As we come up to Easter

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.

Isaiah Chapter 44. verse 3.

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.

Psalm 34.

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.

The misunderstanding

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.

 

The right way

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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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!. 
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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 shine just a bright through us.  We need to be a people who have that divine light that will dissolve any problem that anybody brings to us. Jesus can and will solve problems that appear so big to any of us.

When we look at the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5. Nothing can stand against those remarkable statements. When we immerse ourselves in these. We can truly say that we are an empty vessel that God can use.

That divine light that we have posted about, will one day return to this earth. All darkness will disappear and this divine light that shines through Jesus will light up the whole world. Just think, no need for electricity!.

 

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.

When you are next in a service have a look at the hymn book or a chorus book. Have a good look at the words and when you sing them, really mean them. You will find you are in the best level of praise that you have ever been in. This will lift you up and then keep them in your head as you go about your work. Also in other times you will find that things get a lot easier. 

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).

There is a lot of contention about the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. Let me be very plain about this. No person can do this, although a lot do it. Only the Holy Spirit can sprinkle our hearts clean with the blood of Jesus. I say it again no person can sprinkle the blood of Jesus. What we can do is to sprinkle our faith in this divine blood. That is different, we can have faith in a prayer like this.