“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…” – John 16:13
In May fans of the well-known Star Wars franchise celebrate May the 4th be with you (May the Force be with you). The Force in the Star Wars movies is a mysterious force/energy that binds all life. Harnessing the energy gives the Jedi and others extraordinary abilities such as knowing things before they happen and others.
As born-again Christians we don’t have to look to a movie to find the true source/ force that enables us beyond our human capacities and abilities: The Holy Spirit. In Acts we read that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. But unlike the force in Star Wars, the Holy Spirit is a Person, the Third Person of the Trinity. He is our helper, comforter, and counselor (Parakletos), the Spirit of truth. The truth that is found in Jesus. By him we are gifted. Through him each is given a manifestation of the spirit for the profit of all (1 Corinthians 12). Through the Holy Spirit we are baptised into one body with the head being Jesus.
In a world that seems more chaotic than ever, a world in which seemingly the dark force is taking lead we know that through our faith in Christ we have the victory already. And while we walk this earth let’s always remember that the true force, the Holy Spirit is always at our side. If we have a question, we can ask freely, if we need a comforter, he is always there, if we need wisdom, the spirit of wisdom longs to be our closest friend and if we need power to fight the darkness, he is our true source. The word of God is sharper than any light sabre, our faith the strongest shield and the name of Jesus our sure victory.
In this upcoming May, may you experience the true force, the Holy Spirit, with you in every situation as he counsels, empowers, and equips you. May the Holy Spirit be with you!
“But the hour is coming, ad now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” – John 4:23
Father God is not seeking worship, rather He is seeking the worshiper. More than the gift, He is interested in the person presenting the offering. He is not impressed with the length of prayer or the number of songs if the heart is
cold and far from Him. He is annoyed by meaningless chants and repeated words coming from the mouth but not from the heart. God is a Person and takes pleasure in an intimate relationship with His people.
Religiosity never impressed God. What gets His attention is a humble, broken, and passionate heart. He is not fooled by the form for He sees the substance. To reiterate, more than the worship, He wants the worshiper.
Thank God He is looking at our hearts as He is really interested in you and me.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
In spite of the continuous warning of the Western governments, it seemed that nobody really believed that President Putin would order a full scale invasion of Ukraine. Others thought the mobilisation of Russian troops was just a scare tactic or if ever the threat was real, they would only march into the contested Donbas region but not the entire geographical area of the 2nd largest country in Europe. It was only after the bombs thundered in multiple cities that Ukraine’s government called for a conscription of its male population from ages 18 to 60 years old.
Sadly, the Bible is full of stories of unheeded prophetic warnings of impending danger and judgment: from the great flood in Noah’s time to the plagues in Egypt; from the conquering Assyrian army to the Babylonian captors; from the teachings of Jesus to the early apostles’ preaching, human nature tends to brush off the seriousness of the matter at hand. Even to this date, with the plethora of hard hitting messages heralding the coming of the Lord Jesus and the end of the age, many continue in their business-as-usual hypnotic state oblivious of the gravity of what is at stake in eternity.
I posted on January 1 a prophecy regarding the current events. Prophecy is given not to scare us but to prepare us. We are to believe and heed the warnings and instructions so as to be in a secure place, which is none other than to be in the will of God.
The signs of the times are loud and clear: Jesus is coming. Let us prepare by repenting from our sinful ways and dedicating our lives to His Lordship anew. Let the spiritual revival begin in us. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!