I woke up early to help my wife this morning who is bedridden, and like what happens every now and again, for one reason or another, could not get back to sleep. So I got up, turned this thing on, glanced at a few new posts and then came here. I was behind on these well written daily devotionals and read the last six. I also need to go back to the 7th which I haven't read yet. But these 6 are what can be produced by a life devoted to serving and understanding God, His Word and how it applies to daily living. I've said this before, but I truly appreciate the mind and heart of BlackEagle and how he is able to write and share with a clarity and understanding in a well ordered progression of thought. As I read these daily devotionals I always try to relate to what a Pastor has lived out and learned in the many years of devoted service to Christ, His Church and His Sheep. I also try to compare it to my walk and those who I have come to know who also have devoted themselves in a similar way. Most importantly we, as has been clearly said so far, must also compare what we read and hear to God's Word. As BlackEagle has pointed out a number of times, we are all different. We all have different gifts, some developed to serve His Kingdom and some that are still in the worldly realm. We are also all at different levels of maturity as well as fellowship and unity with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I'm not sure how much further BlackEagle will go with this series. What I would like to see as a natural progression is the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of true believers. Again, there will be similarities and differences in how we all experience His Spirit in our lives. The huge problem before the Church is what happens when man tries to create the moving of the Holy Spirit or duplicate what they read in God's Word in their own lives or the Church. This serves to confuse and lead many astray as they may want desperately to experience the spiritual life they see in others. Pastor John MacArthur and others years ago held a "Strange Fire" conference where they came against what they saw as excesses and man made expressions claiming to be the moving of the Holy Spirit. It is good and right to point out wrongs but in doing so, we must be careful not to throw a wet towel over one of the promises of God which Jesus and the Apostles have addressed in God's Word. The Reformers hundreds of years ago saw in Scripture for the first time in centuries how grace through faith had been replaced by man made concepts in the Church. I hope there will be another great reformation, awakening and transformation within the Church that combines the knowledge and obedience to His Word with the leading of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers. Many of the Scriptures we quote and seek to apply in our lives were first spoken or perceived by the Prophets and Apostles in their lives. When Paul says it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me, he is referring to more then just the Word of God feeding his spirit. He is also speaking of the Truth, the Way and the Life which is Christ Jesus alive within us and the moving of the Holy Spirit bringing application of His Word and producing good fruits as we mature in Christ over the years. Jesus said that He came to undue the works of Satan within us. A life of progressive sanctification and increasing holiness getting us reading for the return of Christ Jesus should also be a part of our new life after being born of His Spirit. This will not happen without hearing the still small voice of the Holy Spirit through promptings and impressions that we learn to obey in thanksgiving and love and maybe even by failure a time or two all building up trust, faith and believe in Christ and His Gospel or good news of how we can successfully live for God only in Christ, in the vine and by faith which He is constantly trying to strengthen through the moving of the Holy Spirit within us. I firmly believe that each time we come together we should all have a praise report of what the Lord had done within us or through us and the blessings that follow. Without a mature unity with the Holy Spirit, how can we stop what we are doing as the Holy Spirit moves us to help a homeless person or to give a certain amount of money to a brother in need, or to stop mowing the grass and go on a bike ride so that He can provide a much needed wheelchair from a person who just happens to be at a garage sale you are being sent to, or find the right church or find the right pastor or lead a pastor to a specific church or to confirm in your mind and heart something you just lived out with the teaching of His Word or put new faith in your heart so that when you pray and ask, you ask in faith and see how prayer is answered, over and over again until you see how that works. How can you truly believe until by grace, God moves in your live? How can you come to repentance unless His Spirit helps convict you? How can you receive His Spirit unless the Father draws you to His Son and you are baptized into His Spirit? How can you serve unless His Son baptizes you into His Spirit? How can you mature in Christ unless you learn to walk in the Spirit you have been given and on and on.