Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Holy Spirit

In 2 Timothy 3:16 God tells me that all scripture is inspired by Him, and is useful for defining what is truth and to teach, or inform us what is wrong and can be corrected in order to please Him and for us to have a harmonious life style while we are earthbound. I write this with a heavy heart for the multitude of hurting souls, but I am not able by my own sufficiency to change what is amiss in your life, if there is anything that is amiss. I thank God for providing to us the most wonderful gift second only to the personage of Jesus, His Holy Spirit.

Dear family and friends:

I desire most sincerely that our oneness of fellowship
survives at the least until the rapture, and I pray you realize the value and importance of this message, for God by His Spirit called my attention to this matter He has addressed in His word of instructions, and in order for us to gain the quality of life He desires, for us we must learn and apply them continually to master any unstable situation. We don’t have to do it alone; the Spirit of Jesus that was planted in us at the time of our being born again is our strength. I write this for your own edification, and because I am familiar with your seemingly impossible task to overcome the evil in this world.

First know that the Holy Spirit is a person, not a mere or insignificant power or influence in this heavenly realm wherein we exist, and He can be saddened by our behavior. Whenever you, or I, or any of God's people, harbor bitterness in our hearts even for a moment, and then let emotions express careless or malicious words, then we are grieving the Holy Spirit of God, and at the same time developing a stumbling block for the messenger with God’s Grace to help us with our labors to overcome the carnality of this world, and manifest a meaningful relationship with God and our neighbor with whom we must co-inhabit this world until all evil is destroyed and completely annihilated.

Wanting to be your friend, I have witnessed too often the grieving of the Holy Spirit...It behooves us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. To ever realize the fullness of joy during our earthly journey, we must learn not to quench the mission purpose of God’s Holy Spirit. Please read the following:
(Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)
Note: I like the new living bible interpretation.
It is the will of God that we walk in daily dependence upon His Holy Spirit that will lead us through every situation. It is God's desire that every child of His will seek Him for the fullness of the Spirit's work in, and throughout all our life. However, reiterating there are three wrong responses that undermine the will of God in our life, and they are resisting, grieving, and quenching the Spirit of the Lord. Believe it or not because it is too common a habit that becomes manifest in each of our lives, and I write this to you because I know the real you, the hidden man in your heart, and I know the love of God toward you has always been consistently faithful. Yet, often we give the kind of attitude that opposes the work of the Spirit. I do not judge anyone but myself, but I try only to observe behavioral impressions that people, family and friends glean from us, and it is so important a thing in this world today that we not exhibit a sort of calloused stubbornness and a self-willed righteousness that might transform us from what God has ordained for us to become to that which transformed His anointed covering angel into Satan. At the same time the Holy Spirit knows your will is not the will of God. A description of many earthbound souls today is that they are spiritually illiterate and uncircumcised in heart and ears as it has been for centuries. They have not allowed God to cut away the carnality of their inner flesh being, and thus coming in unison with Grace of God and the love of our Lord, Jesus. Unfortunately they do not hear God when He speaks to them through His anointed messengers. They seem to be self-righteous and self-sufficient, and when we conduct ourselves in this same manner, and we do, then we also are resisting the Holy Spirit. The word of God’s instructions says: Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from us, with all malice" (Ephesians 4:31). Yes, the Holy Spirit is a person, not a mere power or influence. He can be saddened by our behavior. When we, God's people, harbor bitterness in our hearts, and careless or malicious words in our mouths, then we "grieve the Holy Spirit of God by heeding more the deceitful influence of Satan than of the word of God. It is difficult for this imperfect man to rightly divide the word of truth so as to apply it fully in his life.

We must realize, times of hardness are inevitable. We need to know that. It's true that we've been redeemed from the curse, and there's nothing Satan can do to reverse that, but he is going to challenge all of us on it. So don't be surprised when things get tough. Times will come when we have to stand strictly by faith, when we will have to speak and act as though what God says is true even when we can't feel it or see it happening around us. There will be times when everything may look terrible. That's when we must endure hardness as good soldiers. So many people hear the word of faith about healing or prosperity and they think, "Hey! I'm going to try that." Then when the hard times come, they give up and cave in. Allow me to warn you, living by faith is not something you try. It's a lifestyle. We do it when it's hard. We must do it when it's easy. We must do it all the time because we are not doing it just to get in on the benefits. We must do it because we know that faith pleases God. (Heb. 11:6). Things may get a little rough at times, but let me assure all of you; we will always come out on top if we endure hardness as a good soldier. If we only refuse to faint and fall away, we will have the victory. The only defeated Christian is the one who quits!

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