“Father, Son, and Holy Bible???” Mark Virkler,

“Father, Son, and Holy Bible???” Mark Virkler, Cheektowaga, NY

Does the Church Have a Problem With the Holy Spirit?

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NKJV

Since the historical Church has minimized the role of the Holy Spirit, and replaced living by the Spirit (see Galatians 5:25) with living by the Bible, we need to restore Him to His rightful place in our lives.

Note the first part of the “Apostles’ Creed” below [used by much of the Western Church for centuries], (source: spurgeon.org):

– I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.

– I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

– I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church…

Notice that those who wrote this creed have absolutely nothing to say about the Holy Spirit other than He exists! Is the Bible itself really that silent about the Holy Spirit, or do we have a problem here? (Photo via Pixabay)

Well, we have written an entire book in which we guide the reader in looking up every Scripture verse about the Holy Spirit, and journaling about it, with the goal of discovering WHO HE IS and what He does and how we are to relate and interact with Him. This book is called Intimacy with the Holy Spirit.

I have condensed the five-page summary prayer at the end of the book (pages 209-214), to the following simple prayer you can hang on your mirror and pray every morning and evening:

Holy Spirit, come.
I come to You.
I welcome You.
I will not grieve You.
I look to see You, and You show me Your perspective.
You give me Your thoughts.
You tell me what’s on the heart of God.
I feel You.
You release God’s emotions within me.
You guide me.
You anoint my lips, my mind, my heart, my hands.
You make me creative.
You sanctify me for my life’s work.
You release Your personality through me.
You release in me the power to be holy.
You release the power of God to me.
Let Your words flow through me.
Authenticate Your words with Your power.
You take me away…
Holy Spirit, come.

How to Remove the Number One Block to a Prophetic Lifestyle: Value the Holy Spirit

Wouldn’t this be a good time to prayerfully explore every verse in the Bible on the Holy Spirit? This would allow you to discover all that He desires to do for you. Also, you will learn how you can effectively interact with Him every day, all day, thus ascending to your Biblically commanded posture of living and walking by the Spirit (see Galatians 5:25). You will be allowing the God of Scripture to guide your daily walk rather than displacing Him with a book He has written which describes other people’s experiences with Him.

I love what Bill Johnson says, “It’s hard to have the same fruit as the early Church when we value a book they didn’t have above the Holy Spirit they did have.” (Photo by Linda Harris-Iorio “Keeper of the Flame” via elijahshopper.com)

What are your insights on Holy Spirit and your experiences with Him? Let your testimony bless others and encourage them in their walk in the Spirit!

What it Feels Like to Walk by the Spirit

The testimony below is from Alexey, who only a few weeks ago learned to do two-way journaling as he worked through our Communion With God Course with a Personal Spiritual Trainer. Alexey is in the process of breaking away from the Communist heritage of his ancestors. The journaling below is an example of living by the Spirit, or out of the voice of God. Alexey has lived out of the Word for years and now is finding life in the Holy Spirit, and experiencing what it feels like to walk by the Spirit.

Alexey and Orshi Bogdanov
Nationality: Russian and Hungarian
Location: Ireland
Original language of journaling: Russian
Translated into: English
(My two-way journaling workshop with Jesus)

Good evening, Lord. I haven’t enough words that I could thank You enough, that You are calling me into Your actions. What does this mean, Lord? I am ready to hear and receive. Do You wish to tell me something? Today I lost focus, forgive me. I would like to learn to find You in my spirit.

“I would like to live through you. Would you like to give Me this opportunity?”

Yes, Lord, I would.

“Then don’t limit Me with your decisions that are controlled by fear.”

How to destroy this spirit of fear? Lord, I have no faith.

“Then ask from Me, I’ll give it to you.”

I am asking now for Your faith to defeat this fear. Are there steps I should take to remove this fear?

“Unconditional love chases out fear.”

What does this practically mean? I know it’s written in Your Word. How does it work?

“Where I am there is no fear. When My presence is manifested there is only love there, which remains. Where there is love, be there, abide in it. Everything that is won over by love will not pass away. This is the fruit that remains.”

I understand. Wonderful! How do I experience this in my life?

(Note: At this moment I experienced such an intense presence of God that I forgot everything.)

“You are just now experiencing it. I am with you, don’t you feel it?”

Absolutely! There – I feel fire inside of me…

“Don’t quench it, it is a standard, sign of My presence, don’t pour on it your own actions. Go after this, and you will know My presence in a practical way.”

Oh, Lord, it is so wonderful to worship You. I have no words now, they’re not enough… I now understand that it’s not as important to know answers to my questions as it is to realize Who is with me in this moment. The question will always be, “Am I living in an awareness of You, or am I living in self-awareness?”

“My Holy Spirit is the indicator that shows, teaches, leads, and creates through your human spirit. You can know Him by sensing Him in your inner man. Remember that I am in your heart. The sensation inside of you is the indicator of faith. Remember that the language of faith is different than the language of the mind. Protect this sensation inside of you; don’t let the seducing spirits injure your heart.” (Photo by Lillis Boyer “Set Me as a Seal upon Your Heart” via elijahshopper.com)

I want to worship You, Lord Jesus.

“I know that. This kind of worshippers does My Father look for, and you are one of them.”

Thank you.

“You want to ask Me how to follow Me, right?”

Yes, Lord.

“You see that My presence takes away all your questions. Where there are no more questions, there are no more problems.”

Then what is left?

“You and I…our fellowship together…this is a time of joy in our union. This is the culmination of all: My union with My creation. This is the celebration of love. This is better than money. Do you agree?”

Yes, Lord.

“My life swallows up everything. Literally everything! Celebrate the feast of My Life!”

Dr. Mark Virkler
President, Christian Leadership University (CLU)
Communion With God Ministries
Email: cwg@cwgministries.org
Website: cwgministries.org | cluonline.com

Thank You

I want to give some time to thank all of you today. It’s a snowy day here in Mississippi but spring is coming.

I was thinking about all the good things accomplished through the faithfulness of you that have prayed given and supported the ministry of Harvest of Faith Church and Harvest of Faith Mission in Baja. On behalf of Pamela, myself ,Pastor Frank and Detra I say thank you for allowing and being a part in the ministry of the word of the Lord to hungry hearts bought here in the states and in Baja Mexico. through your support for Baja Mission last year and the first of this year Frank and Detra have set up the kitchen in the Mission house. with a full commercial kitchen. They have built a beutiful playground for the kids , provided clean water for families who would have no way to get  or aford it otherwise. More that the Love of Daddy God has been demonstrated dailey to children and adults who come from a place of tremendous poverty in the natural and the spirit.

The building in the village nearby is totally dedicated now to holding 2 medical clinics a month with a doctor provided and nurse Detra providing medical care totally free to many expectant mothers and children who would not be able to afford it.

Here at home we continue to seek to hear the Word of the Lord for the folks drawn by the Holy Spirit to hear and experience the Presence of a Gracefull God Who loves and cares for people searching and finding  grace to see the curse on the earth reversed by the precious gift of His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We broadcast the service weekly on the internet via recording, and mow on Youtube.  there are many voices out there and we are only one but one that is determined to use what we have to glorify the Lord.  Thank God for our worship team and childrens workers who faithful minister the Presence of God in a dry place. I often desire to do more and have availible more finances and people to accomplish the vision of “Preparing them for battle, equipting them for destiny and giving them a future hope.” But I feel the word is true, He that is faithful over the little will be made ruler over much.

So I encourage you you were born for a purpose and have a destiny in Him. Know that as you pursue Him your life will be enriched by being what He created you to be , life giving sons and daughters of the Most High God Who rules Heaven and Earth. I thank youfor your pursuit and may God richly bless you in all things.

Yours in Christ

Pastor Richard

 

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I want to give some time to thank all of you today. It’s a snowy day here in Mississipi but spring is coming.

I was thinking about all the good things accomplished through the faithfulness of you that have prayed given and supported the ministry of Harvest of Faith Church and Harvest of Faith Mission in Baja. On behalf of Pamela, myself ,Pastor Frank and Detra I say thank you for allowing and being a part in the ministry of the word of the Lord to hungry hearts bought here in the states and in Baja Mexico. through your support for Baja Mission last year and the first of this year Frank and Detra have set up the kitchen in the Mission house. with a full commercial kitchen. They have built a beutiful playground for the kids , provided clean water for families who would have no way to get  or aford it otherwise. More that the Love of Daddy God has been demonstrated dailey to children and adults who come from a place of tremendous poverty in the natural and the spirit.

The building in the village nearby is totally dedicated now to holding 2 medical clinics a month with a doctor provided and nurse Detra providing medical care totally free to many expectant mothers and children who would not be able to afford it.

Here at home we continue to seek to hear the Word of the Lord for the folks drawn by the Holy Spirit to hear and experience the Presence of a Gracefull God Who loves and cares for people seaching and finding  grace to see the curse on the earth reversed by the precious gift of His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We broadcast the service weekly on the internet via recording, and mow on Youtube.  there are many voices out there and we are only one but one that is determined to use what we have to glorify the Lord.  Thank God for our worship team and childrens workers who faithful minister the Presence of God in a dry place. I often desire to do more and have availible more finances and people to accomplish the vision of “Preparing them for battle, equipting them for destiny and giving them a future hope.” But I feel the word is true, He that is faithful over the little will be made ruler over much.

So I encourage you you were born for a purpose and have a destiny in Him. Know that as you pursue Him your life will be enriched by being what He created you to be , life giving sons and daughters of the Most High God Who rules Heaven and Earth. I thank youfor your pursuit and may God richly bless you in all things.

Yours in Christ

Pastor Richard

Hermana IT Works

Hola my Sisters and Brothers,
This morning around 7 , one of my dearest new sisters. , Antonia,  came up to the Mission. She was accompanied by another sister and good friend,  Trinidad. I automatically assumed they were coming to GET something, beans rice,  medicines. Ten days ago I accompanied her thru the birth of her 1st child and she walked very carefully up the hill, protecting her liitle bundle in a used rebozo tied about her
Slim shoulders. Her first trip out since the. Birth took place and she was tired.
I was wrong about her reason for coming.
This sweet little 16 year old mother had another intention entirely.
She had made the trek a mile plus uphill to bring us her tithe!!
Barely allowing me to say god morning she reached into a small hand sewn seed bag that most traditional mixtec women carry like purses. From it she extracted exactly 43 pesos in small coins (equals now about $3.15 US) She breathlessly counted it out and I cried and prayed over her sacrifice.
It represents a billion dollar victory for her. She started to learn about Yahweh s law of sowing and reaping in January.  At that time my father and pastor was visiting us and upon seeing one day of how we give food staples away that evening he very gently rebuked us. He said that we would never do any lasting good for the poor if we did not teach on giving in a practical way. He saw that we gave away 30 eggs. To each family and asked if we might not try to encourage the people to start by sharing just one egg or one cup of flour or what they receive with a neighbor or someone in need, Frank and I have struggled with asking for offerings/tithes from our people for years because a) they are outwardly the poorest people you’ve evet met apparently having nothing TO give and b) because any other missionary here NEVER teaches on giving kind of causing an unspoken taboo. Those though were really just our excuses for our own pride at not wanting to be seen as TAKING from those “poor people. Sadly,  our pride was holding them back.
But we had a breakthrough and
As soon as he left, we began doing just that, encouraging them to share what they got & backing it up with Gods Word on the subject.
Little Antonia & her unemployed. 15 year old husband Adrian,  began sharing eggs with family and flour with neighbors and today she brought her first tithe into the Storehouse! Along with the coins she brought news that her husband has gained a job! Not in the greenhouses where most underage men must start but miraculously on the packing house floor! Out of the sun of summer and cold of winter. She declared simply,  Hermana! It really works!
I was taken aback and overjoyed for I know that only a person who gets a real personal revelation like she has will always be a cheerful giver…….one willing even to walk over a mile uphill with a handful of God given coins. and a smile on her face………..

*in this foto we are resting on the back stoop and laughing as she is showing me proudly how Yahweh has blessed her with abundant milk,  which is normally a problem for malnourished teen moms……but not for Tonia!  (And it surprises her how the milk overflows and she jokes it is enough to feed even her neighbors children. Tiny little gal that she is,  she is now hilariously well endowed and full of wonder. True belly laughs ensued when she admitted her new gifts “frighten” her young husband.