God's Girls

The exciting journey:

God has a great journey planned for each of our lives. He wants us to understand His purpose of why we were created and where He is taking us. 


Each one of us is precious and valuable to God. We are as unique and as individual as our fingerprints.


Wouldn't you like to take a look at your heavenly profile? What would God be saying about you today? 


 You are wonderfully made... I knew you before you were born. I created you for works of righteousness. Do not fear I am with you always says the Lord. It doesn't matter if you have made mistakes. No one is without sin.

 We all start to live when we come to the cross to receive mercy and grace: God's undeserved love, favor, and forgiveness, and freedom from the punishment that we deserved! This is the beginning of the journey. Next daughters, He says, I have an exciting journey planned out for you. Come with me and you will never regret choosing my way and the best adventure of all... from today and through eternity.




Some ways to open 
Heaven over  your life

Do you want to be touched by the very hand of God? We have a loving Heavenly Father who is ready to meet with us.  He is always drawing us to Himself.  Here are a few things that have helped me hear from God.  We can live with an  open heaven over our lives.

1. Believe that God sees you as precious and is ready to meet with you.  We can only come to God by faith…That means  that we come by believing that God is who He says He is,  and that He rewards those who seek Him. Do you believe that Gods thoughts and plans are  totally loving towards you?  Can you picture Him as your powerful heavenly Father who not only created you but planned out your days and  is involved in every area of your life?  God has said that He will reward all who seek Him... and  that without faith it  is impossible to please God.   

What picture do you see of God, the Father? A right  view of God allows us to see Him as a loving heavenly Father who is deeply interested in His kids.  He wants us to be with Him and to know Him.  As we come with this assurance we can draw near to his throne of grace to find help in our times of need,  and to just be with the King.  He is worth the effort and time of seeking Him.  He will be found and we will be refreshed in His presence.  

2-  Look for the Answers from the Holy Spirit in day to day living.   The Holy Spirit is our comforter and guide.  As He opens our eyes to see Jesus,  we become like Him in His presence.  We gaze at Christ, as looking at an image in a mirror, and are being changed from glory to glory. 

All through the day God is ready to speak and waiting for us to ask Him questions and to listen to His still small voice.  He usually doesn’t come to us in the wind or fire, but in a still small voice.  We all love the extraordinary demonstrations that He can use but let's become tuned in to the smallest nudge or the quietest sound of His voice giving us information that we need to live like Him, and to touch those around us. 
As we listen to His voice His kingdom is built and His will is established in our lives, our home,  our workplace and wherever we are led. 

3. Become a Daughter of the King.  If  we see ourselves as His princess we become concerned about His will and His desires.  If we allow ourself to decrease, then God can increase. Let’s  change the focus of our life from “all about me” to “all about Him.”
Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NIV).
Let’s live this life as a daughter of the King and forget about ourselves and concentrate on the Kings will and purposes.  This  will become a way of life. Not only will God draw near, but all the relationships in our lives will be affected by this selfless living. Our spouse and our kids and everyone around us will notice the difference.

4. Practise God Centered worship.   Worship is not about me… Its about Him!  My time in worship in not just for me to feel good but it is for God, and God alone.  Don’t allow yourself to get swallowed up by self-centered worship that makes you feel good but leaves God out.  Worship is not just about our feelings.  Worship is about us loving God with all our soul, strength and mind (that means everything inside of us). This attitude can change your life. You may walk  into a service after a long, hard day at work, but God-focused worship helps the weariness to fall away,  and the joy and renewal in God’s presence begins to flow.

So here's the secret: Make your life and your worship about Him, and heaven will open. He has promised as we worship He will come… and this is the path of entering into His presence…  We all could use a little more heaven on earth. Oh Magnify the Lord,  and enjoy Him and His presence in deeper and more glorious ways.  






The Work of the Holy Spirit


Since the dawn of creation, God, the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were all working together to create the world and to touch the heart of man… God the Father spoke the Word: Jesus is this spoken Word of God… In Colossians it says that He (Jesus) made all things and in Him all things hold together. And the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) was moving over the waters…In God’s masterpiece, man, the Holy Spirit breathed life into the dust that God formed with His own hands and He lived. And God said,” It is good!”


The Father longed for man to know who He is. He walked in the garden, talking to Adam and Eve… teaching them, guiding them and letting them discover His love and His character. When they went their own way the Father had to cast them out of the garden, but never out of His heart, or His desire to be with them. He continued to seek their fellowship and love.


Man became hardened to God and moved out of His blessing into their own selfish, prideful, willful disobedience and sinful ways. But God kept seeking to have a close relationship with them… He began to show them who He was by signs and wonders. Yet they walked away and chose their own way.


Jesus came to bridge this gap. He lived out the life of a man and God. While a man, he never used his own power for selfish purposes, but only did what the Father was showing him to do. He emptied himself of His all powerful might to live on earth as we do, yet sinless and in perfect fellowship with his heavenly Father.


Before he left He said, “I don’t want to leave you as orphans.“ I love you too much… I don’t want you to feel abandoned and out there on your own. He knew the fear that would grip their hearts. He saw the persecution that Rome would bring on his followers, and He saw you and I, and our desperate need to have him in our lives; not just to read about him from a distance. So He said, “I will send you a comforter, the Holy Spirit. He will be with you and He will be in you and He will lead you to all truth, and show you who I am, and reveal what the Father is doing. “ The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and convinces us of God’s great love. He convicts us of sin and how we need a Savior. He is there to lead us through the journey of life and will speak to us if we will listen.

A Place of Spiritual Discernment

One of the great things the Holy Spirit does when He comes to live is our heart is to open our spiritual senses up to discern what is happening around us. We discern if something is from God (the Holy Spirit), a human spirit or an evil demonic spirit. Klemen recently wrote an article for the largest spiritualist magazine in Slovenia called Aura. It just came out and he has been having calls from people reading the article. After reading the article, two people came to church to check out what this is all about. One was a woman who also writes for this magazine and the other was an older man who was saturated in New Age, powers, energies, magnetic force fields, polarization… and ect. He interrupted the service several times and even when the woman wanted to accept Jesus as her Savior He was still interrupting. I started binding the devil, and every spirit I felt operating and he became silent. We were talking after church and next week before the new agers come we will bind the devil and all demons and command them not to speak in the meeting. And I believe that many will come to know Christ.


Before we came to Christ we were in another kingdom and under the influence of another spirit… "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience" (Eph. 2:1-2, NASB). This spirit of the world is around us but the Holy Spirit shows us what is of Him and what is of this world. We learn by listening to His voice and obeying His leadings.


Victory through following the leading of the Holy Spirit



In Romans 8 we read, “As many as are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.. Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” The flesh wars against the Spirit but as we learn to submit to the Holy Spirits guidance, and walk in His ways we have victory over sin, and its power is broken. By the Spirit we know that we are sons and daughters. This assurance keeps us walking close to our Father. And we know that if we sin there is a place of forgiveness if we confess our sins to Him. He blots them out and gives us a new heart.

Refreshing and Restoration by the Spirit


The Holy Spirit makes our hearts ready to receive the refreshing rain that God promises. He knows that without rain, we can't produce fruit. He knows that unless we have showers, our hearts will get hard.


Have you ever seen rain fall when the ground was so hard that the water didn't soak it? That is a picture of people who come to church when the Spirit is moving, and the rain of His presence rolls off like water off a duck's back, because their hearts are too hard to receive it.


The rain of the Spirit brings repentance. Repentance will break up the soil of the hardened ground. The Holy Spirit comes in conviction to our temples and prepares them as places where the showers of the latter rain of refreshing can fall.


A Place of Healing and Deliverance


The Holy Spirit has come to make our temples places of healing. Jesus is the Anointed One who brings healing and deliverance to captives. He acknowledged the fact that the Holy Spirit empowered Him for every good work when He stood up in church to read, "'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18). (by Fuschia Pickett)

God has given us the Holy Spirit to birth the new life of Christ in us. Through the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to overcome sin and become Spirit-led witnesses for Jesus.


Part 1. The Holy Spirit’s work in our lives
Carol Vidic


HEART ISSUE: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to produce Jesus in you? What, if anything, is hindering that process?


PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to listen to you so I can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your work inside of me to make me more like Christ and to bring our good fruits of righteousness.




Why Weakness is Strength in the Kingdom


God loves to take the weak things of this world to overcome the strong; and uses the simple things to confound the wise....




God loves to take us in our weakness, and to reveal Christ in Us, causing us to overcome the world. Paul said, »when I am weak then I am strong.«

Most of us hate the feeling of helplessness. We want to be in control of life and our circumstances. Our first reaction to pain is to feel frustrated or stressed because life is out of our control. We live with so much pain in this world. As believers we are not untouched by divorce, the death of someone we love, abandonment, false accusations, the loss of a job or deep financial debt. None of these things are easy. And we are tempted to say, “what good can god get out of this?”

God hasn’t forgotten you. There is still a plan ahead. He can even work good in our lives from the pain. One of the good things pain does is to bring us into a place of dependence on our perfect heavenly father. He says, »Cast all your cares upon me, I care for you!«

One of the joys of going through pain, suffering and hardship is that we see that we can do nothing in our own strength. This causes us to turn to God and to know that it really is In Christ that » I live and Move and Have my Being! »

We are transformed by our dependence upon Him! In John 15 Jesus says,

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Abide in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in me.5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you 

can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


We abide in Christ by knowing that we are weak, helpless, and unable to do anything in our own strength. When we are all together and needing nothing it is easy start believing that we can serve Christ, in our own strength and our own way. But, when we are at our end, He is our beginning.

Stop and see what God can do with one person totally surrendered to Him. Moses needed to face the death penalty from his own father, and years in the desert before he was ready to lean totally on God. Joseph was abandoned and rejected, yet God never rejected him. Even prison was preparing him to trust totally in his God. Noah couldn’t look at the response of people around him for the success of his call . His mission had to be fulfilled even when the people didn’t believe. Jesus faced rejection by the religious rulers… abandonment from his disciples, and even the loss of the Heavenly Father’s closeness on the cross. Yet his death, which was the most horrible thing someone could face, became the greatest triumph over all of hell. He rose victoriously.

 

  If life hasn’t gone as you dreamed, and you have failed or someone has failed you, remember that God is there and that the end is what is important. Let your weakness draw you to God. Let sorrow cause you to seek His Face so you can be filled up with the Spirit of joy. Let rejection make you more compassionate of others. And most of all let pain be your path to leaning on God’s strength and not your own. Because He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age!”

Fall in love with Jesus and remember that His love is greater than your weakness.  His grace is greater than your sins, and He is always interceding for you! 









Scriptures on the Holy Spirit: 

Romans 14.17 F or the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus (the Son) was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven (the Father) said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (NIV)

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (NIV)

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV)

Acts 2:32-33 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. (NIV)


The Holy Spirit has the Characteristics of Personality, A Mind and a Wil and Emotions::
Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.(NASB)

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (NIV)

Isaiah 63:10 Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. (NIV)

Luke 10: 21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure." (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.


He Testifies of Christ:
John 15:26 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (NIV)

He Convicts:
John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt [Or will expose the guilt of the world] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: (NIV)
• He Leads:
Romans 8:14  Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (NIV)
• He Reveals Truth:
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)

• He Strengthens and Encourages:
Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.(NIV)
• He Comforts:
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (KJV)
• He Helps Us in our Weakness: Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. (NIV)• He Searches the Deep Things of God:
1 Corinthians 2:11 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (NIV)
• He Sanctifies:
Romans 15:16  To be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.(NIV)• He Bears Witness or Testifies:
Romans 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (KJV)The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. (NIV)

• He keeps us and leads us…
Acts 16:6-7  Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV)He Can be Lied to:
Acts 5:3  Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? (NIV)• He Can be Resisted:
Acts 7:51  "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!" (NIV)• He Can be Blasphemed:
Matthew 12:31-32  And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (NIV)• He Can be Quenched:
1 Thessalonians 5:19  Quench not the Spirit. (NKJV)Fruits of the Spirit: 
Galatians 5. 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Brothers and sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
2 You know that at one time you were unbelievers. You were somehow drawn away to worship statues of gods that couldn’t even speak. 3 So I tell you that no one who is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “May Jesus be cursed.” And without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can say, “Jesus is Lord.”
4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. 6 There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things.
7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives the message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives the message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages.

11 All of the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives them to each person, just as he decides.
One Body but Many Parts
12 There is one body. But it has many parts. Even though it has many parts, they make up one body. It is the same with Christ. 13 We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Greeks, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink.

Let the Holy Spirit fill you …. and continue to live in Him…
Be filled (continually filled) with the Spirit…







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