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We live in the day and hour where people have placed love of country above the love of the truth of God’s word; where greed and covetousness permeates the pulpit; where people believe that a statue of Mary can shed tears of real blood; but they will not believe that God can heal, or give a tongue, or give a real prophecy. What has happened to this generation? Are the churches totally lost? Why have men fallen for such lies of the devil? It is all turned upside down. A lie is taken for the truth; while the truth is taken for a lie. There are many false signs and lying wonders of the devil. The church can no longer discern between what is false and what is true. These are the times that the apostle Paul talked about in 1Timothy 4:1. He states, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (that is, plainly), that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” We are warned over and over again in the scriptures that perilous times are coming, that the church should not be asleep; but awake, and that the devil is coming with great wrath because he knows that his time is short. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in that holy place; under the blood where that old devil can’t get me. It appears that the Great God and Saviour have turned men over to these seducing spirits and doctrines of devils that the apostle Paul talked about. Why? It is because men like to rejoice in a lie and in unrighteousness rather than the truth. It seems they would have it no other way (Jeremiah 5:30-31). Because sin abounds, it is easy for Satan to gain a foothold in the lives of so many precious souls, even those who claim to be Christians and that attend church on a regular basis.
Today we desperately need to get back to the Bible basics. The Holy Ghost is saying that the churches should get on its knees and beg God to send a revival before it’s too late. The fire is gone out of our hearts. The revival flame must be rekindled. That is why the Holy Ghost has prompted me to write this instruction booklet. It is for the hungry and thirsty soul who wants to get closer to God (Psalm 42:1-2), and know what His will is for his or her life. However, the church can never grow up into Christ's perfection unless we build upon the proper foundation; unless certain biblical truths are reestablished.
Though concise in content, here are presented ten basic tenets (if you will) of the faith. I will layout exactly what God has given me concerning each topic. I pray that the reader studies each topic, then meditate and pray after they have digested what is read. I am confident that the Holy Ghost will testify and give confirmation to what is written herein.
Now may God richly bless you and give you understanding.
Dwaine Anderson
Shepherd of Holy Ghost Speak Revivals, Inc. Bible Training Center
Bible Basics For The Believer
I. Who is God
II. Repentance
III. Power of Prayer
IV. Faith
V. Baptism
VI. The Holy Ghost
VII. Sanctification
VIII. Gifts of the Spirit
IX. Resurrection
X. Judgment
All scripture quotations are from the King James Version Bible.
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I. Who Is God
 So then who is God? He is the beginning and the end for us; yet, himself being without beginning or end. God simply IS. God is the creator and sustainer of everything that exists. God gives breath to every living creature. He is invisible to His creation; yet, He can be felt and experienced by ALL who call on His name. God’s Word tells us all about who He is. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and fills everything that is in heaven and earth.
 God knows everything about you, even unto the very hairs of your head. David explains it this way. “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether” (Psalm 139:2-4).
 Do you see how familiar God is with His people? There is nothing hid from His eyes or from His ears concerning you and me.
 We can see who God is through His word. Your experience with God can be just as real as your relationship with a best friend or parent. We can know God and God can know us. Paul asked the Galatian church, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” (Galatians 4:9). They knew God and God knew them; however, like so many today they have turned from God and the way of truth, back to those things that do not profit, nor can save or deliver. This has been the way of men since the beginning of days. Men must get to know God again. We must become intimate with our creator, or else perish. It was so in the very beginning when God first breathed the breath of life into the first man (Adam). Man knew what it was like to have relationship and fellowship with the Almighty creator. He could hear God and converse with Him as he would with a close companion. This was a real and fantastic relationship between man and God. This relationship benefited man because he never lacked nor failed. Fear and doubt had no place. There was no harm or hurt from his neighbor, and man slept in peace and safety. This was the case until sin entered in and corrupted the very foundations that God had built and constructed in righteousness.
 Now what is our purpose and reason for being? We were created because God willed it so, and for His pleasure (Revelations 4:11). We were created to enter into relationship with God, to praise and glorify His name, to do His will and obey all of His commandments so we can be with Him always, throughout eternity. He gave the first man (Adam) a commandment. See Genesis 2:16-17. This is a commandment that Adam broke, and unfortunately the entire creation has suffered ever since. It is a marvelous thing to know that while we were yet sinners God reconciled us unto Himself (Romans 5:8-10).  For we have a great and glorious God who wants to do great things for us, and through us. With God nothing is impossible because He has great might and power (Mark 10:27). In the natural world man has set up laws, rules and regulations to keep the peace and avoid chaos. How much more God, who has set up rules and guidelines (commandments) for His creation to follow, for our own good and according to His good pleasure and will.
 God becomes angry and even jealous when we do not wholly follow and obey His commandments and will, or if we rebel and betray Him (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 10:31). You cannot do iniquity and expect to escape the wrath of God’s judgment. See Psalm 56:7. However, to them that diligently and faithfully seek Him and keep and do His commandments, He will never leave nor forsake them, and will always be present to help them in times of difficulty and trouble (Psalm 37:24-25; 46:1; Hebrews 13:5). Call on Him today while you still have breath. 
 Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
 Genesis 4:26 . Jeremiah 17:9-10 . Matthew 6:24-34  . Philippians 4:6-7 .  Psalm 46:1 .    Proverbs 11:21
II. Repentance
Before we can come to God we must acknowledge that we are sinners and turn from our evil ways (Psalm 51:3; 106:6; Ezekiel 33:11; Zechariah 1:4). Of course, we cannot talk about repentance without mentioning God’s mercy and grace (Luke chapter 15). Our gracious God is ever waiting for that precious soul to humble himself and come to Him for mercy. If a soul does not turn and repent the wrath of God will be upon that person and that soul will be lost forever to the flames of an eternal hell fire (Isaiah 66:15, 24; Mark 9:43-48). God is not cruel to sentence us to hell. Instead He has provided a way out of the fire. Jesus is the WAY. We must accept His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour. The One “whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins...” (Romans 3:25). We must believe that he died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead. This is the only means of escape from the flames of hell that God has provided (Acts 4:11-12). So if we enter into these eternal flames it is of our own choice. Therefore, choose LIFE, and that life is Christ.
God is Holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. Sin goes totally against His nature. Sin is to God what fear is to faith. They are both mutually exclusive. Despite all of this, God’s desire is to save all of us. He is the only one who can save us. Isaiah describes the power of God to save and answer prayer. “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1). God is willing to save the sinner and answer the prayer of salvation.
Isaiah goes on further to say, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Now there is something that stands between you and your God --- SIN.
“Your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice'eggs, and weave the spider' web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:3-8). All of these are dead works in that they have no profit or life to the gaining of one’s soul, but are detrimental to the soul and lead to death. A sinner can never have real peace (Isaiah 48:22).
Real repentance begins with the heart. It denotes a change of heart; to turn to God while turning the back on sin and the devil. It offers up a penitent heart that is lowly and contrite, crying out for mercy. Surely God will open His ears to such a cry! When this occurs one is truly converted from his former ways. Behold, all things have become new.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Hosea 14:1-.  Psalm 32:5; 38:18; 90:3; 130:3-.  Matthew 3:8-9; 4:17; 12:41 .  Luke 24:46-48  .  Acts 3:19; 5:31-32; 17:30 and 26:20  .   2 Corinthians 7:10  .           2 Peter 3:9   .   1 John 1:9                                                            
III. The Power of Prayer
Prayer is a one-on-one communication with GOD. Prayer is a powerful means to get close to our maker. Making time to pray is unnecessary as prayer should be always and continual. There should never be a need to make time as it is always part of your routine. Why? As God's children we should be in constant communication with him.
This is right and true prayer: “to pray with the mind of Christ”.
The Lord once told me that if you do not have time to pray it is because you have too much of the world in you. Prayer must not take a back seat to our worldly desires or responsibilities. Jesus always prayed (Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12). This heavenly communication kept him in close contact with His Father. Jesus always prayed according to the will of the Father. Likewise, in order for God to hear and honor our prayers we too must pray according to His will (1 John 5:14). Beware! So many things can hinder our prayers, like sin, unbelief, doubt and unforgiveness. Be specific in your prayers. Be honest with God about what is in your heart. Prayer benefits the heart in that we can lay the burdens of our hearts before God. We have the benefit of praying to God when trouble comes into our lives, and can be confident that He will hear us. See Psalm 86:6-7.
"Ask God for wisdom and strength to always endure in prayer".
What follows are some examples God gave me concerning a good and effectual prayer life. This is by no means a complete list. However, by these few examples I will show you the God approved way to pray. The benefit for the believer is if he or she practices these examples by faith, God promises to answer their prayers, no matter how impossible the situation or problem.
Successful Prayer Begins With Sincerity
One example of prayer is “praying with sincerity”. If we ever expect God to hear our prayers we must pray with sincerity. Since our hearts are already naked and bare before God, shouldn’t we pray with honest and sincere intentions? Listen to what James said concerning insincere prayers: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). James has just showed us another reason why many prayers go unanswered. It is because people pray with wrong motives and intentions. They have no real intention of glorifying God or advancing His kingdom in the earth. Instead they are out to promote themselves and satisfy the lust of their hearts. God will always honor prayer from a pure and honest heart, but prayer from a wicked heart He will despise.
Praying According To His Will
This example concerns “praying according to the will of God” (Matthew 6:10; 1 John 5:14). This is something Jesus did constantly, hence, the reason why God always heard his prayers (John 11:42). Dear saint of God, to pray according to His will is to pray with the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). To pray according to His will is to live a life holy and pleasing to Him as Christ did in the days of his flesh. When we pray according to His will, heaven and earth meet (Matthew 6:10). This is something much too wonderful to express in human words. When we pray according to God’s will it shows that He has dominion over our lives. He is Lord of all. So then what is the kingdom of God? Is it not God’s rulership and dominion over all things? Is it not God’s rulership and dominion in the hearts and minds of men? To pray according to His will is to abide in him, and his words abide in us, so that ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7). Friend, pray "thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" daily.
Praying With Patience
This brings us next to patience. We are not to tell God how and when to do a thing on our behalf. For who can give counsel unto the LORD? You can severely limit God and your prayers by doing this. God does answer prayers immediately. However, it often takes us a long time to get into that (right) position of faith. Namely, it takes some of us more time to truly believe and trust that God can bring it to pass. For example, some doubt if God can help them out of a difficult financial situation, or even heal them of a terrible sickness or disease. When doubt enters into the heart patience is soon exhausted. According to Jesus we are to lean heavily upon the LORD and wait patiently for the answer to come. It is a wonderful thing when the LORD shows up to deliver the Godly out of his troubles. Friend, wait patiently upon the LORD. For the LORD GOD is a tried sword and buckler in the day of battle. Remember, GOD is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness. See 2 Peter 3:9
Accepting God's Answer And Obedience
Lastly, this brings us to obedience. Once we have prayed and the LORD directs our path, we must accept the answer with gladness and obedience. Observing to do all that we are commanded to do. Real power comes not from the things you possess, but His Spirit that is within you. God's power working and operating through you comes with a price and that price is obedience, without it Christ's victory at Calvary is just a dead letter. It has no meaning unless you can put that victory to work for you and it is available through prayers. In Hebrews 11:33 there were those who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, and stopped the mouths of lions. This type of power comes by prayer and also fasting.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Matthew 6:5-18  .  Mark 11:22-26  . Luke 18:9-14  .  John 14:13-18 .  Psalm 102:1-2
IV. Faith
What is faith? Is it not inner confidence, trust and belief that God will do the thing that He said He would do? This is the mission statement (if you will) of all the saints of God throughout the centuries. The faith of the saints is an unmoving and steadfast heart and mind that God will not fail them. That God will come through, no matter what the circumstances are. Whether it was for some promise of deliverance, or some word of healing, they were confident in the outcome. This kind of faith never doubts God, or that He can bring a thing to pass. O’ God may the faith that the ancients had burn in our hearts today as we read these words.  
Faith will cause us to inherit all of the promises of God. Conversely, fear, doubt and unbelief will cause us to make void all of the promises of God in our life. (Read Numbers chapter 14). Faith has nothing to do with your feelings or emotions. Faith is a spiritual act. Real faith when it comes will cause us to act out what we believe. Without faith the Bible simply becomes just words on a page. It is our faith that activates the word of God. Your faith is like a light switch that turns on the word of God. If this word is to ever profit you then it must become real and personal to you. When you read the Bible you must supply the faith to go along with the book. Namely, you must BELIEVE what is written in this book, with all of its promises. God wants His people to hear, believe and DO.
All of the gifts of the Spirit operate on the basis of faith and love. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Your works back up your faith. Your works show or prove that your faith is not just all (vain) talk, but it shows some sort of action. This is the fruit that true faith will produce. When we say we believe that Christ is Lord and saviour our faith should produce some sort of work, some sort of fruit, some sort of proof or evidence. For example, a changed heart and mind will bring about a change of habits and the ability to overcome all things.
Faith is taking God at His word. We take men at their word all of the time, and their motives are not always sincere or pure; but God’s motives are ALWAYS sincere and He is so very pure. There can be no deception or slight of hand with God. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”. God has obligated Himself to help those who have faith. Therefore, whatsoever you can believe God for He must do it. Why? Because He said He would.
I find that some people can believe God in one area of their lives, but not in another. For example, they believe God for their salvation, but not for their healing. This is error because you set limits on God. The arm of the LORD is not short, that it cannot save or heal. The believer should be cognizant of this error, and do all to avoid it. Be ready to repent immediately, if necessary.
The bedrock or foundation of your faith is in the blood of the lamb. It is our utter and complete confidence in the blood of the lamb that saves us and reconciles us unto God. It would be a complete failure and disaster to look for faith in any other place except the shed blood of the lamb. This is where the true power of faith rest. I challenge you to put your troubled situation under the blood and see if it does not change for the better. I further challenge you to SPEAK this word. BELIEVE this word. DO this word.
Pray, O’ God give me perfect faith. Give me faith that fails not during times of testing, temptation and trouble.
Faith and patience must be coupled with prayer. Why? Because you need faith to BELIEVE God and patience to WAIT on the answer. If you want to get anywhere in this abundant, spiritual, life then you are going to have to believe God.
Once God has declared something in His word or personally to you: That is it! It is eternal throughout the ages. it is as eternal as He is. It can never be changed or altered. Just like He can never change or go back on the word that comes out of His mouth. Generations of men may come and go but God’s word will stand forever. If we expect to inherit all of the promises then we must by faith and with patience endure unto the end. It makes no sense to quit in the middle of the race, or just before you cross the finish line. Only he who finishes the race receives the prize. Beloved, endure unto the end.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Isaiah 40: 6-.  Matthew 24:13  . Mark 11:24  .  Romans 14:23   .   Hebrews 4:2; 10:23;  11:1  James 1:3-8 and 2:17
V. Baptism
Baptism is not some new thing that started with John the Baptist in the New Testament, but it is an aged old act that goes back to the Israelites in the desert. In the New Testament baptism is a command given by God to His people. In the Old Testament these washings being a spiritual type served to ritually cleanse the people from all manner of sin and uncleanness. These physical washings were done on people and upon things, like the dead carcasses of animals, and the holy vessels, in order to teach us a spiritual lesson. For us to get a better understanding of these washings let us turn to the book of Exodus 40:30-32:
“And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal . And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat: When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses”.
In the above scripture God commands Aaron and his sons to wash their hands and feet when they entered into the tabernacle to minister before the LORD. This washing represented not just the putting away of the dirt and filth of their flesh; but it spiritually represented a clean conscience before God and the putting away of evil from their hands and the walking of their feet in the way of sinners. Here, the water represented a deeper, internal, and spiritual meaning. God commanded holiness from His ministers, as well as His people, both in body and spirit. This is further typified by the washing of the disciples’ feet in the Gospel of John. Although the disciples were already clean through his word, (except one, that is, Judas, the son of perdition); Jesus left them an example that not only should a servant of God be holy and clean, but that he should humbly serve his brethren in the faith, too.
John’s Baptism like Jesus’ baptism, were both from heaven. However, John’s baptism was one for the remission of sins for Israel. It was an outward sign of repentance. Now the believer finds his remission of sins in the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus eternally cleanses and washes the believer from the stain of sin (Hebrews 10:14-18).
The baptism of Jesus that was spoken of by John is an inner work. It is the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Read Matthew 3:11 and John 3:5-8. There is ONE baptism for the believer, (Ephesians 4:5), and this is it. “Inwardly”, it represents our death, burial and resurrection together with Christ; A putting to death of the desires of the flesh and a clean conscience before God. When our flesh is dead to sin then the Spirit of Christ can come in and reign supreme. Death then has no more dominion over us because the life of Christ now lives inside of us. His purging fire purifies and prunes us so that Christ can live and reign through us and we can bear fruit for the kingdom of God. Sometimes this spiritual purging can occur immediately, but often it is a gradual process. The believer must have a constant mind towards the things of the Spirit and not earthly things. Then the Spirit can do his work more quickly in the heart, mind and spirit of the believer. Then the believer will be equipped with more power, more anointing, more knowledge, and more faith to serve God.
Men have divided the church over the matter of how to baptize. They argue over rather one should baptize in the NAME of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19), or in the NAME of Jesus only (Acts 2:38). Why does this cause so much confusion and division in some churches? Why have men split the body of Christ over this matter? What MEN have done is that they have made Baptism into a formula, doctrine or creed, instead of a commandment of the Lord given to his church (Matthew 28:19). If the Lord said it, how come so many have a problem with it? I’d rather obey Jesus than some man! After all Jesus is the head of the church, not Peter or Paul. These denominations should have left it alone. I have already said that Baptism is really an internal act, not an outward show, but an inner working of the Spirit and the WORD, which cleanses and washes, and renews the individual heart of the believer. You (cannot baptize in the name of Jesus ONLY with the agenda to discard the Father and the Holy Ghost). To baptize in the name of Jesus is right if we also believe and hold to the Father and the Holy Ghost, as well. One cannot say there is Jesus ONLY in the heavens, or that Jesus is both the Father and the Holy Ghost. This is a grave error, and is a point of confusion. Listen, you cannot have the Son apart from the Father, or the Father apart from the Son, or the Holy Ghost apart from the Father and the Son (1 John 2:23-24; John 8:19). They are a packaged deal (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:4-6). 1 John 5:7 reads that “There are THREE that bare record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these THREE are *ONE” (* that is, are in unison, harmony, and cannot be divided by the doctrines and commandments of men).
Throughout the entire Scriptures we have the witness of God, the Father, and the Holy Ghost concerning Jesus, not the witness of Jesus ONLY, because Jesus himself said that his witness being alone is not true (John 5:31-32, 37; 8:17-18). It is the ENTIRE Godhead or nothing at all. That is the way God wants it. Any arguments about what name we should baptize in is a dead issue. Now it becomes a question of obedience, not interpretation.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Isaiah 1:16  .  Mark 16:16  .  John 15:3  . Acts 19:4 and 22:16  .  Romans 6:4-6-11  . 1 Corinthians 6:11  .  Ephesians 5:26  .  Hebrews 10:22
VI. The Holy Ghost
Although many have tried, you cannot denominate the Holy Ghost. You cannot make a doctrine out of the Holy Ghost. He is much too free for that (Psalm 51:12 and 2 Corinthians 3:17). He can never be bound by the traditions and whims of men. The Spirit of the Lord does away with the opinions of men, and penetrates deep into the hearts of those that thirst and hunger after the love of God and Christ. The Holy Ghost sets men at liberty from the bondage of fear, the traditions of men, and sin.
In the Old Testament days, in the majority of cases, the Holy Ghost came upon people like a garment that is worn and then taken off. However, in the New Testament the Holy Ghost came to indwell and fill the believer forever, after Jesus was glorified (John 7:38-39; 14:16-17). God would truly dwell in them and walk in them (2 Corinthians 6:16); the greater the measure of the Spirit, the greater the anointing (John 3:34; 2 Kings 2:9). Now as in the case of the Old Testament, so it is in the New. If there is sin in the life of a believer the Holy Ghost will not stick around. The glory will flee and you will dry up, wither and die (1 Samuel 4:19-22; Matthew 3:7-10; John 15:6).
What is the Holy Ghost and how does he deal with us? There is only ONE Spirit (Ephesians 4:4) that men can receive from God. If you receive any other spirit, it is not of God. The Holy Ghost is precious and is the Spirit of God and Christ (Romans 8:9-11 and 1 Peter 1:11). He is sent from God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven to the believer (John 14:26 and 15:26). He reveals and guides men to the entire truth of God’s Word. Always bearing witness to this truth, while convicting, reproving, admonishing and comforting the hearts of men. Here is the mindset of a true believer: one who thinks on the things of the Spirit and is in agreement with the things of the Spirit. To be one with the Spirit requires a changed heart and mind. Your mind must always be turned to God like the men and women of old, who gave themselves totally and wholly to God. If your mind is stayed on the things of the Spirit it cannot wander into places it should not be (Philippians 4:8).
Why is the Holy Ghost so prevalent in the Book of Acts? Why is he not so prevalent in the modern churches? If he was necessary for the ancient church how much more for the modern church? When people in the ancient church received the Holy Ghost they prophesied and spake in tongues (Acts 2:4, 17-18; 10:44-46; 19:6). The Holy Ghost told them what to do, where to go, and where not to go (Acts 11:12; 13:4; 16:6-7). Christ commands his church by the Spirit (Acts 1:2; John 14:26; Revelations 2:29; 3:22). So, too, must it be in the modern churches, if she ever intends to obey and prosper in the Lord.
Here are several key points that the believer should be aware of regarding the Holy Ghost:
1) The Holy Ghost was promised of the Father (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5: 2:38-39).
2) He is given to those that obey God (Acts 5:32).
3) You can receive him by prayer (Luke 11:13 and Acts 8:15) and faith (Galatians 3:2).
4) He can fall on people by the preaching of the word (Acts 11:15).
5) He is only given after we believe (Ephesians 1:13; Acts 19:2).
6) The Holy Ghost indwells the believer (Romans 8:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 6:19; 3:16). We receive the Spirit in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22; Galatians 4:6). (The Holy Spirit cannot enter into a hardened and faithless heart. The heart must be pure and renewed first).
7) He is necessary in order to truly worship God (John 4:23-24).
8) The gifts in the church operate by the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:3-11).
9) Jesus commands his church by the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:2; Nehemiah 9:20).
10) The Holy Ghost intercedes on behalf of the believer (Romans 8:26).
11) The Holy Ghost demonstrates the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).
12) He can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and grieved (Ephesians 4:30).
13) The Spirit in the life of a believer will always bear fruit (Galatians 5:22-25).
14) You can rebel against and vex the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10).
15) The Holy Ghost can be taken away from a believer that is backslidden (Psalm 51:11; Hebrews 6:4-8).
16) The Holy Ghost can fall on you before you are baptized with water (Acts 10:47-48). For God is no respecter of persons and does what He wants.
17) Whosoever speaks a word against the Holy Ghost (that is, blasphemes him), it shall not be forgiven him in this world, or the world to come (Matthew 12:32).
18) The Holy Ghost will speak through people (Mark 13:11; Acts 21:11; 2 Peter 1:21).
19) The Holy Ghost is given to the believer by grace (Romans 12:6; Ephesians 4:7).
20) You can have fellowship with the Holy Ghost (Philippians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The method in which the Holy Ghost teaches men is by comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:13). The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
In order to correctly and fully understand the things of God the believer must have the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost will never use the spiritual and carnal things of the world to teach you the spiritual truths of God’s Word. Many churches have fallen into this trap of the enemy already. God’s Word stands alone! The Holy Ghost needs no help from man’s science, or philosophy, or wisdom, or psychology, or rituals and traditions. So if you are not receiving a pure and steady spiritual diet of the truth of God’s Word, then you will starve to death, both now and in eternity.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Job 4:15  .  Isaiah 59:21 and 63:10  .  Mark 3:28-30  .  John 14:16-18  .  Galatians 4:6  .  1 Corinthians 15:45  .  Ephesians 6:18  .  Philippians 2:5  .  Colossians 2:8   .   Jude 19    .   Revelations 2:29   
VII. Sanctification
Sanctification is the setting apart of the believer for the salvation of God. When God sanctifies us then we are prepared vessels fit for the master’s use. Sanctification is not a denomination, or even a doctrine, but it is a way of life. It is the life of the sanctified believer that makes him ready to meet God (2 Timothy 2:21).
The sanctified life will always bear the mark of holiness; for it is a holy life, a life free from guilt and condemnation. This holy and sanctified life flows from within, that is, from the heart, where Christ and God are enthroned (1 Peter 3:15). Holiness to the LORD!
Sanctification is in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2, 30). The sanctified life is not fearful to enter into judgment, because it has been perfected by the blood of Jesus and a holy life. The sprinkling of the blood makes us holy. When the blood of Jesus is applied to our hearts then we can draw near to God because we live a purified life and have a pure heart (Matthew 5:8; Hebrews 10:22).
Like in the days of Moses when the sacrifice of bulls, and the sprinkling of blood sanctified the people, now, how much better by the sacrifice of Christ’s body on the tree, and his shed blood (Hebrews 10:10, 14, 29). This sanctification of the blood cleanses our consciences from dead works, and unfruitful labor (Hebrews 9:14). Christ’s sacrifice sanctified the believer in soul, body, and spirit, and is able to save him with an eternal salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 7:25). The blood sanctifies the believer wholly. By it he can stand before God unblameable, unspotted, perfect and holy. Sanctification is the prerequisite for holiness, which without holiness we can never see God. Thanks be to God for His amazing grace!
We are chosen for sanctification through the Spirit (1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 15:16). The Spirit of God does his great work in us, and with the help of the blood he washes us, making us saints and acceptable to God (1 Corinthians 6:11 and 1 John 5:8). For through the belief of the truth and sanctification of the Spirit, God has chosen the believer to salvation. Which brings me to our next point: Sanctification is through the truth of God’s word (John 17:17, 19; Ephesians 5:26-27). Obedience to this eternal Word washes and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Let His Word dwell richly in you.
Note the three things that sanctify us:
1)     Faith in the blood of Jesus  2)  Obedience to the word of truth  3)  The Spirit
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Exodus 29:36-37 and 40:10-13  . Joel 2:15-16  . Acts 26:18  .  Romans 5:19  . 1 Corinthiians 6:11; 7:14  . 1 Timothy 4:4-5  .  Jude 1
VIII. Gifts Of The Spirit
Now there are nine gifts of the Spirit and nine fruits of the Spirit. These gifts are not to be used for any other purpose except the edification and growing up of the body of Christ. These gifts are exclusive to the church. That means that they are holy and are not to be used to impress men, or extort their money.
Here is a list of the gifts followed by a brief explanation of each gift.
The 9 gifts of the Spirit are: (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
“God gave gifts unto men”. These spiritual gifts are graces given freely by God to the believer so that the entire body of Christ may be edified.
1) The word of wisdom: This is the gift of wisdom from God. It is prudence, discretion, and Godly counsel and instruction concerning the things of God. We are instructed by the Scriptures to pray for it (James 1:5).
2) The word of knowledge: This is supernatural revelation knowledge, instruction and insight into the mind and counsel of God who is the revealer of the secrets of men’s hearts. Further, it is spiritual understanding of the word of God; the ability to understand all the mysteries of God’s word.
3) Faith: This is supernatural faith to move mountains (Mark 11:23). Its results are often dependent upon your capacity to believe God for something or in some circumstance. We cannot receive anything from God without faith (James 1:6-7). Now this kind of faith will not save you (1 Corinthians 13:2), but the fruit of faith will. Notice, it is the only gift that is mentioned in both the gifts of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit.
4) Gifts of healing: This is supernatural power to pray for the sick or to lay hands on them so that they may recover (Mark 16:18 and Genesis 20:7, 17).
5) The working of miracles: This is supernatural power to work mighty signs and wonders: When God intervenes to fix an impossible situation: When God does something contrary to the laws of nature. Miracles are generally done to draw the attention of unbelievers to God, but not always. Sometimes they are done in the presence of believers in order to help their faith. More importantly, miracles are placed in the church (1 Corinthians 12:28) to glorify God and Christ (John 11:4). Note, that doctors, science and Satan cannot perform miracles, only God can.
6) Prophecy: This divine gift is given to some in the church for edification, exhortation, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). An example of this prophecy is found in (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 5:11). Prophecy in the church is through Jesus (Hebrews 1:2); for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelations 19:10). It is the most vulnerable of all the gifts, since the speaker is speaking by God. Therefore, Satan likes to play with this gift. The word of the LORD can come by dream, vision, or direct communication.
7) Discerning of spirits: This is the ability to tell the difference between false brethren and true brethren, the spirit of Antichrist, and the spirit of Christ, a false gospel, and a true gospel. For Satan will disguise himself as an angel of light.
8) Divers kind of tongues: This is the ability to speak in a tongue or unknown tongue as the Spirit gives utterance. This gift generally edifies the speaker only, and is unprofitable to the entire body, but not always, the exception is when someone is present to interpret or understand what is being said.
9) Interpretation of tongues: This is the ability to interpret an unknown tongue. This gift edifies the whole body of Christ and is profitable to all that hear.
The 9 *fruits of the Spirit are: (Galatians 5:22-23)
* Literally, fruit of the Spirit. See Ephesians 5:9 too. This is what the Spirit of Christ produces in the life of the new man.
1) Love: This is divine charity that begins in the heart of the believer. It is the reason why we keep His commandments. Love is truly the path to Godly perfection. Its highest expression is found when God gave His only begotten Son for the sins of the entire world.
2) Joy: Gladness of heart and mind; Rejoicing in the Spirit: Exultation and happiness that stems from God and has God as its source. The joy of the Lord will put a smile on your face, a tap in your feet, and a spiritual song in your heart. The greatest joy that a believer can ever experience is to have his name written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20).
3) Peace: Supernatural quietness and serenity of mind and spirit that passeth all human understanding. This kind of peace can only come when we are reconciled to God through His Son.
4) Longsuffering: Literally to suffer long: The ability to bear and endure long with patience in times of trouble, testing, trials or temptations.
5) Gentleness: A kind and mild spirit that does not give way to wrath or vengeance.
6) Goodness: Just and right behavior expressing itself in action and deeds. This is godliness and purity of heart and mind that are acceptable unto God.
7) Faith: The fruit or work that is produced when a person believes and confesses the name of Christ. This is faith unto salvation, unto the saving of one’s soul. It comes from hearing the Gospel, the word of God. All of the promises of God in the scriptures are conditioned upon faith. We inherit all of the promises by faith.
8) Meekness: Humbled and child like in spirit: Lowliness of mind and heart towards the brethren and those without. Not wise in your own conceits. It never denotes weakness or compromise of one’s values or principles.
9) Temperance: Self-control and total subjection of the body of sin: The crucifying of the old man.
The gifts of the Spirit will not get you into heaven, but having the fruits of the Spirit will (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 8-10, 13; Matthew 7:21-23). Didn’t Judas have the gifts of the Spirit? Wasn’t he one of the twelve? Didn’t he heal the sick and cast out devils along with the rest of them? (See Luke 9:1-2, 6 and Matthew 7:22-23). Further, what about Saul? Didn’t he prophesy and was slain by the power of God? (See 1 Samuel 10:1, 5-7: 19:18-24). If these men had instead produced the fruits of the Spirit in their lives, like love, faith and temperance they would have never fallen from grace. It is the inward man (the hidden man of the heart) that matters, not the outward man, which perish.
We produce the fruits of the Spirit by staying connected to Christ. When we abide in him, then we are able to produce fruit that is pleasing and acceptable to God. If we fail to abide in Christ, we become fruitless and dry up.
These gifts are meant to edify, exhort and build up the church so that it might walk towards Godly perfection and maturity of spirit. There are different gifts so that all may benefit. The gifts do not all operate in the same manner. They are administered differently according to grace. Not all will be apostles, or prophets, or teachers, or workers of miracles, or have the gifts of healing, or speak in tongues, or interpret. If all shared the same gifts then the entire body would suffer lack and fall behind in the knowledge of God and our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. But every man has been given a gift according to the proportion of faith. Now the entire body can benefit from such a diversity of gifts.
Love is the best fruit that we all should strive after; For God is LOVE (1 John 4:7-8, 16) and all gifts flow from it and it is the most excellent fruit that a believer can produce (1 John 4:9; 1 Corinthians 13:31). By love we are made perfect. (Romans 13:8, 10; Colossians 3:14).
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
John 15:1-17  .  1 Corinthians chapters 12 - 14  .  Ephesians chapter 4
IX. Resurrection
Resurrection is the bringing to life again of that which is dead; the reviving again of those souls that have died. It would be remiss of me not to mention the judgment of God, for resurrection and the judgment of God go hand in hand. All souls that have died will be revived to either eternal life or eternal damnation. Every soul that has ever lived will fall under one of these two categories --- one to eternal life and the other to eternal damnation. You can escape eternal damnation by placing your faith in the Son of God.
Resurrection is a power that is at work in the life of the believer. It literally is the power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This resurrection power is a work of the Spirit. It conforms the life of the believer, which was beforehand dead and unfruitful, to a new and regenerative life made in the image, power and life of the Son of God. Faith is the key to having this resurrection power at work in your life. This resurrection power puts to death our former life; our old man, and springs up into a new and spiritual life whose source is God and Christ through the Spirit.
This resurrection power changes us daily into the image of Christ. Therefore, we have passed from death to life, and there is no condemnation of judgment. For how can God condemn you if the life of His Son is at work in you? He cannot because He has already said that, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. So if God is pleased with His Son, then He will be pleased with us if the life of His Son is at work in us.
The resurrection power represents the putting to death of our flesh and its ungodly desires. Again, this is a work of His Spirit. Sin and death no longer has dominion in the life of a believer, because he or she has put to death the ungodly deeds of their flesh by the power of the Spirit. Now their lives are fruitful, instead of dead and lifeless. They can now produce spiritual fruits for the kingdom of God. It is this life changing resurrection power that allows us to live righteous and holy lives before God. 
If you don’t have the Spirit of this resurrection power working in your life, then another spirit is at work; it is the spirit of this world, and it can only bring death and condemnation to you. But the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus brings freedom from the bondage of sin and death. If you are a churchgoer and don’t have this Spirit of life at work in you, then pray to God and ask Him to give it to you now.
Because God is LIFE and there is no death in Him, resurrection is inevitable to those that love Him and keep His commandments. He is the God of the living and not the dead. For ALL are alive unto Him. Knowing this we then have a good hope and an expected end. Resurrection power is abundant life right now; and eternal life to come.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Daniel 12:2   .   John 5:28-29  .  Acts 24:15  .  Romans 6:7-11 and 8:11  .  Philippians 3:10-11  .  Hebrews 11:17-19
X. Judgment
God uses laws, statutes and judgments to govern His kingdom. If he didn’t, people would run amuck and do whatever they pleased. No doubt you would have chaos. Therefore, for every action or deed committed God has declared a consequence. The judgment of God is the direct consequence of our actions when we go against the laws of God.
God’s judgment is eternal. There is no escaping it once He has passed sentence on you. God has set aside a separate place for sinners, that is, Hell and the Lake of Fire. When God calls time Hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where the inhabitants thereof will be committed to the eternal flame of everlasting destruction. Many will exist in a hellish torment, totally separate and apart from God and His holy family.
God’s judgment is a direct result of sin and His holiness. This holiness cannot stand sin; it will not dwell in the same company as sinners. Sin grieves the heart and mind of God so much that He is compelled to judge men who do not live according to His holy standards. Our sins will cause God to pass judgment upon us.
When we mention God’s judgment we have to also mention His justice. God is fair, and unlike man He does not judge by appearances, or judge in the favor of someone who might look like Him, or befriends Him. God cannot be bribed like earthly judges and He cannot be tricked, or duped; For He reads the hearts of all men, and he knows what is in them and what motivates them. You might lie to men, but you cannot lie to God and expect to get away with it.
Sometimes God uses His judgments to bring sinful men back to Himself by way of repentance (Amos 4:6-11). However, some men’s hearts are very cold and very callous to the point that they ignore the judgment and grace of God. So God in His holiness and righteousness can only judge men according to their works, and the condition of their hearts. But Be it known that God has given all power in heaven and in earth to His Son, Jesus Christ and that all judgment has been passed into his hands (John 5:22, 26-27).
Now God gives men a certain and determined period of time to repent and return unto Him, or else perish. This can be clearly seen throughout scripture, but especially, in Luke 13:1-9. There the fig tree (typical of the people) is given a grace period to bear fruit or else be cut down and destroyed. That hell is a real place and is not the grave as so many modern scholars teach can be seen in Matthew 23:33, where Jesus said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
There is a judgment unto death, and there is a judgment unto life. Men, who do not repent of their evil deeds and embrace the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ, will be committed unto death. This is an eternal death (often referred to as the second death), full of darkness, torment and gnashing of teeth. These unbelievers will exist, as we have said before, separate and apart from God, outside of His holiness, purity and light. However, this is not so with those who have believed and have embraced the loving arms of the one who died and gave himself up on their behalf. What awaits them is beyond what human words can describe. They will dwell forever in the presence of a holy and righteous God that loves them and cares for them. Their judgment will be the reward of eternal life. They will live with God and Christ because their names were found written in the lambs book of life. They have overcome the wicked one and have endured unto the very end.
Additional scriptures for prayer and meditation:
Isaiah 5:14  .  Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 and 12:14  .  Matthew 25:31-46  .  Luke 12:5  . John 3:18  .  Acts 10:42 and 17:31  .  Romans 2:1-6 and 14:10  .  1 Corinthians 5:13; 6:2-. 2 Corinthians 5:10  .  2 Timothy 4:1  .  Revelations 1:18 and 20:12-15





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