; help me to be obedient and eager to be in constant
fellowship with You. Amen.


From the book Battlefield of
the Mind: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think by Joyce
Meyer. Copyright ©️ 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All
rights reserved.
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