September 2017

25 Sep How Important is the Anointing?

How important is the Holy Spirit's anointing? The answer is best given by a man who was a powerful theologian and educator, used mightily of God in healing crusades, and the founder of my alma mater Southwestern Assemblies of God University, P. C. Nelson. "Without this anointing it is possible to get up suppers and bazaars, rummage sales and entertainments, to give addresses on religious, moral, philanthropic, literary and current events, and other themes, but not to exercise a ministry even remotely comparable to that of Christ and His apostles." ~ P.C. Nelson "The Baptism in the Holy Spirit" Satan laughs at man's efforts and formulas but trembles when he sees a person walking in the Holy Spirit's anointing. It is the anointing's wonder-working power that destroys the yoke of bondage and sets the captive free. (Isaiah 10:27). Thank God that the "Spirit of the Lord is upon me ...

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18 Sep Explanation Is Needed

Some time ago, I had a pastor call and tell me of another church whose pastor had to explain to the congregation about a demonstration of the Holy Spirit's presence in the Sunday morning service. The pastor calling me thought that it was strange and unnecessary to explain about the workings of the Holy Spirit to a Spirit-filled congregation. Little did this pastor expect that I would side with the need for taking time in the service to explain what had transpired. Here is what I told this pastor. Explanation is always needed ...

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11 Sep Tired of Satan’s Input?

Probably just a few of this blog's readers are old enough to remember something called a party line. For all of the youngsters, a party line is not a bunch of people line dancing at a party. So, what is a party line? Until the 1980's, most of America's phone systems consisted of multiple homes sharing a telephone circuit and thus creating what was called a party line. Because of the shared circuit, it was common to pick up your telephone to make a phone call and hear one of your neighbors speaking on a phone call originating from their home. To make your phone call, you would have to hang up your telephone and wait until they finished their conversation and hung up their telephone. If the truth be known, this was a great resource for gossipers. Often people on a party line would listen in and eavesdrop on their neighbor's conversations. Eventually, the telephone companies phased out the party line and created direct circuit lines to each and every phone. I am sharing this information about a party line to let you in on a secret. When we pray with our understanding, we are praying what I call party line prayers, prayers that allow Satan to eavesdrop on what we are saying.  Through these prayers, Satan gains information that was previously unknown to him, information that he can twist and misconstrue to use against us in his attacks. I know that you can identify with what I am saying. You've had this happen over and over again, right? How do we kick Satan out of the loop on what is being said in our conversations with God? The remedy is quite simple. Start praying in the Spirit. You see, when we start praying in our heavenly language, we turn our prayers from being a party line conversation into a direct secure line conversation that only God the Father can understand. According to the apostle Paul ...

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04 Sep There Must Be More

One of the greatest dangers within the Body of Christ is found when a believer experiences God in a real, tangible way and then decides to pitch his tent on this one experience and never move on in his journey of the Spirit. These individuals are ones who lose the passion to go after more of God, to experience God in new, fresh ways, and explore the riches of His glory. Here is how one of my all-time favorite spiritual heroes explained it ...

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