Attitude - Rejoice, Pray, Thanks The Christian is one who has been born all over again (John 3:3, 7), he has been created anew (2 Cor. 5:17). He does not see things as the earthling sees them, but, as a child of the heavenly Father, he goes rejoicing through his Father's world. . . he is glad to live out the implications of his faith. . . His spiritual resources are so great that ...read
Filling of the Holy Spirit But though it is a gift of God, it is not one that is given to all men indiscriminately. . . The Spirit comes only to those who are ready to receive Him. The natural man "receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged" (1 Cor. 2:14). . . And while he is in ...read
Flesh Vs. the Spirit The references to life in the flesh remind us that there are standards of conduct which appeal to the natural man. He has desires which do not accord with the dictates of the Spirit of God. Indeed, part of the work of the Spirit is to show up every evil within man. "The more sanctified a man is, the more will he acknowledge the wretchedness of his ...read
Indwelling of the Spirit . . . He has not come as it were in passing, but that He has chosen to make His habitation with us. . .
The Christian life, then, is a life of continual communion with God. . . He takes up His abode with us and in us. The Christian is never separated from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. . . God delights to dwell with us for the purp ...read
New Birth . . . The Holy Spirit within a man is the evidence that he belongs to God. The Holy Spirit is God's mark of ownership set upon him. The inference is inescapable. If we are God's, we will bear God's mark. His Holy Spirit will be within us.
. . . The Spirit within us is the evidence whereby we know that God wills to abide with His people. "Hereby ...read
Temptations The reality of Jesus' temptations is highlighted by the story of Gethsemane. There we read that He was "in an agony" and that "His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Lk. 22:44). It makes no sense of this to say that there was no real struggle. . . The story is meaningless unless Jesus wrestled with a real temptat ...read