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28 Aug The Holy Ghost Lottery?

When Vickie and I lived in South Florida, I would see each day on my way to and from the church a large billboard that advertised the Florida lottery and its possible payout. At times, that payout would be in the tens of millions of dollars and others times in the hundreds of millions of dollars. To many Floridians, this was quite tempting, so tempting that thousands and thousands of people each week spent their hard-earned money for what might equal a one chance in 150 million of walking away with the lottery prize. Think about this … a person would walk into a 7-Eleven and spend $5 or $10 on lottery tickets knowing that their chances of winning were next to none. Did that stop them? Nope … and the State of Florida was all the more grateful for the weekly generous contributions.

A couple of weeks ago, God showed me that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was not a Holy Ghost lottery. In other words, at this great outpouring in the upper room, God didn’t say that He would pour out the Holy Spirit upon the man sitting on the third row, second seat and then ignore the persons sitting to his right and left. It wasn’t a baptize one person and then skip four people lottery. It couldn’t be said that the Spirit baptized individuals were the ones that beat the one in 120 odds in the Holy Ghost lottery. No, no, no. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit was for all.

Immediately after reading this blog post, I challenge you to take the time to read the account of this great outpouring found in Acts 2 and pay particular attention to the number of times that the word “all” is used. I know that you’ve read this chapter many times, but read it one more time and notice the great emphasis that God placed upon each and every one (all) of His children being filled to overflowing with His precious Holy Spirit. Acts 2 makes it perfectly clear that God didn’t bypass or ignore some individuals while pouring His Spirit on others. Understanding this will give all of those desiring to be baptized in the Holy Spirit a confidence that this gift from heaven was theirs for the asking!

So, please help me spread the word. While 44 of our states in America have a state lottery, as far as heaven is concerned, there is no such thing as a Holy Ghost lottery. Based upon what we read in the Book of Acts, all who ask can and will receive the baptism in the Holy Ghost. That’s shouting news!

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

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