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John 8:6 – Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. Continue reading
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By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. 1 John 4:2-3
I believe Jesus came in the flesh!
It doesn’t stop there.
I believe He came, died, was buried, and rose the third day.
I believe that many saw Him after the resurrection.
I believe He ascended to Father and is now at His right hand.
I believe He intercedes for you and me.
There are those that would say Jesus was just a good man or a prophet. By that they do not confess He came in the flesh.
Some others would say He never existed and the Bible was written by a man (or several men) and is a made up book of stories. By this they do not confess that Jesus has some in the flesh.
Both are the spirit of Antichrist.
And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4:3
If you are a Christian, your confession of Jesus should be first and foremost in your life. That confession should be evident in your speech and actions.
A drunk is a drunk because he drinks.
An adulterer is an adulterer because she cheats.
A liar is a liar because he lies.
A murderer is a murderer because he kills.
A Christian is a Christian because…
You get the point?
Abba, I confess my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. YES&AMEN
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 12:3
At the risk of being called judgmental, I often see someone that makes a claim of salvation but I see no evidence of it in their life.
I hear a minister read from the Bible and yet teach something contrary.
It seems to me that every Christian reads the same Bible, praises the same Father, and is filled with the same Spirit.
We may go to a different church but all the same things should apply.
But there are some that are on the edge of being sacrilegious – even blasphemous. The Bible says,
the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Tim 4:3-4
The time is here. Unsound doctrine is here. False teachers are here. Even those with their doctrine, which will curse the name of Jesus. These things are not possible with someone filled with the Holy Spirit.
Your only defense is to know what the word of God says through the power of the Holy Spirit. And the only way to know this is to read your Bible every day.
Abba, reveal truth to me. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
I recalled last time how I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to sing with a couple and I didn’t!
That seems to be one of the great characteristics of the Holy Spirit – to lead you.
He’s not only going to lead you to do something positive but to also lead you to do something that seems negative.
They were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. Acts 16:6
I can never emphasis enough that the Holy Spirit is not going to lead you to do drugs or lead you into multiple failed relationships and marriages.
This may cause some discontent but the Holy Spirit is not going to lead you to divorce since the Bible is clear that
the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, Mal 2:16
But that’s not the purpose of today.
The Holy Spirit forbade the early evangelists from going into Asia, thus sending them more towards Europe.
So in reality this wasn’t a negative movement – it is a positive leading of the Holy Spirit to send the Gospel towards the heart of the Roman Empire, at that time.
Dallas Holm had a song years ago that was called Look for a Window.
The lyrics said:
Hot on the trail of God’s will
And getting warmer still
Got it together this time around
There’s nothing to stop you now
Stopped by the slam of a door
God, what’d You do that for
Sometimes we just don’t understand
How He wants to let us in
When God closes a door, look for a window
Oh look for a window
Don’t stand at the door, there might be a window
Oh look for a window
And so do our pathways
One way God shows which way to go
Is to let the old road close
There’s no point in getting down on yourself
God is only point you somewhere else
Please open yourself to allowing the Holy Spirit to lead on what to do today and what not to do today!
Abba, lead me in all ways. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Right after the gentleman died of Ebola in Dallas, I saw a report on Facebook that a family of five were diagnosed with the disease, thus quarantining an entire town in Texas.
I saw this same story shared over and over, which seems to give credibility to it.
But it was a false report.
We tend to believe something we hear over and over, especially from different sources.
This can even take place with false information about the Bible. All it takes is some pastor doing some studying online and seeing the same comments made about a subject.
Recently I taught on the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-26. It ends with Jesus mentioning an eye of a needle.
For the last few centuries it has been commonly taught that this refers to a small gate in the city that travelers had to stoop to get through and a camel had to get down on it’s knees to get through.
For years it has been taught as gospel but for me something just wasn’t right about it.
The Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; Heb 10:15
I believe the Holy Spirit checks our spirit and bears witness to us. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth.
My thought is why a small door would be necessary. Of course there was an answer for that but that didn’t make since either.
Why a small door that would cause animals such difficulty to enter with their owners?
The main thing that bothered me about the story is this – it wasn’t impossible for a camel to enter such a gate; it was just difficult. It could be done.
When Jesus made the statement that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, the disciples wondered who could be saved!
In my entire ministry I have never taught the small gate theory. Today there are many commentaries that give no evidence that such a gate ever existed.
So listen to the Holy Spirit when you study your Bible. And listen when you read about things outside the Bible.
Abba, give me guidance to discover the truth so I may teach others Your perfect truth! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31
Everyone wants to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I know I really enjoy it.
But what is the reason that you want to be filled with God’s Spirit?
Many just enjoy how it makes them feel. I know I really enjoy it!
But the early church did not ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They asked for boldness in preaching the word!
They also asked for healing power and miracles.
Still, it all started with asking for boldness to speak God’s word.
God responded with the filling of the Holy Spirit.
It reminds me of King Solomon.
That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” 1 Kings 3:5
Solomon could have asked for anything!
His response – Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. 1 Kings 3:9
It pleased God so much that He gave Solomon wisdom. He also gave him great fame and wealth.
There are a few things you must remember.
First, seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matt 6:33
And humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:10
I am praying for brokenness and humility before God. I just want to serve Him. I want to be able to preach and teach God’s word with simplicity for everyone to understand. I want to lead more to Christ. It’s not about me. It’s about Christ.
As John the baptizer said, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30
If you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword Isa 1:20
Those words were spoken to Israel during the days of Isaiah. It was a warning to repent from the path the nation was taking. That path was leading to destruction. Continue reading
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD. Ps 122:1
If you are a born again believer and don’t go to church, you’re going to miss something wonderful! Continue reading