Today Perry and Shawna continue to explore the beautiful gift of the Spirit of Christ in us. First we hear Brandon’s story, who as a boy was lonely, picked on and withdrawn. But when he was eleven he gave his life over to Jesus. The Holy Spirit transformed him into a boy who now loved on those who ate lunch alone and were outcast like he used to be. Then a conversation about Pentecost—the first Pentecost was the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai. The raw presence of God came down to give his people his instructions on tablets of stone. On the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection, the raw presence of God came down and this time he put his words into his people through the Holy Spirit. And that means that Christ is in us powering us to show our world how good he is and to boldy speak the good news of God’s grace.
Next Perry and Shawna riff on Romans 8:12-13: You have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. This is the staggering truth that we who are in Christ have the power to kill our sin! And finally, the Holy Spirit gives us everything we need for our journey to the New Jerusalem: He reminds we are Abba’s children, he helps us understand God’s word, he helps us pray, he prays for us, and he powers us to please God. If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?— Jesus (Luke 11:13). Come Holy Spirit!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.