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Living with Your Holy Resident

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”  (I Corinthians 3:16)

As believers in Christ, we all know this truth. We are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, for most, it hasn’t sunk in. It’s something they believe but have not acted upon. I can remember dating my wife and inviting her to my home for a visit, but things changed when she moved in and it became permanent. All of a sudden, we were doing things together all the time, which meant my behavior was front and center. Now, plans were made together and agreed upon in advance. Even trips to the grocery store took on a whole new dynamic, realizing that there was more than one kind of milk. It didn’t take long to realize that we had our own way of doing things. We also had different likes and dislikes. Although this joyously turned my whole world upside down, it was well worth the journey. In time we truly became one, and she will always tell you that she is my better half. Today, I would like to speak to you about another full-time resident. This one too must be invited in, to take up residence in your heart for the rest of your life.

Many people will walk the aisle of their church to publicly repent of their sins and ask for forgiveness. They will humbly ask that Jesus Christ will come into their lives to fulfill all of His glorious promises. They may even anticipate the filling of the Holy Spirit at some future date, without realizing that He is immediately available to every believer who seeks Him with his whole heart. The good news is your new Holy Resident will help you clean the place up, which will continue for the rest of your life. The moment He takes up residence, you are the Temple of God’s Spirit. He will be with you every moment of every day as He takes His rightful place upon the throne, in the throne room of your heart. What makes this relationship even more unique is that your Holy Resident not only knows your every action, but He knows your every thought. So, what is your response to all this? Yes, your little world will be gloriously turned upside down, but you will soon discover that it’s well worth the journey. As a preacher of the Gospel, I will give you a few biblical keys that will ensure a blessed relationship and a fulfilled life here on earth.

The first biblical key is to understand the role of the Holy Spirit, which I often refer to as the indwelling Spirit. Perhaps His most significant role is that of a Teacher. The Bible says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). In a world of blindness, lies, and half-truths, this is good news. When we submit ourselves to Christ through total dependence on Him, then the veil is removed, and we can see. “Once we were blind, but now we see.” We can see and understand all truth. As the Bible was written by men of God, they were moved by the Spirit giving it authority and sufficiency for all of life. Because the words of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit, then He is the one that unlocks its true meaning. As the unbeliever reads the Bible there is a veil over his eyes. However, when a believer reads the Bible, the veil is removed and the words are properly interpreted by the indwelling Spirit. So, our primary textbook is the Bible brought to life by the indwelling Spirit. It’s as though the words come flying off the page with the power to convict. It’s as though the words are sent forth like a firebrand into our seeking hearts.

When I read the Bible, I take my time first putting it into its proper context, then rolling the verse (or verses) over and over again, asking the Spirit of God to give me its deeper meaning. Remembering that the Spirit uses the Bible for all of life, I begin to hide its Words in my heart through prayer and meditation, which in time also leads to memorization. As you put off the old life and put the new life in Christ you will be taught by the indwelling Spirit that His ways are much higher than our ways. This Holy Resident will bring to your memory those beautiful truths from the Bible that are so different from the world. Every encounter with the things of this world will no longer be a solo adventure but the Spirit will be with you, ready to open your eyes to the truth. Every confrontation with other people and their personalities will no longer be a solo encounter but the Spirit will be with you bringing to your memory how you should listen carefully and prayerfully, before responding.  The beautiful truth, which I have learned over the years, is the Spirit will give you the words to say, which is especially important while counseling others.

Hopefully, you can see thus far, the indwelling Spirit is with you all the time. The second biblical key is to not ignore or turn a deaf ear to the Spirit’s leading. If we do then we will be led down a path that we don’t want to go down. The Bible says, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit is a perfect gentleman who will never force His will upon you. If you ignore His leading then he, sadly I might add, will step into the other room, and you will be completely on your own. You will be left on your own to experience the full brunt of the consequences of your bad or misguided decision. Don’t blame God. If you would have listened to the convictions coming from Him, you would have stopped what you were doing and started seeking His will in the matter. Believe me, if you ask for the Spirit’s direction and wait upon it, then you will get it. But honestly, dear children, it’s the waiting that you are not much interested in. Most would rather ask Social Media or the internet rather than waiting upon God to speak to them through His anointed Word that’s brought to life by the indwelling Spirit. In time you will learn how to discern the still small voice of the Spirit. The more you learn the Scripture, the greater your discernment will be in detecting the lies of the devil posing as an angel of light.

Finally, there are many more works of the Holy Spirit from the many Spiritual gifts, that are all but ignored by the modern church, to the occasional visions that are given, which never disagree with the Bible. However, I want to conclude with another very important role of the indwelling Spirit, that most don’t think about. The third biblical key is His job is to maintain the Temple for God’s Spirit. He takes care of the residence. The Bible says, “If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (I Corinthians 3:17). God’s temple is holy! Let that sink in. Remember, that God’s Spirit is always with you. If you run with the devil’s crowd subjecting your body (His temple) to things that will darken your soul and defile your body, then this will lead to destruction. It’s a proven fact that street drugs, mind-altering drugs, and many accepted pharmaceutical drugs will damage your mind and body.  It’s a known fact if you run with the devil’s crowd that they have a tremendous influence upon you, even if you think they don’t (see I Corinthians 15:33, ESV). Please dear children, just remember this one thing and you will do well. Remember, that the Spirit of God is with you every moment of every day. Welcome your Holy Resident and do everything with Him. This too is a blessed relationship. Amen

Please Join me in Prayer

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you, LORD, for sending us our Holy Resident to take His rightful place upon the throne room of our seeking hearts. Thank you, LORD, that no matter what happens in this world, we know that our Holy Resident will never leave us but will continue to teach us and lead us in the way we should go. We pray that you teach your beloved children how to discern the Spirit’s still small voice and His Holy nudges, so that He will not be grieved. We know to grieve the indwelling Spirit will not be beneficial for us, allowing us to face the full brunt or consequences of our bad decisions. We pray that you will encourage your children to prayerfully read and meditate upon the Holy Scriptures until they feel your conviction or a divinely inspired teaching moment.  How glorious that is to our souls. We pray that when this happens that they will hide this beautiful truth in their hearts and act upon it as you lead. We cannot imagine living one moment in this evil world without our Holy Resident. We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).

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What is Causing the Unimaginable Chaos? (Video)

We spoke briefly about the chaos affecting humanity on my latest News Brief, today we will look at what’s causing it to become the worse thing to ever fall upon humanity. Chaos engenders an image of things totally out of control, where stark raving madness and the walking dead barely scratch the surface of uncovering the complete picture. After watching this powerful video on my secure website, please share it with others.

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What is Causing the Unimaginable Chaos?

We spoke briefly about the chaos affecting humanity on my latest News Brief, today we will look at what’s causing it to become the worse thing to ever fall upon humanity. Chaos engenders an image of things totally out of control, where stark raving madness and the walking dead barely scratch the surface of uncovering the complete picture. Law and order will be exchanged for complete lawlessness, not only in the streets but behind nearly every door. Love for one’s neighbors will be exchanged for explosive outrage doing the unimaginable, without a hint of remorse. Heated rhetoric will be exchanged for plotting demonically inspired retaliation beyond one’s own sensibilities. Sanity will be exchanged for bouts of insanity inflicting injury to others and to oneself. All of the psychological disorders known to self-righteous man will run rampant through all of humanity from the deepest pit of depression to the many crying bouts of anxiety. As more drugs are legalized to calm the masses the massive addiction doesn’t curb the tide of madness. Even the handing out of free money will not stop the unimaginable chaos. So, let’s follow God’s prophetic voice from ages past to understand what’s causing the chaos.

Right in the very beginning, God instituted worship by teaching His children to offer sacrifices to provide for their needs and even their deepest desires (See Genesis 4:3-4). Even in the days of old, it engendered a personal relationship with something larger than life. This was a beautiful dynamic that brought humanity to the schoolhouse of faith and trust in a Higher Power that not only provided but protected mankind from his worst fears. This understanding of a higher power spread to every corner of the globe. It was not long before every people group or civilization developed their own unique understanding of God to protect them from the unknown and to provide for their people. As other world religions sunk into mythologies that made room for other gods, they learned how to effectively manipulate their gods and control their people. The fallen world was growing increasingly chaotic. On the other hand, step by step a chosen people were brought ever closer to the real God of creation and His expectations of obedience to a higher Law; a Law that would bring forth order out of chaos (See Exodus 20). This law showed the true nature of God not only as a provider and protector but as a God of Love (See Deuteronomy 7:9).

As God’s chosen people grew in the knowledge of God’s holiness, they understood the value of the written word (Joshua 1:8) and its many prophetic announcements. These ancient prophecies demonstrated their separateness from the rest of humanity and God’s plan to make them great among the nations (See Isiah 60). They longed for the coming Messiah to fulfill their destiny. Unfortunately, when Jesus Christ, the Messiah, finally came they rejected Him and His message for all of humanity. After fifteen hundred years in the schoolhouse, they were not ready for graduation. They were not ready for the simple Gospel that would open the door to a new life in Christ for anyone in the world through faith alone (Galatians 2:16). How beautiful were the feet of those who spread the Good News (See Romans 10:15) beyond Palestinian to distant lands bringing forth order out of chaos and replacing hate with love? Although many in other world religions still hung onto their religious myths, the world, for the most part, was held back from total chaos because of their unwavering faith in their god. Christianity also demonstrated an unusually strong trust in God even during the darkest days of Christendom, which kept chaos from overtaking the world. This all changed in the nineteenth century.

For eighteen hundred years most of humanity among the world religions, including Christianity, held tightly to their religious dogma. It gave them purpose and continuity to their lives. It gave them structure to their daily lives in attempting to live up to the will of their God. It gave them a sense of order mostly understanding the difference between what was right and what was wrong. Although only a few reached the deeper life, truly understanding the significance of the transformed life, the overall trust in God kept chaos at bay. Although war continued and lawlessness remained a blight on civilization, chaos did not overtake the entire world as it has today.  So, what happened in the nineteenth century? What changed? New sciences and humanistic philosophies arrived on the scene allowing humanity to develop new structures for life; structures that no longer needed to align with Holy Scripture. A new order was presented for all of humanity to experiment with the new laws to govern their relationship with the creation and with one another. Man had finally come of age and he pridefully decided to ignore his parental guidance from an all-knowing God. He boldly stepped into the new world proclaiming that he alone could make decisions concerning his relationship with the world and how to solve all of his problems.

So, for over two hundred years mankind experimented with the new sciences, accepting some and rejecting others based on his own self-knowledge. Self had become the center of his universe. As he approached the new sciences of the big bang theory, the age of our world, or the universe, he could make his own decision if it was true. Was the world created in seven days (See Genesis 2:1-2), or was it seven years, or perhaps it was seven thousand years, or why not seven million years? The problem with this thinking is the order of the universe is no longer sealed in the pages of God’s Holy Word but is now dynamic being changed as new discoveries are made allowing man to make or change his decision. Nothing is concrete. He could also decide if he believed in evolution, perhaps not realizing if he did, then our creation by a perfect God could not be perfect if we evolved from a lower life form. What does that say about being created in the image of God (See Genesis 1:27)? There is no longer order or structure if man has an option to believe whatever he wants. Take these to any social media platform and see how many different opinions you get. When every man is free to believe whatever he wants, then it will affect his belief system in an all-knowing God. You can already begin to feel the rumbling of chaos.

As humanity moves further away from God and the order that was established for him through the Gospel, the more desperate he will become to find new truth to solve his problems. All the sciences and the teachings of psychology were created in a vacuum. They were created at a time when humanity began to reject the teachings of the Church and the Bible casting them into a raging sea of uncertainty as they sought new truth. They had forgotten about God’s bountiful love, His amazing peace, and the promise of being transformed into a new creation. They had forgotten the beautiful laws that showed them how to relate with their fellow man and with his created order. Humanity became ripe for Satan’s leading, leading them further and further away from God’s structure for their lives. As humanity moved further away from God and His absolute truth, they began to feel the pain of living life without God to solve their problems. Instead of repenting and seeking God’s way they turned to the world who promised humanity all the answers to their ever-increasing problems. In time they began to experience the horror of living life without God. As more problems flooded his soul, such as loneliness, anxiety, depression, along with a score of other problems, Satan sent forth his agents of psychology with a promise to fix all their problems. Most of us can see how this worked out for humanity. The rumblings of chaos began to grow even louder.

Humanity’s quest for knowledge to solve its many problems moved well beyond the sciences and the huminitic teachings of psychology to the internet and all that it had to offer their desperate souls. Artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms offered a host of possibilities to wayward humanity in the search for truth. No longer satisfied with God’s Word and the teachings of the church the internet search became the new podium of truth. Instead of turning to God for answers they endlessly searched the internet to discover the so-called truth about all of life. From health-related issues to mental anguish and difficulties with personal relationships the search began with the hope of solving their many problems. From the best diet to unlocking one’s future with extensive DNA searches and the best exercise programs their endless research continued unabated. From watching the latest political drama unfold to uncovering the latest conspiracy theory the mind is suddenly on overdrive trying to assimilate all the new information. Then if that’s not enough to consume our time, all this information is downloaded onto the social media platforms, so that we can banner with others about their opinions as they too seek to discover even more information to solve their many problems. Being outside of God’s perfect, peaceful order, humanity’s stress levels are growing exponentially, and chaos is in the process of destroying everything we hold dear.

In conclusion, the Bible says, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:13-14). Because humanity turned away from God, they are now suffering the consequences brought about by the agents of Satan happy to oblige by giving us all the wrong information as we attempt to find a peaceful and fulfilled life in Christ. Let me implore you to seek only the counsel of God who has sent his beloved Son to give us a bountiful life with everything needed to overcome every problem that we will ever face (See II Peter 1-3-4). Dear children the chaos will continue, let us not be pulled into it by behaving like the heathen who are like rudderless boats being blown about by every new piece of information. Chaos is busting my eardrums, let’s return to the peace of God and His order and structure for our lives. Amen

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We Are Witnesses (Video)

We can weep over America and yell in The Halls of Government, but nothing will change its downward trajectory until they listen to the witness. We are witnesses. With our last breath, we will continue to witness. Yes, the beast is still coming to destroy the witness of God’s children, which we have seen in the global pandemic, social media, and the coming persecution. As we walk through each of these tragic areas meant to stop our witness, let’s listen to God allowing Him to open up new possibilities for a stronger witness in the twenty-first century. We want to be an effective witness, especially during these turbulent times. After watching this important video on my secure website, then share it with others.

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We Are Witnesses

We can weep over America and yell in The Halls of Government, but nothing will change its downward trajectory until they listen to the witness. We are witnesses. With our last breath, we will continue to witness. Yes, the beast is still coming to destroy the witness of God’s children, which we have seen in the global pandemic, social media, and the coming persecution. As we walk through each of these tragic areas meant to stop our witness, let’s listen to God allowing Him to open up new possibilities for a stronger witness in the twenty-first century. We want to be an effective witness, especially during these turbulent times. We are witnesses.

The global pandemic has kept God’s children from coming together in fellowship. So, we continue to pray that God will miraculously end this global pandemic. Until He does, as God’s children we should set an example by going the extra mile to ensure our own safety and the safety of others by wearing a face mask, doing sensible social distancing, washing hands, yes even our face, and wiping things down when we come home. We can still make eye contact allowing our eyes to shine brightly. As God’s faithful children we can still express sincere love, great joy, and incredible peace causing others to ask why we are so different. The Bible says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). Our sanctification will shine brightly through our mask. Trust me, they will ask what makes you so different even if they are not interested in what you have to say. So, it’s essential that we answer back with meekness and fear of the Lord. Meekness is great strength under control remembering that we are God’s ambassadors speaking His words after Him. How glorious to witness God working through us breaking down their walls of hostility allowing them to feel our sincere love. We are witnesses.

Social Media is also destroying the witness of God’s children. It has introduced many different voices bringing great confusion to His beloved disciples. All of sudden everyone is a learned theologian, or a prophet called of God. Most of what is there will only confuse you causing you to question your faith or spend countless hours accomplishing nothing. We need to stop scrolling on social media. Only post your witness, which will be defined in this article, then leave immediately. Return only to address comments with the truth or to graciously thank others for sharing your article or post. Dear children, please don’t post anything about politics or post any personal information that can be used against you. Yes, we all need loving fellowship and that hasn’t changed from the beginning. The Bible says, And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). However, as followers of Christ, we need to be careful seeking a personal relationship on social media where we cannot see their body language and examine their Spiritual fruit. We must look elsewhere, in places that we can make eye contact. We can also, learn how to write personal and spiritual letters, emails, or text messages (but not on FB, messenger, or other insecure sites). It is not our job to share what others have posted unless the Spirit leads us to be in total agreement. We are witnesses.

The coming persecution will identify God’s faithful remnant as religious extremists. Simply placing your hand on the Bible and claiming to be a church member does not make you any different than the rest of the world, well at least in America.  You can claim to be just about anything in America other than a Spirit-filled believer who is on fire for Christ. True transformed believers in Christ, who let their light shine in public, are considered to be fanatics by the fallen world. This will become a problem in the coming days. The Government has already set up a task force to combat domestic terrorism. In addition to other groups they are watching, such as, the White Supremacist and the Proud Boys, they will also specifically look for what they term as religious extremists, putting them under immediate surveillance. Unfortunately, this is now our legacy because many evangelical Christians supported the Trump presidency. The connection has already been made. I understand as of late that they are keeping what’s known as a social media score. They know who you are and what you believe in from all of your posts and if it does not align with the beliefs of those in power then your score goes down. This drop in score will limit the visibility of your post, while generating a notification to the new task force. No matter what our score is or what the government does, we must continue to be effective witnesses. We are witnesses.

As long as we have breath, we will witness the miracle of the transformation in Christ. This is the very thing that sets true believers apart from the rest of the world and even from those who claim to follow Christ. From our study of Scripture, we anticipated the transformation, that we would be made into a new creation, and that we would no longer be in bondage to the old life (see II Corinthians 5:17). We welcomed the Holy Spirit into our whole life asking Him to help us put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ (See Ephesians 4:22-24). Then we experienced the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives every day. As the old life began to fall off and we started walking in our new life in Christ, we realized that before Christ our self-proclaimed righteousness was like filthy rags (See Isaiah 64:6). The Spirit entered into the deepest caverns of our soul to unearth the grossest of immorality that we had never realized were sins in the first place. If you are not excited about the transformation, then you need to go back to the Cross to understand its message of dying to self and following Christ in His death and resurrection. Friends, a leopard cannot change his spots, nor can we deny who we are and what we are becoming in Christ. This is our testimony. We are witnesses.

As long as we have breath, we will witness the dynamic of fellowship in the church that Christ instituted. Technology has robbed God’s children of so much. They can write out their thoughts. They can read and watch the thoughts of others on videos but there is something terribly missing. Where is the wonderful body language that videos can’t capture? Where is the soft caring voice? Where is the touch of virtue and power? It’s all missing in our technological age of computers, cellphones, and social media. We know now why Christ instituted the Church with a very special fellowship that defies understanding. We have lost something and we long to get it back. The gentle touch is much more than physical healing, it is a spiritual healing that touches the very soul of others. Only a cruel and wicked world will turn this godly touch into something it’s not. We pray, Oh Lord, that you will listen to the prayers of all your children and miraculously end this global pandemic. Although we understand that this could be God’s righteous hand of judgment disciplining His rebellious children, we do plead for mercy for His faithful remnant who are missing this very special and mystical fellowship of all coming together in His Name. This coming together will not only bring forth valuable lessons on how-to walk-in holiness but also spiritual healing from touching others and being touched. So precious is our fellowship one with another. We are witnesses.

As long as we have breath, we will witness God’s wrath falling upon unrepentant humanity. Let us proclaim boldly that the fallen world can pass measures to stop Global Warming, join The Paris Agreement, build their windmills, and drive their electric cars all day long but nothing will change. The earth will continue to slip into oblivion until everyone repents of their gross immorality and from turning their back on God. The fires will continue to rage engulfing entire states and destroying whole cities and neighborhoods. The earthquakes will continue to grow in number and strength. Volcanoes will spew hot lava and ash across entire continents. The flooding will continue to overtake all of our shorelines pushing people further inland. Hurricanes and tornadoes will unleash their fury beyond their normal seasons. Nothing will stop the righteous hand of God but sincere repentance. As God’s witnesses, we must call upon fallen humanity to repent. We must be bold in telling them to: “Stop your sexual immorality. Stop your integration of psychology into God’s sufficient truth. Stop doling out mind-altering drugs to God’s children. Stop worshiping at the altar of other religions by assimilating their teachings with God’s holy truth. Stop denying the exclusiveness of Christianity. Stop the slaughter of unborn children. Stop turning your back on God and stop persecuting His beloved children.” Dear children, we must not fear the world and what they can do, rather we should fear the One who has the power to cast us into hell (See Luke 12:5). We must proclaim the truth with the hope that fallen humanity will repent. We are witnesses.

Please Join Me in Prayer

Good morning Heavenly Father. We pray Father that we will always represent you well as ambassadors for Christ. We pray that all that we say and all that we do has the same goal in mind, to reconcile people to you. Thank you, Father, for breaking down the wall of hostility and making reconciliation possible. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that this was accomplished through your death on the Cross to pay the penalty for the sins of the entire world. Thank you that we can now receive forgiveness for all of our sin’s past, present, and future through faith. Thank you that Jesus Christ not only came to show us the way; He is the Way to eternal life by believing in His glorious resurrection from the dead and ascension to heaven. Thank you, Father, that there is great power in the Cross to give us a brand-new life, as we are raised up with Christ from the dead through faith and trust in you alone. We pray that this glorious Gospel will always be on the lips of your children so that we can represent you well as ambassadors for Christ. We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:20).

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