Encouragement for your daily walk with God
When I was a kid, I hated to open a toy gift only to see those dreaded words, Batteries Not Included. I’m glad the Spiritual Gifts aren’t like that! Another thing that brings me great joy is the fact that our spiritual life is not dependent on a perishable power supply. Instead, the Holy Spirt strengthens and empowers us with every resource to serve the Lord and minister to others.
Paul makes us aware of this in his prayer for the Ephesian Christ followers, that “from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit” [Ephesians 3:16]. He was also certain that the Spirit can do far more in our lives than we could possibly imagine [see 3:20]. That’s some power!
Paul experienced the unlimited supply of the Spirit’s power firsthand. Even when he was exhausted, stretched to the limit both physically and spiritually, he said, I am “pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” [2 Corinthians 4:8-9].
Are you hindered? You needn’t be frustrated. Are you perplexed? You needn’t be in despair. Are you persecuted? You aren’t alone. No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, we have the very same Spirit in us; the same Spirit that renews us daily.
The Holy Spirit gives Christ followers all the spiritual power they need to live the Christian life. I mean no disrespect here, but when it comes to the Christian life, Batteries ARE Included!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16