March 2016 Words of Life (Week 5)

Words of Life

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”  Romans 8:14

          Romans 8:9 addresses both the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God. The Spirit of Christ saves us and the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) empowers us.  Romans 8:14 states that the sons of God are the people who are led by the Holy Spirit.  To be led by the Holy Spirit, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit; will guide us and lead us to the truth (John 16:13), will help or comfort us (John 16:7), convict us of sin (John 16:8), intercede for us (Romans 8:26), reveal or manifest the ways of God to us (1 Corinthians 2:9-11). He is our seal and guarantee of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14), and most of all He empowers us (Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49).  If the Holy Spirit does all these things, it is no wonder “the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” Romans 8:19.  The sons of God will be the ones led by the Holy Spirit and walking in divine power as Jesus did.   The Bible tells us that Jesus was filled with the Spirit (Matthew 3:16), He obeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit to the desert, He overcame the devil’s temptations by the power of the Holy Spirit, and then He returned in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14).  

          Creation is waiting to see that same power manifested today as we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and walk in obedience to His leading.  Do not be deceived or fall into the trap of thinking you received the Holy Spirit when you were saved.  You can see in the example of the disciples, they were saved in John 20 and were not baptized in the Holy Spirit until 10 days later at the Day of Pentecost after Jesus was glorified.   The book of Acts gives several other examples about people being saved, then being filled with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 19:1-6 tells how Paul was talking to people at Ephesus who were saved, but did not know about the Holy Spirit.  Paul informed them, laid hands on them, and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is real and is for all believers.

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