The Quest – Day 12

This is the devotional for Saturday, October 7, 2006 which is the 12th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 12 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

 If you were unable to attend Sunday’s service, focusing on Discovery 1 of the Quest, we’d love you have you participate at our Faith Nazarene Church podcast.  

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Day 12 – A Guide for You

 
The Spirit of Christ wants to indwell and guide you.

 
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13 NIV)

 
What does the Spirit do in the hearts and lives of those who choose to accept and follow Christ?  This is not an exhaustive or all-inclusive list, but here are a few areas of the Spirit’s involvement:

  1. The Spirit gives us new birth and faith in God (John 3:3-6).
  2. Once you become a Christian, the Spirit gives you spiritual eyes to begin to see things as God sees them and value as God values.
  3. He inspires your mind when you read the Bible and guides you to truth (John 16:13)
  4. He brings you the presence of the living Christ (John 16:15-16).
  5. He intercedes on your behalf to the Father (Romans 8:26-27).
  6. He sanctifies your heart by faith (Romans 8:1-17).
  7. He produces spiritual fruit in your life (Galatians 5:22-23).
  8. He gives you gifts and abilities for ministry in His church and to His world (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4).
  9. He works through the church to win new converts and make disciples
  10. The Spirit’s most significant work internalizes God’s presence in you.  “I will…put a new spirit in you” (Ezekiel 36:26)

 
We’ve looked at the notion of a Spirit guide.  Not just any spirit guide—but the very presence of God Himself. 

 So the first discovery on your quest to find the life you’ve longed for teaches you that the Spirit of Christ offers to be your Spirit Guide.  What an extreme thought!

 The memory verse for this week is John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

 
Thank you for listening to FaithBuilders podcasts.  For more information about our church, visit our website at www.jaxnaz.org. 

 Build your faith today by asking the Spirit of Christ to live in you.

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6 Comments

  1. msamudio said,

    August 10, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    The reference for point 3 is not applicable to all believers. This statement in context is directed to the apostles during the upper room discourse.

  2. Bill said,

    August 27, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Hi Msamudio,

    John 16:13 reads, “13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

    Jesus is telling his apostles about the ministry of the Holy Spirit that will take place after Jesus returns to the Father. In verses 8-11, Jesus talks about the ministry the Holy Spirit will have even in the lives of those who are not yet believers, so obviously, the Holy Spirit’s ministry was not limited to just the first followers of Jesus.

    Why would the Apostle John record this saying of Jesus to share with other believers if he knew it wasn’t applicable for them?

  3. msamudio said,

    August 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    So are you saying that the Holy Spirit inspires you in the same way He inspired the Apostles?

  4. Bill said,

    September 6, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Hi Msamudio,

    Thanks for the question. Again, remember that I am presenting a summary of what is found in the book, The Power to Be Free, but I can’t claim to speak for the author, Frank Moore. I would encourage you to buy the book to get a fuller explanation.

    But what I believe that he is saying is that when you read the Bible, the Spirit gives life (that’s the root meaning of the word “inspire” – “to breathe life into”) to the words we read. The Spirit’s task is to remind us of what Jesus has already said (John 14:26). John 16:13 also says that the Spirit “will not speak on his own.” His role is to reinforce what Jesus has already said and to guide us in living out His instructions (John 16:13).

    Dr. Moore is not saying that we will write new Scriptures or reveal new doctrines that are not already in the Bible. So, no, I am not saying that the Holy Spirit inspires me in the same way as He inspired the Apostles. But He does live with us and in us (John 14:17) and guides us into all truth (John 16:13) which means pointing us back to Jesus, “the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

    Great question! Let me know if this (necessarily incomplete) answer prompts more questions!

  5. msamudio said,

    September 6, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Bill,

    The response was helpful, however I am still struggling with your position that the Spirit guides us into all truth. This I would say was fulfilled in the first century with the Apostle’s infallible and inerrant writings now recorded in Scripture.

    Can we really claim that the Spirit does this for ordinary believers?

    As it relates to the word inspire, I am thinking of 2 Tim 3:16.

    What would you say to this:

    http://msamudio.wordpress.com/how-has-god-the-son-explained-the-father-john-118-sneak-peak/

    Mike

  6. Bill said,

    January 2, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Hi Mike,

    I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I have been away from blogging for several months due to “life.”

    The idea that the “Spirit guides us into all truth” is not my own. It comes from Jesus Himself as recorded in John 16:13, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

    That still leaves the question, “What exactly did Jesus mean by that?” but the fact that John recorded the statement implies that it is and should be meaningful to his readers. I think it implies at least that Jesus expected to continue His relationship with His disciples through the gift of His Spirit given to His disciples from His Father. Of course, Jesus also said that the Spirit would remind us of everything that He said to us (John 14:26). That would certainly apply to the original disciples who were aided by the Spirit to remember what Jesus said so they could write it down. But I have also heard testimonies of folks today who say that in key moments in their lives they have been reminded of the words of Scripture. This work of the Spirit helped guide them in making important choices so that they followed the example of Jesus. As I read Scripture I believe that the Holy Spirit helps me to understand and apply it to my life. Of course, I always need my Christian brothers and sisters to help me discern the leading of the Spirit so that I don’t deceive myself into thinking that the Spirit wants what I selfishly want. Even the Scripture reminds us that we need to “test the spirits” to make sure we’re following the Spirit of God (1 John 4:1).

    Again, this is not to imply that this is exactly what the author of the book “The Power to Be Free” is saying. If you haven’t already done so, buy a copy and read it to see what you think Frank Moore is saying. Also, take some time to pray that God will show you the meaning of these passages from the Bible.

    I tried the link you listed above, but because it took me so long to review your response the link was no longer valid.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

    Bill


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