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Jr & Sr High Youth Union Church of La Harpe Illinois
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Pastor's Devotional
The Holy Spirit 9.29.22

Bruce Goettsche • September 29, 2022

“21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)


Our strength in the world is found by relying on the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who leads, encourages, strengthens, and teaches us.


How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit in you? We receive the Holy Spirit when we genuinely surrender our life and hopes to Jesus as our Savior. It is the Holy Spirit that makes us aware of our sin, and draws us to Him.


The Holy Spirit will also give you an increasing hunger for the Word of God. As you read the Bible, you will find God's Word begins to "jump off the page." He will lead you to focus more on YOUR character than on the character of others. You will grow in humility and begin to desire to serve others. You will begin to learn what it means to truly love.


The person led by the Spirit is the One who takes time to LISTEN for His voice. You will live calmly rather than in constant chaos. Increasingly, you will find that peace that continues to grow inside of you and into your relationships with others. You will be led to an assurance of your salvation that gives you confidence but not arrogance.


The Holy Spirit is our gift that guarantees our inheritance. Cultivate that relationship rather than ignore it.

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The Big Squeeze 9.28.22
The Big Squeeze 9.28.22

Bruce Goettsche • September 28, 2022

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

My favorite paraphrase of this verse is: "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold." This is a phrase that we need to keep on the ready alert for those times when the pressures of the world try to make us conform to worldly thinking and worldly behavior.

Paul says the key to victory in these times is learning to think differently. That starts with the study of Scripture and spending much time with God, reading, praying, and applying the truth.

There is a battle going on (see last Sunday's sermon video) in our world today. You can give in or you can be a beacon of light in an otherwise dark world. Which one you will be will depends on crumble or stand tall.
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His 9.27.22
His 9.27.22

Bruce Goettsche • September 27, 2022

“38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,* neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38)


This is a great and glorious truth from the apostle Paul. If you read the full passage you will see that God's argument stems from verses 26-27 Where He tells us that God knew us, chose us, called us, justified us (made us right with God), and will most certainly glorify us. In other words, for some reason (that has nothing to do with our performance...see chapter 9) God is committed to bringing us into His kingdom.


This is a truth that should motivate us, encourage us, and comfort us. The old Gospel song is right, "Why me Lord, what have I ever done to deserve even one of the blessings I've known." It is amazing grace for sure.

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