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Archive for April, 2011

The person of the holy spirit

John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
Jesus promised his followers that the holy spirit would soon come to be in them not just with them. Now too often simplistic views of the holy spirits role in the old testament limit our view of his role in our daily life. Though his role changes with the new testament the holy spirit must be understood as equal with the father and the son. Jesus says of him that he would go to the father and ask him to send another comforter. The words “another comforter” speak to the fact that Christ, the one and only, the person of all persons, would send another person to replace himself in ministry. This person not only would comfort, he would indwell the believers. The depths of the comforting role of the holy spirit becomes overshadowed to many by the miraculous. Miracles are only one facet of his role in the new testament. Yet so many only see him through those eyes. He not only comforts but he stands as an advocate for us. He goes to bat for believers during attacks by Satan, suffering, sorrow, and the struggle in warfare praying.(Romans 8). He indwells, comforts, interprets our prayers to the fathers, seals us, fights for us, speaks to us, reminds us of truth, secures our sonship, feeds us, fills us, equips us,  separates us, gives victory, shields us, and that is just the beginning of his ministry to us as believers. Are you in need, do u have sorrow, painful prayers that u cannot say to God, attacks by the devil, false accusations by the world, areas of spiritual bondage, need Gods reminders of truth, doubting your sonship, go to God and in the person and presence of his indwelling and through the word may you find fulfillment.

Keeping your promises

Matthew 21:28 But what think ye A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard   

God desires promise keepers
Here the Lord teaches a lesson contrasting the religious elite with the hardened sinners. He shows how that a master had two sons. Both were given the command to work in his vineyard. The first said he would not go work but later repented and worked for his father. The second promised he would work but did not work. God desires us to keep our vows if we are to make a vow.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  
However there is an even greater lesson here. Jesus shows that although God desires us to keep our vows he also forgives repentance. He contrasts the pharisees as promise breakers n harlots n publicans as people who will go before the religious into the kingdom because they understood the value of honest repentance n a return to promise keeping. Thus it is better to have vowed never to work and to see the error of your way, repent n go and do what is tight than to promise what is right and never keep ur promises.

You can trust his plan

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  
From the beginning of time before and beyond he has been in control. Before sin entered the heart of lucifer, tempted eve or even bested Adam he was in control (gen 3, ezek 28, isa 14,) No mere coincidence framed the call of abram from ancient Chaldean Ur, tested him in waiting on the promised son, or challenged his faith so strongly as the moriah mt sacrifice. Who called prophets from childhood, gave them specific vision, led a wayward Jacob to his rebekah n leah who helped raise his twelve sons to be twelve tribes? He, who alone sovriegnly rules from heaven n orchestrates the affairs of mankind through his perfect or permissive will. He led Joseph n later his family to be strangers in the land of Egypt drew them from slavery from the Nile river basin to sojourn millions strong across a wilderness to the land of promise. He conquered giants, famine, n suffering and drew out of the stump of jesse’s family a geneological lineage from David to Mary, whose virginal womb carried the son of promise, seed of woman, sin bearer n sovriegn king himself. This one who drew in the heavens,  shaped our forefathers clay, breathed life and created humanity, saw fit to conceive a satisfying sacrifice in the person of Christ loves u. He knows ur days, establishes ur goings n has a plan for u. Is ur name in his book? If so, then trust him for today because he drives the helm, guides the rudder, flies the sails n can speak through the winds of the storm or speak them to silence. It is he who gave u life n has a life for u. Live in him, by him, n through him. Find ur purpose in his purpose. Be distracted by life no more because ur captain pilots ur ship.

Get ready to die

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  

Living for him involves more than a turning away from my old habits. It involves replacing the old with something new. It is easy to affirm I love God and am living the crucified life of disciples as long as the going does not involve real trial. However the moment life becomes tough we cry out to God as if he abandoned us. We in essence blame him for our failures. But doesn’t this passage state we are dead in him. It is only when we are dead to self that we can begin to learn to live the resurrected life. Gal.2:20. What and whom do u love truly? Like peter of old the question from a Palestinian fireside by the shore becomes acutely all too real. It may have taken peter a life time but when he wrote his letters and ultimately when he was really martyred upside down on a cross he had learned resurrection living. Are u ready to study his word, find new life and head to the streets n change the world? If so get your eyes on things above n get ready to die.

Running on empty

How far will you run from God?
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  

What cost will it take to finally get your attention?
Running from God presumes that God is after u. There are places, although not many in scripture when God says he give up on a person. We need to ask ourselves if that which we are pursuing is really worth the cost. Everything in this life affords only temporary feeling n satisfaction. Nothing in this life can purchase eternal life, peace that passes understanding, fulfillment, assurance, confidence or any of hue hundreds of blessings from Gods hands to yours like the personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So can u stack anything up against Christ that is more worthy? I think not. So why don’t u give in, surrender to his will and find what u have always been lacking. David says,Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  

My prayer touching God

John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves   17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me   17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me  

This excerpted section from the lords high priestly prayer reveals several truths to sustain us today. First of all Jesus prays for his followers to experience joy that he, the father, and the spirit had in eternity past, born out of their perfect unity n communion.  Such joy can only formed in us through his word, sanctification n yielded obedience. Second of all he desires that the same unity as known between him and the trinity be with believers then, and future believers. This unifying fellowship not only should be between the trinity n believers but he desires unity between man and man. Third, Jesus prays for those alive then and future believers. This truth becomes the foundation of our understanding of prayer and the nature of the God we make requests to who transcends time n space. Prayer touches the eternal. Prayers by their very nature begin in a point in time but find fulfillment within the mind, will n actions of that eternal being who can act within time n space. Since prayer touches the eternal its answers n not limited to us or to the point in time the request is made. Here Jesus prayed n the answers r still being fulfilled. Covenants n promises, requests made r still activated till the eternal god fulfills all n all. Thus when we exemplify unity with him, asking according to his will, touching in unity in ur behalf n make request to the eternal God, we are touching the face n heart of god in your behalf. What an awesome thought that he should care for us, desiring unity n joy like he has in our behalf. I pray for u, according to his will, for ur joy n unity with him n us concerning ur needs this day. May the eternal God see fit to open doors this very hour, this day, to bring comfort, peace, n joy to u. May he resolve the pain n trials u r facing, that u may dwell in hope. May he answer ur hearts cry so u will find the oneness of his nature n will for you. Our prayers are part of his eternal plan and will find fulfillment in, by, n through him n his riches.

A radical transformations

Remorse is feeling emotionally bad about what has been done because it is bad.

Regret I feel bad that I ever did it because it caused bad things to happen.

Though these may be, part of repentance they do not meet the God requirement in an of themselves. U can feel bad about,what u did, remorse, u can even regret that u ever did it because of the consequences without ever turning away from sin to a holy God cuz he says its sin.  Although confession which can mean thanksgiving for forgiveness it also means agreement with God over what he calls sin.
When people step up and turn in the direction God is leading the world is never the same. John the Baptist created with his life a clear path to Jesus.
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  
God needs men and women today whose lives lead to open a clear path to Jesus. It requires a life that lives repentance turned in the direction of Christ militating against the world that hurls itself towards destruction. It is not a partial repentance. Neither is it repentance over only particular sins in our lives. It is the radical turning away from sin to a thrice holy God with a whole life transformation.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it