The Bible says that the Holy Spirit has many attributes, one of which is as our Helper – parakletos – one called alongside to help.
The Word of God is powerful and able to fully work in us what He says He will do. It is the power of God that performs in us the new life, when we believe in Him as our Savior, making us a new creation in Christ Jesus. It is not our performance or works that saves us.
What does it mean to be “born of the Spirit”? Quite simply, it is synonymous with being “born again,” justified, “adopted” by the Heavenly Father as His child, and “betrothed” to Christ as His Bride. Why so many terms for the same thing?
At one time, my focus on prophecy was “what is to come” (John 16:13b, NASB). The Holy Spirit does prophesy what is to come, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. However, as I read Revelation 19:9-10 one day, I began to think about a broader, deeper meaning of the word “prophecy.”
While it is true that no one can wake up one morning and decide to be just like a person from the past, such as Paul or Peter, Moses or David, we can all learn from the humble and obedient life of the prophet Isaiah.
What is prophecy? What does it mean to prophesy? Is it insight into the future, revelation from Heaven, hearing directly from God?
How does God prove His existence to mankind? It is not as easy as it sounds.
Too often we are slow to see when God answers prayers for ourselves or for others. Sometimes, this causes us to spend less time in prayer or to stop having faith that God answers prayer.