Who controls you?


Romans 8:14 & Matthew 4

Today’s reflection is on the phrase in Matthew 4:1 that stated “Jesus was led up by the Spirit”. What an example Jesus left for us to follow. He followed the Holy Spirit’s instructions. Jesus was going to face temptation. This temptation was designed to derail the plan of redemption. But Jesus knew that if he followed the Holy Spirit he would have additional help to combat the future temptation. Jesus humbled himself. Paul stated “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)

To be led by someone indicated that there is some level of submission to the person leading. It also suggest obedience to the person that is leading. My youngest son, when he was younger, would often resist his older brother’s instructions by declaring “you are not the boss of me”. I cannot but see this statement in light of my relationship to the Holy spirit. When I follow his instructions I am indicating that he is the “boss of me”. The Bible in Romans 8:14 said “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” You can know who you belong to based on how obedient you are to the instructions you are given.

We do not know what is before us, therefore, we need to rely on the one that knows all things. These lines from a song says “Where leads me I will follow, I will go without a murmur and his footsteps follow still.” So many times we refuse to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for one reason or another. This a dangerous place to be. As Jesus submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit so too we should gladly submit to his leading.

How do I know when the Holy Spirit is leading or bidding me to follow him? You have to be at a place where you are familiar with his voice. For the Christian, you have to spend extended time in prayer, Bible reading, quiet time in meditation, spend time in worship and reading and listening to those things that will edify your spirit. You cannot know the voice of someone that you have not spoken to. It is in the quiet times that I hear the Spirit. Also, evaluate the things you are pursuing, is it advancing the mission. Ask yourself this question, is what I am doing or planning on doing, going to bring glory to God and advance is kingdom? To unsaved he is leading them into righteousness (John 16:8-11).

Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit often comes in some of the following ways:
1) Sometimes it is a thought that comes to your mind as you read the bible
2) Sometimes it is your intuition,
3) Some persons have heard an audible voice
4) It could be through a dream
5) It could be a confirmation through the sermon
6) Or it can be a direct instruction from another person confirming what you’ve pondering

The important thing is not to focus on how you will hear from God but to spend quality time with him. This way when He speaks you will know without a doubt what he is saying.

Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will come to instruct us, to help us and to empower us (John 16:13). Even though the task we have to carry out is great and the road ahead is long and rocky if we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit it will be ok.

Let us not resist the leading of the Holy Spirit but follow him with all of our heart. He is indeed the “boss of me”.

Who controls you?

Whose drum beats do you march to?

Who is pulling your strings?

Is there someone else that you listen to more than the Holy Spirit?

Prayer
Lord help me to submit to your leading. I do not want to make a mistake so help me to stay close to you that way I will be more familiar with your voice. Lead me lord I will follow.

The giver of life


John 3:13-18

Form a young man until now I have had this burning desire to preach the Gospel. Back then, I was not educated in the theological meanings or arguments surrounding my faith but I knew that:
1) God love us
2) He gave His Son to die for us
3) Jesus came to earth born of a virgin name Mary
4) He demonstrate His power, He die, rose, ascended and promise He will return for those who believe

That message transformed my life and I was going to share it with as many people as possible. Jesus the life giver has extended his hands to everyone.

Today, everyone is seeking for any solution to eternal life. Modern technology has allow for so call “fountain of youth” but even that ends, there is just so much stretching the skin will take, age will eventually say enough. But there is a solution to this problem, Jesus!

John 11:25 states that he who believe in me, though he may die, he shall live.

This is the Easter message.

This mission that Jesus was on was to bring eternal life to everyone. This eternal life is restoration of a broken relationship with God.

We experience on a daily basis beginning of life and ending of life. In the business world, technology, science, sporting competition, nature and education this is evident. We are conditioned to think that everything and everyone has an end therefore it is not natural to see that death is limited.

The message of the gospel is about the giver of life, eternal life. We should shout this as loud as we can to everyone we can and in every place we can. The point is this, even though I will succumb to death and all the consequences of death, there is a promise that I will live again. I will live in a place where these ills of life will no longer exist.

Jesus always uses life given statements to describe his mission. I come that he might have life comes to mind (John 10:10). We should develop this attitude and cultivate a new vocabulary that speaks life instead of death. The message of the cross is about grace, God loving me regardless of who I am and all I have done and continue to do. This message is about a lively hope, this message is about abundant life, and this message is about a secured future in Christ.

Let us use all we possess to speak life into others. Say to someone “though you might die, you shall live” and if you suffer for His sake you shall reign with Christ. Remember life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). When we speak positive things we are speaking life.

The reality is that we who live in this life will suffer and eventually experience death. Death can mean entrance into eternal life with God (heaven) or eternal separation from God (hell). Depending on where you will end up, death/suffering have a different meaning to you in this life.

Note carefully that this prospective on life and death, suffering and pain is only available to those “who believe in me (Jesus Christ)”. Therefore, death is not a point of finality for the believer, it is just the beginning of life.

Prayer:
Lord thank you for providing an opportunity that I could experience eternal life. Help me to speak life and not death to those you place into my life. Lord provide opportunities for
me to share this life giving story to those that have not yet accepted this message.

The giver of life


John 3:13-18

Form a young man until now I have had this burning desire to preach the Gospel. Back then, I was not educated in the theological meanings or arguments surrounding my faith but I knew that:
1) God love us
2) He gave His Son to die for us
3) Jesus came to earth born of a virgin name Mary
4) He demonstrate His power, He die, rose, ascended and promise He will return for those who believe

That message transformed my life and I was going to share it with as many people as possible. Jesus the life giver has extended his hands to everyone.

Today, everyone is seeking for any solution to eternal life. Modern technology has allow for so call “fountain of youth” but even that ends, there is just so much stretching the skin will take, age will eventually say enough. But there is a solution to this problem, Jesus!

John 11:25 states that he who believe in me, though he may die, he shall live.

This is the Easter message.

This mission that Jesus was on was to bring eternal life to everyone. This eternal life is restoration of a broken relationship with God.

We experience on a daily basis beginning of life and ending of life. In the business world, technology, science, sporting competition, nature and education this is evident. We are conditioned to think that everything and everyone has an end therefore it is not natural to see that death is limited.

The message of the gospel is about the giver of life, eternal life. We should shout this as loud as we can to everyone we can and in every place we can. The point is this, even though I will succumb to death and all the consequences of death, there is a promise that I will live again. I will live in a place where these ills of life will no longer exist.

Jesus always uses life given statements to describe his mission. I come that he might have life comes to mind (John 10:10). We should develop this attitude and cultivate a new vocabulary that speaks life instead of death. The message of the cross is about grace, God loving me regardless of who I am and all I have done and continue to do. This message is about a lively hope, this message is about abundant life, and this message is about a secured future in Christ.

Let us use all we possess to speak life into others. Say to someone “though you might die, you shall live” and if you suffer for His sake you shall reign with Christ. Remember life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). When we speak positive things we are speaking life.

The reality is that we who live in this life will suffer and eventually experience death. Death can mean entrance into eternal life with God (heaven) or eternal separation from God (hell). Depending on where you will end up, death/suffering have a different meaning to you in this life.

Note carefully that this prospective on life and death, suffering and pain is only available to those “who believe in me (Jesus Christ)”. Therefore, death is not a point of finality for the believer, it is just the beginning of life.

Prayer:
Lord thank you for providing an opportunity that I could experience eternal life. Help me to speak life and not death to those you place into my life. Lord provide opportunities for
me to share this life giving story to those that have not yet accepted this message.

Jesus was led by the Spirit


“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Matthew 4:1

Understanding the eminent nature of His ministry, and the temptation to come, Jesus followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine that Jesus, with full knowledge of what would unfold in the next 3 1/2 years, did not rush into ministry, but waited in prayer?

Waiting is always painful especially when you have confirmation and knowledge that what you are praying about is approved.

Jesus knew his mission but humbled himself in prayer and waiting.

Sometimes we ask God, why do I have to wait so long?
Why does it seem like those who put in less effort is more successful that me?
Why doesn’t the church or the leader recognize my calling?

I have learnt that we should replace the why questions with prayer and waiting.

I have come to understand that there are situations that I must experience in order to be ready for God to use me.

There are steps to follow, in sequence, before God elevates.

As a child of God every experience is designed to prepare me for the task ahead.
Therefore, I will wait in the presence of God. Here is what I do:
• I must wait in prayer.
• I spend adequate amount of time praying and seeking God’s directions.
• I should stay in the presence of God where I will not be interrupted.

Why should I wait in prayer? This attitude prepares us, it causes us to be tough enough to hold on even through the rough times, it makes us soft enough to bear with those that are weaker than us and it clarifies the mission thereby helping us to stay focus.

Prayer:
Lord while I do not understand all I am going through, help me to wait on you in prayer. I need to stay in your presence uninterrupted. Help me not to resist when you are leading me to wait in prayer and to remain in your presence.