In His Presence: Matthew 11:29
“[God] made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”(2 Corinthians 3:6).
The Holy Spirit within us makes life real; life comes alive. When we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer, life is no longer theology. It’s all right to have theology in our heads, just as long as it becomes real in our lives when we grow closer to God through the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit takes over, we begin to grow. The Holy Spirit becomes our power source behind this growth so that eventually it will become evident. “The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:19-23).
The Holy Spirit is the divine enabler who produces growth in us. Every time we try to grow independently of God, we are working against Him. Many of us spend much of our time shutting God out. We are trying to produce those fruits on our own. However, God does not need our help to grow us.
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When the Holy Spirit takes over our spiritual growth, He will produce remarkable fruit in us.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.
I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it (Acts 15:16). What makes the place where you live merely a house? What transforms it into a home?
Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand (Ps. 73:23). Harriet Tubman was a small wisp of a woman, yet God used her to do a mighty work. Maybe you are wondering how God could possibly use you...
You are my strong fortress. In You I find all that I need. In You is power, might and force.
No man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). Until we stabilize the foundation, no number of programs, government grants, or elections will be able to repair the cracks in our cultural walls.
The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). God’s method of transformation is conforming us to the image of Christ by the work of the Spirit within.
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (John 12:24). If there is no sowing of seeds, there can be no expectation of harvest.
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (Luke 16:13). One day, God will call us to an accounting of what we have done with what He has given us
How dare we live for everything else and forget the Source.