A Different Spirit
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
“Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” (Numbers 14:24 NIV)
In a dark world, the hearts of Christians are illuminated by pure radiant light. The demonic spirit of the age advocates and applauds sexual immorality, violence, quarreling, selfish ambition, bigotry, envy, and drunkenness. In stark contrast, when believers permit the Holy Spirit to control our lives, God makes all the difference in the world in the way we interact with people.
The Holy Spirit gives a different spirit of love—we live sacrificially, not selfishly.
The Holy Spirit grants a different spirit of joy—we sing, and do not mope in sadness.
The Holy Spirit blesses with a different spirit of peace—we are serene, and do not sigh.
The Holy Spirit furnishes a different spirit of patience—we are steady, not stormy.
The Holy Spirit supplies a different spirit of kindness—we are sincere, not sarcastic.
The Holy Spirit confers a different spirit of goodness—we share, and do not snub.
The Holy Spirit bestows a different spirit of faithfulness—we are single-minded, not spiritually schizophrenic.
The Holy Spirit provides a different spirit of gentleness—we are sensitive, not severe.
The Holy Spirit reinforces with a different spirit of self-control—we are sane, not simpleminded.
Beyond the reach of change and decay, there is a beautiful Promised Land waiting for all who hear the beat of a Different Drummer—and stay in step.
Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church; Fredericksburg, Virginia
This devotion based on Day 84 of Gentle Whispers from Eternity