Spirit of Life

Romans 8:1-6

As I moved from door to door in my neighborhood visitation I heard the vicious barking of what sounded like a huge dog getting closer. Finally, I arrived at the residence which was surrounded by a strong fence with numerous “Beware of the Dog” signs. They were posted for a good reason. It did not take long for me to decide to skip this house.
The growling dog that lunged at me was restrained by a heavy chain. I suppose that when it was asleep it did not realize that its freedom was limited. The dog dish was close so when it approached to eat its food it drug its chain without concern. It was only when it tried to reach me that it was brought to the end of its false understanding of freedom by the stout chain and fence.

Sin is much like this. People are bound but don’t seem to realize their restraint. It is only when we find true freedom in Christ that we realize how sin has confined us. It is then that we understand deliverance. “The truth,” Jesus said, “shall make you free” (John 8:32)

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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The Spirit, Our Teacher

John 14:26-31

The birth of a baby giraffe holds some fascinating lessons for us. The mother goes to a spot where there are no bushes, just flat dirt. As the baby is born it falls ten or twelve feet. When the baby hits the ground, it rolls over and just lies there with legs all curled up under it. The mother positions herself over the baby to protect it from predators, and seeing none, she kicks the baby. It flies across the dirt head over heels. If the baby does not stand up, the mother will go over and kick it again, sending it sprawling. This will happen over and over again until the baby finally stands up. The mother goes over and sends it flying again. She knows that the baby needs to learn, and it needs to remember, how to stand so it can save itself later in a time of danger. She kicks it again, not because she is having a bad hair day, but because she wants her baby to remember. But isn’t it better to learn that way than try and learn with a lion hot on your tail? How could a God who supposedly loves us let us go through terrible times? That is very simple. God loves us so much He teaches us lessons that will help us survive during the difficult times of life.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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The Spirit of the Father

Matthew 10:16-20

Lois Wyse gave six ways a woman preparing for marriage could learn all she needed to know about her fiancé. She should 1) watch him drive in heavy traffic. 2) Play tennis with him. 3) Listen to him talk to his mother when he doesn’t know you’re listening. 4) See how he treats those who serve him (waiters, aids). 5) Notice what he’s willing to spend his money to buy. 6) Look at his friends. And if you still can’t make up your mind, then look at his shoes. A man who keeps his shoes in good repair generally tends to the rest of his life too. (Good Housekeeping, April 1985)

It is important to know that your life companion is genuine. It is also important to know if a person who claims to be a Christian is genuine. The Bible tells us that we will know them by their fruits. Does our life exhibit the character of Christ? Is our first desire to do the will of the Father. Is our first aim in life to glorify God? When people look at us do they see a manufactured façade or do they see Jesus? When people spend time with us do they sense that they have been in the presence of Jesus?

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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