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Jesus was the perfect example for us to live with the Father and the Spirit inside of us. Yet, we never see Him praying to the Father to heal. We see Him doing all of the healing and commanding all the sickness.
He slept through a storm that threatened His disciples. He woke up and commanded it to be still. Yet, how often do we say oh it’s God’s will for that storm? God sent that storm because of their sin or because of His “great plan”. But Jesus only did what He saw His father doing. And He told that storm to silent down!
Far too many believers have been devastated by the attacks of the enemy, but the one that I believe has done the most damage is from the religious spirits. They say that God has some “higher purpose” in letting loved ones die. That God is more concerned about sin than love, etc etc.
But then we see the people who are the most religious, with the loudest and fiercest opposition of sin, living lives void of love. Is it any wonder that the world has thrown up its hands? Said that they want nothing to do with our God? Even creating fables in the guise of wisdom to prove His non-existence?
It’s just persecution?
After the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples Peter went up and gave his first sermon. So filled with passion and purpose 3000 came to know Jesus in all His glory. Yet, have we also noticed that these are the same men who crucified Him? Jesus said that yes the world would persecute us, but we see here that of those that persecuted Him many came to be saved.
Can we not expect the same? Yes we will be persecuted! But this should not be a position of finality, but temporary. What is the purpose of persecution? It is the opportunity of the Kingdom to be revealed! When people respond with love to unfairness and anger, what happens? Christ is preached.
Even for ourselves… do you remember the times that you also treated God unfairly? When you were His enemy? But what was His answer to you? Was it not love? And did it not save you and open your heart?
We think that the Holy Spirit is continually convicting us of our sin, but in reality we see in Scripture that the Spirit of Truth convicts the world, but not the children. Once we are saved, we have been justified, and glorified. And now the Spirit of Truth is telling us who we are not who we are not.
This truth must be reestablished in the church, because how we believe God sees us is how we will see each other. If we do not know God’s love for ourselves, how will we show love for one another? If we think holiness is something we do instead of who we are, will we not continually eat of the same fruit of good and evil?
But God is repopulating the Earth with His sons and daughters.
My heart breaks when I see how we have sold our birthrights for such a small price just like Esau did. How we have forsaken inheritance! And left the world itself, waiting for them to come to us. Instead of going to them. Yes, we have our work cut out for us. And with all the broken families, over-spending governmental policies, and impassioned atheists. The odds may seem to be stacked against us, but I say that it is for this reason that we will see the greatest works of God.
Jesus promised that those who believed would see even greater works. That His ceiling would be our floor. So, we know that there is a powerful momentum that is pushing us into destiny. It’s already been written.
Because while the darkness may seem to increase, the light is growing all the more. His Kingdom is without end. But what will we choose to focus on? Will it be life or death? Love or apathy? Power or persuasion? Fear or faith? Time will tell…
But I believe we can have hope, eternal hope, because from what I know of the future, we will choose correctly because love never fails. And greater is He in us than is in the world. Bless you.
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.