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.

John 3:5-8

August 18, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

As I looked out the window a few minutes ago, the tree's leaves were moving briskly, and the local weather reporting station indicated a wind speed of 8 mph. Yup, about right, but the leaves stopped moving for a couple of minutes. My reporting station didn't catch up, but there is no doubt in my mind that the wind is gusty this afternoon.

So it is with a being that has been born again. The individual's demeanor changes, perhaps a bit gusty, but changes. Maybe begin to cringe a bit when someone takes the Name of the LORD in jest or as a curse. Or demonstrate a peace and acceptance of circumstances that were not present before. As the leaves move when the wind blows, so the Holy Spirit begins to work change, to begin a transformation in the newly reborn.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 39

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 114

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John 3:5-8

August 17, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Flesh can only reproduce flesh. My sinful nature cannot reproduce anything but a similar nature. But that which is Spirit produces a new being, a new creature that reflects the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Holy Spirit(Romans 14:17)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 38

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 113

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John 3:5-8

August 16, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

"Born of water" Truly alive, a sentient being, capable of understanding and deciding. "Born of the Spirit" Transformed, changed from one who is driven by self-will into a being that seeks the Face of God and is guided by the Fear of the LORD. Both conditions must be met to allow entry into the Kingdom of God.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 37

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 112

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John 1:32-34

August 15, 2018

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John the Baptist shared an eyewitness account which verifies that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. He saw, and he witnessed. How do I share the personal account that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Master? It is through my obedience to His Word and through sharing the message of the grace, love, and mercy that His death on the cross makes available to all. I must take the message of Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me" everywhere that my feet touch or my voice reaches.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 36

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 111

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Luke 11:9-13

August 14, 2018

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

How many times have I read this passage? Many! How many sermons have I heard on this passage? Many! How many times has that last sentence soaked into my heart? 1! Now!

I believe that the Holy Spirit was given to me and every believer upon acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Master. That when I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead, that it was a done deal and the gift of the Holy Spirit was the guarantor of the completion of my salvation. But the last sentence indicates that I need to ask the LORD, God, the Almighty for the awareness of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and that I will not be refused.

LORD, God, the Almighty, grant me an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Enrichen my relationship with You that Your grace and mercy may shine more brightly in my life.Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 35

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 110

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Luke 10:17-21

August 13, 2018

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spiritand said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

It is significant to me that Jesus, the Son of God communicated with God the Father through God the Holy Spirit as the Son of Man. So must I, as a child of the Father, be unswerving to speak and listen to Him through the Spirit. Rather like using modern communications technology to replace smoke signals that I try to use as I mumble to Him.

Other precious points in this passage are 1) the Lord's instruction to rejoice that my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life rather than in anything I might accomplish in His name. Another warning against being a present-day Tommy Tucker. 2) The anonymity of the seventy-two. Ordinary Joe Bagadonuts, off the street guys, sent to apply the Kingdom of Heaven in the Here and Now. He gave them the authority and said, "Go." He gives me the authority and says, "Go.Today's readings in the Psalms:

 

Morning: Psalm 34

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 109

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Psalm 119:76

August 12, 2018

Let Your steadfast love comfort me according to Your promise to Your servant.

Lord, how often do I turn away from Your love, ignoring that it is every with me and ever at my side for comfort and solace? So as I walk through this season of turmoil and pressure, I need to be continuously coming to You to be reminded that You are always at my side. I need to be reminded to remember!

Sometimes, it is not a lack of remembering but a deliberate turning from You to resolving to address the problem in my strength. How can I expect Your comfort if I refuse Your leading?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 33

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 108

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Luke 4:17-19

August 11, 2018

And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

Matthew 28:18-19a And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me...Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.

The passage in Luke summarizes the span of Jesus' ministry. The passage in Matthew assigns that ministry to us, His disciples. We are to roll up our shirtsleeves and get to the task of bringing the Good News to the lost, the least, and the lonely. Every part of our assignment must have the goal of opening the Gospel to all.

It is a beautiful thing to operate a soup kitchen and feed the starving, or go on a short-term medical mission to Upper Slabbovoia, or teach adult Sunday School. However, if the tasks do not reveal the transforming power of the Cross, they will be burned as wood, hay, and stubble as we stand before the Throne of the LORD, God, the Almighty.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 32

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 107

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Luke 2:25-27

August 10, 2018

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,

What an incredible revelation. A statement of fact. Simeon would not see death until he had met the LORD's Christ.

On the other hand, I believe that the Lord will return for His own in my lifetime. I wish I could state that as a revelation, but that would be incredibly presumptuous. More accurately, I should say that I hope that the Lord will return in my lifetime and I will seek to live out my life as if that were a revelation by the Holy Spirit. That needs to be accompanied by a willingness to repent when I fail.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 31

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 106

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Luke 2:25-27

August 9, 2018

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,

Which came first? Simeon's life of righteousness and devotion or the presence of the Holy Spirit upon him?

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit began to work on my transformation from the very moment that I committed my life to the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and Master. There was no way I was going to become righteous and devout in my strength. A well-proven statement. That transformation, no matter how slight, is proof-positive that the Holy Spirit is at work.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 30

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 105

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Luke 1:39-42

August 8, 2018

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

Prophecy fulfilled. And a demonstration that the Spirit brings recognition between His people. I'm sure that Mary and Elizabeth recognized each other and had met before, but something new and precious had been added to their relationship. I've had that happen, sometimes acknowledging the ties and profiting thereby, but sometimes not. This unwillingness is often usually to my regret that I did not enter into the gift offered.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 29

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 104

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Luke 1:13-16

August 7, 2018

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

As I ponder this passage, I am filled with awe. A prophecy about to be fulfilled less than nine months later. We know nothing about the early life of the Baptist, or even about the details of his ministry. But what we do know is sufficient. HE WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. He was, I believe, the first descendant of Adam and Eve to enter life from birth guided by the Holy Spirit. Jesus began His earthly life as the Son of God become the Son of Man.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 28

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 103

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