"I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, 'Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches.'” – Revelation 1:10 NASB
Isolated on the island of Patmos, John faced an uncertain future, including probable martyrdom. It would have been natural to be dominated by fear and anxiety and give up hope.
But there was something different about John. He was “in the Spirit” – filled with the Spirit, in tune with the Spirit, overwhelmed by the Spirit. He was not controlled by the flesh but focused on spiritual things.
While in the Spirit, John heard from God and was given breathtaking revelations (Revelation 4:2). John knew the importance of the Spirit in these revelations. Delivering the messages God had given him, John wrote, “The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7). He knew that the Spirit was speaking and that he needed spiritual sensitivity to receive the message.
Today, that same Spirit can speak to you and transform your life. No matter what’s going on in the world, He can grant you peace, joy, and the other fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). He can give you His power and help you overcome your weaknesses. He can intercede for you and help you know how to pray (Romans 8:26).
Prepare your heart to seek Him more intensely. Fill your mind with His Word. Pray in the Spirit. Spend time in fellowship with the Spirit. Don’t be dominated by thoughts and emotions of the flesh, but seek to be “in the Spirit.”
PrayerFather, fill me with Your presence. Deliver me from thoughts of the flesh. Transform me by Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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