spirit of jealousy
Look out, for the spirit of Jealousy

In order to serve in the body of Christ and bear good fruits, we must overcome the works of the flesh and let the spirit reign in us. Only God can help us do so by giving Him our all without holding back.
Galatians 5:19-22 gives a good contrast of the fruits of the flesh and those of the Holy Spirit.

Jealousy is one of the obstacles that believers should overcome completely in order to serve God. Jealous is the feeling of envy or covetousness of someone’s perceived achievements or possessions. When you are jealous, you begin to think that someone else is more advantaged than you are in a certain area and you are not happy about it. Why are we strongly warned against jealousy?

Genesis 4. The first death on earth occurred out of jealousy. Cain was envious of His brother Abel, whose sacrifice pleased God. Cain probably thought that by killing Abel, God would have no choice but to accept his offering. Unfortunately Cain ended up cursed. Instead of killing his brother, Cain should have sought after his brother to learn why his sacrifice had been accepted while his was rejected.

1KINGS: 21
Jezebel had Naboth killed so that her husband could acquire the beautiful vineyard owned by Naboth. Jezebel was an idol worshipper and had no reverence of the Almighty God. Jezebel also ended up curse and so was Ahab and His children.

Exodus 20:17
The 10th commandment warns against coveting you neigbhor’s property.

Jealousy is a tool that satan uses to distract Christians and he knows that it is very effective. Having been an angel of God, he was jealous of the power of God and wanted everything to himself. His jealousy saw him kicked out of the kingdom of heaven and now roams around bitterly on earth looking for believers to deceive.

When you let jealousy mislead you, you cease to see the wonderful things that God has done for you. Jealousy and malice work in tandem. When you are jealous of someone, you always find a way to bring them down. You may do this by speaking words that could hurt their reputation or sabotaging their effort in everything they do. Jealousy drags you back into sin and prevents you from growing spiritually.

Our gifts should work together for the good of the body of Christ. Caption this; the first four books of the New Testament all give an account of the life of Jesus Christ. While Matthew starts by proofing the lineage of Jesus, John starts by quoting the book of Genesis and sounds more like an eye-witness. All the writers gave an account of the life of Christ as lead by the spirit and in different styles. None of the writers is less than the other.

Equally, can your finger be jealous of the hair, or the hair jealous of the stomach? All the body organs work together, each created for a specific purpose. So are we in Christ. We focus on our purpose in Christ as we grow spiritually. The more we focus on him, he increases us even in material wealth. If we lose focus and begin to pull each other down, we inhibit growth.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Jealousy corrupts the purity of heart. God blesses those who are pure in heart and uplifts them like he did with David.
Sometimes we miss God’s blessings simply because our hearts are filled with envy. If we take jealousy to the altar, we risk destruction of our own works.

Rejoice with other members of the body of Christ when they achieve great things. Mango trees and orange trees all bear fruits but in different seasons. When your season has come, you will bear fruits in plenty.

How, do we overcome jealousy?

As earlier stated, it’s only God that can help us overcome the spirit of jealousy through the Holy Spirit. It is important to read and meditate upon the word of God every day. This will help us renew our minds and re-align our thoughts with the will of God. The word of God is a seed. When we plant it in our hearts we need to cultivate and take care of it so that it grows and bears good fruits.

It is also important to practice the art of congratulating those who are ahead of you and those who achieve great things. The will of the devil is that he distracts you and blinding you with jealous. He knows too well that it is the nature of men to always want more and to be recognized. God wants us to have a spirit of contentment. Contentment does not mean that you are not focused. Instead it shows that you are happy with what you have as you wait for God to move you to the next level.

The greatest commandment of all is love. We are commanded to love our neigbors as we love ourselves. We cannot claim that we love God if we do not love those that are around us. Equally, we cannot claim to love God or our neighbors if we are jealous of what they have or what they have achieved. We must always see the good in others just as God sees us.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit work together in us to overcome the temptations of the flesh. We therefore must completely surrender to God and let the Holy Spirit take control so that we are able to overcome the temptations of the flesh. We are helpless on our own. Let us therefore, work to make sure that our minds remain conscious to sin, that we may strive to be just as Christ. Temptations will come but it is the will of our father that we are able to overcome.

As our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, “ lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We trust God to deliver us from all evil and temptations for the glory if His name.S

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit 

As a young believer myself, I often heard the minister call, people, to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and I often wondered what it meant, couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I also recall seeing people indulge in glossolalia (speaking with other tongues), and how strange and insignificant it sounded to me, didn’t need that, so I thought. 

Years passed by and I was invited by a friend to a youth Kesha, after the praise and worship session, the pastor asked anyone who wanted to receive the Holy Spirit to come forward, a few people made their way to the altar, and so after giving it a thought, I have nothing to lose; I said within me, and so I made my way to the altar. The pastor came laying hands-on people and all would fall under the power of God, for me I didn’t know what to expect. He came near me and touched me; I fell under the power, couldn’t help it, and he encouraged us to speak in the language we felt coming from our being, and the first words I uttered still resound in my mind as clear as day, felt nothing, no electricity no nothing, there is a reason I am saying this and will address this later. As uninformed as I was on the Holy Spirit and who He was, I was disappointed, I was ashamed of the tongues because to my finite mind, it sounded “childish” and all I could attach to the Holy Spirit was tongues and nothing else, so from that day I suppressed this tongue, I remember wishing someone had taught me about the Holy Spirit, why He is important and so on. One fateful Sunday, as our senior pastor asked those who could speak with other tongues to speak during a church service, I remember restraining myself and looking around and holding myself from speaking, and I felt the peace that I had left, I felt empty, I knew I had grieved the Holy Spirit, the emptiness I felt couldn’t be compared to anything and hunger was stirred in me to search the scriptures on the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly led me to a friend’s house who had a book on the Holy Spirit, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and testimonies on how the Holy Spirit helped them in life and ministry, unfortunately, the book was severed and I only had a chunk of the book, and that’s all I needed to get me started. As I was done reading the book, we had a session at a discipleship class and the teaching was on the Holy Spirit, what a coincidence! I was excited, and as the lesson came to a close, he gave an instruction, that we study the chapters of John 14, 15, and 16, and also the book of Acts chapters 1 and 2, adding that we didn’t need anyone to lay hands on us, that we could ask by faith and receive. 

All this while the Holy Spirit hadn’t left me, I just needed refreshing of the Holy Spirit, and so that Monday armed with scripture and the book on the Holy Spirit began to ask for a refreshing, I did repent for grieving the Holy Spirit by not fully embracing Him as a good and perfect gift from God. I expected something to happen, my heart was open and nothing happened, I went through my day and when the night came, I wondered why Wasn’t refreshed, I decided to retire to my bed, couldn’t sleep, and in my desperation and hunger, God does it now! It was cry and immediately I felt like a liquid was poured on my head and surges of electricity flowed through my body, I broke forth into a new language, this language was more clear, I could hear every syllable, it was an actual language, I was immersed in God’s presence for a whole week, this verse describes what I experienced  Songs of Solomon 3:4 Scarcely had I passed them When I found him whom my soul loves, the Holy Spirit was no longer a thing, I could get to know Him, I became more aware of His presence, such awe of God came upon me, I abhorred sin, I only wanted to please God, such an intense hunger for God’s word and the need to pray came upon me, I passionately began to seek the Lord. This marked the beginning of the pursuit of intimacy with the Lord. 

 

I have shared my testimony to show the Lord’s faithfulness, and with that said, my testimony is not the yardstick to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, it’s to show if God could do it for me, He can do it for you. Let’s do a brief study on this topic. 

 

What is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 

 

We have had many denominations and many beliefs in the Christian circle on the baptism with the Holy Spirit, some say every Christian with the Holy Spirit during conversion, others believe it happens after conversion, others believe in a clear manifestation of the baptism with the Holy Spirit, while others believe that the manifestations of the baptism with the Holy Spirit as the early church had such as tongues, prophesy and gifts of the spirit ceased with the apostolic age, I believe it’s safe for us to stick with the written word. 

 

The word baptize comes from the Greek word “baptizō” to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk), just as we conduct water baptisms by immersion in water, so does this word suggest we are immersed with or in the Holy Spirit. 

Once we repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus, we are indwelled with the Spirit, receiving the life of God in our spirits which were once dead due to sin, (Eph 4:30, Eph 2:5) no one can become a child of God without the Holy Spirit dwelling in them (Romans 8:9), the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) we are buried with Christ during water baptism (Col 2:12, Romans 6:4) and we are baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ Himself! (Luke 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8). What a joy to see that all these revolve around Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.   

 

The promise to Abraham 

 

Genesis 17: And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 

 

Genesis 22:18 

And through your offspring, all nations of the earth will be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.” 

 

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it is but a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man disannulled, or added thereto.16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. 

 

God had promised to give the gift of the Holy Spirit to the seed of Abraham, and through Christ, we are qualified to receive this promise. 

 

Do I need the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 

 

Our Lord Jesus while on His earthly ministry mentioned to His disciples on the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7, John 14:26, John 14: 16, John 15:26,), the disciples had already believed in Jesus, they even performed miracles, raised the dead, cast out devils in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10: 8, Luke 10:9), meaning even they received the baptism with the Spirit, but they still needed to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 1: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth 

 

Luke 24: 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. 

  

We can see that there is no question that every genuine believer in Jesus Christ is indwelled and sealed with the Holy Spirit just like the disciples, and we see them still needing to be filled with the power from heaven to be effective in their assignment. We can see in the old testament Kings, Priests, Prophets, and judges have the Holy Spirit come upon them temporarily until the task is completed and then He leaves, for us He will be with us forever. ( (Num. 11:17–25, Deut. 34:9Judg. 3:106:341 Sam. 16:1–14) 

The Holy Spirit Comforts (John 14:18), empowers (Acts 1:8), advocates for us (John 14:16, Romans 8:26-28) reminds us Gods Word (John 14:26), reveals to us the things to come (John 16: 13), sanctifies us (1 Peter 1:12) 

 

Who can receive the Holy Spirit? 

 

 Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [k] remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 

 

Joel 2: “And afterward, 

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people. 

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, 

    your old men will dream dreams, 

    your young men will see visions. 

Even on my servants, both men, and women, 

    I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 

 

 Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 

 

 Isaiah 55:1 Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; 

John 7: 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [g] believing in Him would receive; for the [h] Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 

Psalm 107:9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. 

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes would take the water of life without cost. 

Acts 11: 15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was Ito think that I could stand in God’s way?” 

Acts 10: 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues [b] and praising God. 

We can take a few pointers on who can receive the Holy Spirit. 

  1. Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus 
  1. Anyone thirsty for the Holy Spirit 

We can also address some misconceptions on receiving the Holy Spirit through these scriptures. 

  1. It’s not for the “Holy” or the “super saints and the super-spiritual”, it’s a gift! We don’t earn receiving the Holy Spirit baptism. 
  1. I have done too many sins; I can’t receive the Holy Spirit. It’s not our righteousness that makes us right with God, but the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ 

Romans 5: 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him! 10For if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! … 

Isaiah 64: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 

Romans 3: Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

 

Ephesians 2: 8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast.… 

  1. I will lose control, He can make me do things Don’t want We have seen how some have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fell, or screamed, or rolled on the floor in a way that denotes loss of control, I cannot explain these occurrences except allude to the assumption that some either are being set free from bondage, I can’t account for that, but this I can assure you, the word doesn’t show us people fall, or scream or lose control, in the upper room there was order, the disciples didn’t fall or scream, whether these accounts of people “losing control” happens or not, let’s choose to stick with God’s word on this issue. The Holy Spirit is Gentle. I too had an experience, felt a liquid poured over me, I felt electric surges all over my body, that can happen to anyone, experiences can be valid, but the word remains as our standard, not other people’s experiences and encounters. 

What happens when you receive the Holy Spirit? 

Acts 2: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spoke with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

Acts 8: 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they have come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 

This shows that there was a piece of initial evidence known to all that one had received the baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

We can even before the outpouring in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon some temporarily, and was expressed vocally, 

 Luke 1:  41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb 

Luke 1: 67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 

We can see how the Holy Spirit found expression in Zechariah and Elizabeth, a vocalization or a proclamation is showing one has received the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 19: Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues [b] and prophesiedThere were about twelve men in all. 

Now that we have got this far, we see how God gives this gift freely to those who believe. 

Why haven’t I received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 

Many are on the verge of giving up or question the authenticity of their faith In Jesus Christ and the Love of God towards them after not receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit despite asking for a long time and also having people lay hands on them. My word of encouragement to you is that you still a child of God, heaven-bound, you authority in Jesus name, you are not any less than those who have received the Baptism with the Spirit, the only thing is that you have not yet been endued with power to be more effective in the walk with the Lord, Jesus Christ had to be anointed with the Holy Spirit too despite being born of the Spirit (what happens when we repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus)   

Acts 10: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him. 

Here are some of the impediments to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

  1. Wrong belief on the baptism of the Holy Spirit because of wrong teaching that is not founded on God’s word. 
  1. Involvement with the occult, Wicca, occult games such as tarot cards, Ouija boards, using horoscopes, etc. If you have done so in the past, repent and renounce involvement with the occult. 
  1. Unforgiveness impeded one from receiving the Holy Spirit. 

By this far, I believe some of you can feel a burning in your heart, the Holy Spirit bearing witness to this writing, now let’s pray and receive the Baptism with the Spirit. 

Let’s point out these few truths before we proceed. 

  1. It’s Jesus who Baptizes with the Spirit. 
  1. It’s for everyone who believes. 
  1. You shall receive power, Jesus is assuring us of this possibility, Jesus is so meticulous that he counted the 120 heads in the upper room and not one missed! 
  1. Don’t let fear paralyze you, begin proclaiming God’s word and promises, fear is brought about by the doubting of the ability and faithfulness of God, He is able, He is powerful, He is willing! 

Jeremiah 32: “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? 

And He promises this, Psalms 34: 7Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

John 14: 13And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it.… 

  1. Jesus’ prayers are always answered 

John !4:16And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever 

John 11: 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 

  1. God is a good father, better than the best earthly fathers 

Luke 11: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give splendid gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

7.He is not a man either, He doesn’t go back on His word, especially not concerning His children, such as you are. 

Numbers 23: 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 

  1. God’s love is undeniable

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

  1. He knows you by name

Isaiah 49:15“Can a woman forget her nursing child or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Even if she could forget, I will not forget you! 16Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; 

Prayer to receive the Holy Spirit. 

(You can with your own words powered by the understanding the simple lesson we have gone through, it will happen) 

For those who need further help, let’s pray. 

THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IHAVE SEEN HOW INEED THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HOW YOU QUALIFIED ME TO RECEIVE THIS PROMISE, BAPTIZE ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, FILL ME UP TO OVERFLOW, LET LIVING WATERS FLOW FROM MY BELLY, SURRENDER MYSELF HOLY SPIRIT, FILL ME TO OVERFLOW. 

(you can sense God inside you, surrender and worship God, speak that new language that comes on your lips, don’t stop, continue speaking that language or prophesying as the Holy Spirit enables you) 

 

 What you have just experienced is not from the devil   

Luke 11: Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? it’s not from your head 

 1 Corinthians 14: For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful 

1 Corinthians 12: Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 

It doesn’t end here with the baptism with the Holy Spirit, we need constant refreshing of the Holy Spirit 

Acts 4: 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.   

The apostles were refreshed with the Holy Spirit. 

Ephesians 5: Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit 

Pray in the spirit often 

I Corinthians 14:  14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, 

1 Corinthians 14: For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 

Jude 1: But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 

Continually seeking more intimacy 

Colossians 2: As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [d]in it with thanksgiving.Beware lest anyone [e]cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead [f]bodily10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all [g] principality and power. 

2 Corinthians 13:14 

Verse Concepts 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 

 

with the Lord in His Word and prayer, producing more fruit of the Spirit in this walk (Galatians 5:22) 

 

Shalom. 

 

Secrets of shinning your light at your workplace.

Working close to or over 40 hours a week for a good part of your life is a hill high enough for you to stand on and shine the light of the lord. I know many have ever asked themselves how can I be a light to my coworkers as the Lord expects of me? If this is you, then you are at the right place. Having a job where I have to spend over 1/3 of my day with people who don’t know God, knew God a long time ago, or even don’t want to know him isn’t somewhere you want to cower under your shell of faith. Humans constantly influence each other, and logically for most of us think odds aren’t on our side. 

I would pray the same prayer Elisha prayed for his servant; “may he open his eyes to see that more are they that are on our side than them that are theirs.” If Jesus is in you, then you have the backing of heaven. It’s your willing to be used by the lord that is going to make sure you are not influenced by your colleagues but instead, you will draw them to the kingdom. Jesus advised as you are out there, be as wise a serpent yet as humble a dove. It’s by this humility and obeying the skillful leading of the holy spirit that will guarantee even more results. 

A lot of times, as Christians we are pushed against the wall in a lot of matters in life but unless we ask ourselves “what would Jesus do” in the situation we have no clue what to do then there might not be so much hope for us. The holy spirit act as a reminder to pull what is written in our hearts and give us that divine wisdom in time of need. Apostle Peter when advising employees on how to relate with their bosses said in 1St Peter 2;18 “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate but also to those who are harsh.” It reminds us we all have one master in heaven, Jesus Christ, so it doesn’t matter if you are a master here on earth or not. What we need to do is know what is expected of us in the lord and do exactly that, for he rewards and punishes justly. 

As we serve our employers or masters here on earth, we always ought to do so as if we are doing it for the lord. It’s difficult submitting to a harsh boss who is not considerate at all but as Christians, our language should always be, ‘ not my will but your Lord.’ Jesus gave us a good example of suffering for sins he committed not. We are called to walk in his suffering so that we can earn the entitlement of sharing in his glory. Our small cross being our workplace peter in other scriptures in the same chapter goes in-depth to explain how our endurance to suffer for wrongs we didn’t commit earns us an eternal reward not mentioning it makes our light in Christ shine brighter. 

We are asked to never pay evil with evil, but with good all the time. This is one virtue which we as a Christian should never compromise.. There are a lot of good opportunities to shine your light through such an action such as if you have a secular job, or even if you live in this beautiful world of god… At times your colleagues will provoke you into a bad attitude or anger, it’s for your glory to overlook an offense as Solomon puts it. At sometimes words that will surround you aren’t words to exhort or glorify God, but words filled with filthy language that shouldn’t fall from lips the holy spirit uses to bless others with. May your fountain stay undefiled by not letting out any offensive or abusive word that will stand against you in the day of judgment. 

Subtle ways you can use to fuel your light to shine brighter and longer are things like rocking a t-shirt or hoodie with bible inspired phrase or something promoting the kingdom. A popular forefather of faith went by the slogan, “if it advances the gospel, use it,” I endorse. Another keyway to shine your light is to be the least, just as our master Jesus was. Be a servant of all, go out your way to help a friend. Stay up late to assist the new hire with his project, smile all the time, check on colleagues, don’t underestimate even the small talk. People open up slowly. 

Pray for and cultivate friendships with your colleagues. It’s okay to hang out occasionally on your days off. Assist a colleague with a home project, invite a friend to a church special service. Try to build a friendship where they can share their problems, ask for prayers, or pray for them if they don’t. Look for opportunities to share your testimonies to build their faith. We overcome by the blood and the words of our testimonies. Testimonies go a long way; they even shake kingdoms of darkness. 

Don’t forget you are also a human. Be real to your coworkers. God hates hypocrisy. If you make a mistake, don’t cover-up. Admit, repent, and be hopeful to be forgiven. We can learn something from David lusting, committing adultery, murdering, and then taking someone’s wife. If we will not break the chain of sin, it will never be able to end. And most importantly also give credit where it’s due. Instead of joining your friends in tearing down the lazy coworker and attacking the mean Team lead, appreciate one another. Thank a brother for help given, tell a sister how much of a backbone she is to the team. It’s by these small things that travel deep into our spirit, stirring the goodness in us for every man craves to be complimented again and again. 

I know we can’t exhaust ways the holy spirit can use to help us shine our light just as we can’t limit him to only the above-discussed ways. We are unique for a reason, discuss with brothers and sisters in faith ways that have worked for them or failed as you encourage one another and open up to the holy spirit for he never runs out of new secrets for every situation. 

The lost virtue of Integrity.

As Christians everyone expects from us to walk and shine our light to the world just like our Lord Jesus Christ did. We are often faced with challenges that require us to make decisions that uphold our integrity as Christians or conform to the ways of the world. Our true character is revealed when we are at liberty to do whatever we want, and the environment allows us to do so. With this information, we would therefore ask, “what is integrity?”

 

Integrity is the quality of having strong moral and ethical principles that one follows at all times even when nobody is watching. This means you are the same person in private and public. You do not change your character. You, therefore, portray the same virtues in church, at work, at home, and with friends. A person with integrity is gracious, trustworthy, hardworking, responsible, patient, and keeps promises.

 

This does not mean that one is perfect, but we strive to be at our best. Our minds are keen on maintaining these virtues at the same time. For example, given a choice, anyone would want to take a nap or skip a day at work especially when you know the boss is not around but is that the right thing to do? When working with an intern, one would feel tempted to burden them with all the work instead of helping them learn more. It would feel right with the excuse that you are helping them learn more, but is that right? To uphold our integrity, we need to often think about how we would want to be treated if we were in the other person’s position.

 

It is wrong for a Christian to respect his/her pastor and disrespect members of the church or other people outside the church. Every person is God’s creation, and they deserve respect. Equally, God expects you to act right in and out of the church. God is everywhere. You should therefore do right according to his word even when no one is seeing you. He sees in the dark and He knows the meditations of our hearts.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 We are the light of the world and that means we shed light on non-believers. We show them the way in doing right. In all our ways, we need to show the true values of Christianity. One of the biggest challenges that many Christians face is honesty in business and paying tax when no one is watching. We are tempted to trade our goods and services for more than we should and pay less tax than we should. We feel justified by the tough economic times. While other people may not know, our God in heaven is watching. In Matthew 22:21 we are commanded to obey our legal duty of paying taxes. As Christians, we need to honor the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

What about in a family set up? Our integrity is first tested in how we treat members of our family. We are expected to be kind and loving towards each other. In the same way, you cannot shout at your boss at work, do not raise your voice at those you live with. Help each other out with chores. Be patient with one another. In this way, we help the young children grow up holding close Christian values. In a nutshell, we can say that integrity is about ‘being real’ in the Christian faith. Living right with God. Doing what pleases Him.

 

Our Lord Jesus lived according to the teachings he taught. He treated sinners with the same love that he treated his disciples. He defended a sinful woman from being stoned to death. He also allowed a sinful woman to wipe his feet and anoint them. He washed His disciples’ feet during the last supper. He treated children with the same compassion as he treated adults. In his ministry, sinners were as important as believers and he wanted them to see the light.

 

The opposite of integrity is hypocrisy. In his ministry, our Lord Jesus taught against the hypocritical behavior of the Pharisees. They were more concerned about their image in public. They taught things that they barely followed, and they were keener on destroying the ministry of Jesus. They craved public recognition more than they wanted to do the right thing.

 

How can you tell if you are a person the upholds integrity?

If three different people from your family, workplace, church, and random friends were asked to describe who you are, would their description of you be the same?

 

How can we improve on our Christian integrity?

 

Reading the word of God daily and allowing it to make a change in our lives helps us uphold our integrity. We cannot uphold Christian values without the help of God. We need to understand what is expected of us through bible study and prayer. We also need to develop the discipline to do the right things even when we are tempted to do the wrong things. Make a list of the virtues that you have a problem upholding. Make sure you look at them every morning. Ask God to help you uphold them. Look at the list in the evening while meditating upon them. See if you have made any progress.

 

Let us therefore strive to do the right as the Holy Spirit guides us. We cannot live right on our own but when we surrender to God, He gives us the grace to overcome challenges and temptations.

 

Hangout with seasoned destiny helpers. 

These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.”-‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭11:10‬ ‭

When the lord releases a prophetic word towards your future, Next to none are the times you will get to your destiny alone.
You will need destiny helpers and men whose destiny is either partially or fully connected to your destiny.
Men willing to give of themselves to see the prophecy come true.
Pray for such people before you even see them and open your eyes as you trust the lord to do the connections at the right timing.

In David’s scenario he had 3 men that stood out to the extent they could risk their lives just to see his desire met.
One day he longed to have drink of water from a well which was by the gate of Bethlehem and this men broke through the host of the philistines just to get David a drink. ( see 1 chronicles 11:17-18)

It will be to your great blessing if God can put such men into your life.
Men ready to put their lives into jeopardy just to see you are okay. (and is this not what we see In Philippians 2:3,4) “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

In another instance is when Jesus tells us that greater love is a friend ready to lay down his own life for a friend… John 15.13

But whenever we are blessed with such men may we not take them for granted but contain the humility that we still see in David.
“…and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the Lord, And said, May God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it…”‭‭1Chronicles‬ ‭11:18-19‬ ‭”

It is evident that David had a great and honorable relationship with his destiny helpers.

Not many would be this selfless, to either risk their lives to meet the desires of another or say No to a desire met through the risking of another’s  life.

On your way to fulfill your purpose the devil will strategically put stumbling blocks that are meant to either delay you or kill your destiny.

When you are busy fighting your Saul there are other enemies you will need your close associates to battle for you.

In that line of thought,  let us look at : “Jashobeam( 1 chronicles 11:11) in one time he lifted his spear and slayed 300 men, or Benaiah who the Bible tells us he did very many acts including slaying two lionlike moabites, killing a lion in a pit when it was snowing and also battled a giant Egyptian. 5cubits high(= 2.29meters/7.5 feet) who had a spear but Benaiah was able to snatch it from him and slay him with his own spear. ”

If you look at “1 chronicles 11:10- 47” there are plenty of heroic examples of the mighty men who went out of their way to help David.
The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is full of battles everyday, same case is your life from beginning to the end.
Some battles you might never see them or experience them for God’s angels battle them for you. But when you are busy walking up to your destiny you need people who can daily intercede for you to strengthen those angels, you need people who can fast with you until you see the next result on your path manifest.
You need a good relationship with your mentors and fathers to watch over you and guide you.
May we not deceive ourselves that we can slay Saul, the lion when it’s snowing, the giants and also the 300men all by ourselves.

And most importantly we need Jesus, we need a close relationship with him, a daily one. The goal being him to take over the wheel as we enjoy the back seat for he is the one who wants and is able to do everything for us. He wants us to die to self and live by the slogan to live is Christ. And he is also the same person who will bring your Jashobeam, Benaiah and your other destiny helpers/ guiders for if he doesn’t do it, it’s a sad truth to embrace, it can’t get done.

Rejoice
REJOICE ‘’The best response in all situations.’’

          

Rejoice’Blessed are you when men shall revile you, persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and exceedingly be glad; for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you Mat 5:11-12.’’ This being one of the teachings Jesus taught on the sermon of the mount which is popularly known as the beatitudes is of very essence to a Christian for one; it forms part of the doctrine of Jesus and secondly; It is a prophecy in itself that was fulfilled in the past, to the prophets, in the life of Jesus and his disciples and it is also prophesied/promised to us too as his followers.

James tells us to count it all joy when we fall into diverse temptations for the trying of our faith worketh patience which perfects us to the level of wanting nothing, James 1;2-4. In trials and persecutions, we are called to rejoice and approach them with joy for they are for our good here on earth and in the life to come there is a reward for all that will overcome.

Someone once said, being a Christian doesn’t change the circumstances we face but it changes how we approach those circumstances. There is no better way than to face them the bible way. I have searched through scriptures and apart from our lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul is among others who stand out in their walk with Jesus and in setting an example for us to imitate as they imitated Jesus. As Paul was writing to the Corinthians in chapter 6:10; he puts it very clearly that situations can dictate a sorrowful mood but we should be always rejoicing, one can be as poor as he was yet make many rich or even have nothing and yet possess  everything, having known the promise we have and who we are coheir with.

Never allow outside circumstances determine your inside heart conditions. Be it good or bad news, don’t let it get mastery over how sorrowful or joyful you are but in all circumstances rejoice and be joyful for in this state you will be manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit and also you will be able to draw water from the wells of salvation. The bible makes it clear that with joy we draw water from the wells of salvation Isaiah 12:3 and we need this living water all the time not when we are happy and when the situations change, we cut short that flow of water.

Paul in another instance, full and moved by the Holy Ghost teaches something that the world would not teach us; 2 Corinthians 12:10.he says that he takes pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ sake; for when he is weak then he is strong . God called us when we were very impure, imperfect and nor upright but he didn’t call us to remain that way but to daily work on us to perfection, holy and upright just as He is.

This isn’t an easy process, but it is necessary just as for gold needeth the refinery process for it to be pure we too can’t escape persecution, infirmities, reproaches and everything else that the lord uses to refine and perfect us as we continue knowing him. Both believers and non-believers undergo this but not all undergo  it for Christ but for us who do, have a great reward in heaven.

Either way, knowing all this will come, it is better to be ready for the process and strive to enjoy it by rejoicing and gladly focusing on the goal for it pays nothing to be sorrowful in this necessary time. But one thing am sure of is that a joyful heart pays, for one it will be to you as medicine proverbs 17:22 and two it draws the anointing that rested on Jesus Christ, the anointing of joy which placed him above all his companions Hebrews 1:9, it is very possible for the same to rest upon you too…

Selah.