700 years before the birth of Jesus it was foretold by Prophet Isaiah that the Spirit of God would rest upon Jesus. This is one of the loveliest descriptions of the Spirit of God in the entire Bible:
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him–
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
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In Old Testament times the Holy Spirit came upon Judges, Priests, Prophets and Kings to enable them to perform what God had called them to do. In other words the indwelling of the Spirit of God was reserved for special people.
Then, there came a time when Israel ceased to be a nation and no … Read the rest
Think about this: Who else in this world dares to call God “Father” except Christians? No one else!
How has this been made possible? One, it is the right given to those who believe in Jesus to be called children of God (John 1:12, 1 John 3:1). But that is only the first half of … Read the rest
The Bible says: “Like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the Lord. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name” (Isaiah 63:14 NIV).
It is clear from this verse that even in Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit was … Read the rest
You go to meet the CEO of a big Multinational Corporation. You are to present before him an ambitious project of yours. You meet his secretary first. You brief her about your project and seeks her assistance in fixing up an appointment with the boss.
As you are inside his office you start explaining. But … Read the rest
Jesus taught much during His lifetime. Even then the disciples had difficulty understanding all He said. When Jesus left this earth, He told His disciples that He had much more to say.
But the problem was that the disciples were not capable of receiving them then: “I have much more to say to you, more … Read the rest
In the past, you might have got strength from God’s promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b NIV). But have you ever thought how this promise becomes real in your life?
The promise becoming real can be understood thus: Someone gives you a gift voucher. As long as you … Read the rest
The Bible does not introduce God. Instead it begins with God. Probably it is a human tendency to introduce everybody properly.
God, on the other hand, needs no introduction. Instead, the Bible begins with the focus on His active involvement in creation. And in the second verse, we read: “And the Spirit of God … Read the rest
Backsliding is a reality in many Christian lives. Those who had started their walk in Christ with great enthusiasm soon grow cold in their hearts. When difficulties confront them they find it easy to go back to their old ways of life.
Sometimes lack of encouragement from friends can cause a person to neglect God. … Read the rest
God knows all about sex. He talks honestly about sex-issues in the Bible. At first reading one might be shocked why such things are in the Bible. Instead of dismissing that thought, continue to think: Why has God talked about sex so much in the Bible?
This is because men and women made sex an … Read the rest
Like a newborn child grows day by day, a born again person is also like a child growing in the life of faith. Here are different stages of a Christian’s walk of faith. These stages may not happen exactly in the order described below. But it might help in understanding the changes that can happen … Read the rest
Saul asked this question as soon as he got the answer to his previous question: “Who are you, Lord?” (Acts 22:8). The answer was: “I am Jesus of Nazareth.”
If you know for sure that the person with whom you had an encounter in life is Jesus, then the next question to ask is: “What … Read the rest
“Behold, I am coming soon!”
The truth that Jesus is coming soon should excite you. It should create in your heart a great longing to see Him appear. This is the blessed hope to which you and the other believers are looking forward to.
A “crown of righteousness” is promised to you and … Read the rest
One dictionary defines complacency as: “A feeling of satisfaction with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not think any change is necessary; the state of being complacent1.”
This sin of complacency is what destroyed the Israelites from enjoying the fullness of the Promised Land of Canaan. Joshua asked this question to them: … Read the rest
Open doors in life mean opportunity, progress and promotion. But unexpectedly certain open doors close. It leaves you desperate. Then you cry out, “O my God, where are you? Is it all over for me? Open one door for me. Give me a sign of your goodness.1”
This cry comes from desperation. … Read the rest
STOP. Do not take your life. Help is on the way.
God is watching over you. He loves you unconditionally. He loves you in this moment of your trouble. He loves you just as you are.
Do you think that you are so dirty inside out that even you hate yourself? Even here and now, … Read the rest