Spirit Sensitive

Spirit Sensitive

How do we honor the Holy Spirit? Do we honor Him fully in all aspects of our lives?`

There is one area where I have a burden that I don’t know how to communicate well enough or have the right words to say, I’m sure that these thoughts and my heart could be twisted or taken out of context, but I hope I communicate this out of love.

I believe we’ve made an idol out of reaching the unsaved too often in our lives and churches. Or perhaps sometimes it’s fear of man – twisted to look like we’re putting the “point-of-view” of the unbeliever first.

What is an idol? It is simply something that sits in the place that should be reserved for the Lord. The top place of our hearts, the most important, our focus and our gaze. “Idol” sounds like such a strong word and many think that it is inherently an evil thing – but even good things become idols if they reside in the area of our lives that should be for our God.

We cannot diminish, hide, or reserve the Holy Spirit in order to be more approachable.

Who convicts sinners? (John 16:8) Who brings the revelation of who God is? (Ephesians 1:17)

Why do some believe they will be MORE effective at reaching the lost when they ask their church members to stop inviting the full depth of the Holy Spirit? That’s ministering with both arms tied behind our back. We are not salesmen. Let God the Holy Spirit work on man’s heart – and then present the simple Gospel! Don’t you remember getting saved? Why did you say yes?! Take a minute and honestly remember and contemplate it. Where were you, what was presented, and what was happening in your heart and soul leading up to your yes?

In your personal life and ministry, you absolutely won’t be as effective if you believe you can talk someone into salvation.

Pursue depth in your personal life to uncover and search out more and more of the heart of God. Fall in love with the bridegroom and I promise that you will fall more in love with the bride. In my life, I need more hunger. I want more passion, more zeal. I have tried to love my neighbor more, I have prayed for more love for my fellow man. But I find that as I fall more in love with my Father, my Friend and my Comforter – that I have more love for man, my community and even my family.

Don’t put the Holy Spirit on a shelf – especially during church. Worship, pray and be fed from a house that pushes you into deeper love with Jesus (in all His fullness). Let our character exude the fruit of the Spirit. Let our lives be marked by answered prayers, the testimony of His faithfulness and even miracles.

“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” – John 10:37-38

Our gatherings ought to look like something. Our lives ought to look like something. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control are all yours if you will live life out of the Spirit.

I’m speaking right to my own heart: stop replacing the Holy Spirit with knowledge, charm or charisma. Stop thinking you know better how to love the lost than the One who died so they could be saved. Stop dishonoring the Holy Spirit by placing him on a shelf or ever viewing Him as anything less than fully God.

I’m working to fall more in love and pursue depth with the bridegroom – and I’d encourage everyone else to as well – for from that relationship we will discover love for the lost. God is actively working to call the unbeliever home – let us not think we know better than Him or that we can put a prettier face on Him first. Let’s be sure to carry the Holy Spirit boldly and give the unsaved soul the opportunity to recognize what it is longing for – both in church and in our everyday lives.

When a Christian passes away

When a Christian passes away

In Matthew Chapter 5 verses 3-4, Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” And, ” Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” When a loved one, who has followed or accepted CHRIST, and has lived a life seeking and doing the will of GOD, dies: we do not weep and mourn because their life’s journey here on earth has come to an end. We weep and mourn because their life will no longer be a part of our journey and our life while we still remain.

Quite frankly, there really is no remedy for the deep sadness or for the sense of loss that we experience when someone we love passes away. We tend to remember the good things about a deceased loved one and focus on characteristics such as kindness, loyalty, faithfulness, and love. If we dare to bring up some good memories, we are just trading a brief respite for further sadness and pain, because this causes us to miss them even more. This state of sadness can be quite difficult to bear and the Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 verses 3-4 that there is indeed a time to weep and a time to mourn. However, the same scripture tells us that there is also a time to laugh and a time to dance. For while there is no immediate remedy for the sadness and loss during a time of mourning, there is still hope, there is comfort, and there is faith.  A faith in the goodness of GOD and his unfailing promises.

Not the promises of prosperity and riches, which at a time of loss seem frivolous and unimportant, but promises like we find in the book of John chapter 5 verse 24 when JESUS says, “He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, HAS EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.” The promise in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 of receiving a new body; a heavenly body made for us by GOD himself. It is not that any one of us wants to die and get rid of the bodies that clothe us, rather we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life! 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 also promises in verse 17 that if any man be in CHRIST, he/or she is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. The promise that as a follower of CHRIST our sins will be forgiven, remembered no more, and removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). The promise that as we walk from death to life and receive our new heavenly body, that we will be granted citizenship and full access to the heavenly city mentioned in Revelation Chapter 21. A city where the streets are paved with gold, where GOD himself will live among us, and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more sorrow, or crying, or pain, for those things will be gone forever!

In the book of Matthew Chapter 24 verse 3, the disciples asked JESUS, “What will be the sign of these things, of your coming , and of the end of the world?” JESUS answered them with a list of things: 1. False teachers in the church 2. War and rumors of war 3. Ethnicity against ethnicity, nation against nation 4. Famines 5. Pestilences- and 6. Earthquakes in diverse places. Look around, it seems this list of things is taking place in our current world, and one cannot help but wonder if the return of CHRIST could happen very soon in our own lifetime. If He does return, what might that look like? Well, the appearing of Christ is described in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 16- For THE LORD HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of GOD: and the dead in CHRIST shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet THE LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with THE LORD. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words. So we find comfort in knowing that if THE LORD were to return anytime in the future, that our loved one will be counted as one of, “the dead in CHRIST,” they will go before us and we will join them as we all come together to be forever with our JESUS! 

This is where we place our hope. The hope of eternal life, which GOD, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. (Titus 1:2) So be thankful that your loved one was a part of your life and your journey here on earth and know that you will be seeing them soon.