June 25, 2010
The question has been ask, should I ask the Lord to fill me with his Spirit daily? Yes. The scripture declares in (Eph. 5:18)”And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit: “That but be filled” in the KJV is also understood to be (continually filled.) If his mercies are new every morning, we need a new filling of his Spirit daily. In fact, Jesus declared in what I call the disciple’s prayer in (Matt 6:11) “Give us this day our daily bread”. Thus, if we are exhorted by the Lord to digest a good portion of his word daily, it would behoove us all to ask for more of his Spirit daily because you can’t separate the one from the other, and we need them both to live holy. We need them both to live above the flesh, the devil and the world. We need them both in order to get the victory over sin and death.
If we are to be under the influence of anything let it be the Spirit of God and not the Spirit of drunkenness. If we are to be filled with anything let it be with the Holy Spirit and not those other spirits that hang out with drunkenness. If we just have to have our inner thirst refreshed let it be with the Spirit that brings forth everlasting life. For Jesus said in (St. John 4:14) “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
God Bless You
June 24, 2010
According to (St. Luke 24:49) Jesus certainly told the disciples “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power. Tarrying for the Holy Ghost was vital when Jesus walked the earth because Jesus lived under the law, not the age of grace. During Jesus time the Holy Ghost would come upon a man but not live permanently in man. In fact, the Holy Ghost could not come in its fullness until Jesus had ascended to his Father. Thus, it was important to tarry during that time. However, as believers we don’t need to tarry for the Holy Ghost today in the New Testament Church. The Holy Ghost has been released in the earth; the Lord has told us if we will ask we will receive and in fact He desires to give us this Holy Ghost (acc. St. Luke 11:13) “If ye being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.
We often give Peter a hard time for denying that he ever knew Jesus but the fact is that Peter didn’t have access to the Spirit of God the way we do in the Church age. Peter was not filled with the Spirit and when you are not filled with the Spirit you are subject to say or do anything. But after the church was birthed and the Holy Spirit is free to all who would believe we see Peter standing flat footed preaching the Gospel saying “These are not drunk as ye suppose seeing it is but the third hour of the day, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…
Thus Peter is now full of the Spirit and so were Paul and many others in the book of Acts. Thus to be full of the Spirit is to have so much of him in you that it manifest itself through signs, miracles and wonders. And if you study the book of Acts you come to see and understand this great work done by and through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are in Christ and Christ is in you it’s yours. Don’t leave home without it.
God Bless You
June 23, 2010
You can learn a lot about a person simply based upon their name. We know that names have meaning and in the word of God names certainly had significance to them. With that said, we can also learn a lot about the Holy Spirit based upon the various names that He is identified by. Some of the names He is called are as follows:
1. The Holy Spirit (St. Luke 11-13)
2. The Spirit of Grace (Heb. 10:29)
3. The Spirit of Fire or burning (Matt 3:11)
4. The Spirit of Truth (St. John 14:14; 15:26; 16:13)
5. The Spirit of Life (Rom 8:2)
6. The Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge (Isa 11:2)
7. The Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13)
8. The Spirit of Glory (1 pt 4:14)
9. The Spirit of God (1 Cor 3:16)
10. The Comforter (St. John 14:16)
These names are vital to us as Christians because eventually we will all need the Holy Spirit to be one of these for us. In fact, we need to come to know the Holy Spirit from different perspectives because based upon what season we are in our lives the Holy Spirit could be our comforter ( one who walks alongside or with us); he could be the Spirit of Grace ( where we need his unmerited favor); he could be the Spirit of fire (where we need him to consume all in us that’s not like him and burn our sin and faults up on the altar of sacrifice because our God is a consuming fire. Thus, saints we must get to know the Holy Spirit because it is the ministry that’s in operation today in the earth on behalf of the believer.
God Bless You
June 22, 2010
It seems as if it is easy to identify with the Father, and the Son, but identifying with the Spirit seems as if it’s difficult. For some would think that the Holy Spirit is a “thing” or something that’s not very tangible at all, but the bible identifies the Holy Spirit as a person: For the personal pronoun “He” is spoken in (St. John 14:16), (St. John 14:26), (St. John 15:26) when addressing the Holy Spirit. Thus, He is the third person of the Godhead; He is as much God as the Father. And He desires to live fully in the believer.
However, many believers don’t yield to him fully. For many of us we have found ourselves committing one of four if not all four sins against the Holy Spirit at some point in time in our spiritual walk, but the goal is to not continue down that path.
Some of us have (grieved) him, thus we have brought him pain through disobedience (Eph 4:30). Some of us have (lied) to him; made a promise that we were going to do something on behalf of the Lord only to see that promise unfulfilled (Acts 5:3). Some of us have found ourselves (quenching) him; meaning to extinguish or to put the fire out. Thus, God desires to change your life but He can’t get you to pray or praise him because you are too worried about how it might look to others (1 Thess 5:19). And some of us have (resisted) him; to resist is to oppose. Thus, God has clearly told us to do something and we decided to do something totally opposite. This is not only disobedience it’s also resistance (Act 7:51). And any one of those acts, including a lack of belief can hinder us from being full of the Spirit of God.
God Bless You
June 21, 2010
After we have received Jesus Christ as Lord the next most important thing we can do to ensure success as a Christian is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. You see it’s alright to get saved, but to get saved and not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost is like a cloud without rain on a dry day. It’s like having a pit-bull with no teeth. It’s like owning a gun for protection but having no bullets. Thus, to be saved and not have the Holy Ghost is to be a Christian with no power. And the power is important because in order to win in your own life or in your home or even in a community you are going to need some power. We know this is true because Jesus told his disciples before He ascended to his Father in (Acts 1:8) “But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto all the uttermost parts of the earth.” With that said saints of God, let us receive the power that is already been here since the day of Pentecost but we have been lacking in our pursuit of this power. Let us receive (the believer) that which the Lord desires for us to have that we might be in a position to defeat the enemy not only in our own lives but in the lives of others.
God Bless You
June 16, 2010
(1Thess. 1:8) says “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia or Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak anything.”
The saints at Thessalonica were excited even enthusiastic about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For Apostle Paul proclaimed as much when he said “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia or Achaia but in everyplace your faith to God-ward is spread abroad;” Meaning that this church was willing to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they were. If they were at home it was all about Jesus, if they were at Church of course it was, but even in the hedges and highways of other regions they were ready, willing and able to share with enthusiasm.
Are the saints at Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill ready to share with the same enthusiasm? Are we willing to share with such vigor that a testimony comes forth that our faith is spread abroad because from us the word of the Lord is being (Sounded out) all over the region. In this Christian walk, certainly if you’ve grown up around church, it can get a little weary sometime. However, we should never allow our witness of the Gospel to become something that we do simply out of obligation. Neither should we allow it to become old and stale. People need to hear a Gospel that’s alive and well; they need to hear a Gospel where the witness is excited about the word, not someone who acts as if there is a gun being pointed to their head making them witness. Let us be more like the Thessalonians as it pertain to their witness in that we need to be enthusiastic (witness with a smile) in our witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God Bless You
June 15, 2010
There comes a time in our lives where we wonder if God hears our prayers. We find ourselves in such a tight and complex situation where we have often wondered “God are you there” and if so do you hear, and if you hear will you give me what I need immediately. But the truth is that if we are operating in righteousness (doing what’s right before God, doing it because it’s right, and doing it the right way) God will answer, and He will give us the solution to our problem because He is the only solution. In fact, (Prov. 15:29) says “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Thus, saints He hears us and if we are in right standing with Him, He will come through for us. I am sure Daniel felt as if God was busy with something else as he fasted, prayed and labored before God twenty-one days only to find out that from the time Daniel spoke the word in prayer God heard those prayer’s and had to break through some resistance in the heavenlies in order to deliver the solution to Daniel’s problem (Ref. Dan. 10:12-13). Therefore saints, let us be patient with God in prayer; let us wait on the Lord and be of good courage because while we wait on the solution to the problem God will strengthened our hearts in the mean time and in between time because most of the time patience is required.
God Bless You