The Holy Spirit

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…..”

Once we accepted this love and Gift of God (Jesus Christ) — the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us (John 7:37-38) and takes His place. Thus, the Bible says, our bodies are the temple of the Lord (1 Cor 6:19-20) and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit helps to manifest in the various gifts that God gave to us (1 Cor 12:1-7).

light, sunAbout the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord, There are different kinds of working but in all of them and in everyone is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Holt spirit is given for the common good — to one is given a message of wisdom — to another a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy — distinguishing to another Spirit — speaking in tongues — interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each, just as He determines.

To experience these gifts, we must present our bodies daily, as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to Him.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the common good of others, i.e. to serve others, therefore, for anyone to have a continuous manifestation of the Holy Spirit he must be available to serve, beginning from the household of faith.

Are you for noble or ignoble purposes?

Daily or weekly church attendance does not make one a Christian — Christians who want to go to heaven must attend church regularly but must also do within their strength (spiritual, physical, mental and financial effort) to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Remember you receive the Holy Spirit when you get converted into Christianity, so to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4) which culminates with the various gifts in th 1 Corinthians 12 you must :

1) Have faith that God is willing and able to give His Holy Spirit to you.
2) Earnestly desire these gifts or a specific gift.
3) Pray fervently (James 5:16)

Finally having received the Holy Spirit and HIS gifts, read  1Cor: 13 thoroughly and this will help to appropriate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in you.

Prayer; Lord help me to daily activate Your Holy Spirit to be strengthened in my inner man so that it will activate the gifting of the Holy Spirit you have given for the enhancement of the Kingdom of God within me. Holy Spirit thank you for teaching me your ways in Jesus name.

CFT

Set Free To Serve – Part 2

Set Free To Serve (2)

A Christian (follower of Christ) cannot be less than what the Bible says in Acts 4:32-35, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

This Scripture tells us that when God is enthroned in the midst of His people there cannot be any poor there. The reason is that those who had, took those who didn’t have and invested in them. From time to time those who owned land and houses sold them and brought the money before the apostles to be distributed among all. That was the way they could express their hearts of benevolence by selling off their [abundant] possessions to raise others. There was no needy person among them!

The church of God should be a place of provision and help.

The church, instead of the government, should be providing tokens and build affordable homes for members of the church. The church members should not be depending on the secular world to survive. It is the churches that should be setting up various industries and become big magnates, but you find that none is doing that in today’s world – this is a great concern.

Looking carefully at the whole thing again and again, one begins to wonder what exactly is responsible for this. There are several factors but behind them are demonic forces. It is therefore, an all out war against the powers that invade the destiny of man. It is demonic manipulation of the mind of a man that causes him to misbehave. Satan is a universal planner and very efficient in his delivery, but the only thing we can do to destroy his plans and works is to pray and walk according to God’s ordinances.

There is nothing prayer cannot do.

Prayer can repair any bad situation or condition as well as maintain a good one. Anything that is bad needs prayer and anything that is good needs more prayer. You might not have prayed a lot to attain a certain height but to sustain or increase such height, you would [definitely] need to pray more.

Prayer: Father, unite my heart with Your heart so I can succeed. Unite our hearts as a church with Your heart so Your church can succeed.

CFT

About My Father’s Business

About My Father’s Business

Luke 2:49 “Why were you searching for me? He asked. Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Friends, there’s an account in the book of Luke about when Jesus and his parents went to Jerusalem for a feast. The bible says that at a point Joseph and Mary couldn’t find Jesus but finally found him in the temple. When they tried to scold him he told them to their astonishment that he was about his Father’s business.

As joint heirs with Christ, there is need for us to be kingdom-minded. The bible tells us to set our affections on heavenly things. Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor vermin will destroy, and where thieves do not break through in and steal”

It is the things we do in God’s kingdom that REALLY matters. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things will be added unto you” Soul-winning is the heartbeat of God. Jesus said “feed my sheep”.

On this glorious day that the Lord has made, ask yourselves the following question today:
AM I A BUSY-BODY IN OTHER PEOPLE’S MATTER OR AM I ABOUT MY FATHER’S BUSINESS?
God knows exactly where the shoe pinches. As you take care of God’s business, he’ll take care of yours!

I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that God will perfect ALL that concerns you. Be blessed in Jesus’ mighty name!

Have a glorious week!

Be Filled With the Spirit

“Be Filled With the Spirit and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Ephesian 5:18)

The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities:

Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit also help our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself make intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.”

The Holy Spirit Guides us into ALL truth:

John 16:13 – “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

The Holy Spirit comforts:

John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”

The Holy spirit teaches:

John 14:26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The fruit of the Spirit:
Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.”

The Holy Spirit empowers you to witness:

Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit makes you an overcomer:

1 John 4:4 – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

New wine must be put in new bottles:

Matthew 9:17 – “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine run out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Also see Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-38).

Prayer: I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that there will be an emptying of the old wine in you and that God will fill you with new wine (Holy Spirit). The Lord God will sanctify you holy and make you vessels of honour meet for His use in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Stay Wholly Blessed and have a Wonderful New Month!

Upholding Your Faith

“There is a great difference between belief, the Faith we say we have and the action Faith we really have.”

The measure of our faith is not in our “Talk” but in our “Walk”. It is more in what we do and not based upon what we say. We need to live faith and not just talk about it. The actions we partake in shows whether we believe in God who we pray to and verify His existence. He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM.
“Abraham was called the father of faith, by what name are you called or known?”

James said “show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) – Are you taking action that is in conjunction with you faith? Your faith is only as good as the object in which your faith is placed.

Where you spend your free time, your talent, your treasure and your thoughts will inadvertently determine your faith. Acts 4:12 says “Nor is there solution in any other, for there is no other name under heaven…..by which we must be saved.”

Prayer: Father help me to completely rely, believe and trust in Your sovereign guidance and direction. Help my belief in the fact that You have given Your rod and staff to comfort me wherever I am in Jesus name.

CFT

Cast Away Your Garment

Apostle PrayingBartimaeus cried out to Jesus for healing (from blindness). As soon as Jesus sent for him, the bible tells us he casted away his garment, rose up and came to Jesus! His garment must have been some type of hindrance that prevented him from getting to Jesus as fast as he wanted to. He therefore threw it away, rose and came to Jesus!

As children of God we have all been called in one way or another:

We have been called into the ministry of intercession (1 Tim. 2:1).
We have been called into the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).
We have been called to be witnesses to God through the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Friends, we need to cast away any and every hindrance. We are told in the following scripture to lay aside every sin that so easily besets us: Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

The fact of the matter is that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. We are the “bible” that some people read! Don’t let your life be the one that will so disgust people that they turn away from God. Set a good example and lay aside that sin that so easily besets. We are also told in the book of Matthew that we should cut off WHATEVER makes us sin:  Matthew 5:30 – “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Prayer: Father and Lord, help me uproot every tree that you have not planted in my life, make me a worthy book to be read by all.

CFT

What is the object of your faith?

We all place our faith in something or someone. Your faith is only as good as the object you place your faith in. The scriptures are clear in that we should put our faith in…Jesus Christ. Where you spend your time, talent, your treasure, and thought will inadvertently determine your faith.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)

Prayer: Father I rely on Your sovereign power and trust you for the manifestation of my blessings in Jesus name. Amen.

Have a blessed day!