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MIRACLES: GOD’S AMAZING WORD (Part 1)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy. The first session introduces the series by looking closely at John 1:1-5 (“In the beginning was the Word….”) With this video we begin a Bible Study course on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true.

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The Transcript

Hi. This is Terry Modica of Good News Ministries. With this video we’re going to begin a Bible Study course on God’s Word, and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it.

We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true. We’ve got a lot of faith in God’s Word or we wouldn’t be here taking this Bible Study. We already believe as Christians in the Word of God. However there are a lot of areas, a lot of verses that we don’t fully believe and therefore we are not living truly the empowered Christian life that God wants to give to us.

And so we begin this study with the first verses of chapter 1 in the book The Gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Word…” This is a Bible study about the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life and this life was the light of the human race. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Now we’re going to go through that, line by line even word by word to discover how to make our faith stronger by believing in the Word of God fully. The first verse: “In the beginning was the Word” and who was “the Word”? It’s not talking about words on a page, it’s talking about a person. It’s talking about something that was a “He” and was with God and all things came to be through him. Who is the Word? Jesus Christ because as it says, “The light shines in the darkness the darkness does not overcome it. This is the light of the human race.” Of course Jesus is God so the Word is God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In the Creed we say the Holy Spirit is the giver of life so the Word is more than text on a page. The Word is God himself, come to us to bring us light, and the darkness cannot overcome it, talking about when we fully believe in Christ so fully that every word that’s in Scripture we believe in, we have faith in.

Later we’re going to reach John chapter 14, where in verse 12 it says that, “If you believe in me you will do the same works that I do and greater far than these.” Have you walked on water? Have you multiplied food? Have you gone fishing and pulled a fish out that had your tax money in it? These are things that happened, through Jesus when he walked the earth. Now he’s walking the earth through us. This is supposed to be normal Christian living, but Satan doesn’t want us to believe that, he wants us to stay unempowered. Satan wants us to not be fully who we are as followers of Christ, miracle workers because Jesus worked miracles, strong in faith because the Holy Spirit gives us faith as a gift and we received all of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in fullness when we were baptized, the fullness of living life in the Spirit. And in order to do that we have to know what God’s Word says about how to do that, and we have to know what God’s promises are and we have to believe those promises fully, completely without doubt. Doubt isn’t bad. Doubt is meant to be the starter of a question. We are supposed to be asking the Holy Spirit for answers. We are supposed to be asking the Holy Spirit for greater understanding of the truth.

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit, he would send the Holy Spirit to be our teacher to help us understand everything we need to know about living the victorious life, the faith filled life, the successful life of a Christian where if we need a miracle because God’s Word says we can receive it, we will receive it. That’s what we’re going to discover as we go through this Bible Study.

God bless you.

John 1:29-33 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

Part 2 in the bible study of the Gospel of John covers chapter 1 verses 29-33 where John the Baptist identifies Jesus and prophesies that Jesus will baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. This video ends with a prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit after explaining why we need it.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

This is the second video in a Bible Study on God’s Word, taking a look at how much we don’t believe yet, because Satan doesn’t want us to believe it, because  he’s robbing the Church of the graces that God wants to provide to this world.

As his Church we Christians are supposed to be making a difference in this world making this world a better place, bringing others to Christ. But Satan’s been lying to us, telling us to not believe everything that God says. The world needs to see God’s signs and wonders today to know that God is real to know that God is worth believing in and following. But we’re not doing enough. And why? Because we’re not believing enough. Now we’re going to take a look at the Gospel of John, starting in Chapter 1 with verse 14, “And the Word became flesh.” (The Word as we spoke of in the first video in this series being Jesus Christ, but all of God as well became flesh became one of us) “and he made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of Grace and Truth. Full of Grace and Truth.

Verse 16, “From this fullness we all have received”- full of Grace and Truth in verse 14 and now verse 16 says, “from this fullness we have all received Grace upon Grace. in other words abundant Grace no, more than that, abundantly abundant Grace extravagant Grace. God’s Grace is beyond what we can ask for or imagine. God’s Grace is beyond what we need. And he sent Jesus Christ to provide the fullness of this Grace to us. So that we get more than what we need, we get an abundance of what gives us a full life. Even the desires of our hearts if they’re holy and good, in such a way that others are converted by it. Grace isn’t just for us; it’s for the mission of filling the world with His Grace. “Grace”, (this is in verse 17 now) “Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.”

What is Grace? Grace is a free gift from God that we don’t deserve, but because He loves us so much he freely gives himself to us. Grace is not just a noun as in “What is grace?” But “grace” is a verb; it’s an action word. It is God acting in our lives. When we fully understand what the Word of God tells us, we come alive in that Grace, and His Grace is helping us to fully understand his Word and his Truth because Jesus says he came to give us Grace and Truth. Now look a little bit further in Chapter 1. John the Baptizer is speaking and preparing people’s hearts to receive Christ. Verse 29, “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he announced,” to anyone who is listening, anyone in earshot, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” But John testified further saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky.”

This is when John baptized Jesus. “And remain upon him. I did not know him but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain he is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” “He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” That’s the key to powerful Christian living. That’s the key to being all that God wants us to be and doing all that God wants us to do. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Right here at the beginning of the Book of John we are hearing from the Word of God that we are all meant to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. When we were baptized in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with our water baptism that was the beginning but just the beginning, because after we received Jesus, Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.

In Baptism that Grace that we received then it’s the fullness of God, but there is more to it. Jesus knows that to live the Christian life, we need his supernatural power, his supernatural Grace, so he baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. If you’ve not yet received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an extra Grace from Jesus, then pray this prayer with me now or if you’re ready for a renewal in it pray this prayer with me now, “Come Holy Spirit, fill me Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing Holy Spirit. I want everything that you want to give me. Fill me with your gifts; fill me with your fruits. Help me to be all that God the Father wants me to be. Come Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me. Amen.

Amen!

John 2 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In the wedding at Cana (John 2), when Jesus performed his first public miracle, the disciples began to believe in him. Likewise, God wants to do miracles through us today so that others will believe in Jesus.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

In the second Chapter of the Gospel of John, the first 12 verses we read about the Wedding at Cana – the first time Jesus performed a public miracle. You know the story: The host of the wedding ran out of wine too early before the party was over. The Blessed Mother’s there and she says to Jesus: “They have no wine.”

There’s an interesting exchange between Mary and Jesus there that I could give a whole other teaching on. However, what I want to focus on is this: “Mary, his mother said”, after talking to Jesus. She said to the servers, the wine stewards, “Do whatever he tells you.” We can work miracles in our lives. We who are followers of Christ, we have taken on the life of Christ, therefore we are called to do miracles. This particular Scripture helps us to know why, but the first thing I want to point out is that Mary says, “Do whatever he tells you.”

When we’re praying for a miracle, how often do we do whatever Jesus tells us to do through his word, through Church teachings? We have to line ourselves up in the ways of holiness, which by the way we can only do with the help of the Holy Spirit. So we need more of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we need more holiness in our lives. When we are in that state of wanting to do God’s will, doing whatever he tells us, even if we don’t like it, even if it doesn’t make sense, even if it doesn’t seem logical, or fit with our plans – that needs to be the first place where our heart aligns up with Jesus, being willing to do whatever he tells us to do. And then after Jesus tells the wine stewards fill up the jugs with water and then he changes it to the best wine ever, at the very end of this story, it says, this is the verse 11, “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and…” (here’s the important part for today) “…and so revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.”

See, whenever Jesus reveals his glory or whenever we reveal the glory of Jesus to those around us, people begin to believe in him. It is not through our sufferings that people turn to Jesus. Yes, people who are not believers or people who are rejecting Jesus, people who are buying into the lies of the world, following the ways of the world, we need to reap what we sow, and there is suffering in that. When we stray down the wrong path, when we do immoral things we need to republish so, these are the chastisements that draw our attention to our need for God. But if we are trying to do whatever Jesus tells us to do, then those chastisements are not for us. We are not meant to suffer the same way as sinners suffer. We’ve been redeemed. We’ve been entered into, by what Jesus did, into his holiness and his miracles, and his power to work miracles.

The more we have the life of Christ in us the more miracles we should be seeing. That is normal Christian living. And why does it matter so much to God? Why does he want us to do miracles, to see miracles, and for others to see miracles worked through us? Because as it says in this story, others come to believe. First we ourselves grow in faith, but those around us that see the miracles, those that we give testimony to about the miracles that have happened in our lives, those who we minister to miraculously, they come to know Christ. Of course God wants to relieve our suffering. Anybody who has ever loved anybody and seen a loved one suffering, you know what it’s like. You want them to feel better.

Well God, who loves us even more than that, wants us to feel better. He wants to give us miracles, of course! It’s like, no duh! And one of the reasons is not just because of love, caring about how we are feeling and the pain, the suffering, whatever’s going on, but because it’s a witness that glorifies Jesus, and thereby brings others to Christ. So keep that in mind as you pray for the gift of miracles in your life.

Acts 9:32-35 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In Acts 9:32-35, we see one of many examples in scripture of miraculous healings that resulted in people converting to Christ Jesus. Today, God still wants to convert people by providing his love through supernatural power, because this convinces people that Jesus is real.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

Which reveals the love of God more, Jesus dying on the Cross or the Resurrection? Let’s look at this. Jesus dying on the Cross, that’s usually our first answer, it’s like yes, he died for us, he went through tortures for us, he endured a lot of suffering, and he took our sins to the cross.

That’s a lot of love. But as true as that is, it was revealed more in the Resurrection. And here’s why. On the Cross all that really reveals by itself is that Jesus ticked off the Pharisees. Jesus upset the religious leaders of the day so much that they killed him. End of story. That’s all it really reveals, if we don’t also know about the Resurrection and believe that it’s true. In the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead God revealed his power which makes all that happened on the Cross valid and active in our lives today, real for us, bringing us to Heaven.

The power of God is what brings people to Heaven. The power of God is God revealing his love for us in the best most clear possible way. Let me read to you from the 9th chapter of Acts: “As Peter was passing through every region he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who had been confined to bed for eight years for he was paralysed. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas Jesus Christ heals you.’ There is the revealing of God’s power, the proclaiming of God’s power. Get up and make your bed. There is the word of take action based on this power. Or let me put it another way, take action based on this love that God has for you.

Peter said to him, ‘Anaeas Jesus Christ heals you, get up and make your bed.’ And what happens? The man who had been paralyzed got up at once and all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon, another town, not just the one town where Peter did this, saw him, that man who had been  paralyzed now healed, and they turned to the Lord”. They turned to the Lord. It is when the power of God is revealed to people that they turn to the Lord. We in the Church have not been revealing the love of God in the power of God.

We’ve created a culture for decades of “God is love” therefore, this is how the world has adapted this message, and we have contributed to this greatly within the Church: “Because the Lord loves he forgives. It doesn’t matter how I sinned God understands, God forgives. I’ll still be able to go to Heaven.” That’s not the truth. The truth we need to be teaching, the truth that you, now that you’re hearing this, need to be spreading, share this video that’s an easy way to spread this message, but speak it from your own life as well, live it in your own life, share it in your own life.

The truth that the world needs to hear is this: “God loves us so much that he wants to use his power to help us”. Not just to get us to Heaven but to help us now, here, in this life, just like Peter was able to heal through Jesus that paralyzed man and many turn to Christ because of it. We need to be God’s instruments of healing. We need to be God’s instruments of power in this world today, because God’s power is God’s love. God’s love is revealed through his power. Conversion happens through understanding that God really cares and people grasp onto that when they know that God’s power will work in their lives.

If you’re a parent you know how this works. When we have a child who gets a boo-boo, a skinned knee falling off his bicycle. What do we do? Do we say, “It’s okay. It’ll heal. Just go ahead and wash it. It’ll take time to heal but it’ll heal. You’ll be all right.” No. We go, we kiss the boo-boo, we embrace the child we clean off the wound ourselves. We put a bandaid on it. We put Neosporin or some other antibiotic on it, in order to heal the wound faster. And we’re not better than God as a parent.

God the Father wants to do the same with us, but we his children, this is how we act, “Oh that’s okay God. It’s okay. I’ll clean this boo-boo myself. What I’m suffering from I’ll take care of it. I can handle it.” Or, “I can learn to cope with it. I can deal with it because I don’t really think that you care enough to kiss my boo-boo… okay, so maybe a kiss my booboo but I still got to go to the doctor if I need stiches. You’re not going to miraculously heal it.” And God does use doctors and work through doctors, but he also uses miracles, he doesn’t use doctors exclusively. That’s his desire because who’s converted to Christ by us going to a doctor for a healing?

On the other hand when we get a miraculous healing we need to proclaim it because that’s when people turn to Christ. Yes, go to the doctor, but first pray and before that, learn how to pray with faith. And here’s how to begin doing that. Every day pray: “Lord, Holy Spirit come. You have my permission to change me, refresh me, fill me anew with your Holy Spirit as by a new Pentecost. Fill me, Holy Spirit and increase in me, Holy Spirit, the gift of faith for miracles. Increase in me the gift of faith to reveal your power in this world, your power that reveals your love. Amen.

John 3:1-6 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In John 3:1-6, Jesus emphasizes the reality and importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here’s why! (Includes Terry Modica’s personal testimony.)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 5th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In the beginning of Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John we read about a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no one can do these signs (the miracles) that you are doing unless God is with him. Jesus answered him and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you”, and whenever Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you,” he is saying, “Everything that I say to you is true, but this I want you to pay special close attention to.

This rises above other truths as important to know, embrace and live by.” Because ‘Amen, amen, I say to you’, not just to Nicodemus, but you my friend. “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Now Nicodemus says to him, “How can a person grown old be born again. Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you.” Again he’s emphasizing. This is important, grasp onto this, hold onto this, believe it, live it. “Amen amen I say to you. No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” What is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born of Spirit is spirit.

Notice that Jesus is separating the water Baptism from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He’s not combining them as one event. Yes, we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit as well as God the Father and Jesus the Son when we are baptized with water, but it is not one event that turns the power of God on in our lives. It is not one event that helps us live the holy life. Baptism by itself as you know think of everybody you know who’s been baptized and is not living the holy life, not going to church, not producing the miracles of God in their lives. Baptism by itself doesn’t change us to a life of following Christ. It puts us in the right state of Grace for it. It frees us from the strongholds of sin that holds us back from it. It starts us on the right path. But it is when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, if when we are born again of the Spirit that our lives change and dramatically.

When I grew up I only knew Jesus. I only had the benefit of the baptism by water. And I went seeking for the supernatural because I read it in Scripture and I wondered where is it. If you’ve watched any of my other videos you’ve probably come across this testimony already but it’s worth repeating. I went finding the supernatural in the occult which took me away from Christ. It took me on a path away from Heaven. And I lost my relationship with Christ. I had grown up with Jesus as my best friend as far back as I could remember as a child, and I lost that because I went after a lie. I followed a lie thinking it was true.

When I was introduced to the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I said, “Yes, something’s missing from my life, I want as much as God can give to me”, and the Holy Spirit came into anew, I still had the Holy Spirit in me, yes, but it was a new infilling. And in that new infilling he changed my mind about all the lies of the occult that I had been believing. One by one he took them away, he convinced me, he inspired me. I’d hear things in teachings and prayer groups, I’d read things in Scriptures and all of a sudden it made sense, and I felt convicted in my heart to reject the lie and to live the truths that were now being revealed to me. It is when we have the Holy Spirit filling us that the misconceptions and bad programming of the world are converted to the Truth.

Anybody you know who you’ve been trying to share the truth with and they’re not agreeing with you and they’re not accepting it, it’s because the Holy Spirit is not in them in such a way that the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to change their minds. So give up trying, instead pray for them and if possible pray with them for a new infilling of the Holy Spirit, or a first-time infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus had in mind when he told Nicodemus that one needs to be, in the memory he said, “Amen, amen” listen to this, “one needs to be baptized by water and Spirit.” That is how we are fully born again, into the life of Christ, and set firmly on the path to Heaven.

John 3:16-21 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

God’s plan for rescuing our loved ones and our world from darkness is revealed in John 3:16-21. The end of this video contains a powerful but rarely discussed fact about why there is so much darkness in our world today and what the Church needs to repent of.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 6th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In part six of this Bible Series on believing the amazing Word of God, we’re going to continue with the third Chapter of the Gospel of John starting with verse 16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.” Let’s continue because there’s a lot more to this than just that verse and a lot of people stop at that verse. But the next verse I believe is even more important. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.”

See, when we have people in our lives that we are trying to bring to the Truth we see them doing wrong things, unhealthy things, immoral things, and we want to help them. We care, and we want to help them live the way God called them to live. And let’s face it, if they become holier our lives are going to get a lot easier right? Because these are the troublemakers. These are the people who, by not following Christ, cause us problems, they’re family problems that… we’d like to see them change. And what do we do? We condemn them, maybe not intentionally but we say, “You’re sinning! You’re going to hell! If you don’t get to Mass you’re going to hell or if you don’t…” whatever. “God’s angry at you. There’s going to be chastisements. The world is going to be experiencing hurricanes and earthquakes and all kinds of devastation because we’re so bad. The world is made up of so many bad people.”

But Jesus says in his Word, right here, John Chapter 3, verse 17 that he didn’t come to condemn the world. He came to redeem it, to lead everyone to Heaven. But to accomplish that let’s look at the rest of his plan here. Verse 18 says, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be condemned.” Okay we know that, we know that in order for people to get to Heaven and not go to hell, they need to believe in Jesus. It’s very clear, that’s very clear here, “But whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” We can’t get to Heaven through Mohammed. We can’t get to Heaven through some guru. We can’t get to Heaven by our own plans, our own doings, our own “I’m going to do what makes me feel good. I’m gonna do what the world says is okay.”

That’s not how we get eternal life. That’s not how we get freedom from God’s condemnation. It’s very clear here: “Whoever does not believe in Jesus has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” Son with a capital S. Savior Son. “And this is the verdict:” (here’s more understanding of what is just being said there.) “The light came into the world but people preferred darkness to light because their works were evil.” Okay, yes, that’s the state of the world. We know people and we watch the news and we see that people run away from and fight back against the Truth, because they want to remain in their darkness. They want to remain in their ways. They want to stay attached to what they want to do with their lives.

“For everyone” verse 20, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light so that his works might not be exposed.” And now here, my friend, is what I want you to really grasp. Verse 21, “Whoever lives the Truth comes to the light so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” This is the hope of the world. Your good works need to be seen by the world as done because of Christ, through Christ, in Christ. But what? Opening the door for somebody and smiling at them? Letting somebody in into traffic in front of you? These are all good deeds. Loving your children? Helping a neighbor? These are all good deeds, but how many times have these kinds of deeds converted someone to come from darkness to light?

It’s the miraculous works that get people’s attention. It’s the amazing works of God that get people’s attention. When we can do what’s impossible because we have Jesus Christ, that is what gets people’s attention so that they too turn to Christ. They too want what we have. Even as their evil ways try to keep them in darkness, if we reveal the light of Christ with power people begin to want it. Take seriously my friend the importance of revealing God’s power to change the world. We need to repent of all these years that we’ve spent not living in the fullness of power of God, God’s love revealed in his power. All the times we have settled for living the mediocre faith of “Well I pray and I don’t see a miracle so well God has other plans, God will use the doctors.” And yes he does use the doctors as I’ve said before. But we need to repent of not seeking the Holy Spirit’s help in growing in faith to be wonder workers for the Lord.

We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with faith for miracles because the world desperately needs to see this kind of light. Pray. Pray for that kind of faith. Go to Confession for the lack of that kind of faith in your life before. And pray again, every day, “Holy Spirit come fill me. You have my permission to change me.”

 

John 3:34 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

John 3:34 contains an often-overlooked but very important truth: God does not ration his Spirit. You have within you the same fullness of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ himself did and as much as the Saints who experienced very supernatural, amazing manifestations of God’s power.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 7th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In part 7 of this video series on the amazing Word of God, there’s one verse in Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John that I want to especially highlight before we move on to Chapter 4. John, the Gospel writer, is summing up that Jesus came from Heaven, was sent by God, and speaks the Word of God. In the middle of that, almost like a passing by the way statement, it’s something that I want to highlight because it doesn’t just speak about Jesus and His being sent by God into this world. It speaks to you and me as well.

This is the second half of verse 34 in the third Chapter of the Gospel of John. “He (God the Father) does not ration His gift of the Spirit.” God’s ability to give you and me the Holy Spirit to work miracles is not rationed as in, well that person over there has a bigger amount of the Holy Spirit in him and can work miracles; I have less, so I can’t be expected to do as much. Or that person over there is a Saint. Or that saint that I’ve read about has been so gifted by the fullness of the Holy Spirit that he or she has lived the holy life.

I can’t be expected to have that same degree of saintliness in my life because I haven’t been graced with as much of the Holy Spirit. But right here in the Word of God, my friend, is that Truth that God the Father who filled Jesus with the Holy Spirit at His Baptism in order to do His very important redemptive mission, gives you and me the same Spirit. Not a piece of the Spirit! You can’t have just part of the Holy Spirit! We can live the life of the Holy Spirit only partly. But we have received all of the Holy Spirit, and when we ask God to fill us anew and release in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the holiness of the Holy Spirit, the teachings of the Holy Spirit, the discernment of the Holy Spirit, prophecy.

Hey, even saints and other holy people that have not been canonized, they’ve levitated in prayer. This is because they are so connected to the Holy Spirit that the earth is no longer holding them down. That, too, is our inheritance. The Holy Spirit is not just a little bit in you and more in others. God the Father has not rationed to you any smaller part of the Holy Spirit. He has given you the fullness and wants you to live in that fullness. And that, my friend, is the challenge that I am giving you repeatedly in this video course. And we’re going to continue going through the Book of John looking at how the Holy Spirit is offered to us, how important that is, and how we are called to be evangelizers through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Before we go on to Chapter four, examine your conscience again. Where are you now in your journey of coming into greater embracing of God’s Word and believing the Truth of It? This Truth needs to be fully grasped before we go on with the next part of the series. God the Father is not rationing the Holy Spirit. You have the fullness available. What do you need to do? This is a question that I ask myself every day. What do we need to do? What do I need to do, what do you need to do to open more fully to being God’s instrument of power in this world? God bless you because God has many blessings to give you.

John 4:23-24 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In John 4:23-24, Jesus emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. Our worship of God in Mass and other experiences should lift our spirits and transform us. God wants to uplift us. This video explains how it happens.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 8th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In John Chapter four, we have the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus meets her at the well. He talks to her, brings her to conversion. She’s the woman who had had five husbands, and she ends up converting the whole town – the whole village – because of what Jesus said to her and how He ministered to her. In the midst of that story is something very interesting about the Holy Spirit that I’d like to highlight. In verse 23, through 24 Jesus says, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. And indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit”, He explains, “and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.” Why does He say this? Why is He emphasizing this?

Well let me ask you this question. When you go to Mass, when you do anything that is any worship experience, what kind of a spirit do you have? Do you have a spirit of joy? Do you have a spirit of peace? Or do you have a spirit, at least sometimes of – I wonder what time it is, we’ve got a lot to do today, and this homily is going awfully long. A spirit of impatience? Do you have a spirit of exalting God, a spirit of worship that is, that’s so so full of the Holy Spirit that there’s no words to describe it? Do you have such a spirit of worship in you that when you are praying, when you’re in Mass, when you’re celebrating Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist, are you lifted higher than your normal earthly existence? You know saints levitated because they were so much in the Spirit as they worshiped, that earth no longer held them.

That’s normal Christian living if we’re willing to take it that far. Most of us don’t. But that’s the promise. That’s what God is saying is possible. That’s what God desires. God is Spirit as Jesus said, and when we worship God as He truly is, we are connecting our spirit to His Spirit. We’re uniting our spirits. We are letting the Holy Spirit in us (because we received the Holy Spirit in Baptism) we’re letting the Holy Spirit in us connect us so closely to God’s Spirit – God the Father’s Spirit and to Jesus’s Spirit – that we’re elevated. Our mood is elevated. Any discouragement is elevated to hope. But now I’m talking about the benefits to us. What about the benefits to God? Because God is wanting that.

God is wanting such closeness with us that our worship is so beautiful, so on fire with His presence, that we are transformed by it. And that’s what He wants. He wants us to be transformed, lifted up, and become our best selves – the full potential of what God designed for us. Let me give you an example. A long time ago, I began to experience something in Mass. This came after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Before the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I worshiped in church. I felt connected to God. But after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, my whole being felt so connected to God that my soul, my spirit, directs my body instead of my body directing my spirit. And what I mean by that is, I feel uplifted so much that I can’t hold my hands down when I’m praying. I’m like, “Oh Lord, thank You! Praise You!” in my heart, in my spirit. It’s like I want to reach up to Him.

I want to to do what the early Christians did. Normal prayer was to open the palms up to God and raise our hands up because we are raising or if we’re feeling raised up in spirit. Of course, I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I want people to stay focused on Jesus and what’s happening in the Mass, so I keep my hands down low. People around me can see it, yes, and I hope that’s a witness to them. But I keep it minimal to not draw attention to myself. But when the music’s playing, how much is the Spirit of God alive in you then? When the music’s playing, I especially if it’s a faster tune, I can’t help but, you know, bounce along with it, you know, in the rhythm of a little tiny dance in my pew because my spirit is dictating my body rather than my body dictating my spirit.

That’s what God wants for you, too. He wants you to in whatever expression works best for you whatever you’re comfortable with or maybe not so comfortable at first, but that’s your flesh. What is your spirit comfortable with? Let your spirit, let the Holy Spirit in you, free. Let Him have the freedom to lift you to higher heights whenever you’re worshiping God. God bless you. May your spirit soar.

John 6:63 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

Does God give his Holy Spirit to everyone? Jesus provides the surprising answer in John 6:63. This video explains what happens at the moment of conception and the choice everyone is given: to live by the Spirit or the flesh — God’s life or our own agenda and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong — and why the flesh does not give us life.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

Now we’re going to take a look at John Chapter 6 and there’s one particular verse, verse 63, that I want to highlight here because it talks about the Holy Spirit in relationship to the kind of life (underline that word “life”) that He wants to give us. Before I read this verse to you, let me ask this. Does the Holy Spirit exist in everyone, everyone who ever lived? Does everyone have the Spirit of God? All across the planet, think of the most evildoing person. Think of that person in your life, in your family, somebody who has really deeply hurt you, somebody who’s far from the Lord.

Does that person have the Spirit of God? The surprising answer is yes – with a caveat. In the Creed we say that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. Therefore everyone who has been given life has been given it by the Holy Spirit. Think of Father God as the Creator, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as the Breath of the Father. As God blew on Adam to bring him to life, He blows on all of us to bring us life. At the moment of our conception, He breathes into us. Now when we are born and take our first breath of earthly air, now we are living in the flesh. But right from the very beginning of our conception, God breathed His Spirit into us – into everyone.

But let’s read what verse 63 in John Chapter 6 says about this. Jesus says, “It is the Spirit that gives life while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Everybody is given the life of God, the life of the Spirit, but we have to choose between living the life of the Spirit and living the life of flesh. In other words, we have to choose between living the way God wants us to live, doing the words of Christ, first listening to the words of Christ, and coming to understand at least enough to act upon the words of Christ. That’s why He says here, the second part of verse 63, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

We need to live that spirit and life of Jesus’s words in order to have eternal life, in order to keep, in other words, to keep the life that God the Father gives to us as He breathes His Spirit on to us. Or, as many people do, we can choose the life of the flesh which means we’re in charge. We try to be in charge. We’re in charge of our lives. We’re in charge of our destiny. We’re in charge of what is right and wrong. We are in charge of what is moral and what is immoral. That’s living by the flesh.

And Jesus says very clearly there is no life in that because once the flesh dies, so do all of our agendas, so do all of our beliefs about what’s right and wrong. Only in Jesus and the words that He speaks – the words of Scripture, the words that the Church gives us as it helps us understand Scripture. All the teachings of the Church, for example, are based on and full of quotes from Scripture because this is God coming to us with life. And every decision that we face, we’re faced with two choices – the way of the Spirit or the way of the flesh. The way that God wants us to handle something or the way that we’d like to handle it because it’s easier, or it’s more self-centered, or whatever. All the decisions that you’re facing today, my friend, think about this.

What is the Holy Spirit guiding you to do? And if you’re not sure, pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your guidance. Fill me with Your wisdom. Fill me with Your understanding. You have my permission to change me. Amen.”