The Quest – Day 11

This is the devotional for Friday, October 6, 2006 which is the 11th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 11 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. You will find the link at www.buildyourfaith.net

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Day 11 – A Guide for the World

The Spirit of Christ is at work in our world.

“When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8 NIV)

The Holy Spirit brings God’s presence to our world today. Here are some ways the Holy Spirit is at work:

  1. The Spirit hovered over the work of creation at the very beginning. He is perhaps still involved in hovering over His handiwork as He sustains all creation day by day.
  2. Every living thing except God requires a source of energy to sustain it. God is the source of all energy and the master preserver of all things.
  3. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world to testify about the life, ministry and salvation plan of Christ. (John 15:26)
  4. The Spirit brings conviction to sinners
  5. The Spirit urges people to live righteous lives
  6. The Spirit warns of the coming judgment (John 16:8 ) These last three are examples of “prevenient grace,” which means the grace that goes before our salvation.
  7. The Spirit takes the initiative in seeking us out, like a hound tirelessly sniffing for a ‘possum or a raccoon. He won’t leave us alone until we understand the terms and at least consider His offer of salvation. He reasons and pleads with us. If we refuse, He keeps coming back with fresh appeals to try to convince us to accept Him.

How does the Spirit make His offer of salvation to those who do not know or acknowledge God? He may use:

  • Our conscience
  • A pastor or Christian friend or parent offering sound advice
  • The circumstances of life, when our best efforts at having our own way collapse, or when we are left dry and unsatisfied by the choices we make in life

Any of these and countless others may be used by the Spirit as means of making us stop and pay attention to Him.

If you already have a relationship with God, first let this truth remind you of all God does to bring us to Himself. Second, let it encourage you to continue to pray for your lost friends and loved ones. God hasn’t given up on your lost friends, and neither should you.

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

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Build your faith today by praying for your friends and loved ones who are lost.

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The Quest – Day 8

This is the devotional for Tuesday, October 3, 2006 which is the 8th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 8 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

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

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Day 8 – Who is our Guide?

The Spirit is God.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16-17 NIV)

Who is God? Deuteronomy 6:4 clearly teaches, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” The New Testament presents us with discussions of the Father, Son and Spirit. What’s going on here? One God or three?

We must be careful to avoid error in our analysis. Some people incorrectly say the one God goes by the different names of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as He works in our world. This view resembles a one-actor play where a single individual changes clothes to play the part of several characters. This theory, however, does not fit with Scripture.

All three persons of the Trinity are God. The three names, however, do not speak of three deities, but of a single God. He is one being. It is sometimes helpful in grasping this truth to think of three persons with one essence, nature, or being. But with too much emphasis on the word “three,” we tend to think of three distinct gods. With too much emphasis on the word, “one,” we tend to think of Father becoming Son becoming Spirit. Both extremes are not Biblical and thus equal error.

The Spirit of Christ, then, is a divine Person with whom we interact. He is not an impersonal spiritual force like “The Force” of Hollywood movies. Neither is He a scary ghost or even a friendly one like Casper.

The Spirit is a divine Person with intelligence, will and emotions. He can be affected through such things as grieving, quenching, resisting and blasphemy. He ministers to us as a person: teaching, regenerating, searching, speaking, interceding, commanding, testifying, guiding, illuminating and revealing. We must always be careful to remember that He is fully divine with the Father and the Son. What’s more, He is One with the Father and the Son.

The Spirit’s presence in our lives reminds us that God is near us and in us at all times.

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 visiting FaithBuilders at http://www.buildyourfaith.net. For more information about our church, visit our website at www.jaxnaz.org.

Build your faith today by remembering that the Spirit is God.