JESUS NEVER TOLD US TO PRAY FOR THE SICK

“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere” (Luke. 9:1-2, 6).

Jesus told us to heal the sick. He did not tell us to pray for the sick. Healing should not be an isolated – one chance in a 100 or 1,000 type of occurrence. Healing should be everywhere. It is part of the gospel. It is what will open the masses to the gospel. It is God’s dinner bell for sinners to come and be saved.

Jesus commanded us to heal the sick.

Certainly praying for the sick is scriptural (Jam. 5: 14-15), especially for those in the Church, but isn’t it interesting that in the gospels and Acts no one did so?

What does this tell us? It reveals that the Church has an authority she does not yet know she possesses.

These signs shall follow those who believe (Mk. 16:15-20). We are authorized to cast out devils and heal sinners who are sick – those are two of the signs. Why don’t more professing believers walk in this power? The only qualification Jesus put on healing the sick was to believe.

Let’s not complicate the matter. Let’s take Jesus at His word.

Notice Jesus’ instructions to His 12.

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:7-8).

Notice also Jesus’ instructions to His 70.

“And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you” (Lk. 10:9).

Once again, Jesus did not tell His disciples to pray for the sick. He authorized them to heal the sick.

The power is in the proclamation. Tell them what God will do. This takes boldness. Boldness produces more results.

As an example, when you see a sinner who is sick and diseased, inquire about their condition. How did it happen? How long have they been sick? etc. Casual conversation also serves to establish a level of comfortability with them.

Then say to them what Jesus told His disciples to say: “I’ve got good news for you today! The kingdom of God has come near you.”

They may look at you funny, but continue to offer them this challenge.

“If you will give me your hand the power of God will go into you and heal you.”

Once they consent the rest is easy. Command them to be healed. Release the power of God into them. Believe that as soon as you touch them Jesus touches them.

Now here’s the most important part. Ask them to examine themselves. Tell them to do something they couldn’t do before. Get them to act on the word. Bend over. Twist. Walk. Move the part of their body that was in pain or immobile. Keep getting them to act. Don’t stop. Keep working with them. If you have to lay hands on them again, do so.

A young student came to my house to explain to me why she hadn’t been to Bible school for a couple of weeks. A log had fallen on her leg and fractured it. The leg was stiff and she couldn’t bend it. She had no money or insurance to put a cast on it.

I laid hands on her leg and commanded her to move it and bend it. At first she grimaced in pain, but I kept telling her to move it because the power of God was in her leg and was working. After about the third or fourth time she began to weep. The pain was gone and she was able to bend her leg perfectly.

She wept some more. As I bid farewell to her I saw her from out of the window of my house walking down the dusty road we lived on with her hands up in the air praising God. Lovely Jesus. What more could He do if we only believed?

I could tell you many stories with these types of testimonies.

I learned that the power of God is in the proclamation. Tell the person with the infirmity or afflicted condition what God will do.

Don’t pray for them. Heal them! The power is in the name of Jesus.

Prayer can be encased in unbelief. Often it is a feeble attempt at hoping something will happen.

Jesus told us to heal the sick. There is no trying to see if it will work.

You’ve been authorized by heaven. All you lack is boldness to act. Go do it now, and send me the good report.

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mk. 16:20).

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UPDATE FROM COLOMBIA: OH, FOR MORE OF HIS SPIRIT AND POWER!

As I write this report from the nation of Colombia my heart is so full of praise and thanksgiving. Yesterday was a peak day for me on this 17 day ministry assignment.

In the morning we conducted Holy Ghost meetings for national pastors and leaders teaching by precept and example. With eyes wide open and soaking in the presence of God, the attentiveness of the leaders from the beginning was obvious and increased their expectation throughout the meeting as they heard the teaching and then witnessed the Holy Spirit demonstrating what was taught. Several of them were also filled with the Holy Spirit and healed.

We took some time with them and instructed them from 1 Corinthians 14 on setting things up in their church for proper protocol and order in Holy Ghost meetings. Liberty with limitations. Decently and in order. We gave opportunity for three of the leaders who had never given messages in tongues to do so. It was powerful.

Our small team helped me tremendously as they moved in the Spirit with me. As I interpreted different messages in tongues the leaders marvelled at God’s instructions and I could sense their eagerness and expectation increasing for God to use them that way. “God will give every pastor these gifts if you will ask Him.” I said.

The day gave way to the night and the presence and power of God continued to increase. I made a bold statement using the Scriptures that God has authorized us to heal the sick (Mk. 16:15-20) (Lk. 9:1-2; 10:9) and not so much to pray for the sick, especially sinners. The power is in the proclamation. Tell them what God is going to do.

I began by calling two people to the front and demonstrating what I just proclaimed. One person had an ulcer and pain in his right shoulder; the other was being tormented in her mind by demonic voices. They were both healed and delivered almost instantly. The woman who was hearing voices testified of the peace she was now feeling and said in her broken English: “My heart is so full of God’s love.”

To hear her say that to me was worth the price of my entire trip to Colombia. These two initial healings increased the faith and expectation of the people and broke the place open for the power of God to move in stronger manifestation.

Many more healings were reported. One young woman was shaking and crying uncontrollably. When I asked her what she was feeling she told me that her right arm had been burned and she was in constant pain and unable to move it, but now she was free of pain and had complete mobility in her arm. I called her to the platform and had her testify inbetween her tears.

Faith and expectation arose in the people and more healings manifested. Witnessing how God was touching the people, other youth began to come forward just to be touched by God’s presence and fire. I loved seeing God drench them in His presence as they crumble to their knees or fall on their backs in tears.

I called for the young people to rise up and proclaim the gospel, win souls, and heal the sick. What they’ve seen me do they can also do, I said. The people thundered with applause as I believe such challenges are rarely heard here.

As we were ministering to the sick the host pastor returned from visiting his dying wife in the medical clinic. We prayed the prayer of agreement for her in the morning meeting and the pastor came to report a marked improvement in her condition. She had come out of a coma and was breathing much better. We continue to stand for her total healing as we sent out His word in proclamation again last night. As the pastor testified, the wave of faith and expectation arose again in the people and more healings resulted.

On the heels of all these manifestations and testimonies of God’s power several visitors came forward to be saved at the end.

As I said,  my heart is so full of praise and goodness as I write this early in the morning from Colombia. Thank you to all our partners and friends who help make this possible with their gifts.

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:14-15)

We need more partners and gifts to expand our reach and honor more invitations to go to the nations. Prayerfully consider partnering with us or hosting these type of revival meetings in your church or area.

I am overflowing with God’s love for the Church and the nations, and a desire to equip God’s ministers and saints to work the works of God in this final hour.

On behalf of my wife Carolyn and our team in Colombia as well as our national hosts,

Your friend and ambassador,

Bert Farias

 

 

A LARGE DOOR IS OPENING: PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

About a year ago in the Spirit during a time of prayer my wife Carolyn heard a large squeaky door open. It was an ancient door that had not been opened in a very long time.

It reminded me of a similar word that Daniel of old received when the Lord told him that the words of his end time vision were closed up and sealed till the end of time (Dan. 12:9). Some doors are reserved to be open at the appointed time.

Imagine Simeon, and Anna the prophetess, praying and waiting for the redemption of Israel (Lk. 2:25-38). Imagine praying for a door like that to open.

Imagine Jesus praying in the garden and sweating great drops of blood in His final days as He executed the plan of the Father to finally culminate the redemption of mankind (Mat. 26).

Imagine the 120 in the upper room waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the birthing of the glorious Church (Acts 2).

Imagine Cornelius being visited by an angel and receiving instructions from the risen Lord concerning the key role he was to play in opening up the door of the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10).

We have reached such a time for another door to open. We need Simeons and Annas, and Corneliuses to pray and give birth to the great and final plan of God in this dispensation.

These days the spirit of prayer and supplication is increasing upon those who are given to prayer. Many are pregnant with something so grand that it is going to take others to help carry the load in order to give birth to it. A new phenomena has been occuring in Carolyn’s prayer life. Not only has revelation increased, but she has found herself praying by the Spirit beyond the rapture and into the next dispensation.

At this writing we are in Colombia ministering, and many times during my preaching on end time themes she is bursting into intercession while the meeting is going on because of the power she senses in the word of the Lord.

Be watchful friends, and be in prayer. We are entering the final hour before Jesus returns. The fire of preparation and consecration is burning in my heart as we endeavor to run our own race and finish strong.

Much grace to you all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity (Eph. 6:24).

CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS?

This came from a person living in a predominately Muslim country. This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. And send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities.

Can a good Muslim be a good American?

This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

Theologically – No. Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia.

Religiously – No. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam. (Quran,2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – No. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran

Geographically – No. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially – No. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically – No. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America,
the great Satan.

Domestically – No. Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Quran 4:34)

Intellectually – No. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically – No. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – No. Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ The Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99 excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation… Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot
be both ‘good’ Muslims and ‘good’ Americans.

Call it what you wish it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

The religious war is bigger than we know or understand!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.

SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

THE MARINES WANT THIS TO ROLL ALL OVER THE U.S.

FLESH CHURCHES VS. SPIRIT CHURCHES

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). 

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (Eph. 6:18).

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:5). 

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Church of holiness, love, and power. She is to be a glorious Church (Eph. 5:27). It is the workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints that makes it that way.

There are basically two types of churches today: Flesh churches and Spirit churches. A flesh church reaps death and corruption but a Spirit church reaps life and peace. Churches that are worldly and revolve around entertainment and carnal fellowship are flesh churches. They have alot of hype, but little holiness. They have the glitter but it’s not gold. They have fake glory and smoke, but there’s no real fire.

In flesh churches the gifts of the Spirit are either not welcome or just not in manifestation. Churches that are birthed and grown through Holy Ghost prayer have Holy Ghost gifts in operation. Where Jesus is Lord and truly Head of the church you will find the real Spirit churches.

Holy Ghost praying is the doorway to the supernatural and where it all starts. Even Pentecostal/Charismatic churches are diminishing in power because of a lack of true spiritual praying. Tongues is not spoken of or emphasized in many of these churches.

A few years ago an interesting survey was taken to determine how often Pentecostal/Charismatics spoke in tongues. Results showed that only 15% used their prayer language daily and only another 7% weekly. Nearly 50% never use it.

No wonder we have so many flesh churches.

Praying with your own understanding is mental praying, which is limited to the realm of your own mind and reasoning. Praying in tongues is praying with God’s understanding, which is unlimited (1 Cor. 14:14-15).

Another survey was taken among 50 Pentecostal/Charismatic ministers. Only 10% of them prayed at least 15 minutes a day in the Holy Ghost. No wonder there’s so much showboating and fleshly preaching among ministers.

There’s a whole breed of churches that are ignorant about how the Holy Ghost works and moves. Many teachers are teaching the way of the flesh instead of the way of the Spirit.

There simply will not be much profit without Holy Ghost prayer. Who would’ve believed that one prayer group of 120 people in an upper room would’ve changed the world? God’s plan for revival has not changed. The pattern was set long ago. God changes the world through abiding Holy Ghost prayer.

I heard someone say one time: “The acid test of New Testament revival is the Church. And the acid test of the Church is prayer.” The quickest way to kill churches is to let up on Holy Ghost prayer or remove it altogether.

To say it another way, the spirit of prayer is the spirit of revival. The revival spirit leaves churches when Holy Ghost prayer meetings diminish or depart. Revival returns when Holy Ghost prayer returns. There is no other way. Let us not complicate the message of revival. It starts and is maintained with Holy Ghost prayer.

Satan has weakened and decimated churches through weakening the prayer life of the Christian in their homes and in their churches. Many churches still don’t have prayer meetings, and of the many who do, they are the weakest and least attended of all meetings. There is little to no Holy Ghost praying that goes on.

Once a Christian or a church lives in abiding Holy Ghost prayer then it must obey the great commission, and be about the Father’s business of advancing the kingdom of God. Preach the gospel! Sow the seeds of the Word. Sow the testimony of Jesus Christ. Heal the sick and cast out devils!

This is the standard and pattern of revival for every church. This is revival made plain and simple. This is what every church and Christian must be doing until Jesus comes.

Many churches are losing Pentecost as the early Church knew it and the Holy Ghost designed it. We are living in a day when man’s reputation has become more important than God’s glory. Social status and education are more highly esteemed than the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the power of God.

When I asked an 85-year Pentecostal minister the reason for a lack of power in the Western Church today he pointed to education as the biggest reason, citing Europe and America as the two greatest examples. Unsanctified intellect has robbed the Church of the power of God. Certainly education is important but not at the expense of the diminishing of spiritual life and power.

One foreign minister when he visited the American Church was asked what impressed him most. His response was very telling: “How much she has been able to accomplish without God.” We have conceded to natural means in our attempts to advance the cause of Christ. Showmanship and salesmanship seem to be at an all-time high.

Pentecostals and Charismatics need to return to their roots and stoke Holy Ghost fires real strong. And all mainline denominational and evangelical churches need to go to their upper room and receive their baptism of power with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

PS (We’re off to Colombia to carry this glory and this fire there. What an honor! I hope I can blog a couple of times while I’m there, but our schedule is extensive so not sure how much I can. We would appreciate any extra offerings this month to help pay for expenses back home, and get us going early into the holidays strong this year while we’re overseas. Most small traveling mnistries like us don’t live on a fixed salary like most pastors do. The Christmas season can be challenging in this regard. We’ve always trusted God but we know He uses people. We appreciate your prayers and giving. You can give electronically through our donate button or by check to: Holy Fire Ministries, PO Box 4527, Windham, NH 03087). Thank you and God bless you.

THE PAIN THAT PROFITS: DOES ANYONE WANT TO BE HOLY ANY MORE?

If the title got your attention then you’ve made it to the first line. But I can hear some people’s thoughts turning. “I’m already holy. He’s made me holy by His blood. You can’t be holy by your own efforts. It’s all by grace.” Blah, blah, blah…

If you read my last blog you already know that this is only one side of the story.  This mentality is the chief reason the Charismatic movement has been weak in character.

Please stay with me. This is a necessary practical word in season for many of us. As the coming of the Lord draws nearer all the more we will need this word.

Many of the references in the New Testament to the coming of the Lord include admonitions to holiness and sanctification, using words for the believer such as without spot and blameless. Here’s one: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thes. 5:23). Here are a few others: 1 Thes. 3:13; Eph. 5:27; 1 Pet. 3:14.

Sanctification, which is the setting apart of our lives to the Lord, is not all built in at conversion. It is a process that begins at the new birth, but should continue throughout our lives. The process of sanctification is when the Holy Spirit will take our lives and begin conforming them to Christ. At the new birth we are new creations in our spirits, but as newborn babes in Christ, we must then mature. Babies are perfect humans, but they certainly are not mature.

It’s not a question of increased righteousness, for all the righteousness a true believer has is in Christ. We can never add to our righteousness either now, in this present life, or throughout eternity. Our faith in Christ alone supplies all the righteousness of God we will ever need.

A believer can never add one iota to the righteousness of Christ. We are already accepted in the beloved (Eph. 1:6) and complete in Christ (Col 2:10), just as a newborn baby is fully accepted and a celebrated part of the family he is born into. However, when we are first born again we are not mature. There is a need for the new believer to begin renewing his mind with the Word of God and to present his body as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2).

As the new believer begins to grow like a tree grows, there is also a pruning and a purging which he must yield to in order to produce more fruit (John 15:2). Although we cannot add to our righteousness, we can increase in the fruits of righteousness (Phil. 1:11).

The cultivation of the soil of our hearts must go deep for much fruit to abound. The sword of the Spirit must probe our true heart’s motives to the bottom and align them with the will of God (Heb. 4:12). The deeper the tilling, the richer will be the filling. God will not purge you without your consent.

That’s why Christians can live and die with so little true fruit to show for their labor. They were not willing for a deeper tilling. A heavenly plowing is always brutal. It deals with the inner self and the thoughts and intents of our hearts. It prepares the heart for a heavenly planting which will produce a heavenly harvest.

For example, Joseph was given a dream of being a ruler (Gen 37:5-11), but from the time of the dream to its fulfillment there was a pit and a prison prepared for Joseph to endure. These fiery trials were necessary to purge Joseph from false motives and selfish ambition. The Word of the Lord tested him through these trials (Ps. 105:19).

As a New Testament example, Peter initially was not willing to face the persecution of being identified with Christ (Lk. 22). Therefore, he was sifted by Satan as the Word of the Lord searched him out (Lk. 22:34). As it turned out, even in his denial of Christ, because he was sorrowful and repentant, he would be pruned and purged, and the motives of his heart more refined.

The lack of preparation through prayer in the garden caused Peter to faint in the trial. It was Jesus’ praying that caused Peter’s faith not to totally fail (Lk 22:32).

Under the dispensation of the Old Covenant God’s people didn’t have the help of the Spirit that we enjoy in the New Covenant. He helps us put to death the deeds of the flesh as we stay edified and built up in Him (Rom. 8:13) (I Cor. 14:4) (Jude 20). Nevertheless, the Father will still chasten us and correct us simply because we are His children. And it will hurt.

Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb. 12:9-11)

Partaking of pain is necessary to produce partakers of holiness. Pain doesn’t feel good, but it “hurts good.” The Father corrects us and chastises us for our own profit. Don’t run from it, but subject yourself to it that you may live and yield forth the fruit of righteousness.

Believers that use the aforementioned reasoning such as,  “I’m already holy. He’s made me holy by His blood. You can’t be holy by your own efforts. It’s all by grace.” – though understanding the legal side of our redemption, they fall short in their understanding of the vital side. And so what they are doing is unknowingly running from God’s chastisement, hiding from their own flesh, instead of employing the help of the Spirit to crucify their flesh and areas of their lives that are hindering their own growth and maturity. Selah.

THE REASON THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT HAS BEEN WEAK IN CHARACTER

The reason the Charismatic movement has been so loose in its morals and weak in the fiber of its character is that it is imbalanced concerning the law of sin and death and the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The Church has prevailed sufficiently to receive the revelation that man cannot save himself by his own efforts in the flesh. It knows that it must switch its dependency from the arm of flesh to the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved. This is the door that allows them into the sheepfold of the grace of God. On this leg the Church is very strong. Once in the sheepfold, however, the Church does not know how to properly employ the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus to purge them from infirmities of the flesh, and this is precisely where the Church is lame.

On the one hand, the Church hesitates to revert back to the arm of flesh or will to overcome these things. On the other hand, it does not know how to employ the power of the Spirit to accomplish the desired changes in its character and habits. The progress of the Church has been greatly impeded by its being caught in the middle between the tension created by these two methods. That lack of progress has caused repeated failures by un-purged flesh and has allowed the enemy to bring great reproach upon the kingdom of God.

The coming revival will not only be accompanied by signs and wonders to draw the masses to Jesus, but will be Myh fountainhead whereby the Church at large will receive a fresh revelation of how to employ the power of the Spirit to produce the character of Jesus in the Church. That character will be Spirit-born and Spirit-molded, and the fruit of that character will be true holiness. — A MESSAGE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GARY CARPENTER

WANTED: HOLY PRIESTS

Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (Isa. 52:11)

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. (John 6:15)

The world had no influence whatsoever on our High Priest. He didn’t need men to give Him authority. Publicity and popularity were never His goal. More than once, Jesus warned others not to make Him known (Mat. 12:16). The moonlight, not the spotlight, was the highlight in Jesus’ ministry. He spent many nights and early mornings alone in prayer. The mountain was His preference. It was there that He secured the Father’s presence. It was there that He made His choices while blocking out other voices. It was there where He was given new manna for each new day. This is where Jesus received His authority.

Priests, hearken! If you do not spend time with God alone, you will always be a clone. You will clone ministry ideas, visions, and strategies from others. You will copy and imitate the gifts and graces of others. Your authority will only come from man. You will drink from someone else’s well (anointing). You will steal someone else’s word. You will be a spiritual schizophrenic.

Fresh manna every day will result in doing things God’s way. Fresh bread bakes in the oven of fresh fellowship. You will always have hot bread (messages) for yourself and to serve the people.

Many of God’s priests have not worn their garments well. They have neglected the lot and portion of their lives and ministries, who is the Lord Himself. Instead of the Spirit’s incubation giving them fresh revelation, they allow insecurity and intimidation to produce a soulish imitation void of God’s power. In making their own plans and choosing their own course, they invite a spirit of divorce to come between themselves and the Lord. A glad reunion awaits them, if they would only turn to the Lord with all their hearts. Intimacy with God is the cure for the imitation of men. There’s a unique holy oil reserved for you alone.

And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, and they shall minister to Me as priests. And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on man’s flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you’. (Ex. 30:30-32)

Priest, bake your own bread. Wear your own garment. Buy your own oil. Draw from your own well. Climb your own mountain.

The travail of your own soul will make your spirit whole. Christ will come to the front. Flesh will move to the back. The quiet retreat of your soul will propel the Spirit’s attack. Your soul will extract the old and attract the new. The stale will move out and the fresh will move in. The Lord will be drawn to your broken, subsiding soul. The light will break forth and all will be clear as the Spirit of the Lord draws near. Wrong steps will be made right as you walk in the light. Shadows will flee in the Holy of Holies. Weeds and thorns are plucked out, and pure seeds will now sprout. It’s all in His presence. Rain begins; droughts end; frustration ceases; satisfaction increases – all in His presence.

Alterations are made in His presence. You are refurbished and restored in His presence. You are redesigned and remade in His presence. You advance as you dance in His presence. Expectations are raised as the Lord is praised. Your wounds are healed, and your destiny sealed. Wineskins are renewed, and His words become your food – in His presence. Mishaps are averted, and demons are diverted by His presence. Warnings are given, and life is worth living in His presence. All His loving and all His kissing; you don’t know what you’ve been missing in His presence.

Oh, what so many priests lose by neglect – by default – when they fail to show up – when they fail to draw near!

Good corporations and companies are known for their good benefits. Consider the benefits of the King’s company: Lifetime opportunity, eternal benefits, eternal security, a sure identity, a great working environment and so much more. Each day every priest only needs a piece of the true Bread from heaven. Priest, get your piece!

Oh, cry for personal holiness, constant nearness to God by the Blood of the Lamb! Bask in His beams; lie in the arms of His love; be filled with the Spirit; or all success in the ministry will only be to your own everlasting confusion. (Quote from Robert M. McCheyne) (Hill, 1993. p. 71)