When hope seemed like a shadow and I was left discouraged, depressed, and frustrated God has shown me a way through His People. Some people helped me during the hour of death, some stood beside me, and some helped me in seeking the Holy Spirit of God. They were like brothers, sisters, friends, and sons to me. When I used to live in Devon, in
One day when I was in great depression, I wept a lot, and I asked God so many questions. Why? Why this thing happened to me, me alone? After all I believed in Him and put hope in Him. Still why I have to suffer this much? Is my life meant for only weeping? Nothing else is left for me? These were the questions bothering my mind most. There was a weakness in me. If anyone turns the truth into a lie and a lie into a truth, I would not tolerate. That day I wept for the same reason. I was tired and took a nap on my couch for a while. Suddenly phone rang. I found that it was my son’s friend. He said “ When I was sitting in the car I suddenly felt sorrow and grief in my heart, and I started asking my God, ‘Why God, why this darkness in my heart?’. God shown me your face, sister, and you were weeping. I saw a deep sorrow in your face. Immediately I took your phone number from your son and calling you. I do not know what you are going through now, but God is asking you to kneel down and pray, He wants to console you through the Bible verses. After you are done with the prayer, open the Bible and whatever verses you find there, those are the verses through which God wants to console and comfort you. I was like, what? How come you know that I am weeping here? But I put aside all my doubts and obeyed his word and prayed. When I opened the Bible, for my amazement I found the verses what I really needed at that movement. It was unimaginable. God was saying, “I am against to them, those who turn the truth into lie and lie into truth, and one day I am going to punish them”. I was so amazed and I felt peace in my heart. I realized that God is real. He is there for me. He never leaves His children like orphans. He is the Lion who chases our tormentors. He is the one who loves us intimately. He is the Shepherd who cradles His children in His arms.
There after God inspired me to read the Bible more and more, and day and night. I have drawn closer to my God. One day the boy told me that God has elected me to serve Him. It was a surprise to me and I said ‘If God has really elected me, let Him reveal it to me’. There was no other way for me except, like Gideon in the book of Judges, to watch for a sign. For my amazement God has shown me signs, which I could never imagine. There after I started praying hours together, to know the will of God for me. One day suddenly I felt more torment than before because of the same cause. I called and asked that boy. “Son! This is the situation, what I have to do now? He said, “Only one solution. Pray for the Holy Spirit. Only Holy Spirit can give you the strength to fight against evil”. I asked him, “How to ask God for Holy Spirit?” He said, “When you are praying believe that, the Holy Spirit is really there for you, to comfort you and to help you out. But before that, clean all your surroundings and clean yourself, and empty your heart at the feet of God so that there is a room for the filling of the Spirit and then ask for the Holy Spirit of God. I did exactly what he said with obedience. Within no time I experienced the very presence of God. God illuminated my darkness. He is the Sun of Righteousness who brought warmth to my heart. He is the refreshing water who gave satisfaction to my inner soul. I was filled with His Power. It is not the kind of energy that can heat our soul, but it is a far more important kind of energy that can work inside of us. ‘Almighty’ is the word we use and try to describe divine power. When we say ‘Almighty’ we feel like it is something out there in the Space, very distance. But now that power is not so far, it is near, very near, right inside me. Each one of us can feel and experience this power. I realized that Holy Spirit is a gift to a believer. And that is because God has given us a gift, Holy Spirit works very much like a powerful person. Or more accurately, God has given me a person, a part of Himself, who can energize my inner life.
That evening I was having such a wonderful time in the prayer; I had a chance to be filled by His Spirit. It was like; I was talking to my God face to face. I felt His presence and was deeply moved by His presence. Without any expectation how it would be, without any thought in my mind how it feels, and without any idea there was such thing for me…. the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body…. Soul..…. It seemed like the very breadth of God. I met the Holy Spirit. And this encounter had a powerful impact on my life. My life radically changed. It is a radical spiritual change in which God brings an individual from a condition of defeat and death to a renewed condition of Holiness and Life. The Bible states this condition as “Born again”. My thinking and reasoning has been changed. I have received a new life. I would never be the same person again. I submitted to the control of the Holy Spirit. He did not leave me. He filled me and He started testing me through the Devil’s temptation. I was tempted with Devil for 40 days. Day and night drunkenness of Holy Spirit, dreams which seemed so real, tests, victory, it was like sleeping but not total sleep, subconscious all the time and in that stage God was talking to me, answering my questions, revealing Himself, His eternal plan of redemption. When 40 days were over I was completely and totally was a different person.
One day early in the morning at about 3: 30 a bright light fell on my face. I was in subconscious state and I was thinking it is the sunlight and time must be 7:30. Suddenly I heard “I lived in Job and I lived in Jesus. I am also living in you” a sweeter and cool voice talking to me. His voice was full of love and compassion. I trembled with fear and He said, “Even Prophets do not know this secret………….” He continued to say a lot of things, which I really did not know. My body started shaking with fear. The light has gone and I woke up and saw the watch. It was only 3: 30. God revealed Himself to me and He said He is living in me. It was an awesome experience with fear and uncontrolable joy. The Holy Spirit, as indwelling, to my unworthy heart revealed God to me. It is no longer I, who live, but God lives in me. I was waited until 7 ‘O’ clock and started calling everyone to ask them - where was God when Jesus had gone through all that pain on cross? Most of them started saying – God must be in heaven, His dwelling place. No dear readers, God was not in Heaven when Jesus was Crucified, He was in Him, bearing all the suffering Jesus was going through. God left the heavens and came down to live in Jesus. Literally, Father never left Jesus alone, He was in Him, right inside Jesus. When I realized, the same God who lived in Jesus is also living inside me, my heart overwhelmed with joy, the joy - no power of this world can steal from me.
One day I said to my God “ I have a fear that, I will not keep this faith forever”. That night in my dream I saw His hand writing the letters on the sky. He was writing letter after letter… “LIKE GREEN POPLARS BY THE STREAMS YOUR FAITH WILL BE FOREVER – GREEN”.
Though my sons and my mom were witnesses for my experience, I felt somewhat fear to tell others about the 40 days testing, because in Bible we see only 2 people had 40 days testing experience. I thought, if I tell this to others they would mock me, thinking that I am exalting my self up to the level of Moses and Jesus. But after sometime I came to know that countless other individuals also had the same experience. The boy who told me to ask for Holy Spirit had a 10 days testing period it seems (Revelation 2: 10), and he was expecting 10 days of suffering for me but it lasted 40 days. People everywhere testify about something that happens when they meet the Holy Spirit and that something is power, and this power allow us to undergo testing to make us stronger and stronger. ‘The Holy Spirit comes on us with power’ that is the phrase used over and over in the Bible. Jesus, after this experience returned to
Ask – you will be given Holy Spirit
Seek– You will be given God’s righteousness
Knock – The door of the heaven will be opened for you.
“If you 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. So ask, you may receive, that your joy may be full. The Holy Spirit is a gift. He is the Gift of the Father, who is eager to give us. God is not reserving Him for the select few. He is not holding Him back until we attain a certain level of Holiness. Infact, Holy Spirit is the one who makes us clean and Holy (Romans 15: 16). God is eager to give to those who ask. So ask. Ask specifically. Come to experience God’s power. Do not be afraid. Do not be intimidated (filled with fear). We often hear the verse “Be filled with the Spirit”. Paul says, “Don’t get drunk on wine, instead be filled with the Spirit”. It is an experience of being filled with all joy and peace, believing in hope of resurrection, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, while the death of Jesus paid the price on Adam’s sin, His resurrection completed the process. By rising again, the Savior demonstrated the availability for reconciliation and the subsequent rebirth of the soul, which will be transfigured into Spirit. Only immortal bodies can live in heaven. And this power, which transforms our mortal bodies into immortal bodies (soul into spirit), lies only in the Holy Spirit of Jesus. The great need for and experience of rebirth is obvious from the dead condition of the human beings. The source of rebirth is the work of Holy Spirit. God wants to fill you with His Spirit. And you know what? You are not giving much room to fill in. We always fill ourselves with other unhealthy things. Most of the men get drunk. Getting filled up with alcohol doesn’t leave room for the filling of the Spirit. Some fill their bodies with falsehood, lies, adultery, witchcrafts, divination, arrogance, quarrels, greed, positions, possessions and so many unhealthy things…. We do not have room for Holy Spirit to be filled in. If you are not filled with the Spirit of God, and empowered with God’s power, how do you think you get the power to be resurrected when Christ comes with power? How do you get the power to be transfigured into glorious bodies? Do you think your own soul power is enough for the resurrection or to be transfigured into glorious bodies? To be filled with the God’s Spirit we need to empty ourselves in a real sense and take Him in. So please spend some quiet time seeking God (2 Chronicles 15: 2 - If you seek God He will be found by you, but if forsake Him, He will forsake you. Jeremaiah 33:3 - seek me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Deuteronomy 4:29 - But if you seek the LORD your GOD, you will find him. Psalm 9: 10 - Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 10: 4 - In his arrogance and pride the wicked does not seek him. ).
We need to leave room for God to fill up; we need to open ourselves to God, for Him, to give us the power of resurrection. God fills us with His Spirit and the Spirit in turn, can fill us with wonderful qualities. “But the fruit of the Spirit is – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control – Gal 5: 22. And that is because of good qualities of God, Spirit works so powerful in us. The Spirit power is not about Controlling, or dominating, or to Lord over people, but it is about love, joy and peace.
John the Baptist said "The man on whom you see the Spirit comes down from heaven and remains is he who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" John 1:33.
Jesus said "I tell you the truth no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and Spirit, you shoud not be surprised at my saying 'you must born again'. The wind blows wherever it pleases, you hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of Spirit" John 3: 5-8.
Paul said "If you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if you live by the Spirit you will put to death the sinfulnature, and you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are called sons of God. For you do not receive the Spirit of God that will make you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship" Romans 8:14 and 15.
God said "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young will see visions. even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days" Joel 2: 28.
God says "I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of the Israel" Ezekiel 39: 29.
Isaiah said " The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watch tower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture of flocks, till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile land and the fertile field seems like a forest......." Isaiah 32: 14 - 20.
Jesus said "If any one is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him". By this He meant Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:37).
Jesus said "I am going to send you what my Father has promised but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24: 49).
Jesus said "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit", "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit Comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the world" (Acts:1: 4, 5, 8).
When the day of Pentacost came, they were all together in one place suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be toungues of fire that separated and came on rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:1-4).
"When Apostles heard that Samaria had accepted the Word of God, they sent Peter and John. They arrived at Samaria and prayed for them that they may receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus" Acts 8: 14.
"While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took to road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? They replied, no, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit", so Paul asked "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism" they replied. Paul said " John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is Jesus, who baptizes you with the Holy Spirit". On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
I never knew this truth before, that the Holy Spirit is my salvation, until I got to know from my son’s friend, whom I call ‘son’. Nobody ever taught me about Holy Spirit before, No church, No Sunday school, no revival meeting, no convocations, no, nobody and never. But when I received Him and experienced His power I could not keep quite without telling others about the truth of the God. But at the same time I determined nothing should ever be allowed in my life, known or unknown, that could harm the name of Christ. God said to me, “Go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach them what I say”. Now I have no other ambition or no other occupation but the proclaiming of God’s message, everywhere, to everybody, and always. Whatever my God wants me to do I will do. So I let God have His way.
I now have a purpose, a call. I started prayer meetings where we had a discussion group. I had them to ask questions. A lot of them I couldn’t answer, but I did it deliberately not only to help them, but also to try to sharp my mind with the help of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit gave me instant answers for their questions. First when I went out to proclaim His word I was quite tactless, zeal with no knowledge. But those were the experiences that helped develop me. I am always seeking educate myself. God taught me whatever I needed. Holy Spirit helps us on need to know basis. Now I have a great passion to win souls. My goal is not preaching or speaking with individuals but to bring them to know and experience the power of Holy Spirit of our living Christ. Now I have become a chosen instrument of God to shine forth the light in the darkness. It is not I but Christ is working through me. Now I am a mature human being. I know God, I have a purpose, and I have my life dedicated to God. I know where I am going. I want to please my God more than anybody in this world. I should focus my vision on the God’s appointed task.
I can only say that God revealed Himself to me, and I had such an experience of His love that I had to ask Him to stay in me forever. He said, He would not leave me nor forsake me.
God is not like unfaithful husband – but He is a faithful husband to me. He is not like an unfaithful friend – but He is a faithful friend to me. He is not like an irresponsible Father – but He is a responsible Father who takes care of his children. He is the one who understood what I needed, and what I am going through, because He has gone through it too. He is the one who provided me forgiveness and justification. To guarantee my forgiveness he has given me His Holy Spirit - as surety. He has justified my soul with His Spirit. He is the Bread of life who is nourishing my inner hunger. He has freed me from guilt through Psalm 101 Chapter.
He is the one who has been transforming my inner person into divine person. One day my Soul being is going to be transfigured into Spirit Being. He is the door to the resurrection, transfiguration and eternal happiness. I simply reject the worldful of riches for the grace I received. Nothing can be compared with this richness. He has removed a load of burden from me. I am freed now. My soul always jumps and leaps within me and breaks into singing praises. It made me to write the songs of thanks giving. Wherever I go, I feel God’s presence. As a result I feel a greater power. The depression – gone, Sorrow – gone, psychological impairness – gone, frustration – gone. I wanted unconditional love. And finally, I received it. Today the Spirit leads me.
God opened His vast heavens library to show me His knowledge; He has filled me with His wisdom, where I cannot go and search for it. One day God said, “You are the part of the Trinity”. It was very big thing for me to understand. He said, “Because the Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity, and since you have received Him, you are also eligible to become part of the Trinity. It was unbelievable and unexpected gift from my God for me. No eyes seen, No ears heard, No heart conceived what God prepared for those who love Him. He said Yahweh the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit the Church or New Covenant Community are the 3 parts of the Trinity. I said "God please expalin it to me clearly I cannot understand this because it is very big thing to my mind". God asked me to open the Bible. When I opened, I found the verses from John 17 - Jesus is praying to God "Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name - the name you gave me - so that they may be one as we are one", "I in them you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17: 11, 23). God revealed me that the word "complete unity" means Trinity.
One day He revealed me that He is going to cloth me with His heavenly glorious body. He said, “now you are living in a hut made with dust which is earthly body (which symbolizes temporary construction which will be destroyed), but one day the soul leaves this temporary body and enters into a Mansion (which symbolizes permanant construction which will not be destroyed), which is a glorious body” (2 Corinthians 5th Chapter). When I enter into the glorious body my soul will be redeemed by the curse which was carried on to us by Adam's sin, but the souls which are not redeemed from curse will not be given body and they will be naked souls, because body is nothing but a clothing for a soul. And all who have entered into God's New Covenant will be given the same grace. For this the practice of Sacrifice which began as early as Genesis 4:4 was carried through to the climax once-for-all by the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God.
The sign of the New Covenant is ‘LORD’S SUPPER’. His death represented the shedding of the blood of the New Covenant.
The birth of John the Baptist is the evidence of God’s Holy Covenant. He was the messnger of the New Covenant. Christ had to come to this world to fulfill God’s New Covenant but before Christ, John the Baptist had to preach the message of repentance and announce the coming of Messiah. The curse brought upon the people by not meeting the principles of Old Covenant was borne by Christ and with the blood of Christ everyone had a chance to redeem himself or herself from the curse. Now they have a
Jesus’ death on the cross satisfied the requirement that all Covenants be established by blood, just as was the first Covenant (Exo 24:8). Christ’s blood established an everlasting Covenant. This Covenant Community is called “Church of Christ” or “The Bride of Christ” or “ Receipients of The Holy Spirit of Christ” thus making Trinity complete, God-Jesus-Holy Spirit.
God has talked about this New covenant through Prophet Jeremiah and other Prophets in the Bible. God said "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor or a man his brother, saying 'know the Lord' because they will all know me from the least of them to the greatest..... Jeremiah 31: 29- 37.
For this very purpose God has given us His Spirit as a deposit , guaranteeing what is to come(2 Corinthians 5:5).
Paul said "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorius Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:2) and revelation, so that you know THE FATHER better (Ephesians 1:17).
"And you also were included when you heard the word of truth (about Holy Spirit), the gospel of salvation, you were also marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1: 13,14).
Jesus said "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my Word and believes Him (Father or God) who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5: 24,25).
God is talking to me everyday and revealing His eternal plan of redemption. He has revealed the things, which I never dreamt about. I have seen the love He has stored for us. He taught a lot of things. Everyday I am experiencing the awesome helping hand of God. One day He said, “Now you have entered into 7th day”. I did not understand first. Then I realized – 6th day was of man, darkness, disobedience, defeat and death. 6th day was of restlessness, purposeless, unholy, incomplete and imperfect without God's power.
7th day is a Sabbath day and it is a day of REST for people of God and in Hebrews 4th Chapter it is written - "Therefore, since the promise of entering HIS Rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it....now we who have believed will enter that rest but some who have heard the gospel and failed to believe will not enter the rest. For this, God became angry and told the people 'you will never enter my place of Rest'... 'yet everything has been ready and finished since the creation of the world'. By the 7th day God has finished His salvation work and so, He rested. Whoever has disobeyed God, lost the chance of entering into Rest That is why God said to them 'You people will never enter into my Rest'. It still remains that some will enter that Rest and some will not. There remains, then, a Sabbath rest, for the people of God, for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His".
Not only that, 7th day is the day of Holy Spirit, eternity, perfection, Holy, Completion, Life, Obedience, Light, joy, peace, Victory, sanctification, deliverance and fulfilment of purpose. I have been made perfect by the reception of Holy Spirit. The good work started for my life before the foundations of earth, is finished. The completion of God's will for my life is finished by receiving 7 fold blessings - (The Sevenfold blessings or Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit poured out on a believer at baptism are the: 1. Spirit of Wisdom; 2. Spirit of Understanding; 3. Spirit of Counsel; 4. Spirit of Strength; 5. Spirit of Knowledge; 6. Spirit of Godliness; 7. Spirit of Holy Fear) - my soul has been perfected with the receipt of Spirit of God and is repositioned with God. Satan's authority over me is finished..... and it... is... finished and God's will is done....it is done. This stage is permanent for me - Joy, Peace, Holiness, Perfection, eternity and Victory with divine power.
If 6th day is the day of death and 7th day is the day life, I have crossed over from death to life. If 6th day is the day of mortality and 7th is the day of immortality, I have crossed from the mortality to the immortality. I have been separated from Worldly things to the spiritual things. Now I am a spiritual person empowered with the spiritual gifts.
I know that one day I am going to enter into the 8th day which is the day of new beginning, the day of resurrection, the day of receiving a glorious body. Jesus said, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from dead will neither marry nor be given to marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children since they are children of resurrection" (Luke 20: 35). "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day (John: 6: 44).
God saved me by His special favor when I believed. And I cannot take credit for this. It is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done. So none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s master piece, He has created us a new being in Jesus Christ, so that we can do good things, He has planned for us long ago. God, in His great mercy, chose to redeem us, and to buy us back with His blood from our slavery to sin and to free us to serve Him once again.
Today when I see my people, my eyes fill with tears. Everybody knows about God, but they do not know about asking the Holy Spirit. Everybody knows about the gifts, but they do not know about heavenly gifts, which are stored for us by our loving God. People are fighting their own fights, but are not letting God fight their fights. They are cleansing their bodies with their own self-prescribed remedies but not allowing Holy Spirit to sanctify them perfectly (Romans 15:16). They do not want to be thoroughly renewed in Holiness. That is why they do not have the experience of -
“A gentle running peace filled my soul”,
“Simple, sweet, running peace from day to day, so that prosperity or adversity didn’t produce the ups and downs as before, but my soul is more like the ocean, though the surface is uneven by the winds of this world, bottom is still calm”,
“I have become a powerful person”,
“I am filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit”,
“I am filled with the fruit of the Spirit”,
“I am ready to impact hundreds and thousands of lives”,
“I have a guarantee that one day I would be resurrected and be clothed with glorious body”,
“I have a guarantee that I am the part of the Bride-the Church, which is going to be lifted up when Christ comes with power”,
“I have a guarantee that I will be resurrected and clothed with a glorious body in new heaven and new earth watching my God sitting on His throne”.
Don’t you want this experience? My soul is totally lost in my God. Day and night I long to spend my time to fellowship with my God, with my God alone, not anyone else, in my room closing the door, not allowing anyone to disturb my fellowship with God. I talk to Him and He talks to me.
I share everything with my God. My soul is so comfortable with my God. The peace, my soul never experienced before, got it now. The thirst I had, is been quenched. I read the Bible in His presence and try to clear all my doubts.
I do not need any pastor to be taught. It is written in the Prophets 'They will be taught by God' Isaiah 54: 13, and in Jeremiah 31 :33 it is written "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts" (1 John 2:2, 27, John 6:45, 14: 25, 26, Matt: 16: 17, 1 Corin 2: 13, 1 Thes 4: 9). My God is my Pastor. Everything I learned is taught by Him.
I spend all my time in reading the Bible, talking to my God, singing, writing songs, writing the books, closing my eyes and shutting off the entire world completely meditating on my God to see His glory I spend hours together. When I completely immerse in His presence, the experience is awesome, fully filled with the Spirit of God, with power and strength. Without experiencing personal fellowship with God, how can you have fellowship with church members?
So dear brothers and Sisters, please, give space in your life to God. He needs enough room. If you are filled with the Spirit you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. Here I am, I am supposed to have every comfort of this world, and I have nothing of this world, but I have peace, the eternal peace, and the peace, which will not allow my soul roam nakedly in the mid air when it leaves this body. The peace of abiding with my God forever, who loves me more than anything in this world. It is not the experience of eternal separation, but eternal bonding.
So ask for Holy Spirit and experience the wonders. After you have asked God to fill you with His Spirit, do not be passive. That is important. Do not just wait for the Holy Spirit to overwhelm you. Participate, get involved, and invest yourself to serve others, make them to know the truth. Spirit can more easily mold us that way. The role of the Holy Spirit is to take this truth and give it to the understanding of each hearer.
It will not do to ask God to fill us with His Spirit and then go back to our old habits, our old hangouts. Left to themselves, human beings will corrupt God’s revelation of Himself and turn to gross forms of disobedience. God however, demands Holiness as a condition for having fellowship with Him. Human beings therefore must have a radical change in the very character and personality. God promises such a change in the experience of rebirth. There is a divine initiative through the Holy Spirit for such a born-again experience.
the Holy Spirit can manifest gifts of many kinds, giving:
or causing the believer to:
There are four listings of gifts of the Spirit. Isaiah 11:2-3, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians -12, and Romans 12:6-8. In each of these references it is made clear that these gifts are for the building up of the Body of Christ, or the Church. St. Paul is aware of spiritual power that manifests itself in at least these ways and teaches the church of their presence, role and importance. These are to be distinguished from talents which all people enjoy because they are created in the image of God. Spiritual gifts are separate from the talents of the people. Spiritual gifts provide the power and abilities needed to do the work of Christ in the world.
The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our hearts. I always see my God, having tears in His eyes. I saw my God sobbing, when people deny Him, ignore Him and reject Him, when people do not acknowledge His name, when people do not proclaim His name. Still He is not giving up. I saw Him standing in front of His children with His wide-open hands. But people's minds are blinded. People cannot see their God. The arrogance, glamour, positions, and possessions of this world made them blind. God want to give them glorious eternal bodies, but they are fighting to keep these earthly bodies more glamorous. People are giving more importance to glamour than glory.
People are giving more importance to the worldly positions than the heavenly positions. God is going to allot us the positions in heaven according to the God’s glory that we have earned here in this world. People are forgetting that this world is temporary, this glamour is temporary, and these positions and possessions are temporary. They all will be gone in a fraction of a second when God comes with His Son with Glory. If you throw all your possessions, which you have earned in this world on the streets and ask God, to help, He will not, because, the door will be closed for you.
How much of God’s glory you have deposited in your body today? You have everything of this world's but nothing of God’s glory? Don’t you think when God comes, you will have to stand in front of Him with shame? You have everything of world's but nothing of God’s?
Do you think going to church every Sunday to please God, attending prayer meetings regularly, helping others, attending parties, can make you stand in front of God with your head up? No, No dear Brothers and Sisters, with these things you are trying to prove your self -righteousness which in sight of God the self righteous deeds are filthy rags and this will not cover your shame. We must go to church regularly to have fellowship with other believers who are carried by the Holy Spirit but my question is, did you receive Holy Spirit and do YOU have personal fellowship with God? We shouldn't be like the followers of rituals but the followers of Holy Spirit. You must have a personal fellowship with God. You must receive His glory in abundance; you must have His Holy Spirit as a deposit, which guarantees eternal life. You should be led by His Spirit in this world. You must receive the power to fight against Devil and his demons.
This world is not meant for us. We are travelers in this world, came to share God’s redemption work and will go back to God. Satan the Devil doesn’t want us to go back to our Father. That’s why he is leading us into deception by showing these worldly things. When we come to the point of worldly wealth, whatever we earn here, if it is from God, must be used for wiping the tears of oppressed to give them the hope that they have their Eternal Father, who loves them and who is going to provide them abundance of wealth and peace in future life. God is not giving us this wealth to show off or to feel proud or to use it for our selfish intensions or to establish a position in this world. If you are using for that purposes then it is not from God but it is from Prince of this world, the Satan. The wealth God gives us is to serve His people. We have to invest our money, our time, and our life for the benefit of His Children who are in bondage. Please get rid of worldly wealth and empty yourselves and take whatever God gives to you, whether it is meager or abundance, to finish the task God has appointed for you. Open your Minds and try to understand God’s plan, and understand that we are of not this world. We have to work for our God. We have to share His redemption work, and get ready to receive our Lord with glory.
God is more powerful than any director. He turns words of the Bible into a powerful story in our minds, the story of redemption. This movie will be displayed on the big screen of our minds. Alpha to Omega – from the beginning to the end – everything He displays on our mind’s screen. That is how we experience the wisdom of our God. Wonderful plan of God’s salvation and the destruction of Devil’s work who is planning to take us away from our Father. We are abducted children, Satan is villain, whereas, Jesus is our Hero who saves us from the Satan’s plan and takes us to our Father, Reunion of eternal family, and bounty of happiness, you and I are the part of this story, A wonderful story, which is going to experience the climax very soon. There is not much time for this climax.
So my sincere request to everyone who reads this book is – hurry into God’s feet and empty yourselves with submission, ask for Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit convicts you for your sins. When you repent for your sins you will be forgiven andyou will be cleansed with the blood of Jesus and you will be filled with the power of Spirit to fight with the Devil and so that when God appears with power not to be ashamed, but welcome God with your open hands “O’ Lord come”. Start reading Bible with sincere heart. Ask for Holy Spirit’s guidance. That is how it becomes a real picture for you in your inner most heart. God bless you.
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO ENTER INTO GOD’S REST?
Jesus said - “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord and do not do what I say? First put my words into practice”. Luke: .
The man who says, “I know Jesus”, but does not do what he says is a liar. 1 John 2:4.
The ones who disobey God’s word will never enter into HIS REST. Heb: .
If we love God we obey HIS commands, and they are not hard to follow. 1 John 5 :2.
The ones who obey God’s words are like wise builders who build their houses on ROCK Luke 6: 46 – 49.
Jesus said –
Do not judge and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn and you will not be condemned.
Go to the one who rejects you.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and it will be given to you.
Love your enemies.
Be good to everyone who hates you.
Ask God to bless everyone who curses you.
Pray for everyone who is cruel to you and mistreat you.
Be kind to those who are not kind to you.
Be merciful just as your FATHER is merciful.
Lend your enemies without expecting back.
Do not curse your enemies instead bless them.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Give everyone who asks you and do not expect back.
Do good to those who are bad to you.
First take the plank out of your eye and remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Be holy as your FATHER is Holy.
Be perfect as your FATHER is Perfect.
Believe the Word of God.
Do not put the Lord your God to test.
Be low in your heart and humble yourself.
Deny yourself and take up cross and follow me.
Ask - you will be given Holy Spirit.
Seek - you will be given God’s righteousness.
Knock - the doors of heaven will be opened for you.
Choose what is better and it will not be taken away from you.
Keep your eyes clean. When your eyes are good the whole body is full of light.
See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it Holy.
Honor your Father and Mother
Do not lie because Satan is father of liars.
Do not steal because Satan is a thief.
Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Do not gossip, and do not spread gossips.
Do not have desire for your neighbor’s wife. Do not lust. Do not commit adultery.
Be faithful in your marriage.
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.
Seek God’s kingdom first then everything will be added unto it.
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Do not be angry with your brother. A man who does this is subject to judgment.
A man who says “you fool” to his brother will be in danger of the fire of the hell.
If you have something against to your brother, first go and be reconciled to your brother.
Settle matters quickly with your adversary.
Guard your tongue. You will be judged by the words you speak.
Do not fill your heart with filthy things because whatever you fill in your heart that your mouth speaks.
Do not break your oath but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.
Do not swear at all. Let your words be ‘yes’ to yes and ‘no’ to no.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
If someone wants your tunic let him have your cloak as well.
If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to him who asks you.
Do not turn your back from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Greet your enemies.
Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them.
When you give the needy do not announce it with trumpets. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Do not try to be honored by the people on the streets.
Do not pray to be seen by people. Go to your room close your closet and pray to your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Do not keep on babbling with many words while you pray, for your Father knows what you need before you pray.
If you forgive other's sin heavenly FATHER will forgive your sins.
LOVE YOUR LORD, GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART AND WHOLE SOUL.
SEEK HIM SO THAT HE MAY BE FOUND BY YOU.
BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO HAS THE REVELATION FROM THE GOD AND RECEIVE THE DELIVERANCE THROUGH HIS WORDS.
The people who are noble and with good heart, give respect to God’s words, hear the word and retain it, stand for it, and perseve it and produce good fruit.
SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR WISDOM AND WISDOM IS PROVED RIGHT BY ALL GOD’S CHILDREN. THE ONE WHO IS ENRICHED BY GOD’S WISDOM DOES NOT ASK, “WHY WE HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL THESE”? BUT THEY SIMPLY FOLLOW TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE THROUGH THEM.
WHOEVER HAS RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WILL FOLLOW THESE TEACHINGS BECAUSE GOD HAS POURED HIS LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM HE HAS GIVEN US.
THE LORD OUR GOD IS JUST GOD AND WHATEVER WAY WE TREAT OTHERS IS THE WAY HE WILL TREAT US.
Since the promise of entering HIS REST still stands, let us be careful that none of us be found to have fallen short of these.
Remember that sin does not dwell in the Children of God. Be clean and see clear.
REASONS FOR SPIRITUAL DISORDER
1. DIVIDED SELF
2. CONFLICTING THOUGHTS
3. DOUBLE MINDEDNESS
4. BATTLE OF UNSTABILITY
5. DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WORD.
WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THIS IN YOU, YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT ROAD OF SALVATION BUT YOU ARE ON A WRONG WAY.
REFUSE CONFLICTING THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS, BE STABLE, STOP DOUBLE MINDEDNESS, FINISH THE BATTLE OF UNSTAABILITY, FOCUS ON FAITH, EXCERCISE OBEDIENCE TO WORD OF GOD, WHEN YOU REALIZE THIS, GOD IS AMIDST OF YOU AND HE TAKES CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. HE GOVERNS ALL THINGS OF YOUR LIFE.