Today’s bible reading: John 13, 14 and 15
As a Christian, you need spiritual strength for two reasons:
- To live an overcoming life
- To serve the Lord
Power for Overcoming
You may feel inadequate; you can expect the devil to tell you, it’s no use. You can’t live the Christian life. You might as well give up. This is one of Satan’s favorite tactics. You may even feel defeated because you were tempted-even though you didn’t yield. Remember this temptation is not sin. We sin when we yield to temptation.
Know your weak points
When the apostle Peter learned that Jesus would be betrayed, he boldly said he was willing to die for the Lord. But before the night was over He had denied the Lord three times. If you have trouble with temper or some other human weakness, be on guard.
Co-operate with God
Rely on Jesus to help you overcome. A little girl said, “Jesus is stronger than the devil, so when the devil comes to the door of my heart, I send Jesus, and when the devil sees Jesus, he goes away” Christ lives in your heat through His Holy Spirit, who is called “the comforter”, meaning one called alongside to help. He will develop in you the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which together are the character of Christ. God’s purpose is to make you like Christ.
An obedient attitude will help. Obey the Lord when he suggests something to you. Listen to the pastor and other mature Christians. They’ve faced similar problems so they can help you.
Cultivate a sense of the Lord’s presence
Let your thoughts go out toward Him throughout the day. Don’t get discouraged. You don’t need to give up, and shouldn’t. A baby starting to walk often falls, but it must not give up. Simply come to the Lord as you did the first time, ask him in sincerity to forgive you, and go on.
Power for Service
The Holy Spirit has a work to do for you after salvation and it is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is the same experience we read about in Acts 2. Before He went away, Jesus told his disciples he would baptize them in the Holy Spirit. As a result they would receive power to witness unto him. This happened on the day of Pentecost and changed the lives of all who received. Ask your pastor to tell you more about this.
Jesus is the baptizer
How do you receive? The simplest way to put it is to tell you to get as close to Jesus as you can. Move towards him in worship and praise. Then yield completely it him. Your experience will be just like that on the day of the Pentecost.
The baptism is a beginning
Sad to say, some stand still spiritually after they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. This should not be. It should be the beginning of a wonderful new kind of life. Through you God can work supernaturally.
Stay spirit filled
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a once for all experience. As you continue to stay close to the Lord in prayer and reading his word, you will; receive from Him more and more of His life and blessing.
Bible Study For The Day
John 13:34,35. what was Jesus’ new commandment?
John 14:6 what is the way to come to God?
John 14:13,14 what is the secret of receiving answers to prayers?
John 14:15 how do we show our love for Jesus?
John 14:27 what has Jesus promised to give us?
John 15:18,19 what attitude can we expect from the world ( Unbelievers )?
Verses to memorize:
John 13:35; 14:6; 14:14; 14:27; 15:5