This morning I wake up with anticipation for what this new day will bring.  Already knowing there are obstacles in my pursuit of growing closer to my God, others and myself.  I will take a firm grasp on the peace that is mine, that is promised through the Holy Spirit. In doing so, I am well aware that I have a lion by the tail; a power that can’t help but change me and those around me.

The Lion of Judah comes in peace and power.

When Jesus was speaking to the disciples before his crucifixion he told them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  He also reminded that the Father would send them “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit.”

Before His ascension He promises the believers “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”  They probably wondered how they would know when the Holy Spirit arrived.  But there was no doubt His coming.

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Strange things happened. They saw what seemed to be “tongues of fire” come and rest on each of them. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit believers were used in signs, wonders, healings and salvations. They  sold their possessions and gave to those who had need. They ate together, worshipped together and enjoyed being in favor with each other and those around them.  They had peace and power.

The Holy Spirit came to bring power.  Jesus also said He came to bring peace. It’s sad that instead of tapping into the awesome, sometimes scary and intimidating enabling power of the Holy Spirit we cower and just ask for His peace.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the peace that the Spirit brings. But I crave the awesome power.  It has less to do with how we know we are filled with the Holy Spirit and more to do with knowing that He has power that we have no concept of. And by His power change can happen through us.

There are those naysayers who will try to steal the Holy Spirit’s power simply by their negative comments that the Holy Spirit was for that time and not for today.  If there ever was a day we needed the Holy Spirit, it is today.  I feel His power and peace in my life each day. Don’t let anyone steal Him from you.

I am holding on to the strength and power of the Holy Spirit who is sweeping through my life and the lives of others; the lion who is peaceful enough to lay down with the lamb but dynamic enough to engage transformation of me, others, the world.

Come Holy Spirit power and shake my life. Come Holy Spirit power and change the lives of those around me and those reading this. Come Holy Spirit power and blow your mighty violent wind of difference in our world today.

I’ve got a lion by the tail and I’m not letting go. Come, Lion of Judah.

John 14:27; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1, 42-47; Acts 3:6-9

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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