Monday, April 28, 2008

More validation for Chad...

Ever had a time in your life where you hear/see/experience the same message from multiple points at the same time? We've been experiencing that a lot in tha past year at GCC. Right now, Chad is teaching on the Holy Spirit. Awesome stuff. Well - everywhere I go - be it an online sermon, morning radio or talks with other friends - it's been on how the Holy Spirit works and is working in our lives. Fantastic!

So I flip over today's Billy Graham page-a-day calendar and this is what it reads:

As we trust in Christ, God gives us the Spirit as a pledge, or, as some translations read, earnest or guarantee. "He...put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come" 92 Corinthians 1:21-22). In the apostle Paul's day, a deposit or pledge did three things: it was a down payment that sealed a bargain, it represented an obligation to buy, and it was a sample of what was to come...The Holy Spirit in our hearts is God's pledge or deposit to us - sealing His commitment to save us, guaranteeing that some day our salvation will be complete, and enabling us to experience its joys right now.

Good stuff.


Jennifer said...

That is good stuff! I call them "God-coincidences." I was talking to a dear friend this past weekend, who I deeply respect in the Lord, about this very subject. I think it is amazing the way God confirms certain truths and even exact scriptures to His children in a short span of time- (just so we recognize God's hand in it all, I think!)
The scripture that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 13:1 ".....EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES."
As a matter of fact God used your blog to be the third witness for the very truth of that scripture that I just mentioned. (I read it first in a book, then I had the conversation with my friend wher she mentioned that very scripture, and lastly I read your blog on the subject of "confirmation or validation as you put it!)
Cool, cool, and very cool!

Christy said...

I know!! I just love it when God makes his voice clear!