Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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1 Samuel 16:1

1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided myself a king among his sons.”

How long will you mourn for something God has moved on from. The Lord is far more ruthless than we are about moving on from what we have been attached to, and those things we are sentimental about.

When we mourn over things that God has moved on from we are not honoring Him. Jesus identified our condition of resistance to change;

Lk 5:39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

The quicker we can change gears and move on from the past the quicker we will be able to possess our future.

As long as we are pining for what was, we will not be able to celebrate what is, and be paralyzed from entering into what is to be. How long are we going to take to get over something that we have lost? How long to leave the past and move into a new future? Saul was old anointing. How long will we mourn for the old anointing, the old revival, how it used to be? This prevents us from possessing the new oil, the fresh anointing.

The prophet was to fill his horn with fresh oil, new oil, for a new leader, a new day.

God is never taken by surprise. He always has someone he has prepared, waiting in the wings.

Before David was born, God formed the future King in the womb for the destiny of ruling a nation and carrying the presence of God to His generation.

God provides for Himself. Our role is to simply recognize what he has prepared. Even though Saul was rejected he still reigned for many years to come, resisting the new move of God that was emerging.

The interesting thing is that although the Lord agreed to the people’s request for a king, albeit with warnings and reproaches that they had rejected Him, nevertheless here he now continues the new form of kingly government with a choice of his own rather than having enough proof He would now revert the nation back to the way it was, a theocracy. There is a definite warp and woof in the will of God, where our human desires, purposes, plans, failures and successes are woven into the divine and sovereign will.

This transfer of power to the new king, was not because the previous leader had died, as with Moses and Joshua, but because Saul had failed to do the will of God. Disobedience has a higher price than we can imagine. God’s choice of David was because he ‘would do all the will of God’

Acts 13:22 …‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.

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CREATION SHOUTS!

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Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

Before creation, the ‘invisible God’ was not clearly understood, but ‘since creation’, even before Jesus, God was not without a vivid, crystal clear witness to His character, in creation, in which He is understood, through all that has been made. From giraffes to bananas, from the smallest of ants with all their industry to the mighty humpback whales finding their ways to mating grounds, with all the engineering marvels of blood circulation in our body and the irrigation of the Earth, our breathing systems, the symbiosis of a thousand eco systems. The list is too long and breathtaking, altogether too marvelous to take it all in. I am speechless at the flight of a small finch. Not tens of billions of dollars could make one, let alone bring the personality of these creatures to life. And then man himself, with all the glory of his intelligence, his dance, songs, art and rhythms, discoveries, inventions and adventures. His own self aware ‘self’, which is no-one else’s, never was and never will be. We are all uniquely ourselves and conscious of that fact. Where did that ‘me’ come from?

We have been created!

Once we were not. Now we are. We did not make ourselves. Neither do personalities evolve. We either are or we are not, and all of us know, we are, we exist, regardless of how many feeble mind gymnastics we want to attempt to explain our being and creation some other way. God is there and He is here. This is the truth we desperately want to suppress, because if He is, then we are accountable, and responsible, and answerable for what we have done with what He has given us. But creation reveals a creator who loves, in the colors, the scents, the nutrition yet not purely utilitarian, but beautiful in taste, scent and feel. The rains, the sun, the oceans, the mountains, the sheer breathtaking pleasure of the beauty of it all is love. The pleasures of companionship and union with others, grace to breathe fresh air and to be able to think, deduct and decide, freely without constraint. We understand that God is

1. Powerful – to create all that is, calls for immense resources of ‘life’

2. Big – Earth’s oceans, mountains and lands with all it’s inhabitants are big enough. Then there’s an unending universe, with uncountable galaxies of solar systems with stars far larger than ours, and some planets with caves large enough to contain our entire solar system;

3. Generous – so many unneeded creations and creatures, so many varieties, colors, flavors, scents, textures, kinds and species;

4. Intelligent – Engineering, like gravity, evaporation, seed, inter-activities of each part, molecules and atoms, such immeasurably clever and un-discoverably brilliant designs;

5. Loving – The rain falls and the sun brings light and heat for life, the endless fruits, vegetables, trees, fish, bird, and sources of food for us with exquisite tastes reveal a caring, loving God desiring to make our lives exciting, interesting and beautiful.

The painfully lame excuse that because God doesn’t show Himself, we are therefore justified to not believe in Him fails outright, in light of all creation surrounding us every day.

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Phil

Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Keys to Carrying the Presence of God
The presence of God is extraordinary. We carry it with
us all the time. If we are careful about the way we live,
the Holy Spirit remains the undisputed ruler over our
lives. His power manifests around us continually. This
power affects others deeply as we focus our faith on
realities within us. Consider this key scripture:
Philemon 1:6 ‘…that the sharing of your faith may
become effective by the acknowledgment of every
good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.’
Acknowledging every good thing in us releases those
same things through us. This applies equally to the
negative case. People who are constantly acknowledging
weakness in themselves live weak lives. Continually
acknowledging failures, sins and shortcomings defeats
us. We should repent from these things whenever we
need to, but that’s it. Repentance is a doorway, not a
living room. Once we’ve repented, we need to accept
forgiveness from the Father and cleansing by the blood
of Jesus and move on. We acknowledge the grand
qualities God placed in us by grace.

1 John 4:4 ‘You are of God, little children, and
have overcome them, because He who is in you is
greater than he who is in the world’

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Eph 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

 Blindness; Greek, “hardness,” literally, the hardening of the skin so as not to be sensible of touch. Hence a soul’s callousness to feeling (Mk 3:5). Where there is spiritual “life” (“the life of God”) there is feeling; where there is not, there is “hardness.”

Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Eph 4:18). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

 A negative mind darkens understanding, so we misunderstand and simply don’t understand or have any insight into even obvious truth, because we are cut off from connection with God and the inevitable ‘life’ that flows through that connection from Him to us. Ignorance is a refusal to receive knowledge, in this instance because of the lack of ‘sight’ in the heart. We ‘see’ with the heart which is the seat of our trust, love and desires. When we sin we separate ourselves from God. We cannot connect with Him. In this state we look at the Bible and it fails to live for us, whereas when we are clean and close to God, every page of the Bible lives. Prayer provides easy access into the presence of God so we feel the anointing and a fountain of joy springing up within. But when we are guilty, our spirit is divorced from our mind and emotions. We are divided within, isolated from ourselves and God. As I said, we know we are in a state of divided-ness from God because we feel distant from the Bible. It doesn’t live for us. The division we experience within bleeds into our relationships so we find ourselves at variance with others. When we are at peace within ourselves, we find it easy to be at peace with others and to be peacemakers.

If you are feeling a divide between yourself & God, my book ‘Moving in The Spirit’ can help you reconnect and move forward into His presence.

Anointed

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Gen 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

We are not told why the Earth was created empty, formless void and dark, but sufficient to say this is the first step in the creation of the Earth. The raw elements were created, yet unformed, the designs of God yet to be imprinted on the basic materials. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the dark, formless Earth. Today, the same is true. The Holy Spirit is hovering over all forms of formlessness and emptiness. He hovers over all darkness, waiting for the Word of God to be spoken, in grace and power, pronouncing the answer, not teaching about the problem, or trying to pave a path for people, but rather a creative transforming miracle of creation. Wherever there is chaos, confusion, darkness, the Holy Spirit is hovering over it, waiting for us to speak the Word of God to bring light and life.
People who are barren and in a wasteland life, empty in themselves, have the Holy Spirit hovering over them. This is an ultimate purpose of prayer – to declare the Words that harmonize with what the Spirit is wanting to bring and then He acts to materialize the Word. It becomes flesh, the Word incarnate.
We must look to the Lord to speak what He tells us to speak.
God does not hover over darkness to condemn it, but to bring light and life.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.

‘The special form of this Divine agent’s activity is described as that of “brooding” (merachepheth, from rachaph, to be tremulous, as with love; hence, in Piel, to cherish young
Genesis. 1909 (H. D. M. Spence-Jones, Ed.). The Pulpit Commentary (4). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

We must hover in prayer with the Spirit without judgment but with vision and faith and proclaiming the Word of God over those situations of darkness, chaos and confusion He has called us to. We must continue to hover until the breakthrough. We hover in prayer with our imagination, seeing the finished result through prayer and faith.
We hover in prayer with our words, speaking of the situation  we desire as a completed reality.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.
We incubate the situation until it hatches like the eggs of a bird. It takes time until they are fully formed. The warmth of our hovering is the very thing that brings the eggs to hatch.
The Spirit does not bring chaos but order, not confusion but clarity, not darkness but light, not emptiness but fullness, not wasteland but fruitfulness, not lack but abundance.
We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament does not exist without the work of the Spirit. He is core and essential to the working of the New Covenant. It is the covenant of the Holy Spirit enacting in us all the reality of what the Word has declared.

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This is work!

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This is work! - blogJohn 6:29 ‘Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

The hardest work on Earth is to have faith when you’re afraid, to believe when you want to doubt, to speak faith & be positive when you feel negative.  Hard work is to switch your emotions from joyless unbelief to joyful believing, speaking the promises straight into your giant problem.  Hard work is not to feel sorry for yourself & accuse other & even God & not caring when everything goes wrong, but rather believing that everything will work out for good.  Hard work is making your mind meditate on the promises of God instead of the problem.  But as we make this effort, His power empowers us and we enter into rest (Heb 4:11) and walk effortlessly into victory.  His grace works in us by faith! (Eph 2:8)

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Thanksgiving

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ThanksgivingRom 1:8 ‘First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.’

The 1st item on Paul’s agenda was to thank God for who he was communicating with. Being thankful forces us to identify the positives in others.  Thankfulness makes others feel their value.  It brings out the best in others.  It helps us value life & all the blessings we have.  It includes God & others in what we are doing.  It prevents us from becoming conceited.  It opens the door into God’s presence & into other people’s lives.  Finally, it simply is good, right & appropriate to give thanks to the Lord.

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