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

 

We Need Spiritual Strength

Nothing will overtake me and whatever test and trials may come I will rise up, because I know where my strength comes from. Think about all that you have been through and how Christ gave you the strength to get through it every time. Give him thanks right now!! If he strengthened you then, I’m sure he will strengthen you today, tomorrow, and the days ahead. Believers don’t need to stress. Activate the Holy Spirit on the inside of you.

When you feel that you can’t make it stop and know Ephesians 3:20 KJV Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us….

You already have what it takes to be strong, you just have to read the word daily so you can apply the strength that God has already given you. Praise the Lord!!  Because an idle mind is were the devil gains power over us.

Therefore, when we are weak whether it is physically, mentally, or emotionally, meditate on his word.

How will you be strengthened? Ephesians 3:16 KJV That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

What can we do with Christ’s strength? Phil 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 54:4 NIV Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Dear Father God I ask that you strengthen whoever may be reading this. Lord we cannot do anything without you and we thank you for the Holy Spirit that gives us strength when we are weak. For your strength God is made perfect in our weakness. We lay it all at your feet and thank you for being the God of grace and mercy and our strong tower in a time of weakness, trouble, or sorrow in Jesus precious name Amen.

 

 

To the Glory of God

You worked hard for the raise, promotion, or that VP title. You worked hard and long hours on a project. You worked hard to get to the top. You worked hard to put together the biggest party ever – from securing the location to the caterer. And for all of this hard work, what you know for sure is everyone is going to be talking about it for weeks to come and nobody can tell you that notoriety is not coming your way. The compliments and kudos, in the form of congratulatory notes, cards, emails, phone calls, text messages and we can’t forget your social media is going to blow up!!

Well here comes the disappointment. You have about 1000 followers, you received 20 congrats…and you only know seven of those twenty people. Then you tell yourself I don’t care. Yes, you do care and then comes the question, do they know just how hard I worked? The “Recognition Plan” failed as far as you are concerned.

Did you do it for the right reasons? What was your intentions? Was your heart in the right place?

Colossians 3:23-24 KJV And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Everything we do, we should do it as if we are doing it for the Lord. People will let you down and not on purpose, but because they can’t live up to your expectations, plus they are too busy trying to figure out why the people they thought they could depend on for kudos and congratulations didn’t live up to their expectations. Therefore, as you can see there seems to be enough let downs to go around…. let downs are so universal.

We don’t want the let downs. We want to be praised. However, it’s not about us and our egos. It is not about what we deem success or greatness to be or should be. And we should by all means work hard, but whatever we do, we should do it to the glory of God. Praising God in the beginning, middle and the end of our hard work. Through it all give God glory and praise.

Psalm 150:6 KJV Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalm 117:1 KJV O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

All praise belongs to God.

2 Things That Pleases God

Have you ever given some serious thought to what pleases God? I can tell you this, if you don’t have faith you can’t please God. It tells you right in the word…. Hebrews 11:6 KJV But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. So, you know what that means you got to get your faith level up!!

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And to find out what else pleases God turn to Jeremiah 9:24 KJV But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.  God wants a personal relationship with you and this verse is the perfect invitation to get closer to God. Seek God, get wisdom and understanding.            

Psalm 149:4 KJV For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Consider your best friend and how that person became your best friend, you spend time with them, getting to know them and best friends as we all know, practically talk every day. Doesn’t God deserve that and more? Spend time understanding and knowing him and reading his word daily. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but make sure you read. Okay, I hear you. You don’t get it. So, may I suggest you get the Life Application Study Bible, because this book right here simplifies the word – you will not be disappointed!Also, pick up the Strong’s Concordance. Now you know what you have to do, so noooo more excuses.      

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Now you know at least two of the things that pleases God – getting to know him and your unwavering faith. When you realize that God is for you and with you always how can you have no faith? Come on grow your faith. BIG FAITH has to take over!!! Amen.

Be Blessed

Serving Christ Without Compromise!!