Learn to USE your Bible – Week Five – Part Four 💕
Going forward…remember, before you begin each day’s Quiet Time to repeat the personalized prayer from Ephesians and read Psalm 119:18 & 34 as a prayer.
“Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
“Give me understanding, so that I may keep your Word
and observe it with all my heart.”
This week the assignment is to search out as many scriptures as you can find that will clarify the role of the Holy Spirit in your life. As in previous weeks, use your Concordance, all the Bible Translations you have available, the cross-references and foot-notes.
Here are a few suggestions:
The noted New Testament Greek scholar Dr. Kenneth Wuest (1893 – 1962) writes of the Holy Spirit in this manner:
“Believers in this Christian era are priests in the New Testament sense. They are anointed with the Holy Spirit once and once only, at the moment they are saved. This anointing is the coming of the Spirit to take up his permanent residence in their hearts, thus providing the potential equipment for their service as priests. The baptism by the Spirit is for the introduction of the believer into the Body of Christ, the anointing with the Spirit is his coming to dwell in the believer and the fullness of the Spirit is for power for service.”
From experience, I can tell you that God will grant any request sincerely made by one of his children for this wonderful Comforter, Counselor and friend.
In Luke’s Gospel we find this promise.
“Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” _Luke 11:11-13
My prayer is that God, from the wealth of his glory, will give you power through his Holy Spirit to be strong in your inner being, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know his love – although it can never be fully known – and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. Now to him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (RSV)