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It is always common to see believers gathered in a room, crying and begging God for a fresh outpour of the Holy Spirit, a fresh impartation of anointing and a fresh deliverance from demons. I clearly understand that sometimes we have this urge to feel God’s power emotionally and be assured that we are saved and empowered but I think there is a lot of problem with that. I will point out very few errors that I have seen with such sincere but unnecessary exercise. I always say that emotional experience of God will never sustain us in the journey of life. Emotional experience cannot stand for the revelation of God! Paul had an amazing experience and encounter with Jesus but it was never enough! The revelation knowledge of God’s word is what kept him going! Before Paul encountered Jesus, he was already learned in the Old Testament but after he got saved, the Holy Spirit started revealing the message behind those shadows he knew so well!

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Asking for a fresh outpour of the Holy Spirit simply means that after the day of Pentecost when God poured out His Spirit to believers on earth, it grew stale and old. It means the fire of the Holy Spirit has quenched and we need another Pentecost! God has given His Spirit, He never said He was going to withdraw it until we beg and cry for it! The Holy Spirit is simply there to be received! Right there where you are, if you are a believer in Christ Jesus, it’s as easy as saying “I receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit” and it’s yours! We will never see the early church praying such prayers as “oh come and revive us, Lord, with your fresh fire!” The fire of the Holy Spirit has been fresh from the day one to this moment. God’s power and Holy Spirit has not gone out on break! We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph 2:5-6) and we are sealed and led by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14).

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Asking God for deliverance as a believer in Christ Jesus is one of the biggest error so many Christians have delved into. It means God never delivered them at first, that is what they say whenever they ask for deliverance. They are simply telling God that He lied about their salvation, that He didn’t do a perfect job and that He lacked the ability to save them indeed! Asking or seeking for deliverance as a believer is an insult to redemption and the very person of God! It is like receiving your school fees from your father and going back to Him to say “give me my school fees; you never gave it to me… You lied about it”. We have been delivered from darkness into God’s marvelous light! Col 1:13

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What then is the need of the believer in Christ Jesus? It’s not money, fame, natural gifts, career and all of that! We can achieve many of those without Jesus. What Jesus came to do wasn’t to make us rich, people has been getting rich and richer even before Jesus came. Jesus came to give us what we can’t give ourselves, something that has eternal value. Jesus came to give us life and as long as we believe in Him, we have that life! What then do we need?

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Jesus said “go into the world, preaching the good news and making disciples…”, many of us have heard the gospel and that is why we believed. We believed and we became delivered and sealed by the Holy Spirit! But that is the result of the hearing and believing the basics of the gospel but there is something remaining and that is DISCIPLESHIP! Hold on… The moment people hear “discipleship”, they often think it is about asking people to dress in a particular style, do a particular hair style, avoid a particular thing and live according to the dictations of men. Discipleship has nothing to do with religion, discipleship is like a mentorship class where the word is taught and people are groomed to live a word based life! Well, may people may not use the word “discipleship”.

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Without revelation knowledge of God’s word, discipleship is not possible! It is in discipleship that you really become the visible image of God in the eyes of men. Religion has made mess of the word ‘discipleship’ that many people get scared when they hear it.  The need of every believer is the revelation of who they are in Christ, this is the only way that believer will truly live out who he is. This is we see Paul in Ephesians 3:14-20 praying that believers know who they are in Christ. Verse 17-19 says “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you “being rooted and grounded in love” may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” 

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You see that? He talked about Christ dwelling richly in our hearts through faith and also talked about being filled with all the fullness of God! Does it mean we do not have His fullness? No! Paul was simply praying for the revelation of God which when received in faith brings about the full manifestation of God because our mind has been richly filled with the knowledge of Him. Remember, Paul didn’t pray that our Spirit be richly filled with Christ but our heart which is the same thing as the mind. 

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In Ephesians 1:17-18 Paul wrote “so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…” I believe you understand it better now. The believer in Christ needs to be enlightened in his mind so that he may know what he has and who he is in Christ. This is clearly what discipleship is! Paul likened a believer who lacks knowledge as a Child because he doesn’t know who he is and what he has. He wrote in Ephesians 4:14 “then we will no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men in cleverness to the deceitfulness of error”

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Now you can see it clearer!

The believer in Christ Jesus has everything! He just need to keep discovering what he has and who he is as he keeps disciplining his heart to think and see from the perspective of the word! A believer who understands that he is already delivered will not insult God by constantly seeking more deliverance… The revelation of God’s word disciplines a believer to live a glorious life in Christ.

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God bless you!

#GracefulGeorge

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