‘LIVING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT’
Over the weekend of Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April 2006, more than 260 delegates gathered at the Hayes Conference Centre to minister to, and wait, on God.
“…Come and feast at My table, there is food enough, spiritual food that comes from My Word, you will never be hungry and trust Jesus cares, there is more than enough for everyone, come and feast at My table…”
“…I am here to meet all your needs, do not inhibit yourself, surrender all to Me and trust in Me, I have come to meet all your needs…”
The teaching sessions were led by Pastors Kenny Ogunji and Kingsley Blake, who encouraged congregants to give unwavering attention to what the Sprit is saying, refuse to be distracted and listen without prejudice. We were also reminded that the decision to live in the Spirit is a personal one, where individuals have to decide to submit their will to God and it is impossible for anyone who is not a believer to walk in the Spirit…
The various sessions looked in detail at the attributes, characteristics and the ‘Person of the Holy Spirit’, more specifically what His indwelling presence means practically to the believer. He is revealed in the titles given to Him, His purpose is concealed in His names and His presence is manifested when he is reverenced. For example, He is:
• Eternal spirit (Heb 9:14)
• The power of the highest (Lk 1:35)
• Spirit of counsel (Isa 11:2)
• Spirit of Glory (1 Pet 4:14)
Scripture also refers to the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete (Jn 14:16) - our Intercessor, indwelling Helper, Standby, Advocate, Defence lawyer, Counsellor, Strengthener.
We were reminded that the Holy Spirit is the ‘The Revelation of God’s Word’, that is, He is able to reveal, interpret, remind and take care of the future. We looked to the scriptures, 2 Tim 3:16, and see that all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. In essence, it has the ability to straighten us out and teach us to do what is right; Jesus is the Word Himself- if you are not studying and reading the word you can’t be hearing what Jesus says (Jn 1:1, Rev 19:13)
Congregants reflected on the fact that ‘He is God’, therefore, the Holy Spirit must be reverenced and responded to as God! He is Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipotent (all powerful) and Omnipresent (everywhere). He is integral to our ‘Prayer Life’ and as believers, we are called to be Intercessors. Delegates were reminded that nothing ever happens here on earth without prayer first being offered to God, therefore, prayer must not be considered an optional extra, limited to apostles, teachers, preachers, etc, and the Holy Spirit does something inside of us to assist us in prayer when we let Him (Rom 8:26).
During the last sessions, there was a mighty outpouring of God’s love and the demonstration of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of many believers. Specifically, His healing touch was received by those suffering arthritic pains, both young and old and the evidence of His presence was plain to see by all present. It is true to say that our heavenly Father cares about our whole being and not only were physical ailments eased, there was a mighty release for many who had been suffering emotionally.
Jesus left so that the Holy Spirit would come (Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8), therefore, we need to make good use of this free gift of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Words are inadequate to graphically express what God did by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers over the Easter weekend. God has indeed begun a good work in His children and He is faithful to complete it (Phil 1:6).
For the first time, retreat for the young meant an anticipation of, among other things, a concert – planned, organised and executed by the young and for all. With a packed audience, Glen Miller brought an explosive word through his personal testimony which led to the rededication of many lives - children, the young and adults alike.
The concert gave us a glimpse of what God has began to do in the lives of our children and young people alike, as they demonstrated freedom in the Holy Spirit through their audacious worship and unique selection of songs and creative dancing. Evidently, God has started a new thing in the heart and lives of our children and young people – it was a joy to behold and to Him be all the glory. The concert finally came to an end at about 11.00pm
We pray that they will continue to walk steadfastly in the Lord, depending and focusing on Him for direction and purpose (1 Cor 15:58).
[Youth co-ordinators: Mark Lamptey / Adrian Tetteh/ Jheanell Rose / Abigail Lamptey/
Tramaine Reindorf / Joshua Ogunji]
** RETREAT 2006 **
"LIVING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"
CDS NOW AVAIILABLE
ALL ENQUIRIES TO WOFC RESOURCE CENTRE