The Knowledge of God . . .

“I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things You have done. I will be filled with JOY because of You. I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1

With all that is going on in the world, and the many different perspectives of God verses science, there is an urgent need for us, as Christians, to speak up about our Faith. About Faith in general.

You know, Faith in what God can do, for a Christian, is not blindly walking through life hoping that good things will happen. Having said that, HOPE is A Confident Expectation that Something Good is Going to Happen. But HOPE that is based on a solid foundation in God, whom I KNOW and TRUST.

Getting to know God is not just going to church on Sunday. Which we can’t do at the moment anyway. To be able to KNOW God we must spend time with Him as in any other relationship. Open the Bible today and read the Gospel of John and some Psalms. Psalms 23,27,121, and 139, are good ones to start with. Get to know WHO God is, that He has your back, and all about His unending LOVE. His awesome MERCY and PATIENCE. His amazing GRACE.

I KNOW that God exists, and that He is capable of providing, healing, saving, and delivering me from anything in life. I know because of my own personal experiences. I have had prayer for a bad toothache and it instantly went away. I have prayed for a young girl in pain with cancer, and the pain instantly left. I have met God as His love showed me WHO He is at the birth of my first child. I have had $1,000 placed in my hand (by someone who did not know me or my circumstances) to do what I wanted to do with it. It just so happens that I needed exactly that amount at the time to get our belongings out of storage after we came back from some time overseas. I have had food, clothing, shelter all provided for at times that they were needed most.

Coincidences? I don’t believe in them. God provides. I could go on . . .

I’ve had help with different health issues over the years, and I have been set free from the depressive negativity that overcomes the mind at times in my life. In fact God has changed me from a bad-tempered, aggressive, depressive, negative, pain in the neck, to a way more peaceful, forgiving, understanding and thankful person.

There’s no way we are here on this earth to suffer all the pain, grief and loss, that we do for nothing. The value of human life is far too great to just dismiss it and relegate it to nothing at the end of life. If there is no after-life, nothing to strive for, then why not just allow us all to do what we want regardless of consequences. People these days are looking for ways to live forever. Well, that’s exactly what God wants us to do, with Him, for eternity. Live forever.

I beg every single soul reading this article, to look to God in these very challenging, fearful, and uncertain times. Because the world is only feeding us with all those negative things, we need to search for the ONE who can help us through it all.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to free us from the uncertainty, the fear, the death we will experience for eternity, if we do not turn to HIM for our Salvation, which comes from Him alone through Jesus.

Through Jesus we can be forgiven, we can love and forgive our enemies, which sets us free from fear and anxiety and hatred, which in turn brings peace and hope to our souls.

God did not send this virus, however He often will use times like this to bring us to a place of searching our souls for something more to sustain us, than we have been relying on in the past. Searching for truth will cause change in our hearts, and that’s a good thing, because God always reveals Himself to those who genuinely are seeking for Him.

SEPTEMBER 2020

 

 

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 . . .