Good morning Pat, here is today’s prayer…

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Dear Father God,

I pray that in all of the situations that I face today, that I will be obedient and dependent upon You and Your Holy Spirit in me.

I desire to give You all praise and glory.

May the people I meet today experience Your love, Your power and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom.

I would like to be able to say, with the Apostle Paul…

My message and my preaching
were not with wise and persuasive words,
but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 
so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Thank You, Lord God.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen.

    

Reflecting on the Names and Nature of God

TODAY'S DEVOTION

The Holy Spirit: The Spirit Whom He Has Given Us

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.
And by this we know that He abides in us,
by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1 John 3:24

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit Whom He Has Given Us. He is the One that Jesus promised to give you (John 14:17). There are no good works you can do to receive the Holy Spirit; He is a gift. Just as a gift is given without obligation, so the Holy Spirit is given freely to you. All you did was “believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 3:23), and the Holy Spirit came into your heart to give you assurance of salvation. Because you have the Holy Spirit living in your life, you can know (have the assurance) that you are a child of God.

Holy Spirit, gratefully I receive You, as I would receive any gift. Thank You for entering my life. Thank You for assurance of salvation.

The Holy Spirit is a gift to all believers. When He was sent on the Day of Pentecost, He appeared as the sound of a mighty rushing wind and as cloven tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-4). He was manifested with mighty symbols to tell all believers that He will do a mighty work when He enters their hearts. Just as the Holy Spirit came upon all believers in the Upper Room, so He enters all who are saved. As a matter of fact, Paul says, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9).

Holy Spirit, thank You for indwelling my heart. Thank You for the spirit of confidence, which is greater than the spirit of anxiety. Thank You for giving me the assurance of eternal life. Amen.

Go Deeper: 1 John 3:16-24 & 1 John 4:1-11

Everyone who is a Christian has the Holy Spirit.

Tomorrow…Jesus: He Who Is Holy and True

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MY OUTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

 

The oMissionary’s Master and Teacher

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master…  John 13:13, 16

To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means having someone who has made me secure in the knowledge that he has met and solved all the doubts, uncertainties, and problems in my mind. To have a master and teacher is this and nothing less— “…for One is your Teacher, the Christ…” (Matthew 23:8).

Our Lord never takes measures to make me do what He wants. Sometimes I wish God would master and control me to make me do what He wants, but He will not. And at other times I wish He would leave me alone, and He does not.

“You call Me Teacher and Lord…”— but is He? Teacher, Master, and Lord have little place in our vocabulary. We prefer the words Savior, Sanctifier, and Healer. The only word that truly describes the experience of being mastered is love, and we know little about love as God reveals it in His Word. The way we use the word obey is proof of this. In the Bible, obedience is based on a relationship between equals; for example, that of a son with his father. Our Lord was not simply God’s servant— He was His Son. “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience…” (Hebrews 5:8). If we are consciously aware that we are being mastered, that idea itself is proof that we have no master. If that is our attitude toward Jesus, we are far away from having the relationship He wants with us. He wants us in a relationship where He is so easily our Master and Teacher that we have no conscious awareness of it— a relationship where all we know is that we are His to obey. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Galatians 1