In 1970’s to 80’s we saw one of the greatest spiritual awakenings of all times. Evangelism was rampant in America, and we elected one of the greatest Presidents, Ronald Reagan. More people heard the gospel, more received Christ, and more saw the evidence of signs and wonders and a supernatural move of God and the Holy Spirit. There were healings, and miracles and testimonies and a powerful move of God, and a supernatural move and power of the Gifts of the Spirit.
I covered the Occult and what has evolved in America, especially with this ungodly move by Hollywood and the secular to entice our youth into the glamorization of the supernatural and evil of Satan. But there is another supernatural move, that once was prevalent before the “politically correct” atheist, socialist fools in Washington sought to take Christ and prayer out of our schools, our Pledge of Allegiance, American history, and government. Wherefore, now we have a serious problem, and true facts are not represented in Common Core, schools, or state and local government. There is a disconnect. I believe that disconnect is Jesus Christ being cast out with the bathwater. Our Lord has commanded us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world as Christians, but we see little evidence of the influence of Christianity. Even Glenn Beck this week said the same thing I, and a handful of friends that are public are saying, “Where are the
We need in America, Revival, and we need a Holy Ghost move of God Almighty and to bind the devil out of our schools, government, state and local, and Federal, and to elect good Christian men and women who STAND for the word of God, and our US Constitution. There is only one way to achieve that power, and that is a supernatural move of Christ and for all who call themselves Christian to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. First, there has to be a communication of knowledge. Without at least some Biblical teaching no one can become a Christian, and no Christian can live a victorious life. That only comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And if HE isn’t living inside you, and you do not have His special Gifts, then you know not the move of God. That’s why so many Christians live defeated lives. That is why so many just cloister themselves with other Christians, in groups, but, have no victory, do not have the boldness and power to speak out against the tyrannies all around us, and stay in apathy.
The Christian and the Holy Spirit: Is a discussion of the Holy Spirit who is the third member of the Godhead, of Trinity. This Step teaches us who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in the lives of individuals. It shows us how we may have HIM working in our own lives and what the results can be. It teaches us how we may have HIS power continually energizing us. Jesus said, “I came that they (you and I and all Christians) might have life, and might have it abundantly.” John 10:10. There are so few Christians filled with the Holy Spirit, because of false teachings which are directly against the words and mandates that Jesus left us with. Did HE not say He before He ascended into Heaven that he would leave us the “comforter” the Holy Spirit to dwell within us? There is so much lack of knowledge and pride with this topic. But Jesus also said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold on to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. But seek first HIS Kingdom, and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:24-33
“ I CAN Be Born Again and Spirit Filled
WHO IS GOD?
God is described in the Bible for only one reason: because He wants you to have a revelation and understanding of Himself. God, Who is invisible, desired to communicate with man so much that He manifested Himself as “the Word made flesh,” in the Person of Jesus Christ, His Son. His existence is not a matter of debate. The fact that He “Who is invisible and all powerful” exists is shown in the creation itself. Your acceptance of Who He is becomes the starting-point of your faith.
God is Holy
God does not conform to a standard of holiness; He is that standard. 1 Samuel 2:2 declares, “There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides Thee, Nor is there any rock like our God.” God is holy, and no unrighteousness could exist in Him. Because of His holiness we do not judge His Word. His Word judges us.
God is Just
Depending on how they compare to God’s character, things are either just or unjust. God sentences the wicked and rewards the righteous according to His Own standards of what is right or wrong. On our own we could never meet God’s standard of righteousness. Being totally just, God cannot allow unrighteousness to be unpunished because it isn’t an agreement with His character. There is a distinct separation between God and unrighteous man.
God is Merciful
God is compassionate, and full of loving kindness toward man. In His mercy, He realizes that sinful, guilty man cannot measure up to His standard of righteousness without help. But if you will first believe that God is merciful, you have taken the first step in putting yourself in the position to receive His mercy. It is God’s mercy that provides a way for your salvation from sin’s wages:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV).
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
God is Love
God is Love, and love always gives. God gave you the most precious Possession He had: His Only begotten Son. Love seeks the welfare of another. God was seeking the best for you when He gave His Son to end the separation of sin between you and Himself. John 3:16 reveals His love toward you:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
Believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
God is Truth
God cannot lie. He is true to all that He says: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
God’s Word does not conform to reality. Reality conforms to God’s Word, for God’s Word is what created reality when He spoke the world into existence. All things made by God’s Word are subject to His Word, for He is Truth.
God is Omniscient
God is all wise and knows all things. He knows everything that ever was or will be. He knows the everything that isn’t but could be. All of this knowledge does not come from outside of Himself, and it causes no confusion. Hebrews 4:13b says that “all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” God is perfect wisdom, so He can devise perfect plans and use perfect ways to accomplish them. His wisdom sees everything in focus, and everything in proper relation, with all things working for an intended goal. God works in wisdom for His intended glory, and for the highest good of the greatest number of people over the longest span of time. What God does cannot be improved upon. He deals with you in perfect wisdom!
God is Omnipresent
He is present everywhere, close to everything, next to everyone. Psalm 139 declares that there is no place where man can possibly hide from Him. God fills heaven and earth.
Because He is infinite, God knows no limits. Don’t try to put limits on God’s presence, for He has so much for you. He knows you through and through because He made you, and best of all He loves you: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23). God is in you and every believer.
God is Omnipotent
Nothing is too difficult for God to do, for He is all powerful. He gives power to those who serve Him, yet His Own power is never diminished. Everything that God does is done without effort, one task never being more difficult than another. How marvelous it is that your all powerful God is also good, true and merciful! Best of all, He wants to be powerful in your everyday life. Ephesians 1:19 says that He wants you to know “the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” The Christian life is a “light burden” to bear because it is lived by God’s power in you, not by your own power.
WHO IS THE TRINITY?
The mystery of the Trinity is accepted by faith. God’s Word reveals that three Persons exist in the Godhead, yet they are One God. Each Person is co-equal with the other Two, yet none of Them are more or less God than the Other.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit do differ, functionally. The Son has voluntarily subjected Himself unto the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the One Who abides in all believers at the command of the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit carries out the purposes of the other Two.
Throughout the Bible, the three Persons in the Godhead are seen:
1. At Creation. God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1), and Jesus was present, too (John 1:3). The Holy Spirit was also there, waiting to actively bring forth God’s spoken Word (Gen. 1:2b).
2. In the Incarnation. Three Persons were spoken of to Mary (Luke 1:35). The Holy Spirit would come upon her, the power of the Most High would overshadow her, and the Holy Offspring would be the Son of God.
3. At Christ’s baptism (Luke 3:21, 22). Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him as a dove, and the Father spoke, “Thou art my beloved Son.”
4. In the Atonement (Heb. 9:14). Here you see the blood of Christ, the eternal Spirit, and the offering without blemish
5. In the Resurrection. At Jesus’ resurrection the Scripture speaks of the Father (Acts 2:32), the Son (John 10:17, 18) and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:4).
6. In prayer we are to pray to the Father (Matthew 6:9), we pray in Jesus’ Name (John 14:13, 14), and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26, 27).
7. Jesus Himself recognized three Persons in the Godhead. He prayed to the Father (Luke 23:34), He said, “I am the Way to the Father” (John 14:6), and He promised the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16).
8. In the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
RECONCILED TO GOD
Because God is pure, holy and righteous He cannot look upon sin and disobedience. Men cannot do right before God because man’s righteousness is like “filthy rags” to Him. A great separation stands between God and sinners. Because God is just, there is a judgment of man’s sin. Man was sentenced to die three different deaths as a result of Adams sin: First, there is a physical death. Genesis 3:19 says that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Next is the spiritual death. Romans 5:12 says “just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Finally, there is eternal death spoken of in Revelation 20:15: “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Because God is merciful toward you, and all knowing, He had a perfect plan in which to demonstrate His mercy toward you and justice toward you at the same time. The price was high yet God’s love knows no limit. He gave His Only begotten Son to take your judgment, the death which was upon men because of Adam’s sin. Jesus Christ Himself bore in His body every one of your sins and diseases when He hung on the cross:
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:4-6).
Jesus Christ abolished the sin that separated you and God, and you became God’s child when you received Christ as Savior and Lord. Now the penalty for your sin has been satisfied and you have life instead of death. You have a new life ahead!
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit has all of the attributes of God because He is God. He is equal with the Father and the Son:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
His personality is described through all of the New Testament. Here are some of His characteristics:
1. He can be grieved. Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
2. He can be resisted, according to Acts 7:51 which says, “You men who are stiffnecked…are always resisting the Holy Spirit…”
3. Acts 9:31 tells us that He desires to comfort all believers, personally: “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit…”
4. The Holy Spirit creates and gives life, just as He created new spiritual life within you when you were born again. Job recognized this fact: “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4).
5. He dwells with you. “…that is the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because he abides with you, and will be in you” (John 14:17).
6. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would not glorify Himself, but that He would glorify Christ: “He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you” (John 16:14).
Now that you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit wants to glorify Christ in your life. He wants to confirm the truth of God’s Word to you and give you power for Christian service.
RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
When you were born again by receiving Christ as you Savior, you received the Person of the Holy Spirit. Without Him there could be no indwelling of God. This explains the freedom and joy that you received at the new birth, for the Holy Spirit gave you peace with God. This same experience happened to the disciples in John 20:22:
“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.”
This was not Pentecost, but it was a new spiritual beginning. The same word for “breathed” is used in Genesis 2:7 when God “formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostril the breath of life.” Earthly life began for Adam with the breath of God. Spiritual life began for you with the breath of God: the Spirit of God Himself!
Baptism Into Christ’s Body
Three baptisms take place in the believer. You were baptized in the Body of Christ when you were born again:
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, and whether slaves or free, and we were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
The candidate for baptism is the believer who is repenting of sin and accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Baptizer is the Holy Spirit Himself, and the medium for baptism is the Body of Jesus Christ. It was at this time that you were indwelt by the Holy Spirit:
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you” (Romans 8:11).
In simple terms, the Holy Spirit lives in you to give you God’s life and presence. At the same time, you are baptized (introduced) into the Body of Christ to find your place among the other members.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). The candidate for water baptism is yourself—and I highly recommend that you are water baptized as soon as possible. The baptizer is a qualified disciple of Jesus Christ, and the medium into which you are baptized is that of water.
The mode of baptism varies according to tradition, but the original Greek word baptize actually means “to immerse.” The Bible says that when Jesus was baptized He came “up out of” the water, so again we see baptism as immersion into the water. This is highly symbolic. It shows the washing of regeneration:
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…” (Titus 3:5, 6).
Water baptism also symbolizes Christ’s death, burial and resurrection:
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). Death is shown when the candidate for baptism is taken down into the water, burial is shown when the person is totally immersed in water, and resurrection is shown through the rising out of the water.
Baptism With The Holy Spirit
Receiving the promised gift of the Holy Spirit for power is the third type of baptism which believers can receive. The candidate for being baptized with the Holy Spirit is the water-baptized believer. Some individuals are baptized in the Holy Spirit before being baptized in water (Acts 10:44-48), but you can only receive this baptism if you are a born-again child of God. The Baptizer is Jesus Christ. Just as the Holy Spirit baptized you in the Body of Christ, now Jesus Christ wants to baptize you with the Holy Spirit Who is, of course, the baptismal Medium:
“I baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8).
Just as you are physically flooded by water in the act of water baptism, so God wants to flood your life with His Own character through the baptism of the Holy Spirit:
“…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has given to us” (Romans 5:5). You receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that God can empower you to develop and express your new life in Jesus Christ. Recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit in your life is essential for proper Christian growth. The three types of baptism (and three is a number of perfection) are clearly indicated in the account of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-19) and in the salvation of the Gentiles who were at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:44-48). Look these up in your Bible and study them closely.
WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES IN YOU
He gives you authority to witness. Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
1. The Holy Spirit will cause you to worship God, for He glorifies God: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
2. He manifests power in your prayer life: “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26, 27).
3. He helps you understand the Scriptures: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
4. He gives you spiritual gifts: “…so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,…” (1 Corinthians 1:7).
5. He will produce God-like qualities within you, and cause you to act like the child of God whom you have become. The Holy Spirit wants to be your source of direction, strength and comfort. He wants to fill your life with the abundance of all that God has for you.
RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Believe God’s Word I know that God must have highly esteemed the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for He prophesied about it: “And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see vision. And even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28, 29).
John the Baptist and Jesus Himself also prophesied about the baptism of the Holy Spirit:
“John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but He who is mightier than I is coming, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He Himself will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16).
“…but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
You must first know that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift that God wants you to have. Believe that God wants to give you His best, just as He gave His best when He gave you His Son, Jesus Christ. If Jesus, the disciples and the early church were all baptized in the Holy Spirit, then you should be, too. You are a member of the same Body, and God will withhold no good thing from you:
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? (Luke 11:13).
God is not a respector of persons. Many feel that they have to become “good enough” to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, it is the reverse: you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower you to do better.
Ask For Him
Jesus said that God would give the Holy Spirit to those who would ask. Is that different from asking Jesus to be your Savior? It certainly is! In John 14:17 Jesus called Him the Spirit of truth Whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him.” To get saved you had to behold Jesus. No one preached to you about the Holy Spirit; they told you about Jesus Christ. But now you know the Holy Spirit, because you received Him when you were born again. You only have to ask the Father for Him.
Praise The Lord
Expect the Lord to give you a new language of praise, just as He gave the disciples in 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.”
They “began to speak,” just as you must “begin to speak.” Then as you speak, know that it is the Holy Spirit Who gives you the utterance. Praise Him in your new language.
Believe You Received
The Father gives good gifts, and He will not give you a counterfeit. Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith, just as you received salvation by faith. If your heavenly language does not flow immediately, do not doubt that you have received. Just keep praising and thanking God.
God imparts the baptism of the Holy Spirit in two ways: 1. By sovereign outpouring (Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-48). Many times Jesus simply baptizes people with the Holy Spirit anywhere they are, wherever they ask Him. Other times, they may not even as, and they are baptized with the Holy Spirit because of someone’s prayer for them. Jesus is a giver, and He loves to give people His most precious gift—the Spirit of God.
2. By the ministry of laying on of hands. Sometimes Christians may have another member of the Body of Christ lay hands on them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-19).
On the day of Pentecost the evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism was seen through the apostles boldness in preaching, after which 3,000 people were saved! They also heard sounds of rushing wind, saw tongues of fire, and they spoke in tongues, praising God (Acts 2:1-4). The Holy Spirit overflowed from their spirits and filled up their senses, causing an overflow!
Acts 8:14-19 tells of the Samaritan Pentecost and the Bible doesn’t tell us what the evidence was. I do know that it was certainly something to be seen, for Simon the magician was present and the Bible says he “saw” what happened and wanted to buy the power of the Spirit. Needless to say he was harshly rebuked! Jesus’ blood is the only way that the Holy Spirit could be purchased for mankind.
When the apostle Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit the “scales” which had represented spiritual blindness disappeared from his eyes. Later he told the Corinthians, “I speak with tongues more than you all.” Though the Bible does not specify, Paul probably received the gift of speaking with other tongues when he was filled with the Holy Spirit, since that is when others received the gift (Acts 9:17-19). We know by his own testimony in 1 Cor. 14 that he prayed in tongues.
At the Roman Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit was given by God to Gentiles who believed on His Son. This happened while Peter was preaching to them, and suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon all who were present. They immediately responded by speaking in tongues and exalting God (Acts 10:45, 46).
At the Greek Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon some believers and they began to speak in tongues and prophesy (Acts 19:1-6). All who received the Holy Spirit demonstrated supernatural power.
WHY YOU SHOULD SPEAK IN TONGUES
You don’t have to speak in tongues if you don’t want to—God will not force you to. However, when you yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit you indicate your willingness to yield the rest of your body to Him. It is your tongue which rules over the rest of your body: “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well” (James 3:2).
As a believer you function on two levels: the spiritual level and the natural level. The natural level refers to your five senses; of those five senses your tongue is the only one that allows you to communicate with God. All Christians use the natural earthly level of communication with God when they pray. The Bible calls this speaking with the “tongues of men.”
When entering into worship and praise, however, many people feel limited when using only “tongues of men.” Often, repetition sets in. It is there that God frees us with His supply for another level of worship: the “tongues of angels” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13:1. This is also called “tongues.” Your heavenly language gives you a new capability: you can now communicate with God without the limitations of your natural mind.
“For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14). The Holy Spirit in you already understands God’s thoughts and His ways. Now He wants to communicate to God accordingly, and He wants to speak those thoughts to you. While you natural tongue is controlled by your mind, your “unknown” tongue speaks by the Spirit of God.
You should speak in tongues simply because this is one evidence of the Holy Spirit inside you. Speaking in tongues is one way that God builds you up, spiritually: But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit;…” * Booklet from Marilyn Hickey Ministries
IT IS A SECRET LANGUAGE IN PRAYER BETWEEN YOU AND GOD. The devil cannot hear…and if you don’t know what to pray, tongues edifies, and tongues say what you don’t know how. It is a GIFT!
Benny Hinn’s book, The Anointing, offers much insight into “who” the Holy Spirit really is, and how “He” should be treated. He also talks about his first encounter as a young man with the late Katherine Kuhlman in this quote when she had to decide on a man she was in love with vs God: “ I had to make a choice. Would I serve the man I loved or the God I loved? I knew I could not serve God and live with Mister. [She called Waltrip “Mister” from the very first time she met him]. No one will ever know the pain of dying like I know it, for I loved him more than I loved life itself. And for a time, I loved him even more than God. I finally told him I had to leave. God had never released me from that original call. Not only did I live with him, I had to live with my own conscience, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit was almost unbearable. I was tired of trying to justify myself. I saw a street sign. It said simply, “dead end.” There was heartache, heartache so great it cannot be put into words. If you think it’s easy to go to the Cross, it’s simply because you’ve never been there. I’ve been there. I know. “(So have I with divorces, estranged children who hate, and do not understand your walk with Christ, as well as the suicide of a 19 year old bi-polar son. Yes I know her pain, and understand. For my last divorce too, in 1982, God clearly said to me, when I got saved a year later, “Now you are mine alone, there will be no more marriages.” I was only 43.) “And I had to go alone. I knew nothing about the wonderful filling of the Holy Spirit. I knew nothing of the power of the mighty third person of the Trinity which was available to all. I just knew it was four o’clock on Saturday afternoon and I had come to the place in my life where I was ready to give up everything – even Mister – and die. I said it out loud: “Dear Jesus, I surrender ALL…I give it all to you. Take my body. Take my heart. All I am is yours. I place it in your wonderful hands.” (I, in essence as I sit alone, live alone, write alone, call on HIM alone, have too, surrendered ALL.) To me, when denying the Gifts of the Spirit, it puts you in danger of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which to God, is the unpardonable sin. How can you deny what God left for us as a gift?
Benny said, “The truth is that the glory of God is the person and presence of God –the glory is the Holy Spirit. When you experience HIS presence –the overwhelming realization that God Almighty is so near, you can almost reach out and touch HIM (in the supernatural) –then you have experienced the glory of God. You feel the warmth of HIS love, the comfort of HIS peace. THIS IS AN ANNOINTING, in a sense, of course, an anointing that brings the presence.” Thank you Benny. For I could not have done my paintings without HIS presence after the death of my son, I missed so much. I could not sit here now, starting at 5am without HIS presence and inviting the Holy Spirit to help me. For it is HE who guides, loves, and envelopes me with the warmth of his wonderful presence. I could do NOTHING, I am convinced in spite of my physical limitations, without my loving Holy Spirit. Nor could I STAND in Christ Jesus, and politic, speak out, yet on other occasions, have the agape’ love and compassion without my Holy Spirit. He cannot and should Not be denied. It is a gift…a free gift, that is so precious. I am Blessed! The Holy Spirit I know Healed me of a mini stroke after my son’s suicide, healed me, cared for me loved me. Thank you Jesus for your gift to me. It is the evidence of the magnificent wonders that I will see when I meet you Lord in Heaven and see my son once more.
IN THY PRESENCE
Lord, what a change within us one short hour
Spent in thy presence will prevail to make!
What heavy burdens from our bosoms take,
What parched grounds refresh as with a shower.
We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;
We rise, and all the distant and the near,
Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear.
We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power.
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong.
Or others, we are not always strong.
That we are ever overborne with care,
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled when with us is prayer,
Joy and strength and courage are with thee.
Benny Hinn Who Is the Holy Spirit?
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