The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

June 13, 2017

In order to grow as a believer, it is important to understand the role of the Holy Spirit.

To be effective in walking a Christ-Centered Life, we must adjust our lives to what the Holy Spirit wants to do in, for, and through us.

IN a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to transform us to be Christ-like. This is what I refer to as living a Christ-Centered life!

I Corinthians 2:9-10 NLT No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

FOR a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to help and guide us.

John 14:26 NKJV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom my father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

THROUGH a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to reveal God’s revelations through us!

Act 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem [family, home], and in all Judea [our community] and Samaria [across cultures], and to the end of the earth [missions].

All of this is done through us, when we possess and tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Pray Always

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Pray Always

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

February 13, 2017

Ephesians 6:18 “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (NKJV)

Prayer must continue in our lives regardless of our current circumstances and situation. We need to realize and accept that every person has ups and downs – we all have good days and bad days. It is easy to pray on the up days, but it is not so easily done on the down days. Oddly enough, we often ‘forget’ to pray on the good days when those prayers are exactly the ones we need to prepare us and help us through tough times. Let’s make the decision to grow in our prayer lives this year.

Regarding prayer, here are some lessons from King David:

1 Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (NKJV)

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Place a Priority on Prayer

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Place a Priority on Prayer

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

January 30, 2017

Prayer is a very important aspect of a Christian’s life and should be a part of your every day. However, many people have questions about prayer and do not understand when, where, or how to pray. We can find the answers to these concerns easily – simply open up your Bible and read the Word of God. Sometimes we go far and wide in search of answers in our lives when the answers are revealed to us in the Word of God if we would read it and go the Lord. So, what does the Bible say about prayer? In Nehemiah, who was an Old Testament prophet, the Bible teaches us to place a priority on prayer.

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Prayer 101

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Prayer 101

Maria Foslien, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

January 23, 2017

I John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know we have the petitions we have asked of Him.” (NKJV)

As we begin to look at prayer from a biblical perspective, we, first and foremost, must pray according to HIS will! Unfortunately, many Christians are unskilled ‘prayers’; their prayer lives consist of phrases such as, “Lord, I need such-and-such,” or “help so-and-so.” While this simple prayer is better than no prayer at all, it is not very effective especially if we have been a Christian for any length of time. Throughout the Bible, the Lord has always been very gracious and loving as He looks to the heart of men and women in their actions and prayers. If you are a new believer, do not worry that your prayers may go unanswered or unheard because you are doing it incorrectly. Instead, focus on seeking God and coming to Him with an open heart, and He will meet you where you are at in life.

But, this does not mean we should not learn to pray powerfully, effectively, and correctly. God could do so much more here on the earth if we, the body of Christ, would give Him the legal right by asking in accordance with His Word. Now, prayer cannot take the place of obedience, and obedience cannot take the place of prayer as both are important in the life of a Christian. But, when we combine the two together, we open the door for God to move in our lives and on this earth in a powerful way.

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A New Year – 2017

A New Year
2017
Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
January 5, 2017

It is a new year and, for many, it is a brand new start – a new beginning. It is a time when we reflect on where we have been, and look forward to where we want to go. In this new year, it seemed fitting to also go back to ‘the beginning’ in the Word of God. In Genesis chapter one, we see God building and creating all there is and all that is to come as “. . . God created the heavens and the earth.”.

God, our perfect, loving, and all-sufficient Father, created the heavens and the earth according to what He saw as right – as true and perfect. There is nothing and never will be something that God created by accident: His purpose and ways are higher and wiser than what we can imagine. Consequently, He created us in His image and in His likeness, and we are not mistakes. We do not exist because of a random occurrence or because of a technical mistake God made. We exist because our Lord loves us; He desires to have a relationship with us, and He only wants the best for us.

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In Months Past, Part 4

MONDAY MOMENT

In Month’s Past
Part 4

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

September 12, 2016

This week we are taking a moment to wrap up our series, In Month’s Past. We have been focusing on the importance of emotional health so that we can grow and move forward spiritually.

A windshield is always bigger than the rearview mirror. We should be directing our thoughts and actions on the things that are in front of us rather than on the things that have already happened.

Actions for Achieving Emotional Health

1. Self-regulation: being in control of our actions and emotions

Proverbs 16:32 reads,
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (NKJV)

Proverbs 25:28 reads,
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (NLT)

2. Peace with your past: Groundhog Day was only a movie – it shouldn’t be your life.

Philippians 3:13 reads,
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (NLT)

Remember: The devil is the whisperer of lies, flaws, and mistakes. Don’t buy his lies!

3. Focus Thoughts on God’s Word: God’s Word is the answer to all things negative.

Hebrews 4:12 states,
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (NKJV)

Emotional health will not happen until our thoughts are consistent with God’s.

4. Receive the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is our guide and internal compass.

Galatians 5:16-24 reads,
(16) If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. (22) God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, (23) gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. (24) And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. (CEV)

5. Commit to being Healthy: Spirit, Soul, and Body.

Being healthy requires on-going attention and adjustment:

•  Eat well and maintain good physical health
•  Stay in church, go to counseling, and read a book about emotional health every year
•  Identify an accountability partner who will tell you the truth
•  Grow spiritually and get involved in the community
•  Step away from negative relationships and make new, positive ones

What you feed grows, and what you starve dies. Lay down the things that are preventing you from becoming all that God has intended.

Focus on Him, His Word, and your path forward.

Christ-centered for Life,

Pastor Paul