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14 Jan It’s a Supernatural Gospel

While reading in the Gospel of Matthew last week, I entered this note alongside Matthew 9:35 “Proclaiming the gospel and healing the sick go hand in hand.” The gospel that we teach and preach is a miraculous gospel. I’ll make it even clearer … the gospel is 100% supernatural. It is God’s supernatural power that makes the gospel to be the gospel. You see, the word “gospel” literally means “good news”. Wouldn’t you agree that it is GOOD NEWS that the preaching/teaching of the gospel will cause sinners to be born again, the sick and afflicted to be healed, the oppressed to receive joy, the troubled to be flooded with peace, and the bound to be set free? The proclamation of the GOOD NEWS opens the door for the Holy Spirit to come and supernaturally validate the Word with signs following. (Mark 16:20)

Pastor/Sunday school teacher/children’s ministry worker/student ministry leader, and (most importantly) YOU, let me remind you of a fact that you already know to be true. The Word of God is not just another book. The GOOD NEWS is still the power of God. (Romans 1:16) If given the opportunity, the supernatural WILL manifest when the GOOD NEWS is declared.

Boldly preach/teach/share the Good News. Each and every time that you open the Word, make room for the supernatural. Turn on your expector (that may not be a legitimate word, but there isn’t a word that better describes what’s been lacking) and look for the Holy Spirit to validate the Word of God. Finally, demonstrate God’s wonder-working power. 

Let me close with this powerful quote from a man who saw God do mighty miracles.

“As long as the gospel is preached and there
are creatures to receive it, the power to
demonstrate the supernatural will remain on earth.”
~ George Jeffreys “The Phenomena of Pentecost”

 

 

 

 

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07 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 12

If people only knew the importance of praying in other tongues … Wait! You’re making it happen as you share these illustrations. Here’s another easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustration. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues 
Part 12 – Create a New, Fresh Conversation with God

For this illustration, you will need a Bible and a handful of peanuts.
Cautionary Note: Be mindful that there are people who are highly allergic to peanuts. Before asking people to handle peanuts, make sure that allergies won’t present a problem.

Today, I want to be spectacular, amazing, bedazzling, and mind-blowing … enough said about me … But, I forewarn  you, these next few minutes will be a great time to have your cellphones out and prepared to video what you are about to see. Why? Because I am spectacular, amazing, bedazzling, and mind-blowing … enough said about me.

I want to show you something that has never been seen before with the naked (or clothed) eye and will never ever be seen again. Are your cameras ready for the feat only made possible by someone that is spectacular, amazing, bedazzling, and mind-blowing? (Show a peanut and then take a bow.) Yep. You might say, “Peanut? What is so incredible about a peanut?” (Crack open the peanut shell, pull out the peanut, walk around the audience to show the peanut.) I just did everything that I promised. This peanut has never been seen before by any human being (or dog or cat or fish). And now, it will never ever be seen again. (Swallow the peanut and then take another bow.)

(Invite several people to join you on the platform. See cautionary note.) I want to take this one step further. I want to give each of you an opportunity to be spectacular, amazing, bedazzling, and mind-blowing. (Give each person a peanut.) Would you please open the peanut shell and show those in our audience something that has never been seen before and will never be seen again? (Your participants are to crack open the shell and display their peanut.) And, there’s one more thing to notice about these never before seen peanuts. No two peanuts are exactly the same. (Ask your assistants to eat their peanuts, take a bow, and return to their seats.)

This peanut (show peanut) gives the PERFECT way to share one of the reasons why I love to pray in other tongues. In Mark 16:17 in the Bible (show Bible) Jesus tells us that believers (people like you and me) will speak with NEW tongues as they communicate with God. In other words, this supernatural tongue or language is not the same o’, same o’ words and thoughts. It is not a learned or even heard before language. It’s NEW. It is heaven giving you the ability to speak a fresh, passionate, Spirit-enabled, unknown-to-you language that captures God’s attention. (1 Corinthians 14:2) 

And, there’s one more incredible truth about this NEW tongue. Do you remember how that no two peanuts were exactly the same? This NEW tongue or prayer language was given by God just for you. It is your NEW tongue. No two NEW languages are exactly the same! The Holy Spirit custom-made this NEW tongue just for you!

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31 Dec 2019 – The Year of a Great Outpouring of God’s Spirit

Happy New Year!!! 2018 is history and ahead of us lies a year that I believe will see an unprecedented outpouring of God’s Spirit. I believe that all across our land, we will hear people declaring “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” Hallelujah!

Vickie and I want to work together with the Holy Spirit to see this happen in your church in 2019. We can do this in two ways.
1. Holy Spirit Rally – In these rallies on Sunday mornings, I give people an opportunity to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I love seeing the altars filled from side to side with people wanting to receive the promise of the Father. When allowed to have more than a Sunday morning service, I love to preach that there is more than an initial infilling. Be it on a Sunday night or Sunday through Wednesday, our Holy Spirit Rallies direct people into developing a relationship with the One who is called to walk alongside of us.
2. Ignite & Unite Conference – This 3 hour Saturday morning conference is designed to ignite the fire of the Holy Spirit in those who minister each week to your children and youth and unify the vision of the entire team. The workshops taught include – The Dangers of the Status Quo, The Holy Spirit on Assignment, Leading Preschoolers into His Presence, The 10 Commandments of the Supernatural, and Flowing in the Anointing. Vickie and I wrap up the conference by laying hands on and praying for each person that attends. 

You notice that I haven’t mentioned a required fee or contractual agreement. For almost 40 years, we have ministered with the understanding that God is our source and that He will speak to the congregation as the offering is received. For all of these years, God has proven Himself faithful.

2019 is your year! Your city! Your church! Your ministry! I am just an email (billy@billyburns.com) away. Let me hear from you TODAY!

Again, happy New Year!!!

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17 Dec Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 11

Ready for the next illustration? Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues 
Part 11 – Protect Your Spirit From This World’s Contamination

For this illustration, you will need a Bible, table tennis paddle and ball. It would also be helpful to be able to project this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiShX2pTz9A. 

Long before there was a Sony Play Station or Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Switch, a company named Atari introduced a revolutionary arcade game called Pong. For those unfamiliar with this game, Atari took the tennis game (show paddles and ball) in the early 1970’s and created a video game that amazed the world. In Pong, the player controls an in-game paddle by moving it vertically across the left or right side of the screen. (Show YouTube video clip.) Just as in the table tennis game, the player’s objective is to keep the ball from penetrating past their boundary and yielding a point to their opponent. 

Here is a reality. We live in a world that has a lot of evil all around us. At school, the classrooms and playgrounds are filled with kids that don’t love Jesus like you do. It is so common to see bullying going on and students being disrespectful and nasty to the teachers. Daily, you hear language and jokes that you wouldn’t want Jesus to hear. In the “grown-up” world, it is everything that I mentioned about the school environment but multiplied exponentially. The reality is that when evil and wickedness is going on, you can’t quit school or leave your job. But, in this sinful environment, God has provided a way to not allow the contamination to penetrate into our spirit.

Ready for this? Here is where the Pong game comes into our teaching. The Bible (show Bible) tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:28 that praying in the Holy Spirit can be our spiritual Pong paddle! I recognize that this verse speaks of praying to ourselves and God in a church setting. But, if we can pray quietly in a church, we can also do this in a classroom, playground, locker room, or board room, right? When this world’s wickedness is trying to make its move on us and attach itself to our spirit, we can pull out our spiritual Pong paddle and begin to pray silently in other tongues. Notice that I said silently. No one around has to know what we are doing or saying. 

What is the result of our spiritual Pong paddle (praying in our Holy Spirit-empowered language) weaponry? Quite simply, Satan won’t “score any points”! The spiritual garbage that he is trying to attach to our spirit will be “ponged” right back to where it came from! 

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