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What Is Holy Spirit Doing?

Sometimes I feel like I’m about to explode. Last night after ministry school, I felt the power of God on me so intensely that I had to lay down and simply soak in Him. I’d like to share somethings that Holy Spirit shared with me, but first let me give you a little background on where I’m currently at.

Right now I volunteer at my church’s healing rooms, we have seen some radical miracles there and it’s so awesome to see God’s glory first-hand.

Basically the process for us right now is to really set the atmosphere, so we worship, impart on each other, get hit with His joy and just have a blast together. God becomes so real to us as we simply play in His river of life together. And then the sick and hurt come in and they are dramatically touched and healed by Him.

I’m also volunteering at an online ministry that trains people through Curry Blake. He has trained over 40k people with a ridiculous track record of success (over 70%).

Curry is more focused on the authority of Scripture. He’s not as concerned about setting atmospheres because he believes we should be equipped everywhere and anywhere we go. And we won’t be carrying our worship music with us 24/7 to set atmospheres.

So I’ve been going through two different spectrums.

Focus on the Spirit and what He is doing. And focus on Scripture and what it promises.

Here’s a simple breakdown…

Spirit – Setting atmospheres, being sensitive, words of knowledge about healing, and releasing inheritance.
Scripture – Jesus paid for our healing, He commanded us to heal the sick and cast out devils, sickness is of the enemy not God.

Now – I will say this, Peter walked around and his shadow healed people. He didn’t need to command any spirits out of people. Food for thought.

In light of all these things, I’ve been seeking God for an understanding that ties them both together.

My cry to God is Holy Spirit what are you doing? And how does this align with the authority of Scripture and what Jesus has done?

And last night I felt this come upon my spirit: “Holy Spirit is doing what Jesus the Son has paid for because of God the Father’s great love for the world.”

I believe this is a key.

Notice that it contains all revealed Persons of God.

Holy Spirit is revealing what Jesus has done. He is accomplishing and receiving everything the Lamb’s suffering paid for. In fact, I’d like to show you something radical.

This is a video of a Polish girl who doesn’t know a lick of English, but she is found praying in the Spirit in ENGLISH… So we get to hear first hand an idea of what Holy Spirit is praying through us. And I find this fascinating.

Isn’t that incredible?

I’d like to point out a couple things about this video…

1. Notice Holy Spirit is not preaching the gospel to people, but setting an atmosphere.
2. Holy Spirit is revealing the REALITY of Jesus and who He is.
3. See how fast she prays? She doesn’t even know what she is saying, but Holy Spirit does!

I believe there is a realm that we are called to walk in. It contains both the reality of what Christ paid for and the experience of witnessing Holy Spirit reveal it to us and through us.

John 16:12-15 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

So, next time you want to know what is Holy Spirit doing? Just look at what Jesus Christ did.

Put Fear In Its Place

fear-is-a-liar-e1351254901814I am struck by the thought that Jesus didn’t seek a ministry. He was one. He had the biggest job of all of us. Yet, He calmly walked from place to place letting love, compassion and expectation guide Him. He wasn’t scared or fearful that He was going to “miss it”. He knew who He was. And He knew who His Father was.

I believe there is a lesson here for all of us. So I’d like to begin by revealing a strategy of the enemy.

Does the enemy try to get you to react out of fear?

As Children of God we are instructed that God does not give us a spirit of fear!

2 Tim 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

This is important for us to remember because it goes back into our identity. You see if we are lead by obligation or even a performance mindset. We could end up thinking in the terms, “I have to do this or else…”, but this is a problem for us as Children of God because we are not called to be lead by fear. And it is fear that propels people through doing stuff they don’t really want to do.

Many a religious well-intentioned preacher has done this. “You MUST… You NEED… You HAVE to…” But – it’s the same tired song playing over and over getting the same results. People are put into condemnation. Looking at what they are not instead of who they now are. And then they end up repeating the same patterns. Over and over again.

Because fear doesn’t transform, it conforms.

Now let’s uncover this pattern of condemnation together.

First, let’s begin by identifying it.

Here are a few examples of how fear can rear its ugly head…

1. If I don’t do this I will miss out on my calling in life.
2. If I don’t do this God won’t love me as much today.
3. If I don’t do this I won’t be accepted by my peers.

All of these things stem from the same thought process, if I don’t do something, I will miss out on something.

This is actually one of the deceptions of the enemy. He tried this tactic on Jesus no less.

Matt 4:2-3 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he [Jesus] was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Notice the pattern here. If you are the “Son of God” then you will do, say, look, or act like this. The enemy tried to get Jesus to REACT to fear, but Jesus RESPONDS out of faith. Because it is ONLY faith that pleases God. (Heb 11:6)

Remember the enemy’s goal is for you to see your identity through his lies. And the Holy Spirit is revealing your identity through His promises.

Make no mistake about it you are in a war. And that war is over your identity.

You see, the enemy will try to make you think that if you don’t REACT to his temptations then you’re not truly saved, favored, blessed, etc. Or whatever lie he is throwing at you at the time to try to get you to REACT to his lies of fear.

But Jesus doesn’t REACT. He is secure in His identity. Father only a few months ago publicly pronounced Him as His Son!

Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Armed with His identity, Jesus doesn’t react to fear, but responds in faith to the lies of the enemy.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Now what I am hoping to convey here is that both were “right”. The enemy quoted a Scripture, it’s in the Book, but the goal of it was to put Jesus in a place of questioning His identity. So I propose for Jesus to react to this Scripture OUT OF FEAR would have been wrong for Him.

And it’s the same for us.

As Children of God we don’t want to be motivated by fear, and fear is what presses through doing stuff we don’t want to do, so we need to find enjoyment as our motivation.

If you’re struggling to be consistent, maybe it’s time to stop asking God what to do and start asking Him who you are. And what you enjoy doing, how you’re fulfilled, and where you feel most fruitful.

Because after you have your own moment with the Lord, where you embrace that YOU are His beloved Child in whom He is well pleased. Then I believe like Jesus you will naturally respond in faith, no longer reacting in fear. And your eyes will no longer be on you and your trials, tribulations, walk, etc but they will zero in on the world around you. A world that is starving for what you carry.

And then you BECOME a supernatural ministry.

It All Starts Here…

Well,

I can honestly say I didn’t see this coming. I actually made a blog! I decided to create a blog because of something my pastor said to me after encouraging me make one.

“Chris, a blog is a witness of who you are.”

Don’t get my wrong I did use to have a blog, but it was mainly for business stuff. And it didn’t really contain much of who I really am. I actually didn’t even like to write in it because I didn’t care about what I was writing!

So I had very little consistency because I wasn’t being true to my identity.

However this time it’s going to be different. Way different.

First of all, I am planning on colliding my worlds. Business world meet personal world. I figure since I don’t separate Jesus from my business life, why would I separate my blog from Him?

I don’t so I won’t.

Next on the list, I plan on sharing a variety of different topics because I am a guy who likes variety in his life, so my blog will too! I will be writing about revelations about our identity from Holy Spirit, miracles that I experience with Him, and kingdom strategies to bring Heaven to Earth in all we do!

I doubt this will be a perfect transition. Some people will want to read somethings and not others. And that’s okay with me too. Because I think that allowing ourselves to make mistakes is the path of improvement.

Until we say yes to making a mess, we say no to fully expressing who we are.

And as my tag line says, our consistency is found in our identity. So this is the beginning of sharing my identity with the world. It all starts here.