What do you think? Most would probably say “no”. But, when you think about our God and how he created everything in the universe, He spoke it all into existence. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the Garden. Moses talked back and forth with God a number of times.
Exodus 33:11 (NIV) 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp…
There must have been lots of back and forth communication between God and Moses. Moses would then convey a message back to the people. In the Old Testament we see that God would also communicate to the people through the Prophets.
But what about today, 2000 years since the resurrection of Jesus? Does God still speak to us? Here is what the scriptures say:
John 16:12-15 (NIV) 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that He will receive what He will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what He will make known to you.”
Since we have Jesus in our hearts and we have the Holy Spirit as our seal of salvation and in Hebrews 13:5 it says that “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”, God who spoke the world into existence and spoke to men in the Old Testament, it would certainly be in God’s character to continue speaking to us today.
So, He does speak to us today through the Holy Spirit who is our guarantee of what is to come. As we are moving on to maturity we need to make sure we are doing our part to just “listen for the Holy Spirit as He speak” to us.
May God open our ears and minds that we might get to where we are hearing the voice of our Lord and Savior more and more each day!
Blessing to you all this day!
Chet Wiswell, Elder
Justin Case stays in the trunk of my car at all times. It is a kit of tools and other materials in case of an emergency. It can serve as an auxiliary reserve in times of need as a support and aid. One might say that my car abounds or is rich and well-supplied with extra items.
There seems to be a time of excessive amounts of things that goes beyond satisfying needs and moves into the realm of surfeit. This term can be used to describe the overindulgence in eating or drinking as well as overdoing just about anything physical or material.
When King David decided to number Israel, it greatly displeased God ( 1 Ch 21: 1-7). This is somewhat perplexing because at other times taking a census was allowed and even commanded ( 1 Ch 23: 1-3) ( Ex 30: 12) ( Nu 3: 14-15) ( Nu 14: 21-23). This time, however, Satan had incited David to sin, bypassing God and depending on his one million plus soldiers. Surely he had forgotten what God did for Israel in the days of the Judge Gideon. God reduced the 32,000 warriors to 300 to prove His abounding might against the Midianites ( Jug 7: 2-7).
Christians today are told to abound in good works because God is abounding in grace to them ( 1 Cor 9:8). Paul writes that love should abound in them more and more and express itself in knowledge and insight ( Php 1:9). In fact, Jesus came into the world to bring abundant life to His disciples ( Jo 10-10).
The answer to knowing when to abound and yet not surfeit appears to be what one does with the excess. The first church shared their possessions with anyone who had need (Act 2:44-45). (Rom 12:13). As Paul stresses sacrificial giving ( 2 Cor 9:8) he also explains that it is to be reciprocal ( 2 Cor 8: 13-15). Just as God supplied abundant power to Gideon, He will abundantly supply all that we need at all times to generously love and help others (Eph4:28)
Submitted by Jery Bailey
This world we live in is moving along at a fast pace and it looks like “life’s pace” may even be getting more strenuous. Have you ever wondered “what you are doing” or “where you are going” in your life? Have you ever been concerned about what is going on in the world today or even in your own neighborhood today? Do you have answers to where you are going?
I have good news for you today. Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and guidance are all available and easily accessible at our fingertips. We need to put the Word of God in our hearts and allow God to do the rest. Read and study if you would Mark 4:3-20. These scriptures tell us what happens in our lives relative to our level of accepting and applying the Word of God to our lives. We can allow ourselves to slip away into the condition we once lived or we can accept the Word and become productive members of the Body of Christ.
Mark 4:13 (NIV) 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
If we can get to where we understand this parable, we are on the path to understanding the rest of the parables and the significance of the Word of God which is the Bible. When we try to change our lives our way it can be frustrating and ineffective. When we come to where we allow God to change our hearts and set us free, our success is greatly increased.
John 8:32 (NIV) 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
It is the “Truth” we know (and believe) that will set us free.
Once the Word of God gets into our hearts, then we enter a whole new realm of understanding and freedom.
If not already in the Word daily, it is time to get started.Blessings to you all as you allow the Word (the Bible) to change your hearts and lives forever!
Chet Wiswell, Elder
As a Christian, are we any different than anyone else in the world? Should we be different than the “unsaved” individual walking down the streets? Are we different and how are we different?
Acts 2:38 (NIV) 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
As born again believers we have received the “gift of the Holy Spirit” who now lives and abides in us.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Once we come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes and lives in us. We are the “temple”, the abiding place, for the Holy Spirit. He will never leave us or forsake us according to Hebrews 13:5. What an awesome concept to try and wrap your minds around. The very God who created us is now living inside of us all the time.
Romans 8:9-11, 14-17 (NIV) 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
All of Chapter 8 is good reading to chew on and meditate on. So here is part of what we know:
1. As a Born again Christian, we all receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
2. Our Bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We are children of God.
3. We are to Honor God with our Bodies. Maybe we should consider how we live our lives.
4. If we don’t receive Jesus we don’t get the Holy Spirit. Maybe we should be more active in acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives!
5. The Holy Spirit testifies (communicates) with our spirit. There are lots we don’t know or understand here so we should be learning to listen to the Holy Spirit.
We have a big advantage over the unsaved individual because of the presence of the Holy Spirit living in us…when we learn to listen to Him. We should be making better choices in our day to day life.
May the Eyes of Your Heart be open and enlightened to the presence of the Holy Spirit living in you.
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
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