In this world, there is so much that opposes us. As believers, we need to surround ourselves with other godly people and lift each other up. Of course, we need to spend time with those that do not believe and share our faith, but we must be united as a church and strengthen one another and love one another.
The Holy Spirit is mentioned throughout the Bible. He is described in Genesis hovering over the waters when the earth was first formed. He filled the Kings and judges to give them strength and wisdom, and came upon Jesus at the start of His ministry. He indwells those who follow Christ and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit and given spiritual gifts by Him. He prays for us, guides us and gives us fruit to grow and edify others. Continue reading “The Role of the Holy Spirit”
Recently, I had comments from someone who believed that Paul was a false teacher who was a self appointed apostle, who contradicted Jesus’ teachings and who always wanted to lift himself up. He used the book of Acts to point out that Matthias was appointed, not Paul, but would not accept my argument that Luke wrote (also in Acts) that Paul was appointed by Jesus and accepted by the apostles to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. You cannot pick and choose which part of the Bible you believe and accept. If there is any doubt in some of it, what does that say about the rest of it? Read through the gospels and through Paul’s epistles (particularly Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians) and see if you see contradiction to Jesus’ teachings. Does Paul point us to himself or to Jesus Christ? Paul was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ and proclaiming the gospel. Paul says he is the least of the apostles and the chief of sinners. He says he is wretched and undeserving and only by grace was he saved. Now that I put that distraction behind me, let us move on and look at the scriptures.
Today’s Daily Scripture is again from Paul’s letter to the Philippian church:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed in His death
As Psalm 63 says, “O God, You are my God, early I seek You; My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory”
The study I went through today was very convicting. We should have angst and deep desire to long for Jesus Christ. We need to seek God more than anything. In the way a dehydrated, dying man in a desert seeks for water is how we should seek God. Nothing else matters in comparison to what Jesus Christ has done for us and through His death and resurrection. We have Christ in us, if we accept Him as our Lord and our Savior. This is part of what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In all we do, let us turn to Him first. In all that we do, let us give Him the glory.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Often we get caught up in this world of trying to get ahead and have more things especially in America. Not only that, but why do we do the good deeds that we do? Before I do anything, I need to think to myself and pray, why am I doing this? Is it for my own gain? Is it for pride? Will it benefit someone else? It does not say you can’t have nice things or do things for yourself, but to put others first. It says to do things with the right intentions. James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 quote Proverbs, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.”
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Let us be humble and follow Jesus’ example. He is God. He is our Lord. He deserves our worship. He gave Himself for us so that we could be forgiven. Being forgiven, we are children of God and we should honor Him and live for Him and share all the good He has done for us.