Holy Spirit Conference

Recently I attended “The Holy Spirit Conference” organised by my church.  It was a valuable time of spiritual teaching and prayer.  I received prayer for more of the Holy Spirit’s power in my life and was able to make some new friends which is always a blessing.

Two of the speakers : John Torrends from South Africa and Clarke Taylor from Brisbane,  emphasised the amazing fact that as Christians God has imparted a piece of himself, in the form of  his Holy Spirit, to live in each one of us.  Often we can take this for granted.  However the speakers illuminated the WOW factor of this miracle .  Just think for a minute.  The all seeing,  all knowing omnipotent God,  creator of the universe has chosen to stoop down to bestow a portion of his holy spirit inside of ordinary human beings like us!

Hence it is healthy for us to become more aware of the Holy Spirit inside of us and allow it to grow and fill us in every part of our being.  We can then become more conscience to obey it’s leading and promptings.  In this way may more likely forget about giving into our fleshly desires since we are more aware and focused the awesomeness of  God’s Holy Spirit inside of us.

When we do this we can then walk into the world to be shining lights for Jesus.  People will then notice God’s Holy Spirit  inside us even without us saying anything.  We become like the ark of God which was carried everywhere by the Israelite people. See Joshua 3:3 & Exodus 25:10-16.  So if you are a Christian believer, be aware of the power of God inside of you, yes YOU!

 John Torrens then gave an example of how the Holy Spirit manifested in his own everyday life.  John was receiving treatment from his chiropractor as he lay on a table, staring out the window, not thinking about anything in particular.  Suddenly he heard this deep hearted sobbing.  He quickly turned around to see what was the matter, to which he saw his chiropractor blubbering with tears and eventually mumbled in between sobs that he felt this overwhelming presence  in the room.  John gently informed him, it was the presence of Jesus through the Holy Spirit which was touching his life. He then proceeded to share the gospel with him and lead him into the sinner’s prayer.

One of the topics Clarke Taylor spoke about was the importance of repenting of sin.  He stated that we not only need to repent from sin , but also we need to repent to God’s alternative and  there will always be God’s alternative.  Sometimes we just have to think of the equivalent  opposite.  (This may also involve looking deeply into the root causes of our sinful behaviour).  If we fail to repent to God’s alternative,  then we will be left with a vacuum within us , which we will want to fill again with sin.  A prime example involves people who feel a spiritual void or lack purpose or fulfilment in their lives.  Hence in order to comfort themselves they may use overeating ,  sex,  drugs,  gambling,  smoking, becoming a workaholic, money, greed and so on to fill this void. However although they may seem like a short term fix, in the long term they cannot ultimately satisfy in themselves.  God’s alternative is to fill them with His love, presence and Holy Spirit, to fill their emptiness and give them purpose and meaning to life.  Also in our stressful times God want us to go to Him for comfort instead of turning to worldly substitutes which ultimately cannot satisfy.

Another more specific example is, for instance, if we have a tendency towards jealousy,  we need to ask God for his power to help overcome this.  However we need to replace this sinful attitude with God’s desired behaviour (or the opposite) which could be to:-

God’s Alternative to the Sin of Jealousy

1. Rejoice with those who rejoice    Romans 12:15

2.  Encourage and build one another up   Hebrews 3:13,  10:25

3.  Be thankful & content with what we have and all the riches in Christ God has given us   1 Thessalonians 5:18,  Psalm 136:1

4.  Remember that just because someone has many gifts or has something we don’t have,  doesn’t necessarily mean they have a happier life. Outward appearances can be deceiving. The “grass is not always greener on the other side” (even though Satan always tries to tell us it is).  Also with more gifts can come more responsibility, more work, more stress , more Satanic attack and more persection (such as jealousy, gossip and slander) .  This is the part that we don’t see. We may just be seeing an illusion or a mirage. For instance musical talent can sometimes be one of the most coveted gifts in the church since it seems very showy and glamorous.  However these musicians can often be ravaged by Satan in a bigger way than non musicians.

5.  Count our blessings to see what great things God has already done in our lives.  eg.  make a list of 10 things at the end of each day & you may be surprised.

6.  Note that God wishes that the more humble parts of the body of Christ be given special honour- 1 Corinthians 12:22-25, and the presentable parts need no special treatment.  God values us all on an equal basis.

Clarke Taylor went on to inform us of the useful tool of visualisation when repenting of sin.  Picture yourself for instance encouraging and rejoicing with someone for their special gift (as opposed to being jealous of them).  Picture yourself acting kindly to your spouse or close friend instead of speaking harshly to them.  Often what we see or visualise is what we will become.   Perhaps it is helpful for some of us, not to constantly watch TV shows where people are constantly fighting,  being jealous and envious of one another, with women being catty to each or men speaking harshly to each another .  (This was one of the speaker’s suggestions).

Ron______ another speaker at the conference also mentioned in his talk that as christians we must eradicate all jealousy and envy of others.  If not we will lose our own anointing for our own work and ministry.  It is important to realise that every person in the body of Christ has been given a gift he can use for God’s kingdom.  Some of these gifts can include the gift of hospitality, encouragement, mercy,  helps or serving, leadership,  organisation,  pastoring,  teaching or spiritual gifts like prophecy.  Even our occupational gifts can be used to edify and serve the body of Christ.

The following are a list of points that Ron mentioned, to apply, as we use our ministry gifts.

1.  Our annointing is to benefit others
2.  Seek God not the gift
3.  Do not despise the day of small beginnings and be thankful for what you have now
4.  Keep praying until you see a breakthrough
5.  Be faithful with what God has given you
6.  Find someone who has the anointing so it can pass onto you
7.  Realise that we are poor in spirit so then, God can raise us up
8.  Know the Word of God
9.  Prayer – is vital to our ministry

There were many other truths that were discussed during the Holy Spirit conference but there would be too many to summarise. . I hope however that the points mentioned will encourage you in your own walk with the Lord.

Blessings to you all.

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