Explore the Bible Lesson for October 16 - It-s All About Certainty
September 29 2011 by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passage: Romans 8:9-17, 26-32

In John 14:16-17, Jesus says to His disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever ... He remains with you and will be in you.” Paul, in Romans 8:9, shows God has fulfilled His promise, “You (believers), however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you.” With such an incredible – and necessary – provision, surely every believer joyfully embraces and walks daily in this wonderful reality, right? Apparently not.

Francis Chan’s 2009 book, Forgotten God, and Robert Morris’ 2011 book, The God I Never Knew, both deal with the absence of teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit among God’s people. According to A.W. Tozer, the Holy Spirit’s absence is found within the church’s teaching and practice: “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 (%) of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 (%) of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”

The Spirit is always present and confirms in our hearts that we are God’s children. The Spirit intercedes for us to the Father. The Spirit is the down payment of our redemption (Eph. 1:13-14), guaranteeing that nothing will separate us from God’s love for us in Christ.

Because these things are true, this lesson should challenge us to live as if we really believe them. The believer who is fearful should live in peace, comforted by the Spirit’s abiding presence. The believer struggling with self-worth should listen to the Spirit’s quiet voice whispering to her heart that her worth is found in realizing she is a child of the King, with God as her “Abba, Father.” The believer who sits in silence, unable to pray, can rejoice knowing God the Spirit is expressing, in unutterable words, his heart’s burdens to the Father. It is the Spirit of God who illuminates the Word of God in believers’ hearts and transforms believers by that Word to live lives that glorify God. May we live surrendered lives that demonstrate the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of our great God.
9/29/2011 9:59:00 AM by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh | with 0 comments

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