August 23 – The Work of the Holy Spirit

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”  Genesis 1:2

Understand the work of the Holy Spirit, learn to know Him as a PERSON…not a dove, wisp of smoke, cloud, haze, influence, or special power. He is the PERSON of the Trinity, equal with the Father and the Son, with whom you can enjoy a personal relationship.

No one can see the face of God the Father and live (Exodus 33:20), and the Son sits at the Father’s right hand (Luke 22:69), so the Spirit resides in your spirit (John 14:17). As you make your request TO the Father (Source), THROUGH the Son (Administrator), the Spirit manifests God to you in these ways:

1)  SPEAKS. Revelation 2:7; Matthew 10:20
2)  GUIDES. Romans 8:14
3)  WITNESSES. Romans 8:16
4)  TEACHES. John 14:26
5)  COMFORTS. Acts 9:31
6)  ANOINTS. I John 2:27
7)  REVEALS. II Peter 1:21
8)  FELLOWSHIPS. Philippians 2:1; II Corinthians 13:14
9)  LOVES. Romans 15:30
10) PROTECTS. Isaiah 59:19
11) INTERCEDES. Romans 8:26

PRAY: “Father, Your Spirit has been at work since the creation of my world and still intercedes tirelessly on my behalf. Thank You! Amen.”

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August 22 – A Consuming Fire

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

God’s power is like FIRE. It has energy; it burns; it consumes. Van Deventer understood this FIRE when he wrote the words: “All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame; Oh, the joy of full salvation!  Glory, glory to His name!”

This consuming FIRE will burn out of your flesh the desire for alcohol, drugs, and lustful passions. When selfish pleasures are all forsaken in total surrender to Jesus, God’s FIRE will clean out all other ungodly characteristics in your heart and soul so that they can be replaced with the mind of Christ and His behavior patterns…“Oh, the joy of full salvation!”

In I Corinthians 3:15, Paul says that every man’s works shall be tried by FIRE. Wood, hay, and stubble (representing works performed without faith and to be seen of men) will, of course, burn quickly and fiercely. Gold, silver, and precious stones (representing works performed through the direction of the Holy Spirit and with faith, whether or not visible to men) will come through the FIRE in purified form.

WHAT KIND OF WORKS ARE YOURS?

PRAY: “Awesome Father, thank You for Your sacred flame which brought me before You for cleansing, sanctifying, and purifying. Now fill me with Your joy and enable me to do Your bidding. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

August 21 – The Passion of God

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matthew 3:11

The “fire” of the Holy Ghost gives you the same passion as God; that is, a passion for people. That Holy Ghost fire is your enabling power to be a witness to God’s redemptive plan for mankind. During Isaiah’s vision recorded in Isaiah 6:1-8, God’s seraphim took a live coal (fire) from off the altar and laid it on his mouth to signify the purging of his sin. Then Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord asking him to go preach.

Before the touch of the burning coal, Isaiah said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…”; but, after being touched with Holy Ghost fire, he answered the call of the Lord. “Here am I; send me.” God’s touch makes all the difference!

Let God’s Spirit touch the burning coal to your lips so you too can speak with passion and with a pure voice the love and forgiveness of God to all who will call upon Him. The fire of God will burn away all apathy and indecision, causing you to pursue the needs of others with the compassion of God.

Be baptized today with Holy Ghost fire!

PRAY: “Passionate Father God, thank You for Your refining fire. Thank You for sending Your Spirit into the earth to fill me, inspire me, teach me, and guide me. Amen.”

August 20 – Pentecost is Revival

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:1-2

God wants to send His reviving Wind to those in His Church who are waiting with a spirit of expectancy, waiting in unity, and in tune, as harmonious instruments. He does not send His Wind upon those who are unconcerned, disinterested, distracted, or lukewarm.

It may seem like God moves slowly, but then “suddenly” He comes… in His time. The early disciples were “sitting”…waiting patiently…worshiping. It was the day of Pentecost for the Church, but it was a day of REVIVAL for each one individually. Their hearts were lifted, their hope restored, their preaching anointed, and lives radically changed.

This refreshing Pentecostal Wind is not a one-time event. It should occur regularly, as long as you keep a repentant, expectant heart. At the first Pentecost, the Scripture says God’s Wind “filled all the house.” Let Him “fill” all your house today.

PRAY: “Father, as I worship before Your throne, please send Your Pentecostal Wind throughout my entire being. I need my spirit revived, hope restored, and faith lifted. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.”

August 19 – Times of Refreshing

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” Acts 3:19-20

Isaiah 60 prophesies an end-times REVIVAL. Gross spiritual darkness has covered the earth, but God’s glory is being seen as the Church repents, fasts, and prays with purpose. God is exposing the counterfeit, imitation, and carnal efforts of man one by one so that His TRUTH can shine forth.

Be discerning of the times and seasons and pray in harmony with God’s plan. NOW is the time of harvest, a time to receive the promises of God… “times of refreshing.” As a Christian, you are part of Abraham’s seed and an heir to those promises. (See Galatians 3:29.) However, be watchful that error does not arise in your faith…where you believe whatever YOU declare will happen just because you are an heir. You do not “create” the will of God…you “cooperate” with it.

Keep an eye on Israel. When things happen in Israel, corresponding events happen in the Church. I Corinthians 15:46 states that first there is the “natural” and then comes the “spiritual.” Sense the time of God’s visitation. Jesus wept because Jerusalem “knewest not the time of [its] visitation.” (Luke 19:44)

PRAY: “Dear Father, I do not want to miss Your visitation. I will keep my eyes open and alert at all times. Let Your will be done in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

August 18 – Roots of Repentance

“And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”  Matthew 3:10

The passion of John the Baptist was to preach repentance. As the leaves on a tree indicate which way the wind is blowing, so the Church is a visible expression of the kingdom of heaven moving on earth. The health of the tree (Church) may be monitored by the condition of the leaves or fruit. However, treatment for any sickness in the tree must focus on the ROOTS, its main source of nourishment.

Spiritually speaking, sin also must be dealt with at its ROOT (your heart). When the axe is laid at the UNSEEN root of the tree to bring a cure, the fruit that is SEEN will become good. Fruit is a sign of the tree’s health, but it will not become good simply through polishing or other external care.

Your focus may tend to be toward the external, while God is looking at your heart’s condition. People crusade strongly against visible sin, but God zeros in on the CAUSE (root) of those sins. Will you zero in on YOUR source of nourishment today and consider the condition of your root system? Lay the axe to the problem areas, the unseen areas, and watch your tree become more fruitful.

PRAY: “Merciful Father, help me to focus on scriptural heart purity rather than on righteous behavior. Forgive me of prideful thoughts and evil attitudes, I pray.  In Jesus Name, amen.”

August 17 – Play Ball

Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 2:2

Your team has a Head Coach (Christ) who holds the time clock and sends in the plays.

The quarterback (pastor) delivers the plays in the huddle and passes the ball, but cannot play alone.

Running backs and receivers (laypeople) carry the ball and make the scores, with a fumble now and then.

Linemen (intercessors) start the action by hiking the ball, blocking the opposition, and protecting the quarterback. They are positioned in the center of play.

The team realizes it needs to play OFFENSE in order to score so, with the pressure on, it switches from defense and pushes past the line of scrimmage into enemy territory toward the goal line.

When the goal is reached, the team discovers that strong Christian character has been built and the game has been won!

So, do not sit on the bench (just observing), and keep off the injury list (allowing yourself to be offended by someone). Get in the game, and play ball!

PRAY: “Father, I am on Your team, and I would like to be voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ today. Give me strength to play ball with a team spirit, recovering my fumbles, and bringing You glory. Amen.”