God Is Spirit

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John 4:24 it says, “God is a Spirit.” He also is omnipresent, inhabiting heaven and earth, dwelling in and throughout all of eternity. In the Book of Acts 17:28 we read, “For in him {God} we live, and move, and have our being.” God is present everywhere, yet without understanding His Scriptures He appears to be only as an enigma for so many. We can find God anywhere, and miss Him everywhere, yet finding Him is as simple as picking up your Bible, for the Bible is the very heart and breath of God Almighty. Romans 10:9-10 reveals the entrance into the salvation of humanity, and the beginning of our grasping the Creator’s very life and His eternal embrace.

John 14:17:
Even the Spirit of {the} truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye {disciples} know him; for he dwelleth {present tense} with you, and shall {future tense} be in you.

The believers were beginning to know “God Who is Spirit” because they were continuing in the words of God that Jesus was teaching to them. Jesus was teaching them that the “Spirit of truth” was currently dwelling with them and that in a future time God’s spirit of truth would literally be in them. After Jesus gave his life for us, ascended up into heaven, and the day of Pentecost came (Acts 2:1-4), the believers received the spirit of truth into their hearts and became sons and daughters of God for eternity.

Galatians 5:16:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

We started this byte stating, “God is Spirit,” this is the very essence of God, and now Galatians says to “Walk in the Spirit.” The reason that we can walk in the spirit is that spirit now dwells within our hearts (Romans: 5:5). Our spirit within, God created at that moment we confessed and believed in Romans 10:9-10, and spirit is eternal. To start walking in this spirit we simply (and slowly) begin walking in and with the Spirit of the truth, and truth is the Word of God.

Romans 8:14:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Well thank God! To be led by the Spirit of God is to be genuinely walking in the true spirit of the Scriptures, for “the words that I {Jesus} speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). And as an extra bonus (so to speak), we are the sons of God. The word “sons” is an all-inclusive noun for men and women, boys and girls, because every believer has God’s spirit and is a son or daughter of the living God.

Jesus Christ is a son of God, and the Bible says that we are sons of God: could we be in better company? God is a Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk within the fullness of God – ourselves.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your heavenly position as a child of God, and know that you are walking in Him Who is Spirit.

I Have Declared Your Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 17:1:
THESE WORDS spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come {for Jesus to redeem humanity with his life}; glorify thy Son, {in order} that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John chapter 17 is a prayer, and Jesus first asked his Father to glorify him, so that he would have the power to reciprocate glory back to his Father. Jesus went through a horrendous torture; thankfully, we today do not need to face what Jesus went through. But notice that he prayed first so that he would be able to glorify the Father. The Scriptures show that God indeed glorified Christ, and Christ still glorifies his Father. Any prayer that will glorify God blesses our heavenly Father’s heart, and He will always, in His glory, answer your prayers.

John 17:24:
Father, I will {wish} that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Jesus, in the closing moments of this prayer, prays that we can behold his glory that the Father gave to him. Then Jesus says, “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” This love that God loved him with has been in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. This love has passed the test of time and is what allowed Jesus to redeem humanity.

John 17:25:
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

It is sad but true that so many people do not know the righteous Father; however, we can be so humbly thankful that we do know Him, and that we do know the Savior whom God sent to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: {here is the purpose for Jesus declaring the name “righteous Father” to us} that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus detailed to his Apostles and disciples (and it is recorded in the Scriptures for us), the Father’s wonderful name, “Righteousness.” Jesus had shown that God was the Creator, that He was the Lord in His personal relationship with us, and that God is our righteous Father. Jesus Christ did all this in his ministry with a purpose, to show us the Father’s love, and the love with which He has loved Jesus since the beginning of time is extended and given graciously to us.

Did Jesus’ prayer get answered? Oh yes it certainly did (Ephesians 1:3-4)! God’s love is now a part of your life, and is now inseparable from your heart (Romans 5:5). In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God commendeth {introduces} his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ has given so much for you (his very life), so that the Father could introduce His love into your heart and give you a spiritual relationship in divine righteousness with Him Who is your heavenly Father.

Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When the children of Israel (or more specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) were finally released from their Babylonian captivity of seventy years (II Chronicles 36:21), they returned to Jerusalem to begin rebuilding their temple and the walls of the city (the Babylonians had destroyed their city and temple).

With the joy they had in knowing that it was God Who saved them (from bondage), they took courage to rebuild not only their lives but their relationship with God and His house, the Temple. Because of this, they began experiencing their own God-given revival. In the Book of Ezra, we can see Jesus Christ as our spiritual revival.

A spiritual revival bypasses the physical realms, for it emanates directly from God, and is manifested out from our own hearts.

Revival becomes known in our lives as the healing Word of God begins appearing real, and we actually begin relying on our God as our true sufficiency. When this happens; our believing begins growing with spiritual effervescence because God not only is holding us up and delivers us from bondage, but He is also directing our steps and we absolutely know this in our hearts.

The more we find (and discover) Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, the more he begins revealing his heavenly Father to our spiritual lives, as our spiritual revival begins growing within our lives.

Ezra 9:8-9:
-8:  And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in {from} our bondage.
-9:  For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

“For a little space grace” does not mean that God has given us a little grace for only a moment in time, rather it means that God’s grace came quickly in a moment of time. At one time in their lives (by their own rejection of God’s Word and the rejection of His instructions given to them by His prophets), they refuted God’s divine grace and care upon their lives and went into captivity. Yet when they began looking to God again, then, at that moment God’s grace was manifested to them in great abundance.

The phrase “give us a little reviving” again does not mean a teeny little reviving, but rather an instant reviving. Reviving literally means to be quickened and spiritually made alive with holy spirit.

Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of him {God} that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit {God’s gift of holy spirit given to you (Romans 5:5)} that dwelleth in you.

This is why our revival is spiritual, it is not just having a good feeling, but more so it is enjoyed as our hearts and lives begin changing from the inside out. It is an inner awakening to the truth that we have received Jesus Christ and that he is our Lord. He is the rebuilder of our spiritual lives, and the spiritual reviver of our souls.

As the temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt by the believers, today we allow the Master-builder, Christ Jesus into our lives.

In Christ we (collectively) make up the true Temple of God. The “nail in his holy place” (Ezra 9:8 above) means a sure guarantee, for we have Christ within for eternity.

We can become rooted, grounded, and built up into the spiritual temple made without hands (Acts 7:48 and 17:24; and Ephesians 2:21), eternal in the heavenlies, and revealed through the spiritual revival that comes to us by knowing our Christ within.

Today in God’s grace, we can believe on Jesus Christ who already has completed the work (John 2:19-22), and he freely gives to us our spiritual revival that continues blessing us.

Being Eternally Acceptable unto God

“We currently have God’s love which is inseparable from our hearts (Romans 5:5) because in Christ we are genuinely holy and thus eternally acceptable unto God. Presenting ourselves holy and acceptable is a reasonable service (Romans 12:1) and can only be enjoyed and realized by the mercies of God that He has placed upon our very lives.” ~LMJ~

A Fearless Hope

“Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope (Romans 5:5). There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera (Galatians 1:4, Philippians 3:20, I Thessalonians 5:9-10).” ~LMJ~