The very nature of God's Spirit is to express power and to share it.

When so many feel powerless, it is good to know that God is generous, offering the Spirit's empowerment to all the world.

The offer is there for you now as well. Reach out, reach up for the power of the Spirit in your life.

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The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalm 92:12-15

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Plants don’t just grow by themselves. I have several withered shrubs sitting on my porch that will bear witness to that fact! Plants need good soil, sunlight, and water if they are going to grow and blossom and produce fruit.

Christians are the same way. We don’t just flourish on our own. We need the good soil of God’s word, the bright light of God’s love, and the living water of the Holy Spirit to empower us to produce the “fruit” of obedience, joy, peace, mercy, and justice.

This fruit that should be the product of our lives shows the world around us how amazing our God truly is.

Rebecca Poe Hays

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Dear God, you are upright and you are my rock. You take care of all my needs and shape me into the person you want me to be. I cannot do it without you. Thank you for empowering me with your Spirit. Amen.

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Come, Blazing Fire,
Anoint our tongues with the messages of peace;
Till, though blind, we see,
And deaf, we hear,
And imprisoned, find release.

Vicki Vogel Schmidt

Rebecca Poe Hays

Rebecca Poe Hays recently graduated from seminary and is currently working for Passport, Inc. while preparing to begin further studies in Old Testament. She studied English literature in college and loves seeing how Scripture uses narrative to teach important lessons in creative ways. Rebecca has served on a number of church staffs in both Tennessee and Alabama and has done editorial work for several years.

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