The Spirit of Missions

John 14:17 ~ “You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
 
IN WORD: Once again, we must consider how this verse plays out in our lives. If the Holy Spirit of God comes to live in us, what will we be like? He is a missionary Spirit, and we will be missionary people. Let’s consider our missionary God:
 * In His covenant with Abraham, He promises to bless all peoples on earth (Genesis 12:3)
 * In affirming that covenant with Isaac and Jacob, He promises again to bless all peoples on earth (Genesis 25:4; 28:14)
 * He gives Solomon wisdom so that all nations might hear the wisdom of God (1 Kings 4:34)
 * His grace to Israel is for all nations’ salvation (Psalm 67:2)
 * He blesses Israel’s king for the sake of all nations (Psalm 72:11, 17)
 * He desires praise from all nations (Psalm 148:7-11)
 * His Temple is established for the sake of all nations (Isaiah 2:2; 56:7; Jeremiah 3:17)
 * He tells His disciples to go into all nations (Matthew 28:19)
 * In the end, He will gather to Himself people of all nations (Isaiah 66:18; Revelation 7:9; 15:4)
 
IN DEED: Jesus confirms that God’s Spirit purses those who do not know Him: “When the Counselor comes, who I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27). If the Holy Spirit testifies, and that Spirit comes to live in us, then we will testify. If we have a missionary God residing in our hearts, they will be missionary hearts.
 
Do we claim the blessing of His Holy Spirit and then act or think contrary to that Spirit? Then something is wrong. We must reexamine, repent, be refilled, and be refreshed – and be one with His purposes.

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