Lesson 2
The Person of the Holy Spirit

 

We are made in the image of God, Genesis 1:27-28 says,

'God created man in His OWN image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them and God blessed them and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it and have dominion over all the fish of the sea, and over all the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.'
  Now if we are created in the image of God of Heaven and God sent His only son Jesus to be born as man in order to save us and give us eternal life, then the person of the Holy Spirit is also in the same image, yet invisible Spirit, able to dwell within us and reveal to us the things of God.

John 16: 13-15 says,
'How be it when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth, for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine therefore said I, that He shall take of mine and shall shew it unto you'.

  This verse shows us that we can trust fully in the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, does nothing on His own authority, but only what the Father shows Him from Heaven.  God the Father is the only source, Jesus, His Son, is the authority and the Holy Spirit is the power. The Holy Spirit, therefore, will only do what is given Him from the source, with the authority of Jesus and what He made possible on the cross. When we yield ourselves completely in full trust to the Holy Spirit, seeking full truth and righteousness continually then the Holy Spirit is able to reveal to us the things of God. As we obey and do only what the Father has revealed, then the Holy Spirit can move through us with power.
 
  These three things make a miracle :-
  The Word of God
  The Authority of Jesus
  The Presence of the Holy Spirit.
  The closer we come to God in prayer and the more fully we yield to the Holy Spirit to do the work of Jesus, the more powerfully the Holy Spirit is able to move through our lives.
Ephesians 2: 19-22 says,
'Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God and are built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. In whom all the building fully framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord, in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Holy Spirit'.

  Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within our hearts and as we receive Him we become fellow citizens with the saints of the household of God. This is something truly wonderful. We may be alive on planet earth in the flesh, but spiritually we’re already part of the household of God in Heaven. By prayer we can enter in, Ephesians 3:12 says,
 'In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by faith of Him'.

Ephesians 2.18 says,
 'For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father’.

Ephesians 2: 4-6 says,
 ‘But God who is rich in mercy for His great love wherewith He loved us, even  when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, ( by grace ye are saved ) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’.

  Though we are in the flesh on earth, spiritually we have been raised up with Christ. The same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in our hearts and we can know God through the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1.18. says,
'The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power’.

When God says exceeding greatness of His power He means it.
Ephesians  1.20 says,
 ‘which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the Heavenly places, 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, and hath put ALL things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over ALL things to the Church which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all’.

  Through Christ’s victory on the cross, where He rose on the third day from the dead, in total and complete victory over every sin, every sickness and every demonic thing. He then ascended to Heaven, where He sits on the right hand of God in ALL victory and head over the Church, which is us, and has raised us up Him into His heavenly places, above ALL principality and power with Him. The Holy Spirit within us raises us up and gives us this victory over every demonic power and sends us out into the world to extend His wonderful kingdom, to proclaim this glorious news of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.

Ephesians 1.13,14 says,
 ‘In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the truth, the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of His glory’.
 
The Word has said it all. We need only receive the person of the Holy Spirit and live in the power and authority that Jesus has made possible for us to live in.
  When we realize where our true home is, in the household of God’s kingdom of Heaven and not earth where we are simply ‘in transit’’ at present, alive to serve the Lord, not to just live for ourselves. Then we start to see life from another perspective.

Colossians 3: 1-4 says,
‘If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life, shall appear then shall ye also appear with Him in glory’.

  The verse then goes on to speak of the utmost importance to turn from every sin and to put on the new man which is in Him.
  When we do these things then the Lord Himself raises us up with Him into the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, spiritually giving us His victory again and again and again for, in Him, doing the Father’s will cannot fail.
  We will also see life from a heavenly angle rather than an earthly one. We will understand why we are on earth and the role God wants us to move in. Our minds will be renewed to see in right perspective what is important and what is not important.  Our lives will become more effective for God and we will be fulfilled with the peace and joy given to us through the Holy Spirit. This the Lord has done for my life and I am learning to see what the Lord is doing and obey and flow with Him into it, even if it has never been done a certain way before. I especially love flowing into something completely new like the telephone evangelism that the Lord is leading me to do at present.
  It all started a few weeks ago in India. A pastor went into a Hindu village to give the gospel and the leaders of the village were not impressed. They then stabbed him in the head and back with broken glass and left him unconscious on the side of the road.
  One of our evangelists happened to cycle by on his bicycle and seeing this man unconscious he quickly stopped and as the pastor came out of unconsciousness  the evangelist helped him to a hospital for treatment.
  The wounds healed up in three days and seeing that this was a miraculously fast healing that only God could do, the pastor and evangelist decided to go back immediately to the Hindu leaders who had stabbed him.  They arrive and the pastor says “I have come to show you what my God has done for me.” He turns around, lifts up his shirt and the leaders look in amazement at the healed wounds.  The Hindu leaders then say “Let’s see if your God can heal our deaf and dumb boy of 13 years old.” The evangelist says “Yes, go and fetch him.”  A little while later they arrive with the boy and the evangelist lays hands over the boy’s ears and  the boy speaks for the first time in his life.  As a result the leaders plus all 2000 residents of the village receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour and sent me an invitation to come and speak to them all the same year, an invitation I accepted.
  Two weeks later we get terrible news from Pakistan. The extremists had come in and attacked them burning down 150 homes in Kasur Village, killed 50 horses, burnt all the carts and destroyed their only well for water. Not only that all Christian children were expelled from all schools and shop owners were warned that if they sell any food or clothing to Christians that they would burn down their shops.  Pastor Arif  phones me devastated. Our evangelists have planted a church in Kasur Village. I send out some letters to churches to help, then I phoned David Hathaway and he suggests I phone ‘Barnabas Trust.’ Barnabas Trust takes over the feeding of these people and tents and foods and blankets are sent to Kasur Village immediately. What a relief! It is so good when different charities work together in the different areas the Lord has blessed us with.
  A week later Pastor Arif phones again to ask me to give these refugees a word of encouragement over his mobile phone and I agree to do it.  Pastor Arif then drives 100 kilometres to the village and phones me. I tell them about the Indian pastor and how he returned to his accusers with his miracle healing, when suddenly the Lord says to me “Pray for the sick people now.” I said “Is anyone sick, stand up.” Pastor Arif tells me over the phone that 30 people have stood up! ”Put your own hand on your sickness or pain and receive your healing now in Jesus’ name.” Suddenly there is lots of noise coming over the phone as people run forward to testify of their healing. The first is one whose paralysed arm is healed. The second, a man with body pain all over his body for 8 years healed, then a paralysed lady gets up and walks causing much more excitement. Then Pastor Arif prays for a lady with cancerous lumps all over her body.  ALLL 30 PEOPLE ARE INSTANTLY HEALED and the praise to God is so ecstatic that I have to get off the phone!
  A few days later Pastor Arif , phones me with the news that the healed man of 8 years of body pain went 100 kilometres to Lahore to testify of his healing in many churches there. The people of Kasur village are so excited with Jesus healing them that they want a Bible school of evangelism to open in Kasur village so that they too can go back to the extremists who burnt their village with the good news of Jesus.
Two weeks later the Bible School of Evangelism opened  for the 23 new students and Pastor Arif asks me if I will preach to the other villages over the phone as the testimonies of healing  are spread far and wide by the words that 'the Christian God heals by telephone.'
  Some days later Pastor Arif phones with his first invitation to preach the good news in a new village. I give a short gospel message of five minutes over the telephone, which he interprets for the villagers in Urdu and then I ask those who wish to receive Jesus as Lord to stand up.  I lead them through the sinner’s prayer when suddenly six people rush forward shouting “I am healed, I am healed!The Lord has healed them as they receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and I had not even prayed for the sick!
It is Jesus who is doing this.  He leads us step by step, even into new works that have never been heard of happening before. Out of this - TELEPHONE EVANGELISM is now part of our ministry. Phone calls come from Pakistan, India and some of the deepest most remote villages of Africa and every week as I preach short gospel messages over the phone, people are saved and healed and delivered, right from the comfort of our prayer room in England. Why? The Lord is doing it and He is omnipresent, He is everywhere at once, yet He can use  our small little voices to save heal and deliver His people. He has given us the authority and waits for our obedience to move in His power to heal and deliver.  

 

Think:
*Who is our source, authority and power?
*How do we get raised up with Christ into the heavenly places?
*How do we get the victory?
*How does the gospel change our viewpoint of seeing life?

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