The Breath of God

Scripture is God’s breath! When we read and meditate on the word of God, we are breathing in the very breath of God. Take these three symbols, bread, water, and breath: How long can we go without bread? Most people say 40 days if you have water. How long can we go without water? Most say 4 to 12 days. Now, how long can we go without air? It’s a matter of minutes.

Since the Scripture is the breath of God, is it possible that some people live in an oxygen, spiritual depleted atmosphere? It doesn’t take much to stress those people out who go without God’s word.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (Verse 17) so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Greek word for “inspiration” is “theopneustos.” “Theo”, coming from the word God and “pneustos” means breathed. So all Scripture is God-breathed.

Ezekiel 37:1 – The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. (Verse 2) Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 

(Verse 3) And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O LORD God, You know.” (Verse 4) Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! (Verse 5) ‘Thus says the LORD God to these bones; “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

(Verse 6) “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” (Verse 7) so I prophesied as I was commanded, and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

(Verse 8) Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. (Verse 9) Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the LORD God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ” (Verse 10) So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

In this passage, the breath of God transforms a valley of dry bones into an exceedingly great army:

The breath of God gives understanding.

In verse 3 when God asked Ezekiel if these bones could live, Ezekiel said, “You know.”

Job 32:8 – But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

Think about that verse for a moment. The very breath of the Almighty gives us understanding! Amazing! And how do we get the breath of God? By reading His word!

How many times have we said, “If I could just understand what God is doing or what is happening?” The Bible is how we get understanding. We can’t live a Christian life by someone else telling us what the Bible says. We have to read and know it for ourselves!

Luke 24:45 – And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Without breath, we panic then fear sets in. That’s what happens to a lot of believers that don’t read the word of God. Have you ever known a Christian that it seems every time you talk to them they are in one crisis after another? They put everything first instead of going to God’s word and seeing what He has to say about it.

The Breath of God gives order.

In Ezekiel, verse 7, Ezekiel prophesied and the bones came together, bone to bone. This was a valley of dry bones, not a valley of skeletons. They were not already put together. The bones came in to order when Ezekiel prophesied and the breath of God came. When Ezekiel prophesied, the word of God caused them to come into order.

Psalm 33:6 – By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 

Genesis 1:2 – The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Verse 3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 

When God spoke, His word spoken out loud, it happened. When a person speaks they use their breath. We can’t speak without breathing. That day God said, “Let,” and His breath came out of His mouth and created what His words said. The “power” is in the breath!

God breathed the whole Bible and the power to do what He wants to be done is in His breath. Isaiah 55:11 – So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

When we go through difficulties and we read in Scripture what needs to be done, the power to do it has been released if we will speak His word!

The breath of God gives strength.

Those dry bones needed strength. The sinews are actually the tendons that connect the mussel together. It’s what brings strength and allows the body to function correctly.

Psalm 18:15 – Then the channels of waters were seen and the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. (Verse 16) He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. (out of the words of the enemies) (Verse 17) He delivered me from my strong enemy from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.

Exodus 15:8 – And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; and the depths congealed in the heart of the sea. (Verse 9) Then the enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them, I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ (Verse 10) You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

John 20:22 – And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” 

The breath of God gives life.

Ezekiel 37:10 – So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

The Christian life has to be nourished with the bread, water, and breath, that comes from the word of God. A malnourished person has no strength to win any battles nor will they have any power.

2 Peter 1:20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (Verse 21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

These holy men of God spoke the same way that Ezekiel spoke the word of God and the breath of God was released.

Genesis 2:7 – And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

So what brought life to Adam? The breath of God. What brings life to you and me? The breath of God. All Scripture is God-breathed!

Job 33:4 – The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 

I can’t stress this enough, but if you are not in God’s Word every day then you will eventually run out of any nourishment you need to be successful in your Christian walk!

Take in the very breath of God and He will prosper all we do! One breath a week is not enough. Eat every day, drink every day, and breathe every day.

 

The Water of Life (Part 2)

The word of God is bread and the word of God is water! We can go a lot longer without literal bread than we can go without water. How long can we go without any water? Not many days.

Psalm 105:40 – The people asked, and He brought quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. (Verse 41) He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.

Is it possible that in the same way bread has a spiritual meaning representing the word of God, that water has a spiritual meaning also? Literal bread came from heaven, water literally came from a rock. But there is spiritual bread, spiritual water, and a spiritual rock.

1 Corinthians 10:4 – And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

There are types, shadows, and symbols in the Bible because it’s a spiritual book, written by a Spiritual Being to spiritual beings! The Bible says that the natural mind cannot understand the things of God.

Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Verse 2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night. (Verse 3) He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in it’s season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.

How many Christians actually believe that passage of Scripture? If we really believed that meditating on the Word of God would make us prosper, how many would jump full speed ahead into God’s Word?

There is all sort of Scriptures that say we are like “trees.” Trees planted by water if we meditate on the word of God, we then will prosper, but if we don’t meditate on His Word, we are not like a tree planted by the water and will soon dry up.

So water represents words: There are three types of words; the word of God, the words of Satan, and our words. God has the ability to speak; Satan has the ability to speak, and God gave us the ability to speak. Did you know that Satan’s words and our words can be at war with the Word of God? Or our words can agree with the Word of God?

The war going on is Satan’s words verses God’s Word! This war can go on every day in the Christians life. Satan wants to flood us and he wants to famish us, but Jesus wants to fill us.

Satan tries to flood us.

There are spiritual meanings all through the Bible but the Bible interprets itself! The bible will define itself. For instance: trees, serpents, and scorpions all represent something that is defined in the Bible. By the time we get to the Book of Revelation, it will make it much easier to read if we understand what these things represent.

In the book of Revelation, the Bible talks about a serpent and it makes it very clear in Chapter 12 that the serpent is Satan: Revelation 12:9 – So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

So the serpent is Satan; water represents words, but the woman that is talked about in Revelation, is the “Church.” Revelation 12:15 – So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

Satan comes against the church, believers, with a  flood of words that do not agree with the word of God. This is nothing new for him. This is what he did with Eve. The first thing he said to Eve was, “Has God really said?” He planted doubt with his words. He told her words that contradicted “The Word” and when she believed it, she sinned!

Satan’s first priority is to get us to believe a lie, then he can get us to sin. The “Rock represents Jesus and “flood” represents the words of the enemy. Now look at this passage with the understanding of the symbols:

Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the “rock” (Verse 25) “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the “rock.”

Isn’t that amazing? We build our lives on Jesus as the foundation and when the enemy comes against us with his words, we will not fall! Doesn’t Scripture make more sense when we know some symbols’ meanings when reading?

Psalm 69:1 – Save me O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. (Verse 2) I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. (Verse 4) Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. (This is David writing this, but it reminds me of what is happening to our president at this time.)

(Verse 14) Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters. (Verse 15) Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me. (The pit always represents hell or Hades.)

Have you ever had a “flood,” accusations come against you? Sure you have and it just might cause you to doubt God’s word. That doubt comes in negative words, the opposite of what God says about you or your situation. Why do you think people commit suicide? Because the enemy floods them with thoughts that “its over,” “life isn’t worth living!” Hogwash! That is the opposite of what God says!

However, we have a mouth that can speak too. So are you going to agree, when you speak out loud, with what Satan is saying or what God is saying?

Proverbs 18:4 – The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; Proverbs 6:2 – You are snared by the words of your own mouth.

People are in bondage by their own words! Satan tells people things and then they repeat it out loud in agreement! Do you know why most people agree with the words from Satan? Because they don’t know the Word of God!

Isaiah 59:19 – … When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. There’s the Good News! The Bible is our standard. We combat the words from Satan with the Word of God!

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He said three times: “It is written, it is written, it is written!” If Jesus needed to quote the Word of God to overcome temptation, shouldn’t we do the same? But we can’t quote it if we don’t know it! Satan comes against us with lies and if we don’t know the truth, we believe the lies!

Satan also tries to famish us.

Satan wants to flood us with his words and starve us of God’s words. He doesn’t want us to know the word of God because he knows that God’s word is the only thing that has the power to stop him.

Amos 8:11 – “Behold the days are coming,” says the LORD God, “that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. A famine of “hearing!” We have the word, but are we hearing the words of the Lord? Listening, reading, meditating on the word of God is where the “famine’ is. Sound doctrine is not being preached in some of the churches these days either.

Mark 4:14 – “The sower sows the word. (Verse 15) “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Satan knows that if we leave that “Word” in our hearts, it’s going to bear fruit and he doesn’t want that to happen.

1 Samuel 3:1 – Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 

When we first read this text, we think that it means that God rarely spoke in those days. That’s not what it implies. Remember what the “famine” was, not the word, but the “hearing” of the word. There was no widespread revelation because people weren’t listening. It sounds a lot like today. “Rare’ in Hebrew means “Precious.” Samuel valued the word of the Lord, so he heard the word of the Lord! The people of the land in that day didn’t value or think God’s words were “precious!”

God’s word is a treasure, hidden in our hearts. No wonder Satan wants to come and steal it out of our hearts. He knows God’s word has power and so do we when we stand in agreement with God.

Jesus wants to fill us. 

Satan wants to flood us and to famish us, but Jesus wants to fill us.

Revelation 22:1 – And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear and crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 

Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Whoever desires, whoever hungers, whoever thirsts, let them take the water freely!

Revelation 21:6 – And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

The “water of life” is also a “fountain.” Satan is the one that tries to flood us and carry us away, but the word of God is not a flood, it’s a “Fountain” of fresh living water that we may drink from! This fountain is on the inside of every believer!

John 4:7 – A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (Verse 8) For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. (Verse 9) Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

(Verse 10) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Verse 11) The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

(Verse 12) “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” (Verse 13) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, (Verse 14) but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Too many Christians live defeated lives because they do not renew their minds with God’s words. The battle is in our minds, our wills, and our emotions. We have to decide whether we are going to agree with God’s word or the words that Satan whispers to us.

Jesus washes us from the inside out, but Satan floods us from the outside in!

 

The Bread of Heaven (Part 1)

There is a book that has the power to change every area of our lives and it contains the keys to experiencing miracles and holds the answers to every problem in life – The Holy Bible.

Is God’s word your favorite book? If not, it should be. There are all kinds of books that have been written on “Self-help” but none compare to the Holy Bible! Everything we need is in that book, everything!

Is the cover on your Bible worn out? Do the pages look too fragile to even touch anymore? I have sat beside people in church for years and never seen them with a Bible or take a note in. But guess what? These are the ones that either need prayer for something or they were there one day and drifted off the next. Then after they would go through some major crises, they would be back in church, but never fully committed. But if you are saved, please read God’s word as if your life depended on it because it does.

The word “Bible’ means book. There are 66 books in the Holy Bible, 39 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New. There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New. That means that if a person reads 3 to 4 chapters a day, they can read through the Bible in one year.

When I first got saved I read the Bible from beginning to end and then would start all over and do it again. I did that for years but then began to really study and spend months on just one book of the Bible. Now when I read I study “subjects” and go to where the Scriptures are for that subject. But this book is so familiar to me, I can find whatever I need when I need it. Every Christian needs to be familiar with God’s word because that’s what we live by!

There is only One Author of the Bible and that is God, but there were about forty writers. The Bible is God’s autobiography. The Holy Spirit gave the Scriptures to holy men of God as they wrote but God wrote His own autobiography.

The Bread of Heaven

The Bible is our daily bread.

Exodus 16:4 – Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.

Matthew 6:11 – “Give us this day our daily bread.” Does that refer to our daily provision? Yes, but does it refer only to our natural provision? Bread represents “the word of God.” Is it possible that Jesus is saying, “Pray every day for a word from God?”

Have you ever felt weak or tired while on a fast? There are a lot of Christians that are on the wrong kind of spiritual fast. Why? Because they are not getting their “Daily Bread.” Did you know that God has a word for you every day? God wants to speak to us every day! And that word will strengthen us, but it’s not going to happen if we don’t get into His Word, every day! Something happens when we hold an actual Bible in our hands and begin to read those pages.

If you don’t own a Bible, I suggest you get one. There are two types of categories of translations: The first is an exact equivalency translation. Some call it a literal translation. It is a word for word, from the Hebrew, Old Testament to the Greek, New Testament. The Old King James was translated in 1611, but there are some better ones now because our English is a little different. We just don’t speak the same English as people did in 1611. Also, the New King James is an exact equivalency translation. The New American Standard is also a word for word translation and also the English Standard Version.

The ones I just listed are great for studying, but simply for reading you can use the other translations which are called “Dynamic Equivalency translations. These are “thought by thought.” Examples: The New International Version; The New Living Translation, which paraphrases. I don’t care for those because I think they change too much from the original meaning. But I will say that for beginners, the NLT helps them understand much better than the exact word for word translations. The Message Bible is an easy one, but I have found that too many times the message strays from the original meaning. It is not for an in-depth study, it’s just an easy read for beginners.

The Bread From Heaven Is Our Sustaing Bread

Psalm 68:19 – Blessed be the LORD, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah

Matthew 4:3 – Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Verse 4) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” 

Where was it written before which Jesus quoted? Deuteronomy 8:3 – “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

In the same way that we need literal bread to nourish our physical bodies, we need spiritual bread to nourish our spirits! If a person is going to be strong spiritually, they have to eat!

Isaiah 55:2 – Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. 

Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… My people are destroyed because they don’t know the Word of God!

Job 23:12 – I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than necessary food. Job was saying that he’d rather hear God’s words than eat.

Joshua 1:8 – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

 Our True Bread

john 6:31 – “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written. He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” (Verse 32) Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. (Verse 33) “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

(Verse 34) Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” (Verse 35) And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” 

(Verse 48) “I am the bread of life. (Verse 49) “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they are dead. (Verse 50) “This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. (Verse 51) “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Luke 22:19 – And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it tho them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

The Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is the Word! John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Verse 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Revelation 19:13 – He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

When we read the Holy Bible, we are consuming Jesus! The Bible is not just a good book. When we read the Word, we are taking Jesus inside of us that is filling us to the brim!

The Scripture testifies of Me, Jesus! God’s Word gives us life. There are so many malnourished Christians because they won’t read God’s word. When you get to the place where you love the word of God, it will change your life!

This Book will keep me from sin, but sin will keep me from this Book!

He Holds the Keys

Let me start by saying that “Jesus never lost the keys!” However, He gave His keys to Adam and Adam lost the keys. And Jesus got them back, but what keys did He get back?

Jesus Holds the Key of Death

Revelation 1:17 – And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. (Verse 18) “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

Hades in Greek literally means “the abode of the dead.” Every saint that died before Christ went to a waiting place. During the three days that Christ was in the tomb, He went to Hades, took the keys from Satan and took the saints to heaven. Do you remember reading about the Old Testament saints being seen walking around Jerusalem that day? That took place when Jesus stopped to talk to Mary at the tomb. (Matthew 27:52, 53)

Then Jesus led them all to heaven. Do you think maybe they were singing this Psalm as they went? Psalm 24:7 – Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. And the Old Testament saints were in heaven and Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father. 

Everything that needed to be done for our salvation was done – finished! We no longer have to fear death, spiritual or physical, because Jesus overcame both. Ther is no fear of death for the believer. The fear of death is the number one fear that people have.

When the Bible says that Jesus holds the keys to Hades and Death, He doesn’t hold those keys to lock people in. Before Christ, we were already locked in. He holds those keys to set us free!

Jesus Also Holds the Key of David

Revelation 3:7 – “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one opens.” ‘:

What Jesus said there, is an Old Testament passage from Isaiah 22. Isaiah 22 is the story of a bad steward. Keep in mind, a steward is not an owner. Also, keep in mind that Adam lost the stewardship of the world to Satan. Satan is the “bad” steward and Jesus is the good Steward.

Isaiah 22:15 – Thus says the LORD God of hosts: “Go proceed to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the house, and say: (Verse 16) ‘What have you here, and whom have you here, that you have hewn a sepulcher here, as he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, who carves a tomb for himself in a rock?

(Verse 17) Indeed, the LORD will throw away violently, O mighty man, and will surely seize you. (Verse 18) He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball into a large country; there you shall die, and there your glorious chariots shall be the shame of your masters house. (Verse 19) So I will drive you out of your office, and from your position, he will pull you down.

(Verse 20) ‘Then it shall be in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; (Eliakim means “God raises up”; Hilkiah means “Jehovah is my portion.”) (Verse 21) I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.

(Verse 22) The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut and no one shall open. (Verse 23) I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.

(Verse 24) They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring, and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. (Verse 25) ‘In that day, says the LORD of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.’ “

Shebna was supposed to be a steward over all that the owner had. Isaiah approaches Shebna while he is building a tomb for himself. He’s building this tomb where royalty builds their tombs. The higher the tomb the higher the position the person had. And Isaiah asks him what he’s doing. Then Isaiah tells him that he’s going to be cast down.

Now, look at what God said to Satan in Isaiah 14:12 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weaken the nations! (Verse 13) For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; (Verse 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Verse 15) Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” Shebna is a prophetic picture of Satan.

This is all a picture of what’s to come. One day God is going to violently hurl Satan into the lake of fire. Isaiah 22:19 – “So I will drive you out of office, and from your position, he will pull you down.’ ” “He” in this passage is the King of Assyria that Shebna was making a deal with. Assyria wanted the land of Israel. Shebna was making a deal to sell the people of God into bondage! 

This is exactly what Satan does to God’s people. He lies, he’s deceitful by telling people they will be happier if they would do such and such. But if people listen to him, they will have a life of bondage instead of freedom that Christ gives. Shebna’s life didn’t end well because history tells us that the king of Assyria bore holes in Shebna’s feet, put ropes through the hoes and drug him by his horse! We know the end that God has for Satan too.

Then in Isaiah 22:21, Isaiah says the key of David’s house will be laid on his shoulder. But there’s another prophecy that the “government” shall be on His shoulder.

Here’s the amazing thing about this “key.” It was a massive key that had a hook on the end to go over the shoulder. It was a master key that if it opened a door no other key could fit that same lock. If it locked a door, no other key could open it.

Jesus has this key! If Jesus opens a door for you, there is not a man or a demon that can close that door! And if Jesus closes a door, such as our sin, our shame, our past, our bondage, and any open door where the enemy used to come in and takes us captive, no demon in hell can open that door! That’s the key of David! Jesus holds the keys but:

He is Also the Door

John 10:9 – “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved.”

Isaiah 22:23 – “I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. (Verse 24) They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring, and the posterity, all the vessels of small quantity, from cups to all the pitchers.”

The word “peg” in Hebrew is actually the word “nail.” He’s going to be a “nail” that’s fastened in the wall. This was a spike. This is like putting a spike in the wall of a house and putting the plaster around it so they could hang anything on it and it wouldn’t rip the plaster.

This “nail” or spike which is much larger, represents Jesus being able to hold and handle the heaviest burden we could put on Him! He’s the Door, He holds the keys, and He’s the “peg” that can handle any burden we have, even the small quantity from cups to all the pitchers. No matter how small, we still get to hang it on Jesus.

The “offspring” and the “posterity” – In the Hebrew posterity literally means “Broken vessels fit to be thrown away.” That was us before we came to Christ.

Then this prophecy takes a turn: But there’s going to come a day when that “nail” is going to be removed and fall to the ground so that it will not have to bear the burdens that it bears anymore. Do you realize the only burden that Jesus has ever bore was our sin?

So here’s what God was saying in that passage, “There is going to come a day when My precious Son will be removed, fall to the ground, He’s come to the earth, He has to die, but when He does He won’t have to carry that burden anymore!

Jesus is not still carrying our burden for sin. Colossians says that He nailed our sins to the cross! He left our sins on the cross!

Remember where they put the key? On His shoulder. What did Jesus carry on the way to His death on His shoulder? The cross. The cross is the “Key!” The cross is the key to unlock us from Hades and from Death and to close every door that the enemy has put in our lives! And also to open every door that God has for us.

 

Why We Worship

How many people come to church for the singing, but never really enter into the worship? All through a congregation, you will find those who have entered the “Holy of holies” and right next to them will be someone just going through the motions. One person can have an encounter with God while others are thinking they’re glad it’s over.

Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” 

Why do you think Jesus said that He would “dine with you”? I think because He wants intimacy with us that we have when we dine with others. Is there not conversation when you dine with someone?

I’ve seen this for years: People loving to be fed on the Word of God but never thinking about with whom whose presence we have come to be with. The church shouldn’t be just about getting a “good meal,” but “Who is sitting at our table?”

Look, Listen, & Look

Exodus 3:1 – Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Verse 2) And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

(Verse 3) Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Verse 4) So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Verse 5) Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Moses looked at that bush. He didn’t just glance at it and move on. When we enter a worship service, should we not look hard for God? Focus everything on Him. When we are focused on something, that is much more than just looking at it.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

This is the same way, that if we will come and look at the manifest presence of God, we will be changed into His presence.  When we look intently, as if looking at our image in a mirror, we can translate ourselves into the presence of our Lord. But our whole focus has to be on Him.

How many people come to a worship service burdened and weighed down and don’t really put their whole focus on God? Can we change anything by worrying? No, so why not let the One that can change the situation have our entire focus. When we enter the presence of God, He will speak to us!

What bothers me is when the congregation is in the middle of entering His presence and people come in late, talking, with their coffee they stopped for, and interrupt that precious time. They break off my time with the Lord because they are rude and disrespecting of the worship time. They ought not to let them into the sanctuary if worship has already started! This happens in every church I have ever been in. If the leaders would stop them from coming in and disrupting then it would stop.

Listen

Exodus 3:4 – So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” God was waiting until he had Moses’ attention before He spoke.

When your children were young, didn’t you make them stop what they were doing and look at you before you told them what you had to say? And then when they stopped and focused on you, you’d speak.

Could it be that the word from God that some are so desperate to hear, that He is just waiting there until we get our focus on Him? When God saw that Moses turned aside from what he was doing, then God spoke! How many people would love to hear from God, but yet spend so little time in His presence?

Psalm 100:2 – Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. 

Psalm 9:3 – When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.

All the enemies, the wickedness, that comes against the believer, is defeated in God’s presence.

Psalm 68:8 – The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God. Blessings come by His presence and mountains move at His presence!

Acts 3:19 – “Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord” Look, focus, and listen and then:

Learn 

Moses heard God tell him to “Remove your sandals because the place where you stand is holy.” Any place or thing that God touches is holy! 

Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. Exodus happened 2,500 years after creation! So, how could Moses write Genesis or the other four books for that matter? God taught Him! How else could he have written about Adam or Eve, Noah, or Abraham? God taught him.

Psalm 103:7 – He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. God made known what He did to the children of Israel, but He made known why He did it to Moses!

It is amazing what God will change in each of our lives if we will just enter His presence in a time of worship!

Why We Nedd To Express Our Worship

Have you ever thought about what it would be like if your spouse or a friend, or your child, or parents, for that matter, never expressed their love for you? It wouldn’t feel very good, would it?

Are we not believers, the church, the Bride of Christ? How do you think it makes Jesus feel if we never express our love for Him? Worship is love expressed. Believers express themselves in worship, not because it’s charismatic or pentecostal, it is because it’s Biblical Doctrine.

The difference in Dogma and Doctrine is: Dogma is “established opinion.” It’s an opinion that people form over many years. Doctrine is established teaching based on the Bible.

1) Clapping

There are two reasons in the Bible for clapping: First, it is for “victory.” Job 27:23 – Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place (the wicked man). Nahum 3:19 – Your injury has no healing, your wound is severe. All who hear news of you will clap their hands over you. (The King of Assyria that was defeated.)

The second reason for clapping is for joy: Psalm 98:8 – Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,…; Isaiah 55:12 – “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees (people) of the field shall clap their hands.” When we clap our hands, we are expressing joy to the Lord and victory over the enemy!

2) Shouting

Psalm 47:1 – Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! Galatians 4:27 – For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor!”

Worship is an act of faith. Everything we do as believers is an act of faith. Shout before we get the victory. The Israelites shouted before the walls of Jericho came down! Too many believers wait for God to move on their behalf before they give a shout of victory and that’s backward. God wants us to shout and rejoice and then He will move.

Here are 5 good reasons to worship even when we don’t feel like it: (1) He is worthy; (2) It’s being true to who we really are; (3) Praise is a command; (4) Feelings should not dictate our actions, principles should; (5) We worship by faith.

3) Singing

Psalm 95:1 – Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Psalm 96:1 – Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. 

Numbers 21:16 – From there they went to Beer, which is well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” (Verse 17) Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it.” 

Are there any dry places in your life? Then sing and worship God and watch what He will do! Believe and you’ll see. Too many want to see first and then they’ll believe. That’s not how it works.

4) Bowing and Kneeling

Psalm 95:6 – Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Bowing and kneeling represent submission. Satan wanted Jesus to bow down to him: Matthew 4:9 – And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You fall down and worship me.” Satan wanted Jesus to express His worship to him because even Satan knows that true worship is always expressed!

Kneeling represents honor: Why does a man get down on one knee to purpose to a woman? Because he “honors” her! So why not honor Jesus?

5) Lifting Hands 

According to Scripture, lifting hands represents “blessing.” The One to whom we lift our hands is blessed.

Psalm 63:4 – Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 

Luke 24:50 – And He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifted His hands and blessed them. 

Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hand in the Sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

6)Dancing

Psalm 150:1 – Praise the LORD! Praise Him in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament! (Verse 2) Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! (Verse 3) Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! (Verse 4) Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! (Verse 5) Praise Him with loud cymbal; praise  Him with clashing symbals! (Verse 6) Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

What we do in worship validates our expression because our focus is on the King!

 

Does the Holy Spirit Speak in Tongues?

There is a gift of tongues but there is also a “grace” of tongues. There is a message from God that could be in tongues that needs to be interpreted if it’s given in the church, that’s what the Bible says. However, there is also a prayer language that is not from God but to God from man.

Scripture is very clear on this, that we can pray in tongues. Keep in mind that this is different from the gift of tongues. Every believer can pray in a prayer language to God. But the “gift” of tongues needs to be interpreted.

1) It’s Scriptural

1 Corinthians 14:2 – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit, he speaks mysteries. So, he who speaks in a tongue, speaks to God, in the spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:14 – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Verse 15) What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (Paul is obviously talking about praying in a tongue.)

(Verse 17) For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified. Praying in tongues is called, by Paul, “Praying with the spirit.” And in verse 2 of the same chapter, Paul says, “In the spirit.”

Now for those of you who say Paul did not pray in the spirit, with tongues: 1 Corinthians 14:18 – I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

What’s amazing though is that some people will read right over Scripture and not see it. They already are biased against tongues, but look at this Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:39 – Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, “and do not forbid to speak with tongues.”

Do you know that there are churches and entire denominations that forbid people from speaking in tongues? What part of “Do not forbid” do they not understand? That is called “Spiritual Blindness!”

2) It’s a Benefit

It’s a benefit to pray in a prayer language. 1 Corinthians 14:4 – He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

This word “but” most of the time is translated as “and.” It’s not used as the opposite, it’s in conjuncture with  – and or “on the other hand.” But there is a difference in speaking in a tongue and prophecy. Let me ask you if you don’t believe in speaking with tongues: What is wrong with edifying or building one’s self up? Nothing! Why on earth would this be bad?

We can pray in private with a prayer language but when praying in public, we should use words that people understand and that’s what this entire chapter is talking about. When we read our Bible in private, do we not build ourselves up? But he who reads the Bible in public, do they not build the whole church up also?

Paul said when he prayed in the spirit, it means he prayed in tongues: Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Verse 18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,… Most people stop reading after verse 17 but praying in the Spirit is praying in the prayer language – tongues! 

Jude 20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…

Do you personally not need building up in your Christian life? We all do, so pray in the spirit, with tongues! The Bible is very clear on how we build ourselves up – praying in the spirit!

Please keep in mind, this is not talking about the manifest gift of tongues. This is the “grace” of tongues used in prayer that all believers can have when they pray!

3) It’s a Choice

1 Corinthians 14:14 – (Paul says) For “if” I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. In other words, Paul said, “If” I pray in tongues. He had a choice and so do we. But Paul says in verse 15 that “He will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding.” If the Apostle Paul willed to pray in tongues, why shouldn’t all believers?

This is not something that comes outside of our own will. A person is not going to just start blurting out tongues in “Krogers” one day. We have a will, it is our choice to choose to speak in the spirit when we pray to build ourselves up. This is an act of our own will. Why would Paul give instructions on how and when to do it if it’s uncontrollable? Since its Scriptural and it builds us up, why would we not? What’s wrong with letting our spirit pray? Does He not know all things?

It’s all by faith, we open our mouth while in the presence of God, and yield our tongue to the Holy Spirit. Don’t build up a strong-hold against this. If you do you will be missing out on the benefit of keeping yourself built up in the Lord.

Does The Holy Spirit Baptize?

A lot of people refer to “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit,” but that is not correct. It is The Baptism “with or in” the Holy Spirit.

1)The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus.

When we get saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes us “into” the body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – This is the first baptism.

2) The disciple baptizes us in water.

Once we are saved, we get water baptized: Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…”

There are people that will argue, using a passage in Ephesians, that says there is only one baptism. However, are there not three persons in the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all making One? So yes, there are three baptisms. But even people who say there is only one baptism, believe in two. They believe that when we are saved, we are baptized into Jesus, the body of Christ. They also believe in water baptism, so there’s two right there.

3) Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.

Look what John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” 

First of all, John the Baptist was not speaking to the twelve disciples. The twelve disciples had not been called as of yet. The disciples were called in Matthew, Chapter 4. John was saying that when the Messiah comes, He is going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. This was and is for everyone!

Here’s the problem: Many people believe that the baptism in Jesus and Jesus baptizing us in the Holy Spirit are the same thing. It is not. If a person believes that, it’s because they don’t understand the “grammar.” You can’t say they are the same because they have different subjects.

In the first baptism when we are saved, the Holy Spirit is the One doing the baptism into Christ. In the other, it’s Jesus that is doing the baptism, so they can’t be the same, different subjects doing the baptisms!

When we are first saved, it is the Holy Spirit that introduces us to Jesus. Then it is Jesus that introduces us to the Holy Spirit. The first introduction by the Holy Spirit is what is called, “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit.” That is when we first get saved.

Then Jesus baptizes us in or with the Holy Spirit. God believed that this was so important for us to know that He put it in all four gospels.

Mark 1:8 – “I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John 1:33 – “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.”

How could so many miss this? Why is it not taught properly in the churches today? It’s almost as if the Holy Spirit is ignored.

Salvation – Water – Spirit

The Bible says that when we are saved, we are “born again.” When we are born again, we are born as “Children of God.” We are born as “perfect” children of God. Not perfect in our performances though. We are perfect in our position with God. Because of what Christ did, we are in right standing with God. We are now “in” Christ because the Holy Spirit baptized us “in” Christ Jesus. Jesus is our example, however, Jesus didn’t need to be born again because He was born perfect the first time.

Now was Jesus water baptized? Yes! John baptized Him. Was He baptized with the Holy Spirit? Yes, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and remained! “Like a dove,” it can be taken out of the sentence and the sentence means the same.

If Jesus needed the Person of the Holy Spirit when He was on this earth, how much more do we need him? This is a pattern in Scripture: The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus – we get saved – then we get water baptize – then Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. Salvation – Water – Spirit.

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

First, we repent and then get water baptized, and we shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Right there are all three baptisms.

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (don’t’ stop there as some do) (Verse 14) Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

And then the Bible explains: (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (water). (Verse 17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.  

Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

Paul, the greatest apostle to ever live asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Why would he ask that if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed? So many people have ignored this question that Paul asked. Their answer was that they hadn’t even heard there was a Holy Spirit. They had repented and believed, they were saved, had gotten water baptized and they thought that was it as so many do today.

Acts 19:3 – And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (Verse 4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who comes after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

This also happened in Acts 8, 10, and 19. It’s also helpful to note that Acts 8, happened five years after Pentecost. In Chapter 10, ten years after Pentecost the disciples were still telling people, salvation, water baptism, and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts Chapter 19, was 25 years after Pentecost, and they were still telling the people that after water baptism they needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It has never stopped!

1 John 5:7 – For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (These bear witness to the supernatural life, now look at the next verse.) (Verse 8) And there are three that bear witness on earth; the Spirit, the water, and the blood (salvation); and these three agree as one.

Plain as day, our three baptisms! These three also bear witness to the supernatural. When we get saved, we become a new person. When we are water baptized, the old person is cut off, buried. And when we get Spirit-baptized, we receive “power” to walk in the new! In order to walk in a victorious life, we need all three baptisms!

Let me say this: If a person was baptized as a child but didn’t get saved until later in life, they need to be water baptized again. Salvation comes first, then water baptism, then Holy Spirit baptism.

Could it be that this is why so many believers are defeated because they only have the first two baptisms out of three? They don’t have the power to walk the victorious life.

So my question to you is: Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?

 

Is The Holy Spirit Charismatic?

The word “Charismatic” is from the Greek word “Kharisma,” which means “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.” Charisma is the instantaneous enablement of the Holy Spirit in the life of any believer to exercise a gift for the edification of others.

Charis is the Greek word for “grace.” When the “ma” is put at the end of “charis,” it simply means “gift.” And yet some have taken this word charismatic and put a totally different meaning to it. However, the Bible definition means “grace gifted.” All believers are charismatic. All believers have gifts, given by God, by grace.

1 Corinthians 12:1 – Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: It’s sad to say, but a lot of believers are ignorant about the Holy Spirit because they are not being taught. This does not mean stupid, it simply means they have not understood.

Spiritual gifts – “Pneumatikos”: empowered by breath or wind (mighty rushing wind). So concerning gifts, that are powered by the breath of God. These are gifts that we can only move in that we allow the Holy Spirit to breathe in us.

None of us should be ignorant of the gifts that God has given us. However, some were never taught or were taught in error and have become afraid of certain words like “Pentecostal” or “Charismatic.”

We can put the gifts of the Holy Spirit into four categories: The motivational gifts (Romans 12); the manifestational gifts (1 Corinthians 12); the ministry gifts (1 Corinthians 14); and the ministerial gifts (Ephesians 4), and these are gifts of Jesus, apostles, pastors, prophets, evangelist, and teacher.

This study is on the manifestational gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are 9:

1 Corinthians 12:7 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (Verse 8) for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit (Romans 15:14), (Verse 9) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, (Verse 10) to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (Verse 11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

I’ve heard people go around telling others, “I have the gift of …” Please don’t do that! The Holy Spirit is the One that has all these gifts. He is the One that distributes to each one for the profit of all. We can minister in the word of knowledge at any time that the Holy Spirit allows us to do so. 

The Discerning Gifts

a) The word of knowledge – a word of knowledge is to know something specific without having learned it by natural means. Example: When Jesus talked to the woman at the well, whom He’s never met before, and told her to go call her husband and she said, “I don’t have a husband.” Then Jesus told her that she was correct because she’s had five and the one you are with now is not your husband. That’s the word of knowledge.

b) Discerning of spirits – to be made aware of the presence of a demonic spirit. Has this ever happened to you? It has to me and it’s overpowering! This happened when there was a girl following the Apostle Paul around and saying that “These men are the servants of the most high,” but she was a fortune teller. Yes, she was saying the right thing, but Paul didn’t want a witch confirming their ministry! Paul knew it was a demon and cast it out of her.

This gift is not called “Discernment” as some like to say! This is the gift of the “discerning of spirits!” There is no gift of discernment in the Bible. That is made up! Most people that say, “I have the gift of “discernment” actually have the gift of “Criticism! They like to criticize others.

The Declarative Gifts

This is using the tongue to declare.

a) Prophecy: A message of encouragement from God through a person. This is a person that speaks edification, exhortation, and comfort. It never says, “Correction!” The New Testament spiritual gift of prophecy is encouragement. There are many people who go around correcting others and then put, “Thus says the Lord” at the end of it. This is not the gift of prophecy! That’s pretty scary to put, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord didn’t say it!

b) Tongues: A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes. This is talking about the manifestation of tongues, not a prayer language. 

All of these gifts listed are for today, contrary to what some say. There are boundaries to this gift though. One boundary is: If you are speaking in tongues and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, they are going to think you are crazy. So it’s best to be in a body of all believers to have this gift presented and the interpretation of tongues.

c) Interpretation of Tongues: Understanding and expressing the thought or the intent of the message in tongues. This is the “interpretation” of tongues, not the translation! Interpretation is expressing the thought or intent of what the person just said. The translation is word for word what the person said. 

1 Corinthians 14:5 – I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Prophesying is greater unless its interpreted and then it’s the same! Here’s what Paul is saying, “I wish you all would encourage each other!” Just keep in mind: Interpretation is not word for word so what is spoken may be long or short and the interpretation could be long or short also. It’s the thought or intent of the message.

The Dynamic Gifts

You shall receive dynamic, explosive, power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

a) Faith: A supernatural impartation of belief and confidence for a specific situation. This is not talking about faith in general. This manifestation of faith is supernatural. It’s when we are in a crisis or a very difficult time and the Holy Spirit gives us such overwhelming faith that we know that we are going to get through it with God’s help.

b) Gifts of Healings: Supernatural endowments of divine health. This doesn’t mean that a person can go around and everyone they pray for gets healed. No one owns these gifts, the Holy Spirit does and distributes them as He sees fit.

c) Working of Miracles: Divine intervention that alters our natural circumstances. How in the world could anyone ever believe that miracles are not for today? God can’t stop doing miracles because He can’t stop being God! He did miracles all through the Bible so why would He ever stop? If you’ve been saved, you’ve had a miracle! 

We must believe to receive!

 

Is He Pentecostal?

Is the Holy Spirit pentecostal? When people hear the word “pentecostal,” it makes some people think of these churches where ladies can’t wear pants, jewelry, or makeup and people run around speaking in tongues. I’m not putting down people who think this way, but that is not the meaning of pentecostal.

If by the Biblical definition of the word “Pentecost” we believe fully in the work of the Holy Spirit, and we believe that Pentecost is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost and we believe that every believer needs a vital relationship with the Holy Spirit, then yes I’m Pentecostal and so is every believer that believes that. And yes the Holy Spirit is Pentecostal.

What Exactly Is Pentecost?

Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Verse 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

There were major fests in Israel; in the first month, the third month, and the seventh month in their calendar years. All of Israel was to gather in Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. Passover represented when the spirit of death passed over the children of Israel when they were in Egypt. That was the first major feast. Then came Pentecost and then Tabernacles.

Within Passover, there are three feasts; within Tabernacles, there are three feasts; and then they had Pentecost.

Passover – Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits; Pentecost – fifty days after Passover; Tabernacles, Feast of Trumpets; Day of Atonement; Feasts of Booths.

So Pentecost was the celebration of the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, which was fifty days after Passover. Pente means five; cost means to the tenth power. So Pentecost means fifty.

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come it just means on the 50th day. That’s what it means, but how many people do you know have a negative conception when the word Pentecost is mentioned? Why in the world would anyone be afraid of the word Pentecost when it only means “50?”

Look: Jesus walked the earth forty days after His resurrection and the ones He told to go to Jerusalem would be praying for ten days, making it 50 days after Christ’s resurrection – Pentecost!

Leviticus 23:15 – “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. (Verse 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.”

What Happened At Pentecost?

Acts 2:5 – Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and were confused because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

Back in Genesis Chapter 11, is where the story of the Tower of Bable is told. All the people spoke one language but were gathered in rebellion against heaven. On the day of Pentecost, they were gathered in submission. At the Tower of Bable, they were gathered in pride. At Pentecost, they were gathered in humility. At the Tower of Bable, God came down and confused their language and they scattered to every nation. On the Day of Pentecost, they all came together and God restored a pure language to them – they all understood what was being said. They heard the “wonderful works of God.”

Pentecost is the blessed reversal of the cursed judgment of Bable! This is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost. Think about this: When the Law was given, there was a loud noise; a cloud descended; there was fire; God wrote His Law on tablets of stone and on that day, three thousand people died.

But on the Day of Pentecost, there was a loud noise; there was fire; a cloud descended with a rushing mighty wind; God wrote His law on men’s hearts and three thousand people were saved!

Is not the Bible an amazing book? Look how it all comes together! When God gave the Law they couldn’t keep it. Before the “ink was even dry,” they were at the bottom of the mountain doing everything that God said, “Thou shall not!” But when the Holy Spirit came, He wrote His standards on their hearts and three thousand people were saved.

Jesus came to make us in right standing with God. The Holy Spirit comes so that we can live “righteously!” He comes to empower us!

Can I Experience Pentecost?

Acts 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Does the word “tongues” make you uncomfortable? Tongues come from the Greek word “Glossa.” It simply means “language.” They just began to speak with other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Al these people heard the wonderful works of God in their own language.

There was a tongue of fire on everyone’s head. We have to belive by faith that here is a tongue of fie on our head too. Don’t we receive Jesus by faith? Do we not have to receive the Holy Spirit the same way? Yes, by faith! There were 120 people in the upper room. This baptism with the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the twelve! This was for everyone!

Acts 1:4 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, “You have heard from Me; (Verse 5) “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Jesus tells us what the Promise is, it’s the baptism with the Holy Spirit. So the Spirit came and Peter stands up and preaches and the people ask, “What do we have to do?” And here’s Peter’s answer:

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Verse 39) “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Jesus said the Promise is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the promise is for you and me, and all who are afar off! As many as the Lord our God will call. Did God call you? 1 Corinthians 12:3 says that no one comes by the Spirit unless “called by the Spirit.” So if you are a believer in Christ Jesus, yes you were called.

On the day Jesus died, Passover was fulfilled. This was when a spotless Lamb’s blood was shed for the sins of the world. Do we not experience this some two thousand years later? Did Christ die for my sins even though I wasn’t born back them? Yes, then can we not experience Pentecost also? We can be filled with the Holy Spirit just like the 120 were in the upper room that day!

My question to you is, “Have you fully received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

 

Is The Holy Spirit A Person?

Did you know that there are Theologians that do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person? There are, but they believe that He is only a force or a power. However, it is clear in Scripture the Holy Spirit is a Person. Here’s why this is important for us to know: If you don’t see Him as a Person, then you will never develop a personal relationship with Him. If we don’t see Him as a Person, then we will never talk to or listen to Him.

Have you ever thought that if the Holy Spirit had an actual name, it would be easier to develop a relationship with Him? Well, did you know that the Holy Spirit is really not His name? That is His “description.” It’s His function in the Trinity. For instance: “God, the Father”; God’s function in the Trinity is to be the Father. God the Son and God the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s name is God! His function is to be the Spirit that indwells us and empowers us and leads us and guides us into all truth!

So what distinguishes the Holy Spirit to be a Person? A simple definition is that a person has a personality. The theological definition of a person is that a person has a soul! And a soul is made up of three parts, mind, will, and emotions. We think with our minds; we desire with our will, and we feel with our emotions.

So is it possible that the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to think like God thinks; to desire what God desires; to feel what God feels? According to Scripture, He is living inside of each believer. So literally if we want to know what God thinks about something, ask the Holy Spirit who is living right inside of you. The Holy Spirit can tell you because He is God!

The Holy Spirit has a mind.

John 16:13 – “However, when He the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; How else could He guide us into all truth unless He knows all truth? He knows it because He has all knowledge. He is omniscience. “Omni means all, science means knowledge and God has all knowledge. The Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know. Have you ever thought about that? The all-knowing Spirit of God is living on the inside of each believer and has committed Himself to teach every one of us.

The Holy Spirit has a will.

Acts 16:6 – Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. The word “forbidden” means to “exercise your will.” So in this passage, He exercised His will over them. If you would like to know God’s will for your life, get to know God. The general will of God is in the Bible, but the specific will of God for your life hears His voice. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth!

If we want to know “how to pray,” it’s in the Bible. If we want to know “what” to pray, you have to know the Holy Spirit. 

Did you know that the Bible says that “none of us” know what to pray? We all know Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” But have you read the two verses before that one? 

Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Verse 27) Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The way we are to know the will and the mind of God is to know the Person who has the will and mind of God living on the inside of us. This is amazing because there was a time in history that only one person at a time could hear the voice of God. There was an entire generation that only one person heard what God wanted them to know. As a matter of fact, there was a time between the Old Testament and the New, four hundred years, that God was silent! But after the Day of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on all flesh!

The Holy Spirit has emotions.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Verse 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. 

All of these characteristics are things a person does or qualities that they have. These are fruits, the results of having the Holy Spirit because He is a Person!

Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Grief is an emotion and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit can be grieved. The Holy Spirit has feelings.

So what grieves the Holy Spirit? (Always keep in mind, if you do not understand a passage of Scripture, read the verses before and after the passage that you are confused about.)

Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, put away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Verse 26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Verse 27) nor give place to the devil. (Verse 28) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

(Verse 29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Verse 30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Verse 31) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Verse 32) And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

So what grieves the Holy Spirit? Sin! When a believer walks in sin, it grieves the Holy Spirit! When we walk in sin, it’s going to hurt us, and the Holy Spirit loves us and doesn’t want that for our life!

Think about what grief is: Grief is a sadness we feel when we lose intimacy with a person and that happens when the person is no longer with us through death or separation. This is the same way the Holy Spirit feels when believers sin. We don’t lose our salvation when we sin, but we can lose our intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Yes, they will still have an eternal relationship, but as long as the person walks in sin, there will be no intimacy. So the Holy Spirit grieves because He has lost intimacy with that person.

But here is the good news: We can turn around at any point and start going in the right direction back toward God and begin the process of being set free. Then we will have an intimate lasting, relationship with the Holy Spirit because He is God!