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THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
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THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
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Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen
thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Good things come to
those who wait.
I trust that you're waiting at the end of each step for the next day
to continue on.
It's a great thing you're doing!
Good day my friend! Iím happy to join you again here
on THE PATH. Today weíve got a lot of ground to (un)cover. What I mean
is, Iíll be showing you another very important, very effective way of
clearing out weeds in your garden, and how to manage those stubborn
ones that want to keep coming back.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
At the last STEPPING STONE, I shared a
scripture with you that the Apostle Paul wrote. He said that you are
the Temple of God. Youíre about to find out EXACTLY what that means
and then you will be able to use your new knowledge and understanding to help you
deal with your problem(s) ...
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD
to go on a little adventure with me?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that
your body IS the Temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
God used to reveal His presence in a tabernacle and
This is a general diagram of the Temple of God.
There are three distinct levels to the Temple of God. Three
are three levels to the physical structure that was built,
and there are three levels to
YOU (as the Temple of God).
Okay, now, I want you to think of this in terms of
your home. Outside of your home, there is ... The rest of the world. That would
be like outside the actual building in the courtyard of the Temple,
where all Godís people were allowed and all people of the world are
allowed to wander into your world.
Then, (looking back at the diagram) the Holy Place
is where the
priests ministered. That would be like inside your home where only
those you invite in are allowed. You donít let strangers wander in,
but family and friends are welcome there.
Then there is the Most Holy
Place, which is called the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God
was, and generally speaking, nobody was allowed in there except for
God's chosen people. That would be like your diary or hope chest. Itís
private and sacred to you . . . Itís where you have all your secrets
stored. Itís a sanctuary to you. Itís a sacred place where you invite
the presence of God, and commune with Him.
Letís take this principle one step further focusing
on the TRUTH ...
are the Temple of God.
Your body (flesh) is what everyone sees. Your mind (soul) is only
shared with those that you CHOOSE to share it with by sharing
thoughts. Things from the outside world are allowed into your mind
(soul) through sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and thought but YOU
get to determine WHAT you allow within or believe.
Then the Holy of
Holies is your emotions which spring forth from your heart (spirit). This is the place that you want kept
sacred. This is the secret place. You MUST beware letting outside
influences to ever affect your spirit. You must control what thoughts you
allow within your secret place. Failure to do so can have someone
using you like a puppet. You know the old cliché ... "Don't push my
THIS is the reason you feel as you do when there is
a problem. You have allowed something or someone to place thoughts in
your mind (soul) which you (at the time) accepted as TRUTH or at least
the way things were and your emotions
(spirit) reacted. You have allowed this thought to grieve your spirit
and what you are experiencing is the result.
REMEMBER to control your thoughts as we are taught to do,
by renewing our minds daily.
And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 4:16
For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed
day by day.
You must only let TRUTH to abide within your
spiritual place. When something enters in that is
not TRUTH, you must eject it by telling the TRUTH to yourself, and the
lie must leave. If you accept something as TRUTH, it is planted in
your subconscious mind, and it remains there awaiting your spirit to act on
said thought, even when you are not consciously thinking on it.
Lemme give you an example ... Have you ever been
having a SON-sational day and all of a sudden you feel terrible and
know something is wrong, but cannot THINK of what it is? Then, you kinda ponder on it and WHAM the bad thought comes to mind.
Another example is you are leaving your home and you
sense this feeling like you are forgetting something but have no idea
what it is until you sit there and ponder then WHAM, you remember what
it was and the feeling goes away.
These are "suppressed thoughts" ... You allowed
something in your mind and it lied dormant but your spirit reacts to
it whether you are conscious of the actual thought or not. In the
second case YOU told YOURSELF to remember something and though YOU
forgot, your subconscious mind ... DID NOT. Your SPIRIT reacted to
In like manner ... The weeds in your garden are things that youíve
accepted within whether it be from you or another source and
since you have not dealt with it, but it IS in there, it keeps sending
a warning of sorts that it needs to be dealt with.
Now most like to just sweep their problems under the
rug (so to speak) and try and just push the thoughts back within when
they pop up that warning sign by coming to your conscious mind. You
must CHOOSE to identify
the lies and bad thoughts that youíve accepted and HARBOR, and pull them out by replacing them
with the TRUTH.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHING
Think of your mind as a computer. You have files
that have been in there since the day you were born. Theyíre called
memories, just like your computer has memory. Many of them, you donít even know are in there. Youíre not
conscious of them. Theyíre like a closed folder until your
memory chooses to open them up. Let me give you an example ...
Youíre driving down the street past the park, and
you see a little kid swinging on a swing. Suddenly you remember your
cousinís birthday party that you went to at a park, when you were
five. Wow, you havenít thought about that in years! And with all the
things that you have to remember in your busy life, all the years that
have passed, all youíve learned, all youíve done, and everywhere
youíve been, you still have that memory stored in your subconscious
mind. That memory can trigger other memories. If you think a little
more, you remember the cherry chip cake with the confetti icing at the
party, and the Neapolitan ice cream, and the Playdoh factory that you
gave your cousin for a present and even that one trick candle that
Well, I hate to burst a birthday balloon, but I must
bring you back to the present now, because thereís a fact that I have
to share with you. Inside your mind are millions, if not billions of
memories, facts, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, thoughts, feelings,
fears, doubts, desires, TRUTHs, and many other things including, Iím
sorry to say ... LIES ... That are waiting in folders in the recesses of
your mind, called your subconscious, that will open up if and when
theyíre triggered by one of your senses.
problem is, the enemy of your soul pushes those buttons as to affect
you because he is the one who planted those thoughts from the get
go, despite the means by which he used to do so, and he knows you
have chosen not to deal with it so he just throws out something that
hits your senses and WHAM ... Your subconscious opens the file, and
your spirit reacts.
Obviously, there are things stored in your
subconscious, that you donít want in there. Weíve been calling them
weeds. But you canít reformat your mind, because thereís a lot in
there that you want to keep. Those are the TRUTHs. What you CAN do, is
get rid of the stuff that you donít want anymore ONE AT A TIME ...
When they reveal themselves. Itís not only
affecting the performance of your computer, but itís also taking up
valuable space that youíre going to be using for new TRUTHs that you
Below is a diagram of the mind that will help you
understand how this operates.
You can see that thoughts are able to enter into your conscience
where the blue arrows are. If you believe or accept whatever entered
as TRUTH, it goes to a storage area to be recalled later. If you donít
believe it, you eject it, represented by the red arrows.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT CHART
PRINT OR CREATE THIS CHART ON PAPER
Youíll notice that
are the way to eject what you donít want to be planted.
Why ... Because you have to make it perfectly clear,
and understood to the adversary, who wants those lies planted in your
mind, that they are rejected. If you do nothing, thatís an action in
itself. Doing nothing is a choice, and your mind many times accepts it
as truth when it may be a lie but since you chose to do nothing ... It
is within you. Anything unwanted may just loiter around in there if
you donít eliminate it. Rejection
is one thing that the enemy of your soul doesnít like, so use it as one of your
gardening tools to get rid of weeds.
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Let me give you a couple of examples of how to
a lie. Letís say a
respected friend tells you seriously that the sky just turned green.
Thatís hard to believe, you say, but you take
by going over to the
window and looking out at the sky. Youíve taken
by proving to yourself
that the sky is in fact still blue. Now, had you not proven the TRUTH
to yourself, you may have walked around believing that the sky just
may have turned green until the next time you saw it. But by your
youíve confirmed the
lie to your mind, it is
the TRUTH goes back to itís storage place, and the TRUTH, that your
friend is just a practical joker, (or has suddenly gone colorblind),
and that the sky IS blue is planted within your subconscious.
Thatís a lighthearted example, now hereís one thatís
slightly more serious. Letís say you had a horrible thought that you
know isnít true. Write down (action)
the thought. Then
lie and reinforce the TRUTH as quickly as possible. Then IMAGINE the
LIE being destroyed within as you trash the paper you wrote the
thought on. I have personally lit that
bad boy up and watched the lie burn to show my Lord that I ain't the
one. Please be careful if you are gonna try this one at home boys and
Notice the word
That doesnít mean to keep any feelings of shame, fear, anger, doubt,
or anything else inside, to ďget in touchĒ with later. Always focus on the TRUTH. Lies and evil hate to be brought into the
light. The light IS TRUTH. It is the enemy that wants you to harbor
such thoughts so he can pull your puppet strings at will.
If youíre alone, donít be afraid to talk out loud.
By speaking out, you are exposing the lie to the light. Another
example: If the devil tells you that you shouldnít forgive another, you would say something like this: Letís tell
the TRUTH now.
My Lord says, Forgive all or I wonít be forgiven.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
In most cases, it was just the devil who planted the
seed of deception in the mind of the soul who hurt you and UNLIKE
you, they were not taught how to remove the evil seed and it became
habit. This means this soul who hurt you was only being used by the enemy of your
soul as a puppet, to do his bidding and that is to plant horrible
seeds within us which cause us to be unforgiving as to hinder us from
Because, my friend ... The enemy of your soul
knows the rules of the Spiritual Warfare game very well and KNOWS that
we must FORGIVE to be FORGIVEN so he creates circumstances that hurt
us so we will not forgive.
Chances are that there are many untruths lurking
around in your mind that contribute to your problem. Remember when you
identified your problem(s) in STEPPING STONE #5? I helped you out with
the one about selfishness, and now Iím going to help you with another
one. Itís called doubt.
Thereís something down deep in your subconscious,
that may be telling you that this program may not work for you. I mean
after all, how can anything thatís free and without obligation of any
kind, work on something as serious as your problem which you have
carried perhaps for so very long? Itís GOOD to admit
it. In TRUTH, it wonít work unless you do admit it, and obliterate that doubt.
You canít kill a weed unless you admit itís there. Now, doubt is more
like a fungus than a weed ... Kinda like mildew.
Youíve got little seedlings in your garden that are
young and fragile, and a little doubt, a little fungus, a little
mildew, can ruin them. Doubt likes to grow in the dark, it doesnít
want anybody to know itís there ... Especially you, because you might
just identify it and attack it with some kind of mold spray called the
light of TRUTH and then where would it be?
It would be HISTORY.
Well that is NOT the enemy's plan. His plan is to keep you under
subjection by use of fear and doubt. The last thing he needs is for
you to BELIEVE and establish HOPE.
So call forth that doubt and letís give it a large dose of the TRUTH called
FAITH, so itíll wither up and die!
It always helps to have a visual picture of things
to put them into perspective. Youíve seen little animations of the
Angel standing on your shoulder whispering into your mind. Thatís
your conscience, telling you TRUTH and righteousness.
On your other
shoulder is the depiction of an
Evil Spirit, standing in the little red suit with a pitchfork,
whispering wickedness. Donít let birds leave droppings of doubt in
the garden of your mind.
the fingernail of your index finger to your thumb, and flick that
little imp off your shoulder!
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TODAY
Here is another analogy that you may use as a visual. In the course of your day, or your life, you get distracted at times. You lose sight of your goals. You lose momentum. You lose motivation. You may lose inspiration.
Maybe you even had good intentions and put some of your gardening time into something very righteous, but it did reduce your gardening time. But your garden (life) is prospering. At some point, a simple garden (life) shouldn't be so labor
intensive, right? Surely a time comes when gardens plant themselves, and water themselves, and weed themselves.
So, while your life is learning how to take care of itself, by and by, something comes along and takes your
attention away from the things that you have worked so hard to nurture. Maybe while your head is turned, a cute little bunny wabbit gets under your fence and devours your carrot patch. Or maybe a big wind storm blows in a whirlwind of those
cute fuzzy dandelion parachutes (which will be a lot of work to remove once they germinate). At any rate, you turned your head for a little too long and things got out of control. Remember our diagram of the mind several paragraphs back? A
lot of those little rooms on the right hand column got filled up with unwanted seeds and weeds and vermin and disease while your attention was diverted.
DAILY we must tend our gardens.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
It sounds overwhelming, and sometimes it just is ... BUT ... A stitch in time, saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You CAN keep your garden (life) under control. YOU are the boss. You want to be free of
problems, but everyone knows (or should know) that with freedom, comes responsibility. TAKE CONTROL of your garden (life). Say NO to things that you KNOW are harmful or distracting or wasteful or unnecessary or evil or ... Well, you get the
Keeping up with your Miracle Grow chart will help you with this.
Do you remember when we first became friends, the
very first TRUTH I shared with you is that you must possess Faith. Now
Iím going to answer the question, How can something FREE possibly
work? Because Jesus promised that it would. He gave His life for FREE. He gave us
Salvation for FREE.
Have FAITH in Him and He will set you FREE of your
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BE USED BY YOU
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT INSTRUCTIONS
The scripture below is such a help. Read it through and then we'll discuss it a bit.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The Holy Spirit helps us with things that ail us. Sometimes, (as we discussed before about the example of a bad dream) we feel like something is just not right, but we may not know exactly what is amiss and therefore we can't put it
into words. But the Holy Spirit prays for us. He steps in for us to help. He knows what to say.
When something enters the mind which is confusing or unresolved, it will cause unrest. It may "groan" at you (silently) but quiet
doesn't always mean peace. It will stay until it is resolved, called to the light of truth and rejected. It is like a gnat. Or like an odor. It may be hard to see, or even invisible, but life is so much more enjoyable when you partner with
the Holy Spirit of Truth and pray for help.
You know how sometimes in your suffering you just want to fall to your knees and plead "HELP!" The Holy Spirit wants to help, but we can't expect Him to do it all and we sit
back and do nothing. You have to ask, first of all. And the Holy Spirit knows what God's will is, so he is kind of like a reeeeeally good editor. We, when we are in a fragile or confused or needy state, don't have a good perspective of what
is good for us, so the wisdom of the Holy Spirit is one thing we can rely on when we are in a hurry and troubled and temptation lurks and we can't properly express our wishes in our prayers. When our mind is cluttered, we can't think
straight. We think sometimes that rhetoric or eloquence is necessary in prayer, but faith is the ingredient that our Father longs for from us and that emotion that we can't put into words when we just manage to groan "HELP" is what the Holy
Spirit takes and miraculously turns it into a masterpiece that is not what we will, but as God wills.
CLEANSE THE LAND
If you scroll back up to the mind chart, youíll see
that the categories inside the left hand column are the things that
you want to keep. In this STEPPING STONE, your task is to weed out
anything that falls into the categories inside the right hand column.
To do this, go back to the problem(s) that you identified. Ask
yourself which sense it used to get into your mind in the first place.
Find it's source. You can do this procedure with ALL bad thoughts
within or lies from this day forth, that reveal their ugly head.
Imagine in your mind, but actually do it, with your
finger and drag that lie to the center circle and tell the TRUTH about
this matter. Then
eject it with
If youíd like, you can
use this as one of your activities in your MIRACLE GROW project by
doing this once a day. Soon youíll be replacing those categories on
the right with ones like patience, humility, compassion, benevolence,
hope, understanding, dependability, etc.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SUMMARY
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT CONCLUSION
CHOOSING TO ACTUALLY DO
THIS FOR 30 DAYS WILL TRAIN YOU TO DO THIS WITHOUT THE PAPER
THEREAFTER AND ESTABLISH A SON-SATIONAL NEW HABIT OF DEFENSE.
Let me remind you once again, that you are the
Temple of God, MADE
IN HIS IMAGE, and you have to be cautious of what you
Out with the bad, in with the good.
THINK GOOD THOUGHTS
Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise,
THINK on these things.
Ask God to help you with your weeding.
Ask Him to
show you the TRUTH that youíre seeking for. Heís the most effective
weed killer there is!
SEEK THE TRUTH
Where does TRUTH come from?
I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the
LET US PREPARE OUR LAND AS FOR OUR LAND TO BE HEALED.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your
fallow ground: for it is time to
SEEK THE LORD, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.
We all make mistakes. We
fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we
don't always resist. But that is exactly why God
sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins,
and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask
forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When
you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure,
unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that
you so very much and He
wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER
GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you
understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father
wants each and every one of us to enjoy.
STEPPING STONE SEVEN
Excellent ... You're on a roll!
I hope I have answered the how do I receive the Holy Spirit question for you as to obtain the power of the Holy Spirit ... Make sure you physically and
mentally picture yourself removing the lies using your chart. I
know youíre anxious to move forward, but remember, you donít
want to flood your garden. Now that your seventh STEPPING STONE
is in place, give it some time to settle firmly into the ground
and Iíll meet you back on THE PATH again tomorrow. Be sure and
keep weeding the garden as necessary every time a bad thought
pops up in the Spiritual garden of your mind.
Continuing in EACH step
daily is so very important.
If you like ...
You may go back over each
completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have
not missed anything.
MAKE SURE YOU JOT DOWN A LIL SOMETHING IN YOUR
YOU HAVE COMPLETED STEP SEVEN
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HOW DO I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
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