January 2019

17 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 9

Here is another great illustration to use in teaching about the importance of praying in the Spirit. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit's help, you can personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues Part 9 – Eliminate Biases and Selfishness in our Praying For this illustration, you will need a cookie sheet, hammer, chisel, Pam Non-stick Cooking Spray, and Bible This is really going to sound spiritual ...

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14 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 8

I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER for today to get here. I can't wait to share this illustration. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 8 – Enjoy a Supernatural Communion For this illustration, you will need a large strip of Velcro and a Bible.For just a brief minute or two, I want to try to impress you. I am going to give you a highly technical description of a very common item and then ask you to tell me what I have described. Here goes ...

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10 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 7

I can see it now! Those hearing you share these simple, easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustrations are recognizing the importance of praying in other tongues. Lives are being changed! Keep it up!!! Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview. Then, with the Holy Spirit's help, you can personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 7 – Receive a Supernatural Refreshing For this illustration, you will need a towel, Bible, and also a large clear glass (so its contents are visible) filled with ice and lemon aid. I am sure that you will relate to this. Can you think of a time when as a child that you were out playing baseball or soccer in the summer's unbearable heat? Or, perhaps as an adult you were out in the yard doing much-needed yard work under the brutal scorching sun?  You know exactly what I am talking about. After a while, your entire body is so hot. Your clothes are soaking wet. (Tug on your clothes as though they are wet and you are trying to allow air to cool your body.) And you find yourself constantly wiping the sweat from your face. (Use the towel to illustrate wiping the sweat.) Now imagine getting a glass filled with ice-cold lemon aid. (Show the glass of lemon aid.) To help refresh your memory of what this is like, just watch me as I take a drink. (Take a swallow or two. Be over dramatic in showing your pleasure as you take that first sip of the lemon aid.) Within just a few sips of the ice-cold lemon aid, everything begins to change. All of a sudden, because of what I call the chill factor, your entire body is refreshed! It brings on a gigantic aaahhhh! (Be over dramatic and humorous as you say the aaahhhh.) I love the aaahhhh factor for your body. (Put away the glass.) But, what about your spirit? Thankfully there is one. And, I want to use this aaahhhh factor to share one of the important reasons why I pray in other tongues. The Bible (pick up Bible) teaches us that when life is like the super hot day that I just described and is overwhelming and draining the oomph out of you, there is a refreshing that comes when we pray in the Spirit. (Isaiah 28:11-12) I come back to the phrase that I mentioned a minute or two ago. Praying in other tongues is a chill factor that brings the aaahhhh that causes a supernatural refreshing and a rest to our spirit. Why? Because as we pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit delivers a joy and peace to our spirit (Romans 15:13). The cares and stress will fall to the side as He lets us know that everything will be aaaahhhh (all) right.  ...

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07 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 6

In my almost 40 years of ministry, I have often heard people state that the whole subject of praying in other tongues is such a mystery to them. Consequently, their lack of understanding has prevented them from preaching and teaching about the importance of praying in other tongues. Hopefully, this blog series is providing clarity to you and secondly easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustrations to assist you in your ministry. Again, I’ll give a brief synopsis of the illustration. With just a little effort on your part, it will become a powerful teaching/preaching tool.  The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 6 – Pray the Unknowns For this illustration, you will need a cell phone. We live in an information driven age. Fortunately or unfortunately, today information about anything and everything is at your fingertips. For example, if you want to know the current temperature, you don't have to drive your car through town to find a bank that has the current temperature displayed on its LED sign. No. All that you need to do is to pull out your cell phone (show cell phone) and simply say "Hey Google (Android) or Hey Siri (Apple), what's the temperature?". Within a second or two, you will know the temperature. (Demonstrate asking your cell phone for the temperature.) If you want to know how to spell a particular word like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it's just a matter of saying "Hey Google (Android) or Hey Siri (Apple), spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Instantly your cell phone will reveal this word's 34 letters in the most delightful way. (A little Mary Poppins humor.) It's amazing what this cell phone can tell you.  Let me tell you about a situation that just happened today in which my cell phone couldn't help me. Before coming to today's service, I wanted to pray for those attending and ask God to do something incredibly personal in each person's life. Here are the questions that my cell phone couldn't answer. "Hey Google or Hey Siri, who is going to be at today's service?" and "What do I need to pray about for these people?" My Hey Google or Hey Siri was totally useless and couldn't answer these important "unknowns". So, what did I do? With the Holy Spirit's help, I prayed to God and said, "Heavenly Father, I want you to do a powerful work in today's service. But, I don't have a clue about who is going to be there or what they need." Next, instead of saying "Hey Google or Hey Siri" to activate getting help, I said "Hey Holy Spirit, help me to pray about these unknowns". Immediately, I began to pray in other tongues. In doing so, I knew that the Holy Spirit was at work. He was taking my questions and communicating with God through my prayer language the exact words that needed to be prayed for both you and this service. In other words, the Holy Spirit was covering my unknowns. (Romans 8:26-27)  What are your unknowns? It could be about a family member or about a situation at school or work. Pray in other tongues. Open the door for your spirit to connect with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to cover your unknowns.  ...

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03 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 5

Let me make a quick confession. I have been anxiously waiting for today to get here. I am so excited to share another easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustration that shows the importance of praying in other tongues. Again, I'll give a brief synopsis of the illustration. With just a little effort on your part, it will become a great teaching/preaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 5 – Pray the Perfect Will of God For this illustration, you will need a large road map or a slide showing a map of your state. If I had an opportunity today, I would love to get into my  car, leave behind the busyness of Fort Worth and drive down to Galveston to spend a peaceful day or two on the beach. I would love to spend the early morning and late afternoon hours doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the sandy beach and hearing the peaceful sound of the waves rushing onto the shore. Then, add to that, wading in the water and ...

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