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Core 52 Chapter 37 - Holy Spirit

Just over a year ago, the Marvel movie saga relating to the Avengers came to its climactic conclusion with Avengers: Endgame. This was a massive story arch that extended into well over 20 films during the past 10 years.  Several of the main characters had their own independent movies to tell their backstory, and one of those in particular is my favorite. Captain America, played by Chris Evans, tells the story of a scrawny, underweight, undersized, unqualified young man who desires nothing more than to join the army and serve his country in World War II. He fails miserably, but makes several attempts on his own to sign up and circumvent the guidelines. Again, he fails.  Finally, he is approached by a top secret scientist who believes he can help Steve Rogers fulfill his destiny.

This scientist, associated with Howard Stark and SHIELD, have developed a “super serum” with the hopes of creating the ultimate soldier. Steve Rogers agrees to go through the risky and dangerous test. Needless to say, the rest is history as Steve Rogers is now transformed into Captain America, busting with muscles and empowered with superhuman strength. He goes on to be the hero America needs, and many decades later becomes a leader of the Avengers as they save the earth from various threats all throughout the galaxy. Whew!! That was tough trying to summarize all of the Marvel films into two paragraphs.

Steve Rogers went through an incredible and unbelievable transformation when he became Captain America. Would it surprise you or shock you if I were to tell you that you, too, have gone through an incredible transformation that has given you amazing powers and abilities? Because you have, if you are a faithful follower of Christ who has surrendered your life to Him. Because of this moment of surrender, God’s Word tells us, in many different places all throughout the New Testament, that God has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you to act as a seal (Ephesians 1:3) and sign of your sanctification (1 Corinthians 6:11) and relationship in Christ to God.

The Holy Spirit transforms us from a simple earthly terrestrial creature to a being with supernatural awareness, abilities and gifts (Galatians 5:22-26).  He has also empowered us to do more than we could ever imagine on our own. We need to be reminded of this on a daily basis, so we don’t forget the role we play in the expansion (Acts 1:8) and protection of Gods’ Kingdom, the church. We have been transformed and empowered by God (Ephesians 3:16) to change the world! Let us make the most of the transformation we have gone through and do all we can for the Kingdom.

Pete Ramsey