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PRIESTS HAVE HEALING POWERS

PRIESTS HEALING

Healing was essential to the ministry of Jesus because healing offered indisputable evidence that He is the Christ of God: ”Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”                                                                                                                                         John 21:30-31

Does Jesus still perform miracles today? Do you know someone who has been healed or whose life has been transformed by a relationship with Christ? Then you have seen a modern-day miracle of Jesus. You, too, can be an eyewitness to a miracle of Christ.

All ministers, priests or religious have healing powers. Most don’t have the faith that is needed to use it. There are  two provisos: our saintly priest or religious must be born again and he must be following Jesus’ Great Commission:  (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world … In My name they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”                                                                                                                                       Mark 16:15,17,18

PRIESTS HEALING

This is what happened to Father Fernando Suarez, a Filipino Catholic priest, who now performs faith healing in the Philippines and elsewhere. His missionary ministry came to Ottawa Canada from the Philippines. All his associates from his order, the Companions of the Cross, were dumbfounded by his gift of healing. He was simply following the Great Commission even though it was acted out in reverse: missionary work from the Philippines to Canada.

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A HEALING STORY OF A PRIEST

Here is a story from a priest who did not believe he had the power until he was confronted by a very sick lady. She asked for healing. He blessed her and ran away.

Later that week he overheard from strangers that a lady with terminal cancer was miraculously healed by another priest. In a similar way, this priest had also first run away after he blessed the individual.

Our priest friend changed his mind on the matter. He began to understand that sometimes healing occurs at the most importune of times.

Others, like this lady, were moved by the Holy Spirit to challenge this faithless priest in order to get healed. She got healed. He got his faith back. Talk about a two for one affair.Priest healing

PREPARATION: “Daily” Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Lord, I love You. Lord, I believe in You. Lord, I trust You.

I praise you and thank you for everything just the way it is.

I ask my dearest Holy Spirit to shower upon me all Your gifts and graces:

  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
  • Strength and Courage
  • Discernment and Deliverance
  • Water *and Healing
  • Direction and Perception

Make me sensitive to any divine appointment that You have aligned for me today.

Bring on all Your ministering angels –all for Your glory.

Thank you, Lord.

* My personal mission is water and electricity (the HUG).

I AM WAITING FOR YOU TO GIVE ME THE ORDER.

Many ask and keep on asking and nothing ever happens. They lowered the net, but they haven’t caught anything yet. 

Self-confidence may be  empty, but humility is fertile. “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”                                                   Luke 5:5  

Those who had not caught anything until then, now, at the Lord’s voice, they caught an enormous amount of fish. Afterwards, Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”                                                                                                                    Luke 5:10

PRIESTS HEALING

FAITH  is not FEELINGS. 

Healing is a present promise of God that one appropriates by faith.  

God, who can read hearts, knows intimately which of His children is best suited to be healers. God will tell them which person He wants them to go to (by divine appointment), but first they must be available.

Usually this gift of healing from God is given to those who do evangelical or missionary work and are born again. The missionary must be given the tools or gifts in order to do the necessary healing.

IF — THE BADGE OF DOUBT

A faith healer will sometimes make a simple mistake and say to the person being healed, “See if you can stoop over and bend your back”. “See if you can: that is doubt. The healing is done by faith and faith alone. No matter who you are, if you move in unbelief, you will stop the flow of God’s power.

Are there any physical signs to know you are being healed?

Father Francis MacNutt stated in his book Healing that “Some people experience the same electrical transfer of power, sometimes a like a gentle electric current, sometimes like a flow of warmth. Whatever it is, it is sometimes connected with healing. It is almost like a transfer of life”. (182)

The first way of appropriating faith is the laying on of hands by the faith healer. Immediately after prayers the healer will usually ask one to check out the healing by doing something that one was not able to do before.

DELIVERANCE

DELIVERANCE SPIRIT

 

If there are little sign of healing, a Prayer of Deliverance is needed in order to eliminate any obstacles.

An accompanying prayer of deliverance usually results with a feeling of a complete sense of peace. This gives assurance that God is working.

There are obstacles to healing that will need a prayer of deliverance, for example,

  • Individuals have refused to forgive others, and they are deeply ingrained in sin.
  • There may be childhood scars that need healing.

One must get to the root cause of the problem before the faith can be appropriated for healing. The Holy Spirit can show a person directly or indirectly through the lenses of others.

Deliverance does not imply possession of one’s faculties, an aspect of demonic possession. Christians are still liable to demonic influence .that comes about by an opening, e.g. entertaining ungodly or superstitious beliefs. Deliverance enables God to bring freedom from bondage, oppression, hardship, or domination by evil.

God in his wisdom has made deliverance a simple act of faith and will: “ that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” Philippians 2:10. The SINLESS person praying for deliverance commands an evil spirit defined by its function to leave and never return without manifestation in the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and go to the abyss. This command is repeated for every spirit as illustrated in the prayer below.

PRAYER DELIVERANCE

Usually 80% of the healing takes place immediately. The complete healing will take place over a reasonable short time, but this requires homework: the one being healed must praise and thank God every day or whenever he or she thinks about it until the complete healing has taken place. The prayer below is invaluable. It answers the question of how long will this healing last.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:

To be said daily and whenever you think about it until all the healing is complete:

Lord, I thank You and I praise you for Your healing.

or a shorter 7 word Breathe Prayer:

Lord, I thank You and praise you.

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OBSTACLES TO PHYSICAL HEALING

AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable grace.

  Christianity on a Table Napkin:

AUTHENTIC LIFE

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                           Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy.

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KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

A GOOD TREE BEARS GOOD FRUIT

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

It’s interesting that foods are used as metaphors for good and evil.

If a good tree produces bad fruit, then is that tree actually bad and not good, for a good tree would never produce bad fruit to begin with, and so, the tree itself is evil. 

You can always tell the bad trees from the good. It is not a secret. You just have to look at its fruit. For example, you can easily observe  anger.

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil”                                                                                                                                           Luke 6:43-44

Using a similar metaphor, if you think of light and dark, darkness is merely the lack of light, this logic could be applied to good and evil as well could it not? If you think of humanity as innately good, and when there is no goodness, we see what we perceive as evil.

We are warned to beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but “inwardly they are ravening wolves.” They have heart-rot that is not evident at first. It is very difficult to know whether a person is teaching the truth simply by knowing some of his or her activities. This is because a snapshot of some activities can outwardly be deceiving.

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”                                                                                     Matthew 7:15, 16

False prophets are not easily recognizable. They may speak angelically, act immaculately and even look heavenly, but “underneath they are ravenous wolves.” We know you cannot “judge a book by its cover.” The Lord knows that, too. But we have a dilemma. We can see the face but not the heart,

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

What do we have “underneath” it all? Underneath is the operative word here. We are asked by the Lord to look deep down and see what man is made of. He should be made of Christ. “Remain in Me, as I remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me”. John 15:4 How do we know who is the scoundrel and who is the Saint?” “By their fruit, you will know them.” Love produces more love. Forgiveness gives birth to mercy and compassion.

All things and people must point to Him. The true prophets point to God. The false prophets end in themselves. It’s all about them! When everything is said and done the only thing that “remains in me” must be CHRIST. “It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:19-21 The one who bears fruit is the one who lives in and for the Lord.

“Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us Your blessing; be our shepherd forever.”                                                                        Psalm 27:8-9

 By “fruit” he means those words that come forth from the teacher. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”             Luke 6:45

Are the teachings consistent with Scripture? What is the source of their teachings?

The Roman Catholic Church introduced the Christian doctrine in the fourth century AD, as a set of principles called the Nicene Creed – voted in place by a council appointed by the Roman Emperor Constantine. 

For most religious institutions, the spiritual teacher is chosen because he or she graduated from a seminary college and received a certification of their being a minister. So who is qualifying them? In these fee-based (tuition) seminary colleges, a person simply pays a fee, passes the tests and gets the paper.

Just because someone ministers or helps does not mean automatically that they are good. Further inspection is necessary.

This is why the Holy Spirit must also confirm their teachings from within. Each of us has the ability to check the truth from within – from the Holy Spirit – if we are listening carefully to what is being taught.  It must also be consistent with what is coming from the Holy Spirit within scripture. 

Just look at any tree with fruit on it, and you’ll see that even the best tree makes rotten fruit now and then. It’s also true that one bit of bad food in a pot of soup will generally spoil the whole pot.

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WHAT SORT OF TREE IS YOUR LIFE?

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

 Are you a good tree, or a bad tree? Let the fruits prove it. Take an honest look and see if the things you are doing are springing from the divine seed of God within, resulting in that which is holy and godly to characterize your life, or whether they are coming from a evil heart of unbelief resulting in the practice of sin and iniquity.

“As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and (lure of) riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.”                                                                                                Luke 8:14

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AMAZING GLORY of the HOLY SPIRIT

THE HOLY SPIRIT & CHARISMATIC CHURCHES

Why hasn’t the Glory of the Holy Spirit visited charismatic churches in a big way?

Dynamic Christianity is not merely joy and glory: it is actual and practical power through the glory of the Holy Spirit. We are without strength and we have the deepest need for spiritual power: “all the power is given unto Me in heaven and earth” Matthew 28:18

Power of the Holy Spirit

ANOINTING

  1. Many of these churches do not know the importance of anointing, fasting and praying in preparation for the presence of the Holy Spirit. Every dynamic parish needs prayerful giants, who come from the core membership.
  2. Christian Executive Leadership is required, who have the gift of healing with other gifts from the team. These leaders are Christian Lay Missionaries who are obeying the Great Commission.
  3. Many of these churches are not accomplishing the Great Commission themselves: “Go into the entire world and proclaim the good news; … by using My name, they will cast out demons; … they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”                                                                                                                       Mark 16:15-18:

OUTLINE

  1. Preparing for the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the Glory of God:
  • At Pentecost, the apostles prayed together with the only prayer they knew, “The Our Father”: they prayed over and over again for the coming of the Holy Spirit
  • The whole church membership (especially the core members) must prepare for this anointing: a 21 day Daniel fast of something that hurts:”no pleasant bread”. Daniel 1:5-16 and outwardly by fasting and abstinence from all carnal comforts and delights”Leviticus 23:27,
  • Special prayers by members asking for the Glory of God to descend: Acts 2:2Anointing of Holy Spirit
  • The church leaders shall walk around the area that is to be anointed in preparation for the Glory of God: seven times.                                                                                                                       Joshua 6:15-20
  1. Impartation of Gifts to disciples: “For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you.” Romans 1:11, which is done in advance of the first anointed assembly.
  • Literature prepared for Anointed Assembly of the Holy Spirit: in the form of Ticket to Heaven with dates at the bottom
  • Impartation to new Healing Ministers: those who eventually wish to become lay missionaries and who have always had a heart for healing
  • Body of the Service of first anointed assembly
  1. Sermon on Faith: by pastor limited to the 18 minute attention span

Outline of the Evening:Healing Power of the Holy Spirit

  • Sinner’s Prayer: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  • Anointing: placing the Blood of Jesus for each member of the assembly by moving to the perimeter of the area, walking counter clockwise in a complete circle and returning to one’s seat, while praying: “I continue to place the Blood of Jesus on this Church in the Name of Jesus Christ”
  • Deliverance Prayer for family unity after walking in a circle around the church.
  • Prayer of the assembly: “Yes, Jesus, You are healing me.” Repeatedly
  1. Repeat this exercise again be taking another minute to examine yourself for evidence of healing.

Wave your hands if you are healed by at least 80%: keep waving your hands until all the counting is done.

  1. Take a second minute to examine yourself for evidence of healing.
  • “Yes, Jesus, I praise you and thank you for Your healing.” Repeatedly

Only new healings: Wave your hands if you are healed by at least 80%: keep waving your hands until all the counting is done.

  1. The Altar Call: Come to the front for healing prayers from the Ministers of Healing.
  • Ask “Have you devoted your life to Jesus Christ yet?” If not, upon healing a request is made to repeat the Sinner’s Prayer or Ticket to Heaven prayer.
  • Upon healing, an appeal to be baptized in the Holy Spirit: Church Leaders will baptizedBaptism of the Holy Spirit
  1. Baptism of the Holy Spirit: It is Jesus Christ who does the Baptism: “May the Lord Jesus baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Only when we are baptized can we receive the gifts.)
  2. Post Assembly Impartation: Impartation of all of the Gifts from those who have the gifts presently for the Church leaders:
  • “In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ I hereby impart my gift of _____________ through the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE

DYNAMIC CATHOLICS

God has an incredible dream for our parish: He wants us to become the best version of ourselves. He wants us to be dynamic Catholics.

Today, we fight relativism: a theory that there are no absolute truths—everything is relative. The problem here is that there is no place for truth or wisdom: to know what is really good and right. We want what we want and we feel entitled to it. They say that all ways of living are equal, which is sheer nonsense.  If that was true then there would be no need to lead others to a better life.

We are more interested in how we want to live than we are in discovering the best way to live. To fight this tendency, we must become students of Jesus Christ and pro-actively make an effort to allow His teachings to guide us. Has Christ won you?

Ticket to Heaven
This Ticket to Heaven is always well received. It helps one to answer, “Has Christ won you?”

 Jesus teaches us about generosity, virtue and self-control:

GENEROSITY

The happiest people are also the most generous people. They are generous with their praise and their appreciation. They are especially generous with their encouragement in every aspect of their lives.

We are all called to live holy lives. Happiness and holiness are intimately connected. You cannot really have one without the other. The more one lives the life God is inviting us to follow, the more one becomes genuinely themselves.

There are always moments of fleeting happiness, which is impossible to hold onto for any length of time. That is a glimpse of what heaven has in store for us. In contrast, you may have witnessed some people who are possessed with a living hell on earth. This may be a dim reflection of an infinitely darker reality which we call hell. Maybe we should think about heaven and hell more often, because it is reality.

As Christians, we are taught that our time, talent and treasure are all on loan to us. And that one day we will have to account for the way we manage our “talents”. We have to think on how we can do the most good with what we have at our disposal.

VIRTUE

The whole world prefers virtue. We speak of virtue in the classical Greek sense of the word – not the religious sense.  People prefer a patient neighbor as opposed to one who is impatient; a courteous boss as opposed to one who is angry Everything we do or say can impact on more than one person: finding a job for someone impacts on the whole family.

SELF CONTROL

The best way to live is with self-control. What happens to someone’s finances if they cannot delay gratification?

THE WORLD NEEDS CHANGING

Most people will agree that the world is in a bit of a mess. Dynamic Christians believe that something can be done and should be done about it.

If the President of the United States asks you to do something for him, would you not feel honored to comply. God wants to have an intimate relationship with you, should you not feel flattered and enthusiastic?

Most Catholics have not been particularly good at evangelizing. This may be because many Catholics do not believe Catholicism is a superior way of life. They are not particularly proud of being Catholics. On the other hand, highly engaged Catholics feel good about being Catholics. They are inspired Catholics.

There are three ways people are won: through truth, beauty and goodness. For some it is the intellectual search for truth that wins their heart for God. For others it is the beauty of church and its music, while with others it is the goodness of the Christian fellowship. Most of us are won over by a combination of all three.

There are three approaches to attracting people to Christ: friendship, generosity and providing answers. Friendship allows people to let their guard down. Generosity with our time and talent and treasure shows our love and compassion. While helping people find answers to questions can be very effective.

Change just doesn’t happen: we need a plan. The Catholic Church needs a game changer. “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”                                                                                             Proverbs 29:18

People need to be invited. In our church recently we celebrated Shoal Tuesday with a pancake lunch and real maple syrup for $5 which was organized by the Knights of Columbus. Every two months a similar event can take place for a different celebration but with a difference. The charge would be $10 in advance, but you would receive a free ticket of invitation for a friend. This is a great idea!

Catholics today need to be inspired. We have not really tried to recreate our world by the Holy Spirit. After Pentecost, the twelve apostles literally changed the world. We need a massive outpouring and in pouring of the Holy Spirit.

We have forgotten that we have been commissioned to change the world:  “And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature”… in My name they will cast out demons… they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”                                                                                       Mark 16:15, 17,18

Every dynamic parish needs prayerful giants, who come from the core membership .It is very important to prepare for the presence of the Holy Spirit by anointing, fasting.

 Christian Executive Leadership is required, who have the gift of healing with other gifts from the team. These leaders are Christian Lay Missionaries who are obeying the Great Commission.

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RELEASE OF THE SPIRIT

The Inner Spirit

 

The Inner Spirit
Just as we are dressed in clothes, so our inward person “wears” an outward person: the inner spirit “wears” the psyche.  And similarly, the inner spirit and psyche “wear” the body. It is quite evident that men are generally more conscious of the outer and outermost person, and they hardly recognize or understand their inner spirit at all. 
 Watchman Nee, the author of  The Release of the Spirit has correctly identified  the Bible reference of man’s inner spirit or inner being, the inner man (person); he calls man’s soul (psyche) the outer man (person) and for the body he uses the term, the outermost man:

 “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”           Ephesians 3: 16

 

The Inner Spirit

We may be able to mouth the word, Not my will but Thine be done,” but how often do we really allow the Lord to take over when things happy.” The person who loves his life will lose it, while the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. “                                                                                                                                                   John 12:25

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…”                                                                                                                           Hebrews 4:12

The answer one gets from many people including ministers and priests: “I thought they were the same.”

Yet how could they be the same? Paul, by the Spirit of God, said they can be divided by the Word of God  Hebrews. 4:12. If you can divide them, they cannot be the same.

You can skim along on the surface of the Bible and pan out a little gold here and there—and even find a nugget occasionally. But if you really want to strike it rich, you have to dig down deep into the Word of God.

With my body I contact the physical realm. (That goes without argument.) With my spirit I contact the spiritual realm. That left only one other part of me that made contact with any other realm. I knew then that it had to be with my soul that I contacted the intellectual or soulish realm (which includes the emotions and the intellect). “With my soul I contact the intellectual realm: For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”                                                                                     1 Corinthians 14:14

As a result of receiving the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38  Another translation reads, out of the inner spirit  shall flow rivers of living water.”

You can learn to pray in other tongues — full of vowels and mixed heavenly languages. While you are praying with the Holy Spirit in other tongues, guidance comes up from inside you. Your body is not active, your mind (your soul) is not active, but your inner spirit is active, and it is through your inner spirit that God is going to guide you.

The Holy Spirit who resides in your inner spirit gives it the utterance and you speak it out. Your inner spirit is active when you are praying in tongues.

Sometimes you are able to interpret what you are praying in tongues, and through the interpretation you receive light and guidance. “For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.” 1 Corinthians 14:13. Other times people who have the gift of interpreting tongues will tell you what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

One reason the church as a whole has failed so miserably is that it has done so much of just one kind of praying—praying with the understanding, or mental praying. Christians have endeavored to fight spiritual battles with mental abilities.

Shedding the Outer Man:      “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                    Matthew 18: 3

The outer shell is our own life while the life within is the eternal life which He has given to us. To allow the inner life to come forth, it is imperative that the outward life be shed. Should the outward remain unbroken, the inward would never be able to come forth.

Unbroken?  Many have a feeling that  they are better than others; they think that their eloquence surpasses that of others; they believe that their quickness of action and exactness of judgment are superior, and so forth.  Our task is to break all that belongs to our outward person, our opinions, our ways, our cleverness and our self-love. What you considered as wholly for God. actually appears to be riddled with self. Self seems to permeate every vestige of one’s being, robbing God of glory.

Because our outward and inward person are at variance with each other, God must employ whatever means He thinks effective in breaking down any stronghold over which our inward person has no control.  The Lord wants to get our attention: He allows us to crash into a wall and hit the dust, all to show us that we dare not use our thoughts inordinately.  Once we have been enlightened in this, we dare no longer listen to ourselves or trust our own judgment.

Many have to be brought to their wits’ end to see the emptiness of their labor before they know how useless are their many thoughts. God is at work in our lives unceasingly. Many years of sufferings, trials, hindrances, this is the hand of God, daily seeking to carry on His work of breaking us. Do you not see what God is doing in this endless round of difficulties?

We must realize that all the experiences, troubles and trials which the Lord sends us are for our highest good. We cannot expect the Lord to give better things, for these are His best. Your daily trials are for your greatest profit.

Everyone of us is in need of this discipline from the Lord. As we review our past history, we cannot but see the hand of God in dealing with the independence, pride, and selfishness of our outward person. We discover the meaning of the things that have happened to us.

God says  that He loves you too much to leave you where you are in your comfort zone:  “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.”  Hebrews 12:6  Then a large chunk of you is affected. Afterwards, it is a step by step fine tuning in the process of polishing the kernel of wheat: the chaff and then the dust must go. 

Strong-willed people are convinced their feelings, ways and judgments are always right. Consider how Paul received this grace: “Do not trust in flesh”  Philippians 3:3.  These individuals have a forceful will; some have strong emotions; and others have a strong mind. Since the Lord is able to break these, why is it that after many years some are still unchanged?

  • First, many who live in darkness are oppressed by evil spirits and they cannot see the hand of God.
  • Second, another great hindrance to the work of breaking the outer person is self-love.

Perhaps unconsciously we really don’t wish to know, because it will nudge us out of our comfort zone. There is really only one giant obstacle in our search: it’s our comfort zone:  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”                                                                    Matthew 22:14  

When the Spirit of God moves in our inner spirit, our outward person cannot answer God’s call. If one’s attention is focused on a certain matter, and he exhausts all his time in thinking about it, he will have no strength to think of other things. Thus it is the “thing in hand” which blocks the way to spiritual usefulness. Thus the outward person is not a helper but a disturber.

The Divine Mercy and Love of God 

There is a lot of talk about breaking obstacles as if it was hard work.  Actually it is the Holy Spirit who does the shedding for you upon your invitation and acceptance. There is nothing to be afraid.  There is no pain involved — only peace and joy. It is in the inner spirit of man where we find love, as opposed to self-love in the outer man. 

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death”.  Romans 8:2  But why is this law of the Spirit of life ineffectual in certain people? In His word, God has explained our problem: “The righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us who walk . . . according to Spirit”. Romans 8:4  We must be upright and moral: ‘Ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth.”                                                                          I Peter 1:22

After one accepts the Lord as his Saviour, it is God’s intention that he should experience a reversal of this order. As much as his outward person controlled the inward before, so now his inward person should hold absolute sway over the outward.  Eventually we must confess: “It is the Spirit which quickens.”                                        John 6:63

Henceforth there must be on our part a complete consecration so that we submit to what the Holy Spirit orders. Such submission brings blessing to us. We do not pray: “Lord, I beseech Thee to be my Savior.” We simply say: “Lord, I receive Thee as my Savior.” Instantly, one becomes new! It is all about acceptance.   “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”                             2 Corinthians 5:17

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AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 Have you ever had Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a sacrament, but it is related to several sacraments. It is God’s answer to this malfunctioning that has grown up in the Christian life in the Sacrament of Baptism. We believe that being Baptized in the Holy Spirit makes real and revitalizes our baptism.

I. You First must be “Born Again”:

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”                                                                                                                                         John 3:16

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All have sinned and nothing is hid from God’s holy eyes: “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 5:12  Will you be innocent or guilty on the Day of Judgment? Listen to your conscience. You know that you will be guilty, and therefore end up in Hell. That’s not God’s will. He provided a way for you to be forgiven.

He sent His Son to take your punishment: “God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He was bruised for our iniquities. Jesus then rose from the dead and defeated death. He is your “Ticket” to Heaven. He is the “Door,” the only “Way.”

So pray: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins (confess them)and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord , and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Amen    “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”                       Romans 10:9

Then read the Bible daily and God will never let you down: “The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.”                                                                  John 14:21

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What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

“The Holy Spirit: it is He Who drives away dryness from the soul, maintains and increases its love of the Bridegroom — that He may establish in it the practice of virtue, and all this to the end that the Son of God, its Bridegroom, may rejoice and delight in it more and more, for its only aim is to please the Beloved… The Holy Spirit, Who awakens love; for when this divine Breath breathes on the soul, it so inflames and refreshes it, so quickens the will, and stirs up the desires, which were before low and asleep as to the love of God, that we may well say of it that it quickens the love between Him and the soul.”  St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish priest, mystic, and Doctor of the Church

Man contributes his part — namely, he makes a choice of faith, prepared in repentance, that allows the that allows the work of God to set itself free and to emanate all its strength. It is as if the plug is pulled and the light is switched on. The gift of God is finally “untied” and the Spirit is allowed to flow like a fragrance in the Christian life.

The explanation therefore is in God’s plan. We could say, by paraphrasing a famous saying of the Apostle Paul: Because Christians, with all their organization, were not able to transmit the power of the Spirit, God was pleased to renew the believers through the foolishness of the Baptism in the Spirit. In fact theologians look for an explanation and responsible people for moderation, but simple souls touch with their hands the power of Christ in the Baptism of the Spirit.                      1 Corinthians 12:1-24

We men, and in particular we men of the Church, tend to limit God in His freedom: we tend to insist that He follows a compulsory pattern (the so called channels of grace) and we forget that God is a torrent that breaks loose and creates its own path and that the Spirit blows where and how he wants (notwithstanding the role of the teaching of the Church to discern what actually comes from the Spirit and what does not come from Him.

What does the Baptism of the Spirit consist of and how does it work? In the Baptism of the Spirit there is a secret, mysterious move of God that is His way of becoming present, in a way that is different for each one because only He knows us in our inner part and how to act upon our unique personality. There is also the external community part which is the same for everyone and consists mainly of three things: brotherly love, laying on of hands, and prayer. These are non-sacramental but simply ecclesiastic elements.

One thing is certain — that it is not the brothers who impart the Holy Spirit, but they do invoke the Holy Spirit on the person. The Spirit cannot be given by any man, not even the Pope or a bishop, because no man possesses by himself the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus may give the Holy Spirit; all the others do not possess the Holy Spirit, but rather are possessed by Him. As to the manner of this grace, we may speak of a new coming of the Holy Spirit, of a new mission by the Father through Jesus Christ, or a new anointing corresponding to a new degree of grace.

There are many Christians who claim to have had this “secondary” experience of the Spirit. They say that it has brought great blessing and comfort to them.  Furthermore, they say that the results of the experience is a renewed dedication and appreciation for God, a stronger desire to read the Bible, a stronger desire to fellowship with Christians, and a deeper sense of worship of God.  Millions of Christians who claim to have had this experience forces us to deal with the issue.  Is it real or not?

We can clearly see that the phrase is used in the Bible.  But, we do not find a clear teaching in the Bible of what the phrase means.  Nevertheless, we can conclude that when a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit he has power bestowed upon him.  This power is for the purpose of the preaching of the gospel  Acts 4:31, living a purer life, and having a deeper devotion to God.  Also, it is frequently accompanied by speaking in tongues.   Acts 2:4,  “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” At this point, I would recommend the reader to examine Acts 1-2 to see the movement of the Holy Spirit upon the early church at Pentecost.

The issue now seems to be whether or not Baptism of/in/with the Holy Spirit is a subsequent event occurring after salvation.  It would seem that this is the case.  In John 20:22, Jesus commanded that the disciples receive the Holy Spirit, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’.This means that they were saved since the Holy Spirit is not received by the unregenerate.  Then, later in Acts 1:4-5 we read, “And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.“

The danger of this phenomena is the potential division of the body of Christ into two categories:  those who are “regular” Christians and those who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.  This, of course, would be an incorrect way of looking at Christians, and this is why.  If you were to step outside into a soft mist, it would take a long time to get completely wet.  On the other hand, if you were to step into a torrential rain, you’d be drenched quickly.

Those who have not experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (meaning a sudden and powerful experience) are not second-class citizens by any means.  They are the ones in the gentle mist who experience the Lord over a long period of time and get just as blessed as those who suddenly step into the torrent of the Spirit’s presence.  In fact, the Baptism of the Spirit can be a pitfall since so many people who have experienced it long for it again, almost to the point of putting the validity of their faith in the experience instead of the clear teaching of the word of God.

 

PENTECOST BAPTISM

On the day of Pentecost, an extraordinary movement of the Holy Spirit took place. This is the essence of spiritual revival where God’s Spirit is poured into a body of believers and where God’s Spirit is activated in his people and through them.                                   Act 2:17

“Then Jesus came to them and said,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:18-19 So the form is: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Baptism BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

The word Baptism is derived from the Greek word, bapto, or baptizo, to wash or to immerse, marked by the application of water to the head or immersion of part or all of a person’s body into water.  

The “baptism” of Noah and his family “into the ark” forms an analogy to our baptism into Christ. Noah and his family were saved in the ark, a type of being saved by being in Christ through the Spirit: “to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. ”                                                                                   1 Peter 3:20,21

Jesus baptism is the beginning of the adult ministry of Jesus. It was not every day that the people saw the heavens open up, and the voice of God come out of the sky.

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What can we expect when we are “baptized”?

The effect of this sacrament is the remission of all sin: “Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 Baptism cleans you of your past and allows you to take on God’s life in you.  Something supernatural occurs: the infusion of grace, which can provide greater revelation in some people, who can do greater works.

Conservative Protestants believe that baptism is usually done later in life after a  person is “Born Again.”

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” Romans 7:18 or more accurately “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing”            Romans 7:18       What is needed is Holy Spirit power, “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”                                                                               1 Corinthians 2: 4

No amount of listening to sermons and lectures, no matter how able, no amount of mere study of the Word even, would ever give us to see “the things of Christ”; the Holy Spirit must show us and He is willing to do it and He can do it. He is longing to do it. The Holy Spirit’s most intense desire is to reveal Jesus Christ to us. On the day of Pentecost when Peter and the rest of the company were “filled with the Holy Spirit”, they did not talk much about the Holy Spirit; they talked about Christ. Study Peter’s sermon on that day; Jesus Christ was his one theme.

 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”                                                                                                                                            1 Corinthians 2: 9-13,

The  baptism with the Holy Spirit is a definite experience of which one may and ought to know whether he has received it or not. Paul asked of the Ephesians the definite question, “Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed?” Acts 19:3  It is evident that the receiving of the Holy Spirit was an experience so definite that one could answer yes or no to the question whether they had received the Holy Spirit. In this case, the disciples definitely answered, “No” .

Yet He tells these same men that the baptism with the Holy Spirit was an experience that they had not as yet realized, that still lay in the future: “For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:5  So it is evident that it is one thing to be renewed by the Holy Spirit through the Word and something distinct from this and additional to it to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

A large company of disciples had believed the preaching of Philip concerning the kingdom of God and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 8:12 Certainly in this company of baptized believers there were at least some persons who were already baptized with water, “When they (Peter and John) were come down, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: for as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.”               Acts 8: 15,16

They were baptized believers; they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus, and yet not one of them as yet had received, or been baptized with the Holy Spirit. So again, it is evident that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is an operation of the Holy Spirit distinct from and additional to His baptism with water.

A man may be dedicated to the Holy Spirit and still not be baptized with the Holy Spirit. In dedication, there is the importation of life by the Holy Spirit: in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, there is the impartation of power, and the one who receives it is fitted for service. The baptism with the Holy Spirit, however, may take place at the same moment of baptism with water.  

The disciples in Ephesus came before Paul and told them of their larger privilege—baptized believers, baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus, baptized unto repentance and remission of sins, but not as yet baptized with the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the birthright of every believer. It is only by the baptism with the Holy Spirit that one becomes in the fullest sense a member of the body of Christ, because it is only by the baptism with the Spirit that he receives power to perform those functions for which God has appointed him as a part of the body.

It is one thing to have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, perhaps dwelling within us way back in some hidden sanctuary of our being, back of definite consciousness, and something far different, something vastly more, to have the Holy Spirit taking complete possession of the one whom He inhabits. 

Christians often try to persuade themselves that they have already been baptized with the Holy Spirit when they have not. And if they would only admit to themselves that they had not, they could then take the steps whereby they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit as a matter of definite, personal experience.  “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.”                                                                                                                                      Luke 11:13   It was by the especial anointing with the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ was qualified for the service to which God had called Him. As He stood in the Jordan after His baptism, “The Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him,” Luke 3:22 and it was then and there that He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, baptized with the Holy Spirit, and equipped for the service that lay before Him. Jesus Christ received His equipment for service in the same way that we receive ours by a definite baptism with the Holy Spirit. “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee”.                                                                                                                                  Luke 4:14  We have a Divine Teacher, the Holy Spirit. We shall never truly know the truth until we are thus taught directly by the Holy Spirit. Paul shares his own testimony:  “My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”                   1 Corinthians 2:5

There are those who preach in the energy of the flesh and not in the power of the Holy Spirit in “persuasive words of man’s wisdom” and not “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”1 Corinthians 2:4  or “my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”. 1 Corinthians 2: 4 There is nothing more difficult than the preaching and listening to the Gospel without the Spirit’s power. “The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.”                                       2 Corinthians 3: 6  

The wondrous world of privilege, blessing and victory and conquest is open to us. The same Spirit by which Jesus was originally begotten, is at our disposal for us to be begotten again of Him. The same Spirit who led Jesus Christ here on earth is ready to lead us to-day. The same Spirit who taught Jesus and imparted to Him wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, and knowledge and the fear of the Lord is here to teach us.  Jesus Christ is our pattern: “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”   1 John 2:6, who is “first born among many brethren” Romans 8:29 Whatever He realized through the Holy Spirit is for us to realize also to-day.

But how shall we receive the Holy Spirit’s call? First of all, by desiring it; second, by earnestly seeking it; third, by waiting upon the Lord for it; fourth, by expecting it.  Then as we minister to the Lord, and fasting, Acts 13:2, we make ourselves available to the Holy Spirit on behalf of others to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

God definitely makes His will known: sometimes He makes it known in one way and sometimes in another, but He will clearly make it known to you.

As to the manifestations and knowing that you are indeed baptized in the Holy Spirit, we claim God’s promise and let God take care of the mode of manifestation. It is done in heaven and you now will have new power in your Christian work.

 There is one proviso: for one moment we were to get our eyes off from Jesus Christ, if we were to neglect the daily study of the Word and prayer, down we would go. We must live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit if we would have continuous victory. Galatians 16:2 The life of the Spirit within us must be maintained by the study of the Word and prayer.

THE PRINCIPAL AGENT OF MISSION

After receiving the Holy Spirit at his Baptism, Jesus makes clear his messianic calling: he goes about Galilee “preaching the Gospel of God and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel'” (Mark 1:14-15; cf. Matthew 4:17; Luke 4:43). The proclamation and establishment of God’s kingdom are the purpose of his mission: “I was sent for this purpose” Luke 4:43  Christ endowed the Church, his body, with the fullness of the benefits and means of salvation.  The Holy Spirit dwells in her, enlivens her with his gifts and charisms, sanctifies, guides and constantly renews her.

The coming of the Holy Spirit makes them witnesses and prophets   Acts 1:8; 2:17-18. It fills them with a serene courage which impels them to pass on to others their experience of Jesus and the hope which motivates them. The Spirit gives them the ability to bear witness to Jesus with “boldness.” When the first evangelizers go down from Jerusalem, the Spirit becomes even more of a “guide,” helping them to choose both those to whom they are to go and the places to which their missionary journey is to take them.

In Baptism, in fact, we are born anew to the life of God’s children, united to Jesus Christ and anointed in the Holy Spirit.

MAKING THE WHOLE CHURCH MISSIONARY

Humanity is being continually stirred by the Spirit of God and can therefore never be completely indifferent to the problems of religion” and that “people will always…want to know what meaning to give their life, their activity and their death.”

The Holy Spirit, who distributes His gifts as He wishes for the good of all, provides the tools needed to do missionary work such as the gift of healing. Christ stirs up a missionary vocation in the hearts of individuals, and at the same time raises up in the Church those institutes which undertake the duty of evangelization, which is the responsibility of the whole Church, as their special task.”

Redemptoris missio

On the Church’s missionary mandate  1990.12.07

Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descends on Jesus of Nazareth at the moment of His baptism when the voice of the Father- “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17) manifests in an external way the election of Jesus and His mission. It is “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14) that He returns to Galilee and begins His preaching at Nazareth, applying to Himself the passage of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.” And He proclaims: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled.” (Luke 4:18, 21; cf. Isaiah 61:1)

To the disciples whom He was about to send forth He says, breathing on them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:22) In fact, it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that the apostles depart to all the ends of the earth in order to begin the great work of the Church’s evangelization. Peter explains this event as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel: “I will pour out my spirit.” (Acts 2:17) Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can speak to the people about Jesus, the Son of God. (Acts 4:8) Paul too is filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) before dedicating himself to his apostolic ministry, as is Stephen when he is chosen for the ministry of service and later on for the witness of blood. (Acts 6:5, 10; 7:55) The Spirit, who causes Peter, Paul and the Twelve to speak, and who inspires the words that they are to utter, also comes down “on those who heard the word.” (Acts 10:44)

It is in the “consolation of the Holy Spirit” that the Church increases. (Acts 9:31)The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. It is He who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of His mystery. It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the kingdom being proclaimed.

Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemes resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless.

It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.

Evangelii Nuntiandi
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI (December 8, 1975)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                                       Romans 15:13

 

VERY IMPORTANT BAPTISM of the HOLY SPIRIT

RELEASE OF THE SPIRIT

BORN AGAIN FOR DUMMIES

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s Unbelievable Grace.

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BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

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IMPORTANT BAPTISM of the HOLY SPIRIT

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

There are those who believe in Christ but do not experience the Holy Spirit. They don’t believe that Baptism of the Holy Spirit is anything all that definite.  All they are interested in is receiving a “blessing” or a little more devotion to God.  They don’t realize that God wishes to give them much more. Yet, there is no reason not to have the same experience that the early Christians had.

 

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” …you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”                                 Acts 1: 5

Paul’s main argument is this: isn’t it true that you experienced the work of the Spirit among you , because you had faith in the Christian message and not because you followed the Law?  These experiences and miracles were common place to such an extent that Paul merely mentions them without any details.

 “… does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?”                                                                                                                                      Galatians :1-5

“I will send you what my Father has promised, but you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven.”                                                                                                                                             Luke 24: 49

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.”                                                                                                                                         John 14:16-17

We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”  1 John 4:13  Most Christians today are not living the life of the Spirit. They live their Christian lives on the basis of doctrine.  They were taught about Christ and about how to live as Christians. They decided to do it and they have been trying to pattern their lives according to Christ’s teaching. They believe that Christ is real and that He hears them and helps them. But they do not feel that they are in much contact with Him. They do not experience His presence nor do they see things happen which they can tell are His working.  This situation is like having experiences that are not especially emotional. I may have heard about my cousin, but meeting him personally is a true “experience”.

Christians begin to experience something different in their community as it begins to grow in the life of the Spirit. The same Spirit is living in all the members of the community and each are discovering their gifts to help support the community.  God prefers to give the gift of prophecy to a body through an individual, not to an individual for his own use when the body cannot receive it. So that each spiritual gift is a working of the Spirit which is given to build up the Church. “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”                                                                                                                                     1 Corinthians 12:13

In the same way, if the Church must stay alive and make headway in today’s world, it needs the workings of the Spirit. This presence is a normal Christian life. This is the way it is meant to be, as was the case 2000 years ago.  Unfortunately, the community simply does not know how to begin.

“And John came and laid hands on them ‘and they received the Holy Spirit Acts 8:17 Some experienced a deep peace or joy.  Some even laughed. Some experienced one’s whole life begins to change completely different. They believed in God, but not because of a theory, but because they met Him. God was in them in a way in which He was not before. He has made His home in them in a new way.

How is this possible?  The Spirit guides them, speaks to them, teaches them, let them know God and knows that God loves them.

One should be willing to try it and see what happens.  All it requires is a willingness to receive. God is far more anxious to give than the one who supposedly wishes to receive.  This should remind you of Michelangelo’s painting below. God wishes us to have this gift because He loves us and He wants to live in us by His Spirit.

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Many Christians don’t realize that God wishes to give them much more.

Many Some Christians have been Christians for a long time. Most are deficient in their Christian lives. They do not experience what the early Christians experienced or do not have what should be there.

” 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit...

 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  11 But all these worketh that one and the self same Spirit.”                        1 Corinthians 12:4,8-11

The Holy Spirit begins to work in new ways: to teach them, to guide them, to work through them, to make them realize God’s presence in them and His love for them.  God knows that His power is needed desperately. Paul emphasizes the need to seek spiritual gifts. A community of Christians need special gifts from God to know the Word in order to preach it and also need to have their preaching accompanied by signs so that others will believe.

Faith is a force from God given as a gift.  When you know that someone is offering you a gift, you would naturally seek it. Upon receiving it, that is, upon being baptized with the Holy Spirit, one still has to go through the process of spiritual maturing. Being baptized in the Spirit only introduces a person into a close relationship with God.

And he preached, saying, One cometh after me, that latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”  Mark 1:7-8  In other words, Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit.

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BORN AGAIN FOR DUMMIES

BORN AGAIN

“You are born again by the Spirit of God. ”                            John 3: 3-6   

“The instant that I was born again, I felt wonderful. It was just like a two-ton weight had rolled off my chest. I was rejoicing and I felt happy spiritually.”              I BELIEVE IN VISIONS by Kenneth Hagin

 

BORN AGAIN
BORN AGAIN

There’s Got to be More to Christianity!

 “’Consider carefully what you hear,’ He continued. ‘With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.‘”Mark 4:24

God gives us the oil of holiness. We become like new wine skins , not by your own strength. This means there is no self-effort. But it also means there is no more agenda. Once you give God everything that you have, you die to yourself. The old wineskin has to go.

There may be a period when your faith is trained and tested. God only wants to get your attention.

It’s never over until it’s over. So we must keep going and seek Him. God said that you should seek and you will find.  This is an authoritative statement with only one proviso: it must be done on God’s timing. He didn’t say seek him until you find Him. With holiness, you will see Him.

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9: 10

So if you believe a little, you will get a little, but if you believe a lot, you will get a lot. Once you soak yourself in the spirit of holiness, you will receive perfect love, which was given at Pentecost.

When you receive Jesus as our personal Saviour by faith, His life enters your spirit. You are now what Scripture calls born again. John 3:1-9. You have Christ’s brand new life inside you. His purity, love, peace, truth, and blessings are now inside your spirit. You are beautiful and perfect within.

As a child of your Heavenly Father, you are invited to communicate with him through prayer. Prayer is easy — you simply share your heart with Him. He loves to answer our desires. Prayer is very fulfilling and powerful.

BORN AGAIN

You will also want to meet some other Christians who understand the love of God. Fellowship can be great fun. Visit some of the churches in your areas. Christ’s Holy Spirit dwells within you, and He will direct you to a good fellowship if you ask Him to.

Just like a newborn baby needs nourishment and care, so do new babies in the Lord. The Bible is full of truth that is like fresh milk and food for you . As you read it each day, it will nourish you and reveal wonderful things about God’s love and His ways. Here are the gift, which you will discover by reading the Word of God, which:

Frames the will of God                                                                     Hebrews 11:3

Brings light into darkness                                                         Psalm 119:130

Is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path  Psalm 119:105

Secures blessings                                                                              Ephesians 1:3

Creates                                                                                                     Romans 4:17

Ensures answers to prayer                                                                John 15:7

Dispatches angels                                                                           Psalm 103:20

All of God’s goodness belongs to you when you are in Christ; so enjoy!

Who are You in Christ?

The Lord loves you with an everlasting love and has promised to give you a future and a hope. With loving kindness, He has drawn you to Himself.  It is through this love that He has called you to be His dear child.

God’s love toward you is patient and kind. His love will never fail. His love for you is so rich that He gave His only begotten Son. You now have an unbreakable, eternal covenant with Him:

  • You are born again by the Spirit of God.                             John 3: 3-6
  • You are a child of God; God is spiritually your Father.                                                                                                                                      Romans 8: 14,15
  • You are God’s workmanship , created in Christ for good works.                                                                                                                    Ephesians 2: 10
  • You are a member of Christ’s body.                        1 Corinthians 3:16
  • You are a friend of Christ.                                                            John 15: 15
  • You are chosen and ordained by Christ to bear fruit.  John 15: 16
  • You are the salt of the earth.                                                 Matthew 5:13
  • You are the light of the world.                                           Matthew 5: 14
  • You are a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.                                                                             Ephesians 1:3
  • You are a new creation in Christ; old things have passed away and all things have become new.                                          Corinthians 5: 17

The Lord is the strength of your life.

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FUNCTIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“Ask for these seven gifts of My Holy Spirit and I, the Author of heaven and earth, Word and God, will lavish you with My gifts”. Let us analyze this amazing gift by first  examining the functions of the Holy Spirit.

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

When Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they don’t mean that that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them — that we are His hands  and His muscles.

We search for answers in religions, which initially look solid, but then turn out to be only shadows:  what is missing is prayer and sacrament and repentance and adoration — which are so real.

Christ’s incarnation is the most amazing expression of God’s loving descent into His own “matter”.  It did not end when He ascended to the Father.  It began again at Pentecost:  God rose in us.

According to the Word, man consists of an inner spirit (pneuma) , mind (psyche) and body (soma).    The psyche includes the mind, conscious and unconscious, the will, the emotions, the feelings, the imagination and intuition. It is through the inner spirit (pneuma) where man participates in super- nature, which can be linked beyond all nature to Absolute Being or God. This is where some thoughts,  in some odd sense, not ours, but cosmic or from the super- natural.

Christ commanded and empowered His followers to heal because He knew that men, in their exterior relationships and within themselves, are broken and separate. These relationships between himself and God  or between himself and other men must be healed. This healing must include his innermost being and the unconscious mind. The key to this healing has to do with being filled with God’s Spirit and with seeking to dwell in His Presence – a union with God rather than the separateness , which is not unlike the old Adam fallen self.

So conversion is an ongoing process of being filled with Christ.  The Holy Spirit, who is truly present in the inner spirit (pneuma), is capable of resurrecting every faculty of man. It is like the unfallen Adam and Eve who could hear God and could listen to Him, because their  inner spirits were alive. They were God-conscious – not self-conscious.

In order that this surgery to occur, we must die to the old self with Christ, and be born anew into Him. We are God’s work of art and we must suffer ourselves to be molded — but only with our will. It is only as we obey, as we become “slaves to obedience”, when everything changes.  Only then, by virtue of being indwelt by God, are we fully free to collaborate with the Holy Spirit.  Then watch our joy and creativity!

The Word is that we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, which looks as if everything depended on us and our good actions. Yet it goes on to say, for it is God that works in you. This now looks like God does everything and we do nothing.  Actually, man is one with the Father when Christ and Man are in union.  This union is the believing that is called faith.

12 Functions of the Holy Spirit

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit
Helping those who need a Spiritual Lift, the Holy Spirit:                                                                                                    

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