Matthew: His Royal Highness, the Holy Spirit

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Matthew 12

  1. You must always be prepared to back up your actions with the Word. You have to be knowledgeable in the Word to not be tricked/deceived by others.
  2. Jesus already paid the sacrifice and we have received mercy through this. We are children of God, by mercy and salvation. We should not go around judging others and calling them guilty, for we have all received mercy from the Lord and we are only righteous because of Jesus Christ.
  3. We need to ask for wisdom from God. Wisdom allows us to think beyond human capacity and overcome any hurdles through the Holy Spirit.
  4. We have to remember that every soul counts. It says ‘there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.’ – Luke 15:7. That means that we must remember that our actions count, to be cruel to someone over materialistic/emotional things is dangerous and as Christians, we could be pushing them away from God, rather than closer, since we are children of the light. We are representatives of Jesus Christ.
  5. The Holy Spirit is the one that reveals things. How did Jesus know to withdraw from the Pharisees when they plotted against Him? By the Holy Spirit. I don’t think the Pharisees said things out loud, so Jesus could hear their wicked plans, so obviously the Holy Spirit revealed these things to Jesus. Jesus was protected by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit abides with those that believe and receives Jesus as Lord, so therefore, we have the same opportunity to be warned by the Holy Spirit if danger is coming or if a decision we are making is going to harm us. Paul was warned several times about what would happen to him if he went to Jerusalem. Of course there are times in our life, that the Holy Spirit may not warn us of things that will happen, but nonetheless He will be with us and we must understand that it is something that will strength us, that we will grow from it and that He will turn our shame into JOY!
  6. We must remember that Jesus was God in human force. The Holy Spirit of God poured into flesh to bring our salvation. Now, we have been warned of the flesh several times. The flesh which causes us to sin. Paul even talked about his problems with his flesh – ‘For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.’ – Romans 7:19 and it is also stressed the fruit of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, ‘Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.’ Therefore if we think that Jesus who was God had to battle all these things and still fulfil the things that He had set out to do. He did everything to the T, all for people that did not and still do not receive Him. A normal human would want to brag about their works and how great they are. We can pretend to be humble, but deep down we like the glory and we like to shine amongst others, but here is Jesus, warning others not to go and tell of His great things yet, because He knew that they would glorify and aim to make Him a King (they tried to make Paul a God later on – Acts 14:11-13), and that He wouldn’t be able to carry out His mission. It’s difficult, but we must set out to do things with God’s will and purpose at the forefront of our mind, ready and willing to carry our cross and do what God has called us to do, perfectly.
  7. Love this ❤ Verse 21: ‘And in His name Gentiles will trust.’ – This verse was fulfilled then, fulfilled now and will continue to be fulfilled. The fact that myself, a non-Jew, a Gentile can call upon the name of Jesus Christ and be answered, helped and loved, is truly a powerful and wonderfully thing, that always me to give God the glory everyday. The fact that He has never departed from my presence, even when I have messed up big time, is agape love. God is Good all the time, and all the time God is Good!
  8. Why is it so hard to except that when good things happen, especially miracles, that they come from God? That He has shown us mercy and love, and that He has seen to our situations or those around us. Why is it much more acceptable to believe that something occurred by science or those practising magic, but not the power of God? God who cannot be measured or contained and yet we contain Him in what He can do.
  9. Verse 31 & 32 aka the unpardonable sin. This used to worry me, so much when I was a kid even up to my teens and 20s (I’m turning 22 soon). The fear that you have done it already or even thought of it, so you think that all is lost and there is no way you are going to be in God’s presence or go to Heaven, that you will rot in Hell, just because you thought something bad or said something bad. Now that I look back, I worry so much, that I should ask God for forgiveness for bothering him and burdening myself with things I didn’t need to carry. My life is so joyful and only true joy comes from the Lord, so how could I have done an unpardonable sin and yet still have joy in my life? Mahnn it is not good to be foolish. The fact is that if you are heart is afraid of sinning against the Holy Spirit, then that means that you can’t have done the unpardonable sin. It would mean that you don’t want to offend the Holy Spirit. Most of our aim is not to purposely offend those that we love and since we love the Holy Spirit, I don’t think we will ever commit the unpardonable sin, by the grace of God though 😉
  10. ‘For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’ ❤ (another fave) – We must check ourselves daily, especially the things that we say, because it can always be linked back to something we have spent our time dwelling in, either tv, friendships, books and music. I’m so grateful that the Lord taught me this sometime. I don’t swear – I can understand why some people do, but I don’t see the need for it & I just don’t sound right when I utter swear words – but I noticed that my thoughts would get clouded with swear words from time-to-time. I noticed that it started when I began to watch two hilarious but swearing-obsessed brothers, that I knew straight away that I had to cut them off from my life. It’s weird because I don’t get influenced by music or tv much, but it’s reading that gets to me, so I was surprised that it was a 5 minute video that had created a change in my mind. I think it is because I was open to it. When you watch music or tv, you kind of already know that it is fake/not reality, so you can kind of close a certain amount of your mind away from it, but when I’m reading I am transported there. I see a new world, experience the different emotions. Maybe that’s why I enjoy reading and writing stories, but I also know to be careful in what I read.
  11. Words mahn! Words! By your words, your heart is known. Good men bring forth good things and evil men bring forth evil things. Every idle word will be accounted for and by your word, you will either be justified or condemned. WORDS! So powerful and yet many of us, don’t have a filter. We spew and spew and spew – just word vomit, no thinking, just talking. It is understandable why there is an emphasis in words. God created the universe, just by saying it. The fact that we are made in God’s image, means that our words must have great power in them. Of course we are not on the same level as God, so I can’t just say Krispy Kreme come now and it would appear. It’s the repetition behind it, the desire behind the words that can cause us happiness or issues. Our words can be dangerous unto others and even ourselves – James 3:5-6. We have to be careful what we say, because we are accountable. That’s why I’m trying to only say positive things over my life, my family and friends.
  12. I’m always iffy with signs. There are times in my heart when I think, “Lord give me a sign that you are there,” but then later on, I become angry with myself because I feel evil, that I am like the Pharisees who were only seeking a sign and Jesus called them evil. I don’t really know how to feel. I think that it is not bad thing to ask for a sign. I think it is a sign or a beacon of hope, when you are lost and you just want to know that the source of comfort that you have in your heart is real. Just knowing that He sees your struggle and that He is watching and helping you get through it. I mean it does say that signs and wonders shall follow those that believe. I feel like a sign confirms who you are, but then again, the Holy Spirit is within us, so shouldn’t that be all that we need. I think the Pharisees didn’t really care for Jesus. I don’t think they were searching for the Messiah. They were just there to cause trouble. Whilst in our hearts, we are searching for a sign as a confirmation. It is like when you call your parents or siblings to confirm that they are on their way and that everything is alright. You want to know that they are safe and that they are coming home, to remove that anxiety/worry from your heart. Anyway… what’s your opinion, because it depends how you see it?
  13. When we turn away, we must really turn away. Basically, when we have departed from our old life, dead to sin and have become children of God, received Jesus as our Lord and been baptised with the Holy Spirit, we must put away old things, because we are new creatures – 2nd Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, we have to be careful not to fall back into old ways, because we are giving the devil an edge into our lives and allowing even more bad seeds to be sown into our life, and we don’t need that!
  14. Whenever we do the will of God, we are basically claiming that we are children of God, we are part of God’s family! Isn’t that awesome 😀

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