Expectador ou Protagonista?

Ouvimos muito falarem “não seja expectador, seja protagonista, mas os protagonistas de sucesso são aqueles que analisaram e compreenderam bem a situação e isto fez com que tomassem atitudes corretas, palavras afirmativas e não importando com o tipo de adversidade tendo um espírito de gratidão, porque por maiores que sejam as dificuldades da vida elas sempre nos ensinam e nos amadurecem.

 

Message (16) – Me and the Holy Spirit (4)

Sunday – June 8, 2014 – evening

God makes our dreams come true, the very dreams that He has placed in our hearts, through the Holy Spirit. He is not a light, a force or a manifestation. We should have a relationship with this person, the Holy Spirt. 
We please people or grieve them. We can do the same with the Holy Spirit.

In Ephesians 4:30 Paul says: ‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’
The most important thing in my life should be the person and the presence of the 
Holy Spirit. 
We do not want His manifestations, but The Spirit Himself. We are not in search of anything from Him, but Himself. 

How do we grieve the Holy Spirit?

1. by showing a spirit of disbelief. What does it mean? To deny the ownership and lordship of the Holy Spirit.
When I focus on difficulties or adversities I grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
When the people of Israel got into Egypt they already had a promise that God would take them out of that place. So it happened. After 430 years and after slavery and suffering they were freed by God through the ministry of Moses. After a short period of time they were at the borders of the promised land. So 12 men went into the land so as to spy it. Ten of them saw the fortresses and the giants and made the people dismay. Joshua and Caleb saw the situation in a different way. They did not deny the difficulties, but they said that God was with them and they would be delivered and conquer the land. On the other hand, disbelief covered those 10 men’s hearts and with them 3 million people had to die during 40 years so that only the new generation plus Joshua and Caleb could receive the promise. 
It is the spirit through which you see a situation that determines your victory.

God is the Father of families, widows and orphans.
Trust The Lord for your family even if everything around I dark.

2. we grieve the Holy Spirit with malice and evil. 
What do we call evil? Murder, for example! We usually consider extreme situations. However, an evil heart is the one that is always thinking bad things about people and circumstances. If someone gets close to them they are always suspicious that the person is interested in something. If people do not get close to them they, again, suspect.
We cannot live like that, being suspicious of everything or everybody.
Even in justice courts, the person is innocent up until it is proven that he or she is guilty.

A person who grieves the Holy Spirit wants other people to be defeated!
They look at people’s imperfections and use them in order to hurt them. It happens in the family! A malicious person searches for other people’s faults so that they use these things against them in the future. They want to hurt.
A malicious person will grow malicious each day.
Paul says: “Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” 1 Corinthians 14:20
Evil can only be fought with good.
A malicious heart can only see evil! And ‘prophesies’ evil to other people!
Think like an adult! Be mature! Fight evil with good!
If you live under the authority of The Lord no evil will defeat you! But remember, you cannot use the weapons of evil! 

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31, 32

We are the children of God, and because God is good I have to be like my Father, I have to be good. 

3. do not grieve the Holy Spirit
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person —such a person is an idolater —has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Ephesians 5:1-6

These things are not for us!!!
Although God is love, His wrath comes upon the disobedient!

Sensuality is more than wearing some kind of clothes or some kind of perfume! It is more. It is about everything that is moved by the senses! 
It is an attraction for the material things! 
The sensual person’s trust lies on the senses, the eyes, for example!
“Walk in the Spirit!” Otherwise you will be ruled by covet.
The sensual person is ruled by the senses which will take him or her to impurity. 
God has wonderful things for us, but they are not what we seek. We want Him, not what He can give us.

My family cannot grieve the Holy Spirit. Quite on the contrary, we have to make Him happy. 

The Holy Spirit want to relate to me, not to be felt by me.
No matter how big your sins are, the Holy Spirit can forgive you.
He loves us and our families! 

“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

Do not store in your heart things that you might want to use agains someone in the future!

May God bless you richly and abundantly, 
Marcos Paiva, Pr. and Dr. 
Message preached in the Nova Vida Church
Sunday – June 8, 2014
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro 

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Message (15) – Me and the Holy Spirit (4)

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
Ephesians 5:6

What did Paul have in mind when he mentions being deceived?
He is not only referring to people, but to ideas that can deceive us.
One of the things that we have to be careful with on the last days is not to be deceived by human ideas and people’s great deeds. Deceit can lead us into a style of life that grieves the Holy Spirit.
How do you want to be remembered after you die?
A minister of God said: I want to be remembered as a person who loved deeply the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and who has tried really hard to honor them.

About me, I want to be remembered as a doctor who honored God as a doctor, a citizen that honored God as a citizen, a father, husband, son who honored God as such. I want my children to remember me as a man who honored God.

Therefore, I have to realize that the Holy Spirit is greater than our sins or even our past sins. You past sins are covered by the blood of Jesus if you are in Christ. Do not let your past haunt you.

If I want to have a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit I have to remember that He is greater than me, than my weaknesses and he can make me strong.
I have to remember that the Holy Spirit forgives me and loves you and me so much, in such a great way, with an unconditional and unlimited love.
If I believe it, nothing can impede me from having the Holy Spirit.
Do not be afraid. The Holy Spirit is in us.
Do not be deceived. Give value and honor what comes form the Holy Spirit.

In the presence of God everything that comes from the past can be covered by God.
You and I are God’s heirs! You are God’s heir and nobody can take our heritage away from us!

So what do you and I have to do? Cultivate a relationship with him. If I do that, I can be sure that God will not condemn me.
Take your son, for example! Imagine if he makes a huge mistake! Will he stop being your child because of that? Of course not.
The same happens with God. He will always have open arms to you and me because God does not wish to condemn men.

Now, we have been speaking about what the Holy Spirit is or should be for us, but what do we mean to the Holy Spirit?
When I have a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit I know who I am and what I mean to God.

Imagine this situation: you invite me and my family to have lunch in your house. You have a little boy who demands your attention. He does not care if it is the pastor who is there. He wants his father’s attention without constraints or limitations.
Likewise, when the Holy Spirit is in us, He causes us to go to the Father’s arms in a limitless way.

When I pray I have to see it as a family scene. Our prayers cannot be aggressive or authoritative. We are talking to our Father.
Don’t we sometimes speak with God in an authoritative way? We demand He does what we want.
However, when we have a deep relationship with the Holy Spirt we know how to treat God as a Father. I will respect Him as my Father in heaven.
Religion has created a layout / a design for us to speak to God, or what a powerful prayer looks like, or the tone of voice we should use to pray.
However, one’s authority does not lie in the tone of voice they use, but in their character.
Break your paradigms.

“Your children shall prophesy!”, says the Word. It refers to us. We shall prophesy! Because faith is rooted in our hearts.
Let us get out of our protocols.
What do churches say about worship? Loud music, lots of musical instruments, shouts? Maybe, but what does God expect to hear from us? Many times it is not what we think or what pleases us. Remember God required Abraham to offer his child, something painful and tough!
So, what does The Lord expect from me? What kind of worship does He want me to offer Him?

As we relate to the Holy Spirit we are servants.

A Christian leader or pastor goes through different phases:
1. I need everybody. Pray for me.
What happens then? He gets strong and forgets about the people who prayed for him.
2. He prays and preaches. He is does well and boasts about it.
Bad thing.
3. Third phase is brokenness. He realizes he is nothing and asks the same people back there to pray for him again. Then he becomes a servant.

That is what we need to be – servants!
Remember Joel: the Spirit shall be poured out over the servants. Servants are not overestimated by people. Quite on the contrary, they are underestimated.
But Jesus Himself, the Son of God, became a servant and died for us.

God wants us to be servants.
Do not care about having a name! Do not worry about being accredited.
The servant is meek, but yet he or she has authority.
When a person knows how to serve, then he or she is ready to serve.

The world does not need people to be in charge. The world needs servants.
The greatest leaders on the face of the Earth served their people.
We remember David: “36 Now David, having done God’s work for his generation, went to sleep, and was put with his fathers, (…)” Acts 13:36. Serve your generation.

The same way the Holy Spirt will only be poured out over us when there is unity.
The church cannot be divided. We have to have only one heart.
The devil wants to break our unity so do not be an instrument in the devil’s hands. Get straightened.
Do not let gossip, strife and evil be among us.
We may have different points of view, but the unity of the Body of Christ has to be preserved. Only then will the Holy Spirit be poured out on us.

Do not resist to the Holy Spirit.
It is time to fix relationships.

Message preached in the Nova Vida Church
Sunday – June 15, 2014
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro

May God bless you richly and abundantly,
Marcos Paiva, Pr. and Dr.

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http://www.marcosdepaiva.blogspot.com
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Integridade

Seja o meu coração íntegro para que eu não seja humilhado.

Vivemos dias em que nos parece que ser íntegro saiu de moda. Desde o mais alto escalão até o mais simples cidadão, percebemos que integridade de caráter tem sido deixado de lado. Os critérios de avaliação de uma pessoa pesam mais em suas habilidades e conhecimentos que seu caráter. Isto acontece em todas as áreas e infelizmente até mesmo em meio aos religiosos. Resultado disto, vemos ruas transformadas em “cidades” das drogas, da prostituição, da perversão sexual; princípios familiares sendo colocados de lado e consequentemente famílias destruídas onde filhos não obedecem os pais, pais não honram seus filhos e os cônjuges, cada um vivendo em busca de seus próprios prazeres. Na área financeira, cada um por si, não importa se os outros são prejudicados e escândalos e mais escândalos acontecendo. É certo que na sociedade não faltam pessoas com capacidades para governar, ensinar e liderar, mas a real necessidade é de pessoas íntegras, corretas e justas.
Por mais que se viva em um sistema corrupto e degradante, é possível se manter íntegro.
Um grande abraço.

Marcos Paiva.