The ministry of the Holy Spirit is the most invisible of all the ministries in the Godhead. He encourages and helps in a silent, invisible way, without even wanting recognition or credit for His work. He is quite content for people to praise the Father and Jesus alone, and to be left out of the picture altogether. What a beautiful ministry. What does it mean then to be filled with such a Spirit?
It must mean that we will be like Him, content to have a ministry like His – silent, invisible, receiving no credit, and content for the credit to go to others. Are we indeed filled with this Spirit? Many who claim to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” today however seek such prominence for themselves through the exercise of their gifts on Christian platforms, promote themselves, and seek for money for themselves. All this is anything but the work of the Holy Spirit. All this is the work of some other spirit counterfeiting the Holy Spirit, and it is our duty in the church to expose such counterfeit and deception.
In the beginning of everything there was the Word
The Word had always been with God
Everything that our senses could not know
Happened in the Father and the Son
Praising the King of Glory we marvel
At everything given to us through Logos
I want to show you something about prophetic ministry. When Elisha wanted to seek the mind of God so that he could prophesy, he asked for someone to play a harp (2 Kings 3:15). As the musician began to play, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he prophesied powerfully. There we see the value of godly music.
I can think of numerous times in my own life when during a time of worship and praise on Sunday mornings, the hand of the Lord has come upon me and given me a word that I did not have when I came to the meeting. There was a power in that anointed music, that brought the spirit of prophecy upon Elisha.
Those who err in spirit will gain understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction (Is. 29:24)
Light up Your church with love for You, love eager and sincere.
Turn her into a burning bush so that nobody can stay indifferent in the presence of Your saints.
Ezekiel 36:25-37 is a beautiful prophecy of new-covenant life. This is a description of the Christian life, as God intends it to be. He first promises to cleanse us thoroughly, removing all idols from our heart, and then to remove our hard heart and to replace it with a soft one, and then to put His Holy Spirit within us and then to make us walk in His ways and cause us to obey His commandments and thus to save us from all our uncleanness (Ezekiel 36:25-29). But all this can happen only when we pray to God and ask Him to do it for us (Ezekiel 36:37). If we don’t ask for this life, we won’t get it. And when we come into this glorious life, we “will loathe ourselves in our own sight” (Ezekiel 36:31), as we think of our past life. This is one of the primary marks of a Spirit-filled man that he detests himself for all the sin he sees in his flesh and cries out saying,”O wretched man that I am, I am the chief of sinners” (Rom.7:24; 1 Tim.1:15). A Spirit filled man does not see any sin in others before he sees the same sin within his own flesh and he loathes himself for it. The closer we get to God, the more aware we become of our own sin.
And to know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).
I long for the fullness of Jesus Christ! This is what I strive for and what I profess.
I wish to be in Him and to know His power.
From the book THE FULL GOSPEL (Copyright – 1996)
We read of two contrasting ministries in the Bible that have great relevance for our time.
Daniel was a man whom God could use in his generation in a heathen land. When he was a young man, as a captive with other Jews in Babylon, “he determined in his heart not to defile himself” (Dan.1:8).
Three other young men among the captive Jews – Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah – saw young Daniel taking this stand for the Lord. This encouraged them also to be bold and to stand for the Lord themselves and to join Daniel (Dan.1:11). They did not have the courage to take a stand for the Lord on their own. But they became bold when they saw Daniel taking a stand. There are many Christians like that in the world today, who do not have the boldness to stand for the Lord alone. But when they see a Daniel taking a stand somewhere, they will join him. So God is looking for Daniels today.
While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. (Song 1:12).
As I wake up every morning, I meet my King and He fills my heart.
The wondrous fragrance of His presence and love is diffused all around.
The day ahead of me belongs to Him and to me simultaneously.
Hour after hour, as I perform my duties, I am able to feast at the table of life lived with my Savior and Guardian.
In Luke 18:13 (NASB), the tax-collector prayed saying “God be merciful to me THE sinner.” He called himself, “THE sinner”. What he meant was that he felt that everyone around him was a saint compared to him! In his eyes, he was THE ONLY SINNER on the face of the earth! Jesus said that that man went home justified. It is only such people whom God justifies.
Let me share something with you about what this word “justify” really means. It is a beautiful word and a liberating word (Luke.18:14). Look at the pages of a book. Do you see how the right hand margin on every page is straight, just like the left hand margin? In computer- language this is called “justification”! Even though the number of letters in each line is different, yet the computer makes the right hand edge to be perfectly straight. Now if you were to write something on your computer without “justifying” it, you will find that the right hand edge is jagged.
I am the bread of life (John 6:48).
My Lord Jesus! Out of your own free will You left your heavenly realms.
You suffered the pains of life on Earth and You became the holy bread of life for those who followed You.
What an abundance of grace You have bestowed upon those who, even today, may taste of the bread which You have become.
Grounded in that grace, I feed upon this bread daily and delight in the sweetness of it.