The Administration of the Holy Spirit

The Administration of the Holy Spirit.

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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Law ~ Wikipedia :  Good Samaritan laws in the United States are laws or acts protecting from liability those who choose to aid and/or help a stranger who might be injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.  Its purpose is to keep people from being reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions if they were to make some mistake in treatment.

This one Monday morning, four men that I was work with, met a man on the side of the road whose truck had broken down.  This man, who had only one leg, told us that he was on his way to Mt. Juliet, TN to plant a Church.  He was from North Chicago.  So these four men began to work on his truck to try and fix it, all on their own time.  It took them nearly 2 days and over $100 of their own money to get it fixed.  They fixed it and the man was overwhelmed by their kindness and unselfish efforts, as he thanked them again and again. Shortly thereafter I led a short prayer with them, we said our goodbyes and the man got into his truck and went down the highway. These workers went out of their way to help a stranger, and they never really bothered to check out his ‘Story’, that didn’t matter, they just saw someone who needed a little help, they were “Good Samaritans” that day.

The Good Samaritan of the Bible ~ Luke 10:25-37

Verse: 25  And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  We know that no one can nor ever will earn or deserve eternal life!  It is a free gift!  The bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Also in Isaiah 64:6 it says, But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Verses: 26-29 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ 28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?  Notice that Jesus was satisfied with this lawyer’s (teacher of the law) answer, but this man wanted to test Jesus, and try to put him on the spot. Quite often the teachers of the law tried, but they could never “catch” Jesus at compromising or unable to justify His Word. Sometimes even we try to add to God’s Word or make excuses for our decisions in order to justify our actions…don’t we?  So really this is a rhetorical question, in “wanting to justify himself”, because the definition of neighbor is pretty simple:  A fellow human being!  So Jesus, being the master at not responding to trick questions, began to teach this life-changing parable called The ‘Good Samaritan.’  A special note to bible students, which should be all of us, is that in the bible there is usually a ‘Story within the Story.’  This is so true about the ‘Good Samaritan.’

Verse: 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

1)  Who is this “Certain Man?”  It is you and I, the Human Race, on this earth.  The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was called the “bloody way”.  This is our journey through life without Jesus.

2)  Who are the thieves?  They are the devil and his demonic forces. He wants to steal, kill and destroy every human being that will walk this earth (John 10:10).

3)  Half dead. What does that mean?  Apart from Jesus we are dead to the things of God.  We are all born physically but are spiritually separated from God.

Isaiah 59:1-2 says, Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have made him hide his face from you, that he will not hear.  Jesus had to experience that separation from His Father God because of our sin and rebellion. It says in Matthew 27:46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Verse: 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

5) What do the Priest and Levite represent?  They represent mankind’s best efforts to make himself holy for God, which will always fail. We may look okay on the outside, but without Jesus, we only have the ability to pass by a dying generation and are unable to save them and ourselves from eternal separation from God. Religion and self-righteousness makes it difficult to help a neighbor.

Verse: 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

6) Who is the certain Samaritan? It is Jesus, driven by compassion! Psalms 145:8 says, The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  Jesus has come to where we are and He loves us unconditionally.

Verse: 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

7)  bandaged his wounds… It says in Isaiah 53:5, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Jesus came to heal the wounded and broken hearted.

8)  Pouring in the oil and the wineJesus poured His life out as a drink offering for us.  Isaiah 53:12 says, Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.  The Oil represents the New Birth and the Wine represents the Holy Spirit.  In Leviticus 8:30 it says, Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on the garments of his sons with him; and he consecrated Aaron, his garments, his sons, and the garments of his sons with him. The wine represents the out pouring of the Holy Spirit as it says in Acts 2:17-18,  ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

9) on his own animal… This speaks of the physical sacrifice of Jesus himself on the cross.  Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

10)  What is the Inn symbolic of?  The Church. It says in James 5:14, Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Verse: 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

11)  when he departed… What could this mean?  Jesus ascension into heaven.  It says in Acts1:9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

12)  He took out two denarii,… Jesus is Jehovah-Jireh, he will provide.

13)  Who is the innkeeper?  The Holy Spirit.  John 14:16-17 says, And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

14)  when I come again… Jesus is coming back for His Bride.  Will He find faith?  Will we be ready? It says in Matthew 25:13, Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Verse: 36  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”  37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”  ACTION POINT:  Then Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.” 

15) Go and doIn Matthew 25:40 it says, And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

In 2006, on a hot July day, I had a chance to be a ‘Good Samaritan’ in a New York City subway station.  Our group began to board the ‘E’ train.  Somehow I got separated from my group as we boarded the train. I finally made my way into my subway car and I braced myself for the departure. But just as the doors began to close and elderly gentleman directly in front of me, lunged out at the shutting doors.  He didn’t quite make it through, as he got himself pinched in the door, half way in and half out.  By now, he began to drop his belongings as he struggled to get free.  I quickly reached out to him and somehow was able to open the doors and help him out as he stumbled and fell down onto the platform floor.  I then helped him up and get his feet up under him. He began to mumble some words in a European/English accent as he tried to make sense of what just happened and what he needed to do next. He slowly began to calm down as I helped him collect his valuables.  A young lady, who was waiting on the platform for her train, had seen this drama unfold and came over to help. I told her that I had to get back to the train and catch up to my group.  She agreed to stay behind and help the shaken elderly gentleman.  As I returned to my subway car, a man who was inside and had witnessed this scene unfold, had a look of astonishment on his face and said to me, “I have never seen anybody do something like that for someone else.”  I told him, in so many words, that all us should be ‘Good Samaritans’ to somebody and try to help when an opportunity arises.  This time the doors shut without an incident and off we went.  What was amazing to me was that the subway car and the platform were full of people, but only two of us “got involved”.  Everybody else just watched and hoped someone else would pass by and help the wounded man.  There was no earthly reward awaiting us, but we just happened to be at the right place at the right time to help ‘the least of these.’

So many times we sit back, and say, “I don’t want to get involved” or “What if I say or do the wrong thing.”  If your heart is right, I promise you, it won’t be the wrong thing.  We as the servants of God have to take on the compassion of Jesus, and make a difference in our realm of influence today.  Please don’t wait for someone else to do it. YOU be the ‘Good Samaritan.’  It says in Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Let us serve our hurting world and lead others to the original ‘Good Samaritan.’

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Anointed with Fresh Oil

Anointed with Fresh Oil ~ Psalms 92:10 

God is doing new & fresh things in the earth today and through his people.  It is not that God has changed, but it is just His nature to be new and fresh everyday. So we His people need to be the same way so that our lives can affect others around us.  We don’t like things stale or old in our own lives. When we go to McDonald’s we want fresh fries, not two hour old, stale, cold fries.  We are programmed to like things fresh and new.

Lamentations 3:22-24  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed , because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Psalms 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 

#1  Psalms 92:10  But my horn…    Horn: [7161] qeren: wind instrument, container; horn often symbolizes strength or status as in “horn of salvation”.

2 Samuel 22:3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior;…

Horn also is used in scripture to denote position and authority.  It is used metaphorically for strength and honor.  The prophet Daniel, in chapter 7 speaks of horns in terms of Kings and Kingdoms.  John, in Revelation 5, 12 & 13 see beast coming out of the sea (humanity), having horns, which designate rank, power and authority. 

We see horns in use everyday. Orchestras talk of the horn section, which produce sound when the musicians give breath to them they are also called the wind instruments.  A horn is also a container, like to hold oil for anointing.  We are containers needing the wind of the Spirit to blow on us and refresh us.

Automobiles use horns to sound a warning, that 3000 pounds of heavy metal and plastic is coming your way, you had better move. 

Psalms 132:13-18  God has chosen us and want to bless us and anoint us for His glory and bring us new life in Him. 

Horn speaks of the power and authority that we have over our enemies.

One night I found myself in the middle of a possible gang fight in a strip mall parking lot in Topeka, KS.  Our Church team had been witnessing to some young people there on that warm summer Friday night. Now, all of a sudden this one guy produced a steel pipe in one hand, and the other guy had a bad attitude and his fist, so before I knew it I found myself becoming a peacemaker between them. We began to pray in the Spirit, the one young man with the bad attitude became so confused, he said, “What are you all saying?” He would raise his arm up to try and hit me, but then he would quickly put it down and walk away muttering to himself. He did this several times before he and his boys walked away. The Lord Jesus brought deliverance to me that night and nobody got hurt. God defeated my enemies and I did not have to fight. His anointing and authority changed the environment.

#2  Psalms 92:10  …shalt thou exalt…   Exalt [7311] rum:  to be high, raise up, lofty; to be proud, be lifted up.

God is the one doing the exalting. He is exalting us? Wow?

The wrong way to use the word exalt is when we are doing the exalting of ourselves.

Now the word means to: be haughty; to be full of maggots, be wormy;

Therefore, the use of the word in self-exaltation is opposite of what God wants. There was a King in the Bible named Herod. In Acts 12:23 it says that the people began to worship Herod and because he gave not God the glory and he was eaten by worms.  He became worm dirt, right then and there.  Therefore it would be wise to let God exalt and honor us.

#3  Psalms 92:10 …horn of a unicorn.

When we think of unicorn we usually think of some magical horse we see in Disney movies.  Unicorn of the bible is talking about a wild male ox. 

What do you give somebody with indigestion? Male–Ox of course, hah.

The horn or horns of an animal are usually the most prominent part of their body.  We can tell the age, sex and usually the authority or position the animal has within the herd by the size of it horn or antlers.  The animal uses its horn in fighting for male dominance; they also use it to get food and sustain itself.  The bighorn sheep use their horns to establish their dominance in a herd against rival male opponents.  We all don’t have horns growing out of our heads, well at least I hope not, but through Jesus Christ our Lord we have power and authority in this life 

The horn(Shofar) comes from and African antelope called a Kudu.  Kudu are considered by many to be the most attractive of the Southern African Antelope: They are easily recognizable due to the two magnificent spiral horns on the male. The call of the kudu, the loudest of any antelope, is a penetrating hoarse barking sound.

The Shofar:  There are many symbolic meanings associated with the Shofar and one of the best known has to do with the Akedah.  It is when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. The story is recounted in Genesis 22:1-24 and culminates with Abraham raising the knife to slay his son only to have God stay his hand and bring his attention to a ram caught in a nearby thicket. Abraham then sacrificed the ram instead. Because of this story some Midrashim claim that whenever the Shofar is blown God will remember Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and will therefore forgive those who hear the Shofar’s blasts. In this way, just as the Shofar blasts remind us to turn our hearts towards repentance, they also remind God to forgive us for our trespasses.

The Shofar is also associated with the idea of crowning God as King on Rosh Hashanah. The breath used by the Tokea to make the sounds of the Shofar are also associated with the breathe of life, which God first breathed into Adam upon the creation of humanity.

It was also used to announce the start of holidays, in processions and even to mark the start of a war. Perhaps the most famous biblical reference to the shofar occurs in the Book of Joshua, where Shofarot (plural of Shofar) were used as part of a battle plan to capture the city of Jericho (Joshua 6:2-5).

#4  Psalms 92:10 …I shall be anointed…    Anointed [1101] balal:  pour upon; to mix; to be thrown about, shaken back and forth:

God wants to shake us and to think like Him and recognize as a child of God that we have been forgiven and that he want us to take our rightful place in the earth and live according the authority, dominace and power that is ours through Jesus Christ.

Christ [ 5547] christos:  Chirst, Anointed One, Messiah. 

Anoint [4899] masiah: usually refers to pouring or smearing oil on a person in a ceremony of dedication, possibly symbolizing divine empowering to accomplish the task or office (gifting).

There was ceremony of dedication when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior in Heaven. You were anointed by God’s Son and forgiven. The Shofar was blown on our behalf, announcing our place and position of power and authority as God’s son’s and daughter’s. 

#5 Psalms 92:10  …fresh oil…    Fresh [7488] ranan: to flourish, spreading tree, luxuriant, green. 

Go Green with God.  Green always represents new life. Just like springtime. St. Patricks day, everything is green. St. Patrick led a revival in Ireland, when the people who captured him became followers of Jesus because of his witness of the Lord Jesus His Savior.

#6  Psalms 92:10 …fresh oil.     Oil was used for many things in the bible. For healing of wounds, cooking and light.  Mainly, men were anointed as an official inauguration into high office.  Kings, Priest and Prophets were anointed for serviced to God.  Oil is used as a symbol or type of the Holy Spirit. We are anointed by Jesus.

In Luke 10:34, the Good Samaritan, who is Jesus, poured oil and wine in the wounded man that was on his way down to Jericho and fell among thieves.  Jesus is the oil and the wine. Wine of course is a symbol of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:15-18, it says, these men aren’t drunk with wine but are filled with the Holy Spirit. 

God also wants us to be fresh and new in Him.

Mark 2:22  It says, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”  Oil was used to soften the old wine skins and make them useful. Let us allow the work of the Holy Spirit to soften us and make us ply-able for God’s glory.

It is time for us to stay anointed and useful vessels for the kingdom of God. Amen.

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Give Us A King

There are two types of Christian’s today in the world.  One type are spiritually mature.  When trouble comes they begin to apply and speak the Word over their adverse circumstances.  They are full of faith, prayer, praise and thanksgiving to a God that is real.  They surround themselves with others of likeminded faith that will encourage them to stay the course. Simply, even though not perfect, they know who they are and whose they are!

The other type of Christian are spiritually immature.  When trouble comes they first run to people i.e., family members, friends or co-workers and church leaders.  They begin to look for someone else to fight their battles, someone else to do their praying and believing.  They want the youth pastors to fix their rebellious kids.  And when things don’t change over night, it’s the Church’s fault for not intervening fast enough, eventually blaming others becomes a way of life.  Then they start missing church and begin to turn to the world for answers.   They are slow to realize that humanistic ideas and logical remedies will not fix their spiritual problem.  Next the cares of this world begins to choke out the Word of God from their life.

This life style of immature Christianity is nothing new, the nation of Israel, although were blessed with the Promises, the Covenants, the Prophets and saw mighty miracles, still they wanted to be like all the other nations. They wanted a physical king to take care of them and fight their battles.  Let us take a look at I Samuel 8:5-7, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.  8:7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”  The nation of Israel did not want to follow a king that they could not see.  The view of their heavenly King became distorted and they began to lose their identity as God’s chosen people.  They thought they were out of touch with the rest of the world.  So God gives an eight point prophecy of where this idea would take them.  In I Samuel 8:10-22 it reads, So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king.  This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you:

1) He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. 2) He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 3) He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. 4) And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. 5) He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. 6) And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 7) He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. 8) And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”  You would think that these words would have shocked them and opened their eyes.  Notice the phrase which is said over and over, He will take…”  They forgot that God is a giver, not a taker.  Their response to this must have broken God’s and Samuel’s heart(8:19-22),  “Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord. So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.”

We have a King and his name is Jesus, and remember the battle is not ours but the Lords and through Him we will always triumph.  We must never forget that we have total access to speak with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and touch the realm of heaven. So, let us continue to desire the sincere milk of the Word and mature together.

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