power of the holy spirit

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Why  catch  the  fire?  Firstly  I  want  to  announce  to  you  that  you  don’t  just  have  to catch  the  fire  as  such.  But  you  as  a  born-again  child  of  God  have  to  receive  the person  of  the  Holy  Spirit  Himself.  I  mean  to  say  that  the  Holy  Spirit  is  a  person.

He  is a  person  with  mind,  will,  wisdom,  understanding,  love,  emotions,  compassion  and

  1. He  is  one  with  God.  That’s  why  we  speak  of  God  the  Father  (the  Creator)

God  the  Son  (Jesus  Christ),  and  God  the  Holy  Spirit-  three  in  one.  The  Holy  Spirit  is

the  C  E  O  of  the  church.

So  you  have  to  receive  Him  like  you  have  received  Jesus.  He  must  live  in  you.  But here  is  some  good  news.  As  you  receive  the  Holy  Spirit  through  baptism  in  the Holy  Spirit  you  must  continuously  receive  infillings  with  the  Holy  Spirit

  1. As  you  acknowledge  the  Spirit  of  the  Lord  in  you  and  give  Him  both reverential  fear  and  audience  daily,  He  will  increase  himself  in  you.  You  will  begin to  be  conscious  of  His  presence,  His  voice  and  His  counsel  in  your  life.

Baptism  with  the  Holy  Spirit  like  salvation  is  a  mystery.  Many  church denominations  don’t  understand  it.  They  miss  it  completely.  But  the  Bible  is  very plain  about  this.

‘I  baptize  you  with  water  for  repentance.  But  after  me  will  come  one  who  is  more powerful  than  I,  whose  sandals  I  am  not  fit  to  carry.  He  will  baptize  you  with  the Holy  Spirit  and  with  fire  (Matt..  3:  11).”

I  don’t  know  what  significance  and  value  John’s  audience  attached  to  this  message in  those  days.  But  I  believe  that  today’s  church  needs  to  revisit  this  statement  now.

It’s  time  for  revival.

John  the  Baptist  appeared  on  the  scene  at  the  right  time  for  the  right  purpose.  He broke  the  so  called  inter-Testamental  period.  For  a  period  of  four  hundred  years Israel  was  separated  from  God  and  His  mighty  acts.  It  was  long  that  the  voice  of the  prophets  was  silent  and  Israel’s  expectation  of  the  Messiah  was  shuttered.

They  had  completely  lost  their  hope  for  the  Messiah  and  were  now  under  the foreign  regime  of  Rome.

And  suddenly  God  who  is  rich  in  mercy  visited  His  people.  The  long-longed  for prophecy  and  promise  was  fulfilled.  John  the  Baptist  –  the  fore-runner  of  the Messiah  was  ushered  into  the  scene  and  broke  the  silence.  Again  God  had remembered  His  people.  Because  Israel  was  sick  and  tired  of  this  spiritual  vacuum and  the  state  of  apostasy,  they  readily  recognized  and  accepted  John  as  the  ‘voice of  the  one  crying  in  the  wilderness.’

So  it  was  not  difficult  for  the  Jews  to understand  John’s  greatness.  In  fact  most  of  them  were  tempted  to  acknowledge him  as  the  long-longed  for  Messiah.

To  this  John  had  to  respond  and  clarify  them.  One  day  as  Jesus  approached  the crowd  John  declared:

Behold  the  lamb  of  God,  which  taketh  away  the  sin  of  the  world.  This  is  he  of whom  I  said,  After  me  cometh  a  man  which  is  preferred  before  me:  for  he  was before  me.  And  I  knew  him  not:  but  that  he  should  be  made  manifest  to  Israel, therefore  I  am  come  baptizing  with  water  (John  1:  29-31  K  J  V).

The  climax  was  reached  when  Jesus  submitted  unto  John  to  be  baptized.  This submission  shocked  John  too.  But  watch  what  happened  at  this  baptism.  While  the Jews  who  were  standing  there  watching  were  still  puzzled  as  to  who  was  actually greater  between  John  and  Jesus,  God  Himself  offered  the  solution.

As  soon  as  Jesus  was  baptized,  he  went  up  out  of  the  water.  At  that moment  heaven  was  opened,  and  he  saw  the  Spirit  of  God descending  like  a  dove  and  lighting  on  him.  And  a  voice  from  heaven said:  This  is  my  son,  whom  I  love;  with  him  I  am  well  pleased

(Matt.  3:  16-17).

First  of  all  let  us  understand  that  John  the  Baptist  was  himself  a  great  man.  And  so was  his  baptism.  That’s  why  many  Jews  rushed  to  the  river  Jordan  to  be  baptized.

Even  Jesus  Himself  testified  about  John’s  greatness,  saying:  “I  tell  you  the  truth: Among  those  born  of  women  there  has  not  risen  anyone  greater  than  John  the Baptist;  yet  he  who  is  least  in  the  kingdom  of  heaven  is  greater  than  he

(Matt.  11:11).”

So  if  John  the  Baptist  was  great  and  his  baptism  too,  great,  what  more  could  they expect?  John  answered  this  question.  He  indicated  that  even  though  he  was commissioned  to  baptize  them  for  the  remission  of  their  sins,  this  should  not distract  them  from  recognizing  and  accepting  Jesus  and  His  baptism.  “…he  will baptize  you  with  the  Holy  Spirit  and  with  fire.”

In  those  days  if  a  visitor  or  a  stranger  arrives  the  first  thing  was  to  remove his  shoes and  wash  his  feet.  This  was  mostly  done  by  slaves.  Now  John  is  saying  that  even though  he  is  not  a  slave  and  in  spite  of  his  greatness  he  is  not  worthy  to  bear  Jesus’

  1. You  see,  here  John  is  opening  the  eyes  of  the  Jews  that  they  may  clearly understand  the  greatness  of  Jesus.

Have  you  ever  taken  time  to  consider  how  great  Jesus  is?  Immediately  you understand  His  greatness  and  submit  to  His  authority  you  will  be  a  changed  person

  1. The  secret  of  attaining  the  greatness  of  God  is  in  knowing,

understanding  and  acknowledging  the  greatness  of  Jesus.  The  Bible  states  very clearly  that:  “The  people  who  know  their  God  shall  be  strong  and  do  exploits

(Dan.  11:  32b  K  J  V).”  Amen.  Do  you  really  know  him?  Have  you  taken  time to  learn (study)  and  meditate  about  him?  Who  is  this  Jesus?

Jesus  is  the  King  of  glory.

He  is  the  Alpha  and  the  Omega.     The  beginning  and  the  ending

He  is  the  Ancient  of  days.  He  has  been  there  all  the  times.

He  is  the  Lord  and  changes  not.

Jesus  the  same  yesterday,  today  and  for  ever

He  is  the  Messiah,  the  Son  of  the  living  God.

He  is  the  Christ,  the  Anointed  one  of  God.

He  is  the  resurrected  Lord,  exalted  and  seated  at  the  right  hand  of  the  Father.

He  has  the  scepter  of  Gold  in  his  right  hand.

He  has  the  rod  of  iron.

He  has  the  keys  of  life  and  death.  He  possesses  the  keys  of  David.

He  is  the  Creator  of  the  whole  universe  and  everything  is  under  his  feet.

The  government  is  upon  his  shoulders,  and  he  has  the  whole  world  on  the  palm  of his  hand.

How  magnificent,  glorious,  excellent  and  wonderful  is  His  name!

As  you  begin  a  long  and  constant  love  walk  with  Him  you  will  begin  to  experience his  mighty  power  in  your  life.  He  will  become  so  real  in  your  life  that  it  will  be  like you  dwell  with  Him  in  a  real  and  genuine  way.  He  will  be  unto  you  the  fountain  of the  living  water.

CHRIST  IS  OUR  DIVINE  SAVIOUR

Here  follows  an  inspiring  extract  from  one  of  the  great  servants  of  the  Lord  who knows  his  master.

Christ  is  a  rare  jewel,  but  men  know  not  His  value.  A  Sun  which  ever  shines, but  men  perceive  not  His  brightness,  nor  walk  in  His  light.  He  is  a  garden full  of  sweets,  a  Hive  full  of  honey,  a  Sun  without  a  spot,  a  Star  ever  bright,

a  Fountain  ever  full,  a  Brook  which  ever  flows,  A  Rose  which  ever  blooms,  a Fountain  which  never  yields,  a  Guide  which  never  errs,  a  Friend  who  never

  1. No  mind  can  fully  grasp  His  glory,  His  beauty,  His  worth,  His

importance,  no  tongue  can  fully  declare,  He  is  the  source  of  all  good,

Fountain  of  every   excellence,   the  Mirror  of  perfection,  the  Light  of heaven,  the  Wonder  of  earth,  Time’s  Masterpiece,  and  eternity’s  glory,

Sun  of  Bliss,  the  Way  of  life,  and  life’s  fair  Way.

Don’t  ever  dare  to  walk  the  Christian  journey  without  experiencing  Jesus  in  real

  1. Have  an  intimate  relationship  with  Him.  Accept  Him  as  your  personal  Lord and  Savior.  Acknowledge  Him  as  your  master,  having  the  final  say  in  your  life.  Let Him  rule  in  your  life.  Put  Him  first  in  everything.  Then  you  will  begin  to  experience the  grace  of  God  in  an  abundant  manner.

One  day  John  the  Baptist  said  about  Jesus:  “He  must  become  greater;  I  must become  less  (John  3:  30).  The  K  J  V  renders  it  thus:  “He  must  increase,  but  I  must decrease.”  This  explanation  was  very  good  and  accurate  to  John’s  audience because  they  confused  Jesus’  greatness  with  that  of  John.  But  this  is  not  a doctrine  to  make  us  inferior  in  our  walk  with  the  Lord.  I  for  one  don’t  believe  that Jesus  came  so  that  we  may  decrease.  And  I  don’t  think  that  He  wants  us  to decrease  in  any  way.  Rather  I  believe  that  He  wants  us  to  increase  in  Him  and  with I’m  reminded  of  the  account  of  a  certain  little  boy.  His  Sunday  school  teacher  had taught  that  people  must  receive  Jesus  to  be  saved.  This  young  fellow  went  home and  broke  the  news  to  his  mother.  When  she  confirmed  what  the  teacher  had said,  the  little  one  protested  and  said:  “But  mom,  if  I  receive  Jesus  in  me  He  is  so big  that  He  will  stick  out.”  I  agree  with  the  lad.  Jesus  is  so  great  that  when  we receive  Him  He  will  stick  out.  And  surely  He  must  stick  out.  He  must  stick  out  that His  greatness  be  seen  through  us.

But  this  happens  only  after  the  baptism  withthe  Holy  Spirit,  and  with  fire.  When  this  experience  has  been  really  and  genuinely accepted  you  begin  to  have  the  power  of  God  and  power  with  God.  You  really begin  to  do  great  exploits.  He  increases  in  you  and  with  you  in  every  aspect  of your  life.  He  becomes  “Christ  in  you  the  hope  of  glory  –feeling  the  earth

(Col.  1:  27).”  Hallelujah!

The  Holy  Spirit  comes  with  mighty  power  and  revelation.  He  will  bring  about transformation  in  your  life.  As  you  continuously  feed  on  the  word  of  God  and earnestly  follow  the  Holy  Spirit’s  leading  and  instruction  so  that  you  learn  the discipline  of  leading  a  fasting  life,  then  the  mighty  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit  (the anointing)  will  increase  in  your  life.  The  fresh  anointing  will  always  be  accompanied with  fresh  fire.  All  you  need  is  to  abide  in  God.  You  must  also  learn  to  lead  a separated  life.  Then  you  will  experience  the  marvelous  touch  of  the  Lord’s  hand  all the  days  of  your  life.  This  will  not  only  change  your  life,  but  it  will  also  impact  the lives  of  others  around  you.  Speak  of  the  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit!

Do  you  want  to know  about  the  real  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit?  Wait  a  minute.

The  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit  is  God’s  manifest  presence  –  the  anointing  that  flows through  the  sanctified  vessel  to  make  fresh  impact  on  the  lives  of  both  the minister  and  those  ministered  unto.  It’s  God’s  grace  in  action.  I  mean  to  say  that  it is  the  supernatural  power  of  God  that  flows  through  His  vessel  –  the  minister  unto

all  God’s  people  who  are  ready  to  receive  it.

It  is  the  power  of  God  unto  salvation  for  the  sinner  that  repents.

It  is  the  power  of  God  to  heal  the  sick.

It  is  the  power  of  God  to  deliver  the  oppressed.

It  is  the  power  of  God  to  set  the  captives  free.  It  is  the  power  of  God

that  destroys  the  yoke  and  lifts  the  burden.

It  is  the  supernatural  power  of  God  that  brings  about  a  mighty

With  this  power  you  begin  to  dislike  those  things  you  couldn’t  dislike

With  this  power  you  begin  to  dislike  those  things  you  liked  before.

With  this  power  you  begin  to  see  those  things  you  couldn’t  see  before.

With  this  power  you  begin  to  hear  things  you  couldn’t  hear  before.

With  this  power  you  begin  to  understand  and  appreciate  things  you

couldn’t  understand  before.

This  is  an  awesome  power  from  above.

Unfortunately  Many  Christians  tend  to  miss or  neglect  it.  Many  Christians  miss  this  blessing  because  they  have  been  taught  that as  long  as  they  have  been  saved  by  receiving  Jesus  Christ  as  their  Lord  and  Savior, it is  OK.  That  is  not  enough.  You  only  become  OK  when  you  have  the  Father,  the  Son and  the  Holy  Ghost.

A  certain  teacher  of  the  word  ever  said:  “If  you  are  filled  with  the  word  only,  but lacking  in  the  Spirit,  you  dry  up.  And  if  you  are  only  filled  with  the  Spirit,  but  void  of the  word  you  blow  up.  But  if  you  are  filled  with  both  the  word  and  the  Spirit  you grow  up.”  I  agree  with  him.  Here  is  another  advice.  Without  the  help  of  the  Holy Spirit  no  one  can  ever  fully  understand  the  scriptures.

The  Bible  becomes  a  dead letter  without  the  inspiration  of  the  Holy  Spirit.  That’s  why  many  people  have  gone

  1. Trying  to  grasp  the  message  of  the  Bible  without  the  help  of  the  Holy  Spirit

is  like  trying  to  understand  any  message  from  a  book  written  in  a  totally  foreign language

  1. It  becomes  a  futile  exercise.

Sentinel  Kulp  says  in  “Secrets  to  Spiritual  Power  (from  the  writings  of  Watchman

Nee,  1979)”:  “We  are  not  sure  if  a  worldly  brain  is  effective  in other  matters,  but we are  sure  of  this  one  thing:  a  worldly  brain  is  absolutely  useless  in  spiritual  matters.”

I  strongly  agree  with  him.  We  need  the  Holy  Ghost.  We  need  the  anointing.  We need  the  fire  of  the  Holy  Ghost  in  order  to  do  the  kingdom  business  both effectively  and  efficiently.  The  Holy  Spirit  brings  into  our  lives  such  light  that searches  deep  in  our  hearts.  With  this  light  we  begin  to  discover  ourselves.  With this  light  we  discover  who  Christ  is  in  us.  We  also  discover  who  we  are  in  Christ.

This  is  the  light  that  conquers  spiritual  ignorance  completely.  It  enables  us  to  see very  clearly.  This  is  the  light  that  searches  deeply  within  us  and  brings  our  hearts  in alignment  with  the  truth.  This  is  exactly  what  the  scribes  and  Pharisees  needed  to recognize  the  Messiah.  The  weakness  of  the  scribes  and  the  Pharisees  was  that they  claimed  to  understand  the  scriptures  without  total  submission  to  the  will  of the  Father.

May  the  Lord  God  help  us  obtain  this  solid  truth  for  it  comes  with  the grace  of  God!

What  is  the  grace  of  God?  The  grace  of  God  is  the  power  of  God  bestowed  upon us,  and  it  opens  our  eyes  so  that  we  can  be  able  to  see  in  the  way  our  Creator intended  us  to  see.  This  power  conquers  our  spiritual  blindness  so  that  we  can  be able  to  see  all  we  are  expected  to  see.  This  is  the  power  that  releases  in  us  the gifts  of  the  Spirit.  We  need  to  understand  that  the  power  of  God  is  a  reality,  but unless  we  are  enabled  by  the  grace  of  God  to  release  it,  it  cannot  be  fully manifested  or  accessible.

The  power  of  God  is  available.

It  is  the  power  to  save  sinners.

It  is  the  power  to  heal  the  sick.

It  is  the  power  to  deliver  the  oppressed.

It  is  the  power  to  set  the  captives  free.

It  is  the  power  to  open  the  blind.  It  is  the  power  to  unstop  deaf  ears.

It  is  the  power  to  make  the  dumb  to  speak.  It  is  the  power  to  make  the

lame  walk.

It  is  the  power  to  raise  the  dead.  This  is  the  power  to  perform  miracles  and

to  release  the  treasure  and  wealth  of  heaven.

A.W  Pink  says:

Grace  is  a  provision  for  men  who  are  so  fallen  that  they  cannot  help

  1. So  corrupt  that  they  cannot  change  their  natures,  so  averse to  God  that  they  cannot  turn  to  him,  so  blind  they  cannot  see  him,  so deaf  they  cannot  hear  him,  so  dead  that  he  himself  must  open  their graves  and  lift  them  into  resurrection.

It  is  true.  The  anointing  brings  about  the  results.  If  you  hear  of  any  ministry  where things  are  happening,  the  secret  behind  it  is  the  anointing.  I’m  speaking  about real  and  genuine  old-fashioned  miracles,  signs  and  wonders.  I’m  speaking  about the  same  works  wrought  by  Jesus  Himself  and  the  apostles.

You  most  probably have  heard  about  these  testimonies,  how  Paul  the  apostle  ministered  with  power and  authority  through  the  anointing  of  the  Holy  Spirit  and  brought  about tremendous  results.  And  how  he  wore  napkins  (handkerchiefs)  and  transferred the  anointing  over  them  and  sent  them  to  those  who  were  sick  and  oppressed  by the  devil;  and  when  the  victims  applied  these  clothes  demons  came  out  screaming and  left  them.

Also,  you  may  have  most  probably  heard  of  Peter  and  John  healing  the  man  at  thegate  called  Beautiful  that  was  born  crippled.  I’m  sure  you  have  heard  of  Peter when  he  brought  Dorcas  back  to  life.  You  know  how  people  were  brought  along the  streets  and  as  Peter’s  shadow  fell  on  them  (and  they  got  healed).  It  was  the anointing,  and  not  necessarily  his  shadow  that  healed  them.  Even  today  if  we genuinely  believe  that  we  serve  the  same  God,  we  must  also  believe  and  expect the  same  miracles  to  occur.  Jesus  said:  “Verily,  verily  I  say  unto  you,  He  that believeth  on  me,  the  works  that  I  do  shall  he  do  also;  and  greater  works  than  these shall  he  do;  because  I  go  unto  my  Father  (John  14:  12  K  J  V).”

What  a  wonderful  truth!  What  a  wonderful  promise!  All  God’s  promises  are  yes and  amen  to  all  that  believe.  (2  Cor.  1:  20)  Amen.

When  Jesus  came  –  life  came  also.

When  Jesus  came  –  the  light  came  too.

When  Jesus  came  –  healing  came  too.

When  Jesus  came  –  victory  came  too.

When  Jesus  came  –  deliverance  came  too.

What  a  blessing  and  we  are  free  in  deed!

The  importance  of  the  baptism  with  the  Holy  Spirit  and  with  fire  cannot  be  over-

  1. This  is  the  fire  that  will  give  you  go.  Show  me  a  purpose-driven

Christian,  I  will  show  you  the  fire-driven  Christian.  Someone  once  said:  “When  you are  baptized  with  the  Holy  Spirit  you  have  the  fire.  But  when  you  are  baptised  with fire,  the  fire  has  you.  Do  you  see  the  picture?  Here  we  are  speaking  of  the experience  where  the  Christian  has  the  fire  of  the  Holy  Spirit,  and  at  the  same  time the  fire  has  him.  What  a  mystery!  In  actual  fact  as  you  receive  the  infilling  of  the Holy  Spirit  with  fire  so  that  the  Holy  Spirit  with  fire  is  in  you  and  upon  you,  you are at  the  same  time  in  the  fire  of  the  Holy  Spirit.

This  fire  brings  with  it  new  experiences  in  your  daily  living.  We  all  know  what  fire on  the  natural  realm)  is.  So  the  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit  is  symbolized  as  fire. Why?

Because  fire  has  tremendous  power  and  effects  upon  many  objects  –  including

Fire  burns.  So  the  fire  of  the  Holy  Spirit  will  burn  all  the  chaff  and  dross  in our  Christian  lives.

Fire  consumes.  “For  our  God  is  a  consuming  fire  (Heb.  12:  29).”

Fire  purges  and  purifies.  We  need  to  be  continuously  purged  and  purified.

Fire  melts.  Our  hard  hearts  must  be  subjected  to  the  fire  of  the  Holy

Spirit  to  melt.

Fire  has  some  cutting  power.  If  we  are  filled  with  the  power  of  the

Holy  Spirit  with  fire  when  we  minister  the  word  of  God,  it  will  cut  to the  heart.  It  will  be  sharper  than  the  two-edged  sword.

Fire  makes  hard  objects  pliable.  Sometimes  there’s  a  need  for  us  in certain  areas  of  our  lives  to  be  bent  (without  breaking).

Fire  joins  objects  together.

Fire  destroys.

There  are  some  elements  and  characteristics  in our  lives that  need  to  be  destroyed  completely.

Fire  straightens.  Like  the  iron  that  gives  our  clothes  good  shape,  the fire  of  the  Holy  Spirit  will  give  good  shape  to  our  ministry  and  lives.

I’m  telling  you,  this  fire of  the  Holy  Spirit  will  change a  lot  of  things  in  your  life.

The same fire  fell  on  me,  and  I  was  no  longer  the  same.

It  literally  consumed  those carnal  and  worldly  pleasures  and  appetites  that  I  could  not  control  before.  This  is the  power  that  delivered  me  (by  the  grace  of  God)  from  the  curse  and  destruction of  alcohol  and  drugs.  Then  the  Holy  Spirit  taught  me  the  wisdom  and understanding  that  the  new  wine  (of  the  Holy  Ghost)  is  better.

He  Guided  me  into the  divine  revelation,  the  knowledge, the  truth  and  the  discipline  to  understandthat  there  was  no  need  for  me  to  be  drunk  with  wine  wherein  is  excess  but  rather to  be  filled  with  the  Spirit.  I  mean  He  has  a  sense  of  humor.  He  would  say  unto  me I  know  you  are  used  to  these  intoxicants;  but  if  you  want  to  be  drunk  the  right  way be  drunk  with  the  new  wine  of  the  Holy  Ghost.

Had  God  not  intervened  at  the  right  time  and  set  me  free  from  these  satanic bondages  I  don’t  think  I  could  still  be  alive  today.  Even  if  I  could  still  be  alive,  I know  I  would  be  just  a  walking  corpse.  Praise  God  He  came  to  my  rescue.  Do  you need  Him  too?

So  the  Spirit  will  enable  you  to  walk  right  with  God.  Look  at  what  Isaiah  says  about the  Spirit.  “And  the  Spirit  of  the  Lord  shall  rest  upon  him,  the  spirit  of  wisdom  and understanding,  the  spirit  of  counsel  and  might,  the  spirit  of  knowledge  and  of  the fear  of  the  Lord  (Isaih11:  2).”

The  Holy  Ghost  fire  is  the  fire  of  fervency.  It  is  the  fire  of  zeal.  It  will  mobilize  you.

It  will  get  you  moving.  It  will  charge  you  and  give  you  go.  Can  you  remember Jeremiah  the  prophet?  “Then  I  said,  I  will  not  make  mention  of  him,  nor  speak  any more  in  his  name.  But  his  word  was  in  mine  heart  as  a  burning  fire  shut  up  in  my bones,  and  I  was  weary  with  forbearing,  and  I  could  not  stay  (Jer.  20:  9).”  Did  you hear  that?  When  you  are  on  fire  for  God  nothing  can  stop  you.  I  know  what  I’m speaking  about.

The  devil  cannot  stop  you.

Demons  cannot  stop  you.

Circumstances  cannot  stop  you.  Opposition  cannot  stop  you.

Criticism  cannot  stop  you.  Poverty  and  want  cannot  stop  you.

Fear  and  failure  cannot  stop  you.  Rejection  and  slander  cannot  stop  you.

This  fire  is  different.  It  is  not  an  ordinary  fire.  Neither  is  it  strange  fire.  It  is  the supernatural  fire  of  God.

Elijah  new  better  of  this  fire  –  for  he  was  surely  a  man  of fire;  yes  Elijah  was  the  prophet  of  fire.  Look  at  the  following  mystery.  “Then  the fire  of  the  Lord  fell,  and  consumed  the  burnt  sacrifice,  and  the  wood,  and  the stones,  and  the  dust,  and  licked  up  the  water  that  was  in  the  trench

(1King.18:38  K  J  V).”  Did  you  hear  that?  “…and  consumed  the  burnt  sacrifice  and the  wood…”  No  big  deal.  But  mark  this:  “…and  the  stones,  and  the  dust.”  Incredible, isn’t  it?

That’s  the  fire  of  God.  It  consumes  everything.

It  will  consume  the  self.

It  will  consume  selfishness.

It  will  consume  the  old  man.

It  will  consume  sinful  life.

It  will  consume  all  carnal  tendencies.

Fire  changes  things.  It  brings  about  a  new  nature.  It  will  bring  in  you  a  new

character,  with  charisma  too.  For  we  need  both  character  and  charisma.

Some  Christians  get  satisfied  with  character  only.  Not  me.

I  need  both.  I  need  character  for  holiness  and  righteous  living  – that’s  sanctification.  It  has  to  do  with  bearing  the  fruit  of  the  Spirit.  But  I  also need  charisma  for  effective  Christian  living  and  power.  I  need  authority  for victorious  living  and  for  the  manifestation  of  the  gifts  of  the  Spirit.  To  me character  and  the  charismatic  power  of  God  are  equally  important.

Take  a  look  at  Jesus  Himself.  He  had  both.  John  the  Baptist  called  Him  the  Lamb. That  is  meekness.  It  is  holiness.  It  is  character.

But  John  the  Elder  calls Him the Lion  of  the  tribe  of  Judah.  That  is  charisma.  It  is  power.  It  is  authority.  It  is  victory.

Go  for  it!

There  is  an  urgent  call  for  every  believer  to  be  continually  be  filled  with  the  Holy Spirit  and  with  fire.  We  need  to  be  sanctified  –  to  live  a  holy  life  and  to  be  totally separated  from  the  world  system.  The  church  is  supposed  to  give  light  to  the  world.

On fire with the power of the Holy Spirit!

George Kleynhans

george@ilaw.co.za

 

Teachings of Jesus

Our Lord Jesus Christ
Our Lord Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeshua Elohim

Teachings of Jesus

Christians are those who follow Jesus teachings and are also prepared to do what he asked them to do, to go out in the world and to let the name of God, to whom belongs all authority, be known all over the world.

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“5  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 NIV)

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV)

“19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:19-24 NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

“”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)

“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD {Jehovah}, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12 NIV)

“1  Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. … 4 Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6} 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Psalm 118:#6,7} 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. … 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. … 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ….” (Hebrews 13:1-25 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {Or Messiah; also in verse 28}” (Acts 18:5 NIV)

 

Jesus wanted us to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. All Christians should accept that. But yes we do see that the majority does not and want to place Jesus as head of everything. It is true that for the moment the world is still in the hands of evil and that there will come a time that everything shall be subjected to the son. But then comes a time that Jesus himself will subject himself to the only One God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.

Recognising the humility of Christ, who who served, those who call themselves Christian should also let the greater among us become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. Whoever among us wants to be a leader must become servant of the others, and whoever wants to be first must be slave! For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve – and to give his life as a ransom for many. As he also served his Father in heaven, he demanded us to help him  and not for a single day, either in the temple court, synagogue,church, public square or in private homes, should followers of Jesus stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jeshua is the Messiah. Declaring with utmost seriousness the same message to Jews and other people from all nations. Telling everywhere to: “turn from sin to God; and put your trust in our lord, Jeshua the Messiah.” Making even more people into talmidim, or pupils and disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the son and the Ruach haKodesh or the Power of the Most High His Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

All that call themselves Christian should acknowledge publicly with their mouth that Jeshua is lord, but God the Most High Lord of the lord of lords. Telling everybody that this Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead, so that we will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. The one following Christ should not be afraid of the world and go into it proclaiming the Good  News of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom of God. Like the apostle Paul every Christian should not boast merely because he proclaims the Good News — this they should all do from inner compulsion. Woe is them if they do not proclaim the Good News!

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)

“26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27 NIV)

“26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” (Luke 10:9 NIV)

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

Christians should be those who keep to the Word of God, like Jesus did, and who remembered everything Jesus and his followers told and observe the traditions just the way the apostles passed them on to us.

“but the word of the Lord stands for ever.” {Isaiah 40:6-8} And this is the word that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NIV)

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings {Or traditions} we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, {Or traditions} just as I passed them on to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)

Be a follower of the real Jesus of Nazareth who was known as the son of men and the son of God.

Devil’s advocate

Devil‘s advocate

Let’s play devil’s advocate on afterlife!

FIXION

Life after death?

The end of the world?

The final judgement?

Heaven or hell?

These are the million dollar questions on everybody’s mind, at least it should be, as the first question is already answered by itself.

Death of each and every body alive is unavoidable, the only question is: When? “Is there life after death?” becomes the most important question of your life!

This question about life after death that raises the bar to another form of excistence outside our flesh and blood.

Fix your eyes, not on death that is final, but on life after death that is the beginning of our journey.

There is nothing more important to us as living beings than that we have something we can describe as a soul that continues to exist after physical death and is everlasting.

Beware, without this, it is all for naught and  there was no point in existing at all for ultimately it does not matter if we live for a year or a hundred years if we do not have immortality.

Matters pertaining to the spirit  or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature:

Immortality

Immortality is the indefinite continuation of a person’s existence, even after death. In common parlance, immortality is virtually indistinguishable from afterlife, but philosophically speaking, they are not identical. Afterlife is the continuation of existence after death, regardless of whether or not that continuation is indefinite.

Immortality implies a never-ending existence, regardless of whether or not the body dies (as a matter of fact, some hypothetical medical technologies offer the prospect of a bodily immortality, but not an afterlife).

Immortality has been one of mankind’s major concerns, and even though it has been traditionally mainly confined to religious traditions, it is also important to philosophy. Although a wide variety of cultures have believed in some sort of immortality, such beliefs may be reduced to basically three non-exclusive models:

(1) the survival of the astral body resembling the physical body;

(2) the immortality of the immaterial soul (that is an incorporeal existence);

(3) resurrection of the body (or re-embodiment, in case the resurrected person does not keep the same body as at the moment of death). This article examines philosophical arguments for and against the prospect of immortality.

A substantial part of the discussion on immortality touches upon the fundamental question in the philosophy of mind: do souls exist? Dualists believe souls do exist and survive the death of the body; materialists believe mental activity is nothing but cerebral activity and thus death brings the total end of a person’s existence. However, some immortalists believe that, even if immortal souls do not exist, immortality may still be achieved through resurrection.

Discussions on immortality are also intimately related to discussions of personal identity because any account of immortality must address how the dead person could be identical to the original person that once lived. Traditionally, philosophers have considered three main criteria for personal identity: the soulcriterion , the body criterion  and the psychological criterion.

An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside of one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body (autoscopy).

These are definition and phenomena of near-death-experiences:

near-death experience (NDE) refers to a broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body; feelings of levitation; extreme fear; total serenity, security, or warmth; the experience of absolute dissolution; and the presence of a light.

These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence the term near-death experience. Many NDE reports, however, originate from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased. Many in the scientific community regard such experiences as hallucinatory, while paranormal specialists regard them to be evidence of an afterlife.

The evidence of life after death is overwhelming, even if you are an atheist or materialist. In fact it must be scary to live in a world which ends with death.

Quo vadis post mortem? Have you prepared for the afterlife on the other side? Most people live their lifes as if it is forever and those who are scared of death have not dealt with the options available.

LAST DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

The two major religions of our world are Christianity and Islam. George, after his 23 years of practical experience of Islam and life-long experience of Christianity  has come to the conclusion  that there are more similarities than differences.

The foundation of both these religions is the Torah (first five books of Old Testament). The basic difference is about God, our creator, the Allmighty being one Allah or a Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

The birth of Jesus is acknowledged by the Prophet Mohammed as a MIRACLE             ( Godly intervention ) however his denial of the crucifiction is far-fetched… the only logical explanation may be found in the descendants of Abraham ( father of faith ).

This fundamental belief  about the existence of an Allmighty God has been problematic since the beginning of Christianity… the Roman-catholic church comes to mind first, thereafter serious conflicts and battles were fought amongst churches as to whom EXACTLY should we ground our belief and dedicate our prayers.

The reader will be surprised to learn that through the ages there has never been a serious conflict or difference amongst religions or churches about the existence of the Devil. They all seem to agree about his origin, his existence , wicket and evil characteristics.

Satan, Diablos and/or Devil has managed to exercise his real power of confusion in our world… the internet is proof of his evil influence in that anybody can open this devil-worshipping and become part of their demonic worship.

On the outset of last dance with the devil, the reader acknowledges:

The birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ was a miracle,

Jesus was crucified,

Jesus arose on the third day,

Raised to God, our heavenly Father,

From where Jesus will return to judge…

Rev. 1:12 : “Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last. I am the living one!”

“I have authority over death and the world of the dead.”

Rev. 22:12 “Listen” says Jesus “I am coming soon! I will bring my rewards with me, to give to each one according to what he/she has done.”

Rev. 22:20 He who gives his testimony to all this says “ Yes indeed! I am coming soon! ”  SO BE IT, COME , LORD JESUS !

The Devil dances around the conflict in man:

Romans 7:14

We know that the Law is spiritual, but I am a mortal man, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.

This then is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

Romans 8:1,2, and 3

There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus . For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do, because human nature was weak. God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son, who came with nature like man’s sinful nature, to do away with sin.

The Devil is the master of dancing with the sinful nature of any human being, so much so that the strongest have fallen victim to his temptations in one way or another. Our understanding  of the spiritual warfare around us makes all the difference between life and death.

The Devil enjoys even more when his victim is unaware of this dance. These people live in denial of the problem in their human nature… this is usually an addiction to any kind of substance that satisfies the flesh… money, sex, drugs etc… the tragedy is that so many young people fall victim to this dance being unaware of the dangers.

Our Lord’s prayer … lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil… means that we are asking God not to allow the Devil to tempt us, in other words the Devil is always there to take us to a higher level of temptation. Each and every person will be tempted, even our Lord Jesus was tempted, three times we are taught how to deal with the Devil and his temptations.

Our young people should be skilled and trained to recognise the Devil in all his appearances, teaching them to resist timeously with an awareness of the dangers, not to proceed in the sinful direction… teaching them about the consequences of a sinful life, the hold that sin can have on your life and the fact the Devil will remind you every day of your weakness… loading your conscience each day with guilt… blocking you from receiving life in Spirit, the blessings from God.

Heb: 12: 5&6

My son, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you. Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a son/daughter.