Tag Archive | the Holy Spirit

Romans 12:6 ” We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

God’s free expression of His loving kindness is shown us when the Holy Spirit imparts unique gifts to each one of us…not for our benefit, but to edify others.  These spiritual gifts follow closely along the lines of our character and personality…the distinctive things that make us who we are.  The Holy Spirit gives varies gifts to different people according to His divine plan and purpose in their lives.  We all have different gift combinations, but they all are given us that we may serve others.

Proverbs 11:27 ” He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”

What goes around, comes around…or better yet, you look for trouble, and it’ll find you.  Or elsewhere, in Psalm 7:16 to paraphrase, “The trouble you cause will return back to you…the violence you create will come down on your head.”  But if we seek what is good and morally right, we will receive favor…favor before God…and favor before men.  And as we seek good, not only are we changed, but what we seek changes…for we are aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit and seeking God’s Will,  not our own.

Romans 8:28 ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

God called us for His own reasons by the wooing of the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel.  The plan and purpose for your life was ingeniously created before the beginning of time.  You might think God’s plan and purpose for you is only some lofty ideal…more concept than practicality.  But God uses everything for our good.  He uses the consequences that happen when we sin to disciple and shape us into a better person.  He uses the drudgery of dull mundane tasks, the interactions with strangers, and the simple acts of kindness we do to conform us closer to His image.  There is not one thing you’ll do today that hasn’t already passed through God’s hands first and will be used for your good.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ” I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness; I will take hold of Your hand. I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

God’s plan was to save the nations through the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  In this Scripture, Isaiah foretells of this plan and purpose…or what we call the New Covenant.  Jesus explained this plan and purpose to Paul on that fateful road to Damascus in Acts 26:18 when He said, “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”  And God has faithfully maintaining that covenant with all mankind…offering salvation and life… and the chance to break free of the chains of bondage that hold us prisoner.

Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

Isaiah 8:12-13 ” Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.”

Everyday we have to make the decision to either accept the world’s view or to trust God with His vision.  We can either be driven by fear, gloom and doom in a world of pessimism and distrust, or we can stand on God’s Word with hope and confidence, knowing He’s still in control.  It all boils down to asking yourself one question, “Whose report do you believe today?”  Is your faith and trust in the world or the Creator of it?

II Corinthians 3:18 ” And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit.”

Jesus spoke of this glory in John 17:22, when He said, “I have given them the glory that You gave Me that they may be one as we are one.”  When we become Christians, we undergo a spiritual transformation…a invisible process, a metamorphosis if you will, where our very character is changed.  And by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit  we become a mirror, reflecting Jesus to others.  But you’ll also notice that this Scripture says we are “being” transformed with “ever-increasing” glory…which means His work in us will never be completely done until that day we meet Him face to face.