May 2019

20 May Quotable Nuggets – Part 1

This is so difficult for me to believe. This August will be the 12th anniversary of my writing the blog. Simple math will tell you that twelve years times 52 blog posts a year equals 624 posts about the our relationship with the Holy Spirit and insights about how to work together with Him. This week and next week, I want to go back through these twelve years and share with today's readers a few of the what I call "quotable nuggets" that have been used in previous posts. I am confident that these quotations from some of my spiritual heroes will be a tremendous blessing to you.  “In the early church, signs and wonders and miracles followed. They cast out demons, blindness and paralysis. That’s normal Christianity! We’re so sub-normal, if we ever became normal, they (the world) will think we’re abnormal.” Leonard Ravenhill  “If the holy Son of God needed the anointing of the Spirit for His ministry, what supreme folly to imagine that we can dispense with it!” P.C. Nelson ~ The Baptism in the Holy Spirit “It is impossible to overestimate the importance of being filled with the Spirit.” Smith Wigglesworth ~ Ever Increasing Faith “If you want to know how the Spirit acts now, just read how He did act when He had full possession of the Church. The Book of Acts is a blueprint by which the Holy Spirit wishes to work throughout His dispensation.” F.F. Bosworth ~ Christ the Healer “As long as the gospel is preached and there are creatures to receive it, the power to demonstrate the supernatural will remain on earth.” George Jeffreys ~ The Phenomena of Pentecost “Destitute of the fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing fire, nothing else matters." Samuel Chadwick ~ The Way to Pentecost “I have found in my own life that the more that I pray and worship God in tongues, the more manifestation of other gifts of the Spirit I have. The less I talk in tongues, the less manifestations I have. Speaking with tongues is the door into the rest of the spiritual gifts.” Kenneth E. Hagin ~ Why Tongues? "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 out 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     ...

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13 May The Supernatural Power of Communion – Part 4

I am so excited. After reading the previous three blog posts in this series, many of you have developed a new-found love and appreciation for Communion. Forever gone are the days of Communion being just a religious ritual or a "git 'er done and over with" five-minute tradition in a church service. There is now an understanding that partaking of the juice and wafer opens the door for the paid-in-full redemptive work of Christ to be appropriated. Hallelujah! While there is so much more that I could share about Communion, let me close with these two thoughts. First, please don't restrict Communion to just being a once-a-month, only-on-Sunday-morning celebration. I want to encourage you to do the "as often as you ...

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06 May The Supernatural Power of Communion – Part 3

I have to admit that I have been mild in the first two segments of this teaching. Now, I'm going to kick into third and then fourth gear and get really, really bold. Ready? Let me state emphatically, communion isn't a meaningless tradition or powerless ritual. No. A million, billion times no. I will go so far as to state that, for the believer, the taking of the Lord's Supper can be and should be one of the most powerful connections with God. The acknowledgement of the great sacrifice and the appropriation of the benefits of the broken body and shed blood releases God's 100% supernatural, miracle-producing, healing-generating, deliverance-rendering power.  Here comes the boldness. Communion is THE perfect time to whole-heartedly expect the supernatural power of God to be seen and experienced. I stated last week that communion provides the believer the opportunity to look at the paid-in-full receipt of redemption and declare, “It’s mine, I’ll take it here and now”. I'll take the boldness up another notch. Healings and deliverances ought to be common place during communion! When the wafer touches our lips, we are provided the opportunity to boldly declare that the "by His stripes we were healed" (1 Peter 2:24) is ours right here, right now. The price has been paid for the full and total healing for cancer, blindness, arthritis, deafness, or any illness or malady. It should be the norm to see instantaneous miracles transpiring throughout the congregation. The same can be said as we partake of the juice. When the juice touches our lips, we are provided the perfect opportunity to boldly declare that the "blood of Jesus cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). This acknowledgement of the shed blood declares that the price has been paid for our full and total freedom from sin and its bondages. We can expect tormenting strongholds to be annihilated at that very moment. Hallelujah! I'll kick into a higher gear with the boldness. (I know that this will go cross-grain against religiosity.) Communion can't be quiet and somber. One more time ...

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