WORKINGS OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT

WORKINGS OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. —II Timothy 1:7

The Holy Spirit of God:

1. Gives us courage

2. Gives us power

3. Gives us love

4. Gives us self-discipline

When the Spirit of God is working in us we are not timid, fearful or lacking courage. If we are experiencing these… are we yielded to Him? When the Spirit of God is working in and through our lives we will experience His power and not be powerless. Is this happening in our lives? When the Spirit of God is working in our lives we will love others. Is that the case in our lives? When the Spirit of God is working in our lives we will be experiencing self-discipline. Is that taking place in our lives? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVFzxazTQNM

It is the Spirit of God that does these things in us and for us. These are supernatural qualities that we could not experience apart from Him. Look what God has done for us and is doing for us and will do for us as we yield to His Holy Spirit. May we do so and see Him at work mightily in our lives! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxB9VH3cCN4&spfreload=5

Dear Father, may I yield to Your Holy Spirit in the authority of Jesus that You may have Your way in my life. Oh, that this would be so!

RICHES

RICHES

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. —I Timothy 6:17-19

“North American Christians are simply not doing enough. We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth, period. Yet, most of us live as thought there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids’ soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world’s inhabitants struggle just to eat every day. And in our own backyards, the homeless, those residing in ghettos, and a wave of immigrants live in a world outside the economic and social mainstream of North America. We do not necessarily need to feel guilty about our wealth. But we do need to get up every morning with a deep sense that something is terribly wrong with the world and yearn and strive to do something about it. There is simply not enough yearning and striving going on.”— When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

What are you and I doing about this? God did indeed created everything for our enjoyment, but are we doing “good…rich in good deeds… generous and willing to share” as stewards of what He has given us? Are we looking at eternal treasure and not just temporal comforts? How are we truly using what He has given us by His grace?

Many of us in the U.S.A might not consider ourselves to be rich, but when compare to the rest of the world we surely are. “While the average American lives on more than ninety dollars a day, approximately one billion people live on less than one dollar per day and 2.6 billion— 40% of the world’s population— live on less than two dollars per day.”— When Helping Hurts.

All of us who have called on the Name of the Lord Jesus for salvation will give an account to Him one day. May we be faithful, joyous and generous as we run the race He has laid out for each of us. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTi3RJOVj2M

Dear Father, may I be sensitive to Your Holy Spirit’s guidance in what I am both to be and do to show forth Your glory. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

FAITHFUL LEADERS

FAITHFUL LEADERS

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” —I Timothy 5:17-18

The Elders who are faithfully directing the affairs of the church are worthy of recognition. This is true especially of those who preach and teach. To get the point across the illustration is used of the ox not being muzzled while treading out the grain. As the ox works it is to be allowed to feed out of that which it is threshing. So too the person who is working deserves wages for the work they have done. These two illustrations support the premise that faithful leaders in a local church are to be paid for their faithful service.

Thank God for the leaders in your local church who faithfully preach and teach God’s Word. In the context of the verses above this is called “work.” Just as an ox keeps going and going so does a faithful elder— week after week they preach and teach God’s Word in a variety of ways. There is also prayer and study in preparation and so many other things that leaders are involved in. Some leaders are “full-time” and others are bi-vocational. Either way, the local church they oversee is to recognize them for their service. Have you prayed for your leaders today? I am sure they have prayed for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGzu6oI9b4

Dear Father, thank You for Your goodness and provision. May we be faithful to those who faithfully preach and teach Your Word. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

TRAIN FOR ETERNITY!

TRAIN FOR ETERNITY!

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.— I Timothy 4:7-8

Are you in training? How are you in training? What does being “godly” look like? Consider the following article— https://bible.org/article/what-godliness

There are many who put much effort in physical training which is of some value, but when it comes to godliness the focus wanes compared to the effort that is put into the physical training. May we focus on that which is eternal!

Dear Father, please help me to be a godly servant of Yours. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. — I Timothy 3:16

Our great confession of faith! Jesus left the glories of Heaven and came to this Earth in the flesh— “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). What a marvel! “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18). Jesus has done so much for us! “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:9-10). Rejoice!

“Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One” (John 1:32-34). The Holy Spirit of God also has made this declaration— “who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). God’s Holy Spirit declares God’s Holy Son!

“Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man” (John 1:51). Not only that but “angels came and attended him” during His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:11). “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). God’s angels declare Jesus!

Jesus was proclaimed among the nations— “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5ff) and “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” The disciples were told ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). We are to continue the work today! May we do so. We declare Jesus!

I believe “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us” (I John 1:1-2). Amen!

“They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10-11). Even so come Lord Jesus! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5n1SUnyzGA

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. — I Timothy 3:16

Our great confession of faith! Jesus left the glories of Heaven and came to this Earth in the flesh— “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). What a marvel! “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18). Jesus has done so much for us! “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:9-10). Rejoice!

“Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One” (John 1:32-34). The Holy Spirit of God also has made this declaration— “who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). God’s Holy Spirit declares God’s Holy Son!

“Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man” (John 1:51). Not only that but “angels came and attended him” during His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:11). “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). God’s angels declare Jesus!

Jesus was proclaimed among the nations— “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5ff) and “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” The disciples were told ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). We are to continue the work today! May we do so. We declare Jesus!

I believe “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us” (I John 1:1-2). Amen!

“They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10-11). Even so come Lord Jesus! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5n1SUnyzGA

LISTEN!

LISTEN!

To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. —Jeremiah 6:10

Do you find pleasure in God’s Word? Do you love to hear what He has to say? Are you rejoicing in His Word? Are you being obedient to His Word? Do you share His Word with others?

Those things we take pleasure in are the things we love to hear about, listen to and take part in. The things that are offensive to us we would rather not be around or spend time with. May this not be the case with us when it comes down to listening and obeying God’s Word!

When we share God’s Word let us also make sure we share the warning that He speaks. Let us not sugarcoat God’s Word and only speak what people want to hear. Let us speak and warn them as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8cJQMU9Q-U

Dear Father, may this be the case. May I share all of Your Word with those around me. Oh, that this would be done in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus my Lord. So be it!

DON’T GROW WEARY IN DOING GOOD!

DON’T GROW WEARY IN DOING GOOD!

And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. —II Thessalonians 3:13

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. —Galatians 6:9

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. —Hebrews 12:3

We should never tire of doing good. We will reap a harvest if we do not give up. But Galatians 6:9 above implies that if we do give up there will not be a harvest. Here is why it is important to stick to what God wants us to be and do. He will bring about a harvest through us if we keep going!

I’m glad Jesus did not give up! When He left planet Earth look at what and who He left behind to continue the mission He gave. From the world’s perspective, who would have thought there would be such a harvest down through the ages right to us! Jesus endured opposition but He stuck to the plan. He knew the outcome. We also know the outcome. The verses above tell us as does the whole of God’s Word. There will be a harvest if we remain faithful to His will in our lives.

So, do you want to give up? Why? If the Lord is moving you from one ministry to another, that is not giving up. But if you are just pulling back from ministry where you are because of being weary… well, that is giving up and you will miss out on what the Lord wants to do in and through your life. You will not reap a harvest for the glory of God.

A pastor friend quoted this from the book “Replenished”—

“Jesus is an incredible gift to us. And as people in ministry we get the privilege of carrying that gift to the world. Our ministry can be likened to the box and the wrapping paper and the bow. Our size and style of box can vary from ministry to ministry, but we are all trying to deliver the same gift. Never lose sight of the fact that the box (your ministry) is not as valuable as the gift (Jesus). And that the only reason the box exists is to deliver the gift. You have dedicated your life to the gift, not to the box.”

Let us keep Jesus the center and priority of our lives wherever He haves us serving. Father, may it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. All for Your glory! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs

HIS WORD TO US

HIS WORD TO US

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” —Jeremiah 1:4-10

Isn’t this true of you and me as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ? Did He not know us before we were formed in the womb? Did He not set us apart before we were born? Are we not “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do?” (Ephesians 2:10). Has He not “marked out for us” the race He planned for us and that we should fix “our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith?” (Hebrews 12:2-3).

We too need to be like Jeremiah— “I do not know how to speak” and hear what the Lord says— “You must go to everyone I send you to and say what I command” knowing that we are safe in the Lord Jesus Christ according to His plans and purposes for us. After all, He appointed the time in his-story when we would live and where we would live for His plans and purposes (Acts 17:26).

Jesus has appointed us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Let us be faithfully obedient to His call on our lives. May it be so!

Dear Father, I cannot do anything in my own strength— this I surely understand. Today, may I live in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Be pleased to work in and through me today to impact someone for eternity. May it be so for Your honor and glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJq1N4PiH28

NEW!

New!

“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. —Isaiah 65:17-19

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.” —Isaiah 66:22

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” —Revelation 21:1-4

New! Do you like new? The smell of a new car, the smell of new clothes, the smell of a new meal, the smell of newly cut hay or grass, the smell of newly fallen leaves or the smell of a new Fall season, the smell of a newly paved road, the smell of newly tilled fields…

Do you like new? The sight of new plants sprouting through the ground, the sight of a new bride or bridegroom, the sight of a new sunrise or sunset, the sight of a new moonlight night, the sight of a new born baby, the sight of newly blooming flowers…

Do you like new? Witnessing a new believer in Christ, witnessing a new local church coming into existence, witnessing believers following the Lord in baptism, witnessing fruitfulness in a believer’s life, witnessing a new believer growing and having impact on others…

Do you like new? There is coming a day when we will stand amazed at the new heavens and new earth the Lord God Almighty is going to create. Wow, a new creation! I am so looking forward to that. Here’s some things that will be new in it: no tears, no death, no mourning, no crying, no pain— wow, that will be new! Yeh, I am so looking forward to being there with Jesus and all who love Him. Fellow follower of Jesus let us rejoice! We have so much to be thankful for!

Dear Father, I so look forward to being with Jesus and all who love Him. May I be faithful in the race You have marked out for me. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://youtu.be/bo9ZWX1lEKI?t=1031