Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit – the third person of the holy Trinity along with God and our Savior Jesus Christ. As spoken in the book of Genesis the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters as the world was created. So He was there always!! The Lord Jesus speaks of Him as the Spirit of Truth and the Comforter and Helper. Jesus is Truth itself and in Him are no lies or deception and the Spirit of Truth speaks of things to come and will gently convict and guide us into the truth. I heard a story once of someone who had to speak at a gathering right after the awful day of 9/11 and had no clue as to what to say. Soon though remembering that the Spirit who dwelled in her had a “file on it”, she prayed to be able to speak through the Spirit and did. In the Old Testament at the creation of the world the Spirit came upon the waters. He came upon the prophets of the the Old Testament as a Spirit of prophecy and the Old Testament saints had received Him as the Spirit of faith. Loving and precious Abba thank You for gifting us with Your Holy Spirit upon our belief in You and that He is a guide and Helper in giving us discernment and wisdom.
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Today I would like to thank and praise God for memorial stones. A memorial stone is a remembrance of a time that God really provided for you and really showed Himself to be Jehovah Jirah our Great Provider. Some of them are miraculous!! Some are of times that were so hard and so tough to go through in your life but in the end God provided in a way that showed that He is God and there is no other like Him!!! Joshua chapter 3 and 4 speaks of memorial stones. The Lord had told Joshua that He would cut the waters of the Jordan from flowing and the waters coming from above would stand in a heap so that the people from Israel could pass through the Jordan on dry ground. God spoke to Joshua and told him to take one man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and each was to take a stone from where the priests had stood in the middle of the Jordan on dry ground and build a memorial to honor the provision and goodness of God by parting the waters of the Jordan and in times to come their children and all future generations would see the memorial to a God that is mighty and good. Joshua also took 12 stones and built a memorial to God in the midst of the Jordan where the priests had stood on dry ground. God alone would see this memorial that Joshua had set up in the midst of the Jordan. What are the memorial stones in your life? I have had many and some are miraculous!! I have stopped asking Him why me and started accepting His love and grace and mercy and in awe and wonder I tell my world of Him!!!
“Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.” God spoke to Joshua and told him to take one man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and each was to take a stone from where the priests had stood in the middle of the Jordan on dry ground and build a memorial to honor the provision and goodness of God by parting the waters of the Jordan and in times to come their children and all future generations would see the memorial to a God that is mighty and good. Joshua also took 12 stones and built a memorial to God in the midst of the Jordan where the priests had stood on dry ground. God alone would see this memorial that Joshua had set up in the midst of the Jordan.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote the Lamentations and his miserable affliction was causing him to be despondent and although he seemed to be in complete despair, called out to God that in His great mercy God would remember them. Wormwood and gall signify bitter and grievous afflictions. His hope in prayer was that God would remember them. The Lord’s remembrance of his people is recalled to the mind of the prophet – not in misery, but the great mercies and His great faithfulness. His compassions fail not and are new every morning. Great are the promises of the Lord and He is their portion – large and full and He delivers His people from their enemies and the evils of the world. And remember that He also loves our enemies – as hard as it is for us to grasp or imagine sometimes. Give them the same mercy and grace that you have received freely from the Lord. Abba Father I praise You for Your words of hope!!!!!
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness, the Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I hope in Him.
You delight in showing Your unfailing love.
It is His great pleasure and delight to show His love for us. God is Love!! And His love never fails! He has reconciled Himself to us through the blood of His Son, Jesus. What a great love! He offers loving forgiveness to all who repent and cry out His name! Abba, Father we stand before You and bask in Your love!!