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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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26 Mar Removing the “If” Out of the Supernatural

Here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what has happened a few times in our traveling as evangelists …

Let me set the scene … It’s Sunday morning and Vickie and I have just arrived at the church to meet with the pastor before the morning service. After a few minutes of visiting, I inevitably will ask about the general length of the service so that I can have a feel of my boundaries. Ready for a shocker? There have been pastors that have said something like this … “Well Billy, we are usually dismissing the service around noon or maybe 12:15 PM at the latest. But, if the Spirit is moving, feel free to take your liberty.”

Did you catch that? “… if the Spirit is moving …” If you have been around me for any length of time, you know that my brain is constantly thinking of funny retorts. Fortunately, so far, I have been successful in suppressing a lot of what I’m thinking. If there were no possible negative ramifications, I know that I know that I know that I’d reply, “Is the Holy Spirit scheduled to be off duty this weekend?” or “You mean that it’s not the norm for Him to move in your services?” or “Is there a possibility that He doesn’t want to move supernaturally?” To be the sweet Billy that you know and love, I usually reply with, “Well, let’s see what the God that is able to do exceeding, abundantly more than we can ask or think is capable of doing.”

I am sharing this post to challenge pastors and Sunday school teachers and children’s/youth ministry leaders to replace the “if the Spirit moves” with “the Spirit will mightily move”. When the “if” is replaced with the “will“, we can be assured that there will be demonstrations of the Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4), “suddenlies” will interrupt sermons just as seen in Peter’s preaching at Cornelius’ home (Acts 10), and lives will be greatly impacted by the preaching of the Word with validations of the preaching by signs and wonders (Mark 16:20). TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost and this is STILL His dispensation for mighty, unprecedented, unimaginable displays of His presence and power.

If? Nope. Will? A Texas-size yes!!!

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19 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #11 – The Exponential Explosion Factor

I know that the readership of this blog is very diverse. From Google Analytics, I can see that it is being read in countries literally around the world. From readership feedback, I know that the readers come from varying church/denominational affiliations and ministry involvements. The one common denominator is that the blog is connecting with people who have a passion for the Holy Spirit and long to see Him manifest His presence just as He did in the Book of Acts. You the reader have connected with my “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost” and are joining with me in making this declaration as you welcome Him into your daily walk with Christ.

I shared about the diversity of the readership to give the following explanation. This is week number 12 in a blog series that has focused on insights for ushering in a much-needed move of God in children’s ministries. And, while Revolution: Settling for Nothing Less Than a Joel 2 Generation blog series is perhaps far from being a total, complete list of needed changes, I do recognize that the readership is far more than just children’s ministry leaders and volunteers. Because of this diversity, I will end this series with this blog post and move on to subjects needed by the total readership. This final insight is …

I know that the title The Exponential Explosion Factor has piqued your curiosity. In a day where many children’s ministry leaders and workers have settled for what I call “firecracker” sound effects in their classrooms, I am calling for an explosion in the realm of the Spirit as you minister that only heaven will be able to accurately record its immeasurable results.

How does this happen? Quite simply, this insight is calling for you to pray in the Spirit. This really shouldn’t have to be included in the list of needed changes because it should be a given that consistently praying in other tongues is so much a part of who you are that is an ongoing part of your daily walk with Christ. But, we all know that often what should be and what actually is happening are two different things. There is a two-fold reason for your praying in the Spirit …

#1. Praying in other tongues prepares you to supernaturally minister. We both know that there is a humongous difference in dispensing Bible information and ministering with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many teachers/leaders have settled for just giving out Bible stories and truths. But those who intertwine their spirit with the Holy Spirit by consistently, daily praying in other tongues move from the information dispensing realm into a realm of seeing the glory of God.  Praying in the Spirit enables you to supernaturally connect with God (Romans 8:26-27), move beyond the limitations imposed by natural thinking (1 Corinthians 14:14), build/energize your spirit (Jude 28), and receive heaven’s timely download (1 Corinthians 14:4). I’m talking about preparing for one gigantic exponential explosion in both you and your children’s ministry!

#2 Praying in other tongues prepares the children to supernaturally receive the ministry. Just as a farmer prepares the soil before the seed is planted, children’s hearts can be supernaturally prepared for the work of the Holy Spirit as we pray in the Spirit. Praying in other tongues enables you to strategically pray the perfect will of God (Romans 8:27) about things that are mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2) and you have no knowledge (Romans 8:26).  Can you see how this will exponentially change the whole dynamics of what happens in your service?

Children’s Pastor, pray in the Spirit. Sunday school teacher, pray in the Spirit. Bible club leader, pray in the Spirit. Nursery leader, pray in the Spirit. An exponential explosion in the heavenlies is waiting for those who will ignite the fuse through this kind of prayer.

I’m settling for nothing less than a Joel 2 Generation. How about you? Let me hear from you about how that you are implementing these revolution insights. billy@billyburns.com

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