Holy Spirit : My Peace, Hope, and Joy . . .

Day 1

I used to be quite a bad-tempered person, particularly in my teenage/young adult years. I’ve slammed doors into the wall so hard, kicked things, or the wall, thrown things so ferociously, that I either made a hole or broke a window. I couldn’t tell you when I realized that my temper had gone, all I know is that when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and received His Peace, Hope and Joy on the inside through baptism in water and the Holy Spirit, I became a new creature.

Having been raised a Catholic, there came a time I really did believe and say the creed from my heart. Then a little while later I got prayed over to receive Jesus into my heart and receive the Holy Spirit. I had never heard anyone speak in tongues before so I respectfully declined that part of the process.

Then, 12-18 months later, 8 months pregnant with my third child, sitting on the end of my bed reading a book on the Holy Spirit by Kenneth Hagin, I got baptised in the Holy Spirit, and spoke in tongues!

God is so good. He knows the perfect time for each of us to take our next step with Him.

When you decide to ask Jesus to come and live in your heart, take the next step as well, and even if you were baptised as a baby, make the commitment to be baptised in water as a born-again new creation and receive the Holy Spirit along with it.

Each of us, as adults, must make our own personal decision for Christ some time in our lives.

Baptism is the outward witness of the commitment to Jesus that has been made. Going down under the water we die with Him, and then are raised to new life as we come up again.

The day I was baptised was the most exciting day of my Christian life.

What I’m saying is : Holy Spirit gives me power from on high to stick with it when things are tough, and not give up. He brings a peace, hope and joy into my life, even in really bad times, that keeps my faith strong. It’s not by my might that I live each day, but by the power of the Spirit of God.

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DAY 2
Psalm 4:8 ~ “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, do make me to dwell in safety.”

DAY 3
John 14:25-27 ~ But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

DAY 4
Acts 1:8 ~ “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Acts 2:3,4 ~ “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

DAY 5
Romans 8:9-11 ~ “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”

DAY 6
Romans 15:13 ~ “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

DAY 7
Titus 3:4-7 ~ “But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

WANT MORE ? ~ Try all of Romans chapter 15.

If you would like to pray the prayer of Salvation, and give your heart to Jesus Christ, there is a link at the top of this page.

Also, for an explanation of how to use this devotional, see my earlier blog : Walking with God . . .

 

The Psalms and the Armour of God . . .

The Psalms are full of David’s pleas to God in the midst of his calamity and depression. It was like he was on a roller coaster, up one minute, down the next, then round the bend, and finally on the straight and narrow. But in all of his ups and downs he always called out to, and relied upon God to deliver him.

His declarations that the Lord was a refuge for him, a high tower and a stronghold in times of trouble carried him through.

I have been reading the Psalms in the Amplified Bible and of ‘trouble’ it says : high cost, destitution and desperation. David also prayed that God would lighten the eyes of his faith so that he could behold God’s face in the pitch-like darkness (of destitution and desperation), lest he sleep the sleep of death. David knew that if he didn’t stay on track with God, no matter what was happening in his life, that he would lose all faith and trust in the Only One who could or would deliver him out of the darkness.

At this time in David’s life, King Saul was out to kill him out of jealousy of David’s great feats and his huge popularity. David spent quite some time hiding out in the hills and caves, crying out to God to deliver him. His endless praises to God, his declarations of God as his fortress, his deliverer, his stronghold, his high tower, and also how God’s way is perfect and brings the shield of Salvation, came before God, into His very ears.

When David became aware that God had heard him, he pursued his enemies. He acted by faith that God had girded him with strength for the battle and he went on the offensive, knowing that he had God’s favour and protection, instead of spending the rest of his days on the defensive. He had spent so much time in crying out to God in prayer, intercession and travail, that his faithfulness had brought him to a place where he could shout :

“ The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the refuge and stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

At the end of this Psalm he states very confidently, pretty much as a testimony :

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord ; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for, and hope for, and expect the Lord.”

So because of David’s great tenacity in pursuing God’s blessings and favour, he now calls God his strength and impenetrable shield, and he has come to rely on, trust, and confidently lean on Him for help. This causes his heart to greatly rejoice and sing praises to the Lord. God turns David’s mourning into dancing and great gladness, and he sings to God a new song, committing his very spirit into God’s hands.

To the end that his tongue and his heart and everything glorious within him sang praise to God and could not be silent.

“Oh Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

In the secret place of God’s presence, he was being hidden from the plots of men, knowing that all those who trust in the Lord and rely upon and confidently lean upon Him, shall be compassed about (circled) with mercy and lovingkindness.

God is righteous and just. He is merciful and loving, and in fact, His lovingkindness extends to the skies, and His faithfulness to the clouds. In other words, He is everywhere. How precious is His love.

We can, as David did, take refuge and put our trust under the shadow of His wings.

“For with God is the fountain of life ; In His light, we see light.”

When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts. He will draw us up out of the pit of destruction, and out of the miry clay, and set us upon a rock (Jesus) steadying our steps and establishing our goings. He will put a new song into our mouths, songs of praise to our God.

As children of the New Covenant we can still draw upon, and will always be able to draw upon, all of the benefits that David had, but we also have a new mandate. And that is that Jesus commands us to :

‘Love our enemies, and our neighbours as ourselves.’

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Today, as children of the New Covenant, bought for us by Jesus’ blood and His forgiveness of mankind’s sin, we no longer fight with flesh and blood, or in other words, with physical opponents ; but our fight is against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places, or in other words, the devil and all his nasty cohort who are each day trying to bring us down. David recognised this and fought it with God’s words that were in his heart.

So in Ephesians 6:13-17 we are told to put on our armour, the full armour of God. And having done all possible through prayer and supplication to God, to stand in faith. This armour is :

* The Helmet of Salvation
* The Breastplate of Righteousness
* The Shield of Faith
* The Belt of Truth
* The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
* Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace

Praying at all times in the Spirit.

This is how we prepare for the battles of this life ~

1. We need to come to a place in our hearts where we  desire to make Jesus Lord of our lives ~ This is the Helmet of Salvation.
2. We need to live holy and clean and sin free lives ~ This is the Breastplate of Righteousness.
3. We need to put all our trust in God, as David did ~ This is our Shield of Faith.
4. We need to get into God’s Word regularly and  discover Him and His Will ~ This is the Belt of Truth.
5. We need to make His Word real in our lives by meditating upon what we read and learning it and confessing it before others, and keeping in tune with it by expecting revelation from Holy Spirit ~ This is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
6. We need to be prepared to take His Word to others ~ This is the Gospel of Peace.

You will find all the references to the above in Psalms 1-37.

Son of God . . . or just a man?

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
Then He asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:13-16

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I am not going to address this from a theological point of view, for I am not a theologian. The only perspective I can present is my own, simply because of my experience as a Christian woman in today’s society.

I was raised in a Christian home, therefore have been taught about God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit all my life. However, there does come a time when we, as individuals, do need to delve into God’s Word and decide for ourselves whether or not we are going to walk with God for the rest of our earthly lives and beyond.

And there is a beyond. There is a Heaven and there is a Hell. Whether we like it or not they both exist. With all the amazing love and endurance in the world that is manifested by so many courageous and caring souls, don’t you think that there must be a loving being that those traits come from? And on the other hand, with all the despicable cruelty and unmentionable atrocities that are happening in our world, don’t you think there must be an enemy somewhere whose sole existence is to make life as miserable as possible for all of us?

Both those traits cannot come from the same being. Good and Evil cannot co-exist in one being. It’s a contradiction. It’s like any ‘good wins over evil’ movie. There is a good guy and there is a very bad guy. And we accept this. So why do we blame God for all the evil in our lives? Don’t you think there must be another force creating all the havoc?

However, it’s not up to me to try and convince you that there is a God . . .

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20

At the same time, it is very clear in the Bible that there is an enemy on the warpath . . .

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

So, what is up to me to do, is to communicate the Good News to you. And that is . . . That God in His infinite wisdom and mercy decided from the very beginning of time, on a plan, that if man in his freedom to choose, chose the wrong way, God could then put that plan into action for our Salvation. And that plan was that . . .

“This is how God loved the world : He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Ah, so now we come back to Jesus and the original question. Many believe that Jesus was just a man. Perhaps a prophet.

I believe the whole creation story. I believe in a Triune God, that is, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus came and died for me. I believe that because I have accepted what He did for me at Calvary and His resurrection, that I am going to spend eternity with Him. I believe that those who reject Jesus will spend eternity in hell separated from God. I believe in good and evil and that they come from two different sources. I believe in prayer that can change the course of events radically. I believe in healing. I believe in miracles. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that when He ascended into heaven He sent His Holy Spirit to sustain us in all things.

Why do I believe all this?

Because it all makes sense.

Why on earth are we all here, if not for a purpose.

We can’t all just exist, suffer and die for NOTHING!

God the Father is a living God who inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3)

He is not like those idols that just sit there, and cannot speak or communicate (Isaiah 44:9-20)

If you truly want to find God, and search for Him with all your heart, He will hear you and answer you (Jeremiah 29:13)

By faith I believe in Him, and by grace I have been saved. I have walked with Jesus most of my life, but the past ten years have been the closest. By reading God’s Word and discovering for myself what is in those pages, my life has changed radically.

Over the years God has provided for us in very difficult circumstances, we have never been without a place to live, He has always looked after my children, and He has walked by my side and made such a difference. I know my Redeemer lives, because I feel His presence everyday. I truly don’t know how I would survive if I had to question what happens when I die and lived in constant fear of the unknown. The Bible contains all I need to know for now and the future. It is an amazingly poetic book, particularly Psalms and Song of Solomon, and many of Paul’s letters.

Once again, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for my sins, and that He conquered death and hell and arose from the dead.

It’s simple. All you need to be saved. A sincere desire to connect with the one true God and His precious Son, Jesus. And then to walk in His love, joy, peace and truth with the help of His Holy Spirit.

I believe Jesus would like me to finish with a question for you:

Who do YOU say I am?

 

 

If you are interested in learning more, go to the top of this page and click on Prayer for Salvation.

Forgiveness

cross 1 Forgiveness is a powerful tool. When we hold on to the hurts in our lives and refuse to forgive we hinder the Holy Spirit from being able to effectively work in our lives.

In Matthew 6:14,15 Jesus tells us, “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

Why do you suppose God requires us to be forgiving? Well, its simple really. He forgave us our sins by sending His Son Jesus, to die for us. Jesus Himself, as He hung on that cross, forgave those who had tortured Him, and crucified Him. If Jesus, the Son of God, can forgive, who are we to hold grudges?

No matter how badly and unjustly we have been treated in our lives, God requires forgiveness on our part. It won’t make the memory go away or maybe not the hurt either, but it frees us from fear and anxiety and we begin to heal. Even get to a place where we can begin to pray for our aggressors. Intercede for them.

Corrie Ten Boom was an ordinary middle aged lady who was interred in a Nazi prison camp during WW2. God spoke to her at that time about the importance of not becoming bitter and unforgiving. After the war she travelled all over the world teaching about forgiveness. At that time after one of her talks, she came face to face with the very soldier from the camp who had been one of her main offenders and she shook his hand and forgave him! What a lot to forgive! You may or may not have read her two books, The Hiding Place, and Tramp for the Lord. Worth a read, if you are struggling with hurt in your life and can’t let go of feelings of resentment, hatred and vengeance. Very humbling, amazing read!

In Corrie’s words, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover that the prisoner was you.”

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
Paul Boese.

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

It’s the most amazing thing we can do in our Christian walk.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

By forgiving others, we acknowledge what Jesus did for us at Calvary. We do the same, and as we walk with Him, we grow closer and closer as He walks beside us each day.

My New Home . . .

So . . . it’s been a while . . . Since moving house (which at my 65 years was awful . . .) in June of this year 2018, my old computer died and I had to purchase a new one. I’ve had to learn all over again so much! I have had so much trouble trying to get my Blue Voda website (the other one) onto this new computer, that I thought I would give it a go here. Except, it just looks like a blog! Not what I expected! I’ve so had it with technology, that I’m just about ready to totally give up on any of it at all !!!!!!!!!! My old, old, old computer gave me so many more options for being creative. The new Publisher ~ sucks major, and now I’ve paid for a website that looks like a blog!!!

So having vented and almost gotten all of my frustrations out, I am going to attempt, seeing as I’ve paid for it, to do my best to give you all of the content  I had on my other website. Which, by the way is no longer  there. It has been cancelled. And I am enjoying the simplicity of being here. So this is it ~ my new home!

Here is some of my latest art ~

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow ~ James 1:17