Sunday, March 29, 2009

SOAP: Trust In The Spirit

SOAPSOAP {Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer}:

15-17"If you love me, show it by doing what I've told you. I will talk to the Father, and he'll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can't take him in because it doesn't have eyes to see him, doesn't know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 18-20 "I will not leave you orphaned. I'm coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you're going to see me because I am alive and you're about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I'm in my Father, and you're in me, and I'm in you." John 14:15-20 [MSG]

We show our love for Christ by doing what He has told us to do.

We cannot make it alone in this world. Christ knew that. He came into this world to pay the price that we are unworthy to pay, and when He returned to His Father, He knew that things would get more difficult for those who choose to follow Him. Jesus left us His Friend to help us when times become difficult. The Holy Spirit -- literally the breath of God -- is with us today, to guide us in doing what He has asked of us.

Father, I want to ask You to help me to be worthy of the wonderful gift You have given. But why? I'm incapable of being worthy of Your love. Incapable of being worthy of the precious gift of Salvation that I have received only by Your mercy and grace. Therefore, Lord, Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for Your gift. Help me, Lord, to share the news of Your wondrous gift with others, that they, too, might receive what they can never be worthy of.

  • Trust in the Spirit.
  • 5-7 At the time God made Earth and Heaven, before any grasses or shrubs had sprouted from the ground — God hadn't yet sent rain on Earth, nor was there anyone around to work the ground (the whole Earth was watered by underground springs) — God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive — a living soul! Genesis 2:5-7 [MSG]
  • 3 Jesus said, "You're absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it's not possible to see what I'm pointing to — to God's kingdom." 4 "How can anyone," said Nicodemus, "be born who has already been born and grown up? You can't re-enter your mother's womb and be born again. What are you saying with this 'born-from-above' talk?" 5-6 Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation — the 'wind-hovering-over-the-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life — it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch — the Spirit — and becomes a living spirit. 7-8 "So don't be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be 'born from above' — out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God." John 3:3-8 [MSG]
  • The Holy Spirit is literally the Breath of God. How much do we really know about the Spirt?
  • 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:25-27 [NIV]
  • Ezekiel 37 [NIV] {not quoted here}
  • What is at stake if we don't learn to connect and live by the Spirit? Life.
  • How much of my life really needs the power of the Spirit?
  • With faith there is always some degree of question. If there wasn't, it wouldn't be faith, it would be knowledge.
  • We want God to be a noun, but He insists on being a verb: action, presence, Spirit.
  • Fruit of the Spirit

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