Emblems of the Holy Spirit

February 19, 2018

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.” (Matthew 3:16)

There are several beautiful symbols of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. The first is that of the dove, here mentioned in the very first New Testament reference to the Spirit. It was the dove, of course, that first assured Noah that the earth had risen out of the death waters of the great Flood, just as Christ now rose up out of the baptismal waters to receive the dove-like Spirit.

The water itself is also an emblem of the Spirit in its cleansing efficacy and life-sustaining virtue. Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). This could also be translated “born of water, even the Spirit.” When He promised, “rivers of living water” to those who believed on Him, “this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive” (John 7:38-39).

Then, there is the wind: sometimes a gentle breeze, sometimes a mighty hurricane, and this also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh. . . . he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16). The Holy Spirit is God; “our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). The Spirit of God is a gentle dove and living water; He is the blowing wind and a consuming fire; He is our “Comforter” (John 14:26), “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17), and “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2). HMM

From, Institute Of Creation Research,

Later,

Pat.

My Fine And Fashion Jewelry Store

Hello, We are still uploading many items PLEASE visit us soon!

I hope you do not think badly of me starting a little internet store and put a link to it here.

We prayed about it and decided to take a step of faith to be able to make a small income to fix my mouth and get sufficient money to go see my father in Italy I have not seen in 7 years. If Blessed we will continue our experiment, LOL

When the store will be open I will advertise it here.

My husband and I decided to open it to give me something to do but mainly to increase our income.

These will be designer jeweler at a very affordable price. You if you will stop by just to look, will be surprised at how little we will sell things where many people make 10 times over. We don’t want to make a killing just some that will make it good for the buyer as well as us.

Payer needed. Please if OK share our store link with your friends.

Am I asking too much? If so just visit, please!

I don’t want to upset none of you that follow me.

Thank you

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The Waiting Room

One of the hardest periods in a Tailored Life is after you have convinced yourself that this is actually possible, and things have started moving and coming together and then all of a sudden you feel stuck. You will go through many different seasons. The Tailored Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, so pace yourself.

The season that your thoughts are most vulnerable is what I like to call the waiting room. A waiting room is a building, or more commonly a part of a building or a room, where people sit or stand until the event or appointment which they are waiting for begins. I wish to use it in more of a philosophical context, thus I define the waiting room as a moment or period in life right before a monumental shift occurs. It is a place of preparation, but is also usually marked by separation and discomfort. The waiting room is an awkward place.

For you, the waiting room is the intersection between Chronos and Kairostime. The waiting room is a place of promise, waiting on the timing of God to enact the promise.

Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the ‘supreme moment’). The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Greek: χρόνος (chronos) and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a period or season, a moment of indeterminate time in which an event of significance happens.

Kairos used 86 times in the New Testament refers to an opportune time, a “moment” or a “season” such as “harvest time.” Chronos was used 54 times and refers to a specific amount of time, such as a day or an hour (e.g. Acts 13:18 and 27:9).
You are entering a Kairos moment of your life. But what are you supposed to do while you wait?

Now, I know it seems silly on the surface to say that you are simply supposed to wait while you’re waiting. But say it again slowly and think about what I’m suggesting. You have to wait, while you wait. But not wait as in being patient, though patience is important. I’m implying you have to wait in the context of serving, wait how a waiter at a restaurant waits on tables. So to be clear, I am saying you have to serve while you’re waiting.

In Isaiah, the 40th chapter, it says “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Waiting here means to “hope” in God, not just to sit around like we are at a bus stop. This kind of waiting involves meditating on His character and His promises, praying, and seeking to glorify Him. The word “renew” means “to exchange,” as taking off old clothes and putting on new.

We exchange our weakness for His power. So it is imperative that in seeking to have Tailored Thoughts, we understand what it means to wait. The enemy’s job is to discourage us and make us think that God is not concerned about what we are going through or about what is happening to us. But the Bible promises if we wait, serve God in our thoughts and actions, then He will renew our strength with His strength.

At the time that I wrote Tailored Dreams, I wasn’t using the language “Waiting Room.” I described this season in a chapter I called “Traffic Jam.” I want to leave you with three things to do when you are in a Traffic Jam or Waiting Room season.

1. Overcome other people’s opinion of your dream

Think about it: Before Joseph even arrived, they saw him coming and got angry. “The dreamer cometh,” they said with scorn. They didn’t believe his dream. It upset them. The reality is that people are not really mad at you for dreaming. They aren’t mad at your dream. They are mad at your audacity to actually believe your dream can become reality. How dare you think that God has enough power to give you vision and provision. That’s their opinion and they are entitled to it, but you are not to let their opinion impact your faith in what God has already said about you.

2. Learn to replace your fear with faith

Dreaming is scary business. It’s literally peeping into the possibility and seeing it as probability. It’s believing your life can one day be different, deeper, and vastly more abundant than it is now. But what if you’re wrong? What if it doesn’t work out? Won’t people laugh at you? Won’t you look stupid? That’s fear. “What if’s” can either be fear or reason. The way to tell the difference is if the “what if’s” are challenging you to quit or challenging you to audit or evaluate your approach. There is nothing wrong with logic and reasoning helping you to make better decisions; however, quitting is the assassination of your dreams. Don’t allow your position to dictate your perception–instead, use your perception to define your position.

3. Practice crowd control

Learning to filter both the compliments and condemnation from those in your life is critical. That’s why I speak of practicing “crowd control.” The crowd has nothing to do with you achieving your crown. Giving too much attention to the praise people give you is just as hazardous as giving into fear. Be careful not to believe your own hype. God exalts the humble, not the proud. Your dream coming true isn’t about you getting the credit; it’s about giving God the glory.

Prayer Starter: Father, today we ask that you continue to Tailor our thoughts. We ask that you teach us how to wait, how to serve you with our thoughts, and how to overcome other people’s opinions of our dreams, and to replace fear with faith, and to practice crowd control. We thank you in advance for helping to Tailor our thoughts to help push our Tailored Dreams. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

From YouVersion.

Later,

Pat.