The Spirit’s empowerment takes us beyond ourselves…into the glory of the sons of God

“The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power…and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” 1 Sam 10:6-7

In the Old Covenant, the most sought after, distinguishing blessing from God was the anointing of His Holy Spirit. Less than 100 men and women were entrusted with this gift over several thousand years, and they are the ones about whom pre-Christian history is written. Many of them were flawed people – think of Moses’ stuttering, Gideon’s fear and David’s adultery. But when the Holy Spirit came upon them, each became “a different person” as the nearness of God amplified their lives, covered over their failings and turned their ventures into magnificent works.

Today, Christ brings us something even greater. Continue reading