Luke 41-45 (NLT)
41At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
An unborn baby (the baby is alive in the womb) jumped for joy the instance his mother heard the voice of Mary. Mary didn’t lay hands on her. She didn’t do anything for her. She just spoke.
Isn’t that amazing? Mary was so filled with the Holy Spirit that the very sound of her voice filled that baby with joy!
As I think about it, that’s a glowing example of how we are supposed to be as Christians. Something within people should cause them to leap with joy because of our Spirit-filled lives.
Unfortunately, I don’t often see that happening.
When a Christian enters a room, other Christians should feel strengthened and empowered. Anything that isn’t of God should feel threatened. Demons shouldn’t feel comfortable in your company.
I want people to leap when I enter. They should leap for joy of being empowered, or leap because their ungodly Spirit can’t stand to be around the Godly Spirit in me. And I don’t want it because of me, but because of what’s inside me. How exciting would that be?
The author is a youth worker from Hartwell, Georgia.
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