Open Heaven 14 July 2023 Friday – The Role of the Holy Spirit I
MEMORISE: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13
Reading: John 16:7-14 Open Heaven 14 July 2023
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Open Heavens 14 July 2023
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: SONG OF SOLOMON 5-8
MESSAGE: – Open Heaven 14 July 2023 Friday Daily Devotional
For the next three days, we shall be looking at the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers. Today we will consider His role as a Witness to Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
A very important role of the Holy Spirit is the conviction of sin, as we saw in today’s Bible text. It reads in part: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)
Unfortunately, many people choose to be just spectators and merely watch the Holy Spirit in action – doing what only He can do, but are never partakers of it. Such people seldom allow the Holy Spirit to play His primary role of bringing them to repentance as they refuse to be remorseful for their sins. When people refuse to be convicted of their sins, they demonstrate a lack of faith in God’s word, which says all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Such people rationalize sin and call it all sorts of nice names.
This is why the Bible encourages us to confess our sins, even to one another, that we may be healed (James 5:16). The first thing Jesus takes care of in the life of whoever He wants to heal is the issue of sin, according to Mark 2:5-12.
Even after Jesus had healed an individual and found him in the temple some days later, His admonition was “..Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” John 5:14). Beloved, if you have not yet confessed and forsaken your sins, allow the Holy Spirit to convict you of them. Begin to pay close attention to the details of God’s requirements for holy living and you would see the Holy Spirit transforming your life far beyond all expectations.
Prayer Point – Open Heaven 14 July 2023
Father, please empower me to live holy, in Jesus’ name.
Open Heaven 14 July 2023 Friday Hymn
HYMN 4: Be Glad In The Lord And Rejoice
1 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
2 Be joyful, for He is the Lord,
On earth and in heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word;
The Mighty and strong to redeem.
3 What though in the conflict for right,
Your enemies almost prevail,
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.
4 Though darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.
5 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
With harp and with organ and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!