Have you ever been told that once a person “believes in Jesus” that the Holy Spirit will come and live inside that person?

Doesn’t this cause us to also believe that our own actions are causing God to do something?

Is that the way God works?  Or is it the other way around?

What does scripture say?  Do we cause the Holy Spirit to act or does God?

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Do you ever wonder what it would look like if we could peek under the veil of the spirit?  Why is their a veil anyway?

Are we his “woman” with our “face” (mind) covered?

The words of Jesus are coming to mind.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants Matt 11:25

What in the world is Jesus talking about?

Who are the “wise and intelligent”?  Are they the “crafty”?

Also, who are the “infants”?  Surely, a baby can’t understand ways of God, can it?

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If I were God, was all-powerful, and I truly loved all people and wanted them to be with me forever, how would I cause this to occur?

What if I made a person’s imperfection or what the Bible calls “sin” their “free ticket” to receive my OWN perfect righteousness and thus be with me forever?  Do you think they would be thankful when they found out about this free eternally good gift?

If I were God, would I have the power to do this?  Wouldn’t this be a “foolproof” plan?

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So you begin to start to come alive inside one day after hearing someone talk about Jesus and what he has “already done for you”.  And you really start studying God’s Word and the writings of Paul really resonate with you. God is full of love and grace and he HAS reconciled us and forgiven us of ALL of our sins, past, present and future.

“We are cleansed and pure simply awaiting the “redemption of our body”, you settle in on according to Romans 8:23.  We are told to “wait expectantly in hope”.  Psalm 33:20, Romans 5:1-5

You are leaping for joy at what you are hearing from within and reading on the pages.  You can feel his fire burning and want to share with everyone you see.  He is doing this inside you are hearing and believing.

Then, you start to read and study the book of James.

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Today, I find myself back in Genesis 2 and 3 reviewing the “garden scene”.  I see so many amazing things edenoccurring there that I hope will be “eye opening” to you.

These are things that I suspect you haven’t heard but I believe are very good.  I pray it will give you a WHOLE new inspiring view of what is often called “the fall of man” and a whole new outlook on mankind and even yourself.  I know it has dramatically changed my view of who I am.

Before we do this, let’s ask the following question.

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Here is something that I pray will really encourage you today.  Check out this verse in it’s original words and consider this question.

Who is it that God is telling us that practices good or evil?

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The truth is indeed, VERY good my friend.  May we both hear his words of truth and life in our heart, mind today.

 

I pray this Friday is finding you resting in his grace and love.

I have been through hell the past 3-6 months.  Been totally lost in darkness, chaos and confusion.  Had little to no desire to search for him or read his Word.  Fear crept in and was (and still is) controlling me.

Friend, I don’t know if you have ever been in a similar spot, but if you have, you know the torment and turmoil one can go through when all the things he has trusted in are crumbling all around you.

I don’t know how I will make my next house payment as business has ground to a halt.  I don’t know how I will restore the connection to my teenager.  I don’t know how to get reconnected.  But, I do know that our loving father does and I am asking him daily to help me with these things.  He must do them as I can’t.  “I” am only dead weight and my ways are of the flesh which are under the “letter of the law” and only seem to kill me 2 Corinthians 3:6.  I find my ways are all dead ends.

In short, I believe I have “lost Jesus” who is life.  John 14:6.  Simon Peter’s answer in John 6:68 is upon my heart often as I beg him to please finish the work inside soon.

Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life John 6:68

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