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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What Happened to Dad- Chapter 1

Is God real?

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ORIGINAL JOURNAL ENTRIES
5-21-14

Wow, what a day! I’ve never felt so perfect in all my life! Everything has been enhanced 10 fold it seems. My senses are heightened to the max. Tastes are even better and I thought it wasn’t possible.
Putting in lower path and really enjoying life! Having lunch-
Everything makes more sense then ever before. It’s as if the puzzle has been put together today….
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5-22-14

It’s still here! Not filling me up- but here. I’ve been compelled to get up @ 4:30 over the last few days, (several actually), and have a few hours of quiet time to myself-HUGE!
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5-23-14

I’m completely filled with joy today- I came downstairs and had a cup of coffee and checked the news then began editing and writing in my journal. The more I recall and write the better and more mentally coordinated I feel.
Lots to do today so better get to it. Will study Bible later.


Chapter 1

WHO I WAS

Is God real?  Is there really a supreme being that created Heaven and earth and everything in between?  These questions used to exist in my mind, my child, but not anymore.  Not since Arizona.  What you are about to read is a no punches pulled account of how the Holy Spirit has been poured out to me by God, which was and continues to be nothing short of miraculous.  I say “no punches pulled” because it is very raw.  I wanted to keep it as original as possible so I did very little editing.  I hope you can forgive my writing ignorance and stay the course because it will be more than worth it in the end.
I originally didn’t write this with anything in mind other to be able to reflect back on it one day and figure out what had happened, but then it just grew into something much bigger.  It grew like, well, the mustard seed, (you’ll have to read the parable of the mustard seed if you aren’t sure what I mean).
As you know, I am NOT by trade a writer or theologian.  You should also know that I am not a self proclaimed evangelist or looking to “save” you, (or anyone for that matter).  In fact, I now know by what has happened to me that only God can really save.  After all, no one did or said anything to me to begin my process of salvation, at least, that is, within the span of time that it actually began.  But maybe the seed was planted long ago.  For this reason I have included a few chapters of my earliest spiritual history.  Plus, I know I would have liked to know more about my dad’s early history, and I figure you might be just a bit like me, so I threw some in.  This insight into who I was will also serve as a contrast to who it is God has changed me into.
As you also know, outside of being a former professional baseball player with a few days played at the major league level, I am really just a “normal” human being.  There is really nothing special about me, but, for reasons only known by God, I’ve been transformed from the inside out.  But why?  This is what this is truly all about, why me and why now?  In my confused state I said that a lot, so please bear with me on that as well.
You have to understand this first and foremost.  when this first started happening I didn’t have even the slightest idea what was going on, it was all happening so fast and decisively and I felt like I didn’t have a choice.   Thankfully for the sake of my sanity, I have since received many revelations to help explain what was happening, the most recent of which has at least explained to me what I have become and who I now am.
I know now according to scripture that I am one of His elect, a bond slave to Him.  I know this to be true because I wake every day wanting to do only His will, and I absolutely love it!  I am a witness to His awesome power and I have no choice but to witness to anyone The Father brings my way.  My cup is truly overflowing with His love!
Although awesome and beautiful, and even sometimes supernatural, my transformation hasn’t been easy, however.   This new life has come with many challenges, some much more profoundly difficult than others.  I now know what He meant when Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but division in Luke 12:51,(I suggest you look that one up as well).
Anyway, let’s get on with it shall we?  I very truly hope that from reading this you can understand that our God is a great and awesome God and that He loves you even more than I do.