Today’s Scripture:

Romans 10: 9

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

There are many times in my life when I feel God is far away, I feel alone, but I know I’m not.  The Lord said,

Deuteronomy 31: 6. Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. (or a situation) For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.” 

There is a difference between repenting of sin and confessing a sin.  When I first came to Christ and prayed for forgiveness, I then repented of my sin and ask Jesus to come into my heart.  So the Holy Spirit baptized me into Jesus. First Corinthians 12: 13, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”  And, I turned my life around, and became a new creature in Christ.  Once this was done I was baptized by the church and into the body of Christ. (The Church).  Luke 3:21, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened.” Most of the time we leave this alone at this point, but there is another Baptism, believe it or not, the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”  Jesus baptizes us in or with the Holy Spirit. This is when we are filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and receive power to walk in our new life in Christ. It does not automatically happen when we are saved; it is a separate baptism. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is mentioned in each of the four gospels (Matthew 3: 11, Mark 1: 8, Luke 3: 16, John 1: 33).  So let’s review, (1) The Holy Spirit draws us to repentance, baptizes us into Christ Jesus, saved by God’s Grace.  (2) We are baptized in water representing the death and resurrection.  (3) Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at His baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, it never left Him.  When you accept Jesus into your heart, and believe on Him the Holy Spirit is with Jesus, but, we need to accept the Holy Spirit by faith, just like we did when we accepted Jesus.  The problem is, in most cases, Christians don’t believe the Holy Spirit is a separate baptism.  If it is not a separate baptism, then why did Jesus, and the bible refer to it as, “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire?”  You have to believe in the Holy Spirit, accept the Holy Spirit, believing that He is real, and part of your salvation process.  The Holy Spirit is the power that is needed in order to walk in victory in this world.  Jesus is in your heart, you believe, and trust in the Lord Jesus, and while it is true that the Holy Spirit is with Jesus, He is not necessarily with you.  Jesus wants to anoint you with the Holy Spirit, but we won’t believe in Him.  We have so much doubt about it because of the way we were taught by the church, or others.  The bible says He is real, and wants to anoint you with power from on high, so what is the problem?  We are! We seem to trust and believe a certain denomination over the accuracy of God’s Holy Word.  As I have said many times before, “Wake up the time is at hand.”  As we move along the road of life we always have obstacles in our path.  Our minds are powder kegs waiting to explode into sin, but, we have the ability, through prayer, to travel our paths without obstacles.

First Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I will assure you that Satan has no use for prayers to God, especially those with the Spirit.  So when I pray, and claim the scriptures, my mind is clear, and focused on Jesus.  I, through using Spiritual prayer, have overcome the explosion of my powder keg.  There is meaning in every word in the bible, always remember, “God does not waste words.”  The Word says “Pray without ceasing.”  Rejoice evermore, giving thanks in all things, when doing this we are in the will of God in Jesus concerning you.  God has nothing but good things for us, in Jerimiah 29: 11 God states this, “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Then again in Romans 8: 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

So as you can see God is in love with us, but do we love Him back?  Day after day I search for the evidence that my relationship with God is a true love relationship.  Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  Commandments?  We have a deep dislike of that word, we humans do not like commandments.  Yet, God’s commandments are Jesus’s commandments, but, Jesus remarkably made some commandments more stringent.  Example; Matthew 6: 21-22

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.  Again in Matthew 5: 27-28

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Once again Matthew 5: 31-32 teaches us even once again;

“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.”

So, as you can see Jesus changed commandments to make them more stringent.  Why do you think this is?  I personally believe Jesus was building a relationship with His future Church that is wholly based on love.  If we don’t love, we can’t keep His commandments.  I remember a time of love so deep with a couple that it was said, “If we ever separated, I would come by every day and check to make sure everything was OK, I love her that much.”  When you love someone you will always cherish them.  I love Jesus, I love God, I do the best I know how to keep the commandments, yet I still sin.  My mere thoughts are usually sinful, I get angry at traffic tie up’s and in considerate drivers, I see something I like, and I would covet that item, and on, and on you could go.  So does Jesus or God stop loving me?  Absolutely not, the bible says that nothing can take me out of the hand of Jesus, who in turn is in the hand of God.  John 10: 28-30; And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

So we should always rejoice that God has come down to man through the Son Jesus Christ.