Tag: Spirit of God

The Holy Spirit and full obedience!

Scriptures for February 12th:  Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 31:1-6  “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.” 

God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings.  Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly.  This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life.  Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.

Philippians 2:12-15  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “

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Spirit-filled authority!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Genesis 41-42, Mark 16

Key Scriptures:  Mark 16:14-16 “Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen.  And He said to them, “God into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  

Genesis 41:38-40 “And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.  You shall be over my house and all my people shall order themselves as you command.”  

Jesus had appeared to several disciples and women who had come to the tomb.  They had told the disciples they had seen Jesus alive but the disciples refused to believe.  Now Jesus appeared to them all, rebuking them for their hard hearts and unbelief.  They were commanded to get to work sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ–the wisest and most discerning man, full of the Spirit of God!  Through resurrection from death, Jesus was declared the Ruler of God’s House!

Faith confession and Prayer:  Lord, forgive me for my unbelief and at times hardness of heart.  Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit within me and the great commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel!  Keep reminding me that faithful obedience means life to those who believe.

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Thankful for God’s Writing!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Deuteronomy 7-11

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 10:3-5  “So I made the ark out of acacia wood and chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands.  The Lord wrote on these tablets what He had written before, the Ten Commandments He had proclaimed to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.  And the Lord gave them to me.  Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark. . “

Moses had been given the two tablets with the Ten Commandments that originally God had inscribed during his initial 40 days on the mountain.  On seeing the golden calf and the Israelites in profane worship, he broke the tablets in anger.  Again, Moses prepared two more tablets and God graciously wrote the law and Moses placed these in the Ark of the Covenant.

Thankful for God’s writing:  God wrote on stone tablets in Moses’ day, but now writes His law on the tablets of hearts who believe in His Son, our “Ark”!  “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”  (2 Corinthians 3:3)

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Portraits of Jesus from 700 years out!

Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 9-12

Isaiah lived over 700 years before the coming of Jesus Christ.   As he lived his life, God used him to write prophetically about the virgin birth of Christ from David’s line, His mission to the Gentiles, His unending kingdom, and  the Spirit’s anointing.  Isaiah’s own name meant, “salvation of God” and is from the same root as “Jesus”!

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with a child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)  In Matthew’s  Gospel, he quotes this verse as fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ who was truly the “Immanuel”, “God with us”!  (Matthew 1:22-23)

Isaiah himself had two sons who were given prophetic names concerning the future of the nation of Israel.   Through their names, he told that the nation would go into captivity but that God would bring back a remnant.  The people were caught up in conspiracy theories and were tormented by fears.  Isaiah warned them that the Lord was the only one to fear!  He would be their refuge and sanctuary! (Isaiah 8:12-14)

In the future God would honor Galilee of the Gentiles.  God’s light would shine on those living in darkness there.  (Isaiah 9:1-2)   A child would be born and called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!  His government would be one of peace and from everlasting to everlasting.  He would also reign on David’s throne, establishing it in justice and righteousness.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)  God’s own zeal would accomplish this!  These scriptures all spoke of Jesus Christ who lived and ministered in Galilee.  He did great miracles and mighty works there, bringing light to Jew and Gentile!

In chapter 11, Isaiah saw a shoot coming from the stump of Jesse (King David’s father) that would become a branch that would bear fruit.    God would place His Spirit on this “Branch.”  The Spirit was of wisdom and understanding,  counsel and power, and knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  (Isaiah 11:1-3)  The “Branch” would delight in the fear of the Lord!  Jesus Christ was the “Branch” who came from David’s offspring!   He delighted in the fear of the Lord!  At His baptism, the Spirit came down on Him and anointed Him to fulfill the Father’s mission of “salvation from God!”  These prophetic words are signs pointing us to Christ, Son of God!

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The Spirit of Christ: Love and Truth

Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st John 4:1-21

The Christians of John’s day were in a battle against false teachers and the spirits of evil who spoke through them.  John wrote to encourage them and help them to identify these deceiving spirits.  His words of instruction can help us in these last days in a similar battle!

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God:  Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1st John 4:2-3)  These false prophets were denying Christ came as a man.  This spirit was in the world in John’s day and is also in the world today in many modern cults.  This belief was known as ‘gnosticism’ and denied the humanity of Jesus as the Son of God.  The true Spirit of God always recognizes that Jesus came in the flesh.

John encouraged the Church to remember that they were able to overcome these evil spirits because the had the Holy Spirit living in them.  (1st John 4:4)  The Spirit of Christ gives us overcoming power because He is a Spirit of Truth.  Believers can be confident in the Holy Spirit bringing discernment and enabling each person to know truth.  The evil spirits are spirit of falsehood and tell lies that believers can easily spot.

Love is the mark of those controlled by the Holy Spirit.  God is a love and showed us His love by sending His Son into the world to die for us that we might live through Him.  (1st John 4:7-12)  Those born of God love each other and testify to the world about the love of God.

When we know the love of God, we have confidence on the day of judgment.  God’s perfect love received means that we have been declared righteous and no longer have to answer for our sins.  Jesus has forgiven us and we rest in His promise of righteousness by faith.  This enables us to live a life of love towards others, free from fear of death or persecution.  The Spirit of God gives us overcoming power through truth and love.  We live as overcomers  in life and death!  What a joy it is to walk in the truth!

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