Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Holy Spirit - Sections I and II

In Bible study we've been studying the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. These are some of the point and verses that I am going back over from study and would like to share with anyone who is willing to take the time to read this. I've been reminded lately that if I'm feeling far from God (and I have been) that it's not because He left me...but because I walked away from Him. He is ever calling us back into a deep and intimate relationship with Him and He's given us the Holy Spirit to help in the areas we are weak. Here are the verses and points from our study!

The Holy Spirit

The goal of this section is to understand the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. We will strive to understand His deity, attributes, activity in the world and ministry to the saved community The hope is to enlighten and encourage believers to understand the power the Spirit provides to live the Christian life.

I. The Holy Spirit is fully God...
  • He is given equal association with the Father and Son...
Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"; Acts5:3-4 "But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." (showing that when they lied to the Holy Spirit, they lied to God because they are one in the same); 1 Corinthians 6:11 "Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."; 2 Corinthians 13:14 "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."
  • He Is given the same attributes as the Father and the Son (This will be studied later in section II)

II. The Holy Spirit's ministry in the Old Testament

  • The Spirit only indwelt certain people...
Genesis 41:38 "Then Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?"; Numbers 27:18 "So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.."; Ezekiel 2:2 "As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.."; Daniel 4:8, 5:11-14, 6:3 "As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to...", "There is a man in your kingdom in whom is a spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him And King Nebuchadnezzar, your father, your father the king, appointed him chief of the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans and diviners. This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation. Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Are you that Daniel who is one of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? Now I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you.", "Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom."

  • The Spirit departed some due to disobedience...
1 Samuel 16:14 "Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.", Psalm 51:11 "Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me."

  • The Spirit rested (temporary) upon certain people...
Judges 3:10 "The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, so that he prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim."; Judges 6:34 So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him."; Judges 11:29 "Now the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh; then he passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he went on to the sons of Ammon."; Judges 13:25 "And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. "; Judges 14:6 "The Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done."; 1 Samuel 10:9-10 "Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day. When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them."; 1 Samuel 16:13-14 "Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him."

  • The Spirit filled certain people...
Exodus 31:1-3 "Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship"; Exodus 35:30-31 "Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, "See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship"

  • Promise of the Spirit's permanent indwelling in fulfillment of the New Covenant...
God promised Abraham, in Genesis 12:1-3 ("Now the LORD said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your ,relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.") a land, a nation and blessings. The Abrahamic covenant was later in specifics known as the Palestinian (land) covenant (Ezekiel 16:60 "Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you."; *more to come), Davidic (throne) Covenant (2 Samuel 7:11, 13, 16,"even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you...He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever...Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever." 2 Samuel 23:5 "Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow?", Isaiah 55:3 "Incline your ear and come to Me listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. Jeremiah 31:35-37 "Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: If this fixed order departs From before Me," declares the LORD, Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever."Thus says the LORD, If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done," declares the LORD." Jeremiah 33:20-21 "Thus says the LORD, 'If you can break My covenant for the day and My covenant for the night, so that day and night will not be at their appointed time, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant so that he will not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levitical priests, My ministers." Ezekiel 37:15 "They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons' sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever.") and the New (blessings and descendants) Covenant (Isaiah 61:8 "For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; and I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them"; Jeremiah 31:31-40 Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: If this fixed order departs from before Me, declares the LORD, Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever."Thus says the LORD, If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done," declares the LORD. Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when the city will be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate the measuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah. And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever."; Jeremiah 32:40 "I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me."; Jeremiah 50:5 "They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten." ; Hebrews 8:6-13 " But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. For finding fault with them, He says, BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH; NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD. FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, 'KNOW THE LORD,' FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM. FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." When He said, A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear."; Hebrews 13:20 "Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord").
In the New Covenant the Spirit would be poured our on believers (Isaiah 32:15 "Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field is considered as a forest."; Isaiah 44:3 "'For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants"; Ezekiel 36:27 "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances."; Ezekiel 37:14 "I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it," declares the LORD.'"; Ezekiel 39:29 "I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel," declares the Lord GOD."; Joel 2:28-29 "It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.").

*this concludes sections I and II. More to come....please continue to follow along with me! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's the Cost?

When Jesus talked about us taking up our cross (the object of death) denying ourselves daily and following Him (in Luke 14), He was teaching us how to be true disciples. In other parts of the world, it costs people their lives, literally. Would we be willing to pay that same price if that kind of suffering came to the US? While people in other countries are willing to die for Christ, are we even willing to live for Him in obedience? How much would you pay? How much does true discipleship cost? I made this video while thinking about these things, and asking myself theses questions.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Start of Christmas

Spent 12 hours today trying recipes for Christmas cookies. Boy am I glad to be out of the kitchen. lol. But I do have a better idea now of what I can make for the end of the month. ANd the boys are quite happy be eat the "tests" :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Last year was our first year doing Operation Christmas Child and it was amazing. Christmas time has become such a flurry of tasks, that for me, it was beginning to lose some of it's joy. I was at church last year when I heard of the opportunity to do these boxes. I had hear about OCC in the past, but never in detail about how it was actually done. I decided that I was going to do it and that it would be a great way to spend time with my little sibblings, while teaching them to rejoice at the opportunity to give. So off we went to the stores so they could help pick stuff out and put the boxed together. It was some of the best time we've ever had together and it blessed my heart to see their excitement as they picked out stuff for what they call "my girl" or "my boy". This year I took all the little one with me, except for my littlest brother, as we went shopping. Upon getting home, He sat and watched us put the boxes together. He then started crying because he wanted to do one too. He kept crying that he needed one for "his little boy". Needless to say we now have an extra box for a little boy through the efforts of my little brother's tears! This is such a huge blessing to be apart of. Just to watch the videos on the website of OCC and hear the stories of how it touches children's lives, children who may have never received a gift in their lives, brings tears to my eyes. We have so much here in America, what a blessing during Christmas, to be able to show God's love in such a meaningful way. I'm so thankful for this ministry! It is becoming our new family tradition, one that I will, Lord willing, carry on with my own children someday. The only regret I have it that I didn't get involved in this sooner!

Show a child God's love in a very real and meaningful way!!!

"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cherish the Moment

A while back I started doing picture videos for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings...ect. I finally started another blog solely for the purpose of putting up pictures I take and videos I make. If you're interested check it out... Cherish the Moment