Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Back to the Spirit
by Erik Momsen
It is a sad reality that many believers and their fellowships deny, ignore or forget the basic fact that our God is Immanuel, "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). Most forget that if a living God were really to be "with us" our lives should be dramatically different. We are distant from God because we forget the very active role the Holy Spirit wants to play in our lives. When faith is only a weekly observance of meetings and rituals we have lost the Spirit of the bible and have descended into religion. The bible is not a book about religious observance but about everyday life-changing encounters with the Spirit of the Living God. The picture of God's activity in the Bible is about the "water of life" (John. 7:39) flowing from the temple but going out into the driest places on the face of the earth (Ezekiel 47).
You can place your faith in yourself, others or institutions. I have not seen a human or institution who has not failed, so you are setting yourself up for fear of the coming fall.
Faith, hope, love, righteousness, peace & joy are only of the spirit
"Eating and drinking" - Life will never be about the things we can see and touch. It is not even about the people around us.
"Therefore since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:1-5)
"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" - the Glory of God being revealed is our great hope and rejoicing. God's Glory is his goodness enacted in the world.
"We rejoice in our suffering" - we rejoice in the midst of our suffering because of the Spirit in our hearts.
"May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
Date Added: 2010-11-22
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