Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace
Last week our Scripture was 2 Corinthians 3:17
Now, the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
I looked at this Scripture in three different ways:
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Using the SIMPLE Method of Bible study I came to the notion that God was leading me to be proactive against human trafficking. I joined with Ratanak International to try to bring awareness against this travesty. I am wearing a dress every day to remind me to pray, and to speak to whomever God puts in my path about human trafficking.
Scripture and a Picture –
On Tuesdays I looked at this scripture again and thought of freedom. I captured the thought of Christians catching the football of faith and running with it. The Holy Spirit can bring a freedom that breaks us free of this world.
Hope Stream Podcast
On Wednesdays I look at the Scripture again. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. I talk about birth and expectancy and how it can be compared to the expectancy of Christmas. Here is the Podcast Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Click on #38.
That brings us to this week’s Scripture. Using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method I try to see what God is saying to me in HIs Word.
S – Say the passage out loud.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5 NIV).”
I find it interesting that my NIV Bible is always a little different than Biblegateway.com even if I check the NIV or the NIVUK. So I use the one in my Bible.
I – Look at footnotes, commentaries, references.
I found Titus 3:5 helpful.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
I read that baptism was an outward sign of an inward work of grace achieved by the Holy Spirit.
M – Make a list of questions, thoughts.
I have always wondered about baptism – children, adult, different denominations have different interpretations.
I grew up where there was infant baptism and then confirmation at the age of 16. When I came to a renewed faith in Christ in 2001, I wanted to be baptized through immersion as a declaration of my faith. I chose a lake in our county. It was definitely an outward sign as the Lord had already changed my heart inside.
P – Prayer. Take the time to be quiet before God. Still your mind. Let everything go out of your head except Christ.
As usual this is always an interesting time. He shows me pictures, ideas and convictions.
L – Life Application – What did God teach me?
I saw a picture of God in the Holy of Holies – beyond us all. Then I saw Him coming down and how He made Himself able to come into our lives through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirt alive and active inside us, we can now connect to our Lord.
But I also saw those who don’t know God. I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends?
It is such a simple acceptance of God’s grace.
But I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.
We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers).
Jesus can take that which was beyond us, and place it in us (though the Holy Spirit) and rise us up to be with God.
E- Exit with a Prayer
Father, I thank you so much for showing me Who You are, for bringing me into the fold, for shepherding me. I pray for those Who don’t know. I ask that You lead them to Yourself. Help me to speak love, hope, joy and peace to all I meet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
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