The Promise of The Father…

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 Luke 24:36-49 (KJV)

36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Just how necessary is the Holy Spirit for those wishing to live a God-pleasing life?

For an answer, let’s look at a clear example from the Bible. Jesus had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until their baptism by His Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). This chosen group of men had lived with the Lord and listened to His teachings for more than three years; nevertheless, He knew they couldn’t begin their work without the divine partner God had planned for them.

The same holds true for us today.

Just who is the Holy Spirit? He is called the third person of the Trinity, the other two members being God the Father and God the Son. Like them, He is fully God. Some Christians mistakenly think of the Spirit as a force or a power, but the Bible reveals He is a person—someone whom we can get to know.

He is also the promise of the Father.

God pledged to send His Spirit as a helper to every single person in His family. Called the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17), He is charged with transforming us into the image of Jesus.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is a gift to every Christian.

At the moment of salvation, He is sent to live within each believer, sealing him or her as a child of God (Eph. 1:13). We do not have to pray to receive Him, nor can we perform any work to get Him.

Settle in your mind once and for all that within you is a divine Person.

His presence is a gift promised and given to you by God on your spiritual “birth-day.”

By getting to know the Holy Spirit better and listening carefully to what He says throughout the Scriptures, you will be able to please the Father (Col. 1:10).

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Conscience vs. Guidance…

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Romans 2: 14,15 (KJV)

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

The conscience functions something like a computer.

A computer is programmed to respond in specific ways to specific information.  Also it responds to information based on the commands that it’s been programmed to follow.

When I click on a word processing application, the computer knows to open a word processor. For the most part, computers are simply responders.

The conscience is a responder as well.

It responds to certain input just as it has been programmed. Paul described it like this, “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do things in the law, these , although not having the law, are a law onto themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” (Rom. 2:14, 15).

God has programmed His moral code into the heart of every man and woman.

We are born with it. When a person’s actions or thoughts violate that code, the conscience responds by sending a “No” message to the brain. On the other hand, when the act or thought goes along with the preprogrammed moral code, the conscience says, “Go.”

Notice, Paul says our thoughts sometimes point out the legitimacy of certain actions.

When that happens, if the actions line up with the Law of God written in our hearts, the conscience gives us the go ahead.

When you became a Christian, a change began to occur in your conscience. The basic moral code that everyone has at birth began to get overhauled.

The spirit of truth took up residency in your heart.

Then, whether you were aware of it or not, He immediately set about to reprogram your conscience. Whereas before you had a general sense of right and wrong, the Holy Spirit uses all this input to reprogram the database through which your conscience evaluates every opportunity, thought, invitation, word and deed.

As this process continues, your conscience tunes in with the moral code of the Holy Spirit—a code reflecting the moral and ethical standards of God’s moral standards but also to the will of God.

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When Others Let You Down…

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John 14:16-18

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Most of us don’t like being alone for extended periods of time.

In fact, we are not designed to live in isolation.

Even at the very beginning, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18).

But sometimes situations in life leave us separated from others. Or perhaps we simply feel lonely, even though we live with our mate or family.

But whatever your situation may be, if you are a believer, you’re never alone.

Knowing His followers could feel abandoned after His crucifixion and ascension, Jesus promised to send them a Helper who would never leave them—the Spirit of truth.

The same One who came to them at Pentecost still abides within every believer.

He has been sent to walk alongside us as our comforter, enabler, and guide.

The Holy Spirit, unlike human companions, is perfectly adequate to meet our every need.

Since He knows us intimately, He can comfort us in pain and loss when no one else can.

Anytime we find ourselves in a quandary, He knows exactly what we ought to do. Since the future is laid bare before His eyes,

He’s aware of all the details that concern us.

What’s more, He promises to guide us each step of the way, calming our fears and overcoming our inadequacies.

Because we were created for God, only through His Spirit are we made complete.

He is the ultimate solution to man’s aloneness:

He’s always available and will never forsake or forget you.

When others let you down, the Comforter is present to lift you up with the reminder that you’re not alone.

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