The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

29 Nov I Have Some Confessions to Make

CONFESSION TIME - I love, love, love the Holy Spirit and I love, love, love having the opportunity to teach and preach about Him. This honestly is one my greatest joys in life! I love standing before a group of people to tell about the One sent by the Father to walk alongside believers and witnessing them begin a new-found relationship with Him. It's a bit of heaven on earth! THE CONFESSION CONTINUES - One of my greatest frustrations in life is, after teaching and/or preaching in a church, leaving the church and not having had the time to share more and more and more about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. The 45 minutes to an hour given to me to minister on a Sunday morning provides me with barely enough time to impart a minuscule of what I would want to share. THERE'S MORE TO CONFESS - My frustration is relieved by knowing that believers can take a simple three step course of action to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. 1. Spend time with the Holy Spirit. While driving to/from work or taking a walk in the morning or evening, purpose to use that time to connect with Him. Dialogue ...

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22 Nov Why Pray in the Spirit?

For the last 11 years, I have shared week after week blog post after blog post about my love for the Holy Spirit. Many of the blog posts have focused on training and equipping those who minister to children and youth about how to work together with the Holy Spirit. I am confident that these posts have blessed these leaders and workers enabling them to raise up what I call a Joel 2 Generation of children and youth. Secondly, the biggest portion of the blog posts have been written to share insights with believers around the world about how to know and flow with the Holy Spirit. Recent blog posts like Filled and Enjoying the Benefits and TODAY is the Day of the Holy Ghost were written to stir your hunger for having a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Let me share a quote with you this week that I believe will cause you to better understand how praying in other tongues strengthens your awareness of your relationship with the Holy Spirit and reflects in your daily walk with Christ. "Here is an important fact about the value of speaking with tongues: although speaking with tongues is the initial sign or evidence of the Holy Spirit’s infilling, continuing to pray and worship God in tongues helps us to be ever conscious of His indwelling presence. This one benefit alone is bound to affect the way we live." ~Kenneth E. Hagin "Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room" A lot of blog posts that I write require some four hundred plus words to explain the thought that I am trying to share. Brother Hagin's powerful statement doesn't need any additional explanation. Simply read it and do it. Enough said....

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25 Jun Filled And Enjoying the Benefits

While I was still in high school, I had a part-time job at a local grocery store, Farmer's Market. After working there for a while, I went to my boss and said, "Mr. Beal, the law says that if an employee works so many hours in a day, the employee is required to get the benefit of a break." In asking this, I was asking for a law-mandated 10 or 15 minute break somewhere in my work day. Without blinking an eye, he turned to me and said, "Burns, I gave you a break the day that I hired you." I know, or at least I think that I know, that he was joking with me. On second thought, maybe he wasn't kidding because, if my memory serves me right, I never did get that break during my employment at Farmer's Market. I am sure that you will agree that the benefits that come from working at your company are important. For many, I believe that the benefits such as having medical and/or dental insurance are as important, if not more important, than the actual salary that they receive. Without question, life would be a struggle to live without these benefits. We all know that being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a divine command (Acts 1:4; Ephesians 5:18) for all believers. But, we tend to forget that obeying this command provides many incredible supernatural benefits. Without these provided benefits, life can be an enormous struggle as we daily contend against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness in this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12). In other words, without the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the benefits that come with this baptism, we go through life battling against supernatural powers with only our natural limited abilities. And, our natural is no match against the supernatural power of the enemy. You will often hear me say, "Thank God for the Holy Ghost". I don't apologize for my dependency upon Him and all of the benefits that He makes readily available to the Spirit-filled believer. It is through this baptism and the ability to connect with God through praying in other tongues that you and I get the "breaks" in life that even Mr. Beal can't stop. I can't help myself ...

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