walk in the spirit

Conversations with Jesus ~ Thomas

Prayer

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

By Cheryl Harrison

John 20:29: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

In the midst of grief and fear, a small group of people hid behind locked doors.  Unseen enemies lurked in the darkness awaiting the opportunity to sow seeds of doubt.  One seed of doubt can weaken the focus of an uncertain heart, and since things did not happen the way Thomas expected, his heart was fertile ground.

The disciples were overjoyed when Jesus appeared.  But, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus came, refused to believe the truth. He proclaimed, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

One week later, Jesus returned to visit his doubting disciple.  This time, Thomas was present, and Jesus spoke directly to him. “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  Jesus knew how to alleviate Thomas’ unbelief and chose to reveal Himself in a way that Thomas could understand.

Only God can move us from unbelief to faith.  Unlike Thomas, we haven’t seen Jesus with our own eyes, nor have we touched his wounds.  But, as promised, there is a blessing for those who believe without seeing.  We walk by faith and not by sight, trusting the Lord will reveal himself to us in ways we can understand.

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Dear Lord, Give Me Wisdom (poem)

Wisdom: mastering the obvious

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By Cinda Carter

Dear Lord, Give me wisdom
In making my decisions
Help remind me to pray
To think about what I am going to say.

Sometimes without thinking I jump in with both feet
Only because I did not pray and think
I didn’t think of the consequences it would bring
I was eager to serve without Your leading.

You are truly merciful and You do forgive
Though the damage is done You will bring
What Satan meant for evil, and turn it around for good
These things will eventually be understood.

If I would just take the time to pray
And listen to what God has to say
I could avoid so many mistakes
As prayer prevents them taking place.

So, my prayer is, Dear Lord,
Help me to listen to You and be in accord.
One with the Holy Spirit knowing Your will, I pray,
Dear Lord, Give me wisdom, so You can have Your way.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  James 1:5  KJV

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Relevant and Revived

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By Pam  Ford Davis

Some things simply go together: ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, or repentance and revival. The words repentance and revival don’t pop-up in casual conversations at the water cooler. Yet; they are as relevant as today’s weather forecast, predicting storm clouds and showers of blessings. Christ, John the Baptist and the apostles extended an urgent invitation to repentance.

Jesus shared a story about repentance and the safe return of lost sheep. “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:7 NAS).” We repent when we admit we have lost our way, and make a U-Turn; turning around, we run into God’s open arms. As followers of Christ, we easily lose our fervor and faithfulness. I need revival.

“Revive me according to Thy loving kindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Thy mouth (Psalm 119:88 NAS).” Where did the psalmist go when seeking revival? “If Thy law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Thy precepts, For by them Thou hast revived me (Psalm 119:92-93 NAS).” The call to repent is heaven sent. The progression is clear. Repentance leads me to revival and rejoicing!

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Soft Crosses

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By louis gander

I’m under the leaves of tall coconut trees,
(on trunks that are warped in a curve).
They rustle up high in the oft windy sky.
Enjoying the shade, I observe…

…the Heavens above that are filled so with love
and grace only God can bestow –
from free virgin birth for the people on earth.
I ask, “Have I failed Him so?”

Am I like the leaves that everyone sees,
that wave to and fro in the wind,
drawing attention as if I’m important?
Could that, my dear friends, be a sin?

His sheep, under wool, must be fully faithful –
not warped as the coconut trees.
How is it fitting if I am still sitting –
not helping the poor “least of these”?

How disconcerted am I that Christ suffered?
I hold my small cross close to me.
Genteel, I’m living, but what am I giving?
Are soft crosses not meant to be?

Oh, should I be stunned if my cross isn’t cushioned?
I’m carefree- and comforts I seek!
Is love, au contraire, to this cross that I bear
as others are hungry and weak?

Our God sits above and He fills us with love.
We’re blessed with His soft, gentle breeze –
on tropical islands with soft, idle hands,
enjoying a lifetime of ease.

I’m under the leaves of tall coconut trees,
(on trunks that are warped in a curve).
They rustle up high in the oft windy sky.
Enjoying the shade, I observe…

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Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
“No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

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Walking in the Spirit – By Joseph Parker

Galatians 5:16-26I say then: Walk in the Spirit, & you shall not fulfill the lust’s of the flesh.For the Flesh lust’s against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the Flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.But if you are lead by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like: of which I tell you beforehand, just I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.But the fruit of the spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL, Against such there is no law.And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (NKJV)

Walking in the Spirit

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THE SPIRIT IS OUR FIREWALL See we can refuse to do the best for our lives because we refuse to listen to the Spirit of God. In so we commit the sin of idolatry. We must show to our selves that we follow our LORDS CALL!!!!!! By listening we become more comfortable with what the lord leads us through. Could we be just playing a card when we call us Christians but lets start to discover our power-filled-lives in the spirit

THE SPIRIT IS OUR COMFORT We must see and listen to be used and comforted by the spirit. Our Lord beckons us to call upon him for our needs. He is our provider and assurity for he knows all that will be and was and is. He wants to be a help to you my friends. Please listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit, Obey it, follow.
THE SPIRIT IS OUR HELP  He has determined to help us reach our full potentials. When we realize this it will transform your’s and mines lives forever. Whom can we trust if not the Spirit of the loving living God? God has only the best intention for you my friends. We can be better off with being people of integrity by following the leading’s of the spirit. He is not loud or bold but is compassionate. He wants you to succeed for any one who cares would want that for you. Please understand that God is for YOU!! He is your encouragement.

Application

PRAY AS A CONVERSATION  prayer is meant to be conversation with God not always a petition. He wants to have that deep connection most of your earthly friends have with you. We have this Hope in spite of our circumstances. God wants you, to become the true you!!!!! You don’t know you until you know Jesus.

STUDY GODS WORD(THE BIBLE) His word has never been broken. It still is the most reliable ancient text out today. It might be the only one that actually transforms lives. The Bible actually is sixty-six books that don’t contradict each other. Sometimes it seams like it but what was said may have been written either at a different time or the persons has two different vantage points so if we look we can find these connections. God wants us to be able to discern what is happening. The word holds the key to our problems. Study will enlighten you of Gods love for you. Final thought We can be more fulfilled with less because of the comfort of the spirit. We can grow our relationships better because we finally understand what could have been the worst situation, to die for your enemies. We are called to love in-spite of there response to us. Christ gives us this charge so we must follow.

Conclusion

If we understand this right walking in the spirit simply means to be empowered by God to do His will. His will is to use your life to be a living sacrificial testimony of His Love two every person

About the Author: A former Episcopal Lay-minister now doing evangelistic ministry through this new media.

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