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May 19




GRACIOUS SPIRIT, DWELL WITH ME
Thomas T. Lynch, 1818–1871
  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you … and I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees. (Ezekiel 36:26, 27)
An awareness and knowledge of the Holy Spirit’s ministries is most important for every believer. Note briefly these ten specific ministries:
    •      Teaches truths about God and reveals Christ (John 16:12–15).
    •      Convicts us of wrong doing (John 16:8–11).
    •      Regenerates and renews us (Titus 3:5).
    •      Baptizes or places us into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
    •      Gives assurance of our salvation (Romans 8:16).
    •      Indwells and guides our lives (Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
    •      Prays for us (Romans 8:26).
    •      Fills our lives with joy and power (Ephesians 5:18).
    •      Seals and guarantees our eternal promise (Ephesians 4:30).
    •      Distributes gifts to the church (1 Corinthians 12:1–11).
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May 19


Mysteries

When we lived in a climate where I couldn’t exercise outdoors year round, and I was a member of a health club, I used to catch myself circling the parking lot looking for a parking place close to the door. Why would I do that? I mean, if I’m about to go inside and get on a treadmill for 45 minutes, why not just walk across the parking lot too? There are some things in life that confuse me. Like why do we cultivate, irrigate and fertilize a lawn to make it grow, just so we can mow it twice a week to keep it short? Or worse yet, why can’t I get grass to grow in my lawn, but it flourishes in the cracks of my sidewalk?

There are just some things, that are hard to explain. Like why a preacher would talk about the evils of money, then take up a collection for his church. If money is so evil, why does he want it so bad?

It isn’t that money is evil, it is that if we don’t handle it correctly it can lead to all kinds of evil. The truth is, money is necessary. Without it, we cou…