I’ve developed a faith and it’s bearing good fruit

It’s sometimes hard to recognise the power that is in us or at least believe that we have the same power as Jesus.  But when I think that the Holy Spirit now lives in me and consider how I am changing, I start to get it.  I am not just a new creation, I am a new creation with the power and might of Jesus within me, I just need to learn to harness this power to live out my anointing to bind up the broken hearted, heal the sick and free the captives.

The Holy Spirit gives me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Holy Spirit gives me wisdom (James 1:5).  The Holy Spirit makes me peace loving, submissive, full of mercy and a yielder of good fruit (James 3:17).  The Holy Spirit is there for me in my weakness and helps me to pray effectively (Romans 8:26).  The Holy Spirit helps me to resist and overcome Satan (James 4:7)

HOLY SPIRIT YOU ARE WELCOME HERE

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, at the name of Jesus demons will flee, the prisoners will be set free, at the name of Jesus a power is released like you’ve never before seen, power to heal, power to raise the dead to life, power to overcome wars and strife, at the name of Jesus I proclaim I am redeemed, baptised in water and baptised in the Spirit, my life changing daily as I challenge the limits of human understanding, as God is transforming me through his Spirit, I’m growing in wisdom,  resisting temptation, I’ve even found patience despite my weakness, growing in kindness and goodness, I’ve developed a faith and it’s bearing good fruit,  resolute in my prayer, I’m becoming effective in battling and fighting the lies and deception of Satan who comes to kill, steal, destroy, but instead I’m filled with uncontainable joy

Push the boundaries a little bit harder

Who is God to you.  It’s interesting to read who God says he is and I love this passage in Exodus:

 Exodus 34:6-7 – And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.

We are told that we are to be transformed into God’s image, how much more could we achieve for him if we became more like him.  If we were more compassionate and gracious, if we could put a lid on our anger, if we could ooze love from every pore in our bodies, and if we were as quick to forgive others as we expect God to forgive us.  I can see how people displaying these attributes can act as a magnet for God, it’s what I want to achieve for myself so that I can stand in front of God with my head held high knowing that I have done everything I can to serve him.

USE ME

I want to know God more, I want an intimate relationship simply on the basis of what I’ve already seen, I want more, I have received but a fraction of all he has for me, I am beginning to see that I have literally scraped the tip of the iceberg and it would be absurd of me to stop seeking more, I opened the door to my heart and that was just the start, my heart aches to see all that he has for me, on that day in eternity when he judges me I don’t want to be standing there wishing that I had done more, wishing that I had opened the door just a little bit wider and pushed the boundaries a little bit harder, I don’t want to feel like I let him down, that my crown wasn’t earned in the way it could have been, I want it to be seen that I gave it my all, I gave everything for him like he did for me, that through my belief I shined that little bit brighter, attracting attention from those that I meet, my enthusiasm rubbing off on their lives, my love for you God impossible to hide, let it be said that I tried in every way to mirror your behaviour that I showed compassion and grace, that I was slow to anger and abounding in love, forgiving and faithful, fully inclusive, that I gave my life wholly to you, God I want all who see me to see you, all who hear me to hear you and for all who know me to know you, work through me I pray, may our relationship grow, may your Spirit work in me and may I be instrumental in helping others to become free.

They probably don’t even recognise the sin that they’re entangled in

Was reading Mark today and Mark 1:3 jumped out at me

– The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord,

Since becoming a Christian I increasingly notice two distinct circles that I walk in, my church family and friends and then my non-Christian friends.  Sometimes I will say something to a non-Christian friend and it feels like I have said something very strange or odd which they don’t want to talk about.  At first I would not continue but now I feel increasingly that these conversations are often led by the Holy Spirit and we need to be open.  After all who else is going to tell them the great news, if I don’t then maybe no one will.

VOICE IN WILDERNESS

Do you ever feel like that voice in the wilderness, when you talk about Jesus do your friends look at you a bit gone out, like you’re losing the plot, I urge you don’t let that put you off, OK so they may scoff (and they may not) sometimes we feel like we’re a lone voice, but surely you will stand up for your beliefs even if it means standing alone, taking the narrow road, not following the path of least resistance but becoming persistent in our mission to share God’s vision, to share his love, to share the message that has power to change, the power to bless, it is not the healthy who need a doctor it is the sick, not those who are already saved but those who are enslaved to sin and this is the thing they probably don’t even recognise the sin that they’re entangled in, the behaviour that strangles their freedom, they don’t know about God’s heavenly Kingdom and whose job do you actually think it is to tell them about Jesus, to show them what you believe, don’t leave it to chance, don’t leave it to others, stand up for your God, don’t deny him, stand up for you God, magnify him, glorify him through your actions, don’t let the silent assassin get his way with your family and friends, their life depends on your choice, their life could change because you used your voice, rejoice freely, love deeply and witness intentionally.

A dynamic duo, an unstoppable force for the work of the Lord

Sometimes I just crave time with the Holy Spirit, sometimes in church I feel like it is so Spirit led and other times I find it empty, like the Spirit didn’t show up.  I know the Spirit is with us always and I know I need to address this myself, if I’m not feeling the Holy Spirit I need to connect and talk to him, to get in the right place, to be filled to overflowing and to radiate that feeling to all those around me.

HOLY SPIRIT YOU ARE WELCOME

Holy Spirit fill me, Holy Spirit be present let me feel you here, Holy Spirit anoint me, fill my prayers with urgency, equip me to do your will, still me as your whisper drowns out the sound of this bustling world, transform me, renew me, guide and lead me, show me the way, not by might, not by power but by my Spirit says the Lord, so Holy Spirit work in me, work through me, burn within me so others are fascinated by the flames, may we become a dynamic duo, an unstoppable force for the work of the Lord, Holy Spirit you are welcome here, remain near, let me connect with you in every circumstance, let me hear you through every storm and every drought, take away any doubts and fill me to overflowing with streams of living water, daughter of the Sovereign God, fill and immerse me in your word fill me with the fire of your presence, fill me with the joy of heaven.

I want to gaze into your eyes and find my worth

God values us immensely, why else would he have perfect plans in place for our lives?  Sometimes we don’t follow those plans because we don’t have faith in ourselves or in God’s plan for us, putting it frankly we don’t think we are worthy or capable.  But what if we saw ourselves as God does?  Wouldn’t that make a massive difference to our capacity to do his will?

Today in church we were talking about shining for God, burning for God and showing others what he offers.  So we can all do that, just be natural when talking to our friends about our faith, Holy Spirit will do the rest.

BE MY MIRROR

I want your eyes to be my mirror, I want to gaze into your eyes and find my worth, to recognise the value that you put on me, I want to see what you see, and receive, I look in your eyes and find the love of my life, my closest friend, I see a life that will never end, I see beauty, I see mercy and grace, when I gaze on your face I feel love, I feel accepted, no longer distracted by earthly concerns, I want my life to reflect your glory, my story one of grace and love and as you say go forth and make disciples of all the nations my heart beats with elation, fire of God burn in me, fire of God burn through me, let me be all you ordained me to be, let others see your love in me, make me bold to speak, outrageous in my desire to bring you into every conversation, outspoken when it comes to salvation, transform me into your likeness and work through me to shine light into the darkness.

Holy Spirit in me, not locational but relational

Was reading John 14 today and it is so true that we need to draw on the amazing gift God left us, the Holy Spirit who lives in us.  We have to build a relationship to get the most out of this gift, it’s not just about the Holy Spirit living in us, we need to work at that relationship, stir up that gift.

John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” 

2 Timothy 1:6 – Stir up the gift of God which is in you

Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds

THE GIFT

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, draw out the treasure God has placed with you, Holy Spirit in me, not locational but relational and I am accountable for all that I do with you, I believe in my ability partnered with you,  it’s time to be unstoppable, heart stirred, awareness heightened for I could have no better teacher than the Spirit within me, stirring up my heart to continue into the beautiful unknown, fanning the flames of my calling, no more stalling, no excuses, I choose this, to love the Lord my God with all my heart, to impart that love to all I meet, to shine my light, be the spark that stirs up others to love and good works.

 

Spirit of God a gift for me, another benefit of being free

Trinity Sunday and we were talking about the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit and I had not thought of the Holy Spirit in that light before – a “Gift” freely given by our heavenly Father.  So not only do we get access to God and Jesus we also have this amazing person living in us, to help us in every situation, draw us closer to God, help us in our daily walk, it truly is an amazing gift and isn’t God amazing, he knew we couldn’t do it on our own so when Jesus ascended into Heaven he had to give us something to help us through PRICELESS.

Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26 – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Holy Spirit

I am Spirit filled, I have part of the Holy Trinity in me, access to my Father in heaven 24/7, no messing, the Holy Spirit lives in me, he came to me when I became a Christian when I turned to God and said sorry for my sins, when I was baptised he opened my eyes to the most incredible gift, and that’s what he is, Spirit of God a gift for me, another benefit of being free, and he doesn’t push me to do things I don’t want to do, he waits patiently to be desired, waits for me to recognise the power within me, brings gifts that are free like love, joy and peace, an amazing peace that surpasses all understanding, he fires me up to serve the Lord, prompts me to turn to God about others, conversely prompts me to talk to others about God, and although it sounds hard with the Spirit it’s easy, he gives me the words, gives me the courage, and I flourish because he lives in me, closer than you will ever get, he’s my safety net, my guide, my counsel, never doubtful he guides me to the truth, soothes me, smooths the path for me and understands my needs, Spirit of God walk with me, remain with me, live in me.