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What is wrong with giving?

It is natural to hold on to what we have.

It can make “economic sense” to take from others to increase what we are holding on to. That’s being “smart”.

However, It is a blessing to give from what we have – it is scriptural; it is noble.

There are many reasons to argue against giving – however, they don’t change the need to give.

Giving brings blessings – it is scriptural; expect to be blessed (not by the persons you gave to).

You don’t have to own the world to give – give from what you have. It might be little but it shows you can give more when you have more.

Whatever you choose to do, it is okay; there is nothing new about it.

  ” Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

The Prayer of Faith

Faith is the most important aspect of our lives as believers. Heb.11:6, says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). The prayer of faith is the prayer of an absolute trust in God. Absolute “abandonment”  in the hand of God, because you are persuaded:

Cover for a NIV Bible

Cover for a NIV Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. That God loves you in a personal way
  2. That God is all powerful and able to meet your needs
  3. That God’s promises are true and trustworthy
  4. That God is faithful and dependable
  5. That God is good and will not deny his word

Prayer of Faith is not just about the length of time or passion in prayer as much as it is about trust in God’s faithfulness. It is important to spend quality time in prayers often; however, doing so without a comprehensive active faith in God makes praying a frustrating experience. Heb.11:1, says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV).  

You can build your faith in God through:

  • Studying of the word
  • Meditation in the word
  • Obedience to the word
  • Believing the word
  • Taking action on the word
  • Focusing on God all through a faith thrust
  • Praising God for everything (big or small)
  • Believing that God is Holy

Faith is not about seeing the things you asked for before you know you’ve got it. It is about knowing that you’ve got it because you have asked God for it; and you have asked according to his promises. (You have asked for what you need – Phil. 4:19.)

We miss it when we become agitated, worried and fretting about our needs. Most times people never care about some of their needs until they are in the “worry zone”. There are issues that just take us unawares and get us panicky but it is important that at such times we must resolve to turn them over to the Lord and hold on to his promises and integrity.

In the prayer of faith, you do your part and allow God to do his part. You never worry that God might act too late. You believe that he makes all things beautiful in their time. God never fails.

After the prayer, you thank God for answered prayer and go away rejoicing.

In the prayer of faith you don’t go to God on your own terms; you don’t approach him on your “righteousness”. You go to him through Jesus Christ. You trust in his love and care. You believe in his faithfulness without wavering.

God said in Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (NKJV)

People are sometimes tempted to believe that their goodness is what will move God. (That thinking comes from Old Testament mentality – The New Testament is based on Jesus’ finished work)

There are people who think that fasting or a certain length of time spent in prayer is the most important thing in prayer. The Bible did not say so. We can pray and fast as much as we wish, but we always prevail through faith, as we pray. That is the way to do it.

People of faith

Heb. 11, lists people who lived by faith; trusting God at various times for various things. They were not disappointed.

You too can be part of them.

*Some important scriptures that will aid understanding are James 5:13-15; Heb. 10:22-23; James 1:5-7; Heb.11:6. Please take some time to read them.

 

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It Was Such A Bad!

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-...

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20 Français : Jésus et Saint Pierre, Évangile selon Matthieu 4.18-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us are familiar with situations where expectations fail to come through as planned. There were days when things went haywire and everything fell apart.  It could be such occasions where an unguarded moment of “madness” made everything to break and fall at the wrong places.  Many of such experiences usually linger around longer than we hope they should and many people struggle to recover from them for a long period of time. It reminds me of the day Peter had an encounter with Jesus.

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” Luke5:4-5 (NKJV)

Peter and his friends were fishermen and were at work throughout the night in the lake. It was a day that their skills did not yield any good return on investment. Their expectation failed, their plans and hopes were dashed and their customers had nothing to buy that day and were extremely disappointed. Frustration was written all over them as they washed their nets. You can comprehend their level of frustration from Peter’s word in the scripture quoted above; “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.” It was such a bad day.

When Jesus came and the multitude gather the scripture said, he “saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.” Luke5:2-3 (NKJV)

It was the boat that must have received a lot of backlashes from its owner (you know how we heap blames and hisses on people and things to easy our frustration – call it transfer of aggression, if you like). It was one of the boats that their owners had quickly forgotten its usefulness in the good old days. It became the Master’s vessel at the time Jesus borrowed it. Peter must have been consumed in the gracious words that proceed from the graceful voice of Jesus. The crowd that followed Jesus swallowed up the usual fish buyers and transformed the negative atmosphere created by unfruitful labour. Peter’s pains suddenly resurfaced when Jesus turned to him and said ““Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  He retorted “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” His heart was full of faith in Jesus because of the words he heard him speak but his head was full of pain and doubt because of his bad night at work. He was at a cross-road.

Peter’s faith in Jesus prevailed; he said “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” I am glad he did. It was a bad night but the day needn’t end like that! Every bad experience is always in the past, the future has no records except the ones people export into it. The future is a gift from God and there are gracious words from the Master that we can act on, regardless of our bad days. You may have a head full of fears and doubt but you can nonetheless choose to heed the graceful voice. Sometimes, people assume that where there is faith, there should be no struggles with doubt; but that is not the reality, the truth is that faith is, a trust in God in the presence of great evidence of a likely failure and embarrassment.

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment; there is hardly any person without a life challenge. Some people, despite their great fame and wealth are being eaten up by sickness; sickness that the very best of medical personnel has no solutions for ; Like the woman in Luke 8:43, “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any” (KJV). There are people who have been blessed with children and are struggling to feed them while some people are traversing land and sea looking for the fruit of the womb. Many young people are looking for jobs while many others are fed up with their jobs. Many marriages and relationships are in shambles and many governments are helpless about the situations in their countries. Who does not have a need?

You may be wondering who cares and why is it my concern? God cares. God loves you and I am sent by God to reach you with this message. I want to be your friend. We may never meet but I will be praying   for you that God will visit you and turn around the bad day. Psalm 30:5 says, “…….His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

You may wish to hear God speak to you; why not read the Bible? Read the Book of Mark and see the things Jesus did. He can do something for you too.

You may wish to tell God about your challenges; God is already waiting for you to come.  Matt.7:7-11; Matt. 11:28 (NKJV)

God fixes bad days. Those who turn to him always come through with a smile and surprise. Peter did. Luke5: 4-8, says, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (NKJV)

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All scriptures used are from www.biblegateway.com

The “god Figures”

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Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible clearly points out that God does not want us to make images of him in any form. Making images of gods is very common all over the world and that dates back to early human history. These images commonly called idols are worshiped by some and despised by others. People’s attitudes towards them have been judges variously all over history. For example:

“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Daniel 3:1-6 (NIV)

There are other images people hold of God; these are images of people, they include images of fathers, religious leaders (called by various names), political or national leaders and so on. God does not approve of these too. The scripture says:

“But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ” Matthew. 23:8-10 (KJV)

These figures have held many people in “mind captivity” all over the ages. People have related to God according to how they perceived or related to these “god figures”. For example, when we say God is our father, the image of an earthly father pops up. If people had a good “father – child” relationship, they are glad and happy with God as father; they recoil, if they had a harrowing experience with an earthly father; at that point they are bemuses about the idea that God can be a father.

There had been many religious leaders or leadership institution that people adore and honour. They represent God in people’s minds; they become images that people hold in highest esteem. People call them leaders, fathers, God sent, and many other names like that. These in many instances posed great dangers, given their human frailty; in many cases these “god figures” had succumbed to their human weakness and wrecked the faith of many people. Those occasions have driven many people away from God; in some cases some people who were established in faith had abandon their faith in God completely. The church history is chequered with a lot of these experiences and it has made evangelism difficult in many places.

There have been great leaders who came to leadership with great zeal and fervour. They had great accomplishments but failed to deliver in morals and were not accurate in judgement in some decisions; they failed the test of being “gods”. Their followers usually get discouraged and disappointed. The unfortunate thing  is that many people pass on this experience to God. They see God as inadequate and unable to deliver on his promises.

Men are not gods and there are no gods except the almighty God. Men who play god are in error and should stop; the glories derived from such efforts are false. Great men of God are still men and subject to the passions of men. People should wipe off the god images they hold of other people both physically and mentally. This will save them from error, pain and mental agony that accompany human failures that belittle people including the “god figures”.

God almighty through Jesus Christ has made himself available to all people. Those who seek him find him. The scripture says,

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:12-13 (NIV)

It is true that God has placed people along our part to help us in our relationship with him; we should appreciate and honour them but we are never allowed to see them as God. They are not.

 

Hearing from God – Prophesy

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearing from God is very important in the life of every believer. Hearing from God is not a one-sided thing, it is not only a human desire; God wants to speak to his children. That means that it is something that is readily available to everyone who desires to hear God. All you need to do is position yourself rightly and you will enjoy this fellowship with God.

God speaks to us through prophesy. In prophesy God sends a message to you through someone else. This is a very common way that God used in the lives of the Israelites. It is commonly identifiable in the Bible.

“The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message? Amos 3: 7-8 (GNT)

God appointed prophets whom he used to convey his purpose to his people. “The Lord spoke to Jeremiah in the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah, and he spoke to him again when Josiah’s son Jehoiakim was king. After that, the Lord spoke to him many times, until the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah. In the fifth month of that year the people of Jerusalem were taken into exile.” Jer. 1: 2-3 (GNT)

The proof of prophesy is that it must not mislead the people of God; it must not contradict the revealed “absolute truths” of the word of God, (for example, the fact that there is one God is an absolute truth, the sinfulness of man and the need for his salvation through Jesus Christ is an absolute truth.) All prophesies are proved by their fulfilment. All prophesies lead people to God.

Prophesy as a gift is different from the office of a prophet. Prophesy comes anytime God communicates in that manner. It can come from the prophet or someone God chooses to use. The prophet stands in the office to constantly point God’s people to the direction God wants them to follow. This does not mean the ability to see through people or the ability to always have something about the future to say to every person that comes around. Christian prophesies is not clairvoyance; these are different and far-apart as far as Christianity is concerned. In fact God forbids believers from associating with clairvoyance.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” Dt. 18:10-12 (NIV)

I know many people are drown towards seeking prophesies and prophets as an obsession; however, this means of God speaking to people is as normal as any other way God chooses to use to speak to you. Prophesy is one of the most abused Christian experiences and some people have used it to exploit others. It has been used to intimidate and scare people all over the ages against the will of God. False prophets are common everywhere and many of them are so crafty that it takes discernment and the help of the Holy Spirit to escape their antics.

God is interested in the lives of his people and is ever will to guide and help them.  The scripture says:

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

All who desire to hear from God must learn to worship and praise God. They must learn to pray and study the Bible. They must learn to wait on the Lord and be eager to obey him.

Hearing from God – The Still Small Voice

 

So how does God speak to us? I have always been amused by people who mimic God’s voice; usually they make it sound like the voice of an old man, very deep and slow. Others make it look as if God is incoherent. Well, I don’t mind, however it sounds like, let it be real. Please don’t seek a special effect; ask God to speak to you in the language you understand.

God can speak to us in a still small voice, in other words, we hear God speak to our spirit man. This voice will be audible within you, but it is clear and understandable. There may not be anything unusual about it. It may be like the voice of the human spirit but in this case you know that, this is not a just mind activity and it is not an imagination. You just know that someone said something to you.

I have tried in a previous post to distinguish the voice of God from other voices that may confuse you. God’s voice doesn’t need to be terrific. Many people miss it here because they are looking for an awesome voice. I will give you a simple example. There was a day, long time ago, I bought a bottle of Coca-Cola, after pouring the drink, as I lifted the cup to drink, I heard a voice say to me “look at the drink”. It was very clear to me that I heard a voice. When I looked, I saw an object in the drink. Some of the remains were still in the bottle. Well, I don’t know what would have happen if I just emptied the whole content into my bowels but I believe I was saved some troubles.

The Scripture says in 1 Kings 19:11-15 “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.” (NKJV

Elijah had his expectation of how God was going to appear to him but it did not just happen that way. When “God eventually showed up” he spoke to him in the still small voice.

Many people spend time getting acquitted with this way that God uses to speak to us. I did too. There were times, especially when I was young in the faith, in the fellowship people were given opportunities to say what God led in their heart, I was naïve and there were times when God told me something but I did not talk; God raised someone else who said exactly what God wanted me to say. Of cause I felt disappointed that “I disobeyed God” but God was not angry with me, I was just learning. I became more confident with time but “never too bold”. Some time ago, I was ministering in an evening meeting and God told me he was going to bless someone with a car (I was a pastor at this time). I looked around and was wondering who that could be (not my business really); I just said it; the following week, during the testimony time, a man who was in that meeting came forward to testify how God miraculously blessed him with a car. I always try to make sure I hear from God before saying so.

You can have this experience too like many other people. One important thing is to continually give yourself to prayers. Hearing from God, for me, does not call for arrogance or being unruly; I have seen people who abuse this privilege and got into trouble. Actually hearing from God is the beginning of the process; it is obedience that makes him glad.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.” John 8:31 (NKJV)

 

Reference:

All Bible quotes are from http://www.biblegateway.com

 

 

Hearing from God – Is Very Important

Cover for a NIV Bible

Cover for a NIV Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most exciting things for me is to hear from God. The Holy Spirit’s work includes speaking to us and helping us to understand and to obey. However, this is very confusing and scary issues among believers.  It is commonly said “you should hear from God” but it is grossly misunderstood. I hope to write several short articles on this topic and I hope it might help someone somehow.

Hearing the voice of God is very essential for anyone who wants to enjoy the Christian life. We should desire to hear God clearly, obey his voice and achieve good success. One misunderstanding that many people have is that “God’s word and instructions are weird” That is not true. Some people feel it may take ages waiting before God speaks to you, that again is not true. Yet some other people think that God only speaks to special people; that also is not true too. God speaks to all his children. Being a child of God makes you special.

The scripture says “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” Rev. 5:10 (NIV)

Also in 1 peter 2:9-10 the scripture says “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (NIV) Even if anyone argues that only priest could have access to God,(though that is not so), you are by right of salvation a priest.

The restriction of access to God was destroyed when Jesus died on the cross. The symbolic barrier to God’s presence, the curtain shielding the Holy of holies was torn from top to bottom; it means all children of God can come into his presence without hindrance.

Mark 15: 37-38 “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (NIV)

One last thing for now is that I believe that God will not speak to me in a language I don’t understand. Well, that is my own experience. It is simple for me that way. I feel that if God speaks in a language that I don’t understand, it means he does not expect me to obey. In the first instance I did not understand what was said and I do not know how I could go from place to place seeking for someone to tell what was said and I could be at a risk of getting it wrong. It has been working for me and it is fine with me.

Stay blessed.

Reference: biblegateway.com

Holy Spirit is A Friend Indeed

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will helpyou and always be with you.” John 14:15-16, (CEV)

One of the real issues in modern Christianity is heroism and spiritual egoism. A lot of myths and mysticism has been built into things far from what God really wanted them to be. One of such things is our relationship with the Holy Spirit. It’s been by many people taught that we “have to be special to relate with him” and that “when we have him we are so much more special than other Christians” These are not absolute truths. We are special because we are God’s children, saved by grace, through the blood of Jesus Christ. All who have received Jesus Christ into their lives can receive the Holy Spirit. Your life as a believer filled with the Holy Spirit will be more fulfilling, victorious and productive. All children of God are special to him.

This Holy Spirit came as our helper and comforter – that is, he is here to help us and not to make things difficult. The Holy Spirit has been described as being very “fragile” and will vanish at the slightest provocation. If that is absolutely true then he won’t bother coming. The best of men is very volatile and unworthy of a “fragile Holy Spirit”.

Psalm 103: 8 – 10 says “The Lord is merciful! He is kind and patient, and his love never fails. The Lord won’t always be angry and point out our sins; he doesn’t punish us as our sins deserve.” (CEV)

The Holy Spirit knows who we are before creation. He came to help us live successful lives as children of God. He knows we can’t cope with life’s pressures and temptations. He knows our limitations and steps in to help us when in need. He knows we have tendencies to draw-back from battles that we ought to stand our ground. He knows we are hard at hearing when it comes to spiritual things.

In my life, I have found him as a friend. I have been a Christian for many years and I see myself a normal person. I have emotions like everyone and I have had both mountain top and lowest valley experiences. One thing that has kept me going is the love, comfort and tolerance of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I have found it tedious to study my Bible and burdensome to pray. I have been sluggish on many occasions to hear and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. I had at least two occasions when God used children to speak to me before my “eyes” were opened to see where he is leading me. What I am saying is that, if the Holy Spirit can bear with me, he can bear with you. One thing I do is to make efforts, no matter how difficult it might seem, to keep following and learning from him. I am sure he is happy when I do things right and he is patient with me when I miss the mark.

I have found him a friend indeed. He is my helper, my comforter and teacher. He loves me. You can enjoy the same relationship with him.

How Does The Holy Spirit Comfort You?

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

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This is a very important topic and I will be quoting a lot of scriptures; however, it will be appreciated if you read most of them from your Bible. This will make this article easy to read. The greatest resource on this topic is the Bible.

God love us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die for our sins. Jesus accomplished that task and went back to heaven and has been speaking on our behalf on all issues. Before Jesus left, he promised that he will send the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit to us, to help us; and on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came. His coming was announced with great event – Acts chapter 2. (You may wish to read this).

““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18. (NKJV).

Starting from this scripture, we can see that:

  1. The Holy Spirit is our helper. A helper helps those that are in need. One of our greatest needs is self-confidence, we need this in every area of life. This complex of the sinfulness that follows people was dealt with by the Holy Spirit “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” Rom. 8:1-2.(NKJV).
  2. The Holy Spirit is our Guide. John 16:12-15, says ““I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”. He will teach you the truth. Truth is different from facts. The truth shows how God sees things and how he deals with them. It is this truth of the word of God that make miracles to happen despite the evidence of pain and facts of a problem.
  3. He reveals things of the future: The Holy Spirit can reveal things in the future to you. The scripture in John 16:12-15 reveals that. In June 1993, after the general election in Nigeria, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the announcement of the results will never be completed. At that time I was doing land survey work at Ogoja area in Cross River State, Nigeria. I told my colleague about it the next day.  The result of that election remains incomplete. He has told me many things all through my Christian life. Please know that it is his prerogative what he tells me and I will never formulate anything to prove that he speaks to me.
  4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom.8:26.
  5. He declares that we are Children of God. He witnesses to it; in other words, he proves it. “ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Rom. 8:16-17. (NKJV)
  6. The Holy Spirit makes us bold and courageous “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”” Rom. 8:15. (NKJV)
  7. He quickens our body; he renews us and energises us daily. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
  8. The Holy Spirit commissions us to God’s work. “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:1-2. (NKJV). He revealed to me that fact that I was going to preach the gospel and even confirmed it using people. One time in church during the service (then) a woman walked up to me and said “have you been told that you are to preach the gospel”. She did not know who I was or things I did. I had been doing youth work and the Lord has told me about full time work  and I had been praying about it(I had told some people about it and requested that they pray along with me).
  9. He intercedes for us according to the will of God. “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Rom.8:27.
  10. In the time of confusion, the Holy Spirit manifests to give us direction and hope.1 Sam.30:6-8 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all
  11. The Holy Spirit always gives peace in times of trouble and life trauma. We feel a strong presence that is difficult to explain.
  12. The Holy Spiritual recalls scriptures that provides hope and strength when all things seems to be falling apart or when the situation are tense.
  13. There are “crazy” moments in life that only the Holy Spirit can handle (Dt. 29.29). Such times that we ask questions that no one can answer. Many people are tempted to volunteer opinions at such times but they never soothe the hearts in trouble expect God intervenes. Mat.2:16-18 ” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more” (NIV)

The way to go about receiving help from the Holy Spirit is to ask him for help. After you have prayed, open up your mind to receive help. He can use people, the scriptures, inner witness, and many other ways to reach you.

The Holy Spirit is Your Friend

We may never appreciate enough the salvation of our souls. Most times we tend to think that we were the ones seeking God and the salvation of our souls.

The truth is that God created us, sorts out our salvation and daily leads us in the path of righteousness for his name sake.

Psalm 100:3 says “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture”

God created us for his purpose and all men are like tenants on earth and will eventually leave it.

Jesus said in Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  All anyone should do is to open the door of his or her heart and let him in. He is to be saviour and Lord of our lives.

Jesus is Lord of all but somehow many of us think that we were saved because we searched God out; no it is him that sought for us. When we get saved, he is Lord; he has not surrounded the initiative or the leadership to us. He sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to us, to take care of us. We should not live a moment without him.

Romans 8:26-27 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” NKJV.

The major part of our lives as believers should consist of worship and praise; we should live in faith and trust God to do all he has promised to do in our lives. Our walk with God, our work for him and our prayers are all made profitable as we appreciate the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

If we look at the experience of Moses we will understand our limitations. Moses was told beforehand how Pharaoh will respond to his mission; however he was constantly under pressure and tends to forget what God told him. In Exodus 14: 15-18 “And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.   But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.  And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.  Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” NKJV.

It looked at this point as if God was frustrated with Moses’ incessant cries and commanded him to stop crying and act in faith. When he did, he saw the glory of God. He saw the sea part, Israel delivered and the Egyptians destroyed.

While many people struggle with letting the Holy Spirit take charge of their lives, they work hard to take the lead. It leads to frustration. You can always get better results with the Holy Spirit. He is your friend and he is purposely on earth to help you. If there was no need for comfort and help we will not need a comforter and a helper. Comfort here, is not used in a negative form. It is not just the comfort of consolation in a time of grief, it is all seasons’ comfort.

You are losing out when you fail to acknowledge your need for the Holy Spirit.

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