indwelling holy spirit

All beings have Buddha-nature, much like how a Christian might say that a person has a soul or is indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Because of Buddha-nature, all beings will ultimately attain Buddhahood, no matter how many lifetimes it takes. Our job in daily life is to actualize our Buddha-nature.
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NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU

SEEK FIRST GOD’S KINGDOM

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:31–33

As a child of God, know that it is your Father’s pleasure to meet all your needs. Jesus Himself tells us, “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” But God does not want you to seek after things. He wants you to seek first His kingdom. And when you do that, all the things that you need will be added to you!

So your first priority every day is to seek His kingdom. The word “first” in verse 33 is the Greek word proton, which means “first in order or importance, holding the highest place in all our affections”. My friend, God wants us to seek first His kingdom, and all things will fall gloriously in place.

We are not to seek after things the way Gentiles do. The word “seek” in “the Gentiles seek” (verse 32) is the Greek word epizeteo. It means “to seek with all their might with much sweat or with much stress”. However, the way God wants us to “seek” in “seek first the kingdom of God” is the Greek word zeteo, which means “to hunger, to desire to worship”. It is simply a hungering, a desiring for the kingdom of God, without any labor or toil.

But what is the kingdom of God? Romans 14:17 tells us that it is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. And the kingdom of God dwells within you because the Holy Spirit indwells you. So the kingdom of God is His righteousness, peace and joy in you.

Beloved, if you want to have peace and joy in the Holy Spirit flowing inside you, then seek every day to be conscious of your righteousness in Christ, not your own righteousness, but His righteousness given to you as a gift. Pursue Jesus first. Spend time with Him and listen to His Word. And when you do these things, you are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, and all the things that you need will be added to you!

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REJECTION
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Father, how grateful I am for Your Holy Spirit’s work and Your precious Word, both of which You use to set me free from my pain and suffering. Thank You for always loving me and never giving up on me. It is a great comfort to know You will never leave or forsake me.

You know the wounds of rejection that have marred my heart. You know how useless, helpless, and worthless I feel when yet another person casts me away. So many of these feelings originated long ago and have deep roots. But I am grateful for how You have set me free from these feelings; how You have given me a sense of belonging in Your eternal, heavenly family as Your own beloved child; how You have blessed me with a sense of worth through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection; and how You have empowered me to accomplish all You call me to through Your indwelling Holy Spirit.

Father, I know I must make a decision - either I can believe what others have spoken about me, or I can trust what You say about my character and future. I know what You say counts in eternity, Lord, so I choose to listen to you. Thank You for your unfailing love and for creating me with a good plan and purpose. Help me to keep my eyes on You.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

The Holy Spirit strengthens us

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace Who imparts all blessing and favor, Who has called you to His own eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 amp

The Holy Spirit also offers His help as our strengthener. Just imagine having a well of strength inside you, a source you can draw on anytime you feel
The need. When you feel weak or tired or discouraged to the point of giving up, just stop for a few minutes. Close your eyes, if possible and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you. As you wait in His presence, you can often. Actually feel the strength of God coming to you. The apostle Paul found the strength of God so wonderful that in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 he actually said he would glory in his weaknesses knowing that when he was weak, the strength of God would rest upon Him and fill up his weaknesses. To put it in our language today, Paul was saying that he was glad when he was weak because then he got to experience the strength of God. How do we receive strength from God? By faith. Hebrews 11:11 teaches us that by faith Sarah received strength to conceive a child when she was past childbearing age. Start receiving the strength of God by faith. It will quicken your body as well as your spirit and soul. The strength of God really is amazing. David wrote in psalm 18:29 that by his God he could run through a troop and leap over a wall. In 1 kings 19:4-8 an angel had ministered to Elijah who was tired and depressed, and he went forty days and nights in the strength that he received from that one visit. Have you been trying to push through difficulties in your own? If so, make a change right now. Start getting strength from deep within you where the Holy Spirit dwells. Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they would be strengthened in the inner man by the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling their innermost being and personality. This particular scripture in Ephesians 3:16 had truly ministered to me over the years. Thank God, I don’t have to give up just because I feel weak or tired mentally, emotional, physically or even spiritually. I can ask God to strengthen me By the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me- and you can do the same thing!

- by Joyce Meyer

anonymous asked:

how do you chase after God (with all your heart) ? (:

In the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Jesus’ command to “follow me” appears repeatedly (e.g.,Matthew 8:22;9:9,Mark 2:14;Luke 5:27;John 1:43). In many cases, Jesus was calling the twelve men who would become His disciples (Matthew 10:3–4). But other times, He was speaking to anyone who wanted what He had to offer (John 3:16;Mark 8:34).

InMatthew 10:34–39, Jesus stated clearly what it means to follow Him. He said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Jesus’ bringing a “sword” and turning family members against each other can seem a little harsh after words like “whosoever believes on Him shall not perish” (John 3:16). But Jesus never softened the truth, and the truth is that following Him leads to difficult choices. Sometimes turning back may seem very appealing. When Jesus’ teaching went from the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–11) to the coming cross, many who had followed him turned away (John 6:66). Even the disciples decided that following Jesus was too difficult the night He was arrested. Every one of them deserted Him (Matthew 26:56;Mark 14:50). On that night, following Christ meant possible arrest and execution. Rather than risk his own life, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus three times (Matthew 26:69–75).

To truly follow Christ means He has become everything to us. Everyone follows something: friends, popular culture, family, selfish desires, or God. We can only follow one thing at a time (Matthew 6:24). God states we are to have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3;Deuteronomy 5:7;Mark 12:30). To truly follow Christ means we do not follow anything else. Jesus said inLuke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” There is no such thing as a “halfway disciple.” As the disciples demonstrated, no one can follow Christ by the strength of his own willpower. The Pharisees were good examples of those who were trying to obey God in their own strength. Their self-effort led only to arrogance and distortion of the whole purpose of God’s Law (Luke 11:39;Matthew 23:24).

Jesus gave His disciples the secret to faithfully following Him, but they did not recognize it at the time. He said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing (John 6:63). And "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them” (verse 65). The disciples had walked with Jesus for three years, learning, observing, and participating in His miracles. Yet, even they could not follow Him faithfully in their own strength. They needed a Helper.

Jesus promised many times that, once He had ascended to the Father, He would send a "Helper” to them—the Holy Spirit (John 14:26;15:26). In fact, He told them that it was for their good that He was going away so that the Holy Spirit could come (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit indwells the heart of every believer (Galatians 2:20;Romans 8:16;Hebrews 13:5;Matthew 28:20). Jesus warned His followers that they were not to begin testifying of Him “until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49;Acts 1:4). When the Holy Spirit came upon those first believers at Pentecost, they suddenly had all the power they needed to follow Christ, even to the death, if needed (Acts 2:1–4;4:31;7:59-60).

Following Jesus means striving to be like Him. He always obeyed His Father, so that’s what we strive to do (John 8:29;15:10). To truly follow Christ means to make Him the Boss. That’s what it means to make Jesus Lord of our lives (Romans 10:9;1 Corinthians 12:3;2 Corinthians 4:5). Every decision and dream is filtered through His Word with the goal of glorifying Him in everything (1 Corinthians 10:31). We are not saved by the things we do for Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9) but by what He has done for us. Because of His grace, we want to please Him in everything. All this is accomplished as we allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control of every area of our lives (Ephesians 5:18). He explains the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:14), empowers us with spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), comforts us (John 14:16), and guides us (John 14:26). To follow Christ means we apply the truths we learn from His Word and live as if Jesus walked beside us in person.

REJECTION

by Dr. Charles Stanley

Father, how grateful I am for Your Holy Spirit’s work and Your precious Word, both of which You use to set me free from my pain and suffering. Thank You for always loving me and never giving up on me. It is a great comfort to know You will never leave or forsake me.

You know the wounds of rejection that have marred my heart. You know how useless, helpless, and worthless I feel when yet another person casts me away. So many of these feelings originateed long ago and have deep roots. But I am grateful for how You have set me free from these feelings; how You have given me a sense of belonging in Your eternal, heavenly family as Your own beloved child; how You have blesed me with a sense of worth through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection; and how You have empowered me to accomplish all You call me to through Your indwelling Holy Spirit.

Father, I know I must make a decision - either I can believe what others have spoken about me, or I can trust what You say about my character and future. I know what You say counts in eternity, Lord, so I choose to listen to you. Thank You for your unfailing love and for creating me with a good plan and purpose. Help me to keep my eyes on You.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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Romans 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Free from Indwelling Sin

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The indwelling of God through the Holy Spirit makes Christianity different from any other religion on earth. Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism—none of these religions claim that their god inhabits their followers. The leaders of those belief systems may try to proselytize with their doctrine, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is different. Faith in Jesus makes us walking miracles who have been changed through the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
—  Jim Cymbala

anonymous asked:

How can a person tell that they have been saved?

Hi beloved There is really no perfect way to answer this and I know I’ll get myself into some trouble for trying, but I’ll try anyway. Scripture teaches us that salvation is accompanied by the indwelling of the holy spirit. So my answer to your question is you know your saved when the evidence of the a holy spirit within you can be observed. Some of that evidence is to follow:

1. The fruit of the spirit is an obvious one for me. Galatians 5:22 lists results of the spirit working with in you. If you see all of these in your life it is because of him.

2. Comfort. Scripture teaches us that the Holy Spirit keeps are eyes on heaven and our hearts content.

3. Conviction of sin. This is much bigger than a simple conscious possessed by everyone. This is the weight and determination to live free from sin.

4. Love, joy, peace and righteousness. Just wanted to throw that in since Romans 14 makes that clear correlation.

Ultimately, you know you’re saved when confess and believe Christ. That’s what it essentially comes down to.

Blessings on you -Eriq

anonymous asked:

Hii there. I just wanted to ask something that may seem stupid but I just don't know if I'm on the right path or I'm imagining things myself. How do you know God is with you? I mean, sometimes I doubt that I'm not worth enough to try and talk to him. I know things like these do not have a real explanation but I'd be so grateful if you'd give me an answer. Thank you x.

It is good to know that God is omnipresent (everywhere at one time)—it is one of His attributes. God fills His creation and is universally present in person, in understanding, and in power at all times. “He is not far from any one of us” (Acts 17:27).
On a more personal level, God is with all believers today in that His Holy Spirit indwells us. This indwelling can only happen if one is born again (John 3:3). First John 5:11-12 tells us it is Jesus who indwells us: “This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” And Jesus said the Father comes to abide with us: “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23).
In Galatians 2:20 Paul says, “Christ lives in me.” Then in 3:5 he says that God has given us His Spirit. In verses 26-27, he says that believers are “baptized into Christ” and are “clothed” with Christ. (God is as close as our clothing!) Galatians 5 then discusses the fruit of the Spirit and states in verse 25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” With many such verses as these, it is clear that God is in three Persons and that all Three dwell in all born-again believers—at all times (Matthew 28:20).
One of Jesus’ titles is “Immanuel,” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). When Jesus came into this world, He was truly, literally “God with us.” Because God is with us, we know that we will never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). God’s presence assures us that we can accomplish His will for us (1 Chronicles 22:17-19). God’s presence overcomes our fear, worry, and dissatisfaction (Hebrews 13:5).
The Holy Spirit in us is always praying for us (Romans 8:26). We are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), which means we should maintain an attitude of prayer and receptiveness in order to verbalize prayer to God whenever He leads. He is near to His children, attentive to their cry (Psalm 34:15).
We should verify that we are indeed walking with the Lord our God by often consulting His Word, fellowshipping with other believers, and seeking godly counsel from pastors, Christian counselors, and Christian friends. We should have the attitude that we are at all times in ministry with the Lord. The Holy Spirit will lead us. We will see God at work. God is alive, and He is near. He wants to communicate and commune with us. That is the joy of the Christian life.