IGNITE Your Faith!
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11 NLT.
As I was standing on the London underground platform I sensed God give me a simple picture of the Trinity. The yellow line, parallel to the platform edge, was God; the white line, marking the platform edge was Jesus; but the train was the Holy Spirit - as we get on board our faith takes off! The Holy Spirit is like the touch paper activating our faith and causing it to ignite.
The Greek word Dunamis, from which we get our word dynamite, is the same word Jesus used when he said to his disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). In effect, Jesus was saying, "You will receive explosive power like dynamite when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, empowering you to share Me with others."
The words on the underground platform between the yellow and white lines were also a timely reminder: Mind the Gap. Many are not living an 'ignited' faith because of a gap in their understanding of the person and activity of the Holy Spirit. To ignore the Holy Spirit is to miss out on the 'dynamite' fuelling mission, growth and transformation.During the period I trialled the six studies in Transformed by the Holy Spirit
with my prayer group, I saw a new authority and boldness emerge as individuals became empowered through their growing knowledge of the Holy Spirit. We debated the hard questions, discussed faulty teaching and clarified our thoughts on the Spirit in the light of God's Word. Our journey across six weeks was transformational. My prayer is thatTransformed by the Holy Spirit will help resource, refresh and renew your church.