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 Do We Really Appreciate God Having Given Us of His Spirit?

Let us think on these for a moment:

It is through the finished work of Jesus Christ and by His Spirit that we have been delivered from an unprotected domain and brought inside His safe habitation – the shelter especially designed for those born of His Spirit; it was by His Spirit and His spiritually anointed Word that we were born again and made new spiritual creatures; it is by His Spirit that we live in Him and give His life; it is by His Spirit that we are instructed to pray, to act, and even to walk; it is by His Spirit that we have the law of God and are enabled to obey it; it is by the obedience of faith and by His Spirit's revelation to the first apostles and prophets that we know the way and have taken our place on the foundation of Jesus Christ, who is also the Chief Cornerstone, and anointed by His Spirit; it was by God's Spirit that this spiritual Cornerstone was cut from His mountain and perfectly shaped and laid; it is through this spiritual Cornerstone that the whole spiritual structure is built up and is being held together; it is by His Spirit that we are made living stones as He is; it is by His Spirit that we are presently growing into a Holy temple that is becoming a perfect dwelling place for the Father in the Spirit; it is by His Spirit that we discern all things that He would have us to know that come from the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; it is by His Spirit that we are equipped and built up in Him unto the complete measure of the stature of Jesus Christ... and the list goes on.

We have begun by His Spirit, and we shall finish by His Spirit. It is by His Spirit that we have been called from the open plains, steep cliffs, and deep valleys of darkness into the sacred place where only the family of God is allowed to go. Not only have we been called by Him, but we have actually been acquired by Him, and that by nothing of our own doing; we have simply surrendered to the terms of His acquisition.

We have been corralled – corralled and sealed (branded) by His Spirit through His steadfast determination to do so and His unfailing love for us. Not only did He call us into His sheepfold, but He used countless things around us to guide and to gather us to the place of our calling. Through this initial work of gathering we have been separated unto Him so that God may lavish His love upon us apart from the masses.

A specific objective in the outpouring of His Spirit upon us is that we are changed into Christ's likeness, thereby making a perfect dwelling place for God on earth. This is why the Church must be a spiritual Church. We are a continuing work of His Spirit for Him.

 2012/7/21 9:43

 Re: Do We Really Appreciate God Having Given Us of His Spirit?

1Co 2:1-16
(1) And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
(2) For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
(3) I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
(4) And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
(5) that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
(6) However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
(7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
(8) which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
(10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
(11) For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
(12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
(16) For "WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?" But we have the mind of Christ.

 2012/7/21 12:03

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 Re: Do We Really Appreciate God Having Given Us of His Spirit?

We are commanded to crucify this flesh and walk in the Spirit.

Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 2012/7/21 12:25Profile

 Re: Comments of Appreciation

I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit has been so patient and long-suffering in my life, and in the life of my own family as well as He is with all believers in all the world.

Surely, His long-suffering kindness is one of His most wonderful attributes! Thank you Father, for your great grace and mercy!

Would others like to join in sharing some of His attributes that we are so thankful for?

My God be glorified!

 2012/7/21 16:00

Joined: 2003/7/31
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Would others like to join in sharing some of His attributes that we are so thankful for?

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
(Psalms 103:2-3)

I am so thankful for His forgiveness: I knew the good news of the gospel as a child but I turned my back on God and charted my own course for many years. God visited my soul in mercy and when I cried out to Him, He forgave me, and on top of that He healed my sin-diseased heart.

Amazing love, how can it be, that Thou my King would die for me?

In Christ,


Ron Halverson

 2012/7/21 20:41Profile

 Re: So Thankful! Amen!

Amen, brother!

I thought I would give one more opportunity for others to give praise and thanksgiving to God for freely giving us of His Spirit.

Anyone else???



 2012/7/22 11:08


It's just hard - very hard to imagine, that The Creator GOD - The Most High and Thrice HOLY GOD - The One that the saints of old had seen high and lifted up as Ezekiel [etc] did, would be willing to or even desire to indwell me. I know who I was and my own present unworthiness, and it seems that only tears and a racing heart can express the complete awe and gratitude for His love reaching down so far. It's beyond any words that I can form.

 2012/7/22 11:52

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