Written by: Tim Wood

“So, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him (David) in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Samuel 16:13)

David walked with the Lord in the power of His Spirit. Every child of God is anointed by God to walk in the Spirit of God with power. Sadly, too many fail to do so.

Vance Havner wrote, “We are seeing much today of service without the Spirit. There is an appalling ignorance of the Person and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not what is done for God that counts, but rather what is done by God that counts.”  A.C. Dixon said, “When we rely on organization, we get what organization can do. When we rely upon education, we get what education can do. When we rely on eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely on the Holy Spirit, we get what God can do.”

God's persistent work in our lives liberates us from the idea that we can live the Christian life on our own. Each time we acknowledge our inadequacy, he fills us with more of his Spirit so we can carry on his work. He will not fill our sails with the wind of the Holy Spirit unless we admit that the sails are empty. This requires humility and confession.

Nobody believed David was qualified to be king, including Samuel.  But with God’s Spirit anointing the weak become strong for the glory of God.

How about you? Are you daily aware that the Spirit of God indwells you? Are you daily trusting Him for power? To serve? To obey?  Someone said, “Bethlehem was God with us, Calvary was God for us, but Pentecost is God in us!”