Don’t Negate the Baptism

Many in the body of Christ believe we do not need the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Some say it’s not necessary for true salvation, and others say it is. I am not attempting to pinpoint the wrong, however, I will stress what is right. I believe the scripture is given for our edification and as an example for how we as the people of God should live and walk according to His Word.

●Jesus is the Holy One, our redeemer, our savior, and our Lord, yet the scripture say He was full of the Holy Ghost (Luke 4:1). He would not have been able to make it through his wilderness experience without it. To say we do not need the fullness of the Holy Ghost is to say we are greater and stronger than the Son of God.
●John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost. We cannot have the anointing to turn hearts back to Christ and prepare a way for Him to dwell in us without the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:15-17).
●In the book of Ezekiel 36:27 the Lord said, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Can’t live the word without His spirit in us.
●We cannot have power, and won’t be effective witnesses of the gospel without the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8).
●There is no effective intercession without the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:26-27).
●We can’t have guidance into the truth of this Gospel without the Holy Ghost (John 16:13).
●Love can’t be shed abroad in our heart with the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).
●You cannot build up your most Holy faith without the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).
●We wouldn’t have to struggle with learning who we are in Christ, or look to the Internet to teach us because the anointing from the Holy Ghost will do that (1 John 2:27).
●Our words, sermons, or life can’t break the yokes of bondage from God’s people without the anointing from the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 10:27).
●Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” that ‘but’ in this scripture makes a strong statement behind everything which was stated prior to it because if we are filled with the Holy Ghost, we’ll never want to take a sip of alcohol again.

These are references I have to be worthy to live by in God’s Word. I have only stated what is written to be truth. By all means do like Berea and search the scripture to see if this is truth. I pray while you are searching the scripture that the Holy Ghost, the comforter, will reprove of sin and with loving kindness draw you back to Christ. Allow the fullness of Christ and His Holy Spirit to dwell richly in your life, so you can be powerful and effective witnesses in the world.

The Spirit Delivers

The Spirit Delivers

Marvin Williams

Romans 8:19-27

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26

Until recently, many towns in rural Ireland didn’t use house numbers or postal codes. So if there were three Patrick Murphys in town, the newest resident with that name would not get his mail until it was first delivered to the other two Patrick Murphys who had lived there longer. “My neighbors would get it first,” said Patrick Murphy (the newest resident). “They’d have a good read, and they’d go, ‘No, it’s probably not us.’ ” To end all this mail-delivery confusion, the Irish government recently instituted its first postal-code system which will ensure the proper delivery of the mail.

Sometimes when we pray we feel like we need help delivering to God what is on our heart. We may not know the right words to say or how to express our deep longings. The apostle Paul says in Romans 8 that the Holy Spirit helps us and intercedes for us by taking our unspeakable “groanings” and presenting them to the Father. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (v. 26). The Spirit always prays according to God’s will, and the Father knows the mind of the Spirit.

Be encouraged that God hears us when we pray and He knows our deepest needs.

Thank You, Father, for giving me Your Spirit to help me when I pray. Thank You for hearing my prayers and for loving me.

When you can’t put your prayers into words, God hears your heart.

Insight

Teaching on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit is scattered throughout the New Testament, but much of it comes from two places: Romans 8 and Jesus’s Upper Room Discourse in John 14–16. Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is a Helper like Himself (14:16) who will never leave us. This Helper is the Spirit of truth and has a special relationship with the follower of Christ (v. 17). In John 16 Jesus returns to the subject of the Spirit saying that He will convict the world of our need for Christ (vv. 8–11), guide us into all truth (v. 13), and glorify Jesus (v. 14). Bill Crowder

Some of My Best Men Are Women

This article is taken from Charismamag.com and was written by Carol McLeod. I hope it bless you like it blessed me.

 

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, is known to have said, “Some of my best men are women!”

Isn’t that an interesting quote spoken by one of the most powerful Christian leaders of the 19th century?

“Some of my best men are women!” Just let those profound words soak into your heart for a minute and then let me stretch you just a bit farther …

I wonder if these words are not also in the heart and mind of God at this moment in history? I wonder if when the Father looks down from His bird’s eye view of all that is happening on the earth today, if He turns to His Son seated on His right side and with a twinkle in His eye echoes the words of William Booth, “Some of my best men are women”! And, I wonder if the Holy Spirit, who is most certainly eavesdropping on the conversation, raises His fist in the air in complete agreement with the Father. I wonder.

God is looking for a few good men and a few good women to make a difference in His kingdom at every juncture in history. Perhaps the Father who created all of us in His heart of love is not so concerned with the gender on our birth certificate as He is with the condition of our hearts.

“I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;

And your sons and daughters will prophesy …

… Even on the male and female servants

Now, more, than ever, women need to understand their important role and their significance to the call and intent of God. God has a Holy Spirit that is meant to endue humanity, male and female, with power from on high. Men and women receive the same power in the same measure.

The power that both men and women receive from the same Holy Spirit gives to them the power to be courageous witnesses and to fulfill the God-given mandate that is particular to each generation.

What is it that God is calling you to do with the power of His Holy Spirit? The days of cowering in fear, hiding behind insignificance and wallowing in lack of opportunities are over. God is blowing doors wide open for women as never before. It is time for women to march forward in grand anticipation of all that God can do through one woman submitted to the call of God and filled with His Holy Spirit.

His Spirit, the Holy Spirit of Pentecost, has been poured out upon your life! What will you do with it? Don’t waste these days of power and of open doors! When Peter received the Holy Spirit, thousands of people were saved … when John received the Holy Spirit, lame men walked … when Paul received the Holy Spirit, prison walls fell down.

What will you do with the Holy Spirit that has been poured out on your life? I believe that God is looking at your life this very day, with a twinkle in His eye, and is reminding you that some of His very best men, indeed, are women!

Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books, No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book, Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire, will be released on August 1. Her teaching DVD, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart, won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.

 

Walk In The Spirit

My Pastor R.J. Whitaker, Sr. of Victory Praise and Worship Center

Are you wrestling with doing right or wrong?
Do you wonder why you find yourself doing the opposite of what is right?
God has an answer for your struggle In HIS Word, and He has made a way of escape for you.
Galatians 5:16-17
Our daily lives must be under the control of God.
Proverbs 3:5-6