John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

2 Corinthians 6:4a, 6b

December 17, 2018

The last sentence of VT for 12/13 would be better put as “The Spirit has given me the power to choose to not sin.

but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:...the Holy Spirit, genuine love;

I must demonstrate the movement of the Holy Spirit within me in a way that results in genuine love given to all in my Personal Mission Field. It is not a matter of how they respond to me but how I respond to them.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 11

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 86

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Psalm 119:165

December 16, 2018

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

This is a day for testing this; I do love Your Law, I love You, I love the Word, I love living in the Kingdom—I have perfect and sufficient helps. Praise You, My Lord and Master. Keep my feet from stumbling over the Evil One's wiles.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 10

Mid-day: 119:-1-8

Evening: Psalm 85

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2 Corinthians 5:1-5 

December 15, 2018

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

A most exciting couple of sentences. It had never occurred to me that various troubles and challenges are not to be feared, God has given me the Spirit as His guarantee that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I realized earlier in this study that the presence of the Spirit is the guarantee of my salvation, but this is another matter. The presence of the Spirit is my assurance that the LORD, God, the Almighty is walking with me through every day to day challenge. Praise the LORD!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 9

Mid-day: 119:169-176

Evening: Psalm 84

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2 Corinthians 3:16-18 

December 14, 2018

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The overarching gift of the Spirit is not the list of 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, but is the transformation into the image of the Lord. The subset is proper and necessary, but the goal is to become Christlike in all aspect of my life.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 8

Mid-day: 119:161-168

Evening: Psalm 83

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2 Corinthians 3:16-18 

December 13, 2018

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

There is freedom, freedom from what? The word is meaningless unless I understand and accept what I am being freed from? First and foremost I have been freed from the penalty that my sin demanded. The Lord Jesus, the Christ paid it all. I am free. Secondly, I have been freed from the temptation to sin. The Spirit, in writing the Law upon my heart, has given me the power to choose not to sin. (Jeremiah 31:33)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 7

Mid-day: 119:153-160

Evening: Psalm 82

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2 Corinthians 3:7-8 

December 12, 2018

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?

Should not the ministry of the Spirit be reflected in my life to a degree which exceeded the reflected glory that the Israelites saw in Moses' face? Should not my total being and life reflect the hope that lies within me (1 Peter 3:15) to a degree that demands the question? I must reflect the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Spirit. (Romans 14:17)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 6

Mid-day: 119:145-152

Evening: Psalm 81

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2 Corinthians 3:4-6 

December 11, 2018

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

When I write with pen and ink or keyboard, it is delible. Easily! When the Spirit writes it is indelible. Totally! I write on paper or with bytes electronically, all very transient. The Spirit writes on the hearts of man with words of transformation into the image of Christ, completely intransient.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 5

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 80

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2 Corinthians 3:2-3 

December 10, 2018

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Can I point to various individuals and claim that they are my letter of recommendation, written upon their transformed hearts by the Spirit of the living God? Is it essential that I know? Whose letter of recommendation am I? Should I make an effort to tell them? Wouldn't it be an encouragement to them to know of the part they played in my journey to a relationship with the LORD, God, the Almighty?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 4

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 79

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Psalm 119:160

December 9, 2018

The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

There is no expiration date, no sunset clause in any of Your righteous rules. The same yesterday, the same today, the same tomorrow.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 3

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 78

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2 Corinthians 1:21-22 

December 8, 2018

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

39 years since I began to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Oh, He had been there, lurking in the background until I was willing to listen to the direction being offered. What a ride it has been as I refuse the advice and often pay the penalty or acceptance His leading and revel in the joy of the reward. Not earthly rewards, though He has been faithful to provide for my needs, the reward of a life lived in the righteousness, peace, and joy of the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 2

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 77

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1 Corinthians 14:1-4 

December 7, 2018

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

Would seeking the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues be an act of agape love in action. Are the gifts an either or? But I do think that I should pursue all to the extent needed to enable me to do my part in building up the church.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 1

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 76

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For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Or as I frequently paraphrase this passage, Jews or Greeks, inmates or volunteers. I wonder what Paul would have to say about today's proliferation of denominations? Would not be complementary and might make 1 Cor. sound laudatory.

I often think about those 21 young Copts who gave their lives for the Gospel; what a joy it will be to meet them. I have been made to drink of the same Spirit as they have. Hallelujah!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 150

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 75

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