The Helper He sent

Series: In Pursuit of Relational Knowledge

In Jesus’ parting words to His disciples just before calvary, He spoke to them about being branches which grow out of Him. They were to draw their life from Him and because of their union with Him – would bear life changing, character altering fruit.

Last week we took a verbal stroll through Jesus’ words to the disciples just before leaving the upper room regarding:

• His going to the Father
• That to know Him was to know the Father
• That soon the only way anyone would see Him was by the help of the Holy Spirit
• And that John tells us in 1 Jn. 2 that it is by the Holy Spirit that we are steered into the truth and learn how to abide in Christ.

So this week we will finish up the second half of chapters 14 & 15 and begin chapter 16 then scoot over to 1 Corinthians to see this show up in Paul’s letter to this church.

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Malachi message

Malachi, Last message before total silence

Thru the Bible: Malachi 1-2

This is the last book of the Old Testament. It is a prophetic word to post-Babylonian exile Judah.

In this prophecy God addresses the exact same three major sins He did through Nehemiah, not so many years prior.

This was Israel’s last warning… a shot across the bow before their sins reward them a spiritual desert to live and die in.

Amos spoke of this intertestamental time of silence as “a famine for hearing the word of the Lord”.

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Abide Spirit mind

Abiding… the roles our mind and the Spirit play

Series: In Pursuit of Relational knowledge

Out of all the things that Jesus could have taught, just before going to the cross, just before being separated from His disciples, THIS is the one thing He was led to tell them about.

It was and is a very important lesson. You can get nowhere with God if you are unwilling to embrace the intimacy of vulnerability and dependance. The proud of heart can have no admittance and can bear no fruit!

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Denying the fruitless enticements of the flesh

Series: In Pursuit of Relational knowledge

We ventured away from John 15 today as we studied correlating scriptures which help up develop a more broadstroked vista of our position as branches in our Vine.

Our spirits have been made alive in and to God, our souls are being converted to think, see, feel and desire as God does, but we live in a physical body which still has both sin and death in it. So while we have very real desires to honor and obey our God and Father, we also have very real enticements from our flesh to do otherwise.

This inward conflict is not simply one of external morality, but one of intrinsic inner character at war with an external hard wiring. As such, like Paul lamented, “I find myself doing the very things I hate!”

Today we learned a little more about this, so as to better understand how to live out our “branchness” and bear fruit pleasing to God.

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Zechariah Israel future

Zechariah sees Israel’s promised future

Thru the Bible: Zechariah 12-14

Zechariah chapters 12-14 address Israel’s future unfaithfulness and ultimate rejection of their Messiah. The judgment this brings will reduce Israel by two-thirds and the remaining 3rd will be purified and refined by trials.

During the future and Great Tribulation the antichrist will break covenant with the Jews and with antagonistic fury persecute them. Those who endure will see the Lord return on the Mount of Olives and mourn for what their ancestors (and they by extention) had done to Him.

Then the tides will turn and God’s wrath will be poured out on the antichrist and all of Israel’s enemies. He will rule from Jerusalem over the whole earth. The Feast of Tabernacles will once again be celebrated only the whole earth will participate in honoring Jesus the King Who has now tabernacled among them!

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