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Spiritual Truth is Understood by Spirit-Guided People

We are inundated with marketing messages each moment of each day. From billboards to commercials to our email inboxes, someone is always trying to convince us we ought to "find out more" about a product or service. And sometimes, this marketing message affects the way we present the gospel. We unwittingly begin trying to convince people that the gospel is believable and therefore worth investigating further. If we aren't careful, we'll reverse God's intended order of …

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Walk In the Spirit and Overcome!

There is a wrestling match going on inside every believer in Christ. It is the war between the Holy Spirit Who has intertwined Himself with our very being and our flesh, that part of us that acts and decides apart from the influence of God. One of the most common questions Christians ask is, "Will I ever be done with the fight, or will I always struggle like I do now?" And the answer is yes and no. Obviously, we'll be done with the fight and live on in infinite victory …

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Trying to Follow Jesus with No Help At All

Trying to follow Jesus is frustrating. We mess up, we neglect spending time with Him, we give into temptation, and we regress into old patterns. It doesn't make sense. This isn't what we signed up for when we followed Jesus. It was supposed to get easier but some days it's like we're trying to follow Jesus with no help at all!! And Jesus even said so! Here's what He said... "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all." (John 6:63 ESV) Trying to be …

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Walk In the Spirit

If being Spirit-filled is a moment-by-moment process, then it is also a day-by-day process. And when we're living our lives submissively under the influence of the Spirit, we cannot and will not at the same time give into the sinful and selfish cravings of our hearts for sin. My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. - Galatians 5:16 (MSG) Other translations render this as "Walk in the Spirit" …

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Be Filled With the Spirit, Moment-by-Moment

God's Spirit lives in the heart of every child of God and He promises to never, ever forsake His own. It's permanent and unchanging. On the other hand, being "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18) is a repetitive process that happens on a continuous basis as we choose to allow it. In other words, it's not happening when we don't choose to allow it, even though He doesn't ever move out of our lives. I have a wife who has vowed to be at my side no matter what. But I can …

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God Does the Filling

It is possible to live life under the influence of the Holy Spirit continually. It starts with our conscious choice to allow ourselves to be filled, but it really happens as God takes the initiative to influence our lives, which He loves to do! Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. - Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) We are commanded to choose to be filled, but the filling happens as God does a great work in our hearts and our lives. He …

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When You Don’t Know How to Pray

When my wife and I were going through a seven-year period of secondary infertility, we often found ourselves completely unable to understand what God was doing in our lives. Our prayers were seemingly going unanswered and we often wondered what God was trying to teach us. I sometimes found myself wondering if we were praying for the right answer. You may have found yourself in a similar place in your prayer life. When a loved one has what looks like a terminal disease, do we …

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Walking in the Power of the Holy Spirit

Remember the 1998 Hollywood hit, Armageddon? Here's the IMDb's synopsis... After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save humanity. I love that! And the reason I love it is that it sounds a lot like the church Jesus started. I would summarize His idea for the church in this way... After revealing that humanity was utterly and hopelessly lost to sin and doomed …

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You Have a Personal Instructor

Jesus promised that He would ask the Father to call the Holy Spirit to come alongside us. As He does so, He fulfills a lot of important roles in our lives, one of which is to be our personal instructor in all issues of truth. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. - John 16:13 (ESV) I believe that this verse …

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The Holy Spirit – Our Perfectly Faithful Partner

Jesus was highly relational. He spent tons of time with His disciples, who were more than students - they were friends. So it stands to reason that His abrupt departure from their lives upon His crucifixion would be somewhat traumatic to them. So Jesus gave them a promise: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--the Spirit of truth. - John 14:16 (NIV) The word Counselor here is the Greek word paraclete, a compound of 2 words: …

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