Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Holy Spirit-Only He can give you a change of heart- Matt. 12:34-36; John 3:8

Hello and good morning everyone,
The Holy Spirit is the only hope for us to stay in line with how the Lord wants us to speak!  Matthew 12:34-36 tells us, 'You brood of snakes!  How could evil men like you speak what is good and right?  For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.  A good person produces good words, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart.  And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak.'  John 3:8 tells us, 'Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit.'  The Holy Spirit simply helps us to worship and keeps us on track to help us keep our eyes on Him and not get distracted.  He helps us understand the Bible and He prompts us to do what is right!  Jesus tells us in John 16:8-11 three important tasks of the Holy Spirit:  'And when He comes, He will convince the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment.  The world's sin is unbelief in Me.  Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no more.  Judgment will come because the prince of this world has already been judged.'  Simply said, the Holy Spirit is our connection to the Father!  Throughout the course of a day, we make decisions based on the information we filter through our hearts.  Good info in, good results out!  Bad info in, bad choices out!  The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity setting up shop in our hearts.  When we come to know Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is our gift to protect our hearts from making bad decisions.  Points to consider:  Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our hearts.  What kinds of words come from our mouth?  That is an indication of what is in your heart.  You can't solve your heart problem, however, just by cleaning up your speech.  You must allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with new attitudes and motives; then your speech will be cleansed at its source.
Your brother in Christ,

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