The Gift That Keeps on Giving Saturday, Dec 27 2014 

Now that Christmas is over, (I still need to take down the tree.) We can come together to talk about the Gift that keeps on giving.

When Christ was crucified, He shed his blood for our sins. His blood, once shed, began giving life to all who believe. From the very first time you said, “I accept Jesus as my Savior,” the Holy Spirit has through grace administered the gift of Christ. This atonement is an ongoing process that brings us from glory to glory. We are His handiwork. As we allow Christ to live in us and through us, we live the life of Christ. The more we listen to the Spirit of God, the more like Christ we become. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and through Him we become partakers in the life of Christ. Through Him we are able to live godly lives. We are able to walk in the Spirit.

When the Spirit prompts you to do God’s will with regards to your calling, then the gift in you is shed abroad, like the blood of Christ on Calvary. It too gives life to those who receive it. Perhaps you are called in a moment of need to use the gift of “helps” to assist a brother or a sister in their calling. The more blood the more healing. In this giving of ourselves to live for the benefit of others is God’s love flowing forth just like the blood that flowed on Calvary.

The joy of the LORD is our strength.

We see the work of the blood in our own lives first, but then a miracle happens and God allows us, through the Holy Spirit in us to see His blood at work in the lives of those we help. ( I use the gift of helps only as an example here.) You may be using the gift of healing, or exhortation, or encouragement, etc.

That is how the power of God works in us.

So it is Christ in us, the hope of glory, that is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the life blood of Christ flowing through-out all eternity.

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What God Wants Sunday, Dec 7 2014 

What God Wants

God is a god of details. He cares about all the little things going on in our lives. He wants us to pray about them. He wants us to pray in the Spirit so that even those things we don’t fully understand can be made right by him.

He wants us to keep our eyes on the unseen because it is eternal.

We are to pray and seek his face in all we do. He wants to be active in our lives in such a way that we are certain that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

He is the LORD of our souls.

If you would have wisdom ask of God and he will give it to you freely.

Pray for peace.

Know this; that God chastens those he loves.

God deals with us by his Spirit that is in us. A nudge or a prod is all it takes to bring us to our senses. When you are tempted and the Spirit chides you, flee. Get away from it.

God wants you to choose rightly and for you to be right with him. We are the children of God. We are called to love, honor, and obey him. We are called to worship and pray and to live our lives in the will of God doing His work.

There are seven things we need to walk: in the Spirit of the LORD, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the LORD.

There are also seven things that God hates: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.