Tuesday, November 22, 2016

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The power of the Holy Spirit is an almighty Spirit.  He can change the stony heart into a heart of flesh.  He can break up and destroy the strongest bad habits, like paper in a fire.  He can make the most difficult things seem easy, and the mightiest objections melt away like snow in spring. He can fill up every valley, and make every rough place smooth.  He has done it often, and He can do it again.

Does anyone of us desire to help the church of Christ?  Then let him pray for a great outpouring of the Spirit.  Only the Holy spirit can give edge to sermons, and point to advice, and power to rebuke, and can cast down the high walls of sinful hearts.  What is needed this day is more of the presence of the Holy Spirit.                                               

                            Taken from Herald of His Coming J.C. Ryle
                                                                                            

This article makes me think of Luke 3:16. John the baptizer  says,"I indeed baptize with water, but one is coming mightier than I , the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose:  He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with FIRE."

I never realized that the power of the Holy Ghost was like FIRE. Jesus told His disciples that He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to replace Himself on earth and that He would baptize them with FIRE.   It would be His power in them to be His witnesses that He was resurrected.  

I believe the Holy Spirit's power burns up the 'old man of sin' and out of the ashes He raises up a new creation in the image and likeness of  Christ in the believer.  It doesn't happen over night, but the fire of the Holy Spirit will eventually burn up the old life of sin.

Fire is powerful.  It will produce ashes of anything that it burns.  There is quite a difference between the baptism of John to repentance and the baptism of Jesus with fire!  This is a whole revelation and teaching in itself. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

BREAK VERY CHAIN..HE CAME TO SET US FREE



There is power in the blood of Jesus to break every chain. If there are areas in your life where you have been in bondage to this world, your sin or the devil,God has good news for you.  The power of the blood of Jesus has more power than an atom bomb.  It will break every chain or bondage you have ever been in. His Name is above every name there is. It is above all sin, sickness, and disease.

 When Jesus died, He said, "It is finished".  What is finished?  Sin's power over our lives is finished. Sin has no more dominion over us. You may not feel you are free, but by faith you are. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the cross, and there you will see your sin in Jesus Christ. He not only died FOR you , but He died AS you. Jesus took you to the grave and raised you to a new life in Him. (Romans 6:3-14).  Your old nature is dead. You have a new nature.  You are a new creation in Christ Jesus and you are being transformed into His image day by day.  Now that is Good News.

Every chain to your old life is broken. You are created for the glory of God. His love is an everlasting love. One that you can experience and receive all of the time.  I encourage you to let the Lord break every chain that is hindering you from knowing His intimate love for you. Jesus loves you.


Monday, October 17, 2016

DON'T NEGLECT THE HOLY SPIRIT

I believe the Holy Spirit is the most neglected person in the Godhead.  We accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.We accept the the adoption of our Father as sons and daughter, but we so often neglect the importance of the Holy Spirit as a person too! Is He not the one who convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement?  Is He not the one who reveals truth in the Word?  Is He not our teacher?  Is He not the person who prays through us in agreement with Jesus in Heaven?   I love the Holy Spirit .  Jesus sent Him from the Father to replace Himself here when He left to be with His Father. I am grateful for the love of God shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit.     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice and they follow me". How can we hear His voice except through the person of the Holy Spirit in us? The Holy Spirit is like the sheep dog that rounds up the sheep at the command of the Shepherd's whistle and herds them into a pen. He takes his orders from the Shepherd only.

 Peter preached saying,"repent, be baptized, received the Holy Spirit.?"  I believe the power of the Holy Spirit was given to testify of Jesus resurrection. He is not dead .  He is at the righthand of the Father interceeding for us. The HolySpirit is the person of God sent to earth at Pentecost to bear witness that His work is finished. The Holy Spirit is taking over.  The Holy Spirit in us testifies that we are alive.Jesus   

Do you believe in the  Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work at Calvary? If you do, have you received by faith the person of the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit is not just God's  power. He is a person and God too. He is  God's enabling grace in us to love the Lord our God with all our heart soul and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. 

Let  us not neglect to acknowledge Holy Spirit as an important person in the Godhead,  and  thank the Lord Jesus for sending Him to take His place. Through the Holy Spirit we will experience the presence of God the Father and His Son Jesus.  Peter preached saying,"repent, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, be baptized, receive the Holy Spirit". The fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is available to us.The Throne room is open all the time. The blood of the lamb avails for us to enter in.  Our born again spirits  ignite with excitement and joy as we enter into fellowship with the God of this universe. He is the creator and sustainer of our earthly home. Come let us worship our God together: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IS YOUR FAITH BUILT ON A SINKHOLE?

The other night, as I was watching the news, right before my eyes, I saw a family home fall into sinkhole. Perhaps you witnessed this too. A home that once sheltered a family from tornados, hurricanes and fire, all of a sudden disappeared. It was gone forever.  In this story, however, I learned that a man was in his bed and never knew what happened to him.  You might ask, why would  anyone build or buy a house built on a sinkhole? I don't think it was intentional. Perhaps the builders, knew better. However, the question still stands, did the builder seriously research information before he developed the area?

This incident made me begin to think, "Is my faith up to code, or is it built on a sinkhole?  Will it hold me through a devastating  crisis, if I lose everything I have held dear?  What if the culture has changed and I am separated from my family and placed in a concentration camp because of my faith? Is my faith built on a rock or a sinkhole?" 


In Mathew 16:13-20, Jesus shows great  concern for the faith of  His own disciples when He asks them this question, "Who do you say that I am?"  He wanted to make sure that their faith was built on Him and not an religious concept. Simon Peter responded, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.".  And Jesus answered him saying,"Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this ROCK I will build my church, and gates of Hell  shall not prevail against it.."  Jesus Christ is the SOLID ROCK  of our salvation. We build on Christ alone.


Human faith  is a sinkhole. It is NOT enough.  If it was, we would be boastful and proud of our faith. But, it is a gift of God, by grace through faith, so we can't boast.  (Eph.2:9:10) Faith is like a muscle.  We have to use it or it will grow weak. That is why the Lord allows trials and tribulations to test our faith to see whether we are "built up" or "puffed up".  If our relationship with Jesus Christ is real and a growing living relationship, WE ARE NOT BUILDING ON A SINKHOLE!   If our faith is built upon the "rock", the person of the Lord Jesus, there is no reason to fear.  He has promised to never leave or forsake us and to bring us safely to His home in His time.