Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Gentleness. Goodness. Faith. Meekness. Temperance. Powerful forces the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. They’re the character traits of God Himself and when the Holy Spirit came to dwell in you, He brought them with Him, so they could become your character traits too.
They’re designed to bubble up inside you, to gush forth like a powerful stream constantly protecting and cleansing you from the inside out.
Have you ever noticed that you can’t put any trash in the mouth of a flowing fountain? When it’s shooting that water up, the force of its own outflow protects it and keeps it clear of any impurities from the outside. Well, the spiritual fountain within you works the same way. When you’re allowing the forces of love and joy and peace and gentleness and all the others to flow out, the devil can’t get any of his junk in.
How do you keep the Spirit flowing? You pump your heart so full of the Word of God that the forces of eternal life start bubbling out. Just a little at first…and then stronger and higher.
Choose to keep those forces streaming out of the fountain of your heart. Refuse to let selfishness and sin stop the flow. You have a fountain filled with unbeatable LIFE forces inside you and it’s ready to come forth. Let it flow!
A SHARED BOND
You are all one in Christ Jesus. —Galatians 3:28
When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent.
It turned out that my rescuer was originally from Jamaica—a land I’ve visited often and have grown to love. This changed a negative event into a positive one. We were in a small way kindred spirits because of our shared love for that beautiful island nation.
This struck me as a reminder of an even greater camaraderie—the joy of meeting someone new and discovering that he or she is also a believer in Christ.
In some places, this is not unusual because there are many believers. But in those lands where there are few believers, the joy of meeting someone else who loves Jesus must be even greater. It’s thrilling to share together the amazing reality of the freedom from sin we have through Christ!
For all who know Jesus, there is a shared bond, a oneness in Christ (Gal. 3:28), a joy of fellowship that can brighten even the darkest day. Praise God that He brings a bond of unity to all who know Him as Savior.
What a miracle it is, dear Lord, that You can bring together people of all tribes, tongues, and nations to be like-minded in Christ—to share a bond of love and affection for Jesus.
Christian fellowship builds us up and binds us together.
‘Each one is tempted.’ James 1:14 NKJV
Ignorance of Scripture is one of the greatest weapons Satan has against you. Three times he tempted Jesus, and he used Scripture to do it! But he didn’t prevail because Jesus knew what God’s Word says – and doesn’t say. We’re vulnerable to Satan’s attacks when we know only snippets of Scripture and favourite passages instead of ‘…the whole counsel of God.’ (Acts 20:27 NKJV) Paul writes, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV) We get into trouble when we wrench a Scripture out of context, and make it a pretext for claiming something God never promised. Or if He did, we fail to read the fine print that spells out His terms and conditions. Paul commended the Thessalonians: ‘…when you received the Word of God…from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.’ (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV) Notice the order here: God’s Word must first work in you before it works for you! We like to quote such Scriptures as ‘…whatever he does shall prosper,’ (Psalm 1:3 NKJV) but you must take into account the preceding verses: ‘Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.’ (Psalm 1:1-2 NKJV) If you want God’s blessing, you must meet His conditions.
PASTOR/EVANGELIST GORDON WILLIAMS
This Todd Bentley is certainly blind to the truth of what he is involved in with Fresh Fire USA. As you know, I have had to cast the demons out of more people than I can count who received evil spirits/demons with the same bad health results that Todd is experiencing. This is happening because one of the major results that these people who go to Fresh Fire, Toronto Fellowship or Toronto Blessing, no matter what they call their meetings they end up with bad health, just as Todd has been suffering from. Their meetings are not according to what Paul tells us about in 1 Cor. 14: 26f. The lack of self-control is the main and easily symptom of the work of demons/evil spirits. All of their so called worship is out of control with the result that they are a modern day example of what Paul describes when he wrote, “holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people” (1 Tim. 3: 5).
Those meeting have caused many people to become sick rather than finding healing. Their reports tell us of false prophecies, of gold teeth which when examined by dentists are just discoloured yellow caused by sulphur in the air, gold dust that disappears, and cheap imitation so-called jewels which are poor imitations but are copies of the them similar to what I bought in a children’s store. The jeweller told them that they were “valueless” which they mistook for being “invaluable”. In other words, they were “of no value or use; worthless”. The medical examinations of people who thought they had been healed were disappointing because, like Todd thought, participation in such meetings would result in healing and good health as we see happening in our meetings. He has been deluded in these meetings and misled by false prophecies, false everything. We have had to set more people free from these false blessing possessions. Please pass this on to Todd.
We can help him restore his health through the Scriptural directions for health and healings. In all of his so-called meetings, he has grieved (Eph. 4: 30), quenched (1 Thess. 5: 19), outraged the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Grace (Heb. 10: 29)and blasphemed (Mk. 3: 28 – 30). He has lived and publicly displayed the “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5: 19 – 21). He turned worship into a self-centered X-rated entertainment (1 Cor. 14: 26f.). He has danced with the devil/Satan as if he, the devil, was God. The result is that he has been living under the wrath of God (Rom. 1:18, 2: 8) mistaking it for the blessing of God. He has gone beyond what is written (1 Cor. 4: 6) and has gone beyond what is written and has become “puffed up in favour of one against another. He has become what Jesus said to the Sadducees, “You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt. 22: 29).
PRAYER FOR THE DAY :
“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)
Dear Lord God, I praise You. I honor You. I see Your holy face in every sunrise; Your smile breaks through the cloud with radiant sunshine that brightens up the world and light up my life. Everything comes from You O God! You bless them all live in full. May God clothe me with the garments of salvation and adore me with heavenly jewelries and bless me every success in all areas of my life! Loving God, fill me with Your Spirit and make my way straight so I can easily achieve all good things and bring glory to You. To live in Your kingdom and gaze upon the beauty of God is always my desire.
Gratefully, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen !!!
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