Holy Spirit Transport

Acts 8 v 26-40

I love this section of Scripture!  It is about a man named Philip, also known as Philip the evangelist.  He was a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit and he served Jesus well in his time.  He is also a man who had incredible miracles happen to him and through him by the power of the Holy Spirit during his ministry!

This Philip is not the same man as Philip the Apostle who Jesus called in John 1:43.  Philip the Apostle was the one who answered Jesus regarding the bread for 5,000 people in John 6:5-7.  Philip the Apostle is also the man who asked Jesus to “show us the Father” in John 14:8.  He is mentioned only once in the Book of Acts in 1:13 after Jesus ascended into Heaven.  The other Philip spoken of in the rest of Acts is Philip the evangelist.

Philip the evangelist was one of the seven men appointed by the Twelve Apostles in Acts 6:5 to serve and minister in Jerusalem.

“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group.  They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.  They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

So the word of God spread.  The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Acts 6:3-7

After the great persecution of the Christians broke out in Jerusalem, Philip went to Samaria and started a church there.  The Lord used him in mighty ways and many people were healed and saved!

“..On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.”

Acts 8:1-2

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.  Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.  When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.  With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.  So there was great joy in that city.”

Acts 8:4-8

Yeah, that brother was filled with the Holy Spirit big time!  After the Lord used him to minister in Samaria, he had another experience of the Holy Spirit that is incredible!  Many people of that time walked or traveled by horse or chariot.  Philip, however, had a different kind of transportation!

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”  So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians.  This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.  The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Acts 8:26-29

Philip map

Desert road
The desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza.

 

I love how Philip responds to the Holy Spirit in the next verse!  I pray that all of us who believe in Jesus will be this in tune to the Spirit and this excited to obey!

“Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet.  “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”  So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

Acts 8:30-31

I love that!  Philip didn’t walk, he ran!  So, what was the eunuch reading and how did Philip help him?

“The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

and as a lamb before the

shearer is silent,

so he did not open his

mouth.

In his humiliation he was

deprived of justice.

Who can speak of his

descendants?

For his life was taken

from the earth.”

Acts 8:32-33

That passage is from Isaiah 53:7-8, and the eunuch did not understand that the Prophet Isaiah was prophesying about Jesus.  Good thing the Lord sent Philip to explain it, and praise the Lord that what happened next was recorded in the Bible for eternity!

Philip and the eunuch
Bible Art

“The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”  Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus Christ.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water.  Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  And he gave orders to stop the chariot.  Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.  Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”

Acts 8:34-40

That’s right!  The Holy Spirit picked Philip up, he disappeared before the eunuch’s eyes, and then he was transported by the Spirit to the town of Azotus, which was about 20 miles away!  What did Philip do after this amazing event?  He just kept on preaching the good news about Jesus Christ!  I love it!  That is the power of the Holy Spirit folks!

Ancient ruins of Azotus in Ashdod, Israel
Ancient ruins of Azotus
Ashdod, Israel Port
Azotus is now Ashdod, Israel. It is Israel’s largest port accounting for the majority of Israel’s imports.

We see Philip mentioned again at the end of Acts where he is still living in Caesarea.  The Apostle Paul and his companions visit Philip for a few days.   Philip had four daughters by that time, and guess what?  All of his daughters were filled with the Holy Spirit too and all four had the gift of prophecy!

“Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.  He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.”

Acts 21:8-9

Caesarea
Ancient ruins of Caesarea about 58 miles north of Azotus (Ashdod, Israel)

Philip was a man who lived in the power of the Holy Spirit!  He experienced incredible power and miracles, and he served God faithfully.  That same power is still available to all who believe in Jesus today!  Has the Holy Spirit ever picked me up and transported me to another town?  No, but I know God can do it!  He cast out a demon through me by the power of the Holy Spirit, so He can do that too!  If He needed me to be somewhere quickly for a purpose of His, then He would transport me in the Spirit just like Philip!  I believe that with all my heart!

Grace and peace to you all!

Acts 1 verse 8

 

 

 

Living Water

John 7 v 38 nice picture

That is a powerful statement by Jesus!  He promises all of us on earth that whoever believes in Him will have living water flowing within them.  I like that promise!  I’d like to explain what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit.  At the time Jesus said this, the Holy Spirit had not come down yet because Jesus had not been crucified and glorified yet.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor, after He ascended into Heaven.  In the next verse John explains what Jesus meant in verse 38.

“By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

John 7:39

The Holy Spirit has been with us since the Lord sent Him down on the day of Pentecost in 33 A.D. recorded in Acts chapter 2 (that is 1,985 years from that time to this point in 2018).  The Holy Spirit has been on earth for a very long time!  So, how did the Holy Spirit come to earth?

Pentecost Holy Spirit fire

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Acts 2:1-4

That is how Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit from Heaven to earth after He arrived in Heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father!  Boom!  I love that!  That is the living water through believing in Jesus!  We still have access to the Holy Spirit through believing in Jesus our time too!

Romans 10 v 9

Upon believing in Jesus, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit!  I am not promising you that it will be like tongues of fire in Acts (although that could happen), but you will be filled with God’s peace and His streams of living water will flow from within you just as Jesus promised.  Your soul will be saved and you will rest in His forgiveness forever!

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

From experience, I can tell you having the Holy Spirit inside of me is like a constant flowing river of wisdom, comfort, strength, conviction, joy, and encouragement that I can dip into at any time.  It never runs out and it never runs dry.  Even in the worst of pain and circumstances, that river still flows steady and strong.  Jesus Christ is inside of me by the power of the Holy Spirit!  He is in all of His followers.  He is pure refreshment for our souls!  That is what Jesus meant when He said:

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

John 7:38

You can have that too!  It is true and all you have to do is receive it by faith!

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

Revelation 21:5-6

Jesus loves you!  He will make you brand new with His living water flowing within you!  That is a promise and the Lord always keeps His promises!

Grace and peace to you all!

2 Corinthians 5 verse 17 flowers

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing Is Impossible

Genesis 18 v 14

There are many things that are impossible on this earth.  With human beings, many things are impossible.  We all know this.  With God, however, nothing is impossible, and I mean absolutely nothing, is impossible!

In Genesis chapter 18, Abraham’s wife Sarah actually laughs at God when He tells Abraham that Sarah will have a son.  They were both very old at that point and Sarah was well beyond child bearing years, so she laughed.  Why?  Because she thought it was impossible–even for the Lord!

“Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord?  I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”

Genesis 18:13-14

Sarah did end up bearing a son who Abraham named Isaac, who ultimately became the nation of Israel!  Nothing is impossible for God!

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.  Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.  When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him.  Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me?”  And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children?  Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Genesis 21:1-7

Sarah was laughing, but she was not laughing at the Lord anymore!  The Lord had promised Abraham (Abram at that time) that He would make him into a great nation, and He fulfilled that promise through Isaac!

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:2-3

Do you know how all the people of the earth were blessed through Abraham?  Because God sent Jesus Christ through the line of Abraham, and Jesus is the Savior of the world!  That’s how!  Sarah had no idea how important her little baby boy Isaac truly was!  Nothing is too hard for the Lord!

In the beginning of the Book of Matthew, the genealogy of Jesus Christ is recorded:

“A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:”

Matthew 1:1

The entire genealogy is listed in verses 2-16, which clearly shows how we got from Abraham to Jesus.  In verse 17, Matthew sums up the genealogy:

“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”

Matthew 1:17

What started with a laugh of unbelief, ended with the salvation of the world!  Nothing is too hard for the Lord and with God all things are possible!  We see this truth throughout the entire Bible.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

“Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

Luke 18:27

One day as Jesus was preaching and healing people from town to town, He came upon a family whose son was possessed by a demon.  The father pleads with Jesus to help their son and again we see human unbelief and the Lord’s answer to that unbelief.

“Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered.  “It has often thrown him into the fire or water to kill him.  But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

” ‘If you can’?”  said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Mark 9:21-23

I love that!  If?  “If you can” is not in God’s vocabulary!  He is I AM!  Of course He can, and He did cast that demon out too!

I am living proof of that!  Can He cast out demons through His people by the power of the Holy Spirit?  Yes!  Can He send angels to pick you up and fly you away from a man chasing you with a knife?  Yes!  Can He send an angel to speak with you, so you get up and go help a woman in trouble?  Yes!  Can He save you from death and put you back in your body in the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit after you just stopped breathing?  Yes He can, and He did all of those things for me!!!  I am telling you right now, have faith in Jesus!  Believe!  Do not laugh at Him.  The Lord can do absolutely anything He wants to do!  Nothing is impossible for God!  Nothing!

“I know that you can do all

things;

no plan of yours can be

thwarted.”

Job 42:2

That’s right brother Job!  The Lord God Almighty, the Great I AM, King of kings and Lord of lords, can do all things and nothing is impossible or too hard for Him!   Remember that today!  Hallelujah!

Grace and peace to you all!

Romans 10 v 9

 

 

 

Sunday Doxology & Prayer

Romans 11 v 33

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!  “Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counselor?  Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”  For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever!  Amen.”

Romans 11:33-36

A doxology is an expression of praise to God.  This fine Sunday morning I just want to give praise to God and say a prayer for this world that is so lost and hurting.  Holy Spirit filled prayer warriors, please join me in this prayer!

“Lord Jesus, I give you glory right now!  Please anoint this prayer in the Holy Spirit!  I lift up your Name and I pray that you pour out your Holy Spirit on all of us in every country in this world.  I pray you spark fires of revival through every single believer on earth!  I pray you pour out your Holy Spirit on the nations Lord and draw people to you!  Heal the broken, cast out the evil, bind up the wounds, and bring peace to all of the fear, anxiety, and depression that people are suffering.  Cast out the spirit of depression that is over the nations and release us from it Lord!  Hunt down evil in our lands and defeat it!  I lift the nations of the world up to you Lord.  Pour out your Holy Spirit on us!  Make us new!  Put a new song in our hearts!  Make your presence known Lord as we draw near to you, refresh our hearts and minds, and may your Holy Will be done, Amen!”

If you need prayer, have any questions, or just need to talk, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Grace and peace to you all in the beautiful and powerful Name of Jesus!

Romans 5 v 8

Romans 6 v 23

Romans 10 v 9

 

You Are Not Disregarded

Soaring Eagle

Throughout the years of my suffering Celiac there have been many times where I felt as though the Lord was done with me.  I felt as though He had set me aside and my life was no more.  You know what though?  Every time I felt like that, God made sure to let me know He was right there with me.

He did this by using a verse to get my attention.  I would be having a day where everything seemed dark and I felt like God was no longer paying attention to me, so I would go to the Word.  He is the vine and we are the branches, remember to remain in Him.

The Lord started using this verse in the deep years of my suffering.  I was in the throws of it and I was in burning pain and anguish every day.  On one of those days about 3 or 4 years into it, I was suffering badly, but I had not talked to the Lord about it.  I felt like the Lord was going to let me die and He was disregarding me.  I was keeping all of these thoughts inside my mind and heart that day and I was in turmoil.   I walked into the kitchen, grabbed my Bible, and opened it.  I wasn’t looking for a particular passage.  I just grabbed it and opened it.  As I was suffering in my anguish and despair feeling like God had abandoned me to die in my pain, I looked at my Bible and this is the verse my eyes landed on:

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?”

Isaiah 40:27

Upon reading that verse I froze!  I had read it before, but never like that!  It was like God had walked right into my house to let me know I am not hidden from Him and He is still with me!  I had not even said a word to Him about how I was feeling, but the Lord knows our thoughts and hearts and He lifted me up!  That is how the Lord speaks to us through His Word!  Be in it every day folks!

He filled my heart with hope and encouragement and I felt like I was soaring above my pain!  It was like the disease had no hold on me!  My body was hurting, but my Spirit was soaring!

I continued to read the remaining verses to the end of the chapter, and it all started to become very clear as the Lord spoke a familiar and famous set of verses into my heart:

“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

Tears of joy were streaming down my face and I praised God for His love and comfort!  I soar like an eagle above my troubles because of His power inside of me!  I feel just like that eagle strong and bold as he flies over the valley of the shadow of death.  This disease has no hold on me and I am not disregarded by my God!

You are not disregarded either!  He sees you!  He knows you!  There is real hope in Jesus!  Come to Him today and get your wings!  He will lift you up, and you will soar high above every dark cloud of trouble in this world!

Grace and peace to you all!

Wings as eagles

Soaring Eagle 2
See ya later Celiac Disease!!!

Jeremiah 29 v 13

Something About The Number 7

Jeremiah 29 v 11

The number 7 is God’s special number of perfection.  We see it used throughout the Old and New Testaments hundreds of times.  I am not talking about Bible codes or any of that stuff!  I am talking about God’s order and the fact that He made the number 7 a number of divine completion.  God completed His work of Creation in 6 days and rested on the 7th day, we have the 7 lampstands and 7 stars in Revelation, 7 letters to 7 churches, forgive 70 times 7, debts were cancelled every 7 years, and the list goes on.  This has played out in my life as well, and I would like to share something deeply personal and special to me.

Number 7 in Bible 2

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on January 6, 2012.  I weighed 128 pounds and I was dying.  I thought I had cancer.  The pain was maddening and my anguish was unbearable like my flesh being torn inside my body day after day with no end in sight!  Despite all the suffering, I can testify that God has been faithful to me!

I am coming up on my 7 year anniversary fighting this disease (1-6-19).  I am only a few months away from God’s perfect number 7!  I can feel it too!  It is not like years 1-6.  I was deep in the midst of the suffering during most of those years.

As the 7th approaches, there is a perfection and completeness that He is bringing to my suffering.  It is happening now even as I write this.  I hope and pray you can all see and feel the passion I have inside my heart for Jesus.  I have suffered greatly and the Lord has refined me over these many consecutive years of trial and testing.  I can feel Him moving and working as He orchestrates His final lesson of my 7 years of suffering, and brings completion to His healing process!  Amen!

Number 7 in Bible

Over these last almost 7 years, God has also used 7 verses that He brought to my attention over and over.  These verses represent struggles I have had and lessons the Lord wanted to teach me.  They represent painful pruning, but also victory that I have now.  They represent the way I had to trust God when my entire life was broken and I was laid bare in the dust of the earth.  They grounded me in times of great pain, anguish, and sorrow.  They helped me see clearly when my vision was blurred by anger and disillusionment.  Above all God let me know that He was always with me no matter how bad the storm, and He used these verses in a variety of ways to help teach me that.  See my post titled “Boomerang Blessing” for an encouraging story about how God works and reminds us He is there.

It got to the point that I just wrote them down and stuck them to the fridge.  God wanted me to see them all the time every day.  I have read and prayed these verses over myself and my family many times, and it has been very effective for living righteously and trusting God through my time of trial.  I would like to share these verses with you now.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

1 Timothy 6:6

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”

Psalm 37:8

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Ephesians 4:29

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

I could write a whole book about what I have learned from those 7 verses over almost 7 years of suffering!  I have written pieces on many of those verses already on this blog, and I will continue to do so as the Lord leads.  I just want you to know that the Lord has used these verses and years of trial to prune and shape my character and strengthen my faith!  In 1996 when I accepted Christ, part of that prayer was “come into my life and make me the kind of person you want me to be.”  He is still doing that even now!

In a few months on January 6, 2019, I am going to write a blog post regarding the 7th year anniversary of my diagnosis.  I am really looking forward to what the Lord will do on that day!  God is completing and perfecting the work of the pain I have lived through.  I trust Him, I know without a doubt that He has good plans for me, and I am really excited to see what He does on that day!

Never ever lose hope!  Jesus always wins in the end!  Jesus is Lord!

Grace and peace to you all!

Romans 15 v 13 with mountains

 

Die To Yourself

Romans 12 v 2 do not conform

If you are a Christian or have ever been around Christians, then you have probably heard the phrase “die to yourself.”  That is a strange phrase to the world.  What does that mean exactly?

Roman coliseum
Ancient Roman Coliseum (where Christians were killed)

In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul urges the believers in Rome to stay pure and holy as they follow Jesus.  Anybody who has studied history knows that Rome was full of immorality in the first century.  It was not a place of purity and holiness.  It was a place of vile sin, violence, and death.  Paul urges the new believers to offer their bodies to God in a very unique way.

“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Romans 12:1

Worship is much more than singing.  Paul is telling the believers to die to themselves (let go of the sinful behavior and attitudes of the world) and become “living sacrifices” in order to be holy and pleasing to God.  He is saying leave the ways of the world and worship God with your whole being in everything you do!

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2

Paul does not want the believers to act or live like the Romans anymore.  He wants them to understand that they must be transformed by the Holy Spirit who washes our minds and hearts clean.  That admonishment comes with a promise too–that we will be able to understand God’s will when we live our lives in the renewal of the Spirit!

All of us who follow Jesus are the Body of Christ and He is working through each one of His people!  Paul makes sure the believers understand this.  He would have rebuked the phrase, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  Paul is saying forget that and love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength!

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.  Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

Romans 12:3-5

Colosse 2
Ancient Colosse

Colosse map

Paul says it this way to the believers in Colosse:

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:1-3

When you accept Jesus, your old life dies, and your new life is safe in Him.  We are to die to ourselves daily, which means we no longer satisfy our old way of life with all its worldly passions and desires.  My old self died back in 1996 when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior!

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

Galatians 5:24

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Colossians 3:5-8

“I die every day–I mean that, brothers–just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:31

You can only “die to yourself” and live in purity and holiness by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.  It is through His Holy Spirit that the Lord renews our minds, sanctifies our souls, and gives us power to live a righteous life–and that only comes through Jesus!

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all!”

Colossians 3:9-11

May all of us who love Jesus keep our focus on Him, die to ourselves daily, and may all of our lives be a spiritual act of worship holy and pleasing to God, in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

Grace and peace to you all!

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.  And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.  These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”

Titus 3:3-8

John 3 v 16 big