Wednesday, 29 April 2020

How-to Minister in the Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit was given in the name of Jesus:

 
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

Speaking with new tongues through the Holy Spirit is used as an example of His various ministries in this verse:

 
And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME... they shall speak with new tongues... (Mark 16:17)

All the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit are to operate in the name of Jesus. The gift of tongues is just one of these many spiritual gifts. It is used here as representative of all the ministries of the Holy Spirit since it was the first experienced when the Holy Spirit was given.

Healing:


The name of Jesus is to be used in ministering healing to those who are sick:

 
And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME. . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. . . (James 5:14)

When Jesus died on the cross, He suffered not only for your sin but through His suffering and death, He obtained your healing: 


But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:17)

Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (I Peter 2:24)

Why is it so easy to accept salvation from sin through His name, but difficult for us to believe for healing through His name?

When the Disciples encountered a lame man at the temple gate, Peter said: 

 
... Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: IN THE NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)

Peter knew the power in the name of Jesus. He knew there was healing in that name. He knew he had the authority to use that name--"Such as I have!" The power behind that name had been delegated to him by Jesus.

 Funds are important in the work of the ministry, but lack of funds cannot stop the true ministry of the power of God. Peter and John had no silver or gold, yet they continued to minister in power through the name of Jesus.

These men had no budget for advertising their ministry in the city of Jerusalem. But the entire city became aware of it through the demonstration of the power of God. You can read about this in Acts 3 and 4. 

 In many modern ministries, more emphasis is placed on fund raising than on the power of the name of Jesus. The importance of finances in ministry is recognized, but the greater emphasis should be on the demonstration of God's power. Power through the name of Jesus is not affected by the presence or absence of finances.

For protection:


And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME . . . they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. (Mark 16:17-18)

 The Apostle Paul was bitten by a poison snake and it did not hurt him. You can read about it in Acts 28.

In everything:


The Bible says that everything you do is to be done in the name of Jesus:

 
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Colossians 3:17)

 When you do everything in the name of Jesus, even a simple task of serving is turned to a powerful spiritual experience. You can sweep the church floors in the name of Jesus. You can prepare food for your family in the name of Jesus. WHAT you do is not as important as HOW you do it: Is it done in the name of Jesus?

Suffering for the name


If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. . . all these things will they do unto you for My names sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. (John 15:20-21)

When the Disciples suffered because of the Gospel: 

 
... they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:41-42)

The disciples were men who risked their lives for the name of the Lord: 

 
It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 15:25-26)

Although Jesus promised protection while engaged in ministry, it did not mean that the disciples did not suffer. Peter, Paul, and Silas were all in prison. These disciples were stoned and beaten, and Paul was once left for dead by enemies of the Gospel. When their ministries were finished, most of the disciples died as martyrs for the sake of the Gospel. The same Peter delivered from prison later died for the sake of the Gospel.

Hebrews 11 tells the stories of great men and women who were delivered through faith. But it also records the stories of those who died in faith for the Gospel when their ministries were completed.

Peter tells us:

 
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. (I Peter 4:14)

Reigning by the name


Through the name of Jesus, you become part of the Kingdom of God:

 
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. (Colossians 1:12-13)

As part of the kingdom of Jesus, you receive an inheritance of power to reign in life:

 
For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

You are to reign in life through the name of Jesus. You are to reign over the negative circumstances of life through the name of Jesus. You are to reign over all the powerful forces of the enemy through the name of Jesus!

The final reference


The final Biblical reference to the name of Jesus is found in the book of Revelation. It speaks of the day when believers will be in the presence of their Savior in the new Heaven and earth:
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him:
 

And they shall see His face; and HIS NAME shall be in their foreheads. (Revelation 22:3-4)


            -That name we have cherished... 
            -That name we have used in authority to minister and in which we have prayed... 
            -That name by which we have reigned in life...
             -THE NAME OF JESUS ... Will become part of our identity for all eternity.

Continue your study of power in the name of Jesus by using this list.


·       Matthew: 1:21; 1:23; 1:24,25; 10:22; 12:18,21; 18:5; 18:19,20; 19:29; 28:19 
·       Mark: 9:38-41; 16:17-18
·       Luke: 10:17; 24:46-47
·       John: 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; 14:13-14; 14:26; 15:16; 15:20-21; 16:23,24,26; 20:31
·       Acts: 2:21; 2:38; 3:6; 3:16; 4:7,8,10,12,17,18; 4:29-30; 5:28,40-42; 8:12; 9:14-16; 9:21,27,29; 10:43; 10:48; 15:25-26; 16:18; 19:5
·       Romans: 1:5; 10:13
·       I Corinthians: 1:2; 1:10; 6:11
·       Ephesians: 5:20
·       Philippians: 2:9-11
·       Colossians: 3:17
·       II Thessalonians: 1:12
·       II Timothy: 2:19
·       Hebrews: 1:4; 6:10; 13:15
·       James: 5:14
·       I Peter: 4:14
·       I John: 2:12; 3:23; 5:13
·       Revelation: 19:12,13,16; 22:3-4

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