In I Chronicles 13 David is moving the Ark of the Covenant from a place called Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem. Obed-Edom is a man who comes up in this passage in whose home the Ark has to be temporarily stored. Even though this is the Old Testament and the Holy Spirit per se has not been introduced as He is in the New Testament after the resurrection of Christ, we have to understand that the Trinity still existed because the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God. The Ark had to be handled with extreme care and certain strict care instructions had to be followed. I digress, Obed-Edom had the Ark in his home for 3 months during those months the scripture says that he was blessed. “The Chest of God was in storage in the house of Obed-Edom for three months. God blessed the family of Obed-Edom and everything around him” (I Chronicles 13:14). Since the presence or “spirit” of God was present in his home and he was obedient in caring for the Ark of the Covenant Obed-Edom was blessed. This is an example of the effect that the presence of God has on person’s life. Obed-Edom made a decision to follow and be in service to God and he and his entire family was blessed as a result. If we are obedient nowadays and follow the spirit of God we will be blessed also.
In this blog post I wanted to share with you a few things about the Holy Spirit and how to know He is present. The Holy Spirit is part of God. God the Father communicates through His Holy Spirit to us. God uses the Holy Spirit to pour His goodness into our lives. “…We cannot round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:3). God provides His relationship through His Holy Spirit, “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you” (2 Corinthians 13:14) God works your life out through the Holy Spirit, helping you to maneuver through successfully, “Answer the question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God” (Galations 3:5). God provides joy through the Holy Spirit in trying times, “…Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians1:5). He is always working in us as believers (Titus 3:3). He confirms a message from God (Hebrews 10:11) He gives us gifts to bring glory to God (Hebrews 2:1) The Holy Spirit reminds us, reveals to us and comforts us (John 1:32). He will give you the right words at the right time when you don’t know what to say (Luke 12:11). I could keep going, the Holy Spirit is vital, He is God in spirit form, we cannot do without that part of God.
The Word says that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:29). God desires your obedience so that He can have a close and intimate relationship. You may be missing some of these things that the Holy Spirit offers and you feel empty or lacking in some way, ask the Lord to show you how you have been disobedient to Him and repent, turning away from it, denouncing those things, asking God to forgive you in Jesus’ name, then ask God for a fresh pouring of His Holy Spirit in your life so that you can live in abundance and wholeness in Him. Jesus says in John 10:6-10, “…I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good–sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for-will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief [Satan-the enemy of mankind and anything good that comes from God] is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
In the book of Daniel, Daniel sought God fervently because of the dilapidated state of His people and homeland. He went before God with all of His heart and as a result God heard and sent help on Daniel’s behalf. “While I was pouring out my heart, baring my sins and the sins of my people Israel, praying my life out before my God, interceding for the holy mountain of my God-while I was absorbed in this praying, the humanlike Gabriel, the one I had seen in an earlier vision, approached me, flying in like a bird about the time of evening worship. He stood before me and said, Daniel, I have come to make things plain to you. You had no sooner started your prayer when the answer was given. And now I’m here to deliver the answer to you. You are much loved! So listen carefully to the answer, the plain meaning of what is revealed…” (Daniel 9:20-23)
Some people say why are you going to JUST pray about it, DO something about it! As a believer it is always best to talk to God first before you move on a situation. It is not lazy or fool-hearted to pray about something. When you pray heaven responds! In this example as soon as Daniel began to pray God sent an angel to fight demonic principalities on Daniel’s behalf. The angel was able to provide much needed comfort and direction for Daniel. I think I would rather go into a fight with heavenly hosts having my back then going into a gun fight with a knife.
Also did you notice that Gabriel came “flying in like a bird” during evening worship. That is another key. Make sure before you go into prayer enter into the Lord’s presence or “courts” with sincere praise (Psalm 100:4). At times we may not feel like praising or even cracking a smile but make every effort to have a thankful heart and a praise on your lips, there is always someone who is hurting more than you.
Colossians 1:17 “And He himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).”
When you feel overwhelmed and you feel that you can’t go any further, remember who truly is in control. It is definitely not us, It’s GOD. When the familiar emotions of being overwhelmed or frustrated comes over us it is God reminding us that we need Him to steer the ship of our life and things may be getting out of His order, He needs to be first and in the driver’s seat. He shows us that we need something greater than ourselves. Why is it so difficult to reach up? Why is it so difficult to admit that you need help? Let your guard down and be vulnerable to God, He has told us that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), only He the creator of the universe can make that promise, only the One where all things consist and cohere can make that guarantee.
Say these words to yourself out loud when feeling overwhelmed or frustrated: God has everything under control even when I don’t or when I can’t control myself. I am reconciled to God because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, everything is in Him. Wonderful things are in store, I won’t miss them!
Our enemy (Satan) wants to steal God’s hope and promises from you and attempts to do that with our reactions to our emotions. Just because you feel a certain way doesn’t mean act on it, practice self control with your thoughts, actions, and words. Words and what you believe to be true play a big part in your success in life. Keep the above scripture in mind and remember who is really driving the ship of your life.
Work within your skill set
KEY TO SUCCESS: Ask God to let His will be done in your life.
God will use and develop YOUR skills. Don’t look at what others are doing. God will use the resources around you, and build on those things. Things that were around you the whole time that you were blind to, He will put a light on them and help you to take steps to develop those things. Opportunities that were around you the whole time, He will illuminate! He tears down our egos in order to develop us. We cannot be great without Him (John 15).
Through great tragedy He can bring to light an ability that was within you, that you overlooked. Without the tragedy your eyes would have never been opened and you would have never sought other alternatives. Qualities that God has allowed others to see in you since childhood and you have not seen within yourself, God can make those things important to you and help you to build upon those attributes.
An example: Just like God has given some great singing voices to some and through much practice their voices are developed and that gift brings crowds into praise and worship. What is your gift? What have you not developed? What is God showing you now? Develop it! Put it into God’s skillful hands and watch it grow and mature you. Your gift will make a way for you, trust God….only God has the appropriate skill set to help you develop the seed HE has created within you.
The best way to develop gifts is to go out of your comfort zone, in thought and action. If you allow, God will take you out of your comfort zone to bring the best you out. Don’t be afraid when you leave your comfortable place, the Lord can sustain and protect you during your growth, He will not call you to do something and not support you. God has the key to unlock the gifts and stir them up on the inside of you (2 Timothy 1:6-7). He is the master locksmith, who holds the keys of your success. God knows your needs, desires, frustrations, etc. Remember He was in our human condition at one point and fully understands that we are dust. He is fully aware of our weaknesses and struggles. When opposition comes He knows how to help you through, He is your Heavenly Father. Your experiences and growth will in turn inspire others, you will have a testimony to share to inspire others to walk closer with Christ.
God wants to be close to you and speak to you on an everyday basis. I believe when we get into the hustle of life it drowns out His still, small voice when we are not tuned into his wavelength. In order to be tuned into Him on a daily basis we need to read His Word and spend time in prayer. There is no minimum or maximum amount of time that is required, just set aside time for Him. He made time to wake us up every morning, we can absolutely give Him 5 minutes. God is so good that He will allow us to go day after day, going and going, never speaking to Him. He’ll hand us blessing after blessing and sometimes we don’t even thank Him. He wants a connection with us, the more time you spend with Him the closer He will be to you (James 4:8), the stronger His voice will be in your life and His influence on everything you do.