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09 Sep The Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues – The List

In last week’s blog post, I shared what I called Holy Spirit Realities Nuggets. This was actually a compilation of a few of the Holy Spirit Realities posts that I have previously shared on Tuesdays on my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page. I felt compelled to share these because of Facebook’s crazy algorithm which dictates who sees what. I am fairly confident that many of you hadn’t seen these nuggets before.

This week, I want to share another compilation of posts. Every Thursday, I share what I consider to be one of, if not the most important series of posts that I publish on Facebook … Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues. Have you seen these on my ministry page? Probably not. Though just over 800 people have liked this page which indicates that they want to read what I post, Facebook might distribute a particular post to only a few dozen people. Another post might be available for a few hundred to read.

Here is why I am sharing this compilation. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians that he did not want Christians to be ignorant of spiritual gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:1). In Ephesians, he instructed believers to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18). He wrote to the Corinthian church to pray in the language of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:5). He told the Corinthians to not forbid Christians from praying in other tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39). Why? Because he recognized that are enormous benefits that come from praying in other tongues.

Below are just a few of the benefits that I have already shared on my Facebook page …

  • Benefit #1 – There is a supernatural strengthening (building up) in our inner man. (Jude 20)
  • Benefit #4 – We open the door to other spiritual gifts. (Acts 19:6)
  • Benefit #10 – We pray divine secrets. (1 Corinthians 14:2, Moffatt Translation)
  • Benefit #12 – We launch a new, fresh conversation with God. (Mark 16:17)

I’ll be extra sweet. Here are a couple of upcoming benefits …

  • Benefit #20 – We disengage from the limited mind and connect with the limitless Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:14)
  • Benefit #50 – We give thanksgiving “splendidly”. (1 Corinthians 14:17, Phillips Translation)

Do you like these? Want to read more? New Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues are published each Thursday 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.

Before I quit typing, let me share this final thought. There might be those reading this post that have never heard a single sermon or teaching about this subject. Let me ask that you not discard this blog post. Rather, I’m asking that you close this post, turn off your computer or smart device and ask your heavenly Father about this gift that He has promised to give every believer. (Luke 11:13; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:4, 38-39). If you have any questions, I am just an email away … billy@billyburns.com.

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02 Sep Holy Spirit Realities Nuggets

On my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page, each and every Tuesday I share one bullet point about the Holy Spirit in a post titled Holy Spirit Realities. Knowing that you possibly haven’t seen these teaching thoughts, I want to share just a few recent Realities nuggets with you.

  • The Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby) is Who is needed, when He is needed, where He is needed, for what is needed.
  • The Holy Spirit is fully aware of where you are presently and has already seen what lies ahead. (John 16:13) It is to our advantage to listen to His voice. (John 16:7)
  • The Holy Spirit loves to share the insider secrets of heaven. (John 16:13)
  • The language of the Holy Spirit bypasses our brain. (1 Corinthians 14:2,14)
  • The Holy Spirit is an extrovert. He loves to make His presence known.
  • The Holy Spirit can take those who others consider to be “unlearned and ignorant” (Acts 4:13) and change them into world changers. That should give you hope!!!
  • The Holy Spirit is the UPS (Unlimited Power Sender) of heaven.

I’ll be extra sweet. Here are a couple of upcoming Realities nuggets …

  • Got memory issues? The Holy Spirit is always on call to prod your memory. (John 14:26)
  • What foolishness we possess when we fail to allow the Helper to help!

Do you like these? Want to read more? New Holy Spirit Realities are published each Tuesday 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. And finally, share these Holy Spirit Realities with your friends! Quite often, people read the Realities on my page and then share it on their page for others to enjoy and benefit from the Realities nuggets.

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26 Aug The Holy Spirit Has Got Your Back!

At times, I wish that I could be one of those kind of preachers that constantly has what I call the “wow factor”. You know what I am talking about. The “wow factor” preachers have people digging out their Bible dictionaries as they are preaching to further research the Greek and Hebrew words used in the sermon, oohing and aahing at every other sentence, and taking voluminous (pardon my feeble attempt to impress you with my vocabulary) pages of notes. Try as I may, that’s just not me. In fact, after one of our Holy Spirit Rallies, I had a pastor post on Facebook that I gave one of the simplest teachings that he had ever heard about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. At first I was a little offended. Simple? Who me? Then I realized that simple is good. No one ever walks away wondering what I had preached or taught. So, I guess that I will have to leave the “wow factor” to the other preachers and settle for the “now factor” with everyone grabbing ahold of the preaching.

With that in mind, let Mr. Simple (that’s me) offer one of the simplest teachings (thoughts) about the person of the Holy Spirit. In the gospel of John, we find that Jesus referred four times to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. Like you, I have studied the Greek word for Comforter and know that it is the word “Parakletos”. I know that I haven’t wowed you for you already know that this word simply means “One who is called to walk alongside you”. You also probably know that the Amplified Bible includes Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby to the word Comforter.  Again, no oohs or aahs.

Here’s the simple … The name Comforter is the Holy Spirit telling you “I’ve got your back”. In other words, the Comforter is available and ready in every place for every situation. Jesus put it this way …

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Luke 4:18-19

Do you see what Jesus was saying? When an anointing was needed to preach, the Holy Spirit “had His back”. When an anointing for healing was needed for the brokenhearted, the Holy Spirit “had His back”. In reading the remainder of the two verses, I could continue and say time and time again the Holy Spirit “had His back”. Isn’t this simple? Even more importantly, isn’t this powerful?

This is so simple that I don’t need to write a lengthy explanation. Mr. Simple (that’s me) will end this post by telling you that the same Holy Spirit that was constantly with Jesus is constantly with you as a believer. He has your back!

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19 Aug Your Children Deserve – Part 2

If you have followed this blog for any period of time, you have read over and over again that there aren’t two Holy Spirits … one who is a full-strength Holy Spirit for the adults and another who is a junior, less powerful, diluted Holy Spirit for the children and youth. We all know that there is just one Holy Spirit. But, in all of the twelve years of writing this blog post, I have never mentioned that there aren’t two Satans … one who is a tyrannical, viscous Satan for the adults and another who is a gentler, namby-pamby Satan for children. The Satan who …
* Is a liar and the father of all lies (John 8:44)
* Is a thief who is come to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10)
* Is the god of this world and specializes in blinding people’s understanding (2 Corinthians 4:4)
* Is launching an all-out assault through principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12)
* Is ruthless in the area of deceit (Revelation 12:8 and 20:8)
… to adults will not dilute his attack or lessen his weaponry just because his enemy is a child. Am I right?

Let me make a bold statement. Your child in his/her own strength and might isn’t able to withstand the attacks of our enemy. Without exception, they are an easy, defenseless prey for Satan. But, thank God for the Holy Spirit. The One who you as an adult recognize to have been sent by the Father (John 14:16) to give us the advantage (John 16:7) and the power (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8) is available and willing to do the same in your child. 

Here is the reason for this short, two-post blog series. You and I as parents need to insure that our born-again, Jesus-loving children have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. Did you notice that I wrote “have a relationship” and not “know about”? The Holy Spirit is relational. This means that in our home, we must show that He is not a stranger. We must continually teach and demonstrate our relationship with and dependence upon the Helper. Secondly, as I said last week, we need to insure that our children and youth are continually in a Spirit-filled, Spirit-demonstrating, Spirit-talking, Spirit-behaving (AKA having the fruit of the Spirit showing) ministry. This isn’t a once-a-year curriculum emphasis or a summer, away-at-camp experience. Week after week, He is to be seen and heard in their classroom or service. Our children MUST know and flow with the Holy Spirit in order to survive Satan’s attacks. Anything less can’t be acceptable. 

Dad, mom, when was the last time that you asked your child about what happened or was taught in their classroom or service? “It was fun” isn’t acceptable. “I don’t know” can’t be the norm. The apostle Paul wrote that he just didn’t tell about the gospel. Instead, he wrote that he made room for the Holy Spirit to showcase that He is a seeable, hearable, feelable Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:4) When was the last time that your child saw or heard the Holy Spirit make His presence known? (Acts 2:33) In their service, is it common for children/youth to pray/worship God in their prayer language? Are they challenged to participate in (not just watch) supernatural ministry? If these aspects are not the norm, I would … (I’ll ask you as a parent to ask the Holy Spirit about what to do.)

I’ll close this post just as I did last week. Your children DESERVE to know the Holy Spirit. I’ll say it this way. YOUR children DESERVE to know the Holy Spirit. One step more and then I will quit for this week. YOUR children DESERVE to KNOW the Holy Spirit. 

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12 Aug Your Children Deserve – Part 1

Having been a children’s pastor in a church for some 25 years, I have so, so many stories that I could share. I was reminded yesterday morning of a wonderful couple who came into my office one Sunday morning to tell me that they were leaving our church. I remember so clearly how they went to great lengths to assure me that they weren’t leaving our church because of anything that I had or hadn’t done. The reason I then learned was because they wanted to attend a much larger church in our community, one that had so much to offer their children. As a parent I could understand their thinking. We all want what is best for our children, don’t we!

Ready for this shocker? After listening to their explanation, I paused for a minute and then gave them a response that was different than what they had anticipated. I explained that after hearing this news, immediately my heart was troubled. I quickly acknowledged to these parents that their desired church was outstanding in so many ways. And, there was no way to deny that their children’s ministry had so much that our children’s ministry couldn’t offer. That particular church definitely had the “wow” factor with incredible ambiance, state-of-the-art technology, and a seemingly endless budget. And yet, my heart was troubled.

Why? After explaining that my discomfort had nothing to do with losing a family from our church or having fewer children in our ministry, I looked into their eyes and boldly told them that I believed that their children deserved more. I could tell that my comment confused them. More? I then explained that while this larger church had so much to offer, from what I had been told over and over again, there was one humongous deficit in their ministry. It was said that in the area of being a Holy Spirit knowing and Holy Spirit flowing children’s ministry, this large children’s ministry came up greatly lacking. I further told the parents that it was of the utmost importance that their children needed to be in a Spirit-filled, Spirit-demonstrating, Spirit-talking, Spirit-behaving (AKA having the fruit of the Spirit showing) nursery/Sunday school/children’s church/mid-week Bible clubs/student ministries classroom. Their children DESERVED to be in an environment where the number one priority was for there to be a consistently seeable, hearable, feelable Holy Spirit. Anything less wouldn’t be acceptable. I don’t know if I made this couple happy or angry. I never saw them again.

I hate to do this but I need to stop writing. I’ll close this week with this thought. Your children DESERVE to know the Holy Spirit. I’ll say it this way. YOUR children DESERVE to know the Holy Spirit. One step more and then I will quit for this week. YOUR children DESERVE to KNOW the Holy Spirit.

I will continue this teaching next week …

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