Is the Spirit?

Is the Holy Spirit
*  Alive in your heart?
*  Alive in your Church?
*  Healing the Sick?
*  Making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear?

I believe if we do not see theses signs wonders and miracles, the Lord is disappointed.

He said in John 14:12-18
” Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.   And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

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Was Jesus telling tales?

No, we are a people who have failed to recognize and employ the Talents our Master left for us.  Some of us have even buried the Talents and claim they are not for today.  It’s like the expiration date has passed.

Matthew 25 is a chapter about the Holy Spirit:
Wise and foolish virgins:  Oil for their lamps.
Those who had no oil are like the Church today…No Spiritual power,  because we don’t  really believe.   We want to, even pray to, but don’t  know how to fill our lamps.

The Master and the talents :
Jesus told the story using money  for the simplicity of understanding.

Everyone knows some who invest, and others, that hoard.  The ones who invested were blessed the ones that hid the talent were sent to outer darkness.

The sheep and goats.
The sheep understood the Commandment to Love one another…they fed the hungry,  gave clothes to the needy, water to the thirsty.

So how do we fill our lamps, invest out Talents, Love one another?

It is all as plain on the nose on our face.  It is Revelation Knowledge. ..will you see and believe  or hide in your bed?

Watch this space….The Holy Spirit is alive and begging to  proclaim the good news.

Lord, open our hearts and minds to see, to act, to glorify  Jesus.

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“Have you received the Holy Spirit since you’ve believed?”
*”If I didn’t have the Spirit I couldn’t have believed. ”
“How about the 120 believers on the day of Pentecost or the others Paul met and asked?
*”Well I don’t know but I know without the Spirit, I couldn’t have gotten  saved”

All of that is true we receive a measure of faith and the Spirit, when we are saved but there is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit available to whosoever will.

Are you a whosoever will? Do you want all the the Lord has for you? Do you long to see signs and wonders following?  Do you think Jesus wants to heal the afflicted, comfort the brokenhearted, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, make the lame walk?

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(Without the Spirit we are like these boats in dry dock…not providing the service we were meant to).
I  believe Jesus is disappointed in His Church,  His representatives on earth.  His words once again in:

John 14:12-18
” Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.   And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

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(He wants us prepared and ready to launch out into the deep, to collect His harvest ).

He promised those who believe. …(is that you?), that they would do greater works, then He,  whatsoever we ask He will do.  If we love Him… (do you? ),  we need to keep His Commands.   (Love God, Love each other).  Jesus will pray the Father to give us the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth.  We should know Him for He dwells within us.

So what happened?  Why is today’s Church so weak?  We have misunderstood Matthew 25.

The Master in the story left money (Talents ) according to their abilities. They were to invest  (or use) these Talents to increase their Masters wealth.  They received praise or scorn.

Jesus went to a far Country,  and left us something,  The Holy Spirit.   He expects us to invest or use it to increase His wealth.
(Save Souls).

He gave us the tools to use.  The Gifts…the 9 in 1 Corinthians 12 and others.  What have we done with them?

Excess and abuse mostly,  just like the Corinthians.  What should we do now?

Ask forgiveness, for our lack of Faith. Ask to be filled  with the Holy Spirit.   Ask for the gift of the the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge.

He gave out the gift of Tongues first because that is the easiest to use….it is the one that scares people the most. (” I don’t think we should have to speak gibberish.”)  When the Lord tells us it is our spirit talking directly to Him.  (1 Corinthians 14 :4,28).

That’s filling your lamp with oil, finding the Faith to do His will.

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That is where I’m restarting.  I  expect The Lord to bless any that come to Him in obedience and Faithfulness.

Thank You Jesus for filling us with Your Spirit of Love.

You are probably wondering why I think we should ask for the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge  before asking for the gift of Tongues.

Even knowing the Lord gave Tongues first on the day on Pentecost.  Really? If so, it was because He was dealing with Disciples.

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People who had been with Him, studied at His feet, they were Jewish and knew about Ritual Sacrifice and after His death and resurrection, understood.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 goes in a completely different order, tells them to desire the best gifts.  He starts with the three listen up gifts.

We first need to learn how to understand what the Lord wants.  A few Old Testament examples  of the Word of Knowledge, then Word of Wisdom :

Adam, you may eat of every tree but that one.
Noah, We are going to destroy the earth and all flesh, build an Ark.
Abram,  go out from Ur, look east, west, north and south, I have given the land to you.

How about a few not written down?
Elijah told Ahab. ..it will not rain till I  tell it to…
Deborah told Barack the Lord wanted him to go and defeat the enemy…
Daniel, the dream the king had.

These are all Old Testament examples of Words of Knowledge.   What is a Word of Wisdom.  That is knowing what to do with the Knowledge.

Adam,  didn’t have the Wisdom to obey God, so death came into the world.
Noah, with the Knowledge to build the Ark, did it and received a Word of Wisdom,  when to enter.
Abram,  every place on which your foot shall tread. ..
Elijah, gave his Word of Knowledge, than The Lord spoke a word of Wisdom, “You better go hide”.

Unwritten:
Deborah,  How the Lord would cause a women to get the credit for the victory.
Daniel,  What the dream meant and how to prepare for the coming  Climate Change.

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Don’t know about that?  It seems to me the Bible is our guide book to life.  Doesn’t it stand to reason He would be directing whosoever will, by all His Word.

We too easily say: “That’s a God thing”.  Remember when Jesus was on earth, He was just a man tempted every way as we are.

The Power He displayed came from the Father, through the Holy Spirit into and out of Jesus.   He told us to go and do the same.

If you will look up these examples and ask the Lord to show you, the Revelation is there, waiting for us to act on it.

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Lord open our eyes, that we might understand and go forward to do Your Will in Your Power and Might.  The Gift of Faith is next.

Now I know some of you are thinking that we can’t just find examples of the New Testament Gifts of the Spirit in the Old Testament.   Really?   Am I  sure, a Word of Knowledge is telling us  a thing and a Word of Wisdom is what to do with that knowledge?   Or is a Word of Wisdom telling us a specific thing and a Word of Knowledge how to us it?  Nope, not positive which is which but one is one and the other is the other, not sure which label to put on either. They are both there for our education.

If we don’t learn from the Old Testament than, where did the writer of Hebrews get his explanation of Faith? {hint OT} What is Faith if not a Gift of the Spirit?

What is your measure of Faith?   We all have a measure.  Hebrews 11 tells us:

” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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                (You would really need Faith  to launch out into the deep with this crew)

I have never understood what this means.  To me the best definition of Faith is in the life of Enoch.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Believe God is and a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

We see examples of this in Able’s sacrifice,  Enochs walk, Noah in building the Ark, Abram, leaving at hearing the Lord, later believing he would become a Father of many nations.

So how about you?  Do you know how to hear and act at the prompt of the Spirit?   What does your faith look like?

It is interesting to note some ages also.  Enoch, 65 – Abram, 75 – becomes Abraham, 99 – Moses led people out of Egypt at 80.

Quit blaming your youth and inexperience, or your age and health…..if you make yourself available and believe God is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  The Lord has a job for you.  You could be the much needed leader for today.

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Lord, help us to grab a hold of Your Word, make it come alive help us to understand the Gifts of the Spirit and how to allow them to be powerful in Your Church.
It is my firm belief, that we can track all the Gifts of the Spirit,  through the Old Testament.  Except Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues.

The Gifts of Healing,  Working of Miracles,  Discerning of Spirits, Prophesy are all quite easily found.  When we get to Tongues and Interpretation of same, I come up a little short.

We find Tongues easy enough at the building of the Tower of Babel:

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Not a tower but a piano took imagination, unity and teamwork to build.

“The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of
men builded.  And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.  So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”

So we see the Lord used Tongues to scatter the people, because He understood the Power of Unity, teamwork and imagination.

We find Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues on the Day of Pentecost,  to draw all to Him, into one Powerful, United body.  Able to Imagine and accomplish anything.

It took a little over 100 years for man to screw it up and loose it.  As in Joshua’s time, Israel followed the Lord as long as some were alive who had seen the signs, wonders and miracles of the Exodus.

Once all had died that had received the original Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the will and knowledge to press on to the high calling dimmed.

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(I found this picture on Tumbler, loved it, am not making any money with its use)

It was not Gods will that, the signs, wonders and miracles stopped.  But mans ability to be led astray.

Father God, pkease lead us back to the straight and narrow,  the place of Power and Might,  the Holy of Holies.
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Is the Holy Spirit :
    *  A figment of our imagination?
    *  A fairytale?
    *  A promise not yet received?
A vibrant, living center of you?  The Holy Spirit is here, available now, He is at hand, to comfort, lead, guide, direct, teach, empower, heal, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, the deaf hear, proclaim the year of the Lord.

Do you see His hand in your life?  Church?  Fellowship?

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(Sand Sculpture at Atlantic  Beach,  NC this year, do not know artist.  Facial expression, priceless ).

The Apostles did.  Why?  They knew the Old Testament and realized exactly what the Lord had delivered them from.  Sin and Death,  Sacrifice and Mourning,  Rituals and False Religion.

Today some of us feel if we are saved we can’t sin.   Wrong

Some of us feel we aren’t worthy to do his work.  Wrong

We don’t need His Baptism of the Holy Spirit, because we have His Spirit because we’re Saved.   Wrongheaded.

We shouldn’t desire Spiritual Gifts.    Wrong….”Desire Spiritual Gifts,  Desire the best Spiritual Gifts.”

We aren’t worthy, trustworthy, faithful, prayerful, humble, teachable, moldable, flexible, holy……

Herein lies the problem.

We really have not learned to walk in the Spirit.   At least I  have not learned to be immediately available and obedient.   When my sister-in-law was in the hospital in pain, the nurses asked us to leave the room, so they could do their thing.  I  believe the Lord wanted me to annoint her with oil and pray right then.

I prayed outside her room for a half-hour before I had a peace.   Another half hour went by before we could go back in the room….she was still in pain,  I finally annointed her with oil and prayed some more.

A half hour later the nurses finally did what was needed to relieve her.  If I had been immediately obedient instead of holding back (fear of ?).  I believe she would’ve suffered for a much shorter time.

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(Picture of a quilt square at The Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island, NC).

I don’t believe the Lord is upset because of my hesitation, maybe disappointed.   He understands the learning curve we must complete.  He wasn’t mad at Gideon, He just walked him through.

I get a kick out of the story of Abram,   in Genesis 12 it says:  ” Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, ”

To me this means. It was said more than once.  If our hearts are turned toward the Lord, He will walk us through the  learning curve, as He did for Abram,  Abram walked before the Lord for 24 years, he believed Gods promise and was counted as Righteous.

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We must walk with the Spirit all the way along the learning curve, untill we understand His guidince, obey His directions, see His Power and Love in action.

Do you believe?  Will you step out in Faith?  Pray for the sick? Believe the Word?

Is the Holy Spirit :
     *  Guiding you?
     *  Directing you?
     *  Walking with you?
How can you tell?  Do you recognize His voice?
Abram was told by  the  Lord to: “Walk before me and be ye perfect.”

Moses: “Walked in the Ways of The Lord.
David:  ” walked before me.”
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We have quite a bit of information of Davids walk:

” David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:”

“the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.”

” if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, ”

” the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, ”

” he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”

David was a man after Gods own heart, yet he walked before, or in uprightness and integrity of heart to do all The Lord commanded.

We have a different calling:

” walk in the steps of  faith, walk in newness of life, Walk in the Spirit, walk in love, Walk in wisdom, walk in the light, walk in truth.

This is our New Testament  calling.  We are no longer walking before or in the ways of.

We are now called to:
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Matthew 11:28-30
King James Version (KJV)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Have you learned to walk in His yoke?  That means to walk with Him like Enoch,  Noah,  Levi…not before, in the ways of, but beside, in harmony with, in rest.

In the peace that passes understanding, in joy unspeakable and full of glory.  In the Power of the Holy Spirit, healing all that are afflicted.  Causing the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear.

Comforting the brokenhearted.

Lord help us to walk with You,  to hear and understand Your direction.

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Matthew 11:29-30
” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

When we learn to take up His yoke, it will be impossible to be behind or ahead of Him.  We have to Walk beside Him, where He would have us go.

We would be touching the lives as He wills.  If we become proficient in understanding His will, we would Walk in the Power of His Love.

We would learn to Walk in the Spirit, we would find ourselves in the Holy of Holies as the Lord uses us to complete His will.

His yoke is easy, burden light, we find rest unto our souls.  How often are we restless, nervous uptight, worried, concerned.

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Learn to rest in Him, ask Him to give you a heart after His, to make you into a vessel He can use.  Mold and make us Lord, guide and direct us, protect us from ourselves and the evil one.

Fastband pray, push yourself into the Holy of Holies, receive the Anointing because of your persistence.

He will not give a stone, when we ask and need wheat.
Every good gift comes down from the Lord above.
Ask and you shall receive.   The Lord wants you beside Him, Walking with Him, doing snd seeing His Grace and Mercy,  Power and Might.

Only believe.

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Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.

Thanks for visiting,
The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote.
Know you are loved.

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