Spirit-filled

I am currently taking an Old Testament class for my degree in Religion. While reading through the chapters, I have come across several great people of God. One person that stood out to me was Aaron, son of Amram and the brother of Moses. God sent Aaron to meet up with Moses so that he could help with the Exodus.(Ex.4:14, 27-30). Aaron’s mission was to “speak” for Moses. Whenever Moses would meet with Pharaoh, Aaron was his “backup”. Aaron remained faithful to his brother and was even allowed to see God’s glory while Moses was at the top of the mount. Unfortunately, Aaron decided to make a golden calf for the Israelites to idolize and worship. Once Moses came down from the mount and found out what Aaron had done, he had to intercede for his brother before God. God forgave Aaron.

Even though Moses looked out for Aaron, he (Aaron) along with his sister Miriam went behind Moses’ back about his choice in a wife. Miriam’s punishment was leprosy. Once again Moses interceded for Aaron and as a result, he(Aaron) and Miriam were forgiven. Num. 20:8-13 says, “Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink.9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock and Moses said to them, Hear now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote the rock twice. And the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe in (rely on, cling to) Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Israelites, you therefore [b]shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. These are the waters of Meribah [strife], where the Israelites contended with the Lord and He showed Himself holy among them.”

Wow, So after all Moses and Aaron went through, they didn’t get to see the promised land. I became so upset with Aaron because he had already been forgiven so many times. Then, that’s when it hit me. I thought to myself, “I make dumb mistakes repeatedly just like Aaron did and I am filled with the Holy Spirit”. That just blew my mind. We often look at people in the Bible as superstars and wish that we could be like them. The truth of the matter is, they are looking at us like, “Naw, yall the ones with the power.” Gal. 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Since we are filled with the Spirit, our lives should reflect the fruit of the Spirit. I’m not saying that we will never make mistakes, but we have something inside of us that the people in the Old Testament didn’t have (The Holy Spirit). So if God used them to do the great things we read about, imagine what we (as Spirit-filled believers) have the ability to do.

I encourage anyone reading this to meditate on scriptures on being led by the Spirit. I pray that God will open our eyes to the beauty of His glory. I pray that He will use us a vessels to spread His Word to the nations. Love you all. Amen.

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Humbled by His Grace

Acts 2:17-21 (NIV)

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions,  your old men will dream dreams.18 Even on my servants, both men and women,  I will pour out my Spirit in those days,  and they will prophesy.19 I will show wonders in the heavens above  and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

This was a prophecy given by Joel in the Old Testament (Joel 2: 28-32). The beauty of this scripture is that God promised that the Spirit would fall on ALL of us that call out His name. JESUS!!!! This verse means so much to the modern day believer, but I think a lot of us have missed it. Although we all have different callings in the kingdom, we all have the same Holy Spirit within us. When God calls us to serve, that’s exactly what we need to do..SERVE! No amount of money, number of members you have, people you know, power, etc. should ever make you treat people as if they don’t possess the same Spirit that God promised us all. 

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve such a great God. I have made millions (yes, millions) of mistakes and have fallen short of the glory. Even so, God is still faithful to me and shows me His mercy. 

I encourage you to spend some time in prayer and see what instructions the Spirit has for you. I ensure you if you follow His lead, you will live a fulfilling life. Pray for me as I approach a new phase in my life. I will most certainly be praying for you. God Bless.

True Leadership: The Need of the Modern Day Church

Exodus 32: 31-32: “So Moses returned to the Lord, and said, Oh, these people have sinned a great sin and have made themselves gods of gold!32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—and if not, blot me, I pray You, out of Your book which You have written!”

 

Wow! Now that is true leadership. Moses was willing to give up his right into heaven just to spare those that followed him! That is DEEP! As I read this scripture I thought to myself, ” I couldn’t give up my access to heaven to anyone..without a second thought.” God told Moses that he was going to destroy the Hebrew due to their rebellious nature. This meant that Moses would no longer have to hear all the moaning and groaning and all of the faithlessness. God also offered Moses to become father of a nation. An entire nation to himself? No more dealing with ungrateful people? Knowing you were going to heaven when it was all said and done? How many of you reading this could honestly say that you could give that up for people that are following (or will be following) you? 

Reading this scripture has inspired me to prepare myself to be a great leader. I realize that I must humble myself and intercede for those that I am called to lead. Speaking of intercession, are you interceding for people? Romans 8:34 says, “Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?” Jesus lived a life of intercession. The frequency of Christ’s intercession lets us know the importance of it. I encourage you all to intercede for your family, your Pastor/spiritual leaders, your friends..etc. 

 

God bless you all, I love you guys.

Spiritual Gift Analysis

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I had a homework assignment today and part of it was to go to http://www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php to take part in a “Spiritual Gifts Analysis. Although I know God is the only one that could truly tell me what my gifts are (through revelation, prophecy, etc..) taking a test to give me a clue of what type of person I am could be pretty cool.

So after taking the test, my dominant gifts were: Administration and Pastor/Shepard. 1 Cor. 12:28 says “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Whats interesting is throughout my life, I could never see myself as I Pastor or teaching the Word of God. I think part of the reason why I couldn’t see this was because I wasn’t seeking God diligently. I’ve been told prophecies of me having a ministry, being a leader, etc., but I never could see that happening. Between going to school for Religion, studying my Bible everyday, and being a part of a new ministry that is Holy Spirit driven; I have begun to have a desire to minister/teach people the Word of God.

Although I don’t know exactly what God has planned for me yet, I will continue to seek him and I know he will reveal my calling to me when HE is ready! I pray that all of my fellow believers out there will seek God first. I pray God will open your heart and open your eyes to see the glory of His Word. Once you receive the Word, I promise you your life will never be the same. I am living proof.

I encourage you to try the test out for yourself and then answer these questions. What are your two main spiritual gifts? Do you agree or disagree with the results? Why or why not?