I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing – John 15:5
We allow habits and patterns to develop in our lives, and many of them aren’t helpful, but harmful. We know the areas in our lives that seems to have more control over us than we have over them.
Every word of God is pure (tried), He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him – Proverbs 30:5
The majority of the time before people find God, they would have tried everything and God is their last solution.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17
A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God. Holiness, means to be committed to the teaching of the scriptures, the instructions of the Father. As in the natural, children suppose to show some type of sign they belong to the individual who say they are their parents. They should look or talk like them, have some of their characteristics, it’s the same thing spiritually. Anyone who professes to be a Christian, should show attributes of their heavenly Father. As a part of basic beliefs of a Christian, they should separate themselves from actions, influences or people that will contaminate them. The Corinthian church was a immature congregation just as it is today with many churches. Many pastors have stopped teaching on sin and many in the congregation are on their way to hell because they aren’t being taught. Today’s salvation is, if you attend church, volunteer your talent or your body in different areas of the church; give your tithes and offering then you’re Christian. As a Christian, we should do this, but after doing all of this and then live opposite of the teaching of the scriptures, we’re still Hell bound.
According to the Word of God, we must be born again of the Spirit, and the Spirit of God that lives within our being will enable us to live according to the Word of God. It’s the responsibility of the pastors and leaders to lead the people into the promise land, but many of them are too busy and they aren’t spending enough time in the presence of God or His Word to give the people what God is saying.
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.
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always so now also in Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death – Philippians 1:20
Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, awaiting his trial. He knew he would either be released or executed, but whatever the outcome would be, he was placing his trust in the Lord. As Christians, we need our faith to rise to another level. Too many times we place our expectation in what we see, hear and feel. Concerned about what people think of us; afraid to be tested to get the best worrying about being brought to shame. When God has promised, those that wait on the Lord will not be brought to shame.Those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, so it’s natural for them to strive for this world’s values, money, popularity, power and prestige. As Christians, if we do it the way God has instructed, (Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you) we wouldn’t strive for the world values, when we do it according to Bible principals. We cannot lose our focus, Jesus is on His way back for His church, and what we have accomplished in worldly values will not enables us to enter to Heaven.
There is nothing wrong with desiring to live a life without having to live pay check to pay check or a monthly income, it becomes sin when we place our values more on money, popularity, prestige rather than the things that would build the kingdom of God. Jesus asked His disciples, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? Mark 8:36. If we live according to the Word of God, it’s His responsibility to supply our needs, and as we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. It’s God’s pleasure to see His children’s joy being fulfilled.
The reason why many Christians don’t have their expectation in God, but their expectation is in worldly values is because they spend more time pertaining to the things of the world rather than seeking God in prayer and taking the time to read God’s word and allow Him to speak to them through His word. If the word of God is not residing in our spirit or mind, how would one know when God is speaking to them? Our expectation should be from God, not in people; this is why God has instructed us not to place our confidence in men; that’s including female too when the Bible speaks of man. People are limited in what they can do, and because of the selfishness of people, they would rather see you fall than to see you excel. When we have the Spirit of God living within our being, we become as our Father, desiring the best for all mankind.
When we pray, we should have expectation that God heard the prayer, and He will answer the prayer. It may not be when we desire it, but the prayer will be answered when the time is needed according to the will of God. Stop placing your expectation in what people say, and start reading the Word of God, and place your expectation in Him. God can open doors no man can open, He can close doors no mancan open. He’s greater than any doctor or the medication they prescribe. He’s the CEO over all businesses whether they know it or not. He’s a counselor, joy and peace. Provider and protector, He’s King and He will dominate everything we allow Him to bring His will into. Place your expectation in the God that speaks, builds, destroys and the giver of life!