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The early church expected Signs, Wonders and Miracles follow the Preaching and Teaching of the Word of God.

So do we! Jesus said that we were to proclaim the Gospel and that he would back it up. (Mark 16:15-20)

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That he is NOT Holding the sins of Anyone in the world against them. (2Cor 5:19-20)

Faith can only grow when the Word of God is taught (Rom 10:17). The Four Gospels demonstrate that Jesus’ own practice was to Teach, Preach and then Heal (Matt 4:23 & 9:35).

In other words he taught until he perceived that the people had heard and developed sufficient Faith to be in a place to receive their healing.

At Open Arms we teach the Word of God and the truth about God’s willingness to Heal ALL who come to him, In Faith, believing that it is His Will that they be healed.

Come and get the truth about God’s ability to heal today, just as he did at the beginning of the life of the church. Healing did not peter out when Peter petered out.

“This same Jesus,…is the one who made this man to walk. It is not by us. But, it is By His Name and Faith in His Name that this man is able to walk, as you see before you.” (Acts Chapter 3)

Come and hear the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Christ, the Nazarene.

October 25: Christ the Healer Week 6: “Take The Next Step”

This week’s teaching on healing is entitled “Take the Next Step”. In this message we look at the fact that prayer and crying out to God is not sufficient to receive the healing, or any other thing we are wanting to receive from God.

Instead, it involves a need for us to DO something about taking and accepting the object of our prayer. It involves a declaration that God CAN meet the need and a realisation that he is able; much like the focus of Hebrews 11:6:

“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is, AND that he is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek him.”

Jesus question to the two blind men that followed him in Matthew 9:27-30 was very simple. Yet, it goes to the very heart of why so many people, particularly Christians either don’t receive their healing; fail to keep their healing and in so many cases fail to share healing with the people around them, because they have lost faith in healing.

Where is your Faith based? Upon what is your Faith founded? What are you Abiding in; Settling down into and Relying upon; where is your belief? If it is not on the firm foundation of the solid Rock of The Word of God you have built on shifting sands.

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While I was teaching this message the Lord directed me down a parallel side-track that has stuck with me since delivering that message.

So, for that reason, I take this opportunity to share with you what the Lord has put on my heart, at this time, because it is truly a word in season:

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How reliable is your word?If you promise to do a thing, can you be counted upon to fulfil that promise? Are aware of the things that you say to people; do you say what you mean and mean what you say?

Or, by contrast:

Do you hold to the idea that promises are made to be broken? It’s not that important to arrive to meet a person at the time you’ve stated. You meant ‘roughly’.If you are running late for a meeting, or an appointment, do you call aheaholy-spirit-angel-of-presenced to let the person know you are delayed? Is it important to pay bills when they are due. Or, is it ok to be consistently late with payments?

The giving of your word, and the consequences of keeping, or breaking your word is the subject of much of scripture.

This is borne out particularly when you consider that the New and Old Testaments are themselves the written record of Spoken Covenant Agreements between God and Humanity. Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 6:2 and 4:20-22; Matthew 12:37; Romans 10:8-10 and James 3:8-14 are but a few examples of the multitude to choose from. But they demonstrate that this concern about what you say, or don’t say applies under both covenants.

Not so many years ago the phrase “My word is my bond” was not just a trite saying. It went to the very core of your reputation as a person. You were judged to be reliable, or not, as a person, by virtue of whether or not you were someone whose word could be relied upon. This was such an important and precious possession, that a person would ensure that if they had promised to do something the promise would be fulfilled, even if it cost them personally; the quality of your word was a measure of your personal integrity.

Many people today still maintain that personal position. It goes against every instinct for them personally to even allow the thought of breaking a promise to cross their mind. This person is regarded as reliable. You can rest assured that if they say they are going to do something, then it’s as sure as done. If it isn’t done, on time, then you now there is something seriously wrong with that person; you need to be concerned about them; it is so out of character.

So, what has all of this to do with the subject of Healing. Well, in truth, it is not limited solely to Healing. It applies to every single promise, contained in the scriptures, that God has made to his people, his children and to the world.

clear-sky-contact-God5-207x300There are some things that are impossible for God to do; one of those is to lie. He is unable to break his word; this is particularly significant when you consider John 1:1; he and his word are one and the same. For God to break his word would be for him to destroy himself. This also demonstrates a particular need to take care how we read and also how and what we preach God will do and won’t do; are we really speaking for God, or our religion; our pet theology?

Hebrews 10:23; 11:8 and Thessalonians 5:24 all bring home the point that the Living God, who has made promises to his children, is FAITHFUL to his word; what he has declared is reliable; it has INTEGRITY. This is why Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by a consistent and ongoing hearing of the promises contained in God’s word”; the solid rock, the firm foundation that can stand the tests and trials that come against it? Not only has he promised to keep sickness and disease away from our midst; he has also stated that by the stripes upon his back we WERE Healed.

Now we enter the picture. Are the words leaving our mouths words that agree with, or that contradict, what God has spoken to us in his word? Are we standing, in Faith ON the promises he has made? Or, are we knocked down by every arrow of doubt that enters our mind; do we see the winds and the storms of life and like the disciples running to Jesus to say “Don’t you care that we’re about to die?”

Faith cannot grow and develop unless it is tested; until pressure is placed upon it. But, much like Jesus, our response, when the enemy comes against us, no matter how strong that attack may appear to be, should be “It is Written!” It should be a declaration of what God himself, by the Holy Spirit, has inspired men to write as a defence and an attack against anything the enemy might bring against us.

Do you have faith in your own words? Are the words that come out of your own mouth reliable? Can you be trusted to fulfil any and all promises that you make? Can people rely on a thing you have said you will do to be done, even if it should cause personal hurt, or even loss?

It’s in things like this that we are called upon to judge ourselves. Please note that I did not say we were to condemn ourselves. We are to judge, repent and move on; keeping a watch on the words we speak; the promises we make.By doing this we build personalmountain_climbing1 integrity in our own words, so that when we speak and proclaim the promises of God, from our own lips, we are able to chase the doubt, that always comes, away with force and authority.

This Repentance is not a long drawn out process. It involves a change of heart and a decision to change; not simply a desire. It involves digging in your heals to stand by that change when everything seems/appears to be going the other way. This is where the SACRIFICE of praise is made and where the declaration of faith begins.

It is when we can rely on the words of our own mouth that our faith can and will have the greatest results for healing, or for receiving any of the promises of God in our lives. This is when Mark 11:23-25 will begin to visibly work in our lives. When we can believe that we really do believe what we say and have the patience to attain it; we will stand and having done all to stand, stand strong in the Lord and the power of his might, our loins girt about by TRUTH.

We are called to a life of Integrity, dependability. Predictability is not always a dirty word. It is a far better thing to be counted upon as reliable than to be considered unreliable; untrustworthy, inconsistent. Your walk of faith will be visible to those around you, but more importantly it will be visible to you; deep down on the inside of yourself you will know if what you declare is truth or deception.

May you always be able to count on your own words, particularly when you speak God’s words of faith. May your faith continue to grow and develop as you learn to speak God’s word and His promises over your life, with an ever growing confidence in your own words.

 

October 18 Week 5: Christ the Healer Series

Week 5 Healing in Salvation

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Salvation as used in the New Testament is derived from the greek: σωτηρία – soteria (pronounced so-tay-ree’-ah)

means to provide rescue or safety, deliver, health, salvation, save, saving; welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation.

All of these dimensions are contained within the kind of salvation that Christ provided, freely through the final, eternal sacrifice, of himself, once and for all (Hebrews 7:27 & 10:10).

Divine Health is a major part of the inheritance that is available, but rarely accessed, by Christians; mainly to a lack of knowledge of what is contained in the promise.

 

 

 

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Christ the Healer Series

Our Current teaching series:

Looks at a the present day ministry of Jesus, healing and ministering, just as he did 2000 years ago in Israel.

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Over the life of this series of teachings we will be looking at the 19 different individual cases where Jesus healed those who came to him. Also we will see the importance that Jesus placed upon teaching,the will of God, to deliver the Healing Gospel to those who did not have the faith to receive and the important role of the word in that ministry today.We will consider the importance of the believer’s faith receiving healing, as well as anything else promised by God.

  • As well as looking at the expectations are, of those who come to receive.
  • What is the difference between instantaneous manifestation and a progressive healing and why do they occur.
  • We will discuss anointing with oil and its purpose in healing.
  • Who is healing for?
  • Why do some people fail to receive their healing?
  • Why do some of those who receive lose the healing they received?
  • Who can minister healing?
  • Does God put sickness and disease on people to teach them?
  • These and many other questions will be discussed and taught over the life of this series.

The Ministry of Laying on of Hands for healing will take place at all meetings for those in need and have a desire to receive.

Anointing with oil will be ministered upon request. Or, as the Holy Spirit gives direction.

Come with an expectation to receive knowledge, understanding and also to be healed.

Everyone is welcome.

Healing is for All

Christ is still Healing today.

 

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July 2015: The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?

 

This is the Second half of the 12 part series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

The 6 downloads available below are for the Sunday services From July 5 through to August 9.

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Before we start in earnest, a little housekeeping is in order: There is a lot of scripture to cover in this study. Instead of putting all of the quotes directly on this page I will provide the references and suggest you get your own bible out and mark, highlight and underline these verses, for your own reference, as well as seeing that they actually exist within your own bible.

Now, more than ever, it is essential that we take the time to open the leaves, the pages, of the scriptures in a physically bound volume itself. The reading, speaking out loud (Audibly, they don’t necessarily have to be shouted) and the muttering  to yourself and the constant meditating on these verses and so many others, is of vital importance to both your spiritual growth, as well as to the feeding and strengthening of your faith in preparation for when the enemy attacks; please note when, not if; Jesus promised that we would suffer persecutions, not of and for themselves, but for the Gospel’s sake. When you begin to walk in the light of the Gospel, including the healing and the prosperity that follows the preaching of the gospel, you will find, like Jesus did, that many of the established religious leaders will not be happy. Like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus period, the modern day Pharisees and Sadducees will try to knock you down and discredit you (hey, the servant is not greater than the master! If they wouldn’t listen to Jesus, why do you think they’ll listen to you?).

So, by now you should have found your bible, blown the dust off of it, taken the cold pizza slice out from between the pages, or found an old telephone directory to replace it under the sloping corner of the couch. Remember, you need to have a pen and pad, or notebook, your highlighters and markers handy to write in your bible. I really like what Brother Kenneth E Hagin used to say to us as students “If you have a bible that you can’t write in, throw it away and get one that you can write in.” Seriously!

Your bible isn’t a book to be put up on a pedestal and worshipped. It is an essential tool, for the believer to know and to know about and have some level of familiarity with. I don’t mean that we need to simply be able to remember those pieces of scripture, or memory verses, that we find useful to beat others over the head with. No, it is essential that our familiarity with the scriptures provides us with the skills required to be able to defeat the devil whenever he, or one of his minions tries to use scripture to undermine and attack your faith and attack he will. 2Tim2:15 NKJV tells us: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This isn’t just a word for Pastors and Teachers, or just ministers, in particular.

No, in reality, this is essential for All believers. SO that they can be equipped to meet the necessities of daily living in a hostile world. I do not say that in an attempt to scare you. But, I do desire that Christians wake up to the fact that it is not all fairy-floss and ice-cream. Laying on of hands requires you to act in faith. But, unless you know you are to lay on hands and why, you may well find your family and friends wallowing in sickness. We are called to be Salt, adding flavour and Light showing the way, to those in the world that we come into contact with. The world needs to see authentic, powerful and active christians, now,more than ever before and that is not in positions of political power. But, in demonstrations of the power of God to save and ALL that that salvation truly provides.

At that point in this discussion it is essential to know, that it is a strong emphasis on the Word of God that is needed at this time, more than ever before. If we do not take the time to give first place, to the Word of God in our lives, daily, we will find it very difficult to be able to function at the level we need. Developing a hunger for the Word is essential, not just important. Life changing and strengthening; rewarding and challenging. You cannot bear fruit, without good food; without being fed by the vine Himself.

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Having the Holy Spirit in manifestation in your life is essential. Living a Christian Life without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in Tongues and NOT using tongues amounts to nothing less than poor judgement (at the very least).

It would be like having a car, having the keys, the wheels, the petrol, the battery, everything that is needed to go. Only to discover, when you turn the key in the ignition there is no spark. The battery is flat.

That is what Jude is saying in his brief, but extremely rich epistle, in Jude :20 “Building yourselves up, on your most holy faith dearly beloved, praying in the Holy Ghost. The “Building Up” part being referred to here, in the original language that it was written in, refers to the process of charging ones own self up, much like you would a car battery. Being ever prepared and fully charged; ready for battle.

That is why Tongues and I’m specifically referring to the believer’s personal prayer gift of tongues, is not for public display, but for the ability to pray, in a manner that empowers your spirit; that strengthens you, in conjunction with the feeding and feasting on the Word of God. It helps to bring the scriptures to life in your own life.

Take the time to listen to the following teaching messages regarding the wonderful third person of the Trinity to learn more about what he has to offer in your life today.

The Following Set of 6 messages form Part 2 of the Series: “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

These were delivered through July and the first weeks of August 2015:

01 He Will Lead And Guide You Into All Truth

02 The Holy Spirit – Who Is He

03 The Spirit Of Glory Love Grace And Truth

04 The Holy Spirit And You

05 The Spirit Of Order

06 The Spirit Of Life

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June 28: Walk In The Spirit

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This is the Sixth part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Proverbs 20:27 (Amplified)

The key to understanding this proverb is the concept that God, who is a spirit, will lead humans by their spirit; that part of the human being directly created in his image. This becomes all the more important for the believer who has been Born Again, as they have a Brand New completely recreated human spirit. One translation of IICorinthians 5:17 says “a brand new species of being that never existed before.” In other words, not just renewed as much a brand new creation. It is this part of the human being that directly contacts the spiritual world, and in particular, as the believer invites the Holy Spirit to abide within them, it is that part of them where the Holy Spirit resides. It is here that God principally contacts and speaks to the heart of the believer.

As believers we are all called to “Walk in the Spirit.”:

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious:sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:16-25 (NIV)

There haSpirit Soul Bodys been much confusion and conjecture regarding this particular instruction from the Apostle Paul. The argument has been regarding whether or not he is talking about the Holy Spirit, or the Human Spirit. However, through a simple deductive process it is possible to determine that the subject of this entire chapter of the New Testament is concerned Not with a battle between the Flesh of a man and the Holy Spirit. But, it concerns itself with the struggle that the New Creation has to overcome the many habits and practices that have been dominant in the life of the believer prior to their New Birth.

Given that the Holy Spirit is God himself, to suggest that the Flesh of a man would be able to overcome the Holy Spirit goes against even basic common sense. It would also suggest that this New Creation had given up their  personal “Free Will” and that a Christian is nothing more than an automaton; a puppet waiting for the Holy Sprit to pull the strings.

Furthermore, since there is the suggestion of a struggle between the flesh and the spirit with the possibility of the flesh winning out in certain circumstances (Paul discusses such a struggle in the Seventh chapter of the Book of Romans 7:7-25) if that were the case it would suggest that God wasn’t actually all that powerful; it would also suggest that Satan was running the show and that God was being pushed around by him. Not so.

The fact is that this is about the operation of the human spirit, the struggle between the recreated human spirit and the desires of the flesh, the body through which the spirit interacts with the world around us. The Apostle is encouraging us, as believers, to walk in line with the desires of the new ME; to choose the actions prompted by the Holy Spirit within our spirit which desires to fulfil the will of God the Father, over the fleshly desires of the previous sinful nature that was previously in control.

Now, that does not suggest that the person who has come to Christ has previously desired to commit, or has ever acted on some of the more extreme fleshly desires mentioned in the list. But, the nature of the human that doesn’t know God, personally, has the nature of the fallen man as a result of Adam’s fall.

If we then re-read the passage in Galatians 5:22-23 in this light, the Fruit is in fact the product of the human spirit as a result of its interaction with the Holy Spirit. But, it is still the fruit of the human spirit. The fruit of any treegive-receive Heart crop is found on the branches, rarely on the trunk.

Jesus, while discussing the coming of the Holy Spirit, with his disciples, also talked about the need for his disciples to understand their relationship to him as the Vine and they the Branches would be both expected to produce fruit and that if they did produce fruit they would find they would be pruned and nurtured to produce more fruit and that if they did not then they would find themselves cut off. John 14:15 – 15:17.

So, we are called upon to learn to Walk in the Spirit. In other word we are being required to live our lives dominated by the spirit rather than simply following after the dictates of the carnally natured flesh; relying solely on our feelings and the 5 physical senses to guide and direct us. But the question is: How do we follow the spirit? How do we contact our human spirit and how do we know that it is our spirit?

WE need to remember that our recreated human spirit will only desire to do and live in the perfect will of our Father. Where do we find the will of the Father? In the Word. So, the key thing we need to remember here is that if a desire, or an opportunity to make a choice, or decision comes before us we need to tune in to understand what out heart, our spirit directs us to do. This is not about emotion, which is an element of what makes up the soul. But, the heart of the person is another name for the spirit, the very core of your being.

The first 3 main ways that we are to be led by the spirit are:

1 The Inner Witness

2 The Inner Voice

3 The Voice of the Holy Spirit

The Inner Witness: The Child of God is called to be led principally by the guidance of the inner witness. Some would refer to this as intuition, or as simply a knowing. Not a feeling, or a sense. But a Spiritual knowing, right down-spiritual-large300n deep on the inside of you, you don’t know why you know, but you just do.

It must be stated that learning to be led by this important guidance, from the Holy Spirit, to our spirit, involves a process of success and failure and takes time. It doesn’t come overnight. But, as you practice being led by that Inner witness you will see just how effective and how productive your spiritual walk will become.

From personal experience, it has led me at times to change the direction I was driving in the car, or the place I had chosen to have lunch. Or, even, for that matter the direction I was taking walking down the street. It has put me in the place to meet up with people that I had been recently thinking about. Or people I haven’t seen for, in a couple of cases, thirty years. But, by making those changes, by following that direction, which can eventually become an almost unconscious action, people’s lives have changed, or saved (literally, physically).

There have been so many instances that it is too difficult to single on such instance out here, it would take up a lot of time. But, as this is the principle way that we are to be led by our spirit. Then it won’t take long for you to amass your own collection of such testimonies.

The Inner Voice: Once again, it is important to note that this is the voice of your own spirit and is often referred to as “The Still Small Voice of The Spirit.” This is not some great booming voice from the heavens. This manner of being led by your spirit requires you to get quiet. it is that time, when in quiet contemplation, you will hear yourself talking to your own mind, from the depths of your own heart. This is that guidance that you may well be seeking regarding a major decision that you are facing and you have done the principal thing, sought the wisdom of God in prayer.

FastingFasting provides you with the opportunity to hear this voice more clearly, if the answer seems to be evading you. However, if you are going into the fast with the intention of changing how God will operate, you have set yourself up for failure. Fasting is not about changing God. But, rather, it is about getting yourself quiet enough to be able to hear the voice of your spirit over the voice of your flesh and its desires.

Once you’ve got beyond the point where the body has quietened down, in the fast, then you will be able to hear your spirit’s voice more clearly. Whether, or not, you choose to act on what it says will determine how successful the fast is. Because at the end of the day, you can choose to act on what you’ve heard, or not; your free will is still intact.

Most importantly, remember this point: hearing the spirit and acting on the wisdom of the spirit are two separate events. Spending time to get the mind of God on a situation or regarding a decision you need to make, is NOT going to make you follow that direction. That will still require an act of your will and the follow-through of putting faith into action that you have heard what the will of God is in the situation.

The Holy Spirit will NEVER force you, or MAKE you do anything and the whole purpose of stopping to get to know what the mind of God is on a situation will not change either what God has said in his Word, nor prevent God from doing what he wants you to do; especially if you are seeking for the wisdom of God about what YOU are supposed to do.

Just one example:

If you have gone into a time of prayer and even into a fast when the word is pretty clear and very plain about WHAT you are supposed to do in a situation all you’re doing is trying to weasel your way out of doing what you know to do. Let’s say you’ve gone to the Word about whether or not you are supposed to be Tithing. You’ve read the Word where it says that Jesus is still the High Priest of the Tithe under the New Covenant in the book of Hebrews and you have read Malachi, and Deuteronomy and Genesis regarding the Tithe but, you’re still arguing with yourself as to whether or not you are supposed to pay your tithes; how you are to pay your tithes and you’re not sure you’re supposed to pay tithes.Wheat

It doesn’t matter how long you fast and pray for. It won’t matter how long you spend in quiet contemplation waiting to hear the voice of your spirit. The word of God is never going to change regarding tithing. At the end of the day you will have wasted all that time and effort when you could have been preparing your tithes and more importantly your heart and your attitude regarding the tithes. As well as spending time in the word building your faith on the promises that God has made regarding what he will do when you tithe.

Until you stop and change your attitude and your mind regarding this ordinance you will not receive any of the blessing associated with the action of tithing. In point of fact you are NOT Tithing; you may well be plunking ten percent of your income into the bucket. But, tithing involves the heart the soul and the body. The same goes for making offerings, or any time that the inner witness, or the still small voice tells you to give something you hold as precious, to someone. God id NEVER going to MAKE you take part. BUT, you will never reap the reward of WILLING obedience, as opposed to painful sacrifice.

The Third way that we are to walk in the spirit, or to be led by the Spirit is by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The Voice of the Holy Spirit: Once again, I wan to make it very clear. When I speak about hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit of God, we are NOT and I stress that point WE ARE NOT talking about hearing audible voices. If you go into a situation wanting to hear an audible voice you may well find that there is a spirit out there willing to comply and provide you with an audible voice that you can hear. People talk about hearing voices all the time. But, we generally tend to lock those people away, or at the very leastSpirit Upon require them to seek serious mental health services; that is the outcome of going into this area seeking to hear audible voices.

That is not to say that God cannot, or will not speak in an audible voice. But, the occasion of such is extremely rare. One such occasion we read of, in the Gospels is at the baptism of Jesus, by John, in the river Jordan. Where, when Jesus came back up out of the water the heavens opened up and we are told that John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the same manner as a dove would descend and He heard the voice of God, from Heaven say: “This is my beloved Son, In whom I am Well pleased!” Matthew 3:17.

It is interesting to note that those who were spiritually minded heard what the Voice of God actually said. However, it is reported that the rest of those present looked around to wonder where the sound of thunder had come from as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. As I say, however, the occurrence of an external audible voice of God, especially in the life of a believer who has the Holy Spirit himself residing in them is not something that God should need to do, to get his message through.

The voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to the believer, from the depths of their spirit can, for all intents and purposes appear to be almost audible. It is authoritative, and intimate. Someone who has spent the time in prayer and in the spirit developing the gift of prophecy (for edification, exhortation and comfort) will have developed a relationship with the Father and thereby Jesus and will, over time and through study of the Word of God, learn to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit, in their spirit.

Jesus was very clear that he would lead and guide you into ALL truth and in particular as you practice reading AND studying the Word the Holy Spirit will reveal and guide and encourage and instruct you and through the Word of God you will gain a greater understanding of when the Holy Spirit himself is speaking to you and when your spirit is speaking to you through your renewed mind and when your Inner witness, guided by the Word of God, is leading you and guiding you in the affairs of life.

leap-of-faithThere are some other ways that you can be led by the spirit. But they are for another time and include Angels and Visions. But, once again, there are some very important points to consider even with the areas we have already covered here. The principle way that ALL believers are to be led of the spirit is by The Inner Witness. Secondly by The Still Small Voice of their own spirit and Thirdly by The Voice of the Holy Spirit in their spirit.

Remember something very important about these leadings and that is that the Holy Spirit will NEVER speak, or ask you to move or do something that is contrary to the Word of God. Alternatively, remember that if you get instruction that is designed to get you to take some particular action or step out in a particular action it is important not to simply jump and do. Sometimes you need to stop, for a moment, or to WAIT.

Remember, your will is involved. The spirit of God will NEVER override your will. He will NEVER force you to do anything; an example of that is the giving of a prophecy. As Paul says: “Everyone should desire to prophesy.” there is the potential for every Christian, in a meeting, or service, to be able to prophesy. But, not everyone will. Additionally, not everyone who can (or operates in this gift) will prophesy; Paul even includes some rules for managing how the gift should be operated to ensure order and effectiveness.

So, if someone blurts out with tongues, or begins to shout out a prophecy, in a meeting and the person later says “I just couldn’t stop it. Or, God made me do it.” I will usually take their immaturity into consideration as to whether or not it was actually from God or not; particularly if it is in the middle of the message being delivered. Mainly because it would be extremely rare for God to interrupt himself. As Paul suggests “things in the Spirit need to be done decently and in Order.”

amys-helping-hands-homepage-imageIf you feel compelled to speak, or say something specific to someone, particularly a stranger, God will not mind if you step back for a moment to check your spirit, particularly the inner witness, to ensure you are actually hearing from God. Remember one key; timing is everything.

Jesus had passed the pool of Bethesda many times over the period of his ministry. The man laying on his pallat had been there for many years before that. I’m very sure that God had wanted that man to walk, healed and free from his infirmity from the very beginning. But, it was on one particular Sabbath, at one particular time in his ministry, that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to speak to this man, in particular.

We are not told as to whether it was because this man had finally got to the point where he was ready to receive. Or whether it was simply His time to receive his healing, or whether or not this was the first time Jesus had actually seen him.

But, we are very clear that When someone asked Jesus about the things he did he said: “I only do the things I see my Father do. I only say the things I hear my Father say.” John 5:19 and 12:49 (paraphrased) Jesus said and did these things because  he took the time out to find out what the Father wanted to say and what the Father wanted him to do.

We have the privilege of having the Holy Spirit residing IN us. we can choose to walk in the Spirit. Or, we can choose to walk by the dictates of the flesh. Or we can choose to train the flesh to follow the promptings of the Spirit and as we do so we will begin to produce much good fruit for the world to come and receive and thereby get to know God as they are drawn to him, in us.

Amen!

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June 21: Receive Power From On High

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This is the Fifth part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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“And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak………But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth” Acts 1:4&8 (Amplified)

It is important to note that this wasn’t a suggestion by Jesus. I like the emphasis that the Amplified text gives here, in verse 4. Jesus actually commanded the disciples to WAIT! He Explosionwasn’t asking them to do him a favour; or themselves for that matter. He was very sure that the information he had spent time imparting to them should be impetus enough to get them to realise the importance of following this command.

To suggest that these people had no choice in the matter would be without merit. Given Peter’s personal disposition to get impatient he could have chosen, at any time, just as he did when Jesus had been buried, to return to his fishing. Or, he could have gained a senses of self-importance that he and the other disciples had been ‘especially’ blessed to have seen the risen Christ and headed off under his own steam. Because he was very aware of the potential for this to happen Jesus took no chances and using the strongest language possible gave them a very clear picture of what they were to do.

It must have been effective, because:

“AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place” Acts 2:1 (Amplified)

In another translation it says that they were all together and in one accord. There were at least 120 men in that upper room and it says that they were in one accord. That was a miracle in itself, if you think about the behaviour of these disciples over the previous 3 and a half years. They were of one mind, working together, pulling in the same direction. There was no dissent between them. They had come together, in the same place and had resolved any differences. They were unified in one purpose.Pentecost

This was all so important. As Jesus had emphasised. They were to receive the World changing, dynamic, earth shattering POWER (dunamis) from and through the Holy Spirit. they were to be equipped for the work that they had been specifically selected and mentored to do; to be able to spread the Gospel; to continue the spread of the Gospel that Jesus had begun to spread abroad from that sabbath in the synagog in Nazareth in Luke 4:16-18.

An important point in Peter’s declaration to the masses gathered in the street after the commotion caused by the arrival of the Holy Spirit is that he said “This is the BEGINNING of what was prophesied by the prophet Joel.” The Beginning, not the culmination, not the pinnacle. He was declaring the beginning of the church age; the beginning of the times of the end of all time. The time of preparation for the return of the soon and coming King of Glory.

To believe that, at its inception, the church needed to have the supernatural manifestations of the Power of the Holy Spirit and that in the modern age those manifestations are no longer required requires more presumption than I can possibly lay ahold of. I can’t even begin to suggest that it would require Faith, because that would be a dishonour to the Vital force that we all require to please God. No, it is presumption, plain and simple hubris, pride, call it what you will. But, it smacks of the belief that “we’re too sophisticated in this ‘Modern Age’ to need superstition and such demonstrations to persuade.”

It is perhaps this pride that has caused the great Apostasy of the young from the church; religion; the beliefs of their ancestors; in general from the very tenets and beliefs that have id-10073179controlled their forebears. In their place they are drawn to alternative religions; the acceptance of witchcraft and wicca in general; to a belief in the dark path spiritually and the embrace of anything New Age. The very nature of the drug culture that so besets the western world, in particular, is driven by the desire to enter altered states of consciousness and thereby, if not the supernatural, then at the very least the preternatural and all it has to bind them with.

As one preacher put it, many years ago: “You told them about Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and Jesus. The first 3 turned out to be lies and you’re expecting them to believe you about Jesus and your church teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit petered out when Peter petered out! What do you expect?” What do you expect, indeed? If they’ve ever picked up a bible and read about the miraculous things that happened in Jesus’ ministry and then in the ministry of the apostles (in the book of Acts and they’ve read the Gospel of John, where Jesus says that: “whoever believes in the things you see me do, will do the same and greater than these.” John 14:12-14 and “I pray for these you have given me, but not just for them. But, for those who will believe on me through their message; through their testimony.” John 17:20) then they will also begin to doubt the authenticity of the Jesus they have been taught about.

The truth is that NOW, more than ever, the church has the need to embody ALL that the Holy Spirit has the ability to manifest, through those willing to be used by him for the demonstration of the very signs and wonders that the prophet Joel prophesied so many years ago. The coming revival and the rising up of the church, from amongst all of the5142129 denominations around the world will require an openness to accepting and walking in these supernatural manifestations. The Charismatic renewal that swept across the earth in the early latter half of the 20th century will be regarded as nothing compared to the promised outpouring.

The stage is set, the leaders are being moved into place. The rise of the affirming movement amongst the GLBTIQ population and the call to holiness, rather than the imposition of a code, is a step in the right direction.

We are all called to be ready. We are all called to intercede and pray this revival into being; it is our responsibility. Stand up and take your place.

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June 14: Being Led By The Spirit

 

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This is the Fourth part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ….” Romans 8:14-17a (NKJV)

In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was upon the Prophet, the Priest and the King. God would speak to these three and that was how the children of God were led, by the Spirit of God.

However, under the New Covenant and in the New Testament the Holy Spirit Himself has come to dwell within our own spirit when we are ‘Born Again’ (John 3:16) of the spirit of God. We are no longer to be led by the word of the prophets. It is our own responsibility to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit, through our own spirit, through study of the WordNew start and  through practicing the presence of God; getting to know him personally and becoming sensitive to his gentle promptings.

More often than not we are to be led by “The Inner Witness” that knowing deep down on the inside of you that challenges you if you fall into sin, of any kind. Some refer to it as the voice of your conscience. But, in reality it is your spirit making you aware that you have done, or are about to do the wrong thing.

We are not to be led by voices, or angels (Unless God is needing to speak to you, or sends an angel to talk with you and besides your personal angel, that would be very rarely) and if someone presuming to be a prophet tells you to do something that does not “Gel: with your spirit, you should question as to whether or not it is God’s will that they are speaking to you and you have become insensitive to the Holy Spirit. Or, that they are telling you something that runs contrary to what you know God has told you to do.

Remember, the visitation by angels to lead us is rare, as is the audible voice of God and if these are what you need to have to get motivated by God, then perhaps you need to consider the quality of your relationship with and your sensitivity to God’s leading, by the spirit; in particular, your spirit? that is not to say that God cannot use an angel, or use his audible voice. But, if that is what you are seeking, you are preparing to be misled.

Paul teaches that: “If we walk in the Spirit, we will NOT fulfil the lusts of the Flesh!” The other thing is that any leading you receive MUST line up with what God’s Word has to say. Because he will never lead you contrary to his word.

This Sunday was the celebration of Open Arms second Anniversary. Over that period there has been the opportunity to receive a very good education in being led by the Spirit. At the very beginning, when we first started, confirmation was given, by a number of sources, that I was doing the right thing. I was not seeking that confirmation, overtly. Instead, someone, totally unrelated to the situation would ask a question, or make a statement, that I was able to quietly tuck away and give thanks to the Father for that little gift, from him.

Over the time e have been running services there have been points where there was the chance to become despondent. However, there has always been that knowing, deep down on the inside, that I was doing the right thing. One of the things that struck me in my preparation for this particular teaching series was that I was reminded that, in being faithful to what God has called us to do, If you do not receive any further instruction then continue being faithful in what you have been doing. As you continue to be faithful in small things he entrusts you with more and more.

If God hasn’t said anything different and you are not aware of any check in your spirit about what you are doing and if your conscience is clear, then you just need to be consistent and persistent until God says there is something else to do; or he provides a different direction to take things. If there is no check in your spirit and you haven’t got people lining up to tell you that God says you’re on the wrong track; just stick with it.

If that’s the case (if you do have people lining up, even then; actually, especially then, you need to press in to hear thefiery-furnace-ted-larson-2006 heart of God on the matter. Because they might actually be wrong) get into your prayer closet, close the door, get quiet before God and hear what he has to say about it. At times like that you ned to remember Oral Roberts and Jerry Savelle’s sermon on “The Fourth Man.”

You also have to give yourself permission to fail. Particularly when you are first trying to learn to walk in the spirt. You need to realise that you’re not perfect and that you are going to make mistakes;just remember to learn from them. Don’t quit trying just because you got something wrong. Look at Peter, then consider the mistake you’ve made, in the light of his denial. In other words gain perspective.

This is the very same as in the process of learning to move in any of the public manifestations of the Holy Spirit as discussed in ICorinthians 12. Paul encourages us that we should ALL seek to prophesy. But, the truth is that we learn 5142129to prophesy in our own prayer time, with God. As we do this we begin to be prepared to stand publicly when we become aware of the unction of the Holy Spirit, in our hearts, that he desires to use us.

In both cases, your faith in the fact that you are either being led by God, or that you are speaking what God has asked you to say is built in direct relation to the relationship you have developed privately with God. He wants to spend time with you so that you can get to know him and his gentle voice, his tender promptings. Jesus said: “My sheep know my voice and a stranger they will not follow.”

Learn to walk in the spirit. It will lead you into an amazing adventure in God.

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