Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! God wants us to taste of His goodness. To know Him is to also know that “He is good!” There are a lot of things that have a bad taste in the world. But when we taste of God we realize that He is totally “out of this world… good!” Don’t settle for less than this living experience in His Presence because God has created you for it. Sometimes we have to “re-calibrate” our spiritual engines to get back into that place of experience. Or maybe you’ve never experienced the reality of God’s manifest Presence. The good news is, whether you’ve been walking with God for your entire life or if you are just new to living in Him, the blood of Christ gives us access into His Presence not matter what the case is. Our experience with God is not based on our works but on His grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. Maybe you need to create a new atmosphere in your life. Just like most every house has a living room, God wants us to decorate our the living room of our lives with pictures, sounds and fragrances that remind us of Him. The more we can renovate our way of living, even through our meditation of the Word of God and by engaging with songs of praise to Him, it will transform the atmosphere of our
God’s Glory and Presence is meant to bring blessing and favor to our lives. But how we live and act is very important in whether that happens or not. We cannot take God’s Presence for granted or act in presumption. After the incident where Uzzah was struck down by trying to balance the Ark of the Covenant, King David was distraught and fearful. I Samuel 6:6-9 “And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the LORD’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day. David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” Where the Ark of God caused harm to one, the blessing of God came to another. Because of this incident with Uzzah, Obed Edom had an open door surprise opportunity to receive the Ark of God into his home and was exceedingly blessed in every way. I Samuel 6:11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. How important it is for us to make our heart and home a place for God’s
We need to actively welcome the Holy Spirit in our lives as believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus lived as a man completely dependent on the Holy Spirit as the Son of God. We too are sons of God living that same live of dependency upon the Presence and power of the Spirit. Podcast for “Welcoming the Holy Spirit” I want to talk today a little bit about the winds of the Holy Spirit and how important it is for us as temples of God to welcome the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us. God comes by invitation. If we don’t invite Him to come sometimes He just won’t come. We can’t wait for a sovereign act of God to just come in our lives. As Christians, those who follow Christ, as believers we need to actively pursue the Holy Spirit and say “Holy Spirit I welcome you! Come and fill my life. Fill me up in such a way that I can experience your presence. Jesus, He experienced the presence of God when He ministered. We have the instance with the woman with the issue of blood and when she touched Jesus, the hem of His garment, just the hem of His garment. Jesus said that he felt virtue (power) flow out of Him. Jesus was keenly aware of the presence of God in His life. I’m sure all of us would love to live in that place of his presence where we can actually sense when His
One teaching that was very prevalent in my early years in the Lord was on knowing the difference between what is of your flesh (self) and then what is truly of the Holy Spirit. The Three Realms of Who We Are When approaching this subject we are dealing with the spirit, soul and body as well as the Holy Spirit. For me, it was very helpful to learn about these things in my early years because I wanted to know what was really God and what was just my own self. The emphasis on the differences between actions initiated by the soul and spirit was very helpful in learning the discern the difference. 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” We are spiritual beings. When we are born of the Spirit then our spirit that was dead apart from God is awakened. In Christ we have become alive to God through the spirit man. (Gal. 6:12) Our spirit is where the Holy Spirit communes with us. (2 Cor. 13:14) He connects with the spirit because it is created in the image and likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Don’t forfeit today on the altar of tomorrow… Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Jesus really wants us to learn to live one day at a time. It is so easy to get ahead of schedule. Human nature likes to jump and skip over things to get where it perceives that it needs to go faster. Have you ever done that? I can remember as a little kid that “taking cuts” was pretty common when we were in line at the school. We need to learn to enjoy and maximize the moment that we are in. Every day has enough trouble of it’s own. There is no point is trying to get ahead of things, being anxious. Anxiety and worry choke out the power of God’s Word for our lives. Hear the wisdom of Jesus… Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. Therefore, take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the trouble thereof.” An Open Door The foundation for our lives is found in in our relationship with God. Right now He wants to be with you where you are. How great it is that the door is ALWAYS open for us. Even better, He actually stands at our door and knocks! How amazing that He is the Initiator of our
Hebrews 7:25-16 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens.” Spirit Led Intercession Jesus lives to continually make intercession for the saints. One of the key foundational roles of the believer is to actively engage in the area of intercession. The Holy Spirit inside of us connects with the heart of God. This leads us the right direction in prayer. As we don’t know how to pray as we should the Spirit helps us in prayer. He fills in the gaps where we don’t understand. Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” The Bridge of Intercession Intercession serves as a bridge. Enabling wisdom and revelation to flow from heaven to give us knowledge on praying for others. The role of the intercessor is to serve as that connection between heaven and earth. Our prayers create a bridge that carries the wisdom and power of God into situations. This brings heaven’s plans