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PLANS PURPOSES & PURSUITS

Kenneth E. Hagin

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Contents
7c<nowledgment.............................................................." ! @isitation.....................................................................!! ( lans, urposes, ursuits...........................................!" 4 E0cept the Aord Build the House...............................44 2 ,hatBs Cour urposeD.................................................+! + ,al<ing in the Aight...................................................#4 * 7 3hange in the /rder of ,orship.............................#) ) >ancing in the Flesh or in the SpiritD........................"4 # ;everence- Ke9 to ?odBs resence and ower..........!&" " Be Being FilledESpea<ing.......................................!(+ !& >emonstration of the Spirit....................................!4) !! 1rue %ew 1estament ,orship................................!2) !( a9ing the rice......................................................!++

Acknowledgment
7 special than<s to .iss 7ngela 3rews, administrative assistant for A9nette and me, for the final editing of this boo<. ,or<ing with a ver9 tight deadline, 7ngela too< a manuscript edited b9 Bill9e Brim, a portion of a manuscript edited b9 Kimberl9 HFelt, and hundreds of pages of notes and sermon tape transcripts to compile the cop9 for this boo<, Plans, Purposes, and Pursuits. $ <now 9ou will agree that the message of this boo< which 7ngela so beautifull9 put together is so vital to the 3hurch toda9.

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Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect Gmature or full grownH: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. rethren, I count not myself to ha!e apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mar" for the pri#e of the high calling of $od in Christ Jesus. E hilippians 4-!('!2 %nd I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with e&cellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of $od. 'or I determined not to "now any thing among you, sa!e Jesus Christ, and him crucified. %nd I was with you in wea"ness, and in fear, and in much trembling. %nd my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man(s wisdom, but in demonstration of the )pirit and of power: *hat your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of $od. E! 3orinthians (-!'+

Several da9s before our annual 3ampmeeting in !"#), $ had a visitation from the Aord. 7s $ relate that visitation, $ share it with 9ou in wea<ness and in reverence and in much trembling because of the awesomeness of ?odBs power and His resence. aul !!

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said, +I was with you in wea"ness, and in fear ...+ 5! 3or. (-46. /f course, that didnBt mean he was afraid li<e 9ou would be afraid of a rattlesna<e or a tornado. aul meant that he had a godl9 fear, an awe, and a reverence for ?od. $t is with that same reverence that $ now relate to 9ou that awesome visitation $ had from the Aord the wee< before our 3ampmeeting. First, let me e0plain that $ do most of m9 pra9ing at night. .ost of m9 life $ have been a night person. $Bm older now and have changed some, but $ have alwa9s been more alert at midnight than at an9 other hour of the da9. 1hat is wh9 $ used to do all of m9 stud9ing at night. .an9 times $ have studied and read all night long. $ got in the habit of pra9ing during the night when $ was bedfast in !"44 and !"42. $ couldnBt pra9 an9 other wa9 e0cept in bed, because $ was bedfastEtied to that bed. $ couldnBt get up and wal<. $ remember one night in particular, $ pra9ed all night long. $ never slept at allI $ Fust pra9ed. Several nights $ pra9ed nearl9 all night long. .an9 nights $ would pra9 an hour or two before $ went to sleep. $ alwa9s loo<ed forward to nighttime when ever9one else was in bed and things got quiet, so that $ could pra9. $n the da9time, someone alwa9s had to sit in the room with me. 1hat went on for man9 months because the9 thought $ was going at an9 moment, so the9 would onl9 allow one person in the room at a time and that person had to sit with me. $ got into the habit of pra9ing at night when $ could be alone, and $ guess $ have Fust followed that through the 9ears. .an9 times, ?od has spo<en to me in the night. /n Jul9 !*, the 1hursda9 morning preceding our annual 3ampmeeting, $ was awa<ened and $ couldnBt !(

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get bac< to sleep, so $ began to pra9 in the Spirit. 7s $ pra9ed in the Spirit in other tongues, $ <ept sa9ing these words over in English- +Plans, purposes. K lans and purposes. $ said to the Aord, KAord, that is not all of that. $ <now it isnBt,K and $ <ept on pra9ing in tongues. Finall9, $ pra9ed out in English, +Plans, purposes, and pursuits.+ lans, purposes, and pursuitsL $ was caught up into the Spirit and $ began to see and understand manBs plans as the9 related to ?odBs plans. $ could see that man9 times men had plans that were good and even thoroughl9 scriptural. But the9 were not $od(s plains. 1his e0perience was unusual and it lasted almost three hours. art of it was revelation, and part of it was a vision. $t began about three oBcloc< in the morning, and the last time $ loo<ed at the cloc<, it was almost si0 oBcloc<. ,hen $ was caught up into the Spirit to where Jesus was standing, it seemed that Jesus and $ were standing up a little higher than the ceiling of the 1ulsa 3onvention 3enter, loo<ing down on our 3ampmeeting servicesEwhich were scheduled to begin there the following .onda9. $ saw the .onda9 night service unfold before us, and $ saw man9 things that would happen in the other services throughout the wee<. Jesus was the narrator and He e0plained what was ta<ing place as $ loo<ed on. 7s $ stood there with JesusEJesus narrating and e0plaining the things that were happening in the servicesE$ saw that this 3ampmeeting would be one of the most monumental and momentous 3ampmeetings we have ever had. $ saw that the results of this 3ampmeeting would be forthcoming for a long, long time. !4

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7s $ was standing up there with Jesus seeing all this unfold, $ as<ed Him, KAord, wh9 didnBt Cou visit me far enough in advance so we could have advertised to the people that this 3ampmeeting was going to be unusualD .ore people would have come if the9 would have <nown that.K Jesus answered, K1he reason $ didnBt was because then the curiosit9 see<ers and those see<ing the sensational would have come. $ Fust wanted those people to be here that $ had directed to come.K Sad to sa9, in the Bod9 of 3hrist there are those people who are Fust see<ing the sensational. 1he9 are alwa9s see<ing after an9thing that is new. 1hose people would have come with the wrong purpose. 1he9 would be the ones to sa9, KAetBs go hear Brother HaginL HeBs had another visitationL AetBs go hear about itLK 1he9 are also usuall9 the ones who ta<e what 9ou sa9 and twist it. Some people pic< up on one part of what 9ou sa9, twist it, and go off into e0cess and error and create confusion in the Bod9 of 3hrist. 1here will probabl9 be those who will read this boo< and ta<e what $ am sa9ing out of conte0t and get off into error. However, misguided people prone to error should not <eep us from flowing with what is Biblical and right. $t should not <eep us from flowing with what the Hol9 Spirit is wanting to teach the Bod9 of 3hrist in this hourL $ believe that those who have ears to hear will hear what the Spirit is sa9ing to the 3hurch in this hour and will cooperate with Him to help usher in the move of ?od all of our hearts so earnestl9 desire.

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/nl9 two or three times in the man9 9ears of m9 ministr9 have $ had an e0perience li<e this one which too< place prior to 3ampmeeting B#). 1he first such e0perience $ had occurred in !"+4. $ was pra9ing in the Spirit on a Frida9 night and $ saw m9 Sunda9 night service. ,hen it came time for the service Sunda9 night, $ Fust acted out what $ had seen m9self do. .arvelous, miraculous things happened in that service. 1hen $ had another e0perience li<e that in !"+2 when $ was preaching in 3alifornia at a convention for a Full ?ospel denomination. $ had gotten off to sleep one night, but $ wo<e up in the night with a sense of urgenc9 to pra9. $ la9 there pra9ing quietl9 in the Spirit, not disturbing an9one, until about four oBcloc< in the morning. 7ll of a sudden, $ saw m9 service that night. 7mong other things, $ saw a woman who had been brought in on a stretcher get up in front of ever9one and wal< off healed. ,hen it came time for m9 service, $ Fust acted out what $ had seen m9self do, and ever9thing happened Fust as $ had seen itL 7 woman was carried into the service on a stretcher, and she got up and wal<ed off healedL $n the !"#) visitation with the Aord, Jesus told me some things that He is wanting to do in this da9 in the 3hurchE,is plans-and wh9 He has not been able to do them. $f the Bod9 of 3hrist will cooperate with ?od, and get in line with His plan and His purposes, and pursue that plan, then ?od will be able to accomplish what ,e wants to in this da9L 1he Bod9 of 3hrist has been in the shallow water of a new beginning for the last two or three 9ears. ,e are Fust now moving out into another new beginning. ,e are Fust getting to the place where the Aord can begin to !+

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do some of the things He has wanted to do in this da9 and in this hourL 1he things Jesus e0plained to me in this visitation were to help get the Bod9 of 3hrist read9 for this ne0t great move of ?odBs Spirit upon the earth. 1he spiritual truths that Jesus shared in this visitation are Fust simpl9 the springboard, so to spea<, which will spring the Bod9 of 3hrist into a realm of the supernatural in a wa9 and in a place that we have barel9 been before. ,h9D Because we will be following His plans and His purposes and pursuing themL $n the wave of ?odBs blessing that is coming upon the earth, the things that have been manifested occasionall9 will become commonplace with the Bod9 of 3hrist. 1he Head of the 3hurch, the Aord Jesus 3hrist, is directing the activities of His Bod9 in the world toda9, and He will receive all the praise and honor and glor9 for it. /h, there is a move of the Spirit of ?od, dear friends. But we canBt Fust Fump into it. $od wants to get us there, and that is wh9 we have to follow His plans, His purposes, and pursue them. $n this visitation, Jesus told me, K1his move will be lost unless the people are taught how to move with .9 Spirit.K 1here will be some who will read this and be Fust as lifeless as the9 ever were. /thers will sa9, K$snBt that marvelousDK and do nothing to follow after ?odBs plans, purposes, and pursuits for their lives. But there will be those people who will catch on and ta<e hold of what the Aord is tr9ing to get across to the Bod9 of 3hrist in this hour, and get $od(s plan for their li!es and follow after thatL 1hose who do, will be read9 for the move that ?od is wanting to bring upon the earth in this da9. 1he Bod9 of 3hrist has not seen an9thing li<e what !*

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we will see when we get to that place where we have ?odBs plan and purpose, not onl9 for our own lives but also for the 3hurchEand we are pursuing that planL

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7s $Bve alread9 mentioned, when this visitation with the Aord began, $ <ept pra9ing out the words, K lans, purposes, and pursuits.K ,hen that last English word escaped m9 lips, $ was caught awa9 with Jesus. $ began to see how men devise their own plans. 1houghts raced through m9 mind as $ considered manBs plans- ?oodEma9be thoroughl9 scripturalEbut not ?odBs plans for them. $n contrast to manBs plans, $ could see ?odBs plan. 1he Aord spo<e to me and said, K$ bless all of .9 people as far as $ can. But the reason there is not the move of ?od and the depth of the flow of the Spirit, and the fullness of the manifestation of the Hol9 ?host toda9 is because men do not ta<e time to hear from .e. 7nd the9 do not ta<e time to follow .9 plan set forth in the scriptures. 1he more closel9 9ou follow .9 plan, the more .9 power will be in demonstration and in manifestation.K .an9 times, the reason people fail and the reason ministries fail is because the9 have the wrong plan, purpose, and motive. ,hatever 9ou are doing for ?od, as< 9ourself, Is this $od(s plan. 7 number of 9ears ago, $ was at a convention and afterwards several of the preachers were standing around tal<ing. /ne minister, who was a pastor of a large church, said, K$Bm thin<ing about resigning from !"

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m9 church, and going out in the suburbs and building a church.K 1hen he said, K$Bm going to build it around me.K $ watched the church he built, and $ noticed that it never prospered. $t couldnBt prosper because it wasnBt built according to ?odBs plan. 1he pastorBs plans and purposes were all wrong, so he pursued the wrong thing. 7 church ought to be built around Jesus. ,hen peopleBs plans and purposes are wrong, it is even possible to split a church. 1hen some sa9 that the Aord told them to do itL $ donBt believe ?od ever told an9one to steal another manBs church members because $ donBt believe ?od is a thief. However, when a church does not follow ?odBs plan, its members ma9 leave voluntaril9 because the9Bre not being fed spirituall9. 1hat brings to mind a situation involving one of our ;HE.7 graduates, who went bac< to his home countr9 of South 7frica to start a church. He began with thirteen people attending a Bible stud9 in his fatherBs living room. 1he9 outgrew the house, so the9 rented a theater or as the9 are called in South 7frica, a Kcinema.K $n the process of time, the9 outgrew that. Finall9, the9 rented a larger building and started ;HE.7 Bible 1raining 3entre South 7frica. %earb9, there was a Full ?ospel church and the pastor was the national leader of a particular Full ?ospel denomination. 7lthough he had a congregation of 2&& people, he had to wor< a full'time Fob besides pastoring his church. 1his pastor <ept cautioning his members not to go to the ;HE.7 graduateBs church. He told them, K>onBt go to that church because the9Bre in error teaching that prosperit9 and faith business.K 1he man who related this to me said, K.9 famil9 and $ visited the ;HE.7 church, Fust to see what it (&

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was li<e. ,e li<ed it so well, we sta9edLK $n the process of time, 4*& of this pastorBs congregation also visited the church and li<ed it so well the9 sta9ed. Finall9, this pastor had onl9 fort9 people left in his congregation. ,hen we went to South 7frica to dedicate the ;HE.7 graduateBs new facilities, this pastorBs Full ?ospel denomination was holding a national convention at the time, and the9 sent us a telegram sa9ing, K7t first we thought what 9ou were preaching was in error, but weBve come to see that it is the truth. .ore power to 9ouL ,e Fust want 9ou to <now that weBre with 9ou and weBre for 9ou.K 1he pastor of this denomination had finall9 seen that a church is supposed to support its pastor, and that he wasnBt supposed to hold down a full'time Fob instead of devoting his time and energ9 to his own floc<. He hadnBt taught his congregation the scriptural principles about giving, but when he did, ?od prospered them. Several 9ears later, we returned to the ;HE.7 graduateBs church, and the membership had grown so large the9 had to add on to the buildingL 1he ;HE.7 pastor had a congregation of about !!,&&& membersE appro0imatel9 (,+&& of whom were blac<. How man9 white churches in 7merica do 9ou <now that have (,+&& blac< membersL Because of the success of this mi0ed congregation, one of the most prominent leaders in the nation called the ;HE.7 pastor in to his office, and said, KCou seem to be the onl9 one who has solved the racial problem in this countr9. Help usL 1ell us how 9ouBve done it.K K,ell,K the ;HE.7 pastor said, Kfirst 9ouBll have to get ever9one born again, because ever9oneEregardless of colorEis selfish and self'see<ing if the9 are not saved. But if 9ou get people saved and get the love of (!

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?od in them, 9ou can change things in this nationLK Cou see, this is ?odBs plan and purpose for an9 nationEto get people saved, filled with the Spirit, and wal<ing in the love of ?od. %o matter who 9ou are or what 9our endeavor is, if 9our plans and purposes are in line with ?od, the9 will succeed. Because this ;HE.7 pastorBs plans and purposes were in line with ?od, ?od has used him to be instrumental in networ<ing more than 2+& churches in South 7fricaL 1he9 are having a great revival and the Spirit of ?od is moving in a marvelous wa9. $ can remember another incident which too< place man9 9ears ago when $ was visiting another state. 7 pastor there had established a fairl9 large church and he hired an assistant to wor< with him. 1he church grew to a congregation of about +&&, and the assistant pastor announced, K1he Aord told me to start another church. $Bm going to ta<e (+& members from this congregation and start a church two bloc<s from here.K 1hin< about thatL 1hatBs practicall9 right on this pastorBs doorstepL 1hat assistant pastorBs purposes were all wrongL His church couldnBt possibl9 prosper. >o 9ou thin< ?od could bless thatD %oL ?od couldnBt bless it because that assistant pastor was pursuing the wrong plan. AetBs sta9 with ?odBs plan. $t will alwa9s prosperL /n another occasion, $ was holding a three'wee< revival for a pastor who had all <inds of programs going on in his church. 1his pastor had put a great deal of pressure on me to find out what it would ta<e to meet m9 budget, so $ would come and hold this meeting for him. But in all m9 9ears of ministr9, $ never required an9one to give me an9thing. $ never told a pastor he had to give me a certain amount of mone9 in order for ((

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me to come and preach in his church. $ would Fust tell the Aord, and He alwa9s supplied m9 needs. Even though $ didnBt require it, this pastor guaranteed me a certain amount of mone9 if $ would hold this revival for him. 7fter $ arrived, he raised mone9 in ever9 service for ever9 <ind of proFect 9ou could imagine, and he told me, K$f we have an9 mone9 left over, weBll give it to 9ou.K He had a little mone9 left over, not nearl9 what he had said he would give me, and he gave that to me. $ didnBt sa9 an9thing about it to an9one. $ Fust loo<ed to the Aord to meet m9 needs. 1he pastor had me preach ever9 Sunda9 morning of this three'wee< revival. 7fter $ got there, he also decided to hold e0tra services on Sunda9 afternoons. He said, K/n Sunda9 afternoons, we can get people from all the other Full ?ospel churches in the cit9 to come to our meetings.K His plans were all manBs plans and ideas. 1hen he told me, K$f we get people to come from all the other churches, we can raise a good offering.K %ot onl9 were his plans and ideas his own, but his purposes were all wrongL %ever put mone9 firstL 1he first time the Aord appeared to me, He told me, KBe careful about mone9. .an9 upon whom $Bve placed .9 Spirit and called to the ministr9 have become mone9'minded, and have lost the anointing.K ,e donBt want to become mone9'minded and lose the anointing of ?od on our livesL 1his pastorBs purpose to have a Sunda9 afternoon meeting was to raise a big offering and get more money. 7s we were going into the third wee< of the revival, he announced to the people in that Sunda9 afternoon meeting, K,e donBt <now whether we will go another wee< or not. 3ome tonight and weBll tell 9ou.K >uring the song service, he whispered to me, K$ told the people (4

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that so we can get them to come bac< tonight. 1hen weBll tell them weBre going on.K Just li<e someone was standing behind meEin fact, $ loo<ed around to see if there was an9one behind meE$ heard a voice sa9, K,hen 9ou get up to spea<, tell the people 9ou are closing the meeting tonight. 7nd 9ou close tonight.K $ said, KAord, $Bm going to miss an e0tra offering if $ do, and $Bm going home and $ will be off a little e0tra time. $t ta<es so much mone9 a wee< to meet m9 budget and $ have no other income. Secondl9, we havenBt bought an9 3hristmas presents 9et, and $ have a famil9 to support. ,hat am $ going to doD $ canBt start another revivalEnot two wee<s before 3hristmas.K 1he Aord said to me, K>onBt bother about thatI $Bll ta<e care of 9ou.K So $ closed the meeting and $ went home full of Fo9. 1he ne0t wee<, the onl9 time in all those 9ears it ever happened, letters started coming in with offerings enclosed. 5$ thin< the most $ had ever received in the mail at 3hristmastime was M4*.6 1his wee< $ received more than M4&&. $t doesnBt sound big now, but bac< then it was. /ne man wrote from 3alifornia and said, KBrother Hagin, the Aord laid it on m9 heart to send 9ou M!+&. 1hatBs not m9 tithe. $ pa9 m9 tithes to m9 church where the9 belong. 1his is e0tra, and ?od told me to send it to 9ou.K raise ?odE ?od saw me throughL $ felt sorr9 for this pastor, though. He had ulcers and had requested that $ pra9 for his healing. $ as<ed the Aord, KAord, what about himD ,hatBs going to happen to himDK Just as plainl9 as though someone were sitting behind me, the Aord said, KHe has never as<ed .e for an9 <ind of plan for his life, his ministr9, or his church. He forms his own plans, and then he as<s (2

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.e to bless them. $ bless him as far as $ can, but $ canBt meet his financial needs because heBs putting forth his own plans and not .ine. $ didnBt tell him to do a lot of the things heBs doing. He Fust added his own plans to what $ did tell him to do. He tac<s his plans on here and there, and $ canBt bless them. $ would if $ could, but $ canBt. $ canBt put .9 approval on manBs plans when the9 are not .9 plans. 7nd, 9ou see, his purposes are all wrong. $f his purposes are wrong, then his pursuits will be wrong.K lans, purposes, and pursuitsL $t is eas9 to stra9 from ?odBs plan. $ believe man9 times thatBs the reason ministries get into dire financial troubleEthe9 add to what ?odBs plan was for them. 1he9 ma9 be good things, even legitimate things, but the9 are additions to ?odBs original instructions. ;emember, ?od <nows the future better than we <now the past. $t pa9s in ever9 wa9 to wait before Him and get His plan. So man9 times we ma<e our plains and then as< ?odBs blessings on our plans. $tBs far better to get His plan, because His plan is alread9 blessed. ?et ?odBs plan for 9our life and ?odBs plan for 9our ministr9. $f 9ou are a pastor, get ?odBs plan for 9our church.

Stir Yourself Up to Find God's Plan


,hen ?od began to deal with me about the ministr9 He had for me, $ didnBt understand it. $ was pastoring a church, but on the inside something didnBt feel quite right. $ didnBt <now e0actl9 what was wrong, but $ <new something was wrong. $ said to the Aord, KSomethingBs wrongI it feels sort of li<e washing 9our feet with 9our soc<s on.K $ began to do (+

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e0tra see<ing of ?od and to stir m9self up in pra9er. $od didnBt stir meI $ stirred up m9self. $ had alwa9s pra9ed quite a bit, but during this time $ spent e0tra time see<ing ?od with some fasting. $ said to the Aord, KAord, something is wrong with me. $ must be abnormal. $Bve got ever9 reason in the world to be satisfied. 1his is the best church $Bve ever pastored. $Bve got the most mone9 $Bve ever had, and weBre living in the best parsonage weBve ever lived in. .9 wife and $ and our children are happ9, and ever9thing is Fust lovel9. 1he Sunda9 school is running the most it has ever run in the histor9 of the church. $ ought to be satisfied. ,hatBs wrong with meDK 1he Aord spo<e up on the inside of me, and said, K,hatBs wrong with 9ou is that $ never called 9ou to pastor to begin with. 1hat is not 9our calling.K 1han< ?od, He allowed me to pastor for twelve 9ears in His permissive will. 7nd $ learned some things through pastoring that $ wouldnBt have learned an9 other wa9. 5$ sometimes thin< evangelists, teachers, and ministers in the field ministr9 ought to be compelled to pastor at least two 9ears. 1here would be a lot of things the9 wouldnBt sa9 or do. 1hen, too, $ thin< pastors ought to go out on the field at least two 9ears. 1he9 would discover some things about how to treat a guest spea<er.6 But $ learned in that time of pra9er that pastoring was not ?odBs plan for m9 life. ,hen ?od told me He hadnBt called me to pastor, $ should have as<ed Him what He had called me to doL 1here is something about the AordEthere are Fust some things He wonBt tell unless 9ou as< Him because He is a perfect gentleman. %o, He wonBt intrude upon 9ou and interrupt 9ou. 1he Hol9 Spirit wonBt do that either. ,hen the Aord told me He hadnBt called me to pastor, $ (*

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didnBt as< Him what He had called me to doI $ Fust assumed that since $ wasnBt a pastor, $ must be an evangelist. $ Fust fell in line with the trend of the denomination $Bd been associated with, and all the9 ever recogniNed were the offices of pastor and evangelist. So $ set out to be an evangelist. 7nd $ fell flat on m9 face. 7fter one solid 9ear of KevangeliNing,K $Bd worn out m9 car and was afoot. ,e lived in a three'room apartment. /ur son had to sleep on a rollawa9 bed in the <itchen in the winter and on the screened'in bac< porch in the summer. 1he children were inadequatel9 clothed and inadequatel9 fed. 7gain, $ sought the Aord. Something wasnBt right. $ still had that feeling that $ was washing m9 feet with m9 soc<s on. $tBs a long stor9, but the essence of it is, ?od was tr9ing to get me to follow His plan for ministr9. 1he Aord was tr9ing to get me to teach.
EPHESIANS 4:11,12 11 And he gave some, apostles; prophets; and some, evangelists; pastors and teachers; 12 For the per ecting o the saints, o the ministr#, or the edi #ing o %hrist& and some, and some, or the !or" the $od# o

Cou see, $Bm tal<ing about plans-$od(s plans. ,e often do things because we thin< thatBs the wa9 it ought to be done. But ta<e the time to find out what ?od wants doneL Heaven has a plan for the 3hurch in the earth. ?od was endeavoring to get me to move in line with His plan and His purposes not onl9 for m9 life, but for the Bod9 of 3hrist. ()

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?od had shown me the office of the teacher and $ <new when that ministr9 gift was dropped upon me li<e a mantle from heaven. Cet when $ pra9ed, $ considered the circumstances of the religious thin<ing of the da9. 1his was !"2" and !"+&. KAord, the9 want me to preach. $ canBt get an9 meetings teaching. 1he9 want an evangelist. 1he9 want a revivalist. $ canBt ma<e it teaching.K Cet $ could not persuade Him. He had a plan. 7nd onl9 wal<ing in the light of His plan could $ <now the fullness of His blessing. >uring this prolonged time of see<ing ?od, $ started a meeting in Henderson, 1e0as, the last Sunda9 of !"2" which was held over into Januar9 !"+&. Finall9, during this meeting, $ said, K7ll right, Aord, $Bll teach. $Bll give 9ou Frida9 night. 1hatBs our biggest crowd. $Bll teach and $Bll Fust prove to Cou it wonBt wor<.K ,e had been going one wee< and nobod9 had been born againI nobod9 had been filled with the Spirit. /ne little girl had lifted her hand for pra9er. So on Frida9 night, $ taught fort9'five minutes on the subFect of faith. 7nd $ said to m9self silentl9, Now I(ll gi!e an altar call, e!en though I "now nobody will come. Five grown men came to the altar and got saved. $ hadnBt been able to sleep for pra9ing, but after that $ couldnBt sleep for repentingL B9 obe9ing the /ord(s plan, in one service, four brand'new families were added to this church. $n those da9s in entecostal circles, if we had a three'wee< revival and got si0 people saved and two filled with the Hol9 Spirit, we thought we had a landslideL 7nd here, (#

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b9 following the AordBs plan, this pastor got four new families in one nightL 7fter this e0perience, $ began to teach. ?odBs plan for me was to teach and to stand in the office of the prophet as He wills. $ went to another church and in ten da9sB time, twelve new families were added to that church. 1hat happened again and again, because $ had ?odBs A7%L $ was carr9ing out ?odBs purposeL lansL ,e do things sometimes Fust because we thin< thatBs the wa9 the9 ought to be done. ,e thin<, 0ell, this is the way our church does it. *his is the way others do it, so that is the way we will do it. %oL Hear from heaven for 9ourselfL 1hereBs no doubt in m9 mind that ?od has spo<en to certain individuals to do some things a particular wa9. But the9 tr9 to pattern their lives or their churches after what others are doing and the9 failL Just because some pastor has a good program going in his church doesnBt mean that same program will wor< in another churchL $t ma9 not be what ?od wants at allI it ma9 not be $od(s plan for that church. Cou need to get down on 9our <nees and find out for 9ourself what ?odBs plans are for 9ou, because ?od will onl9 put His approval and His blessings on ,I) P/%N). ?odBs plan wor<s so much better. $f 9ou get ahold of ?odBs plan for 9our life or for 9our church, it will wor" and it will produce results1 But if 9ou tr9 to build 9our house 9ourself, 9ou will labor and labor. Cou ma9 finall9 get it all built and it ma9 loo" good, but it will all be in vain because the Aord wasnBt in an9 of it. $f 9ou pastors, for instance, will spend time see<ing ?od and waiting on Him, 9ou will find that 9ou will become sensitive to the Hol9 Spirit. Cou will <now what ?od wants to do in 9our services. Cou will <now e0actl9 what ?od wants to do. He is not going to b9pass the ("

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leader of the meetingL But if 9ouBre not that well acquainted with the Hol9 Spirit so that 9ou can <now what He is doing, then you are going to be left out. $ have said this man9 timesE$ thin< some preachers, even Full ?ospel, entecostal preachers wouldnBt <now the Hol9 Spirit if the9 saw Him coming down the street with a red hat onL He will start to move in their services, and the9 Fust <eep on with their little programs.

Being Out of God's Plan Brings Dissatisfaction


7s $Bve alread9 mentioned, $ had pastored for twelve 9ears when $ began to see< ?od about m9 ministr9 because $ was dissatisfied. Finall9, Jesus said to me, K$ never did call 9ou to pastor to begin with.K 7fter a period of frustration tr9ing to minister as an evangelist, $ again sought the Aord. He as<ed me, K,hat are 9ou going to do about what $ said to 9ou 9ears ago concerning fulfilling 9our ministr9DK $ said, KAord, $ wasnBt planning on doing an9thing about that.K He said, K,ell, 9ou are going to have to or else.K $ replied, K$ believe $ willLK Cou see, something we need to realiNe is that being out of the will of ?od brings dissatisfaction. %ot onl9 does it bring dissatisfaction, but eventuall9, if we fail to correct ourselves, we will have to reap the consequences of our disobedience. %o, ?od doesnBt bring about those consequencesI the9 donBt come from heaven. K*he *,I2' cometh not but for to steal, and to "ill, and to destroy(( 5John !&-!&6. ?od simpl9 has to allow it 4&

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because weBre not carr9ing out ,is plan. ,eBre not pursuing ,is purposes. lans, purposes, pursuitsL $tBs better to have ?odBs plan and ?odBs purpose and pursue that. AetBs not follow our own plansL AetBs sta9 with ?odBs plan and purpose, and follow His pursuitsL ?odBs full blessing and the full dimension of the Hol9 Spirit can onl9 come upon H$S A7%L ,e must get ?odBs best.

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1hroughout more than fift9 9ears of ministr9, salm !()-! has been the main scripture $Bve based m9 life upon. Before $ ever move to do an9thing, $ ma<e sure the Aord is in it. %otice in this scripture, that the9 did build the house. 1he9 got it built, all right, but their labor was all in vain because the Aord wasnBt in it. So man9 times in the ministr9, what we do is good, but it is not the AordBs plan at all. $t is manBs plan. salm !()-! refers to more than Fust building a house. /f course, in the natural, if ?od is not in whate!er 9ou are doing, it will fail. But the Bible is tal<ing here about spiritual things as well. ,hatever 9ou are doing for ?od, as< 9ourself, Is this $od(s plan. ;emember, if the Aord is not building the house, all 9our labor is in vain. Cou can build an entire house and 9et not have an9 part of it built according to ?odBs plan. 1his verse points out that they had to labor to build it because $od was not in it. ?et ?od involved in whatever 9ou are doing. Find out what His plan is before 9ou ever begin to build. $t is eas9 to stra9 from ?odBs plan. .inisters especiall9 are susceptible to stra9ing from ?odBs plan with something which seems right, good, and 44

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legitimate. But if ?od didnBt tell them to do it, and it is not His plan for them, the9 end up pursuing the wrong plan. ,hen this happens, the9 forfeit the fullness of ?odBs blessing. For e0ample, on /ctober !, !")", we started Healing School on the ;HE.7 campus at the AordBs direction. 1hrough the 9ears, weBve received marvelous testimonies from people who have been healed. ,e had a custom of beginning these healing classes with someone leading singing. .an9 times, we would spend fort9'five minutes Fust singing and worshipping the Aord. /ne da9 as $ was going to Healing School, the Aord spo<e to me. $t was so real that it was Fust as if someone were wal<ing beside me. 1he Aord said, K,hat is the purpose of this meetingDK $ answered, K$tBs a healing meeting.K K,hat <ind of a healing meetingDK K,ell, weBre teaching people who need to be healed how to receive healing and we are teaching others how to minister to the sic<. 1hatBs the purpose.K K1hen,K the Aord said to me, KitBs not a worship service.K K%o,K $ said, KitBs not a worship service.K K1hen donBt tr9 to have a worship service. /nl9 sing a few songs, Fust enough to get the congregation to participate, and go right into 9our teaching.K So we stopped conducting our Healing School as we had been. ,e got in line with ?odBs plan. ,e sing and praise fifteen minutes or so, and then we go right into our lesson. 1he area of worship was not the onl9 place where we missed it in conducting our Healing School. ,ithout 42

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realiNing it, we drifted into the counseling business. Eventuall9, we built a building called the K ra9er and Healing 3enterO, and we put in counseling rooms. eople came b9 in person or telephoned for all <inds of counselingEmarital, financial, spiritual, etc. 7fter a while, we could sense that something wasnBt right. $t seemed as though we were Kwashing our feet with our soc<s on.K So we pra9ed. .9 wife and $ pra9ed with the leader of the ra9er and Healing 3enter. ,e as<ed the people who gathered regularl9 for pra9er at ;HE.7 to pra9 with us about it. /ne night during this pra9er meeting, as $ <nelt beside a chair on the platform, the Aord spo<e to me. He said, KCouBve preached James +-!2 and !+ for 9ears. >id 9ou ever notice it is pra9er and healingEnot pra9er, counseling, and heedingDK /f course 9ou teach people the ,ord. 1hatBs what the lessons were about as we had the dail9 teaching on healing. But the Aord said to me, K?o loo< at the sign on the building. $t sa9s ra9er and Healing 3enterEnot ra9er, 3ounseling, and Healing. $ didnBt tell 9ou to counsel at all. Cou added that.K 1hen He said to me in Fust these words, K>onBt counsel an9bod9 e0cept people of 9our own sheepfold. Cou can counsel emplo9ees and students at the school because that is 9our sheepfold. But do not counsel others. $f the9 need counseling, the9 ought to be counseled in their own sheepfold. 7nd if the9 do not have a sheepfold, that is where their problem is.K 1han< ?od for teachers. 1han< ?od for evangelists. 1han< ?od for apostles and prophets. But we need the pastoral office. 1he shepherd li!es with the sheep. 4+

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,hen $Bm out in meetings, $ encourage people- KSend 9our tithes to 9our own church. 1he Bible teaches tithes and offerings. Cou can send me an offering if 9ou want to, but <eep 9our own church going.K Cou need the pastor. 1he crises of life come to all of us. 1he time ma9 come when 9ou or someone 9ou <now is in the hospital. Cou can call our office and weBll pra9 because the Bible teaches pra9er. $ wonBt come to the hospital, however. $ canBt, but 9our pastor will. 5Cou ma9 not have even been attending or supporting 9our local church. $n fact, if it had depended upon 9ou, the church ma9 have been dead and ban<rupt long ago.6 But if 9ou call 9our pastor, heBll be there to anoint 9ou with oil and pra9, and to stand with 9ou in that hour. Some of 9our <infol<s might die 5?od didnBt sa9 weBd live forever6 and 9ou might need people with 9ou. >onBt call me because $ canBt come. /r someone in 9our famil9 ma9 want to get married. >onBt send for me or an9 other television or radio preacher because we canBt come to marr9 them. 1he local pastor attends to those matters. 1his is ?odBs plan for the local church. But where the ra9er and Healing 3enter is concerned, ?od has a different plan, and weBve got to follow ?odBs plan for us. 7nd in this case, we had to get in line with ?od b9 discontinuing outside counseling. 7nother area in which $ stra9ed from ?odBs plan was in the format for our annual 3ampmeeting. .an9 9ears ago, $ began conducting meetings in 1ulsa at the Sheridan 7ssembl9 3hristian 3enter. 1he whole building wouldnBt hold more than #&& people, and we usuall9 had about 2&& people who attended regularl9. 7t night, local people would come and fill up the building. $ used to hold crusades in that churchE$Bd 4*

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Fust put on m9 own meeting and use their building. /ne night $ surprised m9self 5$ surprise m9self all the time sa9ing things out of m9 spirit6. $ said, K1his summer, weBre going to have a faith seminar and an indoor campmeeting. ?od said we are to start one.K 7fter $ said it, $ turned around and said, K,ho said thatDK and found that it had come out of m9 own mouthL $ was spea<ing b9 inspirationI $ never thought that up. $t Fust came up out of m9 spirit. Sometimes $Bll sa9 things b9 the Spirit of ?od, and m9 wife or Ken or A9nette will tell me what $ said. $Bll sa9, K$ didnBt sa9 thatE$ <now better.K KCes, 9ou didLK the9Bll sa9, and when $ go bac< and pla9 the tape, sure enough, $ said itL 1he point is that the Aord gave us ,is plan and ,is purpose for 3ampmeeting, so we began to have a faith seminar and an indoor campmeeting. 1hen three 9ears ago, the Aord spo<e to me again about 3ampmeeting, because we had unconsciousl9 drifted awa9 from His plan and purpose. $ was pra9ing about three oBcloc< one morning, and the Aord spo<e to me, K,hen $ told 9ou to start having a faith seminar and an indoor campmeeting, $ told 9ou e0plicitl9 that the morning services were to be a faith seminar, the afternoon meetings were to be as the Hol9 Spirit leads, and the night services were to be the 3ampmeeting.K 1hat was ?odBs plan. But then, some wa9 or another, without thin<ing, we had substituted our own plans, and had different teachers come in and teach on whatever subFect the9 chose. Coung people donBt understand about 3ampmeeting. Some of the old'timers of entecost do. $n fact, thatBs 4)

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where we got the e0pressionEfrom the old'timers. 1he9Bd come from all around and camp on the grounds. 1he9Bd come in wagons, and bring food along with them and ha9 for their horses. 1he9Bd Fust camp on the ground, and the9 were there all the time until the campmeeting was over. $n our modern da9, weBre in such a hurr9 that we come in for a church service and sta9 for thirt9 minutes and want to goL But thatBs not campmeetingL 3ampmeeting is a time when we all come together to enFo9 the things of ?od and Fust rela0 in the resence of ?od. ,e come awa9 from our Fobs and other distractions and Fust allow the Hol9 Spirit to do what He wants to do. 7fter the Aord spo<e to me again about 3ampmeeting, we immediatel9 began to implement His plan. ,e got bac< to His planEnot m9 plan or an9one elseBs plan. 7 pastor once told me, K1hereBs no telling how much mone9 $Bve spent getting on planes and fl9ing across the countr9 tr9ing to build m9 church. $Bd hear of a pastor who was having success. $Bd go there, learn how he did it, and then come bac< and implement that plan in m9 church. $nstead of gaining ground though, $Bd lose ground. 1he other fellow put that plan into effect and his congregation tripled. $ put it into effect and lost twent9 percent of the people. Since then, $ flew across the countr9 to another church and sta9ed one wee<, observed, and made notes. $ went bac< to m9 church and adopted that plan. 7nd $ lost more people.K 7t the time $ tal<ed to this pastor, his congregation was one third of what it had been originall9. K,hat am $ going to doDK he as<ed me. He wanted me to give him a plan. 4#

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$ said, K$ donBt <now what ?odBs plan is for 9ou. ?et alone with ?od and find out.K He said, K$ donBt have timeE$Bm too bus9 pastoring.K >ear friends, if 9ouBre too bus9 to wait on ?od to discover His plan, 9ou ma9 go through 9our entire life and ever9thing 9ou do will be in vain. 1hen what will 9ou sa9 to ?od when 9ou stand before Him in eternit9D He wonBt as< 9ou about those things 9ou did according to your ideas and plans. He will want to <now what 9ou did about ,is plan for 9our life.

!e Secret of Success
7 few 9ears ago, $ attended what was called an K$dea E0change.K .inisters from various churches and denominations across the countr9 were invited to that meeting. 7t that meeting, some of those ministers as<ed me, KBrother Hagin, what is the secret of 9our successDK /ne minister said, K,hen $ first <new 9ou, nobod9 had ever heard of 9ou. Cou were preaching in small churches and, once in a while, in a large church. But then, all of a sudden, 9ou became not onl9 a national figure, but in Fust a matter of a few 9earsEan international figure. %ow how did that all come aboutD ,hat is the secret of 9our successDK $ answered, K1he onl9 secret of success $ <now is wal<ing in line with the ,ord of ?od, and pra9ing and listening to the Hol9 Spirit. $ simpl9 listen to what the Spirit of ?od sa9s to do, and then do it.K 7ctuall9, ever9thing $Bm doing toda9 is the result of believing the ,ord, pra9ing in other tongues, and being obedient to what ?od told me to do. 1han< ?od for the value of pra9ing in other tongues. 4"

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Sometimes $ interpreted m9 own pra9ers. $n fact, that is how $ first started interpretingEb9 interpreting m9 own pra9ers. 1o tell 9ou the real truth about the matter, pra9ing in other tongues was instrumental even in showing me about m9 marriage and m9 children. $ pastored a pentecostal church in 1om Bean, 1e0as, in !"4# where $ met m9 lovel9 wife. $ was a (!'9ear'old pastor and $ needed a helpmeet. $ was pra9ing up in a barn loft that belonged to one of m9 deacons. $ had been going with /retha for a while at that point. $ began pra9ing in other tongues about m9 future, and $ pra9ed this all out in other tongues. 1hen $ pra9ed the interpretation out- $ saw in the Spirit that $ would marr9 her and that weBd have two children, and thatBs what happenedL $ got that in pra9er. $ didnBt get that because $ was standing in the office of the prophet, because $ wasnBt at that time. ,hen 9ou get down on 9our <nees and find out for yourself what ,is plans areEbecause He will put His approval and His blessings on His plansEit wor<s so much better. $t will almost wor< li<e cloc<wor<. $ remember how ?od dealt with me before the beginning of what has come to be called the 3harismatic .ovement. $n >ecember !"*(, $ was preaching in a Full ?ospel church in Houston. Suddenl9, $ felt a wind blowing upon me. $t came with such force that it <noc<ed me flat on the floor and $ fell into a trance. 5$n 7cts !&-",!&, the Bible sa9s that eter went up on the housetop to pra9 and fell into a trance.6 7ll m9 ph9sical senses were suspended. 2&

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$ saw a beautiful flower garden surrounded with a white pic<et fence. $n the middle of it was a pavilion or arbor. 1he garden was full of the most beautiful flowers of ever9 <ind. 1he arbor itself was made up of climbing flower plants. Each flower was in full bloom and was giving off a wonderful aroma. 1he perfume was visible as it rose into the air. $ came up from the east to the gate of the fence. Jesus was standing Fust inside. ,hen $ got there, He unlatched the gate, and pushed it open. He reached out His hand, too< m9 right hand, led me inside, and shut the gate. 1hen He too< m9 right hand in both of His hands, and led me down the path to the arbor. 1wo white marble benches were on either side of the arbor. He sat on the bench to the south and without sa9ing a word, pulled me down beside Him. $ loo<ed around. From the west, $ saw a river flowing into the garden. $t was broad at its beginnings bac< up in the s<9 and it narrowed as it flowed into this little garden. 7s $ loo<ed, the river changed. $t became peopleEpeople of ever9 nationalit9, people of ever9 dress and station of life. 1he9 were flowing into the garden. $ said, KAord, who are these peopleD ,hat does all this meanDK Jesus said to me, K1hese are people from what 9ou call BdenominationalB churches and even from other religions of the world. $n this da9, $ am visiting hungr9 hearts ever9where. $ will visit places 9ou never would have thought $ would visitEnot onl9 what 9ou call BdenominationalB churches, but $ will visit other religions where hearts are hungr9 and open to .e. 1hese are people who will come into the light of the new birth and the fullness of being filled with the Hol9 2!

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Spirit. 1he9 will flow as one. 1he aroma that goes up is the praise of these people ascending into heaven, even as the incense of old ascended unto .e. KCou must pla9 a part in this,K Jesus said. K$ want 9ou to minister to the whole Bod9.K Jesus <ept sa9ing that- K$ want 9ou to minister to the whole Bod9,K while $ watched the following scene run off before me li<e 9ouBd watch something on television. $ saw m9self ministering in Baptist churches. $ saw m9self ministering in resb9terian churches, in .ethodist churches, in >isciples of 3hrist churches, and even in ;oman 3atholic churchesEand $Bve done itL $ saw people falling under the power and l9ing all around the front of .ethodist, Baptist, resb9terian, 3atholic, and other denominational churchesEand it has come to passL 1hat might not seem so amaNing to 9ou now, but it was shoc<ing to Full ?ospel circles in those da9s. $ was a entecostal preacher who preached strictl9 in entecostal churches. 1hat happened in >ecember !"*(. $n Januar9 !"*4, $ was holding a meeting in another Full ?ospel church in Houston. /ne night, a spirit of pra9er suddenl9 fell on us. 5,e donBt see that much an9more. $n fact, we donBt see it at all. Cou see, we onl9 permit the Hol9 Spirit to go so far in 3harismatic circles. But as we learn to follow ?od and reall9, trul9 worship Him, the Hol9 Spirit will be able to manifest Himself as He desires to.6 7t this meeting in !"*4, $ was Fust preaching awa9 and a spirit of pra9er fell on us. Ever9one hit the floor pra9ing. $ didnBt tell the people to pra9Ethe Hol9 Spirit 2(

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Fust came upon the people to pra9. $ loo<ed bac< across the congregation and no one was sitting on the pews. Ever9one was either down around the altar pra9ing or <neeling at their seats pra9ing. $ stepped down off the platform, <nelt b9 the steps, and began to pra9. $ had onl9 been pra9ing a short time when $ was in the Spirit. For lac< of a better word, $ call it Kgetting lost in the Spirit,K because time goes b9 and 9ou thin< 9ouBve onl9 been pra9ing a few minutes but actuall9, 9ouBve been pra9ing much longer. B9 the time $ finall9 opened m9 e9es and loo<ed, $ thought $Bd been pra9ing about fifteen minutes. $ had not been conscious of an9thing else that went on around me, but actuall9 $ had been pra9ing an hour and a half. $ loo<ed around and there was no one in the church e0cept the pastor and me. $ said to him, KSomething happened to m9 watch. $t must be running fast.K K%o,K he said, KthatBs the right time. $ saw that 9ou were lost in the Spirit so $ didnBt bother 9ou.K 1oward the end of m9 pra9ing, $ suddenl9 realiNed that $ was doing something, so $ opened m9 e9es. ,ith m9 thumb and inde0 finger, $ had formed a circle. ,ith the inde0 finger of the other hand, $ was tracing a circle inside those fingers. $Bd go all around that circle one wa9, and then $Bd come bac< around it, pra9ing in tongues the whole time. $Bd go three quarters of the wa9 around the circle, and go bac< around, still pra9ing in tongues. $Bd go half wa9 around it, then bac< again, still pra9ing in tongues. $Bd go a quarter of the wa9 around, and trace it bac< again, pra9ing in tongues. $ thought, 0hat am I doing. 1hen $ began to interpret what $ was pra9ing about. 1his was the interpretation- KCouBre going in a circle in 9our ministr9. CouBll go all the wa9 around that 24

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circle, and then 9ouBll go bac< around it over and over again. 5$ was about to go bac< to a church where $Bd been nine times before.6 CouBll go three quarters of the wa9 around that circle, and then 9ouBll go bac< three quarters of the wa9 around that circle. CouBll go half wa9 around that circle, then 9ouBll go bac< around that circle. Finall9, the Aord said to me, K%ow get out of that circle. $n fact, stop holding meetings in churchesI go to a neutral place. Hold 9our meetings in a hotel or in a motel ballroom. 3all 9our meetings B7ll FaithsB 3rusadesB and invite people from an9 denomination to come.K Jesus e0plained wh9 He wanted me to stop holding meetings in churches. He said, K/ne denomination is preFudiced against another denomination. Besides that, almost all Full ?ospel churches are fishing out of their own bathtub an9wa9, and there arenBt an9 fish in their bathtub.K So $ got out and went fishing for men, glor9 to ?odL ,eBre enFo9ing the results of that toda9. 1hen Jesus said, K.a<e another circle. 1hat first circle represents 9our going to neutral places to hold meetings. K 1hen $ found m9self ma<ing a little larger circle. Jesus said, K1hat second circle represents 9our putting into print all of 9our Bible lessons.K ,eBve done that. $n fact, in English alone, weBve published 4) million boo<s. ,e are continuing to publish more than a million boo<s ever9 9ear. 7t the time, $ didnBt thin< it would be that big of a circle. 1hen Jesus said, K1hird, put all of 9our messages on tape.K 7t that time, we Fust had those old reel'to'reel tapes. %ow we put out 2&,&&& cassette tapes a month. 1hen Jesus said, K?et on radio and teachEdonBt preach.K $n those da9s, no one in Full ?ospel circles was 22

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teaching on radio. 1he9 were all preaching. So $ got on the radio and taught. Each time weBd brea< into one of those circles that $ had pra9ed out, it would wor< so smoothl9. ,h9D Because it was ?odBs plan. ,e heard from heaven and the plan was blessed. $Bve given Fust a brief overview of ?odBs dealings in m9 life and ministr9. But He doesnBt Fust have plans and purposes for me. He has a plan for the 3hurch. He has a plan and a place for each of His children, and His children can <now His plans and pursue them in their lives and ministries. But 9ou have to get His plan from Him. Cou have to pra9 it through. 1he old'time entecostals had a term, Kpra9ing through,K but people misused it. 1he9 would sa9 to a fellow believer, KHave 9ou pra9ed through toda9DK ;eall9, if 9ou are in fellowship with ?od, 9ou donBt have to pra9 through, in that sense. However, if 9ou are in a bac<slidden condition, 9ou do need to pra9 through. 1hat e0pression got started because sometimes people do come up against forces of evil in pra9er. CouBve got to pra9 through them sometimes. >aniel pra9ed twent9'one da9s until he pra9ed through. So sometimes there are spiritual forces that 9ou have to pra9 through. Sometimes 9ou have to pra9 and wait on ?od to find out what ,is plans, purposes, and pursuits are. Cou need to find out ?odBs plan for 9our life, 9our ministr9, 9our churchEor whatever it is that ?od has called 9ou to do. $n waiting upon the Aord in pra9er, all $ did was simpl9 obe9 what ?od told me to do. $ havenBt done an9 thing e0cept run to tr9 to <eep up with HimL 2+

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/nce, a minister friend and his wife came to visit m9 wife and me, and we were driving them around showing them ;HE.7 and all the facilities. 1he9 said, KCou must be carr9ing a heav9 load.K K%o,K $ said, K$Bm not carr9ing an9 heav9 load. %o, 9ouBre mista<enE$Bm not the least bit burdened b9 an9thing. $t wasnBt my idea or my plan to start a training center. $ didnBt want to do it to begin with, an9wa9.K Cou see, $ had alread9 cast m9 cares upon the Aord. $ had settled all this with the Aord and had His plan on the matter. Earl9 in our building programs, $ told the Aord about our financial needs. 51he Aord is our friend and He is our Father. He cares about us, and He can understand us when we tal< to Him.6 1hatBs wh9 $ donBt carr9 the burdenL $f it is the AordBs plan, He will put 9ou overL K2&cept the /ord build the house, they labour in !ain that build it...+ 5 s. !()-!6. 7nd $ <now ?od can get the Fob doneL So what we are doing is the result of what $od said to do, not what $ wanted. $tBs not m9 plan or m9 purpose EitBs ?odBs.

Find Your Place of Anointing


/ne reason man9 ministers miss ?odBs plan for their lives is that the9 tr9 to be a KFac<'of'all'trades and a master of none.K ,e need to realiNe thisEever9 one of us is limitedL $f 9ou could do it all 9ourself, there wouldnBt be an9 need for the rest of us. Cet some people seem to thin<, K$f ?od ta<es me off the scene, the Fob wonBt get doneLK $snBt it strange how ?od has gotten b9 without them all these 9earsD %o, itBs human ego that li<es to thin< thatL 2*

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KCeah, but $Bm the onl9 one who is doing an9thing for ?odLK >ear me, man9 times it is the fol<s 9ou have never heard of who are doing more for ?od than people with an attitude li<e thatL Cou ma9 not be gifted and anointed b9 the Hol9 Spirit to minister in a certain wa9, but find your place and 9ou will be successful. $f 9ou donBt <now for sure where 9our place is, Fust <eep giving people the ,ord and la9ing hands on them in faithL ?od honors faith, and 9ou will have Fust as man9 miraclesL 1he late ;ev. Howard 3arter was the ?eneral 3hairman of the 7ssemblies of ?od in ?reat Britain for nineteen 9ears, and he built the first entecostal Bible school in the world. He was used b9 the Aord to minister some of the clearest teaching $ have ever heard concerning the gifts of the Hol9 Spirit. $ heard him sa9 once that nearl9 ever9one he laid hands on was filled with the Hol9 Spirit, and practicall9 ever9one his wife laid hands on got healed. Cou see, both he and his wife had found their place of anointing and the9 flowed together in their anointings as a husband'and'wife team in the ministr9L 1he9 learned that b9 sta9ing with their individual places of anointing, the9 were effectiveL ,hen people find their area of anointing and sta9 with itEnot tr9ing to be someone the9Bre notEthe9 become effective in whatever the9 are doing for ?od. Sometimes ?od will show 9ou what He wants 9ou to doE9ou will have His plan. But at the same time, 9ou will perceive in 9our spirit that the time to do it isnBt quite right. Aearn to wait for the right time to implement ?odBs planEwait for the quic<ening of the Hol9 Spirit. 7t other times, ?od will show 9ou things in the Spirit, and although 9ou wonBt <now e!erything ?od wants to do, as 9ou fulfill what the Aord told 9ou to doE 2)

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little b9 little, 9ou will move into deeper areas of the Spirit. 7s 9ou are obedient to follow ?odBs plan and ,is purpose, He will begin to illustrate and demonstrate some things to 9ou and lead 9ou into greater understanding of His plan. 1here will also be times when 9ou simpl9 pic< up on what the Spirit wants to do through others in the Bod9 of 3hrist, but that does not mean that ?od wants you to do it. Aisten to what $Bm sa9ing. $f 9ouBll recall, sometimes when aul had something to sa9, he would sa9, K1his is what the Aord said.K But at other times, heBd sa9, K?od gave me permission to sa9 this.K lease get something clear in 9our mind- $Bm spea<ing this b9 the Spirit of ?od because ?od wants to clear up some areas so He can move in our midst. .an9 people who have some sensitivit9 to the Hol9 Spirit sense what ?od is doing and what He wants to do. 1he9 grab that and run off with it and tr9 to build something from that. But because ?od didnBt specificall9 tell them to do it, their plans are onl9 manBs plan, not ?odBs plan or purpose. 1he9 add to ?odBs plan or the9 ta<e awa9 from it, but the9 get the real thing ?od wanted to do in a mess, and sometimes the9 even thwart the plan and the move that ?od wanted. ,e canBt let that happen in what ?od wants to do in our da9 in the Bod9 of 3hrist. How are we going to <eep that from happeningD 7re we going to pra9D 3ertainl9, we should pra9, but that wonBt do it. ,e are going to have to teach people what the Bible sa9s. ,e are going to have to get people informed. 1he Bod9 of 3hrist is going to have to begin to follow after ?odBs plans, purposes, and pursuits. Aet me use an illustration to e0plain what $ mean. 7 number of 9ears ago, $ announced during 3ampmeeting 2#

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that we were going to start a Bible school. .an9 other people sensed the same leading to start a Bible school. $Bm sure ?od had probabl9 spo<en to some of these peopleI others were Fust sensing the move of ?od in that area and direction. 7fter we announced we were going to start a Bible school, we received man9 letters that said, K?od told us to start a Bible school, but we donBt <now how. 3ould 9ou tell us howDK ,ell, when ?od told us to start one, we didnBt <now how either. ,e had to see< $od(s plan for what ,e wanted us to do. ,e wrote these people bac< and said, K$f ?od told 9ou to start a Bible school, HeBll tell 9ou how to do it. $f He doesnBt tell 9ou how to do it, He didnBt direct 9ou to start one in the first placeLK 1hen in another instance, $ announced from the platform, K,e are going to start Healing School.K ;ight after that, we got letters from others who had also sensed the move of ?od in that area. 1he9 wrote us sa9ing, K?od told us to start a healing school. How do we do itD 1ell us how to do it.K However, when ?od told us to start ours, we had to see< Him for the Khow'to.K ,e pra9ed and sought ?odL ,hat happened was that man9 of these people sensed in the Spirit that ?od was moving this wa9, and the9 thought He wanted them to do it. 1he9 didnBt ta<e time to wait before ?od to get His plan for themsel!es or for their church. ,hen people sense which wa9 ?od is moving, man9 times the9 assume ?od wants them to do something. /f course, there will alwa9s be those people who Fust want to start something because someone else is doing it. .ost of them fall flat on their faces. ,h9D Because, K2&cept the /ord build the house, they labour in !ain that build it...+ 5 s. !()-!6. 2"

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/nce we get ?odBs plan and begin to follow it, it is vital that we learn to rest in Him. ,hat happens so man9 times is that ?od reall9 does tell 3hristians to do something, but then they tr9 to go build it or do it themsel!es. 1he9 tr9 to carr9 out ?odBs plan in themselves and the9 do it in their own strength. 1he9 thin< they have to perform it, and some of them labor under that burden until the strain of it literall9 <ills themI the9 have a heart attac< and die 9oung. 1hen 9ou hear someone sa9, KSee, that proves healing is not for ever9one, because that fine fellow wor<ed for the Aord, but he died right in the midst of doing ?odBs will.K %o, in that circumstance, if 9ou do all the laboring to bring ?odBs plan to pass, and 9ou donBt trust in Him to do it, 9ou ma9 wor< 9ourself to deathL See< ?od, and let Him bring His own plan to passL ,hen ?od tells 9ou to do something, 9ou need to rest as 9ou go, glor9 to ?odL $Bm resting in ,im1 1he Bible sa9s, K... we which ha!e belie!ed do enter into rest...+ 5Heb. 2-46.

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What's Your Purpose

KEven when men get .9 plan,K Jesus said to me in that earl9 morning visitation of !"#), Koftentimes their purposes are wrong. KSome people get .9 plan,K Jesus said. K$ spea< to them, but in tr9ing to carr9 out that plan, their purposes become wrong. So $ cannot bless them because manBs purposes and pursuits must be lined up with .9 plans and purposes for the fullness of .9 blessing.K Cou can have the right plan with the wrong purpose. Even in our individual church services and meetings, we can miss ?odBs purpose and fall far short of His best. 7s $ was caught up in the Spirit with Jesus, He told me that He has a plan and a purpose for ever9 meeting. K,hen it comes to having church, when it comes to services, when it comes to meetings,K Jesus said, Kmen ma<e their own plans and then as< .e to bless their plans. $ bless them as far as $ can, but $ cannot put .9 full approval and blessing upon them because men are pursuing their own plans.K 1hen He spo<e to me about the different <inds of meetingsEbelieversB meetings, evangelistic meetings, healing meetings, teaching meetings, pra9er meetings, worship services, and so forth. He said, K,here 9ou are missing it toda9 in 9our culture in the United States is, 9ou tr9 to put all those <inds of meetings into one service, and so 9ou never +!

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reall9 reach the full potential of an9 meeting.K Sometimes in a campmeeting't9pe of setting, we have the time to combine man9 different <inds of services. However, people in a church setting often tr9 to have constant campmeeting, or all crusade't9pe services. Cou canBt have campmeeting all the time. $n order for people to get a balanced spiritual diet, the9 need all <inds of meetings. ,hen we tr9 to have all <inds of meetings in one, none of them are as successful as the9 should be. 1hen the Hol9 Spirit is hindered from moving li<e He wants to move because man is operating according to his own purpose and not according to ?odBs purpose. 7lthough His power will be in manifestation as much as possible under the circumstances, it wonBt be all that ?od has in store for us. But if weBll learn ?odBs purpose for each meeting and emphasiNe that, weBll have success in ever9 meeting we hold. $Bm reciting to 9ou things that the Aord said to me during this visitation. $ donBt <now about 9ou, but some of the things He said to me corrected m9 thin<ing.

Belie"ers' #eetings
/ne <ind of meeting that we donBt see much in the local church is a believersB meeting. eople in the Earl9 3hurch went to church because the9 had something. 1oda9, most people go to church to get something. ,ell, if 9ou have to go to church to get something, thatBs fine. But, reall9, 3hristians ought to bring something with them when the9 come to church. ,e find believersB meetings specificall9 mentioned in scripture+(

0hat(s 3our Purpose. 1 %'(IN)HIANS 14:2*+2, 2* Ho! is it then, $rethren- !hen #e come together, ever# one o #o. hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tong.e, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation& /et all things $e done .nto edi #ing& 20 I an# man spea" in an .n"no!n tong.e, let it $e $# t!o, or at the most $# three, and that $# co.rse; and let one interpret& 21 2.t i there $e no interpreter, let him "eep silence in the ch.rch; and let him spea" to himsel , and to 3od& /et the prophets spea" t!o or three, and let the other 4.dge&

1his is not tal<ing about Fust an9 <ind of service. $t is tal<ing about a believersB meeting. %obod9 is present but believers. K... rethren ... when ye come together. ..K 5v. (*6. First 3orinthians !2-(4'(+, ma<es this plain1 %'(IN)HIANS 14:25+26 25 I there ore the !hole ch.rch $e come together into one place, and all spea" !ith tong.es, and there come in those that are .nlearned, or .n$elievers, !ill the# not sa# that #e are mad24 2.t i all prophes#, and there come in one that $elieveth not, or one .nlearned, he is convinced o all, he is 4.dged o all: 26 And th.s are the secrets o his heart made mani est; and so alling do!n on &i ace he !ill !orship 3od, and report that 3od is in #o. o a tr.th&

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be so great that he will fall down before Him. 1he closest thing $ ever saw to this <ind of meeting was in !"4" and !"2& in a little church $ pastored in Farmersville, 1e0as. 1his congregation was entecostal. 7s their 9oung pastor, $ had recentl9 come into entecost from the Baptists. $ would sa9 that in !"4" and !"2&, $ probabl9 didnBt preach more than a half a doNen times on a Sunda9 morningI we had believersB meetings. $ came into entecost in !"4" and in those da9s, people thought 9ou were bac<slidden if 9ou didnBt have a testimon9 meeting ever9 service. ,e had a move of the Spirit in those da9s that the modern'da9 3harismatic <nows nothing about. But weBve got to get bac< to it. $n this church, primaril9 onl9 our own peopleE believersEcame on Sunda9 morning. /rdinaril9, $Bd Fust sit down on the platform and sa9 to the congregation, K$Bm going to turn this meeting over to the Hol9 Spirit. ,hatever the Hol9 Spirit has given 9ou, Fust get up and give it.K /f course, if the meeting didnBt run right, $ was still responsible for it, and $Bd get up and stop it or get it bac< into the right channel. First 3orinthians !2-(* sa9s, +... when ye come together, e!ery one of you hath a psalm ... doctrine ... tongue ... re!elation ... interpretation. /et all things be done unto edifying.+ How man9 believers are supposed to have something from the Hol9 SpiritD 7ll of themL /f course, this will wor< better in a small church than it will in a large one. +... 2V243 5N2 of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a re!elation, hath an interpretation. /et all things be done +2

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unto edifying+ 5v. (*6. $ would tell m9 congregation, K,hatever the Hol9 Spirit has given 9ouEgive it. $f the Hol9 Spirit has given 9ou a song, Fust start a chorus. $f the Hol9 Spirit has given 9ou tongues for the whole bod9, spea< it out. $f the Hol9 Spirit gives 9ou the interpretation, go ahead and interpret. $f 9ou have a prophec9, prophes9. ,hatever the Hol9 Spirit gives 9ouEgive it.K ;emember, prophec9 is inspired utterance. Because prophec9 is spea<ing forth, there is an element of prophec9 in testimonies. $n these believersB meetings, people would get up and testif9, and although the9 would sometimes start off spea<ing in the natural, the9Bd get inspired and their testimon9 would bless ever9one. 7s the9 spo<e, something would Fust go out over the whole crowd. For instance, there was a man in the congregation who was ver9 timid. Sometimes the Spirit of ?od would come upon him and with no music and no singing, heBd Fust get up and start dancing. Cou tal< about dancingL $t blessed ever9one. 7nd with no musicL 7ll we had was a piano in those da9s. Someone would start singing a chorus and the pianist would pic< it up and start pla9ing along. ,e had three sections of seats in our little auditorium. 1here would be times when the whole congregation Fust sat quietl9, reverencing and waiting on ?od. Sometimes the Spirit of ?od would move in such a wa9 that with no pianist or an9 music at all, the people in one section would simultaneousl9 Fump up and start dancing all at once Fust li<e someone was leading themL 1here was no music and there was no one leading them, but the9Bd all start dancing Fust li<e some Unseen /ne was orchestrating them. ++

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$Bd sit on the platform, grinning and watching the Hol9 Spirit move. 1hen the9Bd all stop simultaneousl9 and another section would get up and the9Bd start dancing with no one directing them. 1hen the9Bd all sit down again Fust li<e some Unseen /ne was directing them. 1he Hol9 Spirit was doing the directingL 1hen the people in the center section would all Fump up and dance for a while and the9Bd all sit down at the same time. Sometimes, someone would get up and give a message in tongues. .ost of the time, $Bd interpret because $ was on the platform and people could hear better that wa9. /nce in a while, $Bd encourage someone else to interpret the message. ?od moved in some of the most unusual wa9s in those believersB meetings. But it was because we had real worship in our servicesEtrue worship. 7nd we were careful to <eep our worship in the Spirit and to reverence ?od and not get in the flesh. ,e didnBt put on some <ind of a demonstration, but there was a demonstration of the )piritEthere is a differenceL ,e are not to put on a demonstration, but we are to allow the demonstration of the )pirit. >o 9ou see the differenceD %one of the services were ali<e. $n some services, the Hol9 ?host so came into the room and filled it with His resence that nobod9 moved, nobod9 said a word. Cou were afraid to move or spea< because a hol9 awe gripped the crowd. ,e had no nurser9. 1he babies were in their mothersB arms or asleep on the floor or on a bench. Aittle children were sitting b9 their mothers. Cet as we sat in total silence for an hour and a half, not a bab9 cried, not a child moved. 1he resence of ?od filled His temple. /hhhL Cou +*

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carr9 that resence with 9ou for months and months. /nce in a while some unsaved person would come in. $ remember one of those times. ,e were all sitting silentl9 in ?odBs resence, when from the platform, $ saw the bac< door of the auditorium open and a man come inside. 1his fellow usuall9 dropped his wife off at church on Sunda9 morning. 1hen he would go to an illegal gambling dive in town. He would come bac< around noon to pic< up his wife because we were usuall9 through b9 that time. He told us later what transpired that da9. He drove into the par<ing lot, rolled down the car window, and didnBt hear an9thing. So he got out of the car and wal<ed up to a window. ,e didnBt have stained glassE we Fust painted the bottom pane of glass. He couldnBt see inside, so he put his ear up against the window, but he couldnBt hear an9thing. He said, K$ thought, erhaps the rapture has ta<en place and ever9one is goneL 1he cars are all here.K He went bac< and sat in his car. 7n hour went b9. $t was one oBcloc< b9 that time and he hadnBt heard an9thing. ,e were all sitting in the resence of ?od, almost afraid to move. ,e were engulfed in a hol9 awe, a hol9 atmosphere. So he decided, I(ll 6ust loo" inside to see if the rapture too" place. HeBd been to church some and had heard preaching about the rapture, and his wife had also tal<ed to him about it. Sitting on the platform, $ was the onl9 person who saw him open the door and loo< around.

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1he building was about half full with most of the crowd sitting down toward the front. 1he bac< pews were empt9, so he sat down on the ver9 bac< pew as close as he could to the door. %obod9 said a word, not a child moved, not a bab9 criedEand weBd been there two hoursL 1his move of the Spirit started Fust a little past !!-&& a.m. and when this occurred it was about !-!+ p.m. Fifteen more minutes went b9. $ watched the man as he was loo<ing around all that time. Suddenl9, he started sha<ing violentl9. He got up and staggered down the aisle li<e a drun< man, sha<ing all the while, and fell across the altar calling on ?od. %o one went to the altar to help him pra9. ,e all Fust sat there. ,e figured that what ?od had started in him, He was able to complete. 1hat didnBt happen Fust onceEit happened frequentl9. 7lmost ever9 time an unsaved person would come in on Sunda9 morning, it would happen to them. 1he9Bd start sha<ing as though the9 had a chill. %o one would sa9 an9thing to them, but the9 would get up and come to the altar as the power of ?od came upon them. ,e donBt <now too much toda9 about the power of ?od in manifestation. /h, we see the gifts of the Spirit operate sometimes, but ?od wants us to have all of it. He wants us to have His full plan. 1he Aord tal<ed to me about the manifestation of His power in the visitation in Jul9. He tal<ed about different <inds of meetings which 3hristians hold. He specificall9 mentioned believersB meetings. $f $ were a pastor again, at certain times $Bd have believersB meetings. 1hese meetings would not be for the general public. 1hings can happen when Fust +#

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believers are present that should not happen in a meeting open to the general public. But if an9one else happened to come in, the9 would get saved Fust as the9 did in Farmersville, and the9 would encounter the resence of ?od Fust as First 3orinthians !2 sa9s.

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,e called our Sunda9 morning services in Farmersville, believersB meetings, because no one came e0cept 3hristians. /n Sunda9 nights, though, visitors came and filled up the building. 1he9 even stood outside loo<ing in the doorsL ,eBd have more sinners than saints at those Sunda9 night meetings. $ would sa9 to our congregation ahead of time, K,eBre coming tonight with the sinner in mind. ,eBre not coming to worship ?od or to get blessed ourselves. ,e got blessed this morning. 1his isnBt a believersB meeting. Some things which happened this morning would be out of order tonight. 1his is an evangelistic meeting. ,eBre not interested in Fumping and shouting, but weBre interested in helping that unsaved one along.K ,e had good music on Sunda9 nights. Ever9one appreciates good singing. 1here were solos, trios, and quartets. eople often told us, KCou have the best singing in town.K Cou see, the9 recogniNed the Hol9 ?host anointing. $ preached an evangelistic message, and people were saved, filled with the Hol9 ?host, and healed ever9 Sunda9 night. $t was Fust a common occurrenceI we had constant revival.

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eople coming in from the outside, even sinners, would tell us, K,hen 9ou step in the door here, 9ou can sense the resence of ?od.K Cou see, we had charged the atmosphere with the power of ?od that morning in the believersB meeting.

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,e desperatel9 need to get bac< to holding pra9er meetings in our churches. .ost of what people call pra9er meetings toda9 have deteriorated into little or no pra9ing. ,hat does Kpra9er meetingK meanD $t means 9ou meet to pra9. $f 9ouBre going to call it a pra9er meeting, then that is the purpose of it. Cou should devote the maFor portion of time to pra9er. $ remember some time ago, a woman as<ed me if she could tal< to me after one of our seminars. She said, K.a9be 9ou can help me. $ belong to a church and we have a wee<l9 pra9er meeting. But $ donBt <now wh9 in the world the9 call it a pra9er meeting, because we ver9 seldom ever pra9.K $f people donBt pra9 in a pra9er meeting, the9 have their plans and purposes all mi0ed upL She said, K$nstead of calling it a Bpra9erB meeting, it should be called a Bprophes9ingB meeting because all the9 ever do is prophes9 over one another. $s that rightDK $ said, K,hat do 9ou mean, $s that rightDK K,ell, for instance, the9 are alwa9s prophes9ing something bad to me.K $ as<ed her, K,hat have the9 prophesied over 9ouDK K7bout eighteen months ago, the9 prophesied that m9 mother was going to die within twelve months.K K>id she dieDK *&

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K%o, sheBs in good health.K $ said, K$tBs eas9 to Fudge that.K 7n9one with one e9e and half sense could tell that prophec9 wasnBt from ?od, especiall9 since her mother was still alive and wellL K1hen the9 prophesied that m9 husband was going to leave me within si0 months,K she said. K>id he leave 9ouDK K%o, he didnBt leave me. He doesnBt understand ever9thing thatBs going on, but he is a wonderful man and $ love him and he loves me.K $ said, K,ell, that ought to be easil9 Fudged too.K $f fol<s are having a pra9er meeting, $ donBt <now wh9 the9 donBt pra9L $ realiNe that itBs good to sing a little at first to sort of get Ktuned up.K $t helps to sing and worship ?od to get into an attitude of pra9er. But in a prayer meeting, if all 9ouBre going to do is sing then 9ouBre going to miss out on ?odBs plan and purpose for that meeting. %ot onl9 do we need to hold meetings for the purpose of pra9er, but ever9one at the meeting needs to have a clear understanding of what to pra9 about. $ remember something $ did in m9 ministr9 after $ left m9 last church in !"2" and went out on the field. $ was preaching primaril9 in Full ?ospel churches, and it was the custom in those da9s in Full ?ospel churches to close ever9 meeting with the congregation coming around the altar to pra9. $Bll tell 9ou, we need some more of those <ind of services toda9L $t would stop ninet9' nine percent of all counseling in the churchI people would get the answers to their problems while the9 are pra9ingL $Bd purposel9 run polls on these people who came to *!

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the altar. $Bd go along and tap them on the shoulder, and as< them, K,hat are 9ou doing here at the altarDK K/h, Fust pra9ing.K K,hat are 9ou pra9ing forDK K$ donBt <now.K $f people donBt <now what the9 are pra9ing for, how will the9 <now if the9 get the answerD Ces, there is the <ind of pra9er where we are Fust waiting on ?od. But if thatBs what the9 were doing, the9 should have answered, $Bm not pra9ing for an9thing specificI $Bm Fust fellowshipping with m9 Father.K Since these people reall9 didnBt <now what the9 were doing at the altar, their purposes were wrong and the9 didnBt even <now it. ,hen manBs purposes are wrong, the blessings of ?od can onl9 flow so far. ?odBs blessings and His stamp of approval can onl9 be given in a limited wa9 when we are not in line with ,is plan. ?et ?odBs planL $tBs bestL So if it is important for indi!iduals to <now what the9 are pra9ing for, how much more important it is that we have a purpose in mind when we meet as a church to pra9L $ saw tremendous results in m9 own ministr9 as a pastor when m9 church got in one accord and had the same purpose in pra9er. Aet me share with 9ou one such instance. 1he last church $ pastored grew continuall9. 1hatBs the wa9 it should be with ever9 church. ,e should be continuall9 following ?odBs plan, and reaching forth towards that. 1his is the Biblical pattern for growth whether it is for a church or for an individual. 1he reason we were alwa9s growing in this church *(

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was because we were continuall9 tr9ing to follow after ?odBs plan and to pursue that. For e0ample, we were going to hold a revivalEso the purpose of the meeting was evangelisticEto bring in the lost and get them saved. $n our church, weBd alwa9s had certain fast da9s and pra9er meetings set aside to prepare for special meetings li<e this. 7ctuall9, we were Fust cop9ing after what others had done more than an9thing else. $f weBre not careful, we can get in a habit of doing things that ma9 be right, but weBre doing them Fust as a religious rite. $f thatBs all it is, it wonBt produce an9 results or amount to much. Because $ saw that we were Fust more or less following a religious form, $ said to the congregation, K$ donBt want 9ou to even pra9 about the revival thatBs coming up.K $ did that to get the people out of their religious rut. ,e were getting read9 to hold an evangelistic meeting, a revivalEthat was our main purpose. ,e were not going to come to worship ?od, to have a believersB meeting, or even to get blessed ourselves. ,e were coming for one reason onl9, and that was to get the lost saved. $ told the congregation, K,hen 9ou come tomorrow night for pra9er meeting, write down on a piece of paper the name of someone 9ou want to see saved during this revival meeting. $f it is a husband and wife, write both of their names down. $f the person is a bac<slider or if both a husband and a wife are bac<sliders, write down their names. ,rite a BBB on the paper so we will <now the9Bre bac<sliders. Cou pra9 a little differentl9 for a bac<slider than 9ou do for a person who has never been born again.K /rdinaril9, it doesnBt happen in East 1e0as, but the *4

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ne0t night we had a cold spell and it snowed and sleeted. eople in 1e0as arenBt used to that <ind of weather, so the9 donBt go out in it. ,e didnBt have as man9 people come to pra9er meeting as we normall9 did, but some people did come. $ collected all of the pieces of paper with the names written down. $ said, KFirst, letBs pra9 according to the ,ord of ?odI after all, itBs ?odBs plan that sinners be saved.K ,e didnBt have an9 music, singing, or worship because that wasnBt the purpose of this meetingI it was to pra9. So $ said to the congregation, KAetBs agree that these people will have a revelation of Jesus as Savior during this revival meeting. 1he Bible sa9s, PB... if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall as", it shall be done for them of my 'ather which is in hea!en(+ 5.att. !#-!"6. ,e pra9ed for ever9 name on that listI some of them we agreed on and some we pra9ed as the Spirit would direct us, and for some we pra9ed in tongues. 7fter we pra9ed in agreement and claimed our answer, $ said, K%ow letBs than< ?od for the answer. /nce we than< ?od for the answer, donBt pra9 about this again. $f 9ou thin< about it, Fust lift 9our hands and praise ?od for the answer.K Following ?odBs plan, we got one hundred percent resultsL ,e <new e0actl9 what <ind of meeting we were having and we Fust pursued thatL Ever9one we pra9ed for e0cept two were saved in that revived meetingL 1he other two were saved before the end of the 9earL $ left that church before the 9ear was up and there was onl9 one man weBd pra9ed for who had not been saved 9et. However, before the 9ear was over, $ was preaching in 3alifornia, and this man and his wife came up to tal< to me after a meeting. 1he9 had moved out *2

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there, and he told me, KBrother Hagin, $ want 9ou to <now that $Bm 9our brother now. $Bve been born againLK 1hat means before that 9ear was over, we had one hundred percent success pra9ing according to ?odBs planL $Bd never heard of a pra9er meeting that had those <inds of results. But, 9ou see, we got in line with ?odBs planL Unfortunatel9, not ever9 pastor is willing to pa9 the price to have the right <ind of pra9er meetings in his church. $ was holding a meeting for a pastor once, and he as<ed me, KBrother Hagin, how can $ get m9 congregation to pra9DK $ never did have an9 problem getting m9 people to pra9. $ said, KCou pra9 9ourself. Cou set the e0ample for them.K K/h,K he said. He turned around and wal<ed off. He was too bus9 doing other things to pra9 much. 1hatBs sort of li<e parents telling their children, K 3ou shouldnBt do that,K when the9 do it right in front of their children themselvesL 3hildren will do Fust what the parents do, and act Fust li<e their own parents act. ra9er is ?odBs plan. But men loo< for some human plan, some human formula, some Kget'fi0ed'quic<K scheme. ?od hasnBt got an9 Kget'fi0ed'quic<K plans. 1he new birth is instant, but spiritual growth is not. Spiritual development ta<es time. ,e live in a time of fast food. 7ll 9ou need to do is to drive up to the window and get it. ,e live in a time of ninet9'nine cent sales. But ?od is not putting on an9 ninet9'nine cent sales. 1he things of ?od still cost the same price the9 did 9ears ago. 1he9 never go up in price and never go down in value. *+

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astors, get ?odBs plan. ?et down on 9our <nees and sta9 there until 9ou find out what His purpose is for 9our life and ministr9. astors are responsible to be the e0ample for their floc< to follow, and the9 are responsible for ta<ing the time to prepare themselves so the9 can follow the move of ?odBs Spirit. ,hat often happens to some pastors is that when ?od does begin to move in their churches, the9 draw bac< from the supernatural instead of guiding it correctl9 and finding out what ?odBs plan and purpose is for their church. Failing to follow ?odBs plan and to move with Him <ills the move of the Spirit. 1hen the church gets dr9, dead, and dull, and splits in three or four different directions. Some pastors are afraid to follow the move of ?odBs Spirit. 1he9 sa9, K$Bm afraid of fanaticism and wildfire.K Cou <now, if things get out of order, $Bve said for 9ears, K$f there is wildfire in the church, donBt bother about thatI there are enough wet blan<ets around to put it out.K .ost of those fol<s complaining about wildfire havenBt got an9 fire at allL $ agree with a statement $ once heard another minister sa9, K$Bd rather have a little wildfire and ?od moving, than have no fire at all and the order of a grave9ard.K $f 9ouBre a pastor, what are 9ou going to do if a pra9er group gets out of orderD Cou need to do e0actl9 what $ did. $ too< charge personall9 and began to direct them rightl9. ,e channeled that power in the right direction. Cou tal< about miraclesL ,e had miracles ever9 wee< in our church. eople were saved, filled with the Hol9 Spirit, healed, and the miraculous was almost a common occurrence to us. Even outsiders would call us for pra9er. .9 wife and $ would pra9 for people who were not even members of **

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our church and who had never heard us preach one sermonL Cet, the9Bd come to us and sa9, KSister So'and' so told me how ?od uses 9ou, so $ thought if 9ou would pra9, $ would be healed.K ?od healed them ever9 timeL 1he reason ?od was using me li<e this, and the reason we had the miraculous operating in our midst wasnBt so much because of me. $t was that pra9er group who was bac<ing me in pra9erL ;eall9, $ didnBt <now much bac< then. $tBs a wonder some of the deacons didnBt have to tell me to get in out of the rainL But, 9ou see, $ was bac<ed b9 a pra9er group that <new how to pra9. astors, donBt bac< awa9 from intercessor9 pra9er groups. Be there 9ourself and direct them. K,ell, $ donBt <now how.K 1hatBs where the problem is. Find out how to lead people in pra9er, but donBt bac< off from this area. $f 9ou are going to have the miraculous operating in 9our church, 9ou are going to have to have people pra9ing. 7nd 9ou are going to have to pra9 yourself. AetBs get ?odBs plan on the matterL ,e see this <ind of pra9er as ?odBs plan in 7cts chapter 2. Cou remember the stor9- $n 7cts chapter 4, the man at the ?ate called Beautiful was healed. eter and John were arrested for questioning and were commanded not to preach or teach in the %ame of Jesus.
A%)S 4:25,24 25 And $eing let go, the# 7Peter and 8ohn9 !ent )' )HEI( ':N %';PAN<, and reported all that the chie priests and elders had said .nto them& 24 And !hen the# heard that, )HE< 7the !hole compan#9 li ted .p their voice to 3od !ith one accord 7the# pra#ed9, and said, /ord, tho. art 3od&&&&

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First, notice verse (4. ,hen 9ou get into trouble, it is good to <now what to do, isnBt itD ?o to people who <now how to pra9. 1hereBs truth to the sa9ing, KBirds of a feather, floc< together.K ,hen eter and John got into trouble, did the9 sa9, K.an, weBre in troubleL >ear Aord, weBd better get a committee together and go tal< to the chief priests and elders and see if we canBt wor< this thing outKD %o, the9 went to those who <new how to pra9L 1here is power in united pra9erL 1hen in verse (2, it sa9s, K... they lifted up their !oice to $od with one accord ....K 1hat doesnBt mean ever9 one of them said the same thing to ?od in pra9er. 1he Bible is sa9ing that this is the Hol9 Spirit interpreting their pra9erEthis is the essence of what the9 were all pra9ing in one accord. Ever9one didnBt sa9 the same words b9 rote, but that is what the9 were all sa9ing in effect in the Spirit, and that is the wa9 ?od heard it. 1he disciples didnBt begin their pra9er b9 tal<ing about the problem. 1he9 didnBt put the problem firstE the9 put ?od first. 1he9 didnBt start pra9ing about the mess the9 were in and what a fi0 the9 were in because eter and John had gotten arrested. K,e ma9 all wind up in FailL /h m9, m9, m9, what are we going to do nowD .omma told me $ shouldnBt get involved with that bunch. $f onl9 $Bd listened to .ommaLK $s that what the disciples saidD %o, no, no, noL 1he9 said, +... /ord, *,57 %4* $58 ...+ 5v. (26. 7renBt 9ou glad HeBs ?odD %o matter what happens, He is still ?odL %o matter how dar< it loo<s or what <ind of mess it loo<s li<e 9ouBre in, ?od is still ?odL *#

0hat(s 3our Purpose. A%)S 4:25+51 25 And $eing let go, the# !ent to their o!n compan#, and reported all that the chie priests and elders had said .nto them& 24 And !hen the# heard that, the# li ted .p their voice to 3od !ith one accord, and said, /ord, tho. art 3od, !hich hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 26 :ho $# the mo.th o th# servant =avid hast said, :h# did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things2* )he "ings o the earth stood .p, and the r.lers !ere gathered together against the /ord, and against his %hrist& 20 For o a tr.th against th# hol# child 8es.s, !hom tho. hast anointed, $oth Herod, and Ponti.s Pilate, !ith the 3entiles, and the people o Israel, !ere gathered together& 21 For to do !hatsoever th# hand and th# co.nsel determined $e ore to $e done& 2, And no!, /ord, $ehold their threatenings: and grant .nto th# servants, that :I)H A// 2'/=NESS the# ma# spea" )H< :'(=& 51hat <ind of pra9ing brings resultsL 1he9 didnBt pra9, KAord, grant that weBll be able to ma<e an agreeable compromise with them.K %oL %oL6 5> 2# stretching orth thine hand to heal; and that signs and !onders ma# $e done $# the name o th# hol# child 8es.s& 51 And !hen the# had pra#ed, the place !as sha"en !here the# !ere assem$led together; and the# !ere all illed !ith the Hol# 3host, and the# spa"e the !ord o 3od !ith $oldness&

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$n 7cts +, we find the answer to their pra9er.


A%)S 6:12+1* 12 And $# the hands o the apostles 7remem$er the# pra#ed or signs and !onders9 !ere man# signs and !onders !ro.ght among the people; ?and the# !ere all !ith one accord in Solomon@s porch& 15 And o the rest d.rst no man 4oin himsel to them: $.t the people magni ied them& 14 And $elievers !ere the more added to the /ord, m.ltit.des $oth o men and !omen&A 16 Insom.ch that the# $ro.ght orth the sic" into the streets, and laid them on $eds and co.ches, that at the least the shado! o Peter passing $# might overshado! some o them& 1* )here came also a m.ltit.de o.t o the cities ro.nd a$o.t .nto 8er.salem, $ringing sic" ol"s, and them !hich !ere veBed !ith .nclean spirits: and the# !ere HEA/E= ever# one&

$snBt that strangeD Sic< fol<s who were ve0ed with unclean spirits. K$ thought all spirits had to be cast outDK %o, the9 were healed ever9 one. ?lor9 to ?od, ever9one that eterBs shadow fell on, was healed. ?od is ?odL 7nd He alwa9s will beL HeBs still ?/>L He still wor<s the same wa9 now that He did here with the Earl9 3hurch. ,h9 is it so important that we have the proper <ind of pra9er meetings in our churchesD Because thereBs a move of ?od onL ?od is wanting to restore the supernatural operations of His Spirit in our local churches. 7ctuall9, He began to start a wave of intercessor9 pra9er a few 9ears ago, but some people became misguided and thwarted it. Hear me carefull9, now. Bac< in the beginning of the B#&s, we changed some things as far as the government )&

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was concerned through intercession and we got some right people into office. But then the Bod9 of 3hrist let up on that pra9er, and some people went to the e0treme and got into the ditch on intercession. $t hindered the true move of ?od and it made people draw bac< from entering into the intercession that ?od wanted for the Bod9 of 3hrist. $n fact, some churches split over the issue of intercession. /ne pastor in 3alifornia told me his church split three wa9s, because some of his intercessors got the KrevelationK that ?od was through with him at that church and that he was supposed to leave. He hadnBt heard ?od tell him to leave. 7 third of the church sta9ed with him, but it split the church wide open. Cou can readil9 see wh9 this pastor was not ver9 interested in an9 <ind of intercessor9 pra9er, because the intercessors are the ones who messed him up. 1he9 divided the church. 7ctuall9, no group of intercessors should be pra9ing b9 themselves, unless the9 have some mature person over them who understands the move of ?odBs Spirit. /therwise, the9 will get off ever9 time. 1he9 fail to realiNe that when the Hol9 Spirit is moving the mostEthat is e0actl9 when Satan gets in. $Bm sa9ing this to 9ou because the Aord has said to me that unless 3hristians turn situations around in our nation, and get the right people in office in the ne0t electionEin Fust a matter of two to three 9earsEour living standard will be half of what it is right now because of the economic conditions. ,e can change that b9 pra9erL 1here is a wor< to be done in the earth and there is a harvest to be reaped. 1here is a wave of revival and glor9 that is coming not Fust here in the United States, but across the worldL 7nd the devil is not going to stop itL )!

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So letBs get in tune with the purpose of ?od and restore pra9er meetings in our churches to what He intends for them to be. ,eBll see powerful results when we doL

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?od also wants us to have teaching meetings in our churches where the primar9 purpose is Fust to teach the people. $n such services, we need to <eep singing at a minimum. ;emember, it is not a worship service, although there should also be times when we meet Fust to worship ?od. But in a teaching meeting, we should endeavor to turn the service right over to the spea<er, because the purpose of the meeting is primaril9 to teach Eto impart truth from ?odBs ,ord. ,hen we pursue $od(s purpose in spiritual mattersEthen we <now what to do in each service. astors and all ministers should as< themselves this question- ,hat is the purpose of this meetingD ,hat is ?odBs planD Cou see, itBs not a matter of Fust Khaving church.K ,eBve got to have ?odBs plan and pursue it with His purpose in mind. 1his means we ma9 have to spend time waiting upon Him to get His plan and purpose. /nce we understand what He wants us to do, we must flow with Him in the outwor<ing of each service.

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$ remember one particular .otherBs >a9 when $ was pastoring the church in Farmersville, 1e0as. $ had wor<ed hard on a .otherBs >a9 sermon that 9ear. $ mean $ wor<ed on it for days. $ had quotes of great and famous men of oldE$ quoted BenFamin Fran<lin and )(

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7braham Aincoln and men li<e that. $ had all m9 notes and $ wor<ed hard on them. ,hen $ was finall9 finished, $ <new that sermon was a good oneL 1here were four other churches a few miles awa9 that were putting together a special afternoon meeting on .otherBs >a9. 1he9 wanted me to come and preach. Because of that, $ missed m9 morning service, so $ told m9 congregation weBd have our .otherBs >a9 service on Sunda9 night instead of on Sunda9 morning. ,hen $ preached that sermon in the afternoon for these other chinches, $ <new it was good because ever9one Fust bragged on itL So $ thought, I(m going to preach that )unday night in my church. $ planned m9 evening service so that ever9thing was about K.other.K 1here were special songs all about 9other. 1here was a ladies trio singing about 9other. However, the whole time that the ladies trio was singing, $ didnBt hear one word the9 sang because the Aord was dealing with me. 1here was an argument going on between m9 heart and m9 head. 1he Aord said to me, KHave a healing service right now. Just as soon as the9 finish that song, get up and announce a healing service.K K,h9, Aord,K $ said, KCouBre going to ruin m9 good sermon. Aord, $ wor<ed on this thing for da9s and wee<s. $ canBt preach a .otherBs >a9 sermon ne0t Sunda9Eit wonBt be .otherBs >a9. 1he people would thin< $ was craN9L $Bll have to wait a whole 9ear before $ can preach m9 sermon.K 9y sermon1 1he Aord said again to me, K ra9 for the sic< Fust as soon as the singers finish singing.K $ said again, KAord, the people will thin< $Bm craN9.K $ loo<ed over the crowd. $n the .otherBs >a9 program, )4

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we were going to have some of the 9ounger children come to the platform to do some recitations, and their fathers had come to see their children perform. $ <new some of those men wouldnBt be bac< in church again until the 3hristmas programL So $ said to the Aord, KAord, those men will thin< $Bm craN9. $ mean, we have ever9thing planned to focus on B.other.B $Bve got this .otherBs >a9 sermon, and itBs a good one too. $tBs all about B.otherB in the Bible. 1his crowd will thin< $Bm craN9 getting up here announcing a healing meeting and pra9ing for the sic<. %othing is going in that direction, AordL Ever9thing is directed toward B.other.BK 1he Aord said again, K ra9 for the sic<. .inister to the sic<.K 7fter that ladies trio finished their song, $ got up and opened m9 Bible. $ even began reading m9 te0t on K.other.K Finall9, $ Fust closed m9 Bible and said, K$Bm going to obe9 ?od. ?od said, B.inister to the sic<.BK $ remember in that service there was one fellow who would frequentl9 come b9 our parsonage. 7ctuall9, he would cut through the 9ard between our parsonage and the church to go to a store up the street. $ donBt <now what had happened to him, but somehow he had inFured his bac< in such a wa9 that he wal<ed stooped over. He couldnBt straighten up and wal< normall9. ,hen $ announced the healing service, he came forward for pra9er. $ laid hands on him and the power of ?od hit him and instantl9 straightened his bac< and he stood up straightL He was an older man, but after ?od healed him he could twist around, bend over, and even touch the floor. He went through all <inds of g9mnastics right in front of ever9one. $n that service, a little bab9 was also miraculousl9 healed. $ )2

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loo<ed bac< in the congregation to the men $ thought would thin< $ was craN9 for having a healing meeting, and the9 were all cr9ing. 1he9 were wiping tears from their e9esL Cou see, when we pursue ?odBs purpose rather than our own, the Hol9 Spirit is free to move in our midst. He can accomplish more in five minutes than we could accomplish in five 9earsL

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7nother important aspect of pursuing ?odBs purpose has to do with our attitudes and motives. >id 9ou <now 9ou can have the right purpose with the wrong motive and never succeedD Aet me illustrate what $ mean. $n !"2) there came a healing revival here in 7merica which lasted through !"+#. Several 9ears before it came, ?od stirred me up to pra9. $ didnBt <now an9bod9 else was pra9ingI however, $ am sure the9 were for this is ?odBs wa9. ?odBs plans are pra9ed through first. $ was see<ing ?od because the onl9 manifestation of the Spirit we had in our services was tongues and interpretation. $ said, KAord, here in First 3orinthians chapter !(, are all these other manifestations of the Spirit. But about all we ever see manifested are tongues and interpretation.K 1han< ?od for tongues and interpretation, but letBs not stop there. 1hat is not all of it. $ said, KCour ,ord reveals three power gifts- special faith, wor<ing of miracles, and gifts of healings. 1hese should be in manifestation among us.K )+

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5First 3orinthians chapter !( teaches nine manifestations of the Spirit Gvv. )'!!H. 1hese can be divided into three groups of three- the re!elation giftsE word of wisdom, word of <nowledge, and discerning of spiritsI the power giftsEspecial faith, gifts of healings, and the wor<ing of miraclesI and the utterance giftsE prophec9, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.6 $ pra9ed almost ever9 night about this matter. Sometimes at three or four oBcloc< in the morning, $Bd get up and pra9 an hour or so. $n the winter, $Bd go into the living room to pra9 b9 the heater. $t was too cold to <neel on the bare floor in the bedroom because there was no heat in that room. /n three occasions, $ wo<e up <neeling b9 the couch in the living room, and $ didnBt remember going in there. $ said to m9self, ,ow did I get here. I must ha!e come in here in my sleep. $ pra9ed about nothing other than the manifestation of the power gifts among us. $ did not pra9 that ?od would use me, because $ reall9 preferred that ?od would use an9one else e0cept me. .an9 pra9ers for the supernatural wor<ings of ?od are not answered because menBs purposes are wrong. /ftentimes men have in mind, $od use me. $ did not pra9 that He would use me. $ couldnBt have cared less whether He used me or not. $ wanted people to be blessed and helped, for the 3hurch to be enhanced, and for the glor9 to be given to ?od. 7t that time, $ pra9ed that these things would come into manifestation as the9 are revealed in ?odBs ,ord. $ <new the9 belonged to us. $ pra9ed that we would have a prolific manifestation of these power gifts, and $ Fust persisted in m9 pra9ing. )*

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/ne da9, $ went to m9 little stud9 in the church to prepare the Sunda9 sermon. But $ was so burdened to pra9 that $ got out of m9 chair and started pra9ing. $ pra9ed appro0imatel9 five hours in other tongues. $t was the longest $Bd ever pra9ed in tongues at one time. $Bd get up onl9 to go ne0t door to the parsonage for a drin< of water, or to move around a little because $ was on m9 <nees all the time. But $ counted onl9 the time when $ was actuall9 in pra9er. $ said, KAord, $Bve been pra9ing about the manifestation of Cour Spirit, but $ donBt <now what to pra9 for as $ ought. So $Bm pra9ing in tongues, in the Hol9 Spirit, depending upon Cou to help me pra9 this thing through.K ?od wanted to manifest Himself, and $ <new how to pra9 in a measure. But $ still didnBt <now how to pra9 as $ should. 1oda9, we donBt <now e0actl9 how to pra9 either. 1hereBs a move of ?od upon us. ?od is wanting to manifest Himself through signs and wonders to the world. ,e <now to pra9, and 9et we donBt <now how to pra9 as we ought 5;om. #-(*6. So we must rel9 on the Hol9 ?host. 7fter appro0imatel9 five hours into m9 pra9er, $ hit a Kgusher.K ?lor9 to ?odL 1he Hol9 ?host gave me a word of wisdom. Some people sa9, K$ donBt ever get an9thing.K $ <now. Cou never sta9 long enough in the resence of ?od to get an9thing. B9 the time it comes, 9ouBre gone. ,hen this word of wisdom came, $ grabbed m9 pad and pencil and wrote it down- Februar9 !"24. $ still have the original note. Here is what it said- %t the close of 0orld 0ar II, there will come a re!i!al of di!ine ))

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healing to %merica. ?odBs plan was revealed four 9ears before it cameL 1he ne0t 9ear, $ preached that at a 9oung peopleBs rall9 in Aongview, 1e0as. $ gave the date and told them what ?od said would happen. ,hen $ made this public announcement of ?odBs plan, the power of ?od fell on the crowd. Ever9 preacher ran to the altar. Ever9 person presentEboth 9oung and oldEhit their <nees pra9ing. 1he glor9 fell on us. $t happened Fust as ?od had said- $n !"2) the healing revival started. Eventuall9, there were !(& ministers in what we called K1he @oice of Healing.K Ever9 healing evangelist in 7merica of an9 stature e0cept Brother /ral ;oberts was in it. *he Voice of ,ealing magaNine edited b9 ?ordon Aindsa9 reported the revival, and we used this magaNine as a medium of advertisement. %ow here is the point $ want to get to, and Jesus tal<ed to me about it in the recent visitation. $ had to la9 a foundation, however, for 9ou to see it. Cou see, 9ou can get ?odBs plan, but 9our purpose can be wrong in carr9ing out His plan. 1here was an outstanding healing evangelist in K1he @oice of Healing.K He was a man called of ?od and anointed b9 the Spirit. He had ?odBs plan for the hour and ?odBs plan for his life. He was equipped with supernatural equipment to fulfill the ministr9 ?od had given him. 7s the Spirit willed, the Hol9 ?host manifested Himself through this man in some of the most miraculous things $Bve ever seen. $ saw blind e9es instantl9 opened through his ministr9. $ saw a personEthe onl9 one $Bve ever seen with this diseaseEwhose bod9 had begun to petrif9. )#

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1his dear one was carried into a meeting l9ing li<e stone on a stretcher, but was instantl9 delivered and arose and wal<ed. $t was a marvelous sight to behold. /nce m9 wife and $ were traveling and we stopped b9 to visit one of his meetings. 7 state home for the deaf was nearb9, and the9 had brought in five men who could neither hear nor spea<. Each one, right down the lineEone, two, three, four, fiveEwas instantl9 healed before ever9oneBs e9es. 1he minister immediatel9 got up and started receiving an offering and the anointing left. His purpose was wrong. Cou canBt use ?odBs plan to raise mone9. 1he Aord said to me about that same minister, KCou go tell him he is not going to live much longer unless he Fudges himself.K 1he Aord told me to tell him he must Fudge himself in three areas. /ne of those areas was about mone9. $ did not go to this minister, and ?od dealt with me about that. But this minister never Fudged himself and within three 9ears, he was dead at a 9oung age. Cour purpose has to be ?odBs purpose. $ trust 9ou get the message of JesusB appearance to me. 7 might9 move of ?odBs Spirit is coming and we must <eep our purposes right. ,e must pursue ?odBs planEnot manBsEwith ?odBs purpose. Cou cannot use the things of ?od to raise mone9. Cou can onl9 tell people what ?od has told 9ou and give them an opportunit9 to be in on it so that fruit ma9 abound to their account 5 hil. 2-!)6. $ tell people, K?od said to start ;HE.7 Bible 1raining 3enter.K But $ put no emphasis on mone9. $ tell people what weBre doing and give them an opportunit9 to help if the9 want to )"

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and if the9 can. Cou have to be ver9 careful in this area. Jesus once said to me, K.an9 upon whom $ have placed m9 Spirit and have called to the ministr9 have become mone9'minded and have lost the anointing.K /hhhL $ donBt want to lose the anointingEnot for a second, not for a minute. Ever9 minister, ever9 preacher, ever9 singer, and ever9 person called of ?od must be careful along these lines. ,e cannot ta<e ?odBs plan and pursue a different purpose. ,e have to pursue both His plan and His purpose. %ot onl9 do we need to be careful about our motives concerning mone9, but we must beware of human ego. Cears ago at a @oice of Healing 3onvention, $ heard a pastor sa9 something that caught m9 attention. He was a good pastor and had established a good wor<. But it was in the da9s of revivalEespeciall9 tent revivals. Healing evangelists were ever9where, and tents were ever9where. 1his pastor said, K$f ;oberts Gspea<ing of /ral ;obertsH can do it, $ can do it.K ,as that ?odBs plan and purpose for himD /r was it his human ego spea<ingD 7s a 9oung man Fust in m9 thirties, $ made a mental note of it and watched him to see what would happen. He left his church and got a tent. 7nd he did it. For a little while he did it almost as well as Brother ;oberts. He had a +,&&&'seat tent and finall9 got up to a !&,&&&'seat tent. But then he went down, down, down. >uring this same time, $ was also in K1he @oice of Healing,K but ?od said to me, KCou sta9 in the churches.K 7nd $ sta9ed in them from !"2" until !"*(, until ?od gave me a different plan.

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$ traveled from church to church, preaching constantl9. $ was in meetings ninet9'five percent of the time. 7nd in practicall9 ever9 meetingE$ donBt mean it happened occasionall9I $ donBt mean it happened once in a great whileI $ mean in almost ever9 meetingE someone would stand up and prophes9 that $ was to get a tent. K$Bve got a word for 9ou. ?od wants 9ou to get a tent.K ?od no more wanted me to get a tent than He wanted me to fl9 to .ars. 7nd $ didnBt get one. ,h9 did the9 do thatD 1he9 did it because ever9one else was getting a tent. $ watched man9 other ministers get a tent because people prophesied that the9 should. 1he tent, the minister, and the ministr9 folded up. Cou donBt do something because someone else is doing it. Find out what ?od wants you to do. ,h9 am $ sa9ing all these thingsD ,h9 did the Aord Jesus visit me when He did and spea< to me about plans, purposes, and pursuits. $tBs because He wants to move again in this da9 with supernatural manifestationsL 1he move of ?od does not Fust belong to the revivals of the pastL Cou see, there was a great revival and outpouring of the Hol9 Spirit that started in !"&* in the old 7Nusa Street .ission in Aos 7ngeles. B9 !"&) that wave of revival began to spread nationall9 and internationall9. 1hen in !"2), fort9 9ears later, the wave of the Healing ;evival started. Cou tal< about healingL $ got in on it, and to tell 9ou the truth about it, it was the easiest thing in the world to get people healed. $ have never seen an9thing li<e what we had thenI it was eas9 to get people healedL 7 lad9 evangelist 5reall9, she was more of an #!

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e0horter6 once told me the same thing. She said, K.9 husband and $ were in the ministr9. He would pla9 the piano and we would both sing, but $ was the main preacher. ,e had been in the ministr9 for more than thirt9 9ears, but we had never laid hands on an9one in all that time. ,e would Fust hold meetings, get people saved and filled with the Hol9 Spirit, and e0hort them a little. But when this wave of healing came along and ever9one was la9ing hands on fol<s for healing, we decided we would tr9 it too. K1he first person $ laid hands on,K she said, Kwas totall9 blind and was instantl9 healedL >ear Aord, it almost scared me to deathL $t was the easiest thing in the world to get fol<s healed. $t was Fust li<e healing was Bin the air.B ,e had some of the most miraculous things happen 9ou ever saw in 9our lifeLK 7 healing wave li<e this is coming to the Bod9 of 3hrist again. 1here will be miraculous healings li<e this in this ne0t move of ?odL ,e need to <now the wave is coming, and we need to <now how to prepare ourselves to be effective in it. 1hat is the reason $ have recorded in this boo< what Jesus said to me in the visitation of !"#). He said that the Bod9 of 3hrist is to get ,is plan, ,is purposes, and pursue thatL

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1he reason man9 churches never prosper and man9 ministers never fulfill the call of ?od upon their lives is because the9 donBt follow ?odBs planEnot onl9 His plan spo<en to their hearts b9 His Spirit, but also His written plan, the Bible. ,hen the light of ?odBs ,ord comes, it shows us ?odBs plan for each one of us. 7 good e0ample of what can happen when a person wal<s in the light of ?odBs ,ord can be seen in the ministr9 of Fred rice, astor of 3renshaw 3hristian 3enter in Aos 7ngeles, 3alifornia. Fred was faithful to wal< in the light of ?odBs ,ord as it was revealed to him. $ remember the first time $ ever met Fred. Bac< in the earl9 B)&s, we were conducting a seminar in 7lbuquerque, %ew .e0ico. .9 attention <ept being drawn toward a nice'loo<ing blac< man sitting in the congregation. $ finall9 as<ed m9 son'in'law, K,ho is heDK .9 son'in'law had met Fred rice and he e0plained that Fred was a pastor who had come across some of m9 boo<s. He was so hungr9 for ?od that he had read ever9 one of them. ,hen he learned that $ was going to be in 7lbuquerque, he came to the meeting to chec< us out. >uring the course of that seminar, Fred approached me and as<ed, K,ould 9ou come to a blac< church even if itBs smallDK $ said, K$Bll go an9where ?od sa9s to go.K $Bm not tied to an9thing. $f ?od sa9s go, $Bm going to #4

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follow ,is plan. So $ held a meeting in FredBs church, and to tell the truth about it, $ hadnBt been in a building that small for a long timeL His main auditorium seated !+& people, and he had a little side room where a few fol<s could be seated. So man9 people came to the meeting that the9 had to stand behind the platformL $n the course of time, his church grew to about 4&& people and he had to bu9 a bigger building. 1he new building seated !,(&&. /ver the 9ears, Fred <ept following ?odBs plan and wal<ing in the light of it and toda9, he has more than !+,&&& members. 1hatBs quite a little growthL KCes, but thatBs Fust because ?od sort of too< a li<ing to him.K %o, itBs because when the light came, he wal<ed in itL Cou see, the entrance of ?odBs ,ord gives lightL 1he light of ?odBs ,ord reveals ?odBs plan for the individual believer and ?odBs plan for the 3hurchL 1he reason some fol<s seem to be Fust partially blessedEblessed onl9 in a limited measureEis because the9Bre Fust partially wal<ing in the light of what ?od has for them. /thers refuse entirel9 to wal< in the light. For e0ample, $ heard one preacher sa9 about a particular Biblical principle, KBible or no Bible, $Bm not in favor of it.K $Bm in favor of e!erything the Bible sa9sL $ donBt want to fall short in an9 area of the BibleL 3an 9ou understand wh9 ?od has blessed some people onl9 so farD Have 9ou ever noticed that with some moves of ?od, when the waves of blessing come, some people onl9 seem to go so far and even then, there are those who Kdie on the vine,K so to spea<D $tBs because the9 donBt wal" on in ?odBs plan. /r sometimes the plan that the9 are wal<ing in is all right for the da9, #2

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but it is not the full re!elation of the ,ord of ?od or of ?odBs plan for them. 1hen, too, once that wave reaches its crest, if people are not careful, the9 will ride that thing in to the shore and become dr9 and dead. %o, get on the ne0t wave that is coming, halleluFahL $f 9ou donBt, the time will come when ?od will have to almost withdraw His resence, because 9ou wonBt wal" on in the light. $tBs not enough simpl9 to have ?odBs plan in a directional sense. Cou must also wal< in the light of His ,ord which has alread9 been revealed to 9ou, practicing it in all areas of 9our life and ministr9, and 9ou must continue to wal< in an9 further illumination which He gives 9ou. 1he plan of ?od wonBt be fulfilled in 9our lifeEeven though 9ou ma9 have clear direction concerning the futureEif 9ou refuse to obe9 His written ,ord. Ai<ewise, the plan of ?od will not be unveiled to 9ou in a further measure unless 9ou are willing to move on with Him and to undergo change. Cou see, some people get comfortable where the9 are. 1he9 become comfortable in a particular location or position. 1he9 become comfortable with the <nowledge the9 have of ?od. $t ta<es effort and often sacrifice to continue to pursue ?od and His plan. 1hatBs another reason wh9 some people reach a point of stagnation and never progress in their lives and ministries past a certain pointEthe9Bre not willing to pa9 the price to go further with ?od. AetBs never reach the point where we become complacent about practicing the ,ord of ?od in our lives. AetBs never get so comfortable where we are that weBre unwilling to change in order to move forward with ?od. ?od will alwa9s be moving forward. $ want to go #+

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with Him and be in on ever9thing He wants to do in this hourL AetBs wal< in the light and full9 accomplish the plans and purposes of ?odL

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7s $ stated previousl9, ?od is alwa9s moving forward. His plan is a progressive plan. 7s we stud9 the Bible, we see ?odBs plan being graduall9 unveiled, beginning in the /ld 1estament and increasing in clarit9 and fullness until the end of the %ew 1estament. 1his is a truth that the maForit9 of Bible scholars accept. For e0ample, we see t9pes and shadows of a promised ;edeemer throughout the /ld 1estament. However, it is not until the gospels of the %ew 1estament that Jesus of %aNareth is unveiled as the fulfillment of those /ld 1estament t9pes and shadows. 7nd the fullest understanding of His death and resurrection is not realiNed until we get over into the Epistles. $ said all that to sa9 this- $n the visitation of Jul9 !"#), Jesus showed me something about the progression of worship from the /ld 1estament to the %ew 1estament. He directed me to John chapter 28'HN 4:25,24 25 2.t the ho.r cometh, and no! is, !hen the tr.e !orshippers shall !orship the Father in spirit and in tr.th: or the Father see"eth s.ch to !orship him& 24 3od is a Spirit: and the# that !orship him m.st !orship him in spirit and in tr.th&

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through Samaria when he stopped at JacobBs well in S9char. ,hen one of the women of the cit9 came to the well to draw water, Jesus as<ed her for a drin<.
8'HN 4:, , )hen saith the !oman o Samaria .nto him, Ho! is it that tho., $eing a 8e!, as"est drin" o me, !hich am a !oman o Samaria- or the 8e!s have no dealings !ith the Samaritans&

Samaritans were half'breed racial differences between Jews were differences regarding the groups worshipped ?od, but different places.

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$n the course of JesusB conversation with the woman at S9char, she as<ed Him about a <e9 issue which separated the Samaritans from the Jews in religious worship- +... )ir, I percei!e that thou art a prophet. 5ur fathers worshipped in this mountain: and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship K 5John 2-!",(&6. ,hen the woman said, K5ur fathers worshipped in this mountain ...,K she was referring to .ount ?eriNim, a mountain significant in the worship of ?od throughout the first five boo<s of the /ld 1estament. 1he Samaritans believed that .ount ?eriNim was the proper place to worship, and this was where the Samaritans were worshipping during the time of JesusB earthl9 ministr9. However, the Jews had designated Jerusalem as the place to worship ?od. 1his designation was made after the temple was built there and the She<inah ?lor9 of ?od appeared in the temple. $t was a requirement that ever9 Jewish male, thirt9 9ears and older, had to present himself before ?od at the temple in Jerusalem ##

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at least once a 9ear. 1herefore, during JesusB earthl9 ministr9 the Jews went to Jerusalem to worship ?od. 1he woman at the well, perceiving that Jesus could spea< with authorit9, wanted Him to tell her where the proper place of worship should be. JesusB answer revealed to her that neither the Samaritans nor the Jews were right because the order of worship was changing.
8'HN 4:21+24 21 8es.s saith .nto her, :oman, $elieve me, the ho.r cometh, !hen #e shall neither in this mo.ntain, nor #et at 8er.salem, !orship the Father& 22 <e !orship #e "no! not !hat: !e "no! !hat !e !orship: or salvation is o the 8e!s& 25 2.t the ho.r cometh, and no! is, !hen the tr.e !orshippers shall !orship the Father in spirit and in tr.th: or the Father see"eth s.ch to !orship him& 24 3od is a Spirit: and the# that !orship him m.st !orship him in spirit and in tr.th&

Jesus said to me in the visitation, K;eall9, in so man9 words, she as<ed me, B,ho is rightD 1he Samaritans or the JewsDB 7nd in so man9 words, $ answered her, B%either is right. Because the time is coming and now is, that the9 that worship ?od must worship Him in )pirit and in truth.BK 1he time had not been right to worship in Spirit and in truth before the ministr9 of Jesus. $n fact, the /ld 1estament saints couldn(t worship ?od in Spirit because the9 didnBt <now the Spirit of ?od as we do. /nl9 the <ing, the priest, the prophet, or someone especiall9 called b9 ?od to perform a certain tas<, had the resence of ?od upon them or with them. 1he #"

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prophet, priest, and <ing had an anointing from ?od that came upon them to stand in those offices. 7n9time ?od called someone else to do a certain wor<, an anointing of the Spirit came upon them to perform that tas<. %one of those we might term Kthe lait9K had the Spirit of ?od upon them or in them. 7nd not one of the anointings in the /ld 1estament was the same thing that occurs under the %ew 1estament when people are born again and have the Spirit of ?od dwelling on the inside of them. $n the /ld 1estament, those who believed in ?od did not have ?odBs resence abiding within them. 1hat is wh9 the9 had to present themselves in Jerusalem where ?odBs resence was. 1he temple in Jerusalem was ?odBs house where His resence dwelled. But in the %ew 1estament, we are ?odBs house- believers are the temple of ?od. ?odBs Spirit lives in us individuall9, and He lives in the Bod9 of 3hrist collectivel9L Jesus pointed the Samaritan woman to a new time Eto a new age in the order of worship. $t would be an age where saints would be able to worship ?od in )pirit and in truth because the Spirit of ?od would be living on the inside of themL Jesus Himself was ushering in that new order of worship. B9 His repl9, Jesus indicated to the woman that because of what ?od was wanting to do in that hour, He was not putting His approval on the wa9 either Jews or Samaritans worshipped ?od. Spirituall9 spea<ing, the time had come for a change in the wa9 ?odBs people worshipped Him. $t was time for the wa9 man worshipped ?od to change from /ld 3ovenant to %ew 3ovenant. Jesus was ushering in a %ew 3ovenant and a new wa9 of worship. 1he time had come for man to be indwelled b9 the Hol9 Spirit so he could worship ?od in "&

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the Spirit. Even in natural life, there comes a time when things change. $n 9our own life, werenBt there times when things changed for 9ouD For e0ample, when 9ou got married, didnBt things change in 9our lifeD ,hen 9our first child was born, things changed, didnBt the9D 1here comes a time for change, both in the natural realm and in the spiritual realm. 3ertainl9 a change as dramatic as the change between the /ld 3ovenant and the %ew 3ovenant would affect the wa9 man related to and worshipped ?od.
Jesus said to the woman, K... the *472 054),IPP24) shall worship the 'ather in spirit and in truth: for the 'ather see"eth such to worship him+ 5John 2-(46. ,hat ?od is see<ing in the dispensation of the %ew 1estament is true worshippers.

,e canBt go bac< to the /ld 1estament and worship ?od li<e the9 did and be true worshippers. ,e canBt go bac< to the /ld 1estament and carr9 on our services li<e the9 did and be true worshippers. %o, Jesus said, K... the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the 'ather in spirit and in truth ...K 5v. (46. Ces, people in the /ld 1estament worshipped ?od in all the fullness the9 could under the /ld 3ovenant, but we have a %ew 3ovenantEwe can worship ?od in Spirit and in truthL Cou find e0pressions in the /ld 1estament where people worshipped before the Aord and worshipped with all their might. 1hatBs because their worship was in the flesh onl9Ethe9 didnBt have the Spirit. 1he9 couldnBt worship in the Spirit or in the AordI the9 could onl9 worship before the Aord. 1he9 couldnBt worship in the power and might of the ,oly )pirit: the9 could onl9 "!

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,orship with all their might. $n order to be a true worshipper of ?od who is a )pirit, we must worship in the )pirit1 Under the %ew 3ovenant, ever9thing we do in worship must be in the Spirit. ,e should not tr9 to go bac< under the /ld 3ovenant and worship li<e the9 did. eople under the /ld 3ovenant were spirituall9 deadE the9 had not been born again. 1he salvation of the /ld 1estament saints was not complete until JesusB death, burial, and resurrection. ,e who are born again should worship as those who are alive unto ?odL ,e should worship in the power of His SpiritL KCou wonBt worship ?od li<e 9our forefathers did in this mountain,K is what Jesus was sa9ing to the woman at the well. K7nd neither will 9ou worship Him li<e the Jews have worshipped Him heretofore in Jerusalem. %ow, the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.K 1he order of worship has changed from the /ld 3ovenant to the %ew 3ovenant. $n order to be true worshippers living under the %ew 3ovenant, we must follow the %ew 3ovenant order of worshipping in the )pirit.

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,hen $ was caught up in the Spirit with Jesus on that Jul9 morning, $ found m9self standing with Him above the ceiling of the 1ulsa 3onvention 3enter. 7s we loo<ed down upon the crowd, $ saw that man9 people were dancing. Jesus said to me, K$t is unscriptural in the %ew 1estament to dance before the Aord. $t is scriptural to dance in the Spirit.K >ancing before the Aord is done in the flesh. ?od is a Spirit. ,e cannot worship Him, a Spirit'Being, using fleshl9 means. Jesus said in John chapter 2 that the Father was see<ing true worshippers who would worship Him in the Spirit. ,hat man9 people are doing b9 dancing without the anointing of the Spirit is something that Jesus spo<e to me about at length- the9 are substituting brass for gold. ,hat do $ mean when $ sa9 the9 are substituting brass for goldD $n the /ld 1estament, Solomon built the temple or the house of the Aord, and he made all the utensils out of gold. Aater, the gold utensils were ta<en out of the temple, and King ;ehoboam brought brass into the AordBs house in their place. He substituted brass for pure gold. %otice that in the construction of the AordBs house, the Scriptures sa9 it was fashioned with Kpure gold.K $t was not onl9 goldI it was pure gold. But brass isnBt a pure metalI itBs an allo9 consisting of copper and "4

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Ninc, and ;ehoboam substituted that for the pure gold that had been in the temple.
1 CIN3S *:2>+25,21,5> 2> And the oracle in the orepart !as t!ent# c.$its in length, and t!ent# c.$its in $readth, and t!ent# c.$its in the height thereo : and he overlaid it !ith p.re 3'/=; and so covered the altar !hich !as o cedar& 21 So Solomon overlaid the ho.se !ithin !ith PD(E 3'/=: and he made a partition $# the chains o 3'/= $e ore the oracle; and he overlaid it !ith 3'/=& 22 And the !hole ho.se he overlaid !ith 3'/=, .ntil he had inished all the ho.se: also the !hole altar 7this is re erring to the ho.se o the /ord9 that !as $# the oracle he overlaid !ith 3'/=&&&& 25 And !ithin the oracle he made t!o cher.$ims o olive tree, each ten c.$its high&&&& 21 And he overlaid the cher.$ims !ith 3'/=&&&& 5> And the loor o the ho.se he overlaid !ith 3'/=, !ithin and !itho.t& 1 CIN3S 0:41+6> 41 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained .nto the ho.se o the /ord: the altar o 3'/=, and the ta$le o 3'/=, !here.pon the she!$read !as, 4, And the candlestic"s o p.re 3'/=, ive on the right side, and ive on the le t, $e ore the oracle, !ith the lo!ers, and the lamps, and the tongs o 3'/=, 6> And the $o!ls, and the sn. ers, and the $asons, and the spoons, and the censers o PD(E 3'/=; and the hinges o 3'/=, $oth or the doors o the inner ho.se, the most hol# place, and or the doors o the ho.se, to !it, o

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8ancing in the 'lesh or in the )pirit. the temple& 2 %H('NI%/ES 12:,,1> , So Shisha" "ing o Eg#pt came .p against 8er.salem, and too" a!a# the )(EASD(ES o the ho.se o the /ord

$n these verses, we see what the treasures of the house of the Aord wereEever9thing was made of gold.
, &&& and the treas.res o the "ing@s ho.se 7)his !as Solomon@s o!n ho.se9; he too" all: he carried a!a# also the shields o gold !hich Solomon had made& 1> Instead o !hich "ing (eho$oam made shields o 2(ASS, and committed them to the hands o the chie o the g.ard, that "ept the entrance o the "ing@s ho.se&

7s Jesus and $ were standing above the crowd tal<ing, He said to me, K$n this 3harismatic move, 3hristians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Aord as a substitute for pure gold. ,hat the9 have is a mi0tureI itBs not pure. 1herefore, $ can onl9 bless .9 people so far, because the9Bve substituted brass for gold. 1he9Bve brought the clapping and the dancing of the world into the temple.K G/f course, we realiNe that in the %ew 1estament the temple of the Aord is the 3hurchEthe Bod9 of 3hrist, not a building made with hands.H Jesus continued, KCou see, when 9ou come into the %ew 1estament, 9ou find that all praise and worship is to be done in the )pirit.K 1he /ld 1estament saints worshipped ?od purel9 in the flesh. ,e in the %ew 1estament are to worship ?od in the )pirit. ,e are living under a %ew 3ovenant established on better promises. 1herefore, we should not go bac< to the /ld 3ovenant and cop9 what the9 did, nor should we "+

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cop9 their form of worship. 1hereBs something we need to understand- 1hough the principles and e&amples in the /ld 1estament ma9 be the same as in the %ew 1estament, the practices are not the same. Someone ma9 sa9, K,ell, >avid danced before the Aord.K Ces, he did, but that was in the /ld 1estament. $n the %ew 1estament, we donBt dance before the AordE we are to dance in the )pirit. Aet me e0plain it this wa9- $n the /ld 1estament, we do find scriptures about dancing. For e0ample, salm !2"-4 sa9s, K/et them praise his name in the dance....+ Cou can also find reference to dancing in salm !+&-2- +Praise him with the timbrel and dance....K 7nd the Bible sa9s, K... 8a!id danced before the /ord G>oes it sa9 that >avid danced in the SpiritD %oLH with %// ,I) 9I$,* ...K 5( Sam. *-!26. >avid danced before the Aord with all of ,I) might. Jesus said to me, K 8a!id danced before the /ord with all of ,I) 9I$,*.+ ,hose mightD 8a!id(s mightL >ancing before the Aord was part of the pattern for /ld 1estament worship. 7s $Bve alread9 mentioned, the Bible is progressive revelation. >avid, living under the /ld 3ovenant, danced before the ar< of the covenant as it was returned from hilistine captivit9. 1hat ar<, at that time, was the onl9 place on earth where ?odBs resence dwelled. ?odBs resence had dwelled in the ar< since .oses had built the tabernacle at ?odBs commandEE'=DS 26:1,2,1,10,21,22 1 And the /ord spa"e .nto ;oses, sa#ing, 2 Spea" .nto the children o Israel, that the#

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8ancing in the 'lesh or in the )pirit. $ring me an o ering&&&& 1 And let them ma"e me a sanct.ar#; that I ma# d!ell among them 10 And tho. shalt ma"e a merc# seat o p.re gold&&&& 21 And tho. shalt p.t the merc# seat a$ove .pon the ar"; and in the ar" tho. shalt p.t the testimon# that I shall give thee& 22 And there I !ill meet !ith thee, and I !ill comm.ne !ith thee rom a$ove the merc# seat&&&&

.oses pursued the plan of ?od e0actl9 as the pattern was given to him. 7nd the da9 came when the wor< was completed.
EE'=DS 4>:55+56 55&&& So ;oses inished the !or"& 54 )hen a clo.d covered the tent o the congregation, and the glor# o the /ord illed the ta$ernacle& 56 And ;oses !as not a$le to enter into the tent o the congregation, $eca.se the clo.d a$ode thereon, and the glor# o the /ord illed the ta$ernacle&

1he resence of ?od, the She<inah ?lor9, was manifested in the earth according to ?odBs plan and according to ?odBs purpose. However, because of the sin of the $sraelites, later in $sraelBs histor9, their enemiesEthe hilistinesEwere able to capture the ar< of ?od. >avid, a man after ?odBs own heart, became <ing and with ?odBs help, he defeated the hilistines. 1hen he arose and too< people with him to bring bac< the ar< of ?od 5( Sam. *-!,(6. But the first time >avid attempted to bring bac< the ")

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ar<, he made a mista<e. He had the right plan and even pursued it with the right purpose. But he did not pursue it ?odBs wa9. $n transporting the ar<, he substituted manBs lan for ?odBs revealed plan. He set the ar< of ?od upon a new cart 5( Sam. *-46. *he Companion ible has an interesting note on this detailing wh9 >avidBs attempt to move the ar< of ?od on a new cart proved unsuccessful%ote Q4- 7 %ew 3art. 1his was contrar9 to the >ivinel9 prescribed law 5%um. 2-!+I )-"I !&-(!. >eut. !&-#. Josh. 4-!2. ( Sam. !+-(2. ! 3hron. !4-)I !+-(, etc.6 ,hen the hilistines did it in ignorance 5! Sam. *-)6 no Fudgment fell on them because the Aaw of .oses was not delivered to them. But >avid should have <nown- hence Fudgment came. 1he solemn lesson is that an9thing introduced into the worship of ?od contrar9 to His requirements is deserving of His Fudgments. 1his includes all that is contrar9 to John 2-(2, and all that is of the flesh, which Kprofiteth nothingK 5John *-*46. 7ll this is li<e >avidBs Knew cartK and is sin in ?odBs sight. = 7lso, ?odBs ,ord had instructed the $sraelites that the Kser!ice of the sanctuary K belonged to the sons of Kohath. 1he9 were to bear the ar< upon their shoulders. ;)ee %um. 2-!+I )-".6 /n their first Fourne9, the o0en stumbled and shoo< the ar<. ,hen UNNah put forth his hand and too< hold of it, the Aord bro<e forth upon him.
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8ancing in the 'lesh or in the )pirit. loor, DFFah p.t orth his hand to the ar" o 3od, and too" hold o it; or the oBen shoo" it& 0 And the anger o the /ord !as "indled against DFFah; and 3od smote him there or his error; and there he died $# the ar" o 3od&

1he ne0t attempt to transport the ar< was successful. >avid handled the ar< of ?odBs resence according to $od(s plan and >avid received ?odBs blessing. Aiving under the /ld 3ovenant, he did indeed dance with all his might before the ar< of the resence of the Aord. Aater, >avidBs son, Solomon, built K... the house of the /ord at Jerusalem in mount 9oriah . . . K 5 ( 3hron. 4-!6, where the resence of the Aord was shut up in the Hol9 of Holies. 7s $ alread9 mentioned, much pure gold was used in what was then the house of the Aord in the earth. Ai<e .oses before him, Solomon finished the wor<.
2 %H('NI%/ES 6:1,0,15,14 1 )h.s all the !or" that Solomon made or the ho.se o the /ord !as inished&&&& 0 And the priests $ro.ght in the ar" o the covenant o the /ord .nto his place&&&& 15 It came even to pass, as the tr.mpeters and singers !ere as one, to ma"e one so.nd to $e heard in praising and than"ing the /ord; and !hen the# li ted .p their voice !ith the tr.mpets and c#m$als and instr.ments o m.sic", and praised the /ord, sa#ing, For he is good; or his merc# end.reth or ever: that then the ho.se !as illed !ith a clo.d, even the ho.se o the /ord; 14 So that the priests co.ld not stand to minister $# reason o the clo.d: or the glor# o the /ord had illed the ho.se o 3od&

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first dwelling place of ?od in the earthEthe glor9 of the Aord also filled SolomonBs temple. 1he Aord instituted for $srael what He called, K.9 feastsK 5Aev. (4-!,(6. 1here were certain requirements for the men of $srael in <eeping these feasts- K *hree times in the year all thy males shall appear before the /ord $od K 5E0od. (4-!)6. $n order for them to appear Kbefore the Aord ?od,K the9 had to go where the ar< of ?od was. 1hese three feasts are referred to in the original Hebrew of E0odus (4-!) as regalim. 4egal is the Hebrew word for foot, and regalim is the plural, feet. $n other words, 9ou were to ta<e 9our ph9sical feet and wal< to where ?odBs resence was. 1hat is wh9 the9 had to go to Jerusalem to worship ?od 5after the building of SolomonBs temple6. Because then the Hol9 resence of ?od was <ept shut up in the Hol9 of Holies in SolomonBs temple in Jerusalem. %obod9 dared approach that Hol9 of Holies e0cept the high priest, and he did so onl9 under great precautions. /therwise, heBd fall dead. But when Jesus died on the cross, the %ew 1estament tells us, K... the !eil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom ...K 5.att. ()-+!6. ?od no longer would dwell in temples made with hands. 7fter the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of our Aord Jesus 3hrist, the Epistles written to the 3hurch reveal that we, the 3hurch, are now the house of ?od.
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8ancing in the 'lesh or in the )pirit. 1* And !hat agreement hath the temple o 3od !ith idols- or #e are the temple o the living 3od; as 3od hath said, I !ill d!ell in them, and !al" in them; and I !ill $e their 3od, and the# shall $e m# people& HE2(E:S 5:* * 2.t %hrist as a son over his o!n ho.se; !hose ho.se are !e&&&& 1 )I;')H< 5:16 16 2.t i I tarr# long, that tho. ma#est "no! ho! tho. o.ghtest to $ehave th#sel in the ho.se o 3od, !hich is the ch.rch o the living 3od, the pillar and gro.nd o the tr.th&

%ow, through His Spirit, ?od lives in menEnot in man'made buildings. >avid, living under the /ld 3ovenant, danced with all his might before the resence of the Aord. 1oda9, living temples of the Aiving ?od dance in the )pirit. ,e need to get the difference clear in our minds between /ld 1estament worship done in the flesh, and %ew 1estament worship done in the Spirit. 1here is a difference between dancing in the Spirit and putting on a show in the flesh or dancing to <eep time to the music. ,hen 9ou are trul9 dancing in the Spirit, 9ou donBt even need to have music. .an9 people in church services are Fust dancing to the music. .a9be 9ouBve Fumped around a little li<e some people do to <eep time with the music. But thatBs not dancing in the SpiritE thatBs substituting brass for gold. Cou donBt have to have music to dance in the Spirit. %either do 9ou need to have people present to watch 9ou dance because 9our dancing is not a production for !&!

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manBs e9es, but an e0pression of 9our heart toward ?od. $Bve heard about some churches that are holding dancing classes to teach people to dance in order to worship ?odL Cou canBt teach people to dance to worship ?od an9 more than 9ou can teach people to spea< with tongues to ,orship ?odL Someone ma9 sa9, K,ell, 9ou can teach people to singLO Ces, but there is scripture in the %ew 1estament which spea<s of singing in worship to ?od. Even though people ma9 practice to sing in church, the9 donBt sing the devilBs songs in a worship service. 7lso, did 9ou ever notice thisD ,hen someone is singing, whether the9Bre singing with a choir or singing a solo, 9ou can close 9our e9es, get 9our mind off the person, and focus 9our attention on worshipping ?od. Cou canBt close 9our e9es and worship ?od when someone is performing a danceEall 9our attention is focused on them. 1eaching people to dance in the Spirit is no more than cheap brassL 3an 9ou imagine having a class to teach people to spea< with tonguesL Cou canBt teach people how to spea< with tongues. Cou can teach them how to be born again and 9ou can teach them how to 9ield to the Hol9 Spirit, but the Hol9 Spirit is the onl9 /ne who can give them utterance. eople are tr9ing to worship ?od in church with interpretive dance and ballet. Friends, 9ou canBt interpret the power and move of ?od with a dance. 1hereBs no scripture for that. 1hatBs substituting brass for gold. 1he things of the Spirit can onl9 be interpreted b9 the Spirit. 7nd the Hol9 Spirit has plainl9 set forth the wa9s He demonstrates Himself in First 3orinthians !&(

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chapter !(. 1he full import and blessing of ?od cannot and will not rest upon us as long as we substitute brass for gold in the temple of the Aord. .an9 dancers and even their ministers will sa9 the9Bre worshiping ?od. But if the9 were sensitive to the Hol9 Spirit, the9 could tell that He gets grieved with such fleshl9 displa9. $Bve been a guest in services where the resence of ?od actuall9 lifted when people began to perform those theatrical dances. Besides, have 9ou ever noticed that itBs onl9 the s<inn9 women who do the ballet and interpretive dancingD $f that <ind of dancing was of the Spirit, an9one could dance that wa9Es<inn9 and fat people ali<eEand it would bless ever9one. $Bve been in services where fat people danced in the Spirit and the whole congregation was blessed. Cou see, when people are trul9 dancing in the Spirit Eno matter who the9 ma9 beEsomething li<e a sweet' smelling incense goes out over the crowd. But when this worldl9 t9pe of dancing goes on, the congregation gets to watching those dancing and their attention is not on the Aord. $Bll tell 9ou another thing. 3hristian men have commented that the costumes worn b9 female dancers and their bod9 movements while performing KinterpretiveK dances were so sensuous that the men had to loo< awa9. 1hat is even true of man9 women who dance to the music in church services. $ canBt believe that dancing which causes that <ind of response in men is of the Spirit of ?od. $Bm Fust being honest with 9ou. astors are going to have to teach their people to bring pure gold bac< into the temple and to get the brass outL Brass loo<s li<e goldI 9ou have to e0amine it closel9 to tell the difference. But ?od wants pure gold, !&4

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and we should too. ,e do not go bac< under the /ld 3ovenant and pic< up their dances to worship ?od under the %ew 3ovenant, and we do not bring the brass of the worldBs dances into the 3hurch. $t is important to note that there is not one word in the %ew 1estament about dancing before the Aord as a form of praise and worship. However, the %ew 1estament does emphasiNe being filled with the Hol9 Spirit, so that our worship and praise is carried out in the )pirit. 7nd if 9ou <now the move of the Spirit of ?od, 9ou <now that the Hol9 Spirit moves on 9ou sometimes to dance in the )piritEand sometimes He does get in 9our feetL But the Hol9 Spirit is not motivating people who are Fust putting on a show in the flesh. ,hen dancing is done in the Spirit, it blesses ever9one. ,hen itBs done in the flesh, it blesses no one. /h, it ma9 loo< good and people ma9 sa9, K$snBt that beautifulDK But itBs a substitute for the real thing. 1hereBs a real anointing to dance, and itBs b9 the Spirit as ,e willsEnot as we will. $t is true that we must will to 9ield to Him, but the unction to dance comes from Him- itBs a dance in the )pirit. $ dance in the Spirit ver9 often, but $ donBt Fust put on something. Unless the anointing is there, $ donBt do it. 1hat would be li<e tr9ing to give a message in tongues with no anointing. ,eBve all seen that. $tBs Fust dead, and it deadens the service. $n man9 of our meetings when ?od is moving to heal and bless people, there are Fust some fol<s who canBt discern an9thing. 1he9 spea< out or do something without the anointing. $f we donBt teach them, the9 will get themselves and the service in a mess. !&2

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$ can illustrate the difference that dancing in the Spirit will have upon a service as opposed to dancing in the flesh b9 sharing some true stories with 9ou. Cears ago when $ was pastoring the church in Farmersville, 1e0as, we saw a woman from another church virtuall9 raised up from a deathbed in one of our 1hursda9 night services. >octors had said she would be dead in a matter of a few da9s, but ?od healed her. 1he following Sunda9, she attended our church. $ had this sister testif9 in the Sunda9 morning service and tell about her miraculous healing. 1hat Sunda9 night during our evangelistic service, she was bac< again and there were outsiders and sinners present. $ wanted them to hear her testimon9, so $ said, KSister, stand up and give us 9our testimon9.K She was sitting over to one side in the congregation, so she stood up and told how her husband had admitted her to three different clinics, but ever9 doctor said the same thing- K,e canBt do a thing for 9ou. CouBll be dead in a matter of a few da9s.K 1hen she told how ?od raised her up on 1hursda9. ,hen she said that, she started dancing. Cou tal< about dancing in the SpiritL $ got up and went to the pulpit and preached m9 sermon. She danced all the wa9 through m9 sermon. $ gave the altar call, and she danced all through the altar call. ,e didnBt have an9 rugs on the floorEwe didnBt even have enough mone9 to bu9 rugs in those da9sEwe Fust had wooden floors. But that little lad9 never made a sound as she dancedL Sinners who had come to that meeting tal<ed about it for months. 1he ne0t Saturda9, she told us that sheBd had to bu9 a new pair of shoes, and she showed us the pair of shoes sheBd worn when she danced in the church. 1hese shoes had Fust been bought the da9 before. SheBd danced the !&+

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!S2'inch leather heel right off, 9et no one ever heard a sound, and she never interrupted the serviceL $ <ept right on preaching. $ couldnBt even tell that she was dancing unless $ loo<ed over at her. 1hatBs a miracle in itselfL .ore recentl9, in one of our crusades, some people in the congregation got up and started what loo<ed li<e a square dance right in the middle of a special song b9 the ;HE.7 singersL $t quenched the move of the Hol9 Spirit immediatel9. ?odBs Spirit was grieved. He had been moving in a marvelous wa9 in the service, but when those people started square dancing, the congregation quit worshiping ?od or even listening to the singing. $t Fust threw a damper on the whole service. 1he Hol9 Spirit moved on one of our singers and he began to e0hort the crowd that square dancing is not in the Spirit. 1hen the Hol9 Spirit came on him and he started dancing in the Spirit, and it brought the anointing bac<. 7gain, 9ou see, the people brought brass into the temple of the Aord instead of gold. 1he9 substituted brass for goldL ,hen 9ou loo< at the twoEbrass and goldE9ou can hardl9 tell the difference, can 9ouD CouBve got to e0amine them closel9 to be able to tell the difference. But ?od wants pure goldL >uring the visitation before 3ampmeeting when Jesus and $ were standing above the crowd, $ loo<ed down and saw what would be the ,ednesda9 night service of 3ampmeeting. $ saw Budd9, m9 son'in'law, dancing in the Spirit, and $ saw m9self dancing in the Spirit. $ also saw someone out of the crowd dancing in the Spirit. $ didnBt <now who it was, e0cept that it was someone who had never danced in the Spirit before but !&*

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had alwa9s wanted to. 1he ne0t wee< at 3ampmeeting all this came to passL Budd9 danced in the Spirit Fust li<e $ saw him doingL $ simpl9 acted out what $ had alread9 seen m9self do. 1hen because $ had seen it come to pass in the Spirit, $ said to the people, K1hereBs someone who has never danced in the Spirit, but 9ouBve alwa9s wanted to,K and $ pointed to the section where $Bd seen someone dancing in that visitation. 7 9oung man stood up and $ said to him, K,hen $ point m9 finger at 9ou, the Hol9 Spirit will come upon 9ou. Just go ahead and 9ield to Him. ,hen the Hol9 Spirit comes upon 9ouE9ouBll dance in the Spirit.K $ pointed m9 finger at him, the Hol9 Spirit came upon him, and he too< off dancing in the SpiritL 1here is a difference between dancing in the flesh Fust because you decide to and dancing in the Spirit under ,is unction. $Bm Fust telling 9ou what the Aord said to meI 9ou can do with it what 9ou want. ,hat 9ou do with it is up to 9ou. >onBt come fussing to me about itI all $ <now is what Jesus, the Head of the 3hurch, said to me- K$t is unscriptural to dance before the Aord in the %ew 1estament. But it is scriptural to dance in the Spirit.K $Bm spea<ing b9 the Spirit of ?od when $ sa9 that bringing brass into the temple grieves Him. Jesus said to me as we watched some people in the 3ampmeeting services dancing in the flesh, K$Bll bless them because the9 are .9 children and $ love them. But $ can onl9 bless them so farEthe9 cannot have the full measure of .9 blessing.O $ donBt <now about 9ou, but $Bm not satisfied with settling for second best from ?odL $ want the best ?od has in ever9 service. $ want the FUAA .E7SU;E of !&)

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,hen $ first loo<ed at the luminous dial of the cloc< in the earl9 morning hours of 1hursda9, Jul9 !*, !"#), it read three oBcloc<. ,hen $ loo<ed at the cloc< after the visitation, it was seven minutes before si0 oBcloc<. $n the intervening hours, $Bd been caught awa9 in the Spirit. $n ;evelation !-!&, it sa9s that John was +... in the )pirit on the /ord(s day ...+ and that he saw Jesus. ,e <now ver9 little about being in the Spirit to tell the real truth about the matter. ,e get anointed with the Spirit to pra9 or to preach. But that is not what John meant when he said he was in the Spirit on the AordBs da9. ,hen 9ouBre in the SpiritEand $Bve been there several timesE9ou donBt reall9 <now right at the moment that 9ouBre even in the natural. Because 9ou are in the SpiritEin the spirit realmL $ was in the Spirit on the morning of Jul9 !*, and $ saw Jesus. $ saw Him Fust as plainl9 as $ could see 9ou if 9ou stood before me. $ was caught up with Him to a place above the 1ulsa 3onvention 3enter, and we were loo<ing down upon what $ <new was our upcoming 3ampmeeting which would begin .onda9, Jul9 (&. 7lthough we were above the building, $ could see into the auditorium. $ saw one of the services unfold before us. Jesus !&"

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narrated as $ loo<ed on. $ saw all of us in the auditorium as we were ta<ing part in the service. 7s $ loo<ed down upon us we were all clapping li<e we do in 3harismatic circles. Jesus said something that astounded me. Understand what $Bm going to sa9 so 9ou donBt get the wrong impression about it. He said to me, K3lapping is neither praise nor worship.K Jesus said that to me. He went on to sa9, K1o clap is to applaud.K $Bd never heard an9one sa9 that. 7nd even though $ had been troubled at times when the congregation clapped so much during an inspired utterance that the anointing lifted and we missed some things the Spirit of ?od wanted to get over to us, these words of Jesus almost shoc<ed me. But as He continued to spea<, $ began to understand wh9 $ had been troubled. Best of all, $ began to see what could be done to cooperate with Him so the fullness of His blessing and the depth of the move of the Spirit could come upon the 3hurch.

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$n order to gain a better understanding of the place clapping should have in our services, first of all we need to understand what clapping is. Jesus said clapping is applause. He said it is neither praise nor worship. ,ell, if it isnBt praise and it isnBt worship, where does it fit in at all in our servicesD $ got a little illustration some time after 3ampmeeting that helped m9 understanding of clapping and $ want to share it with 9ou. ,hen a little bo9 receives a birthda9 present from his dadd9, he ma9 clap his hands and Fump up and !!&

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down. But he is not praising or worshipping his dadd9 Ehe is e0pressing his own e0citement and reFoicing over what he has Fust received. $n other words, his clapping is onl9 for his own benefit. $tBs an outwor<ing of his own emotions. $n our services, we ma9 clap sometimes Fust because weBre e0cited or weBre reFoicing, but thatBs not praising or worshipping ?od. $n the visitation, Jesus discussed clapping with me from the Scriptures. He said, K1here is not one scripture in the %ew 1estament about clapping. 1he Bible sa9s in salm 2)-!- (5 clap your hands, all ye people: shout unto $od with the !oice of triumph. B 3lapping in this verse denoted an attitude of victor9I it was not a form of praise. 1hat is the onl9 time clapping before the Aord is mentioned, and that is in the /ld 1estament. 1here are also some occurrences in the /ld 1estament where people clapped their hands for other reasons, but it had no connection with the worship of ?od. 1hen there are also scriptures about the waves and the floods clapping their hands, but 9ou understand, that is figurative language. K1here is not one single scripture,K Jesus said to me, Kin the %ew 3ovenant about an9one clapping their hands.K ,e do, however, have %ew 1estament scripture for lifting our hands in worship to the Aord. $n fact, the onl9 instruction we have in the %ew 1estament about what we are to do with our hands, is to lift them upL Cou remember, aulEor as $ li<e to sa9Ethe Hol9 Spirit through aul, said, +I will therefore that men pray e!ery where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubtingK 5! 1im. (-#6. ,eBve all heard it said that praise is the highest !!!

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form of pra9er. Cou see, pra9er is not what man9 people thin< it is. ra9er isnBt K?imme, gimme, gimme.K 7mong other things, pra9er is fellowshipping with ?od. /ne t9pe of pra9er is praise and worship. 1herefore, we would do no inFustice to the te0t to read First 1imoth9 (-# li<e this- I will therefore that men... GpraiseH e!ery where, lifting up holy hands....+ Cou see, the world claps or applauds, but 9ou do not see them lifting their hands to praise or celebrate. %o, the 3hurch of the Aord Jesus 3hrist is to lift up hol9 hands to praise the AordL K1he world claps,K Jesus said to me. KSaints praise.K 1hen He illustrated it something li<e this- Cou can wal< b9 dar< dives 5night clubs, beer Foints, etc.6 and loo< inside at what is going on. 1hose inside ma9 be watching a show with nude dancers, and 9ou will see them clapping their hands. 1he9 ma9 be watching a sports event on a screen, and 9ou will see them clapping their hands. /r 9ou can go to a political rall9, and when the politician sa9s something ever9one li<es, the9 will clap their hands. But in none of these places do 9ou see the crowd lift their hands. %ow that doesnBt mean clapping is wrong in itself. But we do need to distinguish between clapping which is a natural e0pression of this world, and the raising of our hands which is a scriptural e0pression of the realm to which we as believers belong. ,e also need to identif9 when to clap and when to lift our hands in praise. 3lapping at the wrong time can cause the anointing to lift from a service. For e0ample, man9 times when the Spirit of ?od is moving in a service through tongues and interpretation or prophec9, ever9one will start clapping right in the middle of the interpretation or the prophec9. eople get !!(

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e0cited and clap, but their clapping prevents ever9one present from hearing what the Hol9 Spirit wanted to sa9. Such clapping couldnBt be done in the Spirit, for if the tongue and interpretation or the prophec9 is b9 the unction of the Spirit, then the Hol9 Spirit is interrupting Himself. $f the Hol9 Spirit is sa9ing something to the church and no one can hear it, then weBre either wasting our time b9 allowing the manifestation of the Spirit or weBre wasting our time b9 clapping. $s prophec9 right, or is it notD $s the Hol9 Spirit sa9ing something, or is He notD ,ould the Hol9 Spirit interrupt HimselfD ,ould people be moved upon b9 the Hol9 Spirit to clap when the Hol9 Spirit is sa9ing somethingD %o, weBve Fust gotten Kclap happ9K in 3harismatic circles, and it grieves the Hol9 Spirit. 7s a minister, $Bve been in the position of being the one used b9 ?od to spea< forth in prophec9 or interpretation of tonguesEwhen right in the middle of the prophec9, ever9one will start clapping. Unless $ am ver9 careful, $ can lose the anointing because the clapping distracts me, ma<ing it difficult to hear what the Hol9 Spirit is sa9ing. 7nd then there have been times when the anointing left in spite of m9 efforts to sta9 in the flow of the Spirit, because the Hol9 Spirit was grieved. 3lapping in the midst of the SpiritBs manifestation displa9s irreverence for Him. /n several occasions, $ have <nown there was more the Spirit wanted to sa9 and $Bve <nown it was important that we hear the entire message. But what can 9ou doD Cou canBt continue without His help. Even if the anointing does not lift and $ continue to spea<, no one can hear what is being said. $f itBs not for !!4

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people to hear, wh9 would the Hol9 Spirit move upon me to spea<D 7t other times, $Bve been up preaching under the anointingE$ mean Fust going after itEwhen ever9one started clapping in response to something $ said. ,ell, the9Bre applauding to show their agreement with what $ said, but that is not the time or the place for applause. $n the first place, $ canBt go on preaching because ever9one will miss what $ sa9 while the clapping is going on. $f what 9ouBre sa9ing is b9 the unction of the Spirit, people need to hear it. 7nd there should be enough respect for the Hol9 Spirit not to interrupt Him when HeBs moving. Even during our worship, clapping is often done at inappropriate times. $t causes the anointing to lift and destro9s that sweet closeness of His resence that we all sense. Cou can see how this could happen even in a natural relationship such as the relationship between a man and a woman. ,hat if the man and woman were sitting together tal<ing for some time, e0changing words of endearment, and suddenl9 one of them began to clapD ,ouldnBt that seem inappropriateD Friends, when weBre praising and worshipping the Aord, ,e is presentL For a long time in 3harismatic circles, weBve had the habit of clapping after ever9 song we sing during a time of praise and worship. ossibl9 this has occurred because people have felt a need to respond in some wa9 but havenBt <nown e0actl9 how to respond. However, clapping after ever9 song disrupts the flow of worship. $t ta<es our attention off the Aord. How much better it would be to lift our hands in worship and spea< forth our than<sgiving and adoration to Him who first loved usL !!2

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:hen to %lap and :hen to Praise >onBt misunderstand meI itBs all right to clap in church services under some circumstances. Some fol<s have accused me of sa9ing that we should never clap at all. 1hat is not what $ have said, and thatBs not what Jesus said to me. >uring His visitation with me, the main thing the Aord was tr9ing to sa9 about clapping was to correct the e0cessive clapping that is ta<ing place in our churches toda9. $nstead of putting clapping before the lifting of our hands or the praising of ?od with our lips, it should come last, if at all. 7nd it should be regulatedEit should be at a minimum in services and not at a ma0imum. 1herefore, we need to understand when clapping is appropriate and when it is inappropriate. $f the congregation is singing an up'tempo song, itBs all right for fol<s to clap their hands in time with the music. But when the song ends and the worship leader as<s people to praise the Aord, the9 should lift their hands to praise Him as the %ew 1estament teaches. 7lso, in church, we shouldnBt be applauding singers when the9 minister in special music. 1heir talent is ?od'given and is to be used for the glor9 and praise of ?od. 1he9Bre not putting on a performance 5or at least the9 shouldnBt be6I the9Bre ministering in music to encourage the congregation to get their e9es on ?od and to lift them up into His resence. $f we appreciate their music, we should lift our hands and praise ?od. 7pplauding singers is not praising ?od, and we are to praise ?od. ,e are to lift up hol9 hands in praise of ?od. %ow donBt get upset if 9ouBve been clapping at the wrong times. $Bve been Fust as guilt9 as an9one else, so !!+

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donBt ta<e e0ception to what $ am sa9ing. 1here are times when we applaud a spea<er to let him <now weBre glad heBs come. $t is a gesture of welcome after he has been introduced, and itBs strictl9 on a natural level. 1hatBs all right as long as itBs not overdone. ,eBre not worshipping or praising the spea<er. However, since JesusB visitation to me, $Bve been giving a lot of thought to things $ hadnBt reall9 considered too much before. $ have some compunction now about sa9ing, KAetBs all give ?od a hand.K $ donBt thin< we can give ?od a hand li<e we would the resident of the United States. $ donBt thin< we should give ?od a Kclap'offering.K aul said to the 3orinthians in First 3orinthians (-4, +%nd I was with y o u . . . in fear....K 1hat doesnBt mean he was afraid of something li<e someone would be afraid of a storm or a rattlesna<e. 1hat means he had a respect, an awareness of the awesomeness of ?od and of his responsibilities as a minister of ?od. 1he Hebrew scribes who copied the Scriptures b9 hand had such a respect for ?od that before the9 would write His %ame the9 would stop and ta<e a ritual bath and put on clean clothes. ,eBve gotten awa9 from the respect for ?od that we should have. $ donBt feel comfortable giving ?od a hand li<e 9ou would a politicianI $ donBt want to bring Him down on a level with man. He is high and hol9. 1he %ew 1estament teaches us to lift our hands and our voices to ?od in praise. Jesus said to me, K astors should teach their congregations little b9 little about the move of the Hol9 Spirit so the9Bll <now how to move with Him and the9Bll !!*

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<now when to <eep quiet. 1he9 shouldnBt scold their people or train them in a negative wa9, but the9 need to teach them to be quiet when the Hol9 Spirit is in manifestation. 1he9 should tell them to listen, and after the Hol9 Spirit has spo<en, to lift their hands and praise .e.K

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7s Jesus was discussing the subFect of clapping and raising of the hands in praise to Him, He made this statement- K,hen 9ou reall9 learn to praise and worship .e in the right wa9, 9ouBll find a stronger anointing and a greater move of the Hol9 Spirit in 9our midst.K ,e need to learn that when the resence of the Aord is in a place, we should not dissipate that resenceE that power. Be quiet and reverent and then 9ouBll see the manifestation of the Hol9 ?host that 9our heart has longed for. Cou havenBt see an9thing li<e what we will see when the Bod9 of 3hrist gets to that place of worship. ,e were in that <ind of atmosphere worshipping ?od in one of our crusades, and there were five people sitting in wheelchairs. 1hree of them Fust got up and wal<ed off. %o one laid a hand on them. But for that to happen, we have to begin to get into the flow of the Hol9 Spirit. ,hen 9ou get in an atmosphere of true worship, and ?od begins to move b9 His Spirit, 9ou can Fust reach out and ta<e what belongs to 9ou in 3hrist. 1he Bible teaches la9ing on of hands, but 9ou reall9 donBt have to have hands laid on 9ou when the resence of ?od is so strongl9 in manifestation. %o matter what 9ou ma9 !!)

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need, 9ou can reach out and ta<e it and sa9, K$tBs mineLK But when people begin to demonstrate in the flesh, the anointing liftsEit flies awa9 li<e a bird ta<ing flight because it grieves the Spirit. $ wish $ could get that over to people. $Bve been in meetings of several thousand where the Hol9 Spirit was moving, and suddenl9, $ <new b9 the Hol9 Spirit when the anointing came upon me to stand over in the office of the prophet and minister to the people. $ was Fust read9 to call out certain people, to point to them right where the9 stood, and sa9, K1he Spirit of ?od Fust showed me this is what is wrong with 9ou.K $Bve ministered that wa9 man9 times through the 9ears, and ever9 time, the people have been healed. ,hen $Bve ministered under that <ind of an anointing, $Bve never had one person fail to get healed. $ could tell 9ou about thousands of people who were healed that wa9 through the man9 9ears of m9 ministr9. However, sometimes when the anointing has come to minister in that office, people in the congregation have gotten up and started moving about. 1he lac< of reverence for ?od moving in the service grieved the Spirit and He leftI the anointing lifted from me. $ mean, Fust li<e a bird sitting on 9our shoulder, it flew awa9E the anointing left. 7nd those people didnBt even <now itI the9 went out tal<ing and whispering. .a9be the9 were in a hurr9 to leave and get something to eat, but the9 didnBt <now that the9 had Fust hindered some dear sic< people from being healedEsometimes people with terminal cases. $ got a note from one pastor who told me about a woman in one of his services who had a terminal illness. 1he doctor said she had terminal cancer and had ninet9 da9s to live. 1he pastor wrote that the Aord healed her !!#

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in one of his services. 7 terminal case li<e that healed because the Spirit of ?od moved supernaturall9L However, then in the service so man9 in the congregation began to tal< and move about that it grieved the Spirit of ?od and He stopped moving. Cou canBt help people then because itBs the anointing that brea<s the 9o<e. *he ible said, it is the anointing that brea<s the 9o<e. K... the yo"e shall be destroyed because of the anointingK 5$sa. !&-()6. 1here is a move of the Spirit of ?od that ?od is wanting in this da9. ?od is wanting to do something for us today1 AetBs not hinder Him. AetBs Fust cooperate with Him and letBs be reverent. ,hen ?od is moving, letBs Fust sit quietl9 and reverence him. 1hen if we want to shout afterwardsEwe can shout. $ mean, afterwards, when the crippled start dancing in the )pirit, thatBs the time to Fump up and dance with themL ?od has been tr9ing to teach us some of these things, and weBve been endeavoring to demonstrate them for several 9ears. $ was preaching down in East 1e0as a number of 9ears ago in a Full ?ospel church, and ?od instructed me to la9 hands on people to be filled with the Hol9 Spirit. Aa9ing hands on people to receive the Hol9 Spirit is ?odBs plan-itBs Biblical. However, in 1e0as in !"+&, people didnBt do that. But the Aord told me to do it. $ went to a little Full ?ospel church, and $ Fust set out to do what $od told me to do. $ called for those who wanted to be filled with the Spirit to come forward, and seven people came to the altar. $ purposel9 had them sit down on the altar, because $ wanted to teach them a little first. $ <new if $ didnBt teach them, the9 would Fust start pra9ing at the altar !!"

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and get themselves in a rut tarrying for ?od, tr9ing to receive the Hol9 Spirit because the9Bd been doing that for 9ears. 5$ ran into one fellow who had been see<ing to be baptiNed in the Hol9 Spirit for fift9 9ears.6 So $ <new if $ Fust had them come down to the altar and pra9, the9Bd get in that same rut and not be able to get out of it. $ purposel9 <ept them off their <nees, so $ could give them a little instruction first. $ taught them for a while, and then $ laid hands on the first one and he immediatel9 began to spea< in tongues. ,hen that happened, the people in the congregation Fumped up and started shouting and running ever9where. $ had to go bac< to the pulpit and shout in order to get their attention so the9 could hear me. $ said, K,ait a minute, wait. ,7$1L ,7$1L Sit down.K 1he9 all sat down. 1hen $ told them, K%ow wait, donBt dissipate the power b9 shouting and carr9ing on. ,eBve got si0 more people here that need to be filled with the Spirit. AetBs get them filledI then weBll all shout and demonstrate if we want to.K 1he9 loo<ed at me li<e a cow at a new gateI that was all new to them. $ went down the line la9ing hands on those other si0 people, and ever9 single one of them was filled with the Hol9 Spirit and started spea<ing with tongues. ,hen the last one was filled with the Hol9 Spirit, $ started spea<ing in tongues and Fust turned around and ran down the aisle, ran bac< up another aisle, ran up on the platform, danced a little Fig for Fo9, and ran bac< down the aisle again. Ever9one Fust sat there and loo<ed at me. Finall9, $ had to sa9 to them, K$tBs time to dance now.K 1he9 hadnBt gotten their timing rightL $ told them, K7fter seven people get filled with the Hol9 Spirit, itBs time to run and danceLK But, see, a lot of people want to !(&

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run and dance at the other fellowBs e0penseEwhen the timingBs wrongEand dissipate the power. >uring this visitation before 3ampmeeting B#), the Aord dealt with me ver9 strongl9 about the fact that HeBs tr9ing to get the Bod9 of 3hrist to the place where He can move b9 His Spirit in our midst. $Bm graduall9 seeing that come to pass. 1he Bod9 of 3hrist is finall9 coming to the place where ?od can move in our services li<e He wants to. 1his is the timeL 1he Bod9 of 3hrist has finall9 come to that time now, and is getting read9 for the move that ?od wants in the earth, glor9 to ?odL Several 9ears ago, the Aord said to me, K1here is a move of the Spirit of ?od that will be lost to this present generation unless the9 are taught and led into it.K $ donBt <now that we have been successful at this 9et. But weBre finall9 coming to the place where we can begin to teach this. 1he Aord went on to sa9 to me, KSome of the old' time entecostals <new something about that deeper move of the Spirit. 1he modern'da9 entecostalsEthis new generation of 3harismaticsE<now little or nothing about it. 3harismatics <now little or nothing about the move of .9 Spirit. 3harismatics <now a little about praising .e, but the9 <now nothing at all about true worship.K Cou see, when 9ou tal< about worship, there is a spirit of reverence that goes along with it. 7s $Bve alread9 mentioned, in the church $ pastored in Farmersville, 1e0as, we regularl9 e0perienced the awesome resence of ?od. But we were alwa9s ver9 careful to reverence the Hol9 Spirit in our services. 3onsequentl9, the miraculous was an ever9da9 occurrence with us. ,e havenBt reall9 e0perienced that !(!

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in the 3harismatic .ovement. 1hereBs been a lightness in 3harismatic servicesI a Khip'hip'hoora9K t9pe of atmosphere. /hhhhL But in times past, $Bve seen the resence of ?od come in and fill the templeL ,hen $ sa9 Kthe temple,K $ mean a bod9 of believers. >uring those times when the resence of ?od came into our services, no one movedI an awesome resence filled the room. $ wish $ could describe that awesome resence to 9ou. Some things are Fust too reverent to tal< about and itBs hard to find words to describe them. But $Bve seen the awesome resence of ?od come in and fill the temple. $ long to see the Bod9 of 3hrist e0perience that resence on a continual basisL 7t this writing, it has been almost a 9ear since JesusB !"#) visitation with me. $n our own ministr9, we have been e0periencing the deeper move of the Spirit of ?od among us which Jesus promised. Just a short while after the summer 3ampmeeting, our crusade team was in >etroit. /ne of our singers was singing a song of the Spirit, fresh from Heaven, given b9 the inspiration of the Spirit in that moment. Upon hearing one of the lines of the song, the crowd began to clap. 1he singer stopped and e0horted the congregation, K lease donBt clap an9more.K 1he9 received the instruction and listened to what the Spirit was sa9ing as he went on with the spiritual song. 7 depth, an indescribable resence li<e a cloud filled the auditorium. ,e had no preaching that night. 1he Hol9 Spirit came upon me in a greater measure to minister b9 the Spirit in healings and in other wa9s. 7fterwards, $ as<ed those seated in the ministersB section if the9 had noticed how the anointing increased !((

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after we stopped clapping and turned our attention and worship to ?od. 1he9 all indicated b9 nodding their heads that the9 had. 1here is a reverence, an awesome sense of the holiness of ?od which can come upon a congregation. 7s the Bod9 of 3hrist, weBve got to get bac< to that place of reverence. For when we reverence ?od and give Him the honor and worship due unto Him, His resence will fill the place where we are gathered. $t is His resence which will meet the deepest longings of our hearts and set the captives free.

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Following our !"#) 3ampmeeting, someone as<ed me, K,hat did Jesus emphasiNe the most during His three'hour visitation with 9ouDK ,ithout question, what Jesus emphasiNed most is what we will be discussing in this chapter. Jesus said to me, K.9 plan under the %ew 3ovenant is for ever9 believer to be filled with the Hol9 Spirit.K 7s weBve pointed out alread9, ever9 believer or follower of ?od in the /ld 1estament was not filled with the Hol9 Spirit. /nl9 the prophet, priest, <ing, and those called to do a special wor< for ?od had the anointing of the Spirit. 7nd that anointing onl9 came upon themI it did not dwell within them. $n the /ld 1estament those we would call Kla9menK did not have the Spirit of ?od within them or upon them. 1hatBs one reason the %ew 3ovenant is a better 3ovenantEit provides a wa9 for ever9 person who is born again to have ?odBs Spirit actuall9 residing on the inside of them. $n our own individual lives, the %ew 1estament emphasiNes being filled with the Spirit. Jesus directed me to Ephesians +-!#,!" which $ <new well. He discussed with me in detail ever9thing $ have included in this chapter. $n the /ld 1estament, ?odBs people were strictl9 worshipping Him in the flesh. /nl9 the <ing, the priest, and the prophet had the Hol9 Spirit upon them. 1he !(+

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rest of them didnBt have the Hol9 Spirit on them, or in them, so their displa9 of worship was a natural displa9, done in the flesh. However, in the %ew 1estament, the emphasis for worship is that it is to be done in the )pirit. 1hatBs wh9 the Bible sa9s we are to be filled with the Spirit. AetBs notice what aul said, or as $ li<e to sa9 it, letBs see what the Hol9 Spirit said through the 7postle aul.
EPHESIANS 6:11 11 And $e not dr.n" !ith !ine, !herein is eBcess; $.t $e illed !ith the Spirit&

1his verse can be read li<e this- K>onBt be drun< on wine: be drun< on the )pirit.K Have 9ou ever been drun< on the SpiritD Cou can be so filled with the Spirit that 9ou stagger around li<e a drun< man. Be filled with the Spirit. %ow notice what the9 did when the9 were filled with the Spirit- 1he9 began to spea< with other tongues. 1he %ew 1estament puts emphasis on being filled with the Hol9 Spirit and spea"ing with other tongues.
A%)S 2:1+4 1 And !hen the da# o Pentecost !as .ll# come, the# !ere all !ith one accord in one place& 2 And s.ddenl# there came a so.nd rom heaven as o a r.shing might# !ind, and it illed all the ho.se !here the# !ere sitting& 5 And there appeared .nto them cloven tong.es li"e as o ire, and it sat .pon each o them& 4 And the# !ere A// FI//E= :I)H )HE H'/< 3H'S), AN= 2E3AN )' SPEAC !ith other tong.es, as the Spirit gave them .tterance&

,e can also see the Bible emphasis of being filled with the Spirit and spea<ing in other tongues ten 9ears later. 7n angel appeared to 3ornelius and told him to !(*

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send men to Joppa to inquire in the house of Simon the 1anner for eter. roceeding with the men to 3orneliusB house, eter began to preach to those gathered there.
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44 :hile Peter #et spa"e these !ords, the Hol# 3host ell on all them !hich heard the !ord& 46 And the# o the circ.mcision !hich $elieved !ere astonished &&& $eca.se that 'N )HE 3entiles A/S' :AS P'D(E= 'D) )HE 3IF) 'F )HE H'/< 3H'S)& 4* F'( )HE< HEA(= )HE; SPEAC !ith tong.es, and magni # 3od& ,e see this again in 7cts chapter !", when aul laid his hands on believers in Ephesus. A%)S 1,:1+* 1 And it came to pass, that &&& Pa.l having passed thro.gh the .pper coasts came to Ephes.s: and inding certain disciples, 2 He said .nto them, Have #e received the Hol# 3host since #e $elieved- And the# said &&& :e have not so m.ch as heard !hether there $e an# Hol# 3host& 5 And he said .nto them, Dnto !hat then !ere #e $aptiFed- And the# said, Dnto 8ohn@s $aptism& 4 )hen said Pa.l, 8ohn veril# $aptiFed !ith the $aptism o repentance, sa#ing .nto the people, that the# sho.ld $elieve on him !hich sho.ld come a ter him, that is, on %hrist 8es.s& 6 :hen the# heard this, the# !ere $aptiFed in the name o the /ord 8es.s& !()

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* And !hen Pa.l had laid his hands .pon them, )HE H'/< 3H'S) %A;E 'N )HE;; AN= )HE< SPACE !ith tong.es&&&& 1he Bible sa9s that when hands were laid on these disciples, the9 spo<e in other tongues. ,hen hands are laid on 9ou to receive the Hol9 Spirit, 9ou can do something other than what the Bible sa9s to do and it will grieve the Hol9 Spirit. 1he Bible sa9s we are to spea" in tongues. For e0ample, when the Hol9 Spirit comes upon 9ou, 9ou can Fust start shouting in English and not spea< in tongues at all, and 9ouBll shout the power off of 9ou. Shouting is all right in its place, but when hands are laid on 9ou to receive the Hol9 Spirit, thatBs the wrong time to shout. %o, 9ield to the Hol9 Spirit and begin to spea< in tongues. $n spo<e them. Spirit all of these %ew 1estament accounts, the people with tongues after the Hol9 ?host came upon >id 9ou notice thatD Being filled with the Hol9 and spea<ing is the %ew 1estament pattern.

EPHESIANS 6:11,1, 11 And $e not dr.n" !ith !ine, !herein is eBcess; 2D) 2E FI//E= :I)H )HE SPI(I); 1, SPEACIN3 to #o.rselves in psalms and h#mns and spirit.al songs, singing and ma"ing melod# in #o.r heart to the /ord&

%otice the <e9 words in this passage- +... be filled with the )pirit: spea"ing. ..K 5vv. !#,!"6. 1he Ephesians were one of the groups of people who had alread9 received the initial infilling of the Hol9 Spirit under aulBs ministr9 57cts !"-!'*6. Cet he writes them in Ephesians +-!#,!", and tells them again to be filled with the Spirit. ,h9 did he sa9 that to themD !(#

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,erenBt the9 alread9 filled with the Hol9 SpiritD Before $ comment on that, let me sa9 this. $Bve still got ever9 Bible $ ever had, and in ever9 one of them, 9ou can readil9 see where the9 are worn the mostEover in the Epistles. ,h9D 1hose are the letters that were written to meL 1he four gospels were not written 1/ me, the9 were written F/; me. 1he /ld 1estament was not written 1/ me, it was written F/; me. >o 9ou understand the differenceD Ever9 single Epistle was written to 9ou and to meL 1he9Bre written to believersEto the 3hurchL 1he9Bre written to the 3hristian. 1he Epistles are where $Bve lived all these 9ears. $ want to find out what ?od is writing to the 3hurch, and what He is sa9ing to meL $Bm not so concerned about what He said to the Jews. $Bm primaril9 concerned about what HeBs sa9ing to meL $n the Epistles, we find out that the %ew 1estament emphasiNes being filled with the Spirit. $n writing to the Ephesian 3hristians who had alread9 been filled initiall9 with the Hol9 Spirit in 7cts !", aul e0horted them again in Ephesians + to be filled with the Spirit. 7t first reading, this might seem confusing. However, what aul had reference to in Ephesians +-!# went be9ond the initial infilling of the Hol9 Spirit and spea<ing with tongues which the Ephesians had received when he laid hands upon them in 7cts !"-!'*. ?ree< scholars tell us that the literal translation of Ephesians +-!#, K... be filled with the Spirit,K actuall9 contains a pla9 on words. $t literall9 reads, K... be being filled with the Spirit.K aul was encouraging these Ephesians to continue spea<ing with tongues in order to sta9 filled up with the Hol9 Spirit. $n other words, the9 needed to have a constant infilling of the !("

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SpiritEa continual e0perience of being filled with the Spirit and spea<ing forth in supernatural utterance in order to sta9 filled with the Spirit. $ want 9ou to notice that aul was writing to the whole church at EphesusEhe wasnBt writing Fust to preachers. $t is ?odBs plan for e!ery believer, ever9 3hristian, living under the %ew 3ovenant to be continuall9 filled with the Hol9 Spirit and to worship in the Spirit. 1he wa9 we maintain a continual infilling and maintain our wal< in the Spirit is through spea<ing divinel9 inspired utterances to the Aord. 1his is one form of %ew 1estament worship. 1hese divinel9 inspired utterances can have several different means of e0pression. /ne means of e0pression is to magnif9 and worship ?od in other tongues, as weBve alread9 seen that the saints did in 7cts !&-2*K'or they heard them spea" with tongues, and 9%$NI'3 $od....+ However, aul went on to mention several other e0pressions in Ephesians +-!".

Psalms) &%mns) and Spiritual Songs


a9 close attention to the following two scriptures. %otice how the believerBs utterances inspired b9 the Hol9 Spirit ascend in worship +to the /ord.+
EPHESIANS 6:11,1, 11&&& $.t $e illed !ith the Spirit; 1, Spea"ing to #o.rselves in psalms and h#mns and spirit.al songs, SIN3IN3 AN= ;ACIN3 ;E/'=< IN <'D( HEA() )' )HE /'(=&

3olossians 4-!* is a companion scripture to Ephesians +-!#,!". $t too emphasiNes worship unto the Aord.
%'/'SSIANS 5:1* 1* /et the !ord o %hrist d!ell in #o. richl# in

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aul was spea<ing to ever9 believer when he said that we are to spea< to ourselves in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs. ,e are to spea< to oursel!es. 1his is something we are to do in our own personal, private life in communion with ?od. 7 psalm is a spiritual poem or ode. $t ma9 rh9me or it ma9 notI however, there is an element of poetr9 about it. $t ma9 be sung, chanted, or Fust recited. 1he /ld 1estament records !+& psalms. $n fact, the Boo< of salms was $sraelBs pra9er and songboo<. .an9 of the salms were written b9 >avid, who had the Hol9 Spirit upon him, and the9 tell us what was happening to himEthe tests and the trials he was going through when that psalm was given to him. 1hough some were given to him for his own special benefit, the9 bless us because the9 are Spirit'anointed and because we ma9 be going through a similar e0perience. $ spea< in psalms quite frequentl9. 7 psalm ma9 be sung or it ma9 be chanted or Fust recited. 7 person given to music would naturall9 sing a psalm given b9 the Spirit. 1he same psalm that $ would Fust spea< out, someone who is given to music would sing. $Bm not a singerI $ donBt have a voice for singing, so $ Fust spea< out the psalms the Hol9 Spirit gives me. Believe it or not, $ too< voice lessons. Finall9, the voice teacher said to me, K$Bve never said this to an9one in all m9 9ears of teaching, but $ believe if $ were 9ou, $ wouldnBt ta<e an9 more lessons.K $ never could get an9 higher than a certain note. Singing is not m9 forteI $Bve got to leave that to others. $ can ma<e a Fo9ful noise and !4!

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thatBs about it. So $ spea< in psalms. .an9 times, ?od will give 9ou a psalm in 9our private pra9er life Fust for 9our own benefit. /n the other hand, a h9mn is a song of praise and worship addressed to and directed toward ?od. 7 spiritual song is a song that brings forth the revelation of the ,ord that the Hol9 Spirit has given 9ou. +/et the word of Christ dwell in you richly ...K 53ol. 4-!*6. 1hat doesnBt necessaril9 mean Fust the written ,ord. 1he9 didnBt have a written %ew 1estament then. 1he Bible is tal<ing about the ,ord that the Hol9 ?host brings to 9ou. $t ma9 be a scripture, a word of encouragement, or a word of e0hortation, etc. So man9 have read Ephesians +-!" and 3olossians 4-!* and have tried to interpret these scriptures in the light of our ,estern culture. 1he9 have thought this meant singing out of a songboo<, or h9mnal. However, it couldnBt mean that because when aul wrote these letters, the9 didnBt have printing pressesL 7nd although there are man9 good songs which were probabl9 inspired b9 the Hol9 Spirit, most songs in our songboo<s are embalmed with unbelief. However, psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs are given b9 the Hol9 SpiritEthe9Bre Khot off the wireK from heaven. 7nd the9 are scriptural, because an9thing the Hol9 ?host gives is scriptural. Jesus called this <ind of utterance, %ew 1estament worship. 7nd true worship must be +in spirit and in truth< 5John 2-(46. /nce we are initiall9 filled with the Spirit and spea< supernaturall9, we are to continue spea<ing supernaturall9. !4(

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1he ,ord of ?od in Ephesians +-!#,!" and 3olossians 4-!* is tal<ing about the supernatural utterance the Hol9 ?host gives 9ou on the spur of the moment b9 the spirit of prophec9. /ne of the manifestations of the Hol9 Spirit is prophec9 5! 3or. !(-!&6. ,hat is prophec9D $t is inspired utterance in a "nown tongue. 1he simple gift of prophec9 K... spea"eth unto men to edification, and e&hortation, and comfort K 5! 3or. !2-46. $t is not to be confused with the prophetBs office which often gives revelation of the future. First 3orinthians !2-4! sa9s, +'or ye may all prophesy....+ $n other words, all believers ought to be prophes9ing. Ever9 single believer ought to be spea<ing to himself in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs in his private devotional life. 1hat is part of the operation of the gift of prophec9. 5Fol<s thin< the9 are not prophes9ing unless the9 get up in church and give a public utterance. /h, no, that is Fust a minor part of this manifestation.6 $ spea< in psalms in m9 personal pra9er life all the time. .an9 times for an hour or two in the nighttime, $ spea< to m9self in psalms. Sometimes $ spea< to m9self in psalms nearl9 all night long. Spea<ing in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs can also be done in public assembl9 if opportunit9 is given. AetBs loo< again at 3olossians 4-!*%'/'SSIANS 5:1* 1* /et the !ord o %hrist d!ell in #o. richl# in all !isdom; )EA%HIN3 AN= A=;'NISHIN3 'NE AN')HE( in psalms and h#mns and spirit.al songs, singing !ith grace in #o.r

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Cou see, psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs can be used in public assembl9 to teach and admonish one another. %ow consider what aul wrote to the church at 3orinth. K... when ye come together Gtal<ing about a believersB meetingH 2V243 5N2 of you hath a psalm ...K 5! 3or. !2-(*6. How man9 of 9ouD Ever9 oneL 1he reason ever9one in the Earl9 3hurch could have a psalm when the9 came together was because the9 had been spea<ing in psalms in their own private pra9er lives at home. 1he benefits of spea<ing to ourselves in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs are great. First, it enables us to have true communion with ?od and to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. $t is also a means of spiritual edificationEwe sta9 encouraged and built up in the Aord. Finall9, it is a means of <eeping us separated from the world. $t causes us to be conscious of His indwelling resence, and if weBre conscious that He is living in us, it is bound to affect the wa9 we live. $t is ?odBs plan that we be filled with His Spirit and spea< forth in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs. But some ma9 sa9, K$ donBt <now how to do that. $Bve never done it beforeL How can $ enter into that <ind of wal< in the SpiritDK

Stir Up t!e Gift


.an9 believers have been filled with the Hol9 ?host and have spo<en in other tongues, 9et the9Bve never spo<en in tongues again since their initial infilling. !42

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1he9 were once filled, but the9Bve not maintained a fresh e0perience with ?od. 1he9 havenBt obe9ed the inFunction of Ephesians +-!#, +... be GbeingH filled with the )pirit.+ $Bve had people sa9 to me, K,ell, $ donBt <now whether $ can spea< with tongues again or not.K But the Hol9 Spirit is still inside 9ou, and HeBs the one who gives 9ou the utterance. 7ll 9ou need to do is e0pect Him to give 9ou utterance and then 9ield to Him. $n other words, stir up the gift of ?od within 9ouL %otice what the Scripture sa9s about thisEnot what man sa9s, not what people thin<. aul, in writing to 1imoth9, said2 )I;')H< 1:* * :here ore I p.t thee in remem$rance that tho. S)I( DP )HE 3IF) 'F 3'=, !hich is in thee $# the p.tting on o m# hands&

,hat KgiftK of ?od was aul tal<ing aboutD 1here is a twofold application of this verse. 1he word KgiftK in this verse can refer to impartations b9 the Hol9 Spirit given when ?od sets people aside for service. For e0ample, in 7cts !4-(, the Bible sa9s, +%s they ministered to the /ord, and fasted, the ,oly $host said, )eparate me arnabas and )aul for the wor" whereunto I ha!e called them.+ Something was imparted to Barnabas and Saul b9 the Hol9 Spirit as the9 were set apart for service. ,e can also see this when 1imoth9 was set apart for ministr9.
1 )I;')H< 4:14 14 Neglect not the gi t that is in thee, !hich !as given thee $# prophec#, !ith the la#ing on o the hands o the pres$#ter#&

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1he second application of this verse is that the gift 1imoth9 received when aul laid his hands on him was the gift of the Hol9 Spirit. ,e <now from the Scriptures that aul laid his hands on man9 people and the9 received the Hol9 Spirit. %otice what aul said 1imoth9 was to do with this gift in Second 1imoth9 !-*. He said, KStir up the gift of ?od that is within 9ouKL Cou are to stir up the Hol9 Spirit on the inside of 9ouL Cou can stir up the Hol9 Spirit yourself within 9our own spirit b9 pra9ing in other tongues. 7fter 9ou pra9 in other tongues awhile, then 9ou can begin to spea< to 9ourself +... in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and ma"ing melody in your heart to the /ord+ 5Eph. +-!"6. 1hat is how 9ou enter into %ew 1estament worship. $f spea<ing to ourselves in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs is ?odBs plan for believers living under the %ew 3ovenant, then should we not determine to pursue that planD $ want to live a life pleasing to ?odI $ want to flow with His planEnot m9 own. 7nd $ want to enter into the fullness of all that He has for me, donBt 9ouD He has told us how we can do it, and $, for one, intend to obe9 ?odL

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)e7onstration o' the +pirit

,hen Jesus stood with me above the 1ulsa 3onvention 3enter and tal<ed about His plan for believers living under the %ew 1estament, He turned to me and said, K>emonstrate to the people. 7fter 9ou teach, sa9 to the people, B$Bm to teach 9ou not onl9 b9 precept, but b9 e0ample.B $t is scriptural to follow godl9 e0amples.K He then directed me to the following scripture and showed me how m9 interpretation of it had not been e0act. 1 %'(IN)HIANS 2:4 4 And m# speech and m# preaching !as not !ith enticing !ords o man@s !isdom, $.t in demonstration o the Spirit and o po!er& %otice how aul said that- K... my speech and my preaching was ... in demonstration of the )pirit and of power.K %ot demonstration of power and the Spirit, but demonstration of the )pirit 7%> of power. 1he demonstrations of power are the power gifts in manifestation- Special faith, wor<ing of miracles, and gifts of healings. However, the Hol9 Spirit also wor<s and demonstrates in the revelation gifts and in the utterance gifts. aul is sa9ing, K$ preach in demonstration of the Spirit.K So aul is reall9 sa9ing two things in this verse- !6 $ !4)

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come in demonstration of power, and (6 $ come in demonstration of the )pirit. 1he demonstration of power refers to the power gifts in manifestation- Special faith, wor<ing of miracles, gifts of healings. 1hose gifts demonstrate the power of the Hol9 SpiritEthatBs wh9 the9 are called Kpower gifts.K But aul also said, K$ preach in demonstration of the Spirit.K 1he Hol9 Spirit further demonstrates Himself, for e0ample, in the revelation gifts and in the gifts of utterance. ,eBve thought that Kpreaching in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,K was referring onl9 to preaching with the power gifts in operation, or preaching with what weBd call Ksigns and wondersK with miraculous healings ta<ing place. But, no, this scripture also refers to the wa9 the Spirit demonstrates or manifests Himself. ,e could sa9 then, that the Hol9 Spirit demonstrates Himself- !6 in the power gifts, (6 in the utterance and revelation gifts, and 46 He manifests Himself in demonstration through the ministr9 gifts. ?od wants to bring us to the place where we demonstrate the Hol9 Spirit and we demonstrate the power of the Hol9 Spirit. ,e can all be involved in demonstrations of the Spirit b9 prophec9 because the Bible sa9s we can all e0ercise the simple gift of prophec9- K... ye may all prophesy one by one...K 5! 3or. !2-4!6. 7nother scripture that tells us we can all be involved in demonstration of the Spirit through prophec9 is found in Ephesians +-!#,!"- +... be not drun" with wine, wherein is e&cess: but be filled with the )pirit: !4#

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)P2%KIN$ to yoursel!es ...K 5Eph. +-!#,!"6. 7s we have seen, spea<ing to ourselves in psalms and h9mns and spiritual songs is an operation of the simple gift of prophec9 or supernatural utterance. So prophec9 is also a Kdemonstration of the )pirit.+ $n that visitation with Jesus, $ saw us demonstrating the Hol9 Spirit. $n that visitation, Jesus not onl9 told me to demonstrate, but then $ saw us doing it. $n the actual 3ampmeeting service, $ onl9 acted out what $ had alread9 seen. 7s $ stood with Jesus and loo<ed down through the roof of the 1ulsa 3onvention 3enter onto the .onda9 night service of 3ampmeeting, $ saw m9self demonstrating spea<ing in psalms. $ didnBt hear what the psalms were until $ was actuall9 in that evening service. $ also saw others of our ministr9 team, whom $ recogniNed, demonstrating the Spirit in psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs. 1hen during the actual service, ever9thing happened Fust as $ had seen. 1he following are some psalms which $ spo<e out in that 3ampmeeting service as the9 came b9 the Spirit. 1he other people $ had seen demonstrating the Spirit were more given to musicI therefore, the9 sang what was given to them b9 the Hol9 Spirit. 1o help those who have never spo<en in psalms, $ will tr9 to e0plain how psalms come to me- $ feel, or sense, a psalm as it comes up out of m9 spiritEout of the inside of me. Usuall9, $ Fust get the title, although sometimes the first word or two comes. $ have never gotten more than two lines. Be9ond that, $ do not <now what $ am going to sa9. $f $ am in a public assembl9 and the unction is not there, then $Bm lost. $t ta<es faith to spea< in psalms. 1he whole 3hristian life is a faith wal<, for without faith, it is !4"

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impossible to please ?od. $f He gave 9ou the whole psalm at once, 9ouBd be wal<ing b9 sight and 9ou couldnBt please Him b9 reciting it. 7fter $ spea< whatever $ have in faith, the rest comes b9 the spirit of prophec9. $ get over into the flow of it. $Bm sure man9 3hristians have had this happen to them in their personal devotions and didnBt <now what it was, so the9 didnBt 9ield to itL 1he following psalms came as $ taught in demonstration of the Spirit. ,hen $ began to spea<, $ had Fust one word which was the title for each psalm. 1he rest rose up from within m9 spirit as $ continued to spea< forth in faith.

Yesterda%
Cesterda9 is gone and should be forgotten. Satan will oftentime 5as well as friends6 remind 9ou of 9our 9esterda9s. But remember that 9our 9esterda9sEall that is wrong Eis under the blood. 7nd all that is good and is right, it will be all right for 9ou to recite. But wal< in the light and <now that 9our 9esterda9s are forever gone. 7nd toda9 is beautiful. So wal< with the Aord and enFo9 His blessings. For 9esterda9 does not e0ist.

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1oda9 is not as dar< as some men would have 9ou believe. 1oda9 is not as desolate and desperate as the media ofttime would portra9. !2&

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1oda9 is the da9 of the AordEa da9 of deliverance, a da9 of blessing, a da9 of visitation. For, 9ou see, those who wal< with the Aord wal< in the light. 7nd the9 wal< b9 faith and not b9 sight. But those who wal< in dar<ness cannot see. Cea, even the god of this world has dar<ened their minds, and all the9 see is desolation, dar<ness, and the end of time. 1he end of time will surel9 come. But, remember, the .aster said to us who wal< and live in this clime, K,hen these things begin to come to pass, lift up 9our heads and loo< upL ;eFoiceL for 9our redemption draweth nighLK So toda9 is not dar<I 1oda9 is bright, and toda9 is light. ,al< in the light and all of 9our pathwa9s will forever be bright.

omorrow
So man9 are worried and depressed and some even almost driven to suicideEfrustrated about tomorrow. ,hat will tomorrow bringD ,ill tomorrow ever comeD ,hat about tomorrowD ,ill $ be hereD ,hat about tomorrowD ,ill it bring fame or will it bring fortuneD ,ill it bring blessingD ,ill it be bad or will it be goodD Cea, saith the Aord of hosts, tomorrow belongs unto the saints. !2!

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1omorrow can be filled, and will be filled with victor9 even as toda9Ewhen 9ou wal< b9 faith. So see tomorrow as a stepping stone to greater success and achievement in the realm of ?od. 1omorrow is bright, for tomorrow belongs to the saints who wal< in the light. 1omorrow is good, for the Father of lights sendeth down alwa9s unto His own that which is good. For ?od is goodI Cea, His merc9 endureth forever. So do not feel an9 an0iet9 about tomorrow. 1rust in the Aord and leave it in His hands. ,al< b9 faith and shout above the turmoil. 7ll is right and all is bright for we are children of light. >ar<ness and gloom will overta<e an9 who will 9ield unto Satan and wal< in his wa9. >ar<ness and gloomI negativism and doubt. Fear, 9ou see, dominates those who do not <now what it is all about. But those who are enlightened b9 His ,ord, <noweth that the trial of their faith is more precious than gold. So in the midst of the trial and in the midst of the test the9 sound forth the shout of victor9 and reFoice. For the9 <now that victor9 belongs unto the children of ?od. 1he9 <now that there came out from heaven long ago the 3hampion sent b9 the Father to those who live down here below. 7nd in the world of dar<ness, He came and said, K$ am the Aight of the world. Follow .e and 9ou will wal< not in dar<ness.K So dar<ness and gloom are a thing of the past. For now 9ou are the light of the world. Cea, now 9ou wal< in the fullness of ?od and the glor9 of the Father. !2(

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7nd all that He has provided is thine. So shout it above all the roar of the enem9. Because, 9ou see, all that ?od has said and declared is sublime.

*ictor%
@ictor9 is not in places and things. @ictor9 is not in people and manBs plan. @ictor9 is in Him, the Eternal /ne. 1he /ne who planned the great plan of redemption and sent the 3hampion out of heaven long ago, from the bosom of the Father down here below. 7nd He met the enem9 in awful combat7nd arose victorious over death, hell, and the grave, 7nd ascended on High and led captivit9 captive. 1he victor9 is in Him. 7nd if in Him 9ou live and He lives in 9ou, then the victor9 is on the inside. Stir up the victor9. Shout the words in the face of the enem9K@ictor9LK K@ictor9LK K@ictor9LKEever9 da9. K@ictor9LK ever9 night. K@ictor9LK ever9 moment. For the @ictorious /ne in me doth live. ?reater is He than all the forces of hell. ?reater is He than temptation and all that against me ma9 come. So $Bll rest and reFoice ever9 da9. For, 9ou see, $ am the victorious one.

Dou+t and Fear


>oubt and fear are the two tormenting twins of the enem9 down here, sent to harass and rob 9ou of ?odBs blessings. !24

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But faith and love come from above. Faith and loveEfor faith wor<eth b9 love. 7nd faith wor<ing b9 love will give 9ou victor9 in ever9 circumstanceEwill give 9ou deliverance out of ever9 problem. Faith and love sent from heaven above. Faith and love born of 9our spirit that is regenerated and born again1he love of ?od shed abroad in 9our spirit. Faith rising up out of the ,ord upon which 9ou meditate and thin<. So cast aside doubt and fear for the9 have no place in 9ou as 9ou wal< down here. For He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. So cast awa9 doubt and fear as 9ouBd pull off 9our coat or cloa< and throw it to one side. 7nd rise up and wal< in love, and act in faith. 7nd all the heavenl9 blessings from above shall be at 9our disposal. 7nd in His great plan, 9ouBll live and enFo9 His blessings, as 9ou wal< in this clime. 7nd so 9ou shall reFoice and be glad, for, 9ou see, this is the da9 and this is the hour of 9our time. 1hese psalms came during 3ampmeeting, a public assembl9, and the9 are in line with 3olossians 4-!*. >o 9ou see how the9 both teach and admonish usD $f 9ou did not <now what was contained in these psalms, the9 would teach 9ou. $f 9ou alread9 <new what was being spo<en, the9 would admonish 9ou. 1here is also the spea<ing of psalms, h9mns, and spiritual songs in the private pra9er life as believers commune with ?od. Such spea<ing is especiall9 in line with Ephesians +-!" as we have alread9 seen in !22

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3hapter ". K,ell, how do 9ou get there, Brother HaginDK 9ou ma9 as<. K$Bve never spo<en to m9self in psalms, and h9mns, and spiritual songs.K First, of course, 9ou must be a born'again believer, having accepted Jesus as 9our Savior. 1hen, 9ou must be baptiNed in the Hol9 Spirit with the Bible evidence of spea<ing in tongues. 7s 9ou begin to practice pra9ing at length in other tongues, 9ou will fine'tune 9our spirit to the Spirit of ?od. Cou see, psalms come out of 9our spirit where the Hol9 ?host resides. He is not in 9our head, and 9our head has nothing to do with helping 9ou Kma<e upK psalms. salms are not of human invention, but come b9 the Hol9 SpiritBs unction. ,hen 9ou pra9 at length in the Spirit in other tongues, 9ou will find that from the inside of 9ou, from 9our spirit, a song or utterance will arise. Cou ma9 sing in tonguesI then 9ou ma9 sing the interpretation. However, it is not alwa9s necessar9 to sing the interpretation. Just go ahead and sing in tongues, worshipping the Aord. 7s 9ou e0ercise 9ourself in these things, perhaps a word or phrase in a <nown tongue will rise up within 9ou. Step out in faith, and spea< what 9ou are given. $f 9ou will e0ercise faith in this area, it will enrich 9our life spirituall9. CouBll move up to another dimension, a higher level spirituall9. 7nd when Spirit'filled believers will do this at home in personal communion with ?od, when the9 assemble together, the power of ?od will come into manifestation in a measure the9 have never seen. !2+

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?od wants to bring us to the place where we will demonstrate glor9 to Him. >uring the .onda9 night meeting of 3ampmeeting B#), Fust after $ had shared what we have discussed in this chapter, we lifted our hands and worshipped ?od. 7nd $ heard the Spirit of ?od sa9, K$t will ta<e a little while for 9ou to change. But after a little while, 9ou will see the results. 1he power shall be manifestedI the glor9 shall come to reside in 9our midst. $t will not be manifested occasionall9, but it will reside in 9our midst. 7nd the glor9 of the Aord will be revealed unto thee and thou shalt be made a blessing unto man9.K

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8rue 9e3 8esta7ent Worship

,e must realiNe that the saints of the /ld 1estament werenBt a spiritual house. $srael was called the KhouseK of $srael, and the word KhouseK was used in the /ld 1estament, but these people were spirituall9 dead peopleEthe9 werenBt born again. 1he /ld 1estament priests offered up onl9 ph9sical sacrifices. 1herefore, the9 were not a KspiritualK house. Under the %ew 3ovenant, in First eter chapter (, the Bible calls believers, K... /IV2/3 stones ... built up a )PI4I*7%/ house....+ 1 PE)E( 2:6
6 <e also, as livel# stones, are $.ilt .p a spirit.al ho.se, an hol# priesthood 7the !hole 2od# o %hrist9, )' 'FFE( DP SPI(I)DA/ SA%(IFI%ES, accepta$le to 3od $# 8es.s %hrist&

1his verse sa9s that as a hol9 priesthood, we are K... to offer up spiritual sacrifices. . . . K ,hat are the spiritual sacrifices we are to offer upD

Our Bodies as a ,i"ing Sacrifice


(';ANS 12:1

1 I $eseech #o. there ore, $rethren, $# the mercies o 3od, that #e present #o.r $odies a living sacri ice, hol#, accepta$le .nto 3od, !hich is #o.r reasona$le service&

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1rue %ew 1estament worship includes the presenting of our bodies as a living sacrifice unto ?od. 1he Bible sa9s this is the spiritual sacrifice acceptable to ?od as a spiritual house and as a holy priesthood: +3e also, as li!ely stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up )PI4I*7%/ )%C4I'IC2), acceptable to $od by Jesus ChristK 5! eter (-+6. 1he King James Version of the Bible sa9s we are to present our bodies as Ka li!ing sacrifice.K /ther translations sa9 that we are to present our bodies as Kspiritual worshipK or as Ka spiritual service of worship.K 1he Bible calls this our reasonable service. $t is part of true spiritual worship for believers under the %ew 1estament to offer our bodies unto ?od as a spiritual sacrifice. ,hen the 3hurch starts worshipping ?od according to His plan for %ew 1estament worshipE9ou tal< about worshipL Jesus said to me in this visitation, K$f the people arenBt taught about spiritual worship, true %ew 1estament worship, the9 wonBt get it. 1he9 do not <now about true worship. 1he9 <now a little bit about praising .e, but nothing about true worship.K 1he spiritual worship of presenting their bodies a living sacrifice, hol9, acceptable unto ?od is something man9 3harismatics <now nothing about. $ <now because $Bve been around them. $ can see wh9 the Aord said, K3harismatics <now a little about praising .e, but nothing about true worship.K Because 9ou can see some 3harismatics running around tal<ing in tongues, smo<ing cigarettes, and sipping coc<tailsL B9 such actions, the9 prove that the9 donBt <now a thing about true spiritual worship1 ,hen people got over !2# into the 3harismatic

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.ovement, the9 seemed to get free from e!erything-all laws, all discipline, all commitment, all restraints. But we canBt let our libert9 be evil spo<en of. ?od wants transfigured bodiesEbodies presented as K... a li!ing sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto $od, which is your reasonable ser!ice+ 5;om. !(-!6. $t is 9our spiritual worship to present 9our bod9 unto ?od. AetBs see what else ?od wants as a part of true %ew 1estament spiritual worship(';ANS 12:2 2 And $e not con ormed to this !orld: $.t $e #e trans ormed $# the rene!ing o #o.r mind&&&& $od wants transfigured bodies and ,e wants transformed minds. 1hese are the spiritual sacrifices the Bible sa9s the believer is to offer up to ?od. .an9 people are tr9ing to serve ?od with the same old unrenewed mind the9 had before the9 were born again. %o wonder the9Bre still having so much trouble with their bodies and with their thoughtsL $t ta<es wor" and discipline to renew 9our mind. $t doesnBt come b9 simpl9 attending church or b9 pra9ing, and it doesnBt come overnight. $t requires diligent meditation in ?odBs ,ord, and learning to change 9our wa9s and patterns of thin<ing to line up with what His ,ord sa9s. But renewing our minds is not an option if weBre going to be true New *estament worshippers. 7 transformed mind is part of the spiritual worship we are to offer up to ?od. )he Sacri ice o Praise Hebrews !4-!+ sa9s we are to offer up to ?od the sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of our lips, giving !2"

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than<s unto His %ameL 1hat is a sacrifice acceptable to ?od, and part of our spiritual worship. 1he fruit of our lips offering praise to ?od is part of true %ew 1estament worship.
EPHESIANS 6:2> 2> 3iving than"s al!a#s or all things .nto 3od and the Father in the name o o.r /ord 8es.s %hrist& HE2(E:S 15:16 16 2# him 78es.s9 there ore let .s 7:hat are !e to do .nder the Ne! %ovenant-9 o er the SA%(IFI%E o P(AISE to 3od contin.all#, that is, the r.it o o.r lips giving than"s to his name&

,hat does the Bible mean b9 Kthe sacrifice of praiseDK 7nd how are we going to offer it to ?odD Aoo< at this verse again- K... let us offer the sacrifice of praise to $od continually, that is, the fruit of our lips gi!ing *,%NK) to his name.+ 1herefore, the Bible sa9s %ew 1estament praise isK... the fruit of our lips gi!ing than"s to his name.+ AetBs see what the Bible has to sa9 about the fruit of our lips.
PHI/IPPIANS 5:1 1 Finall#, m# $rethren, (E8'I%E in the /ord PHI/IPPIANS 4:4 4 (E8'I%E in the /ord al!a#: and again I sa#, (e4oice& 1 )HESSA/'NIANS 6:1*,11 1* (E8'I%E evermore&&&& 11 In ever# thing 3IGE )HANCS: or this is the !ill o 3od in %hrist 8es.s concerning #o.&

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,e canBt than< ?od for the devilBs wor<. 1hat would be unscriptural. ,e arenBt to than" ?od for what the devil is doing, but in the midst of it, we can give praise to ?od. ,hen $ was Fust starting out in the ministr9, $ drove down the road man9 times preaching prosperit9, <nowing that it is rightEthat it is ?odBs ,ord, but $ was the most unli<el9 candidate for prosperit9 9ou ever saw. $ drove an old worn'out car. $n fact, $ finall9 sold it for Fun<I $ couldnBt have sold it otherwise. $ had a hole in one poc<et and a dime and a poc<et <nife in the other poc<et. But $ would go down the highwa9 praising and than<ing ?od. >id $ than< ?od because $ didnBt have an9 mone9D %/L $ praised and than<ed ?od because even in the midst of not having an9 mone9, His ,ord is true and $ had another opportunit9 to believe Him and to prove that His ,ord wor<s. $ than<ed ?od in the midst of what $ was going through. KCeah, but 9ou donBt understand, Brother Hagin, the9 donBt let me sing in the choirLK 1han< ?od. KBut the9 never call on me to do an9thing in churchLK 1han< ?od. If 9ouBre filled with the Spirit, 9ou can than< Him, and 9ou will than" ,im1 %ow there is something more 9ou need to see in the passage we e0amined in 3hapter ". 1his time, pa9 particular attention to the capitaliNed words.
EPHESIANS 6:11+2> 11& & & 2E FI//E= :I)H )HE SPI(I); 1, SPEACIN3 to #o.rselves in psalms and h#mns and spirit.al songs, SIN3IN3 and ;ACIN3 ;E/'=< in #o.r heart to the /ord;

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;emember that Jesus said, K1he %ew 1estament emphasiNes the individual believer being filled with the Spirit, worshipping ?od in the Spirit.K 7nd He directed me to these verses. >o 9ou see that Ephesians +-(& has to do with the offering up of the spiritual sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips giving than<sD /ne filled with the Spirit will be full of than<sgiving Ethan<ing ?od for His great plan of redemption He sent Jesus 3hrist to consummateI than<ing Him for ever9 good and perfect gift. 1rue %ew 1estament worship is to live a life of than<sgiving. ,hat a difference giving than<s will ma<e in 9ouL ,hat is $od(s plan for the %ew 1estament believerD 1o be filled with the Spirit, singing and ma<ing melod9, and giving than<s alwa9s. 1hatBs true %ew 1estament worship. 1he %ew 1estament puts emphasis on being filled with the Spirit, and on worshipping ?od in the )pirit. $t doesnBt sa9 an9thing about clapping. $ donBt thin< 9ou could clap in the SpiritI 9ou can dance in the Spirit, and 9ou can even laugh in the Spirit. Aaughing in the Spirit will set 9ou freeL

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$ was holding a meeting in a certain church, and the pastor of the church had been having all <inds of trouble. He told us later that heBd been bound with a spirit of heaviness for thirteen 9ears. $n this meeting, one of the ;HE.7 singers began laughing, and some of !+(

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the rest of us began to laugh with him. 1his pastor told me later, K7s $ was watching the singers, $ began to laugh in the natural Fust because the9 were laughing. Suddenl9, $ began to laugh in the Spirit, and $ laughed and laughed and laughed. ,hen $ wo<e up the ne0t morning, for the first time in thirteen 9ears, that spirit of heaviness was gone, and $ Fust started laughing again.K 1hatBs an e0ample of what laughing in the Spirit did for one pastor. But donBt Fust tr9 to put on something. ,hatever we do, it must be done in the )pirit. $f the anointing is not there, donBt tr9 to put something on because then it will be in the flesh. Ces, there is a laughter in the Spirit and there is a dance in the Spirit, but dancing or laughing in the Spirit would be the results of being filled with the Spirit. ,e must remember that the Bible does not specificall9 mention these. Cet, on the other hand, we <now that the %ew 1estament does sa9 we are to reFoice in the Aord, to be filled with the Spirit, and to mo!e in the Spirit. $n order to be classified as true %ew 1estament worship, whatever we do must be done in the )pirit. $n the %ew 1estament, the emphasis of true worship is being filled with the Spirit, spea<ing to ourselves in psalms and h9mns, giving than<s alwa9s, and presenting our bodies and transformed minds to ?od as a living sacrifice. ?od considers this our spiritual service. 1his is ?odBs plan for true worship.
,hat is ?odBs purpose in this planD His purpose is to help usI to build us upL Since this is ?odBs plan, we are to pursue it and follow it1 aul said, K... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mar" for the pri#e of the high calling of $od in Christ Jesus H 5 hil.

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4-!4,!26. 1here is a high calling for the Bod9 of 3hrist. ,e stand on the threshold of a might9 move of ?odBs Spirit. ?od has revealed His plan whereb9 we can enter into the fullness of His blessing. $t is now up to us to pursue ?odBs plan with ?odBs purpose and usher in this ne0t great outpouring. But we must be willing to pa9 the price ...

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1he following pra9er of commitment came forth under the inspiration of the Hol9 Spirit during Homecoming B#) after $ had taught on several of the subFects covered in this boo<. .a9 each of us ma<e this our ongoing pra9er and ma9 we choose to pa9 the price necessar9 to wal< in ?odBs planEnot onl9 His plan for our individual lives, but His plan for the world in this hour. 8ear 'ather $od, as Paul said, +I bow my "nees unto the 'ather of our /ord Jesus Christ of whom the whole family in hea!en and earth is named.+ 0e bow down before 3ou. 'orgi!e us, /ord1 0e thought it was too great a price to pay and we weren(t willing to pay that price. 0e thought it was too great a price1 ut it(s not1 It(s not1 'orgi!e us1 0e(!e not entered into that, and we(!e not done all 3ou said to do. 'orgi!e us1 'orgi!e us1 3ou showed us those things and we thought, *hey can(t be. It can(t be li"e that, and we wouldn(t pay that price. 0e thought, It is too great a price: it is too big, too much to pay. 9ay not a one of us-not a single one of us-hold bac" from what 3ou are saying to us. 5h, 'ather $od, though we don(t always understand completely, may we dedicate and consecrate oursel!es this day and this night to do 3our will, so 3our plan may be consummated in this hour-so that the wor" of $od !++

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which must be done upon the earth shall be done. 5h, 'ather $od, we dedicate oursel!es and consecrate oursel!es unto 3our call, and unto 3our bidding: not my plans, not our plans, but 3our plans. 'ather $od, there is a mo!e of the )pirit, and there is a wor" of the )pirit. *here is a ministry in the )pirit and of the )pirit, and a demonstration of the power of $od, and a manifestation of the ,oly $host in this hour which 3ou want manifested-that we(!e not been able to manifest because some of us ha!e not been willing to pay the price. ut we will pay it, /ord. 0e will, /ord. 0e will pay the price1 *his will be a turning point in some of our li!es, /ord. 5h, praise $od1 %men. )ome of us will loo" bac" to this night and say, +*hat was the place, and that was the hour, and that was the time.+ 5h, glory to $od. )ome things are hard on the flesh, but, yes, we(ll obey: we(ll do it. 3es, 'ather. 3es1 5h, my, my, my1 0e get so entangled: we get 3our plans entangled with our plans, and 3ou can(t bless us but 6ust so far because they(re our plans, and not 3ours-they(re our choices, and not 3our choice. 9ay we learn to listen to 3ou. 8ear 'ather $od, most of us "now more than what we(re li!ing up to. 9ost of us "now better than what we are li!ing up to. ,elp us, dear 'ather $od, so that we will respond to what 3ou are saying unto our spirits. /ife can be different: life will be different. 9inistry can be different: ministry will be different. 5h, there are many who will be turned completely around because they(!e been 6ust partially wal"ing in the light. *hey(!e been doing !ery little, but now then they will do much, and they will do more. *han" 3ou for it. 5h, my, my, my, the light will shine: the glory will !+*

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come and it will be manifested. *he cloud of $od(s glory, the cloud of ,is Presence shall o!ershadow thee. *he !ery glory of $od shall be shown, and we dedicate oursel!es unto it. 0e consecrate oursel!es unto it in this hour, and in this day. In the Name of Jesus. Praise $od, hallelu6ah, than" 3ou, /ord. 9ay we not hold bac" in any measure from doing 3our will. 9ay we not "eep bac" part of the price. 9ay we pay the price to do 3our will. 9ay we not act anymore li"e $od really didn(t mean what ,e said. ut ,e meant what ,e said1 5h, yes1 %nd ,is way is best. ,is way is best. %nd in the end, you(ll not say, +It cost.+ 3ou(ll say, +It paid1 It paid1 It paid rich di!idends1 It paid1+ ut right at the moment, it seems sometimes li"e it costs to completely follow $od(s will. %nd with some, it may sometimes seem a terrible cost. 5h, yes, 'ather, but our poor natural minds so many times get in our way and hinder us. 3es, we(ll not thin" that way-we(ll not thin" that it costs too much to obey $od. 0e(ll not touch that in our thought life. If the enemy brings a picture of it before our minds, we(ll 6ust simply say, +5h, )atan, that is 6ust a picture. I(!e turned that o!er to the /ord. ,e has it: ,e(s wor"ing it out. It(ll all wor" out 6ust fine. %nd I(ll be pleased with whiche!er way it goes and whate!er happens. I(ll be pleased.+ 'or 3our way, 'ather, is best1 %nd 3our way is right. $lory to $od1 3es, /ord, we re6oice in that. 0e will re6oice in that. 3es, I reali#e that 3ou(re raising up many. 5h, my, they(re 6ust in the beginning stages now. 3es, but if they will pro!e faithful, if they will stay faithful, they will be promoted and a stronger anointing will come upon them, and it will be increased greatly. %nd they(ll mo!e !+)

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into a higher place of ministry, for there are different dimensions in the same office. *here are different measures-different dimensions in the same office. %nd those who stay faithful will mo!e up into a higher dimension of the same office. 3es, and a spirit of "nowing will be manifested in a more perfect way in them. %nd so they shall spea" forth, and much good shall be accomplished. 3es, the plan of $od shall be made "nown. 0e re6oice, and we are glad. Pastors are so important in the plans and purposes of $od, because the sheep must ha!e a shepherd. %nd there are to be more pastors than any other ministry gift manifested. %nd they(re so important in this hour. *his is a crucial hour-a critical hour-we say a lot of times. ut it is a !ery, !ery serious hour. %nd it is an hour for the pastor, the shepherd to be in full potential and manifestation of his office: to be in full manifestation and potential manifestation of his office. 5h, 'ather $od, may pastors be endued with a new spirit. 9ay e!ery one of them be empowered with re!elation gifts, a spirit of "nowledge, and a spirit of "nowing in their li!es. No, pastors will not stand, necessarily, in the office of the prophet. ut they will be empowered with a spirit of "nowing and especially with a spirit of wisdom, oh, 'ather $od, until those things that ha!e seemed a problem to them will be no more a problem, for they(ll ha!e the answer. *hey(ll ha!e the answer1 %nd it will 6ust seem that they ha!e been standing on a ledge, so to spea", abo!e the !alley: but now they(ll stand on the mountaintop. *hey(ll stand on the mountaintop. %nd for some of them, their pulpit will no longer be a prison, but their pulpit will be a throne. !+#

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'or )atan is a defeated foe. ,e(ll not win in any situation, but he will lose e!ery single time, for he is a defeated foe. %nd pastors shall ha!e much cause for re6oicing. 5h, my, my, my. %nd may a special unction rest upon those who go to foreign fields, /ord, where the dar"ness is so dar". 9ay the light shine e!en more and may their li!es be enhanced with 3our glory. %nd may e!ery single one of us, whate!er area of ministry we may be in, whate!er area of life-oh, dear $od, may e!ery one of us be willing to pay the price, because there is a cost. *han" $od, Jesus paid the price for our redemption and sal!ation. ut there is a price to be paid when it comes to obeying 3ou, and fulfilling the ministry that 3ou called us to do. %nd sometimes, it means that we do not-that we e!en ha!e to deny the flesh of legitimate pleasures and things that are all right, but we 6ust ha!e to spend that e&tra time, that e&tra time with 3ou. 5h, 'ather $od, may not a single one of us forget this night or forget this day, but may e!ery single one of us-from our !ery innermost being, say, +/ord, I(ll pay the price no matter what others may do. I(ll do 3our wor", 3our will. 3our plan shall be consummated in my life. 3our will for my life and ministry shall be perfected. In the Name of Jesus.+ .a<e this confession with me8ear 'ather $od, I am willing-I not only ha!e a willing mind, but from my heart, my spirit-I ha!e a willing spirit1 I will to do 3574 will-to follow 3our plan. *hough it may be hard on the flesh, though there may be a cost, I(ll pay the price and I(ll do 3our will. I(ll follow 3our plan. !+"

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3our will shall be accomplished in my life, and 3our plan shall be perfected in the Name of Jesus. I will not draw bac". I will not go bac" on the words I(!e spo"en here tonight no matter what it may seem to cost. No matter how much it may seem to hurt, I "now the rewards are great and that it pays to obey $od. *han" 3ou for wor"ing in my life. *han" 3ou for preparing me for that which 3ou ha!e prepared for me. *han" 3ou for showing me those things which I see not. *han" 3ou for teaching me those things which I "now not. *han" 3ou for preparing me for that which 3ou ha!e prepared for 92. 3our will, I will do. ,allelu6ah1 I purpose to be faithful, to be true, to be dedicated, to be consecrated-not 6ust for tonight, not 6ust in word but in action. %nd tomorrow and the ne&t wee" and the ne&t year and fore!er, I(m 3ours1 7se me, oh, /ord. 9a"e me a blessing unto humanity. 9ay 3our plan and purpose for my life and ministry be perfected in me. %nd it is $od, $od our 'ather, who is at wor" within me. ,allelu6ah. I yield to 3ou. I trust in 3ou, and I(ll not allow my natural mind to dominate me. I(ll maintain the !ision. I(ll maintain the glow. I(ll maintain the commitment. %nd I(ll not forget-with 3ou, I will go.

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