Greater grace even now overpowers the increase in wickedness. Where there is sin, grace abounds all the more. While many cannot believe in great grace, it simply IS. While many believers grow cold in their love for God, some will not. As the love of many grows cold the love of the remnant will heat up, will be fueled, will be stoked as never before. It is this deep love found in the remnant that will empower you to stand firm in faith, firm in belief, firm in righteousness, firm in character, firm in grace and firm in declaring the good news. It is this deep love from the bottomless well of God's grace that will power kingdom preaching to the whole world. It is this deep love that will cause many to war on behalf of those who have grown cold, even those unknown to you. It is this deep love that will cause last days leaders to rise up and move in His Spirit. It is this deep love that will testify to the nations of His character and goodness. There is good news in the last days as we move out from comfortable places into uncomfortable places. Yes, the remnant will move forward and it will be a testimony to all nations.
God is doing great things at Crossfire as we experience increase and move to new levels of walking and talking His message. I see only good things for us as a church, for our role in the body of Christ, and for our impact on nations in 2009. You are a part of what God is doing and is yet to do in our midst. May 2009 be so good in heart, soul, and body prosperity that you overflow abundantly to those around you.
Love in Christ,
Leaders in the last days will have much to rejoice in. As economic and political systems fracture, we will be pointing to the solution, the Provider, the one true God who can save, deliver, and provide order in the midst of chaos. Last days leaders will be prophetically declaring life in the midst of darkness and prosperity in the midst of poverty. We will be the spiritual lifeline to people who are looking for stability in the midst of systematic tremoring! So look forward in anticipation for what is about to happen!
But there is good news! Matthew 24:12-14 says, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Praise God! We can be leaders with good news for nations! There is good news for last days leaders!
Jesus-centered leaders who lead in the last days will be trying to lead many people whose hearts are in bad shape. Ask any pastor today, and you will find frustration with unresponsive hearts. There is hope and grace for those leaders still willing to lead in the last days. Tune in tomorrow as we embrace Last Days Leadership.
If you’re looking for a church where leadership gives freely, try Crossfire in Centennial. Our pastors and leaders experience freedom in grace and freely give of ourselves. Freely we have received, so freely we pass that on to you. We have prophetic teaching, worship, and dance. We offer a strong message of grace with a prophetic edge. We do our best to live from a position of freedom.
Pictured: Worship service at Crossfire, where prophecy was taking place.
You are only truly free when you can give of your heart of leadership without the condition of loyalty or compensation from those you lead. This is a subtle condition of the heart. When you lead from this position of freedom then you truly are free as a leader. There is no formula for it except trusting in Jesus as the one who is loyal and compensates you. You won’t really know it until you’ve done it.
You can’t be a Jesus-centered leader unless you have not only accepted Jesus, but also received His freedom in your life-- freely received deliverance from slavery to the junk in your life. A Jesus-centered leader is centered on the freedom Jesus gave you. You must be centered on walking out that freedom as an incredible gift of grace. Then you truly walk in grace, you walk in Jesus-centered freedom and leadership.
Jesus told his twelve closest leaders, the apostles, very clearly in Matt. 10:8 “Freely you have received, freely give.” It’s when you give beyond your salary that you are truly giving. It’s when you’re leading beyond your financial compensation that you are leading freely. It’s great to be fairly compensated for our leadership; however, it’s when we are giving freely beyond that compensation that our leadership is a gift.
The Father had to give of Himself, thus Jesus was born. Jesus then followed the Father’s example and gave of Himself, first by pouring himself out in teaching and ministry, then by going to the cross to die on behalf of all of us. What a gift of giving! Jesus-centered leadership always gives away. A Jesus-centered leader gives, not only at Christmas, but all year long. This Christmas, purpose in yourself to be a Jesus-centered leader.
If you're looking for a church where you can get refueled and energized, try our church in Centennial. We have a prophetic edge, vibrant worship, challenging teaching, and we advocate Jesus-centered leadership. We would love to be a part of your life. Come and visit us this weekend near South University Blvd. and Arapahoe Road in Centennial. We meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. We are excited to see you! You can get the details on our website at http://www.crossfirechurch.us/
When you’re tired of doing, get your eyes on Jesus; get your eyes on what He did for you. When we focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, we tap into the power he placed on the inside of us. We tap into His grace and goodness. Focus on Him today and you won’t lose heart.
But sometimes we grow tired. We want to back off or even give up. Then it's time to do what Paul told the first Jewish believers: “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Don’t lose heart! Keep on keeping on. Consider what Jesus endured so that you can now do good works in his name. He gave you this opportunity. Don’t stop now!
It’s an awesome thing to see believers in the workplace, on the streets, in the schools revealing what God has done on the inside of them. When we know God is working in us, we become confident by doing visible, tangible good works that reflect the Father’s heart. Be confident this week as you do all that He has called you to do.
This week I’ll be talking about doing good. Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advanced for us to do.” We are designed by God to good stuff. From the moment we believe in Jesus Christ, our spirit desires to reflect God’s goodness in all we do. Our mind, will and emotions slowly get on board with that and begin to agree with our spirit. We begin to do all that He called us to do. But it starts in our spirit, that core part of each one of us that is a brand new creation by faith in Jesus.
Get on board with God’s design for your life. Believe in Jesus His son and you’ll start doing all the good stuff he's prepared for you.
Well, the answer is "yes!" Of course you are! if you are born again, you have already been blessed with everything you need to face life today. You have everything you need to meet the challenges of the day. If you feel a little weak just thinking about today, well thank God for it, because in your weakness, Jesus will show Himself strong. The Bible says that God's grace is sufficient for whatever you face. It's a now kind of grace. It's a today kind of grace. Let it flow through you and have a grace kind of day today.
If you’re looking for a church where there is Jesus-centered authority and leadership, try Crossfire. We have prophetic worship and dance and a great children’s ministry. We offer a strong message of grace with a prophetic edge. Come visit Crossfire at 10am this Sunday.
Pictured: Pastor Harvey with some children from Crossfire.
We need Jesus-centered leaders positioned in our local and national government. Jesus-centered leaders have the unique ability to lead, not only from the position of civil authority, but from a position of Kingdom authority granted by God. Such leaders can pray strategically within their agencies for Godly perspectives and decisions. They can act and lead in response to Godly principles. Pray for Jesus-centered leaders to be raised up in our government in these last days.
Jesus-centered leadership recognizes the legitimate role of government in our society. In Romans chapter 13 the Word clearly states that government is God’s servant. It says “This is why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.” While there are spiritual limits to what God authorizes a government to do, government plays a God-given role in our lives. As leaders within the body of Christ, we must be careful not to undermine legitimate government authority and leadership.
You’ve also been given authority: spiritual authority to take dominion over evil, cast out demons, and declare the goodness of the Lord in your surroundings. You’ve been given natural authority by your employer for a mission and for tasks to accomplish that mission. Are you using your authority today? If you are, good things will be happening spiritually and good things will be happening in your workplace.
If you want to be an effective, Jesus-centered leader you must recognize and operate in the authority given you and only the authority given you. Operating in that authority brings power to your ministry and your workplace.
If you’re looking for a church home, a place where there is passion and compassion for more than our backyard, try Crossfire. We have prophetic worship and dance and offer a strong message of grace and faith righteousness. We emphasize building people not buildings. We have a passion about sending capacity rather than seating capacity. Come visit this Sunday, we'd love to meet you!
Pictured: Some members of the Crossfire team with locals on a ministry trip in Vietnam Oct. 2008.
Have you ever been on an international missions trip? I know you’ve thought about it but never done it. This Christmas put a missions trip on your Christmas wish list. Yeah! Tell your family and friends you want them to send you on a missions trip in 2009. You don’t need more clothes and adult toys. . . you need a missions trip. You will be surprised how your family will respond when you make this request. You’ll give the gift of Jesus to someone in a distant country. They’ll give you the perfect give to make it happen.
Pictured: An underprivileged Vietnamese child experiencing his first trip to the water park with our team.
What are you willing to risk to tell someone you know about Jesus Christ? This Christmas take the risk. Spread some good news.
As we approach the Christmas season, where can you do a labor of love? , As Christians, our first priority should be helping others. You may not be able to go to Vietnam, but you can go to your neighborhood and help someone this Christmas.
Pictured: Crossfire team members working on the labor of love: homes for two families in the Mekong Delta.
Pictured: Street scene in Vietnam
1 Cor. 14:1-3 says that the gift of prophecy is for “strength, encouragement, and comfort’. God planned to feed us encouragement. As encouraged people we are stronger, more optimistic, and hopeful. Look to His gifts for strength, encouragement and comfort today.
2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” It says ‘everything’, that means everything! You’ve got everything you need today because Jesus is on the inside of you. You’ve got His counsel, his comfort, his power, and his love to face the challenges of the day. Be encouraged! You’ve got it!
Paul constantly encouraged the believers to keep on in the faith. There was much opposition to joyfully walking out their faith. In the book of Acts we find the church in Antioch was ‘encouraged and strengthened’ by the message brought by the apostles. The early church needed encouragement. So do we. I want to assure you there is no problem you’re facing today that God cannot solve. There is no meeting, no decision, no faith challenge for which God has not equipped you. Be encouraged today. His Word says you have all you need in Christ Jesus.
The Galatians over 2000 years ago had it tough. Paul wrote to them and said in Gal. 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. They didn’t give up!! They became a powerful church and maintained their course of doing good. Be encouraged that doing it God’s way will always produce a harvest if you don’t give up. You got to keep on keeping on.
We get tired. We get weary. But take heart. A harvest is coming! It’s in God’s word. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Take heart that we know there will be a harvest-- a positive return on our investment of doing good. Don’t stop doing good! There will be a harvest!!
Pictured: Crossfire Pastor Deborah Wittmier
What kind of leader are you? If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior you have the power on the inside of you to be a 24/7 leader: a person who is consistent in life, irrespective of circumstance or context. A consistent leader will gain trust and faith from those they lead. Jesus did it and, if he lives on the inside of you, so can you. Be the same person in church as you are at the construction site, the same person at the office as you are at home, the same person in private as you are in public.
People crave leadership that they know will serve them the same way behind closed doors as in front of TV cameras. People crave leadership that takes positions of conviction in spite of poll numbers and focus groups. We all want a leader whose character has been tested and refined by trials, a leader who does not waiver when confronted with evil. Jesus didn’t waiver. A Jesus-centered leader should not either.
Several years ago I listened to a government leader speak to an audience eloquently and passionately about a certain topic. He seemed so professional, even poetic in his leadership. A few hours later in an informal setting with a few people, he was totally different. He spoke belligerently and profanely. He was inconsistent in his life and it undermined my trust in him.
If you're looking for a local church where leaders lead by love and always point to God the Father as their source of leadership strength, try Crossfire. We have a prophetic edge, vibrant worship, challenging teaching, and we advocate Jesus-centered leadership. We would love to lead you. Come and visit us this weekend!
Pictured: Servant-leader Lydia U., who is an intercessor and teaches occasional classes for Crossfire.
Jesus-centered leadership guides people to the source of our strength, Jesus Christ. This takes humility. Moses was humble in his heart towards his leader. When awards, affirmation, and accolades come to you as a leader, it takes humility to then point to God as your source of strength, wisdom and counsel for your leadership success. Give Jesus the credit this week for success in your leadership.
Note that the Word says God would guide them to God’s holy dwelling. Yes, Jesus-centered leadership will point to God rather than to self. Many leaders in the church and in business get that turned around. They point to themselves rather than to God. This doesn’t mean you have to preach a sermon to your employees every day. But when accolades for your leadership success are bestowed upon you, you have opportunity to give God the credit for working through you.
Moses was constantly challenged to keep the people focused on God the Father. In so doing, the people experienced miracles, experienced God’s Spirit leading them each day, and had more than enough food to sustain them. Only when the people took their eyes off God did they falter and fall. So it is with leaders today. Only when the people take their eyes of God do they falter and fall.
I know this is hard to fathom in the corporate culture in which we live, but it is true. Moses had to see past the inadequacies of the Israelites to be an effective leader. He had to extend love rather than judgment, mercy rather than punishment. Love helps you see what people are in spirit rather than in the flesh. It helps you see past emotional walls into their heart. Jesus did this routinely and so can you!
If you’re looking for a church that exhibits servant-leadership as a core principle, try Crossfire. We have a prophetic edge, vibrant worship, challenging teaching, and we advocate servant leadership for all of our leaders. We would love to serve you. Come and visit us this weekend!
Pictured: Pastor Peggy Nelson, servant leader of the children's ministry at Crossfire.
People seldom trust leaders who demand to be served. They see the self-centered heart that makes such demands. They see past the façade of faith into a heart that has not been changed to serve rather than be served. Everyone desiring to lead effectively must embrace the servant heart, the servant attitude. It’s not that hard! Just view your job, your role as one of serving a higher purpose, a Godly purpose, a Jesus-centered purpose. Embrace the servant’s heart today!
By extending grace to those you lead, you exhibit the heart of Jesus. Jesus is our leadership example. He is our leadership model. The more you understand the power of grace in your life, the more you will be a servant leader to those in your life.
The most effective long term strategy is to model servant leadership. He lived it. He was the same person whether teaching to thousands, or eating lunch with the guys. He served at all times. Today we can be effective servant leaders only if we model servant leadership. Too many so-called leaders preach one thing in public, but do another in private. There is no room for that in servant leadership.
Any Godly leader in business, in government, and in the church must reflect the heart of a servant if they are to lead as Jesus led. It is an attitude of the heart rather than a position or a title. It is an attitude that esteems others highly and desires to serve a higher purpose designed by God the Father. If you desire to lead like Jesus, you must desire to serve like Jesus. Tune in the rest of this week to learn how.
Encouragement is a by-product of the local church. If you’re looking for encouragement but can’t seem to find it, try our church, Crossfire, in Centennial, Colorado. We believe in building people and encouragement is a building block of our church. We have a prophetic edge, vibrant worship, challenging teaching, and freedom to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Come and visit us this weekend. We will be excited to see you! You will be encouraged!
Pictured: Pastor Deborah, Katie N., and Hope R. at the annual all-church picnic.
You can give a prophetic word to someone today to encourage them when they most need it. Ask the Holy Spirit if there is someone you can encourage through the gift of prophecy. Ask for an open door to bring strength, encouragement, and comfort to someone in your workplace, your church, or your family.
Ask the Lord for opportunities today to encourage someone else. You’ll find yourself being encouraged in the process.
Paul linked encouragement to strength after giving the message of grace to the believers at Antioch. Encouraged people are stronger, more optimistic, and hopeful than those who are discouraged. Jesus desires to feed you encouragement today. He is like a protein bar which gives energy to overcome every circumstance facing you. As you start your week, eat of all that Jesus has given you through His incredible grace and love. It will sustain you in a powerful way today.
Pictured: Pastor Harvey (center) grilling at the Annual All-Church Picnic.
That’s right. The only way to live in freedom is to live with Jesus on the inside of you. He purchased your freedom from the law. He set you free when you accepted Him as Lord and savior. Stand firm in His freedom.
To believe that you can earn salvation and eternal life is to become a slave to works; a slave to deserving something from God. If you believe this, you are not free; you are a slave to your own belief system and to works for your salvation.
True freedom is available only when we understand that Jesus purchased our freedom. He set us free. To seek to be righteous by any other standard is slavery. Stand firm in your freedom in Christ.
Watch and listen this week. Discern the times in which we live. The Holy Spirit will help you discern those messages, few as they may be, that are the goodness of the living Lord. I’d love to hear from you on this topic.
Pictured: Sasha L. and her daughter Katie at the Crossfire garage sale to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in 2008.
I want to challenge you today. What do you bring into your surroundings? Do you bring whining, complaining, and victim thinking? Or do you bring hope, encouragement, and peace to your workplace, home, and social network? You may have both on the inside of you. One set of stuff comes from the flesh. The other set of stuff comes from the Spirit. You have to choose to bring the latter stuff-- the good stuff into your surroundings. Jesus died so you could bring the good stuff of the Lord. Do it and everyone will be blessed!
Jesus and the believers in the New Testament were an active bunch! They lived like they were at a green light all the time! They took every opportunity to bring good news to their community.
The only thing that stands between you and living at a green light is fear. Fear acts like a continual red light, stopping us from bringing life to those around us. Those who live in fear do not see the goodness of the Lord. They’re too afraid!!! The more we receive God’s love and grace the less room there is for fear. It frees you to live like you're at the green light.
Under the new covenant you and I are the "body of Christ." The Word of God says that the Church is a living body. We are a living, breathing, moving being designed to reveal the goodness of God. As the Church, we can bring life and peace into our workplaces, our homes, and our social networks.
But you have to choose to bring it and release it! You can’t keep it hidden under a hard shell, under a façade of fashion, or under a veneer of vanity. You must release the goodness of God into your surroundings! Choose to release God’s goodness today.
Pictured: Aaron singing on the worship team.
However, scripture is very clear that there are levels of faith. Some have great faith that God will work in their finances. That same person may have little faith that they can be supernaturally healed of an illness. Whether we have little or great faith, faith is the currency of our salvation and our life in Jesus Christ.
Pictured: a team from Crossfire, including Pastors Harvey and Deborah Wittmier (right) who ministered in Vietnam in 2008.
Nobody can live by the 10 commandments. That’s why God gave them: to show that we can’t do it. We need Jesus to be acceptable to God. Many people are saved by grace, then try to live by the ten commandments to satisfy God. You can’t do it! Jesus, however, did do it. He met all the requirements of the ten commandments so you don’t have to.
Today I’ll continue on the topic of grace. Grace is means ‘undeserved favor and acceptance.’ By accepting Jesus as Savior, you receive undeserved favor and acceptance from God the Father. Many Christians accept grace as a gift, then create a list of things to do to be acceptable to God. This to-do list becomes their new law. It becomes their new ten commandments. It’s their law of acceptability. Paul told the Galatians in Chapter 5 that such behavior was a ‘fall from grace.’ Every Christian must be careful not to fall from grace. If you’ve got a to-do list thinking each accomplishment will make you more acceptable, then you’ve fallen from grace. You may have started in grace, but you’re living in legalism.
This week I’ll be talking about the topic of grace. Paul the apostle opened most of his letters to the church by extending a greeting of grace to them. Grace was a difficult gift to embrace then and it’s difficult to embrace today. Ephesians 2:8 says we are saved by grace, not by works, so that no one can brag about how great they are. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. But we quickly stray into the arena of works after accepting Jesus. We develop a long list of things we must do to keep God happy. That’s not grace! That’s works. I would imagine it frustrates God to see us receive his free gift of grace, then try to live the Christian life by works. If you’ve got a long list of God pleasing works, throw it in the trash can today! You got saved by grace, you can live by grace.
Pictured: Pastor Harvey in Kenya during a ministry trip.
Prophecy strengthens the believer in Jesus Christ. It builds you up to face spiritual opposition and causes you to look expectantly to God working mightily in your life. A believer without prophecy is like a baseball player without a glove. You can still play the game, but you're not going to be very effective. If you want to be effective and strong in reflecting Jesus in your life, you need prophecy in your life. You can desire it!! Ask the Lord today for that gift today and be blessed!
To be able to speak forth God’s mind and counsel to a specific circumstance in someone’s life is powerful. The New Testament says more about this spiritual gift than any other listed in 1st Corinthians because the gift is designed for common use in the life of a Christian. To live a Christian life without prophecy is to live less than the abundance God desires for you. The Word says we should eagerly desire this gift. Why? Because it is vital to the life and liberty of the believer.
I recently spoke a word of prophecy to a new person in our local church. God gave me a word of encouragement for her with specific information about which I had no natural knowledge. This person was greatly affected. Her faith increased. She was encouraged, strengthened and desired more in her relationship with Jesus as a result. It’s spiritual but it’s not mystical. We are used by the Holy Spirit to speak into someone’s life in a way that only God Himself can. We get to be the mouthpiece. What a deal! It is powerful and wonderful.
If you are looking for a church where you can be strengthened, encouraged, and comforted by God’s gift of prophecy, try our church in Centennial, Colorado. We embrace God’s gift of prophecy and are open to the Holy Spirit’s gifts in our church. Check out this article by Cindy Munger, Crossfire's worship leader. It gives a solid overview of prophetic worship.
Pictured: The gift of prophecy being exercised within the worship service at Crossfire.
Are you eager to prophesy? Or do you dread the very thought of it? Prophecy is a powerful new covenant gift that you can eagerly desire to flow through you. It is a gift that God designed to build others up. If you desire to build people up, to help them, to encourage them, but you run out of natural, intellectual ways to do that, prophecy is a spiritual gift for that purpose. Ask God for that gift today!
Prophecy is speaking forth the mind and counsel of God by declaring that which cannot be known by natural means. This is a common occurrence in our local church. In any one of our Sunday gatherings we may have one or more words of prophecy that reveal God’s heart for a specific person or for our church. It is exciting. It is filled with grace and mercy. It reflects the Father’s heart. The Bible says we should eagerly desire to prophesy! Ask God for that gift today.
I have received prophecy spoken to me and I have given prophecy to others. This is a Godly gift that should flow in every New Testament church. When prophecy flows in your church it will bring abundant life to your gatherings and, when done in an orderly way, bring the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is a good gift. Pray for it to flow in your church.
Maybe you are one of those people. I’m here to tell you Jesus is the only way! If you’re reading this today, you can accept Him as Lord right now in your car, your house, your office. Do it now! You’ll no longer be a pretender.
If you’re looking for a church that’s more than skin deep, a church where the people are past the dating game, Crossfire is the church for you. We’re not dating Jesus. We are in an eternal relationship with Him. We don’t attend church, we are the church. We don’t see many ways to eternal life, we see one way to life: Jesus. As we live in difficult times, we embrace a faith that is deep, solid and unshakable. We are a dynamic, small church with a world-wide impact. Check us out this weekend in Centennial, Colorado near South University Blvd. and Arapahoe Road.
Pictured: Josh N. at the sound board before worship at Crossfire.
I’m here to tell you Jesus is more than 3 inches deep! When you embrace Jesus as Lord, you dive into deep water. What do you believe? If you believe anything except Jesus only as the way to eternal life, then you are wading in 3 inches of religion. Take a leap of faith into the deep end today. Accept Him and Him only as Lord and Savior.
Perhaps church leadership has watered down the good news of Jesus to the good news of affirmation and success. Perhaps the one dimensional messages of affirmation and success have bred a church population a mile wide and an inch deep, while the good news of Jesus is a mile wide and it’s also a mile deep.
I was personally shocked at that until I again read the survey results. It reported on the people who attend evangelical churches, not on people who embrace evangelical beliefs. Attending an evangelical church does not make you a believer in Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life. You can be transformed from an attender to a believer by receiving Jesus as Lord today.
2nd Corinthians 3:6 says that believers in Jesus are "ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." Unfortunately, many Christians today live under the legalism of the old covenant. Check yourself today. Do feel like the letter of the law is killing you? Or do you live by the Spirit and experience life? It’s a choice. Choose a life led by the Holy Spirit and you will experience a new way of serving God.
What a deal! Just like the first believers, we too can be sure and confident of our faith after we have received the Holy Spirit. When it happened 2000 years ago, there was no doubt! They had a guarantee. If you have received the Holy Spirit like they did in the book of Acts, you’ll know it and you’ll have that sense of being sealed in your salvation. The Holy Spirit in our lives guarantees our future. That is good news!
To be baptized with the Holy Spirit is a significant event in the life of a believer. If you have not been immersed in the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus, you’re missing out on God’s best for you. You can have it. . . just ask and receive that Spirit baptism. God is faithful to give the gift if you’re open to receive it.
Jesus said they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit. To be baptized is to be immersed in something. They had yet to be immersed in the Holy Spirit. That immersion happened 50 days later as they waited in the upper room. It was a dramatic event that changed their lives forever. They were transformed from insecure to confident, from weak to powerful.
Many Christians today have not been immersed in the Holy Spirit. How about you? Have you experienced Him? When you do, you will know it!
Paul told the believers in Corinth that ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom’ (2 Cor. 3:17). The Holy Spirit brings not only power but freedom. Are you free today? Have you truly experienced Him today? Are there areas of your life where you are still bound up? The Holy Spirit desires to set you free. But you must let him do it!! Stop holding Him at arms length thinking you’ll lose control….yes, you will lose control….let Him be in control…. it’s an awesome thing.
If you have experienced salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you too can receive the Holy Spirit into your life. If you have questions about the Holy Spirit today, come visit our church on Sunday and we’ll pray with you for this incredible gift promised by Jesus.
From that day forward believers in Jesus could receive the powerful dimension of the Holy Spirit. The incredible events in the lives of believers are recorded throughout the book of Acts and elsewhere confirming the wonders of the Holy Spirit. Do you have that dimension in your life? Have you received the Holy Spirit? Just ask and the Father and He’ll give it to you.
Whenever you are challenged with uncertainty and bad news, you can choose to fill your heart space with fear or faith. Choosing faith will bring hope and peace into your life. Choosing fear will bring anxiety, trepidation, and even panic. Make a conscious choice to focus on Jesus, His unlimited grace, and His all powerful love for you and you will experience faith filling your heart space. You have the choice of what fills your heart space. Choose faith.
When you fear anything except God you are actually worshipping the thing you fear. You’re placing the thing you fear higher than God, thereby displacing faith in your life. Who or what are you worshipping today? Is it God or the thing you fear?