“Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I [THE ROCK that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings”
“For they drank from the spiritual ROCK that traveled with them, and THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST”
(Ps 61:1-4; 1Cor 10:4)
“Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” (Eph 5:18)
To be filled with the Holy Spirit is God’s command. It is not a once and for all times experience. You need to be filled always. After pouring out to others, as you do ministry, you need to be re-filled again. You need to have faith that the Holy Spirit is willing and able to fill you. You need to trust the love of God your Father. You need to present your body as a ‘living sacrifice’ and pray that you be filled. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is an experience. You shall feel the filling. It is like drinking water on a hot day. It is like wine, sweet and strong. It is not just a wish or an imagination. You shall become happy beyond expression. You shall pray in tongues as easy as you breathe.
Let me try to explain further… If your heart’s capacity is one liter (for example) and there is one liter of water inside, that is called full. But if God enlarges your heart, your vision of Him, your spiritual capacity for ministry, then one liter of water will only be half full. You will feel a need for more filling! You will feel thirsty for more of Jesus! You will long to worship Him more…That is why the command “Be filled with the Holy Spirit” demands a continuous exercise! Pray: “Moreeeeeee……”
“Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy;
And then I heard my Savior speaking:
“Draw from my well that never shall run dry”.
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!”
May the Holy Spirit ignite the desire, the passion in you to be filled with the Spirit of Jesus!
We shall dedicate our new sanctuary in December. This is our poster!
“I cannot do it (I am not able to do it; It is beyond my power to do this)” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires (a favorable answer of peace)” (Gen 41:16)
Joseph stands before the greatest man alive at that time. Pharaoh has the power to kill him or free him. Jehovah God sent a dream to Pharaoh and none of his ministers could interpret it. God gave Joseph a dream as a young man. He also gave him the gift to interpret other’s dreams. He was successful in the past in this ministry. He has enough experience to be confident about his skill. His fame has gone before him. The ‘drama’ is set for him to promote himself. But no, standing before Pharaoh, Joseph remains calm, patient and humble. He refuses to fall to the temptation to give glory to himself for the gift of God. He clearly says: “I am not able to interpret your dreams…”
He then directs Pharaoh’s attention to the God of Israel who is his father’s God. He clearly says that only Jehovah God can help the King of Egypt. This is a direct and dangerous provocation to the deity of Pharaoh who people believed he is a god. But the Holy Spirit has prepared the road before His servant who spent 13 years in slavery and prison for such an encounter like this. He interprets the dreams and proposes a 14 years plan to save Egypt from destruction. Pharaoh cannot resist the divine wisdom of Joseph.
What is the lesson for us? This is the road to supernatural promotion, to walk in the favor of God which is given only to the truly humble. Be like Joseph! Pray and make a covenant with God that from today, until your last breath, you shall always give God all the glory for your gifts, blessings and ministry! You shall hate pride! You shall refuse to promote yourself! Then, your success is assured! You shall be an ambassador of the Prince of Peace wherever you go! You shall be a servant of Christ to all people everywhere! You shall be a leader of men! There is no greater ‘job’ that that! Amen!
“This book is like a puzzle. The daily readings look like scattered pieces, some long and some short. It may seem that there is no particular ‘connection’ between them. You may not see ‘the picture’ initially, but patiently arrange the pieces together. Like a necklace made of pearls, the only string holding them is the Holy Spirit. See these pages as daily food for your spirit and medicine for your body and soul. These are also weapons of righteousness, strong enough to defeat the powers of darkness affecting your environment. Each day has ‘a prophetic’ declaration, reminding us of the treasures we have as believers in Christ. We tend to forget the power of truth spoken aloud. Just to be reminded that ‘I am a child of God!’ is enough to stir my soul each day. This ‘spirit of faith’ is the engine and the power ‘to produce’ miracles”
(from my book)
(available from Amazon.com or our church’s bookshop)
“A Psalm of David: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me; bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Ps 103:1, 2)
Do you know what the middle verse in the Bible is? Do you know what the Holy of holies of the Word of God is? Do you know the very heart of the scriptures? It is Psalm 103:1, 2!!! The KJV has an even number of verses (31,102) and, thus, does not have a single middle verse. The “middle verses” are Psalm 103:1-2, with 15,550 verses before and after.
This is a revelation! What does God want from us? He wants us to Praise and worship Him! God wants us to bless His Holy Name! God wants us to always remember His benefits; his many acts of kindness, His favor and His rewards for our service! God wants us to be grateful and openly to show our appreciation to Him for everything He has done for us! This is the heart of the hearts of spirituality! Praise the Lord!!!!!
“But others mocking said: “They are filled with new wine.” (Ac 2:13)
This is the definition of mocking:
*To treat with ridicule or contempt; malicious belittling;
*To imitate, to mimic as to resemble closely just for fun
*To frustrate another’s hopes or efforts; to cause another to appear irrelevant, ineffectual, or impossible
This is my testimony: As an unbeliever I ignorantly practiced wickedness. I somehow learned the terrible skill of mocking others. I will imitate their voice, their accent, their style of walking. My friends and I will laugh and laugh. By ridiculing them I will try to present myself as better than them. This was a game of pride. In particular, I use to mimic the religious people, the born again Spirit filled Christians. To me, they look crazy, weird, clownish, stupid and confused. They were an easy prey. They could not defend themselves well. When I ask them why do they pray so loud, why do they weep, why do they sing off key like the drunkards? They will say that it is because the Holy Spirit ‘pushes’ them to do so. That was very funny to me and the mocking continued…
This was my life until I became saved. I repented of my sins. I came to the Cross and I gave my life to Christ. Then the Holy Spirit filled me. From that moment on, I became ‘worst’ than the people I use to mock in the past. Right now I am technically drunk in the Holy Ghost. You may mock my religion, my accent, my fashion style, my body or my singing. I understand… I do not judge you… But try to look beyond my ‘foolishness’ and see the reality of my Savior who indeed has changed my life. Since Christ has come into my heart and filled me with His Spirit I lost all my fears, all my inferiority complexes, all my doubts and all my wicked social skills. I am now at peace with God, with myself and with others. The wine of the Holy Spirit is sweet to my soul. I forgot the taste of bitter poisonous struggle for fame. I know for sure that I have eternal life. The mockery of others does not touch me. It cannot frustrate my hope for it is rooted in eternal glory. It cannot hinder my efforts to worship, to minister to the Lord or to preach to sinners. Mocking me shall fail for I cannot be discouraged by men or devils anymore. This is my secret power. I am filled with the Holy Ghost! Today, I share my secret with you not to mock me, but to join me. For the pleasures of God are real, pure, sweet and strong! They are more than this whole world! Come to Jesus! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Jesus is Lord!