Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Jesus himself had said doing anything in the flesh was a total waste of time! “Without me you can do nothing”
Jude the brother of Jesus writes:1:16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 1:17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 1:19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Apostle Paul said Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Thus it’s a fact that many professing Christians still are no different in character or behavior over the pagan world. They lie, steal, cheat, deceive, fornicate, commit adultery, divorce and are obnoxious, proud, arrogant and lack true humility or meekness! A simple perusal of the New Testament clearly still does demonstrates that the most important thing in life after the new birth is to be filled with the Spirit and be used by the Spirit and changed by the Spirit through the word of God and through praying in the Spirit. Which is not a reality for most Christians.
Now the Church of Jesus Christ is mostly still too often in the “Dark Ages” when it comes to the Holy Spirit and being used by the Holy Spirit. And sadly here too most of the pastors tend to know only slightly a bit more than the sheep and they also don’t operate in the gifts of the Spirit. Most even professing Christian people still do rather lie to themselves that they are spirit filled even while they falsely deny they are still in the flesh, carnal, and even deny that all of their sins are not covered because admitting the truth, repenting of all their false values, wrong doings it next would take real work to deal with it all. They are fooling only themselves and not Jesus, God. God doesn’t promise to answer prayers in the flesh but He has promised to answer prayers in the Spirit because God Himself is praying through us and the Spirit cannot say no to Him. And He knows what the real problem is and what the solution to the problem!
So how in the world can you be changed and used by the Spirit if you reject the Holy Holy Spirit and His Baptism of the Spirit, evidence by tongues? You cannot!
“I had a lady tell me that you can be a Christian without speaking in tongues. But have you ever walked in a shoe that didn’t have tongues. It doesn’t work and you won’t get far. And if you walk in the flesh you will do and show the works of the flesh and you will not inherit the kingdom of Christ. You will not solve most the problems in life because you don’t have the mind of Christ and you cannot discern by the Spirit what is the real problem including the fact that behind many problems there are demons including causing sickness in the body of Christians. And of course you will not operate in the gifts of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 12:10 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.( 1Corinthians). And of course you will not have most of your prayers answered because you are praying in the flesh, discerning things by the flesh and are not praying in the Spirit discerning things by the Spirit.”
SADLY MOST CHRISTIANS ARE IGNORANT STILL, THEY HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE EVEN OF WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING AROUND THEM AND IN THEIR CHURCHES.
This isn’t the only misunderstanding that can keep people from receiving God’s gift. Confusion about the supernatural can also be a hindrance. I had been saved for about a month when some of the church leaders told me about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I wanted His Power in my life; so they gathered around and told me to lift my hands. I lifted my hands. They told me to ask God for the Holy Spirit. I did. Then they said I would speak in tongues. So I got ready. Believe it or not, I left my mouth hanging open so God could speak in tongues whenever He was ready. I waited for God to grab my tongue and go for it because I wanted it to be God, not me. About half an hour went by and those guys got tired and my mouth got very dry. They finally said, “You have received the Holy Spirit. Go home now.”
I felt confused – like, what’s wrong with me? Other people receive, why don’t I? I told God,”Just fill me and let me speak in tongues, and I’ll read my Bible every day for the rest of my life. I’ll go to church every Sunday, and pray every day, and fast once a week!” (Ever try to con God? It doesn’t work!) I saw others who seemed to be so happy in their new experience with God after they had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Why couldn’t I experience that, too?
Three months later while at college, I attended a little prayer meeting and got so desperate I told God, “Okay, this is it! This is Your last chance! If You don’t speak in tongues, I’m going to… This is it, God! C’mon now… I mean this is Your very last chance… Speak in tongues now or I’m going to!… Okay, I warned You!” I started to speak – and a new language just flowed out!
What is the benefit in speaking in tongues?
When you pray in English you are praying in the flesh but when you pray in tongues the Holy Spirit who is God is praying for you and through you and God always answers Himself. And the bible says Jude 1 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
My friend Gordon Williams a few years ago prayed for this white man to be Baptized in the Spirit and get his prayer language. And of course he got his prayer language which became part of his unusual ministry. The gentlemen became a pastor amongst the Cree Indians in Northern Saskatchewan but he has a problem in that he doesn’t know or understand the Cree language. However for God who has a sense of humor it’s no problem at all. The Pastors prayer language is Cree so he preaches on Sunday morning by speaking in tongues and then the people come forward to an altar call and get saved, healed and baptized with the Spirit. The irony is that the Pastor doesn’t know what he preached about! http://gordwilliams.com/
THERE IS NO REAL HOLY SPIRIT WITHOUT THE BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT WITH TONGUES AND HENCE NO REAL MIRACLES SIGNS AND WONDERS ACTS 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 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. 2:39 “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.” 2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 2:43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). The fruit of a religious spirit, by contrast, is self-righteousness, legalism, hypocrisy, a carnal view of Christianity, false humility, dead religious works, traditions, and instability. The purpose of the religious spirit is to stand in the way of God’s work and corrupt your perception of Jesus. It does this with self-righteousness, false humility, dead religious works, vain traditions, and carnal focus. If the religious spirit can’t discourage you spiritually, then it will try to conform you to its virtuous facade so that you will bear the fruit of religion instead of the fruit of the Spirit. For example, if you are on fire for God and praying effective fervent prayers that “availeth much” (James 5:16) then the religious spirit might try to get you wrapped up in praying nice, quiet “polite” prayers instead. Religion always tries to keep you quiet and if it is successful in its attempt to conform you to its nice, quiet, polite image, then you will lose your effectiveness as a Christian witness. The Holy Spirit doesn’t inhabit anything that is bound in dead religious form. The Church of Jesus Christ is built on lively stones (1 Peter 2:5).
Those who claim to have the Fruit of the Spirit but don’t operate in the Gifts of the Spirit because they do not have the Fruit of the Spirit. They try to imitate or copy what they think the Fruit of the Spirit is but they are never consistent and revert back and forth to and from the works of the flesh and their imitations of the Fruit of the Spirit. For instance, “agape love” requires that we forgive a person 490 times each day with the condition that we do not keep a record of wrongs. These people always fail in every one of the 9 sections of the Fruit of the Spirit. They quickly fall back into their old sinful patterns. The “signs following” (Mk. 16: 17 – 18) are the immediate proof of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. If there is no proof, there is no Holy Spirit. They demonstrate their lack of the Holy Spirit in their own lives. Such people use all kinds of excuses to not receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially speaking in tongues which gives the person some control by the Holy Spirit to put the right words in a Christian mouth in order to witness and pray. To deny the necessity of any of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is to prove that a person has neither the Gifts nor the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. As one of my professors at Seminary, who was also the Sr Pastor at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City once said to his congregation on a Sunday morning service, “What is it about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that you do not get. He only gives good gifts. And, the Gift of tongues is a good gift. So, get pass it or you’ll never be able to serve Jesus Christ faithfully.” He shocked a lot of people who thought that it was safe being a Presbyterian which they thought you could be without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Unspiritual people or natural people (1 Cor. 2: 14) who are people who refuse to receive the Holy Spirit have no perseverance at all, in spite of all their talk. They know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matt. 22: 29).
IF TONGUES WERE NOT PART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH WHY DID JUDE THE BROTHER OF JESUS WRITE JUDE 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
If you don’t pray in tongues you are not praying efficiently because in reality you are not praying the will of God but when the Holy Spirit prayers for and through you in tongues He prays the will of God and that is why Paul stated 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. 1 Corinthians 14 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.15 What is the conclusion 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.1
Did Jesus Christ lie when He said that authentic believers would speak in tongues demonstrating their salvation? Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized ( with the Spirit, not water) will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 16:18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 16:19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. And who are the condemned ones that Jesus was talking about? Those who ignore His words?
YES A PERSONAL PENTECOST AND SALVATION ARE PART OF THE PACKAGE OF JESUS NEW EVERLASTING COVENANT
The author of Hebrews explained that the FUNDAMENTAL (foundational) doctrines of Christ include Spirit-filled theology when the Holy Spirit included within the list the follow: Heb. 6:1 “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
The word “baptisms” is plural, indicating the inclusion of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (as well as Baptism in water and “baptized into Christ”). The doctrine of “laying on of hands” throughout the NT is ONLY expressed with a Spirit-filled theological context. Thus, the “elementary” doctrines of the faith include what we would call “Pentecostal doctrines.” Additionally, we find in Ephesians that the “Pentecostal” doctrine of five-fold ministry gifts (including prophets) are still in effect:
Eph 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
SOME SO CALLED CHRISTIANS BELIEVE APOSTLE PAUL WAS FALSE WHEN HE EXPECTED CHRISTIANS TO BE BAPTIZED WITH THE SPIRIT AND PRAY IN TONGUES AND PROPHESY?
AND APOSTLE PETER LIED AND WAS FALSE WHEN HE STATED IN ACTS THAT THE BASIS OF WATER BAPTISM WAS THAT PEOPLE SPOKE IN TONGUES?
Most of these hypocrites who turn around and accuse us of lacking “love” are unbelievers, they deny the glory of GOD manifesting in His children through (true)signs and wonders, they propagate cessationism and dead religion, having a form of godliness but DENYING its power. Jude called them up-rooted, twice dead, clouds without rain.
Of course JESUS CHRIST never lied, HE committed no sin.
Yes, there are some believers who have never received the Gift of Speaking in other national languages (tongues) and do not have the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. But, this prevents them from having the kind of relationship with Jesus and doing the ministry to which we are all called. There is no doubt that some people hear God speak to them occassionally. But we are supposed to hear Him speak to us everyday. When Jesus said to each of the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation and commanded each of them, “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches” (Rev. 2: 7, 11, 17, 29; 3: 6, 13, 22), He is tell us to listen to the Holy Spirit every day. Hearing occassionally from God is not what He desires.
The Holy Spirit is supposed to speak to us every day. This is what the Greek says in John 16: 26: “he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said and done” every day. Not an occassional time when He can catch our attention. He, the Holy Spirit, is called Counsellor (Grk. defense attourney). He is supposed to be able to “guide you into all the truth” every day. Being able to hear from God is not supposed to be once in a while when He can catch our attention. No, all of that changes when we receive the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the “signs following” because speaking in tongues is God’s new communications system. Without the “signs” (Mk. 16: 17 – 18) we are not authentic believers (Greek definition defined in the Greek Lexicon (dictionary). To rely on some teacher who speaks in tongues is not adequate. People who reject what Jesus wants us to have are deceiving themselves.
It is easy for people to dismiss applying the “adding and taking away from the Book of Revelation” which is true. But, there is no dismissing what Paul said to the Corinthian Church who had two groups of people in the church who did not want to accept the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when he wrote “I have applied all this to myself and Apollos for your benefit brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up (full of pride) in favour of one against the other” (1 Cor. 4: 6). This means, in an other way, “don’t add or take away from the Scriptures”. When a person does this, they appear to be arrogant as if all the work that Jesus has done for us is not necessary, that in some way or another, I can pick and choose what I want out of the Scriptures, like some kind of a spiritual smagasbord.
Rejecting the any of the Gifts of the Holy Spirt, especially the Gift of speaking in national languages (Grk: 1 Cor. 12: 10) is at the least a subconscious or conscious rejection of God’s daily communications system so a person does not have to listen to what Jesus or our Heavenly Father wants to say to us every day through the Holy Spirit. This arrogance has led many people away from their “Normal Christian Life”. It reminds me of what happened when God led the Israelites out of Egypt and up to Mount Sinai. Remember, they did not want God to speak to them, “Go near, and hear all that the LORD (Yahweh) our God will say; and speak to us all that the LORD (Yahweh) will speak to you; and we will hear and do it” (Deut. 5: 27).
Our God wants to have a personal speaking relationship with us daily which He establishes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and as described on the Day of Pentecost all 120 believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and had the proof of speaking in new languages. Rejecting, the good Gifts (Lk. 11: 13) of the Holy Spirit demonstrates that people are in rebellion against God’s will and they will use any excuse, like the Israelites, so they will not have to listen to Him everyday.
In the Corinthian Church were three groups of people: believers who were Baptized with the Holy Spirit and had the initial gift of speaking in tongues; unbelievers who were seeking for God; a group of new believers who rejected the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These new believers did not have the Holy Spirit and they rejected the work of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word to describe them is “idiotes” singular, “idiotoi” plural from which we derive the word “idiot” or “idiots” which describes “one without professional knowledge, ignorant and common person” which is the same definition in Greek. These people are what Paul describes when he wrote, “The unspiritual (psychikos) man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually (pneumatikos) discerned” (1 Cor. 2: 14). Unspiritual person is one who does not have the Holy Spirit and who betrays himself to others who do by his/her rejection of the the Holy Spirit and His Gifts (1 Cor. 12: 13; Rom. 12: 6 – 8; 1 Cor. 12: 8 – 10). Such people make their decisions by means of their human spirit/soul (psyche).
The word of God instructs us to walk by faith and not by sight and Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 3:8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. 3:9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 3:10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine..
A Christian Missionary in 389 A.D. who at 60 years of age and for the next 60 years became an evangelist to Ireland stated St. Patrick stated: “The Lord hath given to me, though humble, the power of working miracles among a barbarous people, such as are not recorded to have been worked by the great Apostles; inasmuch as, in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I have raised from the dead bodies that have been buried many years; but I beseech you, let no one believe that for these or the like works I am to be at all equaled with the Apostles, or with any perfect man, since I am humble, and a sinner, and worthy only to be despised.”It has been reported that St. Patrick was a great missionary who became a bishop who converted a whole land from paganism, overturning the religion of the druids. He slept on rocks and prayed into the night. He consecrated 350 bishops, erected 700 churches, and ordained 5,000 priests. In less than 30 years the greater part of Ireland was Catholic; St. Patrick so consolidated it in the Christian faith that during the Protestant Revolt Ireland was almost unique in its preservation of the Faith. We have a man in 400 AD who operated in the gifts of the Spirit when many evangelicals falsely say that the gifts of the Spirit ceased by 100 A.D
Bud Press of Christian research writes :The Prophetic Movement is a dark, evil waste land teeming with false apostles, false prophets, hyper-heretics, false healers, and greedy, money-hungry con men and women, all of whom are overshadowed by Satan and his demonic forces. From the Prophetic Movement came doctrines of demons such as: man is a “god” or “God;” Jesus took on Satan’s nature, sinned, and had to be born again in hell; God is subject to man’s desires and wishes; visits to heaven and hell; fabricated and lying signs and wonders; extra-Biblical dreams, visions, and revelations; man-infested manifestations; prosperity poverty; and one-on-one encounters with angels, Old Testament prophets, New Testament apostles, and “Jesus Christ”. Many within the Prophetic Movement claim to live pain free, disease free, and even sin free (despite 1 John 1:8-10. Notice the word “we” in all three passages). But one thing they won’t live free from is old age and death. http://www.christianresearchservice.com/The_Prophetic_Movement.htm
The whole pseudo-ministry is just that false. They put on a religious show. As you have pointed out clearly: their god is money. They are enjoying the “strong delusion” that God has sent upon all that are condemned (2 Thess. 2: 11- 12) with “pretended signs and wonders” (2 Thess. 2: 9 – 10) and are living “with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved”. Again, they are wrong because they “know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt. 22: 29). The other thing that these people, are overlooking is that they are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12: 22 – 31; Mk. 3: 20 – 30; Lk. 11: 14 – 23). Like the Pharisees who attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to demons, they are attributing the works of demons to the Holy Spirit. They have revoked their own salvation but the Holy Spirit is convicting them and condemning them every day. Our God has never left an excuse for anybody to sin with immunity. And, that is what these people do who try to tell us that if somebody sins after receiving salvation, they were not really saved in the first place. Usually, these are the very people who have never received the Holy Spirit and who make up unscriptural excuses for people who had had their names removed from the Book of Life (Rev. 3: 5). They continuously experience the wrath of God (Rom. 1: 18). They are in a constant state of rebellion (Is. 15: 23). They indulge in the works of the flesh (Gal. 5: 19 – 21) of which Paul says, “I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Their consciences have been seared (1 Tim. 4: 2) and they are doing of what is described as “every man did what was right in his own eyes”.When people think they can sin with immunity, there will be agreement by the Holy Spirit that the legal charges have been laid before Jesus are right/legal, those people who did not listen to the Holy Spirit and accept the terms of the New Testament will be sentenced to the lake of fire (Rev. 21: 08). When the devil is called the accuser of the brethren, the Greek word means that the devil is our opponent (Greek: antidikos) who legally accuses those who have sinned (Rev. 12: 10). “ What I have described here is really the point of the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt. 18: 23 – 35). It is about a man (us) who owes his King (Jesus) 10,000 talents of Gold (his or our sin-debt) which at today’s gold price is over 32 Billion Dollars. He cannot repay the debt and begs for forgiveness and he is forgiven. He goes way and meets a man who owes him about $320.00 and when the man cannot repay the debt, he has the man arrested and thrown into prison. When the King (Jesus) hears about this, he calls the man back and says to him, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?” He is turned over to the jailers (torturers) till he should pay all his debt. “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” The point here is that a person who has received salvation and the Holy Spirit can have their sin debt reinstated and they can lose their salvation and end up in hell. This is the reality for anyone who can think that they can sin and not lose their salvation. “.
Now as the many hyper Charismatic movements merge into one, they bring their own counterfeit gospel, counterfeit spirit, and counterfeit “Jesus Christ,” who disguises himself as an angel of light, and is backed by false apostles, deceitful workers–men and women who appear as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians chapter 11) In 2 Timothy 3:12-13, the Apostle Paul lovingly warned Timothy of what to expect from the world and wolves in sheep’s clothing:
It is true that it all it takes is for a person to go into these false hyper Charismatic movements Christian meetings and they too will get demon possessed. Also, true that some spirits will jump on the heads and they backs of people and these manifestations will taken on the signs of demon possession because they manipulate the person’s mind from the outside…. exactly like a mind control handler would operate.
However, if the possessed minister lays their hands on the person they will receive transference of spirits.1 Tim 5:22 22 Lay hands suddenly on no man neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. KJV
But the other side of the coin is that the Traditional churches are ALSO not better than the bad Third Wave churches, hyper Charismatic movements
The Bible tells us about Jesus: MT 4:24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
ACTS 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday today and forever and is no respecter of person still can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask pray or think.
God wants to make people whole in body soul and spirit and to bless them in every way with the blessings in Jesus Christ and not rather the curses of Deuteronomy 28. He wants their lives to be whole, complete. Everything to be whole, peaceful, healthy, safe, sound, tranquil, prosperous, perfect, full, restful, and in harmony. God’s word tells us:
LK 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
MT 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 7:9 “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 “Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Jesus went about healing all who were oppressed by the devil brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. And none of the so called mainstream, Evangelicals who are proclaiming the good news of the Gospel are now demonstrating why it’s good news! They are not healing the sick, casting out devils or talking about the Anointing that was on Jesus can be on them to do greater works! Why? Because they are deceived that they are real Christians! The devil and his cohorts are alive and well do damage to even now most Christians even in the Traditional and Emergent Evangelical Churches.
For all Christians now still too are two sides of the coin here. Persecution and sickness do come upon the righteous but Jesus Christ is still the Savior, healer and deliverer and He can and will turn things around for His trusting ones like He did many times for Apostle Paul.
Speaking of Paul I find it very strange that some Evangelicals state that Apostle Paul was sick when the Scriptures don’t tell us this or that a sick man could heal others but himself didn’t get healed? This is a joke because the Scriptures tell us of what happened to Paul and what he did after which very few Christians today can do!
ACTS 28:1 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. 28:2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. 28:3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 28:4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 28:5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. 28:7 In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. 28:8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. 28:9 So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. 28:10 They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary.
Yes when the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came they were also healed? Confirming what Paul had stated:
1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 2:3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
In those carnal, sensual, false Christians supposedly societies especially in the Third Wave we have so called healers who make a lot of noise when one person gets healed but they don’t talk about the rest who don’t get healed. And they blame the lack of healing on the sick and not on themselves or their anointing. But these healers are constantly demanding money for various reasons and never have enough unlike Apostle Paul
Now on a positive note Apostle Paul understood the great blessing that comes from praying for God’s people who have the spirit of wisdom and revelation of in the knowledge of God and to know and experience His mighty power which determines if we get miracles or not
Ephesians 1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 1:16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, :21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- 3:19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 3:21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.