May mercy, peace, and love be yours in full measure. Jude 1:2 Good News Translation
May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love. Jude 1:2 New Living Translation
May grace and peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
Those who are saying “we have everything we need, we don’t need anything else because Jesus died for us “ repent. Jesus redeemed us and saved us so that we can be wise and grow. He did not die for us to be spiritually foolish, lazy and idle. Do we really want to be the foolish virgins who refuse to put oil in their lamps? The Holy Spirit is our helper and we need Him.
Jesus is the high priest that meets our needs. We have spiritual needs and we need to approach the throne of grace to receive grace and help in time of need. God will supply our needs according to His riches in glory but we need to acknowledge our needs and our need for God.
You say, ‘I am rich and well off; I have all I need.’ But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind. Revelation 3:17
Those who refuse to seek God’s face and wait upon Him for full measure of grace are not acting wisely. The oil in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins symbolizes the Holy Spirit and the lamp symbolizes our spirits that are temples of the Holy Spirit. When our spirits are filled with the Holy Spirit who is like our spiritual oil and water (presence) we become one of the wise virgins that waited upon the Lord. Oil and water symbolize spiritual presence.
May our lamps be filled to overflowing with oil. May our lights never dim or flicker out.
Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.” Exodus 33:18
God is everywhere but His manifest presence or fragrance is not everywhere. Christians have the Holy Spirit living in them but they do not automatically have the manifest presence of God or the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in abundance. They have the manifest presence of God in measures. The manifest presence of God is the glory, life or blood of God that flows out from the Holy Spirit. It is also His love, grace and mercy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. Acts 2:19
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33
The Holy Spirit is the one who will release, discharge or emit His glory, life or blood to fill your Spirit where He dwells. Your Spirit is His temple and He wants His temple to be filled with His glory. The Holy Spirit is God and does not increase or decease but His presence, glory, aura, life, blood, fragrance, substance and materiality in you can increase or decrease depending on how you seek Him and wait on upon Him with faith and righteousness.
May we keep seeking His face until His glory becomes a daily experience in our lives.
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV)
If Paul could be so bold as to tell us to imitate Him the way imitates Christ it means that he was a good and excellent imitator of Christ. He lived to be completely Christlike in his ways. This means that we can all be Christlike like Paul. The God who made Paul to be blameless and Christlike is able and willing to give is the grace to be Christlike if we desire it. It is all about desire. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us. Romans 5:5
I urge you, friends, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit gives: join me in praying fervently to God for me. Romans 15:30
The Holy Spirit gives love. The Bible tells us that God is love and His Spirit is full of love. Love is a virtue that is greatly lacking in the world and in mankind because man is naturally selfish and self preserving. It is very difficult for someone who is self focused and self gratifying to have love.
This is because love requires sacrifice and God intentionally made it so. He wants love to cost us something. Love is not easy and it is not cheap. God Himself had to come as Jesus to suffer and show us love and the way to love.
In order to love, we must offer ourselves as living sacrifices and die to the flesh and human nature which loves pleasure and fun. We cannot die to the flesh without the Holy Spirit. He is the one that produces good fruits in us. God poured out His love on us by means of His Holy Spirit. The more we yield to Him and depend on Him, the more His love flows and manifests through us.
It is all by the grace of God. If we try to love by our own effort, we will fall flat on our faces because without Him, we can do nothing and man’s power is of no use as long as love and spirituality is concerned. Even physical power and energy is given by God as a blessing.
Jesus Himself loved by the power of the Holy Spirit when He was on earth. He was constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will manifest hundred fold fruits of love, peace, joy, gentleness etc.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23
He is the one that gives us the ability to love. Even the love that non believers have is from God because He is the author of life and love. Jesus Christ produces love in us by His Holy Spirit so we must cling to Him and His Spirit as Lord.
Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11
May we cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that we can be filled with His Spirit and in turn be filled with the fruit of love to bless a dying world. May we become effective as Christians instead of failures in love. When we fail in love, we have failed as Christians and are no longer effective.
May we please God always by the love that the Holy Spirit gives. Come Lord Jesus.
For us to become mature Christians, we must get to the place of “I don’t care.” I don’t care will save you from bitterness, anger and revenge. I remember a long time ago, a boy I knew so well, who was just four years old was being persuaded to fight back nastily against a female bully in his class.
This four year old boy gave so many reasons why he would not do so. He said he would get into trouble with his teacher, but he was still being persuaded to treat his bully the way his bully was treating him – Nasty. Finally, he screamed, I don’t care, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter! I marvelled at this boys angelic nature.
This boy had super confidence and he was not going to change his nature because of a naughty four year old bully. Does it really matter? It does not matter and it does not matter who is right or wrong – we must stop anger, bitterness, ill-will, revenge and all manner of fighting.
Some people might ask if I am encouraging people to remain silent when bulled. No, I am not . I am simply saying that fighting back tit for tat and fighting dirty and competing with the super bully on who is the “bulliest” and “baddest.” is wrong and encourages revenge and ill-will. By the way I know that there is no word like bulliest and baddest. I am using the word baddest as a slang.
That boy is grown up now and he is a confident boy. That episode of bullying never changed him into a victim.
The key is to teach children and adults the importance of confidence and conflict resolution. Emotional intelligence is a great key to happiness and peace. They must also be taught interpersonal and coping skills. That way, they will not be traumatised. Children must also be encouraged to report bullies because some children are super sensitive and find it difficult to cope.
This post is not about bullying. I told a story to illustrate and emphasise a point. The point is we must try not to care too much about other people’s words and opinions when we do not have power as humans to control or change their behaviours and opinions.
When we care too much we loose power to the nasty. We must look inwards and up to God to be able to cope and react rationally to nastiness.
We must get to a place of complete resilience and mental toughness. I hope I don’t sound like I am boasting, but recently, I have noticed that I am never bothered by what people say to me, say about me, and do to me. I simply don’t care and I say it that I don’t care. I can’t be bothered. I even go out of my way to be nice to people who are nasty to me and I just don’t feel angry at them. I don’t care. However, I make sure I am not intimate with them.
The Lord taught me about the secret and principle of not being intimate with enemies or people who hate me or cause me to sin. I am not saying you should be sleeping with the enemy or wining, dining and dancing with the enemy – that does not fall under not caring, it is silliness. Jesus was never intimate with His enemies and the only enemy He was intimate with betrayed Him and sold Him and that led to His death. However, it had to happen so that the Scriptures would be fulfilled.
I am surprised that I am this way however, it is not by my own power. I spend hours everyday in the presence of God, so God is doing His work in me. He is the one that is sanctifying and purifying me. I just know that I don’t care about a lot of things that people cry and fight over.
Sometime ago, someone made me angry and I went to bed angry. The Lord took me in a trance to the first heaven to covert a human being who belongs to that kingdom in order to make her an Evangelist. I led her into the sinners prayer and I am waiting for her to repent. Everyone I have prayed for in visions, dreams and trances always became true believers.
As we were ascending up into the first heaven to enter into that kingdom, the first thing I said was, “Lord I am sorry I was angry today.” My anger had become a gap in our relationship and my Spirit apologised to the Lord before we could continue with the mission. When I came out of the trance I realised that when Paul advised us never to go to bed angry he was not joking. I realised that if we die with anger in our hearts, it is not good. God wants spotless purity and it is possible. He wants us to constantly put on our white garments. I am not perfect but I have realised that spending time in God’s presence helps to activate His cleansing, sanctifying presence.
May we all get to high levels of mental toughness and emotional intelligence and not care about irrelevant things. May God give us the grace to overlook insults and offences because our offenders are human and we too are human and not perfect.
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16 NIV
When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult. Proverbs 12:16 Good news bible
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted. Proverbs 12:16New Living Translation
A fool’s displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible. Proverbs 12:16 Holman Christian Translation
Suddenly the spirit of the Lord will take control of you, and you will join in their religious dancing and shouting and will become a different person. 1 Samuel 10:6
The Spirit Of The Lord makes men different from their natural selves. He makes men live supernatural lives. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul, He was turned into a different person. He was given supernatural gifts that enabled him to live above the normal human life.
If we study the lives of the prophets, Jesus and the Apostles especially Paul and John, we will understand clearly that they were different after they encountered the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, they obtained the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts made them different men and they ministered in supernatural ways. They were able to become different from other men in ability and wisdom.
They were gifted with supernatural wisdom and ability. Elijah called down fire, healed and raised the dead. Moses decreed God’s decree on the Egyptians and plagues tormented Egypt. Noah heard from God and built and ark, Joseph interpreted dreams, Daniel interpreted dreams and was not eaten up by Lions when he was thrown into a den of Lions.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?“ (Genesis 41:38 ESV)
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are (Genesis 41:39 ESV)
God wants us as believers to be different especially His Ministers. We are to be the salt of the earth, giving flavor and joy to this earth. We can only do this when the Holy Spirit is upon us and with us. Without Him, we will be mediocre individuals instead of different individuals.
May the Holy Spirit fill us, come upon us and be with us so that we can manifest the light of Christ to the world. May Christ always shine through us in Jesus name.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4 NKJV)
What a wonderful promise. Our God is an awesome God, He is not partial or complacent when it comes to protecting the weak and needy. When He looks at them, His heart gets filled with love and compassion.
He knows what it feels like to be poor because He is the creator. He can feel all things. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of the brethren, we do to Him. That means, He feels everybody’s pain and injustice.
If you have ever been oppressed and needy you will definitely understand. I understand because I know what it feels like to be oppressed. It is not a very good feeling, in fact it is one of the worst feelings on earth.
An oppressed person cries many silent cries and his spirit is in a state of perpetual weeping and mourning. The Lord Himself counts those silent and hidden tears because He sees all. He is the God that sees all.
I remember sometime ago when a South London man that I became friends with out of pity dealt mercilessly with me. He betrayed my trust and friendship with great recklessness and irresponsibility.
The first time I met him, he presented himself as a victim, however, when he gained my trust and pity he became the hunter – the victim became the hunter and the helper became the prey. After this man dealt with me, I was in great pain, sorrow and turmoil.
The Lord had previously warned me about this man but I did not listen. I convinced myself it was the devil that spoke – how silly.
When the man became the hunter after his prey – me, the Lord appeared in a white cloud one afternoon and spoke to me saying, “he thinks he will get away with his actions but He won’t.” At this point, I had not yet understood the full extent of the evil intention that this man had for me. Then after a while, this man‘s true intention and the harm he intended became open. He hurt me and showed himself fully as someone that had the intention to harm me further. At this discovery, I was in pain and shock.
The Lord spoke to me again and said, ”you will face your judgement.” I still did not understand the reality of what He said until my stomach started burning like fire, and a great sorrow gripped me.
The Lord then appeared to me again, sitting on a chair. I threw myself on the floor at His feet rolling and crying and I could sense He was not happy with me. He scolded me and said I behaved badly. At that point I could not argue with Him or lie.
I was just making excuses but I felt that He was so right and my excuses were useless and lame. When the Lord speaks and you are wrong, you accept your judgement. I had taken wrong steps and I did not pay attention when He warned me about this man.
After some days, the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Your pain is my pain.’ Remember that I had brought this upon myself through my disobedience. However, the pain was just too much. It was unbearable and the Lord became my comforter.
I always knew His love but that was a deeper revelation of His love that I had not known or imagined. It felt very personal and real. He felt my pain very deeply and I could feel His love through His words and voice. For those who doubt, God definitely has deep emotions and feelings.
After the great blow and pain the man gave me, I saw myself in a trance saying, “ Holy Spirit take me home, I want to see God the father and I want to see Jesus.’ Wow, I did not know that my spirit was traumatised.
Physically, I felt I was okay and the pain would just go away, but the Lord showed me the condition of my spirit. It was the first time that I realised that the Lord who had been having this wonderful, amazing relationship with me was the Holy Spirit.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
He had told me long before that vision that I would have a good relationship with the Holy Spirit but it was not deeply impressed on my mind. I always called Him Jesus and I never realised that it was the Holy Spirit until I said that.
May be I just never differentiated the two. Of course, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ so in that sense He is Jesus but to be more specific He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the manifest power and glory of God and He is at the right side of God.
The manifest presence of God is constant in heaven. The Holy Spirit is the one who manifests the presence of God on earth. The manifest presence of God is not constantly present on earth. However, we can experience the manifest presence of God by the Holy Spirit.
We can only experience Jesus who is life and glory by the spirit of Jesus – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the father and son and He makes heaven real on earth.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23
The Lord said nothing when I told Him I wanted to go home. I was even surprised that I was asking the Lord to leave this earth – what about my ministry? I was simply shocked at my request but He rightly ignored my request.
Some days later, in a trance He appeared to me in a white cloud. Then next thing I knew, I was lying on the cloud and I expected the cloud to be soft but it was hard! I just lay on the cloud like a baby for some time and when I came out of the trance I felt good, comforted and consoled.
After that vision, my spirit was refreshed and healed and I was able to forget the pain. He saw and heard my silent cry, tears, sorrows and pain even though I had disobeyed His instruction. I was judged but He comforted me in judgement.
When Hagar cried her own silent tears, He appeared as the God Who Sees. He felt her pain even though it was Hagar who provoked her mistress. He still felt pity for her but asked her to go back and behave herself by submitting to Sarai. This is an aspect of God that I like so much – His compassionate nature.
When we hurt the poor, we hurt Him. When we oppress and cheat the needy, He feels it like it is His own pain and injustice. He is saying today and every other day, through this Scripture that He will bring justice to the poor and will save the needy. Glory to God.
There is hope for the neglected, abused and poor because our God sees and hears their cries for justice and mercy. Justice will rise up and meet them. God will break in pieces the oppressors of mankind and save the oppressed. Most especially, when we get to Heaven, He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. Psalm 25:14
Just as everyone has secrets, God also has secrets. There are some secret keys to His glorious heart. Some translations say the friendship of the Lord is with those who fear Him. Secrets are given to friends not acquaintances or enemies. A secret given to the wrong person can destroy. Remember Samson. Judas knew the secrets about Jesus’s movements and led His enemies to Him.
In relationships, it is the ability of a spouse to master the key and ways into the beloveds heart that will determine their ability to please the beloved. If you focus on selfishness and your desires, you ruin it all. If you focus on your partners needs and desires, you will please them and if they focus on your needs and desires, they will please you in return.
Let’s face it – we all have needs and desires that we cannot fulfil and satisfy by ourselves. The need for companionship comes along with being human and if you are in a relationship and is being isolated and you feel isolated, then something is wrong. In a good relationship, we should feel loved, safe and cherished.
In our relationship with God, God wants to feel loved and appreciated. He created us for love, fellowship and companionship with Himself and others. If we prove ourselves to be selfish and incapable of giving and receiving love then we have defeated the purpose of our creation – we become useless to God and our fellow men. Life is about purpose.
Man has the capacity to turn Himself into a nuisance to God and His fellow men. May we never turn ourselves into nuisances to God and men.
We must seek the keys to God’s heart. We need to prove ourselves as people capable of love and companionship. Other men should feel safe around us.
If you are a man and other men feel scared of leaving their wives, daughters and sisters in your presence, something is wrong. If those men feel that you will exploit them sexually then you have turned yourself into a nuisance.
If you are a woman who keeps gossiping and is not capable of being faithful to any man, you have turned yourself into a nuisance.
The list is endless – if you are reckless and can cause all sorts of damage to others just to please and satisfy yourself, then you have turned yourself into a nuisance. You have defeated the purpose of your creation. We were created to love God and other humans. We should make effort to make others happy. Put a smile on someone else’s face not exploit, cheat and steal from them.
If we fear, love and cherish the Lord, He will give us the direct keys to His heart. He will teach us His secrets and covenants in such a way that pleasing Him becomes a delight. When we get to the place where our food is to do His will and finish His work, then we can truly say that we are victorious
My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34
When Jesus said ’food’, He meant His passion, desire, pleasure, will, joy, love, dream is to do the will of God. It gave Him great joy and happiness to please His father. He was a perfect lover of God. With God only love will do, nothing else matters but love.
Love is all that matters in life, we must become great lovers of God and men instead of nuisances.