Tag: Holy Spirit

Lamb of God, Son of God!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  John 1, Psalm 69, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures: John 1:29, 32-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! . . . .And John bore witness:  “I saw the Spirit descend from  heaven like a dove and it remained on Him.  I myself did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.””

When Jesus appeared where His cousin John the Baptist was baptizing, John made a faith declaration concerning Jesus.  John plainly stated that Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world.  He also stated that He would be the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the “Son of God.”  John stated that the Father who had sent him had revealed this to him.

Faith confession:  Jesus is the Lamb of God, Son of God, who gave His body and life blood to obtain my forgiveness and allow me to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  I hold fast to these truths forever!

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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Christ sends out His Disciples!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  Luke 24, Psalm 68, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:45-49 “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you.  But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus appeared to His disciples several times after He rose from the dead.  They had opportunity to touch Him and share meals with Him.  He taught them to understand the Scriptures that revealed Him and the Gospel message.  He declared that repentance and forgiveness of sins in Christ would be proclaimed by them as His witnesses in Jerusalem first and then to all nations.  They were to wait in Jerusalem for the Gift of the Holy Spirit for power and boldness to proclaim the message.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus has empowered me through the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit to be His witness to a lost world.  I ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day, that I might be His voice.

Psalm 68:32-33 “O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, to Him Who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, He sends out His voice, His mighty voice.”  

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Joy in Truth!

Scripture reading for November 27th: Ezekiel 38-40, 3 John

Key Scriptures:  3 John 2-4  “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  

John, the Apostle, wrote this short letter to a beloved friend, Gaius.  Gaius may have been saved under John’s ministry.  His prayer for this friend was for God’s blessing and good health as he walked with the Lord Jesus.  John was blessed by the testimony of other believers who had been with Gaius and saw how he walked in the truth of the Gospel and welcomed other traveling ministers and missionaries.  In doing so, he was helping fulfill the Lord’s command to take the Gospel to the nations.  This is how to walk in truth.

Ezekiel 39:28-29 “Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God,  because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land.  I will leave none of the remaining among the nations anymore.  And I will not hide My face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the Truth of the Gospel revealed to me by the Holy Spirit.  May there be reports of my walking in Your truth bringing a smile to You and others.  Amen.

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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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