Follow the Prompt

Every day has its routine.
For most of us it has become automatic.
We get up, dress, go to work, come home, go to bed 
and then start all over again the next day.
 
It is our routine.
 
But how often to we stop to listen to the prompting 
of the Holy Spirit?
 
He is quietly speaking to us.
Other times He is loud, yet we choose not to hear.
We choose to listen to our flesh and ignore the quiet, 
inner knowings and promptings.
 
……but the flesh is weak
 
The little inner knowings the Holy Spirit gives us are His way
of leading and guiding us into all truth.
 
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth;
for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak’
and He will tell you things to come.
 
To hear Him more clearly,
read the Bible, study, 
and 
LISTEN.
 
The Holy Spirit shows us the heart of God.
 
Cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit,
make it personal.
 
The more we build on the relationship, the clearer we will hear.

You Are Not Alone

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Have you ever felt like you were all alone?
Like you were the only person to go through something.
And no one knows how difficult it is
and there is no one to help.
 
Jesus knows!
He knows because He went through the same things.
 
This means that He had to become like 
His people in every way, in order to be their faithful 
and merciful High Priest in His service to God, 
so that the people’s sins would be forgiven.
And now He can help those who are tempted,
because He himself was tempted and suffered.
 
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live inside us because He
can identify with us.
 
Do you not know that you are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
 
Wherever we go, we take the Holy Spirit with us.
He never leaves.
The Holy Spirit gives us comfort when we need
to be comforted.
Advice when we need to be counseled.
Strength when we are weak.
The Holy Spirit is ever standing by our sides to help.
 
So the next time you feel alone
and don’t know where or who to turn to,
turn to the Holy Spirit and let Him lead you.
 
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 

Dance Before the Lord

Dance before the Lord!
David danced.
He danced with abandon.
He praised and worshiped God with a joyful heart.
 
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might….
 
It was David’s way of expressing his joy for the return
of the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark contained the Ten Commandments
and on it, the mercy seat where God would speak.
 
We should, in the same way, dance, sing 
and worship with all our heart.
For we have something better and greater than the Ark.
We are the living container for God.
We hold the Holy Spirit inside of us.
 
We have the Spirit of God dwelling within us.
 
Rejoice!
 
Sing and dance for the joy of the Lord.
 
Let them praise Him with dance;
let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

 

Power of Words

There is power in the words we speak.
Speak out loud for what we say is very important.
Words affect our emotions and state of mind.
Words can bring about spiritual, emotional,
and physical changes.
There is life or death in the words we speak.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
 
Basically, what we say can change us.
We can ultimately speak things into or out of existence.
When speaking in a negative way, feelings of anxiousness,
fear, rejection, physical sickness and depression can
become our normal.
Hearing hurtful and negative words from others
can cause a lifetime of pain.
God knew this.
He knew we could build up or tear down ourselves
and one another with simple words.
That is why He commanded us to control our tongue.
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
 
James 3:9-10 AMP
With it we bless the Lord and Father,
and with it we curse men who were made in God’s likeness!
Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing.
These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.
 
The power is in you.
The Holy Spirit will guide you
and by faith your words can be powerful
and life giving!

 

Miracles Still Happen

God still does miracles.
They may not always be easy to see or recognize.
But everyday miracles surround us.
 
When Jesus walked the earth, He performed miracles.
These were done as signs and wonders.
Then Jesus said to him,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders,
you will by no means believe.”
 
Everywhere Jesus went He did miracles 
so those who saw would believe.
 
The apostles went about performing miracles in the Name of Jesus
after His death and resurrection for the same reason.
 
Today, everyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior
have received a miracle.
A miracle of salvation.
 
Through the Holy Spirit, people are freed from the bondage 
sickness, fear, and addictions.
 
Christians who receive the Holy Spirit “upon” them,
(different than the Holy Spirit in you),
are endowed with supernatural power.
 But you shall receive power when the 
Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
 
This power is what allows us to go through life 
and be effective disciples for Christ.
 
In its most simplistic way, miracles can be as
simple as a sunrise, sunset, the smile of a newborn
or as complex as stars in the universe, or the way
our bodies are designed.
 
Miracles are answered prayer.
 
When we stay expectant, God will show up.

Experiential Knowledge

God knows about being human.
He knows what trials we go through.
He knows our full range of emotions.
Not because He created us, but because He became one of us.
 
God took on human flesh in the Man Jesus.
Jesus laid His divinity aside to become us. 
 
He had humble beginnings.
Born in a cave.
Fled Jerusalem to save His life from Herod.
 
Jesus had  a physical body, a mind with emotions.
A family with brothers and sisters.
He learned and took lessons.
He worked.
His friends and family denied Him.
 
But Jesus said to them, 
“A prophet is not without honor except in his own country,
among his own relatives, and in his own house.
 
He had adversity.
Hardship, sadness, hurt, distress, pain.
He had happiness, love, blessing, friends.
 
Jesus has experiential knowledge 
and knows the aches and pains our bodies have.
 
He knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed and tired.
 
He knows the depth of our souls.
 
Upon Ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent to live inside us.
Jesus connects with us not only because He lived like us
but through the connection with the Holy Spirit and our spirit.
 
It is a direct line to God the Father.
 
The Holy Spirit being one with Jesus knows the same 
things He knows. 
 
In this way we can have confidence God hears us,
sees us, knows us, understands and speaks to us.
 
For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable
to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling
with our weaknesses and infirmities
and liability to the assaults of temptation,
but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are,
yet without sinning.