Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Where do you find buried treasure?

My Pastor this week gave a challenge, which I am one not to turn down a challenge.
My Pastor says it a good thing to go back and check the Scriptures for yourself to see if what he says in true.
The only way to do that is to compare Scripture with Scripture, not with what another Pastor or T.V. Evangelist has to say.
Why are we always so fast to believe everything someone has to say?
Maybe its just because it just our fallen human nature to do so.
If you are one to truly believes everything from a ministers mouth, baby, let me give you some advice, check the Scriptures and compare them to His Living Word.
When we daily are in His Word we will be able to tell when someone is right upfront with us or trying to swindle us.
So this challenge that I took isn't out of the ordinary, for every time that there is some question in my mind or on my heart about something that has been said, I go straight back to the Scriptures to find out for myself.
Even though i might not have/do understand something, even after reading, I ask God to help me understand and to reveal the truth.
I sure don't claim to know everything, but one thing I do know is the the Holy Spirit will teach us, and all we have to do is ask for His help to understand.
So this week have done what Pastor has said, and actually read and reread verses pertaining to the Holy Spirit.
Have opened up the Scriptures and have sat and thought about many things...did you know that John Ch 14-16 also deal with the Holy Spirit- n how it talks about it nor being an emotional feeling how the Holy Spirit is a person- which I knew.
There are those who are driven by emotions, not by that personal intimate relationship with Him!
I don't know about you, but personally I'm just tired of all the weirdness, the church playing, the emotional part of it.
Our relationship is based on trust, commitment and not emotions.
Emotions are good, but they are the fruit and not the foundation of our relationship!
When these feelings disappear some people seem despondent, almost depressed if ya will cause they once again have or feel a big void in their life which they think can be filled with an emotion.
Think sometimes all this weirdness runs off people it is a big turn off that is for sure.
Some of us can discern silliness, immature emotionalism.
It is with the anointing is knowledge.
I believe that the moment we are saved we the anointing, through the Holy Spirit's presence that indwells each believer.It is something that can not be taught or learned.It is just something that ya know that ya know.
It is an inner awareness, as surge of strengthening assurance.
I was told as a young believer once that whatever one does, concerning God is that it will always exalt and give Him all the glory.
All I know is that each of us have our own unique individual experiences as the Lord will use us in unique ways.
We must never, never get far from His revealed and reliable Word!
The moment that we step away from His Word and use your experience as a basis for your belief, the Scriptures will diminish in importance and you will make more and more room for that strangeness.The Word says things are done descent n in order.
"Let All things be done decently and in order." 1Cor.14:40
My favorite Pastor, teacher, of all time has got to be Katheryn Kulhman.
 Even what little I have watched of Kathryn Kulhman, the grace, poise, the gentleness, the kind of interaction she had with the Spirit- who wouldn't want it?
If God can do that for Kathryn Kulhman why not for those who ask, He is no respecter of persons....He did say to ask...there is a deeper place in God, the only kind that comes with a deeper personal intimate relationship.
The things that happened through her ministry was just an overflow from her personal time with Him. Can we have the Holy Spirit n not speak n tongues, sure...but if there is so much more why do we stop? Maybe the weirdness is a turn off, maybe some just don't really understand, maybe some are scared of a radical life change, don't know.
How many of us have seen spirit filled people do things that are not spirit led and said if this is what it is all about, then I don't want anything to do with it...how can intelligent people do silly things?
Do they not have any brains at all? Isn't the Holy Spirit s power supposed to make us sharp, sound and intelligent?
Isn't the Holy Spirit the enlightening ability of God?
 He bring stability and maturity as He works in our heart and soul and renews our thinking by the Word of God. Its not all about feelings, but strength, stability and dependability.
Do those living with the emotional high just not have a personal relationship with Him? If He gives us such wonderful gifts as tongues- why do people take it to extremes as they do as it seems as if they abuse that as an emotional high- maybe at first it wasn't but over time it has turned into it...That is my thinking on this subject for this week...maybe am wrong n my thinking-Lord forgive me if am, and help me if am wrong.
All that I know to do in answer to these questions that have arose during this challenge.
Some of these questions are from some of those that I counsel.
Where we stand on divine integrity of the Scriptures will determine the nature and content of the gospel that we proclaim to the world.
The Bible embodies true communication about the nature of God, the condition of man, the provision of His salvation, it is the foundation on which the Gospel rests.
Preaching is not the act of unfolding our personal convictions, but the obligation of our calling to inform all men, women, child of all that God has spoken.
To move away from Scripture is to move into our own wasteland.
There is so much more work of the Spirit to do within us, than we would have ever thought or even allowed ourselves to experience.
The best possible advice that I can give on this subject is to stay with God's Book of Truth, The Bible.
Bounce everything off the written Word of God.
Keep that plumb line true.
Lord, I know I am grateful for Your will and Your Word. Help us in the midst of our search to be kept from error. Take away our fear, and in its place give us holy boldness. Keep us from running after a so called new truth, or that side show stuff. Keep us on the path that You have for our life. Help us to daily discover a new sweetness in deepness in our relationship and intimacy with You as we have never known before. All we do we want to be done for Your glory, so help us be transformed daily by the power of Your Spirit, draw us near than before blessed Lord. I will give You all the praise and glory for it. Amen.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Do You possess self control?

Do you possess the quality of self-control?

Self-control or self-discipline ought to be an area in our lives that we strive to better.

As one of the fruits of the Spirit, however, self-control is not a simple quality that we can somehow manufacture on our own.

It is a sign of God's presence in our lives.
"Better a patient person than a warrior, those with self-control than those who take a city."
Proverbs 16:32NIV

"Moderation is better than muscle, self control is better than political power." Proverbs 16:32 Message

"Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." Proverbs 25:28NIV
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." Galatians 5:22-24NIV
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." Titus 2:11-14 NIV

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:3-8 NIV

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Do You possess self control? part 2

The mention of the term self-control undoubtedly brings to mind different images for people depending on their particular circumstances. Many probably think of combating dominating habits that can range from the simple to the more complex and debilitating. It may be as simple as a poor diet or a tendency to overeat at Thanksgiving, or to talking too much. It may also be something far more serious like chain smoking, drunkenness, drug abuse, sexual sins (pornography and adultery), a quick temper, a pattern of exaggerating or lying, etc. Others may think of dealing with an abusive spouse, parent, or employer or of dealing with their own tendencies toward losing control and becoming abusive. Others need self-control because they are lazy or have poor work habits while others are workaholics and need self-control to back off and learn to relax.

Regardless, self-control is very much an important part of maturity. One of the basic characteristics of infancy is a lack of self-control. Not only do babies need diapers, they must be carried because they lack the necessary control and muscle coordination to sit up much less walk or run. If a babies are healthy and normal, in time they will develop more and more self-control—a sure sign of growth and maturity

The importance of self-control can be seen in the news media which graphically portray how the lack of self-control, because of man’s various inner cravings, impact our society for evil. When men and nations turn away from God and seek significance, security, and satisfaction through the desires of the flesh, it leads to a blatant absence of self-control. This will then manifests itself in hundreds of ways with devastating results on individuals, families, on certain groups in society; the fatherless, the widow, and the poor, etc. and on society as a whole.

"How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, but now murderors. Your silver become dross, your drink diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow's plea come before them." Isaiah 1:21-23

God is comparing the actions of this moral less nation to that with the action of harlots.

People have turned away from God. Turning their worship which once was to God, now on the idols of this world. Not all peoples faith, but the majority of peoples faith today is defective, impure, and diluted. Idolatry, outward or inward, is spiritual adultary, and is breaking our commitment to love God in the sense that we love something else stronger than God.

We are to keep our devotion to Him strong and pure.

God Should be our Everything!

Has your faith become impure?

He can restore you. All you have to do is ask.

In the early chapters of Isaiah, the prophet pronounces judgment on the nation of Israel because, having turned away from the Lord and His Word, the nation was completely lacking in self-control—a condition that also affected the leadership. Thus, Isaiah speaks of the results of this among the leaders—an effect that naturally spills over into the rest of society.

The first mention of the term self-control in the New Testament Acts 24:25 provides another illustration of what happens in society when there is a lack of self-control.

The topic of self-control is entirely appropriate in the personal history of both Felix and Drusilla and the reason for his anxiety. In addition, his administration was marked by injustices that contrasted with the righteousness and justice of God. His unrighteousness and lack of self-control not only made him a poor example to those whom he governed, but affected his ability to govern justly.

As has been so blatantly seen in our own government and in the White House, what a person is in private will eventually have a negative impact on his public life and service.

For this reason and because of the issue of duplicity or spiritual hypocrisy, self-control is one of the qualifications called for in church leaders.

"An overseer, then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach." 1 Timothy 3:2

The word overseer is a heavy responsibility. One should be chosen beacsue of their respect for the Truth, both in what they believe and in how they live. One should not be elected because of how popular they are, or how they have pushed their way to the top.

The principle is simply that he who would lead or govern or properly influence others for good, must first be the master of himself. As Peter reminds us...
For whatever a person succumbs to (i.e., is controlled by), to that he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19

Since the absence of self-control can have such devastating results, it is naturally needed in every area of life and for all people.

Unfortunately, the desire for self-control may have many motivations. It may stem from man’s self-centered or worldly objectives rather than from inner controls brought about by a deep relationship with God, biblical beliefs, motives, values, methods and means, and objectives.

When and where such belief structures are absent, the absence of self-control in other areas will be just around the corner.

In our society where so much emphasis is placed on one’s physical appearance. Many exercise extreme self-control to maintain a beautiful appearance, but exercise little self-control when it comes to moral issues such as sexual fidelity or honesty in business.

For self-control to branch out into every compartment of one’s life, one needs a deep relationship with the living God.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12. In reading this passage it dramatically demonstrates how faith in Christ, biblical instruction, the reality of God’s activity, including His discipline on those who disobey, is to transform all avenues of a Christian’s life.

"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:5-8

These actions do not come automatically, they require hard work.

They are not optional for the Christian.

They are a continual part of the Christian walk.

We dont finish one and then start the next, but work on them all together.

God empowers us and enables us, and give us responsiblity at the same time to learn and grow.

We should not be surprised at or resentful of the process.

Our faith must go beyond what we believe.

It must become a dynamic part of all we are, what we do, how we respond.

As we do it will bear good fruit and spiritual maturity.

Self-control means to be in control of one’s attitudes or thought processes, desires or passions, patterns or habits so they do not dictate one’s behavior.

Self-control is to be the product of one’s faith relationship with God and not a matter of self-righteous, or self-denial. This is most obvious in Galatians 5:23 where it is seen as part of the fruit of the Spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Are You connected?

How can I tell the difference between dead wood and a live branch?

The difference is in the fruit.

You and I need to be very cautious in deciding whether the person under inspection is live or dead wood.

The Gardner is the only One whom knows for sure.

One way to be sure that we are attached to the vine is to be genuinely fruitful.

The branches of a vine abide by remaining connected to the vine.

To abide in Christ means to remain connected to Him so completely that His spirit flows through every part of our being.

The fruit that we will bear is produced by the Holy Spirit and is through no effort of our own.

We are not to concentrate on fruit bearing, but our personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Its the consistency of our time spent with Him, the consistency of our obedience, to what He says, and the consistency of our dependence upon Him, that keeps that connection of the branch with the vine healthy, strong, energetic,powerful and growing.

Yes, it is possible for a branch to have lots of leaves but no fruit, which is why you and I need to be cultivated.

Cultivation is necessary because the abundance of fruit is in direct proportion to the size of the connection where the branch is joined to the Vine.

The smaller, more constricted the connection, the less fruit.

The larger the connection the greater the fruit, because of its capacity to be filled.

Is your connection to the Vine big or small?

Have you examined your life lately?

Do you live out your life consistently dependent upon Him?

What is your hearts cry, more of Him?

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing!" John 15:5

The Vine will merely use you to bear fruit.

Get close to Jesus and you will bear fruit.

Fruit is not outward success, as many think that if a ministry is big and involves a lot of people, it is fruitful.
A church or Bible study group isn't successful just because it has many people--fleshly effort can produce big numbers.

Fruit-bearing is not a sensation, just because a person does not have a lot of fruit because he is enthusiastic or can make others enthusiastic about a church program.
God produces real fruit in our lives when we abide.

The fruit of the Spirit is common to all of us, yet the Spirit uses each one of us differently.

Fruit cannot be produced by simulating the genuine fruit another person has born.

It is tempting to see the fruit another person has produced and try to duplicate it.

Instead of abiding, some of us try to produce what someone else has produced, but only to end up with only artificial fruit.

God did not design us to produce the same kind of fruit, our fruit is uniquely arranged, ordered, and designed for us.

Real fruit is, first of all, Christlike character.

A believer who is like Christ bears fruit, these are all characteristics of Christ.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23,

Christlike character is not produced by self-effort, it grows naturally out of a relationship with Christ.

We don't first try to be loving, and when we have become loving, try to be joyful, and so on, instead, those qualities become part of our lives as we abide in Christ by staying close to Him.

Fruit-bearing is not a matter of being strong or weak, good or bad, brave or cowardly, clever or foolish, experienced or inexperienced.

Whatever your gifts, accomplishments, or virtues, they cannot produce fruit if you are detached from Jesus Christ.

A branch can bear no fruit apart from the vine.

Even strong branches can't bear fruit independent of the vine.

The strongest branches, cut off from the vine, become as helpless as the weakest; the most beautiful are as helpless as the ugliest, and the best is as worthless as the worst.

Those who truly abide will bear fruit.

 "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

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