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MYSTERY OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER
Power From on High
Two Words for Power
God Baptized Jesus Supernatural Ability, Power
and Might to Minister
A Matter of
Moments To Become a New Creation
was Then, What About Now?
You May Receive the Promise of the Father
in other Tongues [Spiritual Languages)
language and Holy Spirit Ministry
a Spiritual Ministry
God of Power Today?
Suggested Reading: Mark 16; 1Corinthians 12;
1Corinthians 14; Luke 4: Matt. 28 end,
Acts 1 & Acts 2, and Others listed in the
Two Words for Power
God, The Father, Baptized Jesus With Supernatural
Ability, Power and Might
Becoming a New Creation in Christ, Spiritual
Power of God in Times of Old, What About Now?
Receiving "the Promise of the Father "
Speaking in other Languages - tongues (Spiritual
Prayer Languages, Holy Spirit Intercession,
a Spiritual Ministry
Among those who are labeled 'Christians'
who have attended church for most of their
I believe there are few who have actually witnessed
God's manifested power or experienced his divine
presence in any real and dramatic way.
The believing Christian, converted, regenerated
and 'born of the spirit' is set apart as God's
property. That person's name is written in
heaven, reserved for residency there. Meanwhile
through early steps and later stages, the hand
of The Almighty guides us in His calling in
God. This called believer is now properly denoted
as a 'disciple' and a 'saint.' How unfortunate
that he or she should be relegated to be merely
a part of a single leader's audience. How can
a peripheral member of a church congregation,
who attends 'services' once or twice a week
be seen as fulfilling the 'great commision?'
Not all who minister are truly called or approved
by God. What could be more shameful or hazardus
than to have as a spiritual mentor one who
does not even know the God about whom he presumes
to teach. It is a shame that we should relinquish
our own spiritual growth and the potential
of becoming true "children of the Most
High" with messages delivering a wrong
gospel, framed in unbelief.
A God of Power Today?
God almighty created the Heavens and the Earth.
We are told of miraculous deeds done in time
past by the power of God; The stopping of the
sun's movement which allowed time to give Joshua
a military victory; Miracles and signs done
by Moses and Aaron in Egypt; The opening of
the Red Sea; The fire of God which came down
to consume Elijah's sacrifice before the priests
of Baal. We are persuaded by faith, that Jesus
performed miracles outside of realm of natural
law, healings, raising the dead, walking on
the water, and changing water into wine. Then
we may consider the mental miracles. He continually
demonstrated that he new the very thoughts
of men and had prophetic powers to know the
future. The disciples of Christ duplicated
Jesus' miracles when they ministered in the
beginning of the church age, as recorded in
the book of The Acts of the Apostles.
shall we look upon these accounts? Shall we
say they did not occur? Shall we say that God
has changed? The Word of the Bible tells us
that God has not changed, that He continues
work the same way in the present as in times
This writer grew up attending numerous traditional
churches which had no manifestation of God's
presence. Neither was it taught that God was
to be a intimate co-participant in church fellowship.
Sadly, in my experience, there was no reality
of God being a caring God who could actually
provide any benefit in one's everyday life.
The congregation sang hymns, mostly routinely
without conviction or zeal. How can anyone
give heart felt praise when they do not know
the God they praise? (John 4) "- -You
worship what you do not know - -" It is
amazing to me that people continue to support
traditions in which there are no manifestations
which attest the truth in the words which are
preached. For all practical purposes one could
easily preach that "God is dead."
One might say that faith could be defined as
'believing in the God without any way to test
No person, no disciple or believer in Jesus
the Messiah can understand or experience the
fullness of this truth nor act as a manifested
child of the Most High without supernatural
man knows the things of God except for the
Spirit of God - - (1Corinthians 1:11,12)
1John1:1-2 That which
was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we
looked upon and have touched with our hands,
concerning the word of life—2 the life was
made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify
to it and proclaim to you the eternal life,
which was with the Father and was made manifest
Now I thank God for His excellent Grace, He
has provided that which is necessary to walk
as a child of God, walking in Jesus'
footsteps. It is dunamis
power which Jesus promised to all his true
disciples. This power is the God-Power of the
Holy Spirit. This manifestation is God in us,
which God has provided to fulfill his word
and provide us with a first hand witness of
the promises and provisions stated in the Bible.
This power is scripturally promised for disciples
of Jesus Christ. This power enables and equips
us to to better perform the outreaches of the
Gospel of the Kingdom, also called the work
of ministry. "You shall be witnesses of
me." Jesus said. This means that we can
speak of those things we have seen as one would
in a courtroom where evidence is given. John
the beloved disciple in his first epistle as
quoted above, introduces the letter by saying
it is those very things that we have witnessed,
heard, seen, and handled pertaining to the
Word. These all point to tangible kinds of
evidence of ongoing experiences with God. As
to witnessing, forget any references that speak
of (witnessing) as going door to door as LDS
missionaries or Kingdom Hall JW's who are required
canvass neighborhoods in order to secure a
righteous standing in the Watchtower and Tract
If someone is not taught about this provision
in the Word of God, he or she can neither believe
it nor appropriate it. If we have been taught
a contrary gospel, then we can not proceed
without unlearning that wrong doctrine. There
is another kind of barrier, the spirit of unbelief.
This can be reckoned as the leaven of Pharisees
that masquerades as scripturally correct doctrine
but is mostly barren of understanding. Religious
tradition is not unlike the spirit which the
Pharisees manifested to withstand Jesus in
the time of his earthly ministry. Bible training
centers are training practitioners in a form
of Godliness without power, presenting doctrinal
arguments which contradict the promises of
God, namely that the Power of the Spirit and
His ministry gifts are no longer being manifested
today. Jesus said, If you believe you will
see the glory of God.
stated that he did not bring mere words, spell-binding
oratory or philosophy (intellectual reasoning)
but rather, the demonstration of the Holy Spirit
and his Power.( 1 Corinthians 2:3 - 1 Corinthians
2:5 4, And my speech and my preaching were
not with persuasive words of human wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5, that your faith should not be in the wisdom
of men but in the power of God.) Today
much of institutional Christianity presents
a religion without power. Moreover if the supernatural
is manifested, it is too often looked upon
it as something questionable. On the other
hand, those not well grounded in truth, have
the tendency to exalt any man performing these
miracles, placing him on a pedestal. Note in
the Book of Acts disciples Paul and Barnabus
had to constrain people from deifying them
when powers from God were displayed.
The Two Words for Power
The Bible mentions two kinds of power, power
(dunamis) and power (exousia). Both words have
a place in understanding the power which is
granted to every believer. Exousia power is
the authority to act granted by God. Jesus
declares after his resurrection, All power
(exousia, authority) in heaven and on earth
have been given to me -- you go therefore --
and the commission to his disciples is given
to take the Gospel into every nation. Jesus
states in his prayer to the Father in John
Chapter 17, "the glory you have given
me, I have given to them- The glory of God
is, I believe, a physical manifestation of
God's presence, therefore it must be equated
with Power. I will share a phrase with you,
that I believe has been spiritually revealed,
the phrase is this, "The glory of God
is the manifested presence of God. In recent
years we have seen the introduction of signs
manifesting the glory of God. Some of these
signs may have been gold appearing on people
or in the area or gemstones which suddenly
appear. Others have seen notable miracles.
But these signs in themselves should not be
taken as absolute validation of those who minister
these signs. One must be diligent in discerning
not only the spirit in which these messages
are ministered but also in testing the scripture
to see whether there is a precedent in the
Bible. Toward the end of the age deception
is promised with lying signs and wonders. This
means that it may not be the Spirit of God
to which these manifestations attest!
speaks of "the promise of the Father"
power from God when he commands the disciples,
"to wait in Jerusalem until you are endued
with power from on high." God Baptized
Jesus with the Same dunamis Power of the Spirit.
The anointing of Holy Spirit power came
upon Jesus after John baptized him in the
Jordan river, it was thereafter that Jesus
performed mighty works and began His ministry.
" - - God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Spirit and power who went about doing
good and healing all those oppressed by the
The ministry of Jesus was a four-fold ministry;
teaching, preaching the kingdom, healing, and
deliverance from demonic influences, thus to
demonstrate the Kingdom. This ministry of power
directed against the forces of Satan. As described
in Luke Chapter 4:18, there is an emphasis
on power in order to fulfill the commission
of the Gospel of the Kingdom:
this purpose, the Son of God is manifested,
That he might destroy the works of the devil.;
(1John 3:8) Ministry
demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit
is at heart of the Gospel of the Kingdom. It
can be summarized as freeing people and restoring
them from conditions of their fallen natures.
(Luke Chapter 4:18 - body, soul and spirit)
Satan's rule has placed his curses upon
mankind in general and upon ourselves and our
families individually. Lack of wholeness through
the bondage of Satan in sickness; Lack of wholeness
through the bondage of Satan through mental
oppression; Lack of wholeness through the bondage
of Satan which are demonic in nature; Lack
of: wholeness through the bondage of Satan
through various kinds of curses; Lack of wholeness
through the bondage of Satan in lacks and limitation,
through fears; Lack of wholeness through the
bondage of Satan in connections to unclean,
destructive and dehumanizing forces. Where
the ministry of the Gospel is taught the adversary,
the enemy of God, must never be omitted for
so he remains oppressing the race of man since
the beginning. Though Satan has lost his absolute
role of ruler of this world his ability to
destroy and deceive still continues in individuals.
Satan has no plan to retire or retreat until
Jesus returns with 'power and great glory'
in that great final advent. At that future
time, Christ the Messiah, himself will command
strong angels to place Lucifer and his agents
under guard and remove them from the scene
for a very long time. At that time the earth
will enjoy a reign of peace and righteousness
hitherto unknown since being dispelled from
Gospel without power is a false Gospel.
First let us look at Paul's statement, "The
Gospel is the Power of God." The phrase
contains a whole lot more than can be grasped
in quick reading. All matters concerning Spiritual
workings and gifts must be understood as
God's hand and Spirit at work in human
lives. THINK SUPERNATURAL cause and supernatural
results. First, consider this, it is God who
causes us to believe. That's right! It is not
our own discoveries and desires that bring
us to God. It is God himself that plants the
irresistable call into our soul. Thereafter
it is God's hand and power that seals us with
the Holy Spirit of promise and makes us into
something called "a new creation."
Likewise any Gospel which does not introduce
us to the reality of spiritual powers of the
enemy that stand against us is a false Gospel.
The life of faith is to a large degree spent
in enforcing God's authority in the earth with
respect to our own lives, our families and
others we care for. Satan's team is positioned
to take advantage of us through our ignorance.
Our enemies will take an offensive action against
us unless we are poised to stand our ground.
Satan comes to steal, kill, destroy & deceive,
and to perpetuate false Gospels. The Promise
of the Father Help from the Spirit of God for
Every Disciple The book of acts introduces
the promise of the Father, What is this promise
of the Father? It is Power from on high!. The
Holy Spirit came to ordinary men and gave them
supernatural knowledge, ability and might.
They were clothed with the Glory of God's fire.
Under the power of the Spirit, they manifested
total loss of normal mental self control, they
began to utter language which was not their
own. They became witnesses. After being touched
by Power (dunamis) we also bear witnesses that
our lives are being remade, renewed, blessed
in wholeness, through an agency which is totally
beyond man's natural abilities, but that is
something of the heavens.
a New Creation, available to those who believe
The disciples of Jesus included both men and
women. They awaited the Promise of the Father
in an upper room in the temple in Jerusalem
that day of Pentecost. They were all believers
in Jesus. They all had known Jesus the man
of miracles. They all had walked with him.
They all knew his voice and had heard his sayings.
Yet, as Jesus reckoned, they were not yet
able to minister as God required them to minister.
It was not enough to have known Jesus personally,
face to face. They and ourselves can not minister
from knowledge and experience and natural ability
ministry of Jesus were to be allotted to his
disciples. Spiritual enablements would begin
to replicate Christ within each of them! Then
this Christ within would work through the believer.
Suddenly at the appointed moment each man
and woman experienced what the prophets had
written: The prophet Joel writing states: "It
shall come to pass in the latter days that
I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh
--' The prophet Ezekiel writes: "-- a
new heart will I give you, and put a new spirit
in you; I will remove the heart of stone and
put in a heart of flesh-"(Ezekiel Chapter
36:26) I will write my laws upon your heart
" and David the psalmist prophet writes:
"- Let this be written for a future generation,
a people not yet created shall Praise the Lord"
That was Then, What About Now?
Religious tradition has relegated the book
of Acts to "stories" or fables featuring
exploits of unique and favored saints disciples
and apostles. Some teach and believe that God
no longer wishes to make disciples and to use
them as he once did. Empowerment from on high
as explained to Peter, James and John is not
for today. Be reminded, God does not lie, if
He has made any promise he will certainly fulfill
that promise. The "promise of the Father"
was specifically that of receiving divine,
enabling power. It is the prophetic promise
that enables the Ministry of Jesus Christ
to continue in the church age. The earth
will eventually have our sovereign and king
present. In a time I believe that is shortly
to come, the Kingdom of God will be actualized
upon the earth. Jesus Christ will then literally
rule and reign upon the planet. But until that
time we have that same King, our Sovereign
and High Priest ruling from a heavenly place.
May Receive the Promise of the Father
Only believers can receive the Holy Spirit.
This may require some personal self-evaluation.
Do you believe? What do you believe? Do
you believe that you are a sinner alienated
from the life and promises of God? Do you believe
that you have up to this time, either knowing
or unknowingly, followed a life style ruled
by Satan's nature, pride and rebellion and
self-service and uncleanness? Do you believe
you need a Savior? Do you believe that Jesus
was the lamb of God who carried the sins and
offenses of the whole world as well as your
own? Do you believe that the Messiah's blood
has the power to wash all of your sins away
and restore you in perfect accord with God
the Father? Do you believe that God loves you
and wishes to forgive you? Do you believe that
He has the power to make your life entire over
again and to make you a new creation?
so, Hallelujah! An ordinary person like you
and me, called outcasts, or sinners in the
Bible, may begin a spiritual life by talking
to God and asking Him to do something in our
life. I can assure you of the truth in this.
You need to do two things, the first is to
believe. Kindly note and consider the things
discussed above, for these are the essential
elements of believing in the Gospel of Christ.
The second is a spoken confession or petition
to God. The psalmist states, "I called
(spoke) unto the Lord with my voice and He
heard me out of His holy hill." (Psalm
3:4 and Psalm 77:1) Confess (say with your
own words) what you know about the promises
that the cross of the Lord Jesus has acquired
for you. Make this personal and honest.
a confession or petition to God, is not a ritual
but simply getting honest with God, telling
Him that you need Him and His transforming
dunamis. Acknowledge that you accept the sacrifice
of the Son of God for your sins. The words
when spoken out of a sincere heart set in motion
the gift of God, that we call a new creation.
You will be born from above.
Romans 10:9-10 instructs us to proclaim this
audibly with a statement of believing that
Jesus will meet your need. God honors this
confession. He will change you in an instant
and take you into His family. However, you
must act in all sincerity with faith, believing
that you will most assuredly receive the gift
of eternal life; this new birth and this new
status of righteousness in Christ Jesus.
is the first step of receiving the Promise
of the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
If you are already a believer and have a sure
witness of the fact that God has restored your
spirit, you are eligible to become a disciple
filled with power.
you be ;Worthy; or pure to receive the Holy
be misled by doctrine that requires a believer
to be spiritually clean and perfect before
receiving the gift of Holy Spirit power. It
is because we are flawed and weak in the flesh
that this gift is given! This is erroneously
taught be some. It is in fact the Holy Spirit
himself who provides the ability to live the
God life and provides the power to remove the
hindrances to righteous acts and thoughts in
a believer's life. This is another charis Gift
experience of being born of the Spirit, regenerate,
made new, (born again) is a good example of
how God (through Christ Jesus) works on our
behalf. All operations of faith operate through
a similar sequence of action to that demonstrated
above (Romans Chapter 10, verses 9 and 10.)
Belief is followed by action. We believe in
our hearts and express the belief vocally.
The Heavenly Father is anxious to give you
His Kingdom. (Luke 12,32).
IN THE HEART Believe
and confess that Jesus died to make us free
from the penalty of sin. He also wishes to
make you into a true disciple. If we TRULY
believe (know) and confess BELIEVING that God
wishes to empower us as he empowered his first
disciples. He desires to give you a good gift
and empower you. Believe that Jesus has done
that greater work on our behalf. Receiving
the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit"
is God's desire for you.
he commanded the first disciples so he also
commands in order that we can function as a
child of God. In the process of being filled
with the Spirit the disciples in the second
chapter of Acts came together to seek the promise
of the Father. They sought it prayerfully.
After the Holy Spirit was poured out there
were manifestations for each disciples. They
did not attempt to go out and minister without
the experience. When the moment of fulfillment
came - - They began to praise God and to prophecy
and to speak in other languages that the Holy
Spirit gave to them.
Speaking in 'Other
are of two varieties, unknown
actual languages and spiritual languages. Not
all are given the gift of receiving known languages
that are spoken by tribes and nations. But
heavenly languages and their revelations and
not withheld from any seeking the gift. Understanding
and receiving these spiritual languages are
a problem for many believers. There is the
matter of relinquishing mental control, not
thinking too much. This is a weird kind of
thing for people to do. Releasing the language
utterance is a little confusing. Does one try
or try not to try? It is hard to release words
you do not know by not thinking. The wisdom
of God has made it possible to bypass the normal
functions of reasoning and mental operation.
Ordinary thought processes are mostly by-passed
when accessing the tongues of God. Words you
speak are not words or vocabulary to "learn."
The language of tongues are real languages
a form of speech. They may or may not be identified
as any human dialect. A method which I have
used to help if you are blocked or frustrated
in the pursuit of a Spiritual language; Try
a syllable at a time. You can also write on
paper a series of syllables each containing
a vowel and consonants in a any sequence. Don't
think about it at all just write them as
they seem to come randomly. Syllables
make up words whether known words or unknown.
Paul refers to
2 kinds of tongues; tongues of men; and of
(1Cor 13). Tongues are messages from God, or
a way for us to give God perfect praise to
him. At other times tongues along with a spoken
interpretation is a message to edify others.
Tongues normally work to edify and instruct
ourselves on a spiritual level. Tongues bring
revelatory wisdom. Tongues also open the door
to Spiritual experiences of all kinds making
us sensitive to comprehend heavenly things.
Tongues build our faith and open understanding
of the Scripture. The Holy Spirit Baptism shows
evidence of God working in our life. It will
give us a desire to study the Bible more. It
will give us the passion to spend more time
in prayer. It will cause us to join others
and discuss matters of the Kingdom of God.
It will inspire you to do special things to
minister to others. You may see yourself actually
visiting certain people are sharing special
things with a friend or neighbor.
Prayer language and Holy Spirit Ministry The
gift of Tongues as listed in 1 Corinthians,
Chapter 12 is the ability to speak a language
having never learned it. An example is described
in Acts Chapter two. Where Galileans spoke
the languages known to many nations who were
present. Experience has taught me that languages
can be a part of messages given publicly in
meetings although this is not seen too often.
As we pray in the Spirit our minds are rendered
quiescent. the language of the Spirit has no
predictability or conscious control. We find
in it many kinds of expressions both in word
and in tones of expression.
Tongues, Praying in the Spirit
Praying in the Spirit, expresses through a
Spiritual language God's perfect will about
matters of the moment. When we do not know
how to pray about a particular matter, the
Holy Spirit provides the necessary words. Romans,
8: 26, describes ;groanings; or expressions
beyond words. This is also called praying in
the Spirit. Intercessors will lapse into prayers
beyond words where sounds come forth that are
very strange to listen to and may not sound
at all like language. We can also receive the
understanding of prayers that we pray or that
are prayed by others.
Understanding may come into our minds spontaneously
after we have spoken in tongues, or after someone
else has been heard to utter something in a
spiritual language. You may seek and ask the
Lord to reveal these that you pray about so
that you mind may also be fruitful. (1Cor 14)
Interpreted tongues equal prophecy. Intercession,
a Spiritual Ministry The ministry of divine
intercession is empowered through the language
of the Spirit.
Intercession a Spiritual Ministry
God through the Holy Spirit calls forth
active and anointed intercession.
The Holy Spirit directs our attention to matters
that the Father seeks to address. Some are
given this ministry gift in a unique and powerful
way. The Holy Spirit causes such individuals
to yield to the Spirit and bring out the words
necessary to enforce the perfect will of God
for many things.
expression "travailing in the Spirit"
is a very real expression of Godly Sorrow.
It can not be taught! It must be induced by
the Holy Spirit. Just as travail is a Biblical
reference to birthing so it is in the Spirit.
It has the fruit of spiritual change or breakthroughs.
Sometimes we see the fruit as answered prayers
as when a wayward child comes to the Lord from
a life of sin.
has been testified how people awaken in the
night to intercede in prayer for people they
know or for those in ministry undergoing trials
Some teachers proclaim revelations that result
from spiritual intercession. Where matters
of revelation are concerned as given them
by the Holy Ghost such things must be examined
in the light of scripture. When there is no
foundation in the Bible, such inspired 'revelations'
should be discarded.
The power of praying God's will for people,
circumstances or nations, need not depend upon
the leading of the rational mind. Sometimes
visions and revelations can accompany intercession
where God allows his servant to see the nature
of the circumstances for which he or she is
in the Spirit and the ministry of intercession
is not learned by reading a 'how to' book.
It may be seen demonstrated by men or women
with the gift. Like other spiritual practices
it is learned by practice and experience. God
is willing to train any person who wishes to
expand his knowledge of Spiritual things. It
is continued practice that brings ability and
fruitfulness in learning and application of
Spiritual things. Disciples are learners. Practice
ministering through prayer, according to the
leading of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to
train you and lead you in the Spirit. Surely
it His will and pleasure to develop his children
to become mature "sons or daughters of
Each believer has a unique calling and a particular
gift that functions in the body of Christ.
We are in fact now a part of the expression
of Christ's very body upon the earth. The Body
shares gifts of various kinds that should find
expression not just in the arena of everyday
life but when the believers gather together.
(Romans 12, 1 Corinthians
12, 1 Peter 4:11, Ephesians 4) Expressing
God's direction through the manifold gifts
is the perfect function of body fellowship.
Such gatherings edify all of its members and
bless their communities.
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