Anointed II

 

Jesus himself walked in the  power of the Holy Spirit and he also manifested the gifts of the Holy Spirit by the same Holy Spirit anointing we can now have as well

(Acts 10:38 KJV)  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

(Luke 4:1 KJV)  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan,

(Luke 4:14 KJV)  And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

(John 3:5 KJV)  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

If was by the Holy Spirit that Jesus discerned what troubled his disciples too.

(Mark 2:8 KJV)  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

If was by the Holy Spirit that Jesus even knew who it was that would betray
him

(John 13:21 KJV)  When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

and how much more do we need to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit too?

(Luke 24:49 KJV)  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

This Jerusalem is in your home.. by faith do seek the Lord till ye be filled with the power from on High.

(Mat 22:29 KJV)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

(Mark 9:1 KJV)  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

(Mat 10:1 KJV)  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

(Mark 3:15 KJV)  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

(Luke 4:32 KJV)  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

(Luke 4:36 KJV)  And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

(Luke 5:17 KJV)  And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

(Luke 10:19 KJV)  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

(Luke 12:5 KJV)  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

(Acts 1:8 KJV)  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

(Acts 3:12 KJV)  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

(Acts 4:33 KJV)  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

(Acts 6:8 KJV)  And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

(Acts 26:18 KJV)  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

(Rom 15:13 KJV)  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

(Rom 15:19 KJV)  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

(1 Cor 2:4 KJV)  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

(1 Cor 2:5 KJV)  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

(1 Cor 4:19 KJV)  But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

(2 Cor 4:7 KJV)  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

(Eph 3:7 KJV)  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

(Eph 3:20 KJV)  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

(Eph 6:10 KJV)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

(Col 1:13 KJV)  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

(1 Th 1:5 KJV)  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

 Too often we worship wrongfully still mere man and man wants to be worshipped wrongfully as well

(Rev 19:10 KJV)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

(Mat 10:19 KJV)  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

 Mat 3:11 “[John the Baptist said] I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with Holy Ghost fire”.

John 1:33 “[John the Baptist said] And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost”. Jesus said that when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit you would have rivers of living water flow out of you.

John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive, for the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified”.)

Acts 1:5 “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence”. When you receive the Baptism of Holy Ghost Fire you will receive power to witness and be a vessel that God’s healing power can flow thru.

Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM utterance”.

Christianity is  walking daily with the Lord Jesus, His Spirit, , and growing with him as well. The fundamental conservatives hard line that there is only one Baptism, and that the  Charismatic gifts are dead or unessential, clearly seems to me just more of their  hard heartedness even to growth, personal development, evidence of  a false religious spirit only that wants God in their own comfortable box still

Acts 19:1-6 And it came to pass, that, while Apollo’s was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, AND PROPHESIED.

I note that some people only talk about the tongues still and not also about the prophecing..Firstly he main objective of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not tongues but an empowering to do God’s will, work.. We should not pray for people to get tongues in praying for someone to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles didn’t. We should instead pray for an their Immersion, empowering in in the Spirit to take place You can surely see why the devil wants people distracted here too. And also are prophecy and interpretation and discernment and the word of knowledge and healing and casting out demons also not the manifestations of the Holy Ghost? Jesus said out of your belly (heart) will flow Rivers of Living Water. The River can flow out in many different forms, and not just by the least gift the tongues. Let us seek HIM Jesus and all things He has for us will come. While evidence of love of the brethren, the other believers, is still to me rightfully too the real basic evidence of the Holy Spirit in my life  and in any one else’s life,  all of the  Holy Spirit gifts still have their roles as well. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Which includes walking in His gifts.

The person receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will also know when He the Holy Spirit comes upon them.  If we really  are however  letting Jesus have control over what we are doing,  then he will tell us what gifts we need to use as well .. We also do not need to take  isolated scriptures out of context as well for  we do have the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us personally in love as well. And who can argue with that? The Baptism in the Holy Ghost comes with the power to serve God. Tongues are also important to the body, even all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are important but when one is used to give proof even mainly to the exclusion of the others, then that is where the serious error lies. Some people get locked onto a single verse. single gift,  and do not have eyes to see the rest of Holy Writ, not even on Jesus now too.
 
and having His love we do not reject the Holy Spirit or His gifts

 (Jer 17:9 KJV)  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

GOD KNOWS IT.

(Luke 4:18 KJV)  The 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,

(Prov 22:6 KJV)  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The Parents, the educational system, media  have a significant effect on the morality of all persons as well.

Some  of God’s  people are even too easily lied too because they themselves and their associates, their parents also,  are still immoral. They too still do walk in lies and in deceits, are in bondage to sin, wrongfully even boast of  their false possessions, false successes . And even because it is obvious as well that they personally really do not know God and that they do wrongfully  refuse to stop being immoral as well. They are encouraged by the devil in all of  this wrong behavior now  too.

(Prov 22:12 KJV)  The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he  overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

(Jer 9:1.2  KJV)  Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!…  that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

(Jer 9:3 KJV)  And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

(Jer 9:4 KJV)  Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

(Jer 9:5 KJV)  And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

(Jer 9:6 KJV)  Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

(Jer 9:8 KJV)  Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one  speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth  his wait.

(Jer 9:9 KJV)  Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

(Jer 9:10 KJV)  For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are  gone.11  And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

(Jer 9:12 KJV)  Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?

God personally will not overlook their sins, their pursuit of false values,
lies  too, God he will deal with them as well very appropriately and they likely won’t even still know why too..

(Jer 9:13 KJV)  And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;

(Jer 9:14 KJV)  But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

(Jer 9:15 KJV)  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.

(Jer 9:16 KJV)  I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.

(Jer 9:17 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:

(Jer 9:18 KJV)  And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

(Jer 9:19 KJV)  For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

If these people understood and really knew God than they would have known that God was a God of real loving kindness, real judgments, and walks in righteousness, truth  as well. and he really does not approve now of their false values, their personal unkindness, lies, deceits, immoral walks.

(Jer 9:23 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he  understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

God will not now, next even spare his supposed people of negative consequences, real judgement  too.

(Jer 9:25 KJV)  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
First (Mat 3:8 KJV)  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Fruits is plural also ..

(John 9:35 KJV)  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

also

(Acts 16:31 KJV)  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou  shalt be saved, and thy house.

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(1 John 3:23 KJV)  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

(1 John 5:13 KJV)  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The recent bankruptcies of large major companies such as Nortel, Worldlcom, and the devaluation of their stocks has cause many, many people to lose their monies, savings even because many persons they  have been lied to, they also have put their trust in people, the system,  and in the their pension savings rather than putting all of their trust soley in  God.

(Psa 40:4 KJV)  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and  respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

(Jer 17:5 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

(Jer 17:6 KJV)  For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

(Jer 17:7 KJV)  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

(Jer 17:8 KJV)  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

(Prov 3:25 KJV)  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

(Prov 3:26 KJV)  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

(Jer 17:9 KJV)  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 
God and he gives to everyone that is unrepentant sadly  still what they deserve.

 The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the  least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me’” (Matthew 25:40, NIV).

 ”I have read that Queen Mary made a regular visit to Scotland every summer, and how, on “one occasion she was strolling with a group of school children. Suddenly the sky turned gray and thick, and dark clouds appeared. The queen stopped at a nearby house and asked if she might borrow an umbrella. She told the lady of the house, ‘I’ll send it back to you tomorrow.’ The lady was reluctant about lending a good umbrella to a total stranger, but she remembered that she had an old one up in the attic. One rib was broken and there were several ragged holes in it, but she nevertheless turned it over to this lady at her front door with a weak apology.

“The next day there was another knock at the door. This time, when she opened it, a man in gold braid stood with a big envelope in hand. “The queen sent me,” he said, “and asked       me to thank you for the umbrella.” For a moment the woman stood motionless–speechless, but then burst into tears. Finally she cried, “Oh! What an opportunity I missed that  I didn’t give her my best!”

How embarrassing! But how often, I wonder, do I give  Jesus my second best . . . or even my leftovers?

Even God’s people often do, wrongfully give to the  poor people, Christian workers  their junk, their broken,  discarded items.

In younger days . . . much less tactful ones . . . when I was the pastor of a small church, as we didn’t have a janitor, I was cleaning the church. The vacuum cleaner we had was next to useless and I said to myself, “I’ll bet one of the members gave this to the church because it wasn’t  any good to them.”

I reported this thought to the church officers at our next meeting. Oops! Deathly silence. I was right. It was a gift from the chairman of the board and his wife! As I often kid, my comment went over like a pork chop in a synagogue! But we did get a new vacuum cleaner!

Let’s not give Jesus the King of Kings our broken umbrellas, nor our leftovers–whether it’s time, talents, gifts, or money. Let’s give him our first-fruits . . . not our last-fruits.

In the words of the old hymn: “Give of your best to the Master; Give him first place in your heart; give him first place in your  service; Consecrate every part . . . Give him the best that you have.”

Prayer: “Dear God, in thanksgiving for your great love-gift to me and your so-great salvation, grant that I will always have the grace to give you the best that I have to give. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.” “

(Phil 1:9 KJV)  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment;   10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

“fruits of righteousness” is plural and it does not mean solely the fruit of the holy spirit. but it includes the personal good works of righteousness, the fruits of genuine repntaces as well.

(Mat 3:8 KJV)  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

(Mat 7:16 KJV)  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

(Mat 7:20 KJV)  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

(Mat 21:34 KJV)  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

(Mat 21:41 KJV)  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

(Mat 21:43 KJV)  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

(Luke 3:8 KJV)  Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

(Luke 12:18 KJV)  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods… 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

(2 Cor 9:10 KJV)  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

(Phil 1:11 KJV)  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

(2 Tim 2:6 KJV)  The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

(James 3:17 KJV)  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

(Mat 5:16 KJV)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

(Acts 9:36 KJV)  Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

(Rom 13:3 KJV)  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou
shalt have praise of the same:

(Eph 2:10 KJV)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(1 Tim 2:10 KJV)  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

(1 Tim 5:10 KJV)  Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

(1 Tim 5:25 KJV)  Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

(1 Tim 6:18 KJV)  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

(2 Tim 3:17 KJV)  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

(Titus 2:7 KJV)  In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

(Titus 2:14 KJV)  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

(Titus 3:8 KJV)  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto
men.

(Titus 3:14 KJV)  And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

(Heb 10:24 KJV)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

(1 Pet 2:12 KJV)  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

(Mat 5:6 KJV)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

(Mat 5:20 KJV)  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall
exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(Mat 6:33 KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

(Mat 21:32 KJV)  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

(Luke 1:75 KJV)  In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

(Acts 10:35 KJV)  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

(Acts 13:10 KJV)  And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

(Acts 24:25 KJV)  And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,

(Rom 6:13 KJV)  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto
God.

(Rom 6:16 KJV)  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

(Rom 8:4 KJV)  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(Rom 14:17 KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

(1 Cor 15:34 KJV)  Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

(2 Cor 3:9 KJV)  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

(2 Cor 6:14 KJV)  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness?

(2 Cor 9:9 KJV)  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

(2 Cor 9:10 KJV)  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister
bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

(Eph 4:24 KJV)  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

(Eph 5:9 KJV)  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

(Phil 1:11 KJV)  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

(1 Tim 6:11 KJV)  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

(2 Tim 2:22 KJV)  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

(2 Tim 3:16 KJV)  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

(2 Tim 4:8 KJV)  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

(Heb 11:33 KJV)  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

(Heb 12:11 KJV)  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

(James 3:18 KJV)  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

(1 Pet 2:24 KJV)  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

(2 Pet 2:21 KJV)  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

(1 John 2:29 KJV)  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

(1 John 3:10 KJV)  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

(Rom 15:13 KJV)  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

(Eph 4:8 KJV)  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Mat 10:42 KJV)  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

(Mat 14:16 KJV)  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

(Mat 19:21 KJV)  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

(Eccl 11:1 KJV)  Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

(Isa 58:7 KJV)  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

(Gal 2:10 KJV)  Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

(2 Cor 9:10 KJV)  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

(Luke 6:38 KJV)  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
again.
 
(Mat 21:19 KJV)  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and  found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow  on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20   And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree  withered away!

  
(Titus 3:5 KJV)  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

What esle  the Bible has said about the Spirit of the Lord

(Judg 3:10 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.
 
(Judg 6:34 KJV)  But the spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
 
(Judg 11:29 KJV)  Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.
 
(Judg 13:25 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
 
(Judg 14:6 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.
 
(Judg 14:19 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.
 
(Judg 15:14 KJV)  And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
 
(1 Sam 10:6 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
 
(1 Sam 16:13 KJV)  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
 
(1 Sam 16:14 KJV)  But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
 
(2 Sam 23:2 KJV)  The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
 
(2 Chr 20:14 KJV)  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
 
(Isa 11:2 KJV)  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
 
(Isa 40:7 KJV)  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
 
(Isa 40:13 KJV)  Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
 
(Isa 59:19 KJV)  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. 
 
(Isa 61:1 KJV)  The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
 
(Isa 63:14 KJV)  As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
 
(Ezek 11:5 KJV)  And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
 
(Ezek 37:1 KJV)  The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
 
(Micah 2:7 KJV)  O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
 
(Micah 3:8 KJV)  But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
 
(Luke 4:18 KJV)  The 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,
 

 
(2 Cor 3:17 KJV)  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
 
(2 Cor 3:18 KJV)  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Spirits Cry….

I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias
Holy Bible John 1:23 KJV

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand … Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matthew 3:2,5,6

John the Baptist’s raiment was camel’s hair; his girdle leather; his meat locusts and wild honey. John was without the food and clothing that he was used to at the priestly home of his earthly father. He had only a groan, a cry: the cry of the Spirit.

No angels, shepherds, wise men, or stars heralded his immediate coming. (But the heavenly messenger Gabriel, who spoke to Daniel and to Mary, spoke also to his father, Zacharias, about his birth and call.) Yet from his obscure place in the wilderness, he moved the whole land. God, through him, cried the cry of the Spirit … oh, that awful, piercing cry! … and all the land was moved by it.

Some are ashamed to cry. Others don’t want to because there is a loneliness in a cry. But they really aren’t alone … GOD is with a person who has only a cry.

A New Thing

God spoke to John in the wilderness, and told him of a new thing: water baptism.

And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven … and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God.
John 1:32-34

The water baptism John told the people of was a clean cut from the past; it was a new way. John had been with the circumcision lineage; now he was an outcast, for the new way was a breaking down of the old plan.

When they heard that cry, that awful cry of the Spirit, and the message he gave, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Make straight paths for your feet, without treading down others or exalting undue rights,” all were startled. They were awakened, thinking the Messiah had come. Their searching was tremendous!

“Is it he? If not, who can it be?” they wondered.

John said,

I am a voice crying, making a way for Messiah to come.

And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No … I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
John 1:19-23

The Cry Brings Conviction

“Individual purging/purposing, must be in your life!,” he cried out. God’s Word came forth through him:

… the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? … And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Luke 3:5-10,14

God was pressing life through him. God was moving the multitude and changing the situation at hand through him. The banks of the Jordan were covered, filled with people, and the conviction upon the people was tremendous. The multitude cried out and were baptized of John in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

Oh, to be alone with God! John had been alone in the wilderness, and he heard the Word of God, which had power to change those around him.

… the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came … preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Luke 3:2,3

Alone … oh, to be alone with God so we can get His mind and thought, His impression and revelation of the need of the people!

Alone! Alone!
Jesus bore it all alone;
He gave Himself to save His own;
He suffered, bled, and died alone.

A Burden Births the Cry

There was nothing ordinary about John; all was extraordinary. He was unafraid to cry out God’s message of repentance to anyone regardless of his rank or position. King Herod was reproved by him because of his sinful relationship with Herodius, his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evil which Herod had done. (See Luke 3:19) Even John’s death was not ordinary. Herodius’ daughter danced before Herod, who promised her up to half of his kingdom. She asked for John the Baptist’s head.

Yes, this holy man was alone. God had John in such a sanctified, separated way that he would express that cry, the burden for the whole land. He would cry for the sins of the people, “God is holy! We are the children of Abraham, the children of faith! Awful judgment is coming!”

Cry, cry

… he could not help but do it, because of their sin. John had been filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. He had the burden of the Spirit in him.

John was stern, but the land was still open to Jesus. Jesus walked in a way they knew; John came in a new way. John came neither eating nor drinking, he came crying. The only place he could breath and be free was in the wilderness, the atmosphere of heaven, where he turned with a message to declare the preparation needed … repentance before Jesus came … to open the place of redemption.

The Spirit’s Cry to You

The cry of the Spirit to you today is:

* Allow a working of the Spirit in you, then allow God to work through you for others. Remember John: his father and mother left behind; his heart bleeding at the altar; his soul bearing the burden, the cry, the need of people.

* Give way unto the Lord, even to the operation of the Spirit. Be a people known of God, doing exploits, and gripped by God.

* Continue in the things unto thee, and so the enemy will be put to flight. Even those around thee shall acknowledge;”The Lord has blessed!”

(Wales, August 1925) Smith Wigglesworth

Hunger for The Baptism..

 Like Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake had already experienced mighty breakthroughs, powerful anointings and a real calling from God for many years before Azusa Street and the Pentecostal Revival. The following is a condensed account of the spiritual hunger and preparation that Lake was taken through by God, near the beginning of the most anointed period of his ministry. (Taken from the book, ‘John G. Lake – Apostle to Africa’, compiled by Gordon Lindsay, and told in Lake’s own words):

“Eight years passed after God revealed Jesus the Healer to me. I had been practicing the ministry of healing. During that eight years every answer to prayer, every miraculous touch of God, every response of my own soul to the Spirit had created within me a more intense longing for an intimacy and a consciousness of God, like I felt the disciples of Jesus and the primitive church had possessed… Shortly after my entrance into the ministry of healing, while attending a service where the necessity for the Baptism of the Spirit was presented, as I knelt in prayer and reconsecration to God, an anointing of the Spirit came upon me. Waves of Holy Glory passed through my being, and I was lifted into a new realm of God’s presence and power. After this, answers to prayer were frequent and miracles of healing occurred from time to time. I felt myself on the borderland of a great spiritual realm, but was unable to enter in fully, so my nature was not satisfied with the attainment…” (Pg 16).

“Hundreds, and hundreds of people were healed by the power of God during these ten years. But at the end of that ten years, I believe I was the hungriest man for God that ever lived. There was such a hunger for God that as I left my offices in Chicago, and walked down the street, my soul would break out, and I would cry, ‘Oh God!’ I have had people stop and look at me, and wonder. It was the yearning passion of my soul, asking for God in a greater measure than I knew. But my friends would say, ‘Mr. Lake, you have a beautiful Baptism of the Holy Ghost.’ Yes, it was nice as far as it went, but it was not answering the cry of my heart. I was growing up into a larger understanding of God, and my own soul’s need. My soul was demanding a greater entrance into God, His love, Presence, and Power. And then one day an old man strolled into my office, sat down, and in the next half hour, he revealed more of the knowledge of God to my soul than I had ever known before. When he left I said, ‘… God, if that is what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with tongues does, I am going to possess it.’ Oh the wonder of God, that was then revealed to my heart!…”
 

“Finally I was led to set aside certain hours of the day that I dedicated to God, as times of meditation, and prayer. Thus a number of months passed, until one morning as I knelt praying, the Spirit of the Lord spoke within my spirit, and said, “Be patient until autumn.” My heart rejoiced in this encouragement and I continued my practice of meditation and prayer as formerly. It became easy for me to detach myself from the course of life, so that while my hands and mind were engaged in the common affairs of every day, my spirit maintained its attitude of communion with God… I said, ‘God, if you will baptize me in the Holy Spirit, and give me the power of God, nothing shall be permitted to stand before me and a hundred-fold obedience.’

“I prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for nine months, and if a man ever prayed honestly, and sincerely in the faith, I did. Finally one day I was ready to throw up my hands, and quit. I said, ‘Lord, it may be for others, but it is not for me. You just cannot give it to me.’ I did not blame God. One night a gentleman by the name of Pierce said, ‘Mr. Lake, I have been wishing for a long time you would come over, and we would spend a night in prayer together. We have been praying for the Baptism for a whole year and there is not one of us baptized yet. Brother, I do not believe that you are either, so we can pray for one another.” I was so hungry to pray, so I went with all intentions of praying for the rest, but I had not been praying five minutes until the light of God began to shine around me, I found myself in a center of an arc of light ten feet in diameter, the whitest light in all the universe. So white! Oh how it spoke of purity. The remembrance of that whiteness, that wonderful whiteness, has been the ideal that has stood before my soul, of the purity of the nature of God ever since.

“Then a Voice began to talk to me out of that light. There was no form. And the Voice began to remind me of this incident, and that incident of disobedience to my parents, from a child; of my obstinacy, and dozens of instances when God brought me up to the line of absolutely putting my body, soul, and spirit upon the altar forever. I had my body upon the altar for ten years, and I had been a minister of the Gospel. But when the Lord comes, He opens to the soul the depths that have never been touched in your life. Do you know that after I was baptized in the Holy Ghost, things opened up in the depths of my nature that had remained untouched in all my life, and that which was shadowy, distant, and hazy became real. God got up close and let His light shine into me.

“Shortly after this experience, one afternoon a brother minister called, and invited me to accompany him to visit a lady who was sick. Arriving at the home we found the lady in a wheel chair. All her joints were set with inflammatory rheumatism. She had been in the condition for ten years…While my friend was conversing with her, preparing her to be prayed with, that she might be healed, I sat in a deep chair on the opposite side of a large room. My soul was crying out to God in a yearning too deep for words, when suddenly it seemed to me, that I had passed under a shower of warm tropical rain, which was not falling upon me, but through me. My spirit, and soul and body under this influence soothed into such a deep still calm, as I had never known. My brain, which had always been so active, became perfectly still. An awe of the presence of God settled over me. I knew it was God.

“Some moments passed; I do not know how many. The Spirit said, ‘I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears. You are now Baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ Then currents of power began to rush through my being from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The shocks of power increased in rapidity, and voltage. As these currents of power would pass through me, they seemed to come upon my head, rush through my body, and through my feet into the floor… Even at this late date, the awe of that hour rests upon my soul. My experience has truly been as Jesus said that He shall be within you ‘a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.’ That never-ceasing fountain has flowed through my spirit, soul, and body day, and night, bringing salvation, and healing, and the Baptism of the Spirit in the power of God to multitudes.

“Shortly after my Baptism in the Holy Spirit, a working of the Spirit commenced in me, that seemed to have for it’s purpose the revelation of the nature of Jesus Christ to me and in me. Through this tuition and remolding of the Spirit a great tenderness for mankind was to awaken in my soul. I saw mankind through new eyes. They seemed to me as wandering sheep, having strayed far, in the midst of confusion, groping and wandering hither and thither. They had no definite aim and did not seem to understand what the difficulty was or how to return to God. The desire to proclaim the message of Christ, and demonstrate His power to save and bless, grew in my soul until my life was swayed by this overwhelming passion.” 

“I found that my life began to manifest in the varied range of the gifts of the Spirit. I spoke in tongues by the power of God, and God flowed through me with a new force. Healings were of a more powerful order. Oh, God lived in me; God manifested in me; God spoke through me. My spirit was energized. I had a new comprehension of God’s will, a new discernment of spirit, and a new revelation of God in me.

“Then a new wonder manifested. My nature became so sensitized, that I could lay hands on any man, or woman, and tell what organ was diseased, and to what extent, and all about it. I tested it. I went into hospitals where physicians could not diagnose a case, touched a patient, and instantly I knew the organ that was diseased, its extent, condition, and location. And one day it passed away. A child plays with a toy, and his joy is so wonderful, he sometimes forgets to eat.”

Before obeying the call into full-time ministry, Lake felt the need to dispose of his very successful business interests. He sold everything, giving the money to God’s work, and embarked on full-time ministry with a heart full of the fire of God. Soon afterward, when he was ministering in a city in Northern Illinois, God spoke to him clearly and distinctly: “Go to Indianapolis. Prepare for winter campaign. Get a large hall. In the Spring you will go to Africa.”

John G. Lake continues: “One morning when I came down to breakfast, I found my appetite had disappeared. I could not eat. I went about my work as usual. At dinner I had no desire to eat, and no more in the evening. This went on till the third day. But toward the evening of the third day, an overwhelming desire to pray took possession of me. I wanted only to be alone to pray. Prayer flowed from my soul like a stream. I could not cease praying. As soon as it was possible to get to a place of seclusion, I would kneel to pour out my heart to God for hours. Whatever I was doing, that stream of prayer continued flowing from my soul … On the night of the sixth day of this fast, that the Lord had laid on me, while in the act of washing my hands, the Spirit said, ‘How long have you been praying to cast out demons?’ and I replied, ‘Lord a long time.’ And the Spirit said, ‘From henceforth, thou shalt cast out demons.’ I arose and praised God.” . An opportunity to test this newly-given anointing to cast out demons came the following Sunday, when a violently insane man was brought to Lake, who commanded the demon to come out of him in Jesus’ name. The man was instantly delivered, and two days later was released from the institution that he had been confined in.

In April 1908, Lake and his family left for South Africa. Though they had no visible means of support, they were miraculously provided for every step of the way. And thus began a tremendous Revival, with mighty healings, miracles and deliverances, which was to profoundly impact the African continent for years to come, even long after Lake was gone. In 1913, following the tragic death of his wife, Lake returned to America, but by this time the torch had also been passed on to Elias Letwaba and others in Africa, and the work went on there, in great power. Lake continued his ministry in North America until his death in 1935, and like Smith Wigglesworth, he fought an outstanding fight and ran a great race, right to the very end

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