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Ever Abiding Presence

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Reading: Romans 8: 15-17

Verse Sixteen: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”.

One thing that life surely brings is change. Some if it is welcomed and looked forward to and some change is unwanted and brings feelings of anxiety or fear. Some change we bring upon ourselves and other change happens outside of our control. Change can be good or bad, depending on the circumstances or our place in life. For example, a job change can be from a promotion or because a great new opportunity presented itself. Or it can be because of a layoff or termination or because the company was forced to go out of business.

Amidst the change that is sure to come in life, we need a foundation that is solid and unchanging. That foundation is our faith. Our relationship with our Savior gives us a peace in this life and a hope and promise for the life to come. Faith brings contentment in the day to day life and strength in the storms of life and a blessed assurance in the trials. All of this comes through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Paul reminds us that through Jesus we do “not receive a spirit that makes us a slave to fear”. Instead we are made God’s children. Verse sixteen reads, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”. Not only does the Spirit testify but we do too – in our core we sense that we belong to God’s family too.

Since we belong we are “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ”. Yes, we will share in His sufferings. That is a good thing. We are blessed when we are willing to sacrifice for others, when we are willing to play others and their needs ahead of our own. Because we are heirs we also have a future promise. One day we will share in His glory. One day we will see Him face to face and we will walk forever in His light and love. It will be glorious indeed.

Amidst the change that life brings and amidst the trials and sufferings that also come with life we have the ever abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank you God for this blessed gift.

2 thoughts on “Ever Abiding Presence

  1. AMEN, PASTOR JOHN, I WANT TO BEABLE TO LOOK INTO JESUS Christ FACE AND HEAR HIM SPEAK OF MANY THINGS I PONDER ABOUT. I WANT TO SEE HIM SMILE. WHAT JOY THAT WILL BE.
    IM BLESSED TO HAVE A CHRISTIAN BROTHER AS YOU, TO GIVE ME SUCH ENCOURAGEMENT WITH GODS WORDS EACH MORNING,
    CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP IS THE BEST WAY TO BEGIN MY DAY, AND WHEN THINGS GETS TOUGHT IN THE DAY, BELIVE ME I RE READ WHAT YOU SAID OVER AND OVER, EVEN PICK UP MY BIBLE TO READ A Chapter or two.
    MAY GOD BLESS THE BRITT FAMILY , IN HIS LOVE , HE GIVEN US ANOTHER BEAUFITFUL DAY.

  2. POUR OUT THY SPIRIT FROM ON HIGH
    POUR OUT THY SPIRIT FROM ON HIGH, LORD , THINE ORDAINED SERVANTS BLESS, GRACES ARE GIFTS TO EACH SUPPLY ,
    AND CLOTHE THEM WITH THY RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    WITHIN THY TEMPLE WHEN THEY STAND TO TEACH THE TRUTH AS TAUGHT BY THEE, SAVIOUR,
    LIKE STARS IN THY RIGHT HAND . THE ANGELS OF THE CHURCHES BE.
    WISDOM AND ZEAL AND FAITH IMPART, FIRMNESS WITH MEEKNESS, FROM ABOVE TO BEAR THY PEOPLE ON THEIR HEART, AND LOVE THE SOULS WHOM THOU DOST LOVE,

    TO WATCH AND PRAY AND NEVER FAINT, BY DAY AND NIGHT STRICT GUARD TO KEEP TO WARN THE SINNER , CHEER THE SAINTS , NOURISH THY LAMBS, AND FEED THY SHEEP,
    THEN, WHEN THEIR WORK IS FINISHED HERE, IN HUMBLE HOPE THEIR CHARGE RESIGN,
    WHEN THE CHIEF SHEPHERD SHALL APPEAR , O GOD MAY THEY AND WE BE THINE. AMEN

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