Thought of the Day! 4-27-17

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (II Corinthians 13:14 NKJV)

First, the word communion means presence. God the Father’s desire for you is that the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit will be with you.

Second, it means fellowship. You do not need to pray to the Holy Ghost; you simply fellowship with Him. And you should seek the communion as you would seek water in the wilderness.

Third, it means intimacy. You’ll never experience a deep love with Christ until you know it with the Holy Spirit who brings that intimacy. There is no other way. God has “poured out” His love into our hearts “by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). You can’t love God without the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to commune with Him?

Here’s what the Holy Spirit showed me. When did we know”the Grace of The Lord Jesus Christ”? When He died for us. When did we know “the love of God”? When we saw the cross. They both refer to the past. But then we read, “the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” I said, “That’s it. The Holy Spirit is here to commune with me and to be with me, now!”

Thought of the Day! 4-11-17

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. (Psalms 13:5 NLT)

This is like a child jumping from a high place into the arms of his father. He has no fear because he knows that his daddy will catch him. He knows that his daddy will not let him fall. Maybe he was apprehensive for the first couple of leaps, but his faith in his father has grown strong over time.

That is how God wants you to see Him, as your loving Father, with His arms open wide, ready to catch you when you jump. He loves you and wants you to have the greatest, unwavering faith in Him. He will always catch you, so go ahead and jump.

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O lord, do not abandon those who search for you. (Psalms 9:10 NLT)

Thought of the Day! 4-4-17

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

The uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the Union of Christ and the believer. This is expressed in Scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ. Ten times Paul uses the Greek preposition sun (together) to describe this relationship. Believers were crucified (Gal. 2:10), dead (Col. 2:20), buried ( Rom. 6:4), quickened or made alive (Eph. 2:1-5; Col 2:13), raised (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6), seated (Eph. 2:6), and glorified (Rom. 8:17) together with Christ. Jesus used the image of the vine and its branches to describe His union with the believer. The Christian has conquered sin because Christ lives in him.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

Pastor Pete