Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit

13
Nov
17

What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.
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03
Nov
17

The Testimony of God

I’ve known people whose lives have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. Their testimonies are amazing. They’ve been freed from a life of slavery to sin and addiction. Their testimony is not about their power and strength, but God’s. John writes:

We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:9-11 (NIV)

The power of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that the life He gives is truly transforming. The change that the Holy Spirit brings about testifies to the power of God made manifest through Jesus Christ. Your testimony is not your own. It’s the testimony of Jesus who gives you eternal life.
01
Nov
17

Faith That Overcomes

Faith in Jesus Christ gives the believer power to overcome the world. The Apostle John wrote:

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. – 1 John 5:3-5 (NIV)

The commands of God – to believe in His Son and to love one another – are not burdensome. When we are born again by grace through faith, we are filled with the Holy Spirit who gives us power to overcome the world. This is a continuous overcoming of the world. It’s not a one time thing. We must continue to believe and continue to love until we enter the gates of Heaven. Stay faithful to Jesus and your faith will overcome the world.
23
Oct
17

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.
12
Oct
17

The Spirit Of Truth

When it comes to false teachers and false prophets, the world will listen to their lies. John says that false teachers and false prophets are from the world and that’s why the world listens to them. John says:

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. – 1 John 4:5-6 (NIV)

The Spirit of truth lives in the hearts of Christ’s followers. We must listen to God’s Spirit of truth when it comes to the lies of false prophets. If it sounds worldly or too good to be true, then it is probably worldly or too good to be true. If you want to know the truth, you’ve got to read the Word of truth and follow the Way, the Truth and the Life and His name is Jesus.
11
Oct
17

The One Who Is In You

You have great power living in you! Did you know that? Listen to what John says:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit of God dwells in you from the moment you come to Jesus for salvation. The evil one has no hold on you from that moment on and forever. God’s Spirit will lead you, guide you, teach you, comfort you and seal you for eternity. Our job is to listen as He guides and to surrender to His leadership and teaching. When false teachers and false prophets come along, God’s Spirit will remind you of the truth of Jesus’ words. When the evil one comes calling to tempt you, the Holy Spirit will lead you out of temptation. God’s Spirit lives in you and He is greater than any force of evil, including the enemy.
05
Oct
17

He Lives In Us

Do you ever wonder if you’re on the right track when it comes to following Jesus? Maybe you’re like me and you sometimes doubt whether or not God is pleased with you. Being a follower of Jesus is more than a feeling. It’s a relationship between you and the God who lives in you. Listen to what John says:

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. – 1 John 3:24 (NIV)

When we believe in Jesus and love other people, we are obeying His command. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus for salvation and forgiveness, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live in us. His Spirit convicts us of sin and reassures us of God’s presence in our lives. The Holy Spirit is more than a feeling. The Bible says that He is a deposit guaranteeing our salvation. Listen to the Spirit today and trust in Christ and not your feelings.



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