Why you must be thankful always

 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, -2 Timothy 3:1-2 (NKJV) (Emphasis mine)

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Scripture says in the last days, perilous times will come and that will produce in men certain ungodly traits which include being ungrateful. Perilous connotes trouble , difficulty, risky , dangerous or stressful situations. The havoc and uncertainties of covid-19 have caused a lot of fear and stress.

Because men will be lovers of themselves, they will find it difficult to say, “thank you”. They will appreciate nothing. Selfishness will always get in the way of acknowledging God.  

To be thankful is to be grateful or to be appreciative.

The Bible, our manual for living, is loaded  with verses that command us to be thankful always. But one may ask; “ why should I be thankful?” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 answers this question .

“ in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

Giving thanks, not in some things or in a few things but in Everything is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Ephesians 5:17 admonishes us to understand the will of God. But we often make God’s will for our life to be some big, mystical plan that we’re constantly in search for, when that will, has been provided in His word for us. All that is required of us is to obey.  

What should we be thankful for ?

Thankfulness is usually in response to a gift or a good act. But for the believer in Christ Jesus, thankfulness should not be limited to only gifts and good acts. We are to be grateful in all things; good or bad. That sounds impossible to do in bad circumstances. God is not asking us to pretend but to trust Him in the most difficult situations because all things work together for good -Romans 8:28. Giving thanks in all things is therefore a demonstration of faith or trust in God at all times. Thankfulness must become a lifestyle not a duty or an obligation.  

We have to be grateful to God for all things – everything that pertains to life, godliness, and precious promises – 2 Peter1 :3-4. The more we know God, the more we will appreciate Him. When we become aware of the good things He has given us, the more thankful we will be. And as we reflect on the goodies, let’s not forget our greatest gift from God, Jesus Christ, and our salvation through Him. In Colossians 1:12, Apostle Paul admonishes the believers to give “joyful thanks” to God for their salvation.

Be grateful to God for your life and for every ability. Learn to appreciate those little things and moments in your life. And let’s not forget to give thanks for those around us—our spouses, children, relatives, friends, co-workers and many others who help us in different ways.

Allowing the worries and rush of life to overwhelm you is a pathway to ingratitude. You focus so much on your needs and wants that you fail to see the abundance that is present. And instead of thanking God for carrying you through that trouble, you’ve rather allowed that problem to steal your joy away leaving you to complain and be resentful.

Aside personal issues getting in the way of gratitude, the world through various mediums, has created an environment of fear. We are greeted with bad news and grim predictions that affect our emotions and general perspectives. We become anxious.

But that is not how God wants us to live according to Philippians 4:6    

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.”Philippians 4:6 (AMP)

We are commanded never to be anxious. Rather, to give thanks in prayer, while making known our requests to God who is our provider. To be anxious is to worry. To worry is to allow your mind to dwell on the difficulties and troubles and that can even affect your health. Today, make a choice to see the good in the bad.

You can do this by allowing the peace of God to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus -Philippians 4:7   

In some countries including the USA, a day has been set aside purposely to give thanks known as “Thanksgiving Day“. It is observed once in a year. For  a Christian however, every day is a Thanksgiving Day, because we are to “give thanks always and for everything ” – Ephesians 5:20.

Recommended Videos : FAITH SHOWS GRATITUDE” & GIVE THANKS TO GOD” with Patrick E Quainoo on our YouTube Channel

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Audio: The sword of the Spirit

 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ….”-Ephesians 6:17

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I want to draw our attention to the importance of the word of God in our faith life. The word of God is God -John 1:1. It is the source of our faith “ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17.

The process of salvation begins when you hear the word of God. The word then produces faith in you. The faith you have is used to accept the grace of salvation. Without faith, you cannot be saved because salvation is not by grace only. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith-Ephesians 2:8-9. You became born- again through the word of God. -1 Peter 1:23

Your new life in Christ ( your faith life ) must continually be sustained with the word of God. This means the word of God must be in you. Everything you need to discover about yourself is in the word of God. It contains all the promises God has for you. The word is one of the means through which God speaks to you. Jesus says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”-John 15:7.  In First Peter 2:2, the word of God is the milk you need for your growth in Christ. The word of God is the lamp that will guide your feet and the light that will brighten your path -Psalm 119:105. It is profitable for every area of your life-2 Timothy 3:16-17.

We discover in Ephesians chapter 6 that the word of God is the sword of the Holy Spirit. It is the sixth piece of armor that Paul talks about as he details the full armor of God. Paul admonishes Christians to put on the whole armor of God , so we can stand against the wiles of the devil- Ephesians 6:11. Take note that it is the schemes, strategies and deceits of the devil that you need to fight against with your full armor. All the weapons mentioned are undoubtedly vital for defense. The sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, is the only weapon that is both defensive and offensive. It is sharper than any doubled-edged sword – Hebrews 4:12 . It is word that endures forever -1 Peter 1:25

Jesus Christ used the same weapon, the word of God, to dismiss the devil in Matthew chapter 4. Jesus thus demonstrated how valuable it is to be well grounded in the Word of God.

Shouting and screaming “fire” at an all- night service, or an early morning prayer session without any knowledge about the word of God will not help you. It is the right knowledge and application of the word of God that will let satan walk away.  He may leave to return at another time just as he did to Jesus Christ in Luke 4:13, but as long as you are abiding in the word and the word is abiding in you, you will not fall prey to any of his schemes.  

Never replace the word of God with anything else. It is the ultimate tool you need to survive all the potholes, dark and slippery places in this troubling world. The Bible which is the word of God is still the best book to read.

Don’t keep a sword without having any knowledge about its worth and usage. Master the art of using it. This is why Jesus Christ has given us another teacher in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ values teaching and learning. He was a teacher during His ministry here on earth. And He wants us to learn from the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Depend on the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into all truth as you meditate on the word of God-the sword you need with you always.

I recommend you watch “READ THE WORD TO HEAR GOD” by Patrick E Quainoo on our YouTube Channel.

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(Video) PQGM donates books to Volta Home Orphanage

(Video) PQGM donates books to Volta Home Orphanage

Patrick Quainoo Global Ministries , PQGM , has presented a mix of reading and coloring books to children at the Volta Home Orphanage in Ghana, West Africa.

This is to encourage good reading habits in the children. Other items donated to the orphanage included toiletries and hand sanitizers.

The gesture falls under the ministry’s Love Mission initiative, which takes care of widows, orphans and disaster victims across the world .Below are some pictures.




The occasion also marked the joint birthday celebration of Pastor Patrick and Joyce Quainoo. The delegation from PQGM treated the children to some food and soft drinks. They also prayed for the children.



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Balance your passion with knowledge

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I’m excited to talk about passion this week because I write these “Teaching and learning Articles’ with a passion. My desire is to write as I’m led by the Holy Spirit to boost the spiritual growth of some one .  

I believe we all have a passion for one thing or another. Romans chapter 10  talks about a group of people who also have a passion. We will talk about them later on in this article.  

 So, what is passion?

Passion is a strong feeling about something or someone or an excitement for something you do now or for something you aspire to do in the future.  

The Webster’s English Dictionary defines passion as “extreme, compelling emotion or intense emotional drive”.

I personally see passion as a strong feeling that comes from within one’s heart and soul. Passion is also associated with love. Our Savior Jesus Christ died for the whole world out of passion.

Passion  is what makes you want to go the extra mile when nobody is willing to. It drives you to do what you do. It is the desire to take on amazing yet difficult challenges. Sometimes, one may never know they have a passion for something until they start it.

I can talk about passion all day because I pursued my television career out of passion. Without that, I could not have remained in that profession for more than a decade considering the fact that the salary was nothing to boast about. Aside money, the environment was sometimes hostile.  

Passion was the reason why I would wake up at 4:30 AM so I can be on air at 6 AM for the morning show and get home some days as late as midnight because I also had to anchor the late night news. I spent the early years of my career life on such a tight and often stressful schedule without a car of my own. This means I was commuting by public transport or depending on friends and colleagues for a ride.

I have therefore concluded that when there is passion, excitement and satisfaction are more rewarding while money and all other issues become secondary.

Synonyms of Passion

The word passion can be replaced by synonyms including zeal, enthusiasm, eagerness, and desire. Therefore, depending on the translation of Bible you have, you may not see passion but one of the alternative words.

I want you to know that to have a passion is not a bad thing at all. The Bible admonishes us in Romans 12:11 never to lag in passion or zeal. It also encourages us to lead with zeal in the verse 8.  While passion is not a bad thing, the things that drive your passion may need to be reviewed. I mean you can have a passion for good things or have a passion for bad things that you’re probably not aware of.

For example, Apostle Paul once had a passion for persecuting. The Bible records that before his conversion, Paul then known as Saul had a passion for persecuting believers – Philippians 3:6. What a passion to have!  It is captured in 1 Corinthians 15:9 that Paul (then Saul) persecuted the church out of his passion. What even caught my attention is in 1Timothy 1:13 when Paul talking out of regret says he acted out of ignorance and unbelief. He was ignorant about the faith he was persecuting.

This brings me to two important questions: What do you have a passion for? And is your passion accompanied by knowledge or by ignorance?  The opposite of knowledge is ignorance which is a recipe for disaster.  

Many people look back today with regret after investing time, money and energy into projects that have failed because they followed their passion with little or no knowledge about many things.

“Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble.”-Proverbs 19:2 (NET)

I want you to know that passion must be balanced with the right knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 19 verse 2 is teaching us to combine passion or enthusiasm or desire with knowledge. The verse specifically states that enthusiasm without knowledge is not good.

So how does one get knowledge ?

In Hosea 4:6, God says “His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Let me put it this way; ignorance leads to destruction. But take note that the people lacked knowledge not because the knowledge was not available; they lacked knowledge because they reject knowledge. 

As a believer in Christ Jesus, the right knowledge you need to pursue your passion comes from the word of God. The secret is to rely on the Holy Spirit living in you for help with understanding. Scripture says it is the Holy Spirit who reveals the deep things of God to us -1 Cor 2:10. Your teacher is the Holy Spirit -John 14:26. The verse says the Holy Spirit will teach you ALL THINGS not some things or a few things. The Holy Spirit is always teaching but have you always been present in His class? Without the Holy Spirit , the Bible may remain just another story book.

Information is easily accessible today because of search engines. When necessary, pursue further education. Enroll in a short course. Develop an interest for reading. Also speak to people who have some experience in the field that you are interested in.

Passion with ignorance?

Now lets focus on Romans chapter 10. Apostle Paul calls out the Jews who have a passion/ enthusiasm/ zeal for God yet lacked right knowledge about God. In fact, Paul says he bears witness about their passion. That should tell you that their passion for God is not hidden. Yet they were not saved. Being ignorant about the righteousness of God, they sought their own righteousness. These Jews do not know that salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus-Romans 10:9-10 and that the same faith in Christ Jesus produces righteousness -Romans 3:22 , Romans 5:17. These Jews do all manner of good things out of their passion for God and equate their good works to be their righteousness.

Today, we have such passionate but ignorant people in our midst. They are actually present in churches. Some occupy leadership roles misleading the whole congregation. They have a passion for God but their passion is not driven by a true knowledge of God and what He expects from us. The missing link in their passion for God is faith or absolute trust and confidence in Jesus Christ.

Such people like to boast in their good deeds and religious activities thinking it is their works that save them and also make them righteous. In John 6:29, Jesus says believe in Him.

There would have been no need for the Savior if we could all become righteous by our own effort. I want you to grasp it, that we are accepted as righteous in the sight of God on account of what Jesus did -2 Cor 5:21.

Go all out and pursue your passion but remember to balance your passion with the right knowledge and understanding so you don’t look back one day and regret you actions.

There is more you can learn about passion in my four- part series  PASSION on our YouTube Channel.

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What must I do to inherit Eternal Life ?

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Eternal life is an important subject today just as it was during the days of Jesus Christ’s physical presence on earth.

On different occasions, Jesus was asked the same question on how to inherit eternal life by a rich young ruler (Luke 18:18) and a conniving lawyer (Luke 10:25).

In John chapter 5, Jesus exposes the unbelieving Jews when He tells it to their face “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life” -(John 5:39.

Dear reader and listener, searching, examining or studying  the scriptures is not eternal life. Similarly, moral living, attending church regularly, or performing many good deeds are encouraging but they do not earn you eternal life .

So, If you’re also asking the same question, “How do I get eternal life?” the only answer I have for you is: “have faith in Jesus Christ“- (John 3:15,16).

Faith or believe in Jesus Christ saves you and also activates your new life in Christ –(Ephesians 2:8, John 14:6). Jesus came to seek and save the lost and your salvation package from God includes eternal life.

I want you to know that faith in Jesus Christ is and remains the only genuine path to eternal life! This is how John puts it : “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12 )

All who put their faith in Christ Jesus are saved! They can begin to live their everlasting or eternal life in Christ right now – (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)

What is Eternal Life ?

Eternal life is a gift from God- (Romans 6:23). It is the guaranteed assurance that other faiths don’t have and can’t give you.

Truth is, no one ceases to exist when they die. You will live forever, either rejoicing in heaven or gnashing your teeth in hell. In the  story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke chapter 16, we read that both men died, yet both men continued to live; Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and the rich man in hell, being tormented .

Eternal life is therefore more than just life after death. It is a brand new life in Jesus Christ. It is knowing your God .-(John 17:3).

John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Just like the rich young ruler in Mark chapter 10, some people have placed their faith in their status and material possessions. They have therefore walked away from Jesus Christ. Others also refuse to hear anything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ which produces faith. Scripture says the faith you need for salvation comes by hearing the word of God -(Romans 10:17).

Aside being denied life, the verse 36 of John chapter 3 says the wrath of God abides with those who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. .

On the other hand, if you accept and believe in Jesus Christ, you have eternal life. Jesus embraces you immediately. This means you get to experience and enjoy God right now and every day, while you look forward to heaven someday. Eternal life is your current possession.

In Revelation 3:20, we see a willingness on the part of Jesus to have a relationship with us. He says when you hear His voice and invite Him in, He will dine with you and also be with you. That’s a promised friendship!

This is what makes eternal life a relationship between God and man. John confirms that eternal life is not a thing or a theory but a relationship with a Personality- (1 John 1:1, 2, 3).

Eternal life is an interactive relationship where you get to speak to God in prayer through Jesus Christ and He speaks to you through His word and His Spirit-the Holy Spirit.

I invite you  to accept Jesus Christ this minute by confessing Him as your Lord and Savior. Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved! – (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:30,31).

Salvation entitles you to live in heaven someday but that does not mean sitting idle and waiting for that day.

Begin to enjoy your eternal life relationship with God through Christ, on earth, as it is in heaven. Begin to tell others about your new relationship in Christ to attract them.

I recommend you watch “ETERNAL LIFE” and the “THE NEW YOU IN CHRIST”  by Patrick E Quainoo on our YouTube Channel.

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(Pictures) Widows in Ashanti treated to Mother’s Day lunch

(Pictures) Widows in Ashanti treated to Mother’s Day lunch

Patrick Quainoo Global Ministries, PQGM, has hosted a special Mother’s Day lunch party for more  than one hundred widows in the Ashanti Region of Ghana . 

The event was held in Kumasi , the Ashanti Regional capital. It falls under PQGM’s mission of offering hope through the love , comfort and grace of Jesus Christ to women who have lost their spouses. 

 

The widows  came from different towns and villages and had plenty to eat and drink accompanied by music for dancing . 

A representative of  PQGM, Pastor Richard Atuobi, shared some words of encouragement with the widows and also thanked Blessing Foundation for the successful organization of the event . 

Representatives of Patrick Quainoo Global Ministries

Watch a short video of the widows thanking God with some dancing skills .

The Holy Spirit: Your Power to do !

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”-Acts 1:8

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Let’s focus on the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit this week. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Jesus Christ in Romans 8:9 and 1 Peter 1:11. Micah chapter 3 verse 8 refers to the Holy Spirit as the power of God.

You are blessed as a child of God in Ephesians 1:3 and you are so powerful because the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, lives in you- 1 Corinthians 6:19.

The Holy Spirit is your helper, teacher, counselor, intercessor, and comforter-John 14:16-18. Bible says those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God -Romans 8:14. You are never alone.

The Holy Spirit is God’s power

The Holy Spirit is synonymous with power. Power is simply defined as the ability to do things or cause an effect. The power you need to be effective as a child of God is not from shrines or does not emanate from some religious activities you undertake.

The power you need comes directly from the Holy Spirit who has empowered many people since creation. There are many scriptures in the Bible that confirm the Holy Spirit as the source of God’s power . Lets take a look at some.

In the announcement of the birth of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is identified with the “power of the Highest…. “ in Luke 1:35.

After the baptism of Jesus Christ at the Jordan and subsequent fasting and temptation in the wilderness, Luke 4:14 reports that Jesus returned to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit,”.

While promising the Holy Spirit to His disciples in Acts 1:8, Jesus told them “ You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…”.

Before His ascension, Jesus asked the disciples to  “tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”-Luke 24:49

In Acts 10:38, Peter recounts “ how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power….”  

And in Acts 8:18, a sorcerer named Simon, attracted by the workings of the Holy Spirit, offered money to the disciples saying “Give me this power also,….”

The disciples of Jesus Christ were indeed powerful because they had the Holy Spirit living in and abiding with them-Acts 2:4. Peter, Paul, and others were bold in preaching, healing, and raising the dead-Acts 2:43 and 1 Thessalonians 2:2. They faced persecution, accusations, and even death fearlessly. In fact the disciples were unstoppable as they turned the world upside down -Acts 17:6-7.

Power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead

The power to do , demonstrated in the early disciples, is the same power that raised Christ from the dead -Romans 8:11. That power is available to all believers of today and it is what enables me to write these articles effortlessly and with so much joy.

It is the extra-ordinary power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:20 is a confirmation that the divine power of God is at work in every believer. He will make you accomplish great things. You will become more than you have ever dreamt or imagined -Ephesians 3:16-20.

The power of the Holy Spirit is not your own power. It’s God’s power living and working in every area of your life -1 Cor 2:12. It is an incomparable unlimited power for those who believe -Ephesians 1:19. Relying on your own strength may leave you in a mess.

David & Others

The power of the Holy Spirit has been around since creation. It was evident in the lives of some individuals in the Old Testament. They included Moses , Samson, Daniel, Joseph, Micah, and David.

The boy David was able to do what the whole army of Israel led by their Chief Commander Saul, was afraid to do. The Holy Spirit transformed David from a shepherd boy into a warrior, who killed Goliath. This was after the Philistine had tormented the Israel army for more than forty days-1 Samuel chapter 17.

 Earlier in the chapter 16, David had been anointed as King of Israel and the verse 13 states , and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.”

What must I do?

I want you to know that you have the power to do inside of you. Yes you!  God has deposited in you, the ability, resources, skills, and many other gifts that should be put to use for your own benefit and for the benefit of the world. These include but not limited to the following:

  • The power to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to nations even to the ends of the world -Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20
  • The power to gain insights and understanding of spiritual things- 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 , Ephesians 1:17
  • The power to be intelligent, creative and skillful- Exodus 31:1-6
  • The power to be bold and unafraid -Acts 4:31
  • The power to demonstrate your spiritual gifts to the benefit of others  -1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11
  • The power to sustain your hope and confidence in the promises of God -Romans 15:13
  • The power to endure weakness and suffering – Romans 8:26.

The Holy Spirit is the power to fulfill your God-given purpose in this lifetime.

Our perfect example Jesus Christ, was so determined to complete His assignment here on earth because He had the Holy Spirit. Scripture says Jesus was purposeful as he set His face to go to Jerusalem -Luke 9:51, undaunted even in the face of rejection – Luke 9:51-55 and was focused on reaching His goal -Luke 13:31-32.

You can reach your goal too!

Recommended Watch: “POWER OF A CHRISTIAN” and “THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” by clicking on links below. Get similar messages our Our YouTube Channel

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THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT #2 with Pastor Quainoo – YouTube

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT #3 with Pastor Quainoo – YouTube

THE POWER IN A BELIEVER #FAITHMOMENTS – YouTube

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(Audio) The Holy Spirit

 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you”-John 16:7

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Let’s talk about the Holy Spirit. Patrick and I love to discuss the Holy Spirit and our experience of Him. He is our best friend, and we have real experiences of Him. I can share many personal stories of the help and counsel I have received from the Holy Spirit ever since He came into my life. He is the Spirit of truth in John 14:17 and in Romans 8:9, He is the Spirit of God and Jesus Christ.

Jesus said the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit because they do not know Him even though the Holy Spirit has been around since day one.  

God accomplished everything in creation through the Holy Spirit. Bible records that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” in the beginning- Genesis 1:1-3.

The Holy Spirit was involved in the conception of Jesus Christ. Scripture says, the Holy Spirit came upon the virgin Mary-Luke 1:35.

The power of the Holy Spirit is so unique that it produces everything from nothing to something  and transforms old things into new things. Through the Holy Spirit, a sinner gets a new lease of life -John 3:5-6, Ephesians 2:1-2.

Unlike the world, a child of God cannot remain ignorant of the Holy Spirit because Jesus said “ but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” -John 14:7.

A Promise fulfilled 

The Holy Spirit is the Father’s promise fulfilled in Acts 1:4 and Ephesians 1:13,14. His presence was evident on the day of Pentecost as He filled the disciples in Acts 2:1-4.

In the Old Testament , the Holy Spirit was with some select individuals temporarily, but the promise of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is that He may abide with you forever” -John 14:16.

Jesus fulfilled His earthly ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit having been anointed by the Holy Spirit. He never functioned independent of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit in Matthew 4:1.

In fact, Luke 10:21 records that Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:11, we read that it is the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.

The same Spirit is what Jesus promised His disciples in John 16:7. Take note that Jesus says “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you;….. “   

That is a loaded statement. The whole chapter is one that can plummet the disciples into despair. The verse 28 tells us that Jesus was going back to His Father, but He was not leaving the disciples as orphans. He says his departure is to the benefit of His disciples.

Jesus who’s always had the Holy Spirit is promising that Spirit to His disciples who did not have the Holy Spirit yet.

The use of a conditional clause “if” means the Holy Spirit will only be sent to us on condition that Jesus departs.

Let me explain it this way, in His physical human body, Jesus Christ can only be at a particular place at any given time ,but the omnipresence attribute of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for Him to indwell all believers all over the world, at the same time, simultaneously.

The Holy Spirit is our advantage because His presence is better than the presence of God in human form.    

Jesus admits the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit in His own life and knows that is the same help we need to survive in this world. Jesus therefore calls the  Holy Spirit  “another Helper” in John 14:16. This means the Holy Spirit is not a stranger at all. He is the representative of Jesus Christ here on earth. He has come to glorify and testify of  Jesus Christ.-John 15:26, 16:14.

Not for sale

The Holy Spirit is for every believer as God gives the Spirit without limit- John 3:34. In Acts 10:45 and 1 Timothy 4:14, the Holy Spirit is referred to as a “Gift”. He is God’s special gift to mankind.

You cannot buy  the Holy Spirit. He is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ – John 7:37-39. In Acts chapter 8, a former sorcerer attempted to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit and this was the response from Apostle Peter “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 

Fuels the Believer

The Holy Spirit seals your salvation and authenticates your identity as a child of God. Romans 8:9 says you don’t belong to God without the Spirit of Christ and 1 Corinthians 12:3 says without the Holy Spirit, you will lack the ability to say, “Jesus is lord.”

The Holy Spirit helps us to serve God, thus eliminating any confidence we put in our flesh-Philippians 3:3

The Holy Spirit is our strengthener, teacher, reminder, our guide, and revealer. He leads us into all truth. -John 14:16, 26, John 15:26, John 16:13, Isaiah 11:2

He empowers believers  -Acts 1:8 and equips us with supernatural gifts that will make you stand out – Romans 12:6-7

He changes your character by replacing negative habits with His fruit of love, joy, peace , patience, gentleness, and many more in Galatians 5:22  

Convicts the world

Salvation is not act of force or coercion. A sinner must be convicted to realize their need for the Savior. One of the assignments of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of its sin-John 16:8-9. Conviction is not condemnation. Jesus did not condemn the world and certainly His Spirit does not condemn. 

Convicting makes the sinner aware of their unbelief in Jesus Christ  which is the root of every sin. The Holy Spirit is therefore the Person at work in our salvation, pointing the unbeliever to Christ -John 16:15, Titus 3:5-6.  When we accept and believe in Jesus Christ, God comes to live in us by His Holy Spirit. That’s teamwork!

Sin imprisons an individual, but the Holy Spirit sets you free to be all that God wants you to be in Christ Jesus -1 Cor 2:12, 2 Cor 3:17. Embrace the positive ministry of the Holy Spirit today!

Recommended Videos –  Click on links below to watch “THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”  by Patrick E Quainoo

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – YouTube

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-2 – YouTube

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT -3 – YouTube

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-4 – YouTube

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-5 – YouTube

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(Audio): Discover the relationship in Eternal Life

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” -John 17:3 

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Ever since I got hold of an understanding of Eternal life , it has become one of my favorite messages. When I had the chance to share a word for the first time on FAITHMOMENTS, I spoke about Eternal Life. I can teach about Eternal Life every day because I want you to know and understand that  your new life in  Jesus is  “a present- continuous -personal relationship” with God.

Our salvation in Christ Jesus comes with so many great and priceless  benefits which must be enjoyed right here on earth. One of the benefits is Eternal life. Bible describes eternal life as a “free gift” in Romans 6:23 .

Many people have been made to believe wrongly, that eternal or everlasting life, is only after death, someday in heaven. But John 3:16 tells the opposite. It says you have eternal life the very moment you believe in Christ Jesus. 1 John 5:11-13 and John 6:40 and 47 are among a number of scriptures that confirm our possession of eternal life presently .

Now and After

We were saved for heaven, but we must begin to live our salvation right here on earth. Eternal life is now and in the future. Praise God because you don’t have to wait till after death to start living your everlasting life. This confirms what Jesus said in John chapter 5:24, that a believer in Christ Jesus has “passed from death to life.”

John chapter 17 verse 3, plainly tells us what eternal life is- “know God and know Jesus Christ.”  The best definition or meaning of eternal life is provided by Jesus Christ. He is the exclusive author of eternal salvation according to Hebrews 5:9 and Acts 4:12 . He is the only Way to God in John 14:6. Eternal life is therefore not found in anyone but in Jesus Christ and it is received by faith.

“Know” as used in John chapter 17, is not just knowing of God, or grasping some theological facts about Him. The verse is talking about knowing God from a personal relationship and friendship  you develop  with Him though Christ Jesus, that leads to your personal experience of Him. Without this understanding, you will remain a church member with many good deeds to your credit yet, lack a deep and personal intimate relationship with God.

You can’t know all about somebody in a few hours. No!  A day , a week , a month or even a  year, are not enough to know somebody. Ask married couples who have been together for many years and don’t be surprised to hear that they are still in the process of knowing each other. Because to know somebody is to know them continuously, every day. To know somebody is to be friends with them or have a relationship with them. Even after one of the disciples of Jesus, Peter, had revealed with the help of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the son of God, Jesus will later ask another disciple in what seems to be a shock: “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?”- John 14:9. (Emphasis mine ). What you don’t know or understand cannot bless you. Eternal life is to know the God that you worship.

God values relationship and that is why He took the bold step out of love and offered Jesus Christ, so that through His blood, we can have fellowship with God once again – Colossians 1:20. The existing enmity between God and man as a result of sin, has been replaced by “peace” in Ephesians 2:14-17. The death  and resurrection of Jesus  means reconciliation between God and man and that must result in a fellowship not  a mere “ follower.” The eternal life assurance of salvation is the reason why I say, that in the absence of heaven and hell; Jesus would have still died to bring us closer to our creator. Therefore Jesus also means, no separation between God and man. Apostle Paul must have been driven by this revelation knowledge as captured in Philippians 3:10. Christianity is all about a personal relationship with a Person, not just some doctrine, theories  or facts.  

An attractive relationship

As a believer, you are not just in any religion. You’ve been called into Grace who is Christ. Therefore, let your Grace-filled personal relationship with God become a magnet to attract others. You’ve earned the right to be called “ a child ” of God in John 1:12 not because you observe the law to the letter but because of your faith in Christ Jesus.

You are qualified to  approach God in confidence in Ephesians 3:12. The word of God says in Colossians chapter 3, that you are hidden with Christ in God. Faith in Jesus Christ presents all believers the same opportunity to be in a relationship with Him. I’m talking about a relationship based on what Christ did for us on the cross and not because of our performances. The only weapon the devil ever had against you, was your sins, but Jesus dealt with that on the cross according to Hebrews 9:22 and Hebrews 10:12.  Don’t let your past life deprive you of the everyday relationship you can enjoy in Jesus Christ. Jesus has set you free to enjoy a relationship with God and to tell others about Him.

Some people’s belief in Jesus Christ is dependent on what you share from your experience.  After personally meeting with Jesus, this is what the Samaritans said to the woman whose testimony led them to Jesus Christ: “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” -John 4:39-42

To know God and Jesus Christ is to increase your knowledge of them through the word of God. If God is a stranger to you, you are less likely to believe what He has said in His Word. Just like the early believers, let us increase in our knowledge of God-Ephesians 1:17. And in 2 Peter 3:18, we are encouraged to grow in our knowledge of Christ Jesus .

Your personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, will commit you to spend time in His word, just to know Him more and more and to hear Him speak to you directly. In John 10:27-28, Jesus says “My sheep hear My voice…” Do you hear His voice?

Prayer becomes an effortless daily lifestyle born out of a relationship with God and not just an avenue for seeking material things.  

Recommended Videos : “JESUS IS ETERNAL LIFE” & “READ THE WORD TO HEAR GOD “ by clicking on links below .

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Why you must stay focus on Jesus

“[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity],….”-Hebrews 12:1-3 

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Faith in God is the pulse of a believer’s life. In 1 Peter 1:7, faith is valued as more precious than gold. That’s powerful!  

We need faith at the point of salvation to accept what God has made available through grace and we need faith throughout our Christian life to please God, according to Hebrews 11:6. The verse 1 of Hebrews chapter 12 admonishes us to “run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us ,”. Our faith life is therefore like running a race. Believing in Christ Jesus-Romans 10:10, qualifies you to run the faith race.

Without endurance, one can easily get tired and may not be able to finish. Do you know that an athlete is disqualified when they don’t complete a race? It is therefore advised that even when you are trailing behind or become tired, you must try and cross the finish.  In the same way, believers must be determined to cross the finish of the faith race.

When I contributed to our series on “ FOCUS ON JESUS “,  I illustrated the need to finish a race no matter the circumstance  by referring to the example of former British Olympic runner Derek Redmond. His story has been described as one of the purest examples of determination and perseverance in Olympic history. Tipped to pick the gold medal for the 400 meters semi-final race, Derek was forced to pull up due to an injury. The injury may have denied Derek the medal,  but it could not force him out of the race as he had to limp to the finish.  

Hebrews chapter 12 verses 1 to 3 admonishes believers to avoid distractions. Let me make it simple for you -Get rid of distractions! Distractions will derail you. It can take you off the track. To run the race of faith, we are to strip off or lay aside any weight that hinders us. 

As children of God, the remedy for endurance or perseverance is to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ. The Bible presents Jesus as the perfect example to emulate.

Jesus must have encountered many distractions  on the way to fulfilling His assignment of which two are the “cross” and “shame”. He however did not quit but endured. The verse 2 of Hebrews chapter 12 testifies that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God signifying his exaltation. We are being encouraged to look at both the exaltation and motivation of Jesus Christ, as we run our race.

Why focus on Jesus  ?

  • We must focus on Jesus Christ because He is the author, perfecter and finisher of our faith. We believe in Him unto salvation-John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9. We must continually believe in Him because our sustenance is dependent on Him – 1 Cor 1:8.  
  • Jesus finished the race set before Him and is now seated at the right hand of God. The place Jesus occupies now, the right hand of God, is enough proof Jesus completed His assignment -John 19:30, Philippians 2:8-11, 1Peter 3:22, Hebrews 1:3.
  • Jesus endured the cross. God entrusted the cross, which was the path to redemption, into the hands of Jesus. So, though the experience was horrific, it was the necessary price to pay for the forgiveness of sins- Hebrews 10:12-14, 1 Peter 2:24. The cross shows just how horrible sin is -Romans 6:23.
  • Jesus endured bitter hostility from sinners. In a lead up to His crucifixion, Jesus appeared before the Sanhedrin consisting of the chief priest, scribes, and elders to answer questions. The people who had gathered to watch the proceedings did not only mock Him but spat on his face -Matthew 26:67. How sad to see the very people you are willing to die for, treat you so disrespectfully.
  • Jesus disregarded the shame associated with the cross. It means Jesus deliberately ignored any shame attached to the cross. In the Roman empire, crucifixion was a shameful and disgraceful way to die. But Jesus despised the shame, setting his eyes on the hope of joy ahead- “For the joy set before him….” Hebrews 12:2.

Life in this world can be a wild ride of change and uncertainty. There will be times when you will need to navigate rough waters-John 16:33. Challenging periods can become distractions. Never forget the hope of joy set before you. Follow the formula of Jesus by focusing on the glory ahead. Paul speaks of finishing his race with joy in Acts 20:24. That should be our goal too- Philippians 3:13-14 . The secret is to take our eyes off the circumstances that surround us and stay focus on Jesus. When you stumble, fall, or get injured , get up, shake off the dust and continue the race , even if it means limping to the finish. Remember this race is not about speed, it’s about persistency and endurance. Crossing the finish. is not to receive temporal medals here on earth but eternal rewards in heaven.  Paul exhorts Christians to go for the prize in 1 Corinthians 9:24.  

 When you find yourself at the crossroads, remember the old saying “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”  For the believer, the tough gets going because they remember to keep their eyes on Jesus who is, and remains the author, perfecter and finisher of our faith.

Recommended videos – “FOCUS ON JESUS” by Patrick and Joyce Quainoo

FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST – YouTube

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FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST #3 – YouTube

FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST #4 – YouTube

FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST #5 – YouTube

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