Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Penitent Heart


Pen·i·tent: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin paenitent-, paenitens, from present participle of paenitere to cause regret, feel regret, perhaps from paene almost: feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses:

Have you ever wondered how did I ever end up like this?

Did you ever wonder who that was in the mirror before you?

Did you heart once burn hot after God?

Have you ever cried out for God to refine you?

Do you often think of the many private conservations that you had with the Lover of your soul?

How long has it been since you knew you had the spiritual victory?

How long has it been since you felt that true closeness to God?

Do you ever think about what to the joy of your salvation?

Somewhere along the way you have compromised, lost your priorities.

When we lose or focus, lose our priority or compromise we are putting increasing distance between us and our Lord.

Every choice that we make to do wrong is called sin.

Every bad or wrong attitude perpetuated and promoted in our life is a choice to push God away and that is sin.

The more distance that we keep going away from God the more our heart dries up.

Do you realize that whatever you put above God it becomes an idol.

In turn becomes sin.

Sin will do what sin is best at.

It takes you away from God.

Well, I don't sin you may say...

Sin is anything that does not conform to God's Word, could be in word, deed or attitude.

In other words it is missing the mark.

When we realize how far we have gone, only then God can accomplish what He has too.

We need that fresh fire and cool wind and that downpour of His grace and forgiveness to wash over our dry and thirsty soul once again.

Revival can only begin as we turn away from what we are doing or what we have done.

Revival begins with your willingness for God to have complete control of the situation.

Revival begins when your willingness lets God have complete control of your life.

Come and let revival begin to saturate you, intoxicate, permeate every fiber of your being as David did.

David had to ask who that was in the mirror.

David the worship leader, he had slipped away from God.

Taken from Psalm 51:1-12 The Penitents Psalm

"Have mercy on me , O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."
Deal with this sin in my life, Lord. I have come to you. I have come on Your terms.

"Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."

"For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
What I have ignored or dismissed or even rationalized about is now staring me in the face. It is my sin, and it is my fault.

"Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest."
With this sin I have hurt your name for You are righteous and Holy. With this sin I have caused others to misunderstand Your holiness, and how great You truly are.

"Behold I was shapen into in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
All were born into sin..."For as by one man's disobedience (Adam's) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous."

"Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."
Apart from God's grace our heart is on evil continually. "Blessed in the man unto whom the Lord imputheth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile." Psalm 32:2

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Pardon my sin and let me know they have been pardoned, restore me to those privileges that were forfeited and lost due to sin.

"Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice."
Restore the pain of a heart truly broken, let comfort and joy arise refreshing me.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
God is the only one who can create a new heart; there is nothing impossible for God. Repair that spiritual strength that has long been depleated as sin took over. Help me to stay in this place until Your work is complete.

"Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy holy spirit from me."
Let me stay under Your divine protection; Your divine presence. Let the holy spirit stay with me to prevent any relapse into sin, let not Your spirit depart from me.

"Restore the joy of my salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit."
Only a child of God knows the true joy of eternal life; God's salvation. Lord, uphold me with Thy spirit lest I fall into sin or despair. Uphold me Lord.

The only way to God is through repentance, to humble our self, confess our sins and seek His face.

The one thing that you can offer the Lord, is yourself.

Lord, here I am, shattered by sin, Lord, here I stand for I know all that it has cost you- make me whole again.

God's way in pardoning us is though His mercy.

How ready He is to receive those that return to Him!

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O god, Thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51:17

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Isn't it strange?

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him." Psalm 62:5

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone....

Isn't it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying but.. you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or book?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others;but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say but... we question the words in the Bible?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven but... they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn't it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

IT'S STRANGE ISN'T IT?

"And all men shall fear, and shall decalre the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of His doing." Psalm 64:9

Monday, April 14, 2008

Christians

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her." - Max Lucado-

When I say... I am a Christian...I'm not shouting I'm clean livin.

I'm whispering I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.

When I say... I am a Christian...I don't speak of this with pride.

I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... I am a Christian...I'm not trying to be strong.

I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say... I am a Christian...I'm not bragging of success.

I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... I am a Christian...I'm not claiming to be perfect.

My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it!

When I say... I am a Christian...I still feel the sting of pain..

I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... I am a Christian...I'm not holier than thou,

I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's grace, somehow!

By: Carol Wimmer

My Apologies to Carol Wimmer for not giving her proper credit.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Happy?

"Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15

Happy

I want to be happy, he said.
Why aren't you happy now?

I'm empty.

I'm without.

I am happy-less, he said with a smile.

What would make you happy?

Purpose.

You have no purpose?

No.

Then I must ask what is it you are not willing to do?

I'd do anything to be happy.

Obviously not or you would be.

Silence.

You first need to define what will make you happy.

Silence.

I don't know. I just want to be happy. I see someone who is happy and I want it. I want to be happy, too.

If happiness was across the street would you go there?

In a minute.

If happiness were across town, would you go there.

Certainly.

What if happiness were in the middle of the ocean and there were no boats.

Would you swim to it?

Long Silence.

Could I fly and jump out? he asked laughing.

What is it you are not willing to do?

Well...

You are not willing to work for it.

You want to drop out of the sky and land on it.

Silence.

Do you like the ocean?

Yes, yes I do, he replied.

So, you would at least go to the ocean of happiness.

That would be the best part, he said.

Do you swim in the ocean?

Yes, but not often.

What is the best part and the worst part about it?

I love to float, he said quickly.

The worst?

Getting through the waves past the breaking point.

Finding happiness is the same thing.

In pursuit of it, we are often knocked down, tossed about.

Depending on the day, we could easily find ourselves being pushing away, back to shore.

We take a few steps and it feels cold.

Just as we get used to the feeling we discover the best way to get over it is to plunge in, get wet all at once instead of tiptoeing and avoiding the discomfort.

I always do that, he said.

I jump right in.

Some days the waves are small.

Some days the waves are huge.

Small waves make the journey fun and easy.

Big waves can pick you up and slam you down in an instant.

Life is like that.

Happiness is calling.

It's out there somewhere waiting for you.

You can't see it just standing on the shore, but you know it's there.

So you dive in.

It always seems that the greater the reward the harder the struggle.

Some never make it.

They give up and end up back on the shore.

Others get caught in the cross current and are carried away to places they never wanted to see.

Those who keep on swimming may even get to the Breaking point as you called it and stop.

I've certainly done that.

Here's the problem.

You jump in.

You swim to the breaking point but you have no idea what you are looking for.

I asked you what would make you happy and you had no idea.

How would you know when you saw it?

I'd feel happy.

No, happiness is not just a feeling.

Happiness is a plan, a fulfillment, a completion, an arrival, a goal reached in Christ.

Happiness is a moving on or a standing still.

Happiness is a standing for something or standing against.

Happiness is loving someone or yes, letting go of someone.

I have seen happy people who had it all and some who were happy and had nothing at all.

The common thread was always knowing what made them happy.

But I've been swimming all my life.

I'm not a quitter.

All that gets you is to the other shore.

You have been swimming so long you passed happiness.

Busy doesn't mean you're getting somewhere.

I could walk around in circles to keep busy.

All I'd get is dizzy.

Silence.

True happiness is not some distant place or thing.

True happiness is within reach, within moments, within a day, within a life,within...you.

If you want happiness choose to be happy. If you want true happiness, Let Jesus be that happiness in you and for you.

"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: who made the heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is:" Psalm 146:5-6a

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Are you contending for your faith?

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude v. 3

Do you know the Word of God well enough that if someone was to tell you a twisted version you would know the difference?

The Word of God is not to be compromised.

God's Word - His Word is...inspired, reliable, penetrating, and eternal.

When things get twisted, we become confused over right and wrong, between correct doctrine and true faith.

Saints in V.3 refers to you and I, all believers.

Even is some of the best churches today some false teachings have crept in, and church leaders are twisting teaching to justify their own opinions, their life stlyle, or their wrong behavior.

Just be warned that twisting or playing with the Scriptures is playing with fire.

"And if any man shall take away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Revelation 22:19

We must be ready in season and out.

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears the will accumulate for teachers for themselves to suit their own passions, and will not turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." II Timothy 4:3-4

We must not be afraid, only believe.

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9

We must not ask what we can do, but what can He not do?

God is essential in the battle.

There are many lessons to be learned through each battle.

Are you listening?

If we claim to profess God with our loudest, clearest voice, every portion of truth of God, except for that one that we currently are going through, the one in which the world and the enemy are attacking, then we truly are not professing Christ.

In other words, where there is a battle and the loyalty of the solidier, if he should flinch and flee there is disgrace.

When we defend our faith, we had better well have the real truth embedded into our hearts so that there will be nothing superficial.

We need to have that experiecne with Truth on a personal level and Know that it was God in which we had communion with.

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blesssed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and ye shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:" Matthew5:10-12a



Thursday, April 03, 2008

The importance of Truth

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." John 8:32

"We rob the work of Jesus Christ of it's efficacy(power), and we stand powerless before the adversary, because we doubt the integrity of the Word of God."
- Corrie Ten Boom, in: Amazing Love Pg. 78

The truth about God's love can never be overemphasized.

Even from the very beginning of time the word gospel or good news has implied or taken into account that something has happened.

No one can truly know God's thoughts or way as they are not ours, they are much higher than ours.

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord." Isaiah 55:8

We are not in need of Biblical Interpretation.

Being a Christian is not merely a lifestyle or a moral code to be followed, but that of a total willingness to set one's own self agenda aside and take up His cross.

It is the willingness to suffer for the safeguarding of the gospel.

Are you willing?

Are you willing to let your life make a difference and speak volumes, even though you don't have too?

When we are on fire for God, we will do nothing more than to protect that sacred word, against every high thing that be lifted up against our Lord and Saviour.

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God," II Corinthians 10:5

We need to use God's weapons not the worlds.

God's weapons include..prayer, faith, hope, love, the Holy Spirit, and last but not least God's Word.

These weapons can break the human arguments, and break down the walls that keep those from finding God.

It is time to realize what we really believe in, at it really matters in today's society.

God's Word awakens and sustains faith..."So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

God's Word awakens and sustains love..."And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment." Philippians 1:9 New American Standard Bible

God's Love sustains joy..."These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:11

God's Word frees us from sin...."And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

God's Word liberates us from satan's bondage..."And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." II Timothy 2:26

God's Word saves..."For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

God's Word is the source of obedience..."Holding forth the word of life: that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." Philippians 2:16

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14

The core of our Christian faith should not change.

History has not changed.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8

"And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." II John v.6
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world." I John 4:17

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What do you read?

"The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. " John 10:10

Are you carried away by every wind of doctrine?

Do you believe what you hear or read?

Do you go to God's Word and do research for your self?

"And ye have not His Word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, Him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:38-39

There are people out there just to get your money and your salvation.

One must know whom they serve, and why, especially in these last day if one is able to stand.


"Our upbringing and the whole atmosphere of the world we live in make it certain that our main temptation will be that of yielding to winds of doctrine, not of that of ignoring them. We are not at all likely to be hidebound: we are likely to be the slaves of fashion. If someone has to chose between reading the new books and reading the old, one must chose the old: not because they are necessarily better but because they contain precisely those truths of which our own age is neglectful. The standard of permanent Christianity must be kept clear in our minds and it is against that standard that we must test all contemporary thought. In fact, we must at all costs not move with the time.
We serve One whom said "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33
- C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics," in: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces Pg. 149


We all need those books that will correct the mistakes of our own current period.

If we don't read what some of our Christan forefathers went through then how will we know if we are being blindsided or lied to?

The Bible is not on trial - it is the true and living Word of God.

It has been tested and tried down through the ages.

It has stood the test of times and now there are many artifacts that have proven it's not a fraud.

I am not here to argue your beliefs with you.

I am here trying to tell you that we need to stop arguing, rely on the Holy Spirit and not on our own reasoning; and start worshipping God, not just merely talking about Him.

We must be a people of well grounded, unambiguous, rich gospel truth - one that will sustain courage and confidence in the face of affliction and false religions.

Where our corporate worship will not be diluted with cultural substitutions and God's glory will be guarded.

The Holy Spirit works through the Word preached, engaging our hearts and minds bringing man to Christ.

We are to guard that which we have received.

So many have gone on before us and left us details of hardships, of which gives us strength to endure ourselves.

Their passion, their suffering, their perseverance, their affliction gives us inspiration.

Whatever may have come their way, they never gave in.

The Giver and Sustainer of Life enabled them to worship through their suffering.

This is why they had so much fruit, and was not blown away with the blowing breeze.

Would you let God give you that kind of hunger?

Do you want to be able to stand no matter what?

When you have that soul satisfying hunger, there will be no running away, it will only engulf you even more.


"What soul that hath any acquaintance with these things fall not down with reverence and astonishment? How glorious is he that is Beloved of our souls!...When our life, our peace, our joy, our inheritance, our eternity, our all, lies herein, shall not the thoughts of it always dwell in our hearts, always refresh and delight our souls?"
-John Owen, "Of Communion with God, in: The works of John Owen, Vol. 21 Pgs. 105-113

If we do not delight in our Lord and Saviour through the truth that we defend, we defend not our Lord.