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08 Jul He Ain’t Finished Yet!

I know that you already know this, but sometimes we need a reminder about what we already know to be true. So, get ready for a NON-revelational reminder. Here goes … the Holy Spirit who ministered mightily through the New Testament believers wants to work mightily through you. In other words, everything, everything, everything (do I need to add more “everything”s?) that we read about the Holy Spirit doing in the past, He is more than capable and willing to do today through you. You see, He hasn’t changed one iota from being the Holy Spirit that we read about throughout the Book of Acts. 

Consider this quote from a Welch evangelist name George Jeffreys who worked closely with the Holy Spirit and continually saw Him do what we read about throughout the Book of Acts …

“If the supernatural was in evidence during the dispensation
of the Father, and again in the dispensation of the Son,
what reason is there to suppose that miracles were
to cease during the dispensation of the Holy Ghost?”
~George Jeffreys “The Phenomena of Pentecost”

Pull up your calendar on your smart device and look at today’s date. As I am typing this blog post, it is Sunday, July 7, 2019. Today and tomorrow and the days to come are still within the dispensation or age of the Holy Spirit. 

TODAY IS STILL HIS DAY. Contrary to the beliefs of some well-meaning people, the days of the Holy Spirit aren’t over. When the last apostle died, God didn’t tell the Holy Spirit that His miracle-working, life-changing days were done. You can’t find a single scripture to indicate that God told the Holy Spirit to withdraw His gifts from the Body of Christ because they were no longer needed. The signs and wonders written in the Word and needed in the days of the early Church to …
* Bring healing and deliverance to people (Acts 3:1-8; Acts 8:6-8)
* Validate the preaching of the Word (Acts 4:16)
* Cause the Good News to spread throughout the city and region (Acts 5:12-16; Acts 9:33-35; Acts 9:36-42)
… are the same mighty displays of heaven’s power to …
* Bring healing and deliverance to today’s people 
* Validate the preaching of the Word to today’s world 
* Cause the Good News to spread throughout your city and region 
In other words, pardon my grammar, He ain’t finished yet

Do you remember this statement from the first paragraph “everything, everything, everything (do I need to add more “everything”s?) that we read about the Holy Spirit doing in the past, He is more than capable and willing to do today through you”? He IS capable and willing. The question and reason for this blog post is to ask if you are available and willing for Him to minister through you just as He did throughout the beginning days of the New Testament Church? Selah!

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01 Jul My All-Time Favorite Blog Post

The beauty of the longevity in writing this blog is that I have had almost twelve years to write about so, so many aspects of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The negative side of publishing a blog post week after week is that, oft times, the truths and revelations shared months and years ago become buried and rarely read again. New readers won’t discover the truths from the earlier posts.

Twelve years of posts? How important are these blog posts? I know for a fact that I could take three to four minutes to read any one of the over 600 posts and then walk into an auditorium to preach or a classroom to teach and use the content of that post and/or series of posts to minister for 45 minutes to an hour on that subject. 

What is my all-time favorite blog post? To be honest, they are ALL my favorite. To me, the blog posts are like the old Lay’s Potato Chip commercial, “No one can eat just one.” For example, consider these posts … (This is so difficult. There are dozens and dozens of posts that I want to list. The following posts were randomly selected.)
> 2019, June 17 – He’s the “Five W” Holy Spirit
> 2013, September 20 – Lessons Learned from Eli
> 2019, March 4 – Holy Spirit 101, The Basics
> 2018,  April 30 – How’s This, Mister Spiritual Hottie Tottie?
> 2015, April 20 – The “Secret” of How I Minister
> 2019, April 22- The Supernatural Power of Communion (This is the first of a four-part series.)
> 2016, March 21 – One of the Greatest Roadblocks to a Move of God
> 2014, April 21 – Can Children Be Used of God?
> 2018, January 1 – A Ministry Revolution – The Introduction (This is the first of a ten-part series. If allowed, I would teach this in EVERY Children’s Ministries conference.)
> 2010, May 17 – Six Reasons EVERY Child Must Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit (This the first of a three-part series. Again, I’d teach this in EVERY Children’s Ministries Conference.)
> 2017, May 7 – Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues (This is the first of a four-part series.)
> 2013, August 5 – The DNA of a Holy Ghost Ministry (This is the first of a four-part series.)
>  2017, June 12 – Afraid of a Supernatural Demonstration of the Gifts of the Spirit?
>  2018, October 8 – Praying in the Spirit Illustrations (This is an on-going, sporadic series. I am currently on Part #16.)

So, how do you access these posts and the six hundred other posts? First, go to my ministry web site (www.billyburns.com) and then click on the link for BLOG. Next, click on the title of this post (My All-Time Favorite Blog Post) and it will send you to the page listing the archived posts. It’s just that simple. 

One last question? After reading the blog posts, do you have a favorite?

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24 Jun Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 16

The apostle Paul admonished the Ephesian believers “Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT …” (Ephesians 6:18, emphasis mine) and then later the apostle Jude wrote “… building up yourselves on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST.” (Jude 20, emphasis mine). To many, these two phrases “in the Spirit” and “in the Holy Ghost” are a complex theological mystery. Thankfully, there are preachers, teachers, and parents/grandparents just like you who are opening up God’s Word to explain in simplicity this beautiful way of communing with the Father.

Let’s look at the next illustration to teach one of these benefits that comes from 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 and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 16 –Discipline Our Will to Pray God’s Way

“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray
with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit,
and I will sing with the understanding also.
1 Corinthians 14:15

For this illustration, you will need a Bible, a bag of clothes pins, and a pair of tennis shoes.

Before I teach today’s lesson, I might need to go around the room and give each of you one of these clothes pins (show bag of clothes pins) to place upon your nose. Why? Because in a matter of a 60 seconds, I am going to show you a pair of my running/walking tennis shoes. (Pass out a few clothes pins.)

Ready for the shoes? (Show the running/walking tennis shoes and pretend that they have an odor.)  I am showing you these shoes because they are the greatest way that I can think of to teach about the word “will”.  You see, each and every day, I take off my regular shoes and then put on these shoes so that I can walk/run and get my much-needed exercise. Now let me be perfectly honest. Do I want to walk/run every day? Absolutely not. There are days when I am so excited to walk/run. But there are also days that I have to make a decision to do (whether I want to or not) what I know is extremely important. Putting on these shoes and then doing my daily exercise is a matter of my will.  Walking/running is a daily discipline in my life that is both needful and beneficial.

In today’s scripture (open up your Bible and read the verse), we see the words “I will” four times. (Share the four “I will” phrases.) In other words, praying/singing in my heavenly prayer language and also praying/singing with my understanding is a matter of my will. It is a choice and a daily discipline. Just as in the case of my putting on my shoes (show shoes) to walk/run, my feelings can’t determine whether or not I will do what is for my benefit. The answer each day (show Bible) is “I will” do a spiritual exercise (discipline) that is both needful and beneficial.

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17 Jun He’s The “Five W” Holy Spirit

Here’s a new name for the Holy Spirit. From now on, you can refer to Him as being the Five W Holy Spirit. I received this insight earlier this week when I was meditating on this scripture …

“The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound].” Luke 4:18-19 (Amplified Bible)

Here is what I mean about the Holy Spirit being the Five W Holy Spirit. From Luke 4:18-19, we can see that He …

IS Who is needed … Jesus identified the Five W Holy Spirit as the source of His anointing.
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING FOR What is needed … The Five W Holy Spirit always had exactly what was needed. You never read of Jesus telling an individual that He was fresh out of heaven’s supernatural resources to provide for a need. Healing needed? Healing power provided. Deliverance needed? Deliverance power provided. 
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING When it is needed … As the need presented itself to Jesus, the Five W Holy Spirit would always instantly anoint Jesus to address that particular need. There were no exclusive “specialty” days. For example, there were no …
* Sock It To The Devil Sundays making Sundays to be THE one and only day of the week that Jesus would/could deal with demons,
* Miracle Mondays
making Mondays to be THE one and only day of the week that miracles would/could take place,
* Teaching Tuesdays making this THE one and only day of the week when anointed teaching would/could only be done,
As a person with a need came to Jesus, He, through the power of the Five W Holy Spirit, instantly had exactly what was needed exactly when it was needed. ANY day and ANY time was the right time.
PROVIDES THE ANOINTING FOR Where it is needed … Healing needed in Bethlehem? No problem. The poor in Nazareth needed the Good News? No problem. The Five W Holy Spirit was readily available EVERY where.
REMINDS US Why it is needed … Without the anointing of the Five W Holy Spirit, no ministry would/could have taken place. 

One more thing about this Five W Holy Spirit. What He did through Jesus, He is ready and willing to do through today’s believers. Oh, let me modify that last statement. He is ready and willing to do greater things through today’s believers. (John 14:12). Thank God for the Five W Holy Spirit!

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08 Jun Celebrating the Journey – Part 4

This may be the fourth and final segment of the story celebrating our 40th anniversary in the ministry, but it isn’t the end of the ministry. The best is yet to come! The final segment is just a mouse click away.


NOTE: I recognize that there is a large percentage of this blog’s readership that connect with Billy Burns Ministries only through this weekly blog. I also know that there are a few of you that are subscribed to receive this blog AND the monthly Billy Burns Ministries newsletter. To these “doublers”, I need to apologize. In  my effort to reach everyone connected to our ministry, in this blog post and the next three celebration-related blogs, I am sharing the very same celebration news in both the blog and newsletter. I am asking these “doubler” readers to do one of two things … 1) Please tolerate these four duplicate posts. My promise to you is to never flood your email box with excessive emails. 2) You can put on your party hats and pull out your noisemakers TWICE and double up on the celebrating.

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