Although we receive the life of the Spirit through the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, many of us need to fan this spark of life into flames. The Seminar invites us to gather and prepare for a very personal “Pentecost,” a new release or revitalisation of the Spirit’s presence.” It includes speakers, scripture, music, prayer and small groups.
Currently there is a seminar running at Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki and one of our members, NicoleCode has kindly shared her experience of the sessions with us! Yay! The Seminar encourages participants to use Scripture as a significant resource for growing in our understanding and love of God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit want to reveal themselves to us during the weeks of the course. It is for this reason that we should become dedicated to reading and meditating upon the assigned Scriptures and Catechism passages. We encourage you to begin to pray with these Scripture passages from the course, which Nicole will share and we hope these reflections bless and inspire you to open your heart to the Holy Spirit and deepen your individual relationship with God through Jesus, the Christ.
God loves us so much that He blessed us with will and intellect so we may choose Him of our own volition.
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me’- Rev 3:20
Jesus stands at the door of your heart, but He cannot come in because the door has only one handle, and it is on YOUR side of the door. Another analogy- It is also one thing to give your life to Jesus (like picking him up in your car for your journey through life) but it is another thing to actually let Him DRIVE the car and take every decision for you regarding the direction you are going in. Jesus is either Lord of ALL of your life, or nothing at all.
Many of us have given our some aspects of our lives to Jesus but we must ask ourselves who our real masters and lords are. Work? Friends? Drinking? Social media? All of us have certain sins we cannot stop committing because we are under their dominion.
John 8:34 states that ‘everyone who sins is a slave to sin’.
If you find yourself committing the same sin over and over again even when you have resolved to stop – you are a slave and it is your master. We need Jesus in order to break our shackles so we can overcome our vices.
When we invite Jesus into our lives as Lord and Saviour we experience peace and freedom because we have handed over to the Master Arranger. Things will not always be easy, but God’s plan for us is better than we could ever hope for for ourselves.
‘In all things, God works for good with those who love Him’ – Romans 8:28
May God give us the humility to accept that we need Him to guide us and the strength to hand over complete control to Him.