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The Holy Spirit in action

Willie tells this story of how the Holy Spirit worked in him: One morning as I was driving from Cullinan to Pretoria, I saw a neatly dressed old man with a beat-up wheelie suitcase walking in the same direction I was driving. I am totally opposed to picking up hitchhikers; you don’t even have to […]

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The Holy Spirit and you in control

The Spirit gives you power. The Spirit makes you overflow with love for others. And He helps us not to do the wrong things. The third fruit of the Spirit is summed up in one word in The Living Bible: Self-control. Many of us often fall short with this one. When circumstances go south a […]

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The Holy Spirit and the love glasses

One of the results of the Holy Spirit living in us is that we receive love for others. Other people and their needs start becoming more important than our own issues. Before God’s Spirit came to live inside us, we didn’t notice the needs of others. It was all a blur. In a way the […]

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The Holy Spirit and two small brown shoes

Are you a mess? Do you struggle to remain standing? Do you simply have no answers to all the questions? Does life feel too hard and your strength too weak? Then it’s time for reinforcements. 7God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. He makes us strong […]

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Who’s sitting on your chair?

The times when my wife and I are most irritated with one another is when one or both of us refuse to see the other one’s point of view. It’s all about the own self. It’s all about me and me alone who’s sitting on my chair. I leave absolutely no space for the way […]

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Fire up your gifts

6And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! I had to do a lot of deep reading to get the answer to my question about this verse. The question was: What is a special gift and does everybody have it? The clever guys who know […]

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What to believe

There will come a time when people will no longer believe in God’s message of redemption. People will turn their back on the Gospel and dismiss it as nonsense. Some will use clever brain gymnastics to try and prove that what we believe in is too trivial to be accepted as the truth. When I […]

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Sharing in Jesus’ light and glory

Many people underestimate the power and functioning of the Holy Spirit. That’s probably why the world around us looks like it does. Powerless and chaotic. Many of us no longer hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance, because we’re too busy and too rushed. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us. God knew that we would […]

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Some spiritual know-alls warra-warra

Once, driving around with a friend, we talked about how we experienced the way other people lived according to their faith. I told him that I sometimes felt inferior compared to the way other people did things. The way in which they lived their faith sometimes made me feel guilty and then I questioned the […]

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Too used to the things of God

Life can so easily become routine. Things so easily become ordinary. We get used to the sun coming up every morning, because it’s been happening for the past million years. We grow used to getting up every day and doing the same things day after day without realising what a privilege it is. We grow […]

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