Monday, November 2, 2009

Holy Spirit - "Do nothing/ teachings /Dennis/ Aunty Beverly

These days the voice of the holy spirit is stronger. The other day while driving on my way to see my colleagues at Brickfields I sensed a strong message “DO NOTHING”. I said “What Lord. I want to buy my friends doughnuts. Are you saying not to buy them doughnuts?” I did not hear anything else so I purchased the doughnuts from Mid Valley. As I drove out he said “Just rest in the Lord. Do nothing”. Oh I see. I understand Lord.

I used to have this sense of self pity that even my colleagues are not interested in my state of affairs. I know it’s not true because of my sound mind but now I realize it is a condemnation from the devil. It is such freedom to know this truth and to just stand firm on what God says about me and that is sufficient for me. I had a good time with my colleagues free from any negative impressions and even managed to testify to one of my colleagues. We were out having lunch and suddenly I was worried I would get a fine for double parking. She told me “You pray to your Godlah”. So I did. And I also remembered he said “Just rest in the Lord. Do nothing”. So after praying, I continued chatting till lunch was over and when we both reached the car, there was no parking fine. Whew! Praise the Lord! Such are little lessons for me daily to just go with the flow and to listen for His voice.

I learned from Deeper Life Seminar which was like a refresher course for me for what I learned in CCF many years ago about the Holy Spirit. So, I wanted to share with you to refresh your memory and also to check up the bible verses during your quiet time.

The holy spirit:

- Is a distinct person (Matthew 28:18), NOT a force like “The force be with you”

- Is not tongues (some groups may believe so). He gives the ability to speak in tongues but is not tongues

- Is not a part of God. He is God but there are no 3 Gods. They are 3 in one.

- He is to be treated as God (Acts 5:3,4)

- He lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16)

- He is everywhere. In Psalm 139:7 it is written “Where can I go from your spirit”. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere the same time. The devil is not omnipresent though he wants you to think so. He makes his little demons to run around.

God is ominipotent. In Luke 1:37, it is written “For nothing is impossible for God”. He is all powerful, unlimited in power and ability. “I can do all things IN CHRIST who gives me strength”. In Acts 10:38 it is written, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”

That same power is within us which we must learn to exercise our authority. We have the holy spirit in us and we have the ability to cast out demons and put it under our feet. This is really important for us to take home because most of the time we play down the spiritual realm and when we feel afraid or angry or in habitual sin, we just carry on doing so and think it is just human nature and try picking ourselves up on our own strength. I does not work that way once we are Christians. We can discern our weakness and what the bible says we are. We can discern our weaknesses and the thoughts injected into our minds form the evil one and we can cast it out in the name of Jesus.

Once we understand we have the following, we can live a new life and the old self will just have to go (and we DON'T even have to make an effort to change):

- God’s omnipotence in us (more powerful than the devil for “He who is in us in greater than He who is in the world”)
- The Name of Jesus
- The Word of God

I have heard people say I have changed but I don’t realize it or I can’t quite grasp what I have done because I didn’t do anything. To me, I am just seeking Him and growing in the Lord with the least of effort because I know the Holy Spirit is in me guiding me. John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Interestingly, in 1 John 2:27 it says “ do not need anyone to teach you”. This is so true at the beginning of my journey because the holy spirit gives me revelation, opens my eyes to give me knowledge from the bible, from sermons, from friends and family. But Margaret Falls says there is also a time of learning from outside in seminars, church etc as some saints (Christians) have been given gifts to teach- to equip other saints.

Ephesians 4:11-12
”It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

For example, William Fay who equips Christians with his teaching on how to “Share Jesus without Fear”. Our homegroup has just started with his book and cd and it is really powerful yet simple. We were very blessed by Dennis’ sharing and teaching last Friday. We are learning from Dennis as he is a living example of evangelism as a lifestyle. We are really so happy to have him back in the Lord free from discouragement, his soul arise! Praise the Lord!

Yesterday, during quiet time after still claiming healing for Aunty Beverly and casting out the spirit of death, fear and pain, I sensed the holy spirit prompting me to give her a call to lay hands on her to pray a prayer of healing for her. I know she is at her last moments from the sms received so it was a bit awkward to ask Uncle Tet Shin. But I felt I had to because I have to obey. So I did. Then, I heard from Uncle Tet Shin that she is mostly unconscious, that they hear God’s prompting that this is His sovereign will and they must obey. That there is a time and place for everything and to pray for her comfort. If they hear God’s rhema to them, then I have to let go and I started to cry. Ps Sasha, Ps Chris and Elaine prayed for me after class to be free from any guilt or condemnation, for the holy spirit to comfort me (Acts 9:31). And on the way home, I prayed for the holy spirit to comfort Aunty Beverly and to take away all her pain.

As Charles Spurgeon wrote:

"God the Holy Ghost is a very loving Comforter. I am in distress, and want consolation. Some passer-by hears of my sorrow, and he steps within, sits down and essays to cheer me; he speaks soothing words; but he loves me not, he is a stranger, he knows me not at all, he has only come in to try his skill; and what is the consequence? His words run o'er me like oil upon a slab of marble—they are like the pattering rain upon the rock; they do not break my grief; it stands unmoved as adamant, because he has no love for me. But let someone who loves me dearly as his own life come and plead with me, then truly his words are music; they taste like honey; he knows the password of the doors of my heart, and my ear is attentive to every word; I catch the intonation of each syllable as it falls, for it is like the harmony of the harps of heaven. Oh, there is a voice in love, it speaks a language which is its own, it is an idiom and an accent which none can mimic; wisdom cannot imitate it; oratory cannot attain unto it; it is love alone which can reach the mourning heart; love is the only handkerchief which can wipe the mourner's tears away. And is not the Holy Ghost a loving Comforter? Dost thou know, O saint, how much the Holy Spirit loves thee? Canst thou measure the love of the Spirit? Dost thou know how great is the affection of His soul towards thee? Go, measure heaven with thy span; go, weigh the mountians in the scales; go, take the ocean's water, and tell each drop; go, count the sand upon the seals wide shore; and when thou hast accomplished this, thou canst tell how much He loveth thee. He has loved thee long; He has loved thee well; He loved thee ever; and He still shall love thee. Surely He is the person to comfort thee, because He loves. Admit Him, then, to your heart, O Christian that He may comfort you in your distress. "

The Holy Spirit loves us very much. Admit Him then into your heart.

1 comment:

  1. hi bunny
    actually, you are not doing nothing, you are doing the most by obeying and seeking! alas, christians fall because they have stopped obeying and seeking, thus grieving the Holy Spirit. see, you are so deeply immersed in His love that obedience and seeking have become yr 2nd nature! praise the lord!