The Blood of the New Covenant (2005)
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The Blood of the New Covenant (2005)

After conversion, Christians are to mature. The writer of Hebrews speaks of this as eating “meat,” or “solid food,” instead of milk. A key feature of this maturity is entering the rest of God. Another is consecration and power for service. This includes answered prayers, souls saved, and Satan’s kingdom destroyed. Yet another feature is...

Jesus’ Vision of the Church
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Jesus’ Vision of the Church

The first use of the word ekklesia, or “church,” in the New Testament is by Jesus in Matthew 16. He said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Thus, we get Jesus’ vision of the church as a unified people victorious in destroying the works of the...

Is Your Church a Prayer Meeting?
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Is Your Church a Prayer Meeting?

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” How would Jesus do this? We find the answer plainly in the book of Acts. Jesus built his church as a prayer meeting. Though they lacked power, they were a church before the Day of Pentecost. After Pentecost,...

Powerful Love
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Powerful Love

After prayer for the persecuted Zion Church in China, Pastor Ray and Alexandra describe features of the power included in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In addition to soul-winning power, Christians receive a powerful love. This love produces the unity of saints for which Jesus prayed, “that all of them may be one, Father,...

Born Again, Purified, and Empowered
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Born Again, Purified, and Empowered

The author of Hebrews writes, “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (9:22). Thus, the cleansing Isaiah experienced with fire was not for forgiveness. Like the disciples in the upper room, Isaiah had already been forgiven. He was already righteous....

The Coming of the Holy Spirit (2003)
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The Coming of the Holy Spirit (2003)

In addition to power, love and righteousness characterize the coming of the Holy Spirit. For a Christian to receive this double blessing of power and purity, you must renounce all rebellion in your heart. Practically, you ensure that every area of your life and self belong to Jesus. You give up all sin. And, more...

The Witness of the Spirit
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The Witness of the Spirit

How do I know if I have been saved? Or how do I know if I have been sanctified? While the Scriptures and those who love our souls may point us to either of these blessings, it is only the witness of the Spirit that brings assurance. This witness of the Spirit of God is...

Born of the Spirit (2003)
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Born of the Spirit (2003)

Abraham’s sons Isaac and Ishmael represent birth by the Spirit and birth by the flesh (human effort). That which is born of the flesh is enslaved and will not enter God’s kingdom. But that which is born of the Spirit will last forever. This principle exists on both large and small scales. For example, Jesus...

The Holy Spirit Will Be in You
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The Holy Spirit Will Be in You

God intends for Christians to live in a continual state of consecration, free from legal bondage. This includes continual growth, rejoicing, and love in the Holy Ghost. And, like the widow with a pot of oil, God will multiply everything you give him. Thus, God’s kingdom will advance. When this consecration is made, the Holy...

Escaping Legal Bondage
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Escaping Legal Bondage

The Lord delivered a poor widow from financial debt by multiplying her little pot of oil. This story shows the way out of both financial and spiritual debt. God requires us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. To fail to do this is to run up a spiritual debt with...