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20 Mar Exploits Are Waiting!

Here is an honest confession … in reading through the Bible, I acknowledge that some portions of my daily readings are far more enjoyable than others. I always absolutely love reading through the Gospels and the Book of Acts and I struggle reading through Leviticus. It is all that I can do to labor through the laws and commands. And then, in reading through other portions of the Pentateuch, I struggle with the genealogies and the chapters telling about where the different tribes lived. I have to develop the mentality of the little caboose as it was trying to make it up the mountain by constantly thinking “I think I can, I think I can, …” as I struggle through the verses. There, I feel better now that I’ve made that confession.

There’s one Old Testament book that is filled with stories of Israel’s ups and downs, the book of Judges. I read through that book this week and noticed that Samuel tells of when the Spirit of the Lord would come upon individuals so that they could perform a certain task …. Othniel to judge (Judges 3), Deborah  to judge (Judges 4), Gideon to lead into battle (Judges 6), Jephthah to judge (Judges 11), and Samson to bring God’s judgement on the Philistines (Judges 13, 14, 15, and 16). I didn’t have to take off my shoes to provide additional digits to be able to count the number of individuals. Samuel lists and gives the stories of only five people that had the privilege of being clothed by God’s Spirit. Not five hundred or five thousand … five.

filledWhat a contrast to today. Each and every born again believer today has the potential and privilege to be clothed and possessed by the Spirit of God 24/7/365. No seminary degree is needed. No background check is required. No position in an organization or church is necessary. You don’t have to have the “right” last name. It’s just a matter of believe, receive, and then walk in the Spirit.

What a privilege. Each and every one of us gets to be a present day Spirit-clothed representative for the Kingdom. (Luke 24:49).  We are critical to the plan of God for today. Let’s boldly walk with the Holy Spirit and do exploits to advance the Kingdom. Remember, exploits are waiting.

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13 Mar Supernatural Healings – TODAY!

I am so excited about the day and age in which we live. I am convinced that God is up to something supernatural and we get to be a part of it. I wouldn’t trade living today for any other time that witnessed an outpouring of God’s Spirit. The move of God that is presently unfolding will far exceed anything in recorded history. It truly is the day of the Holy Ghost.

Altar MinistryHere is one exciting part of this outpouring – divine healing is being brought to the forefront. The perfunctory, ritualistic healing prayer found in of many of today’s churches is being replaced with the Holy Spirit showcasing His miracle-working power through signs, wonders, and miracles. And here’s the part that I love. This isn’t being seen only in the adult services but also in the ministry to children and youth. And wait, there’s more. These demonstrations of the Spirit aren’t confined to a church service. They are happening in homes and businesses everywhere.

Why is this important? Because, if this gospel is to be preached throughout the earth before the return of Jesus (Matthew 24:14), and, if His return is imminent, then demonstrations of healing are vital to hastening His return. Holy Spirit-produced, visible, undeniable healings have always been a vital part of the advancing of the gospel. We see this throughout Jesus’ ministry.

“Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere
the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness
and disease. News about him spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that the sick
were soon coming to be healed 
from as far away as Syria. And whatever their illness
and pain,  or if they were possessed by demons, or were epileptics, or were
paralyzed — he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went …”

Matthew 4:23-25 (New Living Translation)

I believe that Raymond T. Richey said it best …

“Divine healing is the dinner bell. Keep ringing that bell and people will come.”
~ Raymond T. Richey

Let’s work together with the Holy Spirit and “ring the bell”. Allow the Holy Spirit to demonstrate His power and then expect New Testament results – people healed of every kind of sickness and disease, news of God’s power spreading abroad, and people becoming followers of Jesus.

 

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06 Mar Tell Them Your Story

Want to see a miracle? You’re looking at one right now. This blog post Tell Them Your Story is just five short paragraphs. Five paragraphs is a miracle? Yep. You see, I am so passionate about the subject the five paragraphs could have easily been five pages.  It is a miracle that I was able to limit the post to the five paragraphs. After reading this post, you will understand my passion.

For those ministering to children and youth … you have a powerful ministry tool available that you have probably never used… it’s your testimony. Week after week, the children/youth see this really cool person (that’s you) that has their act together, is in love with Jesus, has no trouble sharing their faith, and did I mention is really cool? That is all that they know about you. And, to most of the children/youth, you have always been this way. To them, you came out of your mother’s womb with your hands raised towards heaven and immediately gave a message from God in perfect King James English. They haven’t heard the whole story.

TestimonyI was reading earlier today that God told Israel in Deuteronomy 6:20-25 to tell (testify to) their children about what He had done for them. God wanted the next generation to know that what they were seeing at that given moment isn’t the way that it has always been. Their testimony would show their God as an awesome deliverer, provider, and keeper.

I come back to what I wrote earlier. Those in your ministry have no idea about God’s mighty work in your life. They just see the now picture. Hold on. Before you become defensive, I am not suggesting that you go into all of the sordid details of your past. They aren’t needed. But what is needed is that you show how God changed your life. Just like the Psalmist David, your testimony might put God’s miracle-working power on display when he wrote “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God …” (Psalms 42:2-3). My testimony is quite different. I was born again at the age of 6, fell in love with Jesus, was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the age of 10, and, because of God’s keeping power, I have never walked away from God. Both types of testimonies are powerful examples of God’s goodness. The testimony moves God from the black and white text in a Book to being a transforming today God. The result of sharing your story will bring about the final words of verse 3. “… many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” 

One more thought about sharing testimonies. Once a month have a Throw-Back Sunday or a Way-Back Wednesday when one person on your ministry team or a person from the congregation takes 5 short minutes to share their testimony. Try it. You’ll thank me!

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27 Feb I’ve Read Your Report Card!

If you have been around me for any length of time, you know that I will never be accused of not being able to have something to say at any time, any place, or any situation. I often jokingly say that my school teacher’s favorite day of the school year was the day that I was absent. Why? Because talking was my specialty. In fact, to support this claim, a few days ago I was going through several files in my filing cabinet and discovered a file that contained my elementary school report cards. With God as my witness, in looking at the report cards in grade after grade, the teachers would routinely place a check mark by the “I work quietly” status indicating that I needed improvement.

Angry young man shouting and looking up at copyspace

Please consider this blog post to be your personal report card from Billy Burns Ministries. Here is our evaluation.  You’ve guessed it. You actually saw it coming. Unlike the assessment on my childhood report cards, for you, we have placed a check mark by “I am too quiet”.

I writing to individuals today that long for a move of God’s Spirit in their ministry. They want to see God do in their classroom or auditorium the things that they have read throughout the Book of Acts. And yet, it just isn’t happening.

The answer is so simple. In fact, that is why I checked the “I an too quiet” on your report card. Your quietness implies that you are accepting the present set of circumstances and will keep on tolerating the way things are.  It’s time for a change!

Write and post the following statement in places that you will see often. Dissatisfaction and desperation can’t and won’t be silent. In other words, if you want to see God’s Spirit move, if you want Book of Acts happenings, the days of silence must end. It is time to open up your mouth and D-E-C-L-A-R-E what God says about your ministry!

Here is what will happen if you will open up your mouth and begin to boldly speak out the Word of God. First, God said that He would hasten (watch) over His Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12). Speaking God’s Word launches heaven into action. Secondly, declaring God’s Word causes faith to arise within you. (Romans 10:17). Each bold declaration magnifies God’s Word and causes it to explode within your spirit. And finally, agreeing with the Word of God and broadcasting it to the enemy over and over and over again causes Satan to flee. (James 4:7).

Right now would be a good time to change your report card’s “needs improvement” status. Go ahead, open up your mouth and boldly declare OUT LOUD the Word of God over and over and over again. I can’t think of anything better to start with than “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost”. Come on and do it. Now, do it again with greater confidence. Be assured that heaven is listening.  I will stop typing so that you can start speaking the Word of God.

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