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7 Benefits of Spirit Filled Living

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Spirit filled living is living all of life empowered by God’s Spirit.

It is a life empowered by Precious Holy Spirit.

It’s more than trying harder or gaining the right information. It means we allow God’s power to flow through us giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13)

There is a long, long list of benefits to Spirit filled living. I want to share seven benefits with you in this post.

1. Holy Spirit enables you to obey and follow God’s laws and instructions.

The first Pentecost took place at Mt. Sinai 50 days after Passover. Moses and the Israelites heard God speak the commandments. He was establishing worship guidelines. God’s boundaries protect us. We need Holy Spirit power to surrender and obey God in every area of our life.

But God had more in mind than robot obedience. He changes our hearts, so we have a tender, responsive heart towards God.

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Guyana Report

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Where do I begin? How can I use words to describe the scope of what I experienced in Guyana? I’ve wrestled with it for days. Waiting until I had a beginning point—a place to dive into all that I experienced. I still don’t have that point. I want to share the stories of committed, faith-filled men and women and what God is doing through them, but that can’t be the launch point, not yet. I want to share with you what God did in my life, how full I returned and how blessed I was by the presence of God and the people I met, but that would take too long! Let me say though, that I received more than I gave out! God touched my life in a powerful way. Are you supposed to get that blessed on a mission’s trip?? I was blown away! I will never be the same!

Guyana-Land of Many Waters

Guyana Report

 

Guyana means land of many waters and we saw lots of water. It was rainy season, so we got lots of rain. Still it was hot and those cold bottles of water, wrapped in a paper towel, that they handed us again and again, were so refreshing! That’s how I saw my role there, I was there as a water carrier, bringing water to refresh the precious children’s ministry leaders and pastors. It was a labor of love! And I saw on their faces and heard in their voices that they were as refreshed spiritually as I was, as we drank together from the rivers of living water that flowed out of that conference!

 

Holy Spirit Conference in Guyana

 

Pastor Tessa Smith, the National Sunday School Director invited Billy Burns, Ignite the Supernatural Conference, to speak into the Sunday School Leaders, Children’s Ministry Leaders and Pastors there. 278 people from a majority of the 10 districts of Guyana registered for the conference. Pastor Albert Cooper brought a group from Trinidad. Young people. Old People. Even in-between people attended. Eager to learn. Eager to pray. Eager to experience the presence of God. And we did. His presence was absolutely awesome. Precious Holy Spirit showed up powerfully!

 

 

The conference was a mixture of general ministry sessions and practical how-to workshops. Billy Burns has a special anointing on his life to help leaders, not just children’s ministry leaders, but all leaders and pastors, understand just how easy it is to help people receive precious Holy Spirit! He was on fire! But I guess that’s to be expected when you got a name like Burns! By the time the conference was over, there was a constant race to see who could say his mantra first, “Today is the day of the Holy Ghost!” And it really is.

 

Wayne taught leaders to use object lessons and costumed characters when teaching on Holy Spirit. He gave lots of practical illustrations and suggestions. Within small groups they came up with characters they could use in their ministry. My personal favorites were:

  • the miner—they mine for bauxite, diamonds and gold in Guyana,
  • the woman at the well
  • and the insect.

These folks are so creative. Loved their ideas!

Holy Spirit Conference in Guyana

 

Vickie’s gentle personality explodes into passion and energy when she steps up to teach. She is transparent and encouraging as she teaches leaders how to take children into the presence of God through worship. Her fun songs were a hit and her inspiration was a home run!

Holy Spirit Conference in Guyana

 

And I got to teach on the anointing, one of my very, very favorite subjects, teaching children to pray, another one of my favorites, pastoring the altar, no I won’t say it again…can I just say I love, love what I do! I just have to mention one more of my favorite workshops– Holy Spirit, My Favorite Prayer Partner—I love teaching that workshop! Oh, I’m ready to teach it again!

 

And then on Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, I had the privilege of preaching in the House of Prayer! Can you believe that? The House of Prayer. The pastor, Rev. Louis Crawford was a gentleman and statesman. What a powerful man of God he is! The service started at 7:30 in the morning and wasn’t over until 10:45. As the worship continued for an extended time, Pastor leaned over and said, “Don’t worry, you will have an hour to speak.” An hour? A whole hour on Sunday morning? Hallelujah! I was in heaven! Preaching in Guyana on Pentecost Sunday and one hour to share what God had given me! What a day of Pentecost we celebrated that morning! The front was totally filled with people receiving precious Holy Spirit, as believers, the pastors and Wayne and I prayed for people to receive. It was glorious!

 

But that wasn’t the end of my day of Pentecost adventure, Pastor Crawford took us to Pastor Jadubal’s church where Billy Burns was preaching. That church was so full we had to sit outside. when the altar call was given the entire altar area was filled. When I say filled, I am not exaggerating! What an amazing church. What an amazing day! God showed up in that place. Do you know what I mean when I say that?

 

The highlight of the entire trip, for me, was meeting Pastor Jadubal. He is an amazing, amazing man of faith that God is using mightily. I can’t wait to share his stories with you.

 

As I close this post, will you pray for Guyana–right now? Ask God to empower His church to be agents of change in the midst of great darkness. Ask God to send revival that breaks the chains of idolatry that would enslave the minds of people. Pray for children’s ministry leaders to be bold to reach their communities for Christ creatively and through the power of precious Holy Spirit.

 

Thank you for joining me in prayer. Thank you for praying for us while we were gone. Thank you for being a light where you are—for doing the works of Jesus to impact your community. Thank you for letting me share my Guyana adventure with you. I appreciate you so much


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Pentecost Sunday Morning in Guyana

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I finally have an Internet Connection! I have to make this quick everyone is waiting. No time for pictures. Just a quick hello. I wrote the blog early Pentecost Morning. This is the first time I have been able to post. Thank you for your prayers. We have felt them! God has done awesome things. Tell you more later.

 

Angie Knight texted me the morning we were leaving for Guyana, “Look for surprises amidst the confusion.” She is the “guru” of missions trips. so I paid attention.

And I was surprised. I was surprised by how quickly I feel in love with the people and how sad I feel that the conference is over.
Surprised by how often they brought us water and  how refreshing the cool liquid was to our parched throats.
Surprised by how quickly they loved us back.
Surprised by how many young people were involved in children’s ministry and how eager they were to learn about Holy Spirit.
Surprised by how delicious the food was.
Surprised by how hungry the people were for more of God.They are people that pray and go after God.
And my biggest surprise shouldn’t have been a surprise at all, but I was surprised at how awesome God was in response to hungry people. I expected Him to show up, but He did more than show up, He showed out! He poured out His Spirit lavishly. These people love precious Holy Spirit, but many shared that they had not spoken in tongues in some time and you should have heard them praising God in tongues by the time the conference ended. There were others that had not been filled, as they yielded to Holy Spirit so many were filled to overflowing. It was so powerful.
 I can only imagine how surprised the 120 were on the day of Pentecost when they were filled with Holy Spirit. I can only imagine how surprised they were when they realized Holy Spirit didn’t come as a visitor, but as an eternal inhabitant. Living in them. Empowering them. Igniting them. Enlightening them. He’s still here. Longing to fill believers.
Billy Burns has told us again and again, “Today is the day of the Holy Ghost!” and it really is. Don’t miss what He has for you! You will be surprised to discover all He has for you, just like I have been in Guyana.

 


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Scripture gives us pictures of Holy Spirit so we can know Him better

Pictures of Holy Spirit

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Pictures of Holy Spirit? Let me explain.

I am an official, picture-carrying member of the “Grandma Club.” Have been for years. I know I look much too young to be a member. LOL Nuff said!

 I love being a grandma. I’ve had two of my grands this weekend. It was awesome! Ashlyn got sick–that was no fun for either of us. But we still got to make some crafts and eat yummy potato cheese soup.

Here are some of the pictures of my doll babies.

I love showing off their pictures and telling their stories–sharing with you the joy of being a grandma!

 

But there is a joy that exceeds the joy of being a grandparent. It is the joy of knowing and experiencing Holy Spirit.  I have no greater joy than my relationship with Him! I wish I could share it with you, like I can pull an orange apart and hand you half and watch you as the sweet juice dripped off your chin. We’d laugh together like little kids. Oh, I wish I could show you a picture of Holy Spirit. But I can’t share Him and I can’t show you a picture because He is a spirit. That’s not weird or spooky, just a reality that can keep us from getting to know Him.

Scripture gives us pictures of Holy Spirit so we can know Him better

But God wants you to know that aspect of His personality too! That’s why God shows us His photo album in scripture, pictures not of what He looks like, but of His nature and personality so we will recognize Him and know what He is like.

Maybe you’d rather listen than read.

Here’s a ten minute clip from my sermon, “Pictures of Holy Spirit.” from a church services.

Holy Spirit Pictures

 

Or view the clip on YouTube

 

The pictures that God has given us in Scripture of precious Holy Spirit  are painted with bold strokes and illustrated by the natural world around us, to help us clearly  understand  what we can not experience with our natural eyes.

 

Holy Spirit is like the Wind

It is no coincidence that the sound of heaven like a wind filled the room on the day of Pentecost, because Holy Spirit is like the wind Act 2:2. God was deliberate in using this picture.

Wind or breathe brings life. If someone has an accident, the first thing we do is check to see if they are breathing. Holy Spirit gives life to Scripture that makes it come alive  and productive in a heart of a believer. Holy Spirit gives life to believers, energizing them to live victorious and fruitful lives.

You can’t see the wind, but you can see the effects of the wind. We can’t explain God’s ways.

John 3:8 NLT “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

Holy Spirit is Like a Fire

Fire is another picture that is strategically provided in Act 2:3.

Fire is used to purify as in smelting and refining gold. It’s used as an adjective to describe love and commitment. Fiery passion. Fiery lover. Intense. Enthusiastic. One of the works of precious Holy Spirit is to help us love.

Rom 5:5 NLT  “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

 

Holy Spirit is Like Water
Jesus used this picture on the last day of the feast of Tabernacles in John 7:38-39 NIV” Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” 

 

Thoughts of hot summer days and a refreshing plunge into a cool, mountain stream can only begin to connect us with the refreshing benefits of water.

Or if you’ve visited the desert you see the barrenness of water’s absence or the abundant life that grows along the banks of a river that twists and turns through it’s valley. Again, water is a picture of Holy Spirit.  He brings life. He nourishes. He refreshes.

 

Still my “Granny Picture Album” doesn’t begin to tell you how funny Brayden is or how smart Keira is or how loving Ashlyn is. Even when I describe Brayden by telling you he is the family clown, you know about him, but you don’t know him.

 

God loves sharing His pictures with us, not so we have some abstract knowledge to repeat or parrot back, but so we can experience the benefits that come with living Spirited filled, Spirit influenced lives. He wants to fill believers and like oil, permeate everything we touch! Don’t miss what He has for you. Lean into His presence to hear His voice, to experience His love and His hope. Saturate your mind and attitudes with His Words to become the person He intended.

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Purposeful Plan to Produce Fruitful Maturity

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Purposeful Plan to Produce Fruitful Maturity—not just maturity but fruitful maturity.

PurposefulPlan to Produce Maturity
My little grandson, Kayden is growing! And He is such a doll baby! I think he is going to look like his daddy. And Keira is turning into such a big girl!
I still remember the overwhelming responsibility I felt when Jason was born. I realized it was a big job!

What if…

  • I didn’t do things right?
  • I forgot to wash between his toes?
  • I wasn’t a good mother?

 

 

In spite of my fears, I enjoyed every stage of parenting. His first little coos. Watching them toddle on wobbly legs. The scrawls on the wall–not so much!…but you get the picture.

PurposefulPlan to Produce Maturity

 

Every stage had its advantages and disadvantages!

Still I understood my ultimate goal was helping that baby to grow and reach maturity with the skills necessary to fulfill God’s purpose for his life.

He had a strategy!

While I have no idea how Jesus felt when He was about to go to the cross, I know He had strategy that extended beyond His earthly stay. He wasn’t about to leave them as abandoned orphans.

Good, but still human

They were good men, but they were human, with inadequacies, fears and challenges. He knew they would do greater things than He had done (John 14:12), not because of who they were but because of what He was about to do. His death would purchase redemption, available to all mankind. His death would pay the penalty of sin to purchase eternal life.     It is absolutely riveting to think about the vastness of His free gift, still, his strategy included more. He was going to send the Holy Spirit.    They needed more.

His disciples were trained and equipped, but they needed more. They had seen miracles; the dead raised, blind eyes healed, diseases cured. But if these men were going to do the works of Jesus, they had to have more than information; they had to have the Holy Spirit.

  The deliberateness of Pentecost emphasizes this strategy.

Two revolutionary things took place at the Old Testament Pentecost: God gave them the Ten Commandments (or the Pentateuch) and they experienced His manifest presence. They heard the Word of God and experienced the presence of God.(Exodus 19,20)  “The New Testament Pentecost enabled believers to understand and obey that Word. Jesus is the Word made flesh, and He is revealed to all through the infilling of Holy Spirit.” i i the book “Precious Holy Spirit” p.10 All rights reserved.

  The Promise Arrived

Strategically, on the day of Pentecost, as promised, precious Holy Spirit arrived. His glorious and powerful introduction was supernatural. Tongues of fire, sounds of a mighty wind, ordinary people energized and equipped for extra-ordinary acts, and speaking in unknown languages. These actions only  begin to describe this event.

 

The amazed crowds stopped when they heard Galileans praising God in their language. They realized it was a language that was unknown to these Galileans. The first church was born that day. It was born in the fire of Holy Spirit. They would become “God’s Power and Light Company” on the earth, not because of what they knew, but who they knew. But now they knew Him at a new level, because they tapped into the energy of heaven.”   God’s redemptive strategy was two faceted:

  • 1. The Word (Jesus the Word made flesh)
  • 2. The Holy Spirit

 

God’s strategy hasn’t changed. If we want to mature and grow to purposeful, reproductive maturity, then we must embrace God’s strategy. We must live Word-filled and Spirit-filled lives, integrated like two sides of one coin.


Hey! I’m so glad you stopped by!

I am Pat Holland. I am a wife, mom, a Nana, and a child of God. I am living out my passion to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith through the power and presence of Precious Holy Spirit.

And I’m FAMILY SIZING it!

 

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