Only the Holy Spirit can change a person’s heart

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 27, 2016

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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Today’s scripture reading:

Only the Holy Spirit can give you a change of heart.

Jesus was soon going to leave the disciples, but he would remain with them.  How could this be?  The Counselor–the Spirit of God himself–would come after Jesus was gone to care for and guide the disciples.  The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God within us and all believers, helping us live as God wants and building Christ’s church on earth.  By faith we can appropriate the Spirit’s power each day.  The word translated “Counselor” combines the ideas of comfort and counsel.  The Holy Spirit is a powerful person on our side, working for and with us.

The verses teach these truths about the Holy Spirit: He will never leave us; the world at large cannot receive him; he lives with us and in us; he teaches us; he reminds us of Jesus’ words; he convinces us of sin, shows us God’s righteousness, and announces God’s judgment on evil; he guides into truth and gives insight into future events; he brings glory to Christ.  The Holy Spirit has been active among people from the beginning of time, but after Pentecost he came to live in all believers.  Many people are unaware of the Holy Spirit’s activities, but to those who hear Christ’s words and understand the Spirit’s power, the Spirit gives a whole new way to look at life.

When we live by His [God’s] standards, he will not leave us; he will come to us he will be in us, and he will show himself to us.  God knows what will happen, and because he will be with us through it all, we need not fear.  We don’t have to know the future to have faith in God; we have to have faith in God to be secure about the future.

The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace.  Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.  If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.  (NLT)

John 14:15-27 – [Jesus said] “If you love me, obey my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.  The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him.  But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.  No, I will not abandon you as orphans–I will come to you.  In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will.  For I will live again, and you will, too.  When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.  Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me.  And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them.  And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”

Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

Jesus replied, “All those who love me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them.  Anyone who doesn’t love me will not do what I say.  And remember, my words are not my own.  This message is from the Father who sent me.  I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.  But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative–and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you.

I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

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