22. You are sealed with His Spirit

Last week we learned that we have the keys to Heaven. And the determining factor whether we can release the goodness of Heaven on earth lies with us. If we are spiritually minded life and peace will flow, if we are carnally minded, we lock up all of Heaven's goodness. It is as simple as that. We hold the keys and we need to decide on a daily basis how we are going to use these keys. Are we going to open up God's Word and walk in what He declares is true for us? Or are we going to read the newspaper, tablets, articles, magazines and then decide what is true for us? What you believe, you become (Proverbs 23:7). You decide, it is really within your hands. God has done His part, He really has. That is why Jesus cried, "It is finished!" Everything was done. He accomplished all for us on the cross and once the Holy Spirit had been poured out on us at Pentecost, all was done. We have received  the ultimate gift, Himself in all His fullness. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise:

"Now He Who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, Who has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22

"...you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30

We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. We are intertwined with Him. We have the most precious gift that this world has ever seen. What are you doing with this gift? Are you grieving Him with your actions? Are you grieving Him with the words that come out of your mouth? Are you hindering His work, because you choose to believe the newspaper above what He says about your life? Are you stifling Him by the type of entertainment you watch? Or are you growing in your knowledge of Him? Are you studying His Word and allowing your mind to believe His Word above all else? If you do, you are bringing Heaven to earth.

His Kingdom is real, more real than the device you are reading this devotion on. His Kingdom will last forever even when this earth is only a distant memory! His promises are real and there for the taking.

"For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

Study God's promises and claim them for yourself. Claim them for a lost world. All the promises have been accomplished by Jesus and His Spirit lives within us, therefore it is ours. Next week we will look at God's promises concerning protection. But all His promises are for you today. His Kingdom is where His glory manifests. Walk in His Kingdom. Walk in it. Our feet so easily go astray. Do not allow that. That is why Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. He washed their feet to free them from the filth of this world and to prepare them to rather walk on Kingdom pathways. And today we need to wash one another' s feet too, in order to remind ourselves of the fact that we should not be walking on the dirt of this life, but rather on streets of gold. In the Spirit we can do that and as we have learned, if our soul agrees with our Spirit, Kingdom living will be the result. We will unlock the benefits of His Kingdom and live in the freedom that comes with living in the Spirit. True freedom is being free from this world, walking as He would have walked.

Thank you Father for all Your wonderful promises. Thank you that we can claim it all for ourselves. Thank you for the wonderful gift of Your Spirit. We rejoice in the privilege. We welcome You in our lives. You must become more and more. That is ultimate living! Amen

 

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