The Holy Spirit and You

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: …  [2 Cor 5:17]

Put another way, your spirit is brand new. It neither has nor knows sin. This truth may sound… unbelievable… but it is the truth.

Let us take a look at the picture of Jesus, since He is the author and finisher of our faith. This picture I cannot help myself from gazing at, over and over.

Jesus was God, but he had a human body, correct?

Well his body had to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God.

How much more, you who was born of the flesh? You must be subjected to and by the word of God. A discipline which is essential to your growth in the knowledge of God.

Having been born again of the water and the Holy Spirit, the same spirit which was in Jesus, has all the power and components which will make your life an effective, victorious and fulfilled one.

And without, you are living far below your potential and the standard which God has for you.

That being said, I know there are many Christians who are ‘born again’ but their life has taken on a subservient role that is down trodden and littered with frustration. I can relate.

See, this lackluster and defeat riddled lifestyle happens when you are not believing to use what you have within to the glory of God.

In other words, you put very little emphasis and or value to it.

On the other hand if you take stock of what is within you, you can be like the woman with the ‘little’ oil who, at the words of the prophet and her obedience, soon experienced a supernatural increase which not only benefited her house but her community as well.

She became a very successful entrepreneur overnight.

Have faith in the word of God

Believing the word of God, above everything that you see naturally, and what the Holy Spirit teaches about Jesus and your identity in Him will ultimately produce your deliverance.

This growth in faith will not happen overnight and it does not come about by you doing nothing.

So do yourself a favor and pay attention to that strong desire for the word of God and the companionship and fellowship of Jesus which will come upon you.

From my experience, this is more than likely your queue from God to receive from Him. As a young child seeks for food from his mother.

Do not ignore the Holy Spirit.

This yearning and seeking after God is common to all who are born of the Spirit and, the truth of the matter is you can only be truly satisfied when you receive from Him.

But not all live in obedience

As you mature and grow in the word of God and your relationship with Him, you will begin to see who you are in Christ.

You will see that ‘the position’ that Adam and Eve had lost way back in the generation of man, mentioned in the book of Genesis, has been restored to you, through the Grace of God in Jesus.

But the problem that we all face, being born of the flesh, is that we often fall prey to Satan’s lies.

When you believe the lies brought to you by Satan through craftiness and his perversion of the truth, you run the risk of following your feelings, your emotions and senses and not the still soft voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

So now that you know better, take hold of the truth and let the Holy Spirit and His word, be your guide, your teacher, your helper, your friend… everything you want Him to be for you.

Just don’t give up. When you stumble and even when you fall, and you will since you have never walked this way before, don’t give up.

Keep on following Jesus

Know that He remains with you with hands of mercy stretched out still. Be encouraged in the love that God has for you as you grow.

Finally, another point I would like to add that I have learned through my experience. Don’t focus on yourself and whatever you have or have not done.

You will get ‘stuck’ with this attitude.

Again, look only to Jesus, focus on Him and see His works, which guarantees your righteousness or right standing in God.

Be glad and rejoice for his works solidifies your relationship with God and your authority and dominance over sin and its destructive fruits.

Believe Jesus and what he has done for you.

My fellow readers, to neglect, disregard and discount what Jesus has accomplished for you to inherit eternal life will disqualify you from fully enjoying your life here on earth and experiencing the fullness of the victorious Christian life.

Again, this too is a gift from God and according to your belief you may or may not receive it.

But it’s really your call…

 

Ye Must Be Born Again!

Ye must be born again… this event is what separates Christianity from all religions and marks the beginning of a close, intimate relationship with God here, now and forever and without, you are unable to receive your true inheritance.

So, the question remains, “How can I be born again?” This is very important.

Well, as you know, your birth is the means by which you enter this world, which for us mortals, resulted from a corruptible seed.

However, this birth, which our Lord speaks of, is one which comes about by the word of God, the incorruptible seed, the same which lives and abides forever.

This incorruptible seed must first be received before there can be any conception. So you too have a part to play.

Once this supernatural spiritual birth takes place, great and wonderful benefits become available to you here on earth and in heaven. At this point, your new born again spirit which was once dead now lives forever.

Furthermore, the greatest news of all is this. Jesus now inhabits your ‘new born again’ spirit and so you can trust him faithful to his promise. He will never leave nor forsake you. In other words the God of heaven and earth is with you, always.

What this means to you is you are in touch with heaven and directly connected to God through Jesus.

You may be feeling a sense of complete disbelief and you might be tempted to reject this insight because this is not the reality of Christians. Nevertheless, I challenge you to take Jesus at his words and see.

At this point, I entreat you to just take a break and meditate on what this means for you…

Just consider the joy that the disciples had when Jesus was in their midst. If you can, then you will also see and experience the greatest joy that comes from knowing God.

Furthermore, based on this wonderful truth, let me go a bit further and tell you that the Kingdom of heaven which our Lord and Savior preached and taught about is completely available to you.

In other words, you don’t have to wait or put off from enjoying this closeness with God, until you ‘get to heaven’, which was what I believed for a long time. I thought that to truly experience the blessedness of God’s presence I must first die then go to ‘heaven’.

You know that place where God is?

But now I know better. 

You see, with this spiritual birth, you are immediately in that place, the kingdom of God or heaven, where God rules.

I encourage and implore you to enjoy the vast benefits of salvation.

You are now a citizen of the kingdom of God. You are no longer of this ‘world.’

Once you have gotten this around your mind and believe this truth in your heart, you are now at the place where you can relate and say like Jesus “… I am not of this world.” John 8:23.

You no longer need to be wondering and going about in circles searching for your identity. Looking at your circumstances, struggling and comparing yourself with others of this ‘world’. Battling with stressful demands of life, countless issues of insecurity and low self-esteem in your quest to be like the world.

This truth, when you receive it, I guarantee will put an end to your quest for happiness. You will find incomparable joy and the peace that Jesus himself has, abiding in and through you.

And like waking up from a deep sleep, you will soon realize that there is actually no need to continue nursing the deep insatiable need to fulfill your life’s purpose, without hope. Instead you will, with confidence, step into and fulfill your purpose and your passion.

Again, do spend a moment and think on this…