Author: Billy Burns

14 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 18

Of all of the types of blog posts that I write, without question, the Praying in the Spirit Illustrations posts are among my favorites. Why? Because I believe that each and every illustration is providing a much-needed, simple, understandable, visible help to communicate the importance of praying in the Spirit. This brings us to illustration number eighteen. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues Part 18 –We Have an Outward Expression of an Inward Work "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:4 For this illustration, you will need a Bible and either a slide or video clip obtainable from Google of an outdoor water meter. Before I go any further, I need to forewarn you that I am about to show you a slide/video of something so ordinary, so everydayish (is that even a word?) that will cause you to be totally unimpressed. (Show slide/video of the outdoor water meter.) See? I told you so! I knew that this would happen. Immediately, your mind looked at the picture of the outdoor water meter and did a ho-hum. Am I right? We all know what a water meter does. It is a utility used to enable us to see and monitor an activity that is happening elsewhere at the given moment. The numbers spinning on the meter is reminding that water is passing through the pipes and is being used inside of your home. You are being informed that something is happening in places that you don't immediately see. So, why in the world would I be talking about an outdoor water meter today? Let's read today's scripture. (Read the scripture.) This verse tells us of an activity from heaven that took place in a room occupied by 120 people. That activity was the Holy Spirit being sent by God to move inside and work inside of the Jesus-loving people. It was definitely an "inside", unseen action. In other words, the Holy Spirit didn't appear in a physical form, announce who He was, and then move to the inside (spirit) of these believers. Here is the exciting part of this scripture. Let me go back to mentioning the outdoor water meter. The meter was an outward way to know or evidence that an unseen activity was happening. From standing at the meter, you can't physically see with your eyes water moving. But, the gauge or numbers spinning gives you knowledge of what is going on. When our heavenly Father poured out His Holy Spirit, He provided an outside witness or evidence that showed that He was working on the inside of these individuals. "They began to speak with other tongues ...

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07 Oct Let’s Get Personal

In reading through the Bible, there are many, many promises that are what I call "general" promises. In other words, they are "everybody" promises. We see these with the scriptures that use words like "whosoever", "all" and "every one". But, in addition to the "general" promises, there are some very specific promises, ones that I call "me" or "personal" promises.  Here are just a few scriptures that list God's promises concerning my personal relationship with the Holy Spirit ...

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23 Sep Facebook Quotable Quotes – A Collection

Just in case you've missed a recent blog post, for the past few weeks, I have borrowed an idea from Mary Poppins and shared “a few of my favorite things”. I'm referring to some of my favorite posts from my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page. Three weeks ago, I shared a few of the Holy Spirit Realities that appear each Tuesday. Two weeks ago, I shared several of the Benefits of Speaking in Other Tongues that are published each Thursday. Last week, I shared a compilation of what I call Billyisms (things that only my brain would think of) that I post each Wednesday. This week, I want to share a few of the quotes that I have posted on Mondays. These quotes are presented to fan the flames of your passion for the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. In these posts, I share the picture of one of my spiritual heroes and a powerful quote from that man/woman of God. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes ...

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16 Sep Facebook Billyisms – A Compilation

Knowing that not everyone sees every post published on my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page, I decided a few weeks ago to share some of its highlights. First, a couple of weeks ago, I shared a few of the Holy Spirit Realities posts that are on the ministry Facebook page each Tuesday. Last week, I shared a few of the Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues posts which appear each Thursday. This week, I want to share a few of the Billyisms that I have posted over the past few months.  Don't worry. The clothing of power promised by Jesus comes in your size! (Luke 24:49) Instead of saying an "Amen" when vocalizing your agreement with the preacher next Sunday, affirm what the preacher says with a "Hot Diggity Dog". I call God's anointing the "Campbell's Soup Anointing" because it is "M'm! M'm! Good!". Exponential church growth happens when God's exponential power is put on display. The Book of Acts tells of an "explanation-needed" signs and wonders Church. When the Holy Spirit showed His presence, the signs made people wonder. The Gospel is a Show & Tell message. If you think that I am being too emotional in my praise, you evidently don't know where Jesus brought me from or where I am going! Do you like these? Want to read more? New Billyisms are published each Wednesday at www.facebook.com/billyburnsministries. Do yourself a favor. Like the Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page so that you might possibly see (Facebook’s algorithm actually dictates who sees what) the new post each week. ...

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