The bible describes the Holy Spirit as both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. "You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9).
 
Jesus gives us the promise: "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you" (John 14:16).
 
The indwelling of the Spirit is a fundamental requirement for every disciple to know God and Jesus Christ.  This knowing is not just knowing Jesus and having an understanding of the Holy Spirit.  It is receiving the Helper that Jesus promised.  And this is what the Helper will do.  He will make the word a revelation of Jesus Christ and God.
 
Let us earnestly seek the Holy Spirit to teach us more about God and Jesus Christ!
 
Your servant
 
J. David Singh
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8).  There is nothing more life-giving than to begin with God and to end in God.  This is my DNA and my destiny. 
 
Jesus is the one "who is." He is always present with us and in us.  His last words on earth were "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). He also said, "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).  This ever-present Jesus gives us the confidence to say "Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
 
It is not the past that determines my destiny, it is the future.  He is my beginning. He is also the end.  At every point in my life He is always there. 
 
May this year be blessed of the Lord as you walk in his love and abiding presence!
 
Your servant, 
 
J. David Singh
Dear People of God:
 
The people of Israel waited many centuries for the coming of the Messiah. Knowing that Jesus the Messiah has come, we are impatient for his coming again. The longer it takes, the greater the desire for his coming. In 2 Timothy 4:8 there is a phrase that caught my attention: "to all who have loved his appearing," a feeling that is more than waiting. It is love for his coming. 
 
We live between his first coming and the second coming. It is like being engaged and the engagement increases both the certainty and the longing for the wedding. It is a growing passion that can only be satisfied by the permanent presence of the one you love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. 
 
Are we a church that is growing in its intensity of passion and love for the Second Coming of Jesus? The early church expected the coming of Jesus at any time.  In your heart, is there such an expectation?  The Spirit and the church cry "Come Lord Jesus come soon"!
 
Holy Spirit work in me and may my love for Jesus prepare me to expect him at any moment.
 
Your servant, 
 
J. David Singh
The Christmas story is amazing for the many ways in which God offers himself to us in such deep and personal ways. In Luke 1:41 we hear this: "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit."  Meeting Jesus is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit comes to reveal and glorify the Son.  
 
The greatest mystery is that God chooses to become man.  The smallest yet unborn child John, as well as the old mother Elizabeth, both have a connection to God. God is not just what we believe but the one who moves in us. It is a full body, mind and spirit experience that transcends generations and time. 
 
This meeting of Mary and Jesus, and Elizabeth and John is a profound moment in human history. It is the intersection of Old and New Testaments. The promise and the fulfillment. The coming of Jesus at Christmas reminds us that He is coming again. When Jesus comes back our experience of Jesus will be far beyond what happened here. 
 
My prayer for you is to echo Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:19  "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." 
 
Your servant, 
J. David Singh
 
Dear People of God:
 
For ages the people of God waited for the coming of the Messiah.  And now that he has come and we have tasted the goodness of the kingdom of God we cannot but long for the completion of what was inaugurated by his first coming. 
 
Christmas introduced us to Jesus and he increases our longing for the fullness of God. We cannot be satisfied with only the victory of the Cross and the Resurrection. These victories of Jesus are a foretaste of what to expect in his Second Coming. 
 
This is the prophecy of Isaiah 9:7 "Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."  The zeal of the Lord becomes our zeal. 
 
May your preparations for this Christmas create a passion and a zeal to see the Prince of Peace fill the whole earth!
 
Your servant, 
 
J. David Singh