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Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” — Romans 8:8-9a

Being “in the Spirit” is not based on how close God feels but on the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. The two are not the same.

Believers don’t always agree on exactly when the Holy Spirit is received but they do agree he is found in Christ, a promised Gift for assurance and comfort.

“You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance” — Ephesians 1:13 (CEB)

In Christ the Holy Spirit no longer comes and goes but remains even as our feelings change.

It’s time for us to stop asking, singing, pleading for him to come and time start thanking him for being here, moving on to what he wants us to do now that he is.

— fritz

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“The queen of Sheba … came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.” – Jesus (Matthew 12:42 / Luke 11:31)

Why would Jesus refer to an ancient story about a queen who came a long way just to see for herself the amazing things she heard about King Solomon?1

Obviously, Jesus has no problem with those who wanted to see for themselves before believing, his problem is with those who refused to look right in front of their eyes.

— fritz
1. Read the story of the Queen of Sheba and Solomon in 1st Kings 10

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[Y]e shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it. – Joshua 1:11b

Israel’s entry into their “Promised Land” has long been seen as symbolic. The church has many hymns, like On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand equating the “Promised Land” with Heaven. But while Heaven is a promise, the “Promised Land” symbolizes something else.

In heaven our fighting will be over but in this life, as in Israel’s Promised Land, there are “giants” to defeat, crops to plant and harvest, successes and failures based on our obedience and partnership with Christ.

Taking over the promised land, driving out the sinful inhabitants, and occupying in faith is the same process of kicking out our old habits and sins, establishing Christ’s rule over our lives, and living for Jesus in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

See it that way as you read the biblical book of Joshua and it takes on a whole new relevance.

– fritz@langgang.com

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Word Flinging

Lots of Meaningless Talk

“Let me tell you something Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you … Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” – Jesus (Mathew 12:37 Message Bible)

Words are flung around so much they are no longer taken seriously; a promise here, and apology there – in our society they now mean nothing.

Next time you talk to customer service for anything, actually count the number of apologies you receive – including the automated ones while on hold. How can an apology mean anything if it’s and automatic response?!

God values words, and to Him they mean something.

We should be the same way. The Bible says,

God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?

“Walk straight,act right,tell the truth.

“Don’t hurt your friend,don’t blame your neighbor;despise the despicable.

“Keep your word even when it costs you,make an honest living,never take a bribe.

“You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.” – Psalm 15:1-5 (Message Bible)

-fritz

See “Cascade of Broken Promises“, Seth’s Blog March 7, 2011

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God Likes Books

 

“Every day of my life was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place.” – Psalm 139:16b

God likes books, words, and writing – from the beginning of history to the end.

As important as preaching is, as enjoyable as pictures are, as entertaining as videos have become, it is the common book, with written words, God has chosen to use for everything he cares about.

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” – Revelation 20:12

Why? Not sure, I just think he likes books, words, and writing – and we should learn to enjoy them, too.

– fritz

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“And the LORD spake …When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean … and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD for his issue” – Leviticus 15:1-2, 14-15

Yuck! Old Testament laws can be very graphic but if one believes, as the early Christians,1 that even Old Testament law has application today, then what do these verses tell us?

They show that even unintended uncleanness is still uncleanness. Having a boil, lesion, or zit is certainly not the intention or even the fault of the individual, it’s the way we all are – the human condition.

Yet it still needed cleansing and sacrifice.

We are, all, born with various problems, tendencies, and orientations. Whether our fault or not they are still unclean and need the forgiveness and cleansing of Christ.2

– fritz
1 – 1st Corinthians 9:9-10
2 – 1st Corinthians 6:9-12

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“[T]ake some of its blood and put it on the lobe of the right ear … on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot. – Leviticus 14:25

God was very specific about where to put the sacrifical blood!

We know the early followers of Christ believed the Old Testament, with all its ceremonial laws, pointed to Christ and godly living.1 So what is the significance of the ear lobe, the thumb, and the big toe?

Simple! Salvation is to impact everything we think and listen to (ear lobe), everything we do (the thumb), and everywhere we go! (the big toe).

– fritz

1 – 1st Corinthians 9:9-10

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