THEME: THE HOLY SPIRIT
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
-The Holy Trinity agree as one and establishes us in all truth through the gospel of salvation. The Holy Spirit has placed a seal upon us that we are children of God and has given us the gift of salvation which yields eternal life. The seal is similar to the Passover; when the Israelites painted their door posts and frames with blood, and were secured from the angel of death. In Revelation 7:1-10, we see one hundred and forty four thousand children of Israel being sealed on the forehead, and a great multitude of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Thus then; the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and call Him Abba Father. And there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (1 John 5:6-7).
The Holy Spirit dwells with us as He dwelt with the Old Testament patriarchs. David recognized these facts when he said, “do not take the Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with Your generous spirit”. We have been cautioned against grieving the Holy Spirit who dwells in our spirits through sin. But to live by the spirit so that we do not gratifying the desires of the flesh. The Holy Spirit was present before creation and we see Him hovering over the face of the earth. When Jesus was about to be betrayed, He said to His disciples, “it is good that I go so that the Holy Spirit may come to you”. The Holy Spirit came unto them mightily during Pentecost like tongues of fire and they spoke in different tongues, not understood by men. Some people thought they had too much wine and ridiculed them. The Holy Spirit cautions us from being drunk with wine but to be filled by His presence. Once we are filled with His presence He grants us His fruit and gifts. His fruit of love that we are called to hold fast, love for God and our neighbor. The Holy Spirit was also vividly present in the life of Jesus from His birth, ministry, death and resurrection. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit and He was and is God, then we need Him much more. He fills us with the gifts of faith, wisdom, prophecy, teaching, discerning spirits, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues and working miracles (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). The Holy Spirit is our Advocate (John 14:26). He the promised Helper (John 14:16). He is our teacher and reminds us of the word of God (John 14:26). He helps us in weakness and intercedes for us when we do not know how to pray (Romans 8:26). He convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8). He permanently indwells us (John 14:16-17). He seals us with salvation (Ephesians 1:13). He guides us into all truth (John 16:13). He give us His fruit and bears fruit through us (Galatians 5:22-23). He comforts us (John 16:7). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). He also reveals to us the deep things of God which also give us hope of a better future (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). We therefore need the Holy Spirit at every moment of our lives. He also reminds us that nothings can separate us from His love and calls us to trust in Him with all our hearts despite our fears and shortcomings. Through these, we have hope of eternal life as He will also raise us up when we sleep; as He raised Jesus from the dead. He witnesses with us that we are children of God, and if children then heirs together with Him, and has placed a seal of salvation on us so that we may live forever with Him.
Only You Holy Spirit deserve all the glory and praise, there none other like You. We need You at every moment of our lives. Only You Holy Trinity one God; are our God, only You are worthy to be praise. All the other gods made with humans are idols and You Lord cannot share Your glory with them, only You deserve to be worshipped. You have commanded us saying, “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”, only You God deserve our worship and praise. At Your name Jesus, every knee shall bow, those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ You are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. We believe in You Jesus Christ, dwell in our spirits Holy Trinity one God; forever and ever. Thank You for redeeming us by Your precious blood and making us Your purchased possession, we belong to You Jesus. Thank You Holy Spirit for placing a seal upon us, making us Your children and assuring us eternal life, all our hope is in You. May Your gift of salvation reach all Your people for the glory of Your name. Only You Lord are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals for You were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe, tongue, people and nations. Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever. Have mercy on us God and answer our prayers and hearts desires according to Your will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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