Outward leading can lead to ignorance of Spiritual Gifts

I have been teaching for the last several weeks on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are 9 gifts: Power gifts, Vocal gifts and Revelation gifts. Power gifts do something. Vocal gifts say something and Revelation gifts reveal something. I Corinthians 12 teaches us that God does not want us to be ignorant of Spiritual gifts. That means that there are Christians who don’t know about the gifts and not knowing about the gifts means that they likely don’t manifest in the lives of those Christians, and when they do, those Christians are unaware.

You are to be led by the inward witness. God leads us through His Word and through the inward witness through your recreated human spirit. That means that He does not lead us through the outside – the flesh, feelings or emotions. He does not lead from the natural things that impact our minds and our physical senses. If you put these two thoughts together, it lets you know that an outward leading can lead to ignorance of spiritual things.  In verse 2 of I Corinthians 12 Paul talked about an outward leading that can be by impulse or by habit and that outward leading led the gentiles by something that was non living and couldn’t speak; idol gods.

God is leading you by His spirit. The Holy Spirit is manifesting the gifts of the Spirits as He will to edify and build up the body of Christ and others. Join me on Weds noon EST on iheart radio heaven 1410 as I continue this series of lessons.

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Given by the Holy Spirit

There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are Power gifts, Vocal gifts and Revelation gifts. These gifts cannot be manifested by the born again believer at his or her will. That means that I can’t just decide when I want to manifest a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit and operate as He will. Salvation is a free gift. You are saved by grace through faith, it is the free gift of God.

Works won’t save you. Works won’t bring about a manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, yet there is a place for works. The place for works is after salvation. After someone gets saved, they are to begin the work that God has for him or her to do. Your job is to receive what has been given when it comes to salvation. Receiving salvation and not being ignorant of the gifts of the Spirit allows for the manifestation of those gifts in the life of the believer.

The gifts of the Spirit are special endowments or abilities. These special abilities edify the church and are a manifestation of the Spirit of God. Join me as I continue to teach on the gifts on Wednesdays at noon EST on iheart radio heaven 1410.

Spiritual not natural

I have been teaching on the 9 gifts of the Spirit. I haven’t begun to talk about the gifts, and have been spending the first few weeks providing some introduction to them.  I mentioned in the last post that there are Power gifts, Vocal gifts and Revelation gifts. There are 3 grouping of 3 each. These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as He wills.

The natural man cannot receive the things of God. You learn this in I Corinthians 2:14. God is a Spirit and He communicates to us His children, by our recreated human spirit, or the inward witness. He also communicated with us through the Bible, His Word. The Bible is Spirit and the Bible is life. If we want to hear from God, all we have to do is spend time reading the Bible. Ask the Holy Spirit to unlock the Word to your understanding and He will and you will begin to learn from Him the things God would have you learn that pertain to your life and your particular situation.

What are examples of natural things? How can you know what’s natural vs what is spiritual? Natural things involve the senses. If it comes to you through your eyes, ears, nose, taste, feel then it is coming from natural means. Coming that way is coming from the outside. That is how the enemy comes. He will appeal to your senses and to your flesh. God will speak to your recreated human spirit because He is a spirit. Have you ever said “Something told me not to do that”? And then you did and something bad happened? Sometimes that is the voice of God speaking to your recreated human spirit. I don’t mean you hear a voice, you just know. The Bible says that we have an unction of the Holy One and we know that we are the children of God. Just like you can know that you are a child of God, you can know other things by the Holy Spirit as well.

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Spiritual Gifts

First Corinthians 12 begins a discussion of Spiritual Gifts. As I was teaching the last series for the teaching ministry, the Lord prompted me to bring forward a lesson on the gifts of the Spirit. These lessons will start on the radio ministry on this coming Wed at noon EST, iheart radio, Heaven 1410AM.

There are gifts of the Spirit, fruit of the spirit and ministry gifts given to the church. Sometimes it’s easy to get these confused. Fruit of the spirit are referred to in Galatians 5:22. Fruit have to be developed, so these fruit are fruit of your recreated human spirit that as you grow in God they develop and can be shared. I believe that when someone gets saved, the seeds or the substance of those fruit come to dwell in the believer. It’s up to you as a believer to develop those fruit. It’s up to you to show kindness, goodness, faithfulness, etc. Because you are saved, you have the ability to do those things. It is an enablement that comes with salvation. Ministry gifts are discussed in Ephesians 4:11. These are gifts that Christ left the church so that we may be edified and to help us grow in the things of God. Ministry gifts include apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists.  Some may just have one gift and some may walk in more than one.

The lessons that I am starting are on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are the 9 gifts that are discussed in I Corinthians 12. They can be divided into three different groupings, Power gifts, Vocal gifts and Revelation gifts. Paul sets the stage for these gifts by teaching us that these gifts are special abilities or endowments that are GIVEN by the Holy Spirit as He wills. Paul goes on to tell us that he does not want us to be ignorant of the gifts. That means that a born again believer can be ignorant of the gifts. The fact that God does not want us ignorant of these things lets us know that He wants the gifts in operation in the life of the believer. They are as the Holy Spirit wills, but we are to be aware of and covet these gifts.

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Receiving the filling is activating the power

Father God is referred to as “Power” in Mark 14:62.  God is an all powerful, all knowing God. His power is what raised Jesus from the dead. In Acts 1:8 you learn that receiving the power of God is through the filling of the Holy Spirit. This experience is different from being born again as is discussed in Romans 10:9-10. Being born again is necessary because of being born spiritually dead because Adam disobeyed God. His act of disobedience disconnected us from God and required the second Adam (Jesus) to come and put us back in right standing with God. He essentially made it possible for us to be hooked back up to the vine (John 15) so that we can bear much fruit.

Acts 19:2 teaches us that being filled with the Holy Spirit is necessary for us to be able to witness . . . that means to share the gospel, the good news of Christ to others.  I saw that this is the power of God manifested. Being filled with the spirit is necessary for the work of the ministry if you really want the work of the ministry to be effective. The filling brings forth the manifestation of spiritual gifts as you see the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge being manifested after Paul is filled with the spirit when he was dealing with the sorcerer in Acts 13. Evidence of the filling can be prophecy, speaking in tongues and teaching and preaching the Word of God. There are several instances in the Bible that show action as a result of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit which came forth the filling. You will see in Acts as well that Saul received the infilling of the Holy Spirit when Ananias laid his hands on him. You too can be filled with the Spirit of God and mobilize the power that is within you. All you have to do is ask of God and He will create a path to you and send someone to share. You don’t have to tarry to be filled. It is available for you now! There is one initial filling and then subsequent fillings. Check out Acts 2. Grow in God with Sow the Word Teaching Ministry. God bless.

Fruit bearing

Fruit bearing is linked to the power of God. I mentioned in the last post in John 15, which has been our text for this series of lessons, that you as a branch have to remain connected to the vine in order to bear fruit. The bearing of much fruit is because Father God purges the parts of you that need to be removed so that you can bear even more fruit. That fruit is evidence of God’s power working in your life. I call that fruit the products of God work in you. There should be evidence that you are living your life in Christ and that what you do is impacting the Kingdom. You are a Kingdom citizen and your role here on earth is to advance the Kingdom of God.

In Mark 14:62 when Jesus is taken before the high priests and they are looking for ways to accuse him of blasphemy, they ask Him if He is the Christ. He answers that He is and goes on to tell them that all of them will see Him sitting at the right hand of Power. Here in this scripture Father God is referred to as Power. Not only does He have the power, He is Power. God is limitless, never changing and eternal. Because he is eternal, His Word and His power are eternal as well. God has empowered you through His Holy Spirit! If you don’t sense the evidence of His empowerment in your life begin to seek Him in prayer for revelation as to how you can be a bigger blessing to the Kingdom. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven1410 iheart where I am continuing to share on the empowerment of God. God bless you!

Empowered by God for Growth

God expects you to grow. He expects you to go from faith to faith and from glory to glory. He expects you to mature as Christian going from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word. Your growth is by faith and faith comes by hearing the Word.

Faith is the channel that allows you to access the power of God. Everything that God has prepared for you has been prepared in the supernatural and it’s through the channel of faith that you bring those things into the natural world. They were made by the power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Your growth in God is by the power of God.

John 15 talks about Jesus being the vine and you being a branch connected to the vine. Bearing much fruit is dependent on you abiding, or being continually connected, to the vine. God is the vinedresser or gardener and He is the one that prunes you (cuts away parts of you that are not needed) so that you will bear much fruit. Jesus is the power source that allows for the fruit bearing. The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you are bearing fruit. Do you realize the products of God working in your life? Do you see how He uses you to impact the lives of others?

God has a wonderful plan for your life and He only thinks good things about you. He wants you empowered to complete the work that He started in you. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven1410 iheart radio for the month of March for a lesson on the empowerment of God. I pray that you have a blessed week!

The greatest mentor

Jesus is the greatest mentor and His disciples are His mentees. Because of God’s plan to open the way for Gentiles to come into the Kingdom of God, all can receive the blessings of Jesus and all can have a personal relationship with God. That means that you can be both mentee and mentor according to Kingdom principles. You should be mentoring someone according to the Word of God and you should be receiving mentorship from someone sharing with you God’s Word and principles for living. This type of mentee/mentor interaction is what I describe as Kingdom Mentorship.

Kingdom mentorship is Christ centered, Word based and freeing. The qualification for mentorship by Jesus is abiding in His Word. Take a look at John 8:31-36. Abiding in His Word gives access to the truth (Jesus) and that truth (Jesus) is freeing. In Christ you are freed from the power of sin and death, poverty and sickness. That means sickness, poverty and spiritual death have no legal claim over your life. You should think about that for a moment. It’s not God’s will for us to be sick and live in lack and through the blood of Jesus, the finished work that He wrought on the cross,we have been delivered. It’s up to you to walk in that deliverance and experience the Kingdom authority and Kingdom mentorship that flows from the throne of God. We are being constantly transformed into the image of Christ and His mentorship turns us into mentors. (Luke 6:40)

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Lessons on mentorship

I shared in the last post about Aquila and Priscilla and how they mentored Apollos.  They were spiritual mentors for Apollos and they updated his theology from the baptism of John the Baptist to Jesus’ baptism. Their act of mentorship facilitated the sharing of the gospel. Just to recap, John’s baptism was unto repentance, while Jesus’ baptism is the gospel and baptizes you into the body of Christ. What an awesome example of Kingdom Mentorship shown through Aquila and Priscilla.

I want to share 3 points about mentorship in this post.

  1. Mentees should seek out wise mentors. A wise mentor is a mentor who has a relationship with God and one who is constantly seeking God for wisdom. Christ is made unto us wisdom and you must operate in the wisdom of God to experience the God kind of success that he wants for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) Other scriptures to support this point include Proverbs 13:10, 1:5, and 9:9
  2. Mentees should imitate the faith of their mentors. Paul was Timothy’s mentor as you will see in 2 Timothy 2:2. Barnabas was Paul’s mentor and vouched for Paul as being converted when he brought Paul before the Apostles. Faith pleases God and the way you measure how much faith you have is by determining it by how much Word you have. God’s Word is full of faith and faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Other scriptures to support point two include Hebrews 13:7 and Philippians 4:9
  3. Mentors should know the condition of their mentees. Jesus was the greatest mentor and His disciples were his mentees. There was never a time that He did not know their condition, from knowing Judas was going to betray Him to knowing Peter would deny Him three times before the cock would crow. Good mentors can recognize the needs and also the accomplishments of their mentees. Proverbs 27:23

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Apollos the mentee

The first story that I want to share about Kingdom Mentorship involves Aquila and Priscilla. They were a husband and wife team who mentored a Jew named Apollos. The story can be found in Acts 18:24-26. Apollos was a teacher, a man who loved God and taught others. He taught, however, John the Baptist’s baptism. John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. Apollos taught this boldly in the synagogue and when Aquila and Priscilla heard him they pulled him aside and taught him about Jesus’ baptism.

Their teaching was an act of mentorship. The level of mentorship was at the teacher level. Aquila and Priscilla taught Apollos about Jesus Christ and you will see later in the verse that Apollos adjusted his teaching and went on refute the Jews and teach from the scriptures about Jesus Christ.

Have you been bold enough to share Jesus? Apollos was the perfect subject. Based on his prior teaching of John’s baptism, I am sure that God wanted him to grow into the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Anyone who wants God, God will see, the Holy Spirit will draw, and God will make the Word available. Apollos didn’t reject the instruction. He received it and went on to preach boldly for Jesus. Your mentorship should be directed by the Holy Spirit. Priscilla and Aquila were used of God to impact the life of Apollos so he could share the gospel on a larger platform.

Your obedience to God as a mentor blesses you and blesses others. Seek God as to how he wants you to be mentored, as Apollos in this case, or serve as a mentor, as Priscilla and Aquila in this case. You are supposed to be on both sides of the equation. You should be a mentee and a mentor! I hope this post helps. Grow in God with Sow the Word Teaching Ministry. Please share any thoughts or comments.

An introduction to Kingdom Mentorship

A mentor can be defined as an experienced or a trusted advisor. There are several models for mentorship from peer mentoring, group mentoring, mosaic mentoring (a different mentor for a different need) to cheerleading. Not only are there models of mentorship, there are different levels as well such as teaching or sponsoring.

Our guidebook for life is the Word of God and in His Word God has given us examples of mentees and mentors to help us understand our roles as mentees and mentors. Mentoring according to the Word of God is called Kingdom Mentorship. Mentorship according to Kingdom standards is Christ centered with the goal of growth in God and the things of God. When God is first in your life, everything else will fall into place; things like your home life, your job and other things that pertain to your life.

The mentor is the person who does the advising and the mentee is the person who receives the advice. In our lives we should be on both sides of the equation, really at all times. There should be someone you are helping grow in the things of God and you should be receiving the Word, encouragement and support from a trusted and experienced mentor.

In the next few posts I will be sharing thoughts on mentorship according to stories from the Bible to provide more information about the process and help you grow into your mentee and mentor roles.

Leading others to Christ

I have been teaching on politics and how Jesus viewed politics in His day.  The closing points of this lesson have to do with you being able to lead others to Christ. After all you are supposed to be preaching Christ and not politics. You know this from the Great Commission, that can be found in Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20 and Luke 24:46-53.

If you focus is sharing the Gospel of Jesus to get people saved then you really don’t have time to immerse yourself in the political banter of the day. You realize that Jesus is coming back soon and that He wants everyone to be saved, so you will share Jesus in your own little corner of the world in the way that the Holy Spirit would lead you.

The way that you share Jesus is with the Roman Road scriptures. You should study these as they will help you as you share. Take opportunity to share with others as the Holy Spirit leads you. Remember that the Holy Spirit draws people to God. It’s up to the people after they hear the Gospel to either receive it or reject it.

Here are the scriptures:

Acts 8:5-15

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:13

Please contact the ministry if you need a more detailed description as to how to share these scriptures with someone. Ask the Holy Spirit to unlock the Word to your understanding, meditate on them and practice with your Christian family and friends so that you will be ready with others when the Holy Spirit prompts you.

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Preach Christ, not politics

In today’s political climate it is easy for Christians to lose track of our purpose in the earth. The world system can dictate to you what you should be thinking about and what you should do. I am starting a series of messages on the radio ministry titled, “Preach Christ, not politics”. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com. These messages will also be posted on the website stwteachingministry.com

In these lessons I will talk about how Jesus dealt with the political parties of His day and how He should be our example as to how we should deal with them today. The foundational texts for these lessons are Acts 8:5-8 and 14-16 and I Timothy 1:1-4.

God instructed me to teach this lesson several months ago but did not release me to teach it until well after the Presidential election. His words to me were that if you teach it during the election, people will want to know who to vote for. Specifically He said that people want to know what the Bible says about who to vote for but they don’t want a relationship with Me. They don’t want to know Me. They just want a solution. Then He reminded me of the scripture that talks about folks wanting to see and experience the miracles that He did, but they didn’t want to hear the Word of God or desire a relationship with Him.

This next series of lessons may be difficult for you to hear. You may or may not disagree with the content, but I ask that you study the scriptures for yourself to determine if these things are so. I am using as a definition for the word politics the activities associated with the governance of a country, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. That is a general dictionary definition. Troubling in this definition is the latter part, “hoping to achieve power”. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that ALL power has been given to Him in heaven and earth. That means that if you are a born again believer, you have that same power at work in you. You are part of the Body of Christ. If you have that power in you should you be preaching a political message for a certain group to be in power? Would Jesus support or campaign for a political group?  What bumper sticker would Christ put on His donkey to support as He rode it down the streets of Jerusalem. Maybe the Herodians or the Pharisees? Maybe the Zealots?

Join me as I dig into the Word concerning this. Learn that you should spend less time on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News discussing the news day in and day out and more time in the Word of God sharing the Gospel. Get help to disable the apps and popups that bring you news continually and pray and fast at the leading of the Holy Spirit so that you can get clarity from God concerning your life and particularly the political landscape. God is still God no matter who is in the white house or the senate. Don’t give them more power than almighty God, your creator, the one who loves you and gave His life for your salvation. I look forward to this journey in the Word with you and I pray that God blesses you abundantly. Join me on Wednesdays at noon!

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Joy!

Facts about the Joy of the Lord and scriptures for you to study:

  1. Joy is on the other side of the suffering for the cause of Christ (Hebrews12:2)
  2. Joy is because we have an incorruptible inheritance (I Peter 1:1-8)
  3. Joy is accessed by a faith that does not faint (I Peter 1:1-9 and Gal. 6:7-9)
  4. Joy is unchangeable (John 16:22)
  5. Joy is associated with taking on the name of Christ (Neh. 8:10 and Hebrews 12:2)
  6. Joy is based on God’s love for us (John 3:16)
  7. Joy inexplainable and full of Glory is at the end of your faith (The revelation of Christ) (I Peter 1:1-13)

Follow Sow the Word Teaching Ministry as I continue to go through these points on Heaven983.com every Wednesday at noon EST. Contact the ministry if you missed any of the topics!

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Finding JOY in difficult times

Doesn’t it seem like life is always throwing lemons your way? Then you hear someone say to make lemonades out of the lemons and sometimes that just does not seem like an easy thing to do. Making lemonade out of the lemons can sometimes mean not going through the struggle. There is nothing wrong with making lemonade out of lemons, but going through the struggle gives you a testimony and may be necessary because we  live on earth. That means that we live in a place where the devil is the God of this world and just as Jesus had to suffer for the cause of God, we may have to suffer for the cause of Christ.

I am not talking about sickness, because Salvation delivered us from sickness. The Bible says that Jesus bore our sicknesses in His own body on a tree. Jesus does not want you sick. I am talking about suffering for the sake of the Gospel. I am teaching a series of lessons on finding joy. What the Lord has impressed upon me is that He was able to go through the suffering of the cross because of the Joy that was set before Him. Hebrews 12:2

We can go through difficult times because of the joy set before us. We know that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a hope and an eternal redemption. Sure go ahead and make lemonades out of those lemons but understand that even if that doesn’t work, you have the joy of the Lord which you received through faith in Jesus Christ. It may not look good, in fact it may look really bad, but in the end you belong to God and He will see you through. Psalm 23 teaches us that we will go “through” the shadow of death. We don’t plan on staying there.

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Training for the fight of your life

You are in a fight for your life. Did you know that? Your opponent is the enemy. His plan for you is to kill you, steal from you and utterly destroy you. (John 10:10) When the devil comes at you, he is not playing with you. He wants to sift you like wheat just as he wanted to sift Peter. (Luke 22:31-32) Apart from a relationship with God, the devil will whip you. You are no match for him. That’s why it is important that you not neglect the training. Preparing for the fight involves training and you training is in the Word of God.

Your fight with the devil is not a natural fight. You are not really wrestling or pulling on another human. This is a spiritual battle and if you are saved, you are fighting from the position of victory. You are fighting to maintain what Jesus got back for you . . . what the devil stole from Adam, being relationship/fellowship with God . . . in addition to your physical stuff. The fight is a faith fight. You have to resist the devil with all that you have. You have to stay in the fight and maintain your position of victory.

Join me as I teach a series of lessons on “Training for the fight of your life” Wednesdays at 12 noon EST on heaven983.com. First lesson this coming Wednesday!

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God’s process for salvation

Understanding God’s process for salvation is enough in itself to show you the awesomeness and detail of God and His love for you. I have been teaching a series of lessons on Following through until the end and God’s process for salvation is the example that I have been using to show how God followed through until the end specifically concerning His plan for salvation. You will learn from Ephesians 1:3-14 that there are 3 things that God did when He saved you and those things are enacted in our lives when we receive Jesus Christ as personal savior as defined by Romans 10:9-10.

  1. God chose you – the Bible teaches us that we were selected for His grace. I Peter 2:9 teaches that we have been called out of darkness. John 6:38-44 teaches that we have been drawn to Jesus by God. Romans 8:27-30 teaches that God predestined us to be conformed to the image of Jesus. The question is, will you receive it? You have free will so you can accept being chosen or you can reject it. Let me give you a practical exam. Let’s say you walk into a store and you are congratulated for being the 100,000,000th customer, and they give you a prize. You were selected right? Well, they can’t force the prize on you. You have to receive it. That’s the way God choosing you works. He chose you, but you have to receive it.
  2. Jesus redeemed you – I Cor 1:30 teaches you that Jesus became redemption for us. Galatians 3:13 teaches you that Jesus redeemed you from the curse of the law – that means you have been redeemed from the curses described in Deut. 30 and Genesis 2. You are redeemed from sickness, poverty and spiritual death. You will also see from Hebrews 9:11-12 that redemption is eternal. Glory to God!
  3. The Holy Spirit sealed you – Being sealed in Christ guarantees our relationship with God. II Cor. 5:5-8 teach you that the Holy Spirit is a pledge and His sealing guarantees that we belong to God. II Cor 1:20-22 teaches you that you are established in Christ and anointed by Him. Isn’t that good news? When I think of sealing I think of protection. It is a guarantee. You are protected. You are loved and you are preserved until the redemption plan is complete when Jesus comes back and we get our glorified bodies.

So you see that God’s process for salvation involves 3 acts all orchestrated by Father God. You see where God followed through all the way until the end – meaning sealing you after your redemption by Jesus Christ. Let us follow His example and follow through to the end with the work that He called your hands to do. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com for more on the above points! Grow in God with Sow the Word where I am sowing the Word into the heart of man.

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Following through until the end

Are you guilty of starting something and not finishing it? I think that we all are. The challenge comes when it becomes a habit and it becomes routine with the things of God. God has called each of us to a specific work for the kingdom. He has graced us with His ability to fulfill the call that He has on our individual lives. Philippians 3:13-14 teach you that to complete the work that God called you to do is going to require you to press, reach and forget. You have to press toward the mark God set for you and reach for the prize, but you also have to forget those things that are behind you. These are things that hinder your progress toward completing the work that God called you to do.

Hebrews 12:1-2 teach you that you are to run the race that has been set before you. You need to not look across the aisle and see what other folks are doing and measure your work and progress by them, but seek God for the work that He called you to do and run that race . . . this is the race that has been set before you. What is God saying here? He is saying that it is important that you finish; that you run the race all the way till the end. Running the race until the end requires more than just knowing there is an end. It requires having seen the end, and yourself finishing the race . . . you see that in the spirit, and that’s where faith comes in. I remember a choir director saying that when he was a little boy he used to line up stuffed animals and direct them like they were a choir. Can you imaging directing stuffed animals in song? The gifting was in that choir director even as a child and he was working the gift that God put in him and growing up in God, under the influence of a Christian environment, he can grow into the choir director that God called him to be.

I am going to give an example of following through until the end on the weekly radio broadcast. There is no better example than God’s plan for salvation. Join me on the radio on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com to hear the series of lessons and grow in God with Sow the Word where I am sowing the Word into the heart of man.

Don’t be drunk, be filled with the Holy Spirit

The big message that I want to share with you concerning the drunkenness teaching is that God does not want you to be drunk with wine. In Ephesians 5:18, He contrasts being drunk with wine with being filled with the Holy Spirit. God wants you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Filling is an experience subsequent to salvation. You see this in Acts 2 where the believers that were there on the Day of Pentecost were filled with the Holy Spirit. You also see that evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an experience for others. Getting saved is an experience for you.

The way that you get filled with the Holy Spirit is that after you receive salvation, Romans 10:9-10, you can ask God to fill you. (Luke 11:13) Once you are filled, you can get drunk in the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches how to do this in Ephesians 5:19-21. Being drunk in the Holy Spirit is being so full of the Holy Spirit that the evidence of His presence can be visibly seen by others. This is confirmed by Acts 2:4 and specifically from verse 13 on out to the end of the chapter. There is an appearance associated with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and those who are unaware and have not been taught could possibly think that the appearance is related to an overindulgence in alcohol.

God wants you to live your life in the Holy Spirit. He wants you to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do and say and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you. He is calling you to righteousness and a life in Him and He doesn’t want you to be given over to alcohol and a life of drunkenness.

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Drunkenness

I have been teaching a series of lessons on Wednesdays at noon on heaven983.com, on dangers of drunkenness and alcoholism. Christians and others, many times just want to know whether or not it is ok to drink. I believe that the desire to know just if the Bible says it is ok to drink or not is the quest for the person who really does not desire an intimate relationship with God. This person just wants the Bible to cosign on what he or she wants to do. The Bible teaches in John 2:1-11 at the marriage at Cana that Jesus turned water into wine. It also teaches in I Timothy 5:23 that Paul instructed Timothy to take a little wine instead of water because Timothy was sickly.

Jesus turned water to wine at the request of His mother. We see that the Bible does not prohibit us from taking a drink of wine. What the Bible does teach strongly against is alcoholism and drunkenness.

The danger in drunkenness is at least 4 fold.

  1. It promotes a tearing down and destruction of the physical body
  2. It is a Spiritual rejection of the filling of the Holy Spirit and a denial of the power of God released through being filled
  3. It attacks watchfulness and sober minded thinking causing poor judgment and the consequences there of.
  4. It can be a stumbling block to others which is directly against the command of God.

 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that we should not be taken over by anything. He is talking about being controlled by something. Alcohol can be a controller. Folks have lost their families, jobs, houses, money, etc., because of being addicted to alcohol. If you are dealing with that addiction or know someone who is, lead that person to the Lord and help them turn to God’s Word concerning salvation and health and wholeness of the body to break that stronghold. If the person won’t hear, begin to pray, pray in the Holy Ghost, and ask God to send laborers across that person’s path. Join me for additional lessons on drunkenness. To see what’s to come click the Facebook link from the website stwteachingministry.com