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Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, providing Believers with the assurance of eternal life.  In legal terms, the Holy Spirit is like a down payment or earnest money that secures a claim to something…like when we’re buying a car or a house.  For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within…thus sealing us for eternity through the redemptive work of the Lord.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Even within my lifetime I’ve seen this huge shift of what we consider right and wrong.  And with the advent of mass media, the Internet, Snap-Chat, YouTube, and Hollywood…we see our societal mores slowly morphing into something our Great-grandparents would be appalled at.  But this blurring of ethical principles and practices didn’t happen overnight…for it relied on man’s pride,  rebellion and apathy to flourish.  So now we sit, so desensitized, we don’t even react anymore to what we know is wrong…but if we do, we’ll likely find ourselves being chastised for being intolerant and narrow-minded.    Job 24:13 warns of this Spiritual blindness…of evildoers who rebel against the light, who don’t know its ways or stay in its path.  I ask Heavenly Father, that we would be enlightened by Your Word, and that You would illuminate our minds with Your truth,  that we may be able to discern right and wrong correctly.  Amen.

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”

The prophet Micah had to make a very personal and difficult decision…be quiet and allow the greed and injustice he saw to continue…or speak out, denouncing the willful rebellion and habitual sinfulness he was witnessing.  For Micah, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit far surpassed any threat in the world…and the righteous indignation within drove him to openly condemn the ungodliness he saw.  As Believers, we’re filled with the same Holy Spirit as Micah…the same knowledge between right and wrong…the same ability to bring light into darkness.  I pray that a spirit of righteous indignation rise up among God’s people, causing us to boldly speak truth where there’s lies and  deception.

Isaiah 32:8 ” But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”

When we allow the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our decisions…our decisions will be excellent ones.  When we listen to that still small voice rather than  blurting out the first thing that comes to mind…our words will be timely and principled.  When our plans align with God’s plans for us…we can stand firm with integrity and strength, knowing we are right where God wants us…in the center of His Will.

Romans 8:26 ” In the sameway, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

We’ve all been there.  That deep moan of grief or pain escapes our lips…but that’s all.  No words are spoken…because there are no words.  Our mind is a confusing  jumble of our frail mortal condition.  That’s when the Holy Spirit can express for us the unutterable, inexpressible words we can’t find.  And that’s when the Holy Spirit can step in and make intercession for us according to the Will of God. (Romans 8:27)  The indwelling Holy Spirit is always there to pray…when we can’t.

I Corinthians 1:8 ” He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We can’t save ourselves.  Nor can we lead a totally blameless and holy life without the help of the Holy Spirit.  For it reminds us in Philippians 1:6, “That He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”  The Holy Spirit is ever at work,  confirming in you the goals and objectives set before you…until that day the ultimate plan and purpose of your life is fulfilled in you through Christ Jesus.  We can’t do this without the help of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus spoke of this as He called the first disciples in Matthew 4:19,  when He said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”   The Greek word for “make” here means that Jesus would actually be doing the work…causing and enabling those fishermen to seek and draw out the lost around them.  And we now have the Holy Spirit to do that work in us…inspiring, strengthening, and giving us confidence.

I Peter 1:3 ” Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

What does it mean to you to be born again?  Maybe it’s been a long time since you even thought about it, especially if you’ve been a Believer for years.  When you said “Yes” to Jesus, you underwent spiritual rebirth.  What was once corruptible became incorruptible,  and passed from death unto life.  When we are born again, all is made new…for by God’s great mercy and the sacrificial blood of Christ, we are saved from our sins.  To be born again means we are truly a new  person standing before God…righteous and blameless in His sight.