Archive for the ‘Holy Spirit’ Category


Monday, December 20th, 2010

DAY 279

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you…”
2 Corinthians 12:9

We are familiar that grace is God’s unmerited favor to us. Some call it saving grace because we have been saved by the gift of God, not of ourselves. In addition to this grace, there is another grace called enabling grace.

God does much more than save us. He fully equips us with everything we need in this life. He gives us the ability and power to live our lives in righteousness and holiness. And added to this is enabling grace to carry out the work of the Kingdom of God as seen in Stephen; “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power …” (Acts 6:8).

Another definition of grace is help. God’s enabling grace is to help us desire extraordinary and excellence in running the race. Grace cannot function in us when we live in our own strength, ways and thinking. The old has to die and every day we must find God’s provision in our weakness – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”


Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Day 258

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all”
1 John 1:5

One of the final declarations in Revelation says, “There will be no more night.” The entire character of God is light. His light purifies us from all sin and we have true fellowship with Him when we walk in the light. We also have fellowship with all others that walk in His light.

What is this light? It is the very Word of God reflecting His glory and character to us. His Word gives us guidance and wisdom, instructing us in His ways. “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Light shows us how to know Him, how to be in conformity with the very character and heart of God.

There is no darkness in Him. He is pure, righteous and holy. There is no mixture of evil, sin or flesh, as it is with us. His very character is light and in saving us, He has chosen to dwell in us and make us part of Him (2 Peter 1:4). This is the glorious nature of our Father. He loves us and His love is known not only by our salvation but also by His sealing of our inheritance and dwelling with us on our earthly journey. With all this, how can we fail?

“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. . . God is love”
1 John 4:13, 16a


Friday, November 5th, 2010

Day 242

“Christ in you, the hope of glory”
Colossians 1:27

Where is Christ?

Christ is our hope of receiving and participating in glory. The gospel is not a system, tradition, or set of regulations. It is the very Person and work of Jesus. We are admonished, taught by the Apostles, in coming to Christ to change our attitudes and actions and be conformed to His life. The purpose is to present us perfect in Christ.

Where is Christ?

Christ, seated at the right of God in all His glorious riches, dwells in our hearts and life through the Holy Spirit [John 14:20; 17:23; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 3:24]. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness [2 Peter 1:3]. The Holy Spirit is the seal of our inheritance.

Where is Christ?

Sadly, many have not understood the riches of the indwelling Christ and the greatness and power of that life that dwells with us. They seek Him at places where they hear signs and wonders are happening, in stadium meetings that promise a hope they already have, and in books that promise to show the way. All the while, the full power and glory of Christ dwells in them—waiting. How grieved He must be for those who look elsewhere when they possess all and know it not. Consider today the prayer of Paul:

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly realms”
Ephesians 1:18-23


Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Day 229

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness”
Romans 8:26-27

We live in an age where getting in-touch with yourself prevails. Delving into our sub-conscience to purge ourselves of disturbing (and unknown) matters is purported to be the way to go. Sadly, this only serves to strengthen the darkness. More unfortunate is the fact that some Christians believe in this or variations of these methods. Rather than turning in on ourselves, where flesh will only find flesh, our Father has made provision for us.

We have a Father who cares about us. He cares about our inner struggles, struggles that we often do not understand. These may be matters concerning our own actions or events in the past, a close member of our family or friend, or our work, and we cannot express ourselves about it in prayer. There can be confusion or feelings of helplessness. Often we do not know how to pray about these situations. What we do need is to know that our Father has made provision.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us and resides in us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He helps us in our weakness by praying for us. He will express what we cannot. He does this according to the will of God. When God searches our heart, the Holy Spirit speaks to Him. What a wonderful provision our Father has made. He knows our infirmities, our weaknesses, and our needs. We have a Divine Helper.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to Him in song”
Psalm 28:7


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Day 205

“And there before me was a door standing open in heaven”
Revelation 4:1

After His resurrection Christ showed Himself to the disciples over a period of forty days. At the end of that period they began to ask Him about the times and dates of restoring the kingdom to Israel. They still had their eyes on an earthly reign. Jesus told them they were to wait for the Holy Spirit, who was to baptize and give them power. He would empower them to be witnesses, testifying of Jesus. After He told them this, He was taken up before their very eyes ascending into heaven.

The cross and resurrection were not the end of His ministry, but the beginning leading to His exaltation and reign under which those who believe are reconciled to the Father. A short time later He opened a door in heaven for us to see the continuation of His ministry. He permitted us to see the present and future and gave us assurance of the divine plan. Many find the Book of Revelation hard to understand or confusing; it really is the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is His letter of love showing us the completion of His work.

And what does the door open to? The Psalmist declared it centuries before: “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake” [Psalm 99:1]. There is only one thing to see through that door; the Throne. “He sits enthroned…” This Throne is at the center of the universe, for He created all things. It is our assurance of victory and completion in Him.

And the Baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers us to be a light, light-bearers, that shine on everyone in the house (Matthew 5:14).

“Great is the Lord in Zion [the church]; He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name—He is holy” Psalm 99:2-3


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Day 204

‘And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”
Romans 1:4

The cross demonstrates the love of God for us.

The resurrection demonstrates the power of God for us.

The Holy Spirit was at work in the humanity of Christ starting from the incarnation, through His earthy life and in the resurrection. He lived in Him experiencing the fullness of humanity. And He dwelled with Him in His sufferings and death and rose with Him in the resurrection. The Holy Spirit experienced the fullness of Christ in every aspect and when Christ entered the gates of heaven in exaltation to sit at the right hand of God the Father, that same Holy Spirit came to indwell every believer.

Now, through the resurrected Christ “. . .we have received grace …” [verse 5]. Christ is our only mediator with God. This grace is a gift from God, based upon what Jesus Christ has done. We neither deserve nor can we earn His grace. He has chosen us and it is His decision to give us grace. And what God gives cannot be taken away, for He is immutable, never changing in His character. So, we have a reservoir of grace that is ours to use and it is new every morning [Lamentations 3:23]. This is His faithfulness.

Today you have a new reservoir of grace from God. You are equipped with everything you need to live in Christ. The Holy Spirit that experienced humanity in Christ and resurrection power now dwells in you. With Paul, we can say, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection …” [Philippians 3:10].

“Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel
and the proclamation of Jesus Christ . . . be glory
forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
Romans 16:25-27


Friday, July 9th, 2010

Day 128

“The men of Israel sampled the provisions,
but did not inquire of the Lord”
Joshua 9:14

God has given us the Holy Spirit not only as a guarantee of our inheritance in Him, but as a guide for our life. He has equipped us with everything we need to walk through our life. Then why do so many Christians struggle and seem to have great difficulty in their walks? The Old Testament, written for our benefit, may help us answer this question.

There is a great story in the book of Joshua about troubles in their life and how a bad decision was made that led to continued troubles. The people and Joshua made a pact with the Hivites without consulting the Lord. It had been established, through explicit instructions, that if they needed to discern God’s will they were to consult God by going to Eleazar the priest, who would consult the Lord for them [Numbers 27:21]. But, they didn’t do this. Their decision was made in their own strength and on their own initiative. The sin was not in being deceived, but in disobedience by not seeking God’s counsel.

Today, in the age of grace and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we should know God’s will. By consulting the Lord and waiting on his direction, we have less reason than ever to be deceived, and make unwise or unrighteous choices. The Word clearly states He has given us everything! We are fully equipped. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our good Father has set us free through Jesus Christ to walk in His salvation with peace and joy.

“Live by the Spirit”
Galatians 5:16


Friday, April 16th, 2010

Day 58

“Having believed, you were marked in Him
with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit”
Ephesians 1:13

Marketing in the western culture has always sought ways to validate and prove the worth of products and services. People must have confidence and trust before they will buy. One marketing strategy is branding a product with the “seal of approval”, giving added value for the consumer. But long before marketing came into existence, God knew man needed assurance.

When the time came for Christ to reconcile us to the Father, in His love and goodness He gave us the Holy Spirit so that ‘the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God’ [Romans 8:16]. God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father” [Galatians 4:6]. What love! What a gift! He not only saves us, but dwells in us as assurance that we belong to Him.

Think about it: the same Holy Spirit that dwelt in Christ during His time on this earth now lives in us! We have become certain of Emmanuel, God with us; certain of God as our Father. This seal of our inheritance brings us the realization of our being sons of God. And there is more: He is our Comforter, who intercedes and is an advocate for us. He points us to God, giving us light over our nature. He gives us wisdom for life by teaching us all things. And He gives us rest in the assurance of who we are in God.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide
you into all truth. He will not speak on his own;
He will speak only what He hears, and He will
tell you what is yet to come”
John 16:13


Friday, February 12th, 2010

Day 3

“What are you, O mighty mountain?”
Zechariah 4:7

Have you ever faced a mountain? Chances are that you have faced many in your life. We are not immune to life’s problems. We face the same realities as others in personal matters, sickness, financial and marital problems, family tragedies and, ultimately, death.

These obstacles are often “mountains” on which we struggle with faith and believing that God will take care of the outcome. Some times these mountains seem impassable. Our reflex is to use our own strength and power to deal with the situation; overcome it with our own might. However, self-strength fails us in the end. We cannot order the events of our lives, although we like to believe we can.

Our hope is not in ourselves, but in Christ, the hope of our glory. God told Zerubbabel that the mountains would become level ground before him, and it was not might or power that would do the job, but God’s Spirit. It is the same for us today. God is responsible for the obstacles and mountains in our life. We are responsible for seeking Him first and His righteousness. If we do that, He will level your mountains.

“Not by might nor by power, but
by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”
Zechariah 4:6