December 2013

30 Dec And Behind This Curtain Is …

For those who have are connected to Billy Burns Ministries and have been readers of this blog for any length of time, you know that 99.99% of the blog entries are posted to help usher in a move of God's Spirit. Our ministries' sole purpose is to be an ignitor of a Holy Ghost fire that will sweep across this land. But, this morning, I sensed an urgency to deviate and share a word of encouragement. It might be directed to just one reader or maybe many of the readers from the 60+ nations who read this blog. Here is what the Holy Ghost prompted me to share ...

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23 Dec Merry Christmas from Billy Burns Ministries

Vickie and I pray that in this Christmas season and the upcoming new year your life will be filled with His presence and the great joy that only He can bring! We know that the God of the supernatural has powerful plans in store in 2014 for those who will work together with His Spirit. I believe that you are one of those people. So, get ready, get ready, get ready! Let me introduce the Burns family ...

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16 Dec It’s Way Too Easy!

In traveling and ministering in churches both here in America and abroad, I am constantly amazed at the comments and compliments that I receive from pastors about the ease that they see when I preach about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the ensuing altar ministry. Evidently, I make it look too easy. So many pastors are amazed at the number of people who respond to the altar call and then baptized. Let me let you in on the "secret". Ready? It IS easy. Why? It's because there is no pressure on me. After spending time in prayer and preparation before the service, I have the greatest opportunity to work together with the Holy Spirit through the preaching and simply teach about God's passionate desire to give a gift to each and every believer (Luke 11:13) and how it is to the believer's advantage to receive this gift (John 16:7). Why is the altar ministry so successful? Because there is no pressure on me. (Do you see a trend?) After spending time in prayer and preparation before the service and then preaching, I get to watch Him tug on people's hearts. Even in some of the most difficult, unemotional, stone-faced, seemingly lifeless congregations, when given the opportunity to receive the promise of the Father, over and over again I've seen large portions of the congregation respond to heaven's invitation and be gloriously filled. Why is this so easy? The receiving of this gift is found in God's ability to keep His promise. In each and every altar call, I share the following verse: "For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children ...

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09 Dec Moved & Left No Forwarding Address

It's happened to all of us at one time or another. We have all mailed a letter to an individual only to later have it returned with a notification from the post office telling us that the person has moved and left no address in which to forward the letter. I've had this happen several times. Fortunately, I was able to locate many of these people by relying upon Facebook. In reading Tommy Welchel's True Stories of the Miracles of Azusa Street and Beyond, I found a statement that caused me to notice something that was once prevalent in the Church and now seemingly has moved and left no forwarding address. I'm talking in particular about singing in the Spirit or singing in other tongues. Here is what Welchel records about its importance in the Azusa Street Revival. (Taken from page 53) "He (Sines) remembered that virtually every time that Seymour instructed them to sing in the Spirit, something wonderful and beyond understanding would happen. The music would rise to a new level, and the sound that came from Azusa was like a heavenly choir singing." Is this singing in the Spirit scriptural? Do you recall Paul's admonition? He said: "I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind." I Corinthians 14:15 (New Century Version) Not only is it scriptural, it is beneficial. Like Welchel's testimony of the Azusa Street Revival, I have personally witnessed the transition that takes place when individuals and then the corporate body moves into a new realm of worship through singing in the Spirit. Mere human words can't describe that taste of glory. It literally opens the door for a visitation from heaven that isn't available through any other avenue, I'm talking about the "wonderful and beyond understanding". Am I the only one that has noticed that we've veered away from singing in the Spirit? Has today's church replaced singing in the Spirit with spirited singing? Have we become too polished and predictable that we have no room for this spontaneous, free-flowing expression of worship? I have good news. This missing form of worship is retrievable. It's location isn't truly lost. But, we won't find its location through Facebook. No. This will only be found through face time, time on our face before God. Thankfully, the location is easy to find. 1 Corinthians 14:15 tells us that it is a matter of our will for Paul wrote, "I will ...

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02 Dec It’s Happy Hour – The Holy Ghost is Here!

Have you ever wondered why many church services are comparable to a seemingly never-ending funeral service? I’m talking about church services that are cold, lifeless, boring, emotionless, powerless, predictable, … Need I go on? You know exactly what I am talking about. You've endured those types of services. I'm talking about services that have been so formalized and formulaized that its very life has disappeared. A few weeks ago, I spent a Friday evening at a local Oktoberfest celebration where literally hundreds of people were enjoying the carnival rides, games, and native German food and pastries. And, of course, the native German beverage, beer, was plentiful. It was definitely a party atmosphere. It was easy to identify those who had enjoyed the beer in excess. Their exuberant, boisterous dancing was one for a YouTube video. They didn't care one iota about what people thought about their celebrating. And, to be honest, very few people paid much attention to the inebriated partying. Why? Everyone knew that Oktoberfest was the place to throw life's cares to the side and enjoy the moment! The reason for this week's blog subject is to challenge some sacred cows. I am convinced (are you ready for this?) that God LOVES an Oktoberfest-type Church. I know that this might seem radical. This is far from what we are seeing in most churches today. We all know that church is supposed to be a have-to-go, have-to-endure place, right? But that's not the New Testament Church. What was the Book of Acts Church like? There was absolutely NO predictability and starchiness to be found. You see, when the Holy Ghost shows up, He is life of the party. We see this in Acts 2. The bystanders who witnessed the 120 exiting the upper room were convinced that Jesus’ followers had been in a party. These Oktoberfest-type, Spirit-baptized believers were “intoxicated” on the Holy Ghost and didn't care about the bystander's opinions. This “happy hour” that we are still talking about some 2,000 years later brought over 3,000 people into the Kingdom. Is this scriptural? You betcha! I love what my friend Mark Hankins teaches. Mark says that you will never find a sad or depressed Holy Ghost. The Bible explains that there is “joy in the Holy Ghost”. (Romans 14:17). When He is present, get ready for “joy unspeakable and full of glory”. (1 Peter 1:8). I have some advice for you. If you are in a formal or formula “churchy” church … RUN FOR THE DOOR. It’s a great indicator that the Holy Ghost isn't there. Or, if He is there, He is well constrained. Find a church that allows for “intoxicated” behavior. Be a part of a church that has removed the "churchy" straitjacket that's limited the manifestation and demonstration of the Person who birthed the Church, the Holy Ghost. I've written this blog to let you know that it is “happy hour”. If anyone asks if you've lost your mind tell them, "Yes I have and I don't want it back!" It’s time to party and run, dance, shout, and clap your hands. Shuck the "what will people think" restraints. The Holy Ghost is here!...

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