Praying to the Holy Spirit for physical healing

So often we forget that God exists in three parts, yet all are still one. The Holy Spirit is often forgotten and difficult to grasp. I really enjoyed this. I just happen to be sick and it was very comforting.

Disciples of hope

The Holy Spirit is not another god in the Christian faith. He is as much the Lord as is Jesus Christ. God is indeed One but he is composed of three persons; God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. You cannot just pray to the Father and the Son but you can also pray to the Holy Spirit for he is God.Spirit of God

Jesus when giving the Great Commission said, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)

Let’s read the below verses which prove that the Holy Spirit is God and is to be worshiped.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify…

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Get what you expect

Some of you that have read some of my previous writings, know that I am unemployed. Each week dealing with a new series of challenges as I try to find work and raise a 2 yr. old, at the ripe ol’ age of 40.
I sat down this morning in a quiet house. The first time in a week (my daughter has had a stomach bug). I sat down in front of my computer to reenter  the tedious and frustrating world of job applications.
As I began my search I started to prepare myself for the onslaught of rejection letters. At this point, searching for as long as I have, I have conditioned myself to expect the worst. That’s a learned behavior, and a choice I have made somewhere along the way. By living this way I have limited the role God wants in my life. I pray for a job, but I don’t expect it to happen. Refusing to get my hopes up, because of past disappointments. In essence I am telling God this is a problem he can’t, or will not fix. I don’t trust him. It really is that simple. As a person pursuing ministry positions, that seems pretty pathetic. After all his blessings. I still don’t fully realize the scope of his power and grace. That tells me I still have much to learn about our Father. I am grateful for the insight he shared with me this morning. I will have to reshape my thinking and unlearn a behavior that has kept me at a distance from God. I hope these thoughts will help you as well. Keep thinking “with God ALL things are possible”.

Please respect the quiet time

I love my family. Nothing on this earth could be more important. However, in the course of daily events; nothing is more important than my quiet time with God. I am often interrupted with an array of distractions keeping me from this precious time.
God says “seek and ye shall find”! Seeking requires study. It requires communication and patience. It requires reading his word, studying it and giving thanks to him that we even have it. Quiet time requires a steadfastness that others not in pursuit of him, can’t seem to understand.   If you can’t find time for God, don’t expect him to find time for you. God wants him in our thoughts and prayers continually. He’s trying to help us through the obstacles we face. So many times we try to tackle problems with our own strength and resolve. That’s a mistake. It may work temporarily, but eventually you will find yourself seperated from the one who loves you most.
It’s hard to chastise someone for interrupting your time with God, but at some juncture you will have to make a decision. Time with God or all the other distractions going on around you. You can’t do both. Unlike God our time and our attention span is limited. Focusing on distractions first, puts them ahead of God in your priorities. If God’s not first in a Christian’s faith, some big obstacles are headed your way. Not to punish you, but rather to draw you back into the plans God has intended for you. So please, take some time, every day. Keep it quiet, focused on God, enjoy the communication that will eventually take place. This time is where your relationship with God will be built. Consider what your giving up the next time your interrupted.

Dreamless

I realized a few years ago, that as I aged I had fewer and fewer dreams. Not the kind at night during sleep. I’m talking about goals, ambitions, something to accomplish. At 40, with a 2 yr. old, I have an infinite number of hopes and dreams for her future, but none of my own. I gotta say I am more than a little frustrated since it has been a prayer concern for some time now. Clinging to what I like to do, helping others. I am cosistently turned away because the degree I earned 20 years ago wasn’t in theology, psychiatry or social services. I can’t understand why passion isn’t a quality employers look for with candidates. From past experiences, those who love what they do are significantly more productive. But such is the world. So I have to ask myself why this particular desire seems to haunt me when there is no way for resolution. I guess ultimately I can help my daughter achieve her dreams and live vicariously through her. But I don’t think that is how God operates. Maybe he does, maybe I am deaf. Whatever the case I find myself lost with no direction, existing, but not really living. I know there are others like me, wandering, searching for that elusive purpose. If you have gone through this valley and come out of it, please let me know,how. I am fresh out of ideas.

The Holy Spirit

Can you tell me how the Holy Spirit works in my life?

I’m glad you’re interested in the Holy Spirit, because it’s impossible to follow God unless we are led by the Spirit. And the only way to be led by the Spirit is to follow God’s command to be filled by the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Interestingly, God contrasts being filled with the Spirit with being drunk. Somebody who is drunk with wine or alcohol is controlled by and consumed by alcohol. But somebody who is “drunk in the Spirit” is controlled and consumed by the Spirit, who helps us live holy lives.

How are we filled with the Spirit? The Holy Spirit entered you when you decided to give your life to Christ, to become a Christian. But we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to help us do the things God wants us to do. When we’re growing as Christians, we should allow the Spirit to take control over more and more areas of our lives.

The Holy Spirit plays many roles. You can read about some of them in these passages: John 14:15-27, John 16:5-15, Romans 8:1-17, Galatians 5:16-26.

In John 14, for example, Jesus says the Holy Spirit will comfort us when we’re hurting. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus says (14:18), promising that the Spirit will bring us peace (14:27).

Jesus also says the Spirit will help us recall the things we’ve learned about God (14:26)—which also means the Spirit will help us when we tell others about our faith.

In John 16, Jesus refers to the Spirit as a “Counselor” who will guide us in our everyday lives. One way he’ll guide us is by convicting us of sin (16:8). And this is really a good thing: God wants us to get rid of the things that displease him, and the only way to identify those things is to be convicted by the Spirit. The Spirit works through our conscience to make us aware of sin in our lives.

Romans 8 tells us the Spirit will help us stop sinning and do the things that please God. A verse later in that chapter also tells us that the Spirit helps us pray (8:26). We’ve all gone to God and said, “Lord, I’m just not sure how to pray or what to say.” The Holy Spirit helps us in those times, and actually intercedes for us, saying the prayers for us.

Now, the Holy Spirit can’t do all the work for us. We’re still responsible to do our part—especially to consistently read our Bibles and pray, asking the Spirit to show us the truth and teach us how to live.

It’s important to remember that the Spirit will not prompt us to do anything that goes against Scripture. People sometimes justify their actions by saying, “My conscience told me … ” We need to make sure we’re listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, not the voice of our own desires. And we know which is which by checking this voice against the truth of God’s Word.

How can you tell if you’re being led by the Spirit? By the “fruit” of your life—your attitudes and actions. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Are these things evident in your life? Two verses later, it says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Dawson McAllister is a popular youth speaker with Shepherd Ministries. He also has a live, nationally syndicated radio call-in program for students (“Dawson McAllister Live”), from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (EST) every Sunday night. You can also check out his site on the Internet (http://www.thehopeline.com/).

A lesson about Old and New

Written by Grace Communion International.

A Lesson About Old and New (Mark 2:18-22)

John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:18-22).

The primary fast of the Jews was the Day of Atonement, one of the seven annual solemn assemblies of the Law of Moses. The Pharisees also fasted on the second and fourth days of every week. Apparently, the disciples of John were doing something similar. (The Pharisees didn’t have disciples in the same sense as John or Jesus. The term “disciples of the Pharisees” might refer to anyone who followed the example of the Pharisees.)

Although such fasting was not part of the Law of Moses, by Jesus’ day it had become an important expression of the Pharisees’ meticulous devotion to the ceremonial law. To the Pharisees, if Jesus’ disciples were not fasting, then it called into question their piety, sincerity and devotion toward the ceremonial law. Further, it called into question Jesus’ attitude toward the ceremonial law. Jesus had already healed on the Sabbath, and his disciples had already been noticed picking grain on the Sabbath and eating without the prescribed ceremonial washing. Add to that the lack of fasting, and the Pharisees must have found this upstart rabbi increasingly troubling.

Incompatible
After Jesus was gone, fasting would have a place in the Christian community. It would remind believers of their dependence on God, of their need for God’s mercy, and of the power of God for the salvation of those who believe the gospel. Until then, Jesus’ disciples had no reason to fast. In the Bible, fasting is a sign of disaster, or a voluntary abasement during times of great stress or trial. But the presence of the Son of God on earth with his disciples was a time of joy, not of sorrow. The time for sorrow would come later, when Jesus was murdered and taken away.

In any case, fasting in the manner of the Pharisees, as a sign of their devotion to the ceremonial law, was incompatible with the new covenant Jesus was inaugurating. For Jesus’ disciples, fasting while Jesus was with them would have been like sewing a new piece of cloth on an old garment — it would have been incompatible. Jesus’ point was that the old has gone, the new has come. The two are not compatible. To put new wine in old skins ruins both the skins and the wine. New wine requires new skins.

Today, it’s still easy to try to pour the new wine of the gospel into the old wineskins of the Law. Grace doesn’t come easily to us. We like to have a way of measuring where we stand with God. The gospel tells us simply to trust God that he loves us and has forgiven all our sins for the sake of Christ. But we often want something more tangible than that. We want something we can sink our teeth into.

So we run back to the Law. The Law provides a way of measuring where we stand with God. If we avoid sexual sin, for example, and lying, and stealing, and murder, then we can have a firmer basis for feeling that God isn’t mad at us. If we don’t use crude language, if we don’t watch entertainment that has sex and violence in it, if we help others, if we don’t miss church, and so on, then we can rest easier about our relationship with God. Of course, these are good behavior patterns, part of the way we naturally desire to live when we have fellowship with God.

But even when we’re successful in behaving well on the outside, a deeper problem remains. Doing good things doesn’t solve the problem of our alienation from God. Our pride, our selfishness, the sin in our heart of hearts, is still there. And every once in a while, when our guard is down, what we really are inside squirts out to remind us that we’re still sinners. Then we can either pretend we’re not really that bad, or we can admit to ourselves what we’re really like.

Not based on the Law
Fellowship with God is not based on the Law. It is based on God’s faithfulness to his word of grace. God told Israel: “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed” (Malachi 3:6; compare Deuteronomy 4:31). God’s free determination to do as he pleases is what gives us a positive relationship with him. He tells us through the words of Jesus in John 3:17: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

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John wrote, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He did not write, “God is justice.” If God were after justice, none of us would survive. But God has determined to dispense grace rather than condemnation. We are told, “Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13). How grateful we can be that God is the way he has chosen to be! God’s devotion to us is the basis of our fellowship with him, devotion that God has demonstrated through Jesus Christ.

Rest
When we’re really honest with ourselves, we know that despite constant trying, we still sin. Where does that leave us? We can either work harder and harder to keep up the whitewashed façade of personal righteousness, or we can turn it over to God and trust him to forgive us and make us righteous. If we take God at his word, then we can rely on him to do in us and for us what he says he has.

Faith gives us rest. It transforms godly living from a duty, from a way of proving ourselves, to a joy, to a way of taking part in the good life we can have with God in Christ (referring not to physical abundance, but to spiritual contentment, to the inner peace only God can provide, which is worth more than physical riches).

Most of us can use a good rest.

Defining the Holy Spirit

I seem to have always understood God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. However, the word, the spirit, has always been a bit of a stranger. I see God as the creator and controller, Jesus his son, our sacrifice and defender, and the spirit as maybe our conscience. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized, there has to be more to the Holy Spirit. While reading the word, I cam across this passage and it confirmed by suspicion.

“And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man,
It shall be forgiven him:
But unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.”

Luke 12:10

So  i did a little digging. I found this to be an excellent answer for anyone trying to answer the same question as I. This was taken from  Everystudent.com. (which is a really neat site for those with questions about Christian living and beliefs).

The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven (Acts 2). Jesus told His apostles…

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)
The Holy Spirit is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead. Jesus said to His apostles…

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And all the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed to the Holy Spirit. When a person becomes born again by believing and receiving Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-21), God resides in that person through the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 3:16). The Holy Spirit has intellect (1Cor. 2:11), emotion (Rom. 15:30), and will (1Cor. 12:11).

A primary role of the Holy Spirit is that He bears “witness” of Jesus Christ (John 15:26, 16:14). He tells people’s hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also acts as a Christian’s teacher (1Cor. 2:9-14). He reveals God’s will and God’s truth to a Christian. Jesus told His disciples…

“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
The Holy Spirit was given to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God’s character in the life of a believer. In a way that we cannot do on our own, the Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). Rather than trying to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on Him to produce these qualities in our lives. Thus Christians are told to walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25) and be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). And the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to perform ministerial duties that promote spiritual growth among Christians (Rom. 12; 1Cor. 12; Eph. 4).

The Holy Spirit also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people’s hearts of God’s truth concerning how sinful we are — needing God’s forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is — He died in our place, for our sins; and God’s eventual judgment of the world and those who do not know Him (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts and minds, asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and a new life.

Stay Christmas

Over the past 2 plus years, I have started the transition from child to parent. It is a wondrous, yet, often difficult transition. For some reason I catch my parents smiling, as I deal with  temper – tantrums. Knowing full well, I was the model of good behavior and I seldom see the humor in an angry 2 yr. old.
As the holidays come to an end, I am saddened to see them go. I feel within me a loss of something extraordinary on January 2nd of each year. Some people get the Christmas blues, I am the direct opposite.
Every spring I wonder why Easter doesn’t receive the same celebration as Christmas. (For one has no meaning without the other).
Whatever the reasons, December is the time we turn our attention to our abundant blessings. First and foremost is the birth of Christ. The fulfillment of an old covenant and the start of a new one, which includes all believers. It’s that short period of time we wish could last forever. Maybe in heaven it can, but on earth it goes by so quickly. (Way Too Quickly). In December I enjoy the fellowship and comradery  of neighbors, family and friends. I spend months in agonizing anticipation, waiting for this celebration.
But the very things I enjoy and truly Love about this season aren’t purchased from a store or wrapped in pretty ribbons. It’s the attitude and generosity shown to others. Every year I try to keep Christmas going. Every year it eventually burns out, succombing to the darkness. Once again I find myself at seasons end hoping to find others who want to live each day with the Joy and excitement of Christmas.

“For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a savior, which is Christ, The Lord!”

Not just on Christmas Day, but EVERYDAY! Hallelujah!!!!