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The Holy Spirit Part 2

Up until this point, Jesus did not do any miracles publicly. 
​I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ – John 1:33 NKJV

  • John 2 when Jesus turned water into wine was the first miracle. The guests commented that the best wine was saved for last. 
  • Wine is another picture of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit saved the best for last. God always does things in increasing glory because He is an ever increasing God. 
  • The person of the Holy Spirit can create the joy of the Lord, which is your strength. It is far more intoxicating than the wine of this world. 
  • The Holy Spirit’s ministry in our lives is similar to Jesus’ – to save us, not to condemn us. It’s not a fault-finding relationship. Jesus is our qualification for all the blessings. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. – John 3:16‭-‬17 NKJV

The living water can be drawn from Jesus:

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? – John 4:10‭-‬11 NKJV

The Holy Spirit is a well of water. As it stirs, it stirs our faith. It satisfies whatever longing we have in our hearts. 

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:13‭-‬14 NKJV

  • The Holy Spirit is alive on the inside, a well that will never run dry. 
  • When you stir yourself up by praying in the spirit, this is the power for miracles to happen. This living water causes things to happen in the physical realm. 

For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. – John 5:4 NKJV

In John 6, Jesus declares that He is the bread of life. 

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:37‭-‬38 NKJV

  • A very personal invitation: let him
  • Whatever you’re going through, whatever thirst, come to Him. 
  • On that great day of the feast = the feast of tabernacles – memorializes how Jesus provided for them in the wilderness 
  • The Holy Spirit provides that living water for us in our life
  • Water from the pool of Siloam is dumped while reciting this verse, a prophecy about Jesus:

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! – Isaiah 12:3 NLT

  • Siloam means sent. It is a picture of the Sent One, Jesus.
  • As you stir yourself up and have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, your life becomes a missile.

In John 20, Jesus points to the Cross (their born again experience) and says receive the Holy Spirit.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49 NKJV

We have the Holy Spirit within, a spring. The Holy Spirit upon them, saturating them. Pentecost = 50

The Holy Spirit gave them utterance, speaking in other tongues as a manifestation. There may have been earthly and heavenly language. 

When the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost it has been poured out ever since. The first outpouring continued to pour. 

Peter stands up to explain

All flesh = not just to Israelites. Even for children…there’s no junior Holy Spirit. Even for lolos and lolas. Even for maidservants = standing in life does not matter.

In Acts 19, Paul laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 

In Acts 8, the Holy Spirit also fell upon them by laying on of hands and they spoke in tongues.

In Acts 10 – Cornelius’ household, the Holy Spirit falls on them. 

God hears the cry of our hearts. If we want more, He will lead us to more. 

To pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit doesn’t take you over, but He helps you. By faith, speak the words the Holy Spirit is giving you. It’s something you get to discover. It’s part of your inheritance as a Believer and it’s a wonderful gift. 

1. When we pray in tongues, it’s our spirit, not our head, that prays

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. – I Corinthians 14:14 NKJV

2. We edify ourselves, builds us up. Restored or repaired, because we are the building of the Holy Spirit. 

We get to pray out our future perfectly in the spirit. 

The requirement is just being a Believer of Jesus. Just ask the Holy Spirit, yield to Him and open your mouth and speak by faith

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The Holy Spirit Part 1

One of the best, most comforting messages I’ve heard. Thank you, Lord, for Your Holy Spirit, who lives inside of me:

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. – Galatians 3:13‭-‬14 NKJV

  • No matter how good you are, there will always be some law that you cannot accomplish. But Jesus fulfilled all laws. Trust in what Jesus has already finished for you. Every single one of us who believed has been redeemed from the curse of the law, that we (Gentiles)
  • Faith is the hand that reaches out to what God is giving us by His grace. We grab hold to this reality: the promise of the Spirit, which He releases to every single person who believes. When God gives a promise, He backs it up to the hilt. 
  • Sin cannot stand in the glorious presence of God. For those who believed in Him, He changed the nature inside of us. Jesus gives us all the nature of Himself. He does not withhold from us. 
  • You and I were not good, but Jesus came anyway. That we may receive life so other people can taste and see the goodness of God in our lives. 

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. – John 14:16‭-‬17 NKJV

  • Why another helper? Because Jesus, when He was on the earth was helping them understand what it was like to be loved by the Father, what it’s like in Heaven. 
  • Alos paracletos = another just like Jesus, as if He was walking with them every single day, identical in the way He does and speaks things, and will be inside every single Believer
  • Able to do what He could do…greater works than what He is doing, because we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. The Holy Spirit reminds you of Jesus. 
  • Understand who it is who lives in you. Actually have a relationship with the One who lives in you. He is in a permanent relationship in you, because He has taken up residence in every single person who believes in Jesus.
  • Identical in the way Jesus thinks, speaks, operates. Jesus has made you His home. He is with you forever. He will never leave you. 
  • Even though you don’t see him with your natural senses, the spirit of God will never lie to you.

7 Characteristics of the Holy Spirit:

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever– The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. – John 14:16‭-‬18 AMPC

1. Comforter –  helps you feel secure, brings stability in life, where you find rest

  • God did not call us to be comfortable because we’re ever increasing, but God does and we trust Him. We have a comforter that will cause us to always be at rest in Him, as He is in the inside of us.

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. – John 14:26 AMPC

  • There’s a comforter that has already gone before.
  • The more we hear with fresh ears, faith gets built up in the inside of us: who He is in us, who He is before us. 

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] – John 14:27 AMPC

  • There’s a peace when you’re not fearful, when you’re in that comforter. 
  • You have a choice to believe that the greater One lives inside of you. 
  • The comforter brings that ease. We don’t have to be fearful or unsettled. Choose to believe Him and Him alone.

2. Counselor – advise, teach, because it is a life of discovery

  • The enemy causes us to be fearful, worried and agitated 

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. – John 16:13 AMPC

  • No lies. We don’t want to have any deception. 
  • The Holy Spirit comes with the word, He comes with illumination. He gives you things to come. The message released to Him: to testify of the Son
  • The Holy Spirit speaks of the Son (not His own message)

He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. – John 16:14‭-‬15 AMPC

  • The Holy Spirit will speak the word to you. He wants you to know so you can hold it in your hands. What does He want you to know?

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power – Ephesians 1:17‭-‬19 NKJV

  • When you know it, you can walk it out, you can live it out.

3. Helper – comes running when you cry out for help

  • The hands that helps lift you out of the mess that you’re in. We rely on His ability, not our own. 

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. – Psalms 46:1 NKJV

  • 24/7, He gives you His full attention

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.] – Hebrews 13:5 AMPC

  • Because His Spirit resides in the inside of you. 
  • You are still the righteousness of God. It cannot be changed even though you mess up.

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? [Ps. 27:1;118:6.] – Hebrews 13:6 AMPC

  • He ia a very present help in times of trouble, even if you don’t call out His name. But when you call out the name of Jesus, you will be saved. Delivered. 
  • When you call out His name, His Spirit rises up on the inside of you. 
  • Death cannot hold Him. It has no hold on you. 

4. Intercessor –  stands in the gap, declares the will of God in the earth. 

  • The Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we don’t know what to pray about

Romans 8:25-29 (The Voice)

  • The Holy Spirit comes in to align our lives, gives us instructions to turn back and go the way we should
  • The confidence is not in our own ability, but that  He is more than able to orchestrate His plan. We align our lives according to His purpose and plan. The world can see who is in you, that you are changed and transformed 

5. Advocate –  legal counsel, fights on another’s behalf. 

  • Jesus is our advocate in Heaven. The Holy Spirit is our advocate on earth.
  • The Holy Spirit as our advocate declares who you are based on what Jesus has done. You have value because I love you. You are seated above every power.

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Romans 8:31‭-‬39 MSG

  • God wants to lavish His abundance on you.
  • Don’t live in condemnation when you understand who is on the inside of us

6. Strengthener – supplies the strength from the inside out

  • We rely on His ability. He is never tired, He is never weak

 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

  • His strength overshadows and energizes you. He is our fortress 

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. – Philippians 2:13 AMPC

  • Effectually at work – effective 
  • He gives you both the power and desire, all the while energizing you. It will not get to a point where you just want to quit and give up.
  • Now is not the time to give up. Just keep on keeping on. 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

  • Power – dynamic, dunamis power beginning within you
  • Love is the strongest force, put Jesus on the Cross and made Him stay there. God’s love is ever-giving. The greatest demonstration of God’s love is the Cross
  • Sound mind – mastery, soundness and peace will come

7. Our Standby – always available, especially in emergencies. 

  • Always relied on, will supply all your needs, will take your place when needed. Will do an action for you. 
  • Like a generator, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t wait for the lights to go out. His power is always running. 
  • You can always lean on your entire human personality on Him

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 NKJV

  • God always brings things to completion. He doesn’t do things halfway.
  • The Holy Spirit who’s on the inside of you as a Believer
  • So you will not be moved where you are.
  • Will always stand by your side
  • He will never ever fail you.
  • He is the One who is inside you. 
  • A dying world outside needs to see the One who lives inside of you.
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The Goodness of Our Father

2 Chronicles 2:20

Give thanks to the Lord, His mercy endures forever

Love is demonstrated in the word “chesed” = mercy is the loose translation, but it cannot really be defined in one word. 

Used in the Bible 248x: Goodness, kindness, benevolence, pity, tender mercy, loving kindness, loyal love, unfailing love

Chesed is a character of God because God Himself cannot be fully defined. He is multi-dimensional: God is a shield, rock, cornerstone, branch, shepherd, King, judge, Father. 

We need to experience God in different dimensions. We may not comprehend everything about God, but for sure we can apprehend something. Today, may we apprehend a new dimension of God.

Ephesians 3:18 (AMP)  – That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; – Ephesians 3:18 AMPC

Jeremiah 9:23 (NLT) – This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord , have spoken! – Jeremiah 9:23‭-‬24 NLT

– don’t lean on what you have (wisdom, power, riches, contacts), if you must boast / glory in this: that they truly know Me and understand that I am God. Boast in your relationship with God.  He demonstrates hesed, brings justice and righteousness. = demonstrated on the Cross

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. – Romans 5:8‭-‬9 NKJV

Romans 5:8 – demonstrates = it’s still ongoing. God is still demonstrating. 

Romans 5:9 – we have been justified by His blood

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” – Psalms 89:1‭-‬2 NKJV

Psalm 89:1-2 – mercy, Chesed, shall be built up forever 

– In Hebrew, this is Olam hesed ebenei. = olam – everlasting, world. El Olam – God is everlasting. Adon olam – adonai

– the world is built up by Chesed. The reason why the world exists is Chesed. Because of this, our supply is God, Himself

– Chesed is the very thing that sustains everything else

– mercy shall be built up forever. Your faithfulness shall establish the Heavens.

– Chesed is that which sustains, initiates and supplies; Chesed will lead us to the person of Jesus.

Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me…this is the reason why Chesed will sustain you. (In Psalm 23)

My grace, Chesed, is more than enough. It is the favor that sustains you. 

Colossians 1:15 (NLT)  – Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. – Colossians 1:15‭-‬17 NLT

– Whatever it is you’re going through, God is holding you, will sustain you. 

– You don’t just want to have life. You want to have the Zoe kind of life. 

– Nothing deserves to be here; but out of His mercy, love, grace (Chesed), things exist. We have something rather than nothing. With God, we have something, everything actually, for nothing!

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? – Romans 8:32 NKJV

– the love of God is beyond understanding. In Christ, we don’t just have something, we have everything. 

– Chesed = Dalet Samech Chet 

Notice the change in the modern rendering of the Hebrew letters. It’s now a double surround: the Father and Jesus embracing you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God through Christ (Romans 8)

Door = movement

Our worries, our anxieties, He took it on, because of Jesus Christ. The very word of Chesed points to Jesus Christ. 

The moment they started to sing, something happened, they were singing something specific: His mercy endures forever.

What is your heart’s song? No one can take away the song of your heart.

Ephesians – speak to one another with Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Continue singing, even in the dark moments of our lives. 

Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns. When was the last time you sang in your darkest moments?

Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. – Matthew 26:30 NKJV

There’s a particular hymn that they were singing: the great Halel. Psalms 130 – 186

Psalm 136: there’s a particular theme – His mercy endures forever 

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The Battle is the Lord’s

NLTF Notes:

His mercy endures forever

2 Chron 20

The journey of Jehosaphat and his people from being surrounded by enemies to total and absolute victory 

– Jehosaphat, son of Asa, was the new King of Judah at 35. He wanted to honor God. Because of God’s hand of favor upon him, He prospered and even His enemies were afraid of him, even sent gifts to him. Jehosaphat later allied himself with Ahab, who died in the battle. A prophet told him that he shouldn’t have allied himself with someone who didn’t please and who hated God. 

– 2 Chron 20:3 – no need to beg God – as new covenant Believers, search what God has already said about a matter; Jehosaphat set himself to seek God

– v.4 – Great power when 2 or more come together to agree

– v.5 – the King was not afraid to humble himself before the Lord. Showed an example of what it meant to humble himself

– v.6 – He was blessing God, exalting Him, honoring who God is. 1st recognize what’s going on up there. Set your sights on higher things. 

– v.7-8 – reminded God of what He did

– Isaiah 59:19 – When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord, don’t stop there!

So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. – Isaiah 59:19 NKJV

– a standard or banner. When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord…God is so much bigger, it will never compare to what the enemy is trying to do to you. 

– 2 Chron 20:9 – remembering what God said. There was a confidence, not because of what they’ve done, but because of what God does

I would have lost heart, had I not believed that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living – a relationship, a covenant (Lord, Master)

– 2 Chron 20:11 – when you dedicate your asset, you are transferring ownership, maintenance to the Lord

– 2 Chron 20:12 – We are powerless against this mighty enemy. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. May this be our first response, not resort to our human strategies or networks. 

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT

– 2 Chron 20:13 – the entire nation was there, seeking the Lord

– 2 Chron 20:14 – the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there – God knows who He’s going to speak through, who He’s going to use to bring victory. Now, in the new Covenant, the spirit of the Lord is in you! God already gave His spirit, He wants to show you things to come. 

– Jehaziel – beheld by God. Zechariah –  the Lord remembers (put Me in remembrance, I do not forget. When you remind Me, you’re really reminding yourself). Bene-aiah – Jehovah has built. Jaiel – God sweeps, God will take care. Mepheniah – gift of God, always by the grace of God, not because of how good you are. WOW!

– 2 Chron 20:15 – When you seek the Lord, wait for thr answer, for His instruction. God is able to speak to you in the middle of anything. God can use anything, if you are just willing to wait and hear. DO NOT BE AFRAID, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY THIS MIGHTY ARMY. THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S. 

– 2 Chron 20:16 – Do not be afraid, be strong and of good courage.  You will know that it’s me, because it will happen this way. Tomorrow…there’s always a tomorrow. Tomorrow is always better than today. Don’t lose heart, there’s always a tomorrow. Sleep, rest, because there’s a tomorrow. Don’t wallow and despair at home. March out. 

– 2 Chron 20:17 – you don’t even need to fight. Take your positions, stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. – your true position in Christ 

– Eph 2:4 – God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love (not yours), with which He loved us. Made us alive, raised us up together, seated us with Him in Heavenly places, far above. 

– Be still and know that I am God. Know, understand, pursue, have a growing knowledge. 

– Pursuing the enemy may be good, but it is limited. 

– Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord (individual response ability). Watching in hope. 

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

– 2 Chron 20:17 – He is with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you. Not just allies, the Lord is with you!

– 2 Chron 20:18 – response of Jehosaphat and the people: they bowed (humility), and shouted with a loud voice (in faith). Received the instruction, the word of the Lord, because you know, there’s victory coming

– 2 Chron 20:20 – early the next morning, the army. (Not procrastinating, early; the army, not just one person). Believe in the Lord and be established. 

– It is good for the people to be established. Stand in the grace of God. 

– Believe in His prophets and you will succeed, and you will prosper

– Prophets – the sent one, mouthpiece. The One sent to us is Jesus Christ. 

– Believe in the One that He has sent. It will establish you, you’ll see prosperity in your life. 

– 2 Chron 20:21 –  they let the praise go forth (thanksgiving, honor, blessing). They sang: give thanks to the Lord, His faithful love endures forever. They focused on His character. 

– 2 Chron 20:22 – the moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies to fight among themselves 

– 2 Chron 20:26 – the valley of the shadow of death became a valley of blessing for them; if you just remember your position. 

Dreams, faith, sermon notes

Bread vs Cake

The other day, I woke up to a dream. It’s a bit hazy now, but what I do remember was this: I had a choice between pieces of bread (pan de sal) and a small cake. 

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I just realized this morning what it means. It could have been a reminder of the choice between Christ versus the flesh. 

God can also be assuring me that: when you choose Me, as you press into, and chew on My Word, delighting in Me and pursuing My righteousness, behold My provision. My Word and My ways are inseparable. 

I am reminded of the message last night in Windwatch Makati on how riches follows as a natural consequence of pursuing God’s righteousness above all else. 

The message led me to remember and repent from the times when, in the face of decision-making, instead of asking, “what will please You, Lord?”, top of mind was “which is the better alternative, Lord?”. While both questions sought the Lord’s counsel, the focus and premise of one question differed from the other.  The first question focused on delighting in the Lord and delighting Him (yes, we are accepted in Him, but bringing Him pleasure and delight is another thing). On the other hand, the focus of the second was more of self. It was a Christian way of asking: what’s better (or in it) for me?

This encouragement is so precious to me at a time when my husband is in between jobs (making me the sole income earner), and aside from the normal bills, we have amortizations and credit card bills to pay. 

This situation is no stranger to us, as we have experienced something similar 8 years ago. Also, after my dad died, I remember times when I had barely enough. Through those, God provided. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even be where I am right now. 

If God was faithful then, and even in the olden times, how could He, faithful through the ages, not be faithful now? Selah. 

And such a great prayer here:

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God can be Trusted

Notes from today’s message in NLTF:

God uses His power for our benefit and advantage. He is mindful, His thoughts are consumed about you. He is faithful. Because He is faithful, He can be trusted.

Do It Again, I Know Who You Are

Fresh, continual hearing, day after day

Deuteronomy 1:8 – God brought them to the edge of the land He promised. Go in and take possession of it. 

– Because you have God’s word. You can take possession of it because you believe God’s worth. 

– you may not have known what you needed or wanted, but God does

– speak something to someone that you want to hear, because you’re speaking in agreement with what God has spoken

– God swore by Himself, though He did not need to do so, but He did for our benefit. 

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man that He should lie. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? 

– God can never lie. When He speaks, He will perform. He is ready to perform His word. 

– If you have Jesus, you have the promised One, you have everything. All of God’s promises are yes and amen in Him

Psalm 89:34 (NLT) – No, I will not break my covenant. I will not take back a single word I said. 

– God is patiently waiting for us to be ready. But He doesn’t want what He will give to destroy us. 

– People get disappointed and frustrated because they expect God to perform His promise in the way they expect or want. But God’s way is higher tham what we have expected or imagined. 

Psalm 33:4 (NLT) – The word of the Lord hilds true. We can trust everything He does. He loves whatever is just and good.

– How far are you willing to take your faith to believe God’s promises? To stand on His word.

– All of us can believe. The word became so real on the inside of Him. God waited until he was so in love with Jesus, before it can manifest. 

– God is faithful, He can be trusted. Just wait. But in the waiting, be excited. You are closer than you were before.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) – Great is His faithfulness. The Lord ia my inheritance. Therefore, I will hope in Him!

– There may be a limit as to what we can see, but no limit to who He is. When we say great is His faithfulness, there’s more and more of it. There are fresh mercies and graces that God releases on a daily basis. Mercies and graces are getting what we don’t deserve, but because God is faithful towards us. He already knows He is faithful, but He wants us to know. 

Psalm 136 – His faithful love endures forever.  

It’s God job to make His promise come to pass. But it’s our job to believe Him for the promise to come to pass, because He is faithful. 

2 Chron 20:20-22

– Believe in the Lord your God and you will be able to stand firm. As they sang: give thanks to the Lord, His faithful love endures forever 

– God took care of their problem, as they forgot about their problem and focused on the Lord. Because the battle is the Lord’s. Our part is to stand and keep our eyes on Him. 

– God didn’t just protect them, He provided for them and caused them to walk in things they did not expect. (3 days for collecting the spoils)

– Trust that He is good. Trust Him. Be confident in Him, not in our own strength and ability. God is the one who is awesome. 

Psalm 37:3 Trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) in the Lord and do good. So shall you dwell in the land anf feed surely on His faithfulness and truly you shall be fed (Amp)

– Lord is a covenant relationship 

– God brought them into a place where they will remember that God brought them to that place.= feeding on His faithfulness. It comes from trusting and feeding in Him

– Trust = relax, rest. Take your time to eat. No limit to what you can feed on. No pressure. The only way we can enjoy it is if we’re at rest.

Psalm 34:8-10 – Taste and see that the Lord is good. Fear the Lord, you His godly people, for thise who fear Him will have all they need. Thise who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. 

– Fear = reverential worship

– Want the Promiser, not just the promises, and you will have the promises. But even at the end of the day you don’t get what you want, you have Jesus. And He is more than enough.

Psalm 37:5

Colossians 1:4 (AmP) – FAITH IN JESUS = Leaning if your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and

– full weight on the chair. The chair is temporary, but God is more permanent on the chair!

– squatting an inch away from the chair: when you do it on your own effort = discouragement begins to come, because you are relying on your own ability to fulfill God’s promise

Philippians 1:6 He who began a good work in you will bring it to full completion in you (Amp)

– every step of the way 

– when we are faithless, He remains faithful to us as a church and to us personally. 

– we are in a body with other believers, we can trust in Him

Hebrews 11:11 (The Passion Translation) Sarah’s faith embraced the miracle working power to conceive even though she was barren and was past the age if childbearing, for the authority of her faith rested in the One who made the promises. 

– Abraham and Sarah waited for 25 years for the fulfillment of the promise

Hebrews 12:3 (Msg) When we find ourselves flagging in our faith, go over that story again

 – adrenaline meant to push you forward so you can keep on going

– look to Jesus. He is the evidence that God the Father can be trusted completely with your life 

2 Timothy 1:12 (NLT) I am not ashamed because I know Him and I have put my trust in Him

– when you know Him, you can believe Him, even though the world tells you it’s impossible 

– don’t tell me it’s impossible, because I know my God. He will protect and fulfill what He has spoken until He returns for His glorious church

– glorious church – trusts in Him completely, rests on Christ’s finished work. 

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how to experience victory after victory

it’s now tuesday, yet the message in church last sunday still rings loudly in my ears (and mind).

the sermon was about the power of the cross, that we could experience victory after victory because of Jesus’ blood spilled for us on the cross.   the blood from the crown/thorns on Jesus’ head (John 19:2-3) cancels the curse of the land (in Gen 3:16-18), so that we could experience victory / conquest.  His crown represents power, fame, glory and riches so that we may be able to boast in the Lord.  Jesus was smitten, mocked and strucked at on the face (Luke 22:63-64) in accord w/ prophesy (Isaiah 50:6) so we could be accepted and have new identities as children of God.  blood spilled from His hands redeeming our productivity as well so that we may be able to heal, cleanse, do good works and give freely if we work hard, are disciplined, persevering and willing.  we’re not even just supposed to break even, we’re supposed to break through so we could bless God and give Him what is due Him.

powerful, powerful message, ano?  🙂