Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

I want to take this time to thank The Holy Spirit for the way that He has allowed the truth , the wisdom and the power of the Word to flow forth from all of our sites.  I want top especially thank my dear dear friend; a true Man of God; Mr. Gene McGuire for his faithful work, compassion, generosity , wisdom (of course) , faithfulness and friendship!  If you know him then you know what I mean.  He is a man after God’s own heart!  Thank you Gene!

 

 

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 “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2)

COMMENT:  Are you like me? When I first read that Scripture I couldn’t make heads nor tails out of it. When hard times come, I should be happy? Secondly, If I take the Word at face value, everyone should be in possession of great patience because trials and tribulations are integral parts of life. I now have a fuller understanding. When trials come, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we must “employ” patience and endurance. That way long-suffering will be cultivated. I think the joy comes from seeing the Fruit of the Spirit being manifested in our lives.

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 40:1, Galatians 5:22,23 and Hebrews 6:12

WISE SAYING: A SETBACK IS JUST A SETUP FOR A COMEBACK

“Let this same attitude and purpose and mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5)
 
COMMENT: I wear glasses and many of you do likewise. The lenses are shaped to change the way the eyes see things. If I don’t wear them, I’d have problems reading, driving and even seeing faces clearly. We Christians are like people who need glasses. If our focus is not right, we can’t see anyone the way God wants us to see them. If we have the wrong attitude, it’s like wearing the wrong pair of glasses. We might think of the mind of Christ as the spiritual spectacles we need to have Jesus’ attitude of love for others. . . unconditionally!
 
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:44 and John 15:12
WISE SAYING: THE EVIDENCE OF A RENEWED MIND IS CHANGE!

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

COMMENT: Our Lead Scripture is in operation in the natural as well as the spiritual. I know I must have told you about how I started my Life Insurance career as a complete failure, mainly due to shyness and a lack of confidence. My sister Frances asked me why would I leave teaching to become a salesman since I wasn’t “outgoing and sociable” as most of them are.  This situation was miraculously turned around when I became involved with Personal Achievement Institute, an organization that helped me change that self-image by “self talk” that was directly opposite to how I previously felt about myself. I still remember one of the “confessions” written on a 3 by 5 card which I was instructed to read aloud 100 times a day.

“I’m a fantastic, intelligent , cool, calm self-confidence man. I speak in a clear, concise and exciting manner. I’m at ease in the presence of all people because I realize that they are just that, people.  Everyone finds it a real pleasure to be in my company.”
It really worked! My sales soared and I was promoted into District management in Detroit and a few years later Agency Management in Washington D.C. Now let’s look at ourselves as Christians. Some people will say it is okay for us to call ourselves “sinners” because we all sin. I understand where they are coming from, but I refuse to label myself a sinner; I choose to call myself “righteous”. (2Cor. 5:21) I firmly believe that our “who” will determine our “do” If I firmly established in my heart that Jesus’ righteousness has been imputed to me (Romans 4:24), there is a much greater chance for me to reject choices that are ungodly. I won’t be foolish enough to say that we would be sinless when we have the correct image of who we are in Christ, but I am sure that we would sin less.

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 4:13-24
WISE SAYING: YOU CAN’T PRODUCE IN YOUR BEHAVIOR WHAT YOU DON’T BELIEVE ABOUT YOURSELF.