Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

This morning I read in the book of Luke about Simeon, Anna and John. All three of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. Each of them were careful to lead a righteous life before God. It didn’t come by accident but was by diligent effort to please their Lord in everything they did. God keeps us humble by constantly reminding us of our humanness. None can ever attain perfection, but it is possible to please Him with our daily lives. Here are a few keys that I have found helpful.
– In the morning, I purpose to make my first thoughts be of Him, rather than the concerns of the day. Being a morning person, I make sure I fill my head with scripture before the news or anything else.
– Following the example of The Lord’s Prayer, I first thank Him for who He is and what He’s done. Then I make my requests known to Him.
– I dedicate the day to Him and to His glory. “One day at a time” as they say in AA. “Today Lord, have Your way in my life. Help me to lead a holy life… today.”
– I confess my sins. I don’t try to minimize them. Then I receive His forgiveness.
Well it doesn’t hurt to have a good start to the day. Things may not go as I planned, but at least I started right.
– at least once during the day I stop what I’m doing, bow my head before Him and reiterate my commitment to doing things His way rather than mine.
The days that I forget or cut short my time with The Lord never seem to go as well.
Honouring God in the little things we do …is never in vain.

Honouring The Bride

When we pray, God hears us no matter where we are or what we are doing. But think about it, which is more honouring to Him, praying while sitting on the toilet, or kneeling before an awesome God? It may seem trivial but I believe God appreciates every effort we make to honour Him.
When we are late for an appointment, we dishonour the person or people we are meeting. Our actions are saying that our schedule is more important than anyone else’s. Public reading of God’s holy scriptures without intonation, enthusiasm and colour, is doing them a great disservice and is dishonouring the author.
For a pastor to show up late or ill prepared dishonours the entire congregation, and brings shame to himself. A good service needs structure and order and It’s up to the pastor or whoever is leading to provide these ingredients. Without them the congregation will feel insecure. “Well, we’ll just let the Holy Spirit lead us.” No you’re not. You’re just too lazy to take the time to be properly prepared. What’s wrong with asking the Holy Spirit to guide our preparations? Unpreparedness and lack of personal discipline when leading God’s people dishonours The Bride of Christ, and does not bless God even in the slightest.

The Hired Hand

So you want to pastor a church.
1./ you always wanted to be a pastor.
2./ you want to be a success at what you do.
3./ you feel called to be a pastor.
4./ your gifts match the vocation.
5./ you love to see people get saved.
6./ you want to see the body of Christ come to fullness.
7./ you love the body of Christ.

These are all good answers but the only correct one is the last answer.
Jesus said to Peter “if you love me, feed my sheep.”
Loving Jesus and loving the bride of Christ are one and the same and not mutually exclusive. I’ve known pastors who were more interested in the job than the people. When the the going got tough, they exited.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. – John 10:11-13