Who is your closest friend or guide? We all have friends but they are not all on the same level of friendship, some are closer than others and one is closer than the rest. However, there is a personality that is closer to me than any friend that I may ever have, and He is the Holy Spirit. In this article I will be sharing more on the Holy Spirit as my closest friend and guide.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" - Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV, emphasis mine).
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 (NKJV).
I have many friends but none is dear to me as the Holy Spirit. My human friends are wonderful and very helpful, but I won't trade the Holy Spirit for any of them. My friends are so limited in their ability to help and guide me. They don't stay with me all the time, they have other things to do too and they can only help me up to the level of knowledge they have.
When you say, “I can manage this problem by myself, Lord,” God says, “Okay, you do it then.” But when you say, “Help me, Lord! I need You. I cannot do this on my own,” God says, “Good, I have been waiting for you to say that. You cannot, but I can. Now, watch Me!” That is how God is—He loves it when you depend on Him.
You see, when you think that you are strong and don’t need God, He cannot help you. But when you need Him and look to Him, He will not leave you weak and helpless. He comes and becomes the strength of your life. He becomes the breakthrough that you need.
A church member with a smoking habit came to me one day and said, “Pastor Prince, please pray that God will help me. I want to stop my smoking habit.”
I told him simply, “You cannot, but God can.”
He replied, “Yes, I know that I can’t. But with God’s help, I will discipline myself and try my best to quit the habit.”
I told him, “No, you cannot, but God can.” I repeated this to him a few times until he realized that it was not his self-discipline or willpower that would help him overcome his smoking habit, but the power of God. He finally understood that true deliverance from this destructive habit would not come by his own strength, but by “[being] strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
God’s going to get you for that! Most of us have said that kind of thing jokingly for years. We’ve somehow believed that God slaps us down with pain and punishment every time we sin. But that’s just not true. There are deadly wages for sin, but God is not the one who’s doling them out.
You see, the Bible tells us there’s been a curse in effect for thousands of years. And the devil is the cause of it, not the Lord God. God gave warning of it in Deuteronomy 30:19. After describing in detail the blessings that fall upon those who followed God and the terrible suffering that would befall those who separated themselves from Him, He said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
he redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and [grief] shall flee away.
Did you know that as a believer you’ve been redeemed from the curse of grief and sorrow by the blood of Jesus Christ? You don’t have to put up with them any more than you have to put up with sin or sickness or disease.
God started teaching me about this personally several months before my mother went home to be with Him in August 1988. Every time He’d show me something about it, I’d put it into practice. (You ought to do that with anything God is teaching you. Start practicing it now, and you can walk in it when the time comes!)
So, eight and a half months before my mother left, I began standing against grief and sorrow. I made a decision to “sorrow not.” Immediately the devil began to attack my emotions.
God is the God of hearts. He does not look only at the exterior of a person, or even the things a person does, and judge the individual by that criterion. Man judges the flesh, but God judges the heart.
It is possible to do good works and still have a wrong heart attitude. It is also possible to do some things wrong but still have a right heart on the inside. God is much more inclined to use a person with a good heart and a few problems than He is to use a person who seems to have it all together but who has a wicked heart.
It is very important that we get in touch with our inner life and our heart attitude, the way we feel and think about things (what the Bible calls the hidden man of the heart), if we want to hear from God and live in close relationship with Him.
When God seeks to promote someone, He chooses a person after His own heart.
Whatever your challenge is today, whether it is physical, emotional, financial or marital, the great I Am declares to you: “I am to you what you need Me to be.”
Do you need healing? He says, “I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26). And as you believe Me, you will see your healing manifest thirtyfold, sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
Are you groping in the dark, not knowing what to do? He says, “I am the light of the world (John 8:12). When you walk in Me, you will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Are you looking for a way out of a bad situation? He says, “I am your deliverer. I will reach down from on high, take hold of your hand and draw you out of the deep waters” (see Psalm 18:2,16).
Are you wondering if there is more to life than merely existing from day to day? He says, “I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). I came to give you life. And where there is life, there cannot be death. You will have life and life more abundantly” (see John 10:10).
Are you fearful of what is ahead of you? He says, “I am the good shepherd (John 10:11), who leads you to pastures of tender, green grass and waters of rest. You will not suffer lack” (see Psalm 23:1–3).
Are you confused by the opinions and reports of man? He says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (Revelation 1:11). I have the final word in your life. The doctors do not have the final word. The experts do not have the final word. I have the first word and the last word in your situation.”
My friend, do not be fearful of the problems you face. The great I Am declares to you, “Fear not! For I am to you what you need Me to be!”
The soul is the place where the life force resides, from the first life breath that began our lifetime to the moment our last and final breath is expelled. This is the most sacred place in the human body; yet all too easily its existence is ignored as it thirsts for the best we can become to materialize.
A thirsty soul is the result of ignoring and failing to cultivate the traits that set us apart from other life forms. Compassion, empathy, kindness, sympathy and even remorse for wrong actions all provide the nourishment that refreshes our soul. Our highest consciousness exists within our soul. Ignoring these traits effectively burns our soul, leaving a seared consciousness that has no conscience. No integrity, morality, principles or ethics exist in the person with a seared conscience; the very best any person could be becomes buried in the rubble of resistance to those higher traits.
Do you know Jesus as Christ and are you enjoying His blessedness? A personal understanding of Jesus as your Christ is the beginning of great blessings from God. Accepting Jesus as your Christ enables you to exercise your faith so that He can offer you all He can as Christ. This article helps you to reach out and enjoy all the blessedness of Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made - John 1:1-3 (NKJV).
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth - John 1:14 (NKJV).
Don't underestimate the power of prayer. When I talk about prayer, I mean talking to God just like the words on this page are talking to you now. I am not talking about saying The Lord's Prayer or a standard, memorized prayer.
The Lord's Prayer, taken from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter six and verses nine through thirteen, is a prayer that is used throughout many religious organizations. In my church, which is Presbyterian, we recite The Lord's Prayer during our worship service.
TEXT: PSALM 103:7
” He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel ”
Miracle-seekers will keep seeking miracles, and those who allow God to use them to work miracles will keep experiencing miracles upon miracles. It is easier for those who hunger for the working of miracles to have more miracles in their lives than those who are just after receiving miracles. So, as believers, seeking to understand the workings of the miraculous is more beneficiary than seeking to just receive miracles. From our text, Moses understood His ways, so, he had no need to cry for miracles, he was having it as needed, but the children of Israel who merely experienced the miracles needed to cry for miracles every day.
For you to understand the ways to the miraculous, you must be ready to respect every instruction of the Lord. The ways to signs and wonders is in total obedience to the instructions of the Lord. Moses couldn’t have become a miracle worker if he had not done all God asked him to do. God asked him to return to Egypt where he had been declared wanted for murder, Moses returned, when he was asked to put his hands in his bossom, he did, when he got to Egypt, he was asked to throw his rod down to become serpents, he did. As he was obeying the Lord, he was experiencing the wonders of the Lord. When you simply follow God’s instructions, it will be easy for signs and wonders to follow you.
The ways to the miraculous also lies in having time to fellowship with the Lord. You see, if you do not give enough time to really study your bible, listen to messages of other servants of the Lord and pray in the spirit, it will be very difficult to work in the miraculous. You need time, I mean quality time to be in His presence daily praising God, reading your bible and praying prayers of faith before you could begin to understand the ways of the Lord. Moses was always on the mountain(His presence) fasting and praying often. Luke 24:49 says
Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry…until you are endued with power from on high.”
The anointing of God is available in the presence of God if one has enough time to fellowship with Him. The longest time the Israelites fasted in the wilderness was 3 days at once because they were looking for miracles but Moses had to fast up till 40 days at once because he wanted to work miracles. The longer we have time for Him, the better his presence rob on us. The Apostles of Jesus said in Acts 6:4 ” but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word”. Working in the miraculous requires having time for Him. And lastly, the way to the miraculous is to keep attempting great things for the Lord. Pray for the sick, ask the dead to rise, command deliverance for the oppressed in the name of Jesus etc and signs and wonders will follow you.
Father, let my desire to live in your presence daily increase so that I can walkk in the miraculous in the name of Jesus.