Tag: Holy Spirit

You are God’s Holy Temple

Scripture reading for July 9th:  Psalms 2-5, 1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.  Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church that was struggling with divisions.  He reminded them that they were God’s temple–collectively.  God’s Holy Spirit dwelled among them as they gathered.  Disunity and division was destroying the temple, putting those causing the division in danger.  Self-deception is a dangerous place to be.  True wisdom is humble and submissive to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize and obey the voice of Your Holy Spirit speaking and to honor the unity of the Church, Your body.  I ask for wisdom.  Amen.

 

 

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God is impartial!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  1st Chronicles 10-13, Acts 10

Key Scriptures: Acts 10:34-39  “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.  As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ(He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  

Peter preached Jesus Christ as Lord of all to Cornelius, the Roman Centurion and his family.  God graciously saved them and filled them with the Holy Spirit.  God shows no partiality to those who will surrender to Him!  He makes them mighty warriors for Christ, the Son of God, Son of David.

1st Chronicles 12:38 “All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel.”  

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Chosen instruments!

Scripture reading for May 16th:  1st Chronicles 7-9, Acts 9

Key Scriptures:  Acts 9:15-17  “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My Name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My Name.”  So Ananias departed and entered the house.  And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain you sight and receive the Holy Spirit.”  

Saul, the Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin, was zealous for the law and set out to get rid of followers of Jesus.  On the way to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him and he lost his physical sight.  God sent Ananias to lay hands on Saul to receive back his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Saul the Pharisee became Paul, Christ’s apostle!

1st Chronicles 8:40  “The sons of Ulam were men who were mighty warriors, bowmen, having many sons and grandsons, 150.  All these were Benjaminites.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for making me a ‘chosen instrument’ for Your purposes.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit anew today.  Amen.


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The Spirit of Truth and Wisdom

Scripture reading for April 26th:  1st Kings 4-6, John 16

Key Scriptures: John 16:12-14  “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify Me (Jesus), for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.”  

Jesus explained to His disciples that He would teach them much more about Himself and in fact guide them into all truth.  This would come when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them after His resurrection to the Father.  This would be the Father’s gift.  Each person would have access by the Holy Spirit to God’s wisdom.

1st Kings 4:29-30 Solomon asked God for wisdom —“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that You know all things.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit and wisdom that I might live fully in Your will and advance Your kingdom.  Amen.

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Anointed Leader!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Samuel 6-9, John 1

Key Scriptures:  John 1:29-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is He of Whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who ranks before me, because He was before me.’  I myself did not know Him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.”  And John bore witness:  “I saw  the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him.”  

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, proclaimed prophetically the Name and mission of Christ Jesus.  His job was to call all people to humility and cleansing through water baptism.  This would prepare the way for the One who would baptize His followers with the Holy Spirit and fire!

1st Samuel 9:15-16 “Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel: “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel.  He shall save My people from the hand of the Philistines.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for anointing Jesus, Your Son, to lead Your people and save them from their enemies!  Amen!

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Building an altar

Scripture reading for January 3rd:  Genesis 8-10, Matthew 3

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 8:14-17,20  “In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.  Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.  Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh–birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”  . . . “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” 

The Lord gave Noah instructions upon entering and now upon leaving the ark.  God’s Word was critical to success in escaping the destruction of the flood and now in entering a new world, washed from violence by the flood.  Noah and his family built an altar to worship God and offer acceptable sacrifices.  When God smelled the offerings, He was pleased and made a covenant with Noah, promising blessing and no more water judgment!  Baptism is a symbol of water judgment on sins!

Matthew 3:1, 11-12  “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”. . . “I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His and, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for clear instructions to our forefathers warning of coming judgment and taking them through.  Cleanse my heart, by Your Holy Spirit, and make it an altar where You dwell and we meet each day.   Amen.

 

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Prayer empowers our walk!

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Genesis 4-7, Matthew 2

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 6:9-14  “These are the generations of Noah.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation.  Noah walked with God.  And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.   And God saw the earth and behold it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.  And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them.  Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.””  

In just a few generations from Adam and Eve, mankind had become totally corrupted and were corrupting the earth with violence.  God took note and told one righteous man, Noah, about His planned judgment.  God instructed Noah to build an ark as a means of escape and protection for himself, his family, and the animal creation.  Noah walked with God, heard and obeyed, saving himself and mankind through His obedience!

Matthew 2:19-20  “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.”

Prayer:  Lord, give me sensitivity to Your voice through the Holy Spirit, dreams, and angelic ministers.  Keep me walking with you and protect me and my family from the traps of the devil in these last days.  Amen.

 

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Rejoicing in the Spirit!

Scripture reading for April 6th:  1st Kings 20-22; 2nd Kings 1-2

Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 2:9-11  “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”  “Let me have a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.  “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours–otherwise not.”  As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.”  

Elijah’s work on earth was nearly over and his time of departure was at hand. His successor was asked what one thing he could do for him.  A double portion of the Spirit was Elisha’s desire!  Seeing the ascension of Elijah was the condition for this special gift!  Beholding a chariot of fire and whirlwind, Elisha got his heart’s desire!

Rejoicing in the Spirit:  Jesus Christ promised His followers the Father’s gift and they watched Him ascend to heaven!  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.”   (Acts 1:8-9)

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Rejoicing in Living Water!

Scripture reading for March 3rd:  Joshua 14-17

Key Scriptures:  Joshua 15:18-19  “One day when she (Acsah, Caleb’s daughter) came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field.  When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”  She replied, “Do me a special favor.  Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.”  So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”  

Caleb had given his daughter to Othniel, Caleb’s nephew, because he had possessed the land occupied by one of the giants in Judah’s inheritance.  His daughter desired to have the springs of water in that dry land and asked for them as part of her inheritance.  Caleb gave her the springs!

Rejoice in springs of living water:  Jesus promised that if anyone came to Him, and drank, out of their inmost being would flow rivers of living water!  “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.  By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.”  (John 7:37-39)

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