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The Work of the Spirit

“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; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. “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, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:4b-15, NRSV)

No one asked Jesus where He was going. Why? Because they believed He was going to the Father. And when He goes He will not leave them or us alone, He will send the Advocate.

And Jesus gas to go for the Advocate to come. We need the Advocate to show us our sin, and how to be righteous, and about judgment. So we might understand how we are to continue to live in the love of God. And how we might share God’s grace, mercy, and love with all the world.

So where is He going?

Do you believe it?

Are you happy to see the Advocate?


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Righteous groove!

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. (Psalm 23, NRSV)

This psalm is a favorite for comfort at funerals, or during difficult situations.

But it is much deeper than we see.

He leads me in right paths is more of a He gets me stuck in a rut where He leads me. A righteous groove and it helps me to follow and stay focused on Him.

God prepares a banquet before our enemies, who are ready to kill us, but He gives us space and time to party and eat while He holds our enemies at bay!

And surely at the beginning of verse 6 is a little bit of a bad translation. It should be more of an Only. Goodness and mercy will pursue me all of my life and only that. My enemies will not neither will anything else other than the goodness and mercy of God.

He has set up a righteous groove to feed us His goodness and mercy!

So walk in it and know that he is always guiding!



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not the righteous but sinners

170125As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.  And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13, NRSV)

Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners, for the healthy have no need of a hospital or a doctor.

So then the righteous are those who are already in right with God.

I like to think of it as the righteous are those who think they know what God wants and are doing it and therefore don’t need God. Sinners are those who know they have messed up and know they can’t fix it on their own. They need help.

Until we admit we need help, there is no helping us.

So are you righteous or a sinner?


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to fulfill all righteousness

170108Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17, NRSV)

John wanted Jesus to baptize him, I mean after all John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance, of confessing our sins. Does Jesus really need to confess sins? Does Jesus really need to be baptized?

But it is proper to do this to fulfill all righteousness! What does that mean? To fulfill all righteousness. To make all divine sinless things come to be.

Jesus did not need to confess sins or be made clean. But in order for the divine plan to proceed forward this was a step that needed to be done. Doesn’t mean we need to understand it. We just need to know that Jesus is God’s beloved son and through Him we can have a relationship with God.


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not because

161228But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7, NRSV)

Not because of what you have done or didn’t do.

But because of His mercy!

Through the inpouring of the Holy Spirit and through the rebirth of His mercy we are made heirs to the kingdom according to the hope of eternal life!

So know it is not because of you, it is a because of Jesus.


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a promise

160808After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6, NRSV)

Have you ever had a promise broken?

Have you ever had a promise made that seemed like it just wasn’t going to happen?

Abram’s circumstances said to him that his only offspring would be the son of a slave. Yet God is always good to His promises.

So God showed Abram the stars in the sky and told him to count them, and this will be the number of your descendants.

And that is not the best line in the passage. But the last line is, “And Abram believed the Lord!”

You see a promise is only as good if the person it is made to believes it. And even this outlandish promise is believed, and because of that Abram is considered righteous.

He believed God, who is good on His promises.

Do you?


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righteous and unrighteous

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48, NRSV)

Love your neighbors and hate your enemy…

No love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you!

Really? Those who wish to cause me harm, and to see bad things happen to me, I need to pray for them and love them!

Because the rain falls on the just and the unjust, the righteous and the unrighteous.

If we only love those who love us or can do something for us, how will the world see we are different? How will they know that they need what we have if we are just like everyone else?

We will not be different, they will not see the love of God in us. We must show the love that pulled us out of the depths when we did not deserve it, so that others will be drawn to God.


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