Victory in Christ

No more need fear, and no more need doubting,

No more need pride control in my life.

I may be free from all condemnation,

I can have victory now in the strife.

 

I take the life of victory,

Not I, but Christ Himself in me;

He conquers now, He sets me free;

I take, He gives—the victory.

JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL GIFTS

Life

Jesus said, “I am…the life” (John 14:6). “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). (KJV says “more abundantly.”) This is a promise, not only of future life, but of a full life on this earth. He referred to himself as “he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33).

Peace

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace” (John 16:33). “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27).

Joy

“I have told you this that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy…Your joy will be complete” (John 16:22, 24).

Resurrection

“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). “I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).

The Holy Spirit

“Whoever believes in me…streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:38-39). Jesus will send us the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; 16:7; 20:22).

Freedom

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Our spiritual freedom comes from continuing in Jesus’ words (John 8:31-32 KJV).

Light

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). (Also see John 3:19; 8:12.) “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).

Fruit

“If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

The Only Way to the Father

Jesus declared that he is the only way to the Father. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He said that he is the gate for the sheep, and that anyone who does not enter in by the gate is a thief and a robber (John 10:1, 7, 9). (Also see Luke 10:22.)

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus told us to enter through the narrow gate and travel on the narrow road that leads to eternal life, and to avoid the wide gate and road that lead to “destruction.” Reading that passage together with those cited in the previous paragraph, it is clear that Jesus is the narrow gate and the narrow road that lead to life with God.

 

 

Question: “What is the Godhead?”


Answer:
The term “Godhead” is found three times in the King James Version: Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9. Three different Greek words are used, but each one means “divinity.” It is important for us to understand from the outset that God exists in three Persons. The concept of the Godhead is that God is one yet God is three. How can this be?

While the word “trinity” is not found in the Scriptures, the concept is found there from beginning to end. There is no question about it—the doctrine of the Trinity is divinely revealed biblical truth: our one God exists in three Persons. That is not to say that the authors of Scripture understood it clearly. When Peter, John, and the other disciples first saw Jesus they did not say, “Oh look, there goes God in flesh, the second Person of the holy Trinity.” Yet as they heard Him claim to be the revelation of the Father with the prerogatives of deity, and as they watched Him perform the supernatural works of deity, they came to the convinced persuasion that He was God the Son.

Additionally, they probably gave very little thought at first to the Holy Spirit being the third Person of the eternal Godhead. But when the events of the day of Pentecost had ended, it was obvious to them that the power they had witnessed working in them and through them was not their own. It was the power of God. The Spirit who indwelled them was none other than God Himself. So then, led by that same divine Spirit, they revealed to us in their writings the Trinity of the eternal God.

Explanation of the triune Godhead
What then does it mean that God exists as the Trinity? It is a basic principle of our biblical faith that there is only one God. “Hear, O Israel! The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The unity of the Godhead cannot be questioned. God does not consist of parts. He is one. But Scripture reveals that there are, in that one divine essence, three eternal distinctions. Those distinctions seem best described as Persons, known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three have identical attributes, however, and therefore they are one—not merely one in mind and purpose, but one in substance. To possess all the same attributes is to be one in essential nature. The three Persons of the Godhead possess identical attributes. They are one in substance and one in essence, and therefore they are one God.

Evidence for the Triune Godhead
While the primary emphasis of the Old Testament is on the unity of God, the indications of His triune nature are clearly seen even there. We need not read very far to find the first one: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Elohim, the Hebrew name for God in this verse, is plural. That may not prove the Trinity, but it definitely points to more than one Person in the Godhead. There was no other logical reason to choose a plural name. As such, we are not surprised, then, to hear Him say a short time later, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26, emphasis added). The plural pronouns could not refer to angels because they were never associated with God in His creative activity. Consequently, more than one divine Person was clearly involved. The plural pronouns make no sense otherwise (Genesis 3:22; Genesis 11:7). John reiterates this truth when, speaking of Jesus, he declares, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3). Clearly, Jesus was present and involved in the act of creation, yet Genesis 1:1 says that “God created the heavens and the earth.”

The undeniable biblical testimony to the Trinity is simply that all three Persons are referred to as divine. First, the Father is called God. He is referred to as “God the Father” (Galatians 1:1), “God our Father” (Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2), and “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). His deity is unquestioned. But the Son is likewise referred to as God. He possesses the attributes of deity such as eternality, immutability, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. He bears the names of deity such as Jehovah, Lord, Immanuel, and the Word. He even permitted Thomas to call Him “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28). He exercises the prerogatives of deity such as forgiving sins, raising the dead, and judging all men. And He accepts worship reserved only for God.

Jesus claimed that He deserved the very same reverence that was reserved for God the Father. He was not a liar or a lunatic, so He must have been who He claimed to be—God the Son, equal with the Father and worthy of the same honor as the Father. The Father Himself addressed His Son as God: “But about the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever’” (Hebrews 1:8). Paul further explains that “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). The Greek word translated “godhead” is theotēs which means “divinity,” so the totality of divinity (God) is in Jesus. The prologue to John’s gospel tells us one reason Christ came to earth: to make the Father known, to reveal God to men (John 1:18). We can know more of what God is like by examining the Person of Jesus Christ. He was God in flesh. As we explore Scripture and seek to discover who God is, we cannot neglect the earthly life of Jesus Christ. He is God the Son.

But the Holy Spirit is also part of the Godhead. His name is “the Spirit of God” (Genesis 1:2). He, too, possesses the attributes of deity and performs the works of deity. While He is the Spirit who proceeds from the Father (John 15:26), He is at the same time called “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9). He is coequal with both the Father and the Son. The Apostle Peter clearly viewed Him as God when he said to Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? . . . You have not lied to men, but to God” (Acts 5:3-4). If the Father, the Son, and the Spirit all bear the names of God, possess the attributes of God, and perform the works of God, then there is no alternative but to acknowledge that our one God exists in three Persons.

The Ministry of the Triune Godhead
Scripture links these three Persons of the Godhead together so closely in so many divine activities that it would be foolish to deny that any one of them is God. Observe some of those activities:

• Creating the World. All three were involved in creation: the Father (Genesis 1:1); the Son (John 1:3, 10; Colossians 1:16); and the Spirit (Genesis 1:2, Psalm 104:30). If all three created, then God the Creator must exist in three Persons.

• Sending the Son. All three members of the Trinity were active in the incarnation. When Mary questioned the angel about the possibility of a virgin birth, the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The power of the Father, ministered through the agency of the Spirit, resulted in the birth of the Son into the world. This close association in the birth of the Savior is further indication of their oneness.

• Identifying the Messiah. At precisely the proper moment, Jesus Christ was revealed to Israel as her Messiah. John the Baptist was the chosen instrument and the act of baptism was the chosen means (Matthew 3:16-17). As the Spirit came upon the Son, the Father’s voice was heard from heaven expressing His approval. It was another powerful testimony to the eternal triune Godhead.

• Providing Redemption. Two central passages bring the three members of the Godhead together in providing for man’s eternal salvation. “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14). It was the offering of the Son to the Father by the power of the Spirit. The Apostle Peter taught, furthermore, that God the Father chose us to salvation, God the Son paid for it by shedding His blood, and God the Spirit set us apart unto the obedience of faith (1 Peter 1:1-2). Without each Person of the Godhead doing His part, we would remain in our sins.

• Proclaiming Salvation. In the early years of the church, God did some spectacular things to verify the gospel message which the apostles were preaching. The writer to the Hebrews tells us, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will” (Hebrews 2:3-4). It was the same message that was first spoken by the Son Himself. When the apostles proclaimed it, the Father bore witness to its truthfulness by bestowing miraculous gifts through the Spirit. It was not only a powerful witness to the truth of the message, but another demonstration of the triune God at work.

• Sending the Spirit. The three Persons of the Trinity are so interwoven in sending the Spirit into the world that it is difficult to distinguish between them. In one passage it is stated that the Father would send the Spirit in Christ’s name and that He would testify concerning Christ (John 14:26). In another it is said that the Son would send Him from the Father (John 15:26). In yet another, the Father sends Him and calls Him the Spirit of His Son (Galatians 4:6). What a picture of unity—such perfect unity that the actions of one are considered to be the actions of the other. The Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son. But all three are vitally involved in His coming.

• Indwelling Believers. Jesus taught His disciples that both He and His Father would make their home with them (John 14:23). But their indwelling would be in the Person of the Comforter, the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son, His indwelling is the indwelling of the Godhead. That would not be possible unless the three are one.

• Baptizing Believers. In our Lord’s commission to His disciples He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). The unity of the Godhead is declared by combining them in one “name” (singular). Yet the distinctiveness of the Persons is maintained by listing them separately. It is another link in the long chain of evidence that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are one God.

• Entering God’s Presence. All three members of the Godhead are intimately involved in the believer’s access into the presence of God. Speaking of Christ, the Apostle Paul taught, “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18). Both Jews and Gentiles can approach the Father through the merits of the Son with the help of the Spirit.

• Blessing Believers. In Paul’s final remarks to the Corinthian Christians, he linked the three members of the Godhead together in a beautiful benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Unless the three are one, eternally and equally supreme, there would be little reason to put them together on an equal basis like this in a divine blessing. The apostle certainly considered them to be one.

The reality of the triune Godhead cannot be denied. Those outside of Christ may object to it, but their objections arise primarily because they seek to understand the Creator in terms of the creature, to see God as merely a bigger and better version of man when in reality He is a totally different kind of being, an infinite being whom our finite minds cannot fully comprehend. We believe in the Godhead not because we understand it, but because God has revealed it. It is not incidental or unimportant. It is the very essence of His being, the way He is. And it is necessary for us to know it if we hope to grow in our understanding of His nature and perfections.

Recommended Resources: Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions by Millard Erickson and The Forgotten Trinity by James White and Logos Bible Software.


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David Wilkerson Quotes — Speaks Out Against the Lukewarm gospel of Half-Truths

 

QUOTE: “God hates the LUKEWARM GOSPEL OF HALF-TRUTHS that is now spreading over the Globe. This gospel says, ‘Just believe in Jesus and you’ll be Saved. There’s nothing more to it.’ It ignores the Whole Counsel of God, which speaks of Repenting from former Sins, of Taking up your Cross, of being conformed to the Image of Christ by the refining work of the Holy Spirit. It is totally silent about the Reality of Hell and an After-Death Judgment.”

QUOTE: “Faith Comes by Hearing ALL the Word, NOT just perferred sections.”

—David Wilkerson – Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City (1931 – 2011)

Charles Spurgeon Quotes – Living in Comfort, while Sinners are Sinking into Hell

 

QUOTE: “DISCERNMENT is NOT knowing the difference between RIGHT and WRONG. It is knowing the difference between RIGHT and ALMOST RIGHT.”

QUOTE: “God save us from Living in COMFORT, while Sinners are SINKING INTO HELL.”

QUOTE: A Mouse was caught by its Tail in a Trap the other day, and the poor Creature went on eating the Cheese. Many men are doing the same. They know that they are Guilty, and they dread their Punishment, but they go on Nibbling at their beloved Sins.”

QUOTE: If SINNERS will be DAMNED, at least let them LEAP to HELL over our BODIES, and if they PERISH, let them PERISH with our ARMS around their KNEES imploring them to STAY. If HELL must be FILLED, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our EXERTIONS, and let NO ONE go there UNWARNED or UNPRAYED for.”

—Charles Spurgeon – Reformed Baptist Preacher from Britain (1834 – 1892)

Paul Washer Quotes – No Compromise Christianity

 

QUOTE: “This is going to make you MAD, and I’m talking to Boys & Girls. RADICAL CHRISTIANS are those who do NOT DRESS SENSUALLY in order to Show Off their Bodies. If your Clothing is a FRAME FOR YOUR FACE, God is PLEASED with your Clothing. If your Clothing is a FRAME FOR YOUR BODY, it’s SENSUAL and GOD HATES what you’re doing.

QUOTE: “Here stands God on the Day of Creation. He looks at Stars and He says ‘”All you Stars move yourself to this Place and Start in this Order and Move in a Circle and Move Exactly as I tell you— until I give you another Word. Planets.. pick yourself Up and Whirl, make this Formation at My Command, until I give you another Word. He looks at Mountains and says “Be Lifted Up” and they Obey Him. He tells Valley’s “Be Cast Down” and they Obey Him. He looks at the Sea and says “You Will Come This Far”, and the Sea Obeys. Then, He looks at You and says “COME” and you go “NO!” Does that Bother anyone?”

QUOTE: “People tell me— Judge Not lest Ye be Judged. I always tell them, Twist Not Scripture lest Ye be like Satan.”

QUOTE: “If a Work of God does NOT Continue, it was NEVER a Work of God.”

QUOTE: “In modern day evangelism, this precious doctrine [of regeneration] has been reduced to nothing more than a human decision to raise one’s hand, walk an aisle, or pray a ‘sinner’s prayer.’ As a result, the majority of “so called Christian” believe that they’ve been ‘born again’ even though their thoughts, words, and deeds are a continual contradiction to the nature and will of God.”—Paul Washer

QUOTE: “The MORE you Trust in the Arm of the FLESH, the LESS you’re going to see of the POWER of GOD.

 —Paul Washer – Founder of Heart Cry Missionary Society

 

Keith Green Quotes – Selling Out More Completely To Jesus!

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QUOTE: “I Repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my Music, and more importantly, my Life has not provoked you into Godly Jealousy or to SELL OUT MORE COMPLETELY TO JESUS!”

QUOTE: NO COMPROMISE is what the whole GOSPEL OF JESUS is all about…In Matt 6:24 Jesus says, ‘For I tell you…No Man can serve Two Masters…’ In a day when Believers seem to be trying to PLEASE Both the WORLD and the LORD (which is an Impossible thing), when people are Far more Concerned about Offending their FRIENDS than Offending GOD, there is only ONE ANSWER DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS & FOLLOW HIM (JESUS)!” Luke 9:23-24

QUOTE: “It’s time to Quit playing the Church and Start being the Church.”

QUOTE: I’d rather have people Hate me with the Knowledge that I tried to Save them.”

Keith Green, Singer / Songwriter / Preacher – Last Days Ministries (1955 – 1982)

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The Might and Ministry of the Holy Spirit in You By Kenneth Copeland

Believers today have vastly underestimated the power of the Holy Spirit.

You may wonder how I can be so sure of that. It’s simple, really. If we truly understood and believed what the Bible tells us about Him, we would never worry about anything again. All hell has to offer could come against us and we wouldn’t fear. We’d just grin and say, “Bring it on, devil! The Greater One lives within me and He has given me all the wisdom, strength, power and provision I need to crush you like a bug.”

Right now you may think you could never have that kind of boldness. But let me ask you something: What would you do if Jesus appeared to you today? How would you act if He linked His arm in yours and told you that from now on, He would be physically present with you in every situation? If you became sick, He would lay His hand on you and you’d be healed. If you ran short of money, He’d pray and multiply your resources. If you encountered a problem you didn’t know how to handle, He’d tell you exactly what to do.

Under those circumstances, you’d be very bold and confident, wouldn’t you? Every time you ran into trouble, you’d just glance over at Jesus standing next to you and suddenly, you’d have great courage.

Of course, there’s one problem. The fact is, you don’t have that advantage. You don’t have Jesus standing next to you in the flesh taking care of your every need.

But you do have something better.

I realize it’s difficult to believe there’s anything more beneficial than Jesus’ physical presence. But there is. Jesus said so Himself.

That’s right. In the hours just before He was crucified, He told His disciples that He would be leaving them and returning to His Father in heaven. When they expressed their sorrow and dismay, He said:

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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…. 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 14:16-17, 16:7).

To fully grasp the impact of this last statement, you have to realize that Jesus was talking to a group of men who had followed Him day and night for three years. They had seen His miracles. They had enjoyed perfect protection and provision at His hand.

Peter was sitting there among them. Can’t you just imagine what was running through his mind? No doubt he was thinking of the first time Jesus had borrowed his boat. After He’d finished preaching from it, He’d said to Peter, “Grab your nets and we’ll go catch us some fish.” It was the middle of the day. Peter knew you couldn’t catch fish in the daylight in that lake—the water was too clear. The fish would see the net and run from it.

But just to humor Him, Peter had done what Jesus said and ended up with a net-busting, boat-sinking load of fish. What a day!

Then there was the time Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a deadly fever. Cured her instantly!

Even that didn’t hold a candle to what happened on the Mount of Transfiguration. That day Peter had actually seen Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. He had watched His body transfigure before his very eyes. He’d seen the shining cloud of glory and heard the awesome voice of Almighty God!

As those events passed through Peter’s mind, he must have wondered, How can it possibly be expedient or to my advantage for Jesus to go away?

Knowing that question was in the heart of every one of His disciples, Jesus said, in essence, “I know this is hard for you to believe, but trust Me on this. I’m not lying to you. It’s better for you if I go away so that I can send the Holy Spirit to not only be with you, but to be in you!”

The Muscle of God

It’s been almost 2,000 years since Jesus said that and most of us are still struggling to fully believe it.

Theologically, we know it’s true, and we thank God that we’re born again and baptized in the Holy Ghost. But then we open our mouths and say things like, “If I could just feel Jesus’ hand on my fevered brow, it would be easier for me to receive my healing.”

Why is that?

I believe it’s because we haven’t truly appreciated the might and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We haven’t yet had a full revelation of who this is that is living inside us.

Many Christians, for example, seem to think the first time the Holy Spirit did much of anything was on the Day of Pentecost. But that’s not true. The Holy Spirit has been at work on this planet ever since the beginning. Look at the Book of Genesis and you can see that for yourself. There in the first few verses we find: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3).

Think about that! The Holy Spirit was hovering, waiting to create. Then the moment God spoke the Word, “Light be!” (literal Hebrew translation), the Spirit sprung into action and slung this universe into being.

That’s how the Bible introduces us to the Holy Spirit!

You see, the Holy Spirit is the muscle of God. Every time you see God’s power in manifestation, you can be sure the Holy Spirit is on the scene.

When the Holy Spirit came on Samson, he single-handedly killed a thousand Philistine soldiers (see Judges 15:14-16). Can you imagine how embarrassing that must have been for the Philistines who escaped? They probably went running back to headquarters all beat up and breathless with the story of this terrible massacre. I can almost hear their commander’s response.

“A thousand men killed? A thousand? That’s awful! How many Israelites were you up against?”

“Uh, well, sir…actually just one.”

Some people get the idea that Samson was able to do those great exploits because he was a giant of a man. But he was really just an ordinary fellow. He only became extraordinary when the Spirit of God came on him.

The prophet Elijah was the same way. On his own, he was just as normal as you and me. He was once so frightened by the threats of a woman that he hid in the wilderness and asked God to kill him so he wouldn’t have to face her.

But when the Holy Spirit came on him, Elijah was a powerhouse. He once called down fire from heaven, killed 400 prophets of Baal, and outran the king’s chariot (drawn, no doubt, by the fastest horses in the nation of Israel). And he did it all in one day (see I Kings 18-19).

What a Mind!

Don’t get the idea from those examples, however, that the Holy Spirit is simply a mindless source of raw power. Far from it! When He moves in on a situation, He does it with wisdom and understanding so vast that it staggers the human mind.

Isaiah 40:13 says of Him: “Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?” Now go back and read how verse 12 further explains: “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?”

Consider for a moment what kind of mind could take a handful of water, weigh it and then compute all the moisture changes of the earth that would take place over untold thousands of years. What kind of mind could take a handful of dust, weigh it, and then figure out how to form the earth—mountains and all—in such a way that it would always stay in perfect balance?

That’s the kind of mind the Spirit of God has!

When He put this earth together, He did it so perfectly that it can travel 1,000 miles an hour in one direction and 10,000 miles an hour in another, both at the same time, without ever getting the slightest degree off course. He constructed it so that it could compensate for all the movement of the tides and all the use and abuse it would receive at the hands of man and still make its way through the heavens exactly on time.

Listen, that is the One who is planning your life! That is the One who dwells within you and walks within you. When you join yourself to the Lord, you become one spirit with Him (I Corinthians 6:17). And He doesn’t change or shrink up His abilities so He could fit them inside you.

No, if you’re a born-again, Holy Spirit-baptized believer, He is everything in you that He has ever been. He has the same awesome power. He has the same astounding ability to compute, to comprehend and plan in infinite detail everything that has ever been…everything that now is…and everything that ever will be!

What’s more, when you run into something you can’t handle and you call on Him for help, He’s not a million light years away. He’s right there inside you! He’s ready to supply you with whatever you need. He’s ready to be your comforter. Ready to be your teacher and your trainer. Ready to be your advocate, your standby, your counselor. He’s ready to put His supernatural muscle and mind to work for you 24 hours a day.

The Perfect Gentleman

“Well then, why hasn’t He helped me before now?” you ask. “Heaven knows I’ve needed it!”

He’s been waiting for you to give Him something He can work with. He’s been waiting there inside you just like He hovered over the face of the waters in Genesis, waiting for you to speak the Word of God in faith.

That’s been His role since the beginning—to move on God’s Word and deliver the power necessary to cause that Word to manifest in the earth. That’s what He did at creation…and that’s what He is commissioned to do for you.

But remember, He’s your helper, not your dominator. If you’re walking around talking doubt, unbelief and other worthless junk, He is severely limited. He won’t slap His hand over your mouth and say, “You dummy, I don’t care what you say, I’m going to bless you anyway.”

No, the Holy Spirit is the perfect gentleman. He’ll never force anything on you. He’ll just wait quietly for you to open the door for Him to work.

So decide right now to start opening that door. Develop an awareness of the reality of the Holy Spirit within you. Stop spending all your time meditating on the problems you’re facing and start spending it meditating on the power of the One inside you who can solve the problems. In other words, start becoming more God-inside minded!

Do you know what will happen if you do that? All heaven will break loose in your life.

Instead of walking around moaning about how broke you are and how you can’t afford to give much to spread the gospel, you’ll start thinking about the fact that the One with the power to bring God’s Word to pass is living inside you, and you’ll change your tune. You’ll start saying things like, “God meets my needs according to His riches in glory, so I have plenty to meet my own needs and give to every good work!”

Then the Holy Spirit within you will go into action. He’ll give you plans, ideas and inventions. He’ll open doors of opportunity and then give you the strength and ability to walk through them.

Instead of sitting around wishing there was something you could do for your sick, unsaved neighbor, you’ll march into his house, tell him about Jesus, and then lay hands on him fully expecting the Holy Spirit within you to release God’s healing power and cause him to recover.

Instead of sitting around simply admiring the works of Jesus and reading about them each Sunday in church, you’d hit the streets and do those works yourself—and even greater works (see John 14:12). You’ll stand up boldly and say:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19).

More Than You Can Think

“Wait a minute, Brother Copeland. Jesus spoke those words about Himself!”

Yes, He did. But He also said, “…As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21).

You’ve been sent just like Jesus was. You’ve been sent to your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, your world to deliver the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of God!

That’s the reason God baptized you in the Holy Spirit. He intended for you to walk into a place and bring the power of God on the scene—the same power that enabled Samson to defeat the Philistines and make a fool out of the devil! The same power that enabled Elijah to call down fire from heaven and outrun the fastest horses in the country! The same power that enabled Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead and calm the sea!

Can you imagine what all God could do in this earth if we’d just become God-inside minded enough to let that power flow?

No, you can’t. For as the Apostle Paul said, He is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Maybe you’ve been waiting for God to do something in your life or in the lives of those around you. Maybe you’ve been saying, “I know God is able to change this situation. I wonder why He doesn’t do it?” If so, read that last phrase again. It says He is able to do above what we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in you!

Start building your faith in that power. Instead of always gazing toward heaven saying, “God, why don’t You help me?” look at yourself in the mirror and say, “The Spirit of God is living in me today and I expect Him to do wise, wonderful, amazing and miraculous things through me!”

Instead of meditating on your problems and natural inadequacies, get out your Bible and study the acts of the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation. Start meditating on the power and sufficiency of the Greater One who lives and walks within you every moment of every day.

When you begin to realize what a dynamite team you two really are, you’ll blast off into the realm of exceedingly above all that you can ask or think…and the devil will never be able to catch you.