"Arise and Shine! Our Helper Is Here!"
By Joni Ames
The Spirit of Truth, Love and Our Great Help
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
"...[W]hen He, the
Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." (John 16:13)
pray, "Holy Spirit, You are the Spirit of Truth, please reveal the truth to me."
He's also the Helper.
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give
you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever..." (John 14:16)
There are a lot of truths that are being revealed in this time. Some that are not so comfortable. But the Helper is here and is aiding
us in understanding, as well as bringing peace and comfort to our hearts as He helps us to make it through.
God is Love (1 John 4:8). He isn't anger and hatred. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy,
but Jesus has come to give us life that is more abundant than we've known so far.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
The enemy of our souls is all about trying to bring discord and division in our lives
and nation in this season. Those who are being used to do so are in deep trouble with God.
"These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that
shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19)
In the Reset,
I may have opinions but I don't hate you because you have a different one. In fact, I would defend your right to have your own opinion. And most of the time I would just keep my mouth shut
about it for the sake of peace. However, me saying this is not to be confused with God's opinions on the issues of abortion or homosexuality or lying, which are clearly laid out in the Word of God.
are in a time when clear lines are being drawn. God is resetting His plumb line – the Word of God – in our nation. When this happens, the battle between God's good and the enemy's evil gets real. Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to bring
peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34).
But choose your battles wisely. Some things just don't matter. They certainly are not worth destroying friendships. Guard
against getting "touchy" and argumentative over personal opinions, such as mask or no mask, etc.
This year, on the Jewish calendar, is 5781. The number one refers to silence. The Lord spoke to me about
listening first to Him and asking Him what we should say before speaking. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We do have the ability to control the words of our mouths, even if we don't want to.
To Will and to Do His Good Pleasure
"For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)
this Scripture the word "works" comes from the root word "energon," which means "energize," and the root word for "to will" is "thelo," meaning "to desire; wanting what is best." So looking at it in that light, this Scripture means:
It is God who energizes us to desire to and to do His good pleasure.
Awesome, huh? We can trust God to give us the energy and the "desire to" so that we do good – even when we don't "desire
to"! How cool is that?
The Helper Is Here!
You are not in this alone. The Helper has come. He's the Paraclete (John 14:26), which is derivative
of "parakletos," meaning "called to one's aid."
"The Helper (Comforter, Paraclete), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all
things that I said to you." (John 14:26 NKJV, emphasis mine)
He's right there with you. Trust Him. He will give you truth and help you to digest and handle it. He will energize you and help you to keep
your cool in the midst of difficult situations and circumstances.
It's Time to Rise and Shine!
You were not born in the wrong time; you were supposed
to be here. God knew you could be victorious, even in this crazy season.
It's time to rise and shine and be who God called you to be!
for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1-2)
What seems impossible with man is "HIM-possible" with God. Let's roll!
By Joni Ames
The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321