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Seeing and hearing

March 23, 2016

Like anything else in life, if we don’t use it or practice it on a regular basis, we can become less acquainted with that which we used to do on a regular basis.

This past Saturday, i was seeking God and wanting to go out again and be led of the Spirit to where He wanted me to go. This is a big part of the ministry that the Lord has given me and called me to over the years. I have seen some really divine moves of God into this realm of the Spirit. My heart craves for more of the Spirit of God to “see” and to “hear”, then to move into that realm.

As we were waiting upon Him, He soon gave us the route to take and the place to go. We were to head out on foot east, then turn north and walk up to the “Target” store. As we walked, we prayed, and at the same time looked around to see if there was any people around that He might be leading us to. During the approximate mile long walk, there was no one who we sensed we were to talk to. Soon we were at the Target store and walked into the restroom. Once inside, we spotted a young guy washing himself at the sink. We knew immediately that he was the one to speak to. However, not at the present time.

We left and went outside after hearing to wait out there for him to come out. After a few minutes, we looked ahead down the walkway and spotted him. Our immediate thought was “wow, he sure looks different from when he was under the lights in the restroom”. We proceeded to follow him. Up ahead, we saw him take a left into the store next door. We heard to wait there for him to come out. After waiting a few, he comes out, and we say to him, “Hey brother! Come on over here and tell me what God is doing in your life”. We saw that he had a shirt on that had a small cross on it and a ministry name under it.

He began to share his testimony of being saved right after getting out of prison, and being now clean for 30 days. He shared how God had delivered him and how thankful he was. I asked him if he has been tempted to use again since being clean. He said “oh yes”. I then heard that i was to pray for him regarding this help. So i asked him if i could pray for him. He smiled and said “sure!”. As we did, we really prayed for his protection. We covered him in the armor of the Lord, from his head to his toes. When finished, he was blessed and encouraged. We soon parted our ways. He went down the walkway, i took off to my left and went across the parking lot.

After about 10 minutes and turning to my right to follow the sidewalk, i look up ahead to the intersection and i see him and a guy standing with him at the light. As i walked up, i immediately noticed that the guy that was with him was the guy that i originally saw in the bathroom. I said to him, “Hey you were the one who i saw in the restroon”. He said that he remembered seeing me also. I then was amazed at what had just been revealed to me…..

Here i was in the presence of these two guys, one who i thought was the one from the restroom in which i prayed with, the other who i didn’t pray with which was the guy from the restroom. Just how did my “seeing” and “hearing” play into this all? Was God once again just showing his sovereignty? Would things of changed out differently if i were to of “saw” and “heard” differently? Was this just how it was all to play out, i.e. the guy that i prayed with was the reason why i was to go to “Target” in the first place?

I find it all interesting.

Then the guy introduces me to the other guy. He quickly shares his testimony of being saved and how he was also clean from addiction. He lit up as he was sharing about God’s power to save and keep him. They were both there that day to also collect money at the intersection for the ministry that they were a part of. All three of us rejoiced at God’s goodness and how our divine appointment all transpired.

Someday we will see clearly, see completely. Until now, i endeavor to “see” and “hear” more clearly as i approach the gates of heaven.

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Remember, they can’t receive nor understand.

October 13, 2013

This one is very easy to forget. Why? Because if we have any God-given desire to see the lost saved, we will be out there sharing, trying to get them to receive what we are sharing in hopes that they might be saved.

However, we must all be reminded (I believe continually) that the unregenerate person cannot receive nor understand the things of God which are spiritual. How many hours have we spent trying to convince the natural man, with his natural mind, to understand or believe spiritual things? It happens more than we care to admit for sure. We so easily fall into trying to “convince” them of the truth’s of God. If we are not careful, we would even find ourselves getting into a doctrine debate with one who has yet to be born again. That’s futile.

We have to review the scriptures on a regular basis and be reminded of the fact that they must be born of the Spirit first. This is the starting place. Thus, the great need of sharing the gospel. Always being led to steer the conversation back to their need of being saved first. If not, its guaranteed that we will fall into trying to convince a spiritually dead person to receive and understand spiritual things. It just doesn’t work that way. It was never designed to. The need for Christ is always first.

There are several scriptures we could look at to back this all up with, but we are going to use only a couple here.

First off, I always like to start with the book of John, chapter 3. The very popular story of Nicodemus. Without taking a lot of time on this story, only a few very important points to be reminded about here. Basically, Nicodemus was a teacher of the Jewish religion. No doubt, a very well-educated man. But, our main focus here should be the fact that he was unregenerate like anyone else. His status in life makes no difference here unless you are speaking with someone who thinks that by their religion they can be saved.

After Nicodemus had said to Jesus,  “for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him”, Jesus’ reply is very key here for our reminder. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. That little three-letter word is of extreme importance here.

SEE: “to see, to know, (have) knowledge, perceive, understand”.

Without being born again first, one cannot SEE the kingdom (realm) of God.

Another scriptural reminder is found in 1 Corinthians the second chapter. Again, some very popular verses that we probably have heard countless times. However, we must be reminded if we are going have an effect on the lost for the kingdom, we must get this.

The whole chapter (2) is good and is highly recommended here, but we will only focus on a few verses.

Verse 9 is a good starting point. The apostle Paul referring to the prophet Isaiah says, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, (what?) the things which God has prepared for those that love him.”

The word “seen” in its spiritual application here is “to see, discern, perceive“. The word “heard” also has to do with “discern, perceive, understand“.

“the things which God has prepared”….. The spiritual things of God.

In the next verse, verse 10, he says, “But God has revealed them to us (who?) (how?) by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yep (added), the deep things of God. By His Spirit they can and are revealed. But only, by His Spirit. We can even know the “deep things of God” if He chooses to reveal them to us. (I will add this though, He knows our heart, the motivations of our heart as to why we want to know the deep things of God. And if there is any wrong, prideful motives, he will not reveal. He does not bypass unholy motives.

In verse 11, he divides the natural man with the Spirit of God. He says that no man can know the things of God except through the Spirit. Its point-blank.

Verse 12 is to all those who have received the Spirit of God that they might know the spiritual things of God which are freely given to us. And I might add here, that in verse 13, it is very important to take notice that “the Holy Spirit (Ghost) teaches“. Man can and has taught, but it can only come through the one who has been born of the Spirit. One who is living in the Spirit and not of the “spirit of the world”. It only comes through a spiritual vessel.

Ok, I am just about finished here. I never have liked “long posts” so I must end here. And this is the way to sum up our study here with a final verse (14) that does truly make its point very clear.

But the natural man (one who has not been regenerated) receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them (why?), because they are spiritually discerned.”

So there it is. Man must be born again of the Spirit of God before he can understand, perceive, know, anything about God and his kingdom (realm). Thus the great need to get the gospel out to all those who He leads you to. Spend little time in debating with an unbeliever. Listen a lot. Remain in the Spirit. Speak only what is given by the Spirit of God to them.

…….and remember………they can’t understand till their born again 🙂

God bless you!

Hearing the Spirit within

April 17, 2012

In order to hear from the Spirit of God within, one must be quiet in their spirit. If the mind is racing, their spirit is not quiet. It generally helps to not engage in drink or food that would cause the mind to race. Each one of us is different in our own physical makeup as to what we can handle or what causes our mind to race.

Remembering that one of the fruits of the Spirit is “peace”. (Gal.5:22). Where the Spirit is ruling over the flesh, there will be peace. If the fleshly man or women is taking the lead and the Spirit is in the back seat, of course there is going to be no quietness within.

Many times it comes right down to, “do I want to”. Do I want to hear what the Spirit is saying? How important is it to me?

Recipe for a starvation diet

January 29, 2012

Basically, eating once a week on Sunday morning with a few snacks in between.

If that was the only time we ate physically, would we be starving ourselves? Certainly we would. Would we be in poor physical shape? Would we be more prone to sickness? Would we be weak? You got it. As believers, never having quiet alone time with God is a sure recipe for spiritual starvation. In all actually, it is impossible to have real spiritual growth unless we make time to be alone.

Now, I will be the first to say that this is not easy. Especially depending on your own personal situation, you might be working long hours, maybe two jobs, raising a family etc. With all this, I can relate. Having raised a family of six kids and running a business for 16 years, I can relate. But, in all our responsibilities, we must deliberately cut out a time each day for this “quiet alone time”. For many, the only time that there  would be, would be at lunch time at work. But you say, ” I only get a half-hour lunch”. Is there any possibility of asking for an hour? If not, can you make your lunch at home so that you would have more time during that half-hour? Most of the time, “if there is a will, there is a way”.

Many mistake this alone time to be “church”, “group Bible study”, “listening to Christian music” etc. While these are good and certainly beneficial, they are not to be confused with alone time. Personal growth requires this time. In a day and age where busyness is the norm, and one feels deeply out-of-place or awkward if he or she has some quiet time alone, this still must be a practiced discipline. After making it a necessity in one’s life, after a while it becomes the norm. This is a good desire, and didn’t God say that he would give us the desires of our heart? What better desire! To be alone with Him? Does it sound like a selfish desire?

When personal growth is taking place through alone time with God and his word, one also finds themselves ready and able to share from this alone time. The Holy Spirit who is “the Teacher” gives us what we need personally and also gives us food to share with our neighbors. It’s not “regurgitated” food. It is straight from God himself through the Holy Spirit. We might say that it’s a “straight shot”.

So, in the end, if you desire that time, He will make a way. Like anything else in life, there must first be a “desire”.

“Spirit Led Operation”, the need of the hour!

January 19, 2012

This life is supposed to be one of being Spirit led, and not one of being led by our carnal mind and will. What we want to do, should not even enter our priorities. Do we practice being Spirit led? Do we care what the Spirit might be saying? Do we even know what it’s like to hear from the Spirit, then go out and be led by His Spirit?

Of course, this takes lots of practice, patience and perseverance. Learning to operate in and of the Spirit is the great need of the day for all those who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. This is the day of preparation before the real needs hit our land. If we wait, we will be like the majority who will have not taken the time to learn and prepare the ways of the Spirit in operation.

May the Spirit of God within us take precedence over our mind and body.

Quietness and alone time with God is the essential need of the hour. No real relationship, no real fellowship with God through His Spirit can be developed unless this time is being taken on a regular basis. You can’t learn of the Spirit unless time is taken with the Spirit. When the Spirit is ruling, leading and guiding our lives, then we go into and operate in the realm (the kingdom) of God. The realm of the Spirit is the kingdom of God. Remembering that, “God is Spirit”, His Kingdom is spiritual, and it’s takes a birth of the Spirit to understand this Kingdom, and to be able to operate in it.

If we don’t spend this “alone time with God“, no real foundation can be laid to operate in the Spirit. We will operate out of the intellect and the flesh. It will be easy to follow the ways of man and religion. We will fall into routine, familiarity and comfort. All three of these ways are ways that our flesh is well acquainted with.

We are reminded, that the biggest battle that the believer faces, is that of the “flesh versus the Spirit“, if indeed one is endeavoring to have the Spirit rule their life. If not, there will be no real battle taking place because the carnal mind will be ruling. Let us not forget that this kind of mind is “enmity with God”.

So, Spirit operation is the need of the hour. To be able to know where to go, what to say and what to do is going to be ever more so needed in the coming days. Let us not be left behind, because whither we want to believe it or not, God is busy assembling his “Army” of Spirit led believers that are going out into the world to do what the Spirit has ordained them to do. They are being equipped and trained while they are out and about practicing being Spirit led, and the power is being manifested in the fulfilment thereof.

“Rise up O Spirit of God!”

God, Spirit and Kingdom

November 11, 2011

It’s simple, but it can be easily lost in the midst of religious trappings. We must be continually reminded that first off, God is Spirit. He is not some tangible God that will be confined to a box built by man. The minute you try to put Him in a box, he smiles, and goes right through the walls of the confinement that has been built. Why? Because He is Spirit, and you cannot confine a spirit to an enclosure. The same is true of spirits sent from Satan. A spirit is a spirit. You can’t see it. You can’t even try to make it what you think it should be. It has already been formed by its creator, and cannot change unless its creator causes it to change.

The human intellect has and can spend, its whole time on earth below trying to figure out God who is Spirit. In the natural mind, he makes out God to be something that his mind can create. Thus, he has created a God that suits his understanding, and one that he can relate with. Then, all he has to do to make it “spiritual” is attach some religious traditions, religious teachings, religious teachers and the like. Woo-la. Stamp a name on it, and in some cases market it, and they are off and running in a world that is full to overflowing with gods, religions, teachings, and seminars.

Again, we are to be reminded by the very words of Christ, which are spirit and life, “God is Spirit,” (Jn.4:24a).

Now, being that God is Spirit, what do you think that it might take for one to begin to commune with, relate with, have a relationship with a God who is Spirit?  How about, a birth of the Spirit of God within you, a spiritual birth from God. A birth where His Spirit comes to be birthed inside you. This is where one enters the spiritual realm (kingdom) of God.

The best way to understand this is to take a look again at the story of Nicodemus. He was a religious ruler of the Jews. So, he was very well versed and educated in his religion, in fact he was a “ruler of the Jews”. So this is no little guy, as far as status goes.

Jesus knew all about this guy. He knew every detail of his life. Was Jesus intimidated by him? You decide.

After Nicodemus credits Jesus with the fact that he knows that Jesus is a teacher from God, and that he does miracles, signs and wonders, and that no one could do what he has done unless God was with him, Jesus reply’s, “unless one is born again (born from above, spiritually) he cannot “SEE” the kingdom of God.” (Jn.3:3). The word “see” here is very important to understand. It means, “to know”, “be aware of”, “know”, “knowledge”, “perceive”, “understand”.

So, first off we see that Jesus knew that Nicodemus must be told first how to “know, perceive or understand” the kingdom of God. Do you think that because of all his studying, much learning etc. that Jesus had to deal with this first?

How many people today are trying to know, perceive or understand the spiritual realm (spiritual kingdom) of God? Have you ran across a few lately? It’s nothing new. They were trying to figure it out well before Christ, and today it’s still the same, well after He has gone.

And as if we needed more from Nicodemus to show that he could not figure it out with all his religious teaching and upbringing, he says to Jesus after he said that he needed to be “born again”, “how can that be? Can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb? Talk about trying to figure it out in the natural mind! I can’t help but think that Jesus either rolled his eyes, smiled or maybe even laughed.

After Nicodemus’ questions, then Jesus went straight to “how to enter the kingdom of God”. Now, through all this we must see that Jesus is trying to relate a “spiritual kingdom” to a man who has no concept of spiritual things. Why? Because if he did, he would have not mentioned the natural birth when Jesus was talking spiritual birth.

And, I love how Jesus basically said to him, “don’t try to figure it out” (In verse 8, where he talks about the wind). This should be a good reminder to us all when we come across those who can’t figure out the spiritual things that we may be talking about. First things must come first, they must be “born of the Spirit”. All the best approaches, best tactics and best teachings on evangelism will not produce one convert unless they have been born again.

So, in closing, I would like to remind us that it is a good idea to re-acquaint ourselves with the basic understanding of the Spiritual side. God is Spirit. It takes a Spiritual birth to understand the things of the Spirit. And, one must be born of the Spirit to perceive and to enter the kingdom of God.

If we are to be effective in God’s kingdom in all that we do, we must be in the Spirit, and doing the things of the Spirit, and sharing/teaching/preaching the things of the Spirit.

Traveling in the Spirit

September 28, 2011

One of my favorite things to do is to be led of the Spirit, and see where it takes you. Taking out the front door and not knowing where you are going. This of course has to be done through walking and taking public transportation. Also, one must learn to sense and hear to some extent, before they take out and travel in the Spirit. If you get visions, that also can lead you to a place, person or thing. Like anything else in God’s kingdom, it is a learning experience for those who desire to be led out by His Spirit.

I do hope to hear from many other’s in the coming days who also have similar type experiences. Just before writing this tonight, I thought of a brother in New Zealand who also goes out and travels as the Spirit leads him. I know there must be many more who practice this on a regular basis. I believe it is going to be very needful in the coming days, to know how to hear and follow to a certain place, person, thing or town etc.

Because of God’s great love for humanity, being led out by His Spirit will in most cases, involve people. Sometimes, you will be led to pray over a certain place, thing, or town etc. But, as you do this, always beware of your surroundings and any people that might be in the vicinity.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Warning to us believers

July 7, 2011

If we are not “growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we could be “led away with the error of the wicked” and eventually “fall from our own steadfastness” (taken from 2Pet.3:17).

Growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord, does take effort. It is not automatic. It doesn’t just happen. We are not to just “be”. If we are to grow spiritually, we must continually be thinking on the things of God. We must be continually praying to our Father. We must be continually feasting upon His word. We must be continually taking Him out into the world. We must be continually talking about Him to those we meet.

Growing is progression. If no forward progression is taking place, then there is no growth. If there is no forward growth, then we are dying and going backward.

Growth begins within. First, it must start with us and God alone. If we don’t have alone time with God, we are missing the essential ingredient for growth. Many think that growth is all about church. No, growth certainly takes place there, but unless one has the foundation of his or her’s own personal devotions laid daily, growth cannot remain. Time alone builds the foundation in which we stand.

And yes, we can “fall”, and “fall away”. None of us are exempt. The only way to prevent it, is to be found “growing” daily. And, it does take effort on our part. No effort, no growth.

Experiencing God while your living

March 4, 2011

To me, this is the single most worthy reason for coming to Christ and receiving life through His name!

Christ said, “I have come that you might have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.” (Jn.10:10) The abundant life is experiencing God each and every day that you live. It’s waking up in the morning, and saying to God, “all right, what do you have for me today?”  “Who do you have for me to meet today?” “What do you want me to do today?” Where do you want me to go today?” “I can’t wait!”

So many people today are down and depressed. Why? Because they have yet to come to God through Christ, than experience God as they set about their day. Their day could be going to work. It could be filled with the usual run around and get things done kinda day. Or it could be just staying at home with a occasional trip outside. Whatever the case is, it doesn’t matter if you are living for God. Life then takes on meaning and purpose. What are we (God and us) going to experience today? It should be every believers question each day? Anticipation should swell up within each one.

It always has to do with people. Why? Because, people are the object of His love. “For God so loved the world”, that’s you and I, people. The apex of His creation, people. So, if God is going to bless you today, people are going to be involved in it. He is going to lead you to people. Why? If you have a relationship with God through Christ, and you are living that out, then He is wanting to have you share it with others. Again, because He loves people. He wants them to be blessed. He wants to impart life into them. Not physical life, but spiritual life. That is what Christ meant, when He said, “I have come that they might have life, and life more abundantly”.

So, no longer do you need to set about your day with your head down, saying, “oh no, here we go again today, off to work” “Can’t wait till the weekend” “I wish it was Sunday again” “Can’t wait for the next meeting”. No, you don’t have to live that way any longer! Come to Christ! Receive forgiveness for your sins that separate you from God! Then start a relationship with Him that has to do with experiencing life while your living! Then you can look forward to each and every day! Why? Because now you are truly living! You have received life! You have been born again through Jesus! A spiritual birth has taken place! Now you have true life that’s worth living!