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Life and Peace

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"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you'".- John 14:16-18

What is better: to have Jesus beside you, or the Holy Spirit inside you? Most of us would probably choose the first option. But that gives evidence to the fact that we don't understand the blessing we have in the indwelling and empowering nature of the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is the life that Jesus lived then, now lived in and through us today. And this happens through the promised Holy Spirit. As Jesus ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit descended to earth so that He can lead us in all truth and to the knowledge of Christ. In another passage in the New Testament, Paul said that those who live according to the Holy Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit, which results in life and peace (Romans 8:5-6).Have we truly grasped the blessing of the Holy Spirit that is within us?

Are you setting your mind on the things of the Spirit rather than on the flesh?

Finding True Joy in Confession

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"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." - Proverbs 28:13

It's no mystery that when we fall we struggle with being open and honest about it. It's not natural for us to confess the ugliness of our sin. So what do we do? We brush it under the carpet and try to forget it, thinking that we don't have to deal with it. The reality is that hidden sin only leads to a hardened heart. This passage teaches us that concealing our transgressions won't lead to the outcome we are hoping for. Living with unconfessed sin will fail to bring us joy. But if we confess and forsake our sins, we will find something we didn't think possiblecompassion! Thus leading us to freedom from guilt and further in the joy in Christ.

Are you living under the illusion that unconfessed sin is okay?

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