The Holy Spirit

The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).

Kathryn said:-

“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.

God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.

The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.

After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price.  I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’

Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’

The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’

So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.

Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.

It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’

And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.

After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.

Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.

He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.

In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.

The last words He said before He went away were,  ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’

God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Rev Steve Wild is the new President of the Methodist Conference

The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference  has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda.

In his inaugural address at the Conference in Southport, the Revd Steve Wild challenged each Methodist church in Britain to aim to bring just one person to faith in the coming year, saying: “Let’s take God seriously. I want to help us in the task of evangelism, to put mission on the agenda and give our churches an aim to win a person for Christ.”

“We cannot sit back in complacency,” he added. “We have a massive Kingdom of God task.  I’m wanting this year to challenge each church to bring one person to faith – to make one new member this next year, let’s make bringing people to faith the main point, we don’t do it alone. The unconditional love of Jesus is our motivation.”

He told those gathered at the Conference that John Wesley only had ten guineas to his name when he died. Wesley’s will directed that four of these guineas should pay four unemployed men to carry his coffin and the remainder be distributed among his poorest preachers.

“What else did he leave behind?” Steve asked. “Changed lives hundreds of them, Christian communities dotted all over this country and in other parts of the world, fellowships seeking to take God seriously. Oh that we may all draw to the foot of the cross and experience this powerful love and make this our legacy one of transformed lives and communities!

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Steve Wild has been one of my Facebook friends for a long time and I know that he is going to be a very effective evangelistic President of the Methodist Conference during 2015/2016.

May our Father God bless Steve mightily in everything he says and in everything he does.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

What is the Formula for a Good Marriage?

On his fiftieth wedding anniversary Henry Ford, the great car manufacturer, was asked:-

“What is the formula for a good marriage?”

Ford replied, “The same as for a successful car; stick to one model!”

Perhaps, in our world of constantly changing husbands/wives/partners, this is sound advice which everyone should inwardly digest and follow?

After all, it worked extremely well for Henry Ford.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Thought for The Day

The famous eighteenth century economist, Adam Smith, suggest a sound approach to the problems we all encounter during the course of our lives.

He said:-

“There is nothing that can be added to the happiness of a man who is in good health, not in any debt and has a clear conscience.”

Wise words indeed!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Imprisoned Sudanese Pastors Need Our Prayers

Urgent prayers needed.

Pastor Michael Yat and Pastor Peter Yen Reith are currently in prison in Khartoum. They are accused of crimes against the state, with two of the crimes carrying the death penalty. The Judge is due to rule on whether there is a basis for the charges. If there is no basis, all charges will be dropped. Otherwise the Judge will allow the case to go to trial. Despite a lack of evidence, their lawyer believes that the two men will stand trial.

Please Pray:

  • That Pastor Michael and Pastor Yen will know the Lord’s peace and protection
  • That justice would be done, all charges would be dropped and they will be freed

Give thanks that the church in Sudan is still growing, despite increasing pressure and opposition.

From Open Doors – http://www.opendoorsuk.org

Please add your prayers to mine and pray for these two men of God – who have been imprisoned unfairly

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Thought for the Day

Two men trod the way of life;
The first, with downcast eye;
The second with an eager face
Uplifted to the sky.

He who gazed upon the ground
Said, ‘Life is dull and grey,’
But he who looked into the stars
Went singing on his way.

Which one of the two men are you, my dear friends?

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Do All The Good You Can

John Wesley (1703-1791) was the founder of Methodism.

During his lifetime it was estimated that he had travelled more than 250,000 miles, riding on horseback, throughout England, Wales and Scotland – and he even ventured over the seas to Northern Ireland.

And not only that but he often read books whilst riding on his horse to his next preaching engagement!

Most people – even experienced riders – would content themselves with just being able to ride, but reading a book as they rode would be a challenge beyond most people’s abilities.

One of his best known quotes is:-

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley, of course, also travelled quite extensively in other countries, especially America. If Wesley had been alive today I wonder what he would have made of Youtube? I am sure that he would have found many innovative ways of using today’s electronic technology.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey