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A New Spirit

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by SueJLove, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Thursday, September 19, 2013, 8:17 a.m. – the Lord Jesus woke me with this song:

    My Heart’s Desire / An Original Work / June 29, 2013

    Based off Rm. 10; Lu. 9:23-26; Ep. 4:20-24

    Loved Ones, Oh, my heart’s desire
    Is that you might come to Jesus.
    Many appear zealous for God,
    But they do not trust in Him.
    They have not submitted to the One
    Who saved them from their sins;
    Not forsaken their sins,
    Nor have they obeyed their King.

    The word of the Lord is near you:
    The word of faith we’re proclaiming:
    That you must confess your faith
    In Jesus as your Lord and King:
    Believe in Him as your Lord,
    And follow Him where’er He leads.
    Share the gospel; be a witness,
    And meet others’ needs.

    Beautiful are the feet of those
    Who bring the good news of Jesus:
    Anyone who would come to Him
    Must deny himself today;
    Die to sin and self, and
    Let the Spirit transform you in heart;
    Put on your new self in Jesus,
    Yielding to the cross.


    Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I am still feeling led to continue using passages both from Ezekiel and from the book of Acts. I read Ezekiel 11 and Acts 9 today in the ESV.

    Many Appear Zealous

    In the time of Ezekiel, the Jews were God’s covenant people. He gave them the commands to turn from their lives of sin and to walk in his ways, just as he does today with those who would choose to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior (CF Eph. 4:17-24). So, they represent God’s covenant people today, the church, who are not walking in the ways of their God.

    Saul/Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee. He followed the letter of all the Jewish laws. Since he lived in the time when Jesus Christ had lived, died, and had risen again, and had ascended back to the Father, and thus in the time period in which God made a new covenant through faith in Jesus Christ, he was no longer part of God’s covenant people, for the old order of things had passed away and now the new covenant had come. So, he represents those who think they know God, and who are even zealous for God, but who have never submitted their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, he was a non-believer in Jesus.

    A New Spirit

    The people of God of Ezekiel’s time were in great need of revival and renewal in their relationship with God. Saul was in great need of conversion, away from his old life of religious hypocrisy and unbelief, to new life in Jesus Christ. From these two examples here, I see three basic types of people within today’s church, though there is also a 4th.

    1) I see that there are those who are unbelievers in Jesus Christ. They have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Saul/Paul had rejected Jesus and was also persecuting Jesus through how he treated the Lord’s servants and witnesses.

    2) I also see those who think they know God/Jesus, and who are religiously following a set of man-made rules or even, perhaps, some of the 10 commandments, but whose hearts are far from God. I believe many within today’s church have bought into a false gospel of salvation (absent of repentance and obedience), so they think they know Christ, but truly they do not know him for they have not forsaken their lives of sin, and they have not chosen to walk with him in obedience.

    3) And, I see those who have come to true faith in Jesus Christ at some point in their lives, but who have turned back to some of the ways in which they used to live, and who are acting and believing according to the ways of the world, instead of according to the ways of God and his word.

    When Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, he did not die merely to remove the punishment (eternal damnation) of sin from our lives so we could go to heaven one day. He did not die just so we could be positionally saved by his grace. He died so we could walk in freedom from bondage to sin and to live and walk according to his truth day by day. And, it is his desire that we not only come to know him, but that we truly trust him with our lives, that we forsake our detestable idols, and that we allow him to give us new or renewed hearts, minds, and lives fully devoted to him and to his service.

    How Much He Must Suffer

    Once Saul/Paul believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and he chose to accept God’s call upon his life, and he began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, he did suffer much persecution and threats against his life. He would now represent the 4th group of people within the church – fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. The Jews plotted to kill him, for he was no longer on their side, but had moved to the side of the “opposition,” in their thinking. They may have seen him as a traitor to the cause, for he had been very zealous in his pursuit of followers of Christ to persecute, arrest and to kill them. Even the Christians were afraid of him and were hesitant to trust him, so he had a very rough beginning to his new life in Christ.

    Though the believers did eventually accept him as one of their own, the Jewish leaders continued to pursue him and to persecute, imprison, and beat him, as well as they made many attempts upon his life. Yet, Jesus said we would suffer as he suffered if want to be his true disciples. If someone tells you the Christian life is happy-happy all the time and is about having fun and playing games, they are feeding you lies. Jesus said that we can expect to be hated, persecuted and even killed for our testimony for him and for his saving grace. Yet, we must die daily to sin and to self and follow Jesus Christ (See Lu. 9:23-25).

    He Preached Boldly

    Despite the threats against his life, and despite all the rejection and persecution he now faced, Paul spoke boldly in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen! May we find encouragement in this story and may we follow his example of tenacity, determination, and perseverance in preaching boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ despite all opposition, rejections, persecutions and even threats against our lives. Amen!

    Fully Ready! / An Original Work / June 19, 2013

    Based off Acts 20-22, 26; Mt. 28:18-20; Ac. 1:8

    Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?
    I’m fully ready to suffer for Christ.
    If I must die for the sake of His name,
    I am convinced it will not be in vain.
    Glory to God and to His Son Jesus,
    Who has redeemed us; bought with His blood.

    May I speak to you? Jesus came to me;
    Asked of me, “Why do you persecute me?”
    He said, “Now get up and stand on your feet.
    Go, and you’ll be told all I have for you.
    I have appointed you as a servant,
    And as a witness; you have been sent.”

    “Go into the world and preach the gospel.
    Open the blind eyes. They will receive sight.
    Turn them from darkness to the light of Christ;
    From power of the evil one to God,
    So they may receive forgiveness of sins,
    And a place among those who’re in heav’n.”


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