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Anonymous asked: Hi Blair, I'm currently a student but now have a year off and I've been studying for a long time so my plan is to read the word for myself and learn of God for myself. So I wanted to ask... In starting to do bible study where is the best place to begin?

a good place to start is the gospel of John. This book emphasizes the divinity of Jesus. Here is a good commentary to help with your study:

inquisitr asked: are you thee blair linne?

I don’t know if anyone else holds my name, but yes I’m Blair Linne.

jesusyournameispower asked: Hello Blair, I know you are going to be at the Legacy Conference, sadly I wasn't able to get the days off to attend (my husband will be there :) ) but are you going to be at any other conference or women conference this year?

Unfortunately we will not be at The Legacy Conference this year. I will be ministering at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Orlando the end of June. I also will be ministering at True Woman Conference in October. Hope to see you at one of them!

When the author walks on the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right - something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise. It will be too late then to choose your side.

Morning Day 288 -Spurgeon

"I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."

Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must know him on my own account.

It will be an intelligent knowledge—I must know him, not as the visionary dreams of him, but as the Word reveals him. I must know his natures, divine and human. I must know his offices—his attributes—his works—his shame—his glory. I must meditate upon him until I “comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.”

It will be an affectionate knowledge of him; indeed, if I know him at all, I must love him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning.

Our knowledge of him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Saviour, my mind will be full to the brim—I shall feel that I have that which my spirit panted after. “This is that bread whereof if a man eat he shall never hunger.”

At the same time it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I know of my Beloved, the more I shall want to know. The higher I climb the loftier will be the summits which invite my eager footsteps. I shall want the more as I get the more. Like the miser’s treasure, my gold will make me covet more.

To conclude; this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so elevating, that sometimes it will completely bear me up above all trials, and doubts, and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than “Man that is born of woman, who is of few days, and full of trouble”; for it will fling about me the immortality of the ever living Saviour, and gird me with the golden girdle of his eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus’s feet and learn of him all this day.

Three Wrong Responses to the Holy Spirit

You always resist the Holy Spirit…Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…Do not quench the Spirit. (Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; and 1 Thessalonians 5:19)

It is the will of God that we walk in daily dependence upon the Holy Spirit. It is God’s desire that we seek Him for the fullness of the Spirit’s work in and through our lives. Three wrong responses that undermine the will of God in our lives are resisting, grieving, and quenching the Spirit of the Lord.

When Stephen was on trial before the religious leaders of Israel, he preached a powerful sermon declaring the faithfulness of God toward His consistently unfaithful nation. He concluded his message with a pointed, radical, accurate evaluation. “You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you” (Acts 7:51). Here we are given the kind of attitudes that oppose the work of the Spirit. These people were “stiffnecked.” They were stubborn and self-willed. They wanted their will, not the will of God. They also were “uncircumcised in heart and ears.” They did not allow God to cut away the carnality of their inner being. They would not allow God to speak to them through His messengers. They were self-righteous and self-sufficient. When we conduct ourselves in this same manner, we also are “resist[ing] the Holy Spirit.”

When Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus, he commanded them: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.” In the next verse he indicated the dispositions that bring grief to the Spirit of God. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Yes, the Holy Spirit is a person, not a mere power or influence. He can be saddened by our behavior. When we, God’s people, harbor bitterness in our hearts and malicious words in our mouths, then we are “griev[ing] the Holy Spirit of God.”

When Paul wrote to the saints at Thessalonica, he instructed them: “Do not quench the Spirit.” Just as a fire can be quenched, the promptings of the Holy Spirit can be stifled. As we read the word of God, the Spirit can be stirring a spiritual fire of conviction within us. Will we respond to that heavenly influence, or will we suppress it? When the Lord is igniting a vision of service unto Him, will we yield or will we extinguish it? When the Lord is calling us to intercessory prayer, will we cry out to Him or will we suppress that desire He is kindling? Will we allow the Spirit to blaze within our hearts, or will we “quench the Spirit?”

O Father, I am convicted by Your Spirit of times that I have behaved in these same ways. I have resisted and grieved and quenched the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Lord, I repent, and I ask You to show me any area of my life that is not yielded to the full work of Your Spirit. This I pray through Christ, my Lord, Amen.

—Bob Hoekstra