Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy
The Precious Gift of His Comforter
“What is the Work of the HOLY SPIRIT?”
We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus! Therefore, you should always make God a top priority. We must learn to fully trust that God our Father and Creator really knows what is best for us. He gave us His Holy Spirit, His Comforter to help us so, “when you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” there is an ongoing war between the spirit and the flesh!
When you really commit to the Lord’s will & way there will definitely be some spiritual warfare launched against you. Remember this is a walk of faith. Some of those who you thought were loyal will often begin to sit on the fence and watch. Fret not, but trust God. This is why it is so very important to make sure that you are led by the Spirit of God. We serve a faithful God. He truly gives or can give us a "Solid Rock Foundation." We can always trust Him to direct your path. Yes! You will still be able to enjoy many things in life. But you will have to live life on a deeper level.
You can't just do what everyone else says and does. DO NOT follow the crowd. Regardless of who they are, who they think they are or whatever title or position they hold. Keep in mind that this is a "Narrow Road" journey. Hold no one in higher regard than GOD ALMIGHTY! God is omniscient and knows everything. He can discipline and equip us how to properly respond in any and every situation. We as Believers are to daily walk in the ways of God. This is what a true Disciple of Christ does. Come what may, you must in turn be willing to respond in a way that pleases GOD!
GOD keeps HIS Promises
Think about this for a moment! God knows who and what you need. He has promised to “supply ALL of your need according to His riches by Christ Jesus.” Remember Jesus was here from the very beginning. Everything was spoken into existence by Him. The “earth is the Lord’s and everything in it...” The work of the Holy Spirit is to help us go through life challenges and "Rejoice in the Lord" knowing God as the ultimate Father. He will illuminate our path and open our understanding to what His infallible Word is saying to us! Through Christ Jesus; “We are more than conquerors with the Lord!”
Upon the profession of your faith and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; You cannot just continue to live the same way. The Lord wants to make a difference in your life everyday. Some things must change. If you have an addiction. Know God is able! Self control is a marvelous virtue. God can help in every area of our lives. For some you may be delivered instantly for others it may take a lot longer. For others it may even require a visit to rehab! Each of us have varying temperaments. It is always wise to seek the Lord above all for what is best for you. You must be willing to submit to His Will. You must begin to allow the Lord to relieve your inner pain rather than stay addicted or under the influence.
God wants to be a part of every area of our lives.
Learn to relate properly to food. Food addictions are hard for many. Because it is necessary that we eat. That is unless we are fasting. Fasting requires discipline. Food to your body is like gas to a car. Don't overload your body and eat yourself into oblivion. Become more aware of your metabolism what helps you to better function. What gives you energy and what slows you down. What helps you function better. Learn how to take control over what you put in your body. Listen to your body and learn what to eat, what not to eat, how much, or how little and how often. Don't over or under feed yourself. Learning to properly relate to food is important you can't live without it! You can improve your life immensely as you take control. As long as the Lord has us on this side of Heaven there is room for improvement!
Learn to discipline yourself and better exercise self control in all areas of your life. God has given us His Holy Spirit; His Comforter to comfort and strengthen us. He is able to help us 24/7! Learn to allow any pain that has been fermenting to come to the surface. When you suppress it, it will just resurface again at a time you least expect it. Therefore; Deal with it without anesthetizing yourself with drugs, alcohol or food... A Good Christian Counselor who is accountable to the Lord, will tell you the truth and Help you walk through whatever you need to be delivered from if you so choose.
GOD really is the ultimate sovereign POWER! God really does know everything that has ever happened in your life as well as everything you have done. This is true in all cases. He truly loves you, for HE IS LOVE! Some of those bad habits at some point must begin to dissipate and go by the wayside. Seek to have a genuine life changing experience rather than reoccurring momentary emotional reactions... Yes, it is a must to learn how to exercise Self-Control! This is called growing in His Grace! The results is called Deliverance. This is also what makes way for the Fruit of His Holy Spirit to multiply and manifest within you. Always remember; HIS WORD is necessary Spiritual Food for our Mind, Body and Soul!
You can become complete in the LORD
The first thing someone usually says is well; “Nobody’s Perfect.” This has become a blanket excuse for shortcomings. Being perfect in the Lord is not talking about flawlessness. We are talking about becoming complete in the LORD. God can make you whole. We must not hide behind excuses. We must do all that we can to allow THE NEW NATURE to become dominant! To begin to actually move towards consistently surrendering to the Lord and gaining control over your flesh. You know if you are getting better, growing spiritually or basically staying the same? It’s not really about trying to present a picture to someone else. It is more about submitting to God and Him setting you free! We serve an Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient God! Its about letting who you were created to be emerge. GOD knows the TRUTH!
GOD wants to HELP YOU become the BEST YOU!
Remember now, you must begin to exercise self control and not just say anything or do anything you feel like doing. No, Don't go there, you are not even supposed to cuss. REPENT! Learn to control and bridle your tongue. Check it out in the Word. There is a plethora of words in the dictionary to choose from that you can use to better express yourself. We are not to let sin reign or control and overtake our lives. Yes, we must abide by the laws of the land. Yes, things happen that are beyond our control and will happen. Yes you may slip up but don’t stay there. You should learn how to daily sin less. You/we become what we practice.
First and foremost we are now children of God. We are supposed to be “In the world but not of the world.” We are to exercise self control which is part of the Fruit of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is never out of control. When things get out of control and are beyond your control; as Carrie Underwood sings we can now let “Jesus Take The Wheel” of our lives. Don't just sing it do it. This is true no matter wherever you are or whoever you are. God's Word says; "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect!" Matthew 5 GOD does not tell us to do anything that we cannot do!
Take some time and see where you are in your relationship with the Lord. What is The Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT? Is there something missing in your life? Do you ever feel alone? Do you just go along with the majority when its not right? Do you need more peace in your life? You cannot undo anything that has happened? Nor can you change anyone. But you can begin to go through the rest of your life knowing that you have a constant companion, readily available to help you make better life decisions. Jesus wants you to enjoy life. He did not die on the cross for you to live unhappy or depressed all the time. Yes He knows it is not always easy. But He is more than able to Help you!
The family of God is vast, universal and forever growing. God did not create us to be like someone else. Praise God! He has a place that only you can fill! We have been given the amazing wonderful gift of eternal life that goes on throughout forever… Each of us has been given our own unique temperament. Remember He came for you to have a rich, full abundant life? GOD WILL EQUIP US TO DO WHATEVER HE HAS CALLED US TO DO!
Commence to praise God daily for our victory is through Christ Jesus! His marvelous precious gift of His Holy Spirit is given to us for a purpose. Jesus is alive! His Word is alive! He lives in us! His kingdom is at hand. We can call on Jesus at anytime and anywhere to save us from allowing sin to reign or take control. We just have to be willing to submit to HIs Will and Way. Does this mean that everything will work out? No and yes. The enemy will try and wreak havoc in your life. Initially things may even get worse before they get better.
Be prepared for you will be faced with many obstacles, a lot of opposition and much spiritual warfare. Much of it will come from those who you may probably have least expected? Know life wants to distract you from your true purpose. Even during these times of the aftermath from the global economic recession as well as conflicting political aggression there is no recession in Heaven nor ever will be. Yes these are indeed the Latter Days and some of everything is going on. Know that regardless of what your station is in life, it is your position in Christ that is of the most importance.
What Is The Work of The HOLY SPIRIT?
There are significant benefits as the Fruit of His Spirit begins to manifest in your life. Your perspective and perception deepens, your focus becomes different. Your discernment and sensitivity becomes keenly sharper, there is now more clarity, you become more responsibly prudent and you are not so easily fooled or towed right along. It also means becoming sanctified, set apart. It also means not conforming to the ways and traditions of man... Please know that this does not mean the same thing as becoming religious. You must take the time and make it a priority to get to know God and His Word for Yourself! Why is this? Now that you have discovered you are a “living sanctuary.” You should now live to discover His right way of daily living. Don't just "go to Church!" STRIVE & LIVE TO BE HIS CHURCH EVERYDAY!
Although you might be considered as a sheep to be slaughtered or insignificant, you now know that “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” In the Lord You are somebody! You can pragmatically comprehend and realistically see the Lord through your spiritual eyes all around you in so many different ways. You also know that you are never alone! Keep Your Spiritual Armor on and Always be ready to give an answer in regards to the "Hope that lies within You!"
With GOD Life becomes beautiful even when it becomes difficult.
You now can begin to boldly speak the Truth in love, because you know that God is Love! It tremendously helps to know what God says about love. God’s Truth sets you free! Sometimes you even have to understand when no one else does. You may also have to stand when no one understands you. The Lord tells us to "observe all things..." So be aware of what is happening around you. Sometimes you just have to be quiet. “Be STILL and KNOW.” You are now being continually renewed and transformed from within and have an awakening within your soul!
"See that NONE render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is GOOD, both among Yourselves, and to all men.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
In EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS; for this is the WILL of GOD in CHRIST JESUS concerning You.
QUENCH NOT the SPIRIT.
Despise NOT prophesyings.
Prove ALL things
Abstain from ALL appearance of evil..." I THESSALONIAS 5
You can or will discover that your real, genuine, authentic security and significance is in personally knowing GOD! In HIM IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU WILL EVER NEED. Your desire NOW is daily becoming and to begin seeking to please Him above everything else. This is what it means to “Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness.” As you begin to seek the Lord first you also begin to learn how to lean and trust Him more. According to Romans 14 “The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit because anyone who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God…”
When life’s burdens becomes unbearable just know He is a burden bearer. This is the perfect time to learn how to shift your focus and your load to Him. GOD IS OMNIPOTENT! HE IS THE GREAT "I AM" ABOVE HIM IS NO OTHER! BE ENCOURAGED; GOD REALLY HAS GOT EVERYTHING UNDER HIS CONTROL! He is patiently giving us all time to get ourselves together. We are to live everyday as though we are expecting CHRIST JESUS to return! God promises are All true and He has promised “That in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose...”
What is the work of the Holy Spirit? Life becomes an adventurous exciting journey as you learn to live to please the Lord. You become more aware that you are never alone! It is important to daily embrace God's Word as your essential necessary Spiritual Food. Know without doubt, His Holy Spirit is always there to help us. For He is our precious indwelling Counselor, Navigator, Friend and Guide. He leads us to all Truth! You also learn to walk in meekness. This is true when God's purpose in your life becomes your purpose! In God you can be secure for He keeps all His promises. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of His Holy Spirit .” Romans 15. Be encouraged and begin to live everywhere, everyday; "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!"
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 27, 2010:
Trudee, Thank you for stopping by to share! Peace & Blessings!
Trudee on March 27, 2010:
This is a GEM!!God bless you and thank-you
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on October 04, 2009:
Thank you and yes it is amazing how the Lord works! I can feel your Joy in knowing Him through your words! Yes! His Peace is wonderful! Praise God!
Thank you and please come again!
Vicky Gentry from Las Vegas, Nevada on October 04, 2009:
Oh how i enjoyed reading this! This is truly a great example of how the spirit of God works in us, to complete us by guiding us towards the truth and set us free from bondage and give us a peace that surpasses all comprehension. Praise be to the Lord for all he has done!!! Keep up the good works and God Bless you!!!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 19, 2009:
Pieter The Prophet,
Thank you for visiting. I am glad that you have been inspired. I have studied secular philosophy as well as comparative religions and have traveled throughout the world. I understand from a counseling perspective learned behavior. It is because of those many experiences my relationship with the Lord has been fortified. I can honestly say that there is no doubt whatsoever as far as my Faith and Trust in God! The Joy of the Lord is my strength. Again thank you. Your comments and your visits are always welcomed.
PieterTheProphet on September 19, 2009:
Very inspiring. I am always intrigued by the parallels between Faith and secular philosophical thought. It really does seem to come from a single source. Some how we have learned this way. Where are our next steps going to lead? You seem to be sure, and that gives us all strength.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 19, 2009:
James, I am humbled by your comments. I am so thankful for the Love the Lord has allowed me to experience. The love of my wonderful brilliant husband, the love of my mother and father who have gone on to be with the Lord. My Mom always said she prayed to have me, I am named after the first woman judge in the Bible!
I cannot express the magnitude of my life experiences raised as an only daughter amidst ten brothers. (Or should I say ten fathers) That is why I can stand boldy and sometimes quietly, but like a lady! Blessed with five wonderful children and …… I cannot really express in words how it is to know without a doubt that you are loved and it is your desire to impart that inexpressible indefinable joy that comes from having the Lord’s presence in your life! “The Lord is the strength of my life!” God’s precious Holy Spirit is available to “whosoever will let him come...” I know that even when you can’t see the sun shining it is still shining above the clouds! Again thank you. James your visits are always a pleasure. To God Be The Glory!
James A Watkins from Chicago on September 19, 2009:
You are an outstanding teacher. I never told you this, but I first started reading your Hubs because of your photo. It's not just how pretty you are. Your face is so pleasant and it shines with love. Only once in a great while do I see a person with that light beaming right out of their face. You have it.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 18, 2009:
Welcome and Thank You my Brother Paul! I Thank the Lord for in Him truly you are a new creature. Continue to let Him mold you. May you continue to experience The invaluable riches of His LOVE, Joy, Peace, Forgiveness, Understanding and so much more....
Much Love to you!
Paul Draper on September 18, 2009:
You are a blessing not only to myself; and family, But to the World at large, May you continue to knock at the doors of those you love; an those that draw strength from your words of wisdom, that the Lord has embedded in your heart.Laus Deo
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 17, 2009:
You are right, knowing "God has it all under His control" is always reassuring. God is the ultimate Father at some point it ALL Will work out for your GOOD. He knows everything past, present and future. He also knows what is best for us. When something is not happening He knows that too. Remember you are forever growing the Lord also knows your limits. Just continue to give whatever it is to Him this will build your TRUST in Him.
Thank you again, your visits are always welcome
Elena from London, UK on September 17, 2009:
Thanks for this lovely message. I am very encouraged by your words in the last para. "God has got it under Control". Its reassuring. I wish I could be in tune with the H/Spirit 24/7 and I'm sure that's a peaceful experience, but I'm not. (After praying, it takes just a few hours and worrying sets in again). Guess it takes a lot of discipline. Regards, Elena.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 16, 2009:
Thank you again for your kind words. Its always a pleasure
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 16, 2009:
Thank you for taking the time to visit and your gracious words of encouragement. May the Lord guide you as well!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 16, 2009:
Thank you for visiting. Isn't it so very wonderful to know that there are many ways to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 16, 2009:
Thank you for a hub of soul seraching, you touch eveyones heart. thanks for sharing. creativeone59
einron from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA on September 16, 2009:
Thank you for a good hub. May God continue to guide you to to help others through your writing.
bayareagreatthing from Bay Area California on September 16, 2009:
we are the temple of the Holy Spirit! That is awesome and amazing to think about. What a beautiful benefit that he is our comforter! Thank you DeBorrah for letting your light shine! May I share with you a few things with you that I wrote? https://hubpages.com/hub/What-About-the-Holy-Spiri...
God Bless you friend!