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THE SPIRIT SPEAKS

ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL - 06.14.19


“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

JOHN 16:13
Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we know that God has spoken in some way with humans. God the Father spoke with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and others. There are passages where God the Son appears and speaks, even prior to His coming as Jesus in the New Testament. But most of the time, when God speaks to the prophets, it is God the Spirit who is talking.

The Spirit entered into Ezekiel, for example, setting him on his feet and speaking to him. What might that have been like? Perhaps frightening? Remember, there was nothing special about Ezekiel. He was still under the curse of Adam’s sin like any other man. What made him special was that God came to him and chose him.

And God speaks today to us common, ordinary, imperfect sinners, too. He speaks to us in His Word which the Holy Spirit brings to life in our hearts. God the Father is in heaven, and God the Son is at His right hand, but God the Spirit can be and is in our hearts, 24/7, teaching us truth and reminding us of how loved we are.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS

EZEKIEL 3:24
 

INSIGHT

LORD, SPEAK TO US BY YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH WHAT YOU HAVE SPOKEN IN YOUR WORD. GROW US IN LOVE, FAITH, AND HOLINESS. AMEN

 

READ THE BIBLE

  • 2 KINGS 7-8
  • PROVERBS 14
  • 1 PETER 1

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SHOWING US THE LOST

“Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”

JOHN 4:35-36
When first we come to new life in Christ, it is often because of a personal crisis. An external tragedy or trial, a “dark night of the soul” brought us individually to our knees. Once we become God’s children, however, we start to think more of others. We consider our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church, whom we can love and by whom we are loved. We pray for those who live in far off places, thinking of the persecuted church in more than just a passing way.

We also begin to think of the lost, of those who are still laboring under their burdens, and of those who are dead in their sin apart from God. They may live across the globe or right on our street. They may even be in our churches and in our own families.

Ezekiel was sent to proclaim God’s saving message to a valley of skeletons. Of course, this was a vision, but the Spirit will enable us to see those who need to hear the gospel. And God may astound us, too, when He miraculously revives them, as He did us who were once as dead in our sins as dried skeletons.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS

EZEKIEL 37:1-6
 

INSIGHT

“GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” (MATTHEW 28:19)

 

READ THE BIBLE

  • 2 KINGS 17
  • PROVERBS 19
  • 1 JOHN 3-4

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THE SPIRIT RESTORES US

ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL - 06.21.19


“Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf... Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

LUKE 15:22-24
The children of Israel repeatedly sinned against God and rejected His authority over them. They did so in the desert, immediately after He delivered them from Egypt. They did so in the times of the judges and under the wicked kings. God sent prophets like Ezekiel to warn them, and when they didn’t listen, He sent hardships to discipline them and bring them back. In Ezekiel’s time, the ultimate judgment was exile from the Promised Land. Still, even then there was the promise of restoration.

We often reject the Lord’s authority and claim over us, too. The Israelites look so stubborn and willful to us. But we’re hardly different. The amazing thing about God’s love is that He continually and repeatedly welcomes His children back when they repent.

We may also experience periods of suffering and discipline and may feel completely rejected or cut off from God. That is not His intent. Once we “come to our senses,” He accepts us with the joy and delight of the Prodigal Son’s father (Luke 15), restoring what was lost.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS

EZEKIEL 39:25-29
 

INSIGHT

“THE RESULT OF THE LAW OF MY GOD IS PERFECT. IT CONDEMNS BUT FORGIVES. IT RESTORES—MORE THAN ABUNDANTLY—WHAT IT TAKES AWAY.” (JIM ELLIOT, 1978)

 

READ THE BIBLE

  • 2 KINGS 20-21
  • PROVERBS 21
  • 2 JOHN
  • Praise God! 1

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