By Bev Herring
The one thing Harold and I desire to do as ministers of the gospel is present the Word of God in such a way that it can make your daily life better.
If we can't practically believe in the Word and enrich our lives, then we've lost what God wanted to give us when Jesus came to earth.
Living life with the Holy Spirit's guidance should put excitement into every day. We are missing out if it doesn't.
I want to share some revelation I experienced recently because it puts our Christian life in a perspective that is new revelation to me but definitely the way I personally want to live.
Stay with me and I will unfold something amazingly exciting!
When Jesus was baptized in water the heavens opened and the scripture says in Matthew 3:16 that the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove came and rested on Jesus.
There are two important points which can be easily overlooked if we're not careful.
1)With the descent of the Holy Spirit ... the heavens became opened to us ... first by way of Jesus ... then later as the Holy Spirit was given to mankind when we become born again.
2)The scripture says the dove rested upon Him. The Holy Spirit lives in each one of us as born-again believers... but He doesn't always rest upon us. Let me explain:
If I have a dove sitting on my shoulder and I want it to stay there, then every move I make will need to be with my focus on the dove.
When Jesus came to earth He totally emptied Himself of anything divine. He had to model how mankind could live being led by the Holy Spirit. The scripture says nothing came out of His mouth but what the Father told Him to say. The Holy Spirit was their connection.
John 5:19 (AMP)
19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
If we are to function the same way as Jesus, we will have to stay totally focused on the Holy Spirit.
There is a scripture I think explains this focus very well. Galatians 5:16 AMP says:
16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God.
Most Christians spend more time focused on the last part of this scripture than on the first. They try to put down the cravings of the flesh under and lose focus on God’s Spirit.
It says if we walk and live responsive to the Spirit of God… all those things will not even be meaningful to us anymore.
We need to concentrate less on what we aren't and more on Whose we are.
Here are two more important principles:
1)We must put the focus where it belongs... on Him
Psalm 100:4tells us exactly how to put the focus on Him.
It states we are to enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and come into His courts with praise.
If we begin thanking God for all He's done...recalling His mighty acts on the way to church ... by the time we get there...we are entering His courts Praising Who He is.
Do you see the progression here?
We begin with how He's blessed us personally... but the focus begins to shift to Him as we realize how awesome He is.
Forget about yourself...focus on Him. If you are praying and you begin to think about personal sin something negative, quickly put it under the blood and put your focus back on Him.
Use 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 until you are able to stay totally focused on God.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
I like the NIV Readers' version says the last part of verse 5:I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ.
The focus can't be us...it must be on the Holy Spirit if we are to be effective for the Kingdom.
2) If we aren't thinking about who we are ... we can do what He wants.
I'm reminded of a story that happened to me about 3 years ago. I was instant messaging my closest friend from high school who lives in another state. She and I are close and she was sharing how she was going through a certain trial.
It brought back very vivid memories of when I had the same kind of trial and I wrote out this long message commiserating with her when suddenly... I felt a real resistance in my spirit about getting into all those negatives. I really wanted to spew all that out in my flesh... but it would do neither her nor me any good. God would disapprove.
Later that evening I was in a Walmart and I just 'happened' to be checking out at the exact time I heard a woman say "He swallowed that coin...he's not breathing!"
In front of the check out line I was leaving were these 4 Hispanic women frantic over a toddler...probably 18 months to 2 years old who had gone limp. Without really thinking, I walked over in the middle of them and picked the baby up by his feet. One of the ladies shouted...he's breathing and the women grabbed him and forgot all about me.
So what is the point?
First… this miracle had little to do with me... it had everything to do with God wanting to save that baby and He needed someone positioned at Walmart at just the point satan would attack that child.
Remember earlier that day when I turned my attention off the negatives and on to trying to positively help my friend?
This is the point...when you defeat the lions and the bears in private when no one is looking, God will allow you to defeat Goliaths in public.
But understand this our reward is the JOY of being used by God... the most important part is the glory of seeing Kingdom business done.
The donkey who carried Jesus triumphantly into Jerusalemwould have been a fool to think 'he' was the reason people were throwing branches down to keep his precious hoofs off the dusty road.
But if we take the focus off ourselves and stay focused on the dove (Holy Spirit resting on us) we will be positioned to do great things.
We are familiar with Peter and John on the way to the Temple when they see the beggar who was laid daily at the gate.
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
This is not a lesson about the money. Peter said that to the man … forget about money because I didn’t bring any with me anyway.
Peter has something far my valuable than money … he carried the Presence of the Holy Spirit with him. What made Peter different from most all Christians is that he was fully aware of what he carried. He was tuned into what the Holy Spirit wanted to do and he was willing to step out and do it.
Peter had spent 3 years watching Jesus perform miracles... and with the realization that he has that same 'Presence' living within him … he can do what Jesus did.
As he passes the beggar, the Holy Spirit prompted him that the man was ready to receive... and he imparts the Presence of God to the man...
Notice that Peter didn't pray for him. He merely imparted God's Presence and the 'Presence' did the work.
Please don't think I am negating prayer…but I am saying there is a dimension that we don’t use enough.
The command in the Bible is to be salt and light wherever we go.
Let's further examine this magnificent ability we all have.
Remember when the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended? When that happened the whole dynamic on earth began to change.
Under Old Testament law, if a person on the way tomake a sacrifice at the Temple accidently touched something unclean, the otherwise good sacrifice became contaminated.
Haggai 2:11-13 AMP says:
11 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Ask now the priests to decide this question of law: 12 If one carries in the skirt of his garment flesh that is holy [because it has been offered in sacrifice to God], and with his skirt or the flaps of his garment he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy [dedicated to God’s service exclusively]? And the priests answered, No! [Holiness is not infectious.]
13 Then said Haggai, If one who is [ceremonially] unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be [ceremonially] unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean. [Unholiness is infectious.]"
Now let me show you how the New Testament covenant changed a closed heaven to an open heaven all because the Holy Spirit of God is now present with us.
Luke 7:11-15 in the Message Bible says:
Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother."
In the Old Testament good could not be passed on and every good thing was contaminated if it came into contact with anything that was already contaminated.
Not so anymore... we actually have the ability to sanctify everything because of Who lives in us!
I Corinthians 7:13-14 says:
13 And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him.14 For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.
We have incredible power within us … just like Peter realized. The question is now that we realize it, and are we going to take advantage of it?
If we are going to allow the Holy Spirit to rest on us and not just reside in us ...then everything we do must be done with the Holy Spirit in mind.
Let me end with a very important point.
We long ago left the Old Testament behind with its rules and regulations about food and other restrictions.
Look with me to Romans 14:17 in Gods Word Translation:
17 God’s kingdom does not consist of what a person eats or drinks. Rather, God’s kingdom consists of God’s approval and peace, as well as the joy that the Holy Spirit gives."
What does the Kingdom of God consist of? Not rules and regulations of the law.
God's Kingdom is ...God's approval and peace as well as the joy that the Holy Spirit gives.
The Kingdom of God consists of … the joy the Holy Spirit gives.
John 16:24 says:
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Hebrews 12:2 says:
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Do you see this? Jesus' reward for enduring the cross... was JOY!!
We have not understood the value of joy!
Stop for a moment and think of some instance when the JOY of the Lord flooded you.
Now think of living with that kind of joy in your daily life...healing the sick, raising the dead ...seeing people saved because you have the ability to change the environment ...just by bringing His Presence into a room.
I John 1:4
4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full!
Let's go out and live it!
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