Humility, Mercy, Grace, Love and Compassion by Ruth Dickson.
Naomi set out to Bethlehem with Ruth and Oprah, but Naomi decided along the way, it would be selfish and inconsiderate to take Ruth and Orpah with her.
While Oprah turned back, Ruth made the ultimate choice to proceed on that perilous journey with Naomi. Ruth trusted God, as only God could determine their fate. Naomi and Ruth could have been duped, mobbed, robbed or even raped along the way.
What influenced Ruth’s decision? I believe it was the work of the Holy Spirit. Her determination to stick by Naomi, a vulnerable woman, in a defenceless situation, speaks volumes about her nature and character. Ruth took care of Naomi, with such humility, love and compassion. Ruth risked her life, going into the fields, in a strange land, with strange people, to provide food and sustenance for Naomi. God protected and took care of her.
Just like Ruth, many have left homes, wealth, family, vocations, what they desired the most, for what God desired. Just like Ruth, some of you have tended to God’s work, under harsh and inconceivable conditions.
It was God’s desire for Ruth to take care of Naomi, for a much greater purpose than she could see or even imagine. God gave Ruth the resilience and strength of character to do it.
What has God asked you to do today? Is the road treacherous? Is the way hard? Is the decision difficult?
To be United in Christ is to get into unity with God’s given plan and purpose for your life and destiny. To be United in Christ is to receive, BY FAITH, God’s desire for you, knowing and believing, God knows what is best for your life.
Trust in the Living God today. Go ahead, with boldness and do what God wants you to do. If this has blessed you, go ahead and share it. Kindly acknowledge source.
In willful Disobedience, you disregard the voice of God. Willful disobedience is to be obstinate, intentional and deliberate. It is to do wrong, on purpose. It means to be intentional in what should not be done. This is willful disobedience (James 4:17).
Despite the sinful nature of mankind, God did not condemn them, but showed mercy. The Son of God came to this earth to reconcile men to God. He knew that many would be saved and called out of this dark world and its systems. They would follow Him.
Obedience to the Holy Spirit:
To obey the Voice of the Holy Spirit is to obey the voice of God. It was well known to Prophets, like Ezekiel, that God would put His Spirit within and cause people to obey Him (Ezekiel 36:27).
Jesus Christ knew He would physically leave this world, but His tangible presence would remain. God’s chosen people are not be left alone. The abiding presence and companionship of the Sweet Holy Spirit abides with them forever. John 14:15-16.
The Spirit of Truth.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us in all Truth. (John 16:12-13). It is God’s desire that His people listen to His voice, understand His ways and live by them. Naturally, the sinful nature of the every human dominates. The action and mindset without the influence and power of the Holy Spirit works in opposition to God (Gal. 5:17). God’s Spirit separates men and women from the ways of this world.
It is by Divine grace that sinful men and women of this increasingly carnal world are shown mercy. When a person yields to the Holy Spirit, it is not by the will of man, but the will of God.
There is a ray of light that shines brightly within the children of God. It speaks of hope, truth and promise. There is a river that flows within God’s people. It is a never ending source of life.
There is a fire that burns and glows within God’s people, regardless of its size, it cannot be put out.
God’s people are like Palm trees; they flourish and grow like the Cedar trees in Lebanon.
This is a very controversial subject. It divides people because of the different perspectives and understanding of the role Holy Spirit. The role of the Spirit is to unite and not to divide: thereby uniting all in Christ, into one body (1 Cor.12:13).
While John the Baptist, baptised into repentance with water, he made it quite clear that One, more powerful than him, would Baptise with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
You may ask, what is the difference? What is the significance of this?
The Baptism of John & The Promise of the Spirit by Jesus.
John the Baptist was the last prophet of the Old Testament and like a town crier, he went about telling all who had an ear to hear, to repent and prepare, because the “kingdom of God was at hand,” in other words, he announced the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. This was His role.
John the baptist did not know who the Messiah would be, He had to rely on what was read as Scripture at that time; (what was written down in prophecy.) It was John’s cry that the Messiah might be revealed to Israel (John 1:31). Jesus’ identity was revealed to John the Baptist as, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the Sin the world.” (John 1:29).
John the Baptist had a unique call as the ladder between the Old Testament and New. He would go before Jesus Christ to announce Jesus’ arrival. John baptised with the Baptism of Repentance, for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for Jesus Christ’s role of Redemption.
Jesus carried the Spirit of God without measure. After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee declaring He was the fulfilment of Prophecy. All that the Prophets and John the Baptist revealed were fulfilled in Jesus, He embarked on His Messianic Mission anointed with the Spirit and Power.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit, as prophesied by Joel, was fulfilled at Pentecost. Jesus appeared to His disciples, as they gathered together, reminding them about everything written about Him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.
Through Jesus Christ, repentance and forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed to the nations, beginning in Jerusalem. Even after the vigorous one on one practical training with Jesus, the disciples were not released into their own ministries without the Power of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49; John 20:19-23; 1 John 1:1-4). It was here Jesus reminded them that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them with Power.
While John the Baptist Baptised with water, the disciples would experience a new phenomenon. They would be baptised with the power Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5). The Lord promised the disciples. “Power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8) for the spreading of the gospel, starting from where they were in Jerusalem, to the ends of the earth. At Pentecost the Spirit was poured out in abundance, giving power to the disciples to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Baptised into Christ:
The water baptism is symbolic, it is the outward declaration of submission to God; repentance of sin; the washing away of the sinful Old Life to welcome the New Life. In the New Covenant Baptism, the Holy Spirit dwells on the inside, working change, by the power of the Holy Spirit It is a New Covenant, giving God’s people a New Heart and New Life just like Ezekiel prophesied in Ez.36:24-27. In union with Christ, you become Brand New! The Work of the Holy Spirit is not-done, it’s on-going, a mystery, especially to onlookers, who watch the Christian run their race with joy and fortitude in the face of trials. Jesus, the One who prevailed is to all who believe in Him a life giving Spirit. 1 cor 15:45
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What does it mean to, Pray in the Spirit” and to Pray at all times, “in the Spirit,” to be specific.
Christians in general have different interpretations of what, “praying in the Spirit” means.Praying in the Spirit could be seen as praying while speaking intongues. It mayalso be seen as praying in silence, while in deep communion with the Spiritof God, who gives utterance. In which ever way praying in the Spirit is interpreted or misinterpreted, one thing for sureis that praying in the Spirit means prayer that is led by the Holy Spirit. It is prayer that is dependent onthe Power of the Holy Spirit.It is praying according to God’s will.
Jesus prayed in the Spirit
Jesus set the pattern of how Christians should pray. Jesus led a life of prayer, indeed, He prayed at all times. Jesus knew how to step aside from everyday life, and go into lonely places, to pray. It was through prayer that He was able to conquer the tempter satan. Jesusprayed early in the morning, at times throughout the night. He was truly a living example for the disciples and for all Christianstoday. Prayer teaches us to submit to God’s will, as Christ did at Gethsemane.
Paul’s Closing Words
Paulspoke about the importance of Prayer in his closing words to the Ephesian Church.Prayer is the tool that fastens all parts of the Christian’s Spiritual Armour together., “Pray at all times, in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication,” (Ephesians 6:18).Paul encourages every Christian to pray at every opportunity and pray during every season.
When we pray in the Spirit, we pray according to God’s will. It is a time to seek God’s face, will and purpose and ask Him to see it through, according to His will and divine timing.Praying according to God’s will gives confidence and assurance. The weakest person is uplifted and strengthened, when prayer is made, according to God’s will.Prayer is not about how long or how loud you can pray, but praying, according to God’s will.
The sincerity of the Gospel holds up all parts of the Christian Armour.Prayingaccording to God’s will is of utmost importance. When you pray according to your own will, you pray amiss. This is why it is crucial to seek God’s face to establish the truth before interceding about any matter. Is what you are praying about true? Intercession based on fiction willnot yield any results. God’s Word is established upon Truth.
Paul encourages us tostay alert and persevere in the place of prayer and not grow tired. “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” The Christian is to be selfless in prayer, also remembering the needs of fellow believers while praying.
Paul encouraged the Ephesian Church to pray for him, as he encourages the Church todayto pray for its spiritual leaders; to be led by the Spirit in their prayers, “that words may be given to me.” The Church is also to pray for the Spirit of boldness in declaring “the mystery of theGospel.”
If prayer can be led by the Holy Spirit, prayer can also be led by the Flesh.
The opposite of Praying according to the Spirit, is praying according to the sinful desires of theFlesh.Prayers not authorised by the Spirit of God, will not be answered by the Spirit of God.
The Spirit of God teaches us how to pray. In the place of prayer we are strengthened, just like Jesus was strengthened during His time of testing and temptation. In the place of prayer we receive instruction.In the place of Prayer God’s plans are established. In the place of Prayer, God’s enemies are defeated.In the place of prayer we receive consolation and help, Christ is an ever present help in times of need. In the place of prayer, we are liberated and set free.
Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! (2 Cor.3:17)
CHRIST BEAUTIFIES THE SOUL
The Bible encourages women to adorn a “gentle” and “quiet” spirit. The external attributes of a woman will diminish with age (2Cor.4:16), but a beautiful soul, adorned with Christ, will last forever.
God is the only one who can see into the human heart. He is the best judge and His judgement is to be valued. He looks into the inner man and sees what can’t be seen. He sees what is not obvious to human eyes.
Scripture describes a woman with a “gentle” and “quiet” spirit as “precious” in His sight (1Peter 3:4). A woman with a heart in total submission to God, is more of an influence to her husband, than the show of her outward appearance.
The excellency of grace, a helper, a guide, gentle, compassionate, merciful, forgiving, long-suffering, wise… these are just some of the words used to describe the Holy Spirit. It is not a coincidence that these words can also be used to describe the nature of a woman. The Holy Spirit, is often personified as a woman in the Bible. Women are made in the perfect image of God and godly women reflect His character (Col.3:9,10).
The ornament of grace is like sunshine. It brightens the atmosphere, the world cannot function without it. If affects homes, it affects nations, it affects destinies.
Women who fear the Lord wear the most glorious ornaments. Their heart, their mind, their meek and gentle spirits, are extremely beautiful. They are so precious in the sight of God (1Peter3:4).
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There is a cry in the heart that can only be filled by the Spirit of God.
The Apostle Paul confirmed that the Gentiles were also the “sons of God.” The Spirit of God had been sent into their hearts. The Israelites were the first people to be called the first born in Exodus 4:6. So many of them believed and received the the Spirit (Ezekiel 36:27). The full outpouring and outflow of the Holy Spirit did not come until Christ was glorified (John 7:39; 16;7).
Just like on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit moves today, it has not departed. The Spirit manifests itself in the “sons of God.” They have a variety of spiritual gifts. In boldness they cry ABBA FATHER. A people who were once strangers to God, have been adopted into a family and are now privileged to be called The Sons of God, They have been redeemed by Christ and call Him FATHER FATHER.
Timelessness: “Who is and Who was and Who is to come.” Rev.1:4 (Part 3)
Who is this God who supplies us with Grace and peace? He is the God who is, who was and who is to come.
He is the source of Grace and peace to us
He is eternal, He is everlasting and unchanging
He is constantly intervening and shifting the immoveable.
It goes without saying, there are some doors in Revelation that appear to have no keys…
The “Seven Spirits” mentioned in Rev.1:4 could mean a number of things. Just like the Seven Churches represent The Church as a whole (read part 1), the Seven Spirits may represent the nature of God, the Spirit in Isaiah11:2 is described in seven aspects:
The Spirit of the Lord,
The Spirit of wisdom,
The Spirit of understanding,
The Spirit of counsel,
The Spirit of might,
The Spirit of knowledge and
The Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
It could also represent the Spirit of God present in each of the Seven Churches (Rev.5:6).
We need the Spirit of God in every aspect of our lives. We need the Spirit of the Lord. We need His Wisdom and insight so that we know the right way to go and the right things to do. We need His understanding, He gives us the ability to see beyond the natural, He gives divine understanding. He sees things as they really are, and not how they appear to be. Before Him all things are open and manifest. He is the wonderful counsellor. The Spirit who can give guidance, counsel, understanding and direction through every generation. He is a God of power who gives strength in place of weakness. He is a mighty deliverer, who delivers His children in times of trouble. We need the Spirit of God to enable and equip us. He is the Spirit of Knowledge, He unveils Jesus Christ to us, without Him, we cannot know Christ. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord promotes within us the right attitude and reverence towards God.
We need the Spirit of God to be God’s people in the ever changing difficulties of life.
The Holy Spirit is always in the presence of God. The sovereign decrees of the Father are carried out by Him.