Morning Musings: 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.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

If you are a follower of Jesus, you have the Spirit of God living within you.  Reflect on that for a minute.  The power and presence of the God who created the universe is dwelling within you.  That’s a pretty game-changing idea.

If you are a follower of Jesus and you don’t know where to go in life, you need merely to look inside of you.  And I don’t mean that in some kind of a new-agey way as if you were somehow divine yourself.  Rather, I mean this in the sense that if you are a follower of Jesus, you have within you the Spirit who can answer your questions.  Now, He may answer by telling you to go and consult with His word and other believers, but you can at least start there.  And His answers will not often come in the ways or times we would most prefer given our druthers, but they will come.  We can count on it.

Morning Musings: John 14:26

“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.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Living the life of Christ day-in-and day-out is a tall order.  It’s a huge task.  If we let it, the thought that we are to live each day following after the pattern of Christ and doing what He said can be an overwhelming thought.  If we think about it in the wrong way, it can leave us wondering whether it’s really all worth it.  How are we supposed to do this on our own? Read the rest…

An Exclusive Club?

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. . . .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 spiritual discerned.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Now we’re getting into some tough stuff here (and we’re only into the second of 16 chapters!).  Let’s start with what Paul seems to be saying and then we’ll deal with whether or not it’s true and what it means.   Read the rest…