Author: Chris Poblete

Christ, the Word of the Lord

The servants of God are not to speak whatever they like, they are commissioned to proclaim Christ. To proclaim Him: 1. IN THE SAVING OF HIS GRACE “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15) We are to proclaim Christ in the saving of His grace. When a fallen world continues to cry out for a Savior, we know that the Savior has already done His work on the cross and is coming back in the fullness of time. This message never gets old, and we should always proclaim the message of this grace. 2. IN THE STRENGTH OF HIS POWER “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16) We are to proclaim Christ in the strength of His power. The gospel is the power of God. It is about the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, His empty tomb, and what these both accomplished. It’s not about man’s message—mine nor yours—it’s about God’s message. It’s about His sovereign grace and might to save undeserving sinners. 3. IN THE CLAIM OF HIS LORDSHIP “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’...

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The Personal Nature of the Holy Spirit

Francis Chan once noted that: We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God….shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not? There certainly should be. It’s important to remember that God the Holy Spirit is not some apathetic entity who just floats in the sky. The Holy Spirit actually resides in us and helps us throughout our Christian pilgrimage in a very immanent and personal way. Let’s go through a few examples in Scripture. The Holy Spirit is:* …the Personal Comforter for fellowship: John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever“ …the Personal Companion to know: John 14:17 “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” …the Personal Teacher to instruct: John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” …the Personal Witness to testify: John 15:27 “But when...

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“In all your ways acknowlege him…”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) “In all your ways acknowledge Him…” When I was reading through this well-known passage the other day, that six-word phrase struck in a way that it never had before. Think about it: “In all your ways acknowledge him…” Do I really do this? In all my ways? Imagine what the day would look like if we did: When you wake up – acknowledge Him. When you get out of bed – acknowledge Him. When you open your Bible – acknowledge Him. When you get ready to go to work – acknowledge Him. When you eat your breakfast—the first meal of the day—which God Himself provided – acknowledge Him. When you step outside and take in the first breath of fresh air – acknowledge Him. When you sit down at your desk (or wherever it is that you work from) – acknowledge Him. Whether He goes acknowledged or not, we are still dependent on God. Even with these common graces of life, we are utterly dependent on God. Every moment we live and every step we take is given under divine warrant and direction.That is why we are to trust the Lord with our entire heart and being. “Trust...

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