If you want to succeed in life, always listen and obey The Holy Spirits guidance Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
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Is a Disciple of Life
“Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard….Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life…”- Chinese Philosopher
The Surest Sign of a Fool.
Understanding and believing are not the same thing. Believing and not putting into practice is the surest sign of a fool. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
The Sound of a Gentle Whisper.
And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:12 The Holy Bible The New Living Translation
When The Holy Spirit speaks with you it is for your own good.
Most people refuse to listen because He is suggesting ( The Holy Spirit always suggests. He never demands. He is respectful and a gentleman not a tyrant Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah ) they either do something or not do something because it is for their own good. Most people refuse to listen to The Holy Spirit when He tries to speak with them. They do so because they are selfish, stubborn and down right stupid. They do not want to obey Him.
Of course the end result of that is always the same, disaster.
That is when most people ask the stupidest question “ God why are you doing this to me?” No, that is not your conscience speaking with you with that soft whisper. If it is for your good it is The Holy Spirit. If it is for selfishness it is satan.
Most people are terrified of silence because that is when The Holy Spirit speaks with them and tells them things they do not want to hear. Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah
Speaking personally, every time the Lord has spoken audibly with me it has always been in a soft whisper. That is why it is important to always have quiet times. Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Kal El (voice of God Isaiah 30:21 ) for blessing me with The Holy Spirit who always speaks with me in a soft, reassuring voice to guide me down The Path to Heaven that You have chosen for me to travel. Thank you for guiding me to the place where we can enjoy quiet times together. I praise You in the name of He who I enjoy spending time walking with and talking with in Your creation, Jesus Christ. Amen
Seleh- stop and think about it.
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Be Filled With the Holy Spirit
The greatest need of the born again Christian is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are under the control of the Holy Spirit, we will always glorify Jesus Christ. He will be exalted in our speech and in our behavior.
The apostle Paul issued an imperative command when he wrote, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
It is our duty and responsibility to be under the constant influence and control of the Spirit of God.
Paul used a verb in the imperative and issued a command that every Christian believer to be “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Because the Christian life is a supernatural life, the only way to live it is by means of supernatural power. No one can live the Christian life in his or her own power and natural strength because we are dead in our trespasses and sins. God must empower us to live with His power. He brings us to life, and then He indwells us and enables us to live His kind of life. When we obey His command, He gives us His presence without limit. The filling of the Holy Spirit is His enabling.
It is from this divine enabling that God the Spirit produces in us love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faith, self-control, etc. He produces in us the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Are you “under the influence?” What characterizes your life? The idea behind the word “fill” is “control.” The indwelling Spirit of God is the One who should continually control and dominate the life of the believer. The present tense calls for a habitual and continual direction. The passive could be permissive passive, “allow yourself to be…” We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. We do not fill ourselves; the Holy Spirit does the filling!
The idea Paul has in mind is “be constantly controlled by the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the Agent (Gal, 5:16) and Jesus Christ is the content of the filling of the Spirit (Col.3:15).
“There is no such thing as a once-for-all fullness. It is a continuous appropriation of a continuous supply from the Lord Christ Himself. It is a moment-by-moment faith in a moment-by-moment Savior, for a moment-by-moment cleansing and a moment-by-moment filling. As I trust Him, He fills me; the moment I begin to believe, that moment I begin to receive; and as long as I keep believing, praise the Lord, so long I keep receiving,” said Charles Inwood.
When we are under the control of the Spirit of God, our thought life, imagination, volitional choices, and behavior will be occupied with Jesus Christ. When we are under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we go deeper and deeper into our understanding of the ways of God. Our communion with Christ is deeper and closer with each day. He will be constantly controlling our mind, emotions, and will.
When we are under the control of the Spirit, our prayer life is transformed, and we pray with the heart and vision of a righteous man (James 5:16).
When the Holy Spirit is in control, we are of the same mind with God. We are humble before God and man (Phil. 2:1-8).
When we are filled with the Spirit, we have the mind and thus the attitude of Christ (Phil. 2:5). We reproduce His likeness (Gal: 5:22-23).
When we are under the influence of God’s presence, nothing really matters but Jesus Christ.
When we are filled with the Spirit and therefore under His control, we live holy lives (Gal. 5:16-18).
We have all of the Spirit, but does He have all of us? Am I yielded to Him? Do I “keep on being filled”? Has this command become a blessed habit to me?
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
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Give it to Him to Succeed.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this Psalm 37:5 New International Version
I have known for two years that God has called me to be a Christian writer.
One morning during morning prayers I was talking with God about it and mentioned how even though I have spent two years faithfully obeying His calling there has not been enough money to pay the monthly bills.
Here is how He answered my prayers:
One of the morning devotions sent to me email every morning had the above verse in it.
That afternoon while listening to an online sermon, the preacher mentioned that once we become Christians we are assigned a task by God that He has prepared for us to do.
That evening another preacher online quoted this verse: Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD. Proverbs 16:20 New International Version
Each time I felt God saying to me: You know what my plans are for you. As long as you follow my plans I will take care of you.
A feeling of calm reassurance came over me.
I do not expect to become a millionaire with the writings but have complete faith my needs are and will be taken care of by God.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) for promising and fulfilling Your promise to me in a most wonderful and gracious way. I give thanks in the name of He who provides a way to Heaven, Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
By Being Obedient Unto
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Once we become Christians we become servants of our King, Jesus Christ.
How do we serve Jesus?
By being obedient unto The Holy Spirits guidance on where and how to serve others.
There are so many lonely seniors today you can help, so many refugee’s that need help assimilating into our society, children that need tutors. The list is endless and The Holy Spirit knows where, when and how you are best suited to help.
In each of these opportunities there is also an opportunity to share Jesus with those you are serving.
So, not only are you helping them physically and mentally, you are helping them spiritually.
You want fulfillment in life? Than learn to serve the Lord by serving others. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) for blessing with sending The Holy Spirit to help lead me to those in need of help. This endeavour blesses me to give back to You through serving others as Jesus’ free will servant. I praise You in the name of He who showed us how to be good servants, Jesus Christ Amen
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
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All that Jesus Continues to Do
“All that Jesus began to do and teach” He continues to do and teach today.
In Acts 1:1 the words “all that Jesus began to do and teach” are in the linear action. It is action still going on. The verb “began” is present infinitive, linear action. It is as if to say that Jesus is still carrying on from heaven the work and teachings which He started while on earth before His ascension.
Luke does not say “all that Jesus did and taught,” but “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” The Gospel of Luke tells us what Jesus began to do and teach, while Acts of the Apostles tells what He continues to do and teach by His Spirit through His special Body.
In Volume 1 of the Life and Acts of Jesus Christ, Dr. Luke tells the story of the beginnings of what Jesus began to do and teach. In his Gospel, Luke gave “the first account I composed, Theophilis, about all that Jesus began to do and teach.” What was it Jesus began to do and teach?
In Luke 4:16-21 Jesus stood in the synagogue at Nazareth and read Himself into His divine office. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Then Jesus closed the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, sat down, and with the eyes of all the synagogue fixed upon Him said to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (vv. 20-21).
Those verses tell us what Jesus began to do leading up to His atoning death for our sins on the cross. What Jesus taught is summarized beautifully in Luke 24:25-27 as He reminded the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. “‘Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
In the opening words of his second volume, Acts of the Apostles, Luke tell us what Jesus is still carrying on from heaven. He is still working and teaching, doing the same thing He started while on earth before His ascension. In volume two Luke tells us all that Jesus continues to do and teach after His ascension through His present spiritual Body here on the earth (2 Cor. 5:14-15, 18, 21).
What does Jesus continue both to do and teach through His present body on the earth?
Every born again believer is a member of the special Body with specific spiritual gifts that are needed by His Body. God places every member in a local church to accomplish His redemptive purposes through that church. He saved you by grace and put you in a local Bible believing church to accomplish His will on this earth (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-13; 1 Cor. 12:12ff, 27; Rom. 12:5, 6).
You were given at least one spiritual gift for a purpose when God saved you. If you are not exercising your gift not only do you fail to fulfill your mission, but also the Body of Christ does not function to its fullest potential.
The Body of Christ has authority to continue to do and see to completion all that Jesus began to do and teach (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). The risen Lord is the head of the church. He is continuing to do in and through you and me all that He began to do and teach. He has given us all the authority and power we need to accomplish His will. We are a specially equipped Body with power and authority to continue to do what Jesus began to do and teach. Will you say to Him, “Lord, whatever You direct me to do in relation to your Body, I will do. I am your servant for your purposes.”
When God gives you a divine assignment to accomplish His will, and purpose, you must depend upon Him alone to accomplish it. Why? Because it is His work, not yours. Since it is a God-sized task you must depend on God alone. Who is continuing to work? Christ does no ask you to do His work in your abilities, gifts, likes and dislikes. We must be totally available to Him and depend upon Him to do His work.
What chapter are you writing in Volume 2022 of the Life and Acts of Jesus Christ? Where is God at work in your life? What is He doing and teaching through you to accomplish His eternal purposes? Selah!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent.
Our Identity is to Be
Our identity is to be rooted in the Imago Dei, in the image of God. But we’ve gotten so ingrained in the thinking of the culture, that we wind up being parakeets to what the society is saying, rather than taking a solid, loving but clear stance on what God is saying. Pastor Tony Evans
He is Respectful and a Gentleman
The Holy Spirit always suggests. He never demands. He is respectful and a gentleman not a tyrant Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah