Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Love found me!

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us." Romans 5:5 NIV

Nothing but Love lifted me out of the miry clay.

It is His love that lifted me.

Love Found me!

Nothing but His love.

When you have a love for someone you have a patience for them.

Have we in our hearts learned to live by faith?

I'm not talking about things just here and there, but a lifestyle of faith.

"If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9 NIV

We live in a culture where faith has been distorted and twisted to serve man rather than God.

Today's culture has set aside God, and exchanged the Creator for the creature.

Faith is believing for the impossible, becoming possible.

Faith is believing and watching God to do what we cannot do.

Have we learned to love by faith?

Does that agape love reside in you?

Agape - the Greek word in the New Testament is translated love.

This love is the active participation of volition and will.

Simply meaning that love, is not only exercised when it is felt like it, it is exercised when we choose to extend God's love, sacrificially.

"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour." Ephesians 5:2

For me to put a sacrificial love another way would also be to say a love by faith.

God has called us to love even when...
We don't want too
We don't feel like it
We get nothing in return
They don't deserve it
They don't even know it
Whether or not you think it makes a difference.

We are called to love by faith.
Love your enemies by faith
Love your neighbors by faith
Love fellow believers by faith
Love family members by faith
Love unruly teenagers by faith
Love spouses by faith
Love in-laws by faith
Love those who are ill and bitter towards us, by faith

Love by faith, not by feeling.

If we loved by feeling we would not be loving in obedience to God's Word.

Too me this is one of the hardest things in which I think I have been tested in.

The very nature of love is sacrificial, we are not to offers a self centered human substitute or a strong fire before God, only sweet aroma.

Love is a fruit of the Spirit of Christ within a believer that surfaces when they filled by Him, and yielded to His authority.

When we get aggravated cause nothing is happening it is because we use resources of our own emotions, rather than relying on our Heavenly Father's love to flow through us.

Living love by faith takes a daily commitment to not let self and affections get in the way.

We must step out of the way, and ask for the love of God to fill us.

When we let His love come in and fill us, then and only then will we begin to love by faith.

Faith and love are inseparable.

Lord, strengthen our hearts by your glory.

"And now abideth faith hope and love, even theses three: but the chiefest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13 Geneva Bible of 1599

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just Breathe

"Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 NIV

Are you just going through the motions?

Are you giving everything to Christ?

Is He your everything?

So what has your focus?

We as Christians have become so busy in today's society or world that we lose track of the One thing which should be priority in our lives.

One quality of a true Christian is that they can admit their struggles, their failures, sin and even their emotional weaknesses.

A true Christian can admit when they are wrong and seek help when they need it.

A true Christian does not have to pretend they are always on top of the world.

A Christian should be the same no matter where they are or who is watching.

Are you real?

Are you vulnerable?

Vulnerable is the ability to risk rejection by laying out all that we are or are not before others.

If our faith is in God, we need not be fearful of being real.

Is it what others think of you, so important to you?

It is what God think of us that should be what is most important.

Knowing that God has accepted us, is far much more important than being accepted by others, and can face rejection by others.

""Who are you that fear mortal man, the sons of man, who but are but grass, that you forget the Lord you Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror everyday because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction." Isaiah 51:12-13 NIV

"The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." Proverbs 29:25 KJV

Even with those busy to do lists, things going haywire, we still need to sit at the feet of Jesus!

When we learn to be still, He will teach us, and lead us to become men and women He intended us to be, before the foundation of the world.

He has a role for each one of us, just as we are.

God knows how to smooth out the rough edges.

Just look at Joseph, and all that he went through before his destiny came to him.

"Then Joseph said to his brothers, Come close to me. When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. " Genesis 45:4,5,8 NIV

We need to ask God, when things happen that appear to be opposite of what You have promised, help me remember Joseph's life.

Lord, give me courage to trust that You will work in every situation for my good and do all that You promised, regardless of circumstances.

Start thanking Him that His promises will never fail.

Thank Him even during the storm, not just when you are through it.

When He establishes a task or mission in our life, we should not be surprised when opposition comes, which it will, it just goes with the territory.

Lord give me courage to stand strong in faith, trusting that regardless of opposition, Your purpose will be done as long as I remain committed to it.

We have got to come to the place where we get out of His way.

With God in control, we have nothing to lose!

Our faith must begin and end in God.

I urge you to experience His love and acceptance.

Grow closer to Him, and make Him the focus of your life.

"For I am the Lord, I change not:" Malachi 3:6a KJV

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What does the flag mean to you?

There was a time when the American Flag meant pretty much the same thing to all Americans.

Freedom, Justice, Liberty and Love were all lumped together into one emotion, all wrapped up together in Red, White, and Blue. Colors that don't run. There was a respect that was synonymous with devotion to God and country alike. With that respect came unquestioned dedication to keep our country's independence.

The American Flag will always symbolize the basic freedoms guaranteed all by our Constitution and heritage.

The American Flag has no party, only the ideology of that of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The United States was founded on One Nation Under God with Judea Christian Beliefs.

There are those who say they want to reform our social government, and financial institutions, but the truth is their objective is total destruction.

They reveal their hatred for everything good and great in our country.

America is a land of justice, opportunity, compassion, bravery and freedom.

If we care about our country, our freedoms, we must work to make it right.

We as a nations need to bring back God into the center of our lives, our everything.

"If my people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

The American Flag represents the finest country in the world.

The United States of America - Have you forgotten what I stand for?

United we stand - Divided we fall.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Temptation to idol?

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye maybe able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

What has your focus?

Temptations is the same as going through a test of possessions held by a person.

A test of will, strength and endurance.

So when your circumstances change are you going to stay with Jesus or are you going to side with the world, flesh or the devil.

Some of us wear the badge of Christian, but that badge does not make you a Christian cause you are wearing a badge that says so.

Did you know that temptations turn to idols?

An idol becomes idolatry when that something becomes more important than God in your life.

When that something becomes more important to you than God, you are worshipping it.

Whatever has your attention, your time, your constant thoughts, bowing down to it, or even living for it, this is considered idolatry.

What do you look at?

What Are you running to do every chance you get?

Is it sexual, pornography, self gratification, recognition, always on the Internet, shopping, drugs, alcohol?

The list goes on, there are more idols than anyone can imagine.

So what has you attention?

Who or what do you worship?

How important is that relationship to God in your life?

"Wherefore see we also are compassed about with such a great 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." Hebrews 12:1

When we are worshipping the idols in our life, we tend to confirm or deny what we already believe about ourselves.

The battle is in us, because sin is in us.

We can't create or achieve great value as that value was given to us already.

God loved us before we ever accomplished anything!

When we worship that value, or even believe that we created that value, we have just involved ourselves in idolatry.

When we worship anything other than the King, Almighty God, we are giving place to idolatry.

With each trial or testing that we go through we need to let our hearts be humbled, and our faith be deepened.

"Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest at which I aim - not towards what I understand as evil, but towards what I understand as good." -Oswald Chambers

When we let that temptation over take us that becomes idolatry, and idolatry is sin.

Sin is a parasite, feeding greedily on the goodness of what God has made.

Sin distorts, perverts, and corrupts everything.

Life is hard enough, but some go around putting band aids on gaping wounds of this world.

That is just plain wrong, it is being in plain denial.

Other have found out that life in the real world is far more complicated, so they go to those man made idols.

It is true that the demand of living in a complex world is overwhelming at times, but there is no need that can not be taken to your Heavenly Father.

It is when we allow these desires to become idols of worship, instead of altars of sacrifice.

We break the heart of the Father.

All of us have idols, just are we willing to admit that?

If you are truly sorry and want to change - cry out to Him.

Tell Him that you are sorry and that you have strayed from the path.

Ask for His forgiveness, let him wash you clean.

Go and sin no more.

If you get tempted again, tell the enemy that the greater one lives within you.

Put in some worship music.

Get you Bible out, look up some scriptures to fight back with, write them down, put them where they are before you - tape them to your bathroom mirror.

Read the Word on a daily basis.

Don't give into the enemy's lies.

Be accountable to a good Godly friend.

Watch your life be slowly changed, transformed by His hand.

"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. Amen." -verses 24 -25 of Jude