Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have you asked for more?

"[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]." Philippians 3:10 Amplified

How many of us have asked for more of Him?

How many have prayed the prayer of Jabez?

"Oh that you would bless me And enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." 1Chronicles 4:10

One major prerequisite to our prayers is that our requests line up with God's will.

When we are saturated by His Word then His desires will be ours, which in turn will become the prayers of our heart.

"If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
John 15:7

But I wonder...how many of us have asked God to use us for opportunities to share the gospel to others? To be able to see the fruit of changed lives?

To draw others to Him through Bible Study or Sunday Class?

Or even give us one person to share His love with today, or on a daily basis?

How many ask the Potter to shape and mold us as He sees fit- to bring Him glory??

We each could have our own revival- a revival of more of Jesus!

The more of Jesus is only found when we personally connect to the Vine, abiding consistently and is cultivated by the Gardner, and communicated through prayer.

Our relationship to Christ is unlike anything else in the human realm. It can be described only by comparing it to relationships we are familiar with.

It is like a deep friendship.

It is like two people in love with each other, or like the love and respect shared by a father and son.

The vine-and-branches is filled with parallels to our relationship with Christ.

A branch grows through its connection with the vine, and we grow because of our relationship with Christ.

A branch is nothing apart from the vine, and we can do nothing apart from Him.

A branch draws strength from the vine, and we become strong through Him.

The branches that abide in the true Vine represent those who are truly saved.

The others are not properly connected to the Vine.

You have seen shrubs that have weeds growing in them.

The weeds are intertwined with the branches of the shrubs and appear to be part of the same plant, but in reality they are attached to a different root.

They are like people who have only a superficial relation to Christ.

Unfortunately, some people pretend to be Christians but have no real connection to Christ.

They might regularly go to church or be involved in a Bible study.

They might even talk about having a relationship with Jesus, but they aren't genuine branches in the Vine.

Only the person who abides in the true Vine can claim the promise of the constant presence of God.

Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you." That means if we truly abide in Him, He will truly abide in us.

So you want more of Him?

Are you abiding in Him?

A Christian can abide only by being firmly grounded in Jesus.

If a branch is to abide, it cannot be even half an inch away--it must be connected.

Those who are saved are those who are abiding, and those who are not abiding are not saved.

 So many people come to church thinking that God is with them just because they sit in the pew, but being in a church doesn't mean the Lord is with you.

He doesn't live inside a church; He lives in His disciples.

A person who sits among true disciples might be as far from Christ as the native of a tribe that has never heard the gospel--if he does not abide in the true Vine.

The person who abides discovers that his soul is nourished with the truths of God as he stays in a close, living, energized relationship with Jesus Christ.

Spiritual fruit is the natural result of abiding.

Christians who think they are bearing fruit apart from the Vine are only tying on artificial fruit.

They run around grunting and groaning to produce fruit but accomplish nothing for fruit is born not by trying, but by abiding!

As we bear genuine fruit, you must take your place on the Vine and get as close to Jesus as you can.

Stripping away all the things of the world, putting aside the sins that distract you and zap your energy.

We are to put aside everything that robs us of a deep, personal, loving relationship with Jesus.

Stay in God's Word!

 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither {can} you unless you abide in Me." John 15:4 NASB

Friday, January 25, 2013

Right Living?

Living right is like posting a guard over your life.

Every choice whether good or bad sets things in motion..good brings good opportunities, n bad brings bad choices.

God's Word will bring a sense of order to your life, just as a decision to disobey will bring confusion and destruction.

The right choices you make are a mark of integrity.

Obedience is the greatest safety and security.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

"Samuel said, "Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice," 1 Samuel 15:22 NASB

"Beware of reasoning about God’s Word – obey It.”~ Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Great Tradgedy of the 2012 election.

Sorry for taking so long to post this, but I did not want to post without prior authorization.

The Great Tragedy of the 2012 Election
Posted on November 7, 2012 by Garrett k.

There was a great tragedy that occurred on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The tragedy was not found in the celebrations of elected officials or the concessions of defeat. It was not colored red or blue, and it wasn’t wrapped up in useless campaign promises.

The tragedy of the 2012 election is that in this land of the free and home of the brave, many people were not allowed to vote. Their voices were silenced. Their votes were not cast. Their opinions not expressed. Why?

Because they were dead.

The great tragedy of the 2012 election is that roughly 33 million would-be voters were not with us, because they had been murdered. From 1973-1994 roughly 35 million babies were aborted. That’s roughly 35 million 18-39 year-olds who did not vote because they were dead.

That is an unspeakable tragedy.

They did not have the chance to explain to their children about what makes our nation so great. They did not have the chance to watch the results come in with their friends and family.

They did not have the chance to rest their heads on a pillow in the land of the free. That is a great tragedy.

But this story of tragedy is not over.

In 2016, roughly 5 million more voices will be unheard. Why? Because over 3,500 babies will be killed today. And each day leading up to Tuesday November 8th, 2016. In the 3 minutes it takes you to read this post, 7 babies will have been aborted in the United States of America. Their voices are silenced. Their freedom not experienced. Their opportunity to be brave not known. Their lives taken from them.

This is a tragedy that hits close to home for me. When I was 19 years old, I chose to end the life of my first child through an abortion. My friend and I were in a scary place, we didn’t plan to get married, and we had nowhere else to go. So we chose to end the life of our child.

That child would be 16 today. They’d be excited about driving a car and in just a couple years, they’d be excited about voting. But, they won’t be doing any of that. I won’t be sitting down with them and explaining how to think about policies and the candidates that represent them. I won’t be able to tell them about freedom and justice for all. I took that freedom away with my injustice.

I cannot undo what I’ve done in the past. None of us can. Only Jesus, who shed His blood for sinners like me can heal those wounds. Jesus gives us great hope in the midst of this tragedy, and all the other tragedies we face in this life.

If you have committed an abortion, I want you to know that there is a refuge in Jesus. He will heal your wounds. There is no sin so great that He cannot forgive and no sin so small that does not need to be forgiven. If you will confess your sins and turn to Him in faith, He will wash away all your guilt and all your shame. Come to Christ.

If you support abortion, I encourage you to spend time in prayer and ask God to show you if abortion is something that pleases Him or not. Ask a Christian to help you see what God’s Word says about this. I’m under no assumption that you don’t already have deeply rooted ideas, I did too. I encourage you to take the time to read what God says about life and who has the right to give and take it away. I encourage you to start with Psalm 139.

If you are a Christian, be patient with those who view things differently than you. But don’t just be patient, speak truth in love to those who are in need. Find ways to help those who are struggling through unplanned pregnancies. Investigate options for adoption and invest in the lives of those who are facing difficult choices.

I have on my wall a picture of a 3 year old boy in cowboy boots. He’s a 3 year old boy who nearly wasn’t with us today because of the difficult place his mother found herself in. She was not married and pregnant and scared. But my wife met with her and prayed with her and took her to a Christian doctor who showed her the baby in her womb through a sonogram. That young mother had the courage to keep her child.

That young boy’s smile reminds me that God can save children, one at a time. But God does this by using His people to come alongside those who are struggling and lovingly showing them the Christ who can walk them through any terrifying situation, even an unplanned pregnancy.

I believe that the only hope to turn the trend of this tragedy around is for people to turn their hearts toward the God who made them through the way paved by His Son Jesus. Jesus changes hearts, and changed hearts changes a nation. May God give grace to us as a country, and may God give us courage to stand up in the midst of this tragedy so that, if the Lord tarries, there will be many more people casting votes in 2030. Lord Jesus, we need your help.
The Great Tragedy of the 2012 Election

Thanks Pastor Garret for letting me repost.

Pastor Garret at Del Ray Baptist Church
Check out his web site delraybaptist.org