Hallelujah, praise the living God for another day to pray for you all and be used by Him. Today I offer these lines from J.I. Packer.
“ In our faith: Do we acknowledge the authority of the Bible, the prophetic Old Testament and the apostolic New Testament which he inspired? Do we read and hear it with the reverence and receptiveness that are due to the Word of God? If not, we dishonor the Holy Spirit.
In our life: Do we apply the authority of the Bible and live by the Bible, whatever anyone may say against it, recognizing that God’s Word cannot be but true, and that what God has said he certainly means, and he will stand behind it? If not, we dishonor the Holy Spirit, who gave us the Bible.
In our witness: Do we remember that the Holy Spirit alone, by his witness, can authenticate our witness, and look to him to do so, and trust him to do so, and show the reality of our trust, as Paul did, by eschewing the gimmicks of human cleverness? If not, we dishonor the Holy Spirit. Can we doubt that the present barrenness of the church’s life is God’s judgment on us for the way in which we have dishonored the Holy Spirit? And, in that case, what hope have we of its removal till we learn in our thinking and our praying and our practice to honor the Holy Spirit? “He shall testify . . .”
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” “
New American Standard Bible
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Heavenly Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus, Your servant praises and thanks You. Bless You, for these biting questions that reveal our hearts. Thank You for gifting us Your Holy Spirit. It is our prayer and desire to show all the respect and authority that You so deserve. Help us not dishonor Your Holy Spirit and thank You for forgiving us when we do. In Jesus’ name and in the power of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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