God's Holy Fire: 'Longing to Look'

Saturday, March 23, 2019

All [the prophets] were told was that they were serving you, you who by orders from heaven have now heard for yourselves — through the Holy Spirit — the Message of those prophecies fulfilled. Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!
— 1 Peter 1:12 MESSAGE

Key Thought

Angels stood on tiptoe longing to look over the horizon of heaven, trying to understand the promises the Holy Spirit inspired in the words of the prophets. And now, those of us who follow Jesus have heard the story of God's grace given to us in Jesus. This message wasn't given by chance, and it wasn't simply the proclamation of human messengers, but it was brought to us by the work of the Holy Spirit and through the conviction inspired by the Spirit. The prophecies given by the Holy Spirit were fulfilled, and we have received this grace because the Spirit's work wasn't done when the words were spoken, or even when they were fulfilled; no, the Spirit isn't satisfied until the message comes alive in us!

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, my Abba Father, thank you for investing so much in me that you would send the Holy Spirit to do his work through the centuries, to see that Jesus Christ would come alive in me! Thank you for this grace, and the gift of your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of 1 Peter 1:12 MESSAGE —  Angels would have given anything to be in on this!

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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