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THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS YOU TO BE ENCOURAGED

 

Dear Friends,

It is wonderful when the Holy Spirit is present in the worship service of a church and it is nice to have the time to worship and focus on the Lord. The Holy Spirit wants the Church to be encouraged and that can take place through worship. There is warfare going on and all Christians are fighting in a war. The battle is in your mind, itís not something you can physically see but it is a strong spiritual battle and the enemy wants us to be on the sidelines as witnesses who are out of commission and silent. The Holy Spirit on the other hand has empowered us to be witnesses who glorify the Lord and overcome the besetting sins, which we can lay aside and claim victory by faith.  It is completely awesome what the Lord has given us and yet most Christians donít receive it because we condemn ourselves and become angry because we didnít do this or didnít do that. We focus on the things that concern us and there are all kinds of things to worry about so that we could waste our whole life downtrodden.

We can spend our life that way, but if we focus on the things of the Lord, we will overcome and rise above every circumstance. This is why it is written so much in the Bible for us to worship the Lord because it is for our growth, benefit and blessing. This is where we have all the promises when we worship and focus on the Lord, and that is how we can obtain victory, anything else puts us on the sideline. We have this physical body which Paul referred to when he said, ďO wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?Ē and there is a carnal part of us that wants to do whatís wrong by worrying, being depressed, eating too much and be generally being undisciplined. Who can deliver me from the body of this death?  Praise God we know the answer to that question! We are set free through Jesus Christ but it is something we have to do on a daily basis and this is where the battle lines are drawn. We have to recognize that we have been tempted and resist that enticement in the name of Jesus and overcome it. The first step is to recognize the problem and ask for help, then we can turn away and do something else. Then we can walk in victory. ďI can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Ē (Philippians 4:13) Praise the Lord!

Blessings in Christ,

Carole West


Volume 15, Issue 4