During the late 1980s I was painfully humbled to learn that some of my favorite doctrines were not in the Bible, and my journey to freedom in Christ began. Then in July 1991 the Spirit of God began to wake me up to his presence and power. There was the Voice that spoke a command inside my head. The healing that took place when I obeyed. A prophetic dream. God's interpretation of the dream. A "bear hug" from the Lord. More dreams. More interpretations. Visions. Instant healings. Spiritual warfare. A word of knowledge. Speaking in tongues. Prophetic messages. Their fulfillment. And other manifestations of God's love and grace "in these last days."
In view of these happenings and the personal relationship I now had with my Creator, I began searching the scriptures to find a verse which said that miracles would cease after the first century. It wasn't there. I learned that the Holy Spirit was promised to all who obey God. And I found evidence that the laying on of the apostles' hands was not the only way disciples received spiritual gifts.
I had come out of organized religion into a deeper fellowship with God, and I found myself in "Spirit school" daily. My spiritual life was turned right side up as I surrendered myself to Jesus and began recognizing His unconditional love. He called me to manhood. To be a man of God!
What about you, my friend?
Do you know Jesus? Do you know him personally? Or do you just know a bunch of facts about Jesus? If so, you're missing so much! And you may even miss heaven.
There is freedom in Christ! Freedom from the shackles of religion. Freedom from the powers of darkness. Freedom to personally know the love and friendship of your Creator on a daily basis.
If you haven't already, won't you give your life to Jesus? He wants it all! Hold nothing back. Absolute surrender. Total commitment. Tell him that He can have all of you, and in return you want all of Him. It will be the best deal you ever made!
"Change your hearts and each of you must be immersed by the authority of Jesus the Messiah, so that your sins may be forgiven. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
Then the Holy Spirit living in you will give you spiritual gifts according to your needs to carry out your mission in the body of Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 12)
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