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Let The Holy Spirit Work

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In the first four chapters of the Gospel of Luke, we see repeated references to the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of John the Baptist and his family and Jesus Christ and His family. When you read these chapters you understand that the Holy Spirit orchestrated everything.

He filled John the Baptist from his mother’s womb, 1:15. He conceived Jesus Christ in Mary’s womb, 1:35, Matt 1:20. He filled Elisabeth, who blessed Mary, 1:41.  

He filled Zacharias, who prophesied, 1:67. In Lk 2:25-27, He was upon Simeon, revealed to him that he would see the Lord’s Christ, and led him into the temple when Mary presented Jesus to the Lord. In Lk 3:16, John testified that Jesus would baptize His converts with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the bodily shape of a dove, 3:22. In Lk 4:1, Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit, 4:14. In Lk 4:18, Jesus read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”

All of these great works are the work of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is here now working. We must not grieve him, Eph 4:30. We must not quench Him, 1 Thes 5:19. We must let the Holy Spirit do his work.  

Let the Spirit regenerate you – Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” According to Jesus Christ in Jn 3:3-8, you must be born again; you must be born of the Spirit. If you aren’t born again, you aren’t saved.  

When you are saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:13; seals you for eternity, Eph 1:13; and bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God, Rom 8:16. If you aren’t saved, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit regenerate you.

Let the Spirit fill you – Eph 5:18 – When we’re saved, the Spirit indwells us, Jn 14:17. Each day, however, we must be filled with the Spirit. It is through Him that we have the power to do God’s will. Jesus didn’t want the disciples to start witnessing until they had received power from the Holy Ghost, Acts 1:4-8.

When Peter answered the elders, rulers, scribes, and priests in Acts 4:8, he was filled with the Spirit. The disciples were able to speak the word of God with boldness because they were filled with the Spirit, Acts 4:31. In Acts 9:17 and 13:9, Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 13:52, the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Spirit. Let’s do what Paul said, “Be filled with the Spirit.”

Let the Spirit teach you – Jn 14:26, Jn 16:13 – Jesus said the Holy Spirit “shall teach you all things… and guide you into all truth.” So, when you read your Bible, when you study your Bible, when you listen to the teaching and preaching when you read what other men have written about God’s words, you must let the Holy Spirit teach you the truth.

The reason that so many people get fouled up in the Bible is that they are not being taught by the Spirit; they are being taught by men only, Is 29:10-14. Let the Spirit teach you God’s words.

Let the Spirit lead you – Rom 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Gal 5:18 says, “But if ye be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.” The difficulty we have with being led by the Spirit is that we are typically led by our own spirit. For many of us, this means that we are led by our emotions. We must rule our spirits instead of being ruled by them, Prov 25:28.

The most common emotion that controls you is fear. But “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Tim 1:7. We must recognize when we are being led by our flesh, our lusts, our pride, our fear, our anger, or whatever else might lead us. Let the Holy Spirit lead you, instead.

Let the Spirit comfort you – Jn 14:16-18 – Jesus said, “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”  Let the Spirit comfort you. For some reason, many of us feel more comfortable being uncomfortable. The Lord doesn’t want us to be without His constant comfort.

When you are not being comforted by the Holy Spirit, who continually dwells within you, something is wrong and you need to search out the cause with the Lord.  He will show you the true source of your discomfort.  Acknowledge it, repent of it, if need be, and let the Holy Spirit comfort you.  We are sheep and sheep must be comforted at all times.

Conclusion: As you saw the great work of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the gospel, so you will see the great work of the Holy Spirit in your life when you let the Holy Spirit work. If you’re not saved, He will regenerate you today if you will trust Jesus Christ. If you are saved, let the Holy Spirit fill you, teach you, lead you, and comfort you. His work in you, when He has complete control, will be pleasing to God and very powerful in your life.

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DOUBTS About TITHING!

by Justin McIntosh



I am wondering whether the question of “tithing” has
ever been raised in this forum before.

I have never ceased to struggle with the doctrine of
tithing 10% of one’s income to the church.  I have
studied the Word and it just doesn’t spell it out clearly
to me. Am I reading it wrong?

In all honesty, I would love to be convinced of the
The scriptural basis for this practice for New Covenant
believers so that I can have some peace because I
hate the confusion.

I vacillate between regular tithing for a while because
godly teachers whom I respect all seem to adhere to
this teaching. So I do it to ‘cover myself’.  “They must
know what they are doing,” I think to myself.  But the
Bible says, ‘whatever is not of faith, is sin’ and I know
I am not doing it in faith, but almost in superstition.
So I stop tithing again because I am not doing it with a
clear conscience.

I have never just swallowed established teaching, no
matter how popular the practice of it, without checking
out the Scriptural basis and listening to the Spirit as
much as possible.  I can honestly say that I want to
honor God with my money and will happily tithe till
Kingdom comes if this is biblically true.

But is it?  Or is it a conveniently carried over Old
Testament law which makes budgeting and program
planning so much easier for churches?

Does there need to be a whole new revelation of what
God teaches about stewardship; one which brings
liberty, not law?

At the end of the day, how can something as specific
as giving 10 % of one’s income to their church be
classed as a ‘principle’ as I have been taught?  Are
principles so detailed as to list the exact amount?

Blessings in Christ,

Justin.
(Australia).

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The Most Powerful Outpouring Since Pentecost Will Stir in Israel

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Like streams full of divine rain, the prophecies of the Bible concerning the Jews, the Gentiles and Jesus’ return flow into one mighty river of prophecy in the 20th century and into our 21th century. These truths are revealed in Acts 28:11-31.

While studying the book of Acts, I came upon a precious prophecy I had never seen before nor heard applied in any teachings of which I was aware. I was excited as the Spirit began to reveal to me this golden treasure connected to our day and Jesus’ return.

Acts begins in Jerusalem with a promise of power from Jesus and a spiritual explosion on Pentecost that will carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. The book of Acts ends abruptly in chapter 28 as Paul comes to Rome. This speaks volumes of God’s plan to reach the world with the gospel.

Jerusalem is the sacred city of God where Jesus will return to rule and reign over the earth. It is the seat of His authority. Rome was the capital of the ancient world, ruled by Caesar, who was considered a son of god. What a contrast with Jesus as the true Son of God.

With the gospel’s arrival in Rome, God is declaring, “My Son is the true King, not Caesar.” God’s word is planted in the center of Gentile dominion to plant the seeds of life against the reign of Satan’s death. Christ’s kingdom will conquer the Empire of Rome and the empires of the world.

The prophetic word in Acts 28 is clear. The time of the Jews has temporarily ended. The age of the Gentiles has begun. The Jews reject Jesus in Rome, although some believe. But the gospel is now to go to the Gentile world, Paul declares in his last recorded words in Acts. Unlike the Jews, the Gentiles will have ears to hear that Jesus is the Messiah. Study Acts 28:11-31.

Think of how Acts ends in around A.D. 64 with such a prophetic statement. Acts finished before A.D. 70 when Rome destroyed Jerusalem. Historically, Rome conquers Jerusalem, but in the Spirit realm, Rome is conquered by Jesus. It will take another 250 years, but Rome will fall to Christ. The Gentiles will accept Christ’s reign.

The age of the Gentiles begins at the end of Acts 28 and continues for another 1,900 years, which leads us to 20th century when all these streams of prophecy converge for the Gentiles and Jews.

In 1967, the prophetic words of Jesus in Luke 21:24 were fulfilled. The age of the Gentiles ends or begins to end when the Jews take Jerusalem and make the city their capital. Now the focus of God turns to Israel, which was reborn as a nation in 1948, which followed the stream of aliyahs, which started around 1880. By the time all of this is complete, 2,000 years will have passed in 2070.

Paul writes in Romans 11 of his love for Israel and the Jews. Their rejection of Jesus is temporary. Their blindness will be lifted when the age of the Gentiles ends.

Think of the converging prophecies taking place as God brings the Jews home from the four corners of the earth. Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948. In 1967, the age of the Gentiles started to end as Jerusalem was no longer trampled by the Gentiles. The blindness of the Jews begins to be lifted to prepare the Jews to see their deliverer come out of Zion, and all Israel will be saved.

Combine this with Revelation, as the four horsemen are released upon the earth and the prophecies of world events also converge beginning with World War I, then the Spanish Flu, then the great economic crash of 1929. These are all forerunners of world events set in motion to warn us that the return of Jesus draws close to hand. They all began to come forth in the 20th century.

The global concepts that Jesus predicted in Matthew 24 start in the 20th century: worldwide deception, lawlessness, false christs and false prophets, wars, world conflicts, famines, pestilence and earthquakes. The gospel has been preached to all the nations of the earth.

Luke’s prophetic writings in Acts come to life for us as the prophecies of world evangelism come full circle. It began in Jerusalem in A.D. 33 with the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Then Pentecost takes place with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.

The gospel message begins to go from Jerusalem to Judea, to Samaria, then to the ends of the earth, symbolized in Paul going from Jerusalem to Rome. Now in the 21st century, the circle will be complete as the nations have been reached, which sets in motion the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit since Pentecost to happen in Jerusalem and Israel as they see Jesus as their deliverer and all Israel will be saved.

God, open our spiritual eyes to see Your hand upon world events and the coming of Jesus Christ as declared in Your perfect prophecies.

We cannot know the day or the hour, but Jesus and Paul both stated that God expected us to know the season of His return. May we be about our Father’s business.

Once a professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs Organization, Blake Lorenz was called to Asbury Seminary after a radical encounter with Jesus, where he received his master’s degree. He has pastored in the Orlando area for 33 years and has been blessed with the opportunity to evangelize globally, visiting five continents and preaching the gospel to tens of thousands. Blake has also helped plant 500 churches. He has been working in Israel for the past 20 years, includes serving on the board of the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast in connection with the Knesset. In 2020, blakelorenzministries.com and the Awaken podcast launched to teach and challenge others to join him on a journey of anticipating the return of Jesus. He has used the three books he’s written in his seminars and conferences. He and his wife, Beverly, share three children and six grandchildren.

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THE ANTICHRIST AGENDA

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July 21, 2021

Today’s post is from my brother, Tim Sheets. It is very strong, but needs to be said.

THE ANTICHRIST AGENDA

In recent weeks, Holy Spirit has been speaking to me from the book of Jude. Jude has only one chapter; verse 3 tells us to earnestly contend for the Christian faith. “Earnestly contend” is the Greek word epagonizomai, meaning to zealously fight, struggle or wrestle; battle intensely; to take part in a contest or to compete.(1) In this context it means to fight for a principle, a declaration of facts, in order to maintain truth. Truth must be maintained or weeds – otherwise known as lies – grow. God is calling the ekklesia to battle for principle, to vocalize truth and fight for “God-facts.”

It is time for a blitz push of God’s ekklesia to confront, bind, beat down and dismantle a demonic religion that has taken root in our nation. It is influencing our entire culture, having also taken root in much of our government, and is seeking to destroy several of our nation’s foundations. This religion is humanism.

Humanism can also be called progressivism, liberalism, democratic socialism, or politically correct “wokeness.” These are subtle words that sound innocent, but they are actually terms that have replaced naziism, marxism, and communism. Humanism seeks to displace Jehovah God and His Word within a culture promoting an antiChrist agenda through a progressive government.

Humanism has doctrines it preaches and evangelism strategies it engages in. Sadly, “nominal” churches (churches “in name only”) are embracing this heretical gospel. Proverbs 21:16 tells us there are congregations of the dead; lifeless institutions that embrace and teach the antithesis of God’s Word. We must understand and confront this, extending a welcome to people that exodus from liberal, pretend churches. I believe this exodus is now beginning because of their hunger for truth and God’s presence. The real church must now rise up and speak the truth more loudly than what 1 Timothy 4:1 calls demonic doctrine. We must do so boldly, without compromising the Word of God for any law, leader or liberal idea.

Many colleges and universities have become humanistic temples indoctrinating our children. It’s no wonder many of them come out of college thinking like humanists and atheists. Professors are teaching demon-doctrines in many universities: socialism, communism, naziism, gender confusion, racial confusion, no rules, no work ethic and no Judeo-Christian values. Parents are now in a position of having to think about where it is safe to send their children for higher education because, clearly, some of our more recognizable schools are little more than humanist seminaries taught by humanist priests – called “tenured professors” – who are evangelizing our children.

The anti-Christian and anti-American garbage taught in some of our universities is polluting the minds of their student parishioners. This is compromising parental and church influence and is contributing to the destruction of this nation.

The ekklesia must expose this and contend against it aggressively. Our voice must be heard in as many ways as possible: locally, regionally, and nationally. And of course, we must vote based on biblical values. We must answer the war against Christianity and its values. We must also answer the persecution coming against principles we hold dear and push back against the violent rhetoric. We must push back against demonic “wokeness.”

If we do not do this, we will experience complete tyranny. Those who oppose us have already begun conditioning us to obey them. In order to see where we’re headed, look back at the years of 1938-1942. The wokeness is dangerous. We Christians are not domestic terrorists, haters, white supremacists, racists or homophobes, and we must refuse to be branded.

We are the Great Shepherd’s sheep, but we are also King Jesus’ lions! It is time to declare we are done with the dividing language. It is time for the pushback. We are not giving up on God’s plan for this nation.

The religion of humanism insists on the removal of Christianity from the public arena. This is a stated principle in the Humanist Manifesto(2) and has now become the more dominant worldview in our nation. It is why we are now down to only 4% of the young generation actually serving Jesus Christ(3) (Some stats say this is lower).

Here are some of the ideas and principles found in the Humanist Manifesto:

1. “We believe in the separation of church and state.”(4) That belief is now polluting our culture. Separation of church and state is an absolute myth and is not found in our Constitution. The 1st Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This amendment is designed to keep government out of the church, not the church out of government. The myth is a fabricated lie designed to keep the church silent, when, in actuality, the ekklesia is commanded to forbid and permit (Matthew 16:18-19).

2. “Tolerance for alternative beliefs and alternative lifestyles.”(5)

3. “The extension of choice.”(6) This is a seemingly safe word, but is code for abortion.

Humanism’s mission statement is, “Humanism is a religious worldview based on atheism, naturalism, evolution, and ethical relativism. The religion of humanism regards the universe as self-existing and not created.”(7) In other words, there is no God. In the most recent version of their manifesto, they refer to their beliefs as “secular humanism.”(8) One of their goals became pushing godlessness in education.

Their philosophy: “Secular humanists are naturalists.”(9) The religion of humanism has also adopted ethical relativism. They do not believe an absolute moral code exists. Therefore, they say man must adjust his ethical standards in each situation according to his or her own judgment. This is known as “situational ethics.”

This antichrist humanist religion is on a campaign to rewrite American history and scrub God from that history. The purpose is to destroy Christianity’s influence. The new Welcome Center in Washington D.C., includes the humanist view that was promoted by some in Congress. The references to God and America’s founding have all been removed and America is presented as a secular nation, parroting former President Barack Obama who declared around the world that “America is not a Christian nation.”(10)

That statement is a diabolical lie. Humanism, through our education system, our courts and our government is seeking to rewrite American history. They’re seeking to remove God and our founding covenant with Him. They are also seeking to scrub and discredit our founding fathers who based America’s government on the scriptures. How? By calling them racist, bigots, and misogynists. We must decree the truth about America’s founding.

In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, founding father John Adams wrote, “Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God”(11)

“Jefferson once said: “God who gave us life, gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the Gift of God?”(12) Christianity was the foundation for America’s government and we must raise our voice and declare that truth.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said this, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”(13) The ekklesia must be a prophetic, bold voice to our nation.

Pray with me:

Father, we come against the demonic religion of humanism that has dared take root in our nation. We declare that the ekklesia will now rise and prophesy against it. We will uproot and overcome it because You’re giving us strength. We will not allow the lies and deception any longer. We ask You for transformative change to come into our education system. Give us leaders who will become a part of our educational system and work from within to change it. Give us leaders in government who will promote Godly change. Uproot those in the media who have a demonic, humanistic agenda. Uproot those in our government that dare promote the evangelistic efforts of humanism. We resist the spiritual forces behind it, declaring that Your power will assist the ekklesia to forbid, scatter, shatter, destroy and uproot. With Your authority and empowering we will engage and prophesy. Our voice will become louder than the humanist priests. We will raise our voices louder than the government. We believe You are baptizing Your church with power from on high to contend for the faith. We believe that all across this land a powerful demonstration of Your ekklesia will be seen. We ask for it in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Our decree:

America was founded on Yahweh’s Word and laws; one nation, undivided, under God and His truth. We call America back to Him!

Tim continues, “I asked my daughter, Rachel Shafer, to write a song of decrees and prayers for our nation. This song, “America’s Anthem,” is a prophetic declaration to bring us back into alignment with God’s designed destiny for our nation. I encourage you to listen and decree these words over America”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQW1rpl-1MM

Today’s post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim ,here.

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