A Christian friend came more than asking that several of us pray for her. Despite carrying out all of the “right” Christian items, she had been entertaining doubts about her faith.
Inside the course of our prayer, as I was reminding her of what Scripture says about how God sees her, inside a gruff tone of voice, with furrowed brow, she scolded me, speaking within the third particular person, “She does not deserve it! She doesn’t deserve it!” Within a couple of hours, by the Power from the Holy Spirit, she was free of charge from demonic bondage with a total change of countenance and has, because then, moved forward with marriage and ministry.
On an Easter Sunday morning, as I was attending a Baptist church service, a man sat praying, head bowed, as the congregation headed for the exits. I approached him and asked if I may pray. He ignored me. I laid my hand on his shoulder to pray. The moment I touched him, he bolted upright, began swaying like a cobra about to strike, and started growling as he pointed, “I hate him! I hate her! I hate this church!”
My attempts to minister were interrupted by well-meaning folks asking if he required medication or asking if they ought to get in touch with an ambulance. When the man became unable to open his mouth to speak, I commanded the spirit to release his tongue. Instantaneously, he was in a position to know me then and speak intelligibly in response to me. I told him I was available for additional ministry by the Holy Spirit nevertheless it was obvious there was no faith present to provide him at that moment. I created him conscious that, until he got help, this WAS his Christian life and he WOULD expertise these manifestations again. I left only to be bombarded with concerns all through the week by people who had been there.
The young man, it turned out, was a much-beloved seminarian.
Last week, as a group of us have been praying, the Holy Spirit showed me a vision of a new attendee standing with tears in her eyes, in the middle of a Civil War battlefield, dressed within a Confederate soldier’s uniform, taking a look at her spouse, dressed in Union blue. As I shared this vision following our prayer time, the lady buried her face in her hands and cried. Her close pal nudged me and whispered, “You read her mail.”
On an additional occasion, a Christian company lady contacted me requesting prayer more than certainly one of her numerous facilities across Texas. This particular facility was not prospering at all and she couldn’t help but contemplate closing its doors. That specific location had an openly lesbian manager which attracted openly gay staff. I went on a Thursday night with ateam. She met us there. We prayed and, within ten days, the facility’s numbers had been enhancing already. The lesbian manager could not comprehend it. Inside a memo I saw, she wrote, “We has to be living right.” Per week ago, the manager resigned as did a number of from the most blatantly gay workers.
I could write several private encounters like these, moments when the Holy Spirit took control, flushed out an unsuspecting demon, healed, delivered, set totally free or came via using a vision, word of wisdom or word of knowledge. He’s no respecter of persons; the gifts He has shared with me, He desires to share with you.
Question is, are you willing? Do you wish much more?
We’re SPIRIT BEINGS Possessing AN EARTHLY Expertise. We’re ALIENS.
We’ve got no permanent citizenship within this planet. Even though we are citizens from the United States, the reality is that, as a Christian, our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil three:20). As the book of Hebrews says, “Here we’ve got no lasting city, but we seek the city which can be to come” (Heb. 13:14) For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. (1 Chron 29;15)
We’re ENAGED Inside a SPIRITUAL WAR – a term not identified in Scripture, but the concept is taught. Mankind is caught inside the midst of a spiritual war with the holy God and His angels on 1 side as well as the evil Satan and his demons on the other.
(two Cor ten:3-5) “For although we live in the globe, we do not wage war as the planet does. The weapons we fight with usually are not the weapons from the world. Around the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and each pretension that sets itself up against the understanding of God, and we take captive each thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
(Eph 6:11-12) Place around the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(Rev 12:7-8) And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, as well as the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not robust sufficient, and they lost their location in heaven. The excellent dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent referred to as the devil, or Satan, who leads the entire planet astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
IF WE RESIST THE DEVIL, HE WILL FLEE
(James 4: 7) Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
WE Don’t have THE POWER TO RESIST SATAN ON OUR Own
(Jude 9) But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing using the devil concerning the physique of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but stated, “The Lord rebuke you!”
TO RESIST THE DEVIL, WE Must Place Around the Full ARMOR OF GOD
(Eph six:10-12) Put around the full armor of God to ensure that you are able to take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark globe and against the spiritual forces of evil inside the heavenly realms. Therefore place on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you could be able to stand your ground, and following you’ve done every thing, to stand. Stand firm then, with all the belt of truth buckled about your waist, using the breastplate of righteousness in place, and together with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Additionally to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you are able to extinguish all of the flaming arrows in the evil 1. Take the helmet of salvation as well as the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray within the Spirit on all occasions with all sorts of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and usually maintain on praying for all of the saints.
Jesus’ personal mission statement: “He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty for the captives, and also the opening [of the prison] to them that are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Isa 61:1,two)
GOD Permits TEMPTATIONS, BUT Often Offers AN ESCAPE
(1 Cor 10:13) No temptation has seized you except what is typical to man. And God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you’ll be able to bear. But whenever you are tempted, he may also supply a way out in order that you are able to stand up beneath it.
SATAN KNOWS THE SCRIPTURES AND TRIES TO MISUSE THEM
As described in Matt 4:3-10 and Luke 4:3-12, during the temptation of Jesus within the wilderness, Satan quoted Him Scripture a number of occasions. Jesus replied every time with extra Scriptures refuting Satan’s attempts to take things out of context or only use component of a section.
(Matt 28:19-20, Lk 9:1-2 and ten:1-3).
As well many American Christians have turn out to be passive and fearful. Other people are happy to merely acknowledge the right issues and attend church solutions and activities. This type of life-style is really different from that which Jesus needs of His followers.
We need to preach and teach regarding the kingdom of God, focus around the doctrine of Christ, heal the sick and set the captives totally free.
Why is the Holy Spirit known as being “holy”?(HOLY: Belonging to, derived from, or connected having a divine power; sacred.) Distinguishes Him from EVIL spirits.
SAD Information Relating to THE CHURCH And also the HOLY SPIRIT
A majority (61%) agree that the Holy Spirit is really a symbol of God’s presence or power but isn’t a living entity. (2001)
Among the segments in the population much more probably than others to deny the existence of the Holy Spirit as a living entity are Catholics (73%), non-Christians (68%), and non-whites (68%). (2001)
A majority of all born once more Christians reject the existence of the Holy Spirit (52%). (2001)
WHY Is the HOLY SPIRIT Crucial?
There is no topic much more crucial in Christianity than that in the Holy Spirit. Unless this is properly understood, a big portion in the Bible, and especially the NT, remains unintelligible. On the other hand, a just view of it’ll do more than a information of any other specific subject to provide harmony, clearness, and consistency to what might be learned to all other matters presented inside the Word of God.
Regardless of the value of understanding the Holy Spirit and His place inside the life of a Christian, there is significantly confusion and superstition within the minds of lots of people regarding the Holy Spirit
Who’s THE HOLY SPIRIT?
1. Someone with qualities
two. NOT, merely an “influence”, or “impersonal force” that emanates from God.
three. We must regard the Holy Spirit as a “He”, not an “it”!
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S Character
A. THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS…
1. He “expressly says” that some will depart from the faith – 1 Tim four:1
two. The Spirit spoke and gave directions to Philip – Acts 8:29
three. He spoke to Peter and gave him charge concerning the Gentiles – Acts 10:19-20
4. He spoke to the brethren at Antioch concerning Paul and Barnabas – Acts 13:1-4
B. THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES…
1. He was to teach the apostles all issues – Jn 14:26
2. Please note that Jesus consistently refers towards the Holy Spirit as “He”, not “it” (implying a personal getting, not an impersonal force) – Jn 14:16-17
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT BEARS WITNESS…
1. He was to testify of Jesus – Jn 15:26-27
2. Just as the apostles (who have been “personal beings”) would bear witness, so also the Holy Spirit
D. THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES, HEARS, SPEAKS, TELLS…
1. He would carry on and total the work began by Jesus – Jn 16:12-13
two. Jesus regularly refers for the Holy Spirit as “He”
The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside inside Jesus Christ’s correct followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven (Acts two). Jesus told His apostles…
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He might be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the globe can not get, since it doesn’t behold Him or know Him, but you know Him since He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I’ll come to you.” (Jn 14:16-18)
The Holy Spirit isn’t a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member from the Godhead. Jesus said to His apostles…
“All authority has been offered to Me in heaven and on earth. Go consequently and make disciples of each of the nations, baptizing them within the name from the Father and also the Son and also the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I’m with you always, even for the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And each of the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed towards the Holy Spirit. When someone becomes born once more by believing and receiving Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12-13; Jn 3:3-21), God resides in that particular person by means of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 3:16).
E. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S Main Part
1. He bears “witness” of Jesus Christ and tells people’s hearts regarding the truth of Jesus Christ. (Jn 15:26, 16:14).
two. He acts as a Christian’s teacher/guide (1Cor. two:9-14).
three. He reveals God’s will and God’s truth to a Christian. Jesus told His disciples…
“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all items, and bring to your remembrance all that I mentioned to you.” (Jn 14:26)
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all of the truth; for He won’t speak on His own initiative, but what ever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what’s to come.” (Jn 16:13)
four. The Holy Spirit was given to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God’s character within the life of a believer. In a way that we can not do on our personal, the Holy Spirit will build into our lives adore, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal five:22-23). Instead of wanting to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on Him to generate these qualities in our lives. Thus Christians are told to walk in the Spirit (Gal five:25) and be filled using the Spirit (Eph five:18).
5. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to perform ministerial duties that market spiritual development among Christians (Rom 12; 1Cor 12; Eph four).
six. The Holy Spirit also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people’s hearts of God’s truth regarding how sinful we’re — needing God’s forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is — He died in our place, for our sins; and God’s eventual judgment in the planet and people who do not know Him (Jn 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts and minds, asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness along with a new life.
F. THE HOLY SPIRIT FORBIDS…
1. He prevented Paul and his companions from going into certain areas of Asia – Acts 16:6-7 This He did by “forbidding” them, and “not permitting” them, in spite of their initial efforts
G. THE HOLY SPIRIT INTERCEDES…
1. The “Spirit Himself (note Paul’s use from the individual pronoun) makes intercession for us” – Rom 8:26
two. Just as Christ “also tends to make intercession for us” – Rom 8:34 [All these operates of the Holy Spirit manifest personality]
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT POSSESSES Individual Traits
A. HE Includes a Mind…
1. “the mind from the Spirit” – Rom 8:27 This suggests pondering on His personal.
B. HE HAS Information…
1. He “knows the issues of God” – 1 Cor 2:11 just as the “spirit of man” (a personal becoming) knows particular things. He has intellect.
C. HE POSSESSES AFFECTION…
1. Paul speaks of “the love in the Spirit” – Rom 15:30 When have you recognized of an “impersonal force” that could really like? He has emotion.
D. HE Features a WILL…
1. “the identical Spirit functions all these items, distributing to every 1 individually as He wills” – 1 Cor 12:11 It was the Holy Spirit Who decided what particular person received which present. Again, they are all traits of a being possessing intelligence and character.
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT SUFFERS Private SLIGHTS AND INJURIES
A. HE May be GRIEVED…
1. “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” – Eph four:30 He may be made sorrowful through our willful neglect
B. HE May be BLASPHEMED…
1. Which is, to be spoken evil of, as in attributing His deeds to the works of Satan, the “unpardonable sin” – Matt 12:31-32
C. HE Could be INSULTED…
1. 1 Who is God using today has “trampled the Son of God underfoot” has also “insulted the Spirit of grace” – Heb 10:29 This really is done by sinning “willfully” – Heb 10:26
D. HE May be LIED TO…
1. As Ananias and his wife Sapphira have been guilty of performing. Acts five:three: “…why has Satan filled your heart to lie for the Holy Spirit…?”
E. HE May be RESISTED…
1. As Stephen charged the Jewish leaders of performing – Acts 7:51 This they did by resisting the message and persecuting the messengers who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Acts 7: 52-53
In my opinion, a lot as well great an emphasis has been placed around the present of tongues – a lot so that an ungodly caste method of the haves and have-not’s has created in some groups – in spite of the guarantee of Scripture that you simply shall obtain POWER (NOT tongues) when the Spirit comes upon you; power to be a witness (literally, a martyr). Request my study entitled “Speaking of speaking in tongues.”