Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Receive God's Miraculous Power to Minister

Holy Ghost Chapel, Basingstoke: Burial place o...
Holy Ghost Chapel, Basingstoke: Burial place of its founder, Lord Sandys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One day the Lord began to show me there was more to the Christian walk than just being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues. He reminded me that in Acts 1:8 we were to receive "power after that the Holy Ghost" would come upon us. I had the Holy Ghost and tongues, but I was missing the power. He also brought to my attention that John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11 the Lord Jesus Christ would baptize us in "the Holy Ghost, and with fire." I was not only missing the power, but the fire as well. He showed me to minister to people with miraculous power I would need the power and fire of the Holy Ghost.
Whether you are a teacher, student, real estate broker, professional athlete or in the ministry full time, God wants you living and walking in such power, fire and love that wherever you are, your presence is making a difference in people's lives because of the Christ in you, the Hope of Glory. You bring healing, deliverance and salvation to people wherever God leads. But you might say, "Is that scriptural? Isn't that only for those in full time ministry?" No. "But is it really for everybody that's a Christian?" Oh yes. Are you saved? Did you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Are you a believer? Then you qualify:
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18).
Now let me show you what I learned so you can begin walking in God's power and fire to see people miraculously healed, delivered and coming to Christ. Let me pose a question. What is the power of the Holy Ghost? It is the power of God. God is omnipotent, meaning He has unlimited power. He is able to do anything. This power has been graciously given to the Church through Jesus Christ. This Holy Ghost dynamite power released through God's sons and daughters brings forth healings, miracles, deliverances and resurrections that draw people to Jesus Christ to be saved.
Next question. What is the fire of the Holy Ghost? The fire of the Holy Ghost is the presence, passion, and purity of God. To receive the presence of God is to walk in an awareness of God living in and through you. His passion motivates you to reach out in love to a world needing the Savior. The purifying fire of God burns out of you those carnal things that would hinder God's power from being manifested through you to perform miracles, healings and resurrections that attract sinners to Christ. Timidity must flee because the fire of God gives you a boldness to face any opposition, even death.
An example of the power and fire falling on Christians is written in Acts 2:2-4:
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Just one result of this mighty Pentecostal outpouring was the salvation of three thousand souls through the powerful anointed preaching of Peter.
One morning the Lord revealed to me that to walk in God's power and fire, I must have the right motive or I could fall into sin, such as pride. It's not about you and it's not about me. It's about Him, Jesus Christ. He is to get all the glory. We are to desire the baptism of Holy Ghost power and the fire because the result will please our Heavenly Father. Souls will be saved, healed and delivered. We are to love God so much that we are always about our Father's business advancing the kingdom of God.
So, how do you receive God's miraculous power and fire to minister life to people? You receive it like anything else you receive from God. You receive it by faith. Simply ask God the Father in Jesus' name for the baptism of Holy Ghost power and fire. When you pray you are to believe your petition has been granted, you have the title deed, the ownership of what you prayed and asked God for. If you pray and do not believe you have received your prayer answered the instant you prayed, then you are not in faith. Faith says, "I have it, it belongs to me now." Doubt says, "I'll believe it when I see it."
You release and activate your faith by thanking, praising and worshipping God that you have been granted your prayer request. Your faith gives substance to what you hoped for, the Holy Ghost baptism of power and fire. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrew 11:1). No substance, no hope becoming reality. May your hope for God's miraculous power and fire become reality as you pray and believe you have received your prayer granted. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6).
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Philip C Jones writes online articles.
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