Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thirsty Soul?

"O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee: my flesh longeth greatly after Thee in a barren and dry land without water: Thus I behold Thee as in the sanctuary, when I behold Thy power and Thy glory. For Thy loving-kindness is better than life: therefore my lips shall praise Thee. Thus will I magnify Thee all my life, and lift up mines hands in Thy Name. My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips." Psalm 63:1-5 Geneva Bible of 1599

Are you thirsty?

Are you hungry for more of God?

Are you ready for a change?

You might be hungry and in great distress about your situations, but one must make God their sufficiency in everything, above everything.

Most all of us at one point or another have had an encounter with God.

Most of us have a knowledge about God.

It is not just learning about God, it is having that personal relationship with Him.

It is about meeting and tasting the supernatural presence of God.

"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteh in Him." Psalm 34:8

This is the life we were born to live.
This is a life filled with joy in the presence of God.

This passionate desire creates a hunger deep within our heart, which is only satisfied by that joy from being in His presence.

Many of us know stories of and from the Bible.

How many of us truly know God?

God met Job in his storm.

God met Moses in a burning bush.

God met David through the anointing oil that was poured out.

God met Paul on the road to Damascus.

Not a one of them were the same after their encounter with God.

These and many more like them, like you and I have been changed through the years, from tasting that joy which comes from above.

It was and is the Love of God that sustains.

This same love is available to you, for it has never went away.

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." John 16:7

God's love is available for all today, and it will enable all of us to keep going through those trials and tribulations that life throws at us.

Today, maybe you feel a stirring in your heart.

God is drawing you through the Holy Spirit, his Comforter.

We all were created to know God for ourselves.

We were created to be satisfied in Him above all things.

"And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power;" Colossians 2:10 KJV

"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." Colossians 1:16-17 KJV

God is drawing your heart towards Him.

God is drawing you into a new relationship with Him.

What are you holding onto?

What's holding you back from giving God your all?

What has your attention?

Let go and let God.

Let God take control of the wheel.

It will surprise you.

Open up your heart.

Let your heart become vulnerable to God, and take that step into His presence.

Take a leap of faith.

Truthfully, what have you got to lose?

Once you take that step, you will be stepping out of the world of human limitations into the loving arms of God.

Are you ready to take that step and start a brand new journey, anew chapter in your life's book?

I don't care about what all these self help books have to say.

I don't care about what these self help pastor's, or preachers tell you.

The truth is God is the only way to change.

It is impossible for us to change our own lives.

If you truly want to change and you have that tugging on your heart, but you think you cannot change, have I got good news for you.

You can't change, but God can change you.

"The Lord is near unto them that are of a contrite heart, and will save such as be afflicted in spirit." Psalm 34:18 Geneva Bible 0f 1599

Just when you think you can't handle you situations, there is no hope; God is at hand to help deliver you out.

"The sacrifices of God are a contrite spirit: a contrite and broken heart, O God, thou will not despise.

Contrite: feeling sorrow for a wrong that one has done.

Synonyms: apologetic, penitent, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sorry.

Related Words sad, grieving, mournful, sorrowful, woeful.

Do you have a wounded heart?

When God comes in and rearranges one's heart, there is an encounter.

This encounter is with the Living God.

When this encounter takes place all affections will be touched, all actions will be affected.

God will be the center of all affection.

Everything in our lives will be touched and changed.

When His love touches us, that experience alone will cause us to love God passionately.

We would rather let God be the object of our love and not to those things of sensual pleasures, worldly pursuits, or earthly relationships.

God alone will be the object of our love and affection.

When God changes us, we will love differently, and act differently.

You will know if you have fallen into love with God.

It will be your desire, your joy to please Him.

So much so, that you will desire to be in His presence and to experience all that God has for you.

All you have to do is ask.

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye might lay the same on your pleasures." James 4:3 Geneva Bible of 1599

There is nothing wrong with wanting a good life.

When it involves seeking pleasure at others expense or at the expense of obeying God it is a sin.

Pleasure that God gives is rich and bountiful, it is the best you can get.

Other pleasures only last for a season, God's last forever.

"For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." Matthew 6:21

If there is a desire that has been laid upon your heart to be in His presence and experience all that He has for you, just ask.

If you have become hungry and thirsty and have not been able to be satisfied by the pleasures of this world, look no further.

God is calling you.

God wants to change your life.

Won't you let Him touch your life.

Come and let Him change and transform you.

"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord." Psalm 27:4-6 KJV

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What is your guide in life?

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

This is very interesting and has not the ending everyone expects.

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.

But the stranger...he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home... Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol, but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular Basis.

The stranger made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished.

The stranger talked freely -much too freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger.

Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. The srtanger has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first.

Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?.... .. . We just call him TV.

He has a wife now....We call her Computer.

"For the commandments is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." Proverbs 6:23

Friday, January 23, 2009

Through the Flame

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." Psalm 51:10-12 NIV

All I know is He touched me.

Come and touch me once again, Lord.

We really don't belong here, you and I, we are just passing through.

We are all pilgrims here on a journey, in this foreign land trying to find our way.

We are all looking for a brighter day.

Through the wind.

Through the fire.

Through the storm.

Through it all, the Lord care for you and loves you deeply.

He loves us so much that He wants us to experience the greatest pleasure of all.

He wants us to experience His love.

God is calling us back to the pursuit of true joy.

The joy that can only be found in Him.

God wants us to drink from Him, the fountain of living waters.

God is looking for those who will pursue joy in God Himself.

Can you hear Him speaking?

Maybe, just maybe this trial is a wake up call.

Could it be that your joy has always been in the things of God rather than Himself?

Could be that God is taking away His gifts so that you will turn your love and passion towards Him.

There are those who purse things of this world to make you happy.

It maybe that one spends excessive time at work, doing hobbies, sexual exploits, drug or Alcohol abuse, or even being in a gang looking for that place of acceptance.

Our fallen human nature, is to search for those joys that give us satisfaction, that satisfy us.

They will never satisfy.

Why?

Man, was created for something much more greater.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thous hast created all things, and for Thy will's sake they are, and have been created." Revelation 4:11 Geneva Bible of 1599

Our souls thirst for God, Himself, and nothing else

Ya know, when man looks for happiness anywhere, or in anything other than God, it is a sin.

When one leaves the joy that is only found in God, for the pursuit of joy in anything else that is sin.

There is a river to drink from that is available to you all the time.

During good days and bad days, there is a river that will sustain and satisfy you forever.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; through the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early." Psalm 46:1-5 KJV

The purpose behind each test, trial that we will ever face is that He is changing us so that we can make much of Him.

God wants us to experience Him.

God wants us to experience Him, like never before.

God wants us to praise Him, with all our heart and to drink deeply of His living water.

His living water is for us, to flow in us, through us, so it can flow out of us to others.

God will be glorified and we will be satisfied!

"Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon the earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." Psalm 73:25-26

Abba, Father I need Your help to renew and refresh my attitude, enthusiasm, and commitment to our relationship. Although sometimes I feel overwhelmed by circumstances sometimes. Truth is that You are greater than any challenge I may encounter! I am honored of the assurance that You are always willing to restore, renew, and strengthen me regardless of circumstances. Let me joy in You, let that joy remain full and strong.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The High Calling

If God has called you to be really like Jesus in all your spirit, He would draw you unto a life of crucifixion and humility, and put you on such demands of obedience, that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves and pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag on themselves, on their work, on their success, on their writings but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or have a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you daily because He wants you to have something far better than gold, and that is a helpless dependence on Him, and that He may have the privilege of providing for your needs day by day out of the unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored, and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

God will let others be great, but keep you small, He will let others do the work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing, and then to make your work still more precious He will let others take the credit for the work which you have done. And this work will make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, with a jealous love, and rebuke you for little words or feelings or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reasons in His dealing with you.

God will take you at your word, and if you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in His jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say.

Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways that others are not dealt with.

Now when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart pleased and delighted over this peculiar, private jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the entrance to Heaven.
-Author Unknown-

"And follow hard toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

Friday, January 16, 2009

What you going through?

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle upon the." Isaiah 43:2 KJV

Are you going through a season of test and trials?

Maybe you have been laid off, lost your house, a member of you family, or even thought that you lost your faith.

Just so that you realize that the enemy is not responsible for all your troubles.

The enemy is a created being just like you and I.

The enemy is a fallen created being with limited powers.

So, don't give too much credit to the devil.

Don't let what life throws your way change or scar your name.

We must learn to be content in life.

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11 KJV

We must learn to pick up the pieces and go on.

We must learn to be obedient through it all.

Are you right in God's sight as you are going through that test, trial or storm?

There are spiritual blessings that are connected to our trials, storms, and tests.

No matter what you are going through, you can take comfort in that the Lord can and will use your circumstance for good.

God has a plan and purpose for everything that comes into your life.

God is speaking to us through these circumstances.

God is speaking to us for our need of Him.

God is speaking to us about our vulnerability.

God is speaking to us about our values.

God is speaking to us about His glory.

God is speaking to us about His grace and mercy.

God is speaking to us about His goodness.

God is speaking to us to draw us nearer to Him.

Are you listening?

It is His mercy that each one of us have been given another day to live and breath upon this earth.

He is hiding Himself in your circumstance, waiting for you to find Him.

Do you ever think about what else could possible go wrong?

Do you think that all seems lost?

Don't think that you are alone, many people do.

Good news!

When all seems lost, dark, and lonely, God is on His way.

"I will never leave thee of forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b KJV

You see, when Job thought all was lost, the Lord came to Him.

"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" Job 38:1-2

Or in other words who is seeking God's counsel by man's reasoning?

It wasn't until Job got into God's presence that his circumstances started to change.

Job began to realize that it wasn't at all about him, his friends, or even his family.

Job began to realize the real reason that we were created.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 3:11

We are born to know God for Himself.

We are to enjoy God!

We are to enjoy God, for more than just His blessings.

We were born to Enjoy God and worship Him.

We were born to give Him glory forever and ever.

So, today embrace God like you have never before and enjoy Him!

Taste of His goodness.

"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Weary?

"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth (though it be tried with fire) might be found unto your praise, and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" 1 Peter 1:7 Geneva Bible of 1599

Maybe you are going through a trial, some sort of rough situation.

It is through that trial brings forth that which is precious.

You heat up coal and a diamond comes forth.

We by nature are fit for the fire.

We must go through the fire, for the true fruit to be brought forth.

It is the same way when one prunes a vine.

The older the vine the more severe pruning it needs.

When God prunes your life, he is out to thin out, reduce or even cut off the excess weight that bears you down.

God wants to cut out those immature things, so that there will be more room for His glory.

God wants to remove those dead and dying things, so that He can increase and encourage new fruit to develop.

Do be mislead, cause when God prunes it is gonna hurt.

If you are or have not yet been pruned what you have could very well diminish.

It is just like pruning grapes, if left unattended for a long time they wither up and die.

If they are pruned on a regular basis they will yield a bountiful harvest of fruit.

If you plan on maturing in God, then there will pruning that lies ahead.

God will start with your priorities, and what you do on the outside.

Integrity counts.

How are you when no one is watching, as compared to when someone is watching?

Mature pruning is about your values.

Each time that God prunes, He is one step closer to the core of who you really are.

God wants to bring you as close to the image of Christ.

The first thing we must do is be grafted in Christ.

Does God have all your heart?

Do you ever feel as though you have been around that mountain before?

You may have.

You must past each test, for if not you shall keep going around that mountain till you do pass that test and learn all that God has for you.

If you think you are ready to give up, don't!

Usually when you are at that point then that means that your blessing is around the corner.

Hold on, don't give up!

When you invite God into your circumstances, He will Keep His promise and work everything out.

It may not be how you planned, you may not like it, get it or even understand it.

"Also we know that all things work together for the best unto them that love God, even to them that are called of His purpose." Romans 8:28 Geneva Bible of 1599

God' secret for more is less.

Is he pruning your life?

Has your life been impacted lately?

It is not time time to be running scared?

It is time to let go and let God.

It is time to water your Spirit with God's Word, so you may grow and become deeply rooted.

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9a

By the way His grace = His empowering presence.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Journey

There hath no temptation taken you, but such as appertaineth to man: And God is faithful, which will not suffer you to be tempted above that you be able, but will even give the issue with the temptation, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 Geneva Bible of 1599

Do you realize that God has given us one of His precious promises?

Here in this verse the word temptation in the Greek can also be used as trial.

God is watching you as you go through your trial.

He is full of mercy.

God takes us into the wilderness to help us.

God brings us into the wilderness to bring us closer to Him.

The wilderness is where we are tested and tried & proved.

In the wilderness we are pressed as though with a wine press to see what is going to come out.

God is taking these earthen vessels through a breaking, so that the treasure inside can come out.

The treasure doesn't come when all is good.

The treasure doesn't come with solitude.

The treasure doesn't come when the walls are padded.

The treasure only comes when you are pressed.

The good news here is that God has made a way that we can endure it.

He is bringing all things back to Him.

He is bringing all those that have been ordained, sanctified and chosen before the world was back to Him.

We are His peculiar treasure, the object of His eye.

Who will go to the wine press?

Who will come and follow our Lord?

Who will die out to self?

Who will take up their cross?

Who will lay their own will down and follow the Lord?

He is everything that you will ever need in this life and the one to come.

There is a price to be paid, it will not come without level of trials and testing.

God will never leave you or forsake you.

Come and find yourself wrapped in His loving arms.

The place of surrender, peace, comfort,joy.

Come and find yourself in His presence.

In God I will praise his word, In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." Psalm 56:4

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Great Recipe

Great recipe for a peace-filled life..

When you wake up each morning, tell God what you are thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Are you thankful for a new day, another breath of air, that next heartbeat, another chance to tell that special someone in your life that you love them, and give them a big hug....So, go ahead and tell Him.

Take a 10-30 minute walk (run) every day, while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Sit in silence for a few minutes each day, talk to God about what is going on in your life.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts..drink plenty of water.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does.

You are not so important that you have to win every argument agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

Don't compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.

Forgive each other if you can, God's Word calls for forgiveness.

"For if ye do forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Matthew 6:24 Geneva Bible 1599

Envy is a waste of time.

Don't let what other people think of you bother you.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick, your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

God heals - all you have to do is ask. ",Yet ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2c Ryrie Study Bible

You already have all you need - if you have God.

Each night before you go to bed complete the following statement: I am thankful for __________.

Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings.

You'll be smiling before you know it.

God Bless America

"And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, Thus shall ye bless the children of Israel, and say unto them,
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee,
The Lord to make His face to shine upon thee, and be merciful to thee,
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace." Numbers 6:22-26 Geneva Bible 1599

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A New Year

Happy New Year!


With this coming new year their will be lots of things that happen.

You may try to make things happens, but it shall not happen that way.

God is the Sovereign One.

He has set things in motion a long time ago.

Just sit back and watch what happens.

Don't forget about God.

There is s time coming when you will have to know whom you serve and why.

How much do you love your Lord?

One can only serve one master.

"No man can serve two masters: for either he shall hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean to the one, and despise the other. You can not serve God and riches." Matthew 6:24 Geneva Bible of 1599

Who will walk with the Lord this year?

Will you take up your cross, die out to self, die out to your own way, your own will and say, Yes Lord?

Will you put your trust solely in Him?

Don't do it just because it is a new year, but do it because of the Love that you have for your God.

"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 peter 1:8