How well I've tamed my latest mount,
                A sacred cow grown plump and strong,
           Well fed and watered from the fount
                Of man's misguided praise and song!

           I heat my branding iron in fires
                Kept burning in the depths of hell,
           Well fueled by man's hard-willed desires,
                'Technology' its letters spell!

           Weak Christians flaunt their latest creed,
                "The power of our risen Lord
           Does not in any way exceed
                 The length of our extension cord!"
A demon's boast:
Reason for Faith # 2:  The Spirit's Witness
  • Renewal by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive." John 14:16-18
    "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16 . This short story illustrates God's renewal: River of Grace
  • Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-25 lists bad works of the flesh, and the opposite virtues that the Holy Spirit produces in us. Bible characters exemplified works of the flesh, but were transformed and then displayed the opposite virtues. More: Fruit of the Spirit. Bring God's health to your church or family: Lasting Renewal.
Reason for Faith  #  2
The  Holy Spirit's  Witness and Renewal
Reasons for faith, reason #2,  Renewal. Page 27c -- 1 /  3 / 10
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Reasons  for faith:
Elizabeth was filled and prophesied about Mary, Luke 1:41-42
Zechariah was filled and prophesied about Jesus' salvation, Luke 1:67-79
Mary received power and conceived, Luke 2:35
Jesus' disciples were promised the Holy Spirit's power to witness for Him: Luke 24:46-49 and Acts 1:8
The disciples at Pentecost were filled and spoke in other tongues about Jesus, Acts 2:4
Peter was filled and proclaimed the gospel, Acts 4: 8
The disciples were filled and spoke the word of God boldly, Acts 4: 31
The apostles received power and testified to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, Acts 4:33
Saul was filled and preached in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God, Acts 9: 17-20
Saul was filled and rebuked Elymas who became blind, and the proconsul believed, Acts 13: 9-12
The disciples were filled and spoke so effectively that a great number believed, Acts 13: 51 through 14:1
Paul's readers were to be filled and overflow with hope and instruct one another, Rom. 15:13-14
Paul was filled and proclaimed the gospel of Christ where He was not known, Rom. 15:18-20
Paul spoke with the Spirit's power and the Corinthians' faith was strengthened, 1 Cor. 2:2-6
The Ephesians, strengthened with the Holy Spirit's power, were to be established in love, Eph. 3:16-19
The Ephesians were to be filled and speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, Eph. 5:18-19
The Colossians were to be strengthened with the Holy Spirit's power in order to live a worthy life, Col. 1:10-11
Preaching with the Holy Spirit's power enabled the Thessalonians to spread the gospel widely, 1 Thess. 1:4-8
Timothy received the Spirit's power for love, self-discipline and to testify boldly, 2 Tim. 1-6-8
The two witnesses in the end times are to receive power to prophesy in sackcloth, Rev. 11: 3
What is the filling of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit fills believers, not to give them a momentary bit of excitement, but to do practical, edifying and loving ministry. This list shows persons who were filled with the Holy Spirit (or received power from the Holy Spirit) and the result:
Filling of the Holy Spirit
1 Experience
4 Biological facts
2 Spirit's witness
3 Biblical truth
6 Cosmology
5 History
7 Social benefits