Receivieng the Spirit, here’s how.

So ya wanna know how to receive the spirit huh?

Why?

Why DO you want to be “filled” with the Holy Spirit?

This is the question that you really have to answer before you go any further because if your intentions aren’t clear and right than the only chance you have is for the Father to have predestined you from the beginning, which is not impossible but, ….well,… it’s not impossible.

If your intentions are pure and real and not for personal gain, then here’s how you too can receive the Advocate, the Helper that will change you from the inside out, just as He has me.

It’s at this juncture that I am tempted to insert scripture to help support my theory but I am going to resist and instead let you discover on your own what God wants you to read and hear, and therefore you will be getting it directly from Him, because after all, it’s really up to Him anyway.  (If that doesn’t make sense it’s o.k., it will in time and study, but please don’t give up).

I say ‘theory’ because that is what this is.  I don’t know if it will work because I have never done it myself and seen the desired results, nor have I given this formula to someone else and seen it work, but because I am indeed filled with God’s Holy Spirit I crave to help others have it as well, so I am nearly continuously doing just that in one way or another.  In fact, the only time I am not is when this world gets in the way, meaning, chasing this false reality of our own creation which we have to do to some extent just to pay the bills.  (This too will become clearer with scriptural study so don’t get side tracked here either).

First know this.  There are many who will try to “lead you to God” by quoting scripture, and for some this might be the answer, but I am speaking to those who don’t connect this way.  I am speaking to those of you who are like me.  To me this seemed to be a shallow and confusing way that ultimately I gave up on.  I had no idea that I could feel a love so fullfilling that it would give actual meaning to the words “the joy of the Lord is my strength!”

This is as close as I have been able to relate what I have experienced in human terms.

If you have ever felt what you consider to be “true love”, like the first time you fell in love with your highschool sweetheart, you know, the kind of love that completely envelopes your every thought, then you have an idea of what I am talking about.  It’s like that only MUCH stronger and completely infallible.   If this sounds unbelievable, I understand, I once felt that way too.  That’s what makes it all the more amazing and all the more compelling for me to continue to try and find a way to make it accessible to others!

So now on to the theory.  Please give it a try and then let me know how it goes, that is if you feel compelled to let me know.  I mean, your relationship with the Father is really between you and God and that’s what counts here, I would just like to know if it works considering this isn’t how it happened to me.  You see, I was just suddenly changed in a small way that began with a curiosity one morning and so this is where I believe it has to begin.  That’s right, this ISN’T how it went down for me.  But how I was changed I simply cannot duplicate.  I just woke up one day with a curiousity for Jesus.  No one said anything to me the night before, I just on a whim watched a pre-taped show on the History channel about the bible, thought nothing special about it, and went to bed.  This I believe was the planting of the “mustard seed” by God and from there it just grew so how can I expect to say or do anything to simulate this for someone else?  That has in fact been my ongoing perplexity!  But I can come to the obvious conclusion that it did indeed start with researching Jesus Christ and so I think it must start here.  Not just because it happened to me in that way but because after it did happen to me I later went on to read in the bible that this is how it has to happen, we must go through Jesus.  This is multi-dimentional, as you will find out through study as well.

Also know this as truth, you must come to know Jesus.  Not just know about Him but to fall in love with Him.  Now here’s the tricky part, how can you fall in love with someone you don’t know?

STEP ONE-  research who Jesus was when He walked the earth.  What did He do, what did He say, and what do those actions and words mean?

I started with movies but I invite you to go wherever the Spirit takes you.

God bless you and keep you in the same mind as Jesus, Amen.

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Why can’t we put God and family first?

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After watching the politicians go round and round for the past few months, (seems like years already!), I still haven’t heard what I am looking for, but in glances.  What is the REAL solution to the dilemmas that we face as Americans today?

Our society has major predicaments that stretch across and deeply effect all classes.  I could name them but why waste your time, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  The one cause that the serious problems all really point to when all of the smoke clears is the family unit.  What has happened to the American family unit?  Why don’t any of the presidential candidates speak to the disintegration of the family as a point of emphasis?  Is it because there’s no money in it?  This brings me to the real heart of the matter, money and our insatiable appetite for it.

We as Americans have been convinced that we need more money, no matter how much we have.  It’s not enough to be able to live the happy life of raising up a family that loves the Lord, (which,  by the way, will get us ALL that we need).  No, we have been sold this idea of enormous wealth being the end goal and we as a whole have bought into it, (but not without a coupon we got in the mail for 25% off, of course.  We Americans do love a bargain!)

More toys, (that cost more money to play with and maintain), a bigger house, (that costs more to maintain and one day you will grow out of and ultimately lose anyway), a more expensive car, (so you can feel the fleeting joy of fulfilling an unrealistic childhood dream).  What is life REALLY about anyway?

So from where does this love of money come?

Studies have proven that the first three years of life are the most crucial, and from there our real memories are made.  Our childhood is what shapes us.  All things are seated in our upbringing, whether we want to admit it or not.  Not placing blame, just sayin’.

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And so here we sit atop a giant mountain of “what we are” according to what we have internalized as “important”.  Now I ask you to look down and recognize what your pile is really based on.  Is it the love of money above God?  Be honest with yourself

I say this because if we really want to solve the multi-level crisis of today then we have to look inside the box.  We as parents and role models NEED TO raise our children properly from the beginning to the end.  Teach and show them that putting God and family first is the foundation on which all that is truly good is built.  Otherwise the cycle will continue and we will be continuing to put little bandages on gaping  wounds.  Shouldn’t we be actively trying as leaders to prevent the wounds in the first place?  But then again, think about all the money that would be lost, that’s what all the politicians do….

If we put Father God first in all situations, “good” or “bad”, the multi-dimensionally confusing situation becomes crystal clear and it seemingly takes care of itself As God intercedes for His children.

Money isn’t the root of all evil, greed above God is.

Keep your eye on the ball parents…….the world and your children’s future depends on it.