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Holy Spirit

You were never meant to do this thing called life on your own! You were are to supposed to be doing life with one another! In addition, Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our guide through life to help us make it!

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. 16I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. 17He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you. 18“When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you. 19In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. 20When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you. 21“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, how can it be that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them. 24Those who do not love me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me. 25“I have told you this while I am still with you. 26The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. 27“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am leaving, but I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father; for he is greater than I. 29I have told you this now before it all happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe. 30I cannot talk with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me, 31but the world must know that I love the Father; that is why I do everything as he commands me. “Come, let us go from this place.

–from John 14

He will be a teacher to help us know what to do! He will give you peace! And Jesus is coming back! So don’t be afraid and don’t worry!

A Vision of Christ

9I am John, your brother, and as a follower of Jesus I am your partner in patiently enduring the suffering that comes to those who belong to his Kingdom. I was put on the island of Patmos because I had proclaimed God’s word and the truth that Jesus revealed. 10On the Lord’s day the Spirit took control of me, and I heard a loud voice, that sounded like a trumpet, speaking behind me. 11It said, “Write down what you see, and send the book to the churches in these seven cities: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12I turned around to see who was talking to me, and I saw seven gold lampstands, 13and among them there was what looked like a human being, wearing a robe that reached to his feet, and a gold band around his chest. 14His hair was white as wool, or as snow, and his eyes blazed like fire; 15his feet shone like brass that has been refined and polished, and his voice sounded like a roaring waterfall. 16He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth. His face was as bright as the midday sun. 17When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last. 18I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead. 19Write, then, the things you see, both the things that are now and the things that will happen afterward. 20Here is the secret meaning of the seven stars that you see in my right hand, and of the seven gold lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

–from Revelation 1

We don’t need to walk in fear and trembling, but rather in faith and courage! God has already won the victory! God has already prepared the way in advance and so we just need to take a hold of it and complete the work He has given us to do! Jesus tells us that He has set a time and a place for everything. By God’s Word we know things that we wouldn’t have known previously! Let’s not grow weary in doing good work! Let’s accomplish the work God has called us to do! Taking care of the orphans and the widows! Taking care of the needy! We don’t need the government to do it, we should be the people God has called us to be and serve others! Let’ be the one another for some one else!!

1Why doesn’t God set a time for judging, a day of justice for those who serve him? 2People move property lines to get more land; they steal sheep and put them with their own flocks. 3They take donkeys that belong to orphans, and keep a widow’s ox till she pays her debts. 4They prevent the poor from getting their rights and force the needy to run and hide. 5So the poor, like wild donkeys, search for food in the dry wilderness; nowhere else can they find food for their children. 6They have to harvest fields they don’t own, and gather grapes in vineyards of the wicked. 7At night they sleep with nothing to cover them, nothing to keep them from the cold. 8They are drenched by the rain that falls on the mountains, and they huddle beside the rocks for shelter. 9Evil people make slaves of fatherless infants and take the children of the poor in payment for debts. 10But the poor must go out with no clothes to protect them; they must go hungry while harvesting wheat. 11They press olives for oil, and grapes for wine, but they themselves are thirsty. 12In the cities the wounded and dying cry out, but God ignores their prayers. 13There are those who reject the light; they don’t understand it or go where it leads. 14At dawn the murderer gets up and goes out to kill the poor, and at night he steals. 15The adulterer waits for twilight to come; he covers his face so that no one can see him. 16At night thieves break into houses, but by day they hide and avoid the light. 17They fear the light of day, but darkness holds no terror for them.

[Zophar]

18The wicked are swept away by floods, and the land they own is under God’s curse; they no longer go to work in their vineyards. 19As snow vanishes in heat and drought, so sinners vanish from the land of the living. 20Not even their mothers remember them now; they are eaten by worms and destroyed like fallen trees. 21That happens because they mistreated widows and showed no kindness to childless women. 22God, in his strength, destroys the mighty; God acts—and the wicked die. 23God may let them live secure, but keeps an eye on them all the time. 24For a while the wicked prosper, but then they wither like weeds, like stalks of grain that have been cut down. 25Can anyone deny that this is so? Can anyone prove that my words are not true?

–from Job 24

Will you live the life God is calling you to? Will you start and continue to build the relationship with Jesus that He came to start, and sustain? Will you turn back to God and follow after Him? Will you let the driving force be love? Loving God and loving others? Are you living up to your potential? Are you living up to your calling?

The Lord’s Accusation against Israel

1The Lord has an accusation to bring against the people who live in this land. Listen, Israel, to what he says: “There is no faithfulness or love in the land, and the people do not acknowledge me as God. 2They make promises and break them; they lie, murder, steal, and commit adultery. Crimes increase, and there is one murder after another. 3And so the land will dry up, and everything that lives on it will die. All the animals and birds, and even the fish, will die.”

The Lord Accuses the Priests

4The Lord says, “Let no one accuse the people or reprimand them—my complaint is against you priests. 5Night and day you blunder on, and the prophets do no better than you. I am going to destroy Israel, your mother. 6My people are doomed because they do not acknowledge me. You priests have refused to acknowledge me and have rejected my teaching, and so I reject you and will not acknowledge your sons as my priests. 7“The more of you priests there are, the more you sin against me, and so I will turn your honor into disgrace. 8You grow rich from the sins of my people, and so you want them to sin more and more. 9You will suffer the same punishment as the people! I will punish you and make you pay for the evil you do. 10You will eat your share of the sacrifices, but still be hungry. You will worship the fertility gods, but still have no children, because you have turned away from me to follow other gods.”

The Lord Condemns Pagan Worship

11The Lord says, “Wine, both old and new, is robbing my people of their senses! 12They ask for revelations from a piece of wood! A stick tells them what they want to know! They have left me. Like a woman who becomes a prostitute, they have given themselves to other gods. 13At sacred places on the mountaintops they offer sacrifices, and on the hills they burn incense under tall, spreading trees, because the shade is so pleasant! “As a result, your daughters serve as prostitutes, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery. 14Yet I will not punish them for this, because you yourselves go off with temple prostitutes, and together with them you offer pagan sacrifices. As the proverb says, ‘A people without sense will be ruined.’ 15“Even though you people of Israel are unfaithful to me, may Judah not be guilty of the same thing. Don’t worship at Gilgal or Bethaven, or make promises there in the name of the living Lord. 16The people of Israel are as stubborn as mules. How can I feed them like lambs in a meadow? 17The people of Israel are under the spell of idols. Let them go their own way. 18After drinking much wine, they delight in their prostitution, preferring disgrace to honor. 19They will be carried away as by the wind, and they will be ashamed of their pagan sacrifices.

–from Hosea 4

1“Listen to this, you priests! Pay attention, people of Israel! Listen, you that belong to the royal family! You are supposed to judge with justice—so judgment will fall on you! You have become a trap at Mizpah, a net spread on Mount Tabor, 2a deep pit at Acacia City, and I will punish all of you. 3I know what Israel is like—she cannot hide from me. She has been unfaithful, and her people are unfit to worship me.”

Hosea Warns against Idolatry

4The evil that the people have done keeps them from returning to their God. Idolatry has a powerful hold on them, and they do not acknowledge the Lord. 5The arrogance of the people of Israel cries out against them. Their sins make them stumble and fall, and the people of Judah fall with them. 6They take their sheep and cattle to offer as sacrifices to the Lord, but it does them no good. They cannot find him, for he has left them. 7They have been unfaithful to the Lord; their children do not belong to him. So now they and their lands will soon be destroyed.

War between Judah and Israel

8Blow the war trumpets in Gibeah! Sound the alarm in Ramah! Raise the war cry at Bethaven! Into battle, men of Benjamin! 9The day of punishment is coming, and Israel will be ruined. People of Israel, this will surely happen! 10The Lord says, “I am angry because the leaders of Judah have invaded Israel and stolen land from her. So I will pour out punishment on them like a flood. 11Israel is suffering oppression; she has lost land that was rightfully hers, because she insisted on going for help to those who had none to give. 12I will bring destruction on Israel and ruin on the people of Judah. 13“When Israel saw how sick she was and when Judah saw her own wounds, then Israel went to Assyria to ask the great emperor for help, but he could not cure them or heal their wounds. 14I will attack the people of Israel and Judah like a lion. I myself will tear them to pieces and then leave them. When I drag them off, no one will be able to save them. 15“I will abandon my people until they have suffered enough for their sins and come looking for me. Perhaps in their suffering they will try to find me.”

–from Hosea 5

The People’s Insincere Repentance

1The people say, “Let’s return to the Lord! He has hurt us, but he will be sure to heal us; he has wounded us, but he will bandage our wounds, won’t he? 2In two or three days he will revive us, and we will live in his presence. 3Let us try to know the Lord. He will come to us as surely as the day dawns, as surely as the spring rains fall upon the earth.” 4But the Lord says, “Israel and Judah, what am I going to do with you? Your love for me disappears as quickly as morning mist; it is like dew, that vanishes early in the day. 5That is why I have sent my prophets to you with my message of judgment and destruction. What I want from you is plain and clear: 6I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me. 7“But as soon as they entered the land at Adam, they broke the covenant I had made with them. 8Gilead is a city full of evil people and murderers. 9The priests are like a gang of robbers who wait in ambush for someone. Even on the road to the holy place at Shechem they commit murder. And they do all this evil deliberately! 10I have seen a horrible thing in Israel: my people have defiled themselves by worshiping idols. 11“And as for you, people of Judah, I have set a time to punish you also for what you are doing.

–from Hosea 6

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