Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sealed With the Holy Spirit

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  -Romans 8:18 (KJV) 

The Word of God reminds us in Romans 8:18 that no problem, no crisis, no difficulty, no sickness, and no worries can take away from the promise that heaven is our eternal home.  That truth has the power to move us forward in Jesus’  name and to help us to not grow discouraged.  When we receive Jesus Christ as savior, God places His Word in our minds and writes His covenant on our hearts. 
Because of Jesus Christ heaven is ours and we have power for victorious living right now.   We will not be defeated by our problems, but rather we will rise above them through faith in the Lord.  We can and will be guided each day by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If someone were to ask me what is the advice I am most giving these days it would be this: Do not be controlled by anger and emotion, but be guided by the Holy Spirit.  This goes along with what the Scripture says in Ephesians 5:18: “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”  Wine isn’t the only thing that can make a person drunk.  People can be drunk with power, lust, vengeance, and anger.  All of those have the power to wreak havoc in our lives.  That is why we bring our minds, our thoughts, and our actions under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  To be controlled by anything other than the Holy Spirit leads to excess, but the Spirit guides us to the will of God in our lives.   

In days before modern mail service if someone sent a letter, the sender would seal the envelope or scroll with a wax seal which was then stamped with the insignia of the sender.  God wrote the new covenant in Jesus Christ upon our hearts and He sealed it with the Holy Spirit for all eternity.
Be thankful today for the salvation God has given through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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