Tag: Holy Spirit

Saved by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Scripture reading for September 20th:  2nd Thessalonians 2, Psalm 39, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:13-15  “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.”  

Paul was thankful for the believers in Thessalonica who had come to Christ as a result of his ministry there.  He noted that they had been sanctified, set apart, by the Holy Spirit and had believed the true Gospel.  They had heard God’s call to salvation through that Gospel and now needed to stand firm in the truth they had believed.  Glory awaits those who are truly saved and living in truth.

Faith Confession:  I thank God for the Gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  That Gospel called me into relationship and through the Holy Spirit I am standing firm in the truth.

Psalm 39:7-8  “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You!  Deliver me from all my transgressions.  Do not make me the scorn of the fool.!”

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The mind of Christ is mine!

Scripture reading for September 3rd:  Philippians 2, Psalm 26, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Philippians 2:3-8 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Our thinking and values determine how we behave.  When we are born again through faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit brings the mind of Christ into us and makes it available.  The Holy Spirit takes God’s Word and reveals it to us and it is up to us to meditate on it, obey it and make it our own.  Our actions will follow the example of Christ Jesus Himself–a servant, even unto death for the needs of others.

Faith Confession:  I believe I have the mind of Christ Jesus available to me through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  My thinking is now in line with God’s Word and I find delight in obeying and applying it to my life in order to reflect Christ to others and delight my Savior!

Proverbs 22:17-18  “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”    

 

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Life-giving speech and attitudes!

Scripture reading for August 28th:  Ephesians 4, Psalm 22, Proverbs 18

Key Scriptures: Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  

The Holy Spirit from the Father marks each believer as a redeemed child of God.  As God’s children, we are being shaped inside to reflect His love and character to those around us.  Our actions and attitudes must begin to line up with the Word.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit and Christ living in us will affect our speech and how we treat others made in God’s image.  Our speech should now be life-giving, reflecting kindness and grace to our neighbors.

Faith Confession:  Father, thank You for marking me as Your redeemed child.  Help me to reflect this truth in my attitudes, speech and behavior today.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those who love it will eat its fruits.”  

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The Power of His Presence!

Scripture reading for August 27th:  Ephesians 3, Psalm 21, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures: Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  

Paul prayed for God’s people on his knees.  He humbly asked the God of all glory to strengthen the believers with power to live fully for God by the Holy Spirit who indwelled and infilled them.  The Holy Spirit would enable them to experience Christ indwelling them by faith in His Word and to personally experience the love of Christ.  This would allow them to be filled with all of God’s fullness!  What an amazing prayer recorded for us with Christ’s indwelling Spirit!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Jesus for giving me power through the Holy Spirit to know that Christ lives in me and to know His amazing love and the fullness of His indwelling presence.  I am blessed forever and ever!

Psalm 21:6 “For You make him most blessed forever; You make him glad with the joy of Your presence.”  

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Reaping is promised if we persevere!

Scripture reading for August 22nd:  Galatians 6, Psalm 18, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:   Galatians 6:7-10  “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

It is easy to get discouraged in the culture and world we live in.  It was no different in Paul’s day.  Believers must not tire of sowing the Gospel message and living in the Spirit and reflecting His fruit.  It may appear that no progress is being made, but it is a work of faith and love.  If we continue to sow, and not give up, we will reap!  This promise made by God our Father.

Faith Confession:  I will continue to live by the Holy Spirit and allow Him to produce the sweet fruit of His presence in my life.  I know that what I sow, that I will reap!  Nothing is too hard for God!

Proverbs 14:14 “The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.”  

  

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Keeping in step with the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Galatians 5, Psalm 17, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 5:22-25  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

When the Holy Spirit abides in us and we allow Him to produce His sweet fruit in our lives, there is no need for the law.   The Spirit of Jesus is totally obedient to God’s Word and leads us in the desire and ability to keep in step with Him.  By His fruit others will know that we belong to God and have reckoned our old man dead, no longer pursuing its passions and desires.

Faith Confession:  My old man and fleshly nature is reckoned dead and the Holy Spirit lives in me.  His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are growing and evident in my life, transforming me into His likeness.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.”  

 

 

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Our sufficiency is in Christ!

Scripture reading for July 31st: 2nd Corinthians 3, Psalm 2, Proverbs 28-29  (two chapters of Proverbs today to enable going to odd Psalms every other day)

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 3:3-6  “And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.  Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit.  For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Paul, writing again to the Church in Corinth, contrasted his own ministry with those who boasted of their own sufficiency.  His ministry had produced the fruit of changed lives through the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit had written God’s law of love on human hearts to bring about the change.  Effort to keep the letter of the law produced only death but the Spirit gave life.  The only boast Paul had was in God’s faithfulness and work by the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I thank God that He has declared me sufficient as a minister of the new covenant of the Holy Spirit.  He works through me by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to bring about heart change in those who believe.

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”  

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Yes in Christ Jesus!

Scripture reading for July 29th:  2nd Corinthians 1, Psalm 150, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 1:18-22  “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.  That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 

All God’s promises are available to those who are believers in Jesus Christ.  God is not arbitrary and does not change His mind like men often do.  What He has promised, He says Yes to provide.  He alone provided us our salvation through His Son Jesus.  He alone establishes us as members of His family through new birth.  He anoints us with His Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our future inheritance!  Hallelujah and Amen!

Faith Confession:  Lord, all your promises are Yes and Amen in my life.  Thank you for the Holy Spirit and Your grand Kingdom that is here now and coming soon!

Psalm 150:1-2 “Praise the Lord!  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!  Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”  

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Varieties of gifts and manifestations!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: 1st Corinthians 12, Psalm 145, Proverb 21

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 12:3-7 “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord’ and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  

Paul explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church at Corinth.  The Holy Spirit enables believers to say “Jesus is Lord” from their heart.  The Spirit will never curse Jesus.  The Spirit gives varieties of gifts as Jesus our Lord and God the Father empowers and directs Him.  All manifestations of the Spirit are given to bring good and blessing to Christ’s Body, the Church.

Faith Confession:  Being filled with the Holy Spirit, I declare “Jesus Christ is Lord!” and accept the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit in my life and in the church.  I invite His Word to be ready in my heart and on my lips.

Proverbs 21:17-19 “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.  That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.”

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All for God’s glory!

Scripture reading for July 18th: 1st Corinthians 10, Psalm 143, Proverb 19

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 10:31-33 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”

Paul ministered in a culture where there were Jews and Gentiles and those in the new church that had come out of both backgrounds.  There were idol temples that some in the church had belonged to and food sold in the marketplace that came from sacrifices to the idols.  Although he had liberty in Christ and prayed over his food, asking God to sanctify it, he was still careful not to cause others to stumble.  This again was love for God and others.

Faith Confession:  Lord, give me discernment in this pagan culture to know how to reach those caught up in it without compromising my walk with You.  I trust the Holy Spirit to guide me each day.

Proverbs 19:17  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”

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