How do we get the Holy Spirit?
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
NBC’s Brian Williams reported that astronomers have discovered new a habitable-zone planet about 600 light-years away from Earth.
When do you think it was created? It was discovered in 2011, but it was always there, we just could not see it. Why?
1.We did not know where to look.
2.We did not have the right tools to look.
3.We did not even know that it existed.
This planet was always there, just like all the promises of God.
1. Sometimes we don’t know where to look for the promise.
2. Sometimes we don’t have the right tools to look for the promise
3. Sometimes we don’t believe that the promises exist.
Let’s also look at the planet Pluto: discovered in 1930 with great excitement: a new planet, the scientific community was so excited. That was what the facts were: a new planet that is how it appeared to be. But the truth once revealed is that it is just a tiny Dwarf,
IT IS NOT EVEN A PLANET!
It is not a terminal disease
It is not a broken heart
It is not an overdrawn checking account
It is just a tiny imposter of the truth
The mountain that we see before us: it may be a fact, but in reality the truth is it is only a dwarf……and can be spoken to and cast into the sea! So tonight we are going to be discovering the truth by analyzing things that appear one way, but when we find the truth: we see a startling contrast to what we had thought to be true. And we will see this thru one of the roles of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT:
SHOWING US THINGS TO COME………..
I always like to include some testimonies in these messages to get you excited about the truth and the power of the Word of God. This first one is about Minister Hudson. I had put her in charge of doing our outreach: FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA. Now the Holy Spirit gave me the name, it seemed rather silly because we were just going to be doing a small teaching at a shelter and would be giving them clothing and showing them how to properly wear the fashions. But words are so powerful. It became an Extravaganza because the Holy Spirit named it Extravaganza; I had not seen it yet. I was still seeing smaller. Now within two weeks it came together as a real Extravaganza!
People I did not even know began donating…..
DONATED were the following items.
1. A day of beauty for 21 ladies: Free hair, nails, facials and makeup from a local beauty school.
2. A van to transport them
3. Enough clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories for 3 shelters (we hauled away 2 truck loads to other churches and shelters)
4. Each woman was personally dressed in the most becoming style for her with shoes and jewelry to match.
5. Overflow of donated food.
6. Gifts donated for the shelter women and the beauty school volunteers.
7. Two Christian Singers for entertainment.
8. Baby sitter for the children who remained at shelter.
9. Toys for the children at shelter.
10. Day at the Betty O’Day Spa.
11. Free dance classes.
12. Tons of love.
Well it became what it had been called: an extravaganza.
I never called it a clothing drive or anything to indicate lack, it was a fashion extravaganza………the name given by the Holy Spirit: so then the Holy Spirit made it happen. HE was in charge, this was ministry in a church and out of a church!
Back to Minister Hudson: she was in charge of organizing, preparing the clothing, phone calls, just tons of things to do over and above her daily job and her position as my Armor bearer. She had her time blocked out exactly perfect, no time to be late for anything, just organized perfectly. Two days before the event, she had rushed out of her apartment on the way to a strategic meeting, and she locked her door and OH NO HER keys were locked inside. Her landlord is not on the premises and she could not afford to be late. It was a crucial day in the organization. She dropped to her knees and cried out to God: your word says if we ask anything in the name of Jesus, you will hear, and because you hear, you will do. She stood up and under the UNCTION of the Holy Spirit, she took both of her hands and just hit the door and it popped open!!! impossible? No………faith in the promise of God executed by the Holy Spirit.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE.
Now she did not stop and think: well I will just pray and hope, no her first reaction was on her knees, and then just acting upon what she heard. She could have just called the landlord and been late for everything, she could have cried, called me, postponed the meetings and felt sorry for herself, but she knew this was God’s event and she just allowed herself to react the way she should have: Prayer, Listening, confidence, doing. The Holy Spirit had named, and organized this event and He was not going to let anything stop it from happening!!! When you are on assignment, nothing, nothing can stop you.
There is a lady who has called me for prayer for about 6 months. I have never met her, and she does not go to the church, or attend any of our conferences, but I prayed for her family etc. Then she began having financial problems and her house was approaching foreclosure. We prayed several times about it and the final date was for foreclosure was rapidly approaching. It was to be on Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 noon, We stood in faith that somehow God would intervene, and her faith was strong. On Tuesday (the day before the foreclosure) she called me in a panic. She had gotten into fear. She was asking me about someone she had found on the Internet that said he could stop the foreclosure for $1,000.
I got a strong check in my spirit and told her this was not the way to go. I told her to at least check the guy out as there are many people who are fraudulent representing themselves as Christian mortgage brokers. I encouraged her to just trust God. She was despondent, now I was in a department store, shopping when she called again, I was in my work clothes, tired at the end of the day and not looking like much of a minister of the Gospel: disheveled and rough looking to say the least. I got mad at the devil for tormenting this elderly lady and putting her into fear. I knew God had her in the palm of His hand now the enemy was trying to steal her house by getting her into fear.
I now on the phone I walked and pushed my cart and began binding and loosing up one row and down the other. I was getting louder and louder, things were bouncing around in my cart as I was flying around corners! Drawing unwanted attention, I did not care: this was a life or death situation FOR HER. Soon I notice people giving me a wide berth, as they probably thought I was some kind of lunatic. All I knew was this time was war and I would not stop until we had victory FOR HER.
When she hung up, honestly she was still a little shaky, but I knew that I knew the battle was over, the battle had been won. The next day On December 7th at 11:55 am, just 5 minutes before the deadline the mortgage company called her. The lady who called said to her: Madam, this has never happened in the HISTORY of this company, but somehow your foreclosure has been postponed INDEFINATELY.
Five minutes before……….You see if God had done it a week earlier when her faith had been high, and it did not look like it was all over, would her faith have been tested? No it would just have been mercy and favor or even some could have said luck if it had been settled weeks earlier.
But this way she knows that it was only GOD and His Holy Spirit had saved her home. Now she is a walking breathing testimony for the goodness of God. This is a testimony for all of you and for the entire audience. Who knows who is in the same situation today? Who knows how testimony will change the outcome of the financial life of another child of God. I encourage each of you to share these testimonies, they are for the body. Each time we share, we get encouraged and we encourage others. Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God.
RADIO STATION—I like testimonies, we overcome by testimonies. Six years ago I was doing Spiritual Guidance at church; a minister came in for counseling and shared with me that he was moving to Phoenix. He shared a little about Phoenix and it struck a cord in my heart. I got excited and went to Ronnie: who is on my board of directors and asked him what he thought about doing a conference in Phoenix. He said he had a cousin there, and he felt good about it. I called a local radio station and inquired about scheduling etc. The next week I got a call from the largest radio station in the Midwest, they gave me a great deal and I forgot all about Phoenix.
In Three years, I had a large customer base and it was going well here in CHICAGO. A year ago when I went to renew in NOVEMBER, The Holy Spirit just came on me and I said to the producer:
NEXT YEAR AT THIS TIME I WILL BE ON MORNING DRIVE TIME/FIVE DAYS A WEEK.
Well he sweetly agreed with me, we both knew it was impossible. Those positions never opened up, and the cost was $3,000 per week………it was a dream and I was almost embarrassed to say it, but I know when the Holy Spirit Speaks. Another year rolled around and a month before renewal, I got a call: I was being permanently preempted! This radio station was syndicated in 250 cities and they had sold time to a huge ministry and they took my time! No renewal.
I will admit I was heart broken, I had spent so much money on this station, now with no warning I was losing not only the investment, but all of my loyal listeners.
They offered me a different time……..the Holy Spirit was keeping me calm and I knew I was done with this station. I felt I had been betrayed for money. A week went by, and I got a call from the radio station in Phoenix!!!!!!! I had not called them or even thought about Phoenix in years. They offered me exactly what I had stated: NEXT YEAR AT THIS TIME I WILL BE ON MORNING DRIVE TIME/FIVE DAYS A WEEK. Now remember what I had declared—I did not say in Chicago……..but the Holy Spirit knew about things to come, I have had more responses from Phoenix than I ever had from Chicago!!!
We are to SPEAK OF JESUS AND His Holy Spirit everywhere we go, and this opens the door to bring life to all dead situations. We are looking for a church property and thru a series of events we went to a small denominational church. The Pastor was elderly and in poor health. The congregation had aged out and was almost totally gone. The Pastor was burned out, overwhelmed and tired. The church would be a beginner church for us, but my main interest was the Pastor. I kept speaking about Jesus and the Holy Spirit, His response was minimal to say the least. He acted like he did not want to listen, but the Holy Spirit would have his way. We had been out contact for a few months, because one of the decision makers was out of town. I heard from him a few weeks ago and the first thing he said was: I don’t know what has happened, but there are more new people coming in than ever in the past! I reminded him that the Holy Spirit was bringing life, and because I spoke of Him, that invited Him into a dying place to bring life back to that church.
Do you Speak of Him,
Do you invite Him into a dying place in your life?
Do you allow Him to show you things to come?
I confess everywhere the soles of my feet shall tread: I claim for the Kingdom.
This opens the door for the Holy Spirit.
He is a gentleman and won’t barge in where he is not welcome.
MAKE HIM WELCOME EVERYWHERE
HOLY SPIRIT IN AND UPON US
This is a subject that has a lot of discussion and sometimes confusion and I want to simplify a complex issue. I want to spend a little time sharing about the difference between the Holy Spirit in us and the Holy Spirit upon us. I am going to be using the Message Bible as I feel it makes it much easier to understand.
MATTHEW 3:16-17 MESSAGE
16-17The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”
The voice of God and the Spirit of God together in the presence of Jesus! The trinity in action~~This marked the beginning of Jesus ministry! It also marks the beginning of YOUR ministry when the Holy Spirit Arrives. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit: tonight is the night!!
ACTS 1:6-8 MESSAGE
6When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?” 7-8He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
When you are born again you receive the Holy Spirit in you. That is your guarantee of eternal life in heaven with Jesus. He will never leave your or forsake you, it is done. Once you accept Jesus your future is decided. The Holy Spirit in you is just for you, not only your salvation, but leading you in proper decisions, in comforting YOU,===it is just for you, it is not for others. That is your relationship, exclusively with Jesus thru the Holy Spirit. Even if you backslide, the Word says that God is married to the backslider; you are still part of the Bride of Christ. The only way you can loose this salvation is to deny that Jesus came, died on the cross and took all, I mean all of your sins and rose to be seated with the father, and will come again. Loosing salvation has nothing to do with the father, it is a conscious choice on the part of man if he denies Jesus as savior. Man has free will: he can blaspheme the Holy Spirit and just kick him out of his life. And then that man will be empty: alone and headed toward hell.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, like it did on Jesus and then you receive miracle working power of God. The dynamos, the dynamic power of God. Those who reach nations, going into all the world have Holy Spirit in them for salvation and upon them thru the baptism for miracles. Jesus brought the miracles so that the people would believe. He could have just told them who He was, but they would not believe, they needed to see miracles. There had been false prophets for centuries. There were sorcerers and magicians doing dark miracles all of the time and receiving monies for their “gifting”, the people needed to see godly miracles, in which Jesus received no financial reward as the others did. They began to see the love in him and that the miracles were truly from God because the miracles were for them, and not for JESUS.
What do you think a magician would charge to produce food for 5000 plus, say if the Romans were trying to win the Israelites back to paganism? Rome could not equal this type of miracle…….because they had no one who could produce food from heaven, just like the manna from heaven had been produced by God for the children in the wilderness. And for the 5,000 +. Remember that Jesus told us, we would do greater things than He did!!! He did nothing for Himself, His own glory But to GLORIFY THE FATHER.
We can never forget: our assignment is not about US.
So how do we get the Holy Spirit and what is the Holy Spirit? Now when you get born again, you always get the Holy Spirit in you which guarantees eternal life, and when the Holy Spirit will comes upon you: It is Not to sit and watch TV or play, but to go into all the world and preach the gospel. All the world is subjective: all the world could be right next door! But the HOLY SPIRIT must be upon you for miracles: You cannot be part of any miracle unless you have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Just go the Father and ASK in the Name of Jesus. And He will give it to you. We are going to take a look at the Old Testament and we see in
And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him (MOSES), and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders:.
1. THIS CONFIRMS THAT THE SPIRIT CAN BE TRANSFERRED FROM ONE TO ANOTHER.
But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet
2. THE SPIRIT WAS GIVEN TO ASSEMBLE THE PEOPLE
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him (Samson), and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them,
3. THE SPIRIT OF GOD GIVES SPIRITUAL AND NATURAL POWER
1 Samuel 10:10
And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him (King Saul) ; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
4. THE SPIRIT BRINGS THE GIFTS
2 Kings 2:9
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
5. YOU CAN ASK GOD FOR A DOUBLE PORTION
You can see many places where the Spirit came upon David, the Prophets, and many others. When Elisha prayed for double: in fact he has recorded in the Bible: He produced DOUBLE MIRACLE. There are many instances of the Spirit coming upon people in the Old Testament. This happened for them to do miraculous feats. It was not always with them, but dispersed by God as needed.
We see in Psalms that David asked God: Please Do not take your SPIRIT from me!! When God would send His Holy Spirit, and they did signs and wonders: It was: confirmation of the Power of God to all people. COULD ONLY HAVE SPIRIT WHEN GOD PRESENTED IT, AND HELD IT IN PLACE.
Now this demonstration may seem exceedingly simple, but sometimes simple is clearest. ONCE GOD REMOVED HIS HAND, THE HOLY SPIRIT LIFTED AND WAS GONE OFF OF THE PERSON. Now once Jesus came, died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave: He sent His Holy Spirit to comfort us.
When we received salvation we were FILLED with the Holy Spirit. This is a gift from God and he will never leave us or forsake us.
Now when we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit…..which is for ministry, manifestation of miracles and for others. We receive the POWER TO DO miracles. AS WE SYMBOLICALLY GO DOWN INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOW UPON US. Jesus set this precedent…….
LUKE 4: 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
We see in this scripture: when the Spirit is upon someone: it is always for others. This is Christian Ministry.
There are times when we feel we are losing connection with God, HE HAS NOT MOVED, we have drifted away. We quite reading the Word, we quit praying……we are drifting away. WE ARE STILL FILLED, WE HAVE NOT LOST OUR SALVATION………BUT WE think ARE LOSING THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT……Here is the reality: ALL WE HAVE to do is to ask for GOD for a fresh realization of the anointing and: we have it. THE HOLY Spirit had not left, we had left, When we ask God, he just opens our eyes to see the truth: he well never leave us or forsake us.
Just to keep it simple: The Holy Spirit is
Within you-for you, your salvation
He is upon you for power to help others
The Bible is clear, we just make it complicated.
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