The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

27 May Quotable Nuggets – Part 2

Powerful. Impactful. Shareable. These are the three best words that I can find to describe the quotations shared in this and last week's blog posts. I have gathered these powerful quotes over the years from books written by men who just didn't know about the Holy Spirit, they intimately knew Him. Without reservation, I can say that each and every quote has greatly impacted my life causing me to know and flow with the Holy Spirit in a greater dimension. And finally, while I know that I have incorporated these quotes into previous blog teachings over the past eleven plus years, they definitely need to be shared again and again and again. Hopefully, they will resonate within you. Here are this week's quotable nuggets. “Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” J. Hudson Taylor ~ The Source of Power for Christian Missions  “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 “The most important thing, the one thing that counts, is to see that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, filled to overflowing. Anything less than this is displeasing to God. We are commanded by God to be filled with His Spirit, and in the measure that you fail of this, you are far short of the plan of God.” Smith Wigglesworth ~ Ever Increasing Faith “The failure of the Christians to live and walk in the Spirit, limits the Holy One of Israel; because our being filled with the Spirit is the condition for His perfect working.” F.F. Bosworth ~ Christ the Healer “If we preach the original gospel, we will have the original results.” Reinhard Bonnke ~ Evangelism By Fire “We must not forget that the speaking with other tongues is not only an initial evidence of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, it is a continual experience for the rest of his life to assist in the worship of God. It is a flowing stream that should never dry up, and that will enrich the life spiritually.” Howard Carter ~ Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts “I want to talk with the utmost frankness and say to you, that tongues have been the making of my ministry. It is that peculiar communication with God when God reveals to my soul the truth I utter to you day by day in the ministry. Many times, I climb out of bed, take my pencil and pad, and jot down the beautiful things of God, the wonderful things of God that He talks out in my spirit and reveals to my heart.” John G. Lake ~ John G. Lake: His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith      ...

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20 May Quotable Nuggets – Part 1

This is so difficult for me to believe. This August will be the 12th anniversary of my writing the blog. Simple math will tell you that twelve years times 52 blog posts a year equals 624 posts about the our relationship with the Holy Spirit and insights about how to work together with Him. This week and next week, I want to go back through these twelve years and share with today's readers a few of the what I call "quotable nuggets" that have been used in previous posts. I am confident that these quotations from some of my spiritual heroes will be a tremendous blessing to you.  “In the early church, signs and wonders and miracles followed. They cast out demons, blindness and paralysis. That’s normal Christianity! We’re so sub-normal, if we ever became normal, they (the world) will think we’re abnormal.” Leonard Ravenhill  “If the holy Son of God needed the anointing of the Spirit for His ministry, what supreme folly to imagine that we can dispense with it!” P.C. Nelson ~ The Baptism in the Holy Spirit “It is impossible to overestimate the importance of being filled with the Spirit.” Smith Wigglesworth ~ Ever Increasing Faith “If you want to know how the Spirit acts now, just read how He did act when He had full possession of the Church. The Book of Acts is a blueprint by which the Holy Spirit wishes to work throughout His dispensation.” F.F. Bosworth ~ Christ the Healer “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 “Destitute of the fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing fire, nothing else matters." Samuel Chadwick ~ The Way to Pentecost “I have found in my own life that the more that I pray and worship God in tongues, the more manifestation of other gifts of the Spirit I have. The less I talk in tongues, the less manifestations I have. Speaking with tongues is the door into the rest of the spiritual gifts.” Kenneth E. Hagin ~ Why Tongues? "Whether we speak of His ministry during His earthly career or since He returned to heaven, there is no difference at all as to the manifestation of His power in casting out devils, healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the leper, causing the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak. When Jesus Christ was upon the earth, He wrought miracles by the power of the Spirit: When He returned to heaven He continues to work by the same power." D.W. Kerr~ The Phenomena of Pentecost     ...

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15 Apr Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 15

Over my almost 40 years of ministry, many Pastors, youth/children ministry leaders, and parents have told me that teaching on the subject of praying in the Spirit is such a challenge. To help ease their (and perhaps your) frustration, I am sporadically posting blog posts to share solid, biblically sound, simple-to-teach, simple-to-do illustrations to use while teaching on this all so important subject.Let’s look at the next illustration to teach about these benefits. 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 TonguesPart 15 – Remind Ourselves that God is a Promise Keeper “Even though you are bad, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”Luke 11:13 (New Century Version)"This promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away ...

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01 Apr Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 14

Aren't you thankful that God is still in the "I will pour out of my Spirit" business? (Joel 2:28-29) Today, all around the globe, children, youth, and adults are receiving the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4) and enjoying the enormous benefits that come from this baptism.Let's look at the next illustration to teach about these benefits. 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 TonguesPart 14 – Advance Your Spiritual Progress "The one who speaks in tongues advances his own spiritual progress ...

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