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...

Remember Lot’s Wife (2003)
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Remember Lot’s Wife (2003)

Lot’s wife is an example of a person who appeared to be part of God’s family, but was never freed from sin. Jesus warned that such people would not be saved (John 8). But what kept Lot’s wife from making a full surrender to God? When Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah, she...

The Father’s Compassion
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The Father’s Compassion

The story of the prodigal son expresses the Father’s compassion and power. When a sinner repents, the Father immediately forgives and restores him. He doesn’t leave His son in dirty clothes, working with the servants. He doesn’t require His son to sit in time-out, or drag out the past, or earn his way back into...

Come Out of the Pig Pen
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Come Out of the Pig Pen

Jesus told a story of a lost, or prodigal, son. This son took his father’s wealth, squandered it in riotous living, and ended up feeding pigs while he starved. This pictures the case of every sinner. All have taken what God has given, squandered it on anything and everything except service for God, and found...