Daily Bread 6/23/2023


    Daily Bread – June 23, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Romans 8:26 – And in like manner also, the Spirit helps our frailty, for we do not know what we need to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings. Groanings For The Sake Of Holiness To understand what these groanings, or deep sighs, are, we must also keep it within the context of the joy and rejoicing that has been brought to us by the Holy Spirit. Now, knowing that this particular word to “sigh” or “groan” is set as an opposite to the joy in Hebrews 13:17, we are dealing with something that grieves or troubles the Holy Spirit. We also observe a similar expression when Jesus prayed for the deaf mute who was vexed with such an affliction (Mark 7:31-35). When we consider this treasure of the Holy Spirit we have been gifted with, we must recognize the most sacred realm of Heaven that belongs only to God has been placed within us – God’s Holiness (2 Corinthians 4:7; Mark 3:29). There could be nothing more opposite to the Holy Spirit, or grieving to the Lord, than for us to allow things contrary to His Holiness in our thoughts, emotions, passions, or attitudes. Thus, the Holy Spirit groans for the sake of holiness in our lives and the weaknesses of the holy ones allowing anything other than that which belongs to the divine nature and the holiness of God in their lives. The Holy Spirit guides us, directs us, reproves, corrects, convinces, convicts, and produces godly sorrow. He teaches us and leads us, urges us, prompts us, and inspires us into every dimension of the will and nature of God. Walk by the influences – the promptings, urgings, unctions, and inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (sin and iniquity). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen