Sunday, September 18, 2016

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Today’s Reading: Luke 11

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Between the Mount of Olives and the Old City walls of Jerusalem is the Kidron Valley. The cone-shaped structure is the Tomb of Absalom and is the first of three major tombs as you go down the valley. Behind Absalom’s Tomb are thousands of Jewish graves that face towards the Eastern Gate, where they believe the Messiah will some day enter the city.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Luke 11:13

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

 

We won’t miss anything if we are following Him closely and watching Him carefully. Jesus and the disciples would’ve often passed by the upside down funnel shape of Absalom’s Tomb (also known as “Absalom’s Pillar” – 2 Samuel 18:18). Would they have talked about the fact that Absalom was filled with pride, so much so that he tried, by force, to take his father David’s throne? We don’t have a record of such a conversation. Jesus will speak of things to us if we’re close enough to hear Him. He’ll share lessons from everyday things we see. Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). It may be helpful for us to read now the first 15 verses of John 16 (click here) and then meditate on our key verse. It is obvious that if we ask for the Holy Spirit and we are willing to receive, and if our Heavenly Father is “more” willing to give of the Holy Spirit than we are to receive, and He is, then we are being filled now and always. We need to begin to praise God now. Worship Him for His generous Gift of the Holy Spirit Who fills us to overflowing (Acts 2:4, Ephesians 3:19, Ephesians 5:18).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Heavenly Father, I am willing to receive of the Holy Spirit here and now. You have given the Holy Spirit to indwell me when I first believed in Jesus, and every day I need to be filled. I’m reminded of a funnel as I look at the picture of Absalom’s Tomb. I imagine turning the funnel over and You pouring into my life more of the Holy Spirit than I have room to hold inside me. Overflow my life, Lord, so that others around me will experience Your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying and receiving. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I wrote a book called 100 Huntley Street which was first published in 1979 by Logos International of New York City. In the early 1980’s it was published again by Thomas Nelson of Nashville, and then again in the late 1990’s under the title 100. Why tell you about this? My story of being filled for the first time with the Holy Spirit as a 16 year old is on pages 40 and 41 of the original publication. Perhaps if you know anyone who has watched or supported 100 Huntley Street over the years, ask them if they have a copy for you. I’m greatly blessed by the memories, but most of all by experiencing the Presence and fullness of the Holy Spirit right now.

Yours for being filled, and keeping filled, with the Holy Spirit,

David

P.S. Luke, the New Testament historian, is right on!!! Good history is a record of what actually happened according to those whose stories are told and those who were eye witnesses. I believe that Luke, a physician, spent at least two years interviewing the people whose stories are in his Gospel. He did this while his leader in ministry, the Apostle Paul, was in Roman custody in Caesarea, the capital city of the Roman province of Palestine. These P.S. thoughts are for the purpose of showing that the Bible is “RELIABLE!” Tomorrow…Did the enemies of Jesus living at the time ever write anything which contradicted the Gospel stories?

16 thoughts on “Sunday, September 18, 2016

  1. Thank You our Heavenly Father, God. Thank You, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thank You, Holy Spirit, glorified, personified, living and breathing within us. We give You, all the praise and glory that is due! Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord!

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 NIV

    Here I Am Lord, John Michael Talbot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFFhZM4rn-c

  2. Good morning Father, good morning Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit, You are the Great and Mighty God and I Love you and Praise Your Holy Name. Thank YOU for Your Love for us. Amen!
    Blessed be the Name of the Lord God for ever and ever, Amen!!

  3. Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth. Thank God for the overflowing of the Holy Spirit as we need Him every day. I am starting the first lap of my journey this afternoon so would appreciate your prayers dear David and saints.

  4. Ger God be with you..are you able to remind some of us about the journey…I can’t previous blogs….God bless everyone..

    I know it sounds corny but GOD is concerned about ALL aspects of our lives…I so wish He would show me where I put the ear rings?

    Also give me rest and peace, neighbours are starting renovations and they do not rerspect the time slot, they start early in the morning. I had an arrangement with previous owner not to begin until 11:30 or so…he was very compliant however he has passed on and now, there will be much conflict
    Please pray that God guide my words, that I know when to shut up and help me to be civil……

    I have prayed and continue to ask for prayers for the Holy Spirit to enter Darcy’s heart, change him, only God can bring about this change. thank you for all your prayers…….
    This is another reason why I have been praying for a financial breakthrough; to clear debts and help family and then sell my home and move into town, closer to pool, stores, so, Lord God I need Your Help AMEN

  5. Lord God, you have heard the cry of Sah’s heart; Your Word says that when we cry unto You, you hear us, even before we call you hear us. Lord Jesus I pray and agree with Sah in prayer for her every need. Your Word tells us that You supply all our needs according to Your Riches in Glory.
    For her financial need, wisdom and guidance; for her relationship with those in her neighbourhood, for unity of heart and for compassion towards her need. Jesus, I thank you and I pray for Your intervention on Sah’s behalf. I pray for Your Peace to guard her heart and mind in You Christ Jesus in and through all this. Amen!

  6. We want to Congratulate you both on your 58th anniversary. You are such a blessing to so very many people. We pray for you daily and pray that the Lord will raise you up and will be able to come home. Your blogs are such an inspiration to us and we look forward to them each morning.

  7. Congratulations on your 58th Anniversary David and Norma-Jean. What an inspiration you both have been to me over the past 37 years. 100 Huntley has been part of my daily spiritual walk to this very day. And thank you David for your Bible Study Blog. I look forward to studying the scriptures under your guidance . God Bless you , David, I am sure it is very difficult for you since you have had serious health problems. I keep you in my prayers, and I pray that the Lord will bless you with healing and strength so you are able to go home .

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