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God the Holy Spirit – 29

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God the Holy Spirit – 29

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of Glory

II Corinthians 3:18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Do you want to be changed? There is one way. It is not magic but it is a miracle. As you continually gaze on the glory of God – in nature and in the Scripture, the Holy Spirit will change you. The heavens declare His glory. His Word is the word of Glory. You will be changed if and as you make His glory your constant gaze. You will be changed from one level of glory to a higher level of glory. Someday you will stand in His glory in His Heaven.

Heavenly Father,
We long to stand in your glory now and someday. We are growing closer and closer to that day. Your Holy Spirit is changing us from glory to glory as we fix our hearts on You. This is your miracle in our lives. All earthly glories fade in comparison to your glory. Every day we rise until some day we will rise. We gaze on you until one day we will gaze on you. We now bear your image until someday we will bear your image. The miracle of your eternity begins here and now. Gratefully we honor you as our creator God.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 28

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God the Holy Spirit – 28

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of liberty

II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

No more in bondage to the law, no more behind the veil, no more as Moses was – but now as Christ is – the veil is taken away. The Spirit now reveals to us His truth and His glory. We are free. We have liberty. Not liberty to do wrong but liberty to live – really live – alive in Christ because Christ has made us free and His Spirit lives in us to live in and for us.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the wonderful privilege of being your children. As your children, we enjoy your freedom and liberty in your Son through your Spirit. How amazing. Freedom from the bondage of the flesh. Freedom from the bondage of sin. Freedom to serve and live in your Spirit.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 27

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God the Holy Spirit – 27

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of faithfulness

Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Joseph’s life was very difficult. From favorite son to prisoner to faithful slave – God was with him. Even the Pharaoh noted that the Spirit of God was with Joseph. In difficult times, God’s Spirit is faithful to God’s children. Much can be taken away. God’s Spirit cannot be taken from God’s children.

O Father,
We do not know your future plans for us or for our children and their children. We do know that you are faithful and that your Spirit will be wherever you lead us. We long to be your children and to faithfully serve you, our faithful God, and be guided by your faithful Spirit.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 26

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God the Holy Spirit – 26

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of purification

Matt. 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire
The Holy Spirit is the fire on the altar that consumes the flesh and burns out the dross of life. The entry of the Holy Spirit into our life is the power that eliminates sin and energizes our spirit by His Spirit. No longer me that lives but the Spirit of Christ living in me and the mighty Christ of God is the fire in and of my life.

Holy Father,
You are so faithful to call us to yourself. You are so faithful to not allow us to continue in a life of sin. The fire of your Holy Spirit on the altar of life is the constant cleansing – consuming the wood, hay, and stubble and preserving the gold, silver, and precious stones in our lives. We will be eternally grateful for your fire of purification in our lives.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 25

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God the Holy Spirit – 25

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of identity

Matt. 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes His followers with the Holy Spirit. That baptism makes them part of His body, the Church – His Church. Baptism is identity. Jesus is our identity. We are identified with Him as He baptizes us with His Spirit and we are controlled and led by His faithful Spirit. We lose our own identity and take on His identity and are filled with His Spirit.

Lord Jesus,
Thank you that you love us enough to include us in your Church. Thank you for baptizing us with and in your Holy Spirit. You are willing to be identified with us as we are identified with you. You make us your body and we become your Church as we submit to your identity. We are so blessed.

Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 24

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God the Holy Spirit – 24

The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of unity

Jude 1:18 …there would be mockers in the last time
Who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith,
Praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God,
Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy
25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.

There is unity only in the Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit gives true unity. Living in the Spirit joins you with others who live in the Spirit.

Those who do not live in the Spirit cannot have the unity of the Spirit. They walk according to their ungodly desires. Their sensual, fleshly nature causes divisions between themselves and those who walk in the Spirit.

Praying in the Holy Spirit:
Builds us up in the most holy faith
Keeps us in the love of God

So that He:
Will keep us from stumbling
Will present us faultless

Dear Father,
How we need your Holy Spirit to live in us to accomplish what we could never do. We call on you by the power of your Spirit in our spirit to keep us in your love and build us up. Thank you that you keep us from stumbling and will present us faultless before your glory with exceeding joy, for you alone are wise.
Amen

Idols of the Heart

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Idols of the Heart

Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts,
And put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity.
Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?

“Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart,
And puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity,
And then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him who comes,
According to the multitude of his idols,
“That I may seize the house of Israel by their heart,
Because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.”‘

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Repent, turn away from your idols,
And turn your faces away from all your abominations.
“For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel,
Who separates himself from Me
And sets up his idols in his heart
And puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity,
Then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me,
I the LORD will answer him by Myself.

“I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb,
And I will cut him off from the midst of My people.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
“And if the prophet is induced to speak anything,
I the LORD have induced that prophet, and
I will stretch out My hand against him
And destroy him from among My people Israel.
“And they shall bear their iniquity;
The punishment of the prophet
Shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired,
“That the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me,
Nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions,
But that they may be My people and I may be their God,” says the Lord GOD.'”

The word of the LORD came again to me, saying:
“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness,
I will stretch out My hand against it;
I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it,
And cut off man and beast from it.

Ezekiel 14:1-13