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Friday, June 23, 2017

Look! Up in the Sky...

Growing up, probably my favorite superhero was Superman. Superman is the ultimate superhero. He can move faster than a speeding bullet. He has more power than a locomotive. He can easily leap over tall buildings like the Empire State Building. He has superhuman strength. And, of course, he can also fly! What kid wouldn't want to be Superman? Truth be told, most adults would probably love to be like Superman.

Of course, Superman is a fictional character. There is no one on this earth who possesses those kinds of powers and that kind of strength. But, each and every one of us can be spiritual supermen when we trust in the Lord and allow His Holy Spirit to fill us and work in us. Scripture tells us that, when we trust in the Lord, our strength is renewed. When we trust in the Lord, we will soar on wings like the eagle, we will run and never grow tired, and we will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Our spiritual strength comes from the Lord. He gives power to those who are weak and strength to those who lack it (Isaiah 40:29). His grace provides that strength and His power is perfected in our human frailties and weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we walk with the Lord, we are also able to receive spiritual "superpowers." Those powers are the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). When we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and work in us, these things are readily available to us.

We may not be able to move faster than a speeding bullet, have superhuman strength, or fly, but when we have the Lord by our side and the Holy Spirit within us, we are stronger than any superhero, because the Lord is our strength. He is our strength and He is our song. He has become our salvation. Because He is our God, we praise Him and exalt Him (Exodus 15:2).

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