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The greatest Gift you can receive…

If you believe in The Creator and His Son Jesus then you should be born again of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which enters you when you believe from you heart. And if you believe from you heart then you will have also been baptized in water as He commanded. And if you have been baptized in water, then your commitment to live right must follow or it’s all just a sham. Now back in the day as a youth , I believed Jesus was Gods Son and I also was baptized, but nothing really changed in my life. Why not? Because I really didn’t believe all things become new; I didn’t sincerely repent, I was just following what religion was telling me to do. Later on in high school I got baptized again and still nothing changed so I pretty much blew religion off and just lived for myself thinking none of this works.

I was wrong because much later on in life I actually started seeking the truth with all my heart. Forgetting everything I had been taught I bought myself a bible and began reading it and studying it for myself. What I found out was exactly what Jesus said “ you must be born again of the Spirit to see the kingdom of God” and how does that happen? Well it’s not by practicing religion and following their set of rules, it can only happen by Gods Grace through your faith in the truth of the Bible. And that truth is Jesus loves us and died for us and rose again and is coming again. Our part is to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord after believing it from our heart and making a decision to follow Him with water baptism and then to do our best to live for him.

I’ll never forget how clean I felt and how wonderful it was to finally get saved. I finally got it. It didn’t stop there as I continued to study the Bible I saw many things I never saw before and was not taught about that are as true today in 2019 as they were in 33 A.D. those promises of God are for us today as God is no respecter of persons or of generations as His loving kindness is from generation to generation. What promises are still true for us today? All of them. These include being forgiven, being healed of sicknesses, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and all the gifts of the Spirit given to all of His choosing. Nine gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith,gifts of healing, effecting of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, various kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. All given by the same Spirit distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

For by one Spirit we were ALL baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were made to drink of one Spirit. The Holy Spirit! “ Jesus Christ is the Same yesterday, today and forever. “ So there you go it’s up to you to believe the or not. Now many who do not know God or his Spirit will argue about every detail and try to tear down your beliefs but the thing is they can’t because the Holy Spirit within you knows the truth and you have seen with your spiritual eyes and your physical eyes on occasion. Once your knower inside know ( your spirit ) no one can lie to you anymore. Nor can you lie to yourself because the Holy Spirit tells you the truth and He lives inside you and never leaves you. That’s why Jesus said “ I will never leave you or forsake you” because He is always there through the Holy Spirit.

The great apostle Paul said “my message and my preaching was not with persuasive words of wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power” what demonstration of the Spirit and of power do we show people today? Probably not much because we don’t pursue the gifts as we are commanded to do. “But desire earnestly that you prophecy” you don’t desire earnestly because you don’t believe it? God help us in our unbelief.

I have told many people of Gods great grace of healings that have transpired over the years in my life and true believers believe but others look at at me like a deer looking into headlights which is very sad to me. You’ll never understand the working of the Spirit unless you have Him inside. I certainly don’t understand why some are healed and others are not or why I’m healed one time and not another and must see a doctor which is rare. All I know is Gods word is true and I believe it, all of it.

What I do know is Satan or his demons prowl looking for someone to devour. And what did Jesus tell the disciples? “Pray that you may not come into temptation” we must pray daily not sometimes, because this is no game it’s real life.

Some preachers say everything will be perfect when you come to Jesus, wrong! It’s much much better of course but living for God will cost you something maybe even your life! Through the storms of life you have peace because you know Jesus is there with you. The storms and the testing of your faith isn’t easy but they make your stronger and humble you to the point you finally realize it’s all about Jesus and what He did for us nothing is about us. We are just passing through so never give up and if you have then come back home where you belong, Jesus is still there. God told Israel repent and turn back to me and I will receive you. That’s exactly the same for us today. God still loves you..and the greatest gift is receiving Jesus….

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The Man in the White Robe 

The man in the white Robe you saw in your dreams 
This man in the white robe wants you to know that He loves you with a love you can barely understand or comprehend. 
This man knows everything about you. He knows your fears and He knows your pain and disappointments in this life. He knows everything about your life from beginning to end, and there is nothing He does does not know about you and your family. You may already suspect who He is, but know nothing about Him. The man in the white robe is Yeshua Jesus Christ the Son of God. He came out of love for He is love, the creator of all things and He obeyed His Father God to come to earth in the form of man for one purpose; to die on the cross and shed His blood for your sins and rise again from the dead. He requires faith that you simply believe that He is the Son of God and repent of your sins and be saved. 
This man you saw in the white robe is the everlasting, only begotten Son of the living God who was, and IS and is to come again. 
His name is Jesus and is the Prince of Peace, He is the Lilly of the Valley, the bright and morning Star. He is the Savior and King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He is eternal glory and will rule for ever and ever in the New Heaven and New Earth and New Jerusalem coming down from heaven above. He wants you and your loved ones to spend eternity with Him and Millions of other believers from every race, tribe and tongue who have received Him as Lord. This man in the white robe appeared to you because He knows your circumstances, how you have been taught lies from others and how dangerous it is to let others know you follow Him. He came to you because men cannot and are blocked by laws and rules and governments to share the gospel truth with you. He came to you because He is the bread of life and with the water He gives you, you will never thirst again. Inside you will find peace and happiness though the world outside is a cruel and evil place. He will never leave you, nor forsake you and His Spirit will live in you forever. 
The Easter season is a celebration of Jesus resurrection and your guarantee of eternal life if you believe in him with all your heart. This man in the white robe is The Way, The Truth and The Life and no man can come to the Father except through Him. 
If you believe that Jesus is Lord and Gods Son and believe God raised Him from the dead and confess it with your mouth, you will be saved. 
This man in the white robe says “come learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” All you who are burdened and heavy ladened come to me and I will give you rest and you shall find peace for your souls” Then be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as soon as you can. The man in the white robe named Yeshua Jesus Christ loves you so much that He willingly laid down His life for you to pay for your sins and then arose from the dead to live for evermore and so will you as you repent and confess Him as Lord and live for Him. He is the resurrection and the life! 

So You’re Scared to Speak in Tongues?

(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)

How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?

Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.

Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit  after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?

Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange  sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)

Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.

If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..

In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.

Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you.  Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.

“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.

So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..

Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….

Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

 

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