You don’t need the Holy Spirit if you are merely seeking to live a semi-moral life and attend church regularly. You can find people of all sorts in many religions doing that quite nicely without Him. You only need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and help if you truly want to follow the Way of Jesus Christ. You only need Him if you desire to “obey everything” He commanded and to teach others to do the same.
“This is amazing!” said Dante. “I am hearing [these] stories for the first time. I believe they are for me, too.”
Dante, whose parents named him for a Hindu god, grew up in a village that rejected Jesus and his message of salvation. But when Christians working at a recording studio in that Asian region needed help, they found Dante.
The team was ready to record Bible stories in the dialect of Dante’s people, but in this mostly non-reading community, they lacked speakers who could narrate the script. They hired Dante, a solid reader with a pleasant voice, to fill several roles in the Open Bible recordings. The Open Bible is a series of 50 stories spanning from Creation to the anticipated second coming of Christ. The audio recordings introduce Scripture to an oral culture where the Bible is available only in the national language, which is not the dialect this community understands easily.
But the Scripture stories began to reach Dante’s heart even before they were recorded.
Your wife is God’s creation. If you [ridicule] her, you are not condemning her but Him who made her.
Gossip is pornography of the mouth. Like porn, it seeks a cheap thrill at someone else’s expense with zero commitment to them.
You will be judged just as much for what you said with your mouth as you will with what you’ve typed with your hands.
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
You do not thoroughly know any truth till you can put it before a child so that he can see it.
Your idols don’t love you.
Reading: Lamentations 3; Psalm 29
My soul is void of peace;
I have forgotten what joy is.
All my strength has failed me;
My hope has disappeared.
I thought it was surely over;
But I found myself still there.
My bones they ache within me;
And my soul is in despair.
But I remember how you love me;
That you are always there.
Your faithfulness is lasting,
And with me ’til the end.
Each day dawns with new hope;
Your deliverance is near.
In you will I find satisfaction;
In your name alone will I rest.
Your name, it is unchanging;
My hope is not in vain.
The walls close in around me;
But my trust they cannot take.
A sure sign of the Holy Spirit’s working is that Christ is magnified, not people.