Reader’s PICK OF THE WEEK: Good Morning, Holy Spirit

“If you are read to begin a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that surpasses anything you ever dreamed possible, read on.” Benny Hinn

In this revised expanded edition of Good Morning, Holy Spirit, Benny Hinn shares the insights and the truths that God has taught him through the years. Good Morning, Holy Spirit provides the principles needed to gain a better understanding of the Godhead while you discover.

Leave a comment and let us know how you life changes as you read this book.

JESUS SURELY IS THE ONLY WAY

Is Jesus the Only Way?

Our pluralistic culture offers a variety of “ways” to heaven. Many of the so-called truths overlook the need for Jesus-or a savior of any kind. God’s Word, however, reveals Jesus as the only way to salvation. He is:
  • God’s Son sent to earth by a loving Father (see John 3:16)
  • God’s plan to save that which was lost (see Matt. 18:11)
  • God incarnate, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (see Luke 2)
  • The second person of the Trinity, endorsed at baptism by the Father: “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matt. 3:17, NKJV).
  • God’s perfect sacrificial lamb to redeem humankind: “‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!'” (Rev. 5:12). “‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!'” (John 1:29).

Jesus’ role as the only way to salvation is confirmed in numerous Bible passages. One is Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law [Adam’s original sin], having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).” Jesus Himself declared: “‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me'” (John 6:38).He also said: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6). Jesus even revealed His unique role as humankind’s only Savior to Pilate: “‘For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world'” (John 18:37).

God’s Word further testifies that Jesus is our only Savior, describing Him as “the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

In his book So What’s the Difference? Fritz Ridenour boldly endorses Jesus’ unique and singular role as the only way to salvation: “Mohammed is dead. Buddha is dead. Confucius is dead. But the Bible affirms that Christ is alive; and because He lives, the Christian will live also, eternally.”

No one other than Jesus can claim to have risen from the dead. No other name is “above every name” (Phil. 2:9)-save that of our only Lord and Savior.

If you have any question about whether Jesus is the only way to salvation-look to God’s Word. As God-breathed (see 2 Tim. 3:16), the Bible is infallible (without error) and inerrant (never failing). It can be trusted to be true in its endorsement of Jesus as the singular way to gain eternal life.

Read the words of Jesus: John 6:48John 10:9 and John 14:6.

In each of the above Scriptures, Jesus presents a word image (or metaphor) of Himself that illustrates His position as the only way to salvation. Note-preceding each of the metaphors is the article “the.” This article establishes that the description is unique to Jesus—the bread, the door and the way.

John 6:48-Here, Jesus says of Himself: “‘I am the bread of life.'” In the previous verse (47), He reveals His divine authority—the one and only authority that can offer us everlasting life: “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.'”

In calling Himself “the bread of life,” Jesus teaches that it is He-and only He-who can offer us life now and life to come. Confirmation of this truth is found in John 6:51: “‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.'”

John 10:9-In this verse, Jesus says: “‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.'” Only through the one door (or gate, as some Bible versions say)—through Jesus our Savior—can any of us enter into heaven.

John 14:6-Jesus claims: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” His statement-“‘No one comes to the Father except through Me'”—confirms His position as God’s Son, the only way to salvation.

Memorize each of the preceding Scriptures. Get each one inside you so that when you are presented with offers of “other ways to salvation,” you will be fully armed to counter with the truth—Jesus, the one and the only way to salvation.

Read more: http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/bible-study/23390-is-jesus-the-only-way#ixzz1G0Uio54y

 

Angry at the Prophet… But Smart Enough

By Richard Shakarian (International President of  the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International)

General Naaman, the highly regarded and victorious commander of the Kings army…had leprosy.

He journeyed to see Elisha, bringing valuable gifts. Arriving at Elisha’s house with horses and chariots, he made sure that everyone in the neighborhood knew he was a great man!

But the prophet did not even come out of his tent! Instead, he sent his servant to tell the great general to go and wash yourself in the Jordan River seven times…

And you will be restored and cleansed!

Oh, the general was hot! He was insulted and very angry at the prophet!

He was so mad that he left in disgust. He was going home!

He thought, “The prophet did not even do me the honor of coming out of his tent!”

The general was thinking about himself and his importance.  But someone said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more when he tells you, ‘wash and be cleansed.'”

He was angry at the prophet…but smart enough to obey!

The great general humbled himself …so he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan 7 times as the man of God had told him. His flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Over the years, I have known great men from many nations all over the world.

When a great man is humble, it is always a blessing to meet him.

When a person is arrogant, conceited or has his mind on himself…it is never a pleasant experience.

HOW TO LOSE YOUR BLESSING

The Bible says, “Pride comes before a fall.”

HOW TO GAIN YOUR BLESSING

To receive your healing, or your blessing…there is a simple formula.

It is the same success formula used by the great general Naaman.

He humbled himself.

He obeyed the word of the Lord through the prophet.

He received his miracle.

THE PERSONALITY OF THE PROPHET… MIXED WITH THE REACTION OF THE GENERAL ALMOST COST NAAMAN HIS HEALING!

It is amazing how the most simple stumbling block can break the connection between you and God!

Let us search our hearts.

Let us complete our vows to God.

Let us return to our first love of Christ.

Let us do for Him…that which He has put into our hands!

As you read this letter, Vangie and I are in Asia. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we are working to enlarge the Kingdom of God.

Comparing the Bible and the newspaper headlines…we are living in prophetic times. Let us all do our best for the Master.

We love you and pray God’s Blessing upon you.