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Shall we not pray for the Holy Spirit to be part of our lives daily?

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 I was listening to Acts29 on Instagram looking upon dead guys like Justin Martyr and Tertullian , and reading about the mighty work of evangelism and life of believer. The Instagram post was a video telling people to spend more time in the Bible. I remembered that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. So I sat down and read aloud Acts 1 to Acts 4. Such an amazing portion and I believe that God wants us to be encouraged through this. In these four chapters over 12 times the Spirit of God was mentioned. Acts 1:2 Being witness (promised) - Acts 2:41 Acts 4:4 (promise fulfilled) Acts 1:5 Given prophetical knowledge of Jesus Acts 1:8 Filled with power (1 Corinthians 2:4) Acts 1:16, Acts 2:14 , Acts 2:25 Given revelation into the Bible --  Acts 4:13, Acts 4:25  Implied  Acts 2:2-3 Filled with Holy Spirit Acts 2:4, Acts 2:17 Given utterance by the Spirit Acts 2:33 Proof that Jesus did and say that were true - or that Jesus is indeed the messiah Acts 2:14 Implied  Boldness t

James Series | Patience and the Gift of God in Healing | James 5:7-20

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  Continuing from Warning to the Rich     Verses from ESV Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James tells us, especially those who are  oppressed running away missionary with no result those who wait on the Lord those who are sick or have a loved one who is sick those who have to bear with an unbelieving or rude, or hash family member that we have to be patient. Brothers, we are not professionals. We are his children. We have only God whom we trust and wait on. Colossians 1:11,  2 Timothy 2:6, Deuteronomy 28:12; Joel 2:23; Hosea 6:3 -- we have to wait like the time Joel says - We have to wait for the Lord to bring his effect into our life. This will take time. Brothers between the both rains there was a significant 6 month period. We saw that in the IAM series where we saw the festivals. They happened between the rains. In

James Series | Warning against the rich | James 5:1-6

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What did we see last week? Faith includes brotherhood. James wants to explore and expand on that idea even more. James is saying about faith in this book (letter) and James wants us to see the bigger picture of faith. By faith we are made into a family. Romans 12:5, 1 Timothy 3:15 (household), Ephesians 2:19 (citizen and family) All Verses are from ESV Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.  Come now -- come where … James shows what the Church is, A place to come together for repentance [i could be wrong on this]. James warns the rich (in speaking, money, influence, idea, prideful) that there are miseries that come upon them. He urges those who rely on themselves, on their strength, especially on their richness to empty themselves of such pride. Brothers, we have to realise that our reliance must be on God. We are fallible. We will make mistakes. James invites them to repent and be serious about repentance. James warns them that there is a danger c

James Series | Being brotherly | James 4: 13- 17

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 Verses from ESV Intro:  We have been looking at James, the brother of Jesus writing to believers who are from a Jewish background, living as Church away from the places.  As we have been reading we are clear what James is intending us to have: REAL ACTIVE FATIH We have seen how faith is build in trials faith is used to separate faith is based on Word of God faith is based and build by doing the word faith is based by building control - tongue faith is based by openness faith is shown by our works faith is shown in humility and teachability last week we saw how to we need to pray and why there are fights and "war" amongst Christians. This week we are going to look at the solution. This is the part that has to do with faith. James 4 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. Before we go into th

James Series | How do we receive from the Lord |James 4:1-10

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 Verses from ESV Intro:  We have been looking at James, the brother of Jesus writing to believers who are from a Jewish background, living as Church away from the places.  As we have been reading we are clear what James is intending us to have: REAL ACTIVE FATIH We have seen how faith is build in trials faith is used to separate faith is based on Word of God faith is based and build by doing the word faith is based by building control - tongue faith is based by openness faith is shown by our works faith is shown in humility and teachability James 4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? The early Christians were like us. They too were people. They too had issues.  James is saying that we have passions, our happy agendas that we want to achieve. And this creates in us a war. Even in the Church this is the case. Look, see this situation, imagine there are two brothers teaching, if they are competing to be better th

James Series | Taming the tongue | James 3:1-18

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 We are continuing on our study of James. What have we learned so far? Trials are at the hand of a loving father This is another way of saving that God is Sovereign in our suffering. We are to know that this means that God has not abandoned us but rather it is he who preserves and strengthens us Like a father training his child, so does trials work together for our good. As in Romans 8:28 -- all things work together for the good ... Trials build us up and strengthens our faith muscles. Doubting In our steps of faith, things are not crystal clear We are not called to take calculated risks but rather risks based on our trust in God Trials are means to shake us and refine and strengthen our faith with better quality sand of word of God like how people do when they construct buildings with sieving sand., Placing our foot on the right thing Not in our richness Not in our influence But rather on God and on His word Trials separate wolves from sheeps Trials can be like temptation God cannot b

James Series | Faith & Works | James 2:14-26

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dear brothers, this week we are looking into the book of James chapter 2 from verses 14. Lets look at the last time we looked at the dangers of partiality . Why does James say that it is wrong to be partial? There is a reason for it. It is because the Church is a family. We are not partial in our family, so should we not be in the Church.  James explores this topic even further in this section.  What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  Look the the verse from Ephesians 2:8-10. We are saved by faith and not by works so that no one could boast. What is Paul saying? Paul is saving that aa person becomes a believer by faith and that salvation is a gift and not a reward for good behaviour. Paul explains early on that salvation cannot be attained by human will or wisdom. This echos what John said too. Not by the will of man (John 1:13) or by the desired but by will of God. We see that statement and we believe it. How the