And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2 ESV) The story of the Ephesian Church at the time Paul first met the young converts there is a fascinating story that reveals profound
Walking in the Spirit
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit(Romans 8:5 ESV) Paul describes a classic feature that distinguishes carnal(fleshly) Christians from those who are spiritual. He says those who live
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV) God gave us the Word for us to live by. The ultimate purpose of the devotional life is to live by the Word of God.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel (Acts 2:16 KJV) One of the biggest obstacles we have in cooperating with the Holy Spirit will be recognizing His activities or works in our lives. Often, God speaks to us or does things in our lives, and we do not know or better
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20 KJV) What do we call our spiritual life? It
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path (Proverbs 2:9, ESV) An important metaphor that is extremely common in the Old Testament is that of walking on a path. It includes your feet, walking and the path or road you are walking on. Imagine coming to a cross-road with many ways
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3