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We have heard about a God who in olden times manifested His divine power with supernatural acts.
This "God of Wonders" manifested miraculous deeds throughout the pages of the Bible. Let us consider the accounts in Genesis where God Almighty brought judgment against an
idolatrous and depraved world, in the time of Noah when the world that then was, met with annihilation by a great world-wide flood. Later, in the days of Abraham, we hear that God brought judgment upon a wicked and perverse generation destroying the evil cities, Sodom and Gomorrah by fire. Throughout the stories in the Bible we are told of the supernatural signs and wonders of Moses when the Israelites were delivered from Egyptian bondage. The Old Covenant accounts of kings and prophets chronicle miraculous signs and wonders of the POWER OF GOD. In the beginning of the "church age" God's power is manifested in a similar way as we read the accounts recorded in the Book of Acts. Whenever Almighty God is manifested we bare witness that God's power is clearly in evidence. Now the question to ask is this, Is God's supernatural power in evidence today and if not, why not?

Without the evidence of God's power being manifested in the world today, critic's of the Bible's accuracy and the teachings of the Gospel of Christ are brought into question. Is our God on vacation? Are the Biblical accounts mere myths? Can the Word of God be trusted? The Christian world is struggling with unbelief.


Romans 1:16 and 1Corinthians 1:18; 1:24; 1Corinthians; 1Corinthians 2:5
These scriptures and many more address the reality of the Power of God.
THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD!

When is the last time that we saw any evidence that God has touched our lives, the lives of other individuals, or the week to week happenings that go on in a church, temple, or meeting house setting?
Have you been touched by the "Power of God?"
If you have been born of the Spirit, (John 3:3) you HAVE indeed been touched by the power of God because this experience is not by man, the will of man but by the intervention and the power of The Almighty.

If you HAVE NOT experienced the power of God you may still be going through some form of religious charade, be it Christian, non Christian, or the self acclaimed aetheist ideology. Perhaps you have given up on any religion since it seems to border on irrelevance in the world we live in.

Liberal churches and most mainline Christian churches could function perfectly well IF there was NO RESURRECTION. Without the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, there could be no authentic church. The consequences are listed in the scripture epistle below. Ultimately there would be no "good news" and there would be no miraculous conversions today by the power of God. Humanity would have no hope for redemption and we would all die in our sin.
(1Corinthian 15:14-17)

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THE MYSTERY OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER
Power From on High

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he Two Words for Power

God Baptized Jesus Supernatural Ability, Power and Might to Minister


A Matter of Moments To Become a New Creation

That was Then, What About Now?

How You May Receive the Promise of the Father

 Speaking in other Tongues [Spiritual Languages)

Prayer language and Holy Spirit Ministry

Intercession, a Spiritual Ministry


A God of Power Today?

Suggested Reading: Mark 16; 1Corinthians 12; 1Corinthians 14; Luke 4: Matt. 28 end, Acts 1 & Acts 2, and Others; Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 1:18

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Two Words for Power
God, The Father, Baptized Jesus With Supernatural Ability, Power and Might
Becoming a New Creation in Christ, Spiritual Renewal
Power of God in Times of Old, What About Now?
Receiving "the Promise of the Father "
Speaking in other Languages - tongues (Spiritual Languages)
Prayer Languages, Holy Spirit Intercession, a Spiritual Ministry

Among those who are labeled 'Christians' folks that are regular church attenders, I believe very few have actually experienced God's manifested power or His divine presence in a convincing and dramatic way. The authentic, believing Christian who has been regenerated and 'born of the spirit' is set apart and denoted as God's child and God's possession. That person's has had his name written in heaven. He or she has a place of residency reserved there. (1Peter C1)
From our first steps The Almighty guides us in our unique calling in God. The called believer is now properly denoted as a 'disciple' and a 'saint.' How unfortunate that these disciples should be merely relegated to becoming part of another person's pew-sitting audience. How can being a member of a church congregation and coming to weekly meetings be seen as fulfilling the 'great commision?'
Typically Christian ministry is only a career choice as any other. What could be more harmful than to have as a spiritual mentor one who does not even know the God about whom he presumes to teach. Those referred to as ministry professionals today are the product of a training center and considered equipt when they receive their ministerieal credentials. Every believer who is truly called or approved by God should be fully qualified to minister the gift that has been entrusted to them. 1 Peter 4:10.

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: For example, 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 believers acknowledge by faith, that Jesus performed miracles outside of realm of natural law, healing, raising the dead, walking on the water, and changing water into wine, and demonstrating power over nature. Then we may consider the knowledge miracles. Jesus the messiah, continually demonstrated that he new the very thoughts of men and had prophetic powers to know the future. The disciples of Christ were able to replicate Jesus' miracles only by the power of the Holy Spirit. Dunamis power equipt the saints only after the birth of the church age on the first Pentecost, as recorded in the book of The Acts of the Apostles.

How shall we regard these accounts? Shall we say they did not occur? Shall we say that God has changed? The Bible tells us that God has not changed, that He continues work the same way yesterday, today and forever. Some theology has concluded that God has changed and that He only empowered discipleship in the past.

This writer grew up attending numerous traditional churches in which there were no manifestations of God's presence or power. Neither was it taught that God could be a intimate co-participant in a fellowship meeting. Sadly, in my experience, there was no reality that God could actually provide any benefit in one's everyday life.

A Church House Meeting

The typical church meeting consists of hymns, sung mostly without understanding, a short message delivered by an authority dressed in some clerical garb; a collection for the maintenance of the worship house, opening and closing prayers and a timely dismissal. There may also be a bonus time to say hello and have a donut. Hymn singing is usually without conviction or zeal. I would ask you this, 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 - -" Preaching is considered good if it is well organized and read with just a little humor and some relavence to contemporary social issues and needs. It is amazing to me that people continue to support traditions in which there are no spiritual manifestations which validate the truth in the words which are preached. For all practical purposes one could easily preach that "God is dead." The doctrine of "cessationism" is a logical consequence of a church without power from on high.

One might say faith is 'believing in the God without any way to test that belief.' 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 enabling. "- -No 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 to us
The passage written above by the apostle John speaks of a literal connection to the supernatural working of God on many levels. It speaks of a living and dynamic experience in the matters we live and preach.

Now I thank God for His excellent Grace, that He has provided all that 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 and we were told clearly in the word we read that it is indispensible in a believer's life. This manifestation is the evidence of 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 every disciple 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 Society.

If someone is not taught about this provision in the Word of God, how can 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.

Paul 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 or permission 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!

Jesus speaks of "the promise of the Father" which is the endowment of power from God. Before returning to heaven, Jesus commanded his disciples, "to wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." God Baptized Jesus with this dunamis Power of the Spirit when he was baptized by John in the Jordan river. Thereafter Jesus walked in the fullness of the Spirit that enabled him to follow the directions of The Father in all he said and did. He began is ministry. " - - God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power who went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil." (Acts10:38)

Supernatural Ability

The ministry of Jesus was a four-fold ministry; teaching, preaching the kingdom, healing, and deliverance from demonic influences. In all of these he demonstrated the kingdom authority that was his as the promised Messiah. This ministry was enforced by the power of God directed against the forces of Satan. As described in Luke Chapter 4:18, there is an emphasis on power and authority to fulfill his commission as promised Messiah and King.

For this purpose, the Son of God is manifested, That he might destroy the works of the devil.; (1John 3:8)
Ministry that demonstrates the power of the Holy Spirit is at heart of the Gospel of the Kingdom. It can be summarized as the power to free people and restore them from conditions of their fallen state. (Luke Chapter 4:18 - body, soul and spirit) Read Luke 4:18. This is Lord's original pronouncement of his commission see where Jesus returns to Nazareth and takes the scroll of Isaiah and reads Isaiah 61:1 These are Jesus' working orders.

Satan became "the god of this world" since Adam's forfeiture of authority in Eden. Humanity has lived in a fallen world placed under Satan's (Lucifer's) curses that have stricken mankind in general and ourselves and our families individually. We all lack wholeness, (physical, mental and spiritual) through the bondage of Satan in sickness, mental oppression, and spiritual blindness. Satan has lost his role of legal ruler of this world after Christ's resurrection. Yet, he is still about the task to steal, kill and destroy. His work as the deceiver is in continuous operation. 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, will command strong angels to place Lucifer and his agents under guard and remove them from the scene for a very long time. Then and only then will the earth enjoy a reign of peace and righteousness hitherto unknown since the fall in fabled Eden.

A 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 by giving us the needed 'measure of faith.' 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 prepares us to believe and finally seals us with the Holy Spirit of promise and remakes us into something called "a new creation." (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)

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 the lives of 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.

Becoming 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 as well as ourselves can not minister to a darkened world from knowledge and experience and natural ability alone!

The 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" --(Psalm 102,18)

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.

You 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?

If 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.

Such 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.

This 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.

Must you be ;Worthy; or pure to receive the Holy Spirit baptism?
Do not 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 of God.

The 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).

BELIEVING 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.

As 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 Tongues'

There is a mountain of contention on the matter of speaking in other languages and the Holy Spirit baptism.
Since it is such a potent force for realizing the activation and supply of supernatural wisdom and might the enemy Satan would love to disable its use among disciples. The gospel is always about enacting God's power. Remember, no power equals no true gospel. (see 1 Cor. 12) Keep in mind that tongues are only received by those who have been born of the Spirit, or born again.

Holy Spirit languages are of two varieties, actual languages unknown to the speaker and spiritual languages (called *tongues of angels.) Not all are given the gift of receiving known languages that are spoken by peoples and nations. Although I have found that they manifest freely at various times in dream visions. Heavenly languages and the enablements and revelations they bring are not withheld from anyone seeking this gift. Tongues are truly the gateway to the supernatural spiritual life. Praying in tongues edifies the one who prays. Praying in tongues edifies oneself and helps him/her to walk in the Spirit as well as gain discernment of Spiritual matters. Tongues is definitely not useless muttering!

*Paul refers to 2 kinds of tongues; tongues of men; and of angels (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.

I believe that tongues are most easily released when a Spirit-filled man or woman who is walking in the power of the Spirit lays hands on the receiver. Fire kindles fire lifting the receiver into a higher Spiritual state. Yet, receiving spiritual languages, "tongues", is a problem for many believers. There is the matter of relinquishing one's own 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 Spiritually activated languages 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.

What tongues do

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.

Employing 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.

The 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.

It has been testified how people awaken in the night to intercede in prayer for people they know or for those in ministry undergoing trials and crisis.

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 praying.

Praying 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 God."

Spiritual Gifts
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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