Holy spirit

To be led by the Holy Spirit

In the Gospels we see how Jesus foretold his betrayal to the disciples (John 13:8-27), saying that he would only be with them for a short time. He then comforted them by saying that He was going to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house and that He would return for them (John 14:1-4).

However, he promised:

“And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another comforter, that he may dwell with you forever.”

John 14:16 (NAV)

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you.”

John 14:26 (NAV)

THE FULLNESS OF DIVINITY

As a new believer, I felt something was missing. I had put my faith in God and accepted Jesus as my savior, but I had not experienced His fullness as others have described.

Then I understood: there is a third person in the trinity… the Holy Spirit!

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. “

Romans 8:14 (NAV)

“The Spirit himself testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. 7 Now, if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if at least we have a share in his sufferings, in order to have a share also in his glory.

Romans 8:16-17 (NAV)

You and I have been chosen by God to share in his divine inheritance as joint heirs with Christ! What a wonderful promise! However, this does not mean that we will not suffer in this life.

Types of suffering

  1. Self-imposed suffering (by our own bad decisions/bad choices)
  2. Innocent suffering (through the sins of others/through no fault of ours)
  3. Redemptive suffering (for the sake of others, e.g. Jesus Christ)

However, God never wastes pain! He can use all kinds of suffering for good (ours and/or others), and for His glory!

HOW TO WALK IN HIS PROMISES

God promises that he gave us everything we needed for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), but why don’t we sometimes live in the abundance of that promise?

Sometimes it’s just ignorance (my people perish for lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6). Sometimes it’s unrepented sin, or even just a lack of faith. But still, if we look to the Holy Spirit for guidance, He is both willing and able to lead us into the fullness of all that Christ died to give us freely.

DON’T BE DISAPPOINTED

We tend to judge ourselves and others by our outward behavior and lifestyle, but God judges by the heart:

“The heart is above all deceitful and irremediable. Who can understand it? “

Jeremiah 17:9 (NAV)

It is only when we recognize the true condition of our hearts that we can reach the place of true repentance. Through his tender mercy, we realize that our mind and soul (all of our emotional nature and understanding) need to be renewed!

7 Make no mistake about it: God is not being mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 He who sows to please his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh; he who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-9 (NAV)

Let us earnestly seek the conviction of the Holy Spirit, rejoicing that His gracious forgiveness is only one step away from “fellowship.”

PRAY

Oh Abba, your word says that by humbling us under your mighty hand you will lift us up (1 Peter 5:6).

We humbly come before you today, asking your Holy Spirit to convict us, to turn away from all that afflicts you and instead rejoice and rest in your finished work on the Cross.

You are so worthy of all the praise and glory.

Amen

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