July 14, 2018 by directorfsm
A Good Man…Full of the Holy Ghost…and Faith
“And they sent forth Barnabas…who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people were added unto the Lord.” Acts 11:22-24
The poem by an unknown author is so true: “The world I thought belonged to me…goods, gold and people, land and sea, Where ‘ere I walked beneath God’s sky, in those old days, my word was ‘I.’ Years passed, there flashed my pathway near, a fragment of a vision dear. My former word no more sufficed, and what I said was…’I and Christ.’ But, oh the more I looked on Him, His glory grew while mine grew dim; I shrank so small, He towered so high, all I dared to say was…’Christ and I.’ Years more, and the vision held its place, and looked me steadily in the face, I speak now in a humbler tone, and what I say is…’CHRIST ALONE.’ Not I, but Christ; my self be lost in Thee. And others see Thy life lived out in me, cause me to feel Thy power within me now, while at Thy throne of grace I humbly bow.”
Oh, that such a transition would take place in our lives. A radical exchange of our life for His life…reigning supreme! That it may be said of us…”He is a good man…full of the Holy Spirit…and faith.”
Extract from Dare to Trust devotional © 2007 by Ed Powell; posted daily on our Facebook page.
Interesting how the world thinks of someone who is “good ” as one who does not do certain things like crimes, foul language, or drunkenness. But God’s word clearly says a “good man” is only one who is “full of the Holly Ghost and of faith.” There is no “good” apart from Christ. – Mike