You have the Holy Spirit—but does the Holy Spirit have you?
In Acts 1:8, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his followers, announcing that they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”
The Holy Spirit lives within every Christian, but not every Christian lives life guided by the Holy Spirit. Why is that?
Do you feel the Holy Spirit’s power today?
Are you experiencing all of God there is?
Do you walk daily in his love, joy, and peace?
Do you know and faithfully exercise your “gifts of the Spirit”?
If you answered no, you’re not alone.
Many Christians feel the same way, and for a variety of reasons.
Why Dr. Denison wrote Empowered
For instance, as a boy, Dr. Denison’s home church did not discuss the Holy Spirit much. While he remains grateful for that church’s emphasis on evangelism and practical service, his church simply did not speak often about the Holy Spirit’s power and work.
But living in and through the power of the Holy Spirit is integral to the Christian life.
That’s one reason Dr. Denison wrote Empowered: A Guide to Experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Empowered is a forty-seven-day devotional, to be read each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
But its brief yet insightful chapters and its biblical, practical steps to the abundant life found in Christ are applicable for any time of the year.
Empowered also includes a spiritual gifts assessment to help you see how your passions and opportunities indicate the spiritual gifts God has imparted to you.
How can you know the fullness of your Father's power and purpose for your life?
Consider Romans 8:11: "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."
The Holy Spirit raised Christ Jesus from the dead. That same Holy Spirit will raise you from the dead.
And that same Holy Spirit lives in you now (Romans 8:9) and empowers you to experience the victorious life God intends for you.
The better you know the Holy Spirit, the more you can be empowered by him. Wherever you need the power of God today, the Spirit is the answer to your need.