Sunday Devotional: I will not leave you as orphans

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Before the resurrected Christ left this mortal coil, He promised that although —

“the world will not see me anymore . . .
I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.
And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him,
for He lives with you
and will be in you.”
John 14:19, 18, 16-17

I will be with you always

1 Corinthian 12:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom;
to another, the expression of knowledge according to the
same Spirit;
to another, faith by the same Spirit;
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another, mighty deeds;
to another, prophecy;
to another, discernment of spirits;
to another, varieties of tongues;
to another, interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

Holy Spirit
In Christian theology, the gift of the Holy Spirit is a “charism” — an extraordinary grace given by God, not for our personal edification, but to use for the good of others and to build up God’s Church. 
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are:

  1. Wisdom: The capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones.
  2. Understanding: Comprehension of how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
  3. Counsel: The ability to exercise right judgment by knowing the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what is right, and so avoid sin.
  4. Fortitude: Having the courage to overcome our fears and stand up for what is right in the sight of God, to do good and endure evil, even if it means unpopularity, rejection, verbal abuse, physical harm, or even death.
  5. Knowledge: The ability to know and understand more than an accumulation of facts, but to discern and choose the right path through life.
  6. Piety: Having reverence or a deep sense of respect for God, and to come before Him with humility, trust, and love.
  7. Fear of the Lord: Having a sense of wonder and awe for the glory and majesty of God, knowing that He is perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. St. Thomas Aquinas called this gift a fear of separating oneself from God — a “filial” instead of “servile” fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a fear of punishment. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

So which gift(s) of the Holy Spirit did you receive? Use it well!

Galadriel: This task was appointed to you, and if you do not find a way no one will.
Frodo: Then I know what I must do. It’s just I’m afraid to do it.
Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. 
–From Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

May the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: I will not leave you as orphans

  1. Wow, outstanding! Beautiful in presentation and form. Thank you! God is so good!

  2. Thank You Dr. Eowyn for this awesome post.
    The Holy Spirit is our Presence, Strength, Protector, Wisdom, and Guide. Those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior carry the Holy Spirit with them always; even during persecution and suffering….how fortunate we are!
    With Jesus, we are never alone.

  3. Evil has possession of the levers of power and the media. It even possesses the history books. That is because it owns the press. But Evil in the end CANNOT win: It is not designed to win.
    St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine and others have defined evil as a “privation,” or a deprivation or deficit. Aquinas has also defined anger as (in so many words), “an unwillingness on the part of the rational agent to endure the evil present before it,” meaning that one is not willing to tolerate it. In other words, the angry person may only be aware of the feeling of the anger, without being able to express, in words, the motive behind the feeling. This is important, because anger can be a prelude to courage, the “willingness to confront one’s fear regarding the danger before him, real or perceived.”
    I have always had to confront my feelings of fear when confronted with what I perceived as the evil confronting me. It has been a life-long battle. I have, however, learned to “come around from the side,” as it were, by persevering in my efforts. So I have learned that perseverance can also be a prelude to courage.
    I have written, or alluded to in the past, that I do believe, but I am confronted by periods or episodes of unbelief, and that they come upon me as an “attack,” sudden in appearance and feeling. But I persevere, even if I initially cave.
    The opportunity to persevere and plan my next move has come upon me again. I thought I had an opportunity to get a new driving job with another company. They have made it clear that certain consequences could happen, should I drive on another platform. In plain English, I am preparing to be screwed, and to respond, in a legal manner, accordingly. (It’s a long story). Suffice it to say, I am discovering that the Quest for Courage is a life-long thing. We do not live under an arbitrary and capricious God who enjoys watching us squirm: We live under a Great Physician who understands—with far more intimacy and accuracy than which we are capable—what we are up against, and would rather see us struggle against the evil before us, for His Glory, and for our endurance and our Victory.
    I am also learning that the Primary Foe I am charged to overcome is—MYSELF. Easier said than done!

    • A few years ago a truly evil person who was both an experienced swindler/con man and sociopath stole about $8,000 from my business; he even went so far as to develop a website pretending to be me and my company!
      BUT I did get one item of value from this schizoid sociopath: FEAR should be seen as an acronym for:
      which –as you point out above– it all-too-often is, so if we but gird our loins and stand up to the bully/evil actor/demon, it will usually flee in short order, as its strength depends on the weakness of our faith!
      Trust me on this: people think I’m above average brave and tough, which I am, BUT: it’s not my doing, but His! Without Christ as my Mentor & Guide, I am nothing but ashes.

  4. Steven, well said brother. We are all “screwed” in a way…but never forget, you have a great High Priest always advocating your case before the Father. He knows what it is like to be “us”. And I personally want to fall on my face in worship of Him because of what He did for me! He LOVES YOU!!!


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