Living By Faith

YIELD TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Don’t suppress the Spirit. (I Thessalonians 5:19 | Message)

 

“Our only safeguard from dropping back into our natural mind where we can receive nothing from God is to be filled and filled again with the Holy Spirit.” – Smith Wigglesworth

 

My brother, Mike, is the pastor of a great church in Rowlett, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. Recently, he was in a service where the Holy Spirit was moving.  The Spirit of God began to move and the Holy Spirit manifested in great joy and freedom. The minister walked up to Mike and asked, “Why don’t you yield to the Holy Spirit?”

My brother thought, “Yield, that’s an interesting concept.” He pulled out his Greek lexicon from his coat pocket to look up the word. In Greek, yield means “when a soldier presents himself to his commanding officer for orders.”  This word yield shows us how important it is for each of us to daily acknowledge, recognize, and respond to the Holy Spirit.

 

Confession: I present myself to the Holy Spirit as a soldier presents himself to his commanding officer for orders. I will not suppress his work in my life!

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THE HOLY GHOST IS A GENIUS

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

 

“The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and everything that Jesus has purchased for us.” – Mark Hankins

 

When the enemy has a scheme or strategy to come against you or your family, the Holy Spirit will warn you. He knows what God has planned for you. He is concerned with every area of your life. If you will listen to Him, He will make you successful.

It is great to have a genius living in you. Until you stop and recognize the Holy Ghost, He will allow you to keep doing what you are doing. You must stop and say, “Alright, what would the Genius like to say?”

I heard Dad Hagin say that the Lord told him, “If we would be led by the Holy Spirit, He would make us rich.”  He said the word rich means to have an abundant supply.  When the Holy Spirit leads us, He will bring us into the blessing of the Lord and we will be a blessing to others.

 

Confession: I hear and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. I recognize His leading and I will follow. I have an abundant supply. I am blessed to be a blessing to others!

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FILLED TO OVERFLOWING

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)

 

“We can apprehend Christ fully only when we are filled and overflowing with the Spirit of God.” -Smith Wigglesworth

 

One of my favorite things to eat is a blueberry pancake. So if I go out to eat somewhere that serves blueberry pancakes I always ask the server, “Do these blueberry pancakes just have blueberries poured on them or are the blueberries cooked in them?” Once you have had blueberry pancakes with the blueberries cooked in them, you don’t want to eat them any other way. When I eat blueberry pancakes I want the blueberries cooked in the batter. I want to hit a blueberry in every bite.

In the Old Testament, they just had blueberries (the Holy Spirit) on them. In the New Testament, the blueberries were cooked right in the batter.  In other words, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, nothing in life can take a bite out of you without hitting a blueberry.  When the devil takes a bite out of you, you can say, “Ha, ha, ha, devil, you just hit a blueberry! You just hit the Holy Ghost living on the inside of me!”

 

Confession: I am filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing! He dwells with me and He is IN me!

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BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

 

“If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you are filled with God.” – Mark Hankins

 

When Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit, He said that He is not just coming to visit, but He is going to move in and dwell in you permanently. That means the Holy Spirit is not just coming to visit, He is moving in. He is going to have a change of address. If you are just going to visit someone, you only bring some of your stuff. However, if you are moving in, you bring ALL of your stuff!

The Holy Spirit takes things that belong to the Father and Jesus, and transmits them to you. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit then you are filled with God. The Holy Spirit will expand you to make room for all He has for you.

When the Holy Spirit moves in, He is glad to be there. However, He needs room to bring all of His stuff. He can’t get His stuff in until you get some of your stuff out. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit.

 

Confession: I am filled with the Holy Spirit; therefore, I am filled with God. I am making room for the Holy Spirit to move into my life and bring all of His stuff!

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SEISMIC RETROFIT

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)

 

“The Holy Spirit never brings condemnation. He always reveals the blood of Christ. He is the lifting power of the church.” -Smith Wigglesworth

 

Years ago, I was driving through San Diego and noticed that some of the buildings had cables running from each of their corners to the ground. I had never seen that on a building before, so I wanted to know what it was. I found out that it was called seismic retrofit. Engineers strategically strengthened these buildings so that when an earthquake hits, they will not collapse. These buildings are strengthened from corner to corner, inside and outside, so after the shaking of an earthquake, they will still stand.

I believe the Holy Ghost can give you some seismic retrofit. You may not have certain strengths in your life, but the Holy Ghost will add things to you. He will strengthen you in your inner man.  When the storm is over and the dust clears, you will still be standing.

 

Confession: God is granting me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in my inner man (Ephesians 3:16)

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