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ACTS 29 TODAY

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PRAYER AND FASTING…THE POWER TWINS

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Let’s say you’ve just committed yourself to a season of

praying in the Holy Ghost. You’re hungry to know God

more intimately and to walk in His plan for your life, so

you’re ready and willing to yield to the Holy Spirit’s

purging process and to push through any impasses you

might encounter.

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But what about those areas in your life in which you

have been defeated time and time again? What about

those deeds of the flesh that have wedged themselves so

tightly into the nooks and crannies of your life — the

ones that taunt you into believing that you will never be

any better than you are now and that you will never

accomplish anything more than what you’ve already

accomplished? Is there anything that can help set you

free in these areas once and for all?

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I have good news for you — Jesus has given us an

important key for just such a purpose!It isn’t a very

popular key; yet when a person employs it, that key will

shut down the flesh nature with the same vengeance

that God used to slam the door on Noah’s ark against an

entire world that had gone the way of the flesh. That

key is fasting.

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You see, if you ever learn to shut your flesh down, you

will shut Satan down, because the only power he has is

through the seduction and manipulation of the flesh

nature, which includes the mental and emotional realm

as well as the physical body.

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My First Experience With Fasting

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God introduced me to fasting during a time when I had

reached an impasse in my prayer life. I had gotten so

hungry for God from just praying in tongues that I was

looking around for ways to get closer to Him. During

this time, my heart cry was “Help me produce

something for the Kingdom in the next month or two,

Father. I have to see something tangible!”

I found out right away that an impasse was overcome

more quickly when I fasted. Not only that, but the

workings of my flesh surfaced much more quickly as

well! I learned that fasting accompanied with prayer

multiplied what was already in me.

The first time I went on a fast, I had amazing results. As

soon as I came off the fast, every-thing in my world

went wrong!

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I came off this long fast, which I refer to as a “seeking

time,” and almost had to stagger into meetings. I had

weak knees, and it wasn’t from a lack of food! I could

hardly stand up to preach. It seemed as if God’s

anointing had lifted from me. When I laid hands on

people to pray for them, they wouldn’t have fallen

under the power of God even if lightning had hit them!

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On top of that, we were in debt for an entire month’s

budget. I tucked myself away to fast and pray — and I

came out of that time only to be more in debt than

before! I told God, “The least You could do is to

supernaturally arrange for the bills to be paid while I’m

locked away with You!”

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I was getting a little short-tempered about the situation.

Anger was building up on the inside because I wanted

to know why.

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I began to see clearly. I came to realize that during the

fast, certain areas of my flesh nature that hadn’t been

put to death in the past had come to the surface. When

these fleshly works began to surface, the anointing felt

less, but in reality was greater than ever before.

This is what Paul meant when he said in essence, “For I

would rather glory in my infirmities (or weaknesses as

a man) because when I am stripped of my dependency

on my flesh, it places my dependency on the Holy

Spirit” (2 Cor. 12:9,10). When we feel weakest in our

own natural strength, we are usually the strongest,

because un-mortified areas of our flesh are in the

process of dying.

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Fasting and prayer in combination help cause those

fleshly works to come to light in our lives more

quickly.Tests and trials will also bring them to light, but

I would rather not wait for the trials. Fasting and

prayer allow the Holy Spirit to reveal those things

hidden in darkness and to deal with them before the

trials come. This in turn causes our character to be

strengthened.

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Until next time

LARRY

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STEPS TO INTERCESSION

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Intercession is born in us when the needs of others

move our spirit so strongly that we finally give the Holy

Spirit something to add His power to. That is when faith

in its purest form flows from our spirit.

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Let me tell you the steps that lead to true intercession

after you begin the edification process by praying in

tongues at your own will.

The Holy Spirit will first build you up to that place of

sensitivity we’ve been talking about.You will start to

look at your husband or wife or lost family member

and say, “Oh, God, above everything else, I would that

he [or she] be saved.” At this point, the desires of your

heart begin to change in the edification process. You

are taking the first steps toward intercession.

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Although you may think you are directing the Holy

Spirit’s prayer, you are not. You have your list of prayer

requests: Joe needs a car; Susie needs this; Jan needs

that. All of those things are almost irrelevant to God.

So you sit there with your big list and say, “Okay, I claim

all these things.” When you say,“I claim it,” God hears

it. Then you say, “Now I’m going to pray in the Spirit

about it.” At this point, the desires of your heart begin

to direct your prayers rather than your mentality.

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What did God say? He said that He would grant the

desires of your heart if you delighted yourself in Him

(Ps. 37:4). That means that if you delight yourself in the

Lord in prayer, the desires you have will come from

Him, and these are the desires He can fulfill.

As you pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will begin to

plant a little seed. That is the conception of a miracle. It

is the birth plan for your backslidden spouse or your

child on dope or a lost relative. He plants that seed

directed by the desires of your heart. As you pray in

tongues,God will begin to form that little “baby” by the

authority of your spirit.

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Several months go by. You keep praying, and that

miracle growing on the inside of you begins to “show”

as you carry it to fruition.

Soon you don’t care if anyone around you is praying or

not. You get up early. You pray at all times of the day

and night. You walk around and crave spiritual things

that you never used to care much about.

The months go by as you continue to pray. Suddenly, by

an act of God’s will and not your own, it is time for

birth, and you begin to groan. The labor pains are

getting closer and closer.It is only a matter of time

before that “baby” is birthed in the spiritual realm.

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After long hours of edifying myself through praying in

tongues, God began to slip me over into intercession to

birth things in the Spirit.

For example, I remember a time when the symptom of

partial deafness temporarily manifested in my body

while I was interceding. That night a woman who was

totally deaf came to my service, and God opened her

ears! She could hear music and the voices of her

husband and son for the first time in her life. Why?

Because God was able to bring me to a place in the

Spirit where I stood in the gap for this woman’s healing.

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So is it worth the hours and days and months that it

takes to build that superstructure in your spirit by

praying in tongues so that one day the Holy Ghost can

begin to use you in mighty intercession? Oh, yes, my

friend, it’s worth every minute.

It is a high honor to stand between Satan and the

people he is trying to kill, steal from, and destroy. And

nothing can compare to knowing that those you’re

praying for may have known hell as their eternal

destination — except that you paid the price to be

purged so you could stand in the gap and set the

captives free!

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For in these last days, many shall scurry to and fro.

Fear will encompass the earth.Men’s hearts shall fail

for looking upon those things that are coming upon the

world.

But run not here and run not there,for your answer is

within.

Look up, saith the Spirit of Grace, your redemption

draweth nigh.

Establish your feet on the foundational rock of doing

My sayings.

Be ye strengthened with all power and might in the

inner man, for it is the inner strength that will

accomplish My purpose in My people.

Through that inner strength will I empower you in

these last days to stand. (word given thru Dave Roberson)

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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The Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities

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My experience was right in line with Romans 8:26,

which says the Spirit also helps our infirmities. That

means He helps in conjunction with someone who is

already helping.

This throws us back to verse 23, where Paul says that

we are groaning out of our righteous human spirit. So

when Paul says in verse 26, “Likewise the Spirit also

helps us…,” he is saying, “In the same manner that you

are groaning out of your human spirit, He will also help

you.”

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This is how it works. A mountain comprised of fleshly

works stands between you and God’s plan for your life.

The Holy Spirit will focus in on that mountain “with

groaning s that cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26). You

have entered a mild form of intercession, but it is for

yourself that you stand in the gap.

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These groaning s are not just referring to speech so

profound that you can’t utter it. It’s also talking about

reaching a place in the Spirit where you begin to hate

whatever stands between you and God’s plan so badly

that you enter into a state of groaning or grieving.

Your heart cries out, I wish this was out of my life!

Lord, I hate this!At this point, you have given the Holy

Spirit the faith He needs to come alongside and move

the mountain out of the way.

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If you persevere in prayer and refuse to let the

mountain defeat you, at some point you will experience

a “meltdown,” where the Holy Ghost removes the

mountain and you come out on the other side

victorious. Why? Because you cannot continue to report

to prayer and still retain your problem. You will either

have to quit edifying yourself and yield to those works

of the flesh or allow the Holy Spirit to purge them out

of your life.

The Holy Spirit will pull out the problem at the right

time, when you’re ready and can survive the purging.

Your part is to just keep praying.

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Don’t stop. Push through the impasse. The Holy Spirit

will illuminate this purging process for you, and when

it’s all over, you’ll be able to see and understand that

massive mountain that was removed from your life.

You will thank God that you are one step closer to

mighty intercession.

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Praying in Tongues vs.Deep Intercessional Groaning

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The combination of the two passages we’ve been

looking at in Second Corinthians 5 and Romans 8 settled

for me the age-old issue of the difference between

praying in tongues for personal edification and the

deep intercessional groans of the Spirit — that diversity

of tongues that is operated by God as He wills.

The truth is, even if you start out praying in tongues

with a cold, indifferent, stony heart,only two

ingredients are necessary to bring you to the place

where the Holy Spirit can move through you in deep

intercessional groaning s: your knowledge that your

indifference is wrong,and your decision to pray in the

Holy Ghost by your own will as often as possible.

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As you continue to pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit will

edify you and charge you up into the love of God until

compassion gets hold of you — until at times, as you

walk away from yet another person still bound to his

wheelchair, you feel as if you can’t even live unless you

see results. This is the kind of groaning that says, “I

can’t stand this anymore. It hurts too badly.I will put

aside all of my selfishness and strife and all of our

differences. I’ll do whatever I need to do to serve the

purposes of the Holy Spirit.”

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Putting our differences aside is a major part of what

delivers us into true intercession.Dead religion consists

of “I have my rights! Vindicate me!” That’s where most

of the church world lives, and that’s why most

Christians seldom visit the realm of miracles.

Therefore, the Gospel of glad tidings doesn’t reach that

little deformed child bound to a wheelchair. He doesn’t

get a chance at his reward because the Church failed

him.

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But when we get to that place where we groan out of

our righteous spirits over this world’s pain, sin, and

misery, we don’t want to fight with anyone anymore.

We just want to pray. So why don’t we put all of our

differences aside and start praying!

It is the groaning of our righteous spirits that the Holy

Spirit picks up on. If He examines me and sees that my

new nature is crying for help in groaning s — hurting

but not knowing how to pray as I ought — He says,

“Excuse Me, but I have been sent to help your

infirmities.I want to add My groaning s to your cries for

help, for that will translate to pure power for you to

rise above the inabilities of the flesh.

“You have come to a standstill. In your own strength,

you can’t pull this off. You don’t have the power. You

don’t know how to do it, but I do!”

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So the Holy Spirit adds His anointing of power — His

intercession, His groaning s — to blend together in

unison as one with the groaning s of your spirit. At that

point, He empowers you to rise above the problem and

do something about it.

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In Galatians 4:19, Paul made a revealing statement that

provides insight into the distinct difference between

tongues for personal edification and deep

intercessional groaning s:

My little children, of whom I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH again

until Christ be formed in you.

How many women pick the day to give birth to their

child? How many choose the day their baby will be born

without man-made intervention? How many stop the

process and say, “I think I’ll wait two days”? Not too

many, I would imagine. Women can start the child

bearing process as they will, but they cannot end it

according to their own will.

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In the same manner, at your own will you can start the

process that will lead to intercession and travail by

praying in the Spirit and edifying yourself. But even

after you have reached that place of sensitivity in

which you groan out of your righteous spirit because of

the imperfections of this world, the deep intercessional

groaning s of the Holy Spirit only come upon you as He

wills.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

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THE EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE

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Notice what else Paul says in Second Corinthians 5:5, as

he encompasses the entire ministry of the Holy Spirit in

our lives in this one simple statement: God gave us the

earnest of the Spirit.

To find out more detail about the Holy Spirit’s ministry

as the earnest of our inheritance,we have to go back to

Romans 8. Paul says in essence, “It doesn’t matter if

you’re imprisoned in a body that is capable of sin. Sure,

you’re still trapped here in hope of a glorified body. But

you don’t have to wait alone — you have the earnest of

the Spirit. And this is how the Holy Spirit carries out

that ministry.”

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If you’re at all familiar with the real-estate business,

you know that “earnest money” is a token of your

sincerity to make the purchase. It is money against the

promised possession.

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Well, when you were born again, God said, “I’m going to

give you a little bit of Heaven to go to Heaven with,

because when this purchase is finished, I want you, the

promised possession, to come home to be with Me.” So

God put His “earnest money” — the Holy Ghost — down

on you against the promised possession. In other words,

God sent the Holy Ghost as the earnest of our

inheritance to guarantee us three things:

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1.The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee of the power to

fulfill your ministry hereon earth.He offers Himself in

edification through the supernatural language of

tongues to pray the plan of God into your life. He is

your only true promise of power and of divine direction

and leadership to fulfill your ministry. His is the only

earnest that will see you through. No other path holds

that guarantee.

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2.He is your guarantee of a glorified body.

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3.He is the power to finally deliver the purchased

possession — you — to God as He brings you on home to

Heaven.

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So the earnest of the Spirit guarantees to help you

fulfill your ministry, to deliver you to your glorified

body, and to bring you home to Heaven. That is God’s

guarantee to you: If you follow Him, He will never lose

His earnest money against the promised possession.

Never.

As you use that basic diversity of tongues called

tongues for personal edification, you begin to instigate

the earnest of the Spirit. At that level, the Holy Spirit

starts to deal with all of your problems, no matter how

bad they are. If you keep yielding to His work in you, He

will deliver you out of all of them.

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The ‘Ministry of the Earnest

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Paul describes how the Holy Spirit carries out His

“ministry of the earnest” in Romans8:26:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we

know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the

Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings

which cannot be uttered.

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We know from our earlier discussion that the word

“infirmities” refers to our inability to produce results

because of the limitations imposed on us by the flesh.

That’s why we who have the first fruits of the Spirit

groan out of our righteous spirits — we desire that

these limitations be removed. And the Holy Spirit in

like manner helps our infirmities.

I appreciate the Holy Spirit’s help, because I found out

long ago that I’m not too smart when it comes to

producing results in spiritual matters. For example,

when I look at a crip-pled, deformed child in a

wheelchair and come face to face with my inability

through unbelief to produce results, my righteous spirit

groans inside of me.

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If I knew how to pray as I ought, that child in the

wheelchair would rise up whole and normal and walk.

So the Holy Spirit has to help my inability to produce

that result.

You see, we all have a call and a place in God’s plan,

even that severely handicapped child in the wheelchair.

What glad tidings should we be preaching to that child?

“Little believer, you don’t have to be that way anymore,

because that wasn’t in God’s plan. You have a divine call

just like I do. And unless the Church can help set you

free of that condition, you will never fulfill that call as

God intended.”

If that isn’t our message, then what good is the Gospel?

Is it only for good-looking people who have money in

their pockets and drive a Lexus? Do we think that a

little deformed child is any less called by God than

ourselves?

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The preacher’s message should be “Captive, you don’t

have to be captive anymore. Blind,you don’t have to be

blind anymore. Poor, you don’t have to be poor

anymore. Prisoner, you don’t have to be locked up in

your own body anymore.”

If that isn’t the preacher’s message, did he stop where it

was comfortable enough to live the good life, forgetting

the desperate needs lying just outside his comfort zone?

Doesn’t he care about prayer? Is he so caught up in the

cares of this world that he thinks he can excuse him-

self? No excuse will hold water on that day when he

stands before Jesus expecting a big, fat reward, and

Jesus asks him, “Why didn’t you endure in prayer?”

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This is a realm of which few of us have any

understanding at all. When faced with some-thing like a

wheelchair case, we may say, “Well, I’m just going to

pray and believe God.” But if we really believed God

when we prayed for that person, why didn’t the person

get healed?No one knows — not even the person in the

wheelchair. But I’ll tell you who does know Holy Spirit.

And as the earnest of our inheritance, He is sent to help

us in our inability to produce results!

What does this have to do with intercession? Well, it

wasn’t until I had been praying hour after hour in

tongues for about two years that I began to experience

the deep intercessional groanings of the Spirit coming

from deep within my spirit as He willed.

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I wondered why I hurt inside, so God spoke to my spirit:

“Do you like the plan the devil has for the world?”

I answered, “No, I don’t! In fact, I hurt inside.”

He said, “Yes, you are groaning out of your righteous

spirit for the culmination of all things and for the

redemption of your body. You are groaning to see this

whole horrible mess come to an end.”

I said, “Yes, Sir, you’re right!”

I began to experience hurt that came from deep inside

of me every time I walked away from someone in a

wheelchair who didn’t get healed. I would know beyond

a shadow of a doubt that Jesus had borne that person’s

sicknesses and pains, yet I’d feel the limitations

imposed on me by the flesh. Or I would hurt inside

when I saw entire civilizations starving to death in

plain view of the world.

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I would want to do something about that person’s

crippled condition or the sad plight of those

desperately poor nations — but I couldn’t in my own

strength! However, the Holy Spirit could as He moved

on my spirit with tongues of deep, intercessional

groanings, activated severally as He willed.

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until next time

LARRY

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GROANING WITHIN OUR RIGHTEOUS SPIRITS

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So how can we be confident of final victory in this

spiritual quest from selfish carnality, to enduring in

prayer through the purging process, to becoming a

prepared vessel that the Holy Spirit can use in

intercession? I found an answer to that question in my

studies and meditation of two different passages of

Scripture: Second Corinthians 5 and Romans 8.

The key to our ultimate victory is summed up in one

simple statement in Second Corinthians 5:5: God has

given to us the earnest of the Spirit. Let’s look at the

entire passage in context:

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle

were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not

made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

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For in this [earthly tabernacle]we groan, earnestly

desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is

from heaven[our glorified bodies]:

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

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For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being

burdened: not for that we would be unclothed[we don’t

just want to die], but clothed upon, that mortality might

be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is

God, who also hath given unto us THE EARNEST OF THE

SPIRIT.— 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

Now let’s go to Romans 8:22-25 and compare the two

passages. First, let’s look at verse 22:

For we know that the whole creation [every created thing] groaneth and travaileth[as a pregnant woman]in pain together until now.

All creation groans for its deliverance from the

bondage of corruption in which it was placed at the fall

of man. All of creation, right down to the last atom,

came under a curse at that time.Now creation,

pregnant with a new heaven and a new earth, groans in

travail like a pregnant woman waiting to give birth.

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Then in verse 23, Paul switched the emphasis from

creation to you and me:

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Everything in creation that is imperfect is in a form of

intercessional groaning, waiting to be delivered from

corruption. That includes believers who have “the first

fruits of the Spirit.”

Notice Paul said that we have the first fruits, and we

wait for the second fruits — the redemption of our

bodies. What are the first fruits Paul is talking about?

Jesus died and arose from the dead, and those of us who

are born again have become the first fruits — the first

harvest — of His resurrection. When we bowed our

knee to the Lord Jesus Christ and were born again,

adoption papers were served on us, and we became His

first fruits.

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When I was born again, my spirit man was

instantly seated in heavenly places with Christ

Jesus.Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened

us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And

hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in

heavenly places in Christ Jesus.— Ephesians 2:5,6

My spirit has taken on the express image of Jesus

Christ. It has been born of Him and consequently has

become the righteousness of God in Christ: For he hath

made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we

might be made the righteousness of God in him.Cor.

5:21). Therefore, on the inside of me, I have these

righteous feelings. Something in me is so holy that it

constantly wars with my flesh.

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We who have the first fruits of the Spirit — in other

words, we who are born again and have received the

earnest or baptism of the Holy Spirit — are groaning.

We groan within our righteous spirits, waiting for the

entire adoption process to be culminated or completed

at the redemption of our bodies — the second fruits.

The reason you are groaning on the inside of your

righteous spirit is that you are imprisoned in your

fleshly body. You live in there. Your flesh has death

working in it, inherited from the first Adam. It is not

only capable of sin; it will sin if you let it. That’s why

Paul says in Galatians 5:16:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

You are totally capable of walking in the flesh. Even

more than that, your body is imprisoned in a world of

warring and strife — a place where children are

starving to death and men kill each other, where sin

and perversion run rampant. Your righteous spirit

groans within your body, because you’re in an

imperfect world that has all this damnable sin, and you

are still capable of practicing it yourself.

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In fact, Paul said that all creation is travailing like a

pregnant woman, sold to the bondage of slavery, crying

and groaning to be delivered out of that bondage. I am

in the middle of all this mess, and the righteousness

that has been implanted within me makes me groan for

anew heaven, a new earth, and a new, glorified body.

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This is starting to sound like the passage in Second

Corinthians 5, isn’t it? Remember what verse 4 says:

For WE THAT ARE IN THIS TABERNACLE DO GROAN, BEING BURDENED: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

What are we groaning for? We are waiting for our

adoption process to be made complete.When? At the

redemption of our bodies. In other words, when we are

clothed with our glorified body, a house from Heaven

not made with hands.

When Jesus returns, our bodies will be changed in the

twinkling of an eye from corruptible to incorruptible as

we receive our resurrected bodies (1 Cor. 15:52). That

time is coming. Bu tin the meantime, while we are still

imprisoned in our bodies, we need Someone to help

us.That’s why God gave us the Holy Spirit — to

empower us during this time of waiting to have victory

over the dominance of the flesh.

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Then in Second Corinthians 5:5, Paul goes on to say this:

Now he that hath wrought [or saved]us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

So God has wrought, or saved, us for the culmination of

His great plan. Actually, Paul is saying the same thing

but in a slightly different way to both the Romans and

the Corinthians.In Romans 8:24 and 25, he said we are

saved by hope.

For we are SAVED BY HOPE: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

We are saved by the hope of what? We who have the

first fruits of the Spirit are waiting for the redemption

process to be made complete at the resurrection and

glorification of our physical bodies. We don’t see it yet,

so “we do with patience wait for it.” We don’t have any

choice but to wait. We can believe God for Jesus’ return

until we turn blue and seven shades of white and green,

but Jesus is still going to come back when God says it’s

time for Him to come back!

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until next time

LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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PURGED TO STAND IN THE GAP

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I’ll tell you another good reason why it’s so important

not to give up on prayer when you reach an impasse.

You’ll never be able to stand in the gap for others the

way God intends if you remain an unpurged vessel.

Before we can enter deeply into intercession, we must

experience a certain degree of mortification of the

flesh nature. Intercession requires dedication,

determination, and endurance.Generally, each of these

attributes is contrary to the flesh.

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Why Prayer Groups Often Fail

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That’s why so many prayer groups fail, even though

they begin with the best of intentions. Most people who

join a prayer group don’t possess stamina,

commitment, or dedication. In fact,what they usually

have is a whole boatload of excitement and a ton of

character flaws!

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These people join a prayer group thinking that they’ll

spend the time pulling down great spiritual strongholds

over the city as they pray in tongues. But in reality, all

they are really doing in the beginning is edifying

themselves, not interceding for others.

If they stick with it, this edification process will cause

the character flaws that have hindered them in the past

to surface. The Holy Spirit will bring them face to face

with the root that has borne the bad fruit — in other

words, the works of the flesh in their lives that have

caused them not to be a good mama, a good daddy, a

good provider, etc. Raging tempers may arise in those

who seemingly never had that kind of temper before.

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But the capacity for these fleshly traits was there all

along; praying in tongues just caused them to surface.

Now it is up to the people to continue in prayer,

allowing the Holy Spirit to edify their reborn spirit

until it is able to purge the very root of those traits

away. If the prayer group members don’t deal with

these revealed faults, soon they will disband over petty

arguments, false doctrines, or just plain selfishness. But

if they’ll keep on praying, the Holy Spirit will finally get

them to the place where He can take the emphasis off

their personal edification and release His power

through them on behalf of others.

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So the devil works on keeping believers in a state of

carnality. Many churches remain in that state, always

fighting each other, always in turmoil. In that state of

carnality, believers are not qualified for intercession,

because they don’t care enough that sick children are

dying.They don’t care that multitudes are going to hell.

They are too concerned about their own rights.

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We should desire to be great intercessors. God wants to

place us between hell and those who are trying to get

there. But first we must desire to mortify the deeds of

the flesh.

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Stand Steadfast in Intercession

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However, we must remember that we cannot actively

pray for the salvation of souls and for revival without

attracting the devil’s attention. Paul warned us about

an impending war in Ephesians 6. He said, “Look, we

don’t wrestle against flesh and blood; we aren’t fighting

with a sword or a spear. But the war is just as real. We

wrestle against principalities, against powers, against

rulers of darkness of this world, and against spiritual

wickedness in heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

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Therefore, you have to determine to stand steadfast in

intercession, cooperating all the time with the Holy

Spirit’s mortification process that continues within. As

you edify and build yourself up on your most holy faith,

praying in the Holy Ghost, you will attain a place in the

Spirit where God can literally pour the deep

intercessional groanings through you. That’s when

incredible, mega-amounts of Holy Ghost power begin to

be released.

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The amount of spiritual activity that goes into

operation when God’s power is delivered to a person to

genuinely stand in the gap is phenomenal. This kind of

power authorizes a host of angels to take legal action in

others and in your affairs to ward off catastrophes and

change circumstances.

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But this level of intercession also attracts powers and

principalities to challenge your authority. These

demonic powers will move in on you with the

vengeance of a freight train.Their target will be any

weaknesses or character flaws that they can use to stop

and destroy you, such as your susceptibility to ungodly

lusts or just plain procrastination.

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That’s the reason the months and months of edification

through praying in tongues are so important. During

that time, the Holy Spirit edifies your reborn human

spirit to put to death any forces of the flesh giving the

devil authority and power to hinder and control your

life. He builds your spirit to such a place of spiritual

maturity that the enemy can’t stop you.

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Once you have reached that place of enduring prayer,

the Holy Spirit will begin to activate incredible waves

of glory — power that floods over your soul in the form

of supernatural joy and hilarious laughter.

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These waves of glory are enjoyed by people who have

mastered the art of enduring prayer and are being used

by God to rescue others from physical disaster or

eternal hell. The super-natural joy and laughter is a

report from the realm of the Spirit that faith has

obtained the answer; something has changed, and it

will soon be manifested in the natural realm.

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until next time

LARRY

 

 

 

 

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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THIS IS THE REFRESHING

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Are you weary from a long, inner battle? Have

imaginations and high things exalted them-selves

against the knowledge of God in your life? Have

uncaptivated thoughts taken their toll until you feel

mentally exhausted? Is it a struggle just to drag

yourself to church, much less take a step further and

begin to daily worship Him in private? Do your

emotions say, “I’m worn out. I have sat in church most

of my life, but I’m approaching the point where I don’t

care anymore”?

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Well, Isaiah 28:11,12 says speaking in other tongues is

the rest and the refreshing that causes the weary to

rest.

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For with stammering lips and another tongue will he

speak to this people.To whom he said, This is the rest

wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is

the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

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Praying in tongues is a priceless gift that God has given

us so we can feel rested and refreshed right in the

middle of a very imperfect world!

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Jesus said, “Why don’t you take My yoke upon you and

learn of Me?” (Matt. 11:29). What is that yoke that He’s

talking about? Well, remember — Jesus is meek and

gentle. The yoke He asks you to take upon yourself is

not trudging through life with the great burden of the

Gospel on your shoulders. The yoke He asks you to take

is the responsibility to learn of Him.

When people used oxen for plowing their fields, they

always broke in a young ox by yoking him up with an

old, experienced ox. If that young ox didn’t want to

turn at the end of the row,the old ox would turn him

anyway. If the young ox didn’t want to plow, the old ox

would drag him along. If the young one wanted to quit

at three o’clock instead of four o’clock, the old one

would push him to go further.

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That’s what Jesus will do for us when we’re yoked up to

Him. So just buckle that yoke around your neck, and

remember: It’s a double yoke, and the other end is

around Jesus. If you will yoke yourself to Him and

determine to learn of Him, you will find that His ways

are gentle, peaceful, and powerful.

Jesus said, “My yoke is to learn of Me” — and one way to

do that is through the rest and refreshing of praying in

tongues!

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Stay in There!

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Now, of course, the choice is yours. You don’t have to

pray in tongues at all. God loves you,accepts you, and

will do all He can for you at whatever level of

Christianity you may be.

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But if you want to draw closer to God — if you want to

put to death the fears, uncertainties, bad habits,

pressures, and cares that stand between you and a

closer walk with God —then praying in tongues is a

precious gift to take advantage of. It is a spiritual key

that will bring you rest and refreshing, unlock divine

mysteries, and build you up higher in God.

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So as you launch yourself into a season of praying in

tongues, just remember that when-ever you hit any

kind of impasse, the best thing you can do is stay in

there. Even when your emotions start to fight you, even

when you feel antagonistic toward prayer and some

mysterious force is resisting every little effort to pray

—stay in there!

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You are approaching a critical point. You are about to

experience a spiritual “nuclear melt-down” — only the

things targeted to melt down are your fears, worries,

torments, pressures,lusts for wrong things, bondage to

poverty, anger, and strife.

Then when you have come through the impasse and

you’re standing on the other side, get ready to enjoy a

breakthrough in that area you’ve been believing for.

You’ve persevered in prayer, and now you’re ripe for a

miracle!

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As you yield yourself to My Spirit,then My Presence will

work in you,illuminating you and searching the inward

parts of your belly that you might understand what My

will is. I will lead you beside the streams of water. I will

sink your root system deep that you might manifest the

kind of fruit that is born of My Spirit.So hear what the

Spirit would say, because in that day many shall cry.But

you shall be established on the rock of doing My

sayings.You will be one whom I can move through.

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LB here now, just want to say thanks for all the prayers and $ support shown to me these last few weeks as I underwent a successful prostate surgery.

No cancer was found, and I can void normally after 8 years of struggling with an enlarged prostate.

About half of the cost has come in and if you want to help some with the rest you can make a donation at the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/mspbdy-prostate-surgery

also this is the last pod GODCAST


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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

 

 

 

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