Praise

I was in a service this morning when the emphasis was on praise and worship. That message was delivered well and you could sense that God was wanting to do something. Well he did just that, and guess who got most of the blessing? The pastor who preached, you could see the anointing manifesting in his life. Now praise and worship are infectious! that blessing spread to the rest of us. I know how this can happen because I preach and sometimes can not contain the joy of the Lord.

It is then my in my calling to make sure that the anointing spreads. God does the anointing, we do the encouraging and when that happens we are blessed beyond measure. In other words there is no limit to what God can do. If you do not believe me just ask him. The answer may not come in the way you think, you see God knows our mindset. That need will be met and will open a vision that has no limits. Go for it, have a ball with the Holy Spirit, I promise you that you will never be the same!. 

The Light

In Matthew chapter 17 verse2-5 We see that momentous time when Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter James and John. Now there were more disciples than these three. So why just these instead of all of them?. These three had absorbed more of the teaching of Jesus than the others. And as such carried more anointing.

Jesus did not have favourites but he knew who he could take to see this. These three would be able to comprehend the fact that Jesus was talking to Moses and Elijah. Also the light that came from Jesus they would be able to stand when it happened. You see Jesus was still a man, but all the glory and light from heaven was within him. That takes some understanding, all four of them were in the spirit so they could understand things in spirit and in truth.

When we worship and read the word in spirit and in truth. That is when we shall understand visions that we have and prophetic words that are given to us. But what about this light that Jesus was filled with, he was the truth and he obeyed his Fathers commands. So he could be filled with the spirit of God and that was the light that shone from him.

Matthew chapter 5. verse 16. Puts it this way, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works. And glorify your Father in heaven. There it is, the same light, that grows brighter as we delve into the word of God and worship him in spirit and in truth. When we do that the light gets brighter and brighter and will draw people to us.

When Jesus died he was in the grave for three days. In that time he went into the devils kingdom and prowled around until he found the devil. When he found him he saw the devil grovelling and in terror. Jesus was and is pure light and truth, as he went around hell there was this pure light wherever he went. Demons screamed in terror as that pure light lit up their darkness.

And the devil himself the prince of darkness? it was that pure divine light that made him grovel. Now the more we immerse ourselves in the word of God which increases our belief. The brighter that light becomes and dark situations and thought will have to go. 

So shine for Jesus today and watch the darkness disappear, it can not stand the light! Amen

In John chapter 12 verses 12-19. We find Jesus riding on a donkey and about to enter Jerusalem. His fame had spread around, more so after the resurrection of Lazarus. He was being hailed as the Messiah and King.

The priest standing by and watching this were enraged to hear such things. Little did they know that Jesus was using this opportunity to anger them further so that they would crucify him. He knew that was his divine calling to be nailed on a cross and to take upon himself the sins of this world. 

Scripture was being fulfilled in  Deuteronomy 18. verse 15. The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren, him you shall hear. Jesus was more than a prophet, but that is how most of the  Jews saw him. Moses was saying this, there were many prophets after him. but none like Jesus Christ, this is who Moses was referring to. Although the priest knew the law they would not recognise who Jesus was.

Jesus went into the temple and turned all commercial things and people out of it. Declaring that my Fathers house is a house of prayer. That was the last straw, the priests had a cut of all this. Now they declared let us kill him and this they did. Giving Jesus the way to defeat the devil in his own back yard!

Now Jesus is alive and his light is shining brighter than ever. If we will let him it will shins just a bright through us.

Monday

Good Morning it is Monday again, another day that God has granted us while he tarry’s. For those of you at work and have had the weekend off. The start of a new week can be a bit difficult, I remember it well. Praise the Lord for all his goodness and this is a day he has given us to further his Kingdom.

Now how can I do that at work you may say. Praise him in everything that you do, give it all to him. You can praise silently within yourself, you see praise opens prison doors. There maybe someone near you that is struggling and you do not know about it. Praise can bring an opportunity to speak to them or just be made aware of their struggle. Then you can pray and that will also lift you up as well and transform your whole day.

Think of all the good things that God has done for you. Commit the negatives to him, they do not belong to you. Jesus dealt with them on the cross, he loves you and nothing can break that love. The Holy Spirit is waiting to minister to you at anytime and to show you how to love in a divine way. Give it a try, I know there are things in my life that happened years ago. They can not pull me down now because Jesus has taken them away from me. Now my God has no favourites, what he has done for me he will do for you. Praise God! for his goodness and mercy.

Galations 5.

It is in this chapter that we find the fruits of the Holy Sprit. There is often confusion about them. The first one is asking for the gifts before the fruits. It is like putting the cart before the Horse. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is love. We are told in the scriptures that without love we are nothing.

So what kind of love are we talking about here. It is the love of God which is so different from human love. The difference? human love has limitations which we all know. But the love that comes from the throne of Grace has no limits. Jesus when he was leaving this earth on the cross proved that. In Luke chapter 23. verse 34. Jesus said Father forgive them because they no not what they do. That is the love that knows no limits. Let us take an example of when somebody asks for healing hands. You have to love the person you are praying for. It has to be divine love that will heal that person.

The bonus to this one is that the love of God will flow through and into two persons. So the person praying will get an increase of the love of God in their lives. What better way to seek the fruits of the Holy Spirit, what follows the fruits? the gifts.

The Holy Spirit and the blood

In 1 John Chapter 5. verse 6.  We see a statement that the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus. Can not be separated, in other words you can not have one without the other.

Verse 6. This is the one who came by water and blood. Jesus Christ not with water only, but with water and with blood. And with the blood it is the spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is truth.

There you have it in scripture written in truth and in the Bible. Lots of people will try and convince you otherwise. The answer to that one is ( it is written).

Depresion

There is so much news about depression that I feel it is worth a post. In Proverbs chapter 25. verse 11. It says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of Gold. In other words a good and encouraging word that are spoken will edify that person. Or indeed a situation that is getting out of hand.

There is so much negativity coming out in the media these days. That anyone could be overwhelmed by bad news. In this very hectic modern world of ours, we sometimes need to stop a while and think about all the good things that God has done for us. We do not need to envy people who are well off. They are often the very ones that go into depression, getting all emotional about how much money they can lose.

Depression can creep up on us in various ways. The help of the Holy Spirit is always there for us. He is a teacher, a helper and a comforter all rolled into one. He is available all the time and any time. There will never be a negative word come from him and he will guide us through any situation. That is when we trust him and give every thing over to him.. Now this takes some doing, but the easiest way out of this one is to say. I have done all I can and it is a mess, I am sorry for not trusting you and I give every part of this and myself over to you.

 

Then watch and listen and see that situation be resolved. The best bit? we are one more step closer to God, because we have trusted him. Matthew chapter 11. verses 28-30.  Jesus said in verse 28. Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

29. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Notice something? we have brought God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in here. Three in one, the most powerful force in the whole of the universe. They are for us and they will put depression where it belongs. The pit of hell because that is where it comes from and it does not belong to us. Can I have an Amen to that.

How do I know so much about this subject? because I have been there in a big way and Jesus put his hand on my life and brought me out of it. You see my God is no respecter of persons, so what he did for me when I was in a very dark place. He will do for anyone who trusts him to do it, now that is the voice of experience speaking. Been there and worn the tee shirt!.

Doubting Thomas walked into this for a while. He was so upset when Jesus died, how could somebody like Jesus die in the first place. Most of all he died on a cross, crucified and for that to happen to a Jew was a disgrace. So Thomas was depressed and could not understand what had happened, he went into deep remorse.

When he was told that Jesus had been resurrected and was alive he refused to believe it. He was not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples. He said unless I see the nail prints and the sword wound on the side of Jesus I will not believe. He was so depressed, that was his mind set at the time.

Scripture tells us that Jesus came when Thomas was with the rest of the disciples. He said to Thomas, put your hand in my side and see the nail prints. You see Jesus knew where Thomas was in his mind and then showed him the proof he asked for. This shows us that Jesus will be concerned about us and what we are thinking. He will meet us right where we are and when we are depressed he will minister to us. When we give negative thoughts to the throne of grace, the answer and the help will come like it did for Thomas.

Above all do not let anybody put you down with pull your socks up. They have not worn this tee shirt. Depression is a way of going down. You will I promise you start to be on the way up. And who will you help when you are well? the person who is where you have been!

Beginning

John chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. This is a very strong statement and it tells us that Jesus and God are the same. Some people has difficulty in accepting this. But it is here plain enough in scripture and can not be disputed.

If we also look in Genesis chapter 1. verse 2. We find that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Hence we now have the Trinity that is so important to us all. We have three in one, but with diverse ministries.

Jeremiah chapter 1. verse. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. There are other references in the bible about being known by God before we were formed in our Mothers womb. Is that an exciting fact that right from the beginning of our lives we were known in heaven. Our God is the Alpha and Omega, what he starts he will finish. In other words we shall be what God wants us to be. A mirror image of him, we have to overcome our human nature for that to happen. That is where the Holy Spirit comes into our lives to help us.

He will teach us all things in spirit and in truth, it does not come much better than that. Notice it says ALL things, whatever needs to change in our lives he will show us the way. We will hear his voice, this is the way walk you in it. Isaiah chapter30.  verse 21. Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying. This is the way walk you in it. Whenever you turn to the right hand, or whenever you turn to the left.

This is the guiding hand of God who will correct us when we deviate from his word and ways.

I think the picture above says it all, when we learn to trust God in his timing and perfection. Trust brings familiarity, we can know as many scriptures as there are in the bible. But if we do not know God we are selling ourselves short. When we know the voice of God then we shall be obedient to his commands. And the first one is love one another, that means we shall bond with God and each other. Then we shall start to see the moves that our Lord and Master is doing.

There is allways a way

I was not able to go to church this morning. But I did not miss out. I watched three videos from U Tube and they were very good. In this modern world of ours there is so much communication about that we are spoilt for choice.

Do not get me wrong, I missed the fellowship of the saints. That is where we should be if we can. To study, hear the word of God, prayer and praise as a corporate body is the way to go. That is in line with the word of God. But sometimes it is not possible and then we resort to U. Tube or some of the very good ministries online.

I was born again in a large Pentecostal church where the worship and praise was awesome. I will often just listen to a choir or other means of worship and get lost in it all. Then I am edified and lifted beyond measure as the word says.

So we really are blessed to have these ministries on tap for us. Our predecessors were not as fortunate as we are. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to an anointed ministry and you are good to go as if you were there with them. Then just open yourself up to the Holy Spirit and just keep your focus on him. Let him teach you, there is non better. We are told in scripture that we can have life in Jesus in abundance.

Now abundance is an awesome word that means as much as you can take. Take the love that flows from the throne of Grace. That love has no limits, only the human nature that will try and stand against it. In Hebrews chapter 13, verse 21. it says that we will be made complete in every good work to do his will. Working in you what is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.

To be made complete means that everything we need to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, will be there in abundance, i rest my case!.  Can   not seem to find a way into this type of  praise? Ask God and he will always find a way for you. You see he knows our minds and he will highlight the blockage that is stopping us from breaking through. Then give it to him, yes you have to give it to him.

Then you will be liberated to praise like you have never done before. You will rise to the occasion, and you will just love it so much you will ask for more! Amen.

Galatians

Galatians Chapter 5.  verses 22-23.

22. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

23. Gentleness, self-control, against such there is no law.

Now that is quite a lot to live up to, but here is the character of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded to be in him and through him. Colossians chapter1. verse 20-21-22.. And by him to reconcile all things to himself, by him,  whether things on earth or things in heaven. Having made peace through the blood of his cross .

21. And you who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled.

22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable in his sight.

This is what Jesus did for us on that cross and he will draw us to himself. We need to say, i look at the fruits of your holy spirit Lord Jesus and how could I live up to that. Then give the Holy Spirit permission to do whatever it takes to bring us into those fruits. 

Our natural self will put up some resistance, but who can resist pure divine love?. The Holy Spirit is described as a helper. if we cooperate and go along with what he tells us. Then we are well on our way to being full of those fruits. we have the greatest teacher in the universe to teach us and encourage us. Now that should lift us into a mindset that will be in time divine. Oh yes i  like that how about you?.

An exciting time to be alive

This is an awesome time that we are living in. The Holy Spirit is bringing fresh revelations about the kingdom of God. Revelations means to reveal and that is what is happening worldwide. The church will be remoulded into the ways of God.

Isaiah chapter 55. verse 8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, my ways says the Lord. So you see that as we move into this day and age.

Isaiah chapter 58. verse 6-12. Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen. To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?. Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter. When you see the naked to clothe him and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?. Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear. Then your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call and the Lord will answer, you will cry for help and he will say, here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed. Then your light will rise in the darkness and night will become like the noonday.

Now that is some challenge to live up to in this modern world of ours. But if the word of God says it, then the Holy Spirit will help and prompt us to do it.