Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?  For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

Luke 14:28 -30

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Hi Everyone,

Last time, I began to talk about a personal Pentecost, a fire that is shut up in one’s bones and is waiting to be let loose. And I shared the scripture in Luke 14:28 -30 which says if one lays a foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule that one saying, ‘this person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ God wants us to be the ones who finish and finish well; the ones who finish what Jesus started. And God’s invitation to us, according to Billy Graham, is – Come and Change the World With Me. God is looking to you and me to be His co-laborers in this end-time move of God and to finish that which Jesus started; to be the doers of the greater works of Jesus.

We cannot get to experience this personal Pentecost unless we first know the Holy Spirit as the Great Revelator. Why? Because we can only walk in the power of what we have a revelation of. Once we have a revelation of the Word of God, the Spirit of God will back us. The Holy Spirit’s raw material is the Word. For example, He will show you things to come and bring things to your remembrance but the things or the Word that you have meditated on because the Bible says that He does not speak of Himself. The Holy Spirit works in each of our lives through the Word of God. Motivational talks are good and have its place and I listen to motivational talks, but they cannot replace the Word of God. Only the Word contains the anointing that destroys the yoke. Only the Word does the Holy Spirit confirm. If you remove the Word, you remove the activity of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit also helps us to live victoriously and according to God’s will for our lives.  Romans 8:26-27 says that, In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.; Read this scripture with 1 Corinthians 2:10, which says, the Spirit searches the deep things of God.

When you read these two scriptures together you understand one of the most critical roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He knows God’s plan for us because He searches the deep things of God. He searches out the things that God has hidden for us, not from us and then the Holy Spirit prays for us through us with groanings and also reveals them to us. You need to understand that the Holy Spirit has been given to you to help you work out the version of you that God knows. He consults with your future and God’s plan for you and leads you into that future and plan, one step at a time. The Holy Spirit has come to lead us into victorious Christian living. Through Him, we are to experience days of heaven on earth. He will also help us to develop and experience unrestrained intimacy in our fellowship with the Lord. We should pray fervently by the Holy Spirit, and praise lavishly by the Holy Spirit

Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. This is the work of the Holy Spirit o lead us into praise. He came upon David and he lost his kingly dignity. Moves of the Spirit will include joy in the Holy Ghost, but as you have these experiences never mistake the bucket for the water. Prayer is a bucket; praise is a bucket, but they are nothing without the water – the Holy Spirit. Your personal Pentecost which is wrapped up in your walk with the Holy Spirit should also lead you to fulfill your calling and assignment. Are you where God has called you to or do you love the comfort of that which is familiar? As long as you love the comfort of where you are you will not know true progress. How do you find your calling and assignment? Animals respond to the call with instinct, but we have more than instinct, we have the Holy Spirit. We walk with the Holy Spirit by faith. As you allow the Holy Spirit free reign in your spirit, you will find that God is calling and something in you wants to respond to a specific direction, to a specific assignment, and a specific place. The Holy Spirit will lead you. Where? In your spirit. Proverbs 20:27 (NASB) says The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

The Bible also says in Romans 8:14 KJV As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  Don’t be led by need, opportunity or fleeces; Gideon was not born again. Be led by the Spirit of God, by peace. The only right reason to do something is that God is leading you. Without a leading, we are going in our own strength. When you submit to God, by giving Him His rightful place in your heart and life, His plans for you will begin to be stirred up in your heart by the Holy Spirit and you will get into your place. When you are in your place, you can keep the devil in his place under your feet. It is also important that we keep in step with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other. The fruit of the Spirit – love – with its characteristics, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, is what keeps us in step with the Holy Spirit.

The love of God is the demonstration of a life submerged in the life of the Spirit. Jesus was moved with compassion or with love and He did great works. We are to be His imitators. When we walk in the Spirit we are filled with the love of God. Divine love is the container of the fruits of the Spirit. To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit of God. Be open to where the Holy Spirit is leading you. Let go of the fear, pain or the need to control your own life. The need to control your life and outcomes will prevent you from yielding to the Holy Spirit. To be led by the Spirit of God is to have a teachable heart, a humble heart and a surrendered heart. This heart is tender towards the Holy Spirit; easy to intreat. The condition of your heart or spirit, whether it wholeheartedly seeks God and is fully submitted to Him is dependent on you. Good hearts or good ground don’t just happen they must be cultivated. Pay attention to your heart. If we put God’s Word in our hearts, protect it, and give it a priority in our lives, God’s Word will produce the fruit of itself.

 

Proverbs 20:27, states that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. 1 John 2:20 states that we have an unction from God, and we know all things, and James 1:5 says if we lack the wisdom to ask of God who gives liberally and does not hold back. These three scriptures when read together indicate that God is a speaking Spirit, and He wants to speak into your life but wisdom has to be sought and you have to draw up understanding from your inner man. In your life situations, don’t be in a hurry, wait for wisdom. It will come. God will not lead by pressure, but He can be urgent. Jesus is our example. When the woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus by her accusers, He had to wait for wisdom from God. If He said let her go, He broke the law. If He said stone her, He violated who He is and broke the love of God that He preached. Some say Jesus was writing the sins of the accusers in the sand, but He must have been listening for wisdom. How do we know? He Himself said He only spoke what He heard the Father say. How will you know if the voice you are hearing is the voice of God? It always lines up with the Word, it will bring peace and it will always advance the kingdom of God by doing what is best for the kingdom.

 

Strong’s Concordance defines the Hebrew and the Greek words for walk with phrases such as "to walk, to go, to continue on, to carry on to completeness. When we walk in the Spirit, He enables us to continue on and to carry on to completeness. This walk in the Spirit is activated through death to the flesh. The flesh is the soul – our will, mind, and emotions. Romans says that we should crucify the flesh and its lusts. This is a life lived in surrender to God. Jesus said His only meat was to do the will of the Father. What Jesus was saying is this - I will appoint my life to the plan and the purpose of the Father. The only way to put the flesh to death is to walk in the love of God which is the very nature of God. If you want to know what that looks like in practice, go to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and write your name everywhere love is mentioned in that portion of scripture.  If you want to be anointed by God, are you willing to die to self? At the moment of baptism, Jesus laid down His life. He recognized His mission and assignment and said yes to the Father. The baptism in the Spirit is to lean into the purpose and plan of God. The cost of activating the Spirit in your life is death. The death of the flesh. The Spirit of the Lord is drawn to dead flesh. It means you don’t want to live life on your own terms or by your own wisdom. This is important because the moment of salvation is different from the moment of consecration. One is about salvation and the other is about surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. Galatians 5:25 says as we live in the Spirit we keep in step with the Spirit. We become the Psalm 1 man.  Blessed is that man who brings forth his fruit in due season.

In conclusion, let me tell you about the monarch butterfly. Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer breeding grounds in the northeastern U.S. and Canada and travel upwards of 3,000 miles to reach overwintering grounds in southwestern Mexico. But unlike birds or wildebeest that also embark on epic migrations, these individual butterflies will never return. After waiting out the winter, the monarch butterfly heads part of the way back north to warmer climes such as Texas, where they mate and lay eggs on milkweed plants. In just a few days, the eggs hatch into brilliantly striped caterpillars of black, gold, and white. These monarch larvae consume vast amounts of milkweed before forming a chrysalis and transforming into adult butterflies. At this point in the cycle, the new butterflies take to the skies again and fly another few hundred miles north before finding another patch of milkweed and repeating the process. It might take the monarchs as many as four to five generations to complete the journey all the way back up to Canada. Like a Monarch butterfly, we are called to build on previous generations of the Church. To continue what they started. We do this as we experience our personal Pentecost and live a life that is ablaze with the fire of the Spirit. Some call it a mantle. It is not so much a mantle as that it is the same Spirit of God. Let me leave you with this question - when your life is over, will anyone want your mantle? Will anyone want to walk in the shoes you leave behind? The key to your personal Pentecost is to live a life surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus and to be full of the fruit of the Spirit, which is love. Make that decision and step into your personal Pentecost.

 

Until next time, Merry Christmas from the W2NM Team and stay ignited.

Yours in His service,

Ayodola & the W2NM Team