Published May 17, 2016

Shelia Shares

As readers of this column know, I like a good story that points to a Scriptural truth. Pastor Bill shares such a story on his website, used here by permission. Make sure you connect with the Holy Spirit as you go about your daily living.


"Turn Up the Power"
by Pastor Bill

Scripture: "I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49, NIV).

The story is told of all the people in the village that grew tired of carrying their grain to a nearby town to have it ground. They all decided to build a watermill for grinding their own grain.

They planned for it to be the finest watermill in all the world. It would be built on the highest hill so it could be seen by everyone for miles and miles around.

When the watermill for grinding grain was completed, it was a sight to behold. And huge millstones were brought from many miles away.

Amidst great fanfare and cheering of the newly constructed watermill, the farmers brought their grain to be ground into flour. The mayor and other dignitaries lifted the first bags of grain and poured them into the great hopper. Then, as the onlookers waited with abated breath, they threw the switch to start the waterwheel. But nothing happened. It was a most embarrassing moment.

All present stared and wondered. Why didn't the watermill work? Those in charge carefully checked every brick, board and nail. Everything was in order just as planned. The mill ought to work. But it didn't.

About that time, a stranger happened to pass by. He took one look at the beautiful watermill, on top of the mountain, and burst out laughing. "O wise men of the village," he said, "you have no power. If you want the watermill to work, it must be built in the valley by a river, with the wheel against a strong flowing stream, providing the power."

I may smile at the lack of wisdom on the part of the men in the village but often times I can be much like them. Working hard at being a good Christian may be desirable. But what I need do is simply move closer to the Lord — allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His will through me.

Prayer: "Father, thank you for turning up the power of the Holy Spirit, to new dimensions in my life, as I seek a closer walk with You. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!"

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