God’s gift to us

RE Verse reading–Acts 4:36-37, 11:19-26, 15:36-40 (day four)  “He (Barnabus) rejoiced and began to encourage (parakaleo) them”  (11:23)  “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (parakaleo) (John 14:16)  “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit.  For this promise is for . . .all. . .our God shall call to Himself”  (Acts 2:38)  The Holy Spirit is our incentive.  He is God’s promise to us.  The Bible describes Barnabus as an encourager employing the same word used elsewhere for the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit coming and calling to us is our encourgement!  How carefully we should guard against grieving or provoking Him.  ” ‘He who believes in Me, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water’.  This He spoke of the Spirt” says John 7:38-39.  Discovering strength in Him, we become an encouragement to others.  He is God’s gift to us.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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