Friday, February 25, 2011

Manifestations of the Holy Spirit

“This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1: 18)
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3: 11)
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)
We see from the above scriptures the different manifestations of the same Holy Spirit. He is one and the same:
• Spirit of life
• Spirit of power
• Spirit of Jesus
• Spirit of fire
• Spirit of guidance
Jesus instructed His disciples after His resurrection to “tarry in Jerusalem” until the descent of the Helper. Why tarry? They tarried to pray and prepare spiritually for receiving the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would give them wisdom, guidance and power to bear effective witness to Jesus, beginning in Jerusalem, then in ever-widening circles.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Not by might and power

“This is the word of Yahweh with regard to Zerubbabel, ‘Not by might and not by power, but by my Spirit – says Yahweh Sabaoth.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Spirit and power
The Holy Spirit will overshadow you and give you all that you need for the job. The Spirit is the source of inspiration and power. All you need is the Holy Spirit. The job will not be accomplished by your might and power but by the Holy Spirit.
What is your deepest driving desire here and now? For me, it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit who will drive me to my life’s purpose.
• As your desire is, so is your will.
• As your will is, so is your deed.
• As your deed is, so is your destiny.
And again:
• Sow a thought and you reap a deed.
• Sow a deed and you reap a habit.
• Sow a habit and you reap a character.
• Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
• Character is destiny.