Archive for March, 2014

Do you have Fruits?

Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 31 2014

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the life of a Christian. The Bible makes it clear that everyone receives the Holy Spirit the moment he or she believes in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14). The fruits are displayed INSTANTLY and ETERNIOUSLY upon a Christian being born again because the Holy Spirit has entered them and pushed out the old man (i.e. the person you were before knowing Christ).

The one true factor I have seen in many “professed Christians” that always sets them apart from the truly born again is the total opposite of patience, gentleness and self-control when it comes to issues that deeply affect them. Let’s be perfectly clear, honest, and truthful: if your life is devoid of these three issues, then it is void of the remaining issues as well, and thus, totally devoid of the Spirit.

In the Bible, Jesus repeats the same words to His people “Come, follow Me!” The reaction is always the same each time: Those whom He calls out to drop what they are doing, leave their comfortable surroundings, and follow the Lord. We are only aware that they partially become aware shortly after the betrayal of Judas.
A Christian’s sacrificial life is marked only by the desertion of any former thoughts or activities. We become a new identity in Christ. Anything new cannot be a mixture of anything old. We MUST be willing to allow the Spirit to wash us, and mold us into what the Spirit wills us to be. We must allow God to prune us and to make us into His image, and we should never interfere with the Lord’s work in our lives.
Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Are you filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit? Are you on the couch, or are you carrying the cross?

Crying and Searching.

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 13 2014

Sometimes I want to…

Cry at all the unfair things in life: uncaring people, stubborness, rebellious…the list goes on.

But mostly I just want to cry out to God, and truthfully get a straight, clear answer from Him, maybe an audible answer at that!

Watching my Mom’s health decline over the past few months hasn’t been easy. I know many people have experienced this with their own loved ones, and it never is. As a Christian I always wonder what it was like when Jesus physically walked the earth, or at least that little old spot called Jerusalem…touching and healing the sick. I think about Peter‘s shadow, hovering briefly on the people as he walked by, curing and healing them.

Then I wonder about today. It sort of makes me wonder why God hasn’t done something like this today. I’ve real all about the Holy Spirit, and the healing miracles in the Bible. But what happened in between then and now? We have faith in God, but we haven’t had the physical healing of illnesses such as cancer, tuberculosis, AIDS..you name it.

And what about the fact that before the coming of Christ people lived hundreds of years? It’s just so strange to hear that now we are limited to barely 90 years if we are lucky.

So I have all these questions for God on my mind, all the while observing the time I have with my beloved Mom. Searching and crying for answers that simply are not there. And the One who has all the answers is completely quiet.