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HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“Live by following the Holy Spirit.”                               Galatians 5:16

“The true children of God are those who let God’s Holy Spirit lead them.”                                                                                    Romans 8:14

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

To simplify this, the Holy Spirit is the Presence of God in our lives, carrying on the work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit grants us all the fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23.(“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”). If the disciple teaches, it is the Holy Spirit that teaches the disciple. Luke 12:12 (“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”)

If the listener is convicted, it is because the Holy Spirit has penetrated. John 16:10 (“Concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer”) If the listener is converted, it by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11 (“He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”)

If the new believer matures, it is because the Holy Spirit makes him or her more competent. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.”                                            1 Corinthians 6:19

 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”                                                                                                                                                          John 14:16-17

How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your own life?

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“As I (Peter)began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 11:15,16  There are four different ways, which can be used by the minister of baptism:

  1. Laying on of hands: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. ” Acts19: 2-6
  2. Praying : “When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. ”                            Acts 8:15,16
  3. Speaking: “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”                   Acts 10:44-45
  4. Breathing: 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.”                                            John 20:22

The most important part of the rite is that the person being baptized in the Holy Spirit be in acceptance:  ” I receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”

What to expect with”Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

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CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT 2

SPIRIT-FILLED CHINA

God is God-with-us. Finally, when Jesus left earth 2000 years ago, He promises the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Spirit, God reveals the full depth of the covenant. The word covenant means “coming together. God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think and do is completely inspired by God. God is God-within-us. Thus God’s covenant reveals to us to how much God loves us.                                                                   HENRI NOUWEN

The Holy Spirit works through Spirit-filled ministries. This is especially true in China. The majority of the estimated 100 million Chinese believers have come to Christ through Holy Spirit anointed preaching and teaching, and the work of the Holy Spirit in healing the sick and performing all kinds of miracles.

The Charismatic Movement has infiltrated mainstream evangelicalism and exploded onto the global scene at an amazing rate. It is the fastest-growing religious movement in the world. Charismatics now number more than half a billion worldwide. 

We can see God do the miraculous right now in the persecuted Church.   Persecuted churches across the globe are full of the Holy Spirit.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRITChristianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAYnot knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Nearly half a century after Mao Tse-Tung banned religion in China, the country is home to an estimated 72 percent of the world’s religiously unaffiliated people. 

Most Chinese aren’t sure what it means to be “Protestant” (the word doesn’t translate into Chinese). They do, however, all know the word “Catholic”—and some wrongly think it has nothing to do with Christianity: “Catholics believe in Mary, but we believe in Jesus.” 

In China, 44 percent of religiously unaffiliated people have worshiped at a burial site in the past year. Catholics have a strong belief in offering effective prayers for relatives. Yet, many young Chinese look down on these traditions, calling them “superstitious” and “old-fashioned.”

Catholicism have higher liturgy. The Catholic mass might remind young people of the rituals they see their parents perform.  They walk into a Catholic church, and there are statues of the saints and candles lit for them—which obviously creates the same ambiance as lighting candles for the Buddha.

Some Chinese young people want a more “modern” faith. It’s Thursday evening in Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing,  blowing shofars, singing and worshiping God.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT Continue reading CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT 2

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STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH 2

There are three different stages of spiritual growth.

In each of these stages, you grows a little.

  1. When you begin, you are trying to overcome sin and you go through purification. You try to take the sin out of your life. You will then move on to a stage where sin is put out of your life.
  2. To enter this stage, the dark night of senses will usually occur. When Jesus was taken away from the apostles, they went through their dark night experience.
  3. Finally, you have a sense of conscience and the Holy Spirit operates in you more. You will evolve into a loving union with God. Having perfect joy is the farthest that we can go in this world. Not many people make it this far.


SUFFERING JOY

Long-suffering is synonymous to patient and enduring.  We must be long-suffering when we see the weaknesses of our brothers and sisters in the faith.

It will be the patience and long suffering of the Holy Spirit that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a storm cloud or trial. You must learn to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord – and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful and peaceful state within your mind and emotions.

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PRIESTS HAVE HEALING POWERS 2

PRIESTS HEALING

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

“As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”                                                                                                                                  John 17:18

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”                                                                                                  1 Corinthians 12:27

Each part of the body performs it own distinct function, which makes it indispensable and wholly dependent on every other part. In the same way, the whole ministry of the Church is only the sum total of all its members. The clergy have a special role of leadership, but other believers are equally joined in the Church. This interdependence means that we need to be sensitive to part which each one of us has to play. That means that you will not be only doing your own thing.

“All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.” 1 Corinthians 12:11

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?

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The GREAT COMMISSION 2

The Great Commission

Great Commission

Your author still believes in the Catholic Church and is nourished by all the blessings of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately, his Catholic instruction was found wanting even though it represented 800 hours from Grade 4 to Grade 12. There was very little mention of the Bible and the Holy Spirit was never really explained.  He is making up for lost time with Bible study. In retrospect, this unforgivable  waste emanated from the original stance that only a priest is able to interpret the Scriptures. 

In fact, Jesus Himself said that He must go so that the Teacher (Holy Spirit) could come: so a Christian has the Holy Spirit to lead him.

Historically, the Bible was kept out of the common tongues, like Greek, and only written in Latin for hundreds of years until 1611 with the introduction of the King James Bible in English, which was superior to any Catholic bible at the time.

In retrospect, the early Catholic fathers could not expect to know about the power of the gifts of the Holy Spirit  unless they pursued the  Great Commission.  Remember when Jesus gave His disciples His marching orders and with it the tools required to fulfill the directive. Here is the basis of the Great Commission: 

“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation … And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”’ Mark 6:15,17,18

The author has become a Christian lay missionary over the last eight years and traveled to 15 countries.  He acknowledges the Presence of the Holy Spirit in his life with all His gifts. The author sometimes joins some of the evangelical missionaries who are involved with healing.

GREAT COMMISSION

The gifts of the Holy Spirit has become the biggest surprise. One cannot go on mission and simply wish people good tidings. The Holy Spirit provides the tools that you need to be effective, specifically the gift of healing. The biggest surprise continues even upon returning home: the healing is remarkably immediate. 

The Church is a “body” with different members, all playing different roles, all essential for the overall well-being of the body. We cannot expect to see the presence of the healing of the Holy Spirit in any specific parish unless it makes a serious commitment to the Great Commission.

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WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD 2

POWER OF GOD

Walking in the Supernatural Power of God

God gave gifts to people in the Old Testament to enable them to lead the people of Israel in difficult times. The Spirit gave leadership not only to judges, but to people with political power, like kings. . God gave prophets the ability to speak about future events.

POWER OF GOD

Today’s church is not reaching many of the lost, sick, and hurting because believers are not taking the authority and power they have been given through Christ and going out to the world as His body.

What it means to be Born AgainPOWER OF GOD

Yes, you were baptized with water probably as a baby. But so were those who were baptized by John the Baptist. Many of those were also present at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit showered His gifts and power upon most of those present.

Scripture explicitly states that we must first be born again. In order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we must first be committed to new life in Christ. This is when the real transformation begins.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:6, 7 “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                 Acts 13:52 Continue reading WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD 2

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KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT 2

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 Continue reading KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT 2

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GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

GRACE: A CALMING PRESENCE

Grace is God’s sudden and calming presence during the stormy parts of our lives. Failures are forgivable. Life takes on a new purpose. God is within sight and within reach.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”                                                                                  Ephesians 2:8, 9

GRACE CAN SHAKE YOUR LIFE

Take a leap of faith in your journey in going deeper with Christ and drink the ‘heavy water’, stronger grace – that is available to all. 

Don’t be afraid to drink in stronger grace with Christ.  It will bring you to your destination – the intended destination for all of us, union with God – sooner: “For my yoke is easy and my burden light                                                                                                                                   Matthew 11:30

You want to see great power? You want to see miracles around you? Reach out for grace: it changes everything.

GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

Grace is unlimited. It releases heaven’s supernatural power on your behalf. “By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.”                                               1 Corinthians 15:10

Grace runs counter to the way the world works. God’s pure grace gets polluted from two types of people, namely, one who is too good for the grace of God; the other thinks he is too evil.

But the good news of God’s grace is that no sinner is beyond the reach of God’s grace. God moves heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.

GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

There is no one who does not need God’s grace, and there is no one beyond the reach of God’s grace, because grace is a gratuitous gift from God.

TO BEAR FRUIT

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AMAZING GLORY of the HOLY SPIRIT 2

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

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CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE 2

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?

DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

It is disturbingly clear that our present efforts are focused more on surviving than on thriving and on containment than on expansion. And a little tweak here and there is not going to turn the tide. In fact, our current approach is failing even to stem the tide. Are we brave enough to rethink our direction?

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

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