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Baptism in the Spirit clarified


Baptism is another issue that invites much unnecessary debate. It is a ritual that had its purpose and function before the cross. John Crowder’s* insight lends much needed elucidation:

The “baptism” of the Spirit is not a separate thing where first you only had Jesus, and now you get the Spirit. It just means to get dunked, immersed or have your senses tangibly “filled” or flooded with the Spirit Whom you had all along. After all, He is the “Spirit of Jesus.” Col. 2:10 says “By your union with Christ you are filled with the Godhead” … that means you already have the Spirit … you even have the Father in you too! So “infilling” is not a “second work,” rather it’s about a continual enjoyment – a daily dunking – and experience of the Spirit we already have. Not a one-time or two-time event, but Paul says, “Be ye continually filled …” Eph. 5:18. It’s an abiding relationship – He remains in you.

So, in trying to decide whether or not to undergo baptism, bear in mind that the fear-mongers have no place in this decision. Thankfully, we don’t “need” a ritualistic, public dunking to get us into the Holy Spirit. We have it in spades already on the inside of ourselves!
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* JOHN CROWDER – John loves to push the envelope and provoke God’s people to extreme joy! He is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and advocate of supernatural Christianity. John is on the forefront of a fresh renewal movement marked by ecstatic experience, miracles and recovering the foundational preaching of the cross of grace.

John Crowder
John Crowder

Distinguishing between “faith” and “belief”.

When the Truth is crystal clear, there's nothing left to do.
When the Truth is crystal clear, there’s nothing left to do.

Faith does do something! . Something very big! . But maybe not what you thought….

Simon Yap explains

Your faith does not save you. It merely ushers you into a reality [of] which you were ignorant before. The truth is that your sins and flesh had been taken away on the cross.

Now we need to make a distinction between ‘having faith’ and ‘believing’. When you know something to be true, factual, undeniable, there’s no need for faith: the fact simply is.

Simon Yap continues

Your believing thus brings you to a realization that you are already reconciled to the Father.

Sadly when you don’t believe this truth, you live as if [Jesus’] work was never done for you and never finished for you.

You can have faith that your friend will call, as he has for the past 10 years: that’s faith. You can believe that 2 + 2 = 4. It just is!

Now here is Simon Yap’s conclusion and supporting scripture for the need to believe that which is patently obvious:

It’s Jesus who saved you!

1 Timothy 4:10
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

He passed through the midst of them and went his way!

2 Kings 6:8-16 KJV
Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. [9] And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. [10] And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. [11] Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? [12] And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. [13] And he said, Go and spy where he is , that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. [14] Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. [15] And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? [16] And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

Another inspiration to be gleaned from staying alert to an extra-dimensional impact on our realm is when Jesus was teaching in the synagogue and hit on something that ruffled the feathers of the Pharisees:
Luke 4:28-30 KJV
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, [29] And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. [30] But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

Walked right through the midst of his enemies ... and went his way!
Walked right through the midst of his enemies … and went his way!

What if nothing about you nor anything you ever did were a mistake?

I’ve been grappling with this question for some time now: “What if  nothing about you nor anything you ever did were a mistake?” What if everything were exactly as it was supposed to be?

Everything we’ve been through has set us up for where we are now; and, I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled with where I am now spiritually!

It’s not a matter of God giving us pain and suffering to prompt us on; but we can look back and observe that our greatest leaps forward – in discovering who we are in God – seem to have come out of our finally seeking His help while abandoning our own.

The time to stop reliving the past has come!
The time to stop reliving the past has come!

Requesting Greater Humility

Dear God,
Sometimes you give me so many wonderful insights that I can hardly stand it! I want to shout them from the rooftops!
…. and
……… and
…………… and
I want everyone else to “get it” immediately. I tend to forget that I had been grappling with that very issue for a pretty long time. . .
I want everyone to have an automatic upgrade to my newly discovered awareness. Good grief! Help me to get over myself once and for all!!!
Recently you showed me that when I’m fully plugged in, I just love and understand everyone so much that my eyes get moist with joy.
Let me not beat my friends over the head with a superabundance of … well … uh … of … “love”!


Stream of consciousness

Stream of consciousness
Stream of consciousness

It doesn’t do any good to speak aloud what you want if you haven’t ever put any faith in God’s words. You’ve got to have the Word of God take over in your consciousness. Let His Word recreate you as it were so that the perfection of His Word takes over your entire being. When you let the Word of God take charge over your very feelings, that’s when everything changes and your life starts to measure up to the divine. You won’t want things that could pull you back down again because the desire to have things that were designed to throw you off your course . . . you’ll simply see through them and have a little chuckle. You’ll want more and more of God and you’ll have more and more of God almost simultaneously! And oh yes it will be thrilling! You just have no idea how much power you wield from the inside of you – it is mind-boggling! so much junk will fall by the wayside and you will speak with authority, dignity and power. The very next step is to remove the word “will” from everything above (and below). We’re talking about a here and now hands on reality!! Take Mark 11:23 for example and speak to your mountain – but do not turn to the fleshly mind to choose something to test it with. Your prayers must line up with the obvious will of God. At this moment I’m sure you can’t imagine how reassuring it is to know that you must align yourself with God’s will and that God’s will is very obvious and clear. As a matter of fact if you would give all prideful considerations over to God right now – every last one of them – you’ll suddenly feel infinitely lighter and you’ll realize that you are on the King’s Highway right now!! You will absolutely learn to have faith in your own words at this juncture. It will all be so compelling to you! First and foremost turn to your Bible and let the Word of God in. Its impact must reign and rule in your heart: your desires will undergo a metamorphosis as you trust the Bible to feed you and re–form you. It will be more thrilling than your first kiss! Your first kiss won’t even be able to hold a candle to what you will experience when you truly, truly listen to the Holy Spirit who resides on the inside of you! The righteousness of your own prayers will dazzle you and the immediacy of the Word will utterly disarm you of all else. Did you really wonder where you got that supernatural confidence and supernatural faith from? Really? You didn’t know? That’s you! That’s the real you! That’s the God-within-you You! I wonder if you will drop all else and let the Word of God direct you in e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g !!!

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. [8] The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. [9] The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. [14] Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:7-10, 14 KJV

Impersonalize your feelings in order to forgive!













For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .                          Ephesians 6:12 KJV

See as God (sees).
See as God (sees).

On Joel Osteen

I often ask myself what I would do if I were in Joel’s Osteen’s shoes. I don’t know how in the world he manages to take care of all the  differing interests of his congregation.

If people would just open their eyes, they would see that his role should be and is that of “presenter” – presenting the gospel to the world; but he takes his role one step further, arranging smaller classes and groups to learn more, ask questions and raise issues with people trained in their topics of interest.  After all, if Joel were to teach deeply on some special interest, most of the people wouldn’t be able to follow.

Week after week Joel Osteen reaches out to people all over the world. But I especially admire him for occasionally turning over the entire spotlight to his wife, Victoria, (who brilliantly represents the interests of over 50% of the congregation).

The bottom line, I believe, of the reason behind all the criticism and abuse leveled against this remarkable pastor can be summed up in one word: jealousy. Jealousy is a killer and will take down anyone in its tracks. Let’s deprive this impersonal enemy of even a pretense of credibility.

Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen

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Ephesians 1:17-23 KJV

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: [18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, [19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, [20] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places , [21] Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: [22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.  ALL  THAT  POWER  AND  STRENGTH  AND  WISDOM  AND  LOVE  IS  MINE  N-O-W  LIVING  ON  THE  INSIDE  OF  ME.   MY  POWER  FAR  EXCEEDS  ALL  PRINCIPALITIES  AND  RULERS  OF  DARKNESS.  I  AM  HEALED  RIGHT  NOW.  GOD  IS  THERE  INSTEAD  OF  THE  (YOU  NAME  IT  –  IT’S  GONE !! ) .  GET  UP,   SHAKE  OFF  THE  HYPNOTIC  HOLD  THAT  HELL   HAD  OVER  YOU.   IT’S  GONE.   KEEP  READING.   KEEP  APPLYING.   NOT  FOR  SOME  TIME  IN  THE  FUTURE  –  EVEN  TEN  MINUTES  FROM  NOW.   GOD’S  BLESSINGS  ARE  NOT  ON  THEIR  WAY  –  THEY’RE  HERE  NOW  WITHIN  YOU !!!!  .  DON’T  GO  BACK  TO  THE  LIE.  


Ephesians 3:7-14, 18-19 KJV

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. [8] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; [9] And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: [10] To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, [11] According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: [12] In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. [13] Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. [14] For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [18] May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; [19] And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.


Don't hesitate to receive God's very best.
Don’t hesitate to receive God’s very best.

You are all children of the city – New Jerusalem.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
Revelation 21:23-25

Many people perceive this as a heaven which is in the future.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22:5

Let’s look at this shall we?

the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:16

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 1:4

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:5

but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:10

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

Don’t we realize Revelation 21 and 22 are actually a fulfillment of this?

The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
Isaiah 60:19-20

The Lord is already my light. This is because the veil of darkness has been removed from me.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

It’s already happened. You are all children of that city. The New Jerusalem.
The light of all men lives inside you.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
John 1:9
~ Simon Yap

Simon Yap and wife
Simon Yap and wife, Amy Chan