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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baptized In The Holy Spirit

Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5, 8

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worth to bear; He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

This is Matthew's account of John the Baptist ministry of preaching repentance as he was baptizing all who believed with water, but John the Baptist was mindful of the coming Messiah who was mightier than him who would baptize all believers with the Holy Ghost/Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit gives great powers to boldly witness Christ the world over (Acts 1:8) as well as live holy lives unto God.
The significance of being baptized in the Holy Spirit is that it gives believers more than just the ability or strength to perform miracles, but the authority in which to heal the sick, drive out demos and to travel to remote places in the world witnessing Christ that would be otherwise omitted. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is the initial point of the spirit-filled believer witnessing with such profound boldness that the hearer will accept Jesus as Lord and Savior as proclaimed by the believer. The indwelling Holy Spirit testifies through the believer to the truth of Christ's deity, His death burial and resurrection and His message of salvation as Christ is the message. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit brings a greater awareness of God's presence, the desire for righteous living and a deeper love for His Word and understanding of the Word.
Baptized in the Holy Spirit is submerged in God's holiness.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Thou Art The Christ

Matthew 16:14-16

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

The setting for today's discussion is during Jesus' ministry and there arose questions as to who Jesus was as many thought He was John the Baptist, Elias, Jeremias, or some other prophet (v.14). Jesus wanted to know if His disciples really knew that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God as emphatically stated by Peter and this was revealed to Peter by the Holy Spirit.
There were many during Jesus' day who failed to recognize Him as the Christ the Son of the living God as many do today. Unbelievers of Jesus' day who failed to recognize Him as Christ the Savior of the World who came to earth in human form to be the sacrificial Lamb for humanity's sins, but there were many who recognized Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. Let me assure you that yes Jesus is the Son of the living God as He was born of the Virgin Mary and the Holy Ghost who is God as His Father which make Him the "Christ".
Jesus is the "Christ" the Son of the living God who is the Savior of the World.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Mercies Of God

Psalm 145:9-10

The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

Today's focus discussion is the mercies of God as it will give us a glimpse into His compassion and being slow to anger as it is His desire that all be saved. God in His divine wisdom knew before the beginning of time who would become part of His holy nation and who would reject His plan of salvation and the promise of spending eternity with Him.
That being said, in His mercies, God still loves the unbeliever just as He does the believer. All who call on the name of the Lord in sincerity He is sure to answer as He is willing to forgive and His heavenly invitation remains open to the repentant heart.
God's mercies are seen in sending His Son to become men propitiator when justice demanded that the human race remain in a state of lostness, but mercy prevailed as God's compassionate love was on display. God's mercy is evidenced by the balance of nature as all forms of His creations are cared for through His sustaining power.
There is no mercy like the mercy of God. He loved humanity when mankind didn't love Him. In the midst of trial and tribulation His hand of mercy is present.
What a merciful God?
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Friday, December 7, 2012

How Do You Spell Christmas?

John 1:4

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Many times I see Christmas written as Xmas and wonder why and how can anyone remove the name "Christ" from Christmas? When Christmas is written as Xmas the last three letters stands for the promised Messiah Anointed by God the Father to be the Savior of the world. Therefore, the last three letters points to Christ our Savior. This appointment was made before the foundation of the world.
Therefore, without His holy birth there would be no Christmas celebration to honor the Savior as He is the reason for the season and His coming to earth was to save man. Christ's beginning was in the beginning with God (v.1), but to pay man's sin debt He had to be born of a woman to die. Thank God He did!
Christmas is Christ.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Perspective

Matthew 1:21-23

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call His name JESUS; for He shall save His people from their sins.

During this Christmas season I have noticed the media airways being filled with shopping advertisements. Some merchants chose to open on Thanksgiving in an attempt to increase their bottom line. This gave less time for families to thank God for His many blessings and offer praises to His holy name.
With the media blitz of Christmas advertisements bring these questions to mind, what is our perspective of Christmas? Do we fully understand the true meaning of Christmas that it is the birth of our Savior and without His birth there would be no Christmas to celebrate? Have we as a society of people made Christmas less about Jesus and more about our materialistic values? Regardless of one's answer or perspective Christ is the reason for Christmas.
Each letter in Christmas reflects Christ; His deity, His mission and His holiness.
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