Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Witness of the Holy Spirit
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Remember the day the Holy Spirit shined His light in your heart and showed you that you were a sinner? You thought you were an okay person, but suddenly the Holy Spirit began to convict you of your sin.
It was the Holy Spirit who brought about that change in your heart.
Jesus said, “ ‘Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit’ ” (John 3:5–6).
Not only does the Holy Spirit bring about the work of conversion, but after it has taken place—after Christ has come into your heart—the Holy Spirit personally gives you the assurance that you are a believer. As Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
As a result, you can have the inner conviction and witness of the Holy Spirit that you are a child of God.
And as part of this wonderful work of conversion, the Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells us. Romans 8:11 tells us, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
God is not asking you to do the impossible. He will give you the power to live the Christian life.
With the Holy Spirit empowering you—and as you yield to Him—you can live this life that God has called you to live.
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- This life will have its sorrows
- God loves us
- Jesus weeps in our times of pain
- God can be glorified through human suffering
Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie’s new book, examines these truths, revealing God’s love and care for us, and shows how we can find hope, even in the midst of the most unbearable pain and sorrow.