The Holy Spirit Illuminates God’s Truth

Imagine you are entering a dark room.  You can see the vague outline of furniture; a table here and a lamp there.  It could be the most beautiful room full of Victorian furniture, impeccably decorated walls, and priceless artwork, but without the lights on, you can only see odd shapes and outlines.  You cannot truly enjoy or appreciate the beauty without light to illuminate it for you!  God’s truth is like that room.  Mankind knows it’s there, but understanding it and applying it requires the light to be turned on.

1 Corinthians 2:10-13 – But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.


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The Holy Spirit Indwells Us

As discussed in our previous post, the Holy Spirit is God and His activity in the life of a believer is critical to our spiritual fulfillment.  In the next several posts, we will look at how He is important to our lives each and every day.

Today we focus on the spiritual truth, He indwells us. Romans 8:9 says, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”  When we accept Christ as Savior and make Him Lord over our life (Romans 10:9, 10), the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of us.  He is God’s seal upon our lives declaring to the world and assuring us, we belong to Him (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13).

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God, The Holy Spirit

Acts chapter one records the promise Jesus made just before He ascended to heaven.  He commanded those gathered to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Father to send the Holy Spirit to them. Acts 1:4, 5 states, “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’”  But, who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, is God.  He is omnipotent (Psalm 104:30), omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:10), and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7). He is one with the Father and the Son (Acts 2:33).  And like the Father and the Son, He has a specific role in the life of every believer.

Reflection:

  • In your own words, Who is the Holy Spirit to you?
  • What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit is God, just like the Father and the Son?
  • As the third member of the trinity, have you ever stopped and wondered what His role is in your life?

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The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

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Psalm 23:1-3, NKJV: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 

A sheep seldom knows where the shepherd leads it, but it has learned to trust the shepherd’s leading. The shepherd knows where the sheep will find food, water, and rest. The shepherd knows where the sheep will be safe and on what paths to safely take the sheep. The sheep simply needs to follow. The sheep does not have to understand why one path is better than another, or why one pasture is chosen over another. The sheep simply must heed the shepherds voice and obey. For in so doing, the sheep will truly find peace and contentment. Can you imagine how Jesus pleads with us at times, “Dear child, if only you would heed my voice and follow me–there is so much I have in store for you.” How marvelous it would be, if we could simply learn to be better sheep–then perhaps we would discover the remarkable wonders of the Shepherd.

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God Can use You

No matter your past or your perceived uselessness, God can use you! He is your designer, Who knows exactly how to make you shine!
 




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