Tuesday, August 23, 2016

STRENGTH FOR THE BATTLE

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things... John 16:7 (Amplified)

"The function of the Holy Spirit is to fill a man with a spirit of power and courage which would make him able triumphantly to cope with life." - William Barclay

The word “Parakalein” was used in classic Greek to describe the verb form of “Parakletos.” The Holy Spirit helps us to translate the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ into our personal victory. The Holy Spirit is not just consolation or sympathy in sorrow or distress, He does much more than that.

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. He is the Counselor for the defense. He is called in to speak in support of His character in order to enlist the favor of the Judge. The Advocate will present someone else’s case in the most favorable light.

Confession: The Holy Spirit fills me with a spirit of power and courage. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ....” II Corinthians 2:14

Monday, August 22, 2016

WIN THE CASE

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.John 14:17

"When you are filled with the Spirit, then you will know the voice of God." 
- Smith Wigglesworth

P.C. Nelson wrote the book of fundamental Bible Doctrines for the Assemblies of God denomination. He was a Greek and Hebrew scholar, fluent in 32 different languages. He described the Comforter with the Greek word“Parakletos.” He is our Advocate, Counselor, and Intercessor. When the Holy Spirit is working on our case, we have a tremendous advantage. He has a reputation forwinning cases!

“Advocate/Counselor” is called in for His exceptional knowledge, expertise in protocol and procedure, and persuasive speaking ability. I’m glad we have the Holy Spirit helping us today!

Confession: The Spirit of truth dwells in me. He is my Advocate, Counselor and Intercessor. He strengthens me with mighty power, fills me with the fullness of God and opens the supernatural for exceeding abundant blessing! Ephesians 3:14-21

Sunday, August 21, 2016

THE MIND OF A GENIUS


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

"If you want to study the mind of a genius, be filled with the Holy Spirit." 
Mark Hankins

We must recognize Him. We must respond and yield to Him. He is a Genius. He transmits the mind of Christ to us. We can think like God when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. He gives us uncommon intelligence, insight, and understanding.

It is clear that the death, burial, resurrection, and the Word of God are very important. However, if that was all we needed, God would not have sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is very necessary and it is essential that we know about Him. The reason that we know the Holy Spirit is so important is because of how much time Jesus and the Apostle Paul spent instructing believers on Him. Jesus was excited because He knew that the coming of the Holy Spirit would usher in a new day for believers.

Confession: I choose to recognize, respond and yield to the Holy Spirit. I have uncommon intelligence, insight and understanding as I yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

THE COMFORTER HAS COME

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7

"The Holy Spirit takes everything Jesus has done for you and makes it real to you." 
Mark Hankins

Before Jesus went to the cross and ascended to heaven, He spent a lot of time teaching on the Holy Ghost. The Amplified Bible gives these words to describe the work of the Comforter: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is also described in John 16:7-15.

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth and show you things to come. He will show, declare, and transmit the things of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to you. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will move in you and dwell in you. He will bring you into close fellowship with the Father and the Lord Jesus.

The Holy Spirit takes everything Jesus has done for you and makes it real to you. He is the power and presence of the risen and triumphant Christ in you!

Confession: The Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth. He is the power and presence of the risen and triumphant Christ in me!

Friday, August 19, 2016

CRANK THE CHAINSAW

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.... Acts 1:8

"The Holy Spirit is a genius. If you will listen to Him, He will make you look smart!" - B.B. Hankins

There is a funny story about a country boy who cut trees for a living. He heard of a new piece of equipment that was supposed to make work a lot easier and faster called a chainsaw. He bought one from the store because the man said he could cut up to 30 trees a day with this new chainsaw. After using it for a few days, he took it back to the store and complained that he was only able to cut 2 or 3 trees a day. The store manager took the chainsaw from him and pulled the starter rope. With a loud noise, the chainsaw started. That country boy jumped back, startled by the noise, and said, “What’s that?” Being as ignorant as he was, he had never cranked the engine!

Many people struggle in the work of the Lord because they have never been filled with the Holy Spirit. He is the power that enables us in every area of life. We must give the Holy Spirit His proper place everyday.

Confession: Greater is He that is in me that he that is in this world (I John 4:4). I choose to give the Holy Spirit His proper place everyday. Thank God for the Holy Spirit!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THE LAW OF IDENTIFICATION


...Ye must be born again. John 3:7

"What Satan did in Adam, God reversed in Christ." - Mark Hankins

The whole Bible is really about two men -- the first Adam and the last Adam. Adam is the old man, and Christ is the new man. As we shared the same identical condition with Adam, we now share the same identical condition with Christ (Romans 5 and 6).

You can find Adam’s condition in whatever language you speak - Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, or English. Anywhere you go, you can still find Adam talking. He is saying, “I am sick. I am poor. I am confused. I am depressed. I want to kill myself. I want to kill somebody else.” You can find Adam’s language everywhere because the whole human race is identified with Adam. You can trace your family tree all the way back to Adam.

The Law of Identification is “Adam in Christ.” One man got us into this mess, and one man can get us out.Your experience with Jesus can be so real it changes your identity! The second birth, when you are born again, puts you in the new Adam and you are a new creation!

Confession: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

THE LAW OF REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

"Revelation knowledge is how God changes people’s identities." - Mark Hankins

The Bible is inspired by God and is God-breathed. God’s Word is alive, and you can find yourself in the Bible. Revelation knowledge shows you what God sees. When you see it in the Word, you can say, “I am who God says I am.” You identify or find yourself in the Word.

Luke 4:17-20 says that when Jesus preached His first message He read from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me...” (v. 18). He went on to say, “today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” We know Jesus was God manifested in the flesh, but Philippians 2:5-8 says that He laid aside his powers of deity and functioned as a man. He studied the scriptures and found the places which referred to Him. In His first sermon He said, “That is Me. Isaiah 61:1-3 is talking about me!” His true identity was in the Word of God. This is the Law of Revelation Knowledge. We, too, must find ourselves in the Word of God. The Bible is God talking to us.

Confession: “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him...” Colossians 2:9&10