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April 15, 2008
You Have the Power
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This small Mini-Book is written for those who are born again Christians. If you are not born again, or are not positive that you are born again, it would be to your advantage to receive Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior. To those who are not positive that they are born again, but know that Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus said in John 3:7, "...Ye must be born again." We must learn to believe Jesus, even when we do not understand why?
To become born again, simply (from your heart), ask Jesus to become your LORD and Savior. It is that simple. God is waiting for you to come to Jesus Christ and make Him LORD of your life. You were born into this world with a free will to choose who will be your LORD. Yet, unknown to many, you must choose Jesus, otherwise He will not become LORD in your life.
If you know who Jesus truly is, then ask Him to become your LORD and Savior by simply inviting Him into your life. When you ask Him, He will come into your life and He will empower you to live a life above all those who have not received Him as their LORD and Savior. From your heart (meaning what you say), just say, "LORD Jesus, come into my life and be my LORD and Savior, I Thank You Jesus, for receiving me!" It is that simple, and if you really mean what you say, you will become born again into the family of God.
Once you are born again into the family of God, you are a child of God and God is your Father. Yet there is something else very important for you. You should not want to remain a little child all your life. You should grow and mature into "a son of God," having the power to do the will of God here on earth. "Sons of God" are those who are led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14).
To go from a child of God to a son of God, you need the power of the Holy Spirit within you. This power of the Holy Spirit comes with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 1:4,5,8; 2:4).
Once you receive the power of the Holy Spirit within you, you must learn how to release that power from within you. As you release the power of God from within you, you will see changes in your life and in the lives of others around you. The power to live a life above that of others is given to you when you are Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
If you are already Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, then you need to renew your mind on the written Word of God that you can release that power from within you. The power of God is sometimes called "the anointing." It is "the anointing that destroys the works of the devil and sets the captives free." As you release the anointing from within you, you will be free, and you will also be able to set others free.
You Have the Power
What does it mean by "You Have the Power?" Let me give you an example: One day a sister in the LORD had a bad toothache. After some time she went to a dentist to find out what the cause was. The dentist took an x-ray and told her she had a hairline crack in one of her teeth. He said, "All he could do was either pull the tooth or do a root canal on the tooth."
After she returned from the dentist, I asked her what she found out? After telling me what the dentist told her I said to her, "Let me pray for your tooth." I laid my hand upon her face and commanded that the tooth be made whole in the name of Jesus.
The next day I asked her, "How is your tooth?" She said, "It is fine, I do not have any pain." A year or so later, I asked her, "How is your tooth that I prayed for last year?" She told me, "It is fine." She did not have any pain in that tooth since I prayed for her a year ago.
This is the kind of power we have as Christians. We do not need to live like the world lives and spend a lot of time and money when we have a physical problem in our bodies. We have the power to overcome the physical problems in our lives.
The power we have within us is not just for healing of our bodies, but for anything that could cause us problems in our lives. In January of 2008, I was watching the weather report on the Televison. They reported that there was freezing rain all throughout the state of Illinois, Missouri, and many states in that area. This freezing rain was coming toward southeastern Wisconsin. When I saw that many cities were without electrical power, trees were down, power lines were down, plus the roads were icy and causing many accidents, I spoke out, "LORD, we don't need that kind of weather here. I come against all ice and freezing rain, in the name of Jesus." The next day as I watched the Television News, they said the freezing rain came as far north as East and West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee (that is about two miles south of where I live). North of Capitol Drive we only had snow, no freezing rain. Praise the LORD! We have the power within us to come against all destruction of property that would affect our lives.
Many Christians are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, yet they are still living like the world lives. They live like others live, simply because they have not learned how to live like "a son of God" here on earth. They need to be taught how to live as Jesus lived here on earth. Jesus walked in the power of the Holy Spirit, and did many great miracles wherever He went. Miracles were normal, in Jesus' life. Jesus also expected miracles to be normal in the lives of His disciples.
Sometimes when Jesus' disciples did not walk in miracles, He would ask them "where is your faith?" God expects His children (His sons and daughters) to walk in miracles and live by faith (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38).
Why are Christians not walking in miracles and faith today? Simply, because of a lack of knowledge of the Word of God. Many Christians today are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
Christians who do not "study the Scriptures" are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge (2 Tim. 2:15). Those who do not "search the Scriptures" in the Hebrew and Greek, will not understand the Word of God. The English Bibles today do not give us the true meaning of what God desires for us to know. We must compare the English to the Hebrew and Greek to know the truth. When we know the truth, then the Truth can set us free of all the teachings of men that hold us in bondage.
Look at what Jesus said in Acts 1:8, "ye shall receive power (dunamis), after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." The word Jesus used for "power," is the Greek word "dunamis." The Greek word "dunamis" means, "miraculous power; or force." When you have "miraculous power" you can go about doing miracles. These miracles include destroying the works of the devil, such as healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, etc.
When you received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, you also received the power to do miracles. That power is within you (in your spirit). That power within you is the power of the Holy Spirit, sent by God to be your Helper, Guide, Comforter, Teacher, and Leader.
Many times in the Bible, the Holy Spirit is called "God," for He is God with the Father and the Son. In John 6:45, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." What Jesus was saying is that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. There is no teacher greater than the Holy Spirit. He is God, and He has all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." Where it says, "...ye shall abide in him," the anointing is called a "Him," simply because the anointing is the Holy Spirit within you.
This anointing is received in us when we are Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This was spoken of in Isaiah 28:9-11 where it says, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts....For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:...For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people." Notice, it says we receive knowledge and understanding while speaking in tongues. In 1 Corinthians 14:2 it says, "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."
When we are speaking in tongues, we are speaking to God, not to man. When we are speaking to God, the Holy Spirit within us teaches us and reveals things to us that only God knows. God is for us, not against us (Rom. 8:31). God is not only for us, but also in us (dwelling in our new created spirit). With God dwelling in us, we have power over all things that could harm us in any way.
We need God in us doing the works that destroys the works of the enemy. We need victory in our lives every day. We have the power to have victory over all the works of the enemy in our spirit, where the Holy Spirit operates from.
We must learn how to release the power of God that is in us. The reason most Spirit-filled Christians do not have victory in their lives is they do not know how to release the power of God from within them.
Shortly after I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I was asked to pray for two people who had one arm shorter than the other. I had never prayed for anyone to have their arms adjusted before that time.
When they asked me to pray for them, (in my mind I was 100% positive that it would not work). I knew it said in Mark 16:17 "...these signs shall follow them that believe..." Because I did not believe in my mind, I was 100% positive it would not work if I did the praying.
When I prayed for them, their arms adjusted to the right length. I saw it with my own eyes, and still I had a hard time believing in my mind that it would work if I did the praying.
What Christians need to understand is that God does not operate according to the thoughts in our minds. God already told us in Isaiah 55:8,9, "my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD....For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God knows that the thoughts that are in our minds do not normally agree with His thoughts. Therefore, God does not operate according to the thoughts in our mind. God operates by what we believe in our heart (not by the thoughts that come to our mind).
Being that God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts, God wants us to go by His thoughts instead of our thoughts. That is why God had His thoughts written in the Scriptures. When we live according to what is written in the Scriptures we will experience God working in our lives.
Faith and believing do not operate from our mind. God knows the thoughts that come into our mind. But God goes by what is in our heart.
In 1 Samuel 16:7 it tells us, "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." Therefore, we know that the LORD looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.
In 2 Chronicles 16:9 it says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him...." Here again it tells us the LORD looks at the heart, not the mind.
In Psalm 119:2 it says, "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." It does not say, "that seek him with their mind." God looks at the heart. Then in Psalm 119:11 it says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Many believe that Psalm 119 was written by King David. Samuel was speaking of King David when he said to King Saul, "...the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart..." (1 Sam. 13:14). In Mark 7:21, Jesus said, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts..."
It is said that King Solomon (who was said to be the wisest man in the world), wrote the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs 3:1 it says, "My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments." In Proverbs 4:4, he wrote, "He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live." In Proverbs 4:20-22 it says, "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings....Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart....For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
The clue to why God looks at the heart of man is in Proverbs 4:23, which says, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." All the issues of life come from our heart. Whatsoever is in a person's heart, that is what they will do.
Why is it so important for Christians to know that God does not operate according to the thoughts in our minds, but rather what is in our heart? Because God knows where the thoughts in our minds come from. God knows what is in our mind and what is in our heart.
When God looks for those who believe, He does not look at their mind, God looks at their heart. "...for out of it are the issues of life" (Prov. 4:23; Mark 7:21).
In Mark 11:23, Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Jesus was not talking about doubt in our mind. Jesus said, "...shall not doubt in his heart..."
When we learn to go according to the written Word of God and the blood of Jesus, and pray according to what God said, then we will see the results. The Holy Spirit will cause to manifest "that which God said and is now written in the Scriptures." What God said, in some cases is called "logos." When we believe in our heart (what is written), the Holy Spirit causes the "logos" to become "rhema," and we receive according to what we believe in our heart.
The Flesh or the Spirit
The reason most Spirit-filled Christians do not experience the power of God working in their lives is because they do not understand the difference between the flesh and the Spirit. Romans 8:1-7 tells us, "we must walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh." Most Christians do not understand the difference between walking after the flesh or the Spirit, therefore they let the enemy steal their joy of walking after the Spirit.
It is simple to understand if we study the written Word of God concerning the flesh and the spirit. In John 3:6, Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." In Galatians 5:16 it says, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." In Romans 8:1 it says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Then Romans 8:5 says, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." There are many Scripture verses that place the flesh as opposite of the Spirit.
If the flesh is opposite of the Spirit, we need to make some major changes in the way we live and walk in this life. If we continue to walk in the flesh, the works of the flesh will manifest in our lives. When the works of the flesh manifest, the works of the Spirit cannot manifest. It is that simple. Galatians 5:17 says, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Many times when Christians look at the works of the flesh, they think only of the ones they consider "really bad." Any work of the flesh is not good in the sight of God. If we fail in one, it is just as bad as if we failed in all of them.
Because of this, any works of the flesh can hinder the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the power of the Holy Spirit within us can be hindered by the works of the flesh.
The way to let the anointing within us manifest is to not let any of the works of the flesh manifest. But to do that, we must have a better understanding of what is the difference between the flesh and the Spirit?
It is so simple that most Christians miss it. Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." By this we can see, the natural man is born of the flesh, whereas the spiritual man is born of the Spirit. One is natural. The other one is spiritual (1 Cor. 15:44-48).
If we live the way the world lives, then we are walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. If we do things the way the world does them, then we are walking after the flesh and not after the Spirit. These two are opposite of each other.
What we need to understand is that we are not only born again of the Spirit, but of the Word and the Spirit. In 1 Peter 1:23 it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Just as the natural man (born of the flesh), needs physical food to continue to live, the spiritual man (born of the Word and the Spirit) needs spiritual food to continue to live.
What does that mean? It means what Jesus said to the Devil in Matthew 4:4, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." The natural man lives by natural food, but the spiritual man lives by the written Word of God.
The written Word of God is our source of spiritual life. We are born of "the incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God," therefore, we must continue to live by the Word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit within us. The seed of our new birth is the Word of God. The manifestation of our new birth came by a work of the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God must come first, then the Holy Spirit can cause it to manifest. Neither one of these two have anything to do with our mind. We did not become born again because of a work of God in our mind. We became born again because of what was in our heart. This is where most Christians miss it totally and completely. They think they can please God and do the works of God from their mind. But, God only looks at our heart and our spirit, not our mind.
Our mind is considered as a part of the natural man, born of the flesh. That which is of the flesh cannot please God. The heart and spirit of man are subject to God (Ezek. 36:26). God looks at the heart of man, not his mind. It is with the heart that we believe unto salvation (Rom. 10:8-10). It is believing in our heart that causes the manifestation of God in our lives, not the believing in our head.
Faith operates from our heart, not our head. Faith receives its power from our spirit, by the Holy Spirit empowering the words we speak from our heart.
Doubt and unbelief operate from our mind (where Satan has his strongholds). If we permit ourselves to be controlled by the thoughts in our mind, we will easily be defeated by the Devil. If we bring every thought into agreement with the Word of God Satan will not be able to stop us. That is why in 2 Corinthians 10:5 it says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Because faith operates from our heart and not our mind, Romans 12:2 tells us, "be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." The perfect will of God is that we do things the same way Jesus did things when He was here in the flesh. Jesus never did His own will. He only did the will of God the Father (after He knew exactly what the Father wanted Him to do).
When we do that which agrees with "the Holy Spirit, the written Word of God, and the blood of Jesus," we will see the manifestation of the Word of God in our lives. There are only three witnesses from God here on earth, that is, the Spirit, the Word, and the blood of Jesus (1 John 5:8). Anyone who comes up with any other witnesses did not get their information from the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will only manifest in accordance with the written Word of God and the blood of Jesus. If you want to see the manifestation of the true anointing in your life stay with "the written Word of God and the blood of Jesus." With these two, the Holy Spirit will confirm the Word with signs following.
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