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25 Jun Filled And Enjoying the Benefits

While I was still in high school, I had a part-time job at a local grocery store, Farmer’s Market. After working there for a while, I went to my boss and said, “Mr. Beal, the law says that if an employee works so many hours in a day, the employee is required to get the benefit of a break.” In asking this, I was asking for a law-mandated 10 or 15 minute break somewhere in my work day. Without blinking an eye, he turned to me and said, “Burns, I gave you a break the day that I hired you.” I know, or at least I think that I know, that he was joking with me. On second thought, maybe he wasn’t kidding because, if my memory serves me right, I never did get that break during my employment at Farmer’s Market.

I am sure that you will agree that the benefits that come from working at your company are important. For many, I believe that the benefits such as having medical and/or dental insurance are as important, if not more important, than the actual salary that they receive. Without question, life would be a struggle to live without these benefits.

We all know that being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a divine command (Acts 1:4; Ephesians 5:18) for all believers. But, we tend to forget that obeying this command provides many incredible supernatural benefits. Without these provided benefits, life can be an enormous struggle as we daily contend against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness in this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12). In other words, without the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the benefits that come with this baptism, we go through life battling against supernatural powers with only our natural limited abilities. And, our natural is no match against the supernatural power of the enemy.

You will often hear me say, “Thank God for the Holy Ghost”. I don’t apologize for my dependency upon Him and all of the benefits that He makes readily available to the Spirit-filled believer. It is through this baptism and the ability to connect with God through praying in other tongues that you and I get the “breaks” in life that even Mr. Beal can’t stop. I can’t help myself … I need to say it again. Thank God for the Holy Ghost!

Want to know more about these Holy Spirit-enabled breaks? Each Thursday on my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BillyBurnsMinistries/) I list the benefits of this baptism and praying in other tongues. So far, I have listed twenty benefits. Here are just a few of them …

  • There is a supernatural strengthening (building up) in our inner man. (Jude 20)
  • We open the door to other spiritual gifts. (Acts 19:6)
  • We enter into a new realm of worship. (Acts 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:15)
  • We pray divine secrets. (1 Corinthians 14:2 Moffatt Translation)

I have far exceeded my self-imposed word count on this blog. Go to my Facebook ministry page and check out the Thursday posts for additional benefits.

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18 Jun Here’s What God Said …

I know that the following statement will challenge some people’s theology but I’ll share it anyways. While Vickie and I lived in South Florida, I remember a time when God clearly spoke to me while we were sitting in a movie theater (some people will stop reading after that statement) watching the seemingly endless coming attraction previews. I will never forget Him telling me that I was to start announcing at the opening of our services the coming attractions for that service. When I heard this directive, I had been in the ministry at least 25 years and had never, ever heard anything like this before. In my early days of ministry preparation, there was no class at my Bible college called Ideas Gleaned from a Movie Theater nor was it taught at any children’s ministry conference. Heaven was directing me to walk into the service with a confidence that I had heard from heaven and, at the beginning of the service, boldly announce what was going to happen during the service.

Here is what you can expect to happen when you make coming attraction preview announcements. First, this will build faith in your spirit as you confidently proclaim what God has shown you in your quiet time with Him throughout the week. Your spirit will feel like a Texas cowboy sitting in a rodeo chute on top of a bucking bronco waiting for the chute’s gate to open. You can be confident that something memorable is about to happen! Second, it will build anticipation in those in your service because Jesus is both the author and finisher of our faith. God always delivers what He promises! So, if you are preaching about healing, confidently announce at the beginning of the service that the Healer is in the room and will heal all the sick and infirmed. Then, preach/teach and flow in the anointing. The results will be Jesus being what you have previewed and then preached Him to be.

One more note … this isn’t restricted to a church ministry setting. The upcoming preview announcement is applicable to any and every Spirit-filled believer’s daily walk in the Spirit. Start your day off by spending time with the Father and allowing His Spirit to speak to you. Then, open up your mouth and boldly, unwaveringly declare what God has said about your day. Faith (and confidence) comes by hearing what God through your voice says about your day. You will set your course for a supernatural day!

P.S. The movie wasn’t all that good, the buttered popcorn and Dr Pepper were great, and the God-directive was life/ministry changing!

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11 Jun Win the Battle Before the Fight Begins!

Before I share a single thought, let me go old school (whatever that means) and tell you to put on your shouting clothes. You’re gonna’ need them because this blog post, if applied, is guaranteed to bring about a time of shouting and rejoicing.

Here’s the thought … Student ministry leader, Sunday school teacher, children’s church leader/worker, mid-week Bible club leader BEFORE you walk into your ministry opportunity (also known as the battle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places … Ephesians 6:12), spend time preparing for supernatural results (also known as the win … 2 Corinthians 10:4). Business man before you go into that critical meeting, spend time preparing for the desired results. Parent before you have that much-needed “discussion” with your child, spend time preparing for what will bring about the much-needed change.

What is the preparation? Pray in the Spirit. It is through our praying in other tongues that the Holy Spirit, the One who knows what lies ahead (John 16:13), is invited to help or, better yet, to come into real partnership and cooperation (Romans 8:26) and join arm-in-arm in intercession with us for the fulfillment of the perfect will of God (Romans 8:27). Being filled with the Holy Spirit and utilizing the benefits that come through Spirit-empowered praying will give you the supernatural advantage over the adversary (John 16:7) and deliver the victory.

This may sound way too simplistic. Praying in the Spirit BEFORE? Is it really that big of a deal? All that I can say is that seeing is believing. By that I mean, seeing it in God’s Word and then acting upon it will cause you to see the desired results. Start now and continue day-by-day preparation. Go ahead and start the shouting and rejoicing. The “win” is waiting on you!

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04 Jun Thank God for the Holy Ghost!

I have often thought about posting a blog that would start off with the words, “Thank God for the Holy Ghost” and then repeat that sentence over and over again two or three dozen times. Nothing more would need to be added to these powerful, powerful words. In our Holy Spirit Rallies, I have repeatedly seen their power when I have said them over and over and over again and then witnessed the people respond to the Holy Spirit’s tangible presence.

Why do I say these words? (NOTE: stop reading right now if you are in a place that won’t allow you to show emotion!) It is because the Holy Spirit is …

before-time-was-time-existing (Genesis 1:1-2), you-changing (1 Samuel 10:6), rest-and-refreshing-blessing (Isaiah 28:11-12), anointing-bringing (Luke 4:18), forever-abiding (John 14:16), revelation-depositing (John 14:26), memory-enhancing (John 14:26), advantage-giving (John 16:7), heart-convicting (John 16:8), truth-revealing (John 16:13), direction-providing (John 16:13), Christ-glorifying (John 16:14), church-enlarging (Acts 2:41), healing-making (Acts 10:38), worship-creating (Acts 10:46), prophesying-enabling (Acts 19:6), prayer-limitations-breaking (Romans 8:26-27), righteousness-peace-and-joy-giving (Romans 14:17), hope-imparting (Romans 15:13), divine-secret-communicating (1 Corinthians 14:2), spirit-edifying (1 Corinthians 14:4), brain-bypassing (1 Corinthians 14:14), might-infusing (Ephesians 3:16), sin-cleansing (Titus 3:5), and faith-building (Jude 20).

Can you see why I gave you the warning? This is enough to get you up from your seat, throw your hands into the air, and then start shouting “Thank God for the Holy Ghost”!

I challenge you to join with me right now in making this declaration. If you will go ahead, turn off your computer, and begin to repeat “Thank God for the Holy Ghost” over and over again, you will quickly realize that you;re not being fanatical at all as you open the door for His presence.

I’m through. I can’t do any more typing other than to type one more time, “Thank God for the Holy Ghost.”

Oh … one more thing. Share this post with your family and friends so that they too can reap the benefits of honoring Him.

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28 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 4

As a young teenager, I heard Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart declare on his ministry television broadcast, “Salvation is God’s greatest gift to the world while the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is His greatest gift to the Church.” While every believer glady accepts the first part of Brother Swaggart’s statement, many struggle with the subject of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit especially in the area of praying or speaking in other tongues.

With that in mind, I want to use this fourth blog post to answer one final question often posed by many Jesus-loving believers about this subject. Hopefully, the information in this blog post plus the answers shared in the previous three blog posts will clear any and all confusion. Here is the fourth question.

Question #4 – Doesn’t the Bible Minimize the Importance of Speaking in Other Tongues?

Those posing this question are often referring to 1 Corinthians 14:19 “Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”  I can easily see why people would misunderstand this verse and  believe that Paul was saying that this gift from God wasn’t important. Allow me to bring clarity to Paul’s statement. by sharing these two thoughts.

1. In reading 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, we see that there are two types of tongues mentioned. Both are from God and yet they serve two different purposes. One is God-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) for every Spirit-filled believer to supernaturally communicate (pray, worship, intercede) to God (1 Corinthians 14:2,14). This is a language that accompanies the infilling of the Holy Spirit and is promised to every believer (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:4,16-18,33,39). The second type of tongues mentioned is the Gift of Tongues which is man-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit for the Father to supernaturally communicate (encourage, edify, and exhort) to man (1 Corinthians 14:5). You find this Gift listed with the other Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Unlike the God-ward language, this man-word Gift and each of the Gifts of the Spirit are divided by God and distributed to whom He selects as He directs.

2. Paul, the apostle who wrote that he was thankful that he spoke in tongues more than any of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:18) and desired that all would speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5), was addressing his “Yet in the church …” admonition about the man-ward tongue. Without question, to stand in front of a church body and solely speak/preach/teach in an unknown tongue alone would be foolishness and unprofitable. It is easy to see that anything coming from God (man-ward) must be understood so that the message can encourage, edify, and exhort. This is why Paul emphasized that the Gift of Tongues must be accompanied with the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). Simply put, publicly addressing people with this man-ward tongue is forbidden except there be one present to interpret the message from heaven. With that understanding, Paul wrote the Corinthians telling that the Gift of Prophesy is far more desirous and profitable than an uninterpreted Gift of Tongues utterance to a gathering of believers.

With these two points established, let me summarize the answer to the question by giving this one simple sentence. There is a time and place for everything. The God-ward praying/speaking/worshiping in an unknown tongue can be done by any Spirit-baptized individual at any place at any time be it at home or driving their car or silently at their workplace. The individual can also join in with the entire church body in a church gathering during a corporate time of worship (1 Corinthians 14:15) or time of prayer (1 Corinthians 14:39) because these tongues are not directed towards those around them in the church gathering. BUT, Paul instructed that the time and place for the man-ward tongue can be spoken in and to a public gathering only if there be one present to interpret this communication from God and it must be done so decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). So, the answer to the question – MINIMIZED … nope; OPTIMIZED … yes.

I apologize for the length of this blog post. I have sat down at the computer numerous times and written and rewritten and re-rewritten this post trying to keep it as simple and concise as possible and yet it is almost double the length of most of my postings. If you have any questions about what I have shared, I am an email away … billy@billyburns.com.

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