Holy Spirit

The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

7. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever -John 14:16

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Hold on to God’s Love!

Romans 8:35-39
The love of God is not like anyone else’s love. It passes our understanding. God has a purpose for His people.

He wants His revelation to be revealed and it must be through us. When we go through trials, God is trying to work something in us and to get the glory.

In order for us to obtain all that God has for us, we have to go through things (see Romans 8:18).

We should be glad that God chose us to reveal His glory. However, we must be willing to go through the process to get what God has for us. If we understand what God is doing, it gives us something to hold on to through our trials.
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Enemies of the soul Pt 4: Relating to the world

Bishop is beginning a series on the Enemy of the Soul, starting with the flesh. The flesh will keep you out of heaven and is your enemy!

Notes: We as the people of God have to enjoy the things around us, without letting them contaminate us. We are the church of the living God and we have to demonstrate and exemplify the church. Romans 12:2 – Be not conformed to this world. Conformed defined is becoming like your surroundings, environment. But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. You have to have a different mindset and want to change, so you can confirm to the things that are of God, and not of this world. Renewing of your mind defined is bringing your flesh under subjection and fashioning your mind after Christ.

We’re in the world, but we’re not of it. The world will try to press you into its thought pattern. Don’t think like the world; think like God through the word of God. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We were born with an Adamic nature. Paul was trying to get the Romans to understand that we, the church, not only have to have a renewed mind, but a different mindset to prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. We have to constantly renew our minds. (more…)

Allow the Word to take root in you

Scripture: Matthew 13: 1-9

Notes: God established us in Him so we can set trends. We are supposed to show the world how to: deal with trouble and pain, solve problems and show others what real happiness and joy is. That’s why we are here. He created us so the world can see these things in us. That’s why we are a chosen generation and a holy people. When He brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light we became His ambassadors. Don’t ever take your salvation lightly. He has given you what you need to show the world Christ.

The pattern has already been set for who we are. In the first chapter of Corinthians, Paul explained to the church who they are. We are God’s righteousness and we are called to be holy and can be confident in whose and whom we are. You have to know who you are. He has given you everything you need to be holy and it comes with having the Holy Ghost. Its important for us to be sure we have the Spirit of God and that the Spirit is active in our lives.

Having the Holy Ghost
The Spirit of God helps you to be aware and evaluate yourself. God knows who we are and has given us help to counteract the flesh. When the flesh rises up the Spirit helps you to modify it. God knew we would miss the mark, but don’t stay there. Get up quickly. If you sin we have an advocate. You can tell when the test comes you will definitely know. However, it is His desire that we all come to repentance. That is why we have to allow the word to take root in us. That word should bear fruit, some 100, some 60, some 30.

Longsuffering, gentleness: More fruit to bear

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness ...

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9
Bishop continues with the series on the fruits of the Spirit. This week we are to work on suffering long and being gentle.

Longsuffering
The Lord has shown us much longsuffering, especially in salvation. We have to exercise the same longsuffering when it comes to one another. We have to have patience. And if you are witnessing or ministering you really must have patience. Go ahead and plant and water and give the word of God. The one that planted the seed is no better than the one that watered, and not one is better than God who gives the increase. But once you plant the seed you have to give the seed time to grow.

Sometimes it takes time for people to grab hold of the word. It takes time to win souls. The Bible says that those that win souls are wise. Let’s not be so hasty that we lose patience and we lose the prize that we are trying to obtain. Haste makes waste. Let’s allow God to do the work and give the increase. No one can minister the way God can! Just take inventory of yourself – how long did it take you to come around? You may not have come around instantly, but you did so in God’s time.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).

Longsuffering is one of the attributes of God. It is something we put on. It is the fruit of the Spirit, but it’s got to grow in you. (more…)