People need hope, compassion, and belonging. But this world can be a lonely and brutal place. Many become ostrasized by society and are treated as loathsome. However uncomfortable it makes us, we need to reach out to them in Christlike love; telling them about Jesus’ mercy, forgiveness, acceptance, and redemption.
The Holy Spirit is a permanently indwelling, continually active, Helper in the life of believers. He protects us, comforts us, leads us, equips us, teaches us, and grows us more in Christlikeness. How does He do that? This study looks at some of the ways the Holy Spirit works in us, for us, and through us.
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 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?
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you . . . for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” But being “yoked” usually implies a heavy burden. Yet, Jesus gives us the image of being yoked alongside Him while He is the One pulling the load. It’s as if we are along for a scroll next to Him and watching as He moves mountains.
“And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met [Moses] and sought to kill him” (Exodus 4:24). Why was God about to kill Moses that night, when it was God who sent Moses back to Egypt? Because before Moses started for Egypt, he still hadn’t met his spiritual leadership obligation for his own sons.
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.