VIDEO Come Holy Spirit by City Harvest Church

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Sept 30, 2011

VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

ENDING: Sep 30, 2011
VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

VERSE:
Come Holy Spirit fall on me now
I need Your anointing come in Your power
I love You Holy Spirit, You’re captivating my soul
And everyday I grow to love You more

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

CHORUS:
I’m reaching for Your heart
You hold my life in Your hands
Drawing me closer to You
I feel Your power renew
Nothing compares to this place
Where I can see You face to face
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

ENDING:
I worship You in Spirit and in truth
I worship You in Spirit and in truth
I worship You in Spirit and in truth
I worship You in Spirit and in truth
I worship You in Spirit and in truth
I worship You in Spirit and in truth

33 things Holy Spirit

5 Reasons Why I’m Not Worried About The AntiChrist

Man praying in the grassy field

Man praying in the grassy field

There are some Christians who are so focused on the end times that they almost talk about the Antichrist more than Jesus Christ.

Not only is my focus absolutely not on the Antichrist, but I’m not even worried about him.

It is true that the Bible paints a dreadful picture of this individual whom Paul calls “the man of lawlessness … the son of destruction” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He writes: “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).

In the Book of Revelation, this same figure is described even more vividly, albeit in symbolic terms: “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast” (Revelation 13:1-3).

With descriptions like this, it’s easy to understand why some Christians talk so much about the Antichrist, speculating about his identity and discussing which biblical texts are relevant.

And I welcome books like Joel Richardson’s “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist,” since it challenges believers to ask whether the Bible points to Islam in any way and whether it is right to expect a European Antichrist. We even discuss these things on the air.

But, to repeat: My focus is not on the Antichrist, and I’m not worried about what may lie ahead for us.

Let me explain why.

1) The Bible everywhere tells us to keep our eyes on the true Christ, not the false Christ.

The death, resurrection and return of Jesus are the foundation of our faith and the center of our spiritual lives. By focusing on Him, everything else falls into place. That’s why the author of Hebrews tells us that the key to persevering in our faith is found in “looking to Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).

This holds true for the future as well as the present, which is why the New Testament authors described the Lord’s return as His “appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2).

So, I’m not focused on the appearing of the Antichrist; I’m focused on the appearing of the true Christ.

2) John tells us we have had many antichrists among us for 2,000 years now.

The apostle John, who was certainly privy to information beyond anything written in the New Testament, had this to say about the Antichrist: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18).

Notice that he did not say, “Well you’ve heard about this Antichrist figure, so let me tell you more about him.”

Rather he said, “You’ve heard about him, but there are actually plenty just like him right now – a sure sign of the times. They are all anti-Christ – deniers of the Son of God.”

In practical terms, this means that I should be more concerned with the many who oppose Jesus today than with the one who will oppose him in the future.

3) The coming of the Antichrist means that the coming of Jesus Christ is imminent.

I do not hold to a pre-trib rapture, which means that the revealing of the Antichrist indicates that coming of Jesus the Messiah is right at the door.

Although those will be terribly treacherous days, they will also be wonderfully glorious days, days in which the Lord’s return will be so real that we’ll almost be able to reach out and touch it.

So, the bad news of the Antichrist and tribulation is also the good news that the end is right around the corner, and that, in a very short period of time, we will see the Lord face to face.

4) Jesus already told us that we would have trials and tests – tribulation – in this world.

While many speak of a unique period called the “Great Tribulation” – something that may well be prophesied in the Scriptures – Jesus already guaranteed that in this age we would have tribulation. But He also said this: “take heart. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Believers around the world have suffered great tribulation for centuries, being turned into human torches by Nero, being sold into sex slavery by ISIS, suffering every type of degradation and torture and punishment and death known to man. Yet Paul writes that in all these things “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

That same spirit of faith and that same victory of Jesus will prevail in our lives from now until the end of this age, be it a time of tribulation or great tribulation.

5) Only the last generation will have to deal with the Antichrist.

I do not object in the least to believers discussing the identity of the Antichrist and to studying what appear to be the relevant scriptures. If it’s in the Word, it’s for us to explore and study and investigate and understand.

Let the debate continue.

But every previous generation that has focused on the Antichrist has died without seeing him, and so, to be practical, I want to devote my energies to doing whatever I can to please God and make a difference in people’s lives today, living in readiness for whatever may come my way tomorrow, Antichrist or no.

Does this make sense to you?

 

by Dr Michael Brown

 

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Privilege Of Knowing God

Philippians 3:7-11

While we meet a tremendous number of people in our lifetime, we sometimes feel particularly privileged to know certain individuals, such as a godly role model, a childhood hero, or someone who was there to help in our time of need. Still, as wonderful as it is to have these distinctive people in our lives, the greatest privilege of all is to know God. Even knowing the most exceptional people can never bring us the joy and contentment for which we yearn. And yet, we frequently chase after worldly acceptance because we forget the treasure of truly knowing the living God.

Oftentimes people get saved and remain satisfied with this first step—knowing a few facts about God is enough for them. If they are asked, “Do you know God?” most will say that they do. But there’s a vast difference between knowing facts about God and personally relating to Him. Believers should continually be growing closer to the Father—always learning more about who He is and what He considers important.

When people go through life depending on themselves, they never really know God—He will reveal Himself to a heart that is honest and transparent, not to one that’s full of pride and arrogance. It is in our brokenness and helplessness that we discover who the Lord is.

Do you have a genuine hunger in your heart to know God? If so, ask Him, “Who are You? What are You like?” Then open yourself to Him, not for His sake—He already knows you perfectly—but for your own sake. By spending time with Him, you’ll discover you are privileged indeed.

Life by Death

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

This profound confidence comes at the conclusion of a threefold summary of Paul’s experience while serving the Lord Jesus, as well as his deep bond with the church at Philippi. The “salvation” of which Paul speaks references victory in this life as much as the eternal rescue at the end.

Initially, the confidence comes “through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:19). Christian leaders covet the prayers of those with whom they serve. Twice, Paul specifically asked the Thessalonian church to pray for him (1 Thessalonians 5:25 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1). Most of us are familiar with the promise that the “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Should we be surprised when such prayer brings boldness?

There is also the experience that the “supply” of the Spirit of God engenders faith. God’s providential care, experienced during the testing of our life, produces a growing hope and confidence (Romans 5:4-5). It is most often true that we learn more of God’s faithfulness in times of need than in times of plenty.

Then there is an “earnest expectation and . . . hope” that result in “boldness” (Philippians 1:20). Growing confidence in the Lord’s provision and protection undergirds an anticipation for God’s direction and wisdom. Expecting something to happen is the flip side of hope. Experience in kingdom work brings spiritual joy and peace (Romans 15:13).

Thus, the confident statement “now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21). HMM III

The Immanence of God

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. —Jeremiah 23:24

God is immanent, which means you don’t have to go distances to find God. He is in everything. He is right here.

God is above all things, beneath all things, outside of all things and inside of all things. God is above, but He’s not pushed up. He’s beneath, but He’s not pressed down. He’s outside, but He’s not excluded. He’s inside, but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside of all things embracing and inside of all things filling. That is the immanence of God.

God doesn’t travel to get anywhere. We may say in prayer, “Oh God, come and help us,” because we mean it in a psychological way. But actually God doesn’t have to “come” to help us because there isn’t any place where God is not.

What an encouragement, Lord, to know that You are here with me as I seek to meet with You. Give me a clear sense of Your presence, both now and as I move through the day. Amen.

Hope or Despair, Which Do You Prefer?

A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. (John 3:27)

John the Baptist gave his questioners a brief sentence that I have called the “hope and the despair” of mankind. He told them that “a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”

John was not referring to men’s gifts. He was speaking of spiritual truth. Divine truth is of the nature of the Holy Spirit, and for that reason it can be received only by spiritual revelation.

In his New Testament letters, the Apostle Paul declares again and again the inability of human reason to discover or comprehend divine truth. In that inability we see human despair.

John the Baptist said, “… except it be given him from heaven”—and this is our hope! These words do certainly mean that there is such a thing as a gift of knowing, a gift that comes from heaven. Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit of truth would come and teach them all things.

Jesus also prayed: “I thank thee, O Father, because thou hast hid these things from the wise, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Luke 10:21).

Prayer is the certain forerunner of salvation

Prayer is the certain forerunner of salvation. Sinner, thou canst not pray and perish; prayer and perishing are two things that never go together. I ask you not what your prayer is; it may be a groan, it may be a tear, but if it be a prayer from the inmost heart thou shalt be saved; yet if from thine heart thou hast learned to pray—

“Prayer is the breath of God in man,
Returning whence it came”—

And thou canst not perish with God’s breath in thee, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!”