Taking a Closer Look at The Baptism of The Holy Spirit Part 3


“A Look at the Attack Against the Prophetic Sound”

 

Many churches across America are dead; there is
no Fire, no Presence of God, no anointing…nothing supernatural! People are bored
to death of the same songs, Sunday after Sunday; the same prepackaged sermons
with such display of history, Greek and Hebrew knowledge, but no anointing that
would break the yoke out of people’s lives. We have substituted God’s glory for
great buildings, fund raisers, networking and programs. The Pastors are not
listening to what the Lord is saying; they are focused on the vanity of their
own hearts. They want to be on the radio, they want to be on TV, they want to
sell books, and they want to expand their little buildings and their own
selfish and ungodly agendas. Everything becomes about them and they walk around
carrying their unchallenged and unconfirmed personal words in the name of “God
told me!”

 

 

“When Paul placed his hands on
them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”
(Acts 19:6)

 

            Beloved, there is no
baptism in the Holy Spirit without the prophetic word; we have embraced the
speaking in tongues in some denominations, but these very same denominations have
turned their backs on the prophetic voice. It seems like the only one able to
speak on God’s behalf is the senior pastor and if you dare to challenge what he
is presenting to you; you stand as a rebellious person; little by little they
will find a way to discredit and silence you. These pastors usually surround
themselves with people that they can easily manipulate; therefore, every
selfish desire that crosses their hearts go unchallenged. Second Corinthians
13:1 tells us:

“This will be my third visit to
you. ‘Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three
witnesses.’

 

            This Bible verse
reminds us that everything that we say must be challenged in order to be
established as a God “thing.” Notice that this verse is not telling us that
every matter must be established by the agreement of two or three witnesses;
but by their testimony. It is easy for us to find people who agree with us. As
a matter of fact, the Bible tells us that in the last days, people will
surround themselves with people that will say exactly what they want to hear.
Challenges will not be allowed. We always look at this verse of 2 Timothy 4:3
from the point of view of the sheep, but I want you to look at it from the
point of view of pastors who are surrounding themselves only with people that
agree with them. But, thank God for Acts 19:6, because there we see that
whomever agrees with you must back up his decision with tangible testimonies
that can clearly point to the conclusion that the word was indeed, a God “thing.”

The Bible tells us in First Corinthians
14:1-5:

1 Follow the way of
love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to
God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who
speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the
church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I
would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one
who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be
edified.”

 

            The prophetic voice
edifies the church by strengthening, encouraging and comforting the saints.
This is why the attack against the prophetic sound has been so, effective; by
quieting the prophetic voice in our churches, we have a lot of weak, discouraged
and hurt people. The Apostle Paul tells us: “I
would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you
prophesy.”
Some people think, “we rather speak in tongues; no one understands anyway; and let’s just
quiet that prophesy.” All of this
is taking place because of the control issues of many of our leaders,
especially within the charismatic sector. Every word that comes out that is not
in line with the selfish desires of their hearts is automatically labored as
not from God and if you insist on speaking what the Lord is saying, soon you
will be labored as disrespectful, rebellious and someone who has not learned
submission.

The enemy has done a
remarkable job in quieting the prophet in the pulpit; but the attack does not
stop there.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

One thought on “Taking a Closer Look at The Baptism of The Holy Spirit Part 3

  1. Are we weeping over our churches? Completely broken and undone. Giving our all to Him so we can see revival by corporate repentance. Seeing the fire of the Holy Spirit permeating and the glory of the Lord returning. Souls being saved and miracles for body, soul and mind. A glorious bride doing signs, wonders, and miracles in My name. That is My desire for you. Walk in it . I am returning for a glorious bride, a whole and healthy bride.

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