God's Holy Fire: 'The Anointing'

Monday, February 26, 2024

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
— 1 John 2:20-21 NIV

Key Thought

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit, whom he called the Comforter (or Counselor or Advocate, depending on the translation), would come and lead us into all truth (John 16:13). The Spirit, who inspired the writing of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17), is alive in us and helps us know, understand, discern, and live God's truth (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Romans 8:13-14). The Spirit of the living God lives in us and is at work in us — in me and in you! So each of us needs to ask oneself if we are inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives to help us know, understand, discern, and live God's truth. Am I yielding to the Spirit and am I in the word of God seeking to be informed and transformed by the Holy Spirit? Am I asking the Holy Spirit to filter, correct, challenge, and redeem what I think, read, hear, see, and do? Rather than succumbing to the lie that all truth is subjective, let's subject what we think, read, hear, see, and do to the Spirit of truth!

Today's Prayer

O Father, I join my heart with the words of your servant David, who said: "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Please transform my thinking and my living by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

The quotation in the prayer is from Psalm 139:23-24.

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Illustration of 1 John 2:20-21 NIV — But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

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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