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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What I believe about the Holy Spirit...

I am compelled to share about what I know about The Holy Spirit. I pray that it will help someone along their in journey.

I believe in the New Testament experiences in the Holy Bible. I myself speak in tongues, and I believe I was filled with the Holy Spirit on the date that I was born again in 1982. I believe I was baptized in the Holy Spirit with the utterance of speaking in another language, I do not know what that language is...I believe it is a heavenly language that I speak to my heavenly father with. I have on occasion in the past spoke aloud in my heavenly language in a church along time ago and there was a interpreter there.  That has been many years ago

I believe when we are saved, the Holy Spirit came to reside inside us. There are many different giftings as stated in the bible, I do not believe that every person receives the gift of speaking in another language.  May God correct me if I am wrong in this thinking. I known some great women and men of God who do not speak in tongues.


This is in fact a Spirit sent from our Father in Heaven that is holy and righteous and good. He will only lead you down the path of holiness and truth.  There is no holiness or righteousness in ourselves...It all comes from God's Spirit, and as we allow His Spirit to abide in us, we display the fruits of the Spirit---love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

We can also grieve the Spirit of God. He is very sensitive to our sinful nature.  Walking in the flesh will grieve Him, we have to be very careful to walk in all God has for us, and that is in continual communion and fellowship with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

I pray that His Spirit would be rooted inside of you and bring forth these righteous fruits in the name of Jesus.

Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit! Let His Spirit sink deep down into your heart. It will be like a rushing river overflowing joy and peace out, a continual feast with our bridegroom Jesus!

Oh Father in Heaven, I pray that You fill us with Your precious Holy Spirit! Help us to walk in His steps, letting Him lead us and guide us into all  the grace and truth of Jesus Christ! We love you Jesus, and pray that we might bear the fruits of the spirit as well as the gifting's. Teach us what our gifts are and enable us to walk fully in them...Amen!

1 Corinthians 12:1-3

1 Corinthians 12:4

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Galatians 5:22-23


Ephesians 5:17-19


Ephesians 4:29-31

Romans 8:10-12





God's Will for these Writings

     I hope to someday publish a book with these writings. There are my heart, and what I believe in, what I have been though in this life. I do believe it is attainable for me in Christ as I step out believing this is God's plan.

     I am not sure what the future holds, but I have a desire in my heart to help other people who have been through similar things as I have.  I believe God will open those doors in his timing. Please be in prayer as I prayerfully write these devotions, that they will speak to those who are tormented and downcast. I pray God's deliverance breaks all evil yokes upon those who are trying to walk in the Light of the Lord.

If you are blessed by my writings please leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks,
~rich

Are You Walking out of Faith or Fear?

     When you know what you should do, and do that, it brings pleasure and glory to God.  As His children, it is an opportunity to grow in the his awesome grace. When you don't do what  you know God is telling you to do, that is rebelling against what God has put in your heart to do.   Are you allowing fear to control your life by not following your heart? For many years I walked in that fear. It stifled me and cause me to isolate in my own house. I was bound up in fear, and only got out to go the store in the early morning hours...

     Satan would like to drown you in that fear. He wants you to stay fearful and doesn't want your faith to grow... Satan knows if he can make you "feel" stuck in a rut, he has you just where he wants you. As long as you are not a threat to him, he knows that can cause depression and all sorts of malady's to befall you.

     God wants you to grow not only in Him but in relationships with others as well. He wants to get your out of that spiritual rut, and grow as you take those steps in faith. It is not going to be easy, but as you step out in the faith of God, that courage will empower and draw you out into the delivering hands of God. You can have that freedom in your mind...It does not mean that ole devil is not going to try to throw his thoughts back in your face.  As long as you are alive you will struggle, so stand firm against the schemes of the devil and cast those thoughts down in the name of Jesus!

     Just like when we were a young baby learning to walk, we would fall down, and get right back up.  We must remember our Christian walk is the same; we have to learn to walk in God's Spirit.  At times we are going to lose our balance and fall, but we bounce back---we don't stay in one place but we keep moving forward in the knowledge of God.

     You know some of us have alot of knowledge in the Lord, but something is missing when you dont apply that knowledge to your own life and walk with God. 

Father, I ask you to release that knowledge into our own hearts to empower us to make bold and courageous moves in Your Kingdom and in our own lives. Help us we pray to not get in a rut, but if we do feel as if we are in a rut help us to see with the eyes of faith your delivering hands reaching down for us, and putting us back on our journey with God, In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Tribute and Prayer to the King

     How do you pay tribute to someone who, if it were not for what they did, you would not be where you are today? How do you really and truly make a memorial to that person, and does it do them justice?  All I can do is give my life totally to you Jesus. You went the distance for me, when everyone else fell short, you made the atoning sacrifice by giving your own life for mine.  That cross should have been mine. I should have been in that tomb. You did it all for me and I am humbly grateful. All I can do is offer up my life for you. All I can do is commit to serving you. All I could ever hope for is that people would see a glimmer of you in my life...I pray that I would decrease so You can increase in my heart. I pray you would surround those I love, and give them a deep revelation of You. I pray you guide them and protect them with your grace...

     Jesus you died such a cruel death. It is difficult to believe that you did it all for me. I come before you a humble man, seeking your hearts desire for my life.  Reveal your plan, and prepare the way...In Jesus' name.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Will I Be Rejected At The Cross?

     

     Whoever said that Jesus would reject you if you come to Him?"  That statement is not even in the Word of God, for it is a lie of the devil. He deeply loves each one of us and desires us to walk in the sincerity of the light of His truth up to the Cross of Calvary. 

    Jesus will never steer you wrong, if you come to Him,  He will take great joy in leading you in paths of righteousness for His name sake. He would never ask you to do anything that is contrary to the will of the Father...He will give you the power to do what you need to do...The enemy would like to put fear into our hearts.  We "have to" push that aside to take those steps to be blessed with God's grace!  At times you will say the same prayer that Jesus did, "Not my will be done, but thine." Jesus was referring to His Father's will for his son to be completed.  

     Jesus did die a horrible death on the cross. Yes, He did die and was buried in a tomb. But that is not the end of the story. I believe that many of us think its a nice story, but do not believe that He actually rose from the dead.   

     "Praise God!"  Jesus did NOT die such a horrendous death for nothing. He died for the sins of the world! He was resurrected by the power of the Most High! If it says it in The Holy bible, you better believe it is the truth!

     Jesus did die in pain and suffering, but the weight of His glory was greater! He loved us all so much and He desires to bring us into the kingdom of Heaven where we will be together forever and ever.

     I want to encourage you to come to the cross of Christ and lay down your lives. Lay down those chains of sin; let them fall down they have hindered you enough, from walking in the Spirit of truth and freedom. For Jesus crushed the weight of sin at the Cross, and those chains are gone...when you bring your all to the Cross... I can tell you from experience... that it is so worth it not to pick back up those things or not to look back, but keep seeking and giving Jesus Christ first place in your life and in our soul. Your past is in the past, you have been FORGIVEN!

Father in heaven, I pray that you will awaken our hearts to hear you calling us to the Cross of Calvary. We come to Your Cross and give all our chains and burdens of sin to you...JESUS!

Help us to see that Jesus is not on that Cross, Open our eyes to see that Jesus is not in that tomb...Give us the revelation of Jesus Ascending to the Father in Heaven, and seated on His right hand, and hear the words that the Father spoke, that He will one day descend and reign in the new Jerusalem. I pray for deep revelation of  Jesus Christ as He exists and is right now sitting at the right hand of our Father God. Amen

I pray that each of you has a blessed and peaceful full of joy Resurrection day!

~Rich





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Under His Wings

      God can be our worst enemy or our best friend.  Who would you really want in your corner routing for you? Jesus came that we may have life more abundantly. The devils purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. You cannot play the devil's game and not have those repercussions. Remember what the word says that he can disguise his-self as a angel of light.   We have to be very discerning as to what God speaks to us, and to what the devil speaks to us.  I'm talking down in your heart. The devil can get us busy doing nothing for God's kingdom.  All the while we think we are really doing something for God. One day we wake up to find out that we have done nothing...for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

     I want to encourage those who are waiting in the wings for God to use them. You have been sitting long enough. God is about to use you in His full potential. Hang in there and do not give up.  The Holy Spirit is on His way to move powerfully by His gloriouis might. Welcome Him into your heart today. You will never be the same! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm being drawn back to church by God's Spirit

God does not want us to isolate ourselves or pull away from the body of Christ. I know that I have a blog that God had called me out, now I sense Him desiring to pull me back in.  The Holy Spirit will always agree that Jesus desires His bride to come together in the unity of His Spirit.

I cannot tell you the numerous times I have isolated myself from people and relationships, and churches! That is not good for someone who struggles with a mental illness. It could cause me to relapse. God has kept me safe this time. But if I were not married and living by myself It would not be a pretty sight for me.

     God desires us to have relationships within the body. How can we not have relationships within the body and have a relationship with our Father in Heaven?

     I am making a bold move of faith this morning. I am walking in faith and stepping back into the church doors.  I am stepping into a church I haven't been to since January. I even unfriended several of the members in that church off my facebook. Please keep me in prayer that they will be welcoming and accepting. I feel like that is where my wife and I are supposed to be going.

     If i didn't feel that pull in the spirit I would not even go. Just like a magnet being drawn to metal, I am being drawn back to the believers of Jesus Christ.

Maranatha,
~rich



     

GOD'S NOT DEAD!!!

     Yesterday my wife and I went to the movies in Memphis. We live a little over 2 hours and they were not showing the movie we wanted to see where we lived.


     I did not know what to expect when the movie started. 

The people in the movie were standing up for their faith in Jesus.  I get very emotional when God touches me. If you ever have heard of someone trembling in the spirit. (I know that the shepherds quaked at the site of baby Jesus.) This was no different along with the tears; if there had of been a altar in the theater, I would have made it down there and would be weeping over the lost souls of this world. 

     I kept myself composed and clasped on to the chair i was sitting on. I felt like I was ready for take off into outer space into the heavens literally.  

     If you can get a chance to go see this movie. I guarantee that God will speak to you and touch you in a deep way.

Maranatha,
~rich

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~rich

Friday, March 28, 2014

We Will Break Dividing Walls...

     The power of God's great love for us transcends beyond any wall we may attempt to put up.  But it is up to us if we choose to break those dividing walls or not. We have the power in Jesus' name to break through the walls of division and hatred.
     

     What is holding His manifest presence from us?  He loves his bride so very much, and desires to be more intimate with her, but we are afraid to let or allow Him to love us. We put up our guard.  Maybe you have experienced the pain of lost love in your life. The hurt and the rejection. So, we put up our defenses and dont even let The Father touch us with His great love.



     God desires us to break the walls to get to Him. He can love us beyond measure, but He desires us to come to Him. I believe His Spirit woos us beckons and calls to us to come away with the groom to get your self ready for that great marriage.

     
     The greatest walls around us is the walls with other people in the body of Christ. He wants us to extend our hearts to our brothers and sisters in Christ.



     But you say you been hurt by the church and you do not want to go back.  I would  encourage you to be brave, with the courage of a lion....Don't shrink back in fear for you are just as much as important than anyone in the body. For we have many parts but are of the same body! I challenge to rise above your hurts and find that healing once again. That may entail the Holy Spirit leading you back to a church you left. You have carried that yoke of guilt for too long. Get back where you need to go. Your heart can be mended, but you must be  yielded and surrendered to God. 

Father, I pray for those who have walls up, those dividing walls that separates us from the love of God through the body of Christ.

By the power of the Holy Ghost, I break my walls down as fierce as a lion. I now take the steps of the lion in going back into the body of Christ. Forgive me for putting up those dividing walls. I am the one who needs to remove them. IN JESUS' NAME I remove them now. 

Let me experience the vastness of your love that I can share it with the body of believers! Help me do this in grace and truth, AMEN!

~rich

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prayer for Today.

Father in Heaven, 

I thank you for another day in your sweet presence! I love and cherish You, for You are my everything, I pray that you would become even more real to me on a daily basis. To know you and to know your love in intimate ways. I know you love me and desire to spread this love to others in Your body. Learn me and guide me back to a place at your altar among the your called out saints!

Touch others through your word today.  Let others know that your words are spirit and truth. I thank you for your word is as honey to me. It is food for my soul. It is medicine to my weary body. Lead me and guide me according to your word this day I pray...

Amen.