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The Heart of God – Kindness and Goodness

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Life ChangeOur Tuesday morning and evening Bible studies are just amazing. If you are available at 10:30 am or 7:00 pm and in the Laurel area – please stop by. In these Bible studies – we’re into the Book of Acts – sometimes called the Acts of the Apostles. We have been reading about the power of God – God the Holy Spirit – as the early church was being birthed.

As we have gone thru this study – some questions have been raised that made me think about preaching on the Holy Spirit. So – beginning in November – we will preach a series on the Holy Spirit. Stay tuned!

Today’s passage is about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. What do you think of when you hear the words kindness and goodness? A few verses before the fruit of the Spirit is listed in Galatians 5 – we read the following words. Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

When I think of kindness and goodness – I think of the heart of Christ. It is often contrary to my heart. I am not – by nature – a mercy person. I can express mercy – but only because of the grace of God – it isn’t from my natural fabric. The heart of God – the heart of Christ is seen best – for me – in the following passage. Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit is God With Us Today!

John 14:26

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Sunday Pastor Charlie mentioned some of the revivals the church has experienced over the years – such as the Great Awakening.  I’m listening to a sermon by Reinhard Bonnke – whom Pastor Charlie mentioned – from a recent Jesus Culture event.  This Scripture comes to mind – But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

I believe too many Christians – too many churches and too many denominations – shy away from the Holy Spirit these days.  I believe that if we shy away from the Holy Spirit – we are shying away from God with us today.  Jesus said – before He ascended to heaven – that the Father would send One in His name – the Counselor – the Holy Spirit – to teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Too many are shying away from the Holy Spirit and going through the motions – powerless to be the church – without the Holy Spirit fire.  Maybe this is why the United Methodist Church – many other denominations – and non-denominational churches – are falling these days.  Too many preachers – too many boards of elders and lay leaders are trying to be the church without the Holy Spirit’s power.  We cannot be the church without God with us today – the Holy Spirit.

The Church is exploding across the world – Jesus is being lifted and glorified.  People are coming to Jesus by the millions in Africa and throughout the world – all because the people who share Jesus with them share through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Acts 2:17-21 – 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

A massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit will break the bonds that Satan has over even the church today – if we open ourselves to such power.

Humans are not meant to live day-to-day on our own power – sisters and brothers.  We are meant to be vessels for God’s power to work in us – through us – and in spite of us.  Do you remember trying to park a big car in the days before power assisted steering?  It was so hard!  But when power assisted steering arrived – even the weakest among us could steer the biggest vehicles.  It can be this way in our Christian lives my friends!  Stay tuned!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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