Thursday, March 3, 2016

"He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove."

"He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove."
Matthew 3:16

As the Spirit of God descended upon the Lord Jesus, 
the head, so he also, in measure, 
descends upon the members of the mystical body. 

His descent is to us after the same fashion as that in which it fell upon our Lord. 
There is often a singular rapidity about it; 
or ever we are aware, 
we are impelled onward and heavenward beyond all expectation. 

Yet is there none of the hurry of earthly haste, 
for the wings of the dove are as soft as they are swift.
 Quietness seems essential to many spiritual operations; 
the Lord is in the still small voice, and like the dew, 
his grace is distilled in silence. 

The dove has ever been the chosen type of purity, 
and the Holy Spirit is holiness itself. 
Where he cometh, everything that is pure and lovely, 
and of good report, is made to abound, and sin and uncleanness depart. 

Peace reigns also where the Holy Dove comes with power; 
he bears the olive branch which shows that the waters of divine wrath are assuaged.

 Gentleness is a sure result of the Sacred Dove's transforming power: hearts touched by his benign influence are meek and lowly henceforth and forever. 

Harmlessness follows, as a matter of course; 
eagles and ravens may hunt their prey--the turtledove can endure wrong,
 but cannot inflict it. 

We must be harmless as doves. 
The dove is an apt picture of love, the voice of the turtle is full of affection; 
and so, the soul visited by the blessed Spirit, 
abounds in love to God, 
in love to the brethren, 
and in love to sinners; and above all, in love to Jesus. 

The brooding of the Spirit of God upon the face of the deep, 
first produced order and life, and in our hearts, 
he causes and fosters new life and light. 

Blessed Spirit, as thou didst rest upon our dear Redeemer, 
even so rest upon us from this time forward and forever.

 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ,
 you can be accepted into his kingdom.
 I invite you to let him to make of you,
what He always wanted.

 Marvelous God Almighty,
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus,
 who died for me to make me free of sin,
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free,
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand 
your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth,
 but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask.

  <(((><    ><)))> ♥ 

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that the true value of a sermon must lie,
 not in its fashion and manner,
 but in the truth which it contains.
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 Father, I ask You to bless my friends, 
relatives and those that I care deeply for, 
who are reading this right now.
 Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
 Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy..
 Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs.
 Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.

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