The Holy Spirit at work in your life

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?

Will you allow him to sanctify you?

Will you manifest the “fruit of the spirit?”

Have you discovered the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has given you?

Are you prepared to let the Holy Spirit use you in the body of Christ?

The Holy Spirit wants to take up personal residence inside of you.

You must listen very carefully to the Holy Spirit, because He loves to encourage and empower you providing you are willing to obey His voice as you read and study the Scriptures:-.

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:11“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.”
  2. 1 Corinthians 2:10These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
  3. Ephesians 4:30“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
  4. Here are other passages that describe the Holy Spirit doing something that only a person could do:-  Acts 16: 6 – And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. Matthew 10: 20 – For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.                                                  
  5. Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
  6. Acts 8:29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot”
  7. Romans 8:15–16“For you did not receive the Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God.”
  8. 2 Timothy 3:16“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.”
  9. 2 Peter 1:21“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
  10. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
  11. John 3: 5-6 – Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
  12. Matthew 12:31“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
  13. John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
  14. John 16:7“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
  15. John 16:13 “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
  16. Mark 1:10–11And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
  17. Philippians 2:1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy.
  18. Romans 8:27 – And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
  19. 2 Corinthians 1:22And who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
  20. Genesis 1:2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
  21. According to 2 Peter 1:21For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  22. John 16:8“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment”
  23. Titus 3:5He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
  24. 1 Peter 1:2 – According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood.
  25. Acts 2:4“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Ephesians 5:18“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Holy Spirit”
  26. Ephesians 3:16“That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being”
  27. Acts 1:8“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
  28. 1 Corinthians 2:14“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to Him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Holy Spirit is in your Heart Today

The Holy Spirit speaks to us because He is the third Person of the Trinity, sent by the Father and the Son to work within our hearts.

The Holy Spirit was pro-active when God was creating the world. His was the inspiration that inspired the Holy Scriptures.

So what is His role in today’s society?

He convicts the world of sin

He regenerates the repentant believer and provides positive assurance to those of us who have already been saved.

He sanctifies us

He fills us with His presence

He gives us the power, in which we can live holy lives and to be witnesses for God.

He assists us in our understanding of the Bible.

He enables us to exhibit the “fruit of the spirit”.

He gives gifts to every member of the church so that each of us in the “body” can contribute as the Holy Spirit desires.

He “seals” us for the day of redemption, thus guaranteeing us our place in heaven.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Listening to the Holy Spirit

Even in your busy daily life, set aside some time in which to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t expect to hear an audible voice, but listen as He transmits ideas, thoughts and visions into your mind.

The Holy Spirit loves you to talk to Him. And He will eagerly respond to you in ways that you will find very unexpected.

I talk to the Holy Spirit every day – often several times in the day – and I am often absolutely amazed at the thoughts and ideas that flow through my mind!

I find that first thing in the morning – as soon as I awake – is a wonderfully peaceful time in which to pray and talk with God/the Holy Spirit.

Although I am actually having a conversation with the Holy Spirit I know that it is also very important for me to stop talking to Him, so that I am able to hear what it is He is saying to me.

In the quiet and stillness of the early morning light I often receive dynamic ideas from the Holy Spirit; ideas that have never previously occurred to me.

On May 24th, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt that his heart was ‘strangely warmed’.

And as you listen to the Holy Spirit you, like John Wesley and myself, may also feel your heart becoming strangely warmed.

With many peaceful  blessings

Geoffrey

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The exact identity of the Holy Spirit is clothed in misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Some people think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of mystical and magical force/energy.

Other people perceive the Holy Spirit as being a kind of impersonal power that God has given to those that follow Christ Jesus.

Let us look, for a moment, at what the Bible has to say about who or what the Holy Spirit is.

Careful study of the Bible will reveal that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And the Bible also reveals to us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, who has a mind, emotions and a will, all to himself.

Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is God including Acts 5: 3-4 when Peter takes Ananias to task for lying to the Holy Spirit and tells him:-

“You have not lied to man but to God”.

We can also clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit must be God because he possesses the same traits and characteristics as God.

God’s omnipresence is also to be found in Psalm 139: 7-8:-

Where shall I go from your spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!

And again, in 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11, we see God’s omnipresence:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
And, as we have already discovered, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person because he possesses a mind, has emotions and a will.

The Holy Spirit thinks and knows:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God

(1 Corinthians 2:10).

The Holy Spirit can grieve:-

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us:-

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8: 26-27)

The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will:-

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the one Spirit.

To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 7-11)

Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be God, the third person of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

As God, as well as being the Holy Spirit, He can easily function as the Comforter and Counsellor that Jesus promised that He would be:-

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

(John 14: 16, John 14: 26, John 15:26)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Dwelling Places of the Holy Spirit

John 14:17

Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

1 Corinthians 3: 16-17

Do you not know that you are God’s and that God’s spirit dwells within you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 

2 Corinthians 3: 16-17

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

1 Corinthians 6:19

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? 

Ephesians 2:22

In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

Dove (John 1:32)

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove and it remained on him. 

Fire (Acts 2: 3-4)

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

Fire (Matthew 3:11)

I baptise you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

Oil (1 John 2: 20)

But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 

Rivers of Water (John 7:37-39)

On the last day of the Feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.

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With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

 

It is often in Adversity…………

It is often in adversity that heroic actions break forth. Whether the 7/7 bombings in London, or the Boxing Day tsunami which caused havoc in Indonesia and beyond, over time a narrative of great human acts of bravery and compassion emerge. Taking nothing away from the tragic events themselves, these stories remind us all of the compassionate impulse that lies at the core of who we are as people. It’s a core we choose to respond to or to suppress.

Yet, every choice to invest in a deed for the well-being of another is itself a contribution to the well-being of humanity, and a celebration of the sacrificial love of Christ. Jesus lived upon the earth to restore relationship between God and humanity in the face of the tsunami of sin that swept over us.

Such waywardness perverts all that seeks the good for neighbour and replaces it with pursuit for self-realisation alone. In extreme cases, this is to the detriment, even destruction, of people who share a common humanity with their destroyers.

It is only as we deepen our roots in trusting God that we build a steadfastness that enables us to express our love of others through the vehicle of our own pain. I’ve discovered the depth of pain in others simply because they have observed my choices and behaviours through a turbulent period of my life and decided they might risk trusting me with their own darker natures.

It is an immense trust which I approach knowing that I simply have nothing of myself to offer, yet through God’s dealing with me in an extended bleak space, I have something of a deposit of God to contribute.

It is only those deeds that reveal the loving heartbeat of God for all humanity, no matter circumstance, ability, ethnicity or gender, that can reveal the perfection of Christ, contained so eloquently within our own fractured self.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

Testing Our Faith

When life is interrupted with a significant but unanticipated event, we can be rocked to our core. Nothing prepares us for such disorientation. As Katey and I processed her diagnosis with MS, we lost touch with all normality.

All we observed around us felt unreal; while within me, a host of nameless emotions stirred. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so confusion visibly affected my behaviour which moved beyond both my control and life experience to date.

Consequently, I started an unexpected journey provoked by an unwelcome event. I rapidly lost sight of how to calibrate my life. God was somewhere in the mix, yet quite where, I did not know. I was in free fall and in panic I blindly hit out at friend and foe alike. This was the context for the learning which ultimately yielded that steadfast quality James describes.

While the testing of my faith eventually crafted a steadfastness within which I’d never known before, I believed at times I was losing my sanity. I feared I might do damage to others, if not myself.

Never had I experienced such anger, felt so abandoned and hard done by. I became entirely defined by my circumstances and lost all bearing. My journey was about me, and about my survival and desire to be rid of this pain.

There was no miracle cure. As friends placed a safe distance between themselves and me, which I resented deeply and added to my angry aloneness, I was left to wrestle with my own reality.

Slowly, so very slowly, I began to search for God at the heart of my own white-hot discomfort. As with Elijah, I eventually heard that still, small voice. Initially I focused upon it only because I wanted to direct all my resentment and anger at God.

However, he was cool with that. And eventually, like Elijah, I fell asleep in confused exhaustion and so began my road back towards God, and the laying of deeper foundations of steadfast reliability.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Over 100,000 Children are Homeless

You may not see them on the streets, but they’re still homeless – living in places like hostels and B&Bs.

100,000 children is the equivalent of four in every school in Britain.

Our research has found that 2.5 million parents in Britain are cutting back on essentials like heating and food in order to meet their housing costs. Will you help Shelter be there for these families in desperate need of our help?

Please will you or your church help Shelter to help homeless families this winter?

Your support will help people like Laura. Laura still cries when she speaks about the first day her family spent homeless. Her voice shook as she told us: “It was a very dark, depressing, lonely time. I thought ‘What am I going to do? The children can’t sleep in a car, it’s not safe. They’re just babies’”.

On our website you can find resources to put on a service for Shelter or you candonate now to help us continue our vital work to help children and families who are struggling with bad housing and homelessness.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Praying: A Highway To Heaven

Jesus’ disciples were Jews, steeped in the ways of their faith and familiar with prayer. Observing Jesus they became aware of a different dynamic to prayer that wasn’t part of their experience. What this was we can never know. I think it was something about both the intimacy in relationship in prayer between Jesus and his Father, and the reality of God’s presence during his prayer.

As I began to seek God afresh in my own place of confusion and pain, I turned to reading many extracts from the Church Fathers. I made formal retreats where I observed the daily prayer rhythm of Franciscan and Benedictine brothers filled with a serene sense of God encounter. I sensed it more than understood it. It drew me towards a growing appetite for God in my own experience. I too spoke with several, asking that they might teach me to pray.

The disciples themselves requested teaching; revealing prayer isn’t something that comes naturally to any one of us. It is a learned practice. That learning lasts a lifetime, with the benefit that in older age when one is less active and perhaps increasingly socially isolated, the space in which we encounter God is highly developed, enriching and real. We also discover that the time we choose freely to invest in prayer increases and we yearn to step away from the daily clamour of everyday life and sit within the stillness and silence of our solitary space in God’s presence.

When I started my regular daily office of prayer, I struggled. It was quite simply a discipline I chose to impose upon myself. Like any learning, it felt both strange and uncomfortable initially, with many temptations to give up. It did require perseverance. I often felt I was only speaking to myself, and frequently emerged with no sense of God encounter. But all these experiences were building blocks for my highway to heaven.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey