THE SPIRIT LIKE A DOVE

For several weeks, I have been sharing with you on the subject of “Jesus Christ and his Granting of Private Interviews”. I continued that topic at this past Sunday’s First Love Gathering Service. You can listen to that message on my podcast. Today, I would like to share with you about “The Spirit like a Dove.” I want you to listen carefully and you will be blessed.

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” (John 1:32-33). Today, I am basically sharing with you about operating in the anointing. When I say operating, I mean maneuvering, relating with and walking in step with the Holy Spirit. Now, I am quite sure, because of the reports I have heard, that heaven and the spirit realm are completely different from what we know on earth. So, I realize that that may be the reason why we cannot easily relate with spirits. When the Bible says, the mad man had a legion of demons in him, which is about 6,150 foot soldiers and 725 horsemen, that is a lot of spirits in one person. From that, it seems like spirits do not need much space. So, I am not surprised that God will help us relate with the Holy Spirit by likening him to certain things we can relate with. When you can relate to those things, you can relate with the Holy Spirit. That is why the Bible says that the Spirit was like a bird, specifically, like a dove. So, if we want the Holy Spirit in our lives, then it means that we want something like a dove to descend upon us.

If you want the anointing to come upon you, then you must understand how to relate with God and specifically like the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is different from God and Jesus Christ. And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark…and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;…And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more” (Genesis 8:7-12). Now, the Spirit is very particular about where he lands. You see in this passage, in verse 7, you notice that the raven did not care to land his foot on dead bodies. That is why he was sent and never came back. He was a lost cause. However, the dove was very sensitive. That is why she found no rest for the sole of her feet. The spirit of the dove descends and finds no rest for his foot. Sometimes, God wants to anoint somebody but the dove says “no, not here.” It is all well and good to shout “anointing, fall on me”, but the spirit is sensitive. Sometimes, there is an entire church but the spirit cannot find one person to land on and returns. If you want the Holy Spirit, remember that He is very particular about who he rests on. May you become a person habitable for the spirit like a dove!

Blessings!

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JESUS CHRIST & HIS GRANTING OF PRIVATE INTERVIEWS II

Last week, I had the privilege of beginning a new series about “Jesus Christ and His Granting of Private Interviews”. In this series, I began to share on the importance of drawing close and being known! Why would you want to have a private interview with Jesus Christ? Why would you want to have a private discussion, interaction and interview with your shepherd? There are many reasons to desire this kind of interaction with your shepherd as well as Jesus Christ. Today, I will continue this message.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). This verse is difficult to understand. How can someone say that they prophesied in a person’s name, cast out devils and do many wonderful works but then be told “…I never knew you”? This verse shows us that you can work and do things but not have a personal relationship! That is why people have all the problems they have when they get married because they think they know who they married but actually do not. You find couples finding out about each other and saying “I never knew you were moody”, “I never knew you were lazy”. This happened to me years ago, when the church was smaller. Two of our pastors came to see me and said they were pastors in the church. When they said, they were pastors, I asked them where and they mentioned their branch. As they spoke, I thought to myself “these individuals have been in the church and have been working in my name but I never knew them.” I was saying the same thing Jesus was saying in the scripture to these pastors, “I never knew you.” Practically, I saw somebody who was working in my name, doing things on my behalf but I never knew them. Today, I want you to decide that you do not want to be in the church without being known and knowing! I wonder how people can marry others solely based on recommendations without them trying to know one another. If someone says “this is a good sister”, you are supposed to get to know them! How can you marry a strange woman you know nothing about? This person is a stranger! “And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger” (Proverbs 5:20)?

God wants you to know people well. God himself is also saying that he also does not accept you if he does not know you personally and well. Do not sit there and say that in your culture, you do not talk in the presence of an adult. It is not helping you. You need to know how to speak to and relate with a great person. You cannot be far and say “that is my church! That’s my pastor in that picture”. God wants you to grow up and get close. That is why Jesus allowed people to come to him and talk to him. You must remember that getting close depends on you! Decide to let go of that attitude that only desires to stay far. This year, strive to get close to your shepherd. Most importantly, strive to get closer to God!

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it” (Luke 16:16).

Blessings!

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JESUS CHRIST & HIS GRANTING OF PRIVATE INTERVIEWS

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15). God chooses specific people to make them your pastors. The main thing these pastors are to give you is knowledge and understanding. When you have knowledge, but do not have the understanding, it is like the difference between doctors and nurses. Nurses are great people and are wonderfully educated. However, what many people do not know is that doctors and nurses study the same subjects. Doctors tend to study these subjects for a longer period and more in depth giving them the ability to diagnose patients on a different level than nurses. There is a certain understanding that doctors have that nurses do not have. What I am saying is that God is giving you knowledge and deepening your understanding. When you have a deep understanding, you behave differently. You may know things but God wants you to understand. One of the reasons for stability is understanding. In the parable of the sower, the people fell away because they did not understand (Matthew 13:3-8). A lack of understanding causes people to fall away. Open your heart so that you will not be a part of the group that does not understand. When you have understanding, you will never be destabilized when the enemy comes because you are deeper than the average person.

Today, I want us to focus on our Savior Jesus Christ who is the express image of God (Hebrews 1:3). Just looking at Jesus, you can learn a lot. Many wonderful things can be learned about a person without talking to them. Simply watching them can teach you about them. Throughout His ministry, Jesus had a great public ministry. However, there were occasions where he granted private interviews. Today, I want to focus on these private interviews that Jesus held. You learn a lot from each of these private interviews.

The first good reason is that, in a private interview, many blessings come to you. One of these blessings are explanations that make you understand mysteries and parables more clearly.  Some of us are very content with staying far in all areas of life. You sit at the back, you never come near, no pastor knows you, you have no friends, have made yourself an isolated and depressed island. One of the early onsets of madness is quietness! These people disconnect from society and do not talk. This is not a good thing. “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:16). When you are brought close for a personal interview, you are having blessed eyes and ears that are about to see and hear things! “Lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15). When you are brought close to understand, you are healed! When you are brought close, it is for explanations and explanations cause you to understand better. Begin to draw close! Do not be content with being far. Press on to receive understanding.

Blessings!

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