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Life in the Spirit

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The Holy Spirit seems to be a place of division in the church today because of different views on the gifts of the Spirit. I don’t want to get into divisions today. Rather, I want to say that I believe strongly that the church as a whole is missing out if we ignore the Spirit, one of the members of our amazing God’s Trinity.

The Bible has a lot to say about the Spirit including the end to today’s key verse:

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6

Wow. It reminds me so much of when God set life and death before the Israelites. (Deut. 30:19) Life and peace are certainly elements we’d love to govern our lives, so we need to set our minds on the Spirit.

The Spirit has vibrant ministry in the life of all of us who believe and find salvation in Jesus. Here are some of His jobs:

He is the seal of our salvation. Ephesians 1:13

He gives us access to the Father. Ephesians 2:18

He’s the author of scripture. 2 Peter 1:20-21

He creates. Genesis 1:2

He empowers. I Thess. 1:5

He strengthens. I Cor. 2:4

He teaches. John 14:26

He guides us in truth. John 16:13

I’ve really just scratched the surface with this list. If you’ve been in a church that has shied away from any teaching about the Holy Spirit, don’t be afraid. Just dive into scripture and see what the Bible has to say about this neglected arm of the Trinity.

Here’s how you can do it quickly and easily. Click here to visit BibleGateway, a terrific resource for online bible study. You’ll see that I’ve already entered “Spirit” as a search word, and voila! All the scriptures with that word in it are shown. You can read the single verse or click on “Full Chapter” to read the verse in context. You can also read it in many different translations.

I’m thankful for the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the gifts He brings to those who love the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Let’s set our minds on Him!

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  1. Thanks so much for your devotion today. Through it God was speaking directly to me, as I was feeling such rage for 2 days and even questioning who l was as a Christian with the thoughts and feelings I had. This was so on time. Again thank you.

  2. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of how amazing the Holy Spirit IS and can be if we just stop and ask him to guide us (daily, hourly or minute-by-minute). I have recently struggled with knowing when the Holy Spirit is guiding me but have realized that it’s actually quite simple to decipher his presence. The key for me is to simply rest in God’s love — a love that is far greater than any love I can ever imagine — and in doing so, I am able to open up the space in my heart to experience the Holy Spirit working in my life.