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11.28.2020 – Spirit and Truth

I’m so thankful that the Holy Spirit has led me into what is true… ?☀️

I’m so thankful that He has made the truth of Jesus Christ, real and alive to me in my heart, and in my life.

I’m thankful that He has done such a work in my heart, that I can know that I know, from the deepest place within me, that He is true, and that His Word is truth.

I’m so thankful that when I accepted Jesus as my savior as a young girl, the Holy Spirit has been faithful to lead me into what is true, He’s been faithful to transform my heart…

And He’s faithful to set me free as I take this journey into the truth and life with Him, and as I’m learning to follow Jesus, as I learn to walk with Him…

The Son Gives Freedom

31 Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. 32 For if you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.

33 Surprised by this, they said, “But we’re the descendants of Abraham and we’re already free. We’ve never been in bondage to anyone. How could you say that we will be released into more freedom?”

34 “I speak eternal truth,” Jesus said. “When you sin you are not free. You’ve become a slave in bondage to your sin. 35 And slaves have no permanent standing in a family, like a son does, for a son is a part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free! 37 Even though you are descendants of Abraham, you desire to kill me because the message I bring has not found a home in your hearts. 38 Yet the truths I speak I’ve seen and received in my Father’s presence. But you are doing what you’ve learned from your father!

39 “What do mean?” they replied. “Abraham is our father!”

Jesus said, “If you are really Abraham’s sons, then you would follow in the steps of Abraham. 40 I’ve only told you the truth that I’ve heard in my Father’s presence, but now you are wanting me dead—is that how Abraham acted? 41 No, you people are doing what your father has taught you!”

Indignant, they responded, “What are you talking about? We only have one Father, God himself! We’re not illegitimate!”

42 Jesus said, “Then if God were really your father, you would love me, for I’ve come from his presence. I didn’t come here on my own, but God sent me to you. 4Why don’t you understand what I say? You don’t understand because your hearts are closed to my message!

44 “You are the offspring of your father, the devil, and you serve your father very well, passionately carrying out his desires. He’s been a murderer right from the start! He never stood with the One who is the true Prince, for he’s full of nothing but lies—lying is his native tongueHe is a master of deception and the father of lies! 45 But I am the true Prince who speaks nothing but the truth, yet you refuse to believe and you want nothing to do with me. 46 Can you name one sin that I’ve committed? Then if I am telling you only the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 If you really knew God, you would listen, receive, and respond with faith to his words. But since you don’t listen and respond to what he says, it proves you don’t belong to him and you have no room for him in your hearts.”

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth...”—John 16:13

…and as I dig into His Word—and as I open up my heart and pour it out to Him, day by day, moment by moment…how my love for Him, my trust in Him— grows deeper and deeper with every step I take with Him.

How my adoration for Him grows, as I learn to worship Him in spirit and in truth

23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”—John 4:23-24 The Message

And He teaches me and He transforms my heart to be able to worship Him for who He is, with ALL that I am—who I really am…

And it’s a beautiful, flourishing relationship. ?

The Lord is our treasure.

…And how He treasures us. ?✨☀️

“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”—Deuteronomy 7:6-8

And I can “rest” in this truth. ??

Thank You, Father. You’ve done such a work in me, and You’re doing such a work in me every moment of every day, as I take each step alongside of You in the journey You’ve placed before me.

-Heather ?

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