And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them (Mk. 9:2 ESV). Believers may experience three different levels of intimacy with God. When we receive Jesus at salvation, we are all made God’s children, and brought
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked (1 Chr. 4:10 ESV). The prayer of
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20 ESV). What does praying in the Spirit mean? Two words are important to understand as we briefly review this subject: in and by. The preposition “in” describes the sphere from which the activity originates. When we
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Rom. 8:9 ESV). The question of how to receive the Holy Spirit has been a source of contention amongst believers
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him (Jn. 4:23 ESV). What does it mean to worship in spirit and truth? The key to understanding this directive is found in the same
And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all (Lk. 6:19 ESV). A miracle of healing requires divine healing power. God’s power is the active pharmacologic agent that precipitates miracles of healing. Power is a spiritual virtue, as palpable as joy in our hearts. The scripture
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Gal. 5:18 ESV) We are led by the Spirit when the Holy Spirit guides and powers our lives, including our thoughts, words, and actions. This is in contrast to being led by the flesh, which does not necessarily mean sinful inclinations.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6 KJV). Jehovah Tsidkenu means the LORD our righteousness, as emphasized above. The verse also begins with an important point we must not overlook. The phrase “in His