Today’s devotion is based on Acts 5:32, “And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Once more, we are reminded in this Bible text that the Holy Trinity is the reality behind which all our knowledge of God exists. The disciples were witnessing not with their own intellect and power, but with wisdom and power of God as it was shown to them by the Holy Spirit.
God’s promises are fulfilled. The Son and the Holy Spirit are now a reality. The disciple and thus us speak of something that actually happened. Those events, as they are written down for us, are the cornerstone of a new life for all who believe in them. It is truly a life of faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the life we live in.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for what we can see and experience of your wonderful gifts. They are far more than we can understand, receive, or lift up to, yet they are the words of life with you. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on 1 Peter 3:2, “From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.”
The wonderful thing about putting God’s will first is that God wills the best for you. You may not know what you need or want, but God knows you better than you know yourself. He leads you to pray to him, and through your prayers, he gives you and all for whom you pray his blessing and his life.
It is hard to live that way because of our sinful nature, but God has given us help through the Holy Spirit. When praying the Lord’s Prayer, ,you put your faith into action by praying to your Father in heaven: ‘your will be done on earth as it is heaven.’ As you pray this prayer, God frees you from being weighed down by the anxieties and concerns that you experience in your life. He frees you by giving you the grace to see the world from his point of view, and by letting you put his forgiving, peaceful, and life-giving will first.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, let your will be done in my life and in the whole of your creation. I trust you to give me all that I need in body and soul. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on John 14:25-27, “I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried or upset; do not be afraid.”
In this reading, Jesus shows us the benefits of being part of the church. Through the Son, we have access to the Father. Because of what Jesus did the day after he discussed these things with his disciples, we have peace—real peace, not just the absence of hostility, which is all human peace tends to be. It is a peace that comes only through forgiveness and reconciliation.
All of this is ours because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit points us to Jesus and his teachings give us faith to believe in Jesus, claim his promises, and help us understand, confess and proclaim the good news of the grace of God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for all you did for me, and for the whole church, on that first Pentecost. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Since last Sunday, I have been writing about the Holy Spirit, and what the Spirit means for our lives today, I am basing today’s devotion. “But Moses said, ‘No LORD, don’t send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven’t become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.’ The LORD said to him, ‘Who gives a man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the LORD. Now go!’ I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say’”
I do not doubt that we must try God’s patience sometimes. Moses is a fine example of how to try God’s patience. It is also a good example of how God responds to those who think they cannot do what God wants them to do. God tells Moses exactly what will happen, assures him that his delegation to Pharaoh will finally succeed, and tells him that the Israelites will listen to him. But as soon as God has finished, Moses says, ‘But what if. .’ And then excuse after excuse follow.
It is no wonder God speaks very sharply to him. God would have had every right just to use someone else. But he doesn’t. He gives him another chance, even to the extent of giving him a person who will speak for him. We cannot judge Moses, for we are just like him. But God, in his grace, gives us another chance too. And another, and another unless we turn our back on him.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, forgive me for the times I doubt you and do not trust in you and you alone. I thank you that you so often give me another chance. Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 2:36, “God has made him (Jesus) both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
This verse comes from the first missionary sermon know to have given in God’s Chruch on earth. It concerned the most important topic that should be proclaimed: Jesus is God’s Son and Savior of the world. Thus when we see Jesus, we can say: Behold, here is our God.
Saying that Jesus is God isn't supposed to confuse things. It is supposed to make things clear and comprehensible for everyone. For it shows us who God is. The Holy Spirit does this when he glorifies Christ and allows us to understand that Jesus is God’s only Son who willingly died in our place so that we can stand before God and be declared innocent, not because we deserve it, but because Jesus’ death covered our guilt.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for taking me by the hand and leading me in the truth, that wonderful truth that only you, the Triune God can make me truly alive. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Since today is the day after Pentecost, I thought it would be good to write some more about the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christians life. The text I am looking at today is John 3:16 where it is recorded, “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” That verse is part of John 3: 16-21, which is sometimes called “the little Bible.”
Unfortunately, too many people take the truth that God is good and that he loves everyone that there is nothing to worry about; they will get to heaven one way or the other. The problem with thinking this way is that all people have in our nature and insurmountable wall of separation between God and ourselves. God did not make this wall. It is a wall of our own making, a wall that we cannot tear down or overcome.
God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, is the only one that can overcome that wall of separation. It happens when faith is given to us by the Holy Spirit which allows the light of Jesus to shine into the darkness we live in exposing it for what it is and for those who are troubled turn to God for salvation.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit so that we can become aware of our spiritual darkness and turn to your Light, The light of salvation, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Since today is Pentecost, I thought it would be good to write about the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christians life. The text I am looking at today is John 13:26 where Jesus’ words are recorded, “But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
The people of God live and move and has their being through the gracious inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Without God’s Spirit, no one could come to Christ or believe in him. The fifty-day celebration of Easter ends with this joyous festival Pentecost. The risen ascended Savior has sent the Holy Spirit to be our Sanctifier entering our hearts at our baptism, nurturing us through his Word and enabling us to understand the Gospel and to live our life that honors God and serves our neighbors.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, on this eve of Pentecost, on this day you taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our time by the same Holy Spirit to have a right understanding so we too can rejoice in your saving work. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based Galatians 5:25: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
There will always be a struggle in our daily walk, for our sinful nature, even though crucified with Christ continues to try to gain control of us. That is why we are in a constant need of forgiveness. But it cannot for the Holy Spirit lives within everyone who believes, reminding us when we fall into sin that Christ has made us free from sin’s power to dominate us. Thus, believing in the Holy Spirit is to live our lives by the Holy Spirit, even though we sin.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit, for without the Holy Spirit’s work within me I would be overcome by sin losing the freedom Jesus has won for me on the cross. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on John 14:25,26, “I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.”
Jesus knows what we are like, stubborn and want to depend on our own reason, even though our thoughts and beliefs are proven faulty time after time. So he gives us the Holy Spirit. Part of the Spirit’s work is to make us remember what Jesus did for us and what he taught us. If he is to do this for us, we have to let him. The best way to let the Holy Spirit help us remember what Jesus taught is to use God’s word, often.
Too many of us remember our confirmation as a graduation from a Christian education. It wasn’t the end of all study. Rather, it was the beginning of a new chapter in our relationship with God; it helped equip us for Bible study that would be vital in the future.
If we deny the need for Bible study, we are closing the door on one of the major ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us. We miss so much comfort; we leave ourselves open to teachings that ‘sound good’ but are not, plus we are not feeding our faith. Being open to Scripture allows the Holy Spirit to keep us certain of eternal life.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, always keep my heart open to all the Spirit wants to teach me and do for me so that my faith is always strong. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 148: 7,8:
Praise the LORD from the earth,
sea monsters and all ocean depths;
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
strong winds that obey his command.
We have given creation little reason to sing praises. As Paul writes in Romans 8, ‘We know that up to the present time, all creation groans with pain’ (verse 22) because of the effect of the human fall into sin. But, just as there is a new life for us because of the work of Jesus, there will also be a ‘new heaven and a new earth’ (Revelation 21). For, as Paul says, ‘there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from slavery’ and be part of Jesus’ saving work.
So the universe is summoned to praise God. Creation is called to join human beings – from the least to the greatest – in praising the creator and redeemer of the universe. Even the voices of every human being from all time, raised in praise, are not great enough to do justice to God’s majesty. So all the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all creatures in all places are called to a swelling hymn of praise. One day we will be part of that praise, for all eternity.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, I praise you for who you are and all that you have done for humankind. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.