Week 1 - More Than Human

More Than Human

Week 1 Supernatural – Ps Tony Cameneti

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood; our supernatural power is in the realm of the spirit.

 

1 Cor 3:3 “for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like meremen?” (NKJV)

 

The phrase, ‘behaving like mere men’, is an attention-getter. It draws a distinction between two different types of people – the natural man and the supernatural man.

 

There is a supernatural walk; and a there is a plain natural walk.

 

Other translations

YNG “… and in the manner of men do walk?”

AMP “… behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?”

NET “… are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people?”

NLT “… aren’t you living like people of the world?”

 

These different translations call the natural walk:

the manner of men, a human standard, unregenerate people, the people of this world

 

The Scriptures make it clear that we don’t have to stay the same after we are saved. The natural man thinks one way – the supernatural man thinks another way; the natural man talks one way – the supernatural man talks another way; the natural manbehaves one way – the supernatural man behaves another way.

 

Natural = Dead

Supernatural = Alive

 

Rom 6:11 “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV)

Rom 6:13 “present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (NKJV)

 

Supernatural starts on the inside and shows up on the outside

 

We Have a Choice

We have two components to our nature – the flesh and the spirit. Whichever nature we feed will grow.

 

The supernatural man is fueled by God’s Word and by His Holy Spirit

 

James 1:21 “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (ESV)

 

How do we put away all filthiness and … receive with …? is it by having hands laid on us? having someone pray for us? receiving a prophecy about spiritual growth? having someone motivate us?

No!

When it comes to growing and maturing, there isn’t a short cut. It is humbly receiving God’s Word

and then doing His Word.

 

The first thing that gets saved is our spirit

 

We become supernatural on the inside the second we are born-again, but our minds or souls need to be renewed.

 

Breaking Down the Verse in James

1.       put aside ungodly activities

Why is that necessary? As long as anyone is dabbling in ungodly activities they won’t give themselves to God and His Word

 

2.       AND receive with meekness the implanted word

The Word planted in us is what will renew our souls. Even though the Word is planted in us, we are told to receive it – with meekness, that is teachable; not saying, ‘I’ve heard that already … I know that …’.

 

A saved soul means we think like God; and thinking like God changes us

 

Prov 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (ESV)

 

The strongest person isn’t always the loudest person. The strongest person isn’t always the best disputer.

 

God’s Word works with His life in us

 

God Desires More for Us after Our Initial Salvation

Phil 2:12 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (ESV)

 

God is saying – when we were saved, He imparted a lot of stuff into us; He does not want us to let that stuff lay dormant; He wants us to let the stuff on the inside work its way to the outside.

 

Col 1:27-29 “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which isChrist in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (ESV)

 

Paul was consumed with his mission. He helped get people saved; he helped them mature; but he WASN’T doing it in his own strength. Paul understood that Christ, by the Holy Spirit, was IN every person who called Him Lord. He couldn’t escape what was working on the inside.

 

Question: Should we pray for greater dedication?             Is that what Paul did?

 

Eph 1:16-18 “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (ESV)

 

Answer:               Paul prayed for greater revelation because revelation fuels dedication

 

Summary – two things we can all do

1.       Lay aside ungodly activities and, with a teachable attitude, receive God’s implanted Word

2.       Pray the Ephesians prayer for each other and for ourselves

 

Week 2 - Supernaturally Free from Sin

Supernaturally Free from Sin

Week 2 Supernatural – Ps Patsy Cameneti

Gen 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth“ (NKJV)

Everything that God created in the beginning was perfect. There was nothing that was out of order. Everything was perfect in its inception, perfect in its design – including MAN. Everything was in harmony with everything else.

In the garden was a tree – the Tree of Life – and it was God’s intention that man eat of this tree. God, Himself, is life.

There was also, in the garden, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It wasn’t that God did not want man to have knowledge; rather, in eating of this tree, man would take upon himself the decision-making process of what was good or bad. In taking this process upon himself, man would think that he was in a place where he would know better than God what was the best thing to do for himself. We can see what occurred in just the next generation – brother killing brother, family dysfunction and tragedy.

Jesus was the saviour of this situation.

 

Rom 5:12 “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” (NLT)

When Adam sinned, man became independent of God; he became separated from all that God had intended for him; separated from the very Life of God and opened the door to death for him. And sin entered the world for all mankind.

 

Adam’s personal decision was not a private decision in its effect – all creation was affected

 

The spiritual condition of all mankind was affected even down to the effects upon his flesh. When the angel, Gabriel, spoke with Joseph about the birth of Jesus he said that this Jesus ‘would save the people from their sin’ (Heb 7:25). Sin is the root from which all problems come, the door through which all sickness and death comes.

 

Rom 5:17 “For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ” (NLT)

Sin came in to rule, to dominate, to dictate. But, through Jesus, we have the ability to triumph over that which had triumphed over us.

 

Col 1:13 “(The Father) has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (AMP)

When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he came under the rule and dominion of the power of darkness and there was no way out. We could never do enough good works or buy our way out or escape in any way. We had to have a saviour to rescue us.

 

Jesus’ reputation is that of ‘Deliverer’.

 

The same deliverance that works in us can also work through us

Salvation continues to work in us even after we have been born again

 

Rom 6:6-7 “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin” (NLT)

 

Q. We were not there 2000 years ago when Jesus was crucified; so how can we have been crucified with Him?

A. This is not about our body being crucified; this has to do with the spirit of every person – what the Bible calls ‘our old sinful self’ (the old man). The crucifixion was about us being delivered form the power of sin so we do not have to be a slave to sin any longer – on this earth, before we go to Heaven.

 

2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (NKJV)

The inner man, our spirit, was crucified with Christ 2000 years ago so that we would no longer need to be slaves to sin. Our old man died with Christ.

 

Chains of Sin

All forms of oppression, all types of dysfunction and every type of ‘little’ sin were like chains of bondage that were wrapped around us and we were ‘chained to sin’. When we died with Christ those chains were broken off us and we are no longer chained to sin.

 

Rom 6:3-4 “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives” (NLT)

There is tremendous power available in the work that Christ accomplished on the cross. And it is ‘from the inside out’. That power was directed to the old man that was shackled to sin – so that we may now live new lives. It is important that we know that it is possiblefor us to live new lives; else, we will walk as though we are still bound by sin.

 

Rom 6:10-11 “When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus” (NLT)

This is the importance of water baptism – it gives us the opportunity to identify with Jesus that we are now dead to sin. We get to say ‘my old man is buried’. The old man was bound with chains to sin – but these chains are now broken and we are no longer bound by them. We have been raised to a new life – here and now on earth. We are to consider ourselves dead to sin. And we are now raised to life.

 

We Still Have Flesh

Because we still have flesh, we still need to deal with the effects of sin in our lives.

 

Rom 6:12-14 “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace”  (NLT)

Verses 12&13 can be interpreted in such a way that we think of them as commands – ‘don’t sin’, ‘don’t let sin control you any longer’, ‘don’t do this, just don’t do it’.

However, based upon the truth that Jesus broke the power of sin, we can now say ‘you are not under the power of sin any longer, so don’t let it control you’, ‘you don’t have to let sin control you, because its power has been broken’. These are not orders; they are reminders that Jesus has already done everything and we are now free. Because sin is no longer our master.

When we act upon the truths, the power of the truth is activated in us.

 

Rom 8:2-4 “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” (NLT)

The Law was given as instructions as to the best way to live life. Life works more harmoniously when we live as the Law says. But, the Law was not able to save us from the consequences of our sinful nature.

The sin nature was passed down to us through our flesh. Until we receive a new body, the sin nature will continue to manifest itself in our flesh. Our bodies are not infallible. The Law shows us God’s requirements for us to live in His life, His love, His light. It tells us what to do but does not provide the power to do it. When we do not do what the Law says we should do, it then says to us ‘Shame! Shame! Shame on you!’.

Before we are born again the chains of the sin nature are attached to us through a shackle. However, when we are born again, the chains are no longer attached to the shackle. The chain has been broken. The chains are not attached to anything, even though they may still appear to be wrapped around our lives. We are freed from the shackle but the chain may still appear to be attached.

When we are born again we are changed ‘from the inside out’; and we end up fulfilling the requirements of the Law because our nature, our inner man, has been changed.

 

Rom 8:12-15 “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father”  (NLT)

We have no obligation to our sinful nature. There may still be some chains around us, but they are not connected to the shackle. Yet, we may still feel bound because of the presence of the chain. When we feel tempted to do something that we used to do, we remember that we are not obligated to do it anymore. Through what the Father did through Christ, when a temptation arises, we can rebel against it and say ‘I’m not obligated to do that anymore’.

The work that the Father did through Christ has given us the right to rebel against the tyranny of doing the wrong thing. We have a right to say ‘I’m not obligated’ – no matter how much it taunts us, no matter how much shame it brings on us, we can boldly say ‘I’m not obligated to do that’.

No matter what the temptation is – lying, self-pity, stealing, wrong thinking, etc – we are not obligated to do it anymore. We are not obligated to live in or pass on those traits from our natural family. We have a new family now with new traits.

 

Two Issues

  1. The old man = our spiritual condition. He died and we have a new heart
  2. The sinful nature = our flesh.

We are not obligated to obey any instruction that we get from either source.

Q. How do we break out of the habits that we so often fall into? Do we say ‘no, I’m not going to do that’, ‘no, I will stay away from that’?

A. No. that will only make it worse; as we try to stay away, our flesh rises up to be more determined.

Being led by the Holy Spirit on the inside of us breaks that power of sin and gives us the power to overcome. By the power of the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the flesh. When we live in and with the Holy Spirit and His directions we live LIFE and we give LIFE. The Holy Spirit leads us out of places of bondage. When we are born again, there are no bondages that have any legal right to stay on us. Legally, we have been made free. Do not be intimidated by the presence of a chain – it is not legally there. We are to rebel against these chains. They do not belong there. We are not obligated to them anymore.

We have received the Spirit of love – not of shame and not of condemnation. It empowers us to raise up and say ‘no! I am not obligated to that chain anymore’.

 

Application

1.     Starve the monster (the sin nature in the flesh)

The monster’s food is shame, fear, condemnation – and responding to it causes it to grow

Instead of feeding it, say ‘I’m not obligated to that anymore’

 

2.     Feed your new man with the truth of God’s word and by responding to what He says to do

Follow what is on the inside

Be flourishing in the love of God

He will always cause us to triumph – even over those things that have previously dominated us

Week 3 - The ABC's of Supernatural Leadings

The ABC’s of Supernatural Leadings

Week 3 Supernatural – Ps Tony Cameneti

1 Cor 3:3 “for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like meremen?” (NKJV)

1 Cor 3:3 “… and in the manner of men do walk?” (YNG)

1 Cor 3:3 “behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?” (AMP)

1 Cor 3:3 “are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people?” (NET)

1 Cor. 3:3 “… Aren’t you living like people of the world?” (NLT)

 

Supernatural means it is beyond natural

  • Supernatural  – God in us – He is Father – He leads
  • As many as are led are sons
  • God in us – He leads from within

 

1. Be Led Not Driven

We are not to be controlled or manipulated by anyone

 

1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (ESV)

If any voices take away your peace, you will know they are not the will of God. But if the Spirit speaks, He will bring harmony and joy. The Spirit always brings three things: comfort, exhortation and edification.

 

Question: How can you know if the voice is the voice of God?

Answer: Anything that robs you of peace isn’t the Lord. Anytime there is pressure to do something tomorrow – it is not the Lord.

 

2. Stay In Position To Be Led

i. Offense removes us from our position. Offense isn’t being led by God. It is allowing another person to drive us. We are instructed to forgive.

ii. Selfishness removes us from our position. This is a ‘Me’ generation: “What’s in it for  me”. It is as the Bible says: people have become ‘lovers of self’.

 

2 Tim 3:1-2a “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self … “ (ESV)

Phil. 1:23-24 “I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” (NLT)

 

Paul was in a torn between two desires. He realized it was better for the Kingdom if he stayed.

 

When the Kingdom and all it involves is our first consideration we are positioned for supernatural leadings

 

Allowing compassion to swell up in us will replace selfish motives

 

3. To Caesar and To God

Jesus said to render to Caesar what belongs to him. The Romans were the governing civil authority and Jesus said we are to submit to earthly authority.

 

Honouring superiors or boundaries positions us for God’s favour and also for supernatural leadings

 

There is a time to work, study, read, pray and play

 

4. Don’t Get Fleeced

“It is dangerous for New Testament, Spirit-filled Christians to put out fleeces. I know that from the Word. And I know it from experience”

K.E. Hagin

How you Can Be Led by The Spirit of God

(pp 48-49)

5. Principle Ways To Be Lead

  1. The Inward Witness
  2. The Inward Voice
  3. The Voice of The Holy Spirit

 

1. The Inward Witness

“Jesus also said to me, ‘Under the New Covenant, it does not say, ‘As many as are led by prophets, they are the sons of God.’’

The New Testament says, ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ (Rom 8:14).

Then He said, ‘The number one way, the primary way, that I lead all of My children is by the inward witness. I am going to show you how that works so you won’t make the mistakes you have made in the past.’

‘Many times we ignore the inward witness. We want something out in the sense realm. We seek the sensational and miss the supernatural. Let’s learn that God leads all of His children, primarily, by the inward witness’.

K.E. Hagin

2. The Inward Voice

“The inward man, who is a spirit man, has a voice -just as the outward man has a voice. We call this voice of the inward man conscience. We call this voice the still small voice. Your spirit has a voice. Your spirit will speak to you.”

 

3. The Voice of the Holy Spirit

“There is a difference between the inward voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirits, and that still small voice which is the voice of our own spirit speaking to us. When the Holy Spirit within you speaks, it is more authoritative. Sometimes it is so real it almost seems to be an audible voice; you may even look around to see who said it.

 

God’s Boundaries and Power

The Word of God puts boundaries in place – like a powerful river is contained by its banks.

We can be sure that if God promised it, He will do it. He will not do anything that is opposite to a promise. Some people say, ‘You never know what God will do’. But, if He made a promise, He wants to do exactly what He promised. Someone may say, ‘Why is God doing this to me?’ But, if it is contrary to a promise, He isn’t the one doing it.

 

John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (ESV)

 

The Holy Spirit Will Do Two Things

  1. Lead us into all truth
  2. Show us things to come

 

Summary

  1. Every Christian can be supernaturally led by God’s Holy Spirit
  2. We are led forth with peace and not driven or pushed
  3. We are responsible to stay in position to be supernaturally led, by not acting out of:
    • Offense
    • Selfishness
  4. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit agree
  5. The Holy Spirit will not say things that disagree with God’s Word
Week 4 - Supernatural Leadings (Testimonies)

Supernatural Leadings (Testimonies)

Week 4 Supernatural – Ps Patsy Cameneti

No notes for this sermon as each service included a panel of people giving testimonies about supernatural leadings.

Week 5 - Every Joint Has a Supply

Every Joint Has a Supply

Week 5 Supernatural – Ps Tony Cameneti

1 Cor 3:3 “for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like meremen?” (NKJV)

1 Cor 3:3 “…and in the manner of men do walk?” (YNG)

1 Cor 3:3 “behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?” (AMP)

1 Cor 3:3 “are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people?” (NET)

1 Cor 3:3 “…Aren’t you living like people of the world?” (NLT)

 

Supernatural means it is beyond natural

  • Supernatural  – God in us – He is Father – He leads
  • As many as are led are sons
  • God in us – He leads from within

 

Every Christian is a ‘Joint’ in the Body of Christ

God uses ‘that word’ – joint – to illustrate how we are connected. Each of us, as parts, affect one another.

 

1 Pet 2:5 “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrificesacceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (ESV)

Eph 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (NKJV)

 

Q.           When do we become a joint?

A.           As soon as we accept Jesus as Lord

 

Eph 1:13 “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” (ESV)

 

Q.           When can we give out a supply?

A.           As soon as we accept Jesus we can share what we know 

 

John 4:29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (ESV)

 

After Jesus ministered to the lady at the well, she ran and gave out what she knew about Jesus to others

So the supply that we have can vary – depending upon how much supply we desire and seek after

 

Two Thoughts

  1. Ministering from our platform
  2. What we have we give

 

1. Ministering from Our Platform

By platform we mean – the place from which we give out our supply

 

1 Cor 7:21-24 “Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity. For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ’s slave. You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.” (NET)

 

Slaves were told to remain on their jobs. When we are forgiven of sin, we are free from all people and things (unless we are selling drugs, doing illegal or sinful things as work).

Notice where the focus is:           It is not on ‘what’ we do; it is on ‘who’ we are and ‘what’ we have

 

The place we are planted is the platform from which our supply comes

The place we are planted is not the source of our supply

The place we are planted is the opportunity for our supply

The source of our supply is who we are and what we have ‘In Christ’

 

King David as a Shepherd

David was with the sheep. His platform was with sheep in the wilderness. He made the most of his platform/place

 

1 Sam 17:34-36 “But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.’” (ESV)

 

David was planted in the wilderness at that time. He made the most of his platform by worshipping God and meditating on God’s Word. He knew God, knew who he was in God’s plan, what he had and what he could do.

 

David had no title or position in Saul’s army but he had knowledge of God

David didn’t focus on his platform; instead he focused on his identity

 

2. What We Have to Give

Acts 3:6 “But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’” (ESV)

 

The Revival Legacy of Smith Wigglesworth

By Gary B. McGee

In spite of Wigglesworth’s physical strength, he lacked self-confidence. He couldn’t speak from the pulpit for more than 2 or 3 minutes before breaking down in tears and asking someone else to finish for him.

Polly was the preacher in the family. For Smith, these were years of intense personal struggle, which unfortunately resulted in a time of spiritual coldness. Nevertheless, his family grew (he and Polly had five children) and his prospering business was flooded with calls.

WHEN THE FIRE FELL

Two stirring spiritual experiences changed him and his ministry forever:

(1) In 1893 while attending one of the famous ‘higher life’ conferences at the resort town of Keswick, the equivalent of an American camp meeting, he testified to being sanctified or baptized in the Spirit, as taught by the Keswick preachers.

(2) A greater turning point in his life occurred in 1907. He heard that people were receiving the Holy Spirit at Sunderland and decided to go and see for himself.

Convinced that he had already gotten the Pentecostal Baptism, he grew discouraged while attending the services at All Saints’ (Anglican) Church. Though ‘slain in the Spirit’ several times, his spiritual hunger became even more intense.

Finally, after 4 days of seeking to speak in tongues, he decided to head home but first stopped by the vicarage to say good-bye.

Mary Boddy, the vicar’s wife, said, ‘Brother Wigglesworth, it is not the tongues you need but the Baptism. If you will allow God to baptize you, the other will be all right.’ Although protesting that he had previously been baptized, he asked her to lay hands on him and pray that he would receive.

After she did so and unexpectedly left the room, ‘the fire fell,’ he recalled. ‘The joy was so great that when I came to utter it my tongue failed, and I began to worship God in other tongues as the Spirit gave me utterance.’

After arriving home, he found that Polly doubted his new experience. She claimed she was as much Spirit baptized as him without speaking in tongues. ‘I have been preaching for 20 years,’ she asserted, ‘and you have sat beside me on the platform. But on Sunday you will preach yourself, and I’ll see what there is in it.’

The next Sunday he entered the pulpit and, prompted by the Spirit, preached from Isaiah 61:1-3: ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings….’

The bold and fluent preaching that came forth startled his wife as she sat in the back of the mission. Speaking in a voice loud enough that everyone around her heard, Polly sputtered, ‘That’s not my Smith, Lord; that’s not my Smith!’

Polly was filled with the Spirit soon after, and the Bowland Street Mission changed dramatically. They continued in ministry until Polly’s death 6 years later in 1913. Unknown to Wigglesworth, that humble beginning had ignited a preaching ministry that would eventually take him around the world.

 

Basics We Learn from Smith Wigglesworth

  • First, read the Word of God
  • Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you
  • Third, believe the Word of God
  • Fourth, act on the Word of God

 

Practical Steps

  • Focus on our identity
  • Our identity is who we are ‘In Christ’ – not what we do
  • Have no concern for titles or positions – God can give us titles or positions anytime He so chooses

 

Whatever kind of work or platform we have, we can work from that place. David killed lions and bears from his platform and it prepared him for Goliath. See your platform/place as an opportunity to give a supply.

 

There are:

  • Prayer supplies
  • Healing supplies
  • Ministry supplies

 

These supplies can come from all different platforms or places

Those in business, doctors, lawyers, airline workers, admin workers, animal workers, bankers, painters, ‘sparkies’, ‘chippies’, police force – all types of occupations are a platform.

 

Basics for Giving Out a Supply

  • Knowledge puffs up – Love edifies/builds up
  • Jesus was loaded with knowledge – but He was able to share potent brief statements that penetrated people’s hearts
    • Jesus wasn’t out to impress people with His knowledge
  • Jesus didn’t waste words or wander all over the place. People appreciate where we are going and how long it takes to get there
  • Humility and compassion will open the door to greater outpourings
  • Compassion will cause us to be accurate and effective – because it will not be about us – but about what brings results
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