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The virus and the Holy Spirit

“I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me…..” Galatians 2:20

How do you know if you have Covid-19?

You take a test.

Many are required to take a test just to “prove” that they don’t have the virus.

The tests have come under fire.

Are the results accurate?

A New York Times study indicated that 90% of the tests were faulty.

The test requires amplifying the swab result.  The higher the amplification the more that can be detected.

Seemed like a good idea until it was discovered positive results were coming over dead virus and very weak virus.

Helps to explain why people who aren’t sick, or who have very minor symptoms, test positive.

The Governor of Ohio tested positive without symptoms one day.  He took a retest the next day and tested negative.

The best judge for whether or not you have the virus is the symptoms you feel.  Minus the symptoms, you have probably taken an over-amplified test.

I have the Holy Spirit within me because I, as a sinner, believed that Jesus took care of the consequences of my sins when He died in my place.  The old me didn’t believe that way.

Now the Holy Spirit can live within me, and does.

But how does anyone in my midst know that!

Without “symptoms,” I can make all sorts of claims but the symptoms of His presence within me are the ultimate revealer.

Does anyone suspect that you or I have the Holy Spirit within us?  Saying we do, is not enough.  Where are the symptoms?

 

 

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The old me is gone

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 28-29 & Galatians 1-2)

Pretty clear stuff, don’t you think?

The way I used to be, I am no longer.

What was I before? I was a sinner trying to be okay with God by doing enough good things to offset my bad things. I was fooling myself then to think that I could ever be “good” enough to deserve an after-life with God in heaven.

What has changed? I realized my being a sinner could never be offset by any behavior of mine. I was a sinner and would always be a sinner earning the consequences that sinfulness gets in the after-life.

What would that be?   Eternal separation from God!

I heard the Good News that God had sent Jesus to die for my sins, as well as everyone else’s. I realized that I needed something done about my sins and realized (believed) that Jesus had done it.

How? By dying and taking my sins’ consequences on Himself for me. I believed that I was a sinner and believed that Jesus had died for my sins. I accepted what He had done for me and was thereby saved from the consequences of my sins forever.

Since then? Because of what God did for me, I have given my life to Him with my goal now being to do whatever He wants me to do. My old, get myself good enough, thinking is gone and my sins are gone because of what Jesus did. Christ is now in me. My life must evidence that fact.

“Lord, thank You for loving me enough to die for my heaven-separating sins. I accept what You have done. You are indeed my Savior. I love You for it. Take me over entirely. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Are you still trying to be good enough to get to heaven?

+15 – Candy and turkey dinner sabotaged progress

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