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The Holy Spirit in God’s Plan (80)

November 30th, 2010
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit thus appears to us as the wellspring and the strength of our Christian life.

It is due to him, in particular, that we can “be abounding in hope.”

We need hope to live and we need the Holy Spirit to hope! Every moment is a good one to hope, but above all the time of tribulation, the Apostle writes: “Knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Rom 5:3-5).

In the resurrection we will receive glorious bodies that are spontaneously obedient to the Spirit in the Abba Sonship we share with Jesus. No more will there be any hindrance to God’s presence in us –no more quenching or grieving the Spirit. This full indwelling will be our absolute freedom in God’s Kingdom.

We cannot be satisfied with keeping hope just to ourselves. The Holy Spirit wants to make us planters of hope. There is no gift more beautiful than spreading hope at home, in the community, in the local and universal Church. It is like certain modern products that clean the air, making the whole room smell beautiful.

And as we have said: This is not just wishful thinking.

The Holy Spirit achieves something remarkable: God’s dimension and our dimension, heaven and earth, overlap and interlock. What we have today is a firstfruits that will be completed in the harvest described in the New Heavens and New Earth.

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November 29th, 2010
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Thanks from James and Shirley Henderson

James and Shirley thank everyone for their prayers and concerns following the attack by a Cape Buffalo on the 17th November. They have both had operations for trauma injuries and are responding well to treatment. Miraculously no vital organs were affected. Your continued prayers for a speedy recovery are appreciated.

Cards may be sent to:
Worldwide Church of God
Attention: James & Shirley Henderson
P O Box 7703
Market Harborough, LE16 7ZG
United Kingdom

Update on James and Shirley Henderson:

James and Shirley Henderson, who were attacked and injured by a water buffalo in Africa, are home now, where they are being well looked after by family and friends. They have responded well to medical treatment, and most of their pain has subsided. They send their heartfelt thanks for all the love and concern, and for the cards, e-mails and telephone calls. Above all, they appreciate the prayers, and they have felt the presence of God throughout their ordeal.

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The Holy Spirit in God’s Plan (79)

November 29th, 2010
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 8:18 – 21

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (NIV)

The inheritance isn’t simply one small country among others.

The whole world is now God’s holy land. At the moment it appears as a place of suffering and sorrow as well as of power and beauty. But God is reclaiming it. That is what Jesus’ death and resurrection were all about. And we are called to be part of that reclaiming.

One day all creation will be rescued from slavery, from the corruption, decay and death which deface its beauty, destroy its relationships, remove the sense of God’s presence from it, and make it a place of injustice, violence and brutality.

Our own human self, your personality, our body, is being reclaimed, so that instead of being simply part of the old creation, a place of sorrow and injustice and ultimately the shame of death itself, we can be both part of the new creation in advance and someone through whom it begins to happen here and now.

What does this say about the Holy Spirit? It says that the Spirit plays the same role in our pilgrimage from Passover to the promised land – from Jesus’ resurrection, in other words, to the final moment when all creation will be renewed – that was played in the old story by the pillar of cloud and fire.

The Spirit is the strange, personal presence of the living God himself, leading, guiding, warning, rebuking, grieving over our failings and celebrating our small steps towards the true inheritance.

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