Saved, now what?

how to receive the holy spirit - good news unlimited on Image Of The Holy Spirit“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

John 14:26

Jesus spent a lot of time with his disciples. This time was not always spent in walking, fishing, and telling jokes, although I’m sure they did their share of that. Most of Jesus’ time was spent in teaching lessons that the disciples would need after he left them. Lessons on how to talk with authority when you don’t agree with them, lessons on how to show love to the unlovely, and lessons on repentance when you fall short of God’s expectations.

I have a heavy burden for those who accept Christ and are not taught the “what’s next” of a Christian life. My burden was given to me from God and through that burden I wrote “From Self-esteem to God-esteem.” These words on paper are a guideline to listening to the Holy Spirit in the “what’s next.”

When we accept Christ as our Savior and acknowledge that he has forgiven, and always will, our sins, we are free. We are free to be whoever we want to be. But as we are told in Psalm 37:4 that if you, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” our desires will be the same as God’s. Dwelling in the relationship with God is where the Holy Spirit comes in, and also where we fall short in mentoring new Christians in their walk.

Our strength to walk with God comes from the strength of God in us. Jesus did not leave his disciples, or us, to their own devices. He left them with an indwelling Holy Spirit that provides a way to continue walking with Christ. The Holy Spirit teaches us as Christ taught his followers: talking, loving, and repenting. He gives us wisdom and understanding for living in a sin-full world. He  teaches us meaning when we read the Scriptures, and he reveals sin through discernment.

We should never neglect the Holy Spirit power in us. I spent many confusing years trying to do it on my own, because I was saved through a denomination that made me feel like the Holy Ghost was a dirty word. I didn’t realize that I had all that I needed right with me from the moment I accepted Christ to live a Christian life. I worked, I studied, and I did. And I searched for something I thought was missing.

What a revival we could have if we would only take the time to mentor Christians and show them through God’s Word the power against the world that we have inside of us. My pastor has been giving out the “From Self – esteem to God – esteem” book to new converts at the time of their salvation. But we need more. That book is only a stepping stone to helping each other draw on the wisdom, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit living inside each of us.

Who can you mentor today?


Thirty Days of Prayer for @realDonaldTrump – Day 12: Discernment


“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!”

Isaiah 5: 20-21

Father God, today I pray for our leaders to know your definition of discernment and to ask for that gift in their leadership. Give each of them a discerning spirit to know when the decisions they are making are for the good or the evil. Show them the difference between darkness of sin and unrighteous leadership and the light of leading with your Word as their road map.

I ask, Lord, that You would open the eyes of our President – elect Donald J. Trump’s to see when the decisions he is making are best for the America he loves. Give him boldness to stand firm in the Christian values that we cherish and to be wise only through your wisdom.

Father, bless each of the cabinet,  staff and Supreme Court Justices with a double – dose of discernment and the wisdom to follow your lead. Bless Donald J. Trump in the coming weeks as he transitions into the office of President of the United States of America with a hunger for your Word and a desire to lead our country in the way of restoration. Help him, Lord, to have the knowledge to take us from wanting to fill our own wants to a people that desires to pull together for each other’s needs. And through that knowledge, Lord, take us back to being united once again.

In Jesus’ Name,