(John 14:16-18) “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Before Jesus left this world, he promised his disciples that he would come back for them, but also that he would indwell within them forever during his absence. He promised us 5 things concerning the Holy Spirit: 1) He would Remain in you “that he would abide with you forever” and never be taken away. (Eph. 1:14) Tells us that we are “sealed” by Him until the day of our “redemption.” 2) He will Remind us of God’s truth. “he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance.” The Holy Ghost is our guide into God’s Word and a reminder of it if we take time to study it. 3) He will Reveal Christ in us. Not just in word but also in practice. The Spirit is constantly teaching us how to be more Christ like. 4) He will Reprove us of Sin. “Reprove” means to convince or convict. Our job as believers is to obey and preach God’s Word to people, but it’s the Sprit’s job to convince them of His truth. God, in His infinite wisdom, placed His Spirit within us not only to know truth but to help us convince others of their sin. 5) He Relates to us God’s will. He does so in 3 ways; 1st) Prayer, 2nd) God’s Word, and 3rd) through godly council. A Spirit filled man will answer you in the Spirit, but a carnal man can only answer you in the flesh.
(Matt. 2:11) “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;...” Christmas is all about the giving of gifts ; God gave the world Jesus (Jn.3:16), and here we see the wise men giving gifts as well. I think that in many ways, gifts are the real reason that the world enjoys Christmas time, but to those of us that understand God’s purpose in sending His Son Jesus, we love this season for a different reason. The Biblical account doesn’t say how many wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, but it does tell us that they gave three different types of gifts; 1) Gold . In Jesus’ day gold was given to honor new kings, and to increase their wealth. Gold also represents the very best that God had to give to us but also the very best man should give to God. 2) Frankincense was the incense burned in the temple of Solomon. It represented praise, pra