Who we are…why we are here and what is our purpose and destiny is. He challenged his disciples who were with him on their understanding of the spiritual nature of these stories. Without Jesus to interpret their meaning, there would have been no understanding of the spiritual principles within them. This is why they called him Master, Rabbi, Teacher.
As God embodied in flesh, he could calm the water, cast out demons, heal the sick and feed the multitudes… yet he chose to lay down his life for us and submit to the limitations of the flesh. It is important to understand that it was his life to give and that no one took it from him. John 10:18
In the Garden of Gethsemane, before his execution, Jesus prayed and drops of blood came out of his skin; this was a human response to overwhelming pressure under stress.
Jesus prayed to God his father before he died saying, “I’m not asking you to take them (us as believers) out of the world, but to keep them (us) safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.” John 17 NLT
At the end of His ministry Jesus told his disciples.
“I must go so the comforter can come. The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you in all things.”
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us so we would know the truth and be set free. The Holy Spirit is a witness to us of God’s presence. It is in this indwelling, that we can hear the voice of God and experience His peace.
PEACE IS HAVING A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARDS GOD
HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE FULL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?
This is being written to you, because you are worthy of the peace that God has promised. If you are disappointed or feel like you have failed, this is for you. It can be difficult to understand why, ‘Having been set free,’ you may still feel like a captive. When you lose your way, it can be helpful to go back to the beginning.
Have You Believed on the Lord Jesus Christ?
Faith should lead to obedience… faith and obedience are intertwined. If you find yourself struggling to believe, examine yourself; are you being obedient to Christ?
We see this in (James 2:16-18), “What good would your words alone do? The same is true with faith. Without actions, faith is useless. By itself, it’s as good as dead. I know what you’re thinking: “OK, you have faith. And I have actions. Now let’s see your faith without works, and I’ll show you a faith that works.”
Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Have you Fully Repented?
Without complete repentance, there can be no forgiveness of sin (Luke 13:3).
The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised – the way some people understand slowness. But God is patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to repent; to change their ways and stop sinning (2 Peter 3:9).
Have You Been Baptized by Immersion?
Peter said to them, “Repent! Change your hearts and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
Have You Received the Gift of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit (John 3:5).
Jesus said,“I will not leave you as helpless: I will come to you. The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name will teach you all things. Peace I leave with you; My perfect peace I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. Let My peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.” (Romans 10:10).
RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Gift of the Holy Spirit is a promise to all who believe (Eph 1:13) It is by faith that we receive God’s good gifts. In scripture, we see that it is possible to receive the Holy Spirit even before being baptized. “How can anyone object to these people being baptized in water? They have received the Holy Spirit the same as we did!” (Acts 10:47).
However, water baptism by full immersion is an important step in demonstrating your faith towards God. This is often the first step we take to declare the inner working of God in our heart. This public profession of our faith can help to prepare our hearts for the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit. God’s Word says that if we seek him, we will find him; if we seek him with all of our heart. Be patient and know that God’s Word is true.
Prayer for Receiving the Holy Spirit
Lord, I am here to seek you while you may be found;
I call on you [for salvation] while you are near. Isaiah 55:6
With my mouth I confess my sins…
for your Word declares that you are faithful and just to forgive.
You will cleanse me from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
I know your name and I put my trust in you,
For you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
Send your Holy Spirit to dwell within me;
So that I may worship you in spirit and in truth; John 4:23
And this is eternal life, that I know you… the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3
I pray this in the Name of Jesus-Yeshua, Amen
SANCTIFICATION BY THE HOLY SPIRIT :
In the moment we turn towards the Lord, the veil (that separates us from Christ) is removed. The Lord sends his Holy Spirit to dwell in us and to convince us of the reality of Christ. The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ and reveals to us the manifold love and grace of God. It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us, helps us to be obedient to Christ and assures us of our salvation (1 Pet 1:2).
Those who have not turned towards the Lord will not understand the transformation that is taking place. As you are transformed into his image, you are being set apart from the world. This is what Jesus meant when he said that his coming would bring conflict and division. To choose to serve Jesus is costly; for we are commanded to forsake the system of this world to follow him. This can be difficult for our loved ones to understand if they have not turned towards Christ. However, the reward is great for us who choose to submit to the instruction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The world will continue in chaos, but we can stand in the truth of God’s Word and in the provision of his grace.
The Holy Spirit continually renews our mind and refreshes our outlook. We know with confidence that we have found the Way… the Truth… and the Life. We have come to this revelation through Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us not quench the Holy Spirit and let us continue in love, one for another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Let our love be genuine. Abhorring what is evil; holding fast to what is good. If you live by the Holy Spirit, you must also walk by the Spirit with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—your conduct being empowered by the Holy Spirit. Gal 5:25
Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:5-7
THE HOLY SPIRIT’S PROTECTION
I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.
But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God’s approval. Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit— which is the Word of God. So, use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.
The peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So, don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you—I am going away, but I will come back to you again. John 14:22-28
When we are in emotional pain, it is natural to want peace.
And it can be easy to go to extremes to try and find it.
Sometimes, there is an underlying belief that freedom will bring the peace we are looking for. So, we try to escape by running away or hiding in a diversion of some sort. The truth is, we can only be free when we realize that we are all under authority. The Bible says there is a way that leads to death and a way that leads to life (Psalms 15:24).
The question is, who is that authority going to be: and does this authority bring life and peace or death and destruction?
We are told that in the days when we lived as slaves to sin, we had no obligation to do what was right. In that regard, we were free. But what do we have to show from our former lives besides shame? The outcome of that life is death, guaranteed. But now that we have been emancipated from the death grip of sin and are God’s slave, we have a different sort of life, a growing holiness. The outcome of that life is eternal life. The payoff for a life of sin is death, but God is offering us a free gift—eternal life through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King (Romans 6:20-25).
Freedom is not the absence of authority: freedom is the presence of peace.
We choose who our authority is: who do you choose?