Archive for May, 2012
If you’re going into medicine, if you’re going into dentistry, if you’re going into nursing, going into the law, you are called to be a one-person healing team.
And you’re going to have to learn how to cross cultural barriers in order to be a witness, because when you get in certain places, you can’t just—as they used to say at Wendys, “Have it your way.” You have to learn how to adapt to the society in which you live.
Now the apostles learned that. Jesus understood that. And we’re going to have some scriptures this morning, then some practical teaching on how to cross cultural barriers. And the scripture I want you to write down is from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. I usually save this lecture for the last two or three for the semester because I think it will be most helpful as you prepare now for whatever you’re going to do this summer, coming up this summer, and also as you prepare to graduate from ORU.
“For though I am free,” and this is the apostle Paul speaking, “For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.
“To the Jews I became a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law, I became as one under the law, though I myself am not under the law.” And he was referring to the fact that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. But he was still dealing with the Jewish people who were under the law in their own religion.
“Though I myself am not under the law, so that I might win those who are under the law;
“To those outside, I become as one outside the law, so that I might win those outside the law.
Remember in the last century and especially in the 19th century, in homes they often had what they called parlors or receiving rooms? And in buildings today, they have a reception area. They also call it a vestibule, or a waiting room. They have waiting rooms at the hospital where you go and you wait.
Well, Mrs. Brown says, “Well, you need to go out and receive them because they have brought some wonderful things for you.”
Okay, so she finishes up her dinner, and she goes out and she receives them. All right, this is an illustration of, the Holy Spirit has been living in your house ever since you got saved. You just may not have gone into that part of your life and fully received all the benefits that He can give you.
Now raise your right hand. Say, “I’ll never forget that story.”
All right, it’s almost 11:30, got to move. All right, Jesus has now said to them, “Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
All right, now come to the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts. Peter stands up before all the people and says, “Men and women of Judea and all who dwell here in Jerusalem, let it be known to you, These are not drunken as you suppose”—we’ll deal with that scripture a little later on when we talk about the joy of the Lord, which will be a Holy Ghost knock-down, drag-out in this room. We’ll probably do that the class before spring break.
“For these are not drunken as you suppose”—and I’ll focus on that—“since this is only the third hour of the day,” nine o’clock in the morning. “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith the Lord, that I shall pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”
All right, this was what is commonly called the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, where the disciples were told by the Lord to gather in an upper room and they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire, and when they first began to speak in tongues.
LR: Father, in the name of Jesus, if Satan, who is the chief counterfeit, has the power to be contagious with germs, bacteria, virus, anthrax, AIDS, and any other name like that, then Father God, how much more are we to be contagious with the Holy Spirit.
Because the name of Jesus is above every name named in heaven and earth, and at that name, everything else has to bow.
So Father God, today, as we lay hands on people, I am asking You, I am requesting of You, I am beseeching You and making a demand on the anointing, that Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts and all the Trustees that come and pray with us become contagious with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
John G. Lake described it as lightning flashed from God. God, I’m asking You, that as every person comes in this line, that You would flash them with the lightning bolt of the Holy Spirit.
Now, God, I ask that every person that is in this building be touched by Your presence, and by Your Holy Spirit. Touch them. Give them traveling mercies. Take everything from this conference that you want them to have and impart it in to them.
And take everything You don’t want them to have and suck it out of them. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Cause once you have my heart, you have all of me. And when you have all of me, I will not stop praying until you’re delivered.
And I’ve spent time after time after time after time, spending night after night where I do not close my eyes, and I do not go to sleep because I’m calling certain people’s name out before God, and saying, “God, if they don’t get delivered, I may never sleep. But I will not close my eyes until I see deliverance.”
And I could tell you that intercession hit me once like I have never had it hit me in the history of my life. And I would begin to weep. And I think I went through this about 3 months. And I mean to tell you, I would go through the drive-thru, and I’d be crying so hard, I’d have to pull the car off and tell my kids to go order.
We were on television, taping a live TV show, and I looked at my husband, and I said, “I can’t help this,? and I began to weep. And I would cry, and I’d cry, and I’d cry, and I’d call this young man’s name out before God. And I’d cry, and I finally said, “I can’t breathe.” And I looked at my husband, and I said, “I’ve got to go home.” And he was in the middle of a live TV program. And I’m looking at him, going, “You do it. Just do it.” And I get up.
And I would be crying so hard, I’d have to pull my car off on the side of the road. And I finally said, “God, I beg You to lift this from me. I can’t live like this.” Three months of this, not sleeping, not eating, not doing anything but crying. I mean, I would stand up in a kindergarten class and begin to weep. I’d come and I’d go to work, and I’d begin to weep. And I’d sit at my desk, and I’d begin to weep. And I could not stop it.