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The Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities



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



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.


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


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


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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!”


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.


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







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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.”


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:


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.


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



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.


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.



The ‘Ministry of the Earnest


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.


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



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.


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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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.


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.


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.


Saved by Hope


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.


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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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.



Why Prayer Groups Often Fail


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.



Stand Steadfast in Intercession


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.


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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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


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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



Stay in There!


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.


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





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.



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.

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Mr. Self, the King Cockroach —The Last One To Go



We’ve seen that it’s not always easy to endure through

this sanctification process. As the Holy Spirit searches

the inmost reaches of your heart, He’ll pull some things

out of the darkness for purging that you won’t want to

deal with. Those are the times when your emotions can

go wild, causing you to hit an impasse in prayer.


It reminds me of an experience I once had while staying

in a cheap motel. (When I first entered the full-time

ministry, you should have seen some of the motels that

churches put me in. The bathroom was down the hall,

and the telephone was down the street!)

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When I first came into the dark motel room, I felt for a

light switch on the wall. But there wasn’t one — only

dirt streaks on the wall where everyone else had also

looked for it.

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So I walked across the floor, looking for the ceiling

light’s pull cord. As I walked, I heard this strange

“crunch, crunch” sound. I reached the light cord and

pulled. All of a sudden, all these little creatures of the

night started to run in every direction. It was a bunch

of cock-roaches, all scurrying for the cover of darkness

(except for the trail of dead ones I had stepped on!).

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I’ve thought about that horde of cockroaches and their

frantic desire for darkness. It reminds me of the deeds

of the flesh in our lives that shrink from being exposed

by the light of the Word and the Spirit. And for the sake

of teaching, I’m going to extend that true story now into

a parable.

After watching the cockroaches hurry to find cover, I

looked around the room. There on the counter, where

week-old food still gathered mold, sat a rat. This rat was

big! He had an entire kitty-cat tail hanging out of his


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But what caught my interest was the little collar and

chain leash that was around the rat’s neck. My eyes

followed the little chain to its other end, and there

stood a cockroach holding the chain with one of his six

legs. You should have seen this cockroach! He was

huge! Not only that, but he was wearing a “Super bug”

outfit with a big “S” on his chest!

I looked at this cockroach, and he looked at me. Then he

said, “Watch this.” He jerked on the chain and said to

the rat, “Roll over.” That rat just meekly obeyed and

rolled over!

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“I’m bad, I’m real bad!” the cockroach boasted.

I said, “Yeah, well, I’ve heard about you, Mr. Cockroach,

and I’m ready for you. I have a can of spiritual Raid!”

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“Oh, yeah?” the cockroach said, “Well, I’ve lived in the

penthouse of your life for a long time,and if you think

I’m afraid of your praying in tongues, I’m going to show

you right now how bad I can whip you! I’m King

Cockroach, and I’ve kept the ceiling on your life all

these years.It has gone no further in God, and it isn’t

going any further now!”

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“Oh, yeah?” I challenged.

“I’m the love of money,” King Cockroach continued.

“I’m the lust of other things. I’m the flesh that keeps

you from getting out of bed to pray. I am the one that

trades programs for prayer so that your ministry will

never be anything. And you think you can whip me,

boy?”“Yes, I do!


I’ve heard about you, but I have my Raid bug spray!” So

King Cockroach put on his boxing gloves, and we went

at it. Spray — “You missed me!”Spray, spray — “Missed


Then I sprayed him right in the face. The force of the

spray blasted his hair back. But he just licked his lips

and said, “Boy, that’s good stuff! I’m a high bred

cockroach, and I have a date tonight, so give me

another shot!”

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What is this parable talking about? Well, when you

start edifying yourself through praying in tongues, the

Holy Spirit causes the lit candle of your reborn human

spirit to burn brighter and brighter. The more you pray,

the more the Holy Spirit is going to illuminate those

things hidden in darkness.

Every time you move from one realm to a higher realm

in God, the “cockroaches” — the deeds of the flesh that

have hindered you in your walk with God — are going

to scream and run for the cover of darkness. Then one

by one they will die as your reborn human spirit purges

them by the power it has received through edification

from the Holy Spirit.

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Finally, you’ll make it to the penthouse of your life.

That’s where ole King Cockroach, Mr.Self himself, sets

up his residence. He’s the last one to go, and, boy, can

he put up a fight!

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After long seasons of praying in tongues, I finally

reached the penthouse of my life. Mr.Self, the King

Cockroach, put on his boxing gloves and started to fight

my emotions. It was tough!

Why is Mr. Self the last one to go? Because you’re either

going to fall out of prayer, or you’re going to give up the

thing you love more than God — and “self” is the thing

your flesh loves most!

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So one of two things will happen: You’ll stop praying, or

you’ll kill the King Cockroach,because you can’t coexist

with both of them. Your emotions will tell you, “Don’t

turn loose of Self,” but as you keep praying in tongues,

your edified spirit will tell you that you must.

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Your emotions can become so strong in this internal

battle that you feel as if you’d like to do anything else

but pray. That’s the impasse you have to push through.

When you make it to that point, just stay in prayer;

you’re about to put King Cockroach to death. And when

you do,your life and your ministry will rise to a new

level of anointing!



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coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH


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Three Levels of Sanctification


Now let’s discuss in a little more detail the purging

process that we have to carry through to completion if

we’re going to walk in the fullness of God’s plan for our



In His wisdom, God overcame Satan and our flesh

nature by taking the understanding of our prayer

language away from our intellects so the Holy Spirit

could pray for us about fleshly areas of our lives that

we don’t necessarily want to get rid of. As the Holy

Spirit prays for us, He purges us on three levels: spirit,

soul, and body. That’s what the Bible is talking about in

Second Corinthians 7:1:

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us


FLESH AND SPIRIT, perfecting holiness in the fear of


When you start to pray in tongues, that sanctification

process starts immediately, beginning with filthiness of

the flesh. This refers to any habitually destructive thing

that is detrimental to the body, such as drinking,

smoking, chewing tobacco, etc. The Holy Spirit will help

you get rid of all those bad habits for you. Then, if you

will keep praying, He will bring revelation knowledge

that will aid in the sanctifying of your soul.

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Filthiness of the soul includes such things as hatred,

strife, selfish ambition, envy, self-exaltation,

manipulation, lying, and un-forgiveness. You won’t be

in your prayer closet long before it will become

impossible to keep praying in tongues without dealing

with these sinful strong-holds of the soul. Either you

will stop praying, or you’ll allow your new nature to go

ahead and purge those dead limbs out of your life.

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If you make it through the impasse that the

sanctification process can trigger in the realm of your

soulish emotions, the Holy Spirit will move on to help

you get free from filthiness of spirit. This refers to

incorrect belief or doctrine that keeps you from being

fully equipped with the power of God to fulfill your call.



All three of these areas of sanctification overlap one

another, but the strongest purging takes place in this

area of incorrect beliefs. As God answers the mysteries

that you are praying out in the Holy Spirit’s

supernatural language, all of a sudden an awareness of

spiritual things begins to flood into your

understanding. Wrong believing, or filthiness of spirit,

begins to fall away.

The more of the mind of Christ you pray before the

Father, the more revelation knowledge the Holy Spirit

reveals to your spirit and the more roots of false

doctrine He destroys. He will not leave you stuck in the

mire of some wrong belief that has neutralized God’s

power in your life.


When I first prayed to the place where I began to be

purged from filthiness of spirit, I would go to meetings

where I’d know on the inside that the minister was

operating in the flesh.

People in the meeting would be shouting with

excitement and emotions, not knowing the difference

between the Spirit and the flesh. Before I was purged by

the Holy Spirit, I hadn’t known the difference either.

But now I was being protected by the Holy Spirit, who

had purged me of deception and wrong believing.



The Enemy’s Strategy: To Get You Out of Prayer!


One thing I can guarantee you: Just keep praying in the

Holy Ghost, and you’ll meet the ugly side of your

character. And the first thing the devil will attempt to

do is to get you out of prayer so your purging will stop.


Satan is in an all-out war to strip us of the benefits of

praying in tongues. It saddens me to see the many

casualties of that war. In many churches, groups of

people have started out praying with every good

intention of bringing revival to their city. But then so

many things go wrong that prayer quickly becomes the

last thing on their agenda.


Most Christians fall out of prayer long before enough

mortification has taken place to eliminate those things

in their lives that cause unrest and turmoil. They don’t

keep praying long enough to receive the strength to put

to death with finality every deed of the flesh that

hinders their walk with God.

When these believers fail to persevere through the

impasse, they interrupt the Holy Spirit’s commission to

purge everything out of them that can distract them

from the path of their divine call. They are left

vulnerable to the enemy’s attempts to lead them into

carnality and secondary vocations outside of God’s

perfect will.


You see, the devil doesn’t mind if you go to church. He

doesn’t care if you join a singles or a couples group,

help in a program, or fellowship with other believers.

He just doesn’t want you pulling the spiritual wrestling

match over into an arena such as tongues that isn’t

governed by the emotionalism of the soulish realm. The

moment you do that, he begins to lose control, and you

become unmanageable.

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Remember what Ephesians 6:11 and 12 says:

Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to

stand against THE WILES OF THE DEVIL.


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against

principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the

darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in

high places.

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The word “wiles” in verse 11 denotes in roads of the

enemy into your life attained through deceit. And one

of the main methods the devil uses to gain entry into

your life is through the stronghold of emotionalism.

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The devil will attempt to bring torment, worry, and fear

into your life. He loves to fill you so full of cares that

you sink into a full-blown case of depression.

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So when you hit an impasse in prayer and your nerves

seem to be strung out to the breaking point, remember

this: It is only the wiles of the enemy. He doesn’t want

you to fight him through the help of the Holy Spirit. He

wants you to stop praying in tongues.


So keep on praying. Some of the most productive

seasons of prayer are those in which the devil pulls

every emotional trick he can think of to make you stop

praying, but you continue to persevere.




















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