Allow the Spirit

#allowthespirit
 
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16 – 17 NLT)‬‬‬
 
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22 – 23 NLT) ‬‬‬
If you desire to have the qualities listed in 5:22-23, then you know that the Holy Spirit is leading you. At the same time, be careful not to confuse your subjective feelings with the Spirit’s leading. Being led by the Holy Spirit involves the desire to hear, the readiness to obey God’s Word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and his promptings. Live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Then the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will be behind your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires.
Paul describes the two forces fighting within us—the Holy Spirit and the sinful nature (our evil desires or inclinations that stem from our bodies; see also 5:16, 19, 24). Paul is not saying that these forces are equal—the Holy Spirit is infinitely stronger. But if we rely on our wisdom, we will make the wrong choices. If we try to follow the Spirit by our human effort, we will fail. Our only way to freedom from our evil desires is through the empowering of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:3-8). (Tyndale  Study Bible)
As a young believer, the power and my relationship with the Holy Spirit have been the most amazing thing. It is most probably the most significant thing to me.
Read the scripture in bold, the nine things mentioned here are the things that the Holy Spirit produces. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we can never imagine what faith promises. All we have to do is allow and make the right choice.
We are born sinners, and our sinful nature is instilled in us by society and family and friends. My daughter went to a Christian private school. You will be shocked at the things that happen in that environment. I can’t even think what happens in other schools. In Bible study last we spoke about sanctification, which means we should separate ourselves from sin and bad influence. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us in that process.
Correct choices are up to individuals. You can be part of the worst school and still turn out great.
If we impart and instil Christian faith in people and our children, they will get the Holy Spirit to guide them. We as believers are responsible for doing that. We are to spread the Good news of Jesus, and explain what the power of the Holy Spirit can do.
I feel I need to say this: rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and bring you closer to God. More of Christ in you, and you will have the power to overcome every challenge, no matter what it is.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all you need in life. The rest will follow on.
“Lord, I pray this for all people. We won’t have to question anything in our lives. I thank you for being part of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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I have told you

#Ihavetoldyou
 
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33
Jesus summed up all he had told them this night, tying together themes from 14:27-29; 16:1-4; and 16:9-11. With these words, he told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times.
 
But take heart, because I have overcome the world: “Such a saying as this is worthy to be carried from Rome to Jerusalem on one’s knees” (Martin Luther). Jesus’ final words did not chastise but brought comfort. Jesus promised peace (14:27) and joy (16:20, 22).  Now he added that his disciples can discover peace even when surrounded by threats; they can be tranquil despite those who are hostile to their faith.
Have you ever wondered why the Bible was written? Well, inspired by God it’s our handbook to life. The first part (Old Testament) includes the Ten Commandments engraved in stone, God’s word to us.
So above in this scripture, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. This is the written Word the Bible. So it is meant for us as well – Jesus’s instruction is to us. And Jesus is very clear here that if we follow His teachings, we will have peace in Him, Jesus. He talks about trials and sorrow in the world, yet if you trust in Him, you have overcome the world because He overcame the world for you.
Since I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, the peace that has overcome me is insane. I can’t keep myself from expressing gratitude for that peace. I have had everything in my life. Only now after excepting Jesus, have I peace. What’s more eternal life. Just like the commentator says, we can discover peace even if the threats of life surround us.
So consider this if you dress yourself with knowledge of the Bible and promise of Jesus, how easy will it be to overcome the daily challenges we face. Even those in the workplace. These lessons of diligence and commitment are all there in the Bible. Just like I said yesterday – rely on God.
“ Lord make me stay in Your word. More of You. Peace and blessing will be there. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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He hears

#hehears
 
“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath”
Psalm116:1-2
 
God is so responsive that you can always reach him. He bends down and listens to your voice. This writer’s love for the Lord had grown because he had experienced answers to his prayers. If you are discouraged, remember that God is near, listening carefully to every prayer and answering each prayer to give you his best.
The first thing that comes to my mind is, how many people say that, if there is a God, He won’t allow something? Why would there be all that sorrow? He should not let you sin either. There are many sins in this world by all. Why? Because we follow our minds, we have choices. We can either make a right or wrong decision. With all the correct teaching we still make the wrong choices. And that is what creates all the trouble and sorrow in the world, all those wrong choices.
This scripture is about praying and God responding to those prayers because He always listens. It makes we think of those people that in their darkest hour they call on God. And that hour is different for all. I think of myself we want to call on God when the chips are down. Then when the going gets good, we forget about Him. I have made myself guilty of this many times. The funny thing is God listens all the time. If we keep praying and be grateful, imagine how much better good could be. There is no limit to God’s favour and grace. We put restrictions on God’s favour because of our disobedience and wrong choices.
If you read the rest of the Psalm, it’s a thank you to God for saving the writer’s life. He goes on to pledge the rest of his life to God. Do we realise that salvation promises eternal life? Yes, we forget from time to time. Because we are so busy with worldly things. So, in essence, we should also pledge the rest of our life’s to God. Why wait to be close to death? Why wait on accepting salvation? Do it sooner than later then you can share in favour and blessing earlier.
Eternal life, yes that is available to all of us. No matter what the extent of your sin or bad choices. Just pray to God, because He listens to every single prayer you might have. And yes, miracles still happen.
In our work environment, we often wait until we are in deep trouble before we ask for help. At that point, we sometimes don’t even have a choice. Why not preempt a situation and ask for help sooner than later. Support and better skills can only make you better at what we do. Don’t be scared to ask for the Lord’s help.
“Lord I thank you for salvation and eternal life. Holy Spirit guide me to and in my daily prayers. For I know you hear. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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It’s yours

#itsyours
 
And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-15‬ NLT)‬‬‬
When we become Christians, we receive the Holy Spirit. God’s presence in our lives is proof that we belong to Him. He also gives us the power to love (Romans 5:5; 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:22). Rely on that power as you reach out to others. As you do so, you will gain confidence.
When we make the declaration that Jesus is the Son of God and he died for our sins, the Holy Spirit starts to live in us. The moment when you do that, you will feel moved. To stay in that space and Spirit, you have to embrace all the teachings and principles continuously. Why I say, that is because just as a snowball gets more significant and more potent as it rolls, the momentum builds, so it is with your faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. The more you know, the more in touch you are with the spirit, and you grow in faith.
Do you acknowledge miracles today? Well they happen,  people have been healed miraculously. There are many examples of things happening we can’t explain. The power of the Holy Spirit. That power is available to us.
What is vital to me as believers are that we should impart that power we are given and show others the possibilities. We have to shine the God presence in us. We should teach what is possible with the Holy Spirit on your side.
If you feel like you want to take that step and make that commitment, I invite you to let me guide you. Just contact me.
“Lord, I pray that you touch the unbeliever’s heart. Let them reach out for Your guidance. Let all the believers be there so that we can help you touch the world. Let every one believe in You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Action

#action
 
‘Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. ‘ 1 Timothy 6:12
Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, hold tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right. Is it time for action on your part? Christian service, like athletics, requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ’s team? (Life Application Study Bible)
These comments remind me of what I read in the book “Miracle in Motion” by Timm Storey. John Wesley, founder of Methodism and instrumental in the Great Awakening in the mid-eighteenth century, said that God does nothing on earth unless somebody prays. In that statement, the
phrase in faith is understood. The Bible makes clear that prayers without faith expressed in action are ineffectual. That means they are not “working” prayers but only words.
“Faith”- complete trust or confidence in someone or something. This meaning of Faith is from the dictionary. So consider the words that I marked in bold. So Faith without expression in action is ineffectual. Wow, just a reminder again that nothing in life comes without action.
Listing to an interview earlier with Rebeca Davis author of the book Self-Helpless: A Cynic’s Search for Sanity. She tells her story of life experiences. What stands out to me, she gave up alcohol and describes,  how that impacted her life. Interesting to me that none of her journeys would have been possible without action. As like given up drinking.
So, nothing in life just happens. You don’t develop a good spiritual life by doing nothing. As the commentator says above it takes obedience and discipline in the right areas that will grow you completely.  You cant become a master Pastor by doing nothing; it takes dedication and application. All this is also applicable to the little things in life.
Lord, I pray You to help me make a difference in my life and others. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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Love and serve

#loveandserve
 
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬
What does Christ tell us to do? John answers in 3:23: “Believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.” True Christian faith results in loving behaviour; that is why John says that the way we act can assure us that we belong to Christ.
 
To live as Jesus lived doesn’t mean choosing 12 disciples, performing great miracles, and being crucified. We cannot merely copy Christ’s life—much of what Jesus did had to do with his identity as God’s Son, the fulfilment of his unique role in dying for sin, and the cultural context of the first-century Roman world. To walk today as Christ did, we must obey his teachings and follow his example of complete obedience to God and loving service to people.
We believe and if you do salvation is available to you. It’s a gift from God; it’s available to all. God will forgive all your sin no matter what they are, even murder.
So don’t run and murder your wife’s now.
It won’t be Jesus like. Scripture says we should behave like Jesus and follow Gods teachings, obedience to Him and loving service to people.
In the time Jesus walked this earth his Disciples questioned Him a couple of times, who is greatest among them.
First in Luke 9:48 where Jesus says “he that is the least is the greatest among them” Secondly in Luke 22:27 Jesus says “he who serves and serves most is the greatest of them all.”
There is teaching right there. If we want to be like Jesus,  love, be the least and serve the world. Amen.
“Lord I pray that You will make me like Jesus. We have the handbook. I thank you for Your instruction. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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What do you say

#whatdoyousay
 
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:20 NLT)
It is easy to say we love God when that love doesn’t cost us anything more than weekly attendance at religious services. But the real test of our love for God is how we treat the people right in front of us—our family members and fellow believers. We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are created in his image. (Tyndale Study Bible)
In my book, it is easy to say that you love someone. Actions speak louder than words.
Loving God is the easiest thing to do. He is not “in your face” on a daily basis demanding things from you. Just like that colleague you don’t like, the one who annoys you whenever he speaks. That is a test for you.
Read the words above that stand in bold. We are all created in God’s image, so why can’t we love everybody? We create our own barriers and images about people. We can influence them if we love them unconditionally, because they might aspire to become like us. As Christians, we should be a shining light and stand out.
Love and caring for people is the foundation of faith, without which we are nowhere.
“Lord, I pray that I will live to honour You in such a way that I will entice people to your Kingdom. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”
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