If you are a believer, at the very instant you repented and received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you. And He took up permanent residence, to teach and equip you to walk in Christlikeness. This study touches on some of the helping ways the Holy Spirit works in lives of believers.
Bible accounts do open up the possibility that James and John might have been first cousins of Jesus, but we don’t know definitively. This possibility is raised by comparing the four gospels and looking at the women who were nearby when Jesus was crucified.
The holiness, sovereignty, and majesty of God can sometimes make it seem like He is too far removed from us; or cause us to question whether we’re a disappointment to Him. While our perception and feelings about ourselves are powerful and seem real to us, they aren’t reality. Reality is who God says we are in Christ.
The Bible says, “Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him (John 6:64). As Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas Iscariot would betray Him; how does the phrase, “in whom I trusted,” from Psalm 41:9 apply to Jesus’ trust towards Judas?
Were a man to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of the Lord’s blessings. For, the Lord’s blessings to us are boundless and “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Jesus promises to give us rest for our souls, but that doesn’t mean we are to become stationary or sidelined. On the contrary, we are called to serve the Lord diligently and with a sense of urgency. In that, as we surrender and depend on God’s abilities, we are can find replenishing rest in His continual strength and unlimited resources.
Fathers are called to teach and train their family in obedience to God’s Word. Yet, when Moses set out to take on a spiritual leadership role over God’s people, he remained negligent in his foremost responsibility as spiritual leader of his own household. That was a grave offense to the Lord. The accountability of a spiritual leader over God’s people must begin at home, as a husband and father.
Believers are sent into the world to testify of what Christ has done for us, how He proved himself to us, why and when we came to believe in Him, and who He is to us now. The world needs our testimony. For, people are hurting and need to hear about our merciful, loving, compassionate Savoir who is ready to forgive and accept them to himself.