Biblical Word Search:- John 3: 16-19

Today’s word search to challenge your Biblical Mind, and created by my wife, Marlene, is based on John 3: 16-19 – God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.

To download this challenging word search please click below:-

http://christianwordsearches.net/God%20So%20Loved.html

Happy word searching

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Of all the gifts given to mankind by God, there is none greater than the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has many functions, roles, and activities. First, He works in the hearts of all people everywhere, throughout the entire world.

Jesus told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit into the world to “convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-11).

Everyone has a “God consciousness,” whether or not they admit it. The Holy Spirit applies the truths of God to minds of men to convince them by fair and sufficient arguments that they are sinners. Responding to that conviction brings men and women to salvation.

Once we are saved and belong to God, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts forever, sealing us with the confirming, certifying, and assuring pledge of our eternal state as His children.

Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever” (John 14:16).

The Greek word translated here “Helper” means “one who is called alongside” and has the idea of someone who encourages and exhorts. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers:-

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.

(Romans 8:9)

Jesus gave us the Spirit as some kind of “compensation” for His absence, to perform the functions for us which He would have done if He had remained personally with us here on earth.

Among those functions is that of the revealer of truth. The Holy Spirit’s presence within us enables us to understand and interpret God’s Word.

Jesus told His disciples that:-

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come”.

(John 16:13)

The Holy Spirit reveals into our minds the whole counsel of God as it relates to worship, doctrine, and Christian living. He is the ultimate guide, going before, leading the way, removing obstructions, opening the understanding, and making all things plain and clear.

He shows us the way we should go in all spiritual things. Without such a guide, we would be apt to fall into error. A crucial part of the truth He reveals is that Jesus is who He said He is:-

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

(John 15: 26)

The Holy Spirit convinces us of Christ’s deity and incarnation, that he was the Messiah, His suffering and death, His resurrection and ascension, His exaltation at the right hand of God, and His role as the judge of all. He gives glory to Christ in all things:-

“He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine, and declare it to you.”

(John 16:14)

Another one of the Holy Spirit’s roles is that of gift-giver. 1 Corinthians 12 describes the spiritual gifts given to believers in order that we may function as the body of Christ on earth. All these gifts, both great and small, are given by the Spirit so that we may be His ambassadors to the world, showing forth His grace and glorifying Him.

The Holy Spirit also functions as fruit-producer in our lives. When He indwells us, He begins the work of harvesting His fruit in our lives — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

(Galatians 5:22-23).

These are not works of our flesh, which is incapable of producing such fruit, but they are products of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.

The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort.

Thank God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives!

With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The exact identity of the Holy Spirit is clothed in misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Some people think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of mystical and magical force/energy.

Other people perceive the Holy Spirit as being a kind of impersonal power that God has given to those that follow Christ Jesus.

Let us look, for a moment, at what the Bible has to say about who or what the Holy Spirit is.

Careful study of the Bible will reveal that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And the Bible also reveals to us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, who has a mind, emotions and a will, all to himself.

Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is God including Acts 5: 3-4 when Peter takes Ananias to task for lying to the Holy Spirit and tells him:-

“You have not lied to man but to God”.

We can also clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit must be God because he possesses the same traits and characteristics as God.

God’s omnipresence is also to be found in Psalm 139: 7-8:-

Where shall I go from your spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!

And again, in 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11, we see God’s omnipresence:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
And, as we have already discovered, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person because he possesses a mind, has emotions and a will.

The Holy Spirit thinks and knows:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God

(1 Corinthians 2:10).

The Holy Spirit can grieve:-

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us:-

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8: 26-27)

The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will:-

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the one Spirit.

To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 7-11)

Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be God, the third person of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

As God, as well as being the Holy Spirit, He can easily function as the Comforter and Counsellor that Jesus promised that He would be:-

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

(John 14: 16, John 14: 26, John 15:26)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Holy Spirit at work in your life

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?

Will you allow him to sanctify you?

Will you manifest the “fruit of the spirit?”

Have you discovered the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has given you?

Are you prepared to let the Holy Spirit use you in the body of Christ?

The Holy Spirit wants to take up personal residence inside of you.

You must listen very carefully to the Holy Spirit, because He loves to encourage and empower you providing you are willing to obey His voice as you read and study the Scriptures:-.

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:11“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.”
  2. 1 Corinthians 2:10These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
  3. Ephesians 4:30“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
  4. Here are other passages that describe the Holy Spirit doing something that only a person could do:-  Acts 16: 6 – And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. Matthew 10: 20 – For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.                                                  
  5. Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
  6. Acts 8:29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot”
  7. Romans 8:15–16“For you did not receive the Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God.”
  8. 2 Timothy 3:16“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.”
  9. 2 Peter 1:21“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
  10. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
  11. John 3: 5-6 – Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
  12. Matthew 12:31“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
  13. John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
  14. John 16:7“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
  15. John 16:13 “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
  16. Mark 1:10–11And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
  17. Philippians 2:1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy.
  18. Romans 8:27 – And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
  19. 2 Corinthians 1:22And who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
  20. Genesis 1:2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
  21. According to 2 Peter 1:21For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  22. John 16:8“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment”
  23. Titus 3:5He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
  24. 1 Peter 1:2 – According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood.
  25. Acts 2:4“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Ephesians 5:18“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Holy Spirit”
  26. Ephesians 3:16“That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being”
  27. Acts 1:8“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  28. 1 Corinthians 2:14“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to Him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The exact identity of the Holy Spirit is clothed in misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Some people think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of mystical and magical force/energy.

Other people perceive the Holy Spirit as being a kind of impersonal power that God has given to those that follow Christ Jesus.

Let us look, for a moment, at what the Bible has to say about who or what the Holy Spirit is.

Careful study of the Bible will reveal that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And the Bible also reveals to us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, who has a mind, emotions and a will, all to himself.

Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is God including Acts 5: 3-4 when Peter takes Ananias to task for lying to the Holy Spirit and tells him:-

“You have not lied to man but to God”.

We can also clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit must be God because he possesses the same traits and characteristics as God.

God’s omnipresence is also to be found in Psalm 139: 7-8:-

Where shall I go from your spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!

And again, in 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11, we see God’s omnipresence:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
And, as we have already discovered, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person because he possesses a mind, has emotions and a will.

The Holy Spirit thinks and knows:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God

(1 Corinthians 2:10).

The Holy Spirit can grieve:-

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us:-

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8: 26-27)

The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will:-

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the one Spirit.

To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 7-11)

Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be God, the third person of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

As God, as well as being the Holy Spirit, He can easily function as the Comforter and Counsellor that Jesus promised that He would be:-

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

(John 14: 16, John 14: 26, John 15:26)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Dwelling Places of the Holy Spirit

John 14:17

Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

1 Corinthians 3: 16-17

Do you not know that you are God’s and that God’s spirit dwells within you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 

2 Corinthians 3: 16-17

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

1 Corinthians 6:19

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? 

Ephesians 2:22

In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

Dove (John 1:32)

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove and it remained on him. 

Fire (Acts 2: 3-4)

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

Fire (Matthew 3:11)

I baptise you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

Oil (1 John 2: 20)

But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 

Rivers of Water (John 7:37-39)

On the last day of the Feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.

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With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey