June 2018

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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18 Jun Here’s What God Said …

I know that the following statement will challenge some people's theology but I'll share it anyways. While Vickie and I lived in South Florida, I remember a time when God clearly spoke to me while we were sitting in a movie theater (some people will stop reading after that statement) watching the seemingly endless coming attraction previews. I will never forget Him telling me that I was to start announcing at the opening of our services the coming attractions for that service. When I heard this directive, I had been in the ministry at least 25 years and had never, ever heard anything like this before. In my early days of ministry preparation, there was no class at my Bible college called Ideas Gleaned from a Movie Theater nor was it taught at any children's ministry conference. Heaven was directing me to walk into the service with a confidence that I had heard from heaven and, at the beginning of the service, boldly announce what was going to happen during the service. Here is what you can expect to happen when you make coming attraction preview announcements. First, this will build faith in your spirit as you confidently proclaim what God has shown you in your quiet time with Him throughout the week. Your spirit will feel like a Texas cowboy sitting in a rodeo chute on top of a bucking bronco waiting for the chute's gate to open. You can be confident that something memorable is about to happen! Second, it will build anticipation in those in your service because Jesus is both the author and finisher of our faith. God always delivers what He promises! So, if you are preaching about healing, confidently announce at the beginning of the service that the Healer is in the room and will heal all the sick and infirmed. Then, preach/teach and flow in the anointing. The results will be Jesus being what you have previewed and then preached Him to be. One more note ...

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04 Jun Thank God for the Holy Ghost!

I have often thought about posting a blog that would start off with the words, "Thank God for the Holy Ghost" and then repeat that sentence over and over again two or three dozen times. Nothing more would need to be added to these powerful, powerful words. In our Holy Spirit Rallies, I have repeatedly seen their power when I have said them over and over and over again and then witnessed the people respond to the Holy Spirit's tangible presence. Why do I say these words? (NOTE: stop reading right now if you are in a place that won't allow you to show emotion!) It is because the Holy Spirit is ...

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