Google+ 07/01/13 Satan Be Gone!

John 14:16-18

 

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.

He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.

The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him.

But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.

 

Every day that I write a devotion or sermon, I want to encourage, uplift, and teach the truth to everyone about Jesus.  My prayer is that this occurs, to the best of my ability, every time I write.  Today is extra important to me in this category.  Often we talk about all the negative things we do and the satanic influences that are in our lives.  There is no question that we are tempted at every turn in our world today, but I have great news for you!  We are indwelled by the same Holy Spirit that helped the human side of Jesus reject temptation.  Now, here is the best news of all!  Jesus personally asked God His Father to send an Advocate to us who will never leave us or forsake us.  On top of that great news, the Advocate that we were sent will lead us into all truth.  If Christianity is a lifestyle for you and not a label, you will receive the Holy Spirit.  Notice that the only reason we will not receive the Holy Spirit is that we we don't look for Him or recognize Him. Be encouraged and don't dwell on negative behaviors or earthly situations.  All of these are temporal.  God has sent you the Holy Spirit to encourage and instruct you for such a time as this.  We will never be "Christian" orphans as we always have the Triune God.  This is why I have written so often about building your "Family of God!"  It is important for us to focus on serving God and using all of our spiritual gifts, rather than constantly dwelling on evil behaviors that "could" happen.  Yes, Christians should accept that, since the Garden of Eden, our human nature is evil.  What we seem to forget, as all the negative sermons are delivered, is that we have an "anti-evil pill" available to us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Jesus and God knew that we needed this, which is why the Holy Spirit was sent to earth.  Our decisions today should not focus around the "lusts of the flesh," but rather how we use the Holy Spirit in our lives pertaining to every situation.  As Christians, instruction in the use of the Holy Spirit has a label that churches should embrace.  It is called maturing people in Christ or discipleship.  We do not need to instruct people in all the various ways we can sin and fall short of the glory of God.  The world spends enough time instructing us in all the ways we can deviate from God's will in our lives.  Rather, we should learn to "lean on the everlasting arms."  For all of us that feel alone, we are not.  That is the devil speaking, not God.  Re-read the last line of our Scripture lesson today.  If we anticipate and recognize the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are never alone.  God has given us His armor.  Put every piece of it on right now and don' take it off!  God has given you spiritual gifts.  Identify them and use them daily to build the His Kingdom.  God wants us to be a part of a working, loving, productive Family of God.  Rather than constantly speaking about all the sins we could fall into, let's make lifestyle changes to "hang out" with God's people and the Holy Spirit everyday.  If you play golf, do it with three other Christians and talk about what you can do for God while your five iron slices!  Making these positive Holy Spirit-driven, lifestyle changes will automatically do for you what it did for Jesus.  You will get to say in a loud voice, "Satan be gone!"