This page features five different writings that are shorter in length and include the following: "The Holy Spirit", "Speaking in Tongues", "The Rapture", "Prosperity" and "Charismatic-Style Worship."

                                                                         

The Holy Spirit

Most people know about God, who is the Father and Jesus, who is the Son.. What is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity and not always understood. The Holy Trinity is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is literally Jesus living inside of you and comes when you accept Jesus into your heart as a believer. Jesus asked the Father for the Holy Sprit to be sent in his name and the Father did so.

The Holy Spirit is also called the Advocate and the Spirit of Truth, among other titles. Jesus was speaking to his disciples when he spoke in John Chapter 14 verses 15-17, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he abides in you and he will be in you." Further on Jesus says in verses 25-28, " I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. Peace I leave with you and peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you I am going away and I am coming to you."

The Holy Spirit gives peace. The Holy Spirit brings comfort. The Holy Spirit empowers us. The Holy Spirit brings healing. The Holy Spirit guides us in our lovewalk and in truth. The Holy Spirit brings conviction which quickens us, which brings awareness of works of the flesh. There are so many things the Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit advocates for us. This means the Holy Spirit backs us up. Everything that Jesus taught, the Holy Spirit is teaching us. The Holy Spirit is my compass. It tells me when I am in peace and when I am not in peace. When I am not in peace, I try to get back to peace as quickly as possible. I have learned to trust the Holy Spirit. One example of this, if I have said something wrong and offended somebody, the Holy Spirit will quicken this to my attention. The only way I will get peace back is to apologize and repent as soon as possible.

We want to live the peaceful life the Holy Spirit brings. Trust your Holy Spirit anointing which gives peace and pray as you discern the difference between good or bad, right or wrong in all things big or small. Hold fast and keep your peace at all times in all things.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                              

Speaking in Tongues

Tongues is a heavenly language. Speaking in tongues is an act of faith. Why? Because you don't know what you are saying. Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Spirit. With tongues, you are speaking in the Spirit in a language only God understands. Tongues began on the day of Pentecost after the ascension of Jesus when about 100 believers were together, including Jesus's disciples, in Acts 2:2-4 "And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them began to speak in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them the ability."

Apostle Paul speaks about tongues in 1 Corinthians 14. Speaking in tongues in faith builds up your inner man or woman because you are doing something good for the Lord that you don't understand. When speaking in tongues you might be praying for yourself or someone you know, or in intercession for people you don't know or a situation. Only God knows. Some people's languages sound alike but they all are different. Some may sound middle-eastern in dialect. At first, hearing tongues can be alarming to a new believer or someone that has not heard it before. Some tongues are high-pitched, others have a normal tone of voice. Some people make utterances or groanings that come from their heart with words or sounds they repeat. As people develop their language it can change and become more fluent as the Holy Spirit gives the ability. Some people are given their heavenly language quickly, some it may take years before they obtain it or they might never. We are all given different gifts or combinations of gifts. Whether or not you speak in tongues does not mean you don't trust in or love the Lord.

I was given my heavenly prayer language years ago with the help of a mentor in my walk with the Lord. I attended a prayer circle and Bible study every other Friday night for 3 years in her home. She walked with me one day and encouraged me to speak in tongues. At first I was hesitant but then I trusted her and started out just repeating what was coming out of my heart. As time has gone on, I love speaking in tongues and incorporate it into my daily prayers. Sometimes I just pray in tongues and not English. Sometimes I do spiritual warfare speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues is a very normal and natural part of being a believer.
 

The Rapture

This is foretold and described and repeated by many prophets, by Jesus and by the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul speaks about it in 1 Thessalonians, Jesus talks about in the Gospels such as in Mark 13:32-37, Luke 17:20-37, Matthew 24:36-44. The Rapture will happen at the appointed time that only God knows. This is the moment when believers will be taken away from this world. Then events that take place after this moment will mean the end of the world as we know it now, then God's kingdom will be established on the earth. The people who will be left after the Rapture, will suffer, there will be more suffering then the world has ever known. Matthew 24:21 “ For at that time there will be great suffering, such as not been seen from the beginning of the world until now, no and never will be” This is a very sobering thought. If I am still alive at the time, I look forward to be taken away in the Rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 "For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever." How can many people, including friends and family, be spared the suffering? How can they be saved? Romans Chapter 10 verse 9; confession and belief in Christ Jesus. It’s is a free gift, a simple thing to do and it has awesome and eternal consequences.


                                                                 

Prosperity

God is ready to bless you with an overflowing blessing. God is a God of abundance, of limitless resources, not a God of lack. Diligent obediance in giving of your time, talent and treasure, extended with right motivations and attitude, will produce a harvest. And blessing to overflowing is much more than just financial blessings. It is also the blessings that fruits of the spirit give. It is happy relationships, stability, grace and favor, joyful and peaceful minds and hearts. God wants prosperity for his people in every way. Phillipians 4:19 “and my God will satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

God created the world for us to enjoy and takes joy in sharing his creation. However, with our blessings, one caution. We should not overdo it and get caught up in materialism and the sin of pride over possessions. If possessions, such as an expensive car or boat, expensive jewelry or designer clothes, make you feel better than someone else or cause you puffed up with pride over them, it is better not to have them. Jesus said in Matthew 18:8 “if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away." Be aware of the difference between your wants versus your needs.

Leaders in ministry must be careful about the image they project as well. Questions do come up from the public regarding the perception that ministry leaders, especially those with large media ministries, are living like tycoons.

Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:11 “If we have sown spiritual good among you is it too much if we reap your material benefits?” It is right that ministry leaders are blessed with financial blessings. They are giving much and working hard for the body of Christ. However, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 8:8-9 in talking about the example of eating food offered to idols said, “We are no worse off if we do not eat or no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” If the weak, which are non-believers, perceive that Christian leaders are living the high life with luxury cars and expensive homes, this gives them reason to criticize and could create a stumbling block. Non-believers will judge. Christian leaders should realize that perception is reality and be careful how they are presenting themselves in the name of Jesus.
 

                                                                            

Charismatic-Style Worship - What to Expect

For a long time I didn’t know what charismatic churches meant. I was used to growing up in the Methodist church which was more liturgical. I thought to have charisma meant that somebody had a lot of personality. This essentially is true with charismatic churches. Now I know the charismatic style of worship is a style that many people are drawn to as they desire more freedom and interaction with the Holy Spirit during worship. This style promotes that and is compared with liturgical styles of worship that are more formal, like the Methodist church I grew up in.

This is not to say more formal, liturgical-style churches do not have an anointing. Many people love their liturgical-style worship. The word of God is being spoken in these churches. Liturgical styles of worship tend to be more structured. The order of the service and what is to take place, is put into the bulletin, which someone hands you as you walk in. For liturgical churches, the bulletin includes creeds, scriptures, hymns and prayers. It gives the numbers of the hymns to be sung, then everyone stands and sings them. To be sure, putting together the bulletin, making all the copies and handing them out is a big responsibility and those that do it are to be commended. Liturgical, more formal styles of worship are closely associated with organized religion and with the major denominations. Churches with charismatic-styles of worship tend to be more non-denominational with people coming in from all different backgrounds. Evangelical and mega-churches tend to be charismatic and non-denominational.

Charismatic churches tend to use more technology in their services. They can have TV-like screens with power point presentations giving the words to the songs that are sung. This is because there are no hymnals. These churches tend to have bands with guitars, drums and electric keyboards for praise and worship. They might have a dance ministry in which young people go forward and give a choreographed dance to the Lord. There might be banners and flags that people wave. People will raise their hands and clap and use their own body language as they worship. People might speak in tongues. Somebody might get up during the praise and worship time and with the approval of the leaders, give a word from the Lord. There might be an altar call on which people are given the chance to accept Jesus or recommit their life to the Lord. They might have a healing service in which people go forward be prayed over if they need healing. During that prayer, they might fall back in the spirit (volunteers are usually there to catch them) after someone has laid hands on them. The symbolic and beautiful rams horn called a shofar might be blown (pictured below). These are all very normal and natural things going on and nothing to get alarmed about. People are just worshipping the Lord and pressing in for a closer relationship with their mighty and loving God.