Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit

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.
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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.
11
Sep
17

The Spirit Abides In Us

In John’s day, the antichrists about whom he was writing were trying to lead God’s people astray through false teaching. John said that the anointing of the Holy Spirit would teach those to whom He was writing and would continue to guide them into Truth. John said:

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.​ -​ 1 John 2:26-27 (NIV)

Be careful when it comes to those you listen to when it comes to teachers and preachers. If God’s Spirit is warning you that what they are teaching doesn’t sound quite right, then search the Scriptures and judge correctly. God gave you His Spirit to lead you into Truth. Don’t ignore His Spirit, but instead allow the Spirit to guide you today.
27
Apr
17

The Evidence Of A Changed Heart

We might think we’re pretty spiritual and religious by the religious things we do. We might feel pretty good about ourselves because we go to church regularly or put a $20.00 bill in the offering plate. Those might be good things to do, but they’re outward shows of religion that might not reflect an inner change of heart. James wrote:

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. – James 1:26 (NIV)

Jesus said that what we say comes right out of our hearts. God is more concerned about the state of your heart than He is with your “religious” activities. You can put on a good show, but the real proof of a changed heart is so much more basic. You can go to church with a begrudging attitude, but people will think you’re a good person. You can give an offering out of a clenched fist and people might think you’re generous. But your tongue will show the real you. Are you being transformed by the Holy Spirit? Are you being changed by God’s grace? Your tongue is the evidence of God’s work in your heart.
21
Apr
17

Get Rid Of Filth

I don’t like to get dirty. I’m not a germophobe. I just don’t like to get dirty and sweaty and stinky. Maybe you’re like me and you don’t like to get physically dirty. But what about our souls? Do we get filthy in a spiritual sense? James wrote:

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. – James 1:21 (NIV)

He said that human anger does not produce the kind of righteous life that God desires. God wants us to live righteous lives and that means getting rid of moral filthiness and wickedness. That comes by accepting God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, transforms us and helps us live righteous lives. What moral filth have you allowed to dirty your body and your mind? Get rid of it! Do whatever it takes to get rid of the spiritual dirt that is making you filthy. Listen to God’s Spirit and God’s Word and be transformed and cleansed today.
09
Jan
17

The Work Of The Spirit

John 7:37-44 (NIV)

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust Jesus for salvation. In Acts 2:38-39 (NIV), Peter told the crowd gathered at Pentecost:

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

God’s Holy Spirit is vital to the life of the born again believer. He convicts us of sin and sanctifies us as He transforms us from the inside out. He challenges us and changes us. He makes us look more like Jesus. Jesus said that the Spirit is the river of living water flowing within us. He gives life to our dry and weary souls. Do not be afraid of God’s Holy Spirit within you. He is given to us as a gift from our Heavenly Father. He dwells within you and wants to bring about life transformation that you are incapable of on your own.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today as I move about through my life. Help me to listen to Your Spirit and to obey You. Thank You for this wonderful gift that is transforming me. Amen.



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