A True Spirit

It must be Christians’ goal to be part of a fraternity through capturing the biblical spirit of the age. Walking in the presence of the Lord they proclaim his name. Their authenticity is at its best by an unconditional surrender to God. With this experience believers tend to the poor and naked among us. Alan Cohen (b. 1939), author observed, “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledged the presence of good wherever you shine the light of thankful thoughts.” Believers therefore shine lights on those they encounter.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the the basis of a social compact. In being friends there are times when we won’t see eye to eye. With these disagreements it’s imperative to make things right. This is how you express the freedom of forgiveness. It’s great when we forge such bonds which endure the test of time. This calls for prudence and discernment.

In churches, parishioners practice outreach, but there are challenges. But holy people of God should be able to discuss and solve conflicts amicably. As God’s children let Christian values guide your decisions and move forward. By doing acts of kindness, our faith is enlivened. Service as a spiritual food leads to an enlightened community. Such congregations receive an abundance of blessings through the Holy Spirit. That’s why relationships of friendship and fellowship are important. Charles R. Swindoll (b. 1934), an evangelical Christian pastor, author and radio preacher remarked, “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”

Love God & Neighbor

The Holy Spirit makes our journey possible. This trip turns arid land into a garden of roses and expresses a profound love. Such blessings are courageous and seek peace in unusual places. Their depth is not found only with friends but enemies. This reality is best expressed in an all encompassing God – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died on the cross at Calvary. Caring brings loving-kindness when we embrace other people. Love has to be constantly sowed and cultivated to reap an abundant harvest. Leo Buscaglia (1924 – 1998), an author and motivational speaker said, “A single rose can be my garden … a single friend, my world.” Abundance in the world may well be one friend.

Animated In Spirit

Our focus on the Spirit is of the Risen Christ. As members of his club, believers are animated. It’s spiritual fervor being manifested in us. Christ is the great comforter who provides us with food to fulfill our apostolic zeal. Since the outpouring of the Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost, this has come to mean tremendous blessings to Christians. Our spiritual journeys are deepened through incredible experiences. Christians are known for their love, joy, hope and peace. These blessings are essential for spreading the Word. It’s the Holy Spirit who anoints those who are trustworthy, and empowers us to do great works.

Flames Of Faith

Persons ought to pursue their destiny in Christ. As the descendants of Abraham we are faithful witnesses of the Christian faith, walking in the world with enthusiasm, joy, and power. By interacting with fellow citizens we become like a flaming torch. Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965), a German, later French theologian, philosopher and medical missionary to Africa, explained, “At times our light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” With flames of faith, we share the good news, but still are sorely tested. Our lights appear as though they will be extinguished, but are rekindled with renewed perseverance.

Role of the Divine

Christians are saved through God’s grace. Our faults are forgiven when we ask God for forgiveness. Profess this faith by our holiness. God entrusts us with beliefs through which we are able to perform unbelievable acts. Mary, the Mother of God and Queen of the Universe was a woman of extraordinary faith. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced she would give birth to the Messiah, she willingly accepted this decree.

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805 – 1844), religious leader, founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saints Movement, stated, “The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.” It’s by prayer the Holy Spirit does his work within, around, and for us.

Redefined Thinking

Christians dispel negative thinking. Believers repent and are not stubborn in returning to the Lord. They are for social justice, live their lives victoriously, and perform spiritual tasks with deep faith. Here lies the mystery of walking in holiness. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD), Roman Emperor – considered the last five good Emperors, stated, “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Aurelius might be referring to our consciences which nag us about doing what’s right.

Faith in the World

In having faith we’ll not fall short of the glory of God. The evil ordained in corporate life will dissipate and we’ll counter selfishness thoughts and ignorance effectively. There’s no time for exploitation and spiritual bondage. By doing so, Christians will no longer have lives of blindness, for they are authentic. They will be living according to God’s timing and be triumphantly with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Carl Jung (1875 – 1961), Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, wrote, “Our blight is ideologies – they are the long-expected Antichrist.” People shouldn’t put their faith in man-made ideologies. These beliefs are geared for living in a secular world. Walk on earth in Godly ways, for he alone assures our security.

Fishers Of Men

Becoming fishers of men is a spiritual calling that we ought to embrace as Christians. With this calling, we’ll be awarded the crowns of saints. These are perfect gifts through which we’re able to rally unbelievers for Christ. With faith, we’ll generate flames which lighten broken hearts. In having the right spirit – a new spirit with timeless principles, is a call from God. But this faith may only come gradually. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest explained, “We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterward we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.” Professionally, it may well take time to develop to our full potential. We have to apply ourselves, be consistent and watchful to bear good fruit. For, it’s only through such gifts we’ll become spiritual – en-wrapped with the Holy Spirit in proclaiming the risen Christ.

God’s Initiative

Euripides (480406 BC), a tragedian of classical Athens, explained, “Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.” With persistence we’ll be able to have a bird’s eye view concerning what God wants us to do. As people we may be able to energize our churches. It’s this Spirit who anoints us to carry on his work. In enlightenment we become steadfast in the teaching of the Gospels, while reaching out to men, women and children. These are pathways to which we’re called when we are faithful. With apostolic zeal the Holy Spirit guides us. It’s through him we are motivated to bring unbelievers into his fold.

Mission of Communicating

Believers have a mission to serve humanity. They have to be quick to listen and are guided by the Spirit. George Bernard Shaw (18561950), Nobel Prize winning Irish playwright observed, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Christians love the food which proceeds from the mouth of God. Through it, they have fervor, walk in the spirit, and are fed with an abundance of goodness. In Christ, there’s an alertness and a desire to spread the Gospel. Some people become spirit-filled evangelists who touch hearts and minds.

Serve to Motivate

Ramakrishna (18361886), Indian mystic and yogi during the 19th-century, declared, “God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshiping God.” With this service comes personal fulfillment. Believers should be people-oriented and treat others with respect. With joy let us express happiness as we reach out to the poor in spirit. We’ll be showing a spirit of unity – as the comforter, with our spiritual leader Jesus Christ. By loving God, we’ll experience a religious awakening.

As Christians we must motivate ourselves. Andrew Carnegie (18351919), Scottish American industrialist observed, “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive are their other talents.” To be in Christ is to discover we are the best there is. As Christians we no longer work under our own strength, but are guided by the Holy Spirit. A Spirit that teaches us all things. We’ll know how to act, what to do, where to go, and what to say, all through the Spirit.

Our mission is always be to win souls for the Lord. We are like fishermen casting our nets into the seas, rivers, and streams of the world. Amazingly, we walk on the banks of these shores, climb hills and mountains, run by meandering landscapesfor we’ll catch not only fish for our nourishment, but men, women, and children who heed the call of Christ, their Savior.