Sealed With God’s Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:28-29).John the Baptist tells us, Those who believe him discover that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s spirit is upon him without measure or limit (John 3:33) Life Application Study Bible. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1John 4:15).

God’s purpose is for us to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and to offer salvation to all. And because of our belief in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit a guarantee of our inheritance and that we belong to God. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). Who hath also sealed us, and given earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22).

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:13)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one to another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:22-32) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The Sprit of God dwells in you, it’s a seal that secures us as believers and gives us the authority to preach, teach, and proclaim and defend God’s word.

Be Blessed

 

Evangelism

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:11-15

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Evangelism, speaking the gospel to everyone, announcing the Good News of salvation. When I think about evangelism Paul comes to mind. Paul went on multiple missionary journeys, evangelizing across different countries, cultures and belief systems and by no means was it easy, but it offers us a closer look at Paul’s heart and the love that he had for God and his people.

Recall Paul’s life https://acalltoholyliving.com/2018/07/29/pauls-ministry/

There are 6 things to point out that Paul encountered that could possibly happen to you when you do the work of evangelism:

  1. Sometimes throughout your evangelism ministry there will be places you should not go. In Acts 16:6-7 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
  2. When things are not going good still praise God. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:22-25.
  3. When facing dire situations others can be saved because of your faith. During Paul’s time in prison the jail keeper and his family were saved. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house Acts 16:26-34.
  1. God will have you stay in one place to share the gospel, because God knows his children and when they are not living a life of obedience and righteousness, but of wickedness. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
  2. There will be people you meet during your times of evangelism who love the Lord, but need a little more knowledge to be effective in evangelizing. Take the time to help those who are seeking God and want to tell other about the goodness of Jesus. And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24-28 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ
  3. Always have a spiritual partner or two, Paul didn’t go alone to witness he had the help of Barnabas, Silas, Titus, Philip, Acquila, Priscilla, Timothy and Apollos and many others. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus Acts 20:4. And Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Paul preached, made disciples of others during his journeys, and went back to check on them and encourage them in the faith. He appointed elders, prayed, fasted and tuned them over to God. Paul was willing to sacrifice his life to carry out the words of Jesus Christ. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mark 16:15. Paul had a passion for evangelism, preaching a saving message to a dying world. Paul was a great example of the effects of evangelism and there should be an “Evangelism Explosion” in our own lives, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Great Things I Know About Jesus

 

1.       He calls us friends – John 15:15

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

2.       He went to prepare a place for us – John 14:2

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3.       He taught us how to pray – Matthew 6:6-13

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

4.       He came to save – Luke 19:10      

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 

5.       He left us the Holy Spirit – John 16:7, John 14:26

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

6.       He is always with us – Matthew 28:20

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

7.       He is a mediator – 1Tim 2:5

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 

8.       He never changes – Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

9.       He is the Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

10.   He came to fulfil the law – Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

11.   He is the son of God – Matthew 3:17

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

12.   He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings – 1Tim. 6:15, Rev. 17:14, Rev. 19.16

Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

13.   His name is above every name – Phil 2:9

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

14.   He died for all – 2 Cor. 5:15

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 

15.   He is our Savior – 1John 4:14, 2Pet.3:18, Titus 2:13

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

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ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE

 

 

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We make sacrifices every day with our time, energy, and money sometimes for others. Putting ourselves on the back burner to make life easier or more special for someone else. Do we do it because down the road we might need to call in a favor? Do we make the sacrifice to be able to boast and brag about it to anyone who will listen? Do we sacrifice because somebody sacrificed for us at some previous point in our life? Are we doing it out of love?

Christ sacrificed his life for all of us because he loves all of us.

Reminders of the Sacrifice

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)

I thank him for that sacrifice by reading his word and being obedient to his word daily. I want to know what the word of God says about the goodness of Jesus and what he did for me and how to be more like him. Amen

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

This is love. This is the love God has for you and me, sacrificing his son Jesus.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

The sacrifices that I have done thus far don’t compare to the one that sacrificed his life, so that through him I could be saved. Hallelujah to the lamb for I am saved, because of the ultimate sacrifice of his blood.

Jesus Paid It All. I will always remember the sacrifice.

 

Unforgiving-Servant

How many times have you asked for forgiveness? How many times have you forgiven others?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35 King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1John 2:2)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I am going to make this plain. A sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world. Those very sins that we need forgiveness for. How dare we not forgive others.

Because Jesus Said So

 

The Great Commission 4Yes, I believe Jesus died and rose on the third day. In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (Matthew 28:1, 5-6) And what happened after that cannot be taken lightly. Jesus gave us our assignment.

The Great Commission

To spread the good news of salvation for ALL. Jesus was given all authority. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18) and then delegated that authority to his disciples. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

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We must learn the ways of Christ to become his disciples, so that our teaching is not short of his teaching. Righteousness comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells within us and not just from the mouth.

In Acts 1:8 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  As disciples, we are on a mission to bring others into the household of faith to begin their relationship with Christ.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

May the Lord manifest himself in your life as you learn, grow, teach, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST


Train Up A Child

Kids want to be loved and have fun. So simple right? It should be simple because kids don’t come into the world with the mentality to plan to do evil. These behaviors are taught by people they know or have some form of interaction with daily or periodically. Maybe over hearing conversations from unknown individuals in passing. You may think you have it under control by limiting the number of hours in front of the television and on social media or playing with friends and tech toys, but unfortunately that is not enough. You see, on the other side of that door is a life filled with bad influences and temptations and the things that are not of God. But it’s not too late to train up your kids in the way they should go and create a change in the atmosphere one child at a time.

Let’s get started!!

PARENT PREPARATION

Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

1Cor 3:19 KJV For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

We need God’s wisdom and knowledge to help with our children and with all things.

Proverbs 2:6 KJV For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of the mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 8:11 KJV For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared.

2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The word of God has to be in you, a part of who you are… parents obeying and applying the word of God. You are the first example of Christ for your kids.

(Below is a list of books and scriptures, but seek the word of God with your kids and find the ones suitable for them to understand.)

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Resource Bible for Kids

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7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST

  1. Read the Bible with your kids – help children build strength and character.
  2. Love – Share with them that God is love. 1Cor.13:4, 1Cor. 16:14, and 1John4:19
  3. Pray – Teach them about talking to God and spending personal time with Him in prayer. Jeremiah 29:12
  4. Praise – Let God know you adore him and show your appreciation of who He is and all that He has done, is doing and will do. Psalm 135:1, Psalm 150:6, and Psalm 148:13
  5. Have Empathy – Teaching children to have empathy to put themselves in others shoes. Having compassion and understanding for others because you see things the way God sees them. Because someone is not like you or is less fortunate doesn’t make them not important in God’s eyes. So, try to understand what they may be going through by envisioning yourself in that situation. Col. 3:12 and 1Pet. 3:8
  6. Be Giving – Be ready to act, be a giver of time, money clothing, or food to help those in need. For example, do volunteer work in a food pantry. Prov. 11:25, Prov. 22:9, Acts 20:35, James 2:15-16, and Deut. 15:10
  7. Forgiveness – To understand that we all fall short and need forgiveness. If you want God to forgive you, you must be willing to forgive others. Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 6:14

We want kids that go out in the world and in every situation before they act, they ask the question –

What Would Jesus Do?