Month: April 2020

The Holy Spirit: God’s Presence

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Acts 2:1-4

The Holy Spirit did not make His first appearance at Pentecost. Students of the Bible will find Him mentioned as early as the creation account (Gen. 1:2). He is also shown to be doing the Father’s work throughout the Old Testament and Gospels. However, the Spirit arrived in the upper room with a fresh mission from the Father.

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit empowered individuals for specific tasks. For example, Bezalel’s God-given wisdom and craftsmanship enabled him to become the tabernacle’s chief architect (Ex. 31:1-5). The Spirit also settled upon leaders needing help in administration (Num. 11:16-17), warriors facing formidable tasks (Judg. 6:34; 1 Sam. 16:13), and men called to proclaim God’s Word (Isa. 61:1; Ezek. 2:1-4). When the Father chose a person for a task, the Holy Spirit equipped that individual to accomplish it. He gave power only to certain people and didn’t necessarily remain…

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The Power of God’s Holy Spirit

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Romans 8:11-14

Yesterday’s reading offered scriptural proof that the Holy Spirit is a person. Yet there’s a persistent misconception that casts Him as some kind of intangible force. The underlying assumption is that “the power of the Holy Spirit” is something Christians wield for themselves. But in fact, the phrase refers to His work in the believer’s life.

Jesus was clear that serving God is not a one-man or one-woman show. It takes two—a believer and the Holy Spirit—to live the Christian life victoriously (Luke 24:49). The Spirit takes up residence in a person the moment that individual receives Christ’s forgiveness for sins. From then on, His job is to equip the believer so he or she can consistently model Jesus to the world.

When the apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me,” he was talking about the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence (Philippians 4:13)…

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There’s A Price Tag

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Luke 14:27

Remember the Mother Goose rhyme about Simple Simon? He’s the one who met the pie man and asked for a sample. The pie man said, “Show me first your penny.” Or as we might say, “There’s a price tag on it.”

Jesus said this about Christian discipleship. “No one can be My disciple who does not carry his own cross and follow Me. But don’t begin until you count the cost” (Luke 14:27, 28 TLB).

There’s a price tag on life. Whether at its beginning or end or at any point in between, life costs something. The world offers many desirable, fascinating things. Impulsively we say, “That’s for me! I’ll have a big helping of that!” Then comes the unavoidable demand, “First your penny!” Health, peace, liberty, reputation, all of these and much more demand prior and continuing payment. There’s a price tag on everything.

There’s a price…

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Be Not Measuring Up

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Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

—1 Corinthians 15:58

It is good to come to the understanding that while God wants us to be holy and Spirit-filled, He does not expect us to look like Abraham or to play the harp like David or to have the same spiritual insight given to Paul.

All of those former heroes of the faith are dead. You are alive in your generation. A Bible proverb says that it is better to be a living dog than a dead lion. You may wish to be Abraham or Isaac or Jacob, but remember that they have been asleep for long centuries, and you are still around! You can witness for your Lord today. You can still pray. You can still give…

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ACRONYM • ACTIVE

Terri's Inspirational Blog

Alert-, mentally, physically and spiritually

Continuing in prayer and in the Word daily

Teaching others about the love of Jesus

Inspiring music- listening as I do my daily chores

Valuing each person in my life- and telling them I love them

Enjoying life to the fullest- laughing, playing and having fun

“…Always abounding in the work of the Lord, for your labor is not in vainin the Lord. ” 1 Corinthians 15:58 b

Dear Father,

Thank you for actively loving me, listening to me, telling me that you value and love me, helping me to play, laugh, have fun and enjoy life. Help me to be active every day for you. In Jesus name I pray, amen

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Be Steadfast.

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Consistency is another word that I like that goes with being steadfast. Being steadfast is what God is and He generates faith, and help that makes us want to be steadfast, unmoving in the work God has called us. All are called, and few are chosen. To be chosen is not a choice. It is God’s choice, and He looks on our hearts. I don’t look on someone’s heart, but I check attitudes, and consistency, and steadfastness.

The Bible says, Be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for you know your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Those are big words, and I believe He helps us in our steadfastness. Ideas come that are from Him that will help with steadfast, closer walking with Him. I try to read until I know I have been in His Presence long enough.

I am retired, but…

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The Work of the Lord

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“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:58‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Commit our works unto the LORD, and our thoughts shall be established. Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us. Establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Praise God!

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A.W. Tozer: The Mightiest Thought is the Thought of God

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The Knowledge of the Holy (1961)

…the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightiest word in any language is its word for God. Thought and speech are God’s gifts to creatures made in His image; these are intimately associated with Him and impossible apart from Him. It is highly significant that the first word was the Word: “And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We may speak because God spoke. In Him word and idea are indivisible.

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