Jesus said, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you." Have you learned how to draw on this power. Take the steps set out in the little booklet "The Spirit Powered Life", just 32 small pages, and you WILL live The Spirit Powered Life.
Then as you learn to live The Spirit Powered Life yourself, you can teach others how to live these simple steps. Parents will be able to teach children. So too will teachers. Indeed children will be able to teach their parents!! And neighbour, their neighbour.
The 32 small simple pages in The Spirit Powered Life contain all the steps necessary for living The Spirit Powered Life. Get enough people to take the steps in this tiny booklet, and we will start a whole new movement of the Holy Spirit.
I have written several books and booklets, but none of the others came to me in the way that this one did. I had no plans to write a booklet this year. Then as I answered a person's question in The Curate's Diary, thoughts of a possible booklet came to me, and I felt that my answer to the person would be part of the booklet.
But when I sat down to write, different thoughts just flowed. While continuing with my other work, I had the full first draft of this little booklet complete in 4 days - and exactly 32 pages. Once I had the 32 pages complete, (and for printing purposes) all my small booklets are 32 pages, the flow of thoughts stopped. I feel that the main thrust of this booklet was given to me by Heaven while yet recognising my own imperfect human contribution.
Below is the text of pages 4, 5, 6, and 7
Your Sins Are Forgiven
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature had not yet been broken. Then God made you alive with Christ when He forgave all our sins. Colossians 2:13-16
Though your sins are scarlet, they will be washed white as snow. Isaiah 1:18
Annie Lobert became a prostitute because she wanted the 'good things' of this life. She had seven abortions. But God still loved her, and when she turned back to Him, Jesus came right into her life, forgave her many grave sins, and blessed her. Today she runs 'Hookers for Jesus', a ministry to prostitutes and victims of sex trafficking.
If you have truly repented, the same Jesus who washed away her many sins, has done the same for you. But you still must decide to believe that God has forgiven you. Satan knows that you will never be the person God desires you to be, as long as you are burdened by guilt. So he wants to keep you in bondage to guilt. Recognise that this type of guilt is not coming from God and renounce it.
Lord Jesus I thank You that You have washed away my repented sins by the power of your Precious Blood.
I will seek to bring blessing to those I have hurt, but I will not allow satan to keep me in the bondage of guilt for sins of which I have repented and which you have washed away.
The Old Self Still Lingers
When Jesus was being crucified, he took your old self with Him breaking its slavery to sin, so you need no longer be a slave to sin. Romans 6:6
You, however, must break with the practices of your old self, anger, rage, malice, slander, vulgar language and telling lies, and live according to the new self, which is to be a living image of its Creator. Colossians 3:8-10
Even after one repents of sin and invites Jesus into one¹s heart, significant elements of one¹s old self still lingers on and needs to be dealt with.
In 'Beauty for Ashes', Joyce Meyer says, "I experienced regular bouts of depression, negativism, self-pity, quick temper, and the chip-on-the-shoulder syndrome. I had a controlling, domineering spirit. I was harsh, hard, rigid, legalistic, and judgemental. I held grudges and was fearful - especially of being rejected."
You too have issues to face - and this may take time. Jesus loves you as you are. He is within you. Unlike satan, Jesus does not want you to wallow in guilt or to become dispirited. But He does want you to get honest with yourself, and to seek ongoing healing and transformation.
Lord Jesus, I thank You that You love me as I am. Help me to face the full truth about my faults, and with total confidence in Your love, open the dark areas of my inner self to Your Light.
You Are A Child Of God
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son/daughter; and since you are a son, you are also an heir. Galatians 4:6-7
Since we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. Romans 8:17
If you are taking the steps in this booklet, then you are a child of God; a son or daughter of the King. So stop putting yourself down. Stop feeling inferior to others and comparing yourself to others. You have a special God-given dignity.
Declare to yourself,
I am a child of God.
I am a daughter (son) of the Father.
I am made in His image.
My Father loves me as His beloved child.
Find a place where you can declare this aloud. Do not, however, allow it to puff you up or make you feel superior to others. You are a prince or princess in the Kingdom of Love, Gentleness and Humility, whose leader came not to be served, but to serve.
Lord Jesus, thank You for making me a daughter (son) of the Father.
Help me to have total confidence in who I am as a child of God, and to reach out to others with love, gentleness, and confidence.
I have learned the secret of being happy in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether having plenty or nothing, for I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
When Samaa Habib, a teenage Muslim in a war torn city, became a Christian, she made the phrase "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" her motto.
She suffered threats, beatings, hunger, and was even half killed in a terrorist attack, but in every situation, she kept repeating, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I prefer, I can do all things through Him who lives within me."
And also, "I can face all things through Him who lives within me."
Declare aloud, "I can face all things through Him who lives within me."
Keep declaring this until you really know that it is true, and you will soon be operating with superhuman strength. Situations that previously were frightening or annoying will begin to appear very manageable, because you will now be living the Spirit Powered Life.
As soon as you face a problem, declare, "I can face this problem through Him who lives within me." Keep repeating this until the situation is resolved.
Thank You Father that I can face all things through Him who lives within me, including every difficulty that now lies in my path
The booklet 'The Spirit Powered Life' costs just 0.60 in God's Cottage, Glendalough, or you can order it by post from myself Fr. Thady Doyle, Shillelagh, Arklow, Co Wicklow. For the price by post see Price List
I am currently giving workshops on The Spirit Powered Life in God's Cottage and elsewhere.
This is the title of my 168 page book on this subject. It would serve as an excellent supplement to 'The Spirit Powered Life'. All the steps you need for further growth in your relationship with Jesus and for an enhanced living of The Spirit Powered Life. How to deal with the issues in your own life, and how to pray for your family, and how to introduce them to God's healing love.