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GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN US

We should never underestimate what the Holy Spirt can do and wants to do through us.  When I read Exodus and picture in my mind the exquisite designs of Bezzalel the master craftsman, I am also simultaneously reminded of what the Spirit's presence in our lives must mean for us now who are not only filled by the Spirit but indwelled by the Spirit!  John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit from birth and was, as Jesus said, the "greatest man ever born of woman".  Yet Jesus, says something to us if we have ears to hear it "…the least in the kingdom is greater than John"!  To be in God's kingdom, and to have His Spirit living within us, is likely at least one of many ways that it is true that every believer is greater than the greatest man who ever lived—who walked in the "spirit and power of Elijah".  God wants to empower us for tasks great and small, monumental and mundane through the Spirit who now permanently resides within us.  Will you seek today to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:19)?

 

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JESUS FELT WHAT YOU FEEL

It is not easy to read the treatment of Jesus in Matthew 27:15-31 without great emotions.  The passage also highlights an essential fact about Jesus from the lips of Pilate’s wife when she calls Jesus an “innocent man”: that Jesus was perfectly sinless.  Pilate himself exclaims “What crime has he done?”  We can further ask, "what sin has Jesus ever done?".  He had 33 years to commit even one sin, but never did.  He was tempted daily as we are, but never gave in to it and sinned. 

What does that mean for you and me today?  I feel I can relate more personally to Jesus knowing that as a human being His flesh felt the same feelings that my flesh feels.  Pray this short prayer with me: “Lord Jesus, when I feel the struggles of my flesh, I am comforted to know You understand.  You experienced everything I am experiencing.  Help me to overcome the temptations I feel, and that You felt.  Amen.”

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