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Beach Balls

  • The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 WEB

    While at the beach one day, I watched some kids playing with a beach ball. They would hit the ball and it would soar into the air, but then gradually float back down to the earth. Without some form of lift, the ball will always fall to the ground. Yet, if you fill a ball or balloon with helium, then it will begin to float on its own. Its natural state will be modified and floating will become the new normal. It will rise because of what it contains inside.

    My walk with God has often been just like that. I can fast, pray, worship, study, and try to walk closely with the Lord, but the moment that I let up, the world pulls me right back down to it. Up and then down, I am working hard to breath my own air into that ball, and it can become exhausting.

    We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) just like the Apostles were (Acts 13:52). When you are filled with the Spirit, you will soar just like a balloon filled with helium and you will not have to exhaust yourself just trying to stay afloat. This lifestyle also involves prayer and such, but instead of trying to earn something, we are building ourselves up in the Spirit.

    It is a relationship, and maintaining a steadfast life giving relationship with the Lord is often more difficult than it needs to be because of the to-do list that we have created in our minds, things that we believe we need to do in order to measure up. In the meantime, God says, 'I never told you to do all those things. Just be filled with the Spirit and you will do the important things naturally.' When you are filled with His Spirit, you will please Him.

    You can huff and puff and try to do it all yourself, or you can take His advice and be filled with His Spirit and His joy like the Apostles did. Let go of the to-do list and instead seek to be filled with the very presence of God. You will find that the things that have been holding you back, will suddenly flee, the impossible will become completed, and the closed door will become open.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Oh Lord, please fill me with the Holy Spirit and Lead the way.....❤️ In Jesus’ name, Amen
March 27, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Let me feel your presence God. Amen

March 27, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I am so glad we are studying the Book of Acts. I was taught when I was young that these things did not happen any longer. I was taught wrong, and I am living proof that they still do. Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit!

March 27, 2018
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Patty Wooley
Patty Wooley

Great message ! Amen

March 27, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

March 27, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

March 27, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father fill me with your Holy Spirit, guide me where you want me to go. I love you with my whole heart

March 27, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Let Your Holy Spirit fill me, Amen!

March 27, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God!!!

March 27, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,please fill us with the Holy Spirit and live our lives for you. Amen 

March 27, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, lead me where You want me to be. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and make my path as You want it to be. In Jesus name I pray, Amen .

Thank you Pastor for this excellent devotional .

March 27, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondelloedited: March 27, 2018

Thank you and praise you Holy Spirit! Bless your holy name!

March 27, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 27, 2018
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Great lesson! I recall this distinkly-back in My pumped days!!!!! Meaning I was  doing the right things to stay fully charged!! It takes awareness-being guided past our humanism into His hands!! Oh stay Humble don't take the credit!!

March 27, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank You Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

March 27, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Oh Lord, please fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit, guide me and lead me from this day forward till you call me home! More and more of Thee and less and less of me! Thy will be done! Amen and amen!

March 27, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Yes...Yes...YES!!

March 27, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Guide us Lord Father we pray...Amen!

March 28, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Wonderful devotional Pastor! Feel so blessed! Thank you. God Bless!

March 28, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Thanks Pastor Todd!

March 28, 2018
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!

March 28, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen 

March 28, 2018