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  Empowered By Jesus  

God promised to make a better covenant. 
When Jesus was baptized, He received the Holy Ghost. 
The Bible records, “Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” ( Lu 3:21-22).

The Father anointed Jesus when He gave Jesus the Holy Ghost. 
Peter taught, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 10:38).  The title Christ, which is added to Jesus’ name means anointed.

The anointing of Jesus testifies that he is the Messiah, the Christ. 
Jesus revealed his Messiahship when he read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Lu 4:18).

Those who receive the Holy Spirit are anointed of God like Jesus was. 
Paul wrote, “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Cor 1:21-22).

Jesus anoints his followers with the Holy Ghost. 
The Gospel records that Jesus “breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22).  Christian is Greek for anointed ones.

Those who are baptized receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
Peter taught at Pentecost, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

The apostles gave the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. 
The Bible records, “They sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost” (Acts 8:14-17).

The presence of the Holy Ghost makes our body a temple of God. 
Paul wrote, “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19).  A temple is the physical place that houses God.

The Holy Spirit’s abiding presence in us continually testifies that God lives in us. 
John wrote the church, “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13).  Elsewhere, he said, “We know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (1 John 3:24).

The presence of the Holy Ghost confirms that we Jesus is our brother. 
Paul wrote, “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal 4:6).

The presence of the Holy Ghost says we are the children of God.  
Paul wrote, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14), adding, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom 8:16).

The Holy Spirit unites believers into the family of God
Paul explained, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Eph 2:18-19).

The Spirit empowers us to do the Father’s will. 
It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil 2:13).

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us for salvation.
Paul said, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit” (2 Thes 2:13).

The Holy Ghost is the Father’s seal on us of our redemption. 
Paul wrote of the “holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph 3:30).

The Holy Ghost is God’s earnest deposit of eternal life: 
Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession” (Eph 1:13-14).

Those sealed by the Holy Spirit are raise to life
If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11).

Points to Ponder

None of us can discipline ourselves to always do what is right.

If we serve ourselves, we will never find true happiness.

If we serve others, sometimes we will find true happiness and over-flowing joy.

If we always serve Jesus, we will always find true happiness and fulfilling joy.

Replacing our will with God’s will enables us to do what is always right.

When the Holy Spirit lives in us, we have power and motivation to be righteous. 

Jesus must live in us if we are to be like Him.

 Even soaked seeds will not sprout if they are not exposed to light.

 The water only softens the seed’s shell, but light makes it grow.

 Baptism’s softening attribute allows the Holy Spirit to grow a new person in us.

 Just as new plants relish sunshine, regenerated Christians savor Jesus’ light.

 Sprouts that grow toward the light break into a new world of greater beauty.

 People born of the Holy Ghost break into a higher world of celestial glory. 

Come! Receive the Holy Ghost.

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