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The earnestness of the Spirit in our hearts is mind-blowing. By the Spirit, we partake of the blessings, gifts and grace of the Divine. The Holy Spirit is the same spirit of God and Christ Himself. He was instrumental in forming, filling and manifesting the human nature of Christ on earth, as well as raising Him from the dead. Now the Bible says, "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you" (Romans 8:11 NIV). The Spirit of truth in us does a lot for us, both in our spirit, soul and body. To show that we belong to God, He testifies with our spirit. The Holy Spirit as the living seal, does spread into our mind and emotions, thereby imparting God's image in our soul and conforming us unto the Son. By sealing every inward part of us, He fills our very being to keep us healthy and active, and gives life to our mortal bodies. Let's find out more!

Reference: Romans 8:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT) "For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."

With all the Spirit's inward move and work in us, we can rest assured that we're God's own children, and since we are His children, we are His heirs. So we know we can receive whatever has been given to us in Christ- an incredible inheritance! Therefore, we are God's heirs along with Christ, meaning that we are called and chosen to inherit everything that is His. So the Holy Spirit witnesses to our sonship, which assures us of being the heirs of God glory, together with Christ.

Apart from joining with our spirit to testify that we are God's own children and heritage, the Holy Spirit also is the pledge and a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of His glory (see Ephesians 1:14 NIV). As a pledge, He ensures and secures the fulfilment of our earthly inheritance promised to us and also guarantees our heavenly inheritance and glory, which have been prepared for us. As a deposit, He is contributory and active in certifying, making sure, or assuring the reality of all our inheritance. In a nutshell, He is given to us to confirm all that God promised us.

In the same referenced Scripture, the latter end reads, "But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering." Sharing Christ's suffering doesn't mean we should suffer evil or lack in life or even get tormented or crucified physically. It simply means to decide to do things God's way, no matter the cost, sacrifice or challenge. For instance, if you keep living right, when the going gets tough, you are sharing His suffering. Got it? If you keep standing on the Word when it's not convenient to do so in the world we live, you are sharing His suffering. If you keep persevering and acting on the Word when you're facing trials and persecution, you're sharing His suffering. If you keep doing and fulfilling God's will, regardless of difficult or contrary circumstances, you're sharing His suffering. And guess what! His glory will always speak for you in the end, because you've shared His suffering. In this regard, James 1:2-4 (NLT) says, "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy..." Shalom!

Scripture Reading - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Ephesians 3:6; Galatians 3:29; Titus 3:7; 1 Peter 5:10.

Guided Prayer: Thank you Father in heaven for publishing your free grace and mercy in Christ Jesus, through the living Word that endures forever. I testify that I'm a heir of God and a co-heir with Christ. I walk in abundance and I'm full of your goodness because everything that is consistent with the reality of my inheritance in Christ is amply evident in my life. By the seal and efficacious influence of the Spirit, I persevere in faith, and I'm sure and certain of enjoying eternal glory with Christ throughout eternity, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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