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The Purging Before the Power


With great intensity I sought God for years for the gifts

that would equip me for my call. I would pray, “Oh,

Lord, please use me in Your power.

I’ll fast and pray — I’ll do anything I have to do so You

can move through me in Your power!” You see, since

the day I was born again, God’s call has raged on the

inside of me. Every time I get lost in the Holy Ghost

while I am in prayer, I see the Spirit of God moving in

revival. I see people running to the altar to be born

again and great miracles happening everywhere, such

as missing limbs growing out and eyes popping into

empty eye sockets.

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This vision follows me; whenever I lapse into the Spirit,

I see it. It is a driving force. And I have determined that

I will keep yielding myself to the Holy Spirit until one

day I see with my own eyes the Presence of God move in

my life and ministry with magnificent glory beyond my


So for years I sought God earnestly — begging, fasting,

and praying for an anointing powerful enough to cause

great revival. But I can testify now that had He

delivered to me what I was pressing Him for, it would

have destroyed me. There were faults and character

flaws that still had to be purged. If God had given me

the power before the purging, my life and ministry

would have eventually been destroyed.


This was actually the case for many men of God in the

past. They sought God and His power with just such

intensity, but then hidden weaknesses began to surface

as they yielded to the deceiving strategies of the enemy.

For instance, Alexander Dowie was so greatly used in

the miracle power of God at the turn of the century that

he was able to form an entire city called Zion outside of

Chicago with ten thousand of his followers. God’s power

operating through Dowie’s ministry caused raging

revival. But eventually Dowie began to believe that he

was the Elijah to come. That deception led to the

downfall of his ministry.

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Learning To Hate Whatever Hinders

So instead of immediately answering my intense,

fervent prayers for an anointing that would cause

revival, God told me to pursue conforming myself to

agape love with that same intensity and fervency. He

assured me that as I pursued love, I would also be

pursuing His power in a more excellent way.

So I began to pursue agape love, and I learned to hate

those things that were wrong in my life with more

fervency than I had ever hated them before. It was a

godly anger that preceded their purging.

You see, when you get to the place where you hate with

an intensity those faults you know are keeping you

from a close walk with God, you will finally do

something about it.


So in pursuit of the most excellent way, I made it my

quest to conform to the agape kind of love. But my

efforts seemed to achieve the opposite results. The

more I learned about love, the more my knowledge

magnified the things that were wrong in my life. It left

me in a hopeless state, believing that I was the most

miserable of creatures who would never be able to

walk in the level of agape outlined in First Corinthians




I didn’t understand that the Holy Spirit was bringing to

the surface for purging anything that the devil could

use to destroy me in my pursuit of agape. It was all a

part of the process to help me become yielded enough

to God for the full equipping of the office He has called

me to. I also didn’t know about the progression to

power outlined in this same chapter that would deliver

me to the agape love I was pursuing.

Agape Isn’t Learned Overnight

You see, all of us preachers love to preach on this

thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians.We love to

major on this agape kind of love.

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Agape love doesn’t behave itself seemingly. It seeks not

its own, asking no recompense or reward for services

rendered. It isn’t given based on the reaction of the

other person. It isn’t easily provoked. It thinks no evil.

It rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth. It

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,

endures all things.

This love never fails; you will take it to Heaven with

you. Tongues will cease. Prophecies will cease.

Knowledge will vanish away. You won’t need any of

these. But you will cross that heavenly border and

enter the Presence of God with agape.

Oh, yes, we preachers love to talk about agape love. We

break down the word in the Greek; we paint a picture

of this perfect Christian who is not easily provoked.

Then the next day we counsel someone, “Oh, yes, you

have your rights. Sue them!” God help us! We get so

engrossed in the subject of love in First Corinthians 13

that we miss the sequence of power that delivers us



We think that we can preach on agape love one day, and

the next day everyone who heard the message is going

to be perfect and nice to each other. They won’t act ugly

anymore. There won’t be any more criticizing,

backbiting, throwing of fits, or stomping out of the

room in a temper tantrum.

We tell the people, “You shouldn’t do that sort of thing,”

and then assume that everyone will just automatically

stop. Why do we assume that? It seems like most of us

preachers were born yesterday!


When you start understanding all that agape love

encompasses, you realize that most Christians don’t

walk in this kind of love on a daily basis. Most never

will. That kind of love is difficult to conform to if you

have even an ounce of flesh that hasn’t been mortified.

So it is one thing to preach about this agape and say

that once we conform to it, we will never fail. But it is

another thing to understand the process by which we

can conform to that kind of love.


This process is what we have missed. It is a progression

through the edification of tongues that leads us to a

place in the Spirit where we are finally strong enough

to yield totally to agape love.

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As you clothe yourself with your new man by giving

yourself to the Word and to prayer, the Holy Spirit

through your spirit edifies, purges, and develops your

character until everything you say, think, or do is

governed by agape. Let’s look at First John 4:17,18 to

learn more about this powerful force.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have

boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so

are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; but PERFECT LOVE CASTETH


feareth is not made perfect in love.

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That word “herein” points us to the next verse, which

tells us how we will know when love is being perfected

in us. Herein is God’s love perfected in us: Perfect love

casts out fear, for fear has torment. So when we find

ourselves being purged from torment and fear, then

love is being perfected in us.


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For instance, if you decided to sue me, how could I

extend mercy to you if I had fear and torment about the

outcome of the situation? But when love has been

perfected in me, I know I can’t lose. Oh, you may take

everything I possess at the time, but Luke 6:38 says that

my Father is going to restore it all back to me, pressed

down, shaken together, and running over.He’ll give me

more than I had before!

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So what is the sign that I am drawing nigh unto God and

approaching agape love? It is this: Along the way, I am

shedding torment and fear as I enter into rest and


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I used to think love was a feeling, but it isn’t a feeling. I

used to think love was an attitude that would help me

survive through dealing with the unlovable. But it isn’t

an attitude either.

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Encompassed within agape is an abiding presence of

peace. As you grow close to God and His love is

perfected in you, that peace begins to dominate as fear

and torment lose their hold.That is the first sign that

you are being purged from phileo to agape.

As a minister, I wish I could open up your heart and

just put agape in you in such strength that you would

forever lose all the torment and fear that has plagued

your life. I understand the process by which you can

attain that goal, but all I can do is teach you about it.

I can hammer it into your intellect. As much as

possible, I can teach with the anointing of God straight

to your spirit. But I can’t make that process toward

perfect love take place in your life.


However, if I can talk you into giving yourself to

praying in the Holy Ghost, then you will cause that

process to begin in your own life. You will start to edify

and build yourself up in your inner man through the

power of the Holy Spirit.


Then the Holy Spirit will begin the mortification

process by building up your inner man to purge all

those insecurities, intimidation’s, carnalities, and lusts

that have hindered your life.This is how God’s love is

perfected in you. As the Holy Spirit edifies your new

nature, torment and fear begin to fall off you and you

draw close to agape.

Covet Earnestly Agape Love

To discover more about the role of praying in tongues

in moving us toward a fuller revelation of agape love in

our lives, let’s take a look at First Corinthians 13, the

great “love chapter” of the Bible.

First, let’s look at this chapter in context to the chapters

that surround it. First Corinthians12 is a magnificent

chapter dealing with the eradication of ignorance

concerning the spiritual gifts, operations, and

government of God. Chapter 14 is a most phenomenal

explanation of spiritual forces as pertains to praying in


So Paul goes from a discussion of the government of

God to an explanation of the operation of the Spirit and

of tongues. Then he nestles First Corinthians 13 in

between these two chapters. But first, he makes a

profound statement:

But COVET EARNESTLY the best gifts: and yet shew I

unto you A MORE EXCELLENT WAY.— 1 Corinthians


Paul was saying in essence, “I want to show you a more

excellent way. If you want to save yourself a lot of

trouble, then you need to covet this kind of agape love

with everything in you the same way you covet the best


Just how important is it to pursue agape love? Paul

makes this statement in First Corinthians 13:13:

And now abideth faith, hope, charity [agape love],


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If I had been the one to choose, I probably would have

said that faith is the greatest thing, followed by hope.

Hope encompasses the time you spend feeding yourself

with God’s Word,which causes your faith to manifest.

But Paul says, “Greater than faith and greater than

hope is self-denying agape.” That means there is

nothing more important in your life to covet and

earnestly desire than agape love.

The word “covet” in this verse is just as strong in

meaning as it is in the Ten Commandments, where it

says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife” (Exod.

20:17). When this word is used as an emotional

negative, it means a lust so powerful that it consumes a

man, causing him to relentlessly pursue what he covets

until it takes over his entire character.


But when “covet” is used in a godly sense, it means

pursuing something God wants you to have with a

heartfelt hunger until you apprehend it.


I never had a problem with coveting earnestly the best

gifts. I have fasted, I have prayed— I have done

everything I knew to do in order to be qualified for God

to use me.

So it came as a shock to me when God spoke to my

spirit, saying, “Go ahead and lust after My gifts with

everything that is in you. But I’m going to show you a

more excellent way to covet after the best gifts.”

I said, “God, You have the audacity to say that after I

have spent my life in fasting and praying and coveting

after Your best and highest, You are going to show me a

more excellent way?” The answer to that was yes, God

did have the audacity, and yes, He was going to show

me a more excellent way!

In Paul’s original epistle to the Corinthians, there was

no division between chapters 12 and 13. So right after

Paul’s statement about coveting the best gifts and

showing the Corinthians a more excellent way, he goes

on to introduce the subject of love: Though I speak with

tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity… (1

Cor. 13:1).

In other words, the most excellent way to covet

earnestly the best gifts is to go after agape with that

same intensity. When you do, you will be pursuing and

coveting the best gifts God has for you in the most

powerful manner possible.

What are the “best gifts”? Well, you are called to fill one

of the eight operations of God. For you, the best gifts

are those that qualify you for the office or operation

you are called to fulfill.

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The Divine Progression To Agape Love


I consider it the utmost honor to spend an hour in God’s

Presence with the third Person of the Godhead as He

creates a supernatural language on the inside of my

spirit. Why? Because with every syllable I speak in that

language, the Holy Spirit is working a miraculous trans-

formation within me.


You see, years ago I thought tongues for personal

edification had to do strictly with speaking mysteries

and divine secrets and building myself up with

revelation knowledge. Only later did I find out that it

has just as much to do with purging me so I can learn to

walk in agape love — the kind of love that seeks not its

own and denies itself on behalf of others.


Agape vs. Phileo Love

I have no higher goal in life than to learn how to walk

in this God-kind of love, so I want to know more about

it. I know a lot about “phileo” love, but I want to know

about agape.

I have yoked myself to Jesus, whom John revealed when

he said, “God is love” (1 John4:16). Jesus doesn’t just

love us; He is Love. He is incapable of anything else but

love. That’s why we haven’t understood Him the way we

should — because we haven’t understood agape love.

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We usually don’t have trouble with phileo love. Phileo

can be a strong love, but it has its own interests at

stake, as well as those of the one loved. It’s more of a

conditional love that says, “I can love you if somehow

you bring me pleasure” or “I will love you, but I want

something back from you.”

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So most of us know how to love people with phileo love.

But we haven’t done very well at walking in agape.

Agape is a self-denying love. Its total focus is the

interests and welfare of the beloved.

Phileo love may send me to war because I love my

country. I may even give my body to be burned for the

hope of a better life for my children. I will sacrifice my

life on that altar.


But if agape love goes to war, it is with higher motives. I

may still sacrifice my life so my children can live free

from threat of harm. But at the same time I have the

enemy soldier on my heart. My prayer is that the war

would cease and that my enemy would be born again.

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Most marriages are based on phileo, not agape. The

spouses love each other for what they can receive from

each other. If marriages were always based on God’s

selfless, agape kind of love, there would be no more


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Agape Love Is Merciful

Agape love says, “Be merciful just as your Heavenly

Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). How merciful is our

Heavenly Father? Well, you and I were lost and headed

for hell. We had nothing to bargain with. We had

absolutely no right to approach God. We were not

capable of bridging the gap on our own.


But God had mercy on you and me. We didn’t deserve

and couldn’t earn His mercy; we had no way to

approach an infallible God. But He approached us in

His mercy. He crossed that void with Jesus’ blood.

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So how do you obey Jesus’ command to be merciful

even as the Father is merciful? Jesus provided the

guidelines in Luke 6:27-38.

When someone sues you for your coat, you give him the cloak you are wearing. When he slaps you on the cheek, you turn the other cheek. When he takes away your goods, you give him more than he asked for. When he despitefully uses you, you pray for him and forgive him. When he hates you, you keep walking in love.

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Why? Because you are having mercy on him. You are

bridging the gap with the blood of Jesus when the

person doesn’t deserve it. That is agape!

The result of walking in this agape kind of love is

revealed in Luke 6:38:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same mea-sure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Jesus was saying this: “If you will be children of the

Most High, who is merciful even to the evil and the un-

thankful, and give agape love to others, then My Father

will restore what ever you may have lost — pressed

down, shaken together, and running over. While the

thief is taking your money out the back door because

you extended mercy, My Father will march in the front

door with agape and restore to overflowing all that you

lost!” That’s why agape cannot fail(1 Cor. 13:8)!

However, walking in agape love is easier said than

done. For most of us, if someone came against us with a

lawsuit, our first reaction would be, “Oh yeah? Well, go

ahead and sue me— but you’ll know that you have been

to court, buddy!”

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So how do we ever attain that place of agape where we

are merciful just as the Father is merciful? The

Scriptures teach us that praying in tongues is a major

key to help purge us as we journey through a

progression of steps toward the agape kind of love.

Feeding the Seed of Agape Through Prayer

Even though God has planted the nature and force of

agape love in your spirit, it may be so repressed and so

dominated by your soulish emotions that you hardly

know it exists inside of you. But when you pray in

tongues, you bypass the operation of the physical soul

and throw a lifeline to your spirit.


Soon the edification process starts feeding that seed of

agape in your heart, causing it to germinate and grow.

The force of love in your spirit grows bigger and bigger

until one day, it dominates the emotions of the soul

instead of the other way around. This is called taking

off the old man and putting on the new.


That ye put off concerning the former conversation the

old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful

lusts;And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And

that ye put on the new man, which after God is created

in righteousness and true holiness.Eph. 4:22-24

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Assimilating the Word Into the Soul




Your soul was created to assimilate. For example, if you

moved to a country where people spoke a language you

didn’t know, you would begin to assimilate that

language just by being in constant contact with its use.

Your entire soul would kick in to cause you to learn that

language automatically. You wouldn’t have to

deliberately sit down with a tape that told you to say

“Thank you” or “How are you” in that language over

and over until you finally memorized it.

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In the same way, you can approach God’s Word in such

a manner that your soul — your intellect, will, and

emotions — automatically assimilates it and then

begins the process of transforming you according to its


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For example, some men in my church who are called to

helps asked me what books of the Bible they should

meditate on in order to excel in their particular calling.

As businessmen, one of their main concerns was that

they could learn to possess money without money

possessing them.


So I told them, “Take the Book of Proverbs and read it

fifty times. Read it deliberately and precisely,

acknowledging what is in each verse. You may not

understand what the verse means, but at least

understand what it says.

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“If you run across a word you don’t know, look it up in a

dictionary so that the next time you see it, you’ll know

what it means. But don’t do any studies or cross

referencing. Just read the Book of Proverbs fifty times.”

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Why did I instruct those men to do that? Because by the

time they read Proverbs at least fifty times, they would

have assimilated the entire book into their soul!

Perhaps there are three verses — one in chapter 2, one

in chapter 5, and one in chapter 9— that will give them

understanding of a verse in chapter 14. But it won’t

come together for them until they’ve read the book fifty

times and assimilated it into their soul.

You see, when you read a book of the Bible over and

over, you set yourself up for day-and-night meditation.

You are feeding your spirit the raw material that the

Holy Ghost needs to illuminate the entire book for you!

Eventually the central theme will be born in you. Then

all satellite verses will be pulled in, along with the

understanding of how they relate to each other.


Understanding how verses relate to one another in a

passage of Scripture is an important part of the

meditation process. One of the first things the Lord

taught me regarding meditation was never to take a

verse out of context.

If there is a verse I’m trying to understand, the Holy

Spirit alerts me to find where the subject of the verse

begins and ends and then to read over that passage

many times. In this way,I assist Him in my meditations.

The assimilation process will happen automatically,

even when you go to sleep. For instance, suppose you

read First John one hundred times. (By the way, that’s a

good beginning assignment for offering your soul for

meditation. Anything in you that doesn’t love people

will go to war against that book!) Then suppose that

soon afterward, someone wronged you in someway, and

you made a mountain of forgiveness out of a molehill of


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The mind of God that you assimilated from First John

will help you sort out what is and what is not important

while you sleep. It will magnify the truth you

assimilated regarding God’s love and level that

mountain of forgiveness.

That’s what I mean by day-and-night meditation. The

assimilation process will happen automatically, just as

it does when learning a new language in a country

where everyone speaks that language but you.

Your soul was designed to transform you to whatever

you subject it to the most. If it’s anew language that

everyone is speaking but you, you will automatically

begin to learn it. And if you’re giving yourself to

praying in the Holy Ghost and to the Word — reading it,

speaking it, rolling it over and over in your mind —

then your spirit man will automatically begin to be

illuminated by the revelation knowledge of God’s truth!

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These guidelines I’ve given you for praying in the Spirit

are by no means exhaustive. They are just signposts

pointing the way to a more effective prayer life.

Remember, your key to unlock divine mysteries is

praying in tongues, your destination is God’s perfect

will for your life, and your Helper throughout the

journey is the Holy Spirit living within.




Continue seeking My face so you can go from death to

death [of the fleshly nature]and from glory to glory.You

will see wonderful, wonderful things take place. Not

only will you be in the planting, but you will also be in

the harvest. For I have spoken, and it shall be so. So I

give you the keys, and I call. Come. Come. Come.Come,

saith the Spirit of Grace. (word given thru Dave)






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