POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Power of the Holy Spirit in Christian Ministry
Here are some verses in the Bible.
Acts 1:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) 8 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.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swear unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
So we see that God gives us power when the Holy Spirit has come upon us. THAT is why we want and need the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Power(ability, efficiency and might) to WITNESS GET WEALTH-yes it is the power for wealth—using the Holy Spirit,
power to Witness in ACTS (1:8)
power to get Wealth in DEUTERONOMY (8:18)
power to the Faint; to be Strong in ISAIAH (40:29)
power over all Devils, and to cure Diseases in LUKE (9:1)
power to become the Sons of God in JOHN (1:12)
power over the nations in REVELATIONS (2:26)
This tells us we have the power thru the Holy Spirit to get wealth, be strong, cast out devils, and to heal the sick so we can become the sons of God that take nations in the name of JESUS. That is why we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit!!!
Now we are going to look at three scriptures:
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Jesus is telling the disciples, that he: Son of God is leaving but the 3rd part of the trinity the Holy Spirit of God will be with them. He won’t leave us unprotected ever, and the Holy Spirit of God will remind us of His Word and the plans he has for us along with the things to come. We understand that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are three yet one. We see that in the Old Testament God was with Israel, then He sent His son to redeem man in the New Testament, yet he was still God, son of Man, Son of God, then we see that when Jesus left to return to His father. He asked the father to send His Holy Spirit to lead the people into all truth—and show us things to come: Just like Jesus did when He was on the earth. He showed them thing to come……….I think about all the things to come: inventions, medical discoveries, science yet when I compare all of these things to come to make humanity more successful and comfortable I cannot help but think of the greatest thing to come: THE LORD JESUS AND HIS RETURN.
2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Actually everything in the Bible from the beginning points to the coming of the Messiah, his return and that God was and is always with us.
COMING AND GOING IN AND OUT We see a natural event that is also a supernatural prophesy.
Ezekiel 46:9-10- MSG ‘But when the people of the land come to worship God at the commanded feasts, those who enter through the north gate will exit from the south gate, and those who enter though the south gate will exit from the north gate. You don’t exit the gate through which you enter, but through the opposite gate. The prince is to be there, mingling with them, going in and out with them.
This scripture is teaching us that when we enter into the presence of Jehovah God, we can never leave the same way that we entered. The past is closed to us; we cannot go back: only a new way is permissible to exit. We see that the prince (Prince of Peace) is there, coming in, going out and mingling with them while they are in the Presence of God. That is what the Holy Spirit does as well, even in the hard times; He is with us, he leads us into the presence of God and when we leave: HE leads us into things to come. Regardless of how you read the Bible, you will see shadows of Jesus and the Holy Spirit everywhere giving us POWER and LEADING US INTO THINGS TO COME.
We see THE HOLY SPIRIT hovering over the waters, brooding like a mother hen………..preparing everything: Getting the earth and water ready for mankind, providing provision in the waters: for you and me. Then he was given to us to get us ready for the return of Jesus and then in. Revelations we see the Holy Spirit joining with mankind calling Jesus to return after man was prepared.
Let’s take a stronger look at what the Holy Spirit was doing as he was going over the water. He was preparing it for life, for provision. He was preparing it for us: in the natural and supernatural. Then God tells us we are to take dominion over the fish of the sea, which is part of our provision. Later we see Jesus walking on water, showing us that not only did he have dominion over natural laws, but that when we walk with him we are walking over the need for seeking natural provision, it is under our feet, we already have it. It is there, no seeking, no work, it has always been there and we have dominion. He invited Peter to join him as he invites us to join him, to be above the natural search for provision, above the natural need to toil and work, to be above it all. By walking above the need to toil for provision we are placing the enemy below our feet: the enemy—the curse—working by the sweat of your brow. Are you seeing the example here? Kingdom living is by grace alone. Living in the natural requires us to comply to the natural laws that the father has set up. Going below the water in search of fish and provision is the natural way. The supernatural way is above that toil, walking above it, going to the other side with no toil at all. Our kingdom life releases us from the earthbound laws. The Holy Spirit is leading us into the Supernatural. Then Jesus showed us that at His word, Peter was able to take in a net breaking load of fish, total natural provision say 12 hours work in 12 minutes: FOLKS THAT’S DOMINION. We also see when Jesus turned Water to wine-HE brought the future to present. What you desire that is yours and what is in line with the Word can be called in. It may be in the future, but the Holy Spirit will show you how to speak it into existence.
We have been given some great weapons in the Kingdom; they have been given to everyone. The question is do you use the weapons? Do you use the power? Do you use the Holy Spirit? Have you studied the enough to have these weapons handy for Spiritual warfare?
Remember James Bond 007?
He had many unique tools, weapons and gadgets. They were interesting and exciting ways to fight crime, the enemy. Remember, that before he used these weapons, the first thing that happened was his regular visit to the Q branch to visit Q.
The quartermaster of Q Branch, known as Q, is shown to have a;
1. A virtual reality room,—-same as—–visions
2. A shooting range,—-same as—–spiritual warfare
3. A storeroom for gadgets —-same as—–all of our gifts-stored and waiting for us.
Q was no nonsense and very particular about each device and how it was to be used. Remember the briefing in Q-branch, they allowed the viewer to see the gadgets in development. … Q Branch: Now listen here, Bond. Be sure to place the mines carefully, otherwise you won’t take out all the tanks (demons). Bond on the other hand: often seemed bored with the explanations as he trusted a lot in his own ability. As the shows would develop, we would often see Bond hastily referring to Q, asking for a more in-depth explanation of how to use these gadgets. Then at the last minute, he would pull out an umbrella gun or some such thing and save the beautiful woman or stop a spy. Isn’t that rather what we do. We have the instructions, DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS from God, but we are either to arrogant or busy to actually learn how to use the WORD and our spiritual weapons.
And THEN we get in a crisis and beg God to fix it, when he had already given us all the weapons necessary. WE JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW and when TO USE THEM.
Thank you Father for giving us your Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us, and reveal how to use our weapons like Q did for James Bond. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is more patient than Q, and when we are impatient, and we don’t study, the Holy Spirit will still lead us into all truths!! Oh yes, the Holy Spirit is so much more than Q the quartermaster. Q just showed Bond how to use the equipment, but that was it, he sent him off to use everything on his own. We have the constant companion and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, protect and comfort us and show us how to use the weapons that God has given us, in fact if necessary: He will call in the angels for back-up!!!
Could that be said of us? Without the protection of the Holy Spirit of God: where would we be, how many of us would even be alive to enjoy praising him tonight? Oh we need ALL the weapons that God has given us!
THE SWORD AS A WEAPON
We know when God gave us the full armor; of course it was for defense, and the sword for defense and offense. Let’s visualize an actual battle, say with David leading it in the full armor of God. Did he just stand there and let the enemy attack. Bobbing and ducking: NO. Did he allow the enemy to hit him over and over again? NO. When you just take hits over and over you may get cracks in your armor. You definitely will be bruised and battered. Is this God’s desire for you? He has given us all an offensive weapon. If it stays in its sheath at your side: what value will it have? God has given us the Sword of the Spirit to use, not just to know about. Knowing scriptures, memorizing them is fine, but if you don’t use them: they you have no protection.
Let’s look at this weapon.
Ephesians 6:11+18 11 Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Vs 18 And the Sword of the spirit is the Word of God.
Now swords are used to attack and kill. The Sword of the spirit can kill demonic thoughts; it can kill plots formed against you: it is aweapon of war. The Sword of the spirit can cut and defend
Now let’s look at the Sword of the Spirit that you carry:
The length of the sword depends upon your knowledge of and confidence in the Word. It cannot be two edged until the Word is spoken out of your mouth. That is where the power is activated. The strength of the sword depends upon the way you speak the Word. The power of the sword (Word) will protect you and keep you from failing.
The Word of God is
Quick: which means: alive, brings back to life, brings life
Powerful: It renews the inward man
Sharp: It cuts with a single stroke, does not to hack away
Two-edged: two mouthed sword, said by God, then said by man. As a weapon the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God is:
It defends against lies
It defends against deception
It defends against mental attacks
It defends against temptation
It resists, restrains, and rebukes
It attacks sin (cuts into the spirit)
It attacks sickness (cuts into the body)
It attacks seductions (cuts into the soul)
It reveals, redeems reconciles, renews and repairs. OH YES, it is the ONLY TRUE weapon against the enemy.
For those who do not know: after my years at the rodeo and race track: I became an Olympic hopeful in sword fighting, so I can speak of the use of the sword with expertise. I was a international competitor in Sabre fencing, the only problem due to tradition etc, Women’s Sabre was not yet an Olympic event. I took it upon myself to go against the world system and thru a long fight: Women’s Sabre became an Olympic event. By that time I was too old to compete, but I felt like John the Baptist: preparing the way for those coming who were better than I was. Isn’t that what we should do today? Not just crying in the wilderness, but shouting from the rooftops: Prepare ye the way of the Lord?
Back to the sword: As a soldier before you attack anyone, by must be sure you are defended. If you run blindly at someone, you will probably be run thru by their sword first. Imagine this: the enemy attacks: you do a parry or block, A bind, (YOU BIND THE STRONG MAN) but don’t just stop there. After you block the attack, then you attack back with IT IS WRITTEN……..THE WORD OF GOD. You then are taking control and reminding the enemy that THE BATTLE HAS BEEN WON. You have found him out and he must flee.
We were not designed to just TAKE IT. We do not give a rematch to a fallen foe………..We take authority with the word. The enemy will look for the weakest soldier, the one afraid to use his weapon and badger and continue relentlessly until that soldier finds his authority and strength. I used the example of a prize fighter looking for a rematch. THE ENEMY HAS LOST the fight for the world, yet he roams around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. He looks for someone silly enough to give him a rematch.
The title victory has been won by Lord Jesus, we should never give the enemy a rematch, and he will whip us. Just remind him with the WORD, who is and where he is going. I trained for 10 years to wield a sword in the natural, but you can wield the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT by listening to the Holy Spirit, knowing when and how to use it. The enemy wants to kill you, the fiery darts are not sent to tickle you, they are sent to kill you. Listen to the Holy Spirit; wear your full armor and NOTHING, NOTHING CAN BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU.