Led by the Spirit of God
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 tniv
Parents lead their children till they are ready for life on their own. As we cry out to God as our Abba Father (Rom. 8:15), God leads us. We are his young children and he leads and guides us through the influence and work of the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus told his closest followers that he would not leave them as orphans when he went back to the Father. Instead, he would send them the Comforter — the Counselor, the Intercessor, the Advocate — whom we know as the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18). So as God’s dearly loved children, we can choose to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, or we can rebel and live on our own. But life and peace are found in living in step with the Spirit’s lead (Rom. 8:6), while rebellion and death are the result of living on our own without the Father’s help (Rom. 6:23; Rom. 8:6-7). Because the Father has demonstrated his love for us through the gift of his Son, let’s listen for our Father’s voice and follow our Father’s heart by responding to the lead of the Holy Spirit!
O Father, you are righteous and holy, gracious and merciful. Thank you for claiming me as your child. Thank you for not leaving me alone, left only to my own power, as I try to live for you. I intentionally submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, knowing that the Spirit’s presence in my life is a gift from your love to help me live as your beloved child. I thank you, in the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.
SpiritFire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Thoughts and Prayer for SpiritFire are written by Phil Ware.
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JESUS CHRIST: The SON of GOD
John 1:1-2: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
Have you ever heard someone deny that Jesus claimed to be God? Such a statement simply does not make sense. Repeatedly, Jesus placed Himself on equal footing with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 10:30; John 14:6-14). Scripture gives us a clear picture of Jesus’ eternal, intimate relationship with the heavenly Father.
Why is it important for us to believe this? Because Jesus did something that had never been done before: He enabled men and women to see God in a new way. In Colossians 1:15, Paul explains that Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.” No one has ever looked upon the face of the Almighty. In the Old Testament, some people were confronted with God, but they were never able to look fully upon His glory. In fact, even Moses, who is called a friend of God (Ex. 33:11), could not look directly at Him. At best, Moses had the opportunity to look upon God’s back as He passed by, but never saw His face (Ex. 33:18-23).
The reason Jesus came, however, was to bridge the gap between God’s glory and mankind’s sinful nature. In the original Greek text, the word for “image” is directly related to the English word icon. Just as an icon on your computer screen directs you to the main program, Jesus directs believers to the fullness of God’s glory. As the “icon,” Jesus is the exact, flawless replica of God. Therefore, Jesus could say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
What has Jesus taught you about the Father? How can you share that insight with someone today?
By Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries
Back to the Starting Place
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:1-4
Sometimes I need to go back to the beginning of the Bible to get a new perspective on things. The book of Genesis is a wonderful book filled with all kinds of new beginnings. From the creation of the universe to the beginnings of civilization, I am always blessed when I start reading Genesis. Let’s look at the first four verses to see how they can give us a fresh and new perspective for today.
I love the first four words: “In the beginning God….” That says it all. Sometimes I just need to be reminded that God has always existed. It is hard to comprehend the concept that before “the beginning,” there was God, but it is a truth that we can embrace with love and respect. He is God and there is none other. “God,” as used in this passage, is the Hebrew word “Elohim,” which is plural (meaning more than one). Elohim refers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, existing since the beginning of creation. It brings great comfort in being reminded that God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present, from beginning to end (Alpha and Omega), while taking care of us in the middle too.
The next amazing part of these verses describes how God separated the light from the darkness. The earth was dark and had no form or substance. But God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). God saw the darkness and knew that the whole earth needed His light. Thus, God brought forth His light for us. When we feel as though darkness surrounds us, we look upon Jesus and He is still bringing forth His light for us today. These verses remind us that God understands darkness and never intended for us to live in it. He created the light, separated the light from darkness, and said, “it was good.”
When man sinned, darkness entered into our hearts and the light of God went out. God sent His Son, Jesus, to bring light into the world so that all who believe in Him might be saved from the eternal darkness. For those of us today who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are filled with His eternal presence through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. Everywhere we go, we shine His light. Isn’t it great to go back to the beginning?
By Bobbye and Tonilee
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