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Day 47: Encountering the Supernatural

Author: Pastor Larry & Pat Downing

Holy Spirit is power.

Both the Old and New Testament words translated “spirit” convey the meaning “breath, wind or blast of air.” We may encounter the Holy Spirit like a gentle breeze of comfort and assurance, but we may also experience winds of supernatural power performing signs and wonders. Was miraculous empowerment unique for the early church? Or is it something you can experience today? Are you giving words of blessing and witness and practicing dynamic acts of love and admiration, but perhaps have forgotten one of the greatest gifts you can share is the hope of supernatural help?

In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John were going to the Temple in Jerusalem for their usual time of prayer when they encountered a man who had been lame for more than forty years. This meant he was a young child when Jesus was born. No doubt, he had been nearby when Jesus healed the blind and the lame in the temple courts. The disciples had passed this prime spot for the beggar—the gate Beautiful—many times on their way to prayer. What made this particular day any different?

These disciples had experienced an encounter with the resurrected Christ. They had heard Him reiterate the Father’s promise of Spirit baptism and watched Him ascend into the heavens. More importantly, they had spent time praying and fasting in the Upper Room until they were filled with the promised Holy Spirit. They had stepped out of their usual day-to-day existence into a power-packed life poised for supernatural wonders. Have you positioned yourself for the wind of the Spirit to blow into your life? Are you willing to be a channel for this power to work through you?

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?


• Spend a few moments acknowledging the power and sovereignty of Almighty God.

• Recognize and repent of any doubt or fear you may have allowed to creep into your thoughts.

• Next, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to make you alert to opportunities around you to become a channel of hope and supernatural help to those around you who are suffering.


Acts 3:1–10; Acts 4:18–22; Acts 5:12–16

Pastor Larry & Pat Downing
Foothills Community Church
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