Speaking By The Holy Spirit

Jesus said “David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” – (Mark 12:36)

Jesus tells us that David’s great Psalm 110 is Spirit-inspired. And that Psalm speaks to the greatness of the Messiah — the greatness of Jesus! He is Lord. Lord of the nations. Lord of all. Lord of even David. He will rule. He will triumph. And the power of this testimony is the Holy Spirit.

Speaking By Holy Spirit. Yes, the Spirit gave this testimony about Jesus being Lord through the King David a thousand years before Jesus came. When the Holy Spirit is present, Jesus is praised and his identity is proclaimed and this has been true for centuries!

The Holy Spirit speaks to us primarily through the Scriptures that he inspired to be written and canonized. This is our foundation of faith and life, the word that everyone has access to, the word that can be studied and discussed most objectively. Often the word that we need to hear has already been written, and the Spirit simply needs to bring it to mind. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, for example, his responses were quoted from Scripture. He had studied and memorized those words, and in each situation the Spirit led him to the appropriate response.

With Scripture, there is the potential for nearly constant communication with God, as we read and pray and live consciously in God’s presence. As we pray, we should also listen, for God may use our meditations to help us understand what we should do. We have the responsibility to read and study, for the Spirit usually works with words that are already in our minds. He works with our vocabulary, with our ways of reasoning, with the desires and values he has given us.

Today we are free to preach the word of God with little hindrance from political or social forces. The operation of God’s spirit in our new mind, through a knowledge of God’s acts, provides a pattern of action. In John 6:39 Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scriptures said, `From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ But this he spake of the spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive; for the spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Prayer : O Father, I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Lord. I believe the Holy Spirit gave testimony to this truth through inspired witnesses thousands of years before he came. I trust that as I draw close to you and I am filled with the Holy Spirit that my life will also be a testimony to the greatness of Jesus Christ my Lord, in whose name I pray. Amen.

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