Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.01.11

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2018 Anticipating the Spiritual Jesus the Prelude to Life

Blessing our God who Blesses us…

Shalom!

Confessing time! There have been times when I don’t stop to take stock of my life the give God the Blessing He is due! Therefore, let it be said by me, “Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleading. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore, my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is a stronghold of salvation for his anointed. Save your people, bless your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.” (Psalm 28:6–9, CSB)

In all honesty there are times when I don’t feel like Blessing God because I don’t feel Blessed, but after sulking a few minutes the Holy Spirit gently reminds me, “…we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3–5, CSB, selected portion)

Did you notice hope popped up a couple of times? Hope is one of the major themes of the Bible. Wasn’t the reason Jesus came into the world because hope had been lost? Isn’t the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives to give us the divine hope we need so we can smile in the face of hopelessness and declare and unbreakable allegiance to the God WHO IS Hope, WHO IS our strength?

With Christmas still fresh in some of our minds Guideposts 7 Things that Christmas Teaches Us about Hope, reason number 7 reads, “Light shines brightest in darkness. That’s the heart of the Christmas story, an overriding message of hope that is articulated beautifully in the lyrics of “O Holy Night”: “O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.” God didn’t come into our world at high noon. He entered our lives in darkness — showing us the way to light, guiding us towards love, and demonstrating how to overcome shadows and blackness. Christmas teaches us that even when things seem dark, we can trust the everlasting light.

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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"Scriptures marked NCV quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission."

Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

** John 14:6, CSB

Corrected Copy… Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.01.10

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2018 Anticipating the Spiritual Jesus the Prelude to Life

The dispensation of the Holy Spirit…

Shalom!

Note: Corrected Copy… I left out the word NOT… God has NOT forgotten us!

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

You and I are not “formless and empty” although there’s more than a good chance our lives are in turmoil and empty of the resources needed to turn our lives around. In his book Names of the Holy Spirit Ray Pritchard writes, “We may be encouraged that God’s Holy Spirit still hovers over the darkness today. Though we may not see Him or feel Him or reach out and touch him, yet He is there. He still moves through the emptiness of life, preparing the way for God to bring us out of the darkness and into the light once again.“[1]

I decided on January 1st I would begin an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit not because I hadn’t formed a relationship with the Third Member of the Trinity, but because I had especially since the Holy Spirit is in Residence in our world and lives NOW. As I began reading books written about the Holy Spirit I discovered something disturbing. I first encountered it in Francis Chan’s book The Forgotten God Chan writes. “You might think that calling the Holy Spirit the “forgotten God” is a bit extreme. Maybe you agree that the church has focused too much attention elsewhere but feel it is an exaggeration to say we have forgotten about the Spirit. I don’t think so. From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten.” (Francis Chan, the Forgotten God: p. 15. David C Cook. Kindle Edition.)

And then from Ray Pritchard’s book quoted above he wrote, I don’t think I’m going overboard in saying that a proper knowledge of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is absolutely essential to finding peace, joy, and victory as a Christian. Many believers live far below their potential because they have never discovered the Holy Spirit. They know nothing about His power, His indwelling, His anointing, His intercession, His gifts, and the fruit He longs to produce in them.[2]

When my health setbacks began settling in I began to depend more and more on God it was then I discovered the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in my life. I also discovered there’s a “world” of difference between knowing of the Holy Spirit and knowing the Holy Spirit. Those knowing of the Holy Spirit may fall in with what Chan and Pritchard were saying.

Let us lift our internet voices and tell the world God has NOT forgotten us, this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit! And let us be voices of warning because the next dispensation might bring about what John witnessed many years ago. “Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3–4, CSB)

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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"Scriptures marked NCV quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission."

Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

** John 14:6, CSB