Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink – Isaiah 5:20-22
Isaiah, the prophet was informing the believer about the danger of calling evil good, and good evil. In today’s society, the very thing God has instructed us not to do, is what society is saying do it, it’s ok. High-mindedness is considered as pride and God doesn’t want us to have ungodly pride.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not now how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the heart knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God – Romans 8:26-27 .When we don’t know how to express the words that needs to be prayed, if we allow the Holy Spirit, He will intercede in our prayer to the Father. Many times we pray with the intellect, hitting and missing what God will have us to pray for. In today’s Christian community, many Christians haven’t experienced the Holy Spirit praying through them; some because they aren’t aware the Holy Spirit will pray through them, and others because they haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is aware of everything, nothing is hidden from Him. When we have a consistent prayer life, and have submitted ourselves totally to God, the Holy Spirit will prompt our spirit to prayer for certain situations and people. Sometimes He will have you praying with moans and groans because of the severity of the situation. We cannot intercede in the Spirit unless the Spirit of God is indwelling our human spirit. The Holy Spirit will come and live within our human spirit when we have committed ourselves to live according to the Word of God. The Holy Spirit knows the heart of God and He will pray for those things that God desired to be prayed for. He also knows what’s in our hearts and what we desire to pray, but can’t formulate the words to pray.
Jesus told Nicodemus He had to be born again of the Spirit indicating He needed more than just salvation to enter into the kingdom of God (Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5). The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to the believer, all one has to do is be committed to serving God according to His Word and ask for the Holy Spirit (If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him – Luke 11:13). Every professing Christian should be asking the Father for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit assist us to pray directly to the Father, He will lead and guide us in truth and discernment. The Holy Spirit will also assist us to praise the Father in the Spirit when we cannot think of words to express His majestic. Allow the Holy Spirit to pray, and if you haven’t received Him, ask the Father, and He will give you the gift that will excel your spiritual growth.
You haven’t experienced Christianity until you received the Spirit of the Living God indwelling your physical body. He’s the one that makes the Fruit of the Spirit manifest in us. He’s the one that perfects the gifts God have given to His children. If you haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit, I advise you to do so by asking the Father; reminder, He will only indwell those who will make a commitment to live according to the Word of God.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple. And he gave heed unto them expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth raise up and walk (Acts 3:2,5,6).
Peter and John were on their way to the the temple to pray, but as they were entering the temple there was a man there asking for alms who had been lame from birth. This man was brought by someone daily to the gate of the temple to ask for alms. When the lame person saw Peter and John, he asked for alms, but rather than receiving money, he received healing. The man and whoever was bringing him there, had more trust in him receiving money than for his healing, if not, rather than bringing him to the gate of the temple they would have brought him to the temple where they were praying.
Peter didn’t ask how long he had been waiting at the temple gate, but he looked at the man’s need, and used what he had received of God to bless the lame man by having faith that when he prayed in the name of Jesus, God would hear the prayer and answer his request. Jesus told the disciples prior to His departure to ask the Father in His name, and it would be granted (And in that day ye shall ask me nothing, verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you – John 16:23). In faith, Peter prayed for the man, and the man received healing through the powerful name of Jesus. God honors His Word, and Jesus was the Word that became flesh (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God – John 1:1, And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called the Word of God – Revelation 19:13).
Every Christian that has been born of the Spirit of God has the privilege to use the name of Jesus and God will honor the prayer. Jesus instructed His disciples then and now to ask the Father in His name. When we ask in the name of Jesus, then Jesus will take up the prayer and ask the Father on our behalf (At that day, ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you – John 16:26). The Father always hears the prayers of Jesus. Too many times our prayers aren’t answered because we’re having faith in doubt and unbelief. When we go to God, we must have faith that He is hearing and will answer our prayers as we pray according to His will, what is His will? His will is for the unbeliever to be saved, His will is for the believer to receive the Holy Spirit. His will is for His children to be healthy, soundness of mind. Marriages with joy and not just coping. His will is for His children to be successful naturally and spiritually. So when we pray, we must know what His will is, and as we pray according to His will, our prayers will be answered.
In order to receive salvation, one must believe in the Lord by confession, one is not saved by his mouth’s confession, but the mouth testifies of the grace of God in Christ which has been received by faith (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation – Romans 10:9-10). Healing can be brought about by using the name of Jesus. The man that was lamed from birth was healed by the name of Jesus (Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk – Acts 3:6). That name can be used now just as it was then when a person is lame. The lame can be addiction, sickness, disease, spiritual bondage, confusion, you name it, Jesus name can destroy it or build it .
Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knock it shall be opened (Mathew 7:7-8). In the Christian community, you will sometimes hear, if you pray more than once for a thing, then you don’t have faith; this misleading information has made many stop contending with God until they receive an answer. In this scripture, Jesus is telling us to be persistence in our pursuant of God. It’s not like God doesn’t hear our prayers, and it may get discouraging to continue to do right, praying consistently and not see tangible results, but that’s the time we need to continue to pursue Him. We shall reap the benefits of our prayer, if we faint not. God has instructed us to delight ourselves in Him and as we delight ourselves in Him, He would give us the desires of our heart. To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence, we get into God’s presence by prayer and praise. We are the children of God and just like in the natural when our children ask for something, if the answer is no, they will return and ask again; it should be the same way when we go to our Father in prayer; we pray until we receive an answer to what we’re praying for. As born- again Christians, we never ask the Father for something that is contrary to the Word of God, so when we pray and we pray according to God’s Word, we will receive an answer. Jesus said, whatever we ask the Father in His name, that would He do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. When you pray, believe God will hear and answer your prayer, ask in faith.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2nd Corinthians 5:17) There is a difference from one being a Christian and one just being religious. Religion is either trying to make yourself righteous or one who acknowledges there is a God, but rejects the Bible’s instructions; they pick and chose what scripture of the Bible they will submit to. Religion doesn’t have principles to follow as Christianity. With religion you can do what you want and yet call yourself a Christian or a religious person. True Christianity brings about a change in the person’s behavior and character, the Holy Spirit give them new life, and they are not the same anymore. The Christian is not reformed, rehabilitated, or re-educated, the person is a new creation, living in vital union with Christ. Christians aren’t someone who merely turned over a new leaf, we are beginning a new life under a new Master.
Christianity comes with a sanctification, Christians are once and continually set apart and kept. As Christians, we abide by the doctrine of Christ and will not follow no other doctrine. Christians are born again in their spirit, their spirit has been transformed by the Spirit of God and they become one with God and His Son. Christians take on the nature of their Father, whereas religious people nature, behavior and character will stay the same, not reflecting the nature of the Father. Christians don’t practice sin, for whatever is opposite of the instructions God has given us through His written Word is sin.
Many have lost their souls because they wanted to gain the world through their beauty and talents, desiring popularity; whereas the Bible has states “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”, to gain the world is to be an idol, having glory and honor going to the individual, and God has forbidden the Christian to have no other gods before Him, an idol is not just a statue, its people and things, anytime a person wants to be glorified and worshipped, this isn’t the Spirit of God being manifested in them.
There is no way the Spirit of God is indwelling our human spirit, and we haven’t changed in our behavior and character. If were still doing the same thing we were doing before we became Christians the Spirit of God hasn’t come in our being, when He comes, He makes changes. God wants us to be Christians, not religious, this is why He instructed Nicodemus he had to be born-again, meaning being born from above, its nothing we can do of ourselves.
It’s not God’s desire for anyone to perish, but He will not push Himself on anyone who don’t desire to be a follower of Christ.