1 Corinthians 6:11, “In the past, some of you were like that, but you were washed clean. You were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
When you enjoy cooking you probably enjoy getting creative. Trying new spices, mixing different herbs together to see what new flavorful creations you come up with. Some people also enjoy planting herb gardens so they can have fresh herbs to add to a meal. If you eat at a fancy restaurant, you're also familiar with the particular herb those chefs like to garnish a meal with to make it fancier. You've probably seen these little sprigs of greenery used to add color to a meal or as a lush bedding for salad bars. Many use this herb to top off a pasta dish or soup. We all know this as parsley.
Parsley is decorative and is used to brighten any culinary meal with just a splash of green. Very few people eat the fresh green herb made available to them with the meal, many just add it to the flavors they are cooking with, mixing it in for flavor. Yet it was intended to eat in small quantities after the final bite of any dish to cleanse the palate. It helps remove lingering tastes of food so one can fully enjoy the taste of the next course. Many people have even said that after eating a small bit of parsley, they can't really recall the flavors they just had eaten. It's as if the parsley erases the old and makes way for the new.
When you look at the clump of parsley you will discover something interesting too. Like a Clover, parsley is a “Trinity” plant. When a stem divides into stalks or leaves, it divides into three parts.
It's a simple analogy but it speaks volumes. Parsley is used many times to cleanse the palate, take away the old tastes and help make way for the new ones. We serve not only God our Father, but Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity). They cleanse us from dust, dirt, and sins of this world and prepare us for a beautiful new world in God's Kingdom in heaven. When we accept Jesus into our lives, like eating parsley, He will remove the memories of sorrow and pain, replace them with overflowing joy and peace. We have hope of a future away from the evil we now know.
As Christians Jesus promised He would not leave us alone. When we accept Jesus into our hearts and the promises of salvation, we are given the Holy Spirit to help us through each day. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in the Light of Jesus and helps us see more and more the sins and evils of the world so we can turn away from them. There are many ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives as Christians, but everything the Holy Spirit does is for one goal: to help us become more like Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit's job to produce a Christlike character in you- Galatians 5:22. This process of helping us be more like Jesus is called sanctification- Romans 8:1-17, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 2:13. The Holy Spirit works in believers by renewing our minds to be like the mind of Christ. The Holy Spirit does this by convicting us of sin and leading us to repentance-
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 Corinthians 6:11.
So, how do you know it's the Holy Spirit's voice? The voice won't obsess over our problems. The voice won't gossip. The Holy Spirit will speak with you about your own heart, not other’s hearts. The voice focuses more on the heart of the issue, than the direct answer. The Holy Spirit's voice will never contradict scripture. The Holy Spirit helps us avoid temptations and helps us stay clean from sin. The Holy Spirit warns us so we can stay away from danger. He comforts us and leads us through challenges. The Holy Spirit is part of Jesus as Jesus is part of God the Father- John 1:1-18, and He is the greatest gift given to all those who have chosen to follow Jesus. The Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Spirit of God Himself. The Spirit of truth has come to guide the disciples and to guide all Christians today.
Let’s all partake of the ‘parsley’ today and allow God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirt to cleanse us from the old and make way for a wonderful new home ahead of us.
What you read impacts you. Think about how you feel when you read your news feed. Reading the Bible on a regular and consistent basis has several benefits. The Bible shows us God’s character and provides us God’s revelation of himself to his people. In each section of the Bible, we see God’s holy, unchanging, faithful, gracious and loving character. As we close our study of 1 Thessalonians I hope you have been blessed and discovered some new things about Jesus and His promises. Let's finish by reading 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.
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