Archive for March, 2010

The Reality of Abiding in Jesus Christ

March 24, 2010

Have you ever read sections of Scripture and not really understood what it meant, so you just skimmed over it in kind of a daze?

That has happened to me! I would read straight through many verses in a daze. I did this until the Holy Spirit began to teach me about some deeper truths in some well-known verses of Scripture. The first symptom that changed for me was that instead of just passing over the verse and going on, I began to be bothered in my heart and my mind about the verse I was reading. I recognized that I really did not understand what that Scripture was talking about.

It seemed as though I hardly knew anything about the Scriptures that speak of the Holy Spirit filling believers until the Holy Spirit led me through those Scriptures and guided me to ponder and meditate on them.

 I was reading the gospel of John where Jesus said, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). I already understood that Jesus’ Spirit was in me, but I wondered, “How am I in Him? How is Jesus in His Father?” Then I read, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you…” (John 15:4). The King James Version uses the term “abide.” How do you abide?

What is amazing is that “abide” was the word that the Holy Spirit began whispering into my spirit again and again during this season—abide, abide, abide. I knew the Holy Spirit was teaching me, and guiding me, but …

…“How am I to remain or abide in Jesus?” I asked myself. The Bible dictionary says that to remain means “to reside or to live in, inhabit or dwell,” and abide also means to dwell (John 15:4-5).1 I had assumed that this was only figurative language, not a reality.

But it is a  reality! We are to abide in Jesus, to live in Him and that is what I write about, and I will teach you how to do that in my book: Transformed by the Power of God: Learning to be Clothed in Jesus Christ. Published Sept 2010 by Destiny Image. 

 

Transformed by the Power of God for the Harvest

March 7, 2010

In Transformed by the Power of God: Learning to Be Clothed in Jesus Christ I describe my personal journey how I was led by the Holy Spirit to be clothed. This is linked to the Lord’s desire for His followers to be transformed into His likeness as being clothed in the Spirit is part of the process of being transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Some of the readers who gave endorsements of this book said they had never read a book on this topic before, and that the Scriptural interpretations were unusual. Unusual does not mean they were off, but that it is a call to a deeper more intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord wants a deeper more intimate relationship, because we have an obligation to be clothed in the Spirit’s presence as we live at the end of the age and that means the Father in heaven wants to save as many people alive today as He possibly can. Our duty is to save them, and that is why the Lord has us alive at this time. To save them in the final harvest is only possible when we are wearing The Designer’s Clothes, and then we are demonstrating the gifts of the Spirit. We do not know if we are currently in the last generation or if there will be a few more generations to come; however, the urgency that I have in my spirit is to get this message out, to be clothed. I have the feeling that if we are not in the last generation alive today, then that generation will be alive very soon. So this book is encouraging the believers who are alive today to put on The Designer’s Clothes as we have to be transformed by God’s power and put on the Lord Jesus Christ now so the next generation will have models to emulate so they will want to wear The Designer’s Clothes.  This generation needs to begin to build the Godly momentum of believers being clothed so the next generation will be able to catch the baton and take off from where we left off.

Blessings, Neil