Tag: Spirit

The Fountain of Life!

Scripture reading for April 15th:  John 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: John 7:37-39 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'”  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles where on the last day the tradition was to get two jars of water from the pool of Siloam and pour them out before the Lord as a remembrance of God supplying water from the rock during the Israelites’ wilderness experience.  Jesus called Israel to look to Him and believe in Him to quench their spiritual thirst.  He promised ‘rivers of living water’ as those who believed in Him were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.  The infilling of the Spirit satisfies my thirst and empowers me to proclaim the good news of Jesus, Son of God and Savior.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  vs. 25 “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.”

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The Invitation: “Come!”

Scripture reading for December 31st:  Malachi 1-4 and Revelation 22

Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-20  “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”  And let the one who hears say, “Come.”  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” 

Jesus Christ ends the Revelation given to John with three “I am coming soon!” declarations.  The Holy Spirit and the Bride(Christ’s Church) all are calling out to all men to “Come!”  The message is simple.  It must not be added to or taken away from!  Old and New Testaments agree!

Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble.  The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.  But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I long for Your coming.  Thank You that it will be soon!  Help me to offer the invitation to all You send me to.  Amen.

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The law of sowing and reaping!

Scripture reading for August 23rd:  Galatians 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 6: 7-10 “Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Deception is always possible if we get off into the flesh or believe the lies of our adversary.  Anything can be justified by our flesh and often we think that because of what we have done for God or how long we have walked with God that we can justify a little sowing to the sinful nature.  However, what we sow we will reap!  There are only two fields and two harvest that will definitely come.  The field of the flesh will always yield destruction and the field of the Spirit eternal life!  We must not grow weary or give up sowing to the Spirit.  We are to be especially helpful to the family of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Perseverance in sowing to the Spirit marks the life of an over-comer and there will be a rich harvest of eternal life for all who finish well!  “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Woe to the wicked!  Disaster is upon them!  They will be paid back for what they have done.”  (Isaiah 3:10-11)

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God is faithful!

Scripture reading for September 18th:  1st Thessalonians 5

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:1-2)  Paul concluded his letter to the young believers with a final reminder about the coming of Jesus Christ.  He repeated the teaching of Jesus about no one knowing the day or the hour.  (Matthew 24:36, 43-44)  In fact, people would be thinking that everything was normal when the Lord would suddenly return like a thief in the night.  The return of Christ requires watchfulness and readiness on the part of His Church!

“So then, let us not be like others, who sleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:6-9)  God appointed His people for salvation from His coming wrath upon sinners who refuse repentance.  Those who continue to sin, live in darkness.  The Church lives in the light of Christ and His word.

“May God Himself, the god of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”  (1st Thessalonians 5:23-24)  Paul’s final prayer is for the believers complete sanctification.  Jesus will complete in us what He began!

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Satan’s deception in the church!

Scripture reading for September 9th: 2nd Corinthians 11:1-15

The church at Corinth had been infiltrated by false teachers claiming to be ‘apostles of Jesus Christ’.  (2nd Corinthians 11:13)  These teachers had maligned Paul and promoted themselves and their ‘ministry’.  Their disguise was a direct counterfeit to the true apostles.  They were deceiving the church and dividing off the members.

“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.  I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2nd Corinthians 11:2-4)

Satan was using these false teachers to lead the church members astray.  They preached another gospel that had no power to save!  They used the name of Jesus Christ, but their Jesus was also a counterfeit.  He was not the  Son of God, crucified for the sins of the world and raised from the dead!  They also had a spirit working with them but it was not the Holy Spirit of God, sent to mark the heirs of salvation.

An effective counterfeit has to resemble the truth.  These false apostles tried to imitate Paul in their language, terminology, and effects.  They were good talkers, but were out for gain.  (2nd Corinthians 11:5-7) Paul had come preaching the true Gospel but was not an eloquent speaker.  The false apostles made fun of him because he did not charge great fees, but sought to work with his hands to provide for himself.  But Paul would continue in his ways and trust God to expose these counterfeits.  (2nd Corinthians 11:12)

Satan loves deception because he can only speak lies! (John 8:44)  He still uses ‘false apostles’, ‘false prophets’, and ‘false teachers’.  Many appear as ‘angels of light’ and deceive many from the ways of truth.  Be sure and check out those you are following and allowing to feed you .  Use the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit for discernment.   (2nd Peter 3:17) This kind of deception is increasing  in the last days before Jesus returns.

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The Feast of Tabernacles

Scripture reading for May 13th: John 7:31-53

After delaying His appearance at the Feast of Tabernacles, halfway through the celebration Jesus appeared in the Temple and began to teach there.  His teaching amazed many and caused much discussion about who Jesus was.  Some tried to seize Him and others put their faith in Him.  (John 7:30-31)

It was during this last day of the Feast, that Jesus came to the Temple.  “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If any one 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 him.”  By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to later receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37-39)

On the last day of this feast of Tabernacles, it was the custom to draw large jars of water from the Pool of Siloam and to pour them out before the Lord, celebrating how Moses brought water from the rock in the wilderness to refresh God’s people.  This was done in anticipation of the coming of the Messiah, who would take them to their ‘Promised Land” and provide food and eternal refreshing.  In this context, the Jews who heard Jesus would have paid attention.  Some thought that they had heard a great prophet, and others thought the He was the Christ.  (John 7:40-41)

As we look at this prophetic word from Jesus, we now know that Jesus was speaking of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those who would put their faith in Him as the Messiah.  On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church and each believer received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-4)  Out of their mouths flowed a new language of praise to God and power to be witnesses to all the world.  This gift empowered the Church to live fruitfully and to be ready for the coming of Jesus Christ at any time.

We are all just passing through this life, the world is not our home!  We have been given rivers of living water to bring refreshing to those who will hear!  The King is coming soon!  Let those waters flow here in this wilderness!

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