Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

II Corinthians 13:14 states ” the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion (fellowship) of the Holy Ghost(Spirit), be with you all.

Although the apostle Paul is giving the church in Corinthians a salutation, we can acquire a wealth of knowledge from this verse.  Paul is saluting with attributes he expects in the lives of the Corinthians.  I would like to bring to our attention what was brought to me.

We today receive the grace of Jesus without much complaint.  One exception perhaps may be an atheist.  Most individuals gladly accept grace; some of us pray for grace, while others of us may delight in the grace of our Lord Jesus.  Grace has little to do with us or does it?  Grace after all is a gift from God, we cannot do anything to earn the grace of God except to receive salvation.

The love of God, likewise is from God the Father!  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son.  John 3:16.  “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” I John 4:16  Again except for an Atheist, most individual gladly accepts God’s love.

Paul did not stop there.  He continued with the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  This is where we come in.  The scripture teaches an individual cannot have true fellowship with the Holy Spirit without salvation.  John 14:16-17  Jesus informs his disciples about the Holy Spirit and how the world cannot receive Him!  In chapter 16 of John, Jesus furthers his introduction of the Holy Spirit and His (the Holy Spirit) workings.  I say we have a role here because the Holy Spirit can only function within our lives as we (individually) allow Him to.

Fellowship with the Holy Spirit is limited or unlimited according to each of us.  How is this?  Let’s first describe how the Holy Spirit works.  At salvation, He seals us, Eph. 1:13.  For unbelievers, He reproves of sin, righteousness, and judgement, John 16:8-11.  For believers, He guides us, speaks to us the truth, He reveals the future personally and within our world, He comforts us, and He glorifies Jesus!

We affect how much or little He performs in our lives through obedience.  You see we can grieve the Holy Spirit and push Him outside of our lives, similarly to how we treat others that love us and try to help us.  The Holy Spirit never gives up on us.  He can however allow us to have our own way, which is a very sad and destructive place to be.

Grieve is defined as: to cause great sorrow or sadness.  Grieving the Holy Spirit can be liken to a parents sadness to a child’s disobedience.  The parent knows the end results most likely isn’t going to be pleasant.  Likewise, the Holy Spirit is grieved when we think evil thoughts continually, and perform disobedient acts.  He loves us; therefore, when He sees we’re heading the wrong way, and refuse His instructions, or directions, He’s grieved.  Grieve is an emotion between Love and anger.  Because of God’s love, which we want, the Holy Spirit loves and desires to help us succeed in every area of our lives.  We push Him aside as we become self-centered and disobedient.  He doesn’t get angry and force us into obedience, which is best, but rather guides as we allow Him to.  Eventually, if one insists on rejecting the Holy Spirit, he/she is turn over to believe and do as he/she sees fitting in their own mind.  Thus, eventually becoming reprobate with destruction looming,  if repentance doesn’t occur.  Repentance is almost impossible at this point.  Roman 1:20-32.

Is the voice of the Holy Spirit faint in your life?  Is He still calling out to you but you’re constantly hardening your heart?  Look around you, do you see evidence of His leading or your disobedience?

A self lead life will lead one to a place of adultery, fornication, filthiness, immoral living, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, difference of opinions or attitude, jealous rivals, wrath, strife, discontent or rebellious in speech or writings, heresies (which by the way is to be strongly opinionated and different about established religious teachings), envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, getting stone, high, a buzz, etc.

In contrast, the Holy Spirit leads believers to a place of joy, peace, gentleness, long-suffering,  love, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

Are we living in fellowship with the Holy Spirit?  I ask that we examine ourselves by the word of God, for the word and the Spirit are always in perfect union as is The Father, The Son and The  Holy Spirit!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all!

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Family fast 1

I will be using Nehemiah chapter 1 through chapter 2 unto verse 8 as a foundational scripture.   Nehemiah is an example to edify us to believe and trust in God.   The nation of Israel was in ruins, its people were scattered abroad in bondage.  Why, because of disobedience to God.  This is a people chosen to represent Him to the world.  However, they had forsaken the One that had delivered them, the One that had blessed them, with land, food, shelter, success; whatever they would put their hands to it prospered.  Now the judgment of God was upon them.

Nehemiah is living in the King’s palace as the king’s cup bearer.  This meant he had to live and conduct himself a certain way before the king.  He was responsible for tasting anything brought before the king to ensure it wasn’t poisoned.  Nehemiah and others have been in captivity for years now.   Nehemiah receives some guest from Jerusalem.  They reported to him the condition of their beloved country and the news broke Nehemiah’s heart!  The report stated that the walls of the city were broken down, the gates were burnt.  Upon hearing this awful report, his heart is so broken his feet fails him.  He sits and begins to weep.  Thank God he did more than weep.  Verse 4 of chapter 1 records that he mourned, fasted and prayed!

I want to bring out some facts concerning Nehemiah.

  1.  Nehemiah was overwhelmed with the condition of his people and nation.
  2. Nehemiah did not only weep and mourn; he was proactive in his faith.
  3. Nehemiah’s faith propelled him into action.
  4. Nehemiah went humbly before God believing God could make a difference.
  5. Nehemiah was specific in his prayer request.

We may not be in as desperate a condition as the city of Jerusalem but we have some issues that need to be taken as such.  Are we satisfy where we are, Nehemiah wasn’t?  Will the conditions of our family move us to fast, pray and believe God?  Will our faith move us into action?  Can we humble ourselves before our Heavenly Father in repentance?  Do we know what we need?

Family, the broken walls and gates meant the enemy had freedom to come and ram shack their city as they desire.   Does the enemy comes into our lives and ram shack as he pleases.  I can name situations and we are all familiar with them.  Should we continue living as if nothing is wrong and hope for the best?  The answer is NO!  The word teaches that we are to bear one another burdens.

I’m asking us as a Family to humble ourselves before God and repent.  Believe God and trust His word.  Fast and pray be specific and apply ourselves to obey His Word!  Notice as you read the verses you will not find God responding to Nehemiah in an audible voice.  Stop waiting for an audible voice!  Notice God heard his petition and granted exactly what Nehemiah requested.  Nehemiah did not know when or how it was to happen, in fact as God began to answer his request he had to pray for mercy.

Family this is how Faith operates.  Nehemiah began in faith and as a result of his belief, God moved upon the king to give substance to that which began in repentance, fasting and prayer for.

Now this brings me to the question how shall we fast?  I read in Mathews where Jesus fasted and was hungry afterwards.  For him to be hungry meant he did not eat food!  I am request we fast for 24 hrs this Sunday, from food.  If anyone has a medical condition, take care of yourself appropriately.  Fasting should be a time of sacrificing and dedicating oneself to the Lord for a cause.

Our main focus this Sunday is Auntie Cheryl and her family!  Let’s pray that our Heavenly Father would restore and make her household whole.  I know that we have many other issues, but I know how each of you cares enough to sacrifice for family!  I see you doing it all the time in various ways. Cheryl, should you desire to be more specific please do.

I Love you family, but greater than my love is our Heavenly Father’s LOVE!!!!

Life as The Other Dennis….and some other thoughts.

It has actually been rather nice. While working at Hair Studio, I learned that a lot of people actually wondered who I was and how I fit in with the Dennis family. Shoot, while attending the House of the Lord people did and still wonder how I fit in. Brother Dennis’s sister, but Sister Abram’s daughter? How come she don’t look like sister Darlene? Poor confused people of the world. In the second grade I wrote my name on one of my papers as Trisa Clark Payne Dennis Abram. Mrs. Beo called me up to see what was wrong with me. It’s been rather fun.Even though a lot of you guys think of me as more sisterly, I think of myself as an aunt meant to look after you guys and know your every move.  I take my role in the family seriously and with deep appreciation. 

I say appreciation, because there was a time, when I moved to Virginia, that I got to know what life could be like to just be an extra kid around. I found myself calling Darlene to apologize for every bad thing I ever did and sending messages to Dennis through her to let him know I appreciated him taking me in like one of his kids. I never really had to feel that fatherless child feeling. Darlene, OCD Darlene dealt with her lazy/messy little sister with as much kindness as anyone could. So yea, that’s my little blurb to kinda explain why I so see the value of The Parents and will always direct you to them. I even continue to seek them for wise councel even at the tender age of almost 30. 

Over the last couple  of years I’ve actually felt kinda ….I actually can’t think of the word. Let me try to explain. I get an occasional call from Seth to scold me for my words, or defriended from Nick, and when Josh was here for Thanksgiving and repeatedly let me know I was just considered a gossip It was kinda the last straw. As the sensitive one, you know I thought about this all a lot. Like, why would they be mad at me for knowing everything? Then I figured it out. kinda. I may be the other Dennis child, but I am foremost, the child of Patricia. I play the same role in this family that my mom plays in hers. She has a hotline that is just as busy as mine. She knows the goings on of every family member from the oldest to the youngest. If it’s happening in Louisiana, it’s getting to Patricia, wherever she may be. She knows things, and she is no secret keeper. I guess that’s me. I get calls from everywhere. I’m the old lady of this family, and my concern for your lives is not me being malicious or gossipy. It is me being a southern woman, that cares for her family. So this is a brief statement to say accept that and don’t come at me with no more foolishness. (I feel the need to edit that, but I simply refuse. )  I am here whenever you guys need me and I love you all deeply. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years, and I look forward to being able to share some of this stuff with you guys!

Peace and Hair Grease. 

Wait, I’d also like to clarify that I am not trying to stand in judgement of you guys. It is important to me to see that you guys are doing well and putting all that good training you have to good use in your lives. I know there is a time to make mistakes, do unwise  hings, and then learn from them. As the person that sees everything, I also know that that time of youthful rebellion or what have you can go from a time to grow, to a full on lifestyle. Also, as the emotional one in this family, I usually try to take the time to figure out my situations and my hurts, figure out how they are effecting my life, and then I use my training and resources to try to fix it. I’d like to encourage you all to try that. I’ll expound later. For now I’d like to apologize for not praying for you more. As I’ve seen things happen, or about to happen I could have done better. So yea, I’ll work on that. 

Walk in Wisdom my loves.

 

 

Do Not Conform

Good morning My Lovely Family,
I pray this day finds you doing well! I saw we have a few members agreeing to the fast. Someone mentioned the Daniel fast. Was it Cortni or Chelsi? Would you explain the Daniel fast for us please.
Today I would like to remind us that it is easy to conform to this world’s way of living, even while going to church. The word states that the enemy of our souls is out to remove the word from our hearts. I want us to meditate on this thought, am I feeding on the word of God, also am I guarding my heart by the Spirit of God? By this I mean, am I sensitive (by the Holy Spirit) to what or who I allow to enter my heart?
Our hearts are very important to how we live. Jesus stated that out of the heart are the issues of our lives! I know what is in my heart by listening to what comes out of my mouth and how I live each day!
Have a blessed day Family, you are LOVED!

-Dad

Daniel Fast Food List

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

all info from http://danielfast.wordpress.com/daniel-fast-food-list/