Verse of the day.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
Today’s text (including the verses preceding it) makes an important comparison; between sinful man and a loving God. The chapter begins with Jesus teaching His disciples to pray to the Father. He then explains to them the importance of persistence in making requests and petitions. Now, He talks about how different the heart of the Father is from that of man; how the Love He has for His children causes Him to give His Spirit to all who believe in His Son.
When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, A Gift.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
When God makes promises, He keeps them. He had many years before Jesus’ lifetime spoken about the release of His Spirit upon His children. He at one time described this by saying, “…I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…”, and at another time, “I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes…” (Joel 2:28). It is to these promises Jesus refers.
The verb ‘give’ as used in today’s verse portrays the bestowing of a spectacular gift. The Holy Spirit is to us a Teacher, a Friend, Comforter, Advocate, Helper and “Seal”. The Holy Spirit abides within the regenerated human spirit, causing us to live the Life of God, helping us to be like Him, and expressing the power of God in us through gifts of His own (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
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“What no eye has seen,
What no ear has heard,
And what no human mind has conceived”
The things God has prepared for those who love Him—
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
We are assured that God has many beautiful things in store for us and it is through His Spirit we find out what these things are. Jesus however, ends His proclamation with an important instruction – “ask”. We must make room in our hearts and lives for the Holy Spirit and ask Him to come in. The Father knows that some days, you, your speech and intellect will reach their limit. It is then you know how truly precious the gift of the Holy Spirit is.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
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Dear Father, I ask today that You will pour out Your Spirit upon me and that each day I will be filled until there is an overflowing, so I can be a blessing to everyone I meet.
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