Category Archives: The Holy Spirit

Is Circumcision Necessary?

  • Is Circumcision Necessary
    Is Circumcision Necessary

    Is it Necessary to circumcise?

We need to put this into context for today, to answer this question is circumcision really necessary. There has been worldwide practice of this for many centuries, mostly as a tribal initiation, or religious ceremony.  For the Jews being circumcised (Brit Milah) signified acceptance into the faith and it usually happened after the infant’s first week  (the 8th day) of life.

  • Physical Reasons for Circumcision.

The original practical reason for being circumcised was to remove a potential lodging place for germs or disease. With the level of understanding of personal hygiene now prevalent in the developed world there is no real reason for this any more. Removing a significant number of sensory receptors from the male organ can only inhibit the full range of physical sensation. It is a needless mutilation.

  • Baptism = Circumcision

For today’s Christian, circumcision is what happens when we are baptized – as the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans; ” 29  No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and  circumcision  is  circumcision  of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.”  And also to the Colossians in chapter 2; “11  In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature,  not with a  circumcision  done by the hands of men but with the  circumcision  done by Christ,  12  having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”

  • Circumcision Of The Heart

So the symbolic purification represented by being circumcised is therefore superseded by the sacrament of baptism. The old testament Jewish ritual of Circumcision is now fulfilled by the sacrament of baptism, and in spiritual terms equates to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

  • Conclusion

The answer to this question; “is circumcision really necessary”, is plainly no!

How to find Spiritual Excellence

  • How to Define Spiritual Excellence
Spiritual Excellence
Spiritual Excellence

Knowing how to find spiritual excellence is a great comfort, because there is a reassurance therin that gives us the confidence to keep on. We need some form of reassurance to bolster our faith, else we feel we are just whistling in the dark, and sometimes lack the courage to go on along our chosen path.

  • How to Define a Job Well Done

I had considerable dialog with a friend about what constitutes spiritual excellence, starting from the point that we well knew what constituted excellence in our daily round of work. The ‘Job Well Done’;  the ‘satisfied client’; the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each task.  The challenge was to transfer those criteria across to the spiritual realm and come up with a blue-print for ‘spiritual excellence’.

  • We Need to know BEFORE Judgment Day

Of course, we could just wait till the ‘end of the film’, then read the ‘credits’, but somehow that didn’t satisfy us, we needed to define some standard that we could apply to our everyday spiritual walk.  We need  to KNOW that we are in His will and that what we are doing is meeting approval within the ‘throne room’.

  • OK Lord, I Did It Your Way

So the answer we devised was this: Spiritual Excellence consists in being able to go to bed each night, and at ‘sign-off’ time, to be able to say; “OK Lord, today I did everything you asked!”  What more is to say? You can’t do better than that!

How to Know Preaching is from the Spirit

  • Recognize The Spirit
    Recognize The Spirit

    How to Recognize The Spirit.

This is How to Know Preaching is from the Spiritwhen you hear conviction ringing out from the words of the preacher, and when you are riveted to the edge of your seat by the RELEVANCE and FRESHNESS of what you are hearing you know you are hearing from God.

  • God is Never Boring

The eternal, one true God who created the universe and everything in it, is capable of infinite variety.  Consider the magnificent sky-scapes, freshly painted minute by minute while you gaze in awe! With every resource of creation at His fingertips, He doesn’t need to repeat himself. So it follows, that if a preacher is led by the Spirit of God he will be given suitably fresh material to use. A spirit led preacher will be talking about things that have happened to him, or are happening in the NOW; not using anecdotes from the life of some other missionary to the middle of darkest Africa last century.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is HERE AND NOW.

When you are ‘born again’ you are birthed as a brand new spiritual being into the the Kingdom of Heaven – therefore you must be living in that place RIGHT NOW. It follows therefore, that a spirit led preacher MUST be preaching from conviction gained from his present and past experience, and must be sharing from that. So, such a preacher has to be basing his testimony on what he believes right now – testimony gained from living the Christian life and interacting with God and his fellows. A rule of thumb – any preacher who starts off like this; “A funny [or interesting, or significant,] thing happened to me this week…….”; is most likely to be led by The Holy Spirit, simply because the  Spirit of God will have purposefully put such an experience into that preachers week, just for this purpose; and if he goes on to share a ‘Kingdom’ experience, you may then be quite sure. Any preacher who builds his narrative around someone Else’s experience is selling you second hand goods!

  • This is How You Recognize The Spirit

John said, in his [1 John 4:2-3]2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.. first epistle, “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;” so it follows that a spirit led preacher must be preaching about the ‘crucified’, ‘resurrected’, ‘ascended’ Christ.

  • God Knew You Were Going to Go to Church

– and for that reason, some part of the address will speak to you! There will be parts of the message that will minister directly to you. We are each in a different ‘place’ and various words will react differently on each of us, but a spirit led message will contain something especially for you. This is part of the ‘daily bread’ that God provides and it is part of the assurance we have that He loves us and provides for ALL our needs.

  • The Compelling Word of God

God is totally consistent, so any Holy Spirit led preaching must accord with what He has already said in His recorded Word – the Bible – Ergo,  preaching must be based on and agree with the Bible – so the authority for what a preacher is testifying must rest in God’s Word; and because it is Bible based it is both authoritative and credible – and that is how to know preaching is from the Spirit!

Evidence of the Holy Spirit

  • Evidence of God’s Holy Spirit

The only reliable evidence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person is evidence of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. The 9 fruits of the Spirit are as described here in [Galations 5:22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…………

  • By Their Fruit You Will Recognize Them

Jesus said everything must bear fruit of its own kind [Luke 14:43] 43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”. And in Matthew 7:20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

The Nine Fruits of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit
Fruits of the Spirit


  • The Fruit is the Proof.

So to see the evidence of the Holy Spirit in the life of someone, you look for the fruit of their life. If they love their fellows; if they have joy in the Lord;  if there is peace in their life; if they are patient, kind, gentle, faithful, and so on, then you can believe that they indeed are led by the Holy Spirit of God.

  • Words are Not Enough

It doesn’t matter what a person says about themselves, how plausible they may sound, what documents or certificates they might show, or what others may tell you or believe about them,  the only real evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God is the way they behave!

  • Prayerful Consideration

If you need to discern the evidence of the Holy Spirit in someone, then use the same methods as described in How To Preach, take it to the Lord in prayer!

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

  • The Baptism of God’s Holy Spirit


The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that baptism that comes after repentance of sin, and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. It is part of that baptism [Acts 2: 38.] 38  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one  of  you, in the name  of  Jesus Christ for the forgiveness  of  your sins. And you will receive the  gift   of  the  Holy   Spirit .  39  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call. and takes place simultaneously.  It is being born again.


  • Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in tongues is often confused with the baptism of the Holy Spirit; and frequently quoted as evidence of that baptism.  It is not.  Speaking in tongues is a GIFT of the Holy Spirit, and like all the spiritual gifts it is given as God wills.[Hebrews 2:4.] 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. All that only shows that you have [at the present time] been given (or are maybe faking) the gift of tongues.

  • Born Again

Being born again is literally what happens during baptism. The descent into water symbolises the death of the old [sinful] you, the washing away of sin, and the emergence from the water symbolises your new birth as a spiritual being. [Colossians 2:12.] 12 ….having been buried with him in  baptism  and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

  • Evidence of the Holy Spirit

The only reliable evidence of the Holy Spirit in a persons life is the spiritual fruit [Galatians 5:22] 22  But the  fruit  of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  25  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. that is visible in that life. As a tree must bear fruit that is its own, so must the visible spiritual fruit belong to that spirit.

  • By Definition

Simply by definition the person of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, are quite different and easily recognized.

  • The Holy Spirit

This is [one] function of the Holy Spirit: [John 14:]  26  But  the  Counselor,  the   Holy   Spirit , whom  the  Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are defined here  [1 Corinthians 12:4.] 4  There are different kinds of  gifts , but the same Spirit.  5  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  6  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  7  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  8  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,  9  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another  gifts  of healing by that one Spirit,  10  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  11  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

  • Fruit of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is as described above in [Galations 5:22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.