An opportunity for everyone
Let him hear what the Spirit says to the poor:
Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55.1-2
Sacrifice is found in true faith, a sincere faith.
Religious faith refers to the feelings of the soul, but the faith that reaches the Almighty, refers to the obedience to His Word.
Therefore, if you want to know whether you have a religious faith or a true faith, just observe whether your behavior is according to the Word of God.
This is so you are not fooled.
Meditate on the words the Lord Jesus said to the religious Jews who claimed to be of God:
He who is of God hears (practices) God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God. John 8.47
Practicing the Word of God involves obedience. And obedience requires sacrifice.
I cannot find one biblical verse that involves conscious faith with feelings. However, among many, I found the following verse that expresses the thoughts of the Most High:
And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3.15
Perhaps the following comments may help someone.
BISHOP!! I’m at a loss for words to describe what just happened to me!!! I was listening to the message you uploaded on YouTube today about “Few are truly of God”. When it was time to pray, I did as you asked and locked myself in my room so I would be able to pray along with you. And that’s when it all began.
My phone started vibrating, people started trying to come into my room, but I remained firm in prayer with you. There was a silence, and after some time, you said we should confess our sins and mistakes to God, and repent. I did just that, and began seeking the Holy Spirit. I did exactly as you asked and, by faith, thanked Him. At that very moment when you said, “In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, receive the breath of LIFE”, that’s the exact moment I experienced great joy, and the celestial joy I’ve heard so many people speak about! Meanwhile, some tears rolled down my cheeks, and you said, “This person is not crying because he is sad, but because he is certain that he has just received the Spirit of God”. This is when it seemed like I was taken to another world!
Now I’m sure I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. After the prayer, I couldn’t stop thanking God; I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing!! It was a different kind of smile, in a way that I had never smiled before. My smile said, “from this day on, the LIVING God dwells in me”.
This is my testimony bishop, it’s fresh out of the oven, this happened only a few minutes ago!
May God bless you more each day Bishop, and thank you for such an important message, because it made all the difference in my life!! This Fast is getting better every day
Hello, bishop… I had never participated in a Fast of Daniel, this is my first… I would like to know if it’s normal to feel sad after seeking the Holy Spirit… because I’ve never given my best, but this time I want to surrender my body, soul and spirit… However, when you finish the prayer over the radio and I realize I didn’t feel that joy you speak of… that inexplicable thing… in the soul… I immediately feel sad because it’s like I’m seeing the Lord Jesus with his back turned to me, telling me I don’t deserve to receive Him. I have humbled myself before Him and surrendered my all… I asked for forgiveness for my mistakes and asked Him to come live in me… but then I’m overcome with a sense of frustration, because, once again, I didn’t receive Him… and I’m afraid to become weak in the faith because of this… Please, help me…. I know I don’t deserve to be the dwelling place of the Most High, but you have yourself said that we don’t receive Him based on merit… So what else is missing for the big day to come for me too? I have not been anxious about it, but the desire to quench my thirst in the river of Living Water consumes me day and night… especially, because I don’t know what I’m doing wrong before my Lord.
Good evening, bishop! I made a decision: this Fast of Daniel is only going to finish when I am sure of my Salvation. No matter how many days it takes, I’m not going to pass up this opportunity. I am going to dive deeper into this purpose every day, until I know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Today, my life is being transformed, my marriage is blessed, my family is starting to go to Church and things have been going well. God has honored my vows and my prayers; however, it’s useless to have all these things and not have my Eternal Salvation. I am going to clean my heart of every last thing that doesn’t belong there. I can’t accept anything other than what I’ve determined; otherwise, none of these things will have been worth it. My next comment will be to say that I am sure of my Salvation.