TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, October 24, 2018:
HOLY SPIRIT: PART TWO
The third person in the Trinity.
And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, “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.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we will continue sharing some thoughts with you concerning the Holy Spirit courtesy of a message we listened to from Dr. Charles Stanley. In Galatians 5:22-23 we read what the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of those who are known by God as His children.
The Holy Spirit seals in a believer’s life the fruits of the Spirit known as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We, as believers, could never consistently live these qualities unless the Holy Spirit was living and working in us.
Here are some of the works that the Holy Spirit does within us with a scripture verse for each one:
• He convicts us of sin -- John 16:8
• He permanently indwells us --John 14:16-18
• He seals us -- Ephesians 1:13
• He teaches us -- John 14:26
• He guides us into all truth --John 16:13
• He reminds us -- John 14:26
• He bears fruit through us -- Galatians 5:22-23
• He comforts us -- John 16:7
• He equips us with spiritual gifts -- I Corinthians 12:4-7
• He fills us -- Ephesians 5:18
• He empowers us -- Acts 1:8
Although the Holy Spirit indwells us from the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior it takes a life time to enable us to do everything God desires us to do and to transform us into the person He wants us to be. We never have to struggle through life in our own strength because we have a Helper reminding us who we are in Christ and equipping us for each day’s challenges. We will still have difficulties, challenges, conflicts, and misunderstandings in life but the Holy Spirit will guard our way and give us wisdom in making decisions that will honor God.
The Holy Spirit is also our source of power and if we hope to accomplish what God desires in our life, we need to see Him as our source of power and strength. When we walk in the Spirit we may get tired but will never burn out. We will not get discouraged by obstacles, knowing the Holy Spirit is within us and will enable us to do whatever He has called us to accomplish. We will trust God rather than trying to manipulate our circumstances and we may experience distress but we will not be overcome with despair.
When we do the work of God in His strength, in His way and with His wisdom we will be blessed no matter what goes on around us. Walking in the Spirit does not make life easy but we never have to walk it alone because our Helper, the Holy Spirit, is always with us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:17.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Help me to yield to the Holy Spirit in all that I do today. May I recognize my inadequacy and put everything in Your hands and rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me as I seek to follow Your will for my life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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