My Help Is Not Within Me

Sun Thru the Woods


“[I]s it that my help is not within me….?” (Job 6:13)

That is a rhetorical question of course. We all know the story of Job. He was a man of wealth, influence and great blessing, and then it was all taken from him in a short time.

We like to think that we have the ability within ourselves to overcome any obstacle, even ourselves. Let’s face it: many of our obstacles in life are the result of our own doing, the flaws in our own character.

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Sealed with the Holy Spirit

lightstock_108943_xsmall_user_7997290In Ephesians 1:13-14, Paul says that we have been “sealed in God with the Holy Spirit of promise who is given as a pledge of inheritance”.

We might be tempted to read this simply as flowery, but dogmatic language. I believe nothing could be further from the truth. Paul is talking about an act of God by which HE puts His stamp on US in a real, personal way, and even more than that….

Christians often talk about the promises of God that are in the Bible, but Paul talks about the “Holy Spirit of promise”. Continue reading “Sealed with the Holy Spirit”