April 5, 2018
Read Ephesians 1:3-23
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Scripture- Ephesians 1:13b-14- And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Observations- In speaking with all those who had stepped across the line of faith in the local church in the city of Ephesus Paul declared as clearly as he knew how that each one of them received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This affirmation wasn't based on an emotional experience or a specific manifestation; rather it was based on God's promise. In loving and grateful response believers get to live lives that praise and glorify Him.
Application- I can't decide what it means specifically for you that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in you, but if you have in fact said "Yes!" to being a follower of Jesus, I can declare the reality of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Our challenge is to discover the unique ways God wants us to live that truth out in our one and only lives. Of course, one way to live this out is grow the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which is common to each one of us.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for fulfilling the promise of the Holy Spirit making a home in me to strengthen, equip, and encourage me for joyful service. Please let my life become a picture of praising and glorifying You. I pray for New Hope to be a church that rooted in Your Word, renewed by Your Spirit through worship and prayer, and reaching out in love to all the world. Amen.
"Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life." (John 3:6),
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