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Daily Devo- 9 Tasks of the Holy Spirit

John 14:16-18

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.

Jesus promised His disciples that they would never be alone; although he would be leaving this world. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us– to stay with us through every difficult time. The disciples were in desperate need for a helper (counselor) since their mentor Jesus was no longer available to them in person.

The Holy Spirit has a divine name ‘Spirit of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:11)

The Holy Spirit has these 9 tasks:

  1. To dwell with us and be in us. (John 14:17)
  2. To teach the disciples all things. (John 14:26)
  3. To bring to their remembrance what Jesus said. (John 14:26)
  4. To testify of Jesus. (John 15:26)
  5. To convict the world of sin because they do not believe in Jesus (John 16:8-11)
  6. To convict the world of righteousness because Jesus has gone to His Father and can no longer be seen here (John 16:8-11)
  7. To convict the world of judgment because the ruler of this world is judged (John 16:8-11)
  8. To guide the disciples into all truth. (John 16:13)
  9. To be baptized in the Holy Spirit and receive power to witness throughout the world (Acts 1:5-8)

The Holy Spirit has continued His ministry of conviction and conversion throughout history. Every believer (person born again and accepted Jesus as their Savior) is “sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise.” (Ephesians 1:13)

From the time you accept Jesus and going forward the Holy Spirit stays with you– giving you help, comfort, and a companion in Jesus. Just because the Holy Spirit is in us does not mean we turn into robots or have no control over our own feelings/actions/words. We are still tempted by sin and will still have days where we fail the test of faith, but when we willfully continue to sin we ‘grieve’ the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30)

Worship

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit to be our help and comforter through difficult times. Thank you for giving us Your power through the Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray that Your Holy Spirit would fill each person who is seeking to know you with an overwhelming understanding and peace of Your promises. Lord I pray the Holy Spirit would help to guide me in Your truth and lead me in the way You want me to go. I pray that I would feel and know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to me. I pray that you would help me to turn from my sins and not grieve the Holy Spirit. Lord, Your goodness and blessings are amazing and I am in total awe of You. I pray that the Holy Spirit would help me to boldly testify about Jesus and what the truth in God’s Word says. It is through You alone I am able to walk by faith and not by sight in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Imagination

Imagination is define as the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. There are three classifications of imagination– things we should not imagine– things we can not imagine– and things we should imagine.

Luke 1:51 NKJV
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Things we SHOULD NOT imagine:

  • Things evil in nature
  • Worrisome thoughts
  • Fearful thoughts
  • Lustful or perverted thoughts

Did you know?

Worry is a misuse of our imagination and it also activates fear.

Somethings we CANNOT imagine:

  • Heaven
  • Plans God has in store for us
  • Blessings
  • Miracles

Did you know?

Some people do not believe in Heaven, because they can not imagine it.

Things we SHOULD imagine:

To possess and exercise a healthy imagination makes the impossible things–possible.

Imagination is essential to living by faith. Hebrews 11:1 tell us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Great lives are built around great imagination God’s dreams are bigger than my dreams. Ephesians 3:20

Don’t plan your life and set goals around what you see or your circumstances. Let the size of your God, determine the size of your goals. Remember, God can make the impossible- possible. Let God’s spirit and His word guide you and fuel your imagination.

Satan comes to put doubt in our mind.

Mark 9:23-24 NKJV
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


Doubt is meant to be doubted and beliefs are meant to be believed.

– Pastor Phil Willingham Sermon 2017

As believers we have a helper in life– someone who is trustworthy and loyal– someone the world does not have because they do now know Him, and cannot imagine His existence.

John 14:16-17 NKJV
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The key to a stronger and healthier imagination is spending daily quiet time with God. Read His word– listen for His voice– study in your areas of weakness– and trust in His promises.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being our helping hand and guiding as through Your word. Lord, forgive us for our times of doubt and for our misuse of our imagination. Open our eyes so that we can see the wonderful ways of Your law. Help us to understand so that we can meditate on Your works. I pray that you will stir up our spirits so that we will want to seek You more. I pray You will help us as we seek to have a stronger and healthier imagination. Guide our quiet time in Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Prayer A Way of Life

Our prayer life and spirituality should not be separated from our day to day happenings. We should be taking what we read in the Bible and our discoveries during prayer time with us through-out the day. Remembering what God has taught us through His word- relaying on His promises- trusting Him in every aspect of our life.

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 14:21

After reading Luke 24:13-32 you will see that there is not a lot known about the two who walked the path from Jerusalem to Emmaus. However, it is very clear that they are having internal conflict from a lack of understanding of their circumstances.

Jesus approached the two men and drew near to them when they had a human or earthly need to understand. Jesus wants to be among our earthly circumstances- to be the first one we run to- to carry on a dialogue with us. We are called to make Jesus and our prayer life a priority -NOT a last resort.

Luke 24:17-24

The two men explained in detail what was causing their internal conflict. They expressed their lack of understanding of life’s circumstances and their frustration from the hopes and dreams being crushed.

This is very similar to the way we feel when we pray and cry out to God but do not get the answers that we want- when we want them- or how we want them.

Part of being human means we can only see our circumstances and struggles through a small key hole compared to the whole picture that God see’s. Jesus wants us to express our concerns- to take our burdens to Him- to cast our cares upon Him as we process what is happening in our life.

Often times when we read the Bible and search for answers during times of tragedy we can’t make sense of what it is trying to teach us. This is because during difficult and pressing times we have a very limited perspective- looking for a solution for an apparent tragedy.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

You are our light in the darkness- You care for us even when we aren’t making You a priority- You are always near to me in times of need. Lord, I confess that I tend to get wrapped up in the “tragedy” and go searching for solutions instead of bringing the problems to Your feet. Lord, forgive me for not keeping You as a priority in my life. I am thankful you are a forgiving and merciful Father. Lord, help me to remember what You have taught me- remember that we are only seeing our circumstances through a key hole compared to the whole picture that You see. Lord, help me to lay my problems at Your feet and to put all my hope, faith, and trust in You. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- December 16, 2017

John 14:6- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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D.B.V.- April 3, 2017

John 14:26- But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

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D.B.V.- February 13, 2017

John 14:26- But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

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D.B.V.- July 14, 2016

John 14:27- Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.