Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5) Jeremiah was called of God to be a prophet and the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah confirming his office as a prophet. God had spoken destiny to Jeremiah prior to his birth, just as God spoke to Jeremiah’s destiny, He has spoken destiny over every child of God. No matter what you are going through or been through God has a plan for your life. The adversary comes to huff and puff to try to blow your dreams down, goals, marriage, business, your health, but through it all, God has the last say so. God will allow you to have the victory although you maybe victimized. Stop worrying about what, when you should be telling what about who will be your helper, who will deliver you from the hands of your enemies, who will do for you what you can’t do for yourself. God has already spoken destiny over your life and His word shall come to pass. Heaven earth will pass away, but every word the Father has spoken shall come to pass. The word of God is settled in heaven waiting for its appointed time to be manifested in the life of His people. Wipe away your tears and get it settled in your mind, heart and spirit, that the Lord is with you and He will never leave or forsake you, your life is in God’s hand, stay committed to Him and He will be committed to you.Read More
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith I thirst (John 19:28). Prior to this time, a complicated system of sacrifices was made for sin. Sin separates people from God, and only through the sacrifice of an animal, a substitute, could people be forgiven of sin and became cleaned before God. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, when He made the sacrifice, He didn’t have to it do again as they did with the animal sacrifices. He shed His blood once and it cleansed thousands of generations from the sins they were born into as they accept Jesus as the Son of God and through faith they were reconciled to God through the shedding of His blood and resurrection.
Jesus didn’t have to leave the Father to come to earth and die for our sins, but He loved the Father and the people of the world so much, He volunteered Himself to be the sacrifice for our sins. When He made the statement “I thirst”, it wasn’t only to say that it was finished, but the thirst He had; was to return to the Father. It’s like when you love someone and you haven’t seen them or been in their presence for awhile, you will have craving or a desire to be with them.
Anytime we come into the presence of God, it’s something that mire words cannot explain or describe, it becomes a thirst to get into His presence, to feel His touch. Sad to say, many churches and the body of Christ has lost that thirst to experience the move of God in the sanctuary and in our homes. God is still during miracles, signs and wonders, but He needs a vessel He can use, He need churches that will not program Him out when He begin to move in their sanctuary. God is ready to open up blinded eyes both naturally and spiritually, but He cannot do it when He can’t find people that is willing to sacrifice themselves to be used by Him. Just as He used Smith Wigglesworth and others like him, they were thirsting for the presence of God and because they thirst and hungered after righteousness; they were filled and their thirst blessed others.
We need to ask ourselves, when was the last time we felt God’s presence in our church and it wasn’t our emotions on display, but the Spirit of God moving among the pews?People being healed, saved, filled with the Spirit of God, blinded eyes opened, diseased bodies being healed, minds being regulated to soundness, that’s is what happens when the Spirit of God comes into our sanctuaries and homes. Have you ever been down in your spirit, and then you begin to praise God, and as you praise Him, you can feel when He steps into your home, the atmosphere changes and you know you’re standing in the presence of the Lord. He comes to us, when we thirst for His presence!Read More
God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24).
So many times congregates have been instructed to praise the Lord, and your praise will get you what you need from God. We have been instructed to worship God no matter what our life style may be. Jesus knew the heart of man, and He informed His followers of the prophecy that was given by the Prophet Isaiah “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commandments with their own man-made teachings” (Matthew 15:8 New Living Translation).
God has given us instructions how we should worship Him and receive results from our worship. We cannot have on the garment of unforgiveness, envy, strife, rebellion, disobedient, fornication, adultery, unbelief, doubt and all the others things He has commandment not to have or do and think the praises are acceptable in the eyes of God.
Many times we come together in worshiper, we sing, shout and jump, run around the church, and we say “the Lord is here”, when we’re really worshipping in our emotions. The music sounds good, it’s ministering to our emotions and not our spirit. Whenever the Lord comes on the scene, changes are made, people don’t go out the same way they came in. Conviction comes upon those that aren’t living right, those that are born-again will be refreshed in their spirit. Sinners will come to the altar and it will be a life changing experience, not a today salvation and living like a sinner tomorrow. Healing will take place in the spirit, mind, emotions, and body. Relationships will be healed, back-sliders will rededicate their life, people will receive the Holy Spirit, and the Spiritual gifts will be in manifestation when the Lord enters the sanctuary.
We cannot live a sinful life and expect the Spirit of the Lord will come; because He will not (The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or He might turn away from you (Deuteronomy 23:14 New Living Translation). When sin is in the camp of the body of Christ, it’s not the Spirit of the Lord moving among the people, but the spirit of emotions that’s making the people to believe the Lord is in the midst of them. We’re spirit beings and we draw spirits by the spirit that is dwelling in us.
Many churches are filled with envy, jealous, spiritual discrimination, fault-finding, disunity, disobedient, rebellion and some ministers have the people believing the Lord is in the midst of the mess; God doesn’t bless mess. If the minstrel is not living a holy life, separated from the world, committed to the Lord, they cannot usher the Spirit of the Lord in the place. Choir members cannot usher the spirit of the Lord in the sanctuary, if they’re in disunity, back-biting, fault-finding, ungodly pride as well as any of the other things the Lord has put in place for us to follow, He isn’t coming in the sanctuary.
We cannot manipulate God with our praise and worship and not be living according to His bylaws to receive the blessings. The Bible is our mirror of correction, it will always assist us to find out where we are. We draw God’s Spirit, by His Spirit that lives within our being. The next time we go to worship, we need to discern what spirit we’re drawing to us. When the worshiper is real, He will give a visitation in our homes; wherever we maybe, He will come to us.
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.Read More
But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:39). The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father to the believer to enable them to live a successful Christian life. One of God’s purposes since the beginning has been to dwell with humanity. He walked and talked with Adam in the Garden of Eden, and after the fall of Adam and Eve, it has been God’s desire to fellowship with His creation. The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father, it’s nothing we can earn, but a gift we can receive. The Holy Spirit’s indwelling will motivate the believer to be careful not to harm his body nor indulge his body in sin. It assists the individual to produce fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. The gifts of the Spirit are productive when operated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is how we communicate with God in prayer as well as building up our faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is something every believer needs, its not by denomination, but who desires to receive the Spirit of the Living God.Read More