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04 Feb The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Part 3

Because they heard your teaching (Part 1), prepared for and know what to expect upon receiving this gift (Part 2), this final part is easy (and exciting). 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Part 3 – The Receiving

Let me first relieve you as the pastor/teacher/leader of any anxiety or fear by sharing the verse that we used in the first blog post in this series.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:
how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?”
Luke 11:13

This verse reminds us that there is absolutely NO pressure on your part. (Go ahead and let out a great big sigh of relief. ) You have nothing to do with this gift. You don’t have to create the gift. You aren’t the giver of the gift. And, you aren’t the one receiving this gift. All that you have to do is provide the opportunity for these believers to receive! (This would be a great time for another Texas-size whew!) 

Here are some simple steps to take during the altar ministry.

  1. Read or share Luke 11:13 to instruct that our part is to ask and His is to give.
  2. Read or share Acts 2:4 to turn on their “expectator”. (See Part 2)
  3. Ask for a Spirit-filled believer to stand with each individual. 
  4. After leading in a prayer asking to receive the gift, set the example by boldly praying and worshiping God out loud in your heavenly prayer language. Leading by example gives an assurance that the language that they have isn’t spooky or weird. 

I would be amiss if I didn’t close out by sharing this final bit of wisdom. Over the years, I have witnessed some really unbelievable things happen during these altar times. Let’s use a little brain power. Here are some things to not do:

  1. PLEASE don’t tell the seeker the words to say. I have witnessed well-intentioned people tell people to repeat words like these … “who stola the keysa to my Honda”, “tie a my tie, tie a my bowtie”. Don’t insult the Holy Spirit by creating a language that according to Acts 2:4 should come from Him. “… as the Spirit enabled them.”
  2. PLEASE don’t frighten the seeker by being loud and boisterous. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not an emotion. You don’t have to MAKE things happen by being loud and emotional.
  3. PLEASE don’t create confusion. Don’t beat them on the back and holler “hold on” while the person on the other side is saying “turn loose!”

Is this difficult? No. It this complicated? No. No. Is ministering on this subject pressureful? No. No. No. Again, to me this is the EASIEST message to preach because the Father is ANXIOUSLY awaiting the opportunity to GIVE this GIFT to EVERYONE who asks! 

If you have any questions, I am just an email away. billy@billyburns.com.

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28 Jan The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Part 2

If there has ever been a day when it is of the utmost importance for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit, it is today. Thankfully, God is raising up people like you that will make it possible for believers, be it children, youth, or adults, to be filled to overflowing with this promised gift from the Father. (Joel 2:28-29; Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:39). 

I mentioned in the last blog post that I have found that there are those who struggle in knowing how to lead a person or group to receive this gift. So, with that in mind, I began a three part series that gives a simple overview on how to teach about this baptism. The three parts being shared are The Teaching, The Preparation, and The Receiving. 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Part 2 – The Preparation

After establishing a solid Word foundation, it is important to prepare the way for the receiving. In other words, we must make known what the Bible says will happen when the gift is received. I call this getting their “expectater” (I know that this isn’t an actual word, but I can’t find a better word) ready. Here’s an example. When a ball drops from your hand, you can expect or know what will happen. It will ALWAYS fall down. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we can KNOW what to expect.

I shared in the last blog that Jesus said that our Father is anxiously waiting to give His Spirit to every believer who asks. (Luke 11:13) But, what’s next? What can we expect to happen when we are filled with the Holy Spirit? The answer is found in Acts 2:4.

And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being]
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages),
as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately].
Acts 2:4 (Amplified Bible)

Here is the “expectater” information:

  1. The Father gave the gift. “They were all filled …” (We ask and the Father responds is a GUARANTEE for our “expectater”,)
  2. The Father gave the gift and verified its arrival. “… all filled … and (all) began to speak” (Illustration – USPS certified mail form is the evidence of delivered mail.)
  3. The Father gave the gift and verified its arrival by an action on the part of the receiver. “they … began to speak” (An action on the part of the recipient is required. THEY spoke. The Holy Spirit didn’t force them to speak. Illustration – no water will come out of the shower nozzle UNTIL we take action.)
  4. The Father gave the gift and verified its arrival by an action on the part of the receiver that was supernatural. “… as the Spirit was giving them the ability in other tongues” (also refereed to as unknown tongues – 1 Corinthians 14:2 and also the tongues of men and angels – 1 Corinthians 13:1)
  5. The Father gave the gift and verified its arrival by an action on the part of the receiver that was supernatural and undeniable. “... to speak out [clearly and appropriately]” (All question marks are removed!)
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21 Jan The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Part 1

One of the most common statements that I hear from Pastors and those ministering to children and youth concerns how to teach and then make it possible for people to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you are one of those that has struggled on how to lead a person or a group into this gift that God has provided for each and every believer. With that in mind, I want to share a three part series that gives an overview on how to teach about this baptism. I will take what would be pages of teaching and instead share enough to give a solid, biblical understanding. The three parts to be shared are The Teaching, The Preparation, and The Receiving. 

And, one more thing about this series. If you have not received this promise from the Father (Joel 2:28-29), read these three blog posts and then simply ask the Father to fulfill His promise in your life. 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Part 1 – The Teaching

The teaching is quite simple. It’s all wrapped up in one verse. Jesus (can you ask for a greater authority on this subject?) said,

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:
how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?”
Luke 11:13

This one verse shares so much about the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

  1. This is a gift.
  2. This is a good gift.
  3. This is a good gift from heaven.
  4. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians.
  5. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give.
  6. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give to all that ask.

Want more? I could add just a few other verses about this gift.

  1. This is a necessary gift. Acts 1:4
  2. This is beneficial gift. John 16:7
  3. This is a powerful gift. Acts 1:8
  4. This is an ongoing gift. Ephesians 5:18
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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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