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Confirmation!

[Jesus said,] “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes — the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father — he will confirm everything about me.” —John 15:26 MESSAGE Key Thought I have always been amazed at how Jesus uses the last few hours of his…

Where Is God?

Then [the LORD’s people] remembered the old days, the days of Moses, God’s servant: “Where is he who brought the shepherds of his flock up and out of the sea? And what happened to the One who set his Holy Spirit within them?” —Isaiah 63:11 MESSAGE Key Thought In their…

Grieving the Holy Spirit

[God] said, “Without question these are my people, children who would never betray me.” So he became their Savior. In all their troubles, he was troubled, too. He didn’t send someone else to help them. He did it himself, in person. Out of his own love and pity he redeemed…

Spirit Powered Ministry

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. —Isaiah 61:1 NIV Key Thought God’s…

God's Spirit Will Be with God's People, Forever!

“As for me,” God says, “this is my covenant with [the Israelites]: My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak, they’re not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. You will keep…

Ignoring the Spirit

“What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the LORD. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.” —Isaiah 30:1 NLT Key Thought In the time of Isaiah, God’s people were in a very difficult predicament politically and…

God's Word Comes by the Spirit

[After the return of the people of Judah from Babylon, this is what the LORD said about them,] “They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that the LORD of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the…

Everlasting Harvest

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. —Galatians 6:8 NLT Key Thought We have to make a choice. There are only two possibilities:…

Restore that Person Gently

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. —Galatians 6:1 NIV Key Thought Spiritual people are those who live under the influence of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25).…

Following the Spirit's Lead

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. —Galatians 5:25 NLT Key Thought We are given new life — born again into a new kind of life (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:3-7) in Jesus Christ by the power of the…

This Kind of Fruit!

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! —Galatians 5:22-23 NLT Key Thought We don’t have the personal power to produce holiness through our own efforts. God’s miracle of…

Contrary to the Spirit

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.…