Saturday, December 18, 2021

Facets of the Holy Spirit

 

"free spirit"

Psalm 51:12 

King James Version

12 Restore unto me 

the joy of thy salvation; 

and uphold me 

with thy free spirit.


Many evangelists admit the Holy Spirit is not spoken of much.

But look what the BIBLE revealed.

Here are the titles, names, and descriptions -- FACETS -- of the Holy Spirit, which Spirit Himself led me to.

I marveled at the volume of material I found!


"God is a Spirit"

John 4:24 (KJV)

24 God is a Spirit

and they that worship him 

must worship him in spirit 

and in truth.


"breath of the Almighty"

Job 33:4 (KJV)

4 The spirit of God hath made me, 

and the breath of the Almighty 

hath given me life.


"Holy Ghost", 

"God"

Acts 5:3-4 (KJV)

3 But Peter said, 

Ananias, 

why hath Satan filled thine heart 

to lie to the Holy Ghost

and to keep back part of the price of the land?

4 Whiles it remained, 

was it not thine own? 

and after it was sold, 

was it not in thine own power? 

why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? 

thou hast not lied unto men, 

but unto God.


"Lord", 

"liberty"

2 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV)

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, 

the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: 

and where the Spirit of the Lord is, 

there is liberty.


"power of the Highest"

Luke 1:35 (KJV)

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, 

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, 

and the power of the Highest 

shall overshadow thee

therefore also that holy thing 

which shall be born of thee 

shall be called the Son of God.


"Spirit of God", 

"Spirit of Christ"

Genesis 1:2 (KJV)

2 And the earth was without form, 

and void; 

and darkness was upon the face of the deep. 

And the Spirit of God 

moved upon the face of the waters.


1 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, 

save the spirit of man which is in him? 

even so the things of God knoweth no man, 

but the Spirit of God.


Romans 8:9 (KJV)

9 But ye are not in the flesh, 

but in the Spirit, 

if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. 

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, 

he is none of his.


"spirit of glory and of God"

1 Peter 4:14 (KJV)

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, 

happy are ye; 

for the spirit of glory and of God 

resteth upon you

on their part he is evil spoken of, 

but on your part he is glorified.


"Spirit of the living God"

2 Corinthians 3:3 (KJV)

3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared 

to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, 

written not with ink, 

but with the Spirit of the living God

not in tables of stone, 

but in fleshy tables of the heart.


"Spirit of your Father"

Matthew 10:20 (KJV)

20 For it is not ye that speak, 

but the Spirit of your Father 

which speaketh in you.


"Spirit of his Son"

Galatians 4:6 (KJV)

6 And because ye are sons, 

God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son 

into your hearts, 

crying, 

Abba, Father.


"another Comforter"

John 14:16 (KJV)

16 And I will pray the Father, 

and he shall give you another Comforter

that he may abide with you for ever;


"Comforter"

John 14:26 (KJV)

26 But the Comforter, 

which is the Holy Ghost, 

whom the Father will send in my name, 

he shall teach you all things

and bring all things to your remembrance, 

whatsoever I have said unto you.


"Spirit of truth"

John 14:17 (KJV)

17 Even the Spirit of truth; 

whom the world cannot receive

because it seeth him not, 

neither knoweth him: 

but ye know him; 

for he dwelleth with you, 

and shall be in you.


John 15:26 (KJV)

26 But when the Comforter is come, 

whom I will send unto you from the Father, 

even the Spirit of truth, 

which proceedeth from the Father, 

he shall testify of me:


"the Spirit of life"

Romans 8:2 (KJV)

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus 

hath made me free 

from the law of sin 

and death.


the "spirit of wisdom and understanding", 

the "spirit of counsel and might", 

the "spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord"

Isaiah 11:2 (KJV)

2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, 

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the spirit of counsel and might, 

the spirit of knowledge 

and of the fear of the Lord;


"spirit of grace and of supplications"

Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, 

and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 

the spirit of grace and of supplications

and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, 

and they shall mourn for him, 

as one mourneth for his only son, 

and shall be in bitterness for him, 

as one that is in bitterness 

for his firstborn.


"Spirit of grace"

Hebrews 10:29 (KJV)

29 Of how much sorer punishment, 

suppose ye, 

shall he be thought worthy, 

who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, 

and hath counted the blood of the covenant, 

wherewith he was sanctified, 

an unholy thing, 

and hath done despite 

unto the Spirit of grace?


"eternal Spirit"

Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, 

who through the eternal Spirit 

offered himself without spot to God

purge your conscience 

from dead works 

to serve the living God?


"the spirit of wisdom and revelation"

Ephesians 1:17 (KJV)

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

the Father of glory, 

may give unto you 

the spirit of wisdom 

and revelation 

in the knowledge of him:


"spirit of prophecy"

Revelation 19:10 (KJV)

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. 

And he said unto me, 

See thou do it not: 

I am thy fellowservant, 

and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: 

worship God: 

for the testimony of Jesus 

is the spirit of prophecy.


"the spirit of glory and of God"

1 Peter 4:14 (KJV)

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, 

happy are ye; 

for the spirit of glory 

and of God 

resteth upon you

on their part he is evil spoken of, 

but on your part he is glorified.


"spirit of faith"

2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV)

13 We having the same spirit of faith

according as it is written, 

I believed, 

and therefore have I spoken; 

we also believe, 

and therefore speak;


"good spirit"

Nehemiah 9:20 (KJV)

20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit 

to instruct them

and withheldest not thy manna 

from their mouth, 

and gavest them water 

for their thirst.


Psalm 143:10 (KJV)

10 Teach me to do thy will; 

for thou art my God: 

thy spirit is good

lead me into the land of uprightness.


"Spirit of adoption"

Romans 8:15 (KJV)

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage 

again to fear; 

but ye have received 

the Spirit of adoption

whereby we cry, 

Abba, Father.


"spirit of judgment", 

"spirit of burning"

Isaiah 4:4 (KJV)

4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth 

of the daughters of Zion, 

and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem 

from the midst thereof 

by the spirit of judgment, 

and by the spirit of burning.


Isaiah 28:6 (KJV)

6 And for a spirit of judgment to him 

that sitteth in judgment

and for strength to them 

that turn the battle 

to the gate.


"The Spirit of the Lord God"

Isaiah 61:1 King James Version (KJV)

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me

because the Lord hath anointed me 

to preach good tidings unto the meek; 

he hath sent me 

to bind up the brokenhearted, 

to proclaim liberty to the captives, 

and the opening of the prison 

to them that are bound;


"voice of the Almighty"

Ezekiel 1:24 (KJV)

24 And when they went, 

I heard the noise of their wings, 

like the noise of great waters, 

as the voice of the Almighty

the voice of speech, 

as the noise of an host: 

when they stood, 

they let down their wings.


"Spirit"

Matthew 4:1 (KJV)

4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit 

into the wilderness 

to be tempted of the devil.


John 3:6 (KJV)

6 That which is born of the flesh 

is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit 

is spirit.


1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly

that in the latter times 

some shall depart from the faith, 

giving heed to seducing spirits, 

and doctrines of devils;


helper and intercessor

Romans 8:26 (KJV)

26 Likewise the Spirit 

also helpeth our infirmities

for we know not what 

we should pray for as we ought: 

but the Spirit itself 

maketh intercession for us 

with groanings 

which cannot be uttered.


Related post:

Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God


Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Paradox of Simplicity

 

Psalm 19:7

King James Version

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, 

converting the soul: 

the testimony of the Lord is sure, 

making wise the simple.


That's my favorite image of a coffee cup.

That's my approach in life -- simplicity.

And that's also how I approach studying the Bible.

In all simplicity.


My objective is to understand the Word of God, just as God said it, so I can share it with you, as is.

I cannot pretend to be a theologian, for I'm not.

Neither am I an intellectual.

I like things simple.

Real.

With heart.

With GOD in it.

Like an excited child, I await SPIRIT's instructions each moment.

For He reveals so many treasures each day.

I do not get ahead of God.

I wait.

I approach God like as an eager child would.

Hopping and skipping alongside Jesus, who looks amusedly at me, knowing every now and then, I will pepper Him with questions.

The rest of the time, I'm content merely holding His hand, my tiny hand in His.

And all of the time, I listen to what He wants to say, or what He wants done.

I don't act, until I've received WORD.

My ear permanently glued to His heart.

And His heart permanently in mine.

That's how I write all my blogs.

Always guided by the LORD's SPIRIT.

I pray, I wait, I listen.

Why do people think the Word of God is difficult?

Jesus is simple.

2 Corinthians 11:3 

King James Version

3 But I fear, 

lest by any means, 

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 

so your minds should be corrupted 

from the simplicity that is in Christ.


He made Himself simple for us.

He spoke through parables so we may understand.

Jesus is the Master Communicator and Lord of All.

He knows how to reach us.

But do we allow Him to?

It's time we did.


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Monday, June 14, 2021

What happens when we Love and Obey God?

 

JESUS commands:

Luke 10:27

King James Version

27 And he answering said, 

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God 

with all thy heart, 

and with all thy soul, 

and with all thy strength, 

and with all thy mind; 

and thy neighbour as thyself.


What happens when we love, and obey God?

The best point of reference would be Jesus.

Here's what the Lord promises:

-- We will know if the doctrine  be of God.

John 7:17

King James Version

17 If any man will do his will, 

he shall know of the doctrine, 

whether it be of God, 

or whether I speak of myself.


-- We shall be loved of the Father.

-- We shall be loved by Jesus.

-- Jesus will manifest Himself to us.

John 14:21

King James Version

21 He that hath my commandments, 

and keepeth them, 

he it is that loveth me: 

and he that loveth me 

shall be loved of my Father, 

and I will love him, 

and will manifest myself to him.


-- God will love us.

-- The Father and the Son will come unto us.

-- The Father and the Son will abode with us.

John 14:23

King James Version

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, 

If a man love me, 

he will keep my words: 

and my Father will love him, 

and we will come unto him, 

and make our abode with him.


-- We become friends of Jesus.

John 15:14

King James Version

14 Ye are my friends

if ye do whatsoever I command you.


-- Whatever we ask of the Father in Jesus' name, God will give us.

John 15:16

King James Version

16 Ye have not chosen me, 

but I have chosen you, 

and ordained you, 

that ye should go and bring forth fruit, 

and that your fruit should remain: 

that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father 

in my name, 

he may give it you.


-- We will be blessed.

Luke 11:28

King James Version

28 But he said, 

Yea rather, 

blessed are they 

that hear the word of God

and keep it.


-- We shall enter into the kingdom of heavaen.

Matthew 7:21

King James Version

21 Not every one that saith unto me, 

Lord, Lord, 

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven

but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Truth of Jesus

 

Isaiah 53:4

King James Version

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, 

and carried our sorrows: 

yet we did esteem him stricken, 

smitten of God, 

and afflicted.


Who is JESUS?

What is His purpose?

Why must we believe in Him?

Why must we follow Him?

Scripture has the answers.


Jesus,

the image of God.

Colossians 1:15

King James Version

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, 

the firstborn of every creature:


Jesus,

for whom all things were created.

Colossians 1:16

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible, 

whether they be thrones, 

or dominions, 

or principalities, 

or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:


Jesus,

who existed before everything.

Colossians 1:17

King James Version

17 And he is before all things, 

and by him all things consist.


Jesus,

in whom the fullness of the Father dwelled.

Colossians 1:19

King James Version

19 For it pleased the Father 

that in him should all fulness dwell;


Jesus,

the Son of God.

John 3:16

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, 

that he gave his only begotten Son, 

that whosoever believeth in him 

should not perish, 

but have everlasting life.


Jesus,

the way.

John 14:6

King James Version

6 Jesus saith unto him, 

I am the way, 

the truth, 

and the life: 

no man cometh unto the Father, 

but by me.


Jesus, 

the head of the church.

Colossians 1:18

King James Version

18 And he is the head of the body, 

the church: 

who is the beginning, 

the firstborn from the dead; 

that in all things 

he might have the preeminence.


Jesus,

in whom the Father is pleased.

Matthew 3:17

King James Version

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, 

This is my beloved Son, 

in whom I am well pleased.


Jesus,

the savior.

1 John 3:8

King James Version

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; 

for the devil sinneth from the beginning. 

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, 

that he might destroy the works of the devil.


Jesus,

the redeemer.

Colossians 1:14

King James Version

14 In whom we have redemption 

through his blood, 

even the forgiveness of sins:


Jesus,

the humble servant.

Philippians 2:7

King James Version

7 But made himself of no reputation, 

and took upon him the form of a servant, 

and was made in the likeness of men:


Jesus,

is life.

John 10:10

King James Version

10 The thief cometh not, 

but for to steal, 

and to kill, 

and to destroy: 

I am come that they might have life, 

and that they might have it more abundantly.


Jesus,

the Word of God.

Revelation 19:13

King James Version

13 And he was clothed with a vesture 

dipped in blood: 

and his name is called 

The Word of God.


Jesus,

one with God.

John 10:30

King James Version

30 I and my Father are one.


Jesus,

the Master.

Matthew 23:10

King James Version

10 Neither be ye called masters: 

for one is your Master, 

even Christ.


Jesus,

the esteemed name.

Philippians 2:10

King James Version

10 That at the name of Jesus 

every knee should bow, 

of things in heaven, 

and things in earth, 

and things under the earth;


Jesus,

rest for the weary.

Matthew 11:28

King James Version

28 Come unto me, 

all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 

and I will give you rest.


Jesus, 

our hope.

1 Peter 1:3

King James Version

3 Blessed be the God and Father 

of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

which according to his abundant mercy 

hath begotten us again 

unto a lively hope 

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ 

from the dead,


Jesus, 

provides everything.

Luke 22:35

King James Version

35 And he said unto them, 

When I sent you without purse, 

and scrip, 

and shoes, 

lacked ye any thing? 

And they said, 

Nothing.


Jesus,

in all His simplicity.

2 Corinthians 11:3

King James Version

3 But I fear, 

lest by any means,

 as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 

so your minds should be corrupted 

from the simplicity that is in Christ.


Jesus,

a man of sorrows.

Isaiah 53:3

King James Version

3 He is despised and rejected of men; 

a man of sorrows, 

and acquainted with grief: 

and we hid as it were our faces from him; 

he was despised, 

and we esteemed him not.


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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Why Does God Always Seem to Show Up at the Last Minute?

 

It seems so, doesn't it?

That God shows up at the last minute.

Just when your soul is depleted, your energy's gone, your heart's bereft, you're broke, you're broken, your relationships are broken, you're defeated, you're ill, that God seems to show up.

Might it not be because you've finally surrendered?

That you've finally decided, you need God's divine help?

That your human efforts have failed you?

That you're now ready to be helped, and corrected?

The moment you surrender to God is the day He can step in and help you.

That is God's golden opportunity to show you something.

The Bible shows that God does TWO things:


1. When people need help, God does this.

Ezekiel 20:42 

King James Version

42 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, 

when I shall bring you into the land of Israel

into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand 

to give it to your fathers.


2. When people are rebellious, God does this.

Ezekiel 33:29 

King James Version

29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, 

when I have laid the land most desolate 

because of all their abominations 

which they have committed.


The common denominator?

"And ye shall know that I am the Lord."


On, and on, God reminds us of that.

And on, and on, people refuse listen, nor acknowledge His power over our lives.


When God allows a situation, He's making a statement.

When God helps, He's making a statement.

When God punishes, He's making a statement.

So we shall know that He is the Lord.

Still, the lessons don't stick.


Does it really have to be this way?

That we suffer first, before God helps us?

Of course, how else can God step in, until the fullness of our actions have borne fruit, or destroyed the fruit?

After all, how many people listen to the Lord?

How many people pay attention to the teachings of Jesus?

What else would it take for us to surrender to God, shame-faced, and repentant, at our foolishness?

It's human nature to be ungrateful, and forgetful.


When all is well, we forget God.

When all goes south , we seek God.

It's only when we've lost all hope, do we remember God.

It's only when we're in near-panic, do we seek God's help.

We must not test the Lord.

Matthew 4:7 

King James Version

7 Jesus said unto him, 

It is written again, 

Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.


God always shows up at the last minute, because we only seek Him at the last minute.

When the Lord knows we've raised our white flags in complete humility, and surrender, He effortlessly steps in.

Once you've become born again, you realize the GRIEF we cause God, the FOLLY we bring upon our own lives, and the FUTILITY of rebellion against the ONLY POWER there is.

Malachi 3:6 

King James Version

6 For I am the Lord, 

I change not

therefore ye sons of Jacob 

are not consumed.


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Updated 13 March 2022


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