Posted by: tscottmorton | May 21, 2014

Presence Transcends

 

Amongst the myriad of God’s calls of ministry there are all types of people. There are lovers, encouragers, peacemakers, evangelists, pastors, teacher, prophets and apostles to name a few. There are all kinds of individual calls upon the Body of Christ. Rightfully, it is generally considered by church leadership that each individual should maintain his or her work of ministry in whatever call each individual senses upon his or her life. We disciple the Saints to be disciplined and focused upon their individual call, and not to exceed the bounds of their individual call and anointing. This is a good and right teaching, as it is true that we enter into ineffectiveness when we either overstep our bounds, or worse, attempt a work outside our talent and anointing. This is a good and right teaching.

 

However, the establishment and maintenance of the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit is not a ministry. It is a way of living; a way of life! It is not a thing for some churches and not others. It is not a thing for some people and not others. It is not the heart of the Father that His manifest Presence be reserved only for certain “spiritual hearts”. This call for every church to operate in the fullest measure of the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit transcends ALL ministries. It is a work that all people, all ministries, and all churches must seek and maintain.

 

The Presence of the Holy Spirit is the very power behind Kingdom success. I would say that all things of the Lord are spiritual and that no thing of the Lord can be done to its fullest without the manifestation of the Presence. This can be discerned by a careful consideration of many scriptures such as what I have enclosed below:

 

2 Cor 10:2-4

I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

1 Cor 2:13-16

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

 

1 Cor 15:44

…it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

 

Col 1:9

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

 

1 Pet 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

 

1 Pet 2:4-5

As you come to him, the living Stone– rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

We must understand that the Presence of the Holy Spirit is the very power that releases any anointing into its’ fullest measure. It is for the whole Body, not just some.

 

I have many times equated the Trinity of God to a flashlight. The Father is the Flashlight. Jesus is the light bulb. And the Holy Spirit is the battery that powers the flashlight. If any of these three parts are missing, the flashlight does not work. If the Holy Spirit is out of what we are doing, the power behind any good work in Christ is missing. Our effectiveness is only based upon the work of man, and can only attain to the height of man’s ability. May I respectfully say that any work by man’s ability is but a speck in comparison to the work of a man filled with the Holy Spirit. Spirit filled men and women will go a thousand times farther than men or women without the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit, in any ministry.

 

No matter what your ministry or call in life might be, you MUST be baptized in the Holy Spirit, and regularly re-filled with the Holy Spirit! It most certainly is not a “once and done’ thing. This is so, lest you, the pitcher of fresh living water, be emptied out and become bone dry.

 

2 Cor 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

Paul is telling the Corinthians that they must be constantly re-filled day by day. This is what is meant by Jesus when he says in John Chapter 7:

 

John 7:37b-39

…”If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink (this . Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 

Being re-filled means to “drink” of Jesus by way of the Spirit regularly, so that the inner man be renewed day by day! This drinking will become the norm in the End Time church. It is critical! This is particularly so in the days to come. Evil is becoming more evil, and it will take the “anointing that breaks the heavy yoke” to succeed in the days ahead. Our anointing, whatever that might be, is powered by the Presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

When the Lord spoke the following to Zerubbabel, He was speaking it to all of humanity to come:

 

Zech 4:6

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power (man’s works), but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

 

No Spirit, dead works! But by the Presence, we will succeed greatly in any and all calls of the Father. Be filed with the Holy Spirit by the seeking of the face of Jesus, and come back to the well at every chance to be filled again. Now read these scriptures in reference to this good work of drinking this “living water”:

 

Eph 5:17-18

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

 

Acts 13:52

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

 

John 14:15-17

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

John 14:26

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

John 16:13-15

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

 

And so it will be with the effective End Time church’s all around the world that the Holy Spirit will be welcome and sought after as a Precious Jewel, so that the greater Jewel, namely Christ, and the heart of Father God would be fully revealed.

 

Acts 4:31-33

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

 

How then can we possibly succeed in any spiritual Kingdom work without the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit? We all need Him, and desperately so. And so it is my prayer for you, and all of the Body of Christ that we welcome the fullest measure of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in all events and into all Saints’ hearts!

 

Eph 3:17b-19

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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