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The Gift of the Holy Spirit


    “I still have numerous things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you in 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” (John 16: 12-15.)


    Shortly before being crucified, Jesus foretold of the arrival of a mysterious entity known as the ‘Holy Spirit.’ After the resurrection He ascended into heaven and fulfilled his promise to every believer by sending “the Spirit of Truth.”  For nearly 2000 years Jesus has been seated in glory at the right hand of God; and for 2000 years there have been countless genuine confessions of faith.  With every confession received, a gift has been given; the faithful obtain the indwelling of the fullness of God’s Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, the desires of Christ become intuition; his path becomes transparent, and evil is exposed by the divine light of the living God.  Finally able to distinguish the truth from the lies, the newborn Christian is able to recognize counterfeit prophets and artificial religions. The inner Spirit also declares the authority and authenticity of a single book; the Holy Bible. God Himself will begin to guide and direct the steps of every Faithful follower.    

    Many years ago a friend invited me to attend a church service.  Near the end of the service, there was an opportunity to approach the stage and publicly profess a faith in Jesus Christ; I chose to accept the invitation.  Afterwards I was given a bible; and yet I remained skeptical; fearing that the church might be a cult. In turn, I didn’t trust the accuracy of the bible they had given me.  I promptly made my way down to the local bookstore and asked one of the employees where I could find the “original bible.”  With a confused look she replied, “Let me get another employee who’s a Christian; she’ll know more about this than I will.”  When the Christian girl arrived, I explained my situation to her; “I want the original bible,” I said. She responded by saying, “Well it doesn’t really work that way.  The original bible is in a different language” (a language I did not understand.)  [Note:  She did impress upon me that the English translations were very accurate.]  Shortly after our discussion I had one of my first experiences with the Holy Spirit.  A voice suddenly spoke to me from my heart; a voice I didn’t hear with my ears; and yet my mind clearly comprehended what was spoken; the voice said, “You’ve always been too smart for your own good; just read the bible I gave you.”  God had communicated with me through the Holy Spirit.  I began reading the bible He wanted me to read; the bible I had received at my conversion; it was easy to understand and it provided me with exactly what I needed.  With every flip of the page I grew closer to God.  Without the Holy Spirit I might have fallen victim to my own arrogance and pride.

    The Holy Spirit is an essential component of our faith; without it we are blind, ignorant and lost.  But God, in His great wisdom has said, “I will not leave you orphans.”  The Spirit proclaims God’s desires on this earth; He testifies of what is true and helps us to choose what is good and avoid what is evil.  Believe in Jesus Christ and you will enter into fellowship with the living God.  Receive His Holy Spirit and you as well can share in the knowledge, power, and love of your Eternal Father, and His only begotten Son.

    “Lord Heavenly Father, we love You, and we praise you, and we thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit.  Continue to speak to us and guide us in the ways of righteousness.  With every breath, may we draw nearer to You.  Lead us, that we might do Your will in this place, and bring glory and honor to You and to Your Son.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you! 

Moving Mountains


   “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11: 20-24.)


    Mountains are large immovable obstacles; they are symbols of durability and permanence.  A million bulldozers and ten thousand sticks of dynamite would barely put a dent in even the smallest mountain range.  No amount of human effort, nor quantity of resources can make a mountain move.  And yet Jesus has taught us that through faith in God, a mountain can be picked up and cast into the sea.  Unwavering faith in God’s power is expressed in prayer.  When faced with something we cannot accomplish, we must turn to God; asking Him to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

    Some time ago I was speaking with an elderly friend of mine.  For many years he and his wife had been pestering their kids to begin having children; they were quite anxious to become grandparents.  As the years went by and their faith in God grew, they gave up on their efforts, and instead began praying and asking God for grandchildren; which He soon provided in abundance.  Their numerous years of dissatisfaction were products of their misplaced faith.  When they took the faith they had in themselves and placed it in God, the mountain that had separated them from the desires of their hearts had finally been removed.

   Today there are many things in our lives that seem to be permanent fixtures; there are numerous obstacles that we, through our own efforts, have been powerless to overcome.  Too often we place faith in ourselves rather than in God.  We need only turn to Him through prayer and seek His power.  Bring your struggles to the Lord; let Him accomplish what you cannot, and you will experience a very real miracle in your life.

   “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You today and we ask for the faith to move mountains.  We desire to see You accomplish the impossible.  We admit that, apart from You we are weak and have no hope; but with You Lord, nothing is impossible.  Fill our hearts with genuine faith. We thank You in advance for what You are going to do in our hearts and in our lives.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

Shining Brightly


“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it provides light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mathew 5: 14 – 16.)


     It is impossible for a Christian to journey through life unrecognized. To remain hidden is to fail to fulfill God’s ultimate purpose. As genuine believers we are called to be different; to stand out; to be set apart; to love where there is no love; to serve in the midst of selfishness; to faithfully encourage others; to nurture the sick; to care for the needy; to fill the hearts and minds of many with great hope and joy. Authentic faith inevitably produces an abundance of good works. As disciples we are set apart; we are a light glowing in a dark world; we are instruments that point toward the one true and everlasting Father.
    Of all the planets and stars that glow in the night sky, one of the brightest is the North Star (also known as Polaris.) Resting in a sea of other stars it outshines most of its neighbors. Additionally, every other star in the northern hemisphere travels across the sky; Polaris however, remains fixed; a characteristic that once proved useful to ancient mariners who sought to navigate the open oceans. The North Star’s brightness and stability makes it easy to recognize; a heavenly body that is not readily confused with the thousands of dimmer objects surrounding it.
     Like the North Star, the believer is often the brightest and most stable object in the lives of those around them. In a sea of unbelievers, the followers of Jesus Christ stand out; they are unique. Filled with compassion, charity, and peace, they are easily recognized. They orient others as well, by pointing them toward God (who is the source of all love, justice, and mercy.) If you have received the salvation of the Lord, then you too are different. Never seek to remain hidden, but rather, let the light of Christ shine through you; that others may see your good works and know that there is a God who loves them.
    “Lord Heavenly Father, we desire to be different. We yearn to be more loving, more caring, and more giving. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and help us to shine brightly. May others see our good works and be drawn to You; our loving Creator and Everlasting Father. We love You Lord, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

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