God's Holy Fire: 'The Holy Spirit Says'

Sunday, July 22, 2018

So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear [God's] voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness ..."
— Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV

Key Thought

God has spoken to the hearts of his children over the centuries inviting them back into relationship with him. These Spirit-inspired messages came in many and various forms, but the clearest came through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, God speaks to us and to those around us, inviting us to come home to him. We must respond, or our hearts harden, and we lose any possible sensitivity to the message of grace. The message from the Holy Spirit, uttered over and over through the centuries, now comes to you and me in today's verses: "Hear God's voice! Do not harden your hearts!" How will we respond today?

Today's Prayer

O Father, I want to have a tender heart that responds to the Holy Spirit's invitation to hear your voice and respond to your grace. I ask that the Holy Spirit convict me of my sins, help me take notice of and avoid my vulnerabilities, overcome my weaknesses, and empower me to be like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV — So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear [God's] voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness ..."

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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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