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30 Apr How’s This, Mister Spiritual Hottie Tottie?

My greatest challenge each week is to keep this blog post sized down to a post that can be read and digested in a two to three minute reading period. The latest statistics that I’ve found states that the average reader reads at a rate of around 200 words per minute and, in doing so, comprehends 60% of what they’ve read. Each week, I struggle trying to place into three or four paragraphs what I could easily share in three or four pages. Enough said about my struggles. (I have already shared 117 words explaining wanting to keep the post short and readable. Go figure!)

Here is a truth that is so, so powerful and doesn’t need a lot of words of explanation. (Maybe I can average the word count in this blog post against one of the longer ones and help me feel better about my wpb -words per blog.) Here it is …

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit and walking
in the benefits of this relationship doesn’t make
you better than the person who is not Spirit-baptized.
It makes you better than you!

This should be enough said to deal with the elitism of some Spirit-filled believers.

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23 Apr Want to Walk in God’s Supernatural Power TODAY? Here’s How …

Please read the following disclaimer before reading the entire blog post …

DISCLAIMER: The following blog post is intended to be read and then implemented only by those wanting to operate in the realm of the supernatural. The operation of God’s supernatural power that I’m about to share is equal to resurrecting the dead back to life, liberating a body from the confines of a wheelchair, or turning water into Welch’s grape juice (I’m not one for drinking any alcoholic beverage). And, be forewarned … operating in this gift is not for those wanting man’s accolades or applause. In all actuality, in most circumstances, only you and one other person might know that this gift has been in operation. And, there are many times that you won’t know the results of your cooperation with the Holy Spirit as you operate in this gift.

What is this supernatural ministry? Be a conduit of God’s love. Yep. You read correctly. I can read some of your minds. You’re thinking, “I thought that you said that this is supernatural.” Well, it is for the Word says …

“… because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost …”
Romans 5:5

Supernatural? How so? The source is supernatural … God. The depositor is supernatural … the Holy Spirit.

This walk in the supernatural can be demonstrated at any TIME, at any PLACE, in any SITUATION, by any BELIEVER. You will find that God has “Holy Ghost setups” waiting on your intentional and purposeful “such as I have give I thee” (Acts 3:6) love deposits. This can come in the form of giving words of encouragement to the Walmart cashier, hugs to a love-starved child, warm smiles to a person walking towards you at the mall, or thanks along with a very generous tip to the restaurant waitress. You and I can become God’s supernatural conduit to provide full-blown, life-changing, heaven-imparting Spirit and life to a world desperately needing a divine visitation! It’s truly S-U-P-E-R-N-A-T-U-R-A-L.

Hallelujah. I’ll say it again, hallelujah! Let’s begin this walk TODAY!!!

P.S. Do this world a gigantic favor. Forward this blog post to others who long to walk in the supernatural.

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16 Apr God Says YES to Demonstrating His Power TODAY

Not too long ago, I read a powerful statement that I absolutely HAVE, HAVE, HAVE to share with you. It comes from Healing Rays, a book written back in 1932 by the Welch minister George Jeffreys. For those unfamiliar with this great man of God, Jeffreys (1889-1962) _
* Founded one of the first Pentecostal organizations in the United Kingdom, the great Elim Pentecostal Church.
* Traveled with his brother Stephen throughout England and Ireland ministering and demonstrating God’s healings and miracles in conventions, churches, and camps.
* Was used of God just days before his death to pass on his mantle to launch the ministry of a 22-year-old Reinhard Bonnke.

I’m so thankful that I discovered the following teaching in Jeffreys’ book. It shows God’s unequivocal YES to demonstrating His power TODAY. Here’s the statement.

“The command and promises of Mark 16:15-18 most certainly apply to the
whole dispensation of the Holy Ghost. There was no geographical boundary
to limit its activities – “Go ye into all the world.” There was no distinction
to hinder its message – “Preach the Gospel to every creature.” There was
no cessation of the miraculous signs – “These signs shall follow them that believe.”
There was no change in the authority behind the commission – “In My Name.”
~ George Jeffreys “Healing Rays”

 

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09 Apr Supernatural Downloads

I absolutely love ministering the Holy Spirit Rallies each weekend and seeing many people be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is really exciting to me when we are given the opportunity to also minister on a Sunday night and go one step further as I teach teach about the necessity of praying in the Spirit. Of the two services that we minister on the weekend, the Sunday night service is always the most challenging. Why? Because trying to squeeze into a 45 minute time window a teaching that tells of the many benefits that come as we pray in other tongues is like attempting to squeeze a 36 inch waist into a size 30 pair of jeans. It is so, so, so challenging. I honestly believe that I could spend 45 minutes to an hour teaching on each a benefit on my list.

In this blog post, I’d like to share about one of the greatest benefits that comes from praying in other tongues. (That’s not really true because each and every benefit is equally incredibly wonderful!).

Ready? At the exact moment that we begin to pray in other tongues, heaven starts depositing a supernatural, power-packed, devil-crushing, hell-invading download into our spirit that is designed to fully equip us to fulfill God’s will, plan, and purpose in our lives. As each and every syllable comes out of our mouths, we are receiving all of the critical components necessary to do the wonderful, wonder-producing works of God uniquely designed for us. I’ll let the apostle Paul explain about the downlaod …

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself …”
1 Corinthians 14:4

Reading this verse from other translations makes this point crystal clear …

“He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself.” (Amplified Bible)
“He who talks with a Tongue may be advancing his own spiritual progress.” (Arthur S. Way Translation)
“He who speaks in an unknown tongue does good to himself.” (Weymouth New Testament)

According to Paul, we are receiving the exact substance needed to improve and advance us and give the goods for that day’s strategic situations and activities. Did you catch that? The download is for that day’s assignments. You see, yesterday’s download won’t be adequate for today’s assignment and today’s download won’t supply the needed components for tomorrow’s God-ordained plan. I believe that it was for this reason alone that Paul wrote …

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.”
1 Corinthians 14:18

Right now, I’ll kick into my Sunday night restraining mode and stop sharing further about this important benefit that comes as we pray in the Spirit. I have conveyed just enough teaching to cause you to increase the frequency of your heavenly downloads. So, stop reading and start downloading. Pray in the Spirit!

 

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07 Apr It ALL Begins TODAY!

I tend to forget that just because I have read each and every one of the blog posts for the last ten plus years (well over 550 posts) and personally attended each and every service that I have preached and workshop that I have taught, I am the ONLY one in the whole wide world that can make that claim. With the blog’s readership growing and us constantly meeting new people as we travel week to week ministering in our Holy Spirit Rallies and Ignite & Unite Conferences, I am quite sure that there are those that hear me mention the phrase “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost” in our meetings and/or read it in this blog and not know the significance of the statement that is our ministry’s anthem. Here’s the story behind the declaration.

One Sunday morning several years ago while Vickie and I were children’s pastors in South Florida, we had a tremendous time of praise and worship. So many of our children were going after God and His presence was so tangible. After this time of praise and worship, I stepped onto the platform, looked at Vickie and said, “I see the day that it will be difficult to stop our children from praising God in the service.” That was a great spiritual statement, or so I thought. Shortly after leaving the platform, God’s Spirit spoke to me and corrected me. He said for me to quit saying that I see the day coming and instead begin to say that TODAY is that day. He continued by emphasizing that we can cause ourselves to miss out on what God wants to do today by our constantly looking at the past where God had visited or by constantly looking at the future, a time that is always just past our reach. He told me to boldly declare “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost” and the door to the supernatural will be opened.  We thank God for the past, look forward to the future, but live with a full expectation of God’s Spirit moving mightily TODAY.

Now that you know the story, join me in declaring “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost.” Say it again and again. THIS is the day for the supernatural power of God to do new, unprecedented, exciting things! And, it begins TODAY!

 

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