Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Truly God Devotional 7

Only God knows what's in a person's heart. So true. As Christians we pray that our hearts are full of God's love for others and for ourselves. Jesus was the precursor to the Holy Spirit living in our individual hearts. Let's learn more about this in John 7:38-39.

"Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this Jesus meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him, were later to fully receive. Up to that time the spirit had not yet been fully given to believers since Jesus had not yet been glorified. However, the Holy Spirit was in the world since we read in Genesis 1:2 that it was "hovering over the face of the waters." In Genesis 6:3 "my spirit shall not abide in man forever." In Genesis 41:38 "can we find a man like this in whom is the spirit of God? Exodus 31:3 "and I have filled him with the spirit of God." Numbers 11:25 "the Lord came down in a cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit."

Jesus is re-establishing what will happen once the spirit fully enters into the hearts of believers. Out of this person's heart will flow blessings and living water meant to shower lost, thirsty souls and all those who come into contact with the believer. Jesus is the precursor to the fully-given and all-powerful Holy Spirit. Jesus is the securer. The deliverer. He is the sacrificial lamb whose blood payment allowed God to enter our hearts and live there in Holy Spirit form. God's Holy Spirit leads thirsty souls to Jesus! Isn't that miraculous? Yes, it is!

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