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Walk In The Spirit
The Bible differentiates between the flesh and the spirit. Old Testament living was very much in the flesh, but born-again believers, having the Spirit of Christ (or the image and likeness of God) inside of them, can live in the spirit. The likeness of God inside of us is His righteousness, His love. Walking in the Spirit and being led by Him, means that you have to fill your mind with the truth of the Word which will enable you to know His will. You also need to be conscious of- and prepared to acknowledge that His will takes precedence over yours. Walking in the Spirit means that you need to walk with a constant awareness that the Holy Spirit is walking with you. He is helping you in the process of your transformation through unutterable groans and tongues when you pray. He is leading you into all truth to a place where the fruit of the Spirit is manifested in you – this is the Spirit’s greatest priority. We are led by the Spirit to victory over certain characteristics of brokenness inside us. It is a lifestyle of transformation, where you will get numerous opportunities towards change. As many as are led out of their old broken way of living, into manifesting the fruit of the Spirit, are called the Sons of God. We are being led by the Spirit through the powerful hope which is put inside of us, i.e. that we will become a reflection of Jesus. God has created us and filled us with the spirit of adoption, lovingly working in us with the end-product in mind, which is us manifesting the fruit of the Spirit – a reflection of Jesus
How To Say Thank You!!
The tone of our lives is of extreme importance. When a person is walking in the gifts of the Holy Spirit this should not be taken as a measure of the person’s spirituality. The gifts speak about the giver, but how much of the fruit of the Spirit is shining through someone’s character, is a true measure of growth and spirituality. However, God is constantly cultivating the garden of our characters, to bring us to the place where the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit are working in tandem. One of the most important fruit of the Spirit - which we see portrayed throughout the Bible - is an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude, or knowing how to properly say thank you, has two components, one being to glorify God and the other to manifest gratitude to the person who has done something for you. Gratitude needs to be expressed humbly, personally, with appropriate and sincere words – if necessary repeatedly, without using your gratitude to manipulate in order to get more, or making it about your own spirituality. You could be creative in showing your appreciative gratitude for ongoing support by giving a card, flowers, etc. When receiving a kind deed from someone, pass it on. The results of saying thank you properly are: It glorifies God, it brings His favour (because He gives grace to the humble), pride and independence are dealt with and in the process of learning to receive, one becomes a better giver. Gratitude prevents a person from having a victim mentality and makes you a you happy, fulfilled and resilient person.
Desiring The Prophetic
We need to have a fresh desire to exercise the prophetic, which is a powerful, vital, important and relevant gift in the Body of Christ. The prophetic gift should be used to uplift, strengthen, encourage and comfort. To operate in this gift it is essential to walk in the Spirit and one’s motive for ministering prophetically should be one of love for the people. A prophetic word often serves as a confirmation of that which God has already spoken to the recipient of the prophecy. It also is a timely and directional word where God is foretelling, encouraging and inspiring someone towards fulfilling their destiny. There are various ways of receiving a prophetic word to minister to someone. For example, welling up from your innermost being you may see pictures, hear your own voice inside encouraging someone, have a specific scripture coming alive or a person being laid on your heart for prayer and encouragement. You may also experience someone being highlighted to you by the Holy Spirit. To grow in the gift, it requires faith, obedience and constantly exercising it. It is important to minister prophetically with a loving kind spirit in order to portray the heart of God correctly to the person being ministered to. When prophecy is not received in a positive way, it is good to stay objective and prayerfully trust in the Holy Spirit‘s leading on how to proceed and not allow this to discourage your further growth in the gift. The prayer life, walk with God and character of anyone ministering prophetically is of extreme importance. Prophecy is often preceded by a word of knowledge to help the person being ministered to, to believe that the word is in fact coming from the heart of God. Unfulfilled prophesies which have been discerned as having truly came from the Lord, should be contended for with faith and prayer, not put on the shelf and forgotten. There is a difference between the gift of prophecy, which everyone can walk in, and the ministry of a prophet. Prophets should not be put on pedestals, they are simply human vessels of God – support and pray for them. In the case of when there is a monetary pre-requisite from a prophet before a prophecy is given – do not go for it that is not how God operates.
My Calling - Unity
The character of God is unity. There is coming a day when Jesus will be king over all of the earth, a kingdom of unity. When God created man from dust, He placed his image and likeness in him, but the first sin which man committed was trying to grab a hold of being equal with God by eating from the forbidden tree. Jesus was sent by God in the form of a man to be our Savior, the light of the word. Though born as a man in the form of God, He did not grab a hold of equality with God, but letting that go, He became a servant. Now that Jesus has been in a fleshly body such as we have and having put us in unity with the Father again by the cross, He has gone before us to prepare a place for us. This place is equality with God, but now through the right door, Jesus himself – this is what we are looking and reaching for. But, until then, let us follow our calling unto unity, loving God with everything in us and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Through Jesus we are all brethren. We are the generation who are to shine even brighter in this world than what He did.
The Game Changer
Jesus was really serious about his instruction that when we give to the poor, pray and fast, it should be done without fanfare and having an expectation to be honored or rewarded by people for doing it. Prayer, fasting and giving which is done in secret and with a pure heart motivation before God, are game changers in the process of seeing a prophecy fulfilled in your life. Whatever is done in secret, will be publicly rewarded by God and be to His glory as well. These three things are game changers not only in our personal lives, but also bring the solution to the mess the world is in. It is necessary for us to be serious in following God’s principles and fighting for God’s promises and prophesies to come to pass. We will experience His favor when we follow His righteous principles with an unselfish heart.
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The Open Book Part 5 - The Little Book
The seals of the book opened in Revelation 5 were all about the plans and purposes of God for creation – choosing a man (Abraham) to bring forth a pure nation (Israel) in order to bring forth the pure seed (Jesus) as God had promised Eve in Genesis and to eventually have the whole earth saturated with His glory. This will be the dispensation of God, when heaven and earth are brought together. Israel did bring forth the seed, but spurned the glory which God wanted to reveal through them by refusing to accept Jesus as their Messiah and killing the seed. Israel became a harlot, because the nation continuously turned away from God and worshiped idols instead. Revelation 17, 18 and 19 talks about Israel as Babylon, the harlot reaping a harvest of judgment. Revelation 10 talks about an angel with a rainbow over his head, legs like pillars of fire and a little book in his hand. This is Jesus coming with the cloud of witnesses, the rainbow over his head symbolic of a redeemed people after judgment, his legs like pillars of fire – symbolic of a people being led out by the Spirit. His one is foot on the land and one on the sea, speaking of all peoples and nations on earth being one in Christ. The book in his hand is an open, unsealed book – the revelation of Jesus Christ. The open revelation of Christ is as follows: Jesus came to reveal the glory of God – manifesting God in the flesh. The glory of God is his character, nature and essence. Christ in us is the hope of the brightness of this glory. This glory is the Spirit abiding in us. He is the hope, the guarantee, the pledge, down payment and seal of ownership, first-fruits, the seal and a guarantee of authenticity as well as a mystery. While we have this hope of the glory in us, creation (and we) is waiting and groaning for the revealing of the full glory of God through us, in order for creation (and us) to be liberated from frustration and corruption. We are awaiting our adoption – the redemption of our bodies, the full manifestation of the glory, to be conformed to the very image of Jesus and being placed as fully matured sons. The Spirit himself makes intercession for us towards this goal so that we can be to the praise of the glory of God. There is coming an appearance of Christ when we shall appear with him in glory. All flesh shall see the Glory of God in us – that is His will for us. If God is for us, who can be against us?