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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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Deal with the Root —Not the Bad Fruit

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God used a house in a neighborhood near my home to

teach me a lesson along this line. Everyone hates this

house. As you drive through this neighborhood of

elegant homes, suddenly you turn the corner and here’s

this dilapidated house.

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Trash is piled knee-deep all over the yard. The house is

in dire need of a paint job. The screen door is cocked

sideways. The lawn is overgrown. Several old cars with

no tires are scattered around. All of this in the middle

of a very nice neighborhood!

everyone who lives in the area is angry at the man who

lives in that house, but no one has convinced him to do

anything about its appearance. “I lived here first before

any of these other houses were even built,” he says, and

he refuses to change.

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One day I looked at this house as I drove by and

thought, Oh, my Lord, what a mess!Then the Holy Spirit

took advantage of the opportunity to teach me

something. He spoke to my spirit, saying, “Did you know

that the outside of that house is an exact picture of the

inside of the man who lives in it?”

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Whoa! With that revelation fresh in my mind, the first

thing I wanted to do when I arrived home was mow my

lawn!

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But, you see, the Holy Spirit was pointing out a mistake

that most Christians make: They are always trying to

pick the bad fruit off the tree of their life without

dealing with the root that caused the bad fruit to grow

in the first place!

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For example, people are often coaxed through their

emotions to respond to an altar call.“Run up here and

leave all of your bad fruit at the altar,” the preacher

says. So they kneel at the altar and think, Okay, I’m not

going to slap my wife anymore. I’m not going to drink

alcohol anymore.

So they pick off their bad fruit, leave it on the altar, and

go home. Now, it’s good that they have repented and

made a commitment to God never to commit such sins

again. However,there is a big problem. If they don’t

deal with the root of the problem — those spiritual

road-blocks hidden within them in darkness, that bad

fruit will simply grow back.

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Will Worship vs. Mortification by the Spirit

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But you can’t discover the root of fleshly works in your

life on your own. The Holy Spirit is the only One who

can search the innermost parts of your heart to find the

root. Then He edifies your reborn human spirit to rise

up and put to death the deeds of the flesh on a daily

basis.That’s why the baptism in the Holy Spirit takes

place in the human spirit — because that’s where all

permanent change comes from.

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I’ve been in the ministry now for more than twenty-five

years, and I have found that people can’t change

themselves. For example, when I rededicated my life to

the Lord at that ultra-Holiness church, people preached

at me all the time about what I was supposed to be and

what I was supposed to do. They told me to quit sinning

and gave me a list of all kinds of do’s and dont’s.

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But it wasn’t until I found out how to release the power

of the Holy Spirit inside of me that I was able to put to

death that old man’s fleshly deeds. Then finally, finally,

Jesus, the Man of Compassion, could begin to come

forward in my life.

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You see, the natural mind is only familiar with trying to

change through will worship. Do you know what will

worship is? It is when you endeavor to discipline

yourself against the problem as hard as you can using

your own will. “I will not sin anymore. I will not sin

anymore,”you say with gritted teeth. But try as you

might, sometimes you just can’t break a fleshly habit

using the strength of your own will.

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On the other hand, mortification through the Spirit is

the process by which the Holy Spirit rises up on the

inside of you to destroy the hold that the flesh has had

over you. Instead of the sin having dominion over you,

you gain dominion over it!

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The Cart Before the Horse

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But how do we loose that power on the inside of us to

mortify the deeds of the body? Earlier we saw that

Romans 8:26 gives us the answer:

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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So the key that releases the Holy Spirit’s power in our

lives on a personal level to mortify the deeds of the

flesh is the supernatural languages of tongues. The Holy

Spirit says, “Excuse me, but I’d like to help you. If you’ll

let Me make intercession for you with groanings that

can-not be uttered, I’ll break the hold of those

roadblocks that stand in the way of God’s best for you.”

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The ultra-Holiness church I attended as a young man

didn’t understand that key. They taught the doctrine of

“the three works of grace” — first saved, then sanctified

(which means separated from the filthiness of the

world), then filled with the Holy Ghost. They told me,

“You need to be born again.”

“Thank you, I am.

“Now you need to get sanctified.”

“Sanctified from what?” I asked.

“From smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco — all that

sort of thing.”

“Then I can receive the Holy Ghost?” I asked.

“That’s right.”

“You mean, I can’t get saved first, filled with the Holy

Ghost second, and sanctified third?”

“No way! Do you think God is going to baptize a

tobacco-mouth, alcohol-breath, un-sanctified

Christian?”

“Oh,” I said. “I guess not.”

But those folks had the cart before the horse! The Bible

says it is through the Spirit that you mortify the deeds

of the body.

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The Holiness folks said to me, “You have to become

good enough to receive the Holy Spirit.”

I replied, “Yes, but I need the Holy Spirit to become

good enough!”

So they said, “Then you can’t have Him!”But despite

what those folks thought, I got filled with the Holy

Ghost anyway! I came up to the altar one night at

church, and the Holy Spirit came on me. Out of

ignorance, I fought off the urge to speak out the

supernatural words He was creating on the inside of

me.

But later as I worshiped God at home, the Holy Ghost

came on me again. This time, I lifted my hands and

began to yield to Him. I fell down on the floor under the

power of God and got up speaking with tongues — and

I’ve been doing it ever since!

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But I couldn’t even tell those church folks I had

received the Holy Spirit, because I still smoked my pipe

and watched Star Trek! Then the Holy Spirit told me,

“Let me step in, Son.I’m the power that has been sent to

help you out of your weaknesses.”

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So I just kept praying in tongues. I’d smoke my pipe on

the way to church Sunday morning. Then I would be

under such conviction on the way home from church

that I’d throw my pipe out the car window.

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But on Monday morning at work, I’d buy another one.

I’d smoke my pipe on the way to the Wednesday evening

church service. Then on the way home from church, I’d

throw it away. The purging process was well underway;

I had provoked that internal war through praying in

tongues!

But I found out that mortification through the power of

the Holy Spirit goes for the root, and then the bad fruit

just falls off. I can’t tell you the exact time that the pipe

and the tobacco just fell off my “tree.” All I know for

sure is that once my reborn human spirit had been

built up sufficiently by the Holy Spirit, it struck the

root, and the bad fruit dried up and fell off the limb for

good. It beat anything I had ever seen!

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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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inward Transformation Before Outward Change

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Before I understood the dynamics of that internal war,

it was a great mystery to me why so many people,

although hungry for more of God and stirred up in

their spirits to pray much in the Holy Ghost, gave up

before any noticeable results had occurred. Then I

realized that most of those people had given up because

they were looking for their answers in the wrong place.

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Let me give you an example. Suppose a believer gets all

excited about praying in tongues. He decides, Look out,

devil! I’m going to lock myself away somewhere and

pray in tongues an hour every day. And woe to the man

who tries to get in my way to stop me! He’ll have boot

marks on his back end!

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So this man marches to his prayer closet with a ten-

pound Bible under his arm. Yes, sir,he’s going to pray in

tongues an hour every day. There’s just one problem.

He’s coming into this commitment as a manic-

depressive suffering from a terminal disease who is in

the process of filing bankruptcy!

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this man doesn’t care, because he’s found the answer.

He thinks, I’ve found Someone who knows my weakness

and will pray for my problem. Everything is going to be

different now!

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One month goes by. This believer prays in tongues one

hour every day. No change. Two months go by. He’s still

praying in tongues. No change. Three months go by.

Now he’s out watching the horizon.

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“What are you looking for?”

“Oh, not much. But, you know, I put my time in. I’ve

been praying in tongues for three months! If anyone

should receive an answer, it’s me!”

I’ll tell you what that man is doing. He’s out looking for

the spectacular and missing the miraculous! In other

words, he’s expecting God to answer the mysteries he

has prayed out in tongues by changing his outward

circumstances in some magnificent way. Meanwhile, he

is oblivious to the miraculous work of the Holy Ghost

that is taking place inside of him.

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Perhaps this believer imagines a big, white stallion with

flaming, red eyes riding over the horizon and

thundering down into the valley to his house. As the

stallion approaches, he recognizes who is in the saddle.

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“Oh, boy, it’s Jesus! Wow, this praying in tongues stuff

really works!”

Jesus reins in His stallion next to the believer and says,

“First of all, give Me a list of every-one you owe money

to.” The man gives Him the list, and Jesus gallops off on

His horse, leaving a cloud of dust behind Him. Jesus is

back in a half an hour and tells the man, “Every bill is

paid off.”

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Then Jesus says, “Excuse Me a minute,” and takes off

after the spirit of poverty that He has just spotted

slinking around in the shadows. The big stallion stomps

on that slimy devil until he’s just a miserable heap on

the floor — and instantly poverty is broken in the

believer’s life!

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Jesus trots back on His stallion and dismounts. Then He

walks over to the believer and lays hands on him — and

the disease and manic depression immediately

disappear! The believer exclaims, “Oh, my! I’ve been

made a new person, and I only prayed for three

months! This stuff really does work!”

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Jesus gets back on his horse and begins to ride off. All of

a sudden, He stops and rides back.He says, “By the way,

I forgot this.” He reaches into His pocket and pulls out

an envelope containing ten thousand dollars. “This is

for eating and fellow shipping in restaurants after

church services,” He informs the delighted man.

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Then Jesus rides off toward the horizon. Silhouetted by

the setting sun, He rears up on his stallion, shouts, “Hi

ho, Holy Ghost, and away!” and gallops off. The believer

sighs, wipes his forehead with the back of his hand, and

says, “Now that was a real deliverance!”

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Many people make the same mistake as that man did.

They pray in tongues, looking for their outward

circumstances to suddenly change. But they miss where

the supernatural trans-formation actually takes place

— in their spirit. And too often they give up before God

can finish working in them, the most important

changes of all. They look for the spectacular but miss

the miraculous.

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Remember, praying in tongues is like any other prayer

— it is designed to be answered! But because it is our

human spirit doing the praying (1 Cor. 14:14), it is also

our spirit man receiving the answer to our prayers.

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Now let me show you how the spirit man receives the

answer to the mysteries prayed out in the Holy Ghost.

Let’s just suppose that I hold a crusade where hundreds

of people get excited about praying in tongues. In fact,

they are so excited that even after I leave town, they

decide to spend a certain amount of time in prayer

every day.

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But after a few weeks of seeing no apparent changes in

their circumstances, one by one they begin to drop

away. Finally, there is only one person left who is still

keeping his commitment to pray in tongues every day.

Let’s say this one man hangs on to his commitment for

several months, praying in the Holy Ghost and looking

for change. Gradually something very miraculous

begins to take place inside of him.

 

Something happens to his insight into the Word.

Scriptures he never understood before come alive. In

casual conversation with his friends, he can suddenly

explain verses that used to be a mystery to him. When

people come to him with their problems, he wonders,

Why don’t they do this and this?because it all seems so

clear to him.

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This man is experiencing the effect that praying in

tongues has on his spirit. He is experiencing the way

God answers this kind of prayer.

In this same way, your spirit can begin to receive

wisdom and direction to fulfill God’s special plan for

you. You can develop a kind of “know-so” whereby you

just somehow know what God wants, even though at

times you don’t know how you know.

Now, all this doesn’t mean that noticeable results won’t

begin to show up in external circumstances. They will!

The most unexpected, incredible things will begin to

take place. God will work in your job, in your family,

and in your body. Friends and loved ones will notice the

difference in you as faith and assurance begin to

radiate and flow out from your life.

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I have seen many miracles take place as a result of

perseverance in praying in the Holy Ghost. But, you see,

first faith must come by hearing and hearing by the

Word of God (Rom.10:17). And as insight into the Word

begins to increase, so does the purging process that

trans-forms a person from the inside out. Then,

according to God’s divine order, outward

circumstances begin to line up with the changes that

have already occurred in the hidden man of the heart.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

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Things Hidden in Darkness

 

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Revealed Remember what I said earlier: The mysteries

you pray out in tongues are for your benefit,not God’s.

Every time you pray in the Spirit, you communicate up

before God’s throne the mysteries of Christ in you, the

Hope of Glory. When God starts to answer those

prayers, you begin to receive insight into His Word. The

understanding of everything that Jesus is in you starts

to come forth on the inside.

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At the same time these mysteries are revealed to your

understanding, the Holy Spirit also casts a brilliant

light on spiritual roadblocks that are hidden in

darkness — those sins, faults,and shortcomings that

keep you from producing a hundredfold harvest of

God’s plan for your life.

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This is what Jesus is talking about in Mark 4:20-22. After

describing the different types of bad ground in people’s

hearts, He says this:

And these are they which are sown on good ground;

such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth

fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty, and some an

hundred.

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put

under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a

candlestick?

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So Jesus calls me “good ground” if I receive God’s Word

— both the written Word and the mysteries of His

personal plan for my life — and then bring forth the

fruit of that Word thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.

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Then Jesus asks the question, “Is a candle lit to be

hidden under a bushel or under a bed?”The answer is

no. Can a lighted candle be brought into a dark room

without shining its light on that which is hidden in

darkness? No. Is the Word of God given to you not to

understand? No!

For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested;

neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should

come abroad.

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In other words, when the Holy Spirit begins to

illuminate your spirit by the Word of God, it is like

walking into a dark room with a lighted candle. Every

obstacle in the room that is hidden in darkness will be

revealed by the light.

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Jesus happens to be talking about your life. He happens

to be talking about uncovering the things hidden in

darkness that prevent you from producing a

hundredfold walk.

You see, the candle of your spirit was lit when you were

born again, and you cannot pray in tongues without

causing that lit candle to burn brighter and brighter.

That, my friend, is when that internal war begins! Why?

Because the flesh doesn’t like its deeds exposed to the

light. The flesh is just like those little cockroaches that

live in cheap motels. When the light is turned on, they

scurry for cover. They love the cover of darkness.

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So it is with your flesh. I guarantee you, your flesh isn’t

going to want to get rid of everything the Holy Spirit

shines a light on!

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MOST PEOPLE CAN GET A 30 FOLD WALK, AND EVEN A 60 FOLD WALK, BUT TO GET THAT LAST 30% TO A ONE HUNDRED FOLD WALK TAKES MORE POWER.

PRAYING IN TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION IS NOT EASY, OH SOMETIMES IT IS ESPECIALLY IN THE BEGINNING, BUT AFTER 6 MONTHS OR SO IT GETS MORE INTENSE.

DON’T GET DISCOURAGED, ITS A WAY OF LIFE, NOT A QUICK FIX, JUST KEEP PRAYING NOT MATTER WHAT, IF YOU STOP FOR AWHILE ITS OK, JUST START AGAIN, IT WILL BECOME A HABIT AFTER SOME TIME. (lb)

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

 

 

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Purging and Mortification

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People are looking for help to change. Most have

character flaws they don’t like in them-selves, but they

don’t have any idea what to do to get rid of those flaws.

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So these people keep on plugging away in a religious

system that demands more and more out of them so

that new buildings can be built and new programs can

be started. Finally, spiritual exhaustion sets in, and

they give up the fight. They resign themselves to always

remaining the way they are and view God as the head of

organizational-ism. Assuming that their relationship

with God is based on their relationship with an

organization, they are left faithless and frustrated.

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But God never intended for us to live futile lives of

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

reveal the mysteries of Christ in us and to perfect

change. So let’s take a closer look at the ministry of the

Holy Spirit on the inside of us. Let’s see how, through

the edification process, He takes us from where we are

into everything He said we could be.

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No ‘Quick Fix’

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Even Christians who believe that praying in tongues

edifies them often don’t understand how the edification

process works. Let me paint a picture of what many

believers think the edification process is: Before a

person is baptized in the Holy Ghost, he is like a dirty

old crow eating some dead animal off the road on a

cloudy day. Then he starts praying in tongues. All of a

sudden, the sun comes out from behind the cloud and

shines its bright rays on the crow. Instantaneously the

lowly bird is transformed into a grand, golden eagle

that takes off soaring in the air, never to have another

problem!

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Wrong. That’s not how the edification process works. At

the same time the Holy Spirit builds you up in your

spirit to understand revelation knowledge in God’s

Word, He also strengthens your born-again spirit with

the power to mortify or put to death the deeds of the

flesh (Rom. 8:13).

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The Purging Process

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Jesus said, “If you bear fruit, I will purge(or prune)

you” (John 15:2). Whether we like it or not, if we bear

fruit as a branch connected to the Vine, we are going to

undergo purging. Why? So we can bear more fruit.

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So beware: You’re going to provoke an internal war

when you begin to consistently pray in tongues, because

impurities will soon start to surface that you don’t want

to get rid of. God will endeavor to purge those

impurities off your life so you can fulfill your divine

call without being destroyed by the devil.

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The Holy Spirit pulls out the dead limbs that serve as a

ceiling in our lives, preventing us from climbing higher

in our walk with God. Every time God wants to use us,

the devil walks out on those limbs and tries to stop the

move of God in our lives through our finances, our

wrong attitudes, our unforgiveness, etc. And if we

don’t allow the Holy Spirit to cut those dead limbs off,

the devil will keep us sitting on a “do-little pile” the rest

of our lives.

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But I can assure you of this much: The Holy Ghost will

not immediately try to purge every dead limb your

flesh is clinging to. He will wait until you have built

yourself up to a place high enough in the Spirit through

praying in tongues that you can handle the emotional

war that will result when He cuts each dead limb out of

your life.

The purging process may not always be fun, but it is

always necessary, because one way or another, we will

be purged. We can choose to have all of our

shortcomings and faults pruned away now. Or we can

wait until the Day of the Judgment Seat of Christ when

our works will be tried as by fire (1 Cor. 3:12-15). On

that day, all of our fleshly works that we failed to

mortify in this life will be purged for us.

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But here is the good news! We’re not left to ourselves to

mortify the deeds of the flesh. According to Romans

8:13, God has given you and me the Holy Spirit to

strengthen us and to help purge us of anything that

could rob us of our reward:

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For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye

through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye

shall live.

You see, Satan’s most powerful weapon is deception.

His goal is to steal our reward by keeping us in the dark

about what Jesus has called us to do with our lives. The

devil knows that when all is said and done, the one

thing you and I will be rewarded for is how much of

God’s personal plan for our lives we have managed to

fulfill.

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WAIT WHAT?………………. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM SUPPOSE TO DO

Therefore, I don’t want to wait until the Great Judgment

Seat of Christ to have all of the fleshly works that

hinder my walk with God purged out of me. I want to

know how the Holy Spirit works in my life now to prune

me in preparation for my divine call.

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The First Step:Waking Up the Conscience

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So just accept it: You can’t be charged up and edified in

your spirit man without also under-going a purging

process in your life. It is impossible to rise upward in

God without cutting off the things that are holding you

down.

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Therefore, the first thing the Holy Spirit does as you

keep praying in tongues is to wake up your conscience.

It becomes much more difficult to do the fleshly things

you used to do.

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For instance, if someone makes a cutting remark to

you, you just smile and praise God for his deliverance.

You think, I wouldn’t have done that last year. I would

have slapped him out of his shoes! Something has

changed. It’s the edification process at work.

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When the Holy Spirit wakes up your conscience to

something you are doing wrong, that means He is there

with the power to put it to death. When you add your

faith and begin to resist it, mortification takes place

and the Holy Spirit cleanses you from it. That is

edification.

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HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS REVELATION KNOWLEDGE THAT HAS SET SO MANY FREE FROM A WALK OF THE FLESH TO A WALK OF THE SPIRIT.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

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TOP 5 REGRETS OF THE DYING

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For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients

were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly

special times were shared. I was with them for the last

three to twelve weeks of their lives.

 

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own

mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s

capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal.

Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected,

denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and

eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their

peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or

anything they would do differently, common themes

surfaced again and again. Here are the most common

five:

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1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

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This was the most common regret of all. When people

realize that their life is almost over and look back

clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have

gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a

half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was

due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of

your dreams along the way. From the moment that you

lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom

very few realize, until they no longer have it.

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2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

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This came from every male patient that I nursed. They

missed their children’s youth and their partner’s

companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as

most were from an older generation, many of the

female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the

men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of

their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

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By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious

choices along the way, it is possible to not need the

income that you think you do. And by creating more

space in your life, you become happier and more open

to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new

lifestyle.

 

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3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

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Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep

peace with others. As a result, they settled for a

mediocre existence and never became who they were

truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses

relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried

as a result.

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We cannot control the reactions of others. However,

although people may initially react when you change

the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it

raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier

level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy

relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

 

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4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

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Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of

old friends until their dying weeks and it was not

always possible to track them down. Many had become

so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden

friendships slip by over the years. There were many

deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and

effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends

when they are dying.

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It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let

friendships slip. But when you are faced with your

approaching death, the physical details of life fall away.

People do want to get their financial affairs in order if

possible. But it is not money or status that holds the

true importance for them. They want to get things in

order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually

though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this

task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the

end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and

relationships.

 

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5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize

until the end that happiness is a choice. They had

stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called

‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions,

as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them

pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were

content. When deep within, they longed to laugh

properly and have silliness in their life again.

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When you are on your deathbed, what others think of

you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be

able to let go and smile again, long before you are

dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously,

choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

BONNIE WARE

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I JUST WANT TO COMMENT ON THESE 5 POINTS FROM A BELIEVERS PERSPECTIVE.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

THIS IS A COMMON ONE AND I CAN SEE WHY IT IS NUMBER 1. AS BELIEVERS GOD HAS CALLED ALL OF US TO A PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, UNFORTUNATELY VERY FEW EVER DISCOVER THAT PLACE OF FUNCTIONALITY.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR THIS, THE MOST COMMON IS IN THE CURRENT STRUCTURE OF CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST IS NOT ENCOURAGED TO DISCOVER THEIR CALLING AND FULFILL IT, SO THEY SPEND THEIR LIVES IN A PEW SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY AS SPECTATORS, NOT PARTICIPANTS AS THE WORD OF GOD INSTRUCTS US TO DO.

I HAD TO BY PASS MANY THINGS, PEOPLE, AND OBSTACLES TO DISCOVER GODS PLAN FOR MY LIFE AND FULFILL IT, AND BECAUSE THAT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT, MOST PEOPLE JUST DO SOMETHING IN LIFE FROM THEIR OWN MIND, AND MISS GODS PLAN COMPLETELY.

I HAVE NO REGRETS ABOUT DISCOVERING AND FULFILLING GODS PLAN FOR MY LIFE THRU PRAYING IN TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION THE REVELATION GIFT FOR THOSE 2 YEARS IN THE TRUCK MANY HOURS A DAY.

PEOPLE, RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS, AND MANY OTHER THINGS WILL TRY TO STOP YOU FROM DISCOVERING AND FULFILLING YOUR GOD GIVEN DESTINY, DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE OR STILL ARE WORK A HOLICS, MISSING MANY THINGS IN THE LIFE OF THEIR FAMILY S AND OTHER THINGS AS WELL. FORTUNATELY THIS WAS NEVER AN ISSUE WITH ME AS I ALWAYS TRIED TO WORK AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE, EVEN THO I DID WORK HARD FOR MANY YEARS.

I STILL GOT TO MOST OF THE 3 KIDS GAMES AND ACTIVITY’S, SO NO REGRETS HERE, BUT I KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL CHASING THE DOLLAR AND EXPENDING LOTS OF ENERGY IN THE PROCESS BUT AT THE END LIKE STEVE JOBS THE APPLE FOUNDER SAID, IN THE END ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD IS NOTHING.

A FRIEND OF MINE HAD A DREAM THAT HE WAS STANDING BEHIND HIS CASKET AS THE PEOPLE WALKED BY HE COULD HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING.

HE SAID THEY ALL SAID, HE HAD SUCH A NICE HOUSE, AND THE YARD WAS SO NICE IT LOOKED LIKE A POSTCARD, SOMETHING OFF THE COVER OF BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS. THE FLOWERS, IT WAS LIKE A PARK.

HE WAS SHOCKED THAT THEY DID NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIM, JUST HIS HOUSE AND YARD. HE SAID IT WAS A WAKE UP CALL AND HE WANTED TO BE REMEMBERED FOR MORE THAN THE PERFECT YARD.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

THIS ONE DOES CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS, BECAUSE WE TIP TOE AROUND CERTAIN PEOPLE JUST TO KEEP THE PEACE, OR IN A RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE NO IDEA OF WHATS REALLY GOING ON AND I AM AS GUILTY AS ANYBODY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS, AND THEIRS A MIRIAIDE OF REASON WHY THIS HAPPENS.

I READ A BOOK ONCE THAT TALKED ABOUT TELLING YOURSELF THE TRUTH, IT CHANGED MY LIFE RADICALLY, THEN I READ THE FOLLOW UP BOOK…TELLING OTHERS THE TRUTH.

NOT LONG AFTER I PUT THAT IN PRACTICE I WENT THRU MY FIRST DIVORCE.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

I FIND IN THIS ONE THAT MY FRIENDS ARE VERY FEW, AND I AM IN CONTACT WITH THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS, SOME PEOPLE JUST MOVE ON THEY ARE BUSY IN LIFE AND DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO CONNECT.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

SOME PEOPLE DO GET TO SEROUS AT TIMES, MYSELF INCLUDED, SO ITS GOOD TO HAVE A BALANCE OF EXPRESSING OUR JOY IN CHRIST

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IF I HAD 48 HOURS TO LIVE, FIRST OF ALL I WOULD BE SO EXCITED TO BE GOING HOME TO BE WITH JESUS FOREVER, SO MOST OF MY TIME WOULD BE SAYING GOODBY TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS, AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, FINISH THE RACE , AND KEEP THE FAITH.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

 

 

 

 

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ACTS 39 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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Rising Above a Carnal, Sense-Ruled Walk

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Jude had more to say in verse 19 about those “clouds

without water” who had crept into the Church

unawares:

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MAYBE THESE CLOUDS WILL HAVE WATER

These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having

not the Spirit.

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These ungodly men were sensual, or sense-ruled. That

means they were dominated more by the carnal

appetites of the flesh than they were by the Word of

God. It goes on to say that they “had not the Spirit.”

These men did not have the Holy Ghost in operation in

their lives.Therefore, they were separated from truth

by the devil and by carnality and the lusts of the flesh.

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So, evidently, being filled with the Holy Spirit must

have something to do with not being dominated by the

flesh. It must have something to do with whether

disease stops me or I stop the disease. Somehow there

must be a way to release the Holy Spirit in my life so

that instead of poverty paralyzing my progress, I can

turn around and stop financial lack in its tracks.

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I’m not a cloud without water. I’ve been baptized in the

Holy Ghost. I’m a tongue-talking,devil-stomping,

mountain-moving, faith-filled believer! I don’t have to

be like those who separated themselves.

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Why don’t I? The next verse follows the same line of

thought as verse 19, and it tells me why: “But, you,

beloved — you who do have the Holy Ghost — build

yourselves up on your most holy faith. Build yourself

up above a walk that is dominated by the senses by

praying in the Holy Ghost!”

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This edification process of Jude 20 delivers us from the

strife-filled, carnal condition described in Jude 19 and

enables us to live continually in Jude 21: KEEP

YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD, looking for the

mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.In other

words, praying in tongues is the bridge between a state

of strife and sensuality and the love of God.

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Oh, how much we have sought God for that elusive

increase of the faith God deposited on the inside of us

— and here was this verse all along, giving us in black

and white an ironclad guarantee that we can build

ourselves up! Up where? Up above a walk where

disease brings us to a standstill. Up above a walk where

poverty reigns in our lives. Up above a walk where our

children are lost to the world forever. Up above this

sense-dominated realm where we are more moved by

what we see, hear, and feel than we are by the Word of

God.

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We can release the power of the Holy Ghost in our lives

as we build ourselves up on our most holy faith. How?

By praying in the Holy Ghost!

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Pray Until the Power Comes!

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Mark 11:23 says that I can say to a mountain in my life,

“Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and if I don’t

doubt in my heart, I’ll have what I say with my mouth.

The condition that must be met here is that I do not

doubt in my heart.

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Then in verse 24, Jesus states that I shall have whatever

I desire when I pray believing that I have received my

answer…… (WHEN I PRAY)……So once again, the only

stipulation — other than that my prayer must be

according to the will of God is that I must not doubt in

my heart.

Well, that makes this fact very significant: I’ve found

something I can do on purpose, as much and as long as I

want to, that carries God’s guarantee to edify me and to

build me up on my most holy faith within the part of me

where He said I must not doubt.

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Therefore, when I speak to the mountain, the only

question left between me and a walk of devil-stomping,

mountain-moving power is this;

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Do I have the guts to pray until the power comes?

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Because it’s not a question of whether or not the power

will come. It will come. The only question is, do I have

the guts to stay in there until it does?

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CAN I STAY IN PRAYER UNTIL THE POWER COMES?…..YES.

“But, Brother Roberson, I’m a businessman.” Then the

Holy Spirit will come in power to your business. “I’m a

preacher.” Then He will come in power to your

ministry.

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The question is not “Will the power come?” When Jesus

inspired these words in Jude 20,He took it out of all

golden-tongued, speculative theology and put it into the

realm of fact. And if Jesus said it, it is so whether you

believe it or not. This isn’t a democracy. Jesus didn’t ask

you for your vote. Your job is not to change God’s truth,

but to find it.

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yes its about YOUR BEST LIFE NOW……NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus inspired Jude to write verses 19 and 20. So Jesus is

saying there is a key that, when acted upon, will build

you up above a sense-dominated walk where

everything you’ve been delivered from defeats you.

Instead, this key will cause you to walk in power on

your most holy faith. What is the key? Using that

supernatural language called tongues.

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WHY Are We Edified?

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So we know from First Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 19 that

we are edified when we pray in tongues. But my

question to God is this: “Why are we edified?” I mean, if

I’m going to spend three or four hours praying in the

Holy Ghost, I want to know why it edifies me.

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To know that you should pray in tongues isn’t enough. If

you really believed it edifies you and qualifies you to

fulfill God’s call on your life — the very thing you desire

most in your heart— no one could keep you out of your

prayer closet!

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Many Christians know what First Corinthians 14:4 says,

but they still spend most of their time starting man-

made programs and trying to figure out God’s plan for

their lives in their heads. So, obviously, they don’t

really believe that their answer lies in stopping long

enough to edify themselves by praying in an unknown

tongue.

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Therefore, knowing I should pray in tongues isn’t

enough. I want to know why I am edified.Why am I built

up on my most holy faith when I speak a bunch of

syllables in the air for two or three hours that I don’t

understand with my natural mind?

I told God, “Maybe if You could help me understand

why, I could help Your people under-stand it too. Then

they could also enter into a walk of the Spirit in power.”

You can imagine how I felt when one day the Lord

opened up the Scriptures to me and showed me the why

behind the edification process of tongues. He took me

back to First Corinthians 14:2-4:

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh

not unto men, but unto God:for no man understandeth

him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.But he

that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and

exhortation, and comfort.He that speaketh in an

unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that

prophesieth edifieth the church.

Notice that Paul says in verse 4 that he who prophesies

edifies the church. Why? Because through the simple

gift of prophecy (which is equivalent to the gift of

tongues and interpretation operating together),

suddenly the mind of Christ for that day and hour is

made known to that particular public assembly.

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A person who prophesies speaks to men unto

edification, exhortation, and comfort (v. 3). But all

exhortation has to be based on a scriptural foundation,

or there is nothing to exhort about. For instance, I can’t

exhort on Jesus stopping off at the moon to have

breakfast on His way down to earth, because that’s not

in the Scriptures! Therefore, sometimes the Holy Spirit

will unveil a mystery through prophecy, illuminating

the mind of Christ regarding a scripture that hasn’t

been understood.

And after the Holy Ghost prophesies through someone

unto edification and exhortation, a divine comfort

comes to the body of believers that is different than an

emotional high. They are comforted in a way that is

stronger than emotions. The prophecy picks them up in

the Spirit and gives them a sense of “Everything is going

to be okay” that can stay with them for days.

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So when a person prophesies, it edifies the church

collectively, and when he prays in tongues, it edifies

him individually. However, the reasons why either the

body of believers or the individual is edified are the

same: In both cases, the mind of Christ is revealed.

Prophecy causes the mind of Christ to be manifested

collectively to the church. On the other hand, praying in

tongues causes the mind of Christ to be manifested in

you as an individual,for the Holy Spirit will begin to

take the mysteries you’ve been praying before the

throne of God and communicate them back to you by

revelation. That’s why you are edified through praying

in tongues!

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Therefore, spending three hours praying in the Holy

Ghost would be one of the wisest moves you’ve ever

made. And if you do it every day — look out, devil!

You’re building yourself up on your most holy faith,

receiving greater and greater revelation of the mind of

Christ —and the devil has no idea what you’re saying.

He just has to watch it happen!

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WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT

 

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For when My Spirit is free to move, I can remove those

things that have taken root in you. In a moment’s time, I

can do those things that take years to attain. For it is

not by your power nor by your might, But it is through

My Spirit that I do mortify these things. So yield

yourself to Me, And declare yourself free. And I will do

this work in you, saith the Spirit of Grace.

(word given thru brother Dave)

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MORE MEAT AND TRUTH IN THIS EDITION THAN I HEARD IN THE BUILDINGS ON SUNDAY MORNINGS FOR 20 YEARS.

UNTIL NEXT TIME:

LARRY

 

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Building Yourself Up On Your Most Holy Faith

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So what happens when I pray in tongues for personal

edification, which I can do at will, anytime I desire?

Why is this, the most “foolish” of all gifts to the natural

mind, so important and so powerful?

Let’s look at Jude 20 and 21 to discover more of our

answer.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most

holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,Keep yourselves in

the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus

Christ unto eternal life.

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We know that God is only pleased by and only moves in

response to our faith. In Romans10:17, Paul tells us, So

then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word

of God. But we also know that we can hear and hear and

hear the Word and yet not see any change in our lives.

We still have to get that Word planted in our spirits and

then find some way to release the faith that the Word

has produced.

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Thousands of people around the world are filled to

overflowing with God’s Word. Yet still,for the most part,

the Church does not experience the miraculous results

found in the Book of Acts. So there must be a missing

ingredient most believers are unaware of.

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The truth is, any minister, no matter how anointed and

full of the Word he may be, can only tell you what he

has learned through experience and as the Holy Ghost

has taught him in his own times of meditation on the

Word. But that teaching will not profit you if you don’t

find some way to mix faith with it. You must personally

get that Word into your spirit and then let the Holy

Spirit teach you.

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That’s why Jude says we are to build ourselves up on

our most holy faith by praying always in the Holy

Ghost. It is only as we willingly and freely present our

bodies as a living sacrifice and take the time to endure

in prayer that the Holy Ghost can begin to reveal to us

the mysteries of Christ. Only then can He release the

faith in our hearts that is needed for God’s power to

operate in our lives.

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Hungry for God’s Power

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Ever since I was born again, I’ve been so hungry to

know God in His power. At first, I thought there was

something wrong with me because I encountered so

many groups of believers who just didn’t seem to be

hungry. They just didn’t seem to care that they lived

such powerless lives.

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I would wonder, Lord, why aren’t more people hungry

for Your power like I am? Is it the call You have on my

life to operate in miracles that makes me different?

I was so hungry for God’s power when I was first born

again that I would try anything that I was told would

help me walk in more power. If it promised to satisfy

the hunger on the inside of me, I would do it.

One person said to me, “No wonder you’re not walking

in the power of God.”

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I asked, “Why not?”“Because of the jewelry you’re

wearing.”“You mean, if I take this jewelry off, I will

walk in God’s power?”“That’s right.”

So I took off my jewelry. What happened? Well, before I

took off my jewelry, I was a powerless jewelry wearer.

And after I took it off, I  became a powerless non-

jewelry wearer! It didn’t make a bit of difference.

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Then later when I moved to Oregon and hooked up with

another group of believers, some-one told me, “No

wonder you don’t walk in the power of God.”

“Why not?”“Well, how were you baptized?”“I was

baptized in water in the Name of the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Ghost.”“Well, no wonder!” the person

exclaimed. “You were baptized in the name of three

Gods,and there is only one God!” (This particular group

believed there is only one God, whose Name is Jesus.)

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Well, then,” I said, “I’ll just get re baptized!” (As I said,

at that point in my Christian walk,if I thought

something meant more power in my life, I was all for it.

Get re baptized? Just name the place!)

 

We were in the middle of an Oregon winter at an

elevation of 4,800 feet. It was snowing,the ground was

frozen, and the two ponds were covered with a thick

layer of ice. After building a bonfire beside the upper

pond, a group of us were baptized in the freezing water.

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Well, in the months that followed, I came to realize that

before I was immersed in that freezing water, I was a

powerless Pentecostal boy supposedly baptized in the

name of three Gods. Then that preacher shoved me

under the icy water and baptized me in the Name of

Jesus— and I became a powerless Pentecostal boy

baptized in the name of one God! Once again, it didn’t

make one bit of difference.

It wasn’t until later — the day I discovered I had

“uncovered a spiritual law” — that I learned a vital key

to releasing God’s power in my life.

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“Oh, Brother Roberson, can you teach me to walk in

power?” Oh, yes, I can. And I don’t care if your name is

Susie Wallpaper or Joe Public either. This key isn’t

reserved for an elect few.

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Just keep on reading this book, and I’ll teach you how to

walk out of everything that Jesus said you’ve been

delivered from. I’ll also teach you how to walk into

everything He said you could be in your life — on

purpose, just because you want to go there! The answer

is just as available to you who want it as the air you

breathe.

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Contending for the Faith

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When the Holy Ghost began to reveal to me the

treasures hidden in the Book of Jude, I realized I had

discovered an important key in my search to know God

in His power. First, I latched onto verse 3:

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Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of

the common salvation, it was needful for me to write

unto you, and exhort you that ye should EARNESTLY

CONTEND FOR THE FAITH which was once delivered

unto the saints.

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I was so excited when I read that we should earnestly

contend for the devil stomping, mountain-moving kind

of faith that was once delivered to the saints. Why was I

so excited? Well, one thing I had learned about God’s

Word was this: God wouldn’t tell me to contend for the

faith without then going on in minute detail to teach me

how to contend. I was on the right trail, tracking down

my answer!

You see, it wasn’t enough to know I should contend for

the faith. The cry of my heart was,“For God’s sake, can

someone teach me how? Don’t wave a delicious steak in

front of my face and then not give it to me!”

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Once I was discussing this passage of Scripture with

another minister, and he asked me,“What is your

background on the subject of faith?”

I answered, “The Word of God is my only background

on the subject of faith. I am a faith man. I take God’s

Word for what it says. I’m not moved by what I see,

hear, or feel. I’m not moved by disease or financial

lack. Only one standard controls my life, and that’s

what the Word of God says about my problem — not the

devil, not the circumstances, only the Word of God.”

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“Well, then,” the man said, “if you believe all that, you

already have more faith than the Early Church had.”

“I beg your pardon,” I replied. “If I’m going to have

more faith than the Early Church had,it seems to me I

am first going to have at least as much! If I remember

correctly, during one of Peter’s revivals, people lay the

sick and dying in the streets near the meeting because

those on whom Peter’s shadow fell were getting healed!

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“Now, correct me if I’m wrong,” I continued, “but I

didn’t notice anyone laying the sick on the street near

this meeting in the hope that our shadow would fall on

them and heal them! It seems to me that we need to

contend for that kind of powerful faith that was once

delivered to those early saints!

”Then in verse 4, Jude tells us what happened to the

mountain-moving faith in which the Early Church

operated:

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were

before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly

men, turning the grace of our God into

lasciviousness,and denying the only Lord God, and our

Lord Jesus Christ.

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Certain men had crept into the Church unawares.

Whoever these men were, to a large extent they stole

the faith of the Early Church.

So I conducted a study on these men from the Book of

Jude, if for no other reason than to find out what path I

should not take. I didn’t want my faith to suffer the

same fate as the early believers — stolen from me by

dead religion.

Jude compared these ungodly men to raging waves of

the sea, foaming out their own shame…(v. 13). What

was he talking about? Well, a wave rises out of the

ocean, and for a moment, puts on a display of foaming

glory. But just as quickly as it appears, it disappears

back into the sea.

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Jude also compared these men to “wandering stars.”

You and I know these phenomena in the heavens as

shooting stars. All of a sudden, a shooting star will flash

in the night sky in a spectacular blaze of glory and then

quickly disappear back into the darkness from which it

came. Similarly, these wandering stars, after appearing

as bright lights of truth for a short season, would slink

back into the “blackness of darkness” that was reserved

for them forever.

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These men are also called “clouds without water”(v. 12).

Throughout the Bible, water is used as a type of the

Holy Ghost. For instance, we saw earlier that Jesus

likened the Holy Spirit to rivers of living waters,

flowing from our innermost being (John 7:38).

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So these clouds without water were men who stole the

power of God from the Early Church.They crept in

unawares, using doctrines of men to steal the faith of

believers until there was no faith left — until the

Church plunged into the Dark Ages, having lost her

faith to a large extent for hundreds of years. No wonder

Jude compared these men to clouds without water!

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In a drought, a cloud without water may come over the

horizon looking promising. It may put on a good show

as it drifts overhead. But when it comes to producing

needed rain, that cloud is powerless to do so because it

has no water.

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So the first criterion to walking in the power of God is

that I must be a cloud with water. In other words,I must

be filled with the Holy Spirit. But evidently, just having

the Holy Spirit isn’t enough.

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I used to think that the baptism in the Holy Ghost was

all I needed to automatically see God’s power released

in my life. Wrong. I know people who have been

baptized in the Holy Ghost for forty years. But if you

measured the power of the Holy Spirit by the fruit of

their lives, you would come to the conclusion that the

Holy Spirit had no power at all!

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I finally came to the conclusion that even though I was

a cloud with water — even though I had been filled with

the Holy Spirit — there still must be something I had to

do to walk in God’s power. Just having the Holy Spirit

wasn’t enough. There had to be a way to release Him on

the inside of me. There had to be a way to get all that

Holy Ghost power out of my spirit and onto the

problems that needed to be overcome.

At times as I sat in a service listening to a minister

preaching the Gospel, I wanted to raise my hand and

say, “Excuse me, Mister Evangelist, but the Holy Spirit

you’re talking about —the One who moved on the face

of the deep — is He the same One who now abides on

the inside of me?”

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“Why, yes, Son,” he would say.

“Well, then, Mister Preacher, could you please tell me

how to get all that power out of my spirit and loosed on

the problem? Because until now, the common cold has

whipped me!”

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I knew there had to be a way to release the power on

the inside of me — and later, I found out there is! And it

is just as deliberate and as power-releasing as you want

it to be in your life!

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

LARRY

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