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July 9th, 2010

Ignoring The Spirit

Directed by Holy Spirit

“What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.” – (Isaiah 30:1)

God’s people were in a very difficult predicament politically and militarily. They saw making alliances with foreign governments their only hope for survival.

Why is it that we, the people of God, so easily forget that God is our only hope for survival — not military might, not financial strength, not alliances with other people or other governments.

The problem is that we don’t live directed by the Spirit.

Galatians 5 reminds us, we are to “walk by the Spirit” (vs. 16), to be “led by the Spirit” (vs. 18), and to “keep in step with the Spirit” (vs. 25). Isaiah was challenging God’s people to do these eight centuries earlier. I wonder if we are listening to him today?

Prayer : O Father, King of Glory, I surrender my heart to be influenced, led, and directed by the Spirit so that I can produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life as I walk in step with the Spirit’s will in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

July 6th, 2010

Everlasting Life From Holy Spirit

Everlasting Life From The Spirit

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. – (Galatians 6:8)

We have to make a choice. There are only two choices. One choice leads to doom and the other leads to everlasting life.

We will either live out of our sinful nature or we will live to honor and please the Spirit of God within us. To do the first we need to do nothing — we will live out of our sinful nature by default, no choice or surrender needs to be made. To do the latter, to live to honor and please the Spirit, we must intentionally yield to the Spirit’s influence in our lives and claim the everlasting life promised for us.

The different results of this daily choice are starkly different: decay and death OR everlasting life!

Prayer : O Father, I choose to live to please your Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit is at work in me to bring life in me. I want that life, your everlasting life. So please influence me in every aspect of my life through the work of your Holy Spirit within me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

June 27th, 2010

How To Receive The Holy Spirit

Receive Holy Spirit

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? – (Galatians 3:2)

Most of us love lists that we can check off and show we’ve completed our tasks or deserve what we get. The Holy Spirit, however, is a gift given to those who believe in Jesus, trusting that his death, burial, and resurrection saves them and sharing with Jesus in these through baptism (1 Cor. 15:1-5; Rom. 6:3-6).

Paul is reminding these folks that no list, not even one given in the law, can bring the Holy Spirit to them. They received the Spirit because they truly believed in Jesus and Jesus poured out this gift upon them (Titus 3:3-7). No wonder Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit as one of God’s greatest gifts (Luke 11:11-13).

The apostle Paul clearly taught that we receive the Holy Spirit the moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. First Corinthians 12:13 declares, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” Romans 8:9 tells us that if a person does not possess the Holy Spirit, he or she does not belong to Christ: “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

Ephesians 1:13-14 teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation for all those who believe: “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

Prayer: O Father, thank you for the gift of your Son who died for my sins and was raised from the dead to give me the victory over sin and death. I also thank you, dear Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit that is your presence that lives in me. May my life be to your glory O God. In the name of Jesus I offer you my deepest thanks! Amen.

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