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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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Charting a Path of Unity Among Divisions and Hostility (Video)

Can we ever come together again? The divisions are ripping the world, the Nation, and God’s children apart. Of course, what will concern us most in this article is charting a path for God’s children to come together as one people, to overcome their divisions and hostility. If we overcome, it will be our strength in the coming days. After watching this eye-opening video on my secure website, please share it with others.

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Charting a Path of Unity Among Divisions and Hostility

Can we ever come together again? The divisions are ripping the world, the Nation, and God’s children apart. Of course, what will concern us most in this article is charting a path for God’s children to come together as one people, to overcome their divisions and hostility. If we overcome, it will be our strength in the coming days. So, it’s essential that we overcome these growing divisions escalated by the Social Media echo chambers, taking their lead from the political left or right. It will be helpful to listen again to the Words of Jesus Christ, who said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). It was the opposing parties of the Pharisees and the Herodians that tried to trip up Christ by denying any responsibility to the government of His day. Jesus Christ never denied responsibility to the government, but only what they are due and nothing more. His primary objective in the lesson, then and now, is to teach all of His followers to render everything to God that is God’s, which is everything. This is such beautiful truth for our day, a day when the world is filled with half-truths designed to lead people astray. Jesus saw the hypocrisy of the two opposing parties then and I am convinced that He also sees it now with the political parties of our day.

My concern in this article is to gather up all of God’s children that are being led astray by both political parties of our day and bring them back to the truth; to bring them back to God’s magnificent way. As already stated, God’s way is to render unto God all the things due to God and only render unto the government the things that are due them. Until we do, we will continue on the path of unprecedented divisions allowing our political party of choice to lead us further and further away from God and His marvelous way. This is the one area that has tripped up most Christians in our day. We will demonstrate that Jesus Christ never directed His followers to utilize the government or their chosen political party to establish His Kingdom here on earth. This will be a hard pill for most Christians to swallow in our day because this “Kingdom now theology” has been so ingrained into the minds of most believers for nearly two thousand years. This dangerous thinking began with the establishment of the Catholic Church and has continued to this day with only a very few bright and glorious exceptions along the way.

So, what does the government expect? Simply put, pay your taxes and obey their laws. The only noticeable exception for the believer is to only obey the laws that are not in direct conflict with God’s higher Law. On the other hand, to render unto God the things due Him puts us on a much higher mountain. It’s time for Christians to come out from the valley of  division with constant bickering and infighting. It’s time to climb the mountain of unity and brotherhood allowing Christ to teach us once again how to bring forth His Kingdom that will reside in the hearts and minds of every believer. As Christ stood before Pilate, the government’s representative of His day, “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”” (John 18:36, ESV). So, if Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world and only resides in the hearts and minds of transformed believers then how should we confront a world of divisions and hostility?

We confront a world of divisions and hostility by not aligning ourselves with a particular political party. Remember, we only render to the government what’s due them, taxes and obedience to their lesser laws that don’t disagree with God’s Law. As we render to God the things due Him, we will learn together how to gloriously confront the world. Our first lesson is we don’t use the weapons of this world. The world may tell us it’s ok to protest in the streets by carrying signs and yelling our slogans knowing full well that it could easily turn into physical confrontations with counter-protesters. What does God say? The world may tell us it’s perfectly ok to have a peaceful protest in front of the Capital knowing full well that it could easily allow immoral groups to join in going much further than we intended. What does God say? The world may tell us that we have every right to choose other like-minded friends on Social Media knowing full well that it can turn into an echo chamber of aggressive rhetoric against one party or another. What does God say? God’s way is completely different from the ways of the world. Stop following the ways of the world! Listen to hear God’s beautiful truth on how to confront a divided and hostile world.

God’s truth can only be properly understood by His transformed believers in Christ. That must be the starting point. Without transformation in-Christ, then it will be no different than joining any other party in the world. The transformation will open our eyes to a beautiful truth that we can overcome evil with good and not by using the weapons of this world. Attempting to do this without transformation in Christ will end in dismal failure. We can all begin today by putting off the old life through repentance and putting on the new life in Christ by obeying all of His beautiful commandments. This too will be impossible without faith believing that Christ died on the Cross for our sins and rose on the third day to give us a new life in Christ. Furthermore, we must step out in this faith following Christ’s lead through the promptings of the indwelling Spirit allowing Him to bring forth Spiritual growth. The good news is we are not meant to do this alone. We must join with other believers who want the same thing, to see God’s Kingdom manifested in their life and the lives of every believer.

We will soon discover that our rules of engagement are completely different from the world. We overcome evil with good, not through hostile rhetoric. We immediately see the great power of forgiveness, of turning the other cheek and going the extra mile. I am still amazed every time I see this happen. We immediately see the great power in love breaking down barriers and removing the weapons from their hands. We immediately see the great power in the Cross to bring conviction to a dying world leading them to repentance and the brotherhood of love. We immediately see the great power in the transformation that’s completely changing others from the inside out. How amazing it is to see great sinners weep in repentance and witness their lives completely change right in front of our eyes. We immediately see the great power of God’s Kingdom coming and His will being followed on earth as it is in heaven. This power is greater than all the armies that have ever fought, all the navies that ever have sailed, all the books that have ever been written, and all the sermons that have ever been preached. Dear children, let’s stop trusting in our favorite political party to change the world and allow God to do it through us, one person at a time. How glorious are God’s ways. Onward Christian soldiers.

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Dark Days Lie Ahead, Repent Now (Video)

No, this is not another conspiracy theory, it will be biblical fact. What does God say about what lies ahead? And more importantly, how will it affect you, as a believer in Christ? Even the world’s prophets and their scientist have painted a pretty gloomy picture on what lies ahead and depending on your political affiliation the opposite side has also painted their own picture of doom. Let’s not stop there, … After watching this video on my secure website, please share it with others.

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Dark Days Lie Ahead, Repent Now

No, this is not another conspiracy theory, it will be biblical fact. What does God say about what lies ahead? And more importantly, how will it affect you, as a believer in Christ? Even the world’s prophets and their scientists have painted a pretty gloomy picture on what lies ahead and depending on your political affiliation the opposite side has also painted their own picture of doom. Let’s not stop there, even those pushing their conspiracy theories have also painted a picture seemingly far worse striking fear into the world’s population. Which is rather interesting, because fear drives most people to seek and find conspiracy theories. Somehow, they believe if they hold the discovered truth in their hands, then they can control the outcome making it not so bad.  But I say again, what does God say?  The good news is that God’s voice to us, His beloved children, has not changed, His Words are the same giving us a true picture of reality as opposed to the deception that’s sweeping the planet leading the entire human race into bondage. To hear these words from God is not just restricted to a few gifted people but is available to all of God’s children through the indwelling Spirit. Continue reading Dark Days Lie Ahead, Repent Now