How to Keep the Freshness of the Spirit

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During New Creation Conference a few days ago, we experienced the manifested presence of God in a very powerful way. Testimonies have been coming in about what God did in us during the weekend and we are in awe of God and give glory to Jesus.

On Sunday morning, the presence of God was so rich in the service that we couldn’t proceed with the service program as planned. The Lord literally took over and ministered to us in healings and other manifestations of the Spirit.

Since Sunday, several people have spoken to me about how they can still feel the presence of God lingering on throughout the day and even into the week. I recognize that this is not usual for many of us and I want to speak to you about what you should do to cooperate with the Spirit of God, cultivate and keep the freshness of the presence of God.

What the Manifested Presence of the Spirit May Feel Like

The manifested presence of the Spirit does not have to be a “feeling,” although we often perceive the manifested presence of God. As we mature in the things of God, there is a “knowing” that often accompanies the manifested presence of the Spirit.

Some of you may not recognize what it is that you are experiencing, and may be quick to dismiss it out of ignorance. “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…” (1st Corinthians 12:1.)

It is important that you recognize the presence and flow with God. Sometimes, you may find yourself crying, yet you are not sad; you may feel an overwhelming peace was over you; you may feel joy bubbling within you; you may feel sensations in your body like tingling, warmth, shaking etc.; others may feel the presence of an angel or the Lord Jesus as if someone is standing or sitting next to them; some may find themselves having utterances (words, songs) flowing up from within them; and many more and different ways.

The manifested presence of the Spirit may linger on for a few minutes or a few hours or for days as the Lord wills. We don’t live by it – we live by faith. However, we need to understand our role in cooperating with the Spirit.

Whichever way the Lord is working with you, you need to recognize it and cooperate with His Spirit.

How to Keep the Freshness of the Spirit

For lack of a better way to describe it, let’s call it “keeping the freshness of the Spirit.” What this means is basically cooperating with the Spirit and ensuring that we do not circumvent His workings in our lives through ignorance or lack of attention.

Here are some basic principles that will enable you to cooperate with the Spirit of God, with or without the manifested presence. The same principles will help you keep the presence flowing for as long as the Lord wills.

  • Pray in the Spirit    

When you pray in tongues, you are praying God’s will and declaring futures that haven’t been seen and declaring God’s plans and purposes.

Moreover, as you pray in the tongues, the bible says “you speak not unto men, but unto God: for no man understand [you]; howbeit in the spirit [you] speak mysteries (hidden truths, deep things, secret things)” (1 Corinthians 14:2)

As you perceive the lingering presence of God, continue to pray in the tongues as you have opportunity. You are edifying (stirring up, building up, charging up) yourself.

“He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” (1st Corinthians 14:4)

  • Worship God  

Very important. Give glory to God and let His Spirit lead you into a deeper place of worship. The bible says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24.)

  • Speak the Word of God to Yourself  

Give substance to what the Spirit is doing in your heart by speaking God’s Word concerning you. Listen to the Word, read the Word, study the Word and speak the Word. The Spirit of God illuminates the scriptures for us. His Words in our lips are a creative force.

Speak the Word of God continually to yourself.

“That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledgement of every good that is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)

  • Bless Someone   
  • Cooperate with the Spirit by desiring to bless others.“The manifestations of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” – 1st Corinthians 12:7

    The manifestation of the Spirit is there for the body of Christ’s and your benefit or profit. Look for opportunity to minister the Spirit of life to someone. Lay hands on the sick, prophesy, give a Word of Knowledge, pray for someone.

    every good that is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)


  • Act on the Spirit’s Leading  

As God inspires you, write it down and act on it. If the Spirit is nudging you to stop doing something, stop. If God wants you to start doing something, start. If He wants you to continue doing something, continue.

He may be speaking to you about changing the company or friendships you keep, obey Him. He may be nudging you about your diet choices etc. Do it.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by disobedience. There is no need to procrastinate when the Lord leads you to do what He stirs you to do.

If you practice the basic principles set forth above, you will find that you will increasingly cultivate the presence of God and keep the freshness of His presence lingering on longer so we can be thoroughly equipped and furnished unto every good work.


The Redemption

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O the redemption!
What joy it brings, what refreshing sounds
To the soul that is broken, stranded in a thirsty land
And now because of what Jesus has done,
We have access to everlasting life, peace and fullness of joy

O the redemption!
What light it brings, what sweet fellowship
To them that sit in darkness, cut off from partnership with God
And now when my saviour was resurrected,
We have been made lights, and are partakers of the divine nature

O the redemption!
What forgiveness of sins, justification and sanctification
To all men, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
And simply because of the precious blood shed for me,
I am forgiven, cleansed and made right with God

O the redemption!
Giving us access with boldness to the Father
From Whom sin did separate us; Whose love we did not know
And now that we are joined to the LORD,
We have become one spirit with Him – one nature, one love

O the redemption!
What elevation and enthronement, what royalty
Unto all them that would believe in the One who loves and died for them
For once we were slaves, wretched and without hope
But now in Christ Jesus, we are called to reign in life

O the redemption!
What song that comes from my soul and from my spirit
Songs of the righteous, songs of the joyous, songs of everlasting love
My heart making melody to my Lord and Christ
For in Him, I have been bought and brought back

And now I live for Him, through Him, by Him and by His faith.

Scripture Verses: Isaiah 42:7, Matthew 4:16 & Luke 1:78-79 & Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 3:14; 1st Corinthians 6:9-11,17; Colossians 3:15-16; Galatians 2:20

Contentment and Aspiration

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“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” – 1st Timothy 6:6

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” – Proverbs 29:18

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Godliness with contentment is great gain. However, contentment without aspiration is destructive. Contentment without aspiration yields grandiose mediocrity. It is the mother of regression and could be the worst enemy of productivity.

I give God praise for where I am today. I am content. I am very content. But see: contentment does not mean I do not have aspirations. Paul said, he forgets the things behind him, and presses forward. That is aspiration! He was content but he was always

Religion would have us think that contentment and aspiration are mutually exclusive, but the bible shows us that we need both. We need to be content where we are – in our being, but we need to have a vision. Why, without vision, contentment would mean destruction. It would become complacency.

If you are in debt, you should aspire to get out of debt. If you are sick, you should see yourself getting out of that wheel chair or just getting better.  If you have destructive habits, you should aspire to get out of those bad habits. You need to see yourself strong, well, free and productive.

Where there is no aspiration, vision is unheard of and productivity is ridiculed. Where there is no aspiration, the people are simply robbed of dignity and honour. They perish.

Friends, I thank God for your career, your family and every good thing in you life. But I want you to know that if you are not doing well right now, you can do well. If you are doing well already, you can do even better. The key is in vision. Let a desire for creativity,
productivity and success permeate your thinking. Step out and begin to live those dreams of yours and you will see honour and dignity flowing out from within you and flourishing in your life.

I am content, but I raise my head to see ahead. There are more adventures ahead. There is more to be done. There are lives to be touched, things to be invented and businesses to build. Oh, there is the good news to be shared. Wow! The future has never been brighter.

(This article was first publishedPastor Moses on July 9, 2002)

Are You Addicted?

Start lineThe word ‘addict’ is a verb which means “to occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively.” (American Heritage® Dictionary)

People have addictions of all kinds to the agony of their loved ones. Many are desperate for relief from the compulsive need for whatever substance or habit that binds them.

Here is the good news: there is deliverance in Christ Jesus and there is yet another kind of addiction – addiction to God – that brings righteousness, peace and joy. It brings a high which is not an illusion but a very present reality.

I heard someone say “there is no high like the Most High.” It may sound like a cliché, but the statement is true.

Apostle Paul once wrote:

“In all these things we are more than conquerors… For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39.

Apostle Paul had become compulsively occupied with God so much that nothing could shake him. He was not just “checking it out,” “tasting it,” or “giving God a chance.” No! He was compulsively occupied with God. He had no more inhibition left. He was all out for God.

God had possessed Him. God had filled Paul’s spirit, soul and body. He had become one indissoluble union with God in Christ Jesus. Paul’s reality can be yours today.

Paul was a true example of what it means to be addicted to God. It is when you are so occupied with Him that nothing can unhinge you.

Addiction to God is not a temporary escape from the sorrows and tribulations of the world. It is a masterful dominion over situations and circumstances.

“… in all these things, we are more than conqueror.”

It is not a temporary “high.” It is an abiding reality.

It is not a drive to achieve something. It is simply living the achieved life.

It is not addiction to religion, church or creed. It is a complete dependence on God Himself.

This is where true fulfillment lies. It is where satisfaction is guaranteed. When man ceases to be just another man, and together with God becomes one indissoluble union.

This is an addiction to be sought after by all. When you have it, then you have it all. Then you can truly say with the scriptures, “all things are mine” (1st Corinthians 3:21-23).

Friends, this is where the true Christian experience begins, when you become so occupied with God that all of you is God and all of God is you; when you become one with Him in your spirit, soul and body; when you move beyond the occasional taste of His presence into a conscious occupation and involvement with Him.

All this is made yours simply by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting and relying on Him and His complete work for you on the cross. Then you can say with Paul:

“…I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39.

You can then answer my question with certitude, “I am addicted to Jesus.”

Having Christ Satisfies Me

Having Christ satisfies me
The longing of my heart is satisfied
For I know the saviour, I’ve found
Now, my identity is revealed blameless in Christ
My nature is changed. I have a new name

Having Christ restores me
My thirst is forever quenched
For in my saviour life-giving waters I find
And though I’ve traveled weary lands
I have found true rest in knowing You

Having Christ quiets me
The turmoil in my mind has ceased
For the rest in Christ, words cannot describe
Now out of the tempest storms I have come
To find this peace that quiets my soul

Having Christ fills me
With joy, life, love, and fullness
For my search for fulfillment has ceased
And looking into His face, a reflection I see
Of whom I am and of whom I am created to be

©2003 Pastor Moses

My Contemplation

Man relaxed on a couch at homeAs I lay quietly on my bed
My mind awash with Your majesty
I scarce can explain
My wonder at Your mercy and love

As I contemplate the reason
My saviour died on my behalf
I am lost for words
My awe defies expressions

The majesty of my Master and Friend
Outweighs the grandest of earthly royalty
Yet, He loved me enough
To take a lowly form to save me

The Creator of the universe
Suffered shame and bore my sins
He endured grandiose mediocrity
That in Him I may reign in life

And this is where my story begins
Not in my own acumen
But in Your unfading grace
That took me from sin into newness of life

And as I lay down in my bed
My contemplation is of gratitude
For the One who loved me
And gave Himself for me.

©2008 Pastor Moses A.

3 Things Faith Makes Possible

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When you were born into this life, you took a breath of oxygen and have continued to do so non-stop since then. In the same manner, the Christian is born again by faith, and must, of a necessity, live his life by faith. This is why it is important for every Christian to understand the role of faith and how to properly apply it in our lives.

In my study of faith, I can articulate 3 distinct things that faith makes possible:

1. By Faith, We Please God

“For without faith, it is impossible to please God…”

(Hebrews 11:6)

Many of the things we desire and pursue in life, may be possible without having faith. Let’s take for example, someone in financial trouble may work hard to make more money, or work smart to make even more money. He may beg for money or steal it! He can do all of those things without having faith. In fact, there is only one thing that you cannot do without faith – and that is, you cannot please God without faith.

In discussing choices about diet options, Paul even says, “…whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (Rom. 14:23).

You may ask, “am I supposed to live every facet of my life by faith.” The answer is “yes.” Just as you breathe oxygen everywhere you go, as a believer, you live by faith.

2. Through Faith, We Understand the Works of God

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”

(Hebrews 11:3)

God created the heavens and the earth. He made the plan of redemption after sin entered humanity. God made His covenant with Abraham, established the nation of Israel and sent the Messiah through them. Christ lived, preached, healed the sick, worked miracles and raised the dead. Christ then took our place on the cross, died, was buried and rose again on the third day. He ascended to heaven, and sent us the Holy Spirit.

All of those and more, are some of the works of God. We understand them through faith.

“Understand? Through faith?”

I know it sounds incredulous. However, let me emphasize that the things of God are closed off to the natural man, who is not breathing the oxygen of a faith life. The bible says:

“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

(1 Corinthians 2:14)

This is why I am puzzled when churches make it their mandate to speak only in terms that natural men can understand. They are robbing their congregations of an understanding of the works of God at a depth where it can really impact them. Anyone teaching believers the Word of God must “…speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining (or comparing/explaining) spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” (2 Cor. 2:13).

3. By Faith, We Operate the Works of God

After experiencing the miracles of Jesus when He fed the five thousand with a young boy’s five loaves of bread and two fish, the crowd of people came looking for Him. One question stood out in the ensuring discussion. The crowd asked Jesus:

“…’what shall we do that we may work (or operate) the works of God.'” (John 6:28).

It is evident that the crowd saw a supernatural act and were inquisitive enough to seek to know how to operate in it for themselves. The answer of Jesus Christ is true then as it is now:

“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent.'” (John 6:29).

This is the work of God: that you believe! That you believe on Jesus.

Jesus gave them the answer. The supernatural works of God – as we see it in the ministry of Jesus Christ – is accessible by exercising faith in the gift of God, Jesus Christ Himself.

Paul, in his rebuke of the Galatian Christians, chided them for embracing the law, abandoning faith and grace. He asked them a number of rhetoric questions, including this: “So then, does He who… works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” (Gal. 3:5). This fact was obvious to the Galatians, and should be to you too: miracles are worked when faith is preached and heard.

Peter and John in Acts 3 said the man who was crippled from birth healed at the beautiful gate of the temple was healed through faith in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:1-16).

Many Christians ask, “why we don’t see miracles today like in the Acts of the Apostles?” Here is my answer: we see as much miracles today as we have demonstrated faith for. Read the New TestamentIf you and I would see more works of God, then we must exercise faith. However, it is important to remember:

“faith comes by hearing and hearing by  the Word of God.” (Rom. 10:17).