Changed by the Spirit.

How effective can you be in God’s hands?

Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophecy with them and be turned into another man.” I Sam. 10:6

After  a fruitless search for his father’s lost donkeys, Saul met Samuel and this meeting led to an event that changed Saul’s life.

As ordered by God, Saul was ordained King over Israel. But there was something yet to come, which would make him a more effective leader. Clearly, Samuel told him among other things that as he journeyed home, he would meet some prophets coming  down from the place of worship with instruments of praise. That in the cause of this, Saul would prophecy as the prophets did and be turned into a new man.

 Though he had been ordained King, Saul needed more than his strength to operate in this office. Beyond strength Saul needed to be turned into a new man. In other words, a total transformation of Saul (in and out) was necessary. It was impossible for him to serve God in his old self. He needed to be empowered by God to be effective.

We all need that transforming power of God, we all need to be empowered by God’s Spirit to be effective in whatever assignment He has given us. No one can please God in the flesh and no one can effectively serve God trusting in his abilities and strength. He who has called you knows the weight and demands of your calling. Therefore, He alone can give you the needed backup to serve as He desires.

No one serving God in his strength can succeed because in times of adversity his strength and resources will fail him. To this end, Paul wrote: ”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13.

Paul recognized the weakness of his strengthen, thus, chose instead to put his trust in God to empower him to carry out his calling. Against this backdrop, he was able to withstand the difficulties and challenges of life that came along his person and ministry.

Why not make a choice today to allow the Spirit of God turn you into a new person so that you too can be effective for Him?

 

 

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