Taking Advantage Of GOD’S Promises

If you have studied the Bible you will know that Christ said you would need a helper because we cannot do many things on our own.  He tells us we have an advantage that the world does not have and that is the Holy Spirit.  If we have an advantage how do we apply it and how will the Holy Spirit make us any different at work, home, school or wherever?

Acts 1:4 – 8 tells us that once we receive the Holy Spirit we will receive power.  What is this power and how does the Spirit help us?

Talking to Christians over the years many do not recognize that it is the Holy Spirit that has made good things happened in their lives. Many believe they were just lucky or it was a coincident.  We consider every good thing that happens is a result of God’s goodness working through the Holy Spirit. The reason we believe this is because of what Scripture says.

Job 36:11 – “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.”

Isaiah 1:19 – 20 – “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A believer can memorize the Bible and still not receive the promises God has made.  Christ stressed that we must be doers of the Word and the Will of God.  To obey and serve Him requires action.  You can accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive the Holy Spirit but that only guarantees eternal life.  To receive prosperity and years of contentment requires action and serving in His ministry.  I believe I can testify to that through my personal experience.

I was an only child and my father died when I was six.  My mother had little education and acquired a job as a cook in the school cafeteria.  We had a three room home with an outside toilet and only cold water.  I took baths in a tub with water heated from the wood stove.  After graduation I joined the Navy and spent four years mostly overseas.  After being discharged and getting a job in a box factory I started going to church.  I accepted Christ into my heart and my whole life changed.

The first door that opened up was a suggestion that I go to a Christian college on the GI Bill.  The government would pay nearly all costs.  My wife was two years ahead of me in school and I had completed my sophomore year when we were married.  That year I was offered an assistant foreman’s job with Bird’s Eye Frozen Foods during the summer.  My senior year I was offered a job as a high school coach in a Christian High School.  All my college expenses were paid.  My wife was asked to be the school’s secretary and also head of the freshmen girls dorm.  All of our food and housing was furnished.  We had three incomes and no expenses accept for our car, tithes and taxes.  I also became the night foreman over 250 employees during my senior year.  Two years later I went on the Montgomery Ward training program for future management.  Six years later I became a store manager.  During most of the time I taught a Sunday school class and was on different committees and church boards.  My wife was involved in church music programs and in some was the choir director.  She spent fourteen years as a wedding coordinator.  She was chairman of a chapter of Christian Women’s Club.  As a couple we were on a number of church committees.

Since 1987 I have had my own business with my family and God has blessed us more than we could ever have expected.   So what have I learned?

  1. Isaiah 1:20 : S 1Sa 12:15
  2. Isaiah 1:20 : S Job 15:22; Isa 3:25; 27:1; 65:12; 66:16; Jer 17:27
  3. Isaiah 1:20 : Nu 23:19; Isa 21:17; 34:16; 40:5; 58:14; Jer 49:13; Mic 4:4; Zec 1:6; Rev 1:16

 

We serve a good God and it is His desire to bless His children. He does it through the Holy Spirit.  He wants us to be confident, but humble, and to be content, filled with joy.  He wants us to recognize all of the good things He is doing for us.

The Holy Spirit is invisible and works behind the scenes to be our helper.  Do you believe that God would give us His Spirit and His power and then not do anything to help us?  How often when something good happens do you stop and thank God and the Holy Spirit?  May we assure you, the more you recognize the goodness of the Holy Spirit and thank Him, the more you will see good things occur.

We try to share some of the supernatural events that have happened in our lives that we know was a result of the Holy Spirit.  It is our desire to convince you that the Holy Spirit is looking out for you and will direct you in the direction God wants you to go.

If you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, He will help you to make right decisions, improve your productivity and improve your relationships with others.  Let me share a previous writing: For those who are inclined to ask: “What good is the Holy Spirit to Christians if He doesn’t translate love, joy and peace in your life?”  I offer the following rather homespun explanation.  The Christian who depends upon the Holy Spirit is sensitive to His leading and is like the athlete who listens to an experienced coach.  The coach can’t guarantee an athlete’s induction into the Hall of Fame, nor can he guarantee a gold medal for the athlete, but he can train him and teach him everything he knows, giving him every advantage, allowing him to consistently do his best.  Being a Christian does not guarantee presidencies, chairmanships, wealth, achievement awards, fame or recognition, but it will lead the Christian into the direction that fulfills his God-given purpose.  What do you have to lose?  Instead of ignoring the Holy Spirit in your life allow Him to become your partner.

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