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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:00

EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK

 The ministry of the Holy Spirit

As the New Testament is read, it is easy to see the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The early church had confidence in the Holy Spirit and exhibited confidence in its leadership. This confidence grew out of the church’s daily experience, direction and blessing from God by means of the Holy Spirit.

Never forgot the day of Pentecost

The early church never forgot the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was unforgettable because Pentecost was the time of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the first followers of Jesus. This event was and has never been forgotten. This was the day of the birth of Christianity. Some call this day, the “Hub of the Bible” Repentance and baptism in Jesus' name for the remission of sins was first taught and experienced 1

From this outpouring, they could look ahead in the future for the return of Christ. Paul wrote about his expectations toward the end of his life.2

The Hope

The early Christians in the early church had the hope of seeing Jesus again in their lifetimes, just was we have the hope of His return in our lifetimes. This made them want to more than ever carry out His work, because they had the power of the Holy Spirit within them. This same fervor ought to be ours

The Spirit is still busy

In this age, the 21st century, the Holy Spirit is the One who ministers to the faithful by the power of Jesus. It matters little what name that is affixed, the power is the same. Some know the Spirit as The Spirit of God. Some use the name to address Him as The Spirit of Christ. To others He is called The Spirit of peace. Some address Him as The Spirit of truth, The Spirit of power or The Spirit of grace. Some describe Him as The Spirit of glory. All these describe the same Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the same now as He was in the first Church. His works brings to us the realness of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit and Jesus

It should be noted that the Holy Spirit is distinguished from Jesus as another Comforter.

The Holy Spirit:

  1. The helper who bears witness to Christ by His teaching. 3

2. Is known by the work He empowered early Christians to do 4

3. Is sent by the Father and Son to minister to us. 5

4. The Holy Spirit knows the deep things of God 6

Direction by the Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the director of the church. The Holy Spirit directs the church, and individuals in the church, in the will of God. This action by the Spirit moving on the church and individual, felicitates answers to prayers. We have an example of this in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit directed Philip to an Ethiopian eunuch and Peter to the house of Cornelius. The Holy Spirit gave the church at Antioch direc­tions to send out Paul and Barnabas. Through this action the Church was fulfilling a missionary directive. It was the Holy Spirit the broke down barriers to Gentiles, Including some long standing prejudices against Gentiles being associated with things of God.

Completely Dedicated to God

The dedication to God's service came from dedication to God himself. It is the Holy Spirit that points us to God, and pours out God’s love into our hearts.

The way we live

Christians must live in the Spirit. Christians are to live by the Spirit. These actions in our lives are witness that we are truly in Christ-ones.

Every aspect of our lives should be touched by the Spirit. The things that the Holy Spirit did for individuals in the first church will be done for us also. The early Christians lived in the Spirit. They worked by the power of the Spirit. They worship by power of the Spirit. They were able to withstand suffering for Christ because of the aid of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to do the same for us. The Holy Spirit is our helpmate, striving for us to be at one with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is one who walks along side us, with His arm around us to keep us from stumbling and to catch us if we do.

Where is the Spirit?

He is here. He is here now. He is here to guide us. He guides us through special manifestations of His gifts. Sometimes we receive revelations. Sometimes we hear a small still voice directing our pathway. These are wonderful experiences but are not necessary to have them to be in the Spirit. Again we have a prime example in Paul. Paul was forbidden by the Spirit to preach in Asia. He received no further communication on the subject at that time. He did not know why he was forbidden. But he obeyed. It was Paul’s faithfulness to his task made him go on for many days through Mysia to the borders of Bithynia. Finally did he receive further guidance from the Spirit. 7

Lives of early Christians

The life of the early Christians was a matter of faithfully carrying out the work of the Lord. The life of the early Christians was carrying on with busi­ness of life without spectacular interventions. Yet, this was no drab existence. The gifts of the Spirit and the presence of Christ made their daily portion in work and worship wor­ship a beautiful, satisfying experience. They experienced a life of growth in grace and in the fruit of the Spirit. It is worth striving for. We need growth in grace. We need development of the fruit of the Spirit. We have these things through our relationship with Christ. Christ is the One who sanctified us through His blood.8

Our Sanctification

The Holy Spirit is not an abstract concept. The Holy Spirit is our personal helpmate. The Holy Spirit is made personal to us through sanctification. This sanctification separated us from evil. This results in our dedication to God. Now we have a new life. Because of our new life, we are in the Body of Christ. We are now placed in the Body of Christ. 9 This is only one aspect of our sanctification. Paul prays that God will wholly sanctify us 10

Our cooperation is a “must” to participate with the continuing aspect of sanctification. We must present ourselves to God 11

Our cooperation, with the help of the Spirit, is needed to reach for holiness. Our cooperation must happen through striving for dedi­cation of our lives in right relationships to God. Without this it will be impossible to see the Lord. 12

This is a holiness that the Holy Spirit helps us to achieve. 13

It is a “must” that we recognize and put into practice our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection. Every day we must account ourselves "to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" 14

Every day we must by faith yield every faculty of our being to God as "instruments of righteousness” 15

We have power available from the Spirit that enables us keep putting to death the impulses of the old life and keep winning vic­tories as we live for Jesus 16

On one hand, we are changed from one degree of glory to another as we behold and serve Jesus 17

Suffering

The dedication of our lives to God is likely to cause us to suffer for Christ and for the gospel. Especially in these times. Look at the example of Paul. Paul not only considered himself crucified with Christ and living a new life in and by Christ 18.

He did not mind the suffering he experienced for the Church 19

Paul had not yet had to die for the sake of the Church, but until that happened, he was willing to keep on suffering to establish that Body and bring more and more believers into it.

The Work of sanctification

The work of sanctification is the work of the Spirit. This work by the Spirit receives much   attention in the New Testament.   Sanctification takes precedence over everything else including witnessing, evangelism, giving, and every other form of Christian service.

The aim of God

The aim of God in all of this is that He wants us to” be”. Not to “do”

As we become like Jesus we will be effective in our work. The aim of all this is to bring glory to Him. Our worship is guided by the Spirit and prompted by the Spirit in every aspect encourages us in this very thing.

Next time The Gift of the Spirit

Notes

  1. Acts 2: 38 Joel 2: 32 Acts 2: 37-42
  2. Timothy 1:12; 2:10,13; 4:7,8
  3. John 14:16,26; 16:13,14
  4. Acts 2:43 Romans 15:18,19
  5. Galatians 4:6 John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7                                                      
  6. 1 Corinthians 2:10,11
  7. Act 16:6,7
  8. Hebrews 13:12
  9. 1 Corinthians 6:11
  10. 1 Thessalonian 5:23
  11.  Romans 12:1,2
  12.  Hebrews 12:14
  13.  1 Peter 1:15,16
  14.  Romans 6:11
  15.  Romans 6:13; 1 Peter 1:5
  16.  Romans 8:1,2,14; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13
  17.  2 Corinthians 3:18
  18.  Galatians 2:20
  19.  Colossians 1:24)

 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 22:00

The Spirit and the Local Church

Jesus Christ said, "I will build My church"

Obedience  as a building block

The Church is being built on Church members dedicated to obedience. Jesus set out certain expecations for Church membership to adhere to.  One sentence enbraces these expectations:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself".  

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 22:00

What In The World!?!

What in the world is: Church?

It is instructive to note that the question is not: 

  • What in the world is a Church

The question is trying to address the question of:

  • What in the world  is “Church?” 

Society  Has An  Answer

Again, please note that the question is not: “What is a Church”

ChurchWhen  this question is is put to the average member of modern society, the reply usually is : Church is a building that I go to on Sunday. This type of  answer comes from the perception and the evaluation of the Christian presence in society, in local communities.

How Would A Christian Answer This Question?  

Church may be defined as a community of  people who have experienced being  born again.  Because of the experience of being born again, they have committed themselves to following the leadership of Christ. How this question is answered  will reveal where one is in the life walk on earth.

The state Of Or Condition Of  The Church In The 21th Century

Modern society, in the 21th century usually fronts an attitude toward the church  that results in the church being: 

  • Ignored
  • Criticized
  • Shoved aside
  • Belittled

The Church Is Not Taken Seriously In This Age

The general feeling  among society that there is really no need for organized religion. Yes, it is a nice place to have a wedding, to have birthday parties, to keep retired people busy with busy work, to enjoy community activities, but really there is no need  for something that has become obsolete and dated. One bright spot in their attitude is that it is a handy building to have around.

What About The Worship Of God?

The reasoning goes something like this:After all God can be worshiped without all that clutter. The worship of God is a private and internal thing. Not something to waste time and money on. It is between Me and God.  

What This Attitude Illustrates

This attitude demonstrates  Man’s independent, rebellious, unrepentant  spirit.  This spiritual attitude  is evident  at various  times and stages in a lifetime. This  attitude Attitudedemonstrates what is important to  man who has not repented and turned over control of  life to God.  This attitude  indicates a belief  that worship can be done on their own in isolation. This attitude fosters the belief that worship can be practiced apart from others. After all, the reasoning goes, worship is a private and personal act. This  comes from wanting to make excuses for behavior that deep down inside, the  person knows  is wrong but is unwilling to make changes.

What Does Society Think It Takes To Become A Member Of The Church?

The concept  of church membership  has become simply: “Believing in Jesus.”  This concept does not include turning over the control of one’s life to Jesus. “Believing in Jesus is simply the intellectual acceptance of the existence of Jesus. Nothing more.  Even the devils have an intellectual acceptance of Jesus and shudder.

Christians hold that belief in Christ  is more than just  intellectual  acceptance; Rather it is total commitment to Him and His message.  I know a 82 year old man who has for an entire lifetime has led a life that illustrates a complete disregard for God’s control of his life. He is  a “nice” man.  He gets along with everyone.  He is full of stories and interesting episodes that has happened to him. He does not beat his wife. His grandchildren love him. When asked about his relationship to God, he replies :” Oh yes I believe in Jesus”. “I know Jesus existed because of history books.” I even read prayers out loud when my wife hands me the prayer book.  

Sources Of Trouble For Churches

Modern 21th century society has almost no regard for the traditional local church. Having no regard for the church means that  the church can be taken or left. Take It or leave it, it makes no difference, especially in the governance of the nation. Strange as it may seem to an onlooker, the opposition to true Christianity almost always has come from “religious” people. If Billy Graham can be quoted here, he said once that “Religion is like the flu shot, it keeps you from getting the real thing.” In that context, because of the  religious insiders actions, the church has been rendered impotent and harmless in the eyes of many.

Religious Insiders

There are people who are considered “Religious Insiders”  These religious insiders are subject to many emotions that  seem to be driving their existence. The emotions experienced by these religious figures are explained by a lack of genuine personal relationship with Jesus.   A few of the trademark  emotions are listed here:

Indication Of Opposition To Leadership Of The Holy Spirit

When a individual is found to be in control by such attitudes, it indicates the degree of opposition to the leadership of the Holy Spirit they suffer from. The  results of these attitudes can cumulate anarchy and lawlessness. These attitudes are sometimes seen by the outsider as  "organized religion" instead of what it really is.

Causes Of These Attitudes

These attitudes are usually defensive and develop because the person feel that their needs are not being met by the local church. These persons are seeking spiritual care and comfort; of which, they felt they never received. They feel that there is no outreach from the church to them and their problems. In other words, these are the “hurting people” of the world. They are seeking something from the church can not provide. The care and comfort these individuals are seeking must come through a personal relationship with Christ. These hurting people are often being shoved aside by the society they live in. They  are often left to their own resources and have nothing they can depend on. From this they have the perception that the local church as:

  • Uncaring
  • Unloving
  • Unworthy

The Perception

They perceive the local church simply as an extension of society. They are seeking something that the church can not act as a substitute for. Instead, they should be seeking a personal relationship with Christ.

With this view of organized religion,the attitude develops to have nothing to do with Church.  If they do get in a local church, they operate at cross purposes to it.

Accountability And Excuses

No one likes to be held accountable;That is, to have blame placed on themselves  for wrongdoing . When a person has no room for  accountability in their life, it indicate a balant self centeredness. The results in not wanting accountability. Not the  type of accountability that comes from church  membership.

The Role Of Education

As part of a church program, education is an indispensable part of spreading the  Gospel. Education of the members of the church must include what is expected of them as members. The educational program should make it clear to them the nature and importance of their membership in and to the local church.

In the past, some churches have  contributed to * this attitude* by  teaching that the Bible does  not endorse  church membership.  Of course this teaching gives some individual the excuse  they need to stay away.

Not The Truth

This is not the truth that the Bible teaches. The Biblical teaching on the Church shows that  Christ established the church. The Bible shows how Christ  died for the church. The Bible shows that  Christ loves the church. The Bible  teaches  that Christians should join themselves to local churches. The Christian should take part in the local church. The church is a picture of a gathered community devoted to spreading the good news.

Clear Points About The Church

The Bible is clear on the points it makes. The  church is to have a local place  to meet.These local places of worship are for communities of believers. A community is as association, center, neighborhood, a place of like minded people. The local church is all these.

Church Formation In The Book Of Acts

In Acts 2, 3000 people converted to faith in Christ.1

Churches were formed.

The church is  meeting of a community of like-minded believers. These like-minded  believers have a purpose. There is nothing casual about these meetings. They have focus.  The focus is on the good news. The people in these meetings have a shared life in Christ and in His work here on earth. These meetings can be called Christian fellowshipping.

They are characterized by:

  • Intimacy
  • Togetherness
  • Closeness
  • Led By The Holy Spirit

The  goal of the Church for it’s members is  service to Christ. This goal embraces the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  The Church is literally  the Body of Christ. The church is an intimate fellowship that exists for the benefit of all members. 2

The Body Of Christ

From  reading of 1 Corinthians 12 one can see that  each and every committed Christian has/is given at least one spiritual gift.  Many have more. These spiritual gifts were/are given  for the  mutual benefit and care of the whole church. Every member is gifted. These gifts from God  are needed, wanted and valued. Every individual member is valued and needed.

The Members Of The Church Are The Body Of Christ

The members of the church are needy. They need  nurture.  They need growth in Christ. The Body of Christ is healthy if and only if  each member is healthy. The Body of Christ is healthy when each and every  member is in position to contribute spiritual gifts for goodness of all. A person cannot be a Christian in isolation.Going further than that, can it be said that there is no such thing as a Christian in isolation? Maybe yes. Keep in mind that  the church is a community in the truest sense of the word. Is it not true that each member of the community is under a commitment to Christ?

Yes. Is it not true that each member is under a commitment to the Church? yes. Is it not true that each member is under a commitment to the needs of one another? yes.  Mutual commitment must exist for all.

Requirement For Membership

The Church Is Comprised of Baptized Believers. There is no way you can get around this fact. A person cannot claim church  membership and refuse baptism.3

Baptism is not a voluntary act, it is commanded of believers.  

The Work Is Laid Out For The Church

The  Church has its work  laid out for it. The church must get going, now. There cannot be any fooling around. Time is short and souls are precious. The church must produce disciples, now. Those in discipleship must be  baptised, now. Being a baptised disciple implies a component of education. This education must take place, now. Not tomorrow. Not next week or next year. Now is the time. These are immediate tasks.  This  are the core of the tasks before the church.

The church is to make disciples and  baptize those  disciples. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is public confession of faith by the individual. By doing so, a person  is formally committing  to being  one of and with  Jesus. Baptism is  the Christian's first act of obedience. Membership in a local church requires baptism.

Christians are the only members of the  local church. You can't just "join" a church The church is a gathered community of those who have become disciples of Jesus. Membership requires obedience to Christ.In the great commission, He commanded baptism.4

The Special Required Sequence Of Events

This is the sequence. First, the word was heard. Then belief comes. Belief in this context is to have faith in, rely upon, turn control of one’s life completely to Christ. This is the Good News. Salvations comes from and through Christ. Followed by baptism. Then membership  in the local church, made members. being  added to the church. It follows that the church is made up of of baptized believers.

Next installment:

  • Church leadership
  • Job descriptions
  • requirement for membership
  • Marks of a church and more

Notes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12
  2. Acts 2
  3. Matt 28:16-20
  4. Acts 2:40-41
Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:00

The Gift of The Spirit

What are the gifts of the Spirit ?

The Holy Spirit  Holy Spirit

Every Christian has the guidance of the Spirit of God. Jesus said He was sending the Holy Spirit to help us. 1  The word that He used, Paraclete, has a meaning of  a  friend, Helper, Advocate, the One called alongside This word  implies that  the Holy Spirit walks  beside you.  The Holy Spirit has His arm around you to  keep you for falling.  The Holy Spirit gives you  guidance and  intercedes for you to the Father in your behalf. 

Friday, 29 November 2013 22:00

The Spirit in Everyday Living

The Joy of the Spirit

If you are filled with the Holy Spirit you are/will experience joy in living.Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to us.  When our lives are changed by having the Holy Spirit, this give glory  to Jesus for it is His will for us.

Do not snuff out the Spirit

Paul  told us to not to snuff out what the Spirit is doing.  Do not snuff out what the Holy Spirit is doing in the life of the church and in the life of its’ members.The members of the church are members of the Kingdom. As members we are tod to expect  suffering and opposition from the enemy.  This suffering comes from  and is directed toward us because of our faith in Christ. 2

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 22:00

The Spirit in the book of Acts

Old Bible

The Special Book

The whole Bible is special. The Book of Acts is extra special. In it we find that the work that Jesus started in the Gospels was continued in the book of Acts.This work was continued by the Holy Spirit. Jesus had departed but His leadership was continued through and by the Holy Spirit.

The times between the Testaments.

The Spirit

From the time of Malachi to the time of New Testament, the faith of the Israelites radically changed.  This change took a little more than 400 or so  years.  It was a drastic  change in the faith of the leaders.The religious leaders of this time seemed to completely lose touch with their “Old Testament “ foundations .

Their faith became not much more than  the observance of empty forms and ceremonies. The law was reinterpreted during this period. A majority of the requirements of the law were rendered meaningless.  Traditions became the guide posts and road signs  of their faith.

Jesus spoke to this issue in His Ministry. (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)

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The reading today is a  summary of some of  the actions  and charasteristics the  Holy Spirit revealed in Old Testament times. 

The next section of reading will study the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament The Holy Spirit was the  essential element  in Old Testament  prophecy. Defining words: The definition of the word “Prophet” is someone: Who God is using to speak for Him. The definition  of the word  "Prophecy"  is the content of the message delivered to God’s people by God. The Holy Spirit is extremely active in being a conduit for prophecy to His people. Prophecy is not predicting the future. It is the communicating the Word of God to His people through one particular person.

The Holy Spirit is inparted  by God

Numbers 11:29The Message (MSG)29

But Moses said, “Are you jealous for me? Would that all God’s people were prophets. Would that God would put his Spirit on all of them.” 

Joel 2:28 The Message (MSG)

The Sun Turning Black and the Moon Blood-Red

28-32 “And that’s just the beginning: After that—“I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people:Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters.Your old men will dream, your young men will see visions. I’ll even pour out my Spirit on the servants, men and women both. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below:Blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red,Before the Judgment Day of God, the Day tremendous and awesome.Whoever calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be a great rescue—just as God said.Included in the survivors are those that God calls. The Holy Spirit is sent to make an appearance that is most effective to the person with which is being dealt with. Not all apprearances  have the same outward appearance.Some appearances are dramic and others are a still small voice. A unique appearanceGod appeared to Moses in flames of a bush through the action of the Holy Spirit. This was unique to Moses.  The Spirit appeared to other Old Testament individuals in other ways, depending upon the circustance and the personality of the person.

Deuteronomy 33:16
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its bounty,and the favor of the one who appeared in the burning bush.May these blessings rest on Joseph’s head,crowning the brow of the prince among his brothers.

The Holy Spirit delivered personal messages to men in the Old Testament times, before the arrival of Jesus.When Jesus arrived, The personal message from God was directed to all mankind through His work and word. There is no limitation. All mankind are included.  The only requirement is repentance.It is not earned, worked for or deserved. God is love.God loves all mankind. God wants to bring blessing to all mankind.

John 3:16  Contemporary English Version (CEV)

16 God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
Here is a good question:Why did God chose Abraham? He was chosen because he responded to God's call. He was the first man who responded to the self relevation of God. No one knows how many men God approached with His message. But we know of  one who responded. Abraham. Abraham was the first and only person  that listened, responded, and accepted God and His message. People who do/did not respond to the call from God and the nudge from the Holy Spirit are cut off from God because of their sin. Because of the choice they made.  Not because of the fickleness of God. By the choice of Abraham, a blood line was started that ended up with  the Messiah.

God does not cut men off, rather men themselves have the responsibility to respond to God in repentances.If a person is found cut off from God, it is not because of lack of God trying to reach the man. Galatians 3:16Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)16 God made promises to Abraham and his Descendant. The Scripture does not say, “and to your descendants.” That would mean many people. But it says, “and to your Descendant.” That means only one, and that one is Christ.
Can man break God’s heart?Yes, man can break the heart of GodRead for yourself in Hosea 11Especially verse 8.Hosea 11:8
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?How can I let you go?How can I destroy you like Admahor demolish you like Zeboiim?My heart is torn within me,and my compassion overflows.

God's heart is broken if his call to salvation is rejected.

Micah 2:7 Living Bible (TLB)

7 Is that the right reply for you to make, O House of Jacob? Do you think the Spirit of the Lord likes to talk to you so roughly? No! His threats are for your good, to get you on the path again.

God uses the Holy Spirit to get our attention. We mean much to God for Him to go this far to communicate with us.The Holy Spirit was given, not to promote fleshly pleasure, but to deal with sin. The Holy Spirit sends individuals with His message.

Isaiah 48:16-17 Living Bible (TLB)

16 Come closer and listen. I have always told you plainly what would happen, so that you could clearly understand. And now the Lord God and his Spirit have sent me (with this message):

17 The Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the Lord your God, who punishes you for your own good and leads you along the paths that you should follow.   Sometimes the Holy Spirit is described as an extension of God’s Hand In Ezekiel, the hand of the Lord is often parallel to the Spirit of the Lord.

The verses that illustrate this is found in the following passages. Ezekiel is illustrating the power of the Spirit of God as a hand of God.

Ezekiel 1:3; 3:14, 22,24; 8:1; 11:1

Summary:

Before we look at the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

1.   The Holy Spirit was active in the creation of the earth

2.   The Holy Spirit was involved with and had direct contact with mankind

3.  The Holy Spirit was a teacher and a guide to the Children of Israel

4.  The Holy Spirit had a special relationship with the nation and Children of Israel

5.  Because of the trinity, the Holy Spirit was actually God

6. God used the Holy Spirit to give guidance and power and love to those who trusted Him

7. The Prophets of the Old Testaments were speaking for God through the power and guidance  of the Holy Spirit

8. It is impossible to speak for God with out the instruction and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

9. The names of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament are:

a.  The Spirit

b. The Spirit of the Lord

c.  My Spirit

d. The Spirit of God. The Spirit of Judgment

f.   The Spirit of Fire

g. The Spirit of Justice 

The Holy Spirit is constantly around us.  The Spirit does not come and go. The Holy Spirit is not a "sometime thing".  Rather the Holy Spirit is always trying to establish relationships between man and God.  He does not come and go any more than your own loving  parents  "come and go" in support of you.When the Holy Spirit is finally allowed to work in our lives or the lives of the Old Testament Children of Isreal, the result are awesome but not always evident to the outsider. Not everyone will see burning bushes or chariots of fire. But the inner experience is simply awesome.

The Holy Spirit will not force a person into acceptance. The individual must go through a process of recognizing the condition they are in and come to repentance.

The Holy Spirit is speaking for God. The Holy Spirit is God, one of the trinity.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 22:00

I Am MORE Than What I Appear To Be!

john-obrien

I Am Gifted Abundantly And The Gifts Are From God

I love the Psalm. I am especially fond of Psalms 139:15-19

These verses bring me much comfort. With that being said, I am puzzled with its message.

This is how the Word of God operates. The word of God brings much comfort and a feeling that everything is right when everything is right between me and God. Those are very good feeling.

john-obrienWhat Job Learned About God:

God is in control of everything. - 12:1-25 ; 12:13-25 ; 23:13-14

The things that Job wanted God to do:

  • Stop the pain! - 13:20-24
  • Explain "Why?" - 13:20-24 ; 23:2-
  • Furnish a mediator between him and God to argue Job's condition. - 9:32-35 ; 16:21
  • See that Job was innocent - 27:3-6
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