Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Spirit Power

In some traditional charismatic circles, the ministry of
the Holy Spirit is associated with a great deal of noise.
But don’t confuse noise with power. The power of
Christ doesn’t depend on the power of man. Rather,
the opposite is true: the power of God relies upon the
powerlessness of man. Our power and exertion shut
down the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course we must
be confident and enthusiastic; but we must also be
aware of the Holy Spirit attempting to work with us. A
quiet attitude of worship can release the moving of the
Spirit just as much as an atmosphere of high sounding
praise. Irreverence blocks the moving of the Spirit. Jesus
Himself had difficulties performing miracles in places
where He was denied honour (Mark 6:5).

See you at Presence!

This is an excerpt from Phil Pringle’s book ‘Moving in the Spirit’

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Abundance

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Ps 65:11

You crown the year with Your goodness,

And Your paths drip with abundance.

One of the major reasons we fail to be generous and give what we have to God and other people, is because we think we are losing, that we are being diminished by what we are parting with and that there’s not enough of whatever it is, whether it’s money, or goods or time for us. However, God’s paths ‘drip with abundance’. Walking with God has never meant that this would demand that I am poor and living in lack. Getting right with God is not, accept that I will now live in poverty. It may mean I need to give what I have, but that will be replaced by an abundance. Walking in the paths of God will have a cost attached, but this doesn’t mean I will be worse off than before. Abundance thinking is able to give generously to God, because we know that there’s always more than enough, somewhere, somehow, God is able and will bring His abundance into my world when I have walked in His path of generosity.

This is so important for leaders so they do not withhold resources and people that God has given them. What we have been given is to bless others with, to give away and to steward for God’s purposes, not ours.

Abundance has always been a sign of the blessing of God. He is abundant towards His people. You may have heard it said that, “God will supply only your need.” That is not true. He will supply more than your need. Your cup will overflow so that you have abundance for every good work. You are able to look after your own life and those around you. God’s blessings come in an abundance that supplies more than “enough.” When Jesus supplied food for the multitude there were basketfuls left over. Far more than just enough!

Many authors of Scripture were extraordinarily wealthy people enjoying enormous abundance in their lives, like David, Solomon, Job, Moses. One of the best ways to become skillful at anything is to spend time with people who have been successful in that area. We can spend time with some of the most powerful, blessed, favored, successful people in history simply by reading what they wrote in the Scriptures.

Father’s Love

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Fathers love[1]blog POSTED29:5:12Matt 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from Heaven, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus humbled Himself to be baptized by His cousin John.  Baptism was for people repenting, but Jesus wanted to be a part of this great move of God & flow with Johns message.  The Father elevated Jesus declaring publicly that this was His one & only Son who He was immensely pleased with.  Father’s we would do well to follow God’s example & tell our sons publicly, how proud & pleased we are with them.  If the son of God at age 33 needed this, so do our children.

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