"Great peace have those
who love Your law,
and nothing causes them to stumble."
This is Part Two of “Holy Spirit School.”
If you missed Part One, just scroll down.
Once again, let’s pretend you are a student sitting in a class with many other well- behaved students who are eager to hear what their Teacher has to say. On the large board in front of the class are written these words:
A LIFE THAT HAS BEEN REBORN
Teacher tells His students to get out their driver’s license and look at it.
“Your picture, your name and address, height, weight, and date of birth are listed as identifying characteristics of who you are. Your state government has stamped your license with a seal that marks this information as being a genuine document and gives you permission to drive a vehicle. In your daily travels and duties, you may be required to prove your identity by showing someone your license. This is proof of your birth and who you are.
“My question to you today is this:
What is the proof of your second birth…the day you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, the day you gave Him your life?”
Before continuing, take a moment to answer this question.
What is the proof of your second birth? Believers will have different answers.
There was a drastic change within me when I received Jesus, but I would have to say that the proof of my second birth is faith in God’s written Word. Why? Because it is truth that cannot change. The Bible says that if I call on the name of the Lord I shall be saved.
“…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
See Romans 10:13 & 9-10.
My spirit, which was dead, was quickened with the life-giving Spirit of God as He entered my inner man. It is a tremendous transition, as different as day and night. Old things passed away, all things were made knew. My body became the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19 I became a new creation when God’s Spirit took up residence within me. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I trust what God says about my new birth more than what I can see, touch, or feel. Natural circumstances and feelings change, but “the word of the Lord is forever settled in Heaven.” See Psalm 119:89. So I can see that the proof of my salvation is God’s written Word, which is the solid foundation that my thoughts and my feelings must line up with.
A LIFE THAT HAS BEEN REBORN
What about my behavior?
How will others know that I am reborn?
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV
God’s love was poured into our hearts with the new birth. Romans 5:5
Love is the mark of a grateful disciple who is in love with their Savior and others.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, does not brag, is not proud. Love is not rude or selfish, does not seek its own, and is not provoked. Love pays no account to a suffered wrong but forgives quickly. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
Hearing and Believing
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
You were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
He is the guarantee of your inheritance.
He is the seal of your second birth.
He is the seal of your citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Philippians 3:20
He is the seal that you are an Ambassador for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20
You were sealed with rights and benefits from God’s Kingdom. Psalm 103:1-5
You were sealed as a child of God; an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus.
You were sealed for eternal life. John 3:15
Definition of Seal: to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation; insignia; imprint; trademark; to certify; authenticate; confirm; approve; validate; endorse; establish; make final
“by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’” 2 Timothy 2:19
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” John 6:27
2015: “Redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
You and I are living smack in the middle of watching the nations turn toward evil. And that’s exactly the time frame that God has chosen us to live in!
Our assignment on earth was prepared before we were born—before the foundation of the world. Our individual and corporate assignments are all tied to this: we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. See Ephesians 1:4 and 2:10.
Jesus Christ, the greater One, lives and abides with us.
We are not alone in our pursuit!
But we do have an enemy, the spirit of Antichrist—the one who is against the Anointed One and His anointed ones.
“By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
“And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:2-3
Be on Guard!
How? Be keenly aware of what you are thinking.
There are many spirits that desire to erode and steal who you are in Christ to hold you in captivity and bondage. Don’t leave a hole in your hedge! Censor what you are hearing, watching, and reading. As more things around us decline, we need to be even more fervent for the things of God and not allow the enemy to influence us.
Do not quit going to church but assemble together even more as you see the Day approaching! Hebrews 10:25
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…” See 2 Timothy 4:1-2.
Accuser of the Brethren: spirits who accuse or bring accusations against God’s elect to cause shame and steal our authority. They seek to hound and magnify our faults, bring guilt over past mistakes, to cause reproach so that they can gain entrance to hinder and stop the anointing that is in you. And they accuse others.
Condemnation: Strong censure; disapproval; criticism; reproof; rebuke; pronouncement of guilt. They are sent to discourage and dismay believers into despair and confusion.
Deception: the act of deceiving or misleading; deceit; fraud; trickery; cunning; treachery
Distractions: to divert, entertain, amuse, draw away the attention. Also means to disturb, trouble, perplex, agitate, worry, confuse, bewilder, torment, mental distress and disorder.
Discipline and self control will help you overcome distractions.
“… God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Submit to God: resist the devil and he will flee from you! James 4:7
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
A Life That Has Been Reborn:
"I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly."
THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The government of the Kingdom of God has placed its seal upon your heart and given you an assignment to complete as an Ambassador for Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the One who hovered over the face of the deep and when God spoke light be…light was. He is the One who anointed Jesus to heal all who were oppressed of the devil. Acts 10:38 He is the One whose power raised Jesus from the dead.
This is He who has put His seal upon you! That means security and protection.
Where is the proof of your second birth?
The written Word of God ... which has also been written in your heart…where it is sealed until the redemption of the purchased possession!
God said it, I believe it…that settles it!
Faith in God is the foundation of my proof.
When satan attacked Jesus' identity, Jesus released the written Word of God against him. Matthew 4:3-4
Your identity has a lot to do with your ability to dominate the enemy.
You guard your wallet that contains your license—proof of your birth and permission to drive, right? How much more should we guard our heart, Saints!
That means you guard the entrance to your heart: what you see, what you hear, what you’re thinking, and what you are saying…after all, this is the place where effective prayers come from. Pray much in the Spirit.
Let this anointed song from Keith Moore minister to you today.
It is my prayer for you.
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE…
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy … 1 Timothy 3:1-2 Is there not a cause?
Praying in love for:
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