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God's Holy Fire

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[Jesus, in the synagogue, reading from Isaiah:] “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,…

Pentecost and the Promised Spirit

[The LORD said:] “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” —Joel 2:28-29 NIV…

Creator and Sustainer

When you send your Spirit, [all creatures] are created, and you renew the face of the ground. —Psalm 104:30 NIV Key Thought Psalm 104 praises God as creator and sustainer of the earth. One of the dimensions of his providential care has to do with the work of the Holy…

The Spirit Poured Down

Yes, weep and grieve until the Spirit is poured down on us from above and the badlands desert grows crops and the fertile fields become forests. —Isaiah 32:15 MESSAGE Key Thought Throughout the Old Testament prophets, there are statements made about the coming of a new day for God’s people.…

My Redeemer, My Spirit

“As for me, this is my covenant with [those who repent of their sins],” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children…

Who Can Argue with These Qualities?

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. —Romans 14:17-18…

The Father Knows Our Hearts

And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. —Romans 8:27 NLT Key Thought After the incredible promise of the previous verse and the Spirit’s intercession for us (Romans 8:26 ESV), Paul adds…

Too Deep for Words

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. —Romans 8:26 ESV Key Thought Nearly all of us have been at this desperate place. Our souls…

Adoption as Sons

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. —Romans 8:22-23…

God's Children

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. —Romans 8:16 NIV Key Thought We can believe that we are God’s children. We can think it. We can desire it with all of our hearts. We can pray for it. But, the real validation happens when the…

Led by the Spirit of God

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. —Romans 8:14 NIV Key Thought Parents lead their children till they are ready for life on their own. As we cry out to God as our “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15), God leads us. We are…

Abba, Father

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” —Romans 8:15 NLT Key Thought Abba! The first syllables some babies utter. The name for father in the language…