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08 May The Hearing/Obeying Factor

Are you sitting down? Here’s a shocker for you. This isn’t going to be a lengthy post. In fact, it is probably one of the shortest blog postings that I have ever written. It’s just a quick verse followed by an important thought. If you read through this just to say that you’ve read the blog, you’ll be through in less than sixty seconds. But, if you meditate on these 167 words, it might become something that you will practice for a lifetime. Here’s the verse …

“For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to …”
Acts 15:28

Here’s one thing that I know to be a fact. The Holy Spirit that we read about throughout the Book of Acts hasn’t changed. He is still in the communicating business and talking to believers today. More accurately, He is talking to believers who are sensitive to His voice and willing to make His “good” their “good”. These are the people that will do great things for God.

Selah.

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01 May Blind No More!

Can I share something that I have discovered in our travels and ministry in Pentecostal/Charismatic churches across the nation? As I teach on “Why I Pray in the Spirit” in church after church, I am seeing over and over again that many Jesus-loving believers that claim to be Spirit-filled are absolutely clueless about the importance and benefits that come from daily praying in the Spirit. To many, speaking in other tongues as mentioned in the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters to the Corinthians is a mystery. While praying in a heavenly prayer language was clearly seen at their initial infilling and was an evidence of the Spirit baptism, once that experience was entered into their spiritual diaries, the gift from heaven became a distant memory.

Satan rejoices in this scenario. By minimizing the importance of praying in the Spirit, Satan has blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4) and consistently deceived (John 8:44) today’s Church and robbed (John 10:10) believers of the massive supernatural power and ability that can only come by praying in the Spirit. He is comfortable in a the fact that a one-time experience won’t bring about irreparable harm to his kingdom.

Here is why Vickie and I are traveling around our nation. We are fully aware of Satan’s tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11) and know that as Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Word-quoting believers awaken (1 Corinthians 12:1) to the benefits (1 Corinthians 14:4) that occur when we make a conscious choice to daily connect God’s Spirit with our spirit and our mouth, Satan’s kingdom will be annihilated. Believers need to know that as we continually pray in the Spirit our spirit is speaking directly to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). Each and every syllable or unknown word that we utter by the Spirit brings about radical change … we build up ourselves (Jude 20), improve ourselves (1 Corinthians 14:4), engage in a new realm of worship (Acts 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:15), pray beyond our mind’s limitations (1 Corinthians 14:14), and quietly commune with God regardless of our environment or circumstances (1 Corinthians 14:28). This awareness will cause us to be able to join the apostle Paul in touting the necessity of praying in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:18).

Believers, let’s pull off Satan’s blinders and no longer walk in ignorance of the many benefits that are derived from praying daily in the Spirit. Starting today, let’s allow our praying in the Spirit to launch a new day full of new power to bring on new victories for God’s Kingdom.

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24 Apr This Makes Me Wanna’ Shout!

The Word of God constantly amazes me. Like you, I’ve read and reread the Bible and, still to this day through the enablement of the Holy Spirit, I see things that I’ve never noticed before. It almost makes me want to double-check to see if the ink has dried since God slipped the update into His book. Here is an example …

“The former account, indeed, I made concerning all things,
O Theophilus, that Jesus began both to do and to teach,”

Acts 1:1 (New Century Version)

In my devotions, I’ve read this verse so, so many times. And, I’ve even included the verse in many sermons. I have usually read the verse aloud so that I could tell a joke about the old man who, after seeing his new grandson for the first time, told the proud mother that she needed to name the boy a good biblical name like Theophilus. While walking away, the old man muttered to himself that the reason for that name being appropriate was because the newborn was the awfullest (The-ophilus) looking baby he’d ever seen. (Make a rimshot sound effect please.)

supernatural powerHere is what I discovered just a few weeks ago. The author of the Book of Acts wrote that his former letter (the Gospel of Luke) told of what Jesus began to do and teach. The Holy Spirit caused the word “began” to jump off of page 941 of my Bible. I have no idea where this word has been during all of my years of reading the Bible. I became so excited when the Holy Spirit used this verse to let me know that Jesus has never stopped what He began. His doing and teaching is continuing through Spirit-filled believers TODAY! This means that when you stand up to teach or preach, be it in an auditorium filled with adults or in a room of children or youth, through you Jesus is just picking up where He left off some 2000+ years ago and making it possible through you to accomplish TODAY the same supernatural results that we read about in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Isn’t this exciting? Because of the word “began”, our life and ministry should be overflowing with boldness, confidence, and expectation! This is shouting material, or, better yet, a cause for shouting and dancing. Now stop reading and start rejoicing!

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17 Apr The “No Gasp” Policy for Life and Ministry

I have come to this resolve … there is no excuse for me to walk through this life with less than what has been provided for me. I don’t want to arrive in heaven and gasp as I cry out, “Oh no, you mean that I could have had that or done that too?” In heaven, I don’t want to look back at my life and see all that I could have done for the Kingdom and yet failed.

BosworthIn his book Christ the Healer, F.F. Bosworth gives the answer for avoiding this tragedy.

“The failure of the Christians to live and walk in the Spirit,
limits the Holy One of Israel; because our being filled
with the Spirit is the condition for His perfect working.”    
~ F.F. Bosworth

I call Bosworth’s comment the “No Gasp Policy”. I’m convinced that learning this revelation will cause us to live and walk with the Sent One promised in John 14:12, 16 and John 16:7 and this will remove the future “oh no” from our vocabulary . Through the advantage of this continual relationship, the greater works can and will be accomplished, restrictions will fall to the wayside as we receive the ability to push beyond natural limitations, and our “oh no” will be replaced with an “oh yes” as we hear God say, “Well done.”

Can I sign you up for the “No Gasp Policy”? Begin today to live and walk in the Spirit and enjoy all of its benefits. There will be no regrets!

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10 Apr A Total Transformation

This is too good not to share. It’s taken from the April 2016 Reader’s Digest “Laughter, the Best Medicine” …

A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. “Ha! That’s not going to help,” she said.

“Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way that I can see the numbers.”

I want to help you see something that is so, so important. (The good thing is that this will require no sucking in.) Ready? Being baptized in the Holy Spirit isn’t a notch on your spiritual belt that propels you above those who have yet to be Spirit-baptized. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit simply makes you better than you.

I was reminded of this truth this week as I read about Samuel anointing Saul to become Israel’s new king. Samuel prophesied …

“The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you,
and you will prophesy with them; and you will be
changed into a different person.”
1 Samuel 10:6 (NIV)

Transformed1Can you see this? (No sucking in allowed!) This transformation is radical. God’s Spirit coming upon you and filling you to overflowing creates an altogether different person.

Here is what happens when a person is Spirit-filled. This transformed person will see limitations fall to the wayside. The Spirit’s enablement will launch them into their destiny. It is very possible that wearing a name tag for identification purposes might be required.

As a new, different person, deeply drink of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and put on a fresh set of clothes (Luke 24:49) for that day. In doing so, I guarantee that what was impossible before your infilling will now become a way of life!

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