From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
We have to live by faith in God.
Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 and 18, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We are to regularly study The Word of God.
Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
We are to live by The Word of God.
St. Matthew 4:4, …Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Proverbs 7:2-3, “Keep my commandments …, and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
St. Luke 6:47-48, “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Because we have been sanctified, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts in ways that identify ones that are filled with love, humility, charity, mercy, and forgiveness. Part of how we become and remain Christ-like is how we present ourselves and keep distance from the world system’s pride, hate, greed, lust, and envy.
Romans 6:12-13, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God,… and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
We are to regularly give our thoughts to the Lord while spiritually developing in Him, as we must always keep our hearts Godfearing.
1 Peter 4:11, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ,…”
Hebrews 6:10, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
It is for us to minister to people out of the love for the Lord on our own, and from our spiritual gifts that He uses to work through us from time to time, based upon the will of God.
St. Luke 17:20-21, “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
As God gives us spiritual gifts, those are supernatural presents that the Holy Spirit blesses individuals with from our own mouths and hands. When people witness the Holy Spirit reach out to them and others through our bodies, being His holy living sanctuaries, their observations will allow them to firsthand know that the Spirit of Jesus is alive in us. It also shows examples of how it is to give God honor, from our developments in the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
St. John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Success and effectiveness does occur whenever the Holy Spirit is supernaturally involved in the ministering of others from us, by the usages of our own spiritual gifts, while people acknowledge how He shines His light through our mouths and hands.
St. Matthew 5:13-16, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
While we develop in the Holy Spirit, let us always look forward to the moments when He ministers to others by speaking and working through us, individually.
St. John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
St. Matthew 13:31-32, “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
We are to carry ourselves as holy individuals.
1 Peter 1:14-17, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”
While we grow in the faith and develop in the Holy Spirit, our fear of God and His judgments should magnify. With the help of the Holy Spirit as well as our obedience to The Word of God, it will be more of the Holy Spirit shining through us individually, and less sinfulness that others will see whenever they observe and hear us.
Psalms 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Psalms 5:7, “But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.”
Psalms 145:19, “He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”
Psalms 147:11, “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
St. Luke 1:50, “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.”
Hebrews 5:8-10, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”
Proverbs 14:2, “He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.”
Let us keep ourselves from sinning, and always consider Jesus as well as the Christian faith, so that we will not backslide.
Hebrews 12:1-3, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”