Sunday, September 04, 2011

September 4, 2011 … The Promised Holy Spirit

Passage of the Day: John 14: 16 – 17 … 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be [some early manuscripts state “is” instead of “will be”] in you.

My Journal for Today: What a pronouncement; … what a promise! In fact, this promise that Jesus made to His inner circle of disciples in the upper room discourse just hours before His time of passion and death was fulfilled for the church at Pentecost as it has been for every individual believer who receives the indwelling Holy Spirit upon believing and receiving Christ as Lord and Savior.

As John MacArthur points out in today’s Strength for Today devotional, this promise and its ultimate fulfillment actually has four elements …

#1 … A supernatural Helper identical in Spirit to God, the Father, and God, the Son (John 14: 27b); …
#2 … A supernatural or divine perspective on the world and life (John 14: 19); …
#3 … A supernatural Teacher Who provides believers with the mind of Christ (John 14: 26); and …
#4 … A supernatural peace which assertively and positively allows us to deal with our spiritual enemies (see Phil. 4: 7; 1st Cor. 10: 13; and Eph. 6: 10 – 13).

And as we read in John 14: 21 and 15: 5, all that Christ demands of His disciples (i.e., you and me as born-again Christians) is that we believe enough to obey the teaching and leading of His Spirit. Now, this devotional entry may be short; but is that not the most provocative and powerful promise that God could give to anyone who believes and submits to our Lord? The question is … are we discerning it, believing it, and acting on it?

My Prayer Today: O Lord, help me in my unbelief! Amen

No comments: