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25 Nov “Hankinsisms” – Wisdom from Pastor B.B. Hankins

Whoa … stop … alright already. I am quite sure that there are some readers that have pulled out the dictionary to look up the word “Hankinsisms” and are ready to correct my word choice. For all of you grammarians, I know that “Hankinsisms” isn’t an actual word … or, is it? Is there a single word that could better describe the unique, profound wisdom shared each week in Pastor B.B.’s sermons and teachings?

If you  have followed this blog for any length of time, the name Pastor Billy Bob (B.B.) Hankins is no stranger to you. He was the pastor of the Gulf Coast Christian Center in West Columbia, Texas for some 50 years. So that I won’t be too wordy in this post, I will forgo sharing his bio other than to say that he was my pastor … and I am a very blessed man because of it. 

Here are just a few “Hankinsisms” …
* God has no grandsons.
* The poorest person in the world is someone who doesn’t have anyone praying for them.
* Jesus never commissioned anyone to preach a gospel that didn’t include healing the sick.
* You can get anywhere in the world from here.
* It’s not necessary unless it is necessary.
* God pays for what He orders.
* Whatever you need, sow that kind of seed.
* A move of God happens when people start to move closer to God.
* Worry is meditating on what the devil says.
* The anointing of the Holy Spirit will cause you to see your divine purpose.

Did you enjoy these bits of wisdom? Want to read more? In 2016, Pastor B.B.’s youngest son, Bob Hankins, gathered, transcribed, and published a book containing several of the teachings that were shared at his annual Spiritual Sons meetings. This book titled Success in Ministry: Lessons from a Spiritual Father is available through Amazon. 

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18 Nov The Unconstrained Holy Spirit – Part 4

EVERY THING found in the book of Acts is a today action of the Holy Spirit. That is, it is a today action if we say “GO Holy Spirit. No more WHOA Holy Spirit”. As I have shared in the previous blog posts, for far too long, many have said “WHOA” by …
* Buying into the Not Me Constraint
* Putting on the spiritual brakes with the Not Here Constraint

I want to share a third all-too-common constraint imposed by many Whoa-ers upon the Holy Spirit.

Constraint #3 – The Not Now Constraint.

You know the following stories and so I won’t go into great detail. In Acts 5:15, we read that Holy Spirit ministered powerfully through Peter as he walked down the street. In Acts 8:17, we read of Peter and John laying their hands upon the Samaritan believers so that they might be filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 8:26-40, Luke writes of God sending Philip the Evangelist along a desert road to lead an Ethiopian man to Christ. What is a common denominator in these stories? Luke doesn’t give a specific day of the week or time of day when God supernaturally ministered.

Why is this significant? Because, in the minds of many people, if the Holy Spirit is to move, He has a designated window of time once a week to do His work. Come on, you know exactly what I am talking about. If the Holy Spirit is allowed to minister at all, it HAS to be during the time allocated at church on Sunday.  (Am I getting too close for comfort?)

Those who have attended our Holy Spirit Rallies have heard me declare “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost”. TODAY actually, really means today. Right now. Whenever a need arises. As in the stories that I shared from the Book of Acts, that need might arise when we are walking down the street or are with a group of people or connecting one-on-one with an individual. That very moment becomes your TODAY that the unconstrained Holy Spirit can move through you to meet a need.

I would apologize for the simpleness of these Constraint blog posts. But, I won’t. I can’t. The three constraints that I have listed are far too common. Many people live spiritually unproductive lives because of these constraints!

Begin right now to declare that the days of the “Not Me Constraint” and “Not Here Constraint” and “Not Now Constraint” are history. Beginning right now, your “WHOA Holy Spirit” is officially replaced with “GO Holy Spirit”. Know that these are Book of Acts days through you, right here, right now! To quote T.D. Jakes, “Get ready, get ready, get ready” because I know this to be a fact … the TODAY Holy Spirit is waiting to show Himself in and through you TODAY.

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11 Nov The Unconstrained Holy Spirit – Part 3

Man was I on the way-too-wordy side of life in the last blog post. I will make up for my being loquacious by getting right to the second constraint that we impose upon the Holy Spirit.

Constraint #2 – The Not Here Constraint.

We constrain the working of the Holy Spirit by limiting WHERE He can minister. Where? Yes. And, you already know where the where is. (Did that make any sense?). I’ll explain by reminding you of this story …

In Acts 3, we read of Peter and John traveling to the temple. You know the story, right? On their way, they encountered a lame man sitting outside of the temple begging. At this juncture, Peter and John had three options to consider …
Option #1 – Totally ignore the lame beggar.
Option #2 – Pick up the man and carry him into the temple.
Option #3 – Impart some of the “such as I have give I thee” and command the man to be made whole.

We all know that Option #3 was the action chosen. But, would this be the option that you would choose? I’m feeling generous. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you wouldn’t take Option #1. But, I’m leaning towards thinking that there are those reading this blog that would choose Option #2. It would be simple to get another person to help carry the lame beggar into the temple so that the beggar could hear a sermon and be prayed for by the “trained” leader. Am I right?

Thank God for your church service. I recognize that in this gathering of believers, the impossible can become possible. But, the working of the Holy Spirit can’t be restricted to a church service.

Consider this. Of the known miracles performed by Jesus, only three were conducted in the temple. I say known because the four gospels only record a small portion of His ministry. (John 20:30; 21:25) The Holy Spirit ministered through Jesus in people’s homes, along roadsides, in marketplaces, etc. In other words, where the need appeared, the need was met!

Let me be bold. Without exception, the Holy Spirit who empowered Jesus (Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38) is CONSTANTLY with (John 14:16), in (John 14:17), on (Luke 24:49), filling (Ephesians 5:18), and guiding (John 16:13) you. WHERE EVER YOU ARE, He is PRESENT and READY to meet any and every need THROUGH you.

With that in mind, consider the “Not Here Constraint” to be a thing of the past. From this day forward, walk in confidence and declare, “Yes, here!” because the “such as I have give I thee” is available where ever you are!

Go do the works of Him who has sent you! (John 9:4; 14:12)

 

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04 Nov The Unconstrained Holy Spirit – Part 2

If you have followed this blog for any length of time or attended one of our Holy Spirit Rallies or Ignite & Unite Conferences, you have heard me state “TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost!” To me, this is one of the most powerful declarations that I can announce. TODAY is His day. He is still in the Book of Acts business.

If today is truly His day (and it is), then why aren’t we seeing demonstrations of His presence and power? The answer is quite simple.  You don’t have to be a theologian or cemeterian (I mean seminarian) to see the answer. It’s obvious that we have become quite proficient in constraining the Holy Spirit.

This week, I want to share the first of three common areas of constraint. (This will be one of those amen or oh me revelations.)

Constraint #1 – The Not Me Constraint.

Simply stated, the Not Me Constraint is a misguided perception of who is supposed to flow in God’s might and power. Many of those with this constraint have relegated the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit exclusively to the “super Christians”. You know who that I am talking about … a television preacher, traveling ministry gift, pastor … anybody and everybody but themselves.

The Not Me Constraint isn’t new. When God appeared to Moses (Exodus 3), Gideon (Judges 6), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1), they listed their self-imposed “legitimate” issues that disqualified them from being used of God. In their minds, they were convinced that God could find others far more qualified. Then, the Bible tells of another extreme form of the Not Me Constraint … the others-imposed constraint. This was seen in the lives of David (1 Samuel 16) and Jesus (Matthew 13). The strong opinions of the bystanders and nay-sayers were obvious. David heard “isn’t there a brother more qualified?”. Jesus heard “isn’t He the carpenter’s son?”.

Now let me be personal. I not writing to the masses. Right now, I am writing directly to you. Have you bought into the Not Me Constraint lie? Are you just sitting on the sidelines with your arms folded and occupying space on the earth? Have you disqualified yourself? Are you constraining the Holy Spirit?

This may seem too bold of a statement but I will share it anyways. As much as I love men and women of God like two of my favorite ministers, Jentezen Franklin and Joyce Meyer, they can’t and never will be able to do what God wants to do through YOU. Your pastor, as great as they might be, can’t do what the unconstrained Holy Spirit can do through YOU in your family or workplace or neighborhood.

I challenge you to circle this day on your calendar. It is a new day. As of TODAY, Constraint #1 is history. The question of who has been forever answered. Resolve that the Sent One (the Holy Spirit) provided by the Father will be allowed to “shall” to and through you (John 14:26) as He uses your mouth, hands, and feet to boldly, mightily advance the Kingdom. These are officially Book of Acts days in and through YOU!!!

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28 Oct The Unconstrained Holy Spirit – Part 1

I have never been more excited in my life. In fact, I am beside myself with excitement. (Note: Never say that you are “beside yourself” while boarding an airplane. They will try to charge you for an extra seat!) This is the greatest time in history. Why? Because God is moving in an unprecedented way all around the world. And, this massive outpouring of God’s Spirit is being seen in what I call the 31 “flavors” of Baskin-Robbins Christianity. I am hearing reports coming from churches and individuals that are Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, Episcopalian, Pentecostal (should I keep listing the types of churches?) telling of outpourings of the Holy Spirit just like we read about in the Book of Acts. It’s not just one “flavor”. Again, these are exciting days!

These are incredible days. What we are witnessing around the world is a present-day fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Joel 2:28-29

While ministering in South Florida a couple of weeks ago, I shared a message that focused upon this move of God. In this sermon, I mentioned that if these are the prophesied days (and they are) and if the prophesied “all” includes all of today’s believers (and they are), then why are so many believers not seeing the prophesied results? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I could even make the question more personal. Why aren’t you seeing the prophesied results?

I want to see the prophesied results happening in your life and church. So, in the next four blog posts I am capsulizing The Unconstrained Holy Spirit sermon that I preached in South Florida. Though the thoughts are simple, I believe that you reading and applying these thoughts will cause you to experience what was experienced in that service. Hindrances will be eliminated. God’s power and gifts will begin to flow. Book of Acts results will become a way of life.

I’ll pick up with the first The Unconstrained Holy Spirit teaching next week.

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