“Tangible Proof of the Holy Spirit’s Power” 5/19/2015 by bruce

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Tangible Proof of the Holy Spirit’s Power

Revised by bruce from 7/15/2012

John 6:21… Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. (NKJV)

Notice this immediate transfer of Jesus and His disciples boat from out in the middle of the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:24)…to their final destination in Bethsaida (Mark 6:45)…

For all of you that have surely read this opening piece of scripture from the Bible, like I have several times…I am curious as to how many actually took notice that this scripture has a minor miracle, thrown in with one of Jesus’ more memorable miracles. The opening scripture was written by the apostle John…and comes at the very end of Jesus’ walk on water…John 6:15-21

We see the miracle of Jesus walking on water in two other gospels…Matthew 14:22-33…&…Mark 6:45-52… I find it interesting that all three accounts give us a little different perspective on this memorable miracle performed by Jesus. Only Matthew records the fact that Peter jumped out of the boat, and started walking on water when he saw Jesus. And only the apostle John recorded what appears to be a minor miracle, which both Matthew and Mark did not document. This is why (as I have stated before), that we must read all 4 gospels of Christ, to get a complete picture of the life of Jesus.

The point of today’s writing, is to give all of you two things that have helped me personally, get more our of my Bible Q/T (quiet time reading the Word). Several years ago, my son-in-law Scott, was teaching the youth group at my church, where I was sitting in the back of the class as one of the leaders. He suggested to the teens that they say a little prayer before they start to read their Bible…and the Holy Spirit will help them understand what they are reading.

The apostle James teaches us this about spiritual wisdom, in…

James 1:5-6… If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (NKJV)

God promises all Christian’s that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit, at the time they become a Christian. And the apostle John writes this about the Holy Spirit, in…

John 14:26… But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (NKJV)

Indeed the Holy Spirit will help the Christian understand what they read in the Bible…IF… #1 – They are indeed a Christian to begin with… And #2 – It helps if the Christian is Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16); and not relying on their own wisdom, without the Holy Spirit’s help.

After the first 3 months or so of my daily writing (up until 6/04/2009), I remember going to the pastor of my church, and asking him if he had any thoughts about what I could write on. You see, I was relying on my own wisdom to look for good topics, because I had taken back control from the Holy Spirit. He was always there with-in me…but He was just sitting back, waiting for me to give Him back control of my life. My peace and my joy that I once had were gone. And so was the help of the Holy Spirit, to illuminate the scripture I was reading.

Immediately…after I humbly prayed to the Lord to take back control of my life on 6/04/2009…my peace and my joy returned with the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20). And now, with the scripture illuminated by the Holy Spirit, I have a hard time deciding on what to write on, because I have so many ideas noted from my Q/T reading. Just today, for example, in the small chapter 3 of Colossians…I have 11 topics I have noted for possible future writing !!

I now always try to remember to pray before my daily Q/T reading…but I am also doing my best to allow the Holy Spirit to completely control of my life. This one fact alone, of having scripture illuminated by the Holy Spirit, giving me topics to write about…is to me, 100% positive proof in my own life, of how the Holy Spirit can help the Christian who humbly allows Him total charge of their lives. This is the very important lesson for today’s writing.

The Bible is packed with big, life changing treasures God wants us to find…as well as things like this small, obscure miracle I noticed in the opening scripture, the last time I was reading the Book of John, this past April 20th. I just went back and counted 252 topics I have noted to write about, since that day less than 3 months ago !! This is an actual realized benefit in my life…along with the absolute peace and joy I have by Walking in the Spirit, with any sins quickly confessed…

1 John 1:9… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit will take a back seat, and let us flounder in life…if we take back control from Him, thinking we know better than God Himself. May God be glorified by the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence in my life, as revealed in today’s writing.

Heavenly Father, I pray that the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit in my life, will be seen and understood by all readers…to give them absolute proof that total control of a Christian’s life by the Holy Spirit will make a big difference in all areas of our lives. I pray Lord that all of Your children would humble themselves, by allowing the Holy Spirit to totally control their lives. I pray for Your richest blessings for all of them; just as the fullness of the Holy Spirit has helped and blessed me…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44… https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/


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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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2 Responses to “Tangible Proof of the Holy Spirit’s Power” 5/19/2015 by bruce

  1. Nan says:

    Well, Bruce, I visited your link as you requested on GC’s blog. My reaction? So many words, so little substance. BTW, where are all your visitor comments if this is such a moving post?

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