God's Holy Fire: 'Eternal Consequences'

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

[Jesus:] "I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences." He told them this because they were saying, "He's possessed by an evil spirit."
— Mark 3:28-30 NLT

Key Thought

What was the power behind Jesus' ministry? Some critics say it was deception. Some skeptics say it was people's imagination. Some even attributed his power to demons and the devil. It's one thing to disbelieve. It's another to believe in spiritual power and then attribute Jesus' spiritual power to the evil one. Jesus had great power. So where did he get that power? He got it from his identity as the Son of God. He referred to this source of power as the Holy Spirit — the Holy Spirit that would be present in the heart of everyone who is a true believer in him. This power is holy, from God, and a manifestation of God's very real presence. To assign this power to the source of evil is to blaspheme and cut ourselves off from our only true source of power, grace, and forgiveness!

Today's Prayer

O Almighty God — righteous Father, obedient Son, and transforming Holy Spirit — I praise you for the power shown in Jesus' earthly ministry. I praise you for defeating death and bringing power to life by sending the Holy Spirit. I am humbled and awed at the demonstration of your powerful presence in Jesus during his earthly ministry. In Jesus' name, I offer you my praise! Amen.

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Illustration

Illustration of Mark 3:28-30 NLT — "I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences."

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.

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