Today, as I awakened, I realized that I had choices to make. Either I was going to go about my day in a frenzy, accomplishing the things on my to-do list or sit quietly for a moment. In that moment, I read scripture and seek my Heavenly Father’s face before moving into the day. On most days, I make the right choice. On the days I get distracted, I can always realize the result of doing things my way at the end of the day. In reality, as a believer, we are caught between two worlds; the one we live in and the other in which we are citizens of.
Don’t believe me? Scripture says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,…” (Philippians 3:20).
Doing Right or Wrong
We may be torn between two worlds, but we should never be torn between right and wrong. The Holy Spirit in us is a constant reminder of how we should talk, walk, act and live our lives. Last weekend, we had a work day at our church. The men showed up, and I came to work on setting up worship overheads on the computer. While I was in the sanctuary working, one man starting telling the others about a local business owner and his lewd choices of living. Mind you, the man who was speaking was a young believer, but not necessarily young in the body. After he had spoken, I began to cringe on the inside. “Oh Lord, help this man grow up spiritually----Fast!”
About twenty minutes later the man saw me in the back of the sanctuary working away on the computer and approached. When he walked up, he said, ‘You know, I’m sorry for talking about that guy the way I did. I didn’t mean any malice by it, I thought it was funny. However, while I was saying all those things, I sensed that I should not be speaking, but I just kept on going!”
I smiled and replied, “That thing you sensed was the Holy Spirit. I used to be just like you, talking about anyone I wanted to, but now the Holy Spirit will not let me get away with a thing.”
He laughed and then replied, “I need to learn to listen to Him more and stop running over Him—huh?”
Smiling I answered, “I think you just did.”
As Believers’ We Have Choices
Some in the church think they have no choices in life when it comes to living holy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our Heavenly Father does not force His will on us, but if we have chosen to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, we will want to know God’s will and abide by it. It is not natural for our spirit to want to follow the Holy Spirit. Our flesh at times will kick and scream all the way. The more we submit to His leading, the easier it becomes. Just when you think you are doing well following Him, something will happen to test your ability to overcome evil with good. I will be the first one to say that it is difficult to live in a fallen world without being tempted, but it is not impossible to stay on the narrow path. Once we realize that the power of the Holy Spirit reigns in us, we can allow His power to rule or reign moment by moment or ignore him. In Scripture, Paul says,
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1: 8-9)
You see, when we have the Holy Spirit in us, we learn to rely upon God, and not ourselves. In other words, we are alive to God, dead to self. There is not anything or anyone who can hurt us if we are dead to self. If we take offense, we have not died to self. If we are tempted beyond the means to make right choices, we have not died to self.
It did not happen overnight for any believer to realize the truth of dying to self. We are taught in school to rely upon our own memories, our own talents and own abilities to be successful. However, to rely on God, we must lay ownership down and give our lives to Christ.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
by Jane Morin
Today, as I have been studying the Moses passage and all of the great deeds that were performed through the hand of God for His people, I have realized a very profound truth. Perhaps I have known it before, but a gentle reminder is needed on a constant basis for all of us when it comes to living in His Presence. So I wish to ask you this one question, “Do you hunger for the Presence of God?”
Moses knew that without experiencing the Presence of God leading His children to the Promised Land, that he would be bankrupt in every way. That is why Moses said, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me or your people if you do not go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15-16).
Did you catch that? The distinguishing mark between us and the rest of the people in the world is the Presence of GOD! On this side of the cross, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we can walk in His Presence daily, hourly and minute by minute. Fact is; not many of us take advantage of such an opportunity. On the contrary, many in the church today seek out God only when they are in need or in trouble. He has become an instant fix instead of a constant Protector and Helper in their everyday lives.
In Moses’ day, God’s Presence was in a cloud by day and fire by night. This was a constant reassurance to the Israelites that God was leading them just where He wanted them to go. Today, we have the Holy Spirit leading and protecting us. However, we must have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. I spent a good part of my Christian life hoping to hear from God, and hoping that I was walking in His ways. I can now KNOW that I hear from Him, and I can also understand the way in which He leads more quickly. It took perseverance, brokenness, willingness and a contrite heart to develop that kind of relationship with Him. It did not happen overnight. I had strumbled a lot along the way before I came to the conclusion that falling down was not an alternative. I have set my eyes on the race of FAITH, and I have stayed there strongly over the past few decades of my life.
We Will Experience Earthly Loss While Seeking His Presence
When we hunger for His presence, we can expect to lose friends, family and others along the way. Those of you who have known me for several years have witnessed and declared that there has been a drastic turnaround in my life. My hunger for God’s presence goes with me into the marketplace, into the dry places where people need Him the most. I have lost family, and friends that I loved dearly because I refuse to put them above the Presence of God in my life. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matt. 10:37)
So, with that being said, it all comes down to a condition of the heart, doesn’t it? When the things of this world are more attractive to us than the One WHO made the world, we know that we are in trouble. My prayer for you today is that you will develop a passion, a hunger and thirst for God and His WORD as never before. Let us all remember that without His Presence, we will miss out on the greatest opportunity offered to believers. For His promise says,
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your Presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11)
By Jane Morin
I suppose I am not the only one who realizes that God can move through impossible situations. If you have been following my social media lately, you have witnessed for yourself a miracle of late with my own pastor. He was put on life support and things were looking bleaker by the hour. It is a good thing that I learned many years ago not to walk by what I see. I petitioned God to show me how to pray in the situation, as I did not want to pray amiss. He specifically revealed to me that He was doing a great work from the inside out, and I would need to keep standing firm in believing that my pastor would be healed. When I shared this with a few other people they became negative by saying, “I hope you are right, but it looks really bad right now.” When unbelief comes, how will you respond?
What Do We Do When Doubt Arises
Jesus left behind a great example of faith on the move and how to remove doubt from a situation. We can read the entire account in the book of Mark, Chapter 5:
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5: 35-42)
You see, Jesus would have nothing to do with people saying the young girl was dead. He sent out the mourners and the crowd who had shown up at the synagogue leaders’ home wailing. In other words, he made the doubters leave. When he told them that she was not dead but asleep, they began to laugh at Him. I can understand that since revealing what God wanted to do with the pastor to others, I sensed people were laughing at me too. We see Jesus put them all out, and then he took the parents in the room with him and said to the young girl, "Get up!" Immediately she stood.
Now my pastor’s recovery was not so instantaneous, but I understood God to say that it would take time, and not to fail in faith. This past week after being in the hospital for a little over two weeks, he was taken off life support and is thriving. He has been moved to a regular patient room for therapy and getting stronger so that he can be released soon.
How do I deal with doubt? I can tell you this:
“We cannot permit doubt to take root in our life or else we will find ourself second guessing every spiritual truth.” – J. Morin
To God be the glory for great things He has done! I believe without any hesitation that we have witnessed nothing less than a miracle this week. When is the last time you witnessed a miracle? We saw another one last Sunday night when a young man who was led by the Lord to come to our church found his way there only to be led to Jesus at the end of the service. I tell you, every demon in hell is reeling when the lost are found and claimed for God’s kingdom! It is a joy to lead others to Christ and the Holy Spirit kept telling me to ask Him to do so. I am so glad I followed that drawing of the Holy Spirit!
In these last days my friend, your faith will fail time and time again without being led by the Holy Spirit. We must be in tune, in walk, in living, in love with Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit if we are going to experience victory in this dark hour. I went many years of my life without being led by the Holy Spirit. In fact, I followed people around until I realized that once I began following the Spirit, I was never led astray. I have seen the gutter of mankind, and I have seen the loftiest of men, and in both places you will find those who know nothing about the power of God or of the Holy Spirit.
Many say they wish Jesus walked the earth today. I am glad that He does not, because the Holy Spirit would not have been readily available to us if He had not gone on to be with His Father. As a believer, the Holy Spirit should be our BEST friend, not our last resource. It is time to step it up Church. We are never going to get to the last day revival and the coming of the KING without living a SPIRIT FILLED LIFE!
by Jane Morin
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