The Separated Life

God gave His Church, His Bride, His Holy Habitation, the dynamite power of His Spirit who dwells within us. There is nothing that we cannot do. If we rely on our human resources, we will fail more often than not. If we walk in the Spirit, we will not need the lusts of the flesh to make us happy (Galatians 5:16-25). If we begin walking in the Spirit and then give up, we will live a miserable life.

Many Christians have no idea that at Salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us (1 Corinthians 6:19).It is not a separate experience. We have the fullness of the Spirit dwelling in us from the moment that we believe only on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. We have daily fillings of His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), but He is resident within us from the point of our salvation.

We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit by entertaining sin in our life (Ephesians 4:30). We can occupy our time with religious activity, control our flesh and our sinful desires and meditate on God’s Word continually, but if our spirit is still dead in sin, none of this human activity reaps any benefit for us other than a more peaceful life on this earth.

All of our efforts reap no eternal reward for us because they are all done in the flesh. We give our human will the place of the Holy Spirit in our life (1 Corinthians 3:1). Let’s give up everything we hold dear in the natural world, which stands between our Living Lord and us, and walk in God’s Spirit each moment of the day. What we think we will lose will be returned to us in a way, which is a million times better.

Prayer:

Father God, help us not to attempt to perfect our self in the flesh, rather than submitting our will and our life to Your Spirit. We do not want to fail You in this life and end up reaping hell in the process. We prefer to serve You wholeheartedly and to give You the praise and the glory for all of the works, which Your Spirit leads us to accomplish for You.

Thought for the Day:

We gain no return on what we sacrifice in the flesh. So let’s lay down our human will, character, wisdom and efforts, and fully embrace the thoughts and works of Christ instead.

Faith Without Doubt

After Pentecost, the apostles, full of faith and the Holy Spirit, continued to share Jesus’ teachings. The Word of God multiplied in the hearts of many, and even some of the hard-hearted priests, who schemed to bring about Jesus’ demise, put their faith in His divinity (Acts 6:7). This same thing occurs today through the preaching of God’s Word.

Faith gives us the assurance of what we hope for, and confidence even when we see no way for it to occur (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus’ life gives us the faith to believe that God exists also, because God raised Jesus from the dead and glorified Him at His right hand in Heaven. This allows us to place our trust and hope in God alone rather than in our own abilities (1 Peter 1:21).

Our faith grows as we exercise it. Faith visualizes the impossible (Matthew 19:26), overcomes the lies of the devil (Revelation 12:9-11), believes in God without proof (Hebrews 11:1), holds us firm during life’s tribulation (Matthew 7:24-27), places our feet on the solid Rock (Psalm 40:2), sees the Creator in nature and clings to God’s faithfulness (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Faith overcomes temptation from the world, the flesh and the devil without giving them any credence (Galatians 5:16). Even when we do not fully comprehend it, faith helps us to believe the truth of God’s Word (Mark 9:24). Just a little faith allows us to move huge impediments in our life, even those, which are the size of a mountain, because nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 17:20; 19:26).

Prayer:
Father God, many in this world condemn themselves to hell by their unbelief (John 3:18). Their stubbornness and pride cripple their heart and prevent them from trusting in anyone but their own self. Those of us who do believe in You, often have trouble with whole hearted trust. Father, help our unbelief (Mark 9:24). Take our human doubts, which wiggle into our hearts and bind them with Your truth. Your Word proves Your faithfulness to us over and over again. Thank you for all You do for us each moment of every day.

Thought for the Day:
We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Thy Word is a Lamp

Depending on the mood of the moment, the Bible is often held up to public ridicule or contempt. However, to authentic Born Again Believers, God’s Word is a light to our path to keep us going in the right direction and a lamp for our feet to keep us from stumbling or falling (Psalm 119:105). The wisdom in its words teaches us to walk carefully as the wise, to make the best use of our time and to understand what the will of the Lord is for our life (Ephesians 5:15-17).

God’s Word answers all the vital questions in man’s soul. How did we get here? (Genesis 1:27) Why are we here? (Ephesians 2:10) Can love last forever? (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) Can marriage survive betrayal? (Matthew 6:14) Do I have to love unlovable people? (Matthew 5:44-48) Can I live with someone I love without being married? (1 Corinthians 6:18) Aren’t I supposed to be happy in life? (John 15:11) When do I become an adult? (1 Corinthians 13:11) Can I marry someone of my same sex? (Romans 1:25-28)

Can making money make me happy? (1 Timothy 6:10) How can I say, “I’m sorry”? (Psalm 51:3; Proverbs 28:13) Is it ever okay to betray a confidence? (Esther 21:23) Can I steal for a good reason? (Exodus 20:15) Is it okay to drink alcohol? (Proverbs 20:1) Who should I marry? (2 Corinthians 6:14) Can I get divorced and remarried? (1 Corinthians 7:12-16) Which religion is the right one? (James 1:27) Which version of the Bible is from God? (2 Timothy 3:16)

The words in the Bible are a mystery to most people, boring to some, and considered historical to others and fiction to a few. Without exception, however, God’s book is the most spectacular book ever written. It survived multiple attempts to annihilate it over the years, and it is always the best selling book ever published. The words in it are inspired by God and given to us in order to have a successful and fulfilled life in service to our King Jesus (2 Timothy 3:16; Proverbs 3:13-14, 19:20).

Prayer:
Father God, Your Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, because it can divide our humanistic soul from our eternal spirit (Hebrews 4:12). There is no one that we can trust like we trust You. You alone have the words, which are full of the Spirit and eternal life (John 6:63, 68). From the correlation between the prophecies of the Old Testament and the accounts of the New Testament, we know with certainty that Jesus is our Messiah, who is coming again (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). Lead us by Your Spirit on a firm footing, teach us Your ways and guide us until You come again to receive us to Yourself (Psalm 143:10; Micah 4:2; John 14:3).

Thought for the Day:
I will hide Your Word in my heart, so I will not sin against You.
– Psalm 119:11