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June 26th, 2010

Holy Spirit is God’s Gift

Holy Spirit is Gods Gift

Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by your observing the law, or by your believing what you heard? – (Galatians 3:5)

God’s Spirit is given and God’s power is displayed in those who believe. We don’t make the Spirit come to us — the Spirit is God’s gift to followers of Jesus. We cannot make God’s power happen in our lives — this power is released through the work of the Holy Spirit in those who believe.

So what is the bottom line? Do we believe or do we try to force God to act by adhering to a set of laws or do we believe in Jesus and trust God will supply what we need?

There are two important points. The first is the Spirit is a gift, given freely.  All that is necessary is for us to allow Him in.  The second point is that He is the Gift of both God, the Father, and God the Son.  Jesus promised that after his departure, He and God, the Father, would send the Holy Spirit, to assist the apostles in their mission to spread the message of God.  The Holy Spirit  is also referred to as the the Advocate or the Spirit of truth.

The gift of the Holy Spirit did not end with the apostles.  God continues to give out the Holy Spirit, as the church grows in Acts.

Prayer: O Father, move among us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus and his power to save, redeem, and transform. So we ask for you to move with power among us! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

June 15th, 2010

God Accepts Gentiles By Giving Holy Spirit

Giving Holy Spirit

“God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.” – (Acts 15:8)

These words come from Peter’s defense of taking the good news of Jesus to Gentiles — Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:1-48). From the moment that the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and the other believers in his household, Peter and his companions were convicted that God had shown he approved of their conversion (Acts 10:44-48; 11:15-18).

The Holy Spirit is God’s way of showing that we are part of his family (Rom. 8:9). The unity, the bond, the family tie that we share is precious and to be rigorously protected (Eph. 4:3). The Spirit is our assurance that we belong to God and are family with each other!

Prayer : O Father, tear down the walls that keep your children apart. Thank you for confirming that I am your child through the presence of the Holy Spirit within me. May I deeply value each of your children, my brothers and sisters, for whom Christ died and in whom the Holy Spirit lives. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

June 14th, 2010

Stop Signs of The Spirit

Stop Signs of The Spirit

They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either.

I am not sure how “the Holy Spirit blocked that route.” I am not sure how “the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go.” I do know, however, that so many of our decisions, our ventures, our endeavors are just that — OUR choices. We go through the process of deciding what we think best or what we want to do, then we ask God to bless it. We can quickly dismiss the doors closing to an opportunity or the Spirit directing us to go a different way. Yes, these are the stop signs of the Holy Spirit.

Discerning the will of God in these times is hard — what is the opposition of Satan seeking to deter us and what is the stop sign given us by the Holy Spirit. Two convictions come over me as I consider this. First, I don’t seek to walk each day being led by the Spirit as I should. This must be my passion and my yearning as I draw my first waking breath. Second, we must learn to present our challenges and our problems to the Lord in prayer … together. We must work together to discern the Lord’s will in these matters.

Prayer : O Father, help us hear your warnings and heed the stop signs of the Spirit. At the same time, dear God, help us not give up on something you are leading us to do simply because we face challenges and difficulties. Help us to know, O Lord, the way we should go so that in all things, your mission will be done and your name will be glorified. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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