Sunday, May 31, 2009

I've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You

Acts 2:1-21, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:1-34, Romans 8:22-27, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

At football games all over the country this fall, cheerleaders will roam the sidelines and shout out this question: "We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you?" That is a question that many of us should be asking on this the Day of Pentecost.

Many of us go through our daily existence, dealing with all of the peaks and valleys of life, acting as though we do not carry the greatest gift God can give us other than life itself, the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that gives us strength in tough times, discernment to make the right decisions and the peace we need in chaotic moments.

The Spirit that dwells within is the most powerful force in the universe, yet we barely tap into it when we need it the most, making our journey on Earth harder than what it should be. The Holy Spirit does not prevent tragedy, but it gets us through. It does not prevent struggles, but it provides the inspiration to overcome.

Think about this as you go forth with your day, if the Holy Spirit can give life to the dry bones of Israel and raise Jesus Christ from the dead, what is it that you cannot accomplish? What hurdles in life can you not rise above? What challenges can you not face down? Remember that you've got the Spirit and you can answer all those questions in the affirmative.