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Expressions of faith

Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it for you,” John 14:14.

What are you asking in your praying to God through Jesus Christ our Lord? Do you know what you’re asking and do you know how to ask? When you understand God, then you understand the will of God in your asking.

Let’s look at understanding God. God has revealed Himself to humanity to know Him and understand Him.

  1. God is spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
  2. God exists everywhere. “Where shall I go from your spirit? Or where shall I flee from thy presence?” Psalm 139:7-12. God exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).
  3. 3) God is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17).
  4. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6).
  5. God is incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22).

When you understand God, then the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon you (the disciples of Christ) to impact your life and the world. We must have the consciousness of God, His will, and His purpose—because God is will and purpose. This is why all who ask in faith, and according to the will of God, will receive His fullness. When Jesus says we can ask for anything, we must remember that our asking must be in accordance to the will of the Father. Your asking must show forth the character of God’s will and purpose. God will not grant your request contrary to His will and His purpose. Jesus Christ is not going to go against God’s nature or His will. When you know God, you will not ask with selfish desires. If you truly know God and seek to do His will, then your asking will be in line with what He wants and has for you through the Holy Spirit.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He [the Holy Spirit] may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for he dwells with you, and shall be with you. I will not leave you comfortless [alone]; I will come to you. Yet in a little while, and the world will see Me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. If you love me keep My commandments,” John 14:15-19.

Jesus was soon to leave His disciples, but He gives them a promise. He told them: The Spirit of God will come after Me to care for you and to guide you. I cannot leave My disciples alone; I am not going to do that. Before My ascension [raising up] after My resignation with My own power, the Holy Spirit will come. The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God within us, helping us to live as God wants us to live—and is building us as Christ’s church in earth. You will have the Holy Spirit as a powerful presence that will always be with you. I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Comfort, you are never without—that he may abide [keep to, stick to, hold to, stand by, and uphold] with you forever.

The Spirit of truth will never leave you. The Father will send the Holy Spirit to act in His name. He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26).

The world does not know him [the Holy Spirit]; the world cannot receive Him. You don’t know Him or see him. But you, the sons and daughters of God, know Him because He dwells within you, and shall be in you. The Holy Spirit will convict you of your sins, but at the same time show you the righteousness of God to convince you to live in accordance to God’s perfect will. Jesus knew that we cannot do it alone, even though we are believers. But those who receive Christ’s word and understand the Spirit of God will receive a whole new way of looking at life.

He will give you a Christ consciousness, Godly counsel, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, character, moral strength, purpose, and endurance.

“I will not leave you alone [comfortless]. I will come to you. In all of your endeavors, I’m there. You have this promises from Me.”

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