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Gifted: One Spirit to Drink

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. ” (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Slow yourself down for a minute to catch the impact of this short verse’s big ideas about the Holy Spirit.

dock_350Paul clearly states that every single believer is included in Christ’s body by the one and only Holy Spirit of God. Every believer. God throws out our human comparison measuring sticks (nationality, skin color, height, hair, money, popularity, smarts, smells, etc.). None of them count for or against you.

Without exception, every true believer in Jesus is filled up with the Holy Spirit at the moment we trust in Him to save us from our sin. What poetry! We drink the Spirit into us by our faith in Christ. This is the living water Jesus promised to the woman at the well, the kind that keeps us from ever feeling spiritually thirsty again.

And He brought us presents.

Think: How often do you consciously think about the fact that, as a Christian, God’s Spirit lives in you? When you do think about it, what difference does it make to you?

Pray: Thank God for giving you the one Spirit to drink, along with all of your Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

Do: Try to imagine following Jesus in this life without the power of God’s Spirit in you.

Posted October 21, 2014

Gifted: Don’t Be Ignorant

Posted October 20, 2014

“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. . . . The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:1,12)

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Take the Lead: Three Questions for Leaders

Posted October 19, 2014

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Three big questions pop up for me from God’s instructions to Joshua about leadership: 1)

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Take the Lead: Speak it. Think it. Do it.

Posted October 18, 2014

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)

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Take the Lead: Power. Guts. Obedience. Success.

Posted October 17, 2014

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7)

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Take the Lead: Get Gnarly

Posted October 16, 2014

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.” (Joshua 1:6)

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Take the Lead: Never Never Never Leave

Posted October 15, 2014

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

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