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Laying on of Hands

17 Apr

Laying on of Hands

Hebrews 6:1-2 AMP  THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,  (2)  With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago.]

  •              How many of you are still in Elementary School? Of course not!
  •             This doctrine or teaching is a fundamental.  You build on foundation, you don’t forget & leave it behind.

Used for Blessing  (With prophetic element)

Genesis 48:14-16 KJV  And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.  (15)  And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,  (16)  The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

  •             This is an Old Testament example of how the blessing was passed on.
  •             Hands are important!

Impartation of Authority and Honor

Numbers 27:18-20 KJV  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;  (19)  And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.  (20)  And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

Deuteronomy 34:9 KJV  And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Joshua had something after hands were laid on him that he didn’t have before!

  • The spirit of wisdom was imparted by Moses laying hands on Joshua.
  • Notice that he already had “the spirit.”
  • You don’t get everything God has at once!

Acts 6:5-6 KJV  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:  (6)  Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

  • Not every instance of laying on of hands is for ordination into the ministry.
  • Here Stephen was set apart for service in waiting on people in serving food.

 Transfer of Sins to Scapegoat

2 Chronicles 29:23 KJV  And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:

  • Here and many places in Leviticus is an example of sins being “transferred” to the scapegoat . . .
  • You don’t want just anyone putting their hands on you!
  • 1 Timothy 5:22 KJV  Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

 Jesus Imparts Blessing Through Prayer and Laying on of Hands

Matthew 19:13-15 KJV  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  (14)  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  (15)  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

  •  People recognized that there was something special about Jesus touching them.
  • I want you to notice that in each of these examples from Scripture that someone in authority has done the laying on of hands.
  • Whether it was a leader/prophet like Moses or a grandfather like Israel or as we shall see a group of church leaders

Hebrews 7:7 KJV  And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

“The blessing here spoken of,” says Dr. Macknight, “is not the simple wishing of good to others, which may be done by inferiors to superiors; but it is the action of a person authorized to declare God’s intention to bestow good things on another. In this manner Isaac and Jacob blessed their children under a prophetic impulse; in this manner the priests under the law blessed the people; in this manner, likewise, Melchisedec, the priest of the most high God, blessed Abraham.”                                               Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

 

Faith Plays a Role in Receiving

Mark 6:5-6 KJV  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.  (6)  And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

  • Faith plays a major role in what you receive by laying on of hands.
  • In this case Jesus Himself was the one doing the laying on of hands and unbelief kept the people from receiving!
  • You can always teach the Word.  This is the only way to get the faith level up anyway.

 Healing is Ministered Through the Laying on of Hands

Luke 4:40 KJV  Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

Luke 13:11-13 KJV  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. . . . And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

Mark 16:18 KJV  . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

Baptism in the Holy Ghost Ministered Through the Laying on of Hands

Acts 8:15-19 KJV  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  (16)  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  (17)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.  (18)  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,  (19)  Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Acts 19:5-6 KJV  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (6)  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

  • Not only did they speak with tongues, they also prophesied!
  • When they Holy Ghost came on them.
  • (They were already saved or they wouldn’t have been baptized)

Acts 13:2-3 KJV  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  (3)  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

It is remarkable that the imposition of hands in the ordaining of elders was not used among the ancient Jews, probably never under the first temple; and rarely, if ever, under the second. See Lightfoot on this place. The Church at Antioch, however, did depart from this custom: they put their hands on the heads of Barnabas and Saul; thus designating them to be the persons whom they, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, sent to preach the Gospel of Christ to the heathen.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

Not ordination to the ministry, but a solemn consecration to the great missionary task to which the Holy Spirit had called them. . . . Clearly Barnabas and Saul had to finance the tour themselves.

Archibald Thomas Robertson; WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Special Ministry Endowments Imparted

1 Timothy 4:14 KJV  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

1 Timothy 4:14 AMP  Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].

Gifts From God Were Imparted When Paul Laid His Hands On Timothy!

2 Timothy 1:6 KJV  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

2 Timothy 1:6 AMP  That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].

Inner Fire through the laying on of hands

  • Paul imparted something to Timothy

Romans 1:11 KJV  For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

 

Something supernatural takes place when hands are laid on you.

  • Impartation may take place.
  • Activation of gifts you may have already received.
  • Healing
  • The transfer of anointing
  • Supernatural abilities.
  • While we can receive a general blessing from any believer there is something special when someone with divine authorization does the laying on of hands.
  • Sometimes spiritual authority may authorize someone temporarily, by direction of the Holy Spirit, to do the laying on of hands.
  • Faith is always part of it.  Hunger and thirst are key roles as well.

Be ready to receive from God when hands are laid on you.

Make it a point of contact, that the moment hands are laid on me I will receive something from God.

 

 
 

How to Treat Your Spouse like an Enemy – Conqueror’s Club January 6, 2012

06 Jan

Who is the Enemy?

 

When World War I broke out, the War Ministry in London dispatched a coded message to one of the British outposts in the inaccessible areas of Africa. The message read: “War declared. Arrest all enemy aliens in your district.”

The War Ministry received this prompt reply: “Have arrested ten Germans, six Belgians, four Frenchman, two Italians, three Austrians, and an American. Please advise immediately who were at war with.”[1]

 

Paul tells us that we are not at war with flesh and blood but principalities, powers, etc.

 

Eph 6:12 KJV  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

  • People are not our problem. We have to live as seeing the unseen realm.
  • The marriage is the target. (In counseling, the marriage, not individuals, is the client)
  • Please advise immediately who we’re at war with. The devil is the enemy.
  • If we realize this we won’t turn on each other, together we will turn on the devil!

 

Jesus had some interesting things to say about how to treat your enemies:

Matthew 5:44 KJV

“But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.”

Jesus example at Calvary

Jesus’ enemies:

1. Cursed him.

2. Hated him.

3. Insulted, slandered, and falsely accused him.

 

And how did Jesus repay this treatment?

1. He loved them.

2. He blessed them.

3. He did good to them.

4. He prayed for them.

We are to treat all people the same way as our enemies; that includes friends, strangers, politicians, bosses, co-workers . . . and spouses.

Will this really work?

 

We were God’s enemies.  He treated us this way.  And now (assuming you are a Christian) you and I have become His friends.

The strategy, again, has these four elements:

1. Love them.

2. Bless them.

3. Do good to them.

4. Pray for them.

“Unforgiveness is holding someone accountable for a past offense.”

“Forgiveness means that we give the offender a gift which he does not deserve.”

Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

 

Ro 12:20 | To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Jas 3:2 KJV  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

 

Saved By His Worse Enemy

During the Revolutionary War there lived in Pennsylvania a pastor by the name of Peter Miller. Although Miller was greatly loved by everyone in the community, there was one man who lived near the church who hated him and had earned an unenviable reputation for his abuse of the minister. This man was not only a hater of the church, but it also turned out that he was a traitor to his country, and was convicted of treason and sentenced to death.

The trial was conducted in Philadelphia, and no sooner did Miller hear of it than he set out on foot to visit General Washington and interceded for the man’s life. But Washington told him, “I’m sorry that I cannot grant your request for your friend.”

“Friend!” Miller cried. “Why, that man is the worst enemy I have in the world!”

“What?” the general exclaimed in surprise. “Have you walked sixty miles to save the life of an enemy? That, in my judgment, puts the matter in a different light. I will grant him a pardon for your sake.”

The pardon was made out and signed by General Washington, and Miller proceeded at once on foot to a place fifteen miles distant where the execution was scheduled to take place that afternoon. He arrived just as the man was being carried to the scaffold, and when he saw Miller hurrying toward the place, remarked, “There is old Peter Miller. He has walked all the way from Ephrata to have his revenge gratified today by seeing me hung.” But scarcely had he spoken the words when Miller pushed his way through to the condemned man and handed him the pardon that saved his life. Bible School Journal[2]

 

Luke 6:27-36 NASB  “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  (28)  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  (29)  “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.  (30)  “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  (31)  “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  (32)  “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  (33)  “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  (34)  “If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.  (35)  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  (36)  “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.



[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

[2] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

 
 

Get Ready for a Roller Coaster Ride! Psalms 27

05 Jan

What you see at the top of the mountain remember in the valley! This is what the Lord is saying to me today. We may like things to be constant. We may not like the scenery to change much. However, that is not what this year is going to look like. There is going to be movement and change. You cannot have momentum without these. You cannot stay the same and change at the same time. We need to be sensitive to the movement of the Spirit and move with Him. This is the constant, so to speak, that will keep us in the midst of ups and downs this year.

David said, “When thou didst say, ‘Seek My face,” my heart said to Thee, ‘Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek.’” (Psalms 27:8 NASB)

The Presence of God will be the stabilizing factor in our lives this year. The two banks of the river of God will always be the Word and the Spirit. This year, as never before, we must get into His presence and hear what what He is speaking. Then, we will be sustained through times of turbulence and triumph.

David concludes Psalm 27 with these words, let them be a word for us for this year:

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

(Psalms 27:14 NASB)

 
 

Looking Forward to a New Year

26 Dec

With Christmas recently behind us and the New Year just ahead I think it’s a good time to remember the good things that took place this year. We have had many souls saved this year. I don’t know how many people answered altar calls in services at Calvary this year, but hardly a service has gone by that someone didn’t give their heart to the Lord. We have seen over 1200 won to Jesus in the Operation STITCHES outreach alone. We distributed food to well in excess of 500 families. We have witnessed many miracles and healings take place in the services. There have also been instances of people praying for the sick at work or at school and seeing the miracle working power of God in operation.

There have been a lot of great services where we heard great messages and have seen the gifts of the Spirit in manifestation. So, we have lots to be thankful for. This year, while not without challenges, also saw the Raise the Roof fund started. I love that it started with a word given to someone in the congregation. To date, the amount raised is over $235, 000.00!

I’m looking forward to 2012. We will see great things as we move forward in faith, hope, and love. God will restore, revive, and amaze us again this year as we continue to seek Him. I pray that you will have the greatest year ever because THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

 
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Circumstantial Peace 1 Notes

15 Dec

Col 3:15-17 NASB  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  (16)  Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  (17)  Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

LET PEACE RULE IN YOUR HEARTS

He is the Author of Our PeaceThe Prince of Peace! His peace is our peace!!!

Isa 9:6-7 KJV  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (7)  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end . . .

At His birth the angels said, “On earth peace, good will toward men.”

He could sleep in the midst of a killer storm!

Let Peace Be the Decider – act as umpire

  • Judge, decide, control; “be in control of someone’s activity by making a decision.”
  • Imperative mood – expresses a command, intention, or exhortation; it is therefore            not an expression of reality but of possibility and volition.
  • You have to cooperate with God! Faith takes what grace supplies!
  • Let peace be the deciding factor!

When you don’t know what to do, peace must be allowed to step in and make a call.

 

John 14:26-27 NASB  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  (27)  “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

JFB “Many a legacy is “left” that is never “given” to the legatee, many a gift designated that never reaches its proper object.

Jesus is the Executor of His own Testament; the peace He “leaves” He “gives”

Some inheritances are given but never received!

Peace and Thanksgiving are connected – Be Constantly Thankful Ones!

We are not to live in reaction to the devil; we are to live in response to the Spirit.

You will manifest the fragrance of the world you are most aware of.

Php 4:6-7 KJV  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Stay thankful; live in peace. If you are going to have the peace that passes understanding, you will have to give up the need to understand everything.

LET THE WORD DWELL RICHLY IN YOU

Let the Word be at Home in Your Heart

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

The exhortation to the Christian is to so yield himself to the Word that it is at home in their heart.

  • The Word is the Language the Holy Spirit Uses as He Guides Our Lives.
  • He can effectively talk to us to the extent to which know the Word.

Give the Word Unrestricted Liberty

“Richly” = “abundantly.”

Saints are to Teach and Admonish One Another

The participles “teaching” and “admonishing” are imperative it force. Commands.

“Admonishing” is “to warn exhort, admonish.” The word contains the ideas of encouragement, reproof, blame, as well.

As in 3:15 the subject of the imperative is not the readers, but something they must open up to and allow to do its work

Warning and teaching are seen as a corporate responsibility (Fee 649).

It is striking how much of the Paul’s writing insisted that the members of the churches should recognize their mutual responsibility to instruct and admonish each other (Rom. 12:7; 15:14; 1 Cor. 14:26; 1 Thes. 5:14; 2 Thes. 3:15; note also Gal. 6:1–3).

Wuest Translation. The word of Christ, let it be at home in you in abundance; with wisdom teaching and admonishing each other by means of psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, with the grace singing in your hearts to God. And all, whatever you do in the sphere of word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, constantly giving thanks to God the Father through Him.[1]

With Gratitude in your Hearts Sing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs to God

Only a handful of passages give us some insight into the content of earliest Christian worship, the most obvious others are 1 Cor. 14:26 and Acts 2:42.

The elements of Christian worship: “the word of Christ,” teaching and admonition, and singing and thanksgiving.

1Co 14:26 KJV  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

Ac 2:42–43 Wuest  And they were giving constant attention to the teaching of the apostles and to that which they held in common with them, and to the breaking of the bread and to the gatherings where prayers to God were offered. And a reverential fear came upon every soul. And many miracles that excited amazement and attesting miracles were performed by the apostles.

in Eph. 5:18–19 singing is the result of being filled with the Spirit, in some ways like the uninhibited singing of those who are drunk (Eph. 5:18; cf. Acts 2:13–18),

Do Everything in the Name of the Lord

(17)  Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Everything, whatever . . . do everything in the Name!

Doing something in someone else’s name . . .

Giving Thanks through Him = because of, on account of, by reason of.’[2]

No matter what happens in the world, we can ALWAYS give God thanks because of Jesus! “On account of Jesus!!!!”

Make sure it’s in the name of Jesus – Many people are eliminated from usefulness not due to lack of calling but because of wrong motives.

  • His gifts are grace gifts. We can’t “qualify” for a grace gift orit isn’t grace anymore.
  • Gifts are like the sails on a boat – useless without the wind of the Spirit
  • Willingness to obey is what qualifies you to do what you are unqualified to do.


[1] Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader (Col 3:15–16). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

[2] Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Vol. 1: Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament : Based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition.) (779). New York: United Bible societies.

 

Raise the Roof Offering

17 Oct

One of the most exciting things about the way the roof offerings started is that it came from the hearts of the congregation. Thanks to Wayne for stepping out and obeying the Lord! I believe that he spoke what was in the hearts of many people that day.

I hope that this offering will continue to be fostered through people obeying God, not only in their giving, but by being willing to speak out as the Lord directs. If this happens, this offering will continue to be supernatural. I believe that it will have an even greater sense of freshness that accompanies a move of God.

I bear witness that this is God’s time to “raise the roof.” Let’s all be available for God to use us as we watch miracles begin to take place at Calvary.

 
 

Notes from God Directed Faith 3

06 Oct

God Directed Faith 3

  • Is our faith directed towards God’s ends or our own? Kingdom first . . .
  • “Pray about what you pray about before you pray.”
  • Am I in any way limiting what God would do for me for fear of what someone else will think of me being so blessed? (With persecutions, blessed are you . . .)
  • Who or what is directing your faith? Circumstances? Lack?
  • There is a difference between faith and fantasy.
  • When is enough, enough? At what point does saving become hoarding? (Where your treasure is . . .) Faith works by love. Love is opposite of selfishness.

One under Authority

Mat 8:8-10 KJV  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  (9)  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  (10)  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 

  • We tend to think that we can operate as we desire . . . (unanswered prayers!)
  • Sometimes it appears that Jesus operated at will, but remember He said that He didn’t do anything He didn’t see the Father do. He did not speak on His own initiative.
  • Faith is meant to operate under authority.
  • A revelation of authority caused the Centurion’s faith to operate at a high level.
  • Speak the word only” was what the centurion said to Jesus not vice versa!

Neither Jesus nor the Holy Spirit speaks on their own initiative.

If anyone could, you would figure it would be them.

Joh 16:13 KJV  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Understanding Authority

Lordship:  I understand the authority of the believer, but it is delegated authority. It operates under the direction of God.

You may raise one from the dead but you won’t raise everyone from the dead. We need to stay under authority and not presume that we can continue to do something just because we did it before.

  • At times people of faith move by presumption rather than faith.
  • IF nothing else, the actions that faith takes need to be directed.

Mat 8:13 KJV  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

1Co 2:12-13 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  (13)  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

  • We speak the wisdom of God (rev. of what we’ve been freely given – grace)
  • God revealed this wisdom to us by His Spirit (can’t remove the Presence . . .)
  • The Spirit we have received gives knowledge of what God has freely given to us.
  • Php 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Unauthorized activity is not looked upon kindly in Scripture . . .

Mat 7:21-23  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Lev 10:2  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

There are things that are obviously God’s will in Scripture: salvation, healing, prosperity, and the like, but we should let Him lead us in how to minister to others and pursue Him.

Gill: . . . (strange fire)

without any instruction and direction they rushed into the holy place with their censers, and offered incense, both of them, when only one priest was to offer at a time,

when a man performs religious duties, prays to God, or praises him without being engaged, or obeys commands not from love, but selfish views;

 

Mat 6:8 -  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Joh 15:7 -  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Mat 21:22 -  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Joh 14:13-14 -  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (14)  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Joh 15:16 -  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Joh 16:23-24 -  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  (24)  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

1Jn 3:22 -  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1Jn 5:14-15 -  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  (15)  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Eph 3:20 KJV  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

 

 

 
 

The God Directed Faith Series

05 Oct

It has been a great opportunity to have three consecutive services in order to do this short series. It has been exciting to receive some fresh revelation about operating in the arena of faith. The just are supposed to live by faith, not just occasionally, but daily. The difference between living by faith and using your it occasionally  is like the difference between being a professional athlete and a week-end warrior. We live by our faith. It is a daily process based on our relationship with God.

We should be wrapping the series up tonight (Wed. Oct. 5). I hope to encourage people to allow God to direct them in the use of their faith. We too often shoot far too low. He will always do better for us because He has our best in mind. He also lacks the limitations that our minds place on His power.

What we should not take away from this teaching is that we are limited in any way from finding a promise in God’s Word  and going for it. As long as a person has an ongoing relationship with the Spirit of God the Bible will be God speaking to them. If, on the other hand, a person is approaching the Word as they would a worldly contract there are some adjustments that need to be made. If you remove the Presence from the promises you end up with form and religion.

The mixture of the Presence of God and the Promises of God make up an explosive mixture. Let’s let God do His job (that is being God). He is in charge, and if we seek first His kingdom and righteousness, He will add all the things we need to us. In that way, the blessings will be following us, we won’t need to follow them!

 
 

Approaching the Presence with Reverence

03 Oct

What a great Sunday we just had. There was a powerful presence of God that accompanied both services. We need to keep the prophetic word in mind that “It is marveling time.”  God is doing things at which we will marvel.

Along that line, keep in mind that the appropriate response to a word from the Lord is to pay attention to it and to give it weight spiritually speaking. We need to watch treating the supernatural like it was common. The operation of tongues and interpretation was manifest in the evening service along with latecomers strolling in as though we were doing the announcements. I am sure that they were not aware of what was being done. At least, I hope they were not aware! Tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophetic words etc., are all manifestations of God speaking to us. The appropriate response is that we stop in our tracks and focus totally on what is being said.

If we treat the things of the Spirit with reverence and respect, we can expect to experience continued and greater manifestations in the future. The great news is that the Spirit of God is moving in our services. The presence of God is being manifested. We are experiencing a freshness that comes along with His presence. Revelation knowledge is coming forth. And, I am thanking God for Mike’s miracle. He received healing in the arm that was injured in an accident at work. He was unable to raise it more than a few inches from his side. During prayer time he received an instantaneous healing and regained full motion. Awesome God!

 
 

How Faith Really Works

06 Sep

Faith is the residue of an encounter with God.  When we find out and know what God has given to us the next thing we are supposed to do is speak words that the Holy Ghost has taught us.  Faith comes by revelation.

 
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