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24 Jun Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 16

The apostle Paul admonished the Ephesian believers “Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT …” (Ephesians 6:18, emphasis mine) and then later the apostle Jude wrote “… building up yourselves on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST.” (Jude 20, emphasis mine). To many, these two phrases “in the Spirit” and “in the Holy Ghost” are a complex theological mystery. Thankfully, there are preachers, teachers, and parents/grandparents just like you who are opening up God’s Word to explain in simplicity this beautiful way of communing with the Father.

Let’s look at the next illustration to teach one of these benefits that comes from 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 and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 16 –Discipline Our Will to Pray God’s Way

“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray
with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit,
and I will sing with the understanding also.
1 Corinthians 14:15

For this illustration, you will need a Bible, a bag of clothes pins, and a pair of tennis shoes.

Before I teach today’s lesson, I might need to go around the room and give each of you one of these clothes pins (show bag of clothes pins) to place upon your nose. Why? Because in a matter of a 60 seconds, I am going to show you a pair of my running/walking tennis shoes. (Pass out a few clothes pins.)

Ready for the shoes? (Show the running/walking tennis shoes and pretend that they have an odor.)  I am showing you these shoes because they are the greatest way that I can think of to teach about the word “will”.  You see, each and every day, I take off my regular shoes and then put on these shoes so that I can walk/run and get my much needed exercise. Now let me be perfectly honest. Do I want to walk/run every day? Absolutely not. There are days when I am so excited to walk/run. But there are also days that I have to make a decision to do (whether I want to or not) what I know is extremely important. Putting on these shoes and then doing my daily exercise is a matter of my will.  Walking/running is a daily discipline in my life that is both needful and beneficial.

In today’s scripture (open up your Bible and read the verse), we see the words “I will” four times. (Share the four “I will” phrases.) In other words, praying/singing in my heavenly prayer language and also praying/singing with my understanding is a matter of my will. It is a choice and a daily discipline. Just as in the case of my putting on my shoes (show shoes) to walk/run, my feelings can’t determine whether or not I will do what is for my benefit. The answer each day (show Bible) is “I will” do a spiritual exercise (discipline) that is both needful and beneficial.

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17 Jun He’s The “Five W” Holy Spirit


Here’s a new name for the Holy Spirit. From now on, you can refer to Him as being the Five W Holy Spirit. I received this insight earlier this week when I was meditating on this scripture …

“The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound].” Luke 4:18-19 (Amplified Bible)

Here is what I mean about the Holy Spirit being the Five W Holy Spirit. From Luke 4:18-19, we can see that He …

IS Who is needed … Jesus identified the Five W Holy Spirit as the source of His anointing.
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING FOR What is needed … The Five W Holy Spirit always had exactly what was needed. You never read of Jesus telling an individual that He was fresh out of heaven’s supernatural resources to provide for a need. Healing needed? Healing power provided. Deliverance needed? Deliverance power provided. 
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING When it is needed … As the need presented itself to Jesus, the Five W Holy Spirit would always instantly anoint Jesus to address that particular need. There were no exclusive “specialty” days. For example, there were no …
* Sock It To The Devil Sundays making Sundays to be THE one and only day of the week that Jesus would/could deal with demons,
* Miracle Mondays
making Mondays to be THE one and only day of the week that miracles would/could take place,
* Teaching Tuesdays making this THE one and only day of the week when anointed teaching would/could only be done,
As a person with a need came to Jesus, He, through the power of the Five W Holy Spirit, instantly had exactly what was needed exactly when it was needed. ANY day and ANY time was the right time.
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING FOR Where it is needed … Healing needed in Bethlehem? No problem. The poor in Nazareth needed the Good News? No problem. The Five W Holy Spirit was readily available EVERY where.
REMINDS US Why it is needed … Without the anointing of the Five W Holy Spirit, no ministry would/could have taken place. 

One more thing about this Five W Holy Spirit. What He did through Jesus, He is ready and willing to do through today’s believers. Oh, let me modify that last statement. He is ready and willing to do greater things through today’s believers. (John 14:12). Thank God for the Five W Holy Spirit!

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08 Jun Celebrating the Journey – Part 4

This may be the fourth and final segment of the story celebrating our 40th anniversary in the ministry, but it isn’t the end of the ministry. The best is yet to come! The final segment is just a mouse click away.

https://mailchi.mp/4c7a447537dc/y317k8uhdn-1450081

NOTE: I recognize that there is a large percentage of this blog’s readership that connect with Billy Burns Ministries only through this weekly blog. I also know that there are a few of you that are subscribed to receive this blog AND the monthly Billy Burns Ministries newsletter. To these “doublers”, I need to apologize. In  my effort to reach everyone connected to our ministry, in this blog post and the next three celebration-related blogs, I am sharing the very same celebration news in both the blog and newsletter. I am asking these “doubler” readers to do one of two things … 1) Please tolerate these four duplicate posts. My promise to you is to never flood your email box with excessive emails. 2) You can put on your party hats and pull out your noisemakers TWICE and double up on the celebrating.

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06 Jun Celebrating the Journey – Part 3

First a Children’s Evangelist and then a Children’s Pastor and then … The next segment of our forty year ministry journey is just a mouse click away.

https://mailchi.mp/abe200ac0cbf/y317k8uhdn-1449633

NOTE: I recognize that there is a large percentage of this blog’s readership that connect with Billy Burns Ministries only through this weekly blog. I also know that there are a few of you that are subscribed to receive this blog AND the monthly Billy Burns Ministries newsletter. To these “doublers”, I need to apologize. In  my effort to reach everyone connected to our ministry, in this blog post and the next three celebration-related blogs, I am sharing the very same celebration news in both the blog and newsletter. I am asking these “doubler” readers to do one of two things … 1) Please tolerate these four duplicate posts. My promise to you is to never flood your email box with excessive emails. 2) You can put on your party hats and pull out your noisemakers TWICE and double up on the celebrating.

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02 Jun Celebrating the Journey – Part 2

If you can’t tell, I am having the time of my life reflecting on all that God has done for us, with us, through us, and, at times, in spite of us over the past forty years. Click the link below to read the second segment of this four-part testimony of God’s faithfulness.

https://mailchi.mp/587cd13321b0/y317k8uhdn-1448593

NOTE: I recognize that there is a large percentage of this blog’s readership that connect with Billy Burns Ministries only through this weekly blog. I also know that there are a few of you that are subscribed to receive this blog AND the monthly Billy Burns Ministries newsletter. To these “doublers”, I need to apologize. In  my effort to reach everyone connected to our ministry, in this blog post and the next three celebration-related blogs, I am sharing the very same celebration news in both the blog and newsletter. I am asking these “doubler” readers to do one of two things … 1) Please tolerate these four duplicate posts. My promise to you is to never flood your email box with excessive emails. 2) You can put on your party hats and pull out your noisemakers TWICE and double up on the celebrating.

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