Our Heavenly Father wants us to communicate with Him. He wants us to come to Him with ALL parts of our lives and to speak with HIm about our problems, concerns, and issues, as well as the things that make us happy, loved and blessed.
We do this in prayer. It is important that we take the time to pray to God, thanking Him for what He does for us, as well as giving over all aspects of our lives to Him.
Whatever we do we should do it with prayer. All our hopes, dreams and plans should be brought to God in prayer. And when we are waging war in the Spirit, prayer is a powerful tool in the arsenal of weapons we have been given to fight the devil and to be victorious.
This podcast looks at prayer and what will help us to understand why we pray and how we should do it correctly.
Why does the Lord want His people to be of one mind in Christ? Why is it that God wants this sense of “oneness” with Him?
This scripture today looks at answering these very questions, and while we look at them we should consider the whole concept of being “one” both with Him and with each other.
This is an important subject because we are told that Jesus and the Father are one and that we need to be one with them. We are also told that we need to live in perfect harmony with each other, which essentially means we are one. So let us look at these issues now.
Speaking in tongues is one of the most misunderstood yet powerful gifts given by God.
Too often this gift is ignored by the modern church, but it is as important today as it was 2,000 years ago. And it was not given for the purpose of spreading the gospel in the early church as so many believe today.
All of the gifts given by God were given for a specific purpose, and
this gift is no different. It is when we understand the power of God’s
gifts that we can use those gifts to grow and mature in Jesus Christ.
This gift from God is available to all who have received the Holy
Spirit and it is a critical and essential part of the weapons God gives
His people to wage war in the Spirit. Spiritual warfare without the gift
of speaking in tongues becomes much harder and more difficult.
The Christian walk is one of continual struggles. We are at war in the spiritual realm and are fighting in the physical realm at the same time. This is the Christian battle and it is our lot in Christ as we walk with him.
Today’s scripture is a recognition of the battle that we undertake as Christians.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine. (Philippians 1:29-30)
Of all the things that are important to walking with Christ Jesus,
receiving the Holy Spirit is one of the MOST important things we must
do. It is probably why the devil has filled the modern church with so
many false teachings about the Holy Spirit, such as who He is, what His
work is and how to receive the Holy Spirit.
This podcast attempts to put to rest some of those lies and misconceptions and explains what the Holy Spirit does and why receiving the Holy Spirit is so important.
As Christians we have been called to change our ways and live a different and better life. A big part of the transformation comes through the working of the church.
It is by meeting together as a church that we learn the ways of the Lord. In Church, we learn what we need to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
There are foundational teachings we need to know to commence the journey of transformation, and some of these we need to apply as individuals. But it is in the church setting that we grow as a collective in the fellowship of the people of the Lord and the Lord Himself.
Finding that place of peace and equanimity where choosing between life and death is of any consequence is a powerful thing and is possible only in Christ Jesus.
Paul found that place where he said he was hard pressed between the two, whether to live or to die. He was imprisoned at the time and did not know which way the chips would fall, but he was not worried in the slightest. Choosing between life and death was not something he was particularly concerned about.
This is a place we all as Christians should think about and aspire to as we see in these verses today.