The Quest – Day 9

This is the devotional for Wednesday, October 4, 2006 which is the 9th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 9 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 9 – A Guide from Days Gone By

The Spirit has been guiding our world and people since the beginning of time.

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2 NIV)

Without realizing it, many believers think of the Spirit as a relief pitcher. They think that during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the Spirit warmed up and readied himself. As soon as Jesus returned to heaven, the Spirit ran onto the field to assume His presence and ministry in the Church and the world. In other words, He served as a reliever to Jesus’ ministry and became a starter at Pentecost. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. Anytime you read in the Bible about God working in His world, you can rest assured that Father, Son and Spirit are all somehow involved.

True, we tend to imagine the Father at work in the Old Testament, the Son at work during the Incarnation, and the Spirit at work in the church age. Nevertheless, we must never assume that only one member of the Trinity acts at any given time.

The Spirit has been actively involved in our world since its beginning. His presence permeated the entire Old Testament. These few examples illustrate this:

  1. He worked with other members of the Trinity in creating the world and everything in it. Genesis 1:2 tells us that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
  2. He inspired the writers of Scripture to record the message of God for us. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:21, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
  3. He gave people special skills and abilities to accomplish His will. Exodus 31:3-5 tells us that the Spirit of God filled Bezalel with skill, ability and knowledge of a variety of craftsmanships for the building of the Tabernacle, the worship center for the Hebrew people during their trip from Egypt to the Promised Land.
  4. He guided the leaders of Israel in the Old Testament. Numbers 11:25 says, “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with [Moses], and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders.”
  5. He spoke through the prophets about a new arrangement that would allow Him to live within human hearts. Isaiah 44:3 says, “I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring.”

These examples only hint at the numerous ways in which the Spirit of God participated with us in our world. Let me challenge you to read through the Old Testament again with an eye for the Spirit’s involvement in its events and messages. You’ll be amazed as you see Him working quietly in the shadows.

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 remembering the Spirit’s work in our world.

40 Days of Purpose – Day 15

This is the devotional for Sunday, May 14, 2006 which is Day 15 of our 40 Days of Purpose. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 15 of Rick Warren’s best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life.

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Day 15 – Formed for God’s Family

You were formed for God’s family!

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.” Eph. 1:5 (NLT)

God wants a family, and he created you to be a part of it. The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love him, honor him, and reign with him forever. When we place our faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become his children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family. The family of God includes all believers in the past, the present, and the future.

Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, growing old, and inevitably, death. On the other hand, our spiritual family—our relationship to other believers—will continue throughout eternity.

The Bible says, “Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” Hebrews 2:11 (CEV)

Let that amazing truth sink in – you are a part of God’s family, and because Jesus makes you holy, God is proud of you! Being included in God’s family is the highest honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive. Nothing else comes close. Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember to whom you belong.

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