In Sync w/ Holy Spirit
Too often I hear people say, “God has abandoned me, I do not feel Him anymore.” The fact is, God did not abandon us, but rather we abandoned Him. It does not take a lot to quench the Holy Spirit. If you speak out against a prophecy or any spiritual encounter or act of the Holy Spirit, He will cease to walk with you until you repent and start treating Him with respect He deserves.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the (Holy) Spirit. Do not despise prophecies.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18-20 NKJV).
There are many reasons why we must earnestly seek to please the Holy Spirit. It is so important to have the Holy Spirit guiding you through this world. Show reverence to Him and you will prosper, ignore Him and you will find yourself walking alone. Just because you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit does not give you licenses to disrespect Him. The Holy Spirit is not required to put up with your rude ways or self-appointed righteousness. After all, He is the Spirit of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
“I say then: ‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts 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 led by the Spirit, you are not under the law‘”
You must understand, what you believe is what you will do, and what you do will affect your destiny. It is important to know truth. If your doctrine is not in line with the Spirit of Truth, you cannot walk in the fullness of the Spirit of God on earth.
Christ Jesus now sits at the right-hand of the All Mighty One. We now have His Holy Spirit living amongst us. “I, (Jesus) will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).
Being born-again and being saved are not exactly synonymous. When you were born-again you were saved from eternal damnation; however, salvation does not stop there. We need to work on our salvation in this life in order to receive Christ Jesus’ promise; “I have come that they may have life, and that you may have it more abundant” (John 10:10b).
We all should be working to obtain the abundant life here and now, as it is written; “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12b-13). You must work out your salvation to be saved from potential heart disease, diabetes, and other deadly health problems. How do we do this; by practicing moderation in all things, even when we eat or drink.
The same evil spirit (demon) that drives a person to overeat is the same spirit that drives the body and soul to crave alcohol. Both will rob you of living a prosperous and abundant life.
A demon can take possession of a certain area of your soul (mind, will & emotions) causing you to do things you may or may not want to do. In this area, we have allowed a demonic foe to enter our soul deep enough we are unable to remove this evil with ease. If we feed upon the things that are evil long enough you are going to start acting like the devil by doing what you have allowed the devil to plant within your thoughts.
It starts by thinking evil thoughts. If you meditate on them long enough, your sinful thoughts will manifest through your actions. If no immediate punishment comes for committing this sin, you think it’s okay. Then you decide it’s okay being in agreement with the devil, thinking it must be alright with God. Practicing sin can be sweet to one’s flesh for a season, but, believe me, it will eventually catch up with you. When it does, you are locked into bondage until repentance and salvation are granted.
Learning the ‘Looney Tunes’
“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God”
(1 John 3:11).
You may have seen the old cartoon where the dog has a cat by the neck dangling him over an open well. In the cartoon, an angel appears on the dog’s shoulder and begins to tell him that it would not be right to drop the cat. Then on the other shoulder, the devil appears and talks the dog into dropping the poor cat into the well. The cat’s owner appears and beats the dog unmercifully. This may seem like an elementary analogy for tempting the soul, but it does have a measure of truth. This scene, which is meant to be humorous, is worth cataloging for the next time the devil tempts you. “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Learning to fear God is to understand His Spiritual Laws and how they are used to enforce His Will. If you compromise with the devil, there will be a payday eventually. Expect to be chastened (punished) by the Lord for your disobedient behavior. Knowing that when we disobey God, we are punished. This should be enough reason for us to walk in His Righteousness. Sometimes, our punishment for our disobedience comes much later, making it difficult to understand why we are being chastened. “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later” (I Timothy 5:24).
When the chastening Hand of God comes, it can be difficult to understand how the punishment relates to the sin. Most of the time we forget what sin we have committed that brought on such strange tribulations. I have discovered the closer you walk with God, the quicker the punishment comes which makes it much easier to understand why you are being punished for what you have done wrong.
The devil cannot possess our spirit! He will test and tempt our souls and body, but if we belong to God, the evil one cannot steal our eternal spirit.
Demon possession for someone who is NOT born-again is a much different situation. The person who is possessed by a demon is obviously being used to serve the evil one.
“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (I John 5:18, 19)
Every new born-again Believer’s testimony I have heard includes a statement of being delivered of some sin, habit, or major struggle. Whether it is cussing, smoking, drugs, anger, promiscuity and this list can go on; Believer’s report being set free. Usually, they share they still have one or more sin problems they are having to battle. None of them report being delivered from every problem or sin when they became a born-again Believer. They may still have problems with wanting to get drunk, chase women, or run with old friends who do evil things. Whatever sin problems you still have, God expects you to overcome them; however, if you’re serious about being set free from sin He will help you.
He desires us to show our will to serve Him by resisting the remaining temptations. We must fight the good fight of faith, believing you will receive His Reward for overcoming sin in your life.
Show me a Spirit-filled Believer that is on fire for Jesus, and I will introduce you to the devil’s worst nightmare.
To be a born-again Believer without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, is to have eternal life with Christ but little power to defend yourself in this life against the world’s temptations. Therefore, I highly advise you to ask in prayer for our Heavenly Father to make a way for you to be baptized in Jesus’ Name, which is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
“And finding some disciples he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?‘” So, they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So, they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:1-6)
Begin to pray asking our Father in Heaven to deliver you from temptation. Give your promise that you will do everything your power to resist the voice of the devil, to the one who has led you into so much trouble in your life. “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). If you ask in prayer, these things God will deliver you; however, you must do your part and that is not to give an ear to the devil again.
Make your mind up today; you will only follow One voice, the voice of the Holy Spirit. Commit yourself to obey His Voice no matter what it may bring. Doing this will open Heaven’s window of blessings and the Holy Spirit will shower you each day of your life guiding you into all truth.
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13)
Walk in the Spirit with the fire of His Power burning deep within your spirit. Knowing that He will not lead you into ruin but rather give you more than your greatest expectations. To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Holy Spirit fearing nothing on earth but the Spirit, for the Spirit is God. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
(prepared by, Kent Simpson)