Feel like having a talk with Jesus today? Then talk to him and you will find he is always there for you 24-7 and as when Jesus rode into Jerusalem. They said to the owner of the donkey (my master has need of him.) Jesus has a need of you as a friend. Yes that is what I said, he is your friend and like any other friend, he wants to know you
In the last few days we have been remembering those who stormed the beaches in France and their bravery. It would also do well if we remembered those prayer warriors that prayed for them.
When there was something big happening in the second world war they were involved. We must also realize that as Christians we are in a battle with the forces of darkness. There are mighty men and woman who are warriors in this battle. The more of us that join them the better the result
Another Sunday in church and how many you were really blessed in the service. We should go with praise and joy in our hearts expecting to give those gifts to receive. We will want to know our Lord Jesus in an intimate way. He is there ever ready to bless those who seek him and he never fails to show up at any time. So I say again where you blessed, if not ask the Holy Spirit why?.
Not the weather.
In Matthew Chapter 16. verse 1. We find the Pharisees and the Sadducees asking Jesus for a sign from heaven
2. He answered and said to them, when it is the evening you say it will be fair weather for the sky is red.
3. And in the morning it will be foul weather today for the sky is red and threatening. Hypocrites!. You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you can not discern the signs of the times.
But that was all they knew, but we have an advantage over them. We have the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things in spirit and in truth. We can ask him about something we are not sure about and he will give us an answer. We can then discern which way we should walk with him.
Verse 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.
Have a good look at this verse God is able to do much more than we can think or ask, Look at these words exceeding, abundantly they mean what they say, no limit providing we are asking in line with the will of God This is the key to all our prayers they must be in line with the word of God. Then into this verse comes more than we can think and that is according to the power that is within us. That is the Holy Spirit who is part of the Trinity that lives within us. I do not think we have called on that power in the abundance described here.
In modern day language God is saying to us, think big there is nothing that is impossible to me
Soon Easter will be upon us and thought will turn to what Jesus did for on the cross. Then when it passes thoughts will fade away The death on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. Is a prime example to us all.
Jesus died to his natural self and the Holy Spirit is available to help us do the same. We are talking about asking the Holy Spirit to help us die to self. Then we really can be used to further the Kingdom of heaven.
Verse 3. of this chapter contains a mighty promise to us from God.
3. For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour my spirit upon your seed and my blessing upon your offspring.
We have to be thirsty for the word of God, you know the feeling when we are dry and we seemed to have hit a brick wall in the word of God.
It is times like this that we are really thirsty for an understanding of the scriptures. And this is the water that God says he will pour out. Not just a drop here and there but a flood on our dry ground.
Ever been hot and wanting the cool rain, this is not to be compared to the pouring and the flood. There is no limit to what God can do in our lives, neither the pouring or the flooding can stop.
We have areas in our lives that we have not allowed the Holy Spirit to touch. Time for us to give him permission to open these up. Then this refreshing outpouring will begin. You see we have areas that we do not think that need to be touched. who said so? only our human nature will keep them closed.
Notice there is a blessing for our offspring as well. We owe it to our children and their children to say Holy Spirit I am giving you those things in my life that do not line up with the word of God. Want to be drenched from above? try it and you will never be the same again! Amen.
It is a worldly saying to keep your cool, no better place than the cooling water from heaven that will become a flood.
We have news today about the shambles over Brexit in the UK, One thing is for sure. When the government rests upon his shoulders there will be none of this.
In the first verse of this Psalm we are told to bless the Lord at ALL TIMES. We often ask for a blessing from the throne of Grace, but neglect to bless God. Our own children will give us an embrace when we have blessed them.
So why do we not bless God often? the only answer to that is that we view him as somebody far of from us. In actual fact according to scripture the Trinity lives within us. The more we believe this and bless the Lord in honesty every day. They will then become a reality for us, and it will become a joy for us to do this.
You see God yearns to have a close relationship with us. So what stops us from having this?. It is our human nature that can not comprehend that this all mighty spirit being would want to have this. God is a spirit, as is all the Trinity. So the more we bless them they will be a reality in our lives. Now I do not know about you I am up for this, join me?.
It is difficult for us to understand that in the Trinity is a force that is more powerful than the atom bomb. The difference? the Trinity is a powerful force for good, not destruction. So have a praise session today and bless them. Then you will start to feel that power. By degrees a little bit at a time, go on give it a try you will not be disappointed.
There is often confusion about how we handle our faith in the blood of Jesus. It is common place among some when they are praying either for someone or a particular situation. They will sprinkle the blood of Jesus over them.
It is claimed that there is no mention of this in the Bible about this. Well there is in the first chapter of 1 Peter. in verse 2. It states that. Elect according to the fore-knowledge of God the Father. Through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace be unto you and peace be multiplied.
You see a scripture is just that, but if we have the faith to put it into action, then it is active in any situation that we put it in. Remember Jesus in the wilderness? he said it is written and his adversary then left him.
If we have problem that seems to be getting worse. Then look for the scripture that applies to it. Confess it over it and say it is written and keep on doing that until results come.
Numbers chapter 23. verse 19. God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent. Has he said and shall he not do it, or has he spoken and shall he not make it good.
That scripture sums it up, if the scripture says it, then it will come to pass. Have a good day and remember that Jesus loves you. So repeat that over yourself a few times and your smile will get bigger!. God Bless you Cyril Almond.
In this new year we have promises that we make to ourselves. Which we will probably break. But what we do need is revelations from the word of God. That means spending time in the word of God which when you really dig into it you will find those gems and verses that are just right for you.
In the service I was in on Sunday there was a word from God spoken out. It referred to the comfort zones we are very reluctant to leave God is going to move us into areas and to people that we have never considered. He will have been before us, so providing we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit we shall then be where God wants us.
We have an altar which is a spiritual one. It is the cross which we know is now empty after our Lord Jesus died on it. But we must remember that we serve a risen Lord and as he emptied himself on there. So must we on our own cross, this is where like Jesus we shall empty ourselves of self.
This is where we shall need the most help from the Holy Spirit. He is the one who will point out to us what bit of self needs to go next. He does this in love because our old nature will fight to keep these things. But he gradually will make us see what is stopping us from coming into true holiness When that happens we are ready to let that one go.
This is a lovely holy ministry and as it progresses we are led closer to that blessed trinity with such a joy that we just want to say to him, whatever it takes just do it. I have a ball with Jesus in this one. My God is no respecter of persons what he is doing for me he will do for you.
So just remember it is your faith in the blood of Jesus that you sprinkle. The Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus are entwined together. You have faith and he will do what the scripture says and at the same time help us to increase our faith. Now that is power from the throne of grace.
John chapter 5. verses 30-31.
Jesus was making a powerful statement in these two verses. He sets forth an example of what we should be doing. Obey the voice of God and when we do that, we have peace. Also the joy of knowing a God that would show us a better way to do things for him.
30. I can of my own self do nothing, as I hear I judge and my judgement is just. Because I seek not my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.
31. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
Jesus came to earth as a man and he knew that if he trusted his judgement in his natural self. Then he would get it wrong, he knew the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit that will speak to us today!.
If Jesus depended on the voice of God ( Holy Spirit) then so should we. There is a change for the better coming into the church. Be it in building or outside of them. What an awesome thought that Jesus said he could do nothing on his own. Neither should we try to.
Some people say they can not hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. The answer to that one is to spend some time in the word of God and in prayer. They will find that the Holy Spirit will speak to anyone who will listen. He has no favourites, just different people at different times. all depends upon the job in hand.
Of recent times in the early hours I have been led to pray in tongues. There has been some remarkable answers to prayers as a result of this. I would encourage you to pray in this heavenly language. After all it is their language, if you find this difficult then ask the Holy Spirit for his help. He will be there for you, he is not called a comforter for nothing.
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