"It’s to your advantage that I go away for if I don’t go away, the Helper (i.e.The Holy Spirit) won’t come to you. But if I go away I’ll send Him to you" John 16:7
The Spirit dwells within every child of God but not every child of God walks in the Spirit’s power. Jesus said that it’s to our “advantage” that He leaves in order for the Holy Spirit to come. When we walk in the Spirit’s power He guides us into truth, gives us the power to resist temptation, develops God-honoring character within us, gives us the words to speak & ultimately uses us as instruments that bring glory to Jesus. As we hold fast to the grace of God, let’s walk by the Spirit and not gratify our flesh, fam! Soli Deo Gloria!
Pride is dangerous because it leads us to magnify ourselves against the LORD (Jer 48:29, 42). These are the kinds of terrific passages tucked into many of the Old Testament prophetic sections on judgment. Resist the temptation to skim over them because then we’ll miss out on a warning like this that God will use to purge us of self. #EmbodyingTheScriptures #thebrookchi (at The Brook)
Fascinating Writer’s Residency aboard #Amtrak reported in today’s redeyechicago. I’d love to do this!
Hey, she’s 1/8 #Irish so I kissed her. #StPatricksDay #LoveOfMyLife #Marriage #BestFriend
Happy Birthday #Chicago: From Trading Post to Global City -
A shout out to this great city that I love…Chicago!
On this day 177 years ago, Chicago was born. From a muddy crossroads to a major city, follow Chicago’s growth.
Imagination is not faith. The two are not only different from, but stand in sharp opposition to, each other. Imagination projects unreal images out of the mind and seeks to attach reality to them. Faith creates nothing, it simply reckons upon that which is already here. — A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, chapter 4
"This was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus…" (Jn 5:16) & "This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him…" (5:18). Jesus had enemies for sure. What particularly catches my eye was why they hated him. First, because he healed a man on what they thought was the wrong day of the week for that kind of stuff. Second, because he claimed to be equal with God. Neither Jesus’ compassion for the hurting nor his claims to be God have changed. These are just two of the many reasons why I love, worship, & surrender my life to him.