Isaiah 57-verses 14-15

These verses from Isaiah are a encouragement from God

14. And it will be said, build up, build up prepare the way. Remove every obstacle out of the way of my people.

15. For thus says the high. and exalted one who lives forever, who’s name is Holy. I dwell on a high and Holy place and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit. in order to revive the spirit of the lowly.

Did you notice that he will revive the spirit of the lowly. One of my favourite verse are in Mathew chapter 11 verse 29 Jesus tells us that he is meek and lowly. Jesus has a heart for such people these verses tell us to be the same if we want to be Christ like. The Holy Spirit will guide us into that. One of the things the Holy Spirit has been saying just recently. Is for us to spend quality time with him.

Busy day with the family and work? been there and worn this tee shirt so I know what that is like. But if we ask God to give us a space in the day, he will do just that. It will come to us and when we are quite and still, he will speak and guide us.

Try it and you will get into a listening mode with God. He will then break into your day with a space and time ( not always the same). You will then say, I could never find this time before, that is true we can not, but God can!

Reigion

There is a great deal of concern about the new move of the Holy Spirit. This should not be so, and there really is nothing to be concerned about.

We know we are in challenging times and there is an increase in unbelief around. But we must trust the Holy Spirit as he conveys to us what God is saying. He will never bring anything to us that is not from the throne of Grace.

There is a counterfeit voice that would try and mislead us. The way to deal with this one is by pleading your faith in the blood of Jesus over it. It will go, it has to, Satan can not stand the pleading of the blood ( that is stateing our faith in it).

We are in for some glorious times with God, as we move ahead and pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Look in Galatians chapter 5. and find them. Now in our natural self we can not do this, but with the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit we can. After all this is the character of Jesus and he yearns for us to live in him. Acts 17. verse 28. For in him we live and move and have our being: as certain of your own poets have said. For we are also his offspring.

Right with God

There are some exciting times ahead for the church of God. But one thing is so important to be, that is to be righteous. Ah! but you say only the super spiritual can be that.

Have a look at Abraham a moon worshiper from what is now Iraq. But God looked at his heart and found him to be righteous. God took him out of his false worship and turned him around.

Brought him out of his land with his family, to eventually become a  Father of all nations. That is to those who would listen to God.  Also up comes the question, God must have looked at the hearts of others. But Abraham was his chosen man. Abrahams obedience to the voice of God proved it.

The Holy  Spirit is roaming around today looking for people who will become righteous and obedient to the word of God. Notice I say become, if a heart is right and pure he will do the rest. So do not think that you may not be chosen to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.

If your heart is looked at and found to be righteous. Then the Holy  Spirit will teach you all things in spirit and in truth. Still not convinced? then ask God to renew a right spirit within you. Psalm 51 verse 10. John 16. verse 13. When he the spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth. For shall not speak of himself, but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak and he will show you things to come..

A new move of the Holy Spirit

We need to realize that the Holy Spirit is living in us. And the more we empty ourselves of self, the more he will be in us. Only the fact that we will refuse to let go of our old character can hinder him. I say hinder, but if God wants our full attention just like he did with Paul on the road to Damascus. Then nothing will stop him and what a privilege that is for us.

This means that the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords will visit us and reveal himself to us. The purpose of all this? is to give us his character. What is his character? look up the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. There you will see the character of Jesus.

 

The Bridegroom

We often talk about Christ being the bridegroom that will marry his faithful saints. But do we really know the bridegroom?. We can know the scriptures by heart, but what about those  who reveal the bridegroom to us.

Do they really explain who he is, or do  we just pass them by. Because this is Jesus who wants to share his life with us. what is his character?. We need go no further that Galatians chapter 5. and see the fruits of the spirit in verses 22-23.

In there we see the character of Jesus. but you say I will have difficulty shaping up to that.  In our human nature yes it is hard, we need the help of the Holy spirit who will guide us into ALL things in spirit and in truth. Romans 12. verses 9-19 gives us a good way of living. This is the Holy way and the spirit of God will help us into this way.

1 Peter verses 23- 25.

23. Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptlible seed by the word of God. Which lives and abides forever  24.  Because all flesh is as grass. And all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers and its flower falls away. 25. But the word of the Lord endures forever.

To be truly born again there must be nothing corrupt in our lives. The only way to reach that goal is to surrender to the Holy Spirit. A bit scary you say? no it is a lovely walk and as we yield to him. He will show us what he wants out of our lives a bit at a time.

That is for those of us  that can be a bit stubborn and fearfull. We should not be, he is a gentleman and he will never leave our case. But it is up to us to be willing to let him have his way.

In a lot of the scriptures that refer to our relationship with Christ. It states, in Christ, we can know about him and know the word of God but unless we have a desire to be Christ like. You see I can know of my neighbour but that does not mean I really know him.

We need to have a thirst for the word of God and a desire to be really like him. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and helper and he will be with us all the way. This is a lovely walk and Jesus will hold our hand. It does not come any better than that, look at the promises in the word of God they are sure and true. This should encourage us to be truly born again.

Ready to do what we are called to do and to be thrilled by the presence of Jesus in our lives. That means that no circumstance can affect us and we go forward in Christ not staying where we are.

Isaiah 66. verse one stated that my throne is in heaven and the earth is my footstool. That means that heaven is above the earth and below on the earth. Do we want to visit the throne room? of course we do. Then let the spirit of God take us there, seems a bit far fetched?. in the beginning of Revelation we find John on this earth, in the spirit and a voice said come up here.

We also are on this earth, but when we are in the spirit the Holy Spirit will take us into the throne room. And there is Jesus our intercessor waiting for us. Sitting at the right hand of our Father. What a privilege we have and that can happen to any of us. But going back to Isaiah verse one again, God says he will look upon a humble and contrite spirit with favour. We have some spiritual work to do to get to being humble. Join me?.

 

 

Sacrifice

In old testament times a Jewish man would take animal the best of what he had and it would be slain and the blood from that animal would be put on the altar. This would be the offering for the whole family.
In this new testament times we offer ourselves to God at the moment of our salvation. At baptism we rise out of the water likening ourselves to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
There it then a cleansing process that the word of God and the ministry of the Holy spirit leads us into. Is it not wonderful that the Holy Spirit ministers to us bringing the word and the purpose of God into our lives. In 1 John Verse 7. It says
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light. We have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
The Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus are a ministry to us that work together. Did you see what that verse says. Cleansed from all sin, now that really is something. So what about this wonderful and divine ministry that comes from the throne of Grace. As they minister to us ( Yes that is you and me ) the Holy Spirit teaches us about the fullness of the blood of Jesus. When we grasp this glorious truth and apply it to our lives. We are moving into a spiritual realm we have not been in before
Job Chapter 27 verse 6. My righteousness i hold fast and i will not let it go. My heart will not reproach me as long as i live. This talks about our conscience as being heart felt. So the Holy Spirit talks to us and our minds are renewed and the next thing? Our hearts of course sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. Washed clean in the blood of the lamb. That is the care and love that our God has for us. So that when we present ourselves to him we are Holy as he is Holy. Now this takes some working on. The best bit? we have the greatest teacher in the whole of the universe and the blood of Jesus which is as fresh and as warm as the day he shed it and will be forever! oh Glory to the Lamb what a God we serve and he sends his Spirit to us. Now i do not know about you but i say it does not come any better than that. Amen.

 

Treasure

2nd Corinthans chapter 4. verse 7.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

This is a verse that shows that even in our weaknesses and sometimes when we lack full faith.

God entrusted his power to us. That alone should make us proud that the creator of this earth will trust us. Knowing full well that those who will obey his commands. Will walk the walk and not just the talk, that they will let more of him come into us. As we have less of self, allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest himself.

A s we do that the full power of God will transform our lives to be the righteous persons that God is looking for. God made a covenant with Abraham because he was righteous. And now many years down the line he is looking to offer the same choice.

In our old human nature we could not receive this. But God trusted certain humans to alter and receive this covenant. Now that is this awesome trinity willing us to receive the fullness of the trinity.

Father,son and Holy ghost and the full power of the blood of Jesus. On offer to all who will take it up. Now that is power, divine power and there is nothing in this world to match it. No atom bomb and the like comes anywhere near it.

As this world is fearful of the full power of a nuclear war and afraid of the nations that have them. The divine power that is in a true born again word believing saint, will spread around this world and there is one person from this trinity that will return to this earth, Jesus himself.

Cut in on a conversation of an unbeliever talking to his friends. Look at this, the Jesus that his saints have been preaching about. Look at his glory and feel the power. Will he introduce us to God?, no you see because they say he is God. Christians were taught by his spirit, now that is going to take some taking in. Three in one,wow such power, such love and full of grace.
All because God trusted us with his word, our belief in his son and we listened to the Holy Spirit. Now that is real power Holy Ghost style, one thing more we had better move in this power. Or else we are nothing else but a damp firework that will not light!

A work in progress

We are a work in progress because every day the Holy Spirit will convict us of something of our old self that has to go. From the day that we were born again this has been going on and will continue until we have a Christ like nature. Ever had that feeling when you are in prayer, that the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something.

He is trying to remove blockages that would stop us from having prayer answered. This will eventually bring us into a full intimacy with our Lord and maker. We have an old nature that will try to fight this. But the spirit of God will never give up, and he will keep on giving us a nudge until we listen. This is so good because whatever we to ask him he is there for us. There are many worldly teachers. But none so good as the Holy Spirit. He teaches in a love that is beyond comprehension 

More so in these exciting times when the Holy Spirit is bringing a new love song that he is singing to the church. It is a new day and a new way and a chance for us to increase our love for others.

Take my yoke

15 - 1 raised christJesus said in Matthew chapter 11. verses 28-30.

28. Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and i will give you rest. Notice he calls people to come to him. That is the first step on a heavenly journey that is a love walk.

29. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for i am gentle and lowly at heart. And you will find rest for your souls. Jesus is offering his yoke here. A  yoke is for two, he then goes on to say, learn from me.

The greatest teacher in the whole of the universe is offering to teach us. What an offer! it is certainly a no brainer. Learn to be gentle and lowly, that is the opposite of pride. It is pride that will try and stop us from learning the word of God.

To come across a gentle and lowly person in this corrupt and aggressive world is like finding a jewel. They do not lie nor steal or become war like.

This what Jesus is offering us, to give him our burdens. As he says my burden is light and his yoke is easy.

A ll this is an incredible offer from the King of Kings the Lord of Lords. Now they do not come better than that.

The bonus bit in all of this? learn from me, how could we turn such an offer down.