Unemployed coal miner who confronted Clinton invited her to join revival sweeping West Virginia coal country

Bo Talks to Hillary Clinton PicRevival is happening in West Virginia! Please see how one revivalist met Hillary Clinton and invited her to the revival .  . .  (By Mark Ellis)

Bo Copley, an unemployed coal miner, who gained media attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is a strong Christian who has been at the heart of the revival sweeping West Virginia.

He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only a short distance away from their encounter . . . MORE

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Work Now, for the Night is Coming

I am so excited to share with you the picture AND the Word from the Lord that was sent to me from Julie Walker, a prayer warrior and mother of missionary daughters. Will you join me and “see” what Julie saw?

boat cross Dolphin Bay Beach Thailand Julie WalkerWhile on a sunset walk at Dolphin Bay Beach, Thailand with my daughter Joy, I saw this fisherman’s boat in the moonlight with a silhouette of a cross. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus’ words in John 9:4 that a night is coming when no one can do the Father’s work. Jesus left us with a sense of urgency to be about our Father’s business because Jesus is coming soon. He also left us followers with the Holy Spirit’s power to do His work until He comes.

On this National Day of Prayer for our nation, let us unite our hearts in prayer with other followers of Jesus to do His work on the sunset of His return.

Anne Graham Lotz shared her prayer for our nation on the first day of 2016. Let us join our hearts with her in praying for our nation.

“I know the night is coming when work for You will cease. Help me to redeem the time. Use me for your kingdom and your glory. Open my lips to boldly and fearlessly make known the gospel: the good news of redemption for the past….hope for the future….joy for the present regardless of circumstances….love that is unconditional, boundless, and eternal…found at the Cross. Open my lips to just give Jesus to a world that is increasingly desperate. Use me as an ambassador of peace on earth by first leading people to a right relationship with you, then with each other. When the world around me unravels, help me to stand strong on my faith in you. And when people see me standing strong, help them to see you.”  Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz

 

 

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On Good Friday TODAY ISIS threatens to Crucify Thomas

 

Father Thomas admonished the nuns almost every day to be ready for martyrdom.

Father Thomas admonished the nuns almost every day to be ready for martyrdom.

It is rumored that ISIS intends to kill Father Thomas of Yemen TODAY, Good Friday. Please pray for Thomas?  He will need a miracle release from his captors or grace to endure martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ.

Please join me today in praying for this Catholic leader who was kidnapped by ISIS this month after the Islamic State murdered four nuns who worked in Yemen at a home for the aging.  You may read the full story here . . .

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The Spirit of Counsel and Might

“And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 KJV).”

I saw the Spirit of Counsel and Might in my back yard this month!  Where?  In a new garden of all places!

My three year old grandson David wanted to help his daddy plant a garden. The picture he had in mind was to push a seed into the ground with his finger and have a watermelon by sundown. Well, that didn’t happen, but he had great HOPE that it would!

Little David wanted a new garden, he expected a garden, he envisioned a garden full of fruits and vegetables, and he was willing to work as much as any other three year old.

IMG_2325His daddy (my son) wanted to plant a new garden, too. He expected a garden, envisioned a garden, and was willing to throw his back into it.

But Daddy knew it would take more than a thumb hole and a watermelon seed to produce a garden full of fruits and vegetables. And he knew it wouldn’t happen in a day.

Daddy got a pick axe from the garage and threw his back into breaking up the stubborn sod in the back yard. Hard work? Rather grueling, I think.

Little David wanted to help. Daddy counseled his little son on how gardens work. They both had the same goal, the same expectation, and Daddy had good counsel on how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and nurture life to grow a good garden.IMG_2326

But Daddy had something else–MUSCLES.  Yep, Daddy had the MIGHT to back up his counsel. So when it came time to begin a new garden, father and son worked side by side, Daddy with the heavy pick axe, and son with the little red shovel. Both of them worked hard for a while until David realized that the sand in the sandbox was easier to move than the garden soil and off he went. But Daddy called him back easily with a dangling worm and David squealed with delight as it wiggled in his hand.

This is the example of the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

You and your Father God have equal expectations–the future “garden” or future destiny that you both see for your life and you both agree will be great!

You think it will happen one way, but Father God is full of counsel and he shares that counsel with you. It doesn’t seem like much fun and the wait will be hard.

In the end, how much do you think your little red shovel will actually DO in the building of this garden? Very little.

But what Father God is after is not your hard work. He wants youIMG_2329 to believe that He knows what He’s doing. He wants you to listen to His counsel.

He doesn’t expect much power from your little red shovel. He already knows that you have limitations. Father God delights in working side by side with you and He cherishes the thought of time spent together. He gives you counsel on how it works and then HE THROWS HIS MIGHT INTO HIS DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE!

Little David needed his daddy’s counsel.

He needed his daddy’s might and muscle.

Daddy needed David’s fellowship.

The Spirit of Counsel and Might at work.

Selah.

Garden Plowed Pic from Scott 2

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The Spirit of Grace and Supplication

What is “the Spirit of Grace and of Supplication”?Salvation

 

Zechariah 10 says, “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

look on Him whom they have pierced

First and foremost we realize that this ancient prophecy was directed to “the house of David”, meaning Israel, Judah, and the “inhabitants of Jerusalem”. God revealed to Zechariah that there would come a day when the Jewish nation will consider that Jesus Christ, whom they did not believe and crucified more than 2000 years ago, truly was and indeed IS their Messiah. When that revelation hooks their hearts, they will look on Jesus whom they rejected in the 1st century AD and weep bitterly that they killed their own firstborn son.

Now, when a person mourns the death of a firstborn son, an only son, the grief seems insurmountable. When the realization finally hits the Jewish people that Jesus is the Messiah, their grief will feel totally overwhelming.

Enter the Holy Spirit of Grace and Supplication. He reveals the truth of Jesus Christ but he also moves in the hearts of the mourners and grants them His Holy Spirit enabling to both recognize their Messiah and to pray in deep repentance and in deep supplication for the rest of their Jewish family.

Let’s look at the Strong’s Concordance for a definition of these two words–grace and supplication:

GRACE

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance definition of GRACE in GREEK, New TMan prays tears Bible _000001021754Small[1]estament:

charis: grace, kindness

Original Word: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: charis Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece) Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

 

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Definition of GRACE in HEBREW in New Testament:

favor, gracious, pleasant, precious, well-favored Star-of-David

From chanan; graciousness, i.e. Subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) — favour, grace(-ious), pleasant, precious, (well-)favoured.

see HEBREW chanan

 

SUPPLICATION

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance definition of SUPPLICATION in GREEK, New Testament:

hiketéria: supplication

Original Word: ἱκετηρία, ας, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: hiketéria Phonetic Spelling: (hik-et-ay-ree’-ah) Short Definition: supplication, entreaty Definition: (originally: the olive branch held in the hand of the suppliant), supplication, entreaty.

HELPS Word-studies   2428 hiketēría – properly, an olive branch; (figuratively) earnest supplication for peace (relief, reconciliation), used only in Heb 5:7.

Heb 5:7: “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications (2428 /hiketēría) with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety” (NASU).

 

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance definition of SUPPLICATION IN HEBREW, New Testament:

techinnah: favor, supplication for favorStar-of-David

Original Word: תְּחִנָּה Part of Speech: Noun Feminine Transliteration: techinnah Phonetic Spelling: (tekh-in-naw’) Short Definition: supplication

Word Origin from chanan Definition favor, supplication for favor NASB Translation grace (1), mercy (1), petition (4), supplication (18), supplications (1).

I believe that this passage points directly to an end times move of God to revive the government of Israel, the people of Judah, and the city of Jerusalem.

Now all of this may seem very–well, very Jewish. But if we are born again we have been grafted into the family and nation of Israel. This is an honor for Christians. So the Spirit of Grace and Supplication is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Savior of mankind.

What Does the Spirit of Grace and Supplication Mean to Me?

Yesterday I finished work early, but not early enough to begin a new writing project. I wandered a bit. My husband worked on our daughter’s car, my son was not yet home from work, and I was alone in the house.

I whispered to God, “I hate to admit this, but I’m bored.”

I didn’t know what to do with myself and kept asking the Holy Spirit, “What’s next? What can I do for you now?”

I went through the mechanics of making a dinner and sat down on my recliner in the living room to eat dinner alone. I caught a song on You Tube by Phil Driscoll called, Faithful.  This song focused on a verse from James, “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights in whom there is no variation or shifting of shadow.” God NEVER changes. This verse and this exact song took me back to the miracle conception of Johnathan, my firstborn. I was barren and could not have children.  BUT GOD!!!

This verse from James was spoken over him by my dad the day he was born, and the song Faithful by Phil Driscoll became foundational for the promised child God gave

Mom Johnathan CA

Hope with her son Johnathan at Disneyland, California

me.

 

Now, remember, earlier I told God, “I’m bored.” So I take NO credit here! I am telling you, the Spirit of Grace and Supplication POURED out over me and I began to weep and intercede for my firstborn, Johnathan. All the memories flooded back as I prayed, memories of what God told us when I carried him, the day he was born when we his parents and both of his grandfathers held him up before God at the hospital and dedicated him to the Lord. It was like I was looking at my child with eyes that REALLY SAW him, REALLY SAW God Almighty’s love and commitment to His plan for Johnathan’s life.

I cried, out, “Oh, God, YOU ARE FAITHFUL! And all those promises have not changed. Our son is a GIFT from GOD!”

This bored child of God wept and interceded for more than two hours. My husband came in from working on the car, lay on the living room floor, and joined me.

I went from bored to an unexpected visitation from the Holy Spirit of Grace and Supplication. And I will admit to you, that I am utterly blessed that God gave me this living illustration to share with you today. I didn’t deserve it, and certainly wasn’t ready for it. But I was available when I said, “What’s next, Holy Spirit? What can I do for you now?” At the end of the two plus hours, a great burden had lifted off my shoulders and no thoughts of fear or doubt or guilt could touch me. I was free. My son was free. I knew it.

I don’t know how to tell you to “get this” except to ask God the same question for yourself:

“What’s next Holy Spirit? What can I do for you now?”

Whatever He says, wherever He takes you, JUMP IN! He will bless your obedience.

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The Spirit of Judgment and the Spirit of Burning

 

Last week we looked at the Spirit of Wisdom and how the Spirit of Wisdom is coupled together with both Understanding and Revelation. As an overview, let’s look at the 7 Spirits of God as revealed in scriptures.

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding

The Spirit of counsel and might

The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

The Spirit of grace and of supplication

The Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning

The Spirit of justice

The Spirit of wisdom and of revelation

This week I want to look at the Spirit of Judgment and the Spirit of Burning.

The Spirit of Judgment and the Spirit of Burning are coupled together in one passage of scripture. This scripture is so important because it gives us a peek into something that everyone likes to talk about and a few of us pray for–the GLORY OF GOD!

First, let’s look at the single verse:

Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning . . .

This verse reveals to us that The Spirit of Judgment and The Spirit of Burning work together to wash away the filth of sin and purge a city of bloodshed. Think about it. Would you like The Spirit of Judgment and The Spirit of Burning to wash away the filth of sin in your area?  Would you like The Spirit of Judgment and The Spirit of Burning to purge your town or city of all bloodshed, all the way back to the beginning of time?

I have a friend named Henry Gruver who prayer walks cities, towns, islands, and geographic territories. Let me tell you a little about Henry–a man who understands prayer walking to purge a city of bloodshed more than anyone I know.

Henry and Judith GruverIMG_5990Rev. Henry Gruver, Prayer Walker to the Nations

Henry Gruver refers to himself as a prayer walker to the nations. Other spiritual leaders have dubbed Henry as a spiritual father to nations, a modern day prophet of God, and “the James Bond” of God’s kingdom.

Whatever we choose to call him, for the last fifty-five years Henry Gruver has prayer walked vast geographical Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, and Northern Siberia to the deserts and wilderness areas of Arizona to Eastern and Western Europe, including England and Siberia, from Portugal to Germany to Russia and through Asia from Japan to Korea and China and to the Middle East, from Egypt to Turkey and many points in between.

Henry has experienced the supernatural in many ways. He was:

  • Killed in a car accident and raised from the dead through the faith of his teenage daughter in the presence of paramedics on the scene
  • Taken up to see heaven and “robes of the testimony” worn by saints walking on streets of gold
  • Healed of 5th stage cancer—a doctor told him he had 11 days to live and on that 11th day the Lord healed Henry after he preached in the pulpit in June of 2003
  • He was unwittingly filmed by BBC World News when he prayer walked into “No Man’s Land” between Hezbollah terrorists of Lebanon and Israeli Defense force who were about to open fire in five minutes. When questioned, Henry said, “I’m just praying for the peace of Jerusalem.”
  • He was dropped off by his nervous translator onto an island in Japan known as “Habu” or Viper Island, which was all jungle and inhabited by deadly vipers on the land and in the surrounding water. God led Henry to an ancient altar in a deep cave of the island to pray and remit the sins of the previous generations and to redeem the land. Today Habu Island has no Habu (vipers, but is prospering with farms of vegetables and fruits. His translator is no longer nervous about taking him there

If you’d like to hear more about prayer walking and redeeming the land, please listen to Henry Gruver on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1fLkvO6K8k  If you take to heart Henry’s message, you will never be the same.

At the heart of his message, Henry teaches Christians how to pull down strongholds and remit the sins of this generation and previous generations. Churches and prayer groups have invited Henry to lead a prayer walk in their geographic territory. I know Henry personally and he has even come to my home to minister to the women on my prayer team, and we were all delighted and eagerly looked forward to Henry’s arrival.

You may be wondering, why prayer walk? Why call out to God for The Spirit of Judgment and The Spirit of Burning?

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9).

So we see that the land that experiences God’s judgments will learn righteousness.

Now, let’s look at the entire passage of scripture in Isaiah chapter 4:

 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,

then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.

There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

So we see that the Spirit of Judgment and The Spirit of Burning goes through a geographic territory to cleanse it so that the Lord God is free to create over that entire area a cloud by day, a fire by night, the GLORY of God, a canopy and covering over that area. revival fire

I am right now trying to grasp the significance of all of this and I am asking God for this experience in my little town.

Notice that the territory that experiences the glory of God will also become, later, a place of shelter, refuge, and a protection.

My friend, I believe that this is the key to living in God’s glory in the last days. I can say no more.  Selah–think about that!

 

 

 

 

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The Spirit of Wisdom SPEAKS

 

Where does t7 Lamps of Fire Burn before the Thronehe Bible mention the 7 Spirits of God?

Revelation 4:5  Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

(Art found online on a Pinterest Page)

 

Revelation 5:6  And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.

This last scripture is so important because the Apostle John is describing to us the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, standing there as if slain and yet this Lamb has 7 horns and 7 eyes which ARE the 7 SPIRITS OF GOD sent out into all the earth.

Yes, it’s hard to picture this. One artist tried and I think she did a good job.

jesus-slain-lamb

Caption: Art is by Pat Marvenko Smith Copyright 1992.  To order prints visit her “Revelation Illustrated” site, http://www.revelationillustrated.com

 

 

As an overview, let’s look at the 7 Spirits of God as revealed in scriptures. Notice that some of these names are coupled together:

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding

The Spirit of counsel and might

The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

The Spirit of grace and of supplication

The Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning

The Spirit of justice

The Spirit of wisdom and of revelation

You’ll notice that the Spirit of Wisdom is coupled together with both understanding and revelation. Wisdom is highly valued by God! God inspired Solomon to write an entire book of Proverbs after He filled Solomon with His Holy Spirit of Wisdom. This young king requested wisdom so that he could rule the people of Israel with an understanding mind and a hearing heart.

God came to Solomon and said, “Ask me, tell me what you want and I will give it to you.” Let’s see how Solomon replies:

So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart [with which] to judge Your people, so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge and rule this great people of Yours?” Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing (I Kings 3:9 AMP).

I was so blessed to read the first few verses in Solomon’s book of Proverbs because I saw there the 7 Spirits of God! Look at this!

Proverbs 1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

If you compare those scriptures to the list of the names of the 7 Spirits of God above, you will find six names included in these scriptures! I think that this is God’s “big hint” that the Spirit of Wisdom is the name that is foundational to all 7 Spirits of God.

The Spirit of Wisdom Has a Voice

Wisdom speaks.

Solomon gives us a picture of wisdom in his writings in Proverbs. Solomon refers to wisdom as a person, a woman, indeed a woman who lifts her voice and shouts, calls out to passersby. No, Solomon is not calling God a woman, but he gives us this picture to help us “see” wisdom and hopefully “hear” her voice:

Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the squareWisdom Shouts in the Street

At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings (Proverbs 1:20, 21).

What is Wisdom saying? Check it out:

“Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you (Proverbs 1:23).”

I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON YOU.

What Spirit? The Spirit of WISDOM. And Wisdom has a voice.

So now we can see why Solomon’s answer pleased God. Solomon said to God, “Give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart.”

So what happens if we DO LISTEN to Wisdom?

  1. The Spirit of Wisdom will be poured out on us
  2. The Words of Wisdom will be made known and understood by us
  3. We will live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil (Prov. 1:33)

And all of this just from chapter ONE in the book of Proverbs! There are 30 more chapters in Proverbs to study–what a study that would be!

Would you like to dig deeper? If you’d like to hear what Wisdom will bring to your table, to your life, start at Proverbs chapter two and highlight all of her blessings.

If you’d like, look up Proverbs 2 online by clicking here: Proverbs 2

I’d love to hear what “the Spirit of Wisdom” has said to you. Have you heard her voice? Has God’s Holy Spirit of Wisdom given you direction at some point in your life?

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Holy Spirit’s Actions, Holy Spirit’s Ways

To experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to know His acts, what He can DO, and only the beginning of knowing Him as a person. For the Holy Spirit of God is a person and this third person of the Trinity (Trinity being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is both wooed by people and quenched by people.

He will speak to one person and find obedience in the heart.

He will speak to the next person and find rebellion in the heart.

He has the capacity to enjoy us and He has the capacity to be grieved by us. He is more sensitive to you and me because He lives here on earth, with us. He seeks our companionship and seeks to teach us, lead us, and tatongues-of-firelk to us.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Judea, Planet Earth, He was called “Emmanuel”, meaning “God with us–God lives with us!” When Jesus left Planet Earth, He commanded those who followed Him closely not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1).”

Simply put, Jesus went up, Holy Spirit came down. Jesus paid for our access to Holy Spirit’s presence with His own blood. This was His plan from the beginning.

I am writing this blog to the mature in Christ in hopes that you are still hungry for God, after all your years of serving Him and walking with Him. I hope that the Christian that has known God for years will latch onto this revelation as one who STILL has great thirst to KNOW the Holy Spirit of God intimately! For God even said of Moses, before the birth of Christ, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel (Psalm 103:7).”

Do we want to know the Holy Spirit’s acts? Or do we want to know His ways?

Holy Spirit’s acts are evident in the writings by Dr. Luke and sprinkled throughout the book he wrote that is most aptly named, Acts.

You see, being filled with the Holy Spirit endues us with power for service and endues us with hunger to know Him like never before. Holy Spirit greatly desires both our service and our fellowship.

Now, Jesus wasn’t exactly the easiest person to get to know. He welcomed little children, gruff fishermen, and harlots yet he refused the intimate friendships of the educated and learned. He looked for people who were hungry and teachable, not puffed up and know-it-alls.  Holy Spirit is the same for Holy Spirit and Jesus and the Father are One. Holy Spirit seeks people who are sensitive to His presence, listening for His voice, and most eager to obey Him–even to the death.

I repeat this question for you to ask yourself, not to confess to me, because I am no one. The question is:

Do you want to know the Holy Spirit’s ways? Or do you want to know the Holy Spirit’s acts?

For the next few blogs I want to look at what scriptures say about the “Seven spirits of God”. We will look at scriptures, so if this is a new thought to you, read on! Let’s look at what John the Apostle saw, in heaven:

Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Revelation 4:5).

 The 7 lamps ARE the 7 Spirits of God.

What is that about?!

Well, look at this verse:

And I looked, and behold…in the midst of the throne…the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth (Revelation 5:6).

Confused?  Well, let me put it this way.   God’s Holy Spirit is one Spirit but He is also multifaceted in character, service, and personality. God decided to let us know emphatically in the Bible that there are 7 spirits of God in heaven and he’s sent them to the earth.

Is this backed up elsewhere in scripture? Oh, yes! Next week I want to open God’s Word and teach on each individual light on that lampstand. For now, I’ll leave you with these scriptures to ponder:

NKJV: Isaiah 11:1-5

1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,  And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might,  The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

Zechariah 12:10

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

Isaiah 4:3-5     holyfire2When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.

Ephesians 1:17

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

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I Saw the Sleeping Church

We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we will be AWAKE, ALERT, and BOLD for our coming King! He is planning a wedding and YOU are in it!!

I had a dream.

I was walking on a sidewalk up a steep hill in a bride’s dress. There was a grassy area on both sides of the sidewalk.bride-walking-up-hill

Although I was the bride, I was not ready to walk down the aisle–there was work to be done in preparing the reception hall for after the wedding. So I was walking up the hill to the reception hall to help. I saw something to my right, in the grass. It appeared to be a large, long rectangular box that was half buried in the ground. I peered into the long box and, much to my surprise, the groom was in there! (Not my real life groom/husband, but the groom from the dream).

This groom had a long dark Amish styled beard with no moustache. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a pic without the moustache, but was AMAZED to find the one below!) He was asleep in his tuxedo! In the dream, I knew he was to get up and MOVE. The wedding was close and we needed help at the reception hall.  I bent over and shook his shoulder.

“Hey, you need to wake up. Wake up!”bearded man sleeping

He barely moved, but he was breathing. I shook him again and urged him to wake up and get out of that–that–oh, MY! He was in an open CASKET!  Yikes! And it was half buried in the ground and half sticking up!

Now I was alarmed! I shook him and he grumbled sleepily and told me to leave him alone.

“Why are you waking me up? Leave me alone.”

He simply would not wake up. He even asked me to put the lid to the casket down.

I thought, NO WAY!

I knew my responsibility was to the reception hall at that moment. The groom grumped at me, turned his head away, and went back to sleep. I lifted a prayer to heaven that God would deal with the groom because I tried and got nowhere. I kept walking up the hill toward the reception hall and then I woke up.

The end.

Well, that’s the end of the dream anyway. Do you see an analogy here? Perhaps a dream interpretation? I hope the dream helps you to see the picture. And remember, the bride of Christ includes all of us, men and women together.

Now, we know that Satan has legal access to the courtroom of God. What is God to do? The Accuser of the Brethren, Satan, walks in and accuses the church, the real church, of being asleep.

Down on our turf, Satan tempts the shallow believers, those who are growing in rocky soil, to seek their own happiness in God. To them, God is a means of personal gain. They do not surrender all, they demand all–all their wants and wishes. They cling to the “joy” of the Lord, but not the Lord Himself. While it is true, He is the God of benefits, He is not a limitless credit card.

What can the righteous do? I will give you the sermon that the Lord gave me this morning!

“Not ALL sleep! There is a remnant that is awake to the voice of God and those who hear His voice will arise and prepare and announce to those sleepers, ‘CHRIST IS COMING! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!”

I earnestly beg you–please–listen for His voice. Any moment now . . .

praise

 

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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Charles Finney

Perhaps no other revivalist intrigues me more than Charles Finney, God’s Charles-Finney-2instrument of revival from 1824 to 1837 in what some call the Third Great Awakening in the United States. Thousands upon thousands of people were born again. There were times when  Finney had only to step up to the pulpit and people wept in repentance before he uttered a word. Such was the power of God on this man’s life.

I find it interesting that two years before these meetings, Charles G. Finney was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. You may read Finney’s autobiography, pages 19-23, to read about his experience. I encourage you to find that and read it.

I want to refer again to the little booklet that my father gave me when I was a Booklet How Great Soul Winners Were Filled with the Holy Spiritteenager titled,  How Great Soul Winners Were Filled with the Holy Spirit.  Inside this book, Dr. John R. Rice wrote how each man had a great encounter with the power of God–some time after their born again experience. It is from this booklet that I pulled this segment on what Charles Finney wrote about his experience of being endued with power from on high:

I was powerfully converted on the morning of the month of October, 1822. In the evening of the same day I received overwhelming baptisms of the Holy Ghost, that went through me, as it seemed to me, body and soul. I immediately found myself endued with such power from on high that a few words dropped here and there to individuals were the means of their immediate conversion.

My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men. They cut like a sword.revival tent They broke the heart like a hammer. Multitudes can attest to this. Oftentimes a word dropped without my remembering it would fasten conviction, and often result in almost immediate conversion. Sometimes I would find myself, in a great measure, empty of this power. I would go and visit, and find that I made no saving impression. I would exhort and pray, with the same result. I would then set apart a day for private fasting and prayer, fearing that this power had departed from me, and would inquire anxiously after the reason of this apparent emptiness. After humbling myself, and crying out for help, the power would return upon me with all its freshness. This has been the experience of my life.

Again, I want to emphasize that the early Christians found that they needed a continually filling after the initial experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their hearts and souls] with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52).

 

Daniel Nash INtercessor for Finney

Daniel Nash, Intercessor for Finney

I’m so tempted to go off to blog about revivals and prayer, but I’ll hold off. I do want to mention, however, that Finney had an intercessor named Daniel Nash who would find out where God was directing the next meeting to be held and go to that location before Finney’s arrival. Sometimes he took his intercessor friend with him, a man by the name of Abel Clary. Together they prayed with great fervor for God to move in the community. When Finney arrived a week or so later, people oftentimes fell upon the sidewalks in repentance before ever attending one of the meetings. The presence and power of God was so great upon that town, and I believe it had as much to do with the intercession as with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

Leonard Ravenhill tells this story about Daniel Nash and Abel Clary:

 “I met an old lady who told me a story about Charles Finney that has challenged me over the years. Finney went to Bolton to minister, but before he began, two men knocked on the door of her humble cottage, wanting lodging. The poor woman looked amazed, for she had no extra accommodations. Finally, for about twenty-five cents a week, the two men, none other than Fathers Nash and Clary, rented a dark and damp cellar for the period of the Finney meetings (at least two weeks), and there in that self-chosen cell, those prayer partners battled the forces of darkness.”

What did Jesus say about the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8 NKJV).

You see, we need the power of God to be bold, loving witnesses to the lost. Moody knew it. Finney knew it. Now we know it.

Are you hungry? Do you want the Holy Spirit of God to baptize you with Himself, His power? Do you long to see a revival hit our nation before 2020? In all the world, Jesus could only find a few who would follow Him. Numbers don’t matter. Our Master had only 12 and one was a betrayer. He had only 120 to start a church–and start it He did! With fire, power, and bold gospel preaching.

open-doorAsk and keep on asking. Knock and keep on knocking. Seek and you WILL find. When your heart is ready, you WILL find.

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