34 Activities of the Holy Spirit

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The Believer’s most powerful ally is the Holy Spirit Who dwells within.  Do you know what He is trying to accomplish in your life? Do you know what He wants to do to help you?  Are you allowing Him to do His job?

Before our Lord Jesus Christ returned to Heaven, He comforted the Disciples with the revelation that He would leave them the Holy Spirit as their Helper and Comforter.

Wow!  God placed a Member of the Trinity within His children!  He is in you right now.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He wants to supercharge your life.  There is divine power, wisdom, insight, and more available to you through the Holy Ghost!  Yet, most Christians are unaware of His ministry.

The Holy Spirit is the least understood Member of the Godhead, yet He is the One we interact with most intimately in this life.  I encourage you to begin the journey of getting to know Him and experiencing all He has to offer.

What is He trying to do in your life today?  How can He help you?  Are you filled with Him?  What limits His work in your life? (more…)

The Glory of Fatherhood

Father.  Dad.  Daddy.  Any man that has heard these words from the mouth of a child is blessed.  These three truths remind us of the glory of fatherhood.

Proverbs 17:6  Children’s children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

God shares His name with fathers.

God revealed Himself to be our Heavenly Father.  He gives life.  He watches over and cares for His children.  He desires a close and personal relationship with each of them.

Matthew 6:1  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

I love being a father.  I never tire of hearing my children call me Dad.  What a privilege that God shares this lofty title with earthly fathers!   (more…)

Understanding God’s Amazing Call to Ministry

How can you tell if God is calling you to Preach?

God calls men to do His work.  When God calls a man to the ministry, He separates him from his peers calling him to a special task.  Learn more about this holy calling.

UNDERSTANDING THE CALL OF GOD

Acts 13:1–4   “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

Each child of God is called to good works and service of the Saviour.  Eph 2:10 The Christian life should be filled with loving service to our Lord.  Yet, God calls certain men to positions of leadership and particular works.  He chose Abraham as the Father of the Jews, Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, and Samuel as a prophet and Judge.  What a privilege that God still calls men to fulfill His purposes!

When God calls a man to ministry, He separates him from his peers calling him to a specific work. In Acts 13:2, the Holy Ghost called Barnabas and Saul for missionary ministry.   They were to leave family and friends traveling to distant lands to spread the Gospel.

It ‘s hard to describe the call of ministry (more…)

10 Proven Practices to Develop a Heart of Ministry in Children

Every parent wants their children to succeed.  Every Christian parent wants their children to follow the Lord.  How do we develop a heart of ministry service in our children?  Here are ten powerful tips.

Developing a heart of ministry in children

Child rearing is one of the most important jobs on the planet.  We only get one chance to raise our children.  Before we know it, they will be adults themselves.  I am not an expert on child rearing.  I have my hands full with my children.  My child rearing philosophy is simple.  “Obey God the best you can and beg Him to make up the difference.”  This article is born out of my personal search of the Scriptures to be a better parent for my children and to help the families of our church.  I hope it can help you as well.

I rebel against the idea that children and teens are expected to be petty and selfish.  I believe that children reared in Christian homes have the opportunity to be an example of what a believer should be.  1 Tim 4:12  A happy Christian, adult or child, will have a servant’s heart.  The heart of ministry is a vital component of Christlikeness.  May our children have a heart to serve God!

1. Seek Their True Salvation.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved.  Yet, (more…)

Terrific Marriage Advice from 12 Christian Couples

You Can Have a Great Marriage

You can have a great marriage!  Don’t settle for a mediocre relationship.  Engage the promises of God in your family by following this powerful advice from church members just like you.

Happily Married - Terrific Marriage Advice

 

As a pastor, I not only teach our church members, but I get the privilege of learning from them as well.  I thank God for faithful Christian people that love the Lord.  I asked 12 couples at our recent Valentine’s Banquet to give me one powerful marriage tip they have learned over the years.  We shared these during the banquet, and I commented on each one.   Their responses were worth their weight in gold!  I decided to share them with you today.   (more…)