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God's Holy Fire

The Anointing

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. —1 John 2:20-21 NIV Key Thought Jesus…

We Are Not Fooled!

Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ — the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person — comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing…

Litmus Test

Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we…

Danger! Danger!

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a…

Test the Spirits

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. —1 John 4:1 NLT Key Thought Occasionally, we hear someone say something, preach something,…

Standing Firm in One Spirit

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel ……

One!

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. —Ephesians 4:4-6 NLT Key Thought Unity…

One Spirit to Drink

Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. —1 Corinthians 12:13 NLT Key Thought Rather than offering my insight on this passage, the amplified…

United in the Spirit

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. —Ephesians 4:3 NLT Key Thought When we open the book of Acts, we hear Jesus promise twice in the first few verses to send the Holy Spirit to empower the early disciples as they go…

The Spirit's Work of Love

[Epaphras is] the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. —Colossians 1:8 MESSAGE Key Thought Epaphras had told Paul about the Colossians’ growth in Jesus. One vital element of this growth was their love for each other. Paul recognized that the…

Intimate Friendship

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. —2 Corinthians 13:14 MESSAGE Key Thought While most translations of this verse say “fellowship of the Holy Spirit,” I find the phrase “the intimate friendship…

Deep-Spirited Friends

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other,…