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    by Chuck Livermore

The Promise of the Holy Spirit
Date Posted: January 20, 2009
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39 NKJV

We often hear of the Holy Spirit speaking to individuals, interpreting scripture, and giving understanding where confusion exists. When Jesus was nearing His final hours, He spoke much of the Spirit of truth which would lead the apostles to understanding. The Holy Spirit changes our hearts of stone to flesh and renews our minds so that we think the thoughts of God after him.

The difference with what is given under the new covenant is that believers actually carry this resource with them. Under the old covenant, individuals could be filled with the Spirit in certain circumstances for special tasks. Now, we have the Spirit available at all times to guide, teach, and direct. It is impossible to live a godly life without the Spirit, but we can do all things through Him. Let us avail ourselves of this resource in our quest to accomplish God’s will for our lives.
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Biography Information:
Chuck Livermore's knowledge of the word is the result of a lifetime of study and reading. He is part of Galilee South Community Church, a multi-ethnic congregation in South Denver. He attended Wayland Baptist University and has participated in world evangelism through research of unreached peoples.
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