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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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10 Dec Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 10

I pray that these illustrations are helping you in your personal life and ministry. Ready for the next one? 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 10 – Pray Divine Secrets

As a child, I loved to play a game that everyone has played at one time or another, Red Rover. With this game, two lines are formed usually twenty or thirty feet apart with the individuals in each line linking hands or arms together.  Then, the command “Red rover, red rover, let [player on opposite team] come over” is given for a player from the opposing line to “come over” by running from their line to the opposing line and attempt to penetrate through the opposing line. (You may want to have several people available to demonstrate how the game is played.)

I know this to be a fact. Satan, also known as a thief, liar, killer, deceiver, and destroyer hates to hear us pray. He knows that when we are talking to God that we are doing God’s business. And so, he will make every effort to penetrate through to hear and understand what is being prayed. He knows that if he can gain this information that he can began to work against God’s plans.

Thankfully, the Bible tells of a way to communicate with God in such a way that keeps Satan from gaining access to this top level communication. In 1 Corinthians 14:2, we learn that when we pray in an unknown tongue (praying in the Spirit) we are communicating mysteries. Did you catch that? Mysteries! One translation of this verse (Moffatt Translation) tells us that we are speaking divine secrets. These divine secrets give us the ability to do exactly what we did in the Red Rover game. We are linking arm in arm with the Holy Spirit to keep Satan from getting into areas in which he has no business! It’s no wonder that Satan wants to keep us from praying in other tongues.

 

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03 Dec Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 9


Here is another great illustration to use in teaching about the importance of praying in the Spirit. 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 9 – Eliminate Biases and Selfishness in our Praying

For this illustration, you will need a cookie sheet, hammer, chisel, Pam Non-stick Cooking Spray, and Bible

This is really going to sound spiritual … I want to tell about baking chocolate chip cookies. I’ll skip past putting the ingredients together and start with the actual baking. What is your first step? Is it rolling the cookie dough into little bitty balls, putting the balls onto the cookie sheet about an inch apart from each other, and then sticking the cookie sheet into the oven? (Allow for a response.) If this is the way that you bake cookies, let me show you two more things that you will need for your baking. (Show the hammer and chisel.) I can guarantee that you will pull the baked cookies out of the oven and discover that they are so attached to the cookie sheet that you will need the hammer to bang on the chisel to force the cookies off of the cookie sheet. (Demonstrate using the hammer and chisel on the cookie sheet.) The end result won’t be what you wanted. The crumbled, broken cookies will be so disappointing.

What is missing in your baking process? All of you bakers are one step ahead of me. It’s quite simple. You forgot to coat the cookie sheet with Pam Non-stick Cooking Spray. (Show Pam and demonstrate spraying on the cookie sheet). Skip this step … chisel cookies. Use the Pam … beautiful, delicious cookies. 

I know. Baking chocolate chip cookies isn’t spiritual, or, is it? Believe it or not, the baking process will show one of the of the most important reasons why I pray in other tongues. Ready for this? 

Here is a reality. When we are talking to God about a particular situation or person, it is so easy to allow our brain to “stick” opinions, biases, and even selfish ideas to our prayers. And, once these perceived “facts” are attached to our prayers, it is difficult (use the hammer and chisel) to pray prayers that get results. 

Fortunately, we find in Romans 8:26-27 (show Bible) a way to pray prayers that say EXACTLY what God wants to hear. We need to pray spiritual Pam-coated prayers … praying in other tongues. This 100% Holy Spirit-enabled prayer language articulates what the Holy Spirit is saying through our spirit to our Father. Did you get that?  Through our spirit. Our  mind with all of it’s attached opinions, biases, and even selfish ideas is totally uninvolved in what is being communicated to God. Off-base, incorrect thoughts can’t stick to our Pam-coated prayers. Praying in other tongues will always produce the desired results … God will step into the situation and do what only He can do!

 

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