How to Tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Kingdom Power in the Holy Spirit
This book is all about the Joy of the Lord and His kingdom. The Kingdom of God is… Righteousness, peace and Joy IN THE HOLY SPIRIT (Rom 14:17). All the kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. So let’s see what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit.
First we need to ask, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead. We are created in His image. We are a spirit and we live in a body and we have a soul. Jesus is the flesh God used to walk the earth (now, we are the flesh Jesus walks the earth in, through the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. God is the soul, the thoughts, will and emotions, the Godhead!
God created man in His image, and they were one spirit. When man disobeyed God in eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, man gave authority to Satan and disconnected from life with God. Man’s spirit became connected to the devil. Then because of the law of “like begets like,” every person born after that became like his or her new father or master, Satan. Their spirit was dead to God and they were under Satan’s dominion instead of Satan under their authority, subduing him and ruling over him. That is why a person needs to be “BORN AGAIN.” When you ask Jesus to be your Lord, you are born again into the family of God and out of the family of Satan. Your SPIRIT again has the God life in it and you are connected to God. God becomes your Father.
Let’s get back to the Holy Spirit. So we know that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one God, just different functions and parts. If you look at an egg, the shell, yoke and white are all an egg, just different parts. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the same. You could say that the muscle of God is the Holy Spirit. The ministry of Jesus was to first pay the price for our treason or sin, and redeem us from all the curse of sin and death. The next was to demonstrate how a child of God was supposed to walk on earth in the kingdom of God, destroying the works of the devil, bringing JUSTICE. Now He is in heaven interceding for us. He sent down the Holy Spirit as His representative to live in us and empower us to take the kingdom of God to do His will on earth as it is in heaven.
When do we first see the Holy Spirit? In Gen 1:2 He was hovering over the face of the waters when God was speaking the world into existences. God spoke and the Holy Spirit did it. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit’s ministry was limited because man was still living in his or her sin, there was no redeemer. The Holy Spirit came and went according to man’s faithfulness to obey God and follow the law. Today when a person accepts Jesus’ gift of redemption, the Holy Spirit comes to live in and abide in that person.
WHAT did the Holy Spirit do in the Old Testament? Remember, He was limited in the Old Testament because of sin, but in the New Testament He came to permanently LIVE IN all born again believers. The Holy Spirit still does the SAME things in us that He did in the Old Testament, BUT MORE because we have been redeemed! Everything that was done before is open for you to believe God for today. What did He do in the Old Testament:
1. Gave wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and skill in all workmanship to create things. (Ex 41:38,28:3, Num 11:17, Is 11:2)
2. Wisdom to judge. Num 11:17
3. Spirit of prophecy. (Num 11: 25, 27:18)
4. They received the spirit of prophecy by the laying on of hands. Sound familiar? The Holy Spirit can still be received by the laying on of hands. (Num 27:18, Deut 34:9)
5. Physical strength. (Judges 14:6, 15:14)
6.Cause evil spirits to depart when playing music (1 Sam 16:23)
7. He put words on a person’s tongue. (2 Sam 23:2)
8. He transported people, which means that their physical bodies went from one place to the next without them doing it. He still does this today and it will increase in these end times. (1 Kings 18:12, Ez 2:3)
9. Read about all the signs, wonders and miracles Elisha and Elijah did. It was all by the Holy Spirit.
10. He even puts the animals to rest. (Is 63:14)
11. Dreams, visions, translations (Ez 2-3)
12. He causes favor. (Ez 37:1, Dan 6:3)
13. He revels the face of God (Ez 39:29)
14. Interprets dreams, gives understanding to hard sayings, and dissolving of doubts. (Dan 5:12)
15. He causes grace and supplications (Favor) Zech 12:10
16. Enemies put to flight (Is 59:19)
So we answered the question of WHO the Holy Spirit is and WHAT He does from the Old Testament. Now let’s take a look at His ministry today and in the New Testament
Here are some VERY IMPORTANT prophecies about the Holy Spirit that are fulfilled in the New Testament and are for us today. These scriptures answer the question: What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament.
I will put a new spirit within you. (Ez 11:19, Ez 36:26-27)
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30: And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (Joel 2:28-29)
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. (Is 28:11-12) (tongues)
Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high (Is 32:15-18)
These are prophecies about Jesus given through the Holy Spirit and are the work of the Holy Spirit:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles (Is 42:1)
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Is 61:1-4)
Now let’s take a look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament through Jesus and His disciples.
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will
1 PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM
2. and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles (Matt 12:18-21)
THIS IS JUDGMENT: THIS IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IT IS JUDGMENT. Judgment of the devil, ruler of this world (John 12:31,16:11,16:18,14:29-30, Matt 4:8-9, Rev12:9, Is 24:5-6) Jesus WAS ABOUT TO PAY THE PRICE TO SET US FREE FROM ALL THIS STUFF.
LUKE 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to:
1. preach the gospel to the poor;
2. he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
3. to preach deliverance to the captives,
4. and recovering of sight to the blind,
5. to set at liberty them that are bruised,
6. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
7. And he closed the book,
8. and he gave it again to the minister,
9. and sat down.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
This is what the Holy Spirit did through disciples:
… power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
… the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:18-20)
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matt 10:1)
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (Matt 11:5)
1. Cast out unclean spirits, evil spirits and spirits of (sickness and disease) infirmities
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits, Mark 3:1, 1 Mark1:23, Mark 3:30, Mark 5:2, Mark 5:8, Mark 5:13, Mark:6:7, Mark 7:25, Luke 4:33, Mark 1:26, Luke 4:36, Mark 1:27, Matt 8:16
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none…. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him….: And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. (Luke 9:39)
2. Cast out deaf and dumb spirits — BUT if I cast out demons BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD surely the KINGDOM OF GOD has come upon you (Matt 12:28- Luke 11:20)
…my son, which hath a dumb spirit… he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him… And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. (Mark 9:17-20)
And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. (Luke 6:18)
For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. (Acts 8:7)
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. (Acts 16:16)
And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. (Acts16:18)
So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. (Acts19: 12)
3. Healed all that were sick and diseased
… and healed all that were sick. (Matt 8:16)
There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16)
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. (Luke 7:21)
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matt 9:35)
4. Knew their thoughts
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? (Mark 2:8)
5. Raised the dead
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, RAISE THE DEAD, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matt 10:8)
And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. (Luke 8:55)
Damsel, I say unto thee, arise…And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. (Mark 5:39)
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her… And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. (Luke 7:12-15)
6. Worship by the Spirit
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
7. Controlled the weather
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! (Matt 8:26-27)
8. Walked on water
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he (Peter) walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (Matt 14:28)
Now let’s look at the Holy Spirit and ALL the jobs He does IN YOU.
He is called:
Spirit of grace (Zech 12:10)
Holiness (Rom 1:4)
Life (Rom 8:2)
Meekness (1 Cor 4:21)
Glory (1 Pet 4:14)
Gives life (2 Cor 3:6)
Liberty (2 Cor 3:17)
Guarantee of a glorified body (2 Cor 5:4-5)
Spirit of God (1 Pet 4:14)
This is the purpose of the Holy Spirit in YOU!
4. Intercessor (1 Cor 14:22) praying in the spirit (tongues)
8. Baptized into the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5) (power)
9. Filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4)
10.To convince (convict) the world with demonstrations – about sin, righteousness, judgment
Here are some things we need to know about the Holy Spirit as said in Luke 4:18
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Rom 8:1)
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (1 Cor 2:11)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Cor 2:12)
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Cor 2:13)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1 Cor 6:17)
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor 6:20)
Redeemed us from the law of sin and death. (Gal 3:13)
Works miracles by faith with the Spirit. (Gal 3:5)
Many more things not written in this book.
1 Cor 12:1, Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Lets take a look at some facts that prove the Holy Spirit is a gift for everyone who is born again, or saved. First of all, you are born again by the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8:11) The Holy Spirit is not just for everyone, but everyone saved NEEDS the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a GOOD gift. He is from God. He is for today.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
1. I send the promise of my Father upon you…you will be imbued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
But wait for the promise of the Father…you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 1:4-5)
2. Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. (John 20:21-23) We are also anointed with the Holy Spirit and power and are to do the same thing Jesus did with the power.
3. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues. (Acts 2:4)
The Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues is for EVERYONE!
All you have to do is… receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the promise is unto
2. and to your children, (You are children of children, etc.)
3.and to all that are afar off, (that would be you)
4. [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Act 2:33) (That would be you)
5. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall… speak with new tongues (that would be you) (Mark 16:15-18)
The above scripture tells you that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today and is for you. It is to all that are far off. It also says it is to be received, not waited for or begged for but already given, now receive it. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to THEM (not just some, but ALL that ask Him) that ask him? (Luke 11:13) Jesus needed power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. (Acts 1:8)
If you are saved, then you are called. If you are called, then the above scripture means you can receive the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is a gift to all God’s children.Google+