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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 ...

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25 Sep How Important is the Anointing?

How important is the Holy Spirit's anointing? The answer is best given by a man who was a powerful theologian and educator, used mightily of God in healing crusades, and the founder of my alma mater Southwestern Assemblies of God University, P. C. Nelson. "Without this anointing it is possible to get up suppers and bazaars, rummage sales and entertainments, to give addresses on religious, moral, philanthropic, literary and current events, and other themes, but not to exercise a ministry even remotely comparable to that of Christ and His apostles." ~ P.C. Nelson "The Baptism in the Holy Spirit" Satan laughs at man's efforts and formulas but trembles when he sees a person walking in the Holy Spirit's anointing. It is the anointing's wonder-working power that destroys the yoke of bondage and sets the captive free. (Isaiah 10:27). Thank God that the "Spirit of the Lord is upon me ...

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14 Aug Mystified About Praying in the Spirit?

To many, God's choice of speaking in other tongues as an initial physical evidence of the Holy Spirit's indwelling and also a continual source to empower believers to make a difference in this world remains a mystery. To these Jesus-loving believers, the supernatural aspect of speaking in other tongues is too much for their natural mind to wrap itself around. Consequently, many believers choose to ignore what they don't fully understand thus causing them to miss out on one of God's greatest gifts to believers. Some time ago, I came across a quote that I consider to be the perfect answer for those confused about praying in the Spirit. The pioneer British Assemblies of God pastor, educator, convention speaker, and author Donald Gee addressed this issue in this concise and insightful way: "It is difficult to conceive of any other sign so simple, so universally available, and yet so suggestive of the Holy Spirit's complete control of the whole of man's ransomed powers." ~ Donald Gee "The Phenomena of Pentecost" Can you see how this quote should eliminate any and all confusion about praying in other tongues? Gee is explaining that, in pouring out His Spirit upon mankind, God has provided a way for us to know that we know that we know (a sign) that the gift has been received, made this gift with the accompanying evidence available for every believer in every place in the world (universally available), AND allowed man to totally yield in a way never before possible (complete control of the whole of man's ransomed powers). Once this is understood, the mystery is solved, confusion will leave, questions will be cast to the side, the believer will ask the Father for this gift, and, like the apostle Paul, they will say to those around, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all." (1 Corinthians 14:18). Do the Church a favor. Let's eliminate this mystery by passing along this blog post to all who have questions about the validity and importance of praying in the Spirit. I know that they will thank you and thank you some more!  ...

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