Leadership Blog

21 Aug How Important is the Holy Spirit?

How important was the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life? I think that P.C. Nelson summed it up the best when he wrote …

“Of all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah, the one
which Jesus pointed out in His home synagogue when He returned
to Nazareth was the one in Isaiah 61: 1, 2, concerning His anointing
with the Spirit. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Lu. 4: 18, 19.)”
~ P.C. Nelson “The Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

Enough said.

 

Read More

14 Aug Mystified About Praying in the Spirit?

To many, God’s choice of speaking in other tongues as an initial physical evidence of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling and also a continual source to empower believers to make a difference in this world remains a mystery. To these Jesus-loving believers, the supernatural aspect of speaking in other tongues is too much for their natural mind to wrap itself around. Consequently, many believers choose to ignore what they don’t fully understand thus causing them to miss out on one of God’s greatest gifts to believers.

Some time ago, I came across a quote that I consider to be the perfect answer for those confused about praying in the Spirit. The pioneer British Assemblies of God pastor, educator, convention speaker, and author Donald Gee addressed this issue in this concise and insightful way:

“It is difficult to conceive of any other sign so simple,
so universally available, and yet so suggestive of the
Holy Spirit’s complete control of the whole of
man’s ransomed powers.”
~ Donald Gee “The Phenomena of Pentecost”

Can you see how this quote should eliminate any and all confusion about praying in other tongues? Gee is explaining that, in pouring out His Spirit upon mankind, God has provided a way for us to know that we know that we know (a sign) that the gift has been received, made this gift with the accompanying evidence available for every believer in every place in the world (universally available), AND allowed man to totally yield in a way never before possible (complete control of the whole of man’s ransomed powers). Once this is understood, the mystery is solved, confusion will leave, questions will be cast to the side, the believer will ask the Father for this gift, and, like the apostle Paul, they will say to those around, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” (1 Corinthians 14:18).

Do the Church a favor. Let’s eliminate this mystery by passing along this blog post to all who have questions about the validity and importance of praying in the Spirit. I know that they will thank you and thank you some more!

 

Read More

07 Aug My Way of Spiritual Growth

Here is a good, practical way to allow God’s Word to grow in your spirit.

I find that for myself, my greatest revelation from the Scriptures comes as I read a particular verse from several translations. I am blessed in the fact that over the years, I have accumulated many, many translations including several that aren’t available online through sites like Gateway Bible and Bible Hub. As I read the translations, revelation comes as the difference in the wording provides a slightly distinct insight. And, here’s the part that has caused my spirit to grow, so that I won’t lose or forget that revelation, not too long ago, I began to enter those key translations onto an Excel spreadsheet so that I could mediate on these verses throughout my day. I created different spreadsheets for different topics, i.e., healing, Holy Spirit, worship, etc. Then, I placed these spreadsheets onto a platform that could be read on my PC, iPad, and iPhone allowing the verses and translations to be read at any place or time. As I updated the file on my PC, it would automatically update the other devices.

Here is an example from my file on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit:

So, now as I pray throughout the day, I can pull up this verse on my device and remind myself that as I am praying in the Spirit, I am being edified, improving myself, building up my spirit man, being encouraged … Can you see how this would cause spiritual growth?

I pray that this suggestion will be a blessing to you.

 

 

Read More

31 Jul A Miracle-Working Ministry

Why do Vickie and I travel each week to different churches and preach and teach about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the necessity of every born-again believer having a relationship with the Holy Spirit? The answer is quite simple. Without the infilling of the Holy Spirit, today’s believers will never continue Jesus’ earthly ministry to this present generation.

How important is it that today’s believers be baptized in the Holy Spirit? In reading through the Gospels, from the time that Jesus entered into the Temple as a youth until the day that He was baptized in water, we read of no ministry happening. There is no miracle or supernatural teaching to be found during these years. But, after the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus at His water baptism, Jesus was launched into a ministry of the supernatural with signs, wonders, and miracles. Acts 10:38 tells us that His miracle-working power manifested because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So, if Jesus was dependent upon the Holy Spirit to fulfill His earthly ministry, how can He continue His ministry today unless His followers too are filled and dependent upon the Holy Spirit!

I love how this quote from D.W. Kerr reminds us of Jesus’ dependence …

“Whether we speak of His ministry during His earthly career
or since He returned to heaven, there is no difference at all as to
the manifestation of His power in casting our devils, healing the
sick, raising the dead, cleansing the leper, causing the lame to walk,
the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.
When Jesus Christ was upon the earth, He wrought miracles
by the power of the Spirit: When He returned to heaven
He continues to work by the same power.”
~ D.W. Kerr “The Phenomena of Pentecost”

This same power is readily available today to all who like Jesus will be filled with the Holy Spirit and rely upon His presence and power (the anointing). The greater works that Jesus promised in John 14:12 are waiting … Be filled with the Spirit!

 

 

Read More

24 Jul Maximize Your Harvest!

Here’s a “Billyism” that needs to be shared with EVERYONE who has the privilege to teach or preach … an implanted seed in a prepared soil will produce the desired harvest. Isn’t the harvest really what ministry is all about? This harvest is brought in as we preach and teach the Word about a subject (prepare the soil), allow the Father to talk to the heart of the individual (plant the seed), and finally provide an opportunity for the Father bring forth the fruit (harvest).

Simple? Yep. Evidently too simple. So simple that one or more of these elements are often missed in Sunday school classes, children’s/youth ministry services, and adult services. Here are just a few examples:
*Some fail to insure that the soil is prepared. After a brief scattered overview of the subject, some are ready to give an altar call and then move on to the next subject. No. No. No! Prepare the soil. Nowhere do you read that the harvest has to be drawn in after one quick teaching. Take your time. Make it the message plain. Pull out the obstacles in the soil that would hinder the seed from bringing in a harvest.
* Some fail to recognize that you can’t get tomatoes and cucumbers off of the same vine. In other words, expect the harvest to match only what you’ve prepared for. Years ago, I visited a church where the evangelist gave a phenomenal,  powerful  salvation message. After inviting people to the altar to receive the gift of salvation, out of nowhere the evangelist gave a 60 second appeal for those wanting to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Many of the children/youth at that service didn’t even have a clue about the Holy Spirit’s existence. Needless to say, that brought confusion and no fruit was harvested in that area.
* Some fail to allow the Father to put His hand upon each individual piece of harvest. The message to the group can overshadow the personal touch of the Father to the individual. Personalize the appeal by saying something to the effect of, “The Father wants you to know that He has prepared for you …”
* Some fail to bring in the harvest. If you have prepared the soil, allowed the Holy Spirit to plant the seed, you can expect a harvest. Make room/time for the Father to bring in the promised harvest. In other words, give an altar call and invite people to respond. NEVER plant a seed and not allow time for the Holy Spirit to complete the work.  Failing to bring in the fruit makes it possible for the thief to steal the seed. Always, always, always, always provide an opportunity for the Father to bring in the harvest.

There’s not much time left to bring in the harvest. Jesus is coming soon. So, let’s make every effort count!

Read More