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Entries in The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit (2)

Thursday
Jul062017

The Gift

“You’re the loneliest person I’ve ever laid eyes on.”

I had only been at college a week when a girl on a campus bus turned around and said those words to me.

“What?” I shook my head in disbelief. “How would you know that?” She simply replied, “God told me.” With the most disrespectful tone I could muster, I said, “Oh yeah! What else did He tell you?” Her eyes softened. The words that followed—about something very personal in my life—both pierced me and made me wonder. There was no way she could’ve known that,
I thought.

She went on to explain that if I accepted Jesus into my heart, I wouldn’t be lonely anymore. I didn’t know how to respond. After an awkward silence, she simply turned back around in her seat.

One evening about a week later, I experienced an acute loneliness as I adjusted to college life. Suddenly, I remembered the words of the girl on the bus. It was then that I asked Jesus into my heart. I felt a warmth pour over me, and I fell asleep. The next morning, everything seemed different. I woke up with a feeling of hope. Something within me had definitely changed.

That same day, I saw the girl from the bus and told her what had happened. After she introduced herself, Corrine said, “You’ve been born again.” She then invited me up to her dorm room where she gave me a Bible. After explaining a few things about my “new life,” Corrine asked to pray for me to be filled with the Holy Spirit. She said, “You’re going to hear a new language inside. When you do, that is the Holy Spirit speaking. Just say what you hear
Him say.”

Corrine laid her hand on my head and began to speak in another language. I may have imitated her at first, but soon I realized that the words coming out of my mouth sounded quite different from hers. She said, “That’s it!
That’s tongues.”

Over the weeks that followed, Corinne and I spent a lot of time together until she left school to marry her boyfriend. I felt like my guide was gone, but really He wasn’t. Corrine had accomplished her assignment: I was born again, received my first Bible, and was filled with the Holy Spirit. I had everything I needed for the journey in front of me.

In Andrew’s new teaching, The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit, he describes how Paul didn’t want his readers to be ignorant of the person of the Holy Spirit or His gifts (1 Cor. 12:1). Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not an issue of eternal salvation. However, knowing Him allows you to call on His help and ability. Without His help, most of what you do will be tied to self-effort. As Andrew says, “He’s not a force…. He’s a person.” He’s a gift.

If you want to experience the Holy Spirit’s ministry in your life, you’ll want to hear Andrew’s full teaching, which is currently playing on television or available on demand through our website. But why wait? If you want the baptism of the Holy Spirit right now, call the AWM Helpline: 719-635-1111. One of our phone ministers will be happy to pray with you. When you do that, you will also receive a free copy of The New You & The Holy Spirit book. Let these truths introduce you to the Comforter, and experience the help of the Holy Spirit for yourself.

Written by Eileen Quinn

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Monday
Jul032017

Lands of Liberty

Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. Flags waving in the breeze. Fireworks lighting up the night sky.

This week, homes all across the United States will be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the red, white, and blue. On July 4, 1776, the United States declared their independence from the British Empire and adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the celebration of our independence has evolved into today’s festivities. But because liberty is an ideal every person desires, this celebration week is not reserved for only Americans. We can all celebrate freedom!

Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” If you are saved, this spirit of liberty—the Holy Spirit—lives in you. Andrew says in his teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit:

“When you get born again is when you get changed on the inside, but when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and begins to release this life … through you.”

This life that he’s talking about is the new life you received at salvation. The Holy Spirit helps release it.

Your “Independence Day” was the day you were born again and set free. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” You have been empowered to live independently of sin and death and to share that freedom with others.

Every Christian is a walking “land of liberty.” With your independence comes a newfound authority. When Jesus won the war over your heart, you received rights and privileges. You now have the God-given authority to release the spirit of liberty everywhere you go.

According to Joshua 1:3, “every place that the sole of your foot shall tread” is given to you.

Andrew continues,

“The truth is, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you now have the same power that’s in heaven, living on the inside of you. And if you will believe and receive, you can release this supernatural power ….”

As Americans celebrate their independence this Fourth of July, we can all rejoice in the liberty we have in Christ. Learn more about the freedom living in you with Andrew’s teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit. It’s available through the ministry’s online store, both individually and in the Holy Spirit Package.

Happy Independence Day!

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Written by Aria Fischer

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