Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves’.” Mark 11:17
It would be great if every time we prayed, the answers came quickly. Thank God for immediate results, but what do we do when the results are not immediate? The promises of God are there for us, but when they have yet to manifest in our circumstances, what should we do in the meantime?
Jesus showed us what to do. After He had cursed the fig tree, the tree did not wither immediately. (Mark 11:14) What did He do then? He went to the temple in Jerusalem and cleansed it, saying that it should be a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. (Mark 11:15–17) After cleansing the temple, when the disciples saw the same fig tree the next day, it had dried up from its roots! (Mark 11:20–21)
Today, you are the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16) And your temple should be a “house of prayer” or it becomes a “den of thieves”. These thieves, or powers of darkness, will steal and rob from your temple, which is your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19) They will steal and rob you of your strength, health, youthfulness, wisdom, hopes and dreams.
So make your temple a house of prayer by praying in tongues frequently. (Ephesians 6:18) When you pray in the Spirit, you are praying perfect prayers. This is because the Spirit Himself makes intercession for you when He prays through you in tongues. (Romans 8:26)
“Pastor, how long must I pray?”
Well, how often in a day does the enemy attack you with fears, anxieties and worries? How often does that disease in your body remind you that it is there? How healthy and whole do you want to be?
Beloved, as you make your temple a house of prayer, the powers of darkness that have been stealing or robbing from you will be driven out of your life completely. You will see the manifestation of what you have spoken over your circumstances and you will see the withering of what you have cursed!
Thought For The Day
Make your body, God’s temple, a house of prayer by praying in the Spirit frequently.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
MANY CHRISTIAN PRAY AND PRAY AND DON’T GET THEIR PRAYERS ANSWERED BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE FAVOR OF GOD AS THEY LIVE, WALK AND PRAY IN THE FLESH AND NOT IN THE SPIRIT!
GOD’S WILLS THE BEST FOR EACH OF HIS CHILDREN BUT HE CANNOT GIVE IT TO THEM AS LONG AS THEY WALK IN THE FLESH AND NOT IN THE SPIRIT!
Many so called Christians don’t understand the importance of tongues and why God doesn’t answer many times their prayers of the flesh for the following reasons:
1) What ever is not of faith is sin! And tongues is of faith!
2) Tongues is God Himself praying for and about the problem!
3) In the flesh you don’t have a clue as to what is the real problem and what is the real solution because you are only flesh?
4) But in the Spirit, ie tongues, God knows everything! He prays for you about everything and He answers Himself. He cannot say no to Himself?
5) When you pray in tongues you open the door way to the manifestations of all the gifts of the Spirit including miracles, healing, knowledge, wisdom, discernment, which help to come up with a speedy solution to the problem
6) ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEM WITH CHRISTIANS BESIDES NOT READING THEIR BIBLE DAILY IS THEY DON’T PRAY IN TONGUES!
NOW WHAT DID APOSTLE PAUL SAY ABOUT TONGUES?
1 CORINTHIANS 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
1 CORINTHIANS 14:
1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
AN IMPORTANT GUIDELINE TO ANSWERED PRAYER IS:
1) Are you Baptized with the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues?
2) Do you fellowship with or have friends who are also Baptized in the Spirit?
3) Do you pray with these friends the prayer of agreement concerning anything and everything:
Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
If you have forgiven anybody and everybody for anything and everything then your prayers of agreement are unhindered and powerful
4) Ask God for wisdom according to James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
5) Do you pray in tongues daily according to Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US :
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26
The Holy Spirit is not inside you to point out your faults or nag at you when you do wrong. God’s Word tells us that He is inside us to help us in our weaknesses. In areas where we are without strength, He is there to help us. When we don’t know what to pray, “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”.
Now, don’t read the verse and say, “Well, I don’t know what I should pray for, and since the Holy Spirit makes intercession for me, I will leave the praying to Him.”
If the Holy Spirit, without our participation, makes intercession for us, then every Christian would be living victorious lives automatically! But we know that there are many Christians who don’t seem to be walking in the fullness of God’s blessings. So obviously, Romans 8:26 is not saying that. What is it saying then?
In the first part of the verse, the word “helps” is sunantilambanomai in the original Greek text. It means “to take hold together against”. Now, “together” means that our participation is required. In other words, the Holy Spirit sunantilambanomai or takes hold together with us against the problem.
So if you just sit back and don’t take hold of the problem, the Holy Spirit has nothing to “take hold of” with you. If you don’t pray, He has nothing to pray. If you keep quiet, then even if He wants to pray through you, He can’t. But when you release your prayer in tongues, you are actually allowing Him to pray through you. And He will take hold together with you against the problem, and pray the perfect prayer through you because “He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God”. (Romans 8:27)
And you can be confident that when you ask anything according to the will of God, He hears you. And if you know that He hears you, whatever you ask, you know that you have the petitions that you have asked of Him! (1 John 5:14–15)
Thought For The Day:
When you pray in the Holy Spirit, He takes hold together with you against your problem.
Be Filled With the Holy Ghost
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:18-21).
Having received the Holy Spirit after you’re born again, there’s a day-to-day or continual infilling of the Spirit that you must experience in order to live the higher life of glory to which you’ve been called. The latter part of our opening scripture lets us know what to do to be filled with the Spirit like this: you’ll have to speak to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs! You’ll have to consciously talk, sing, and make melody of the Word, in your heart, to the Lord! You’ll have to give thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submit yourself to others in holy reverence. Making this a conscious and consistent practice is how to be full of the Spirit all the time.
When you let the Holy Spirit work through you and you’re overflowing with His fullness, you won’t need to try to muster boldness to say or do things. You won’t need to try to stir up some power in the face of adversity. Whenever you open your mouth to speak, you’ll speak the wisdom of God; words that are divinely inspired, because you’re full of the Holy Ghost.
If you want the greater glory of God to be seen in your life; if you want to walk in dominion over the devil, sickness, disease, infirmities and death, then you must consciously and consistently practice being filled with the Spirit these remaining days of October. Make this a personal goal from today, and the challenges that may come your way will be walkovers for you, and nothing will be impossible unto you. You’ll be able to change hopeless situations and walk in God’s increased glory because you’re full of the Holy Ghost and power. Hallelujah!
Receiving the Holy Spirit Is for You
During the time of Jesus, Pentecost was an annual Jewish festival, also known as the “Feast of Weeks,” or the “Day of Firstfruits,” a celebration of the first buds of the harvest. (Num. 28:26.) Jewish men were required by law to go to Jerusalem three times each year to celebrate the major feasts and Pentecost was one of them. It took place seven weeks and a day after Passover.
On the day of Pentecost, over one hundred disciples of Jesus were gathered together in Jerusalem in an upper room. In this group were Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and His brothers, to name a few. Then something happened that had never happened before.
“Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2,4).
When this sound occurred, the Bible says, “the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language” (v. 6).
Now, let’s look at what happened here. Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead. He appeared to the disciples and taught them for forty days and then He ascended into heaven. The disciples of Jesus were in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost and the room had been filled on the inside with the sound of a mighty wind. The disciples all spoke in tongues – all the disciples, all of the brothers of Jesus, and even Mary, the mother of Jesus. As they were speaking in tongues, all of the travelers from different regions who spoke different languages each heard the disciples speaking in their own native language. Needless to say, everyone was greatly amazed. Shocked may be a closer word. Some started saying, “What does this mean?” (v. 12.) And just as today, others stood by mocking, calling them drunks. (v. 13.)
Then Peter stood up with the other eleven disciples and raised his voice and began to explain what had happened. He told them that it was the fulfillment of a prophecy that was spoken by the prophet, Joel. He told them about Jesus and how He was crucified. He told them that God raised Jesus from the dead.
When Peter concluded his sermon, he made a very important statement: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38,39).
Peter said that the gift of the Holy Spirit was not just for the one hundred twenty in the Upper Room, but that the gift of the Holy Spirit was for all those who were listening to him. Then he said that receiving the Holy Spirit was for their children and for all who are far away. In other words, receiving the Holy Spirit is for everyone who desires to receive Him. That includes you and me.
In Luke 11:13, Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Believe in Jesus, ask, and receive.
Demonized ones and Demons
Demonized ones, who are not saved and cannot demonstrate the gifts of the Spirit including tongues, talk about the fruits of the Spirit which in reality they don’t have because they are only critics and carnal ones and not true believers!
Demonized ones and Demons despise the gifts of the Holy Spirit and cause men to despise them. Why? Because the operation of these supernatural gifts of power counter the work of demons. Their presence and wiles are exposed by the discerning of spirits and the word of knowledge. Their evil is undone by the word of wisdom, faith, gifts of healing and miracles.
Their plans bring harm are thwarted by a (timely word of prophecy or by tongues with interpretation. No wonder demons so strongly oppose these gifts!
These nine gifts were also given to the church for its edification. Satan is the enemy of the church and sets himself against that which is designed to build up the Body of Christ. He makes strong thrusts at the gifts, and especially at tongues which has a special purpose in the edification of the individual believer. (See I Cor. 14:4)
If the person experiencing deliverance has not been baptized in the Holy Spirit he should be encouraged to receive this baptism and to desire the spiritual gifts. We have seen many persons receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit as the climax of a ministry of deliverance. The empowering of the Holy Spirit is important in retaining one’s deliverance.
Those who already have the baptism in the Holy Spirit should be encouraged to “covet earnestly the best gifts” (I Cor. 12:31), and the best gift is the one that will minister to the needs of others in any given situation. It is quite common that hindrances to the gifts are removed through deliverance. There are specialist demons who seek to block the operation of spiritual gifts. After deliverance the house should be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
PEOPLE WHO ARE DEMONIZED, EVEN SO CALLED CHRISTIANS, CANNOT CAST OUT DEMONS! AND THEY ARE DEMONIZED FOR MANY REASONS:
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
MATTHEW 12:An Unclean Spirit Returns
43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
EPHESIANS 4:Do Not Grieve the Spirit
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 nor give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you
HEBREWS 12:Renew Your Spiritual Vitality
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
REVELATIONS 2:The Compromising Church
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:
13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.
15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ‘
TONGUES IS IMPORTANT
APOSTLE PETER SAID IN ACTS 2 THAT THE OUTPOURING AND TONGUES DEMONSTRATES SALVATION BECAUSE WHOSOEVER CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A PENTECOSTAL EXPERIENCE OF TONGUES AND NOT WITHOUT IT. READ ALL ABOUT IT:
2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
2:7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
2:8 “And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
2:9 “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 “Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 “Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
2:12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
2:13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
2:15 “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
2:16 “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
2:17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
2:19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
2:21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
Shall be saved.’
IN ACTS 2 THEY WERE NOT SPEAKING TO OTHER PEOPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES IN THEIR LANGUAGE THEY WERE PRAISING GOD DIRECTLY IN A LANGUAGE THEY DID NOT LEARN EVEN THOUGH OTHER PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THEM
THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR TONGUES HERE IS A DEMONSTRATION OF SALVATION JUST LIKE IT WOULD BE LATER FOR CORNELIUS AND HIS FAMILY 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
10:45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
10:47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
THEY WERE WATER BAPTIZED BECAUSE THEY WERE SAVED AND TONGUES WAS THE PROOF
1COR 14:15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
SINCE THERE IS NO SUCH THINGS AS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVE AND PEOPLE WHO DENY TONGUES AND THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT HAVE GRIEVED THE SPIRIT AND ARE NOT SAVED. SO IT’S RIDICULOUS TO SAY YOU CAN BE SAVED AND NOT DEMONSTRATE IT WITH TONGUES, SIGNS AND WONDERS BECAUSE THE BIBLES SAYS IN HEBREWS 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,
2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
IN OTHER WORDS FOR A TRUE SALVATION GOD MUST BEAR WITH WITNESS BOTH WITH VARIOUS MIRACLES INCLUDING TONGUES AND THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. SO APOSTATE UNBELIEVERS ARE NOT SAVED AS GOD DOES NOT BEAR WITNESS FOR THEM WITH VARIOUS MIRACLES AND GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
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