The Sword of the Spirit

Richard Waialeale

Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Simeon revealed to Mary that her Son would be destined to cause the rise and fall of many. I don’t think Mary and Joseph could have imagined how wide spread this meant. Till this day, the Words of Jesus influences many, many people. Whenever I speak the Words of Jesus, there is power behind it. Someone once told me, “Given the opportunity to speak to a group, if I don’t know what to talk to the people about, talk to them about Jesus.” I have always remembered that since then.

Whenever I prepare a message, take the time to pray to the Lord that He shows me what to share to the people. Pray that God will show me in Scriptures what the people will need to hear for that particular day and time. Whenever I prepare for a series of messages, pray to the Lord that He will show me what is it that the people of His church is going through during this times of year. I must always be ready to change based circumstances happening in this world and as the Holy Spirit leads.

Father, you know the hearts and mind of those that are coming to NHSS. You know the circumstances of this world and community and I pray Lord that you influence me and show me what to say to the people you love. Show me through your Word the message I must preach to the people - In Jesus Name I Pray these things. Amen.

Devotions for September 19

Ezekiel 47,48
Luke 2

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