Living a Practical Christian life in an Impractical World
                                   Explorations of Grace by Bob Belford
 

 

God Is Real

There is still another proof of God who claims, “I am that I am.”.  It is the Holy Spirit.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom 8:16

He alone stands in contrast to all doubt.  God does not deny himself.   The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot comprehend it.  But light dispels darkness, and His presence is found in the fulness of His Holy Spirit. The Bible declares Him.  Nature and creation declare Him. Human history declares Him. He proclaims Himself as His spirit bears with our spirit that He has made us, and redeemed us unto Himself.

God is not a figment of imagination for those who fear death; He is Father of all creation and the facilitator of all light and life.   No Christian would deny His presence. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the reality of all who believe. We are immersed in Him and He in us.  He is the true vine, and we are the branches.  

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1 Cor 2:6–15

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom 8:9

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7

 

The natural man cannot understand and affirm God any more then a spoon can hold the deepest sea.  A rock could grow wings and fly to the moon before a lost man’s mind could soar into realms of Glory that are far above us and can only be understood by the reckoning of the one who knows all things, inhabits all places and is able to whisper the language of Zion into the vilest heart. 

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor 2:14

Do you hear Him today? Some will ask and answer their own question as Paul did on the road to Damascus: Who are thou, Lord?  Others might not even have the right question much less the right answer. If you do not know Him or of Him I share with you His promises to you:

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9 (KJV)

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:7–11

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. John 16:12–16

But as you ask, seek, and knock, do so believing as best you can. Trust that God if there is a God will reveal Himself to you. And in believing you shall find eternal life, the life of the twice born. Those born again will grow in their knowledge of God and His grace working in their lives:

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom  8:9

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7

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Thank you to all those who have followed my weekday devotionals through the years.   I hope they have been meaningful to you and invite you to consider the many resources that offer deeper devotionals then you have found here.  My Utmost for His Highest  by Oswald Chambers comes to mind and so does  Morning and Evening with Charles Spurgeon.  Both can be found HERE
 
From now on the writings in the Overflow will focus on excerpts from a book in progress written by me.  The working title is: Living a Practical Christian Life in an Impractical World.