01/12/09

To receive your blessings in full, you need the Spirit of the Lord

Joel 2:26, 27 - And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.


The Lord blessed his people mainly via Abraham's seed Jesus Christ.

When we believe in Jesus Christ we become decedents of Abraham and thus heirs to his blessings. Being heirs and receiving the blessings are two separate matters; it's between making a claim and receiving the claim. By faith we become heirs but it is only by the Spirit of God Whom we have received through Jesus Christ that we fully receive the blessings given to us.

The Holy Spirit also known as the Latter Rain is the one Who works in us and makes us stand out among other people to show the world that we are God's people. If we do not let the Spirit of God work in us then there will be no difference between us and other people. God promises us satisfaction in our worldly needs and abundance in our spirit. We may not be rich but riches will flow through us unto others. We may have a few thousand in our bank balance but we have the ability to make people millionaires by just our blessing them.

If you are lacking in any area or are not satisfied in life, ask yourself if you have let the Spirit of God work in you?

In the New Testament the Holy Spirit was transferred unto the people by laying of hands, breathing into them or when the Word was preached.

After receiving the Spirit they got baptized in the Holy Spirit only when they surrendered to the Spirit of God. This baptism was not just mental or conceptual, it actually manifested into the physical so much that the people were confident if they were baptized or not. They were more confident that they were baptized in the Holy Spirit then they were when baptized in Jesus Christ when baptized in water.


[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God we thank You for your Spirit. It is your Spirit Who works in us and is the Rock of our salvation. Jesus Christ we thank You for making available the Holy Spirit unto all who believe in You. Holy Spirit, You are all unto me and it is only by You and through You that I can come before God the Father in Heaven. Jesus showed us the way to walk in You and to be successful. Help us Holy Spirit to walk like Jesus and to be a Testimony for God to this world...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 13:14-16
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Genesis 17:7-9
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Galatians 3:25-29
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Acts 8:18-21
18 Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostlesí hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God.

John 20:21-22
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

Acts 11:15-17
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
17 If then God gave unto them the like gift as he did also unto us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?

Joel 2:23-29
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

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