Who Controls You?

Who Controls You?

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  – It makes me very sad that people have used this verse as an excuse for falling into temptation.

Sure, Jesus quoted this to tell the disciples to keep watch so they will not get tempted. But I don’t think He wants us to use this as an excuse. Yes, our flesh is definitely weak, but God’s Holy Spirit in us is stronger, and so powerful indeed that He is able to save us, to sustain our faith and keep on saving us!

Obeying God is possible and doable when we are controlled by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9). It is impossible to obey only if the Spirit and you are not one and the same nature. So, rethink whose nature you are carrying: is the Spirit of God living in you? If not, it’s time to repent. He is faithful; He will finish what He has started, so it’s better to make sure there is a start that God can finish.

But as surely as God is God and you are born again of the Holy Spirit, He uses all powers at his disposal to create situations in your life so you make a decision – “will you be stubborn or will you obey?” Your flesh may be weak, but His nature in you is divine!  Do not focus – or make excuses – on how you get tempted so easily because your flesh is weak. Instead, focus on how powerful God’s Spirit lives in you. You are no longer controlled by the flesh but by the Spirit of God living in you (Romans 8:8). Know that your heart is now soft toward Him, that now you can submit to Him and obey Him.

His Holy Spirit is stronger than your flesh that is weak. We who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

“Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.”  – Isaiah 59:1

Therefore Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. – Hebrews 7:25

Joy Before Breakthrough

Joy Before Breakthrough

The Jewish holiday Sukkot, or Feast of Tents/Tabernacles, is celebrated this year from October 4 to 10, and foreigners and Gentiles are invited to celebrate with Israel.

For the Christian, Sukkot signifies God’s provision and harvest both spiritually and on planet earth.

While the Passover represented freedom and planting, and Shavuot/Pentecost was the season of grain or growth, Sukkot is the season of harvest. God instructed Israel to celebrate first for seven days before harvest begins, because God will indeed bless their work and their joy will be complete.

So, God tells us to be joyful even before we taste breakthrough and answers to prayers, because He is faithful. We can rely on His promise-keeping and He will deliver on His word. His promise is true: He will indeed bless us and that causes our joy to be complete.

For seven days celebrate the festival (of Tabernacles) to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. (Deuteronomy 16:13-15 NIV)

BUT FIRST — REJOICE! And again, God says – rejoice!

God’s presence in us was made available in Jesus, when He became flesh and made his dwelling with us (John 1:14).  Your feast begins with the joy that your sins have been forgiven and you now have a restored fellowship with the Lord.  What was barren in your life will now have fruit, even abundance! God will miraculously provide for you and bless you even in the wilderness. Prophetically, it means we get ready NOW, because we will surely see a harvest of souls, and God’s people will become fruitful and productive.

Are you ready to celebrate?

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