Tag: Holy Spirit
Scripture reading for January 2nd: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, Mark 1 (5 day Chronological reading plan from www.BibleClassMaterial.cogm)
Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
God is there in the beginning as the great “I AM.” He created everything by His powerful Word (Son) out of nothing through the hovering Holy Spirit. At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, thought to be the first written of New Testament accounts, we have Jesus Christ introduced by God the Father as He comes up out of the waters of the Jordan. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove fluttering from a torn-open heaven. God declares that Jesus is His beloved Son, pleasing to Him!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, Son of God, We call out to the lost world today in Your Name to hear and receive the simple truth of One true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of heaven and earth. Holy Spirit, hover over Your Word and bring light in Jesus Christ.
Mark 1:1,9-11 “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . . .In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”
Scripture reading for November 22nd: 1st John 4, Psalm 95-96, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: 1st John 4:13-17 “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world.”
Believers in Jesus Christ have received the Holy Spirit to live in them and mark them as belonging to God’s eternal family. This gift of the Holy Spirit has come through faith and confession that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and God’s Son. Through the Holy Spirit, God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts and we experience His love and presence. This love and presence of the Holy Spirit gives us confidence as we approach our seeing Jesus and at the Judgment seat of Christ.
Faith Confession: I have received the Holy Spirit, a gift of God’s grace. The Spirit abides in me and bears witness that I am God’s child and loved by the Father. I have confidence on the day of judgment through His indwelling presence.
Proverbs 18:10 “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
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.!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”