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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 high into the air but then gradually drift back down to Earth.

    Without some form of lift, the ball always falls to the ground. Yet, if you fill a ball or balloon with helium, then it will begin to float on its own. The ball will rise because of what it contains inside. Its natural state will be modified, and floating will become the new normal.

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

    We are supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) like the Apostles were (Acts 13:52). Because when you are filled with the Spirit, you will soar like a balloon filled with helium. You won't have to exhaust yourself just trying to stay afloat. Of course, it also involves prayer and such. Yet, instead of trying to earn something, we are building ourselves up in the Spirit (Jude 20).

    It's a relationship with the Lord. Yet, maintaining a steadfast life-giving relationship with Him is often more difficult than it needs to be. For we tend to create a list of things we should do to measure up. In the meantime, God says, "I never told you to do all those things. Just be filled with My Spirit, and you will do the important things naturally." When you are filled with His Spirit, you will please Him, for the Spirit will guide you.

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

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

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You today. I choose to let You help me from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
May 17, 2023
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I will go wherever you tell me. I surrender to Your will. Please use me as Your hands, and let me see the world through Your eyes. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
May 18, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN!

May 19, 2023
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

May 17, 2023
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

May 17, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

May 17, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 17, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

May 17, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

In Jesus Name Amen!

May 17, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

AMEN Good Morning Everyone 

May 17, 2023
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Yes Lord please do so. In Lord Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

May 17, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

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

May 17, 2023
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, Pastor Dion! Filled with the Spirit, living His will every day from the inside out. Pure joy!

May 17, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus,  Amen 

May 17, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes, Father! Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and let my life be for Your will. Amen!

May 17, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 17, 2023
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

So very true, trying to do "things" on my own, trying to "please" God when it is His Spirit that "keeps me up" ... thanks for this much-needed message today.  I imagine this comes from our human upbringing of trying to please parents, teachers, bosses, and others in our own abilities, to have them approve and love us.  God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all we need! So simple, yet I make things so much harder than they need to be, then beat myself up when I fall short of MY expectations!!! Thanks for this today! 

May 17, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Help me Jesus.. I need more of You. Less of me. I love You Lord.

May 17, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

May 17, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! So good to attend today's service again, assembling with my beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord again, being united in one voice worshipping and praying to our Lord!!! Still remembering all the happy songs when I was teaching Sunday school many years ago and how happy we were, all of us, singing "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart . . . "!!! It was and still is JESUS that puts all the Joy, Love and the Peace that passes all understanding, and all I can do is count my blessings!!! (h5) (L)

May 17, 2023
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me improve Amen 

May 17, 2023