Context is key
Q: How does the Holy Spirit help God’s children
A: He convicts them of their sin and helps them overcome. Also, it is always good for us to memorize verses but we need to know and understand the context from which they come. Context is everything. The meaning of the verse is precise and true. True confession must profess Christ. In so being, we open ourselves up and make ourselves vulnerable to God and the movement of the Holy Spirit. To trust in Jesus is to abide in Him. This abiding in Him reflects Christ’s character. No one just drifts to Christ’s likeness. In fact, bearing fruit begins with progressively becoming like Jesus.
So how do I become more Christ like? Start with making a prayer request. Then focus on God and His word and what He is saying to you through it. This world hates us because we love Jesus. He prepares us for what to expect from the world and Satan who is the prince of this world. We are his pawns and he uses us to do his work. Abiding in God prepares us to bear witness for God. Abiding in Christ ready’s us for Satan’s attacks and it does this with the Gospel and His Word.
Jesus is in control. He is in control no matter the situation! When people are involved in a situation emotions are always present. Happy, sad, anger, laughter, etc… Jesus knows everything, even the North Star of all the stars in the sky. This stirs a question. Who is your North Star? Who is in control? If it is not Jesus then the decisions made are not inspired by Him. Choices lead to outcomes and all choices have some type of effect. Effects that have lasting outcomes. There are two decisions whose eternal consequences are crucial and determine where one will live when they die. The one is to deny Jesus Christ and His existence and this leads to eternal damnation. God’s cup of wrath will be poured out on those who refuse to accept. It is punishment that will be poured out on those who have turned on God and Jesus.
Nothing stops Jesus from doing His Fathers will or from loving His people. Jesus was in control of the circumstances surrounding His crucifixion to accomplish His mission. Satan was present at that historic event as well. The devil is at work regardless of Jesus’ presence. Look at Peter for he denied Christ 3 times. The Lord redeemed Peter like He can redeem each one of us
The other is to acknowledge Him as the one and only Son of God and to allow Jesus to take control of your life. This leads to eternal happiness with Jesus Christ in Heaven. “For I gave them the words that you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty I came from you, and they believed you sent me”. (John 17:8)
“I Am” are words of power and might. They depict majesty and identity. The words “Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb”. These are also word of power because they describe what everyone will do when they go through heaven’s gates. Yet there are those when faced with a dilemma the thought process is obey what I think is right to obey. That process should be ‘I will obey who I know is right and do what I know is right.’ 1Peter 3:14-15 tells us that we are called to take a stand and be prepared. Be prepared to take a stand for Jesus. “Credit belongs to the man who stands in the arena with the sweat of his brow present on his forehead and shirt.”
For it is in the end each person chooses to believe who Jesus is! “We all have a plan before we get punched in the face.”(Mike Tyson)
Throughout the Gospels, we see that Jesus talked to the Father - His Father
How does one talk to the Father? Two ways, by our prayers and by the Holy Spirit
When we pray to Jesus our prayers are heard by the Holy Spirit. He acts as the go
between for us and Jesus. What He does is refines our prayer meaning anything
we cannot put into words He does that for us. He does not change the meaning of our
prayer or put words in our mouth. He puts words to our 'groaning'so that our prayers
say what we want them to say and not what He wants them to say. So I ask the ques-
tion, who is your advocate? What did Jesus pray for? He prayed for His glorification
and the disciples. Before He went back to Heaven, Jesus conquered this world through
the greatest act of sacrificial love that is known to mankind and will never be done
by anyone else. He did this by death on the cross, by shedding His blood on that cross
for our sins, by rising from the dead. He was the sacrificial lamb and scapegoat
as in the Old Testament. Jesus' mission was to be Savior of the world.
So in the life of a believing Christian, glorifying God is our highest calling.
Being called a leader does not make you a leader. The calling is that our glory, would
glorify God. The glory and the majesty of God is far greater then any personal success
or tragedy. His glory was reflected by the disciples."Holy Father, protect
them that they may be kept safe"(John 15:11).
The joy that Christians feel is a joy that comes from Jesus and His joy is
lasting and eternal. "Knowledge of Christ requires an answer and an action.
God will be with us in our challenges and struggles."(John Knox) Obedience
results in Jesus' love for His own and it brings confidence and joyful living.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience".(3:12)
Jesus died to give me this life, so what is keeping me from living it and
keeping me from heaven.
Jesus was the revelation of God's glory and He always answers prayer. GOD IS
ON THE MOVE. God desires that we experience the fullness of His love and presence.
Prayer is not optional for a Christian - it is what defines the life style of a
Christian - we engage Him in prayer and a dynamic forms. We interact God and
God interacts with us. There is only One who will never leave us or forsake us.
Sarah Young said the same thing but put it this way: "In closeness to Me, you
are safe. In the intimacy of My Presence, you are energized. Not matter where
you are in the world, you know you belong when you sense My nearness. Ever since
the Fall, man has experienced a gaping emptiness that only My Presence can fill. I
designed you for close communication with your Creator. How I enjoyed walking
in the garden with Adam and Eve before Satan deceived them!
When you commune with Me in the garden of your heart, both you and I are blessed.
This is My way of living in the world-through you! Together we will push back
the darkness, for I am the Light of the world."(Ps32:7 Gen3:8-9 John8:12)
Moses said it best in Deut4:7 "What other nation is so great as to have their god
so near to them the way the Lord our God is near to us whenever we pray to Him."