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How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

In a recent article, I wrote about a gift of the Holy Spirit called discerning of spirits. This gift is vitally important to the body of Christ. It gives insight into what is happening in the spiritual realm and it helps distinguish between what is of the Holy Spirit and what is a counterfeit. Discerning of spirits is a powerful aid to the ministry of deliverance, exposing the presence and identity of evil spirits. Another manifestation of...

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The Gift of Discerning Spirits

The Gift of Discerning Spirits

In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul lists nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of these manifestations of the Spirit is called “discerning of spirits.” I believe that this is a vital gift for the church today. I would define discerning of spirits in the following way: the supernatural ability to perceive what is happening in the spiritual realm and to judge between the Holy Spirit and demonic spirits. Sometimes this gift...

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The Difference between Authority and Power

The Difference between Authority and Power

If we are going to step into doing the works of Jesus, we will need two essential ingredients: authority and power. We must have a foundation of intimacy with God, and should always be motivated by compassion for others; but without the equipment of authority and power we will not have what it takes to do the task. Luke 9:1 says this: “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to...

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Sermon: There is More!

Sermon: There is More!

I recently preached a message about the Holy Spirit called “There is More!” In Acts 19, the apostle Paul went to Ephesus and asked some disciples if they had received the Holy Spirit. They answered, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). These were godly men who had an understanding of the message of repentance, but not of faith in Jesus for salvation or of the baptism in the Holy Spirit....

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Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

As I have written previously, I have been greatly blessed by the gift of prophecy throughout my walk with the Lord. There have been many times when God spoke to me through another person, exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. God has used prophecy to confirm aspects of my calling, encourage me, and give me and my wife needed direction. At times, I have also been used in the gift of prophecy to encourage others. Prophecy is one of...

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Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

I recently preached a message called “Receive the Holy Spirit.” When Jesus went to His hometown of Nazareth, He was not properly received. Because of the lack of honor and the unbelief, the Bible says that He could not do any miracles there, except heal a few sick people (see Mark 6:1-6). His ministry was severely limited. The same is true of the Holy Spirit. When He is not embraced by the church and received for who He is, the...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Bible is clear that there is one true living God. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. He is sovereign, all-powerful, and eternal. And though He is One, He has revealed Himself in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not three Gods; but one God in three persons. This mysterious “three-in-one” nature of God is often referred to as the “Trinity.” There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is the...

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Sermon: Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Sermon: Empowered by the Holy Spirit

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church on being empowered by the Holy Spirit. Every true believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. But there is a difference between being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being empowered by the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the disciples this: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in...

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Balaam and Jezebel: Two types of False Prophets

Balaam and Jezebel: Two types of False Prophets

If you are familiar with my ministry, you probably know that I believe fully in the nine manifestation gifts of the Spirit that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, one of which is the gift of prophecy. I also believe that all five of the ministry gifts listed in Ephesians 4—often called the fivefold gifts—are active in today’s church, including apostles and prophets. While the Bible is clear about the importance of genuine prophecy, it is...

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Avoiding Prophetic Manipulation

Avoiding Prophetic Manipulation

I recently had a humorous conversation with my three-year-old son that reminded me of the need to avoid prophetic manipulation. I had asked him to do something and he responded by saying, “Well, God said it is time to play with my toys.” I have no doubt that God speaks to young children. But in this case, my son was simply trying to get his way. We have talked to him about how we have to obey God and His word, and he cleverly realized...

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