Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Living as Jesus did (Matthew 3)

I can’t help but notice in this passage that Jesus sets us an example for how we should live as Christians. In getting baptized, though he had no sin to repent of, Jesus showed that he was submitting himself to … Continue reading

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Filled (Acts 6)

As I was reading this passage and thinking about Stephen and the other people chosen by the apostles, these words struck me: They were “full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” and “full of grace and power.” As I read … Continue reading

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If you want to live the Christian life (Luke 4)

Living the Christian life is not always easy. If fact, most times it is not. We face all sorts of trials, temptations, and hard choices every day. People sometimes reject us because we are Christians. And sometimes, they place all … Continue reading

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Only by the Spirit (John 3)

I live in a country, Japan, where less than one percent of the population is Christian. It’s been that way as long as I can remember. And it can be easy to despair. To wonder if things can ever change. … Continue reading

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A God-centered salvation (Ephesians 1-2)

One thing I have been doing the last couple of days as I have read Ephesians 1-2 is noting all the “hims” and “his”s that are there, and really thinking through, “Who is this talking about, the Father, the Son, … Continue reading

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Hearts set on the highway (Psalm 84)

I love this psalm. It is a beautiful psalm from start to finish. I could spend days meditating on it. But here’s what struck me today. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways … Continue reading

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Transformed (I Samuel 10)

This week, I’m preaching from Romans 7-8 in my church. And I hit on a phrase that really got me thinking. But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that … Continue reading

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I John 3:24-4:6 — Testing the spirits

There are many today who claim to follow Christ, to have the Holy Spirit, and to preach the gospel. The question we always need to be asking, however, is if they follow the true Christ, have the true Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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I John 2:18-27 — The anointing we have

One of the things the false teachers were apparently telling the people was, “What you have learned from the apostles is not enough. We have a special anointing from God that neither they nor you have.” But John tells his … Continue reading

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Galatians 5:16-25 — A whole new way of life

We talked yesterday about staying out of the pig sty of sin that we were set free from.  But once again, Paul reminds us that this is not a matter of keeping the law in our own strength. Rather, he … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 2:6-16 — To know the mind of God

The thing about dealing with an invisible God is that you will never know anything about him unless he reveals himself to you.  And even when he does, what he tells you will be beyond you unless he gives you … Continue reading

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Romans 8:5-16 — When we belong to Christ

Looking at this passage at first glance, I wondered if verses 5 to 8 is referring to the non-Christian or a carnal Christian.  Is it referring to the person who doesn’t know God at all and follows after his sinful … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Hope

As I mentioned before in my last blog, I do believe there is room for hope in our fight against sin. The main problem Christians fight in their struggle against sin is despair.  And the question that most people ask is, “Am … Continue reading

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Acts 28:11-31 — A story that doesn’t end

We now come to the end of the book of Acts.  I can’t believe that with this, we come to the end of Biblical history.  All that remains are the letters that were written by the apostles and the Revelation … Continue reading

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Acts 28:1-10 — When the Spirit is working within us

There was an old action show I remember that was based on the phrase, “One man can make a difference.”   And we see that here.  I should probably amend that phrase, however, to,  “One man filled with the Spirit … Continue reading

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Acts 12:24-13:3 — Set apart for God’s work

I remember the first time I ever considered being a missionary.  I was talking with a friend, and somehow we got on the topic of missions.  And I remember telling him, “I don’t think I’m called to be a missionary.” … Continue reading

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Acts 11:22-30 — Filled with the Spirit and full of faith

Barnabas was a remarkable man.  We saw him first in Acts 4 where he sold his land and gave the proceeds to the church so that they could help the needy.  We saw him again in Acts 9, when he … Continue reading

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Acts 5:12-42 — Unstoppable

If there is one word that comes to my mind when I read this passage, it’s “unstoppable.”  Not the apostles. But the work of the Spirit. First, we see the apostles going out and performing miracles, and preaching the gospel, … Continue reading

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Acts 4:1-31 — Filled and refilled with the Spirit

As I look at this passage, there are two things I notice.  First, the filling of the Spirit was not a one time thing.  Instead, time and again, the Spirit filled God’s people.  We see it in this chapter, and … Continue reading

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Acts 3:1-10 — Joining in with God’s work

I have to admit, too many times in my life I have missed opportunities God has given me to touch a life.  Why?  Because I’m too focused on my own agendas. I can’t count how many times I have had … Continue reading

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Acts 2:1-41 — This same Spirit

It’s hard for me to imagine the day that the Spirit came upon the church in power.  To hear that sound of a rushing wind (was it just as sound, or was there an actual wind?) come upon that house, … Continue reading

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Acts 1:9-11 — Waiting for his return

It must have been awesome to see Jesus suddenly start ascending into heaven.  And I think it’s perfectly understandable that the disciples were standing slack-jawed looking into the heavens where Jesus disappeared.  I probably would have done the same. But … Continue reading

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Luke 24:46-53; Acts 1:1-8 — The power to change the world

And so with today’s blog, we exit the gospels and enter the book of Acts. I’m not sure if it ever occurred to me that what Luke referenced in Acts 1:4 was probably the same event that he talked about … Continue reading

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John 16:5-15 — The work of the Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?  Even today, many Christians are confused as to who he is. And that’s one thing to remember.  The Holy Spirit is a “he”, not that he’s literally of the male gender although God chooses to … Continue reading

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Luke 14:1-6 — Arguing people into belief

Jesus was not only a master teacher, he was a master debater.  We see it here, when once again he confronts the Pharisees with the “legality” of healing someone on the Sabbath. The thing that strikes me here is the … Continue reading

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John 7:37-39 — The waters of salvation

Yes, we will eventually get past this chapter.  In fact, this will be our last look at it as we look at verses 37-39. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus probably watched as the priests took … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:38-45; Luke 11:24-36 — When we refuse to invite the Spirit in

With Jesus condemning the Pharisees for saying that he was casting out demons by Satan’s power, the Pharisees then demanded a sign from heaven to prove he was doing it by God’s power.  Of course, even had he done so, … Continue reading

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Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1 — Loved by the Father, Filled with the Spirit

During the time that John was baptizing multitudes of people, Jesus also came up to him to be baptized.  I wonder just how well John knew Jesus and exactly who he was when he did.  How much did his parents … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 — The way of blessedness

And so we head full-on into the Psalms.  We have already touched on those where we knew their historical contexts, so if you notice that we seem to skip a few here or there, we actually covered them earlier.  I’m … Continue reading

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Isaiah 11 — This same Spirit

This passage, of course, is talking about Jesus.  How when he came to this earth, the Holy Spirit would rest on him, with all wisdom and understanding, knowledge and power.  It then talks about the kingdom that is to come, … Continue reading

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Joel 2:28-32 — When the Spirit comes

If there is one thing that’s different between the Old and New Testament times, it is the work of the Holy Spirit.  Back in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon a person occasionally to do a certain … Continue reading

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