The manifested Word of God

John 1:1-14

1. The word became flesh.

The spiritual word became the tangible manifested word. The declared word became flesh-Greek word (sarx) living substance

Jesus and the word are one –
Jesus is the word the word is Jesus.

Jesus in the flesh was the manifested uncovered visible tangible word of God demonstrated on the earth.

The word which is spiritual and life-giving became flesh tangible manifested

2. The word is the will of God

John 5:19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 12:44-50
44    Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45   And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46   I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47   And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48   He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49   For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50   And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

3. You must be totally reliant on Jesus. You must be totally reliant on the word
In Jesus,- in the word,-is the fullness of God. Everything that you need is in Jesus,-in the word. The answer to every problem is in Jesus,- in the word.

Ephesians 1:19-23
19   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20   Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own 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 world, but also in that which is to come:
22   And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23   Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When the word is operating in the body of Christ. The spiritual word becomes visible, and tangible. Jesus is revealed in his fullness.

When you preach Jesus you preach the gospel you preach the word. If you are preaching any word that is not Jesus then you are not preaching the word of God or the gospel. But if you are preaching what is in the word of God then you are preaching Jesus whether it is Old Testament preaching or New Testament preaching you must preach the word which is Jesus.

4. The word has authority

Jesus said all Authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me.

After saying this he then told his disciples to go. He gave the word of authority to them to preach to heal the sick to cast out devils and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

You and I have been given the word. We have been given Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20
18   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I am with you always – the word of authority is with us always

I have authority given to me by the word

5. Jesus is the sent word
Psalms 107:20
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Matthew 8:5-13
5   And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6   And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7   And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8   The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9   For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11   And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12   But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13   And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

This man understood the relationship between the word and the one who sent it.

When we preach the Word we preach Jesus – we send the word we send Jesus. When we share the word we share Jesus. When you receive the word you receive Jesus.

6. You are born again by the faith you put in Jesus. By the faith you put in the word.

Romans 10:8-10
8   But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You and I are born again through the blood in the word. Now we belong. We are citizens of heaven.

I have a birth certificate which legally proves my citizenship. As a citizen I have rights and some authority that’s been given to me.

I was born again now I am a citizen of heaven I have a legal rights and authority that has been given to me

Satan has no legal rights at all

7. Continue in the word continue in Jesus
John 8:31-32
31   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Ask, seek, knock

Ask. Seek. Knock
These signs shall follow them that believe
Mark 16:17

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Signs shall follow them- we don’t see many signs showing up because we don’t see many Christians showing up. 
Active or inactive Christianity 

illustration: active or inactive membership 
Active are those who show up and continue to show up. 
Signs follow active Christians. 
Matthew 16:2-4

2    He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 

3   And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 

4   A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. 
You are not to be following signs…signs are to be following you
Signs follow active believing Christians
Believe- persuaded, place confidence in, trust and intrust 
Psalm 9:10

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
They believe because they know
Signs follow active believing Christians who know God
Mark 16:20

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
These signs were the manifestation of the Spirit at Work
1 Corinthians 12: 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Luke 12:48

…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Matthew 7:7 [Full Chapter]

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Ask

Matthew 7:9-11King James Version (KJV)

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 16:19

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 14:16

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 11:22

But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Revelation 21:6

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Seek -seek for revelation hidden uncovered 
Knock- open spiritual doors. Doors for access and entry and exit.  

Doors are personal gates are corporate 
You can open doors for yourself and for others 
Let me get that door for you

You must allow time for Faith to work

1. Cake baking-They put all the ingredients together and put it in the oven. But don’t give time for it bake. 

2. Hospital patients-wait in the lobby, wait in the room, wait for dr. Wait for testing, wait for lab, wait for treatment, wait wor treatment to work. 

Ask receive practice 

Get it and go

Get it and go
Become the spiritual governor of your city

Elected by God
Matthew 10:1

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Luke 9:1

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Everywhere that I walk and in the place I set my foot that location has been given over to me as a spiritual governor
Governor

a :  one that exercises authority especially over an area or group

b :  an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, 

c :  commanding officer

d :  the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization

e :  a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society

Automatic spiritual control
Like a governor on an automobile – gives automatic control of speed

Isaiah 42:6-7King James Version (KJV)

6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Acts 16:25-26

The prison doors are opened

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Open the prison door and let the captive free
Imprisoned in sin imprisoned by sicknesses  imprisoned by addictions. Imprisoned by demonic spirits of fear and emotions
They are in prison and they need to be free

Matthew 16:19

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Why is this controversial?Speaking in tongues

Is your church one of those tongue talking churches?  The better question may be, why isn’t your church one of those? 

I wonder if you would have felt comfortable in a church service lead by the apostle Paul?

For all of the truth seekers out there, you might want to check out the Scriptures below from the book of 1Corinthians chapter 14.  Remember these scriptures have been penned by the apostle Paul, but inspired (God Breathed) of the Holy Ghost.  I would encourage you to read the whole chapter but don’t allow the versus below to get lost in your religious training.  

1 Corinthians 14

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (In context:Praying in the spirit is praying in tongues)
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
38  But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Say Yes To Jesus

Say yes to Jesus
Youth pool party

I woke up this morning around 4 o’clock thinking about this time that I would have with you. I spent several hours wondering how I could make the most out of this time that I have in front of you.

I have decided to Set the record straight. You have been lied to for so long and I want to tell you the truth.

Look up to the sky. what do you see? A little higher what’s there? A little further out?

People are continually researching and discovering what is out there. Scientists have discovered Other Worlds and galaxies and solar systems.
Everything discovered and yet to be discovered every system has been so specially designed and created by a creator. It is too intricate and wonderful to have happened by coincidence. In the words of Gibbs from NCIS, “there is no such thing as coincidence.”
Here is the truth. God Jehovah, who is so much bigger and greater than you and I, created every detail of every good and perfect thing that is enjoyed.

The Bible says that not only did he create the worlds and systems in the sky but every living thing on the earth and he created it with purpose.

He created mankind in his own image and likeness and therefor gave us creative power.

Think about it. Here you are. Sitting here under the heavens that have great purpose. And just as much thought and planning and design was wrapped up in the creation of you. You are beautiful. You are so wonderfully made. With all complexity of flesh and bone and systems and emotions and thoughts and talents and personality. Look around you With all of this inner and outer beauty who could say there is no God? In fact the Bible says it is foolish and that only a fool says in his heart that there is no God. Plenty may say it with their mouth but only a fool would say that in their heart and believe it.

You have been created with great purpose and design.

In God’s perfect plan a man and a woman joined together in a binding commitment of married love. Each offer a seed full of creative power. That small seed develops and grows until strong enough with proper care to survive the elements of this great world. A baby is born. But the greatest thing about baby’s is this, every child born is born with an eternal spirit and soul. Which means this. This child will grow into a teen and then an adult. He or she will make choices in there life. Some maybe good or bad. But when they finally close there eyes for the final time and sigh this incredible body will die. But their soul (feelings emotions personality thought and spirit (that inner light that causes one to live). will survive eternally.
So what then? When this body is laid to rest 6feet underground, what’s next? Well that depends. There are 2 destinations.

1. You could be in the presence of your loving creator and Heavenly Father. In a place called heaven yes but also strategically placed in and given power over his creation. Free to go and come and rule with loving authority. Able to create and live and socialize forever in a vast and endless world and worlds that will take eternity to explore. There will be no death or pain or tears nor rejection or fears. No disease no one used or abused. No hatred or prejudice. No murder or rape or deceit.
2. You could be separated forever from the presence of a loving God. Dragged kicking and screaming into a place called hell. A place that was not made for you but was made for the devil and his fallen angels. A place if continual pain and anguish both physically mentally and spiritually. Where men naw their toungs for pain and wish that they could die to find relief but cannot and will not. A place of solitude and outer darkness. Alienated from all others tormented by your own selfish decisions and thoughtless actions. In eternal judgement for the wickedness of your sinful deeds.

So this day it is set before you life and death. Blessing and cursing.
Your eternal destination depends solely on your decisions right now.

God is real heaven is real
The devil is real hell is real
You are real I am real and this moment is real and the decisions you are about to make is real. What decision is that?

Decision 1. What will you do with the life that you have been given?

Will you choose to live that life selfishly? fulfilling your own selfish desires, while defrauding and insulting and cursing and cheating and hurting and hating those around you. And at the same time taking your own self and the body that God has so wonderfully created and smudge and cut and abuse and deface and disgrace it.
Or will you choose to live unselfishly putting others before yourself. Using your words and your talents to build up and encourage and show Gods love to those around you while you glorify God in your body and with your thoughts and actions. How will you choose to live out the days of your life?

Decision 2. And how do you expect to pay for the sinful choices you have already made?
All have sinned
The wages of sin is death
Sin has to be paid for. I have told you the truth hell was not created for you. It was created for the devil. But if you go there it is because you chose to go there. For death, separation from God, and hell is the payment for sin.
But you don’t have to go there.
God so loved you that he gave his only son Jesus to die for you. He went to hell he paid for your sin in full. He resurrected with the keys of authority over death hell and the grave in his hand.
You can choose Jesus. You can believe on him and receive eternal life.
Today is the day of salvation. Will you choose him today? Will you choose life and heaven?
Say yes to Jesus. Time is running out.

The faith dimension

The faith dimension
Dimension- a property of measurable space.

We are living in a three dimensional world. Everything is measured by length width and depth

There is a fourth dimension

Scientists have been trying to study this dimension, they call it quantum physics. It is the behavior of molecules at an atomic level. A dimension of phenomenon sometimes things happen that cannot be measured through normal scientific measurements.

Illustration – the gathering of photons when acted upon by exterior energy.
Illustration- light absorbed, transferred, and reflected.

Scientists will not be able to comprehend This dimension without the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

I would like to refer to this dimension as the faith dimension.

Faith- The deep conviction of the infallible word of God.

Faith nutrition- what feeds your Faith? The word of God.

Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith activation- what makes faith work? Hope is what puts your faith in action.

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hope – The painted picture of God’s vision on your heart

Faith impartation-how can you pass it on? Talk it, pray it, live it

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

There can be a passing down of generational curses. In the same manner there is the possibility of passing down generational blessing. Spiritual gifts that reside in you may very likely be caught by your children.

This Present Judgment

This Present Judgment

Often times when we hear the word judgment and we think about an event that will take place that is called the Great White Throne Judgment. There will be a day of final Judgment. When God will judge once and for all the living and the dead. But there are judgments that are happening at this present time. These Judgments are made in the dispensation of Grace and will soon be followed by final judgments made in the outpouring of God’s wrath.

1. Self-Judgment

a. Search your own heart under the direct guidance of the Lord and be willing to change as God reveals impurities and imperfections. (1 John 3:19-24; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32; 1 Corinthians 4:1-4)

2. Discipline Judgment of God

a. (1 Corinthians 3:12-17; Hebrews 12:6-11 )

3. Righteous Judging the Righteous

a. God judges those outside of the church but the righteous are to judge among themselves. (1 Corinthians 5; Hebrews 13:7, 17)

4. The continual Judgment of the wicked (John 3:18; Psalm 7:11-13)

Philippians 3:17,18 (AMP)
Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set you. For there are many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, who walk (live) as enemies of the cross of Christ, the Anointed One.

There is the pattern of the ungodly and the Pattern of the righteous. Worldly pattern and a heavenly. A pattern of Christ and the pattern of antichrist.

Pattern: an observable characteristic or behavior of a person, group, or institution.

One of the responsibilities of the righteous are to lead the ungodly into the truth.

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

The scarcely saved is not meaning that they are barely living for Jesus…you cannot be righteous and barely living right. You’re not kind of saved. This idea that you can have one foot in the world and the other in the kingdom is a lie. Your either wicked or righteous, saved or damned,

No this is talking about the judgment that will come on the world. It will start in the house of God and then move into the rest of the world. At the last possible minute the righteous are saved from the destruction. There is a lot the people of God had to endure but in God’s people had to endure such how much greater will the judgment be upon those that are ungodly.

Philippians 3:10-11 (AMP)
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know him. That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding [the wonders of His person] more strongly and more clearly. And that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers]; and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

Never Ashamed

Never Ashamed

Romans 10:11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1. For God will keep His Word

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.( firmly fixed, stands secure , set up and established ).

* when God says something you don’t have to wonder if he is ready to act upon it. If he said it, everything that is needed is all ready prepared set up and in order to make good on what he said.

Isaiah 55:8-11 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

2Timothy 1:8. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

2. For Glory out ways Afflictions

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The Lord Doesn’t promise and easy life with no trials- faith that is not tested can not be trusted.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

3. For Truth empowers freedom

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The word (make) is a progressive word. It means it empowers time and time again.

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word becomes a sword when it comes from your mouth. It is the blessing of the Lord. It empowers to prosper.

Psalms 118:17

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Whatever situation you are facing God has given you his word. If you speak and declare by faith the word of the Lord, you release the blessing of God into your situation. The word empowers your situation to turn around for your good. The word causes freedom.

The sword of the Spirit is your only offensive weapon in your arsenal. You only need one. Because the word is versatile. It can be used towards many different situations and it is unlimited it supply. You cannot exhaust the power in the word of God.

…So I know that what I’m going through is hard to handle. The suffering of this trial seems overwhelming. But I serve a God who speaks his word and is ready to act upon it. And I know that the suffering that I am facing right now cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed in me. So I will speak the word of the Lord with boldness and confidence. For he is not a liar and he will work for me. And as I speak this word it will empower my situation to change for my good. And his word shall make me free once again.

Romans 4:17(as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.

Don’t quench the Spirit of God

Don’t quench the spirit of God

1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.”
Holy spirit / ghost same thing

Ephesians 4:30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Quench- to extinguish or put out

Grieve – to cause sorrow or pain of mind or heart

The Spirit of God has not been denied deity in the church. But he has been greatly neglected and not greatly honored in today’s church. I fear in many cases the body of Christ today has quenched the fire of the Holy Spirit in our midst and caused great sorrow to the Holy Ghost.

I believe the greatest pain the Holy Ghost feels comes from the rejection and the quenching of his moving in our churches and our life.

There are some churches that exist and are very functional as an organization. But if the Holy Spirit would ever chose to leave that church they may never know it.

I am thankful to be a part of a church where the Spirit of the Lord with all nine gifts and all nine fruit are not only excepted but celebrated.

* I feel that most Christians and churches that grieve the Holy Spirit do so because they are unfamiliar with his work. If they understood the work of the Holy Spirit they may be more open to is moving.

Who is the Holy Spirit?
He is not a creepy ghost that brings fear. He does not haunt the souls of men. The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm. He is Not energy (positive or negative) nor is he the personification of God. He is not acting like God or just representing God, but he is part of the triune deity of God. He is a person with all the characteristics of a person. He is God in us with us all around us. You must understand He is not a person like you and I bodily. He is not Measured by hight and weight or mass, He is a spirit being. He has substance. Personality, he can love and desire, and rejoice and grieve. He has will, passion, furry, and disgust. He is deity he is God and he is present here.

Because he is Spirit and not merely matter. He is not limited to space nor restricted in geography. Because he is not nearly matter he is able to transcend matter. He is able to move in and through vessels of substance. He is able to come in and work through you and I has we are open to the moving of the Holy Spirit in us. But he is also not limited to move in me and you at the same time. He is omnipresent. He has the ability to everywhere at once, and he can remain here and there and everywhere that he is welcomed.

Church history says he is God, we say he is God, but most importantly the Scriptures say he is God.

A W Tozer said And I wholeheartedly agree (mind you this is years before the Toronto blessing). He said. “I wouldn’t believe in the archangel if he came to Toronto with wings spread at 12 feet shining like an atom bomb just after it goes off, if he can’t give me chapter and verse.”

Psalm. 139:7 speaks of the Holy Spirit’s omnipresences… Whither shall I go from thy Spirit or whether shall I flee from thy presence.
Job 26:13 he is creator… By his spirit he garnished the heavens.
2corinthian 3:17 He is Called Lord.. Now the Lord is that spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty
Commandment at Baptism. In father son and holy ghost.

The Holy Spirit never enters a man and let’s him live like the world. That is the reason some people reject the Holy Spirit.

John 16:7-10
Reprove the world of
1. Sin
2. Righteousness
3. Justice

Comforter – Paraclete (Greek. Advocate. Helper. One who stands on your behalf)
*The Holy Spirit is your advocate on Earth
*Jesus is your advocate in heaven
1 John 2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Reprove – elegcho (Greek). To expose convict and convince.
(To bring to light, acknowledgement, and understanding.
Even the spirit of truth which the world cannot receive

The ministries of the Holy Ghost
Five Paraclete function mentioned in the book of John
1. He is the ever present help. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-17)
2. He teaches and reminds of truth. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:25-26)
3. He testifies of Christ. “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)
4. He brings conviction. “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going? Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer, and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:5-11)
5. He gives prophetic revelation. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:12-15)

Hide The Beer! The Pastors Here

Hide the beer! The pastors Here.

This was a song that the swirling eddies recorded talking about hypocrisy in many Christian colleges. In fact many Christian colleges banned this song from being played on campus.

Apparently talking about alcohol and Christianity is a touchy subject.

But let’s face it, alcohol consumption and things that surround that topic is kind of a hot topic right now among churches. I would like to address this issue.

Did Jesus drink wine?
Wasn’t he called the friend of sinners?
Wasn’t he partying it up?
Was the wine that Jesus drink alcohol?

Yes, there was alcohol in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Yes people got drunk back then too.

Yes there were drunken parties and orgies and the suchlike going on in the same way that it is today.

Yes Jesus did drink wine on several occasions recorded in Scripture, whether that was fermented or unfermented is debatable. Seeing that the word for grape juice in the Bible is translated wine and the same word for fermented grape juice in the Bible is also translated wine.

Yes Jesus’ accusers did hurl insults at him, trying to discredit his testimony by calling him “the friend of sinners.”

Yes Jesus is the sinner’s best friend for he is the only one who can bring total restoration and forgiveness to their lives.

Yes Jesus forgave those in sin and told them to sin no more.

No Jesus was not hanging out in these places full of sinful demonstrations. Nor was he taking part in their sin, nor was he sitting back and tolerating those behaviors around him.

No Jesus was not getting wasted with the boys at the lake.

Yes Jesus opened up his arms to all who wanted to draw close to Him. The sinner and the saint.

Yes Jesus did encounter all different types of people from all different walks of life. Many that needed healing deliverance salvation and miracles.

All Scripture must be judged by other scriptures to make sure that we have a full understanding concerning issues that we face. Let’s not just take one scripture and use that scripture to justify our position.

Now let’s talk about the topic at hand.

Although the consumption of wine might be debatable scripturally. Revelry, which is drunken parties, and drunkenness is quite black-and-white.

I wrestled with this topic last year quite extensively when I was confronted with this idea of mixing alcohol with ministry. I have known this to be a hush hush topic in the past. As long as You don’t talk about drinking or the party life You lead no one will care enough to confront. However this has more recently become an open topic. Once again we see this progression of “Christian Culture” What was forbidden in one generation has been tolerated by the next and normalized by third.

Here is my take.
Too often I have seen alcohol destroy lives, families, and Christian witness. I have sat in counseling meetings with people who’s life laid waste because of alcohol abuse. I have seen alcohol consumption lead to Domestic abuse, adultery, divorce, abandonment, unemployment and much more regret. For these reasons I will never condone the drinking of alcoholic beverage. In fact I will stand against it as much as possible in discouraging such things.

Some may feel that I am old-fashioned in this area. Believe me I have done much thinking and praying on this subject. The Bible says that men are to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). I whole heartedly agree with this scripture. Each person needs to decide in his own heart and conscience how he or she should handle the subject of abstaining or not abstaining from alcoholic beverage. Then you must be true to your conscience. However in the area of drunkenness and attending bars and drunken parties the scriptures are quite clearly against these things. Christians are not to be a part of or contributing to this lifestyle. (See scripture below)

So as for me and those that are ministering with me I feel very strongly and therefore have raised the standard of ministry. I believe it is best for those in ministry need to be abstinent from alcoholic beverage and refrain from establishments that promote reveling. I’m not saying that you have to stay away from restaurants that may serve alcohol or have a bar in house. Or that you should not attend a wedding celebration or other special occasions where some people may choose to have alcohol. If you find yourself in an establishment or in a celebration where alcohol is present definitely live by conviction. If you are a part of ministry especially in the ministry at Liberty Church, refuse to drink alcohol. And if the celebration starts turning a bit wild it is probably your cue to gracefully bow out. And please do yourself, your church, and the kingdom of God a favor and “witness” somewhere else. Stay out of the bars and other drunken parties. Don’t go in. There are many other places that we can minister to the lost. Let’s focus on being a witness for God in our everyday lives. I believe God will bless us greatly as the standard is raised.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Peter 4:18-19 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?

James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

Galatians 5:16-26 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Read this whole chapter:

1 Thessalonians chapter 5