The Holy Spirit—The Great Counselor and Life Giver

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Genesis 1:2 – Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The Holy Spirit [ In the person] hovered over the earth at creation as he does today. His presence fills the entire surface of the planet. God’s presence, in the Holy Spirit, is everywhere creating and sustaining life; all life.

Exodus 31: 1-5- Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3- And I have skilled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze. 5- To cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

The Holy Spirit gives us power. In this case, the Spirit gave Bezalel the gift of craftsmanship. The Spirit can give us whatever gift He chooses. He also gives us power. All kinds of power. These powers are given to us at the point of our salvation [The moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins and eternal life].

Job 34:14-15- If it were His intention and He withdrew His Spirit and breathe, 15- all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

As we breathe every minute, we breathe in the Holy Spirit. This is what sustains our life and life on the planet; everything that breathes. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. We can only breathe because of Him. At our appointed time, He [The Spirit] will remove his breathe of life from our sinful bodies and our bodies will perish.

John 14:16-17- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 16:5-11- Jesus said, “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asked me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6- Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7- But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteous and judgement. 9- In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10- in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me longer; 11- and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12-15- I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13- But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14- He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15- All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Spirit of Truth is an additional Spirit[Another dimension of the Holy Spirit]. God Is doing a new thing. In addition to the Holy Spirit that is already upon the entire planet[Genesis 1:2]. Also the Holy Spirit that anointed Jesus after John the Baptist baptized him[Matthew 3:13-17]. This Holy Spirit gave him[the human] the power to accomplish his mission on earth. To endure the torture of the cat of nine tales, to endure the torture of the cross, to endure hell for three days. No human could endure that torture-only Jesus, the Son of God.

16- “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

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The Holy Spirit was like tongues of fire

The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost—God Is Doing A New Thing- The Spirit of Truth

Acts 2:1-4- When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2- Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3- They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Possibly Apollos, writes of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews. Tongues of Fire- This is how the Holy Spirit chooses to introduce himself to the world. Also enabling the disciples to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit gives us power–just one example.

Hebrews 9:14- How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

The Holy Spirit Is The Giver Of Life

The role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is described in four phases. First, rebirth, [to be born again]. To enter the kingdom of God, everyone must be born again (John 3:3).

The second role of the Holy Spirit is indwelling [possession]. Immediately upon praying a salvation or believer’s prayer and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the eternal gift of the Holy Spirit within our being. As part of the prayer, we are truly sorry for our sins and we ask God to forgive our sins. We receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins; we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is a gift from God forever. It is of Him and not of us. It is for all eternity. We cannot lose out salvation once saved. Once our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can never be blotted out. We have God’s promise. John 10:28 Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch then out of my hand. 29b- no one can snatch them out of the Fathers hands.”

The third role of the Holy Spirit is to restrain our sinfulness. [Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Holy Spirit breathes life into us and He will remove His life from us at the appointed time. This is God’s way of putting an end to our sinful bodies; this is a gift and should be viewed as such. [2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7- We live by faith, not by sight. 8- We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.]

The second the Holy Spirit removes life from our sinful bodies, we are escorted by angels to heaven to be with our Lord forever.[ Luke 16:22- The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.]

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. We are to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so we will not sin against Him[Psalms 119:11]. If we read God’s Word, when temptation presents itself, the Holy Spirit will cause us to recite the scripture in our minds that rebukes the sin. It is for us to obey the Word. If we love the Lord Jesus, we will obey his commandments. If we fall short of the glory of God, sin, immediately ask for forgiveness, and try harder in our walk with Christ.

Allow me to make the point; if we get into the habit of ignoring the scriptures, purposely sinning, and asking God for forgiveness, we are forfeiting the full life in Christ He has in store for us. The scriptures tell us to walk with God daily; live a holy, sin free lifestyle to enjoy the fullness of the Lord.

The fourth and conclusive role of the Spirit; He gives gifts that allow us to serve in the body of Christ, the church, and the community, and home.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23- gentleness and self-control.

The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. Every living being and creature on earth is alive because of the Holy Spirit and only by the Holy Spirit [Job 34:14-15].

The third person in the God Head; Father-Son- Holy Spirit; the Creator, is the Holy Spirit.

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The Spirit is the Giver of Power to the believer. At salvation, He gives us gifts. Spiritual gifts, and fruits of the spirit, and the ability to connect with the Lord God Almighty, and the Lord Jesus. He is our connector, our interpreter.

When we pray to God, He intercedes for us. He cleans up our prayer and presents it to the Almighty. Praise God, our words are not important, it’s what is in our hearts that God hears. Aren’t you glad?

Jesus prays for us, also. Aren’t you glad? But only for his brothers and sisters.[Born again believers]

If we pray and wonder why God isn’t answering our prayer, there may be several very important reasons. As believers, God requires us to study his Word[Holy Bible]. We are to pray daily with more praise than requests. That is easy if we try. Attend church to worship with other believers, often.

Make sure to confess all sin in our lives and ask His forgiveness. Ask him to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Ask Him if we have any unconfessed sin, he will show us. Confess it immediately and ask for forgiveness.

If God is still absent in your life, ask yourself, am I sure I am connected to the Almighty through the Holy Spirit? To put it simply, am I actually saved? Has there been a time in your life that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If your answer is anything besides Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior, you are possibly not saved.

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for your sins, which he did. That he descended into hell to take your punishment for your sins, which he did. After spending three days in hell for you, God ascended him out of hell and the grave and now he sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  Jesus paid for your sins in full so you do not have to, your debt is paid in full. Everyone’s is. He did this for everyone. He bought our way into heaven by taking our punishment for our sins. If you believe this with all your heart, and are sorry for your sins, you must make the choice to accept Jesus.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!  The Holy Spirit dwells within you and you will see and feel God’s presence in your life.

Begin your new walk with God by studying His Word and praying.

I pray that God will grow you in His faith and you will experience His full mercies upon your life,

JA Ireland

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Jesus’ Greatest Miracle

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Jesus in Hell

Jesus Descends to Hell for Three Days

Matthew 28: 1-10- After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2- There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3- His appearance was like lightening, and his clothes were white as snow. 4- The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5- The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6- He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7- Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you. 8- So the woman hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9- Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10- Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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Many agree that Jesus’ resurrection was his greatest miracle. Only one other person in history was raised from the dead. Jesus raised Lazarus. The difference was, Lazarus rose to an ordinary life again, just to die a normal death again. We know nothing about him after Jesus raised him from the dead[for the glory of God].

In contrast, an angel announced that Jesus rose from the grave. Many people saw Jesus, talked to him, ate with him. He spent time with people and his disciples for forty days when he, before the disciples, ascends to heaven. He rose into eternal life with his resurrected body.

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1 Corinthians 15:14-17-And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15- More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. 16- For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17- And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

Jesus’ resurrection is the basis for our faith. Paul tells us that without the resurrection, Jesus’ sacrifice to God for our sins is not complete. We are still in our sins. We must return to the old covenant [animal sacrifices for the covering of our sins].

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2 Corinthians 4:14- Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.

Paul says that we know the Lord God raised Jesus from the dead. The proof is more than the empty tomb. The proof is forty days of witnesses; people saw Jesus, talked to him, ate with him. The disciples were with him. They wrote about him. Two thousand years later, (today), Jesus is everywhere in the world. Books are written about him. Articles are written about him, like this one. His churches are everywhere around the world. Painters paint about him. Movies are made about him. Artists perform about him. Jesus’ influence is global.

As I stated previously, the only other person to ever be raised from the dead was Lazarus, except for the bible story, the world forgot about him. But we cannot forget about Jesus. His influence is everywhere around the world.

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1Thessalonians 4:13-18-Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14- We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  15- According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16- For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17- After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18- Therefore encourage each other with these words.

For more information on the Rapture, I invite everyone to read my article: Are You Ready?—When Jesus Returns?

https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/are-you-ready-when-jesus-returns/

On that glorious day, we all will see our Savior in the sky. Along with our loved ones that are believers in Christ.

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Just another miracle for God. The bible is full of stories of God showing his Glory through His people.  The ten plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the birth of the Messiah, are three giant examples of many miracles.

For two thousand years, Christians have anticipated with eagerness the return of Jesus. We have studied the books—Daniel, Revelation, and others from God’s Word and watched the signs around the world.

We are called to be eager for Christ’s return. We are called to study God’s Word. Be aware.

Matthew 24:36-37-No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37- As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Mark 13:32-33- No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33- Be on guard! Be alert!  You do not know when that time will come.

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The Great Commission

The last thing Jesus tells his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20- and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

As a believer in Christ, we are called to be alert about more things than simply His return. As followers, we are Jesus’ disciples. In the Great Commission, we are called to arms.

First- Make disciples of all nations. Win lost souls for Christ. Spread the gospel.

Second- Baptize new believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Third- Teach new Christians to obey Jesus’ commands and follow Jesus and grow in the faith. So they can spread the gospel for Jesus and repeat the cycle.

There is an entire world of people to share Jesus’ gospel. Why should we share Jesus? Because he rose from hell and the grave. What was the Son of God doing in hell? He descended to hell when he died for my sins and for your sins; for everyone’s sins.

The question is, have you accepted Jesus’ free gift of salvation. He paid the price for everyone’s sins on that cruel cross at Calvary. Then he died and descended to hell for us all. This was to pay in full the price for all our sins(all mankind). We must believe he did this for us as individuals; you and me.

If you believe this and would like to receive Jesus into your heart, you must pray a prayer and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.

So why do you want Jesus? We are born into eternity. This life is not all there is. This live is merely a preamble to eternity.  In this life we must make a choice; heaven or hell. Those who do not choose, are choosing hell. No matter what is thought or believed. If one does not choose Jesus, one is choosing hell and Satan—for all eternity.

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To choose Satan and hell means at death, a total separation from the Lord God, in hell. Torment for all eternity.

Please choose Jesus. Pray this prayer. Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God! Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Live.

You share in Jesus’ greatest miracle, his resurrection. You have been born again, into eternity with the Lord. Your salvation is guaranteed. May you grow in the love and the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May we all heed our calling to share the gospel of Christ,

Gary The Tested

God Allows Adversities—Because He Loves

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God Molding Us With His Mighty Hands

 

God allows hardships in our lives so we can (1) grow closer to Him (2) grow in faith (3) comfort others.

(1)- 1 Peter 4:19- So then, those who suffer according to God’s Will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Acts 14:22- Strengthen the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

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If we are suffering, commit to the Lord. Draw close to him. There is a reason for the anguish. Study God’s Word. Pray continually. God will reveal through his Holy Spirit, in time, why we are going through the storm. He will hold us tight in the palm of His mighty hand as the storm surrounds us and swirls around us.

One of the possibilities for the storm is, we are being tested by Satan. A testing is when Satan stands before the throne of God in heaven and petitions God to test a person. He has studied us and finds us with unrighteousness. God allows the testing to purify us; we are refined by fire.

For more information on testing, I invite everyone to read my article: The Full Armor Of God—Wear It! https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-full-armor-of-god-wear-it/

Not every storm is from Satan. This is a broken world. Bad things happen to good people all the time; a bad medical report, family issues, work relationship problems, financial hardships. All these problems can lead to horrible consequences, sometimes at the best we can do.

These catastrophes in our lives will rip us apart—tear or families into pieces. Our best solution is to turn to our heavenly Father for comfort and guidance and ride out the hurricane. As the winds of disaster blow in our lives, rest in the palms of His mighty hands. Ride out the storm in His strength. If we rely on his strength, we will survive the storm.

2 Corinthians 12: 10- That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ephesians 6:10- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

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(2)- Grow in Faith- When God allows a storm into our lives, it can be for many reasons. Many of these reasons are not for us to understand.

Isaiah 55:8-9- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9- As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

All things are in God’s control; he owns the entire world. When the Lord allows a catastrophic event into our lives, it can be difficult to think of him as good and loving. How could a God who loves his people allow bad things to happen to good people?—especially when he has the power so stop the hurricane.

We must consider that this is a broken world; full of sin. Bad things happen all around us, all the time. Sometimes, God rescues us from the disaster, and in his wisdom, sometimes he does not. He allows us to go through the event even though he loves us with a deep love that is beyond our understanding.  The question is, where is our focus?

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2 Timothy 3:16- All scripture is God –breathed and is useful for teaching, reproofing, for correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Peter 1: 20- 21-Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21- For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes God’s reason for allowing us to go through a storm is to drive us upward toward Him, in our faith. The Lord, through the Holy Spirit, will call us to read His Word with a passion, perhaps like never before. Through the reading of the bible, the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s truths to us that we never understood before. The scriptures will take on new meaning; they will become alive to us.

God will use the horrific event to reveal new truths about himself to us through his Word and allow an increased pouring out of His Holy Spirit upon us. (This may be accompanied by excessive crying or weeping)

God grows our faith in spurts like this. He might use a storm as the event to grow us.

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(3)- Teach us to comfort others. It is difficult to feel mercy toward someone else’s pain if we have not been through pain ourselves. Pain is a universal bond. The pain does not have to be the same but sometimes it is the same or often times relatable. God allows his children to go through pain, to help others who are suffering; that is only one reason.

Romans 8:17-18- Now if we are children, then we are heir –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory. 18- I consider that our present sufferings are not worthy comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

We are called to share in Christ suffering; we also will share in his glory, if we remain faithful to him to the end.

Therefore, since we as Christians are called to share in Christ’ sufferings, in all pain, we must run our race, no matter what the Lord has called us to do. Encourage one another in our pain.

If we are not sure what our race is, pray and ask the Lord for his wisdom as to what our purpose is. He will reveal our purpose for us in His good time. Wisdom is waiting for the Lord while remaining in the faith.  By remaining in the faith, we pray, read our bible, and attend church; walk in the Lord.

One part of running our race is comforting others who are in pain. We should be quick with comfort and compassion—but withholding judgement. Since we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, none of us has the right to judge—no matter what a person’s pain.

For more information on running your race, I invite everyone to read my article:

Run Your Race For Jesus https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/run-your-race-for-jesus/

Be like Christ and give comfort to others.

John 15:9- As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

God’s love gives us the ability to love, if we are abiding in his love.

John 14:15- “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

If we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will be eager to follow his commandments; we will pick up our cross and follow him.

1 John 3:11- This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

If we say, we love Jesus, then we must love one another. If we call ourselves Christians—Christs’ followers, we are required to love as he loves us. To love with agape love isn’t humanly possible; loving unconditionally is a trait that is given to us from the Father, through his Holy Spirit. Pray that God will give you, as I do, a heart that loves with agape love (Deep and unconditional love) of the Father in heaven.

For more on God’s agape love, I invite all to read my article: God’s Agape Love, Displayed For All To See

https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/gods-agape-love-displayed-for-all-to-see/

Let’s all pray for Christ’s love (agape love) toward everyone and give comfort and love to all who hurt,

Gary The Tested