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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 …” From this scripture and others throughout the Book of Acts, we can know that God is at work … our evidence is seen when we pray in our prayer language!

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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 … (the underlining is my emphasis)

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—” John 14:16 (Amplified Bible)

“The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.” John 14:17 (Amplified Bible)

“But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” John 14:26 (Amplified Bible)

“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.” John 15:26 (Amplified Bible)

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” John 16:7 (Amplified Bible)

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].” John 16:13 (Amplified Bible)

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39 (Amplified Bible)

Did you catch what was said? The Holy Spirit has been sent from the Father to personally …

  • Be my Helper.
  • Be with me and live in me continually.
  • Teach me.
  • Impact my memory.
  • Confirm for me that Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Give me the advantage.
  • Be in close fellowship with me.
  • Guide me and also show me what lies ahead.
  • Reveal to me the heartbeat of God.
  • Be heaven’s gift to me and my children.

Thank God for the personal Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

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30 Sep The Helper is Ready and Waiting!

A couple of days ago, I took my gasoline powered blower and edger to a small engine repairman. Why? Because both outdoor power lawn machines weren’t working correctly. And, here’s the sad but true part of my story … (Vickie will tell you that this is the truth) when I try to fix things, they ALWAYS are in a worse condition after I work on them. Thankfully I am smart enough to know my limitations and extra smart enough to know that there are people who can do what I can’t do.

Based upon the previous paragraph, I am confident that you can see where I am heading with this blog post. Before Jesus returned to heaven, He told His followers that they needed a helper. He made it abundantly clear that there were many things that were beyond what they could do. Each and every one of His followers had limitations.  I am glad that the story didn’t end with that statement. Here was His remedy …

I will ask the Father, and he will give
you another Helper to be with you forever.”
John 14:16 (New Century Version)

The reason for this blog is simple. In fact, I can sum it up in two short questions. Have you recognized that you too have limitations? There are those reading this blog that have struggled and struggled some more on the same situation over and over again. Nothing that you do is fixing the problem. And, here’s the second question, are you smart enough to recognize the foolishness and/or insanity of not relying on the Helper to step in and help? You already know this but I will share this truth … the Holy Spirit is an expert in solving any and all of your problems.

I have written enough. Close the blog and call upon this Helper. He is ready and waiting 24/7/365.

 

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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 …

  • Reinhard Bonnke – “If we preach the original gospel, we will have the original results.” (Quote taken from Holy Spirit: Are We Flammable Or Fireproof?.)
  • George Jeffreys – “As long as the gospel is preached and there are creatures to receive it, the power to demonstrate the supernatural will remain on earth.” (Quote taken from The Phenomena of Pentecost.)
  • Smith Wigglesworth – “When the power of the Holy Ghost is present, things will happen.” (Quote taken from Faith that Prevails.)
  • F.F. Bosworth – “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.” (Quote taken from Christ the Healer.)
  • Kathryn Kuhlman – “He’s more real to me than you are.” (Quote taken from Welcome Holy Spirit.)

Here are a couple of quotes that will post soon …

  • B.B. Hankins – The anointing of the Holy Spirit will cause you to see your divine purpose.” (Quote taken from Success in Ministry.)
  • Howard Carter – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the gateway into the believer’s heritage.(Quote taken from Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts.)

Do you like these? Want to read more? I post new Quotes each Monday 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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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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