November 26, 2017

Well Praise the Lord Everybody!

There’s so much that you and I can thank God for about our lives today. We’ve just completed the Thanksgiving holiday. This obviously is my favorite time of the year. A time to reflect and thank God and people for so much. But, it’s also a time to give, because so many others haven’t to this point been as fortunate. The best days of us all are now and ahead. Thanks be unto God, Who always causes us to triumph through Christ Jesus.
(II Corinthians 2:14)

Michell and I continue to pray for all of our members, partners, and friends. We’ll continue to speak God’s Word over your lives as well. We rejoice as we hear of every miracle and breakthrough that manifest in your lives. These are exciting times. Faith is the force that can fix anything and solve any problem. Faith pleases God. Faith is fixing things, working for you as your servant, as you are handling your mission, the Heavenly vision and answering the Master’s call.

The Holy Spirit has been dealing with me on “Dominating Through My Prayer Language”. I’ve taken the occasion at 1Accord Church International to teach these last four weeks on the baptism of the Holy Spirit and praying in tongues. I’ll share some of my notes of revelation.

The Well Is First

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. – John 3:3-8

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. -John 4:10-14

Our born again experience was initiated and carried out by the Holy Spirit. Our faith (pistis – complete trust in and reliance upon God’s Word), releases the Holy Spirit to do a salvation work in us. (Genesis 1:2 AMP – referring to the Holy Spirit hovering about waiting on a Word spoken in faith. The Holy Spirit will then carry out the assignment in that Word.)

You and I heard the message of Jesus Christ and we believed it. We then confessed it as truth and received salvation that was promised to us. The Holy Spirit then releases from Jesus into us a well of water springing up into everlasting life. By the way, The Holy Spirit, from this point never every leaves you. This is not all of the Holy Spirit that we receive. You now have, as a result of recognizing the Lordship of Jesus, received eternal life. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. If you were to die you would live with Jesus forever if you walk the Word of God out.

Baptism In the Holy Spirit

8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. – Acts 1:8

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) – John 7:37-39

*Power here is referring to miracle working power.

The Scriptures make it clear that the Holy Spirit Baptism experience is not the same as your born again experience. Keep in mind that the disciples were already born again, (Remember this experience is the work of the Holy Spirit, also.), when Jesus commanded them to go up to the upper room and wait in anticipation for the promise of the Father to be released to them. 4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. – Acts 1:4-5 This is the Holy Spirit baptism. Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4; John 1:33)

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. – Acts 2:1-4 Acts 2:1-4 references the day of this great outpouring. This is known as the beginning of the New Testament Church on the Day of Pentecost. All 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit. First, they spoke with other tongues as the Holy Spirit empowered them to do so. Secondly, after Peter preaches to the crowd and they believe. Over 3,000 were saved and the New Testament church is started.

With Other Tongues

(Acts 2:1-4; 8:5-8, 12, 14-17, 9:10-12, 17-18; 10:44-46; 19:1-16)

Notice that the Scriptures listed above provide insight into the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism; speaking with other tongues. There is a pattern established in God’s Word, that all those who receive, (by yielding to the Holy Spirit), the Holy Spirit baptism speak with unknown or other tongues. Keep in mind, that it is you, by your faith, who speaks with other tongues. The Bible does not say that the Holy Spirit speaks with other tongues. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will give you the power and ability to utter pronunciations you would not ordinarily be able to articulate. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. The devil is the opposite. With your faith, you move your tongue and initiate the process and the Holy Spirit comes aboard and empowers. I’m not exhausting all that there is to say on speaking with other tongues. Stay tuned, in additional newsletters and teachings I will address it more.

Praying In The Spirit (In Tongues)

(I Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-15, 18; Romans 8:26-28)

Praise God! Praying in tongues can be the most effective weapon used to win warfare and battles. When you read of speaking with other tongues, I’m referring to praying and praising God in an unknown tongue. You can also be lead of the Holy Spirit to speak with other tongues, to give a Word to the church, but an interpreter must be present to prevent confusion and misunderstanding. But for the sake of the Newsletter, we’ll focus on your prayer language.

Notice that the verses listed above teach us that when we pray in the spirit, our minds and the devil have no understanding of what was prayed. The Holy Spirit teams up with Jesus to present back to your spirit solutions. Jesus has forever made intercession for you and I. Now we know that we can get life’s questions answered from God through praying in the Spirit. We can also receive Godly wisdom through praying in the Spirit.

The Bible also teaches us that we can charge up, edify, or build up ourselves through praying in the Spirit. As we close out the year, keep in mind that God will want to address you on the upcoming year. See, praying in the Holy Spirit is powerful. Let’s pray in the Spirit more than we ever have and see the grace of God release the greatness of God in our lives.

We love and pray III John 2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Know that God loves you more than you can imagine. Michell and I love you so much and will continue to pray over you.

– Dr. Todd and Michell Pulliam


Looking Forward

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