A New Quality of Life
"When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, He shall guide you into all truth, for He will not be presenting His own ideas, but will be passing on to you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He shall praise Me and bring Me great honor by showing you My glory. All the Father's glory is Mine: this is what I mean when I say that He will show you My glory" (John 16:13-15).
Steve asked me the question, "What is my number 1 priority as a Christian? I want to be a man of God, so I need counsel as to what I am to do first." This is a good question for every Christian to ask.
The answer is simply: to glorify God. Jesus tells us how we can best do this in John 15:8, "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples" (NASB). Or, as the Living Bible states it, "My true disciples produce bountiful harvests. This brings great glory to My Father."
The Holy Spirit has come to be a witness to our Lord Jesus. When the Spirit controls our lives, we too will be witnesses for Him.
Witnessing for Christ with our lips is not only a natural result of being filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, but also is a necessary act of obedience if we are to continue to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
That which is most on our hearts is most on our lips, so if we truly love Christ, we will want to share Him with others. But God does not want or need the witness of individuals whose carnal lives fail to give credibility to their testimonies.
The greatest experience that has ever happened to any believer is to know Jesus Christ personally as Savior and Lord, to be forgiven of his sins and to have assurance of eternal life.
Therefore, the most important thing we can do to help another person is to introduce him to Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can empower us to live holy lives and be fruitful witnesses for Christ.
Bible Reading: John 14:16-26
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I will ask the Holy Spirit to glorify God through the quality of my life and the witness of my words, as a demonstration of the supernatural life that I have received from God.