Glory: Increasing God's Presence: New Levels of Gods Glory

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God wants to take you out of the wilderness into pools of Glory. Bill Vincent is sure to stir up the fire of God in this powerful book GLORY: INCREASING GOD’S PRESENCE. If you want to discover more of God’s presence this book is for you. Here is some of what you will receive revelation of, • Restoring Spiritual Principals • From wilderness Into Pools • Restoring of God’s Presence • Going Behind the Veil • How to be Wells of God This is just some of what you will read. If you want to read more about God’s Glory, ...

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Overview

God wants to take you out of the wilderness into pools of Glory. Bill Vincent is sure to stir up the fire of God in this powerful book GLORY: INCREASING GOD’S PRESENCE. If you want to discover more of God’s presence this book is for you. Here is some of what you will receive revelation of, • Restoring Spiritual Principals • From wilderness Into Pools • Restoring of God’s Presence • Going Behind the Veil • How to be Wells of God This is just some of what you will read. If you want to read more about God’s Glory, you must read Bill’s first book Glory: Pursuing God’s Presence We hope you enjoy this book GLORY: PURSUING GOD’S PRESENCE.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781628902600
  • Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books and Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/19/2013
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Vincent is an Apostle and Author with Revival Waves of Glory Ministries in Litchfield, IL. Bill and his wife Tabitha work closely in every day ministry duties. Bill and Tabitha lead a team providing Apostolic over sight in all aspects of ministry, including service, personal ministry and Godly character.

Bill is a believer in Jesus Christ in the fullness of power with signs and wonders. Bill has an accurate prophetic gift, a powerful revelatory preaching anointing with miracles signs and wonders following.

Bill Vincent is no stranger to understanding the power of God, having spent over twenty years as a Minister with a strong prophetic anointing, which taught him the importance of deliverance by the power of God. Bill has more than thirty prophetic books available all over the world. Prior to starting his ministry, Revival Waves of Glory he spent the last few years as a Pastor of a Church and a traveling prophetic ministry.

Bill Vincent helps the Body of Christ to get closer to God while overcoming the enemy. Bill offers a wide range of writings and teachings from deliverance, to the presence of God and Apostolic cutting edge Church structure. Drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit through years of experience in Revival, Spiritual Sensitivity and deliverance ministry, Bill now focuses mainly on pursuing the Presence of God and breaking the power of the devil off of people’s lives.

His book Defeating the Demonic Realm was published in 2011 and has since helped many people to overcome the spirits and curses of satan. Since then Bill’s books have flooded the market with his writings released just like he prophesies the Word of the Lord.

Bill Vincent is a unique man of God whom has discovered; powerful ways to pursue God’s presence, releasing revelations of the demonic realm and prophetic anointing through everything he does. Bill is always moving forward at a rapid pace and there is sure to be much more released by him in upcoming years.

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He will teach, counsel, lead, guide and love on you as no other and He will draw you into His radical fiery love. As you grow in intimacy, mature in the Word, you will come to experience Him and the Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus to your heart, the heart of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father and their affection for you.

You do know that God loves you, right?

Now, more than ever before Jesus said in Luke chapter 12 that it is the Father’s desire to give His children the Kingdom. If that was true then, how could it be different today?

Actually, we should probably be moving in even greater levels of intimacy with the Father as we see the urgent need for demonstrations of the power of God so much more.

I have designed this Chapter to encourage you to intimacy, and to encourage you to seek to deepen your own personal relationship with God’s Radiant Glory. As you pursue friendship and spend time with Him, you will be able to recognize His presence, His voice, His instruction and will experience an increase in the release of Holy Spirit power and boldness in testifying of God’s love and in ministering the gift and grace of salvation and healing to others.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is urging us to believe and trust God for a deeper relationship than ever before that will see us pressing in and ahead in love with God to release the power of the Kingdom in the earth!

Growing in love with God by His Spirit is the most precious, exciting, refreshing and exhilarating experience that I have ever known apart from the first blush love experience of salvation. Whoa, thank You Precious Lord!

If this Chapter compels you to dive deeper into the waters of grace through relationship and communion with the very Spirit of God and experience all that, praise God! If because of that intimacy, you do experience a greater release of the power of God in your life and in ministry to others, Praise God and Amen!

He is my Best Friend and the Love of My Life and it is an honor to introduce Him to you as an intimate friend. Your friendship with Him may look a little different from mine, but trust that He will meet your heart’s yearnings in ways you cannot imagine and He will never disappoint you. Treat Him well; be kind and gentle and generous with your time. He is so precious.

How would you describe your Christian life? Are you satisfied with it, or do you hunger for more in your relationship with God?

Chances are if you have experienced the Person of the Holy Spirit, you will want more because each encounter only scrapes the surface of what we can encounter in the glory of God, no matter how much the Holy Spirit saturates us with His presence. Even more than you desire His presence, His heart yearns to commune with you and cries out, “Don’t go away, don’t be satisfied without My presence!”

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

That’s precisely the key to an increasingly satisfying Spirit-filled life, a life hungry and desperate for encounters with an intimate knowledge of the Holy Spirit.

1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

The three that bear record in heaven are not three Gods, but three in One, and each are an expression of God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. To know God is to know there are three Persons in the Godhead. To know God is to know the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. To know God is to understand that God is three Personalities and in order to grasp His fullness, we have to have intimacy and communion and relate to each one. Though they are the same in unity and purpose and do everything in oneness, they are still three Persons. As Christians, we seek to know God the Father and God the Son, but in seeking the Holy Spirit, we tend to seek only the power and infilling He offers and provides and not the relationship.

Through our time getting to know the Father, we learn through the Son, that He is not a God in heaven with a gavel hammering down judgment.

Instead, we learn more of His character and come to know Him as Abba Daddy Father. We can come to know the Father even more intimately by coming to know the character and Person of the Holy Spirit as well.

The Holy Spirit is no less significant than the Father or Jesus, He is equal to them and we must know the fullness of the Holy Spirit as fully as we know the Father and Jesus. One does nothing apart from the other.

All three Persons of the Godhead were involved in our creation.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

This infers that it wasn’t just the Father. If “God” said, then the Holy Spirit, the Father and Jesus all decided at the same time, in effect, “Hey! Let’s make man in Our image.”

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Again, it is one God, but three Persons. It’s “Us.”

Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

It is teamwork. They were a team from the very beginning and they are a team in our salvation.

To explain, let me paraphrase what happened. The Father demanded payment for sin and Jesus said, “I’ll pay for it” and the Holy Ghost said, “Not without me.”

In effect, the Father said, “I miss the fellowship that I had with Adam and Eve. I miss being able to go down and walk in the cool of the day with them. I miss the intimacy and the glory that we shared. Do you know what? Now I am angry and My holy wrath demands justice on sin because the wages of sin is death. I need something to take the payment and the atonement for these people that I so desire to commune with. I have to have justice even at the same time I desire fellowship. But if I were to go to fellowship with them now, My fire would consume them.”

Then Jesus all of a sudden stands and says, “Father, I’ll go. Because I love You, Father and because I see the aching of Your heart for Your people. Father, I will go to the earth. I will suffer, die and become the atonement for all those so that they can be restored into the likeness and the image of Us and have that intimacy with You that You miss.”

But the Holy Spirit interjects and says, “You’re not going Jesus, unless I go too.”

So the “Us” team have a conference and make the decision together to restore fellowship and bring us back to the place where we could taste of their glory. And this same Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit who worked alongside the Father and Jesus in creating you, invites you to know Him beyond knowing His power. I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth. You know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.

Life is so full and busy for all of us, but the call of God toward intimacy also increases. Nothing trumps an intimate love relationship with God! He is jealous, yes, jealous for your affection and does not want contenders for your heart!

I challenge you to identify the contenders that fight for your affection, those little foxes that busy you away from God and think of, even list on a piece of paper so that you won’t forget, ways to construct your life to accommodate a passionate pursuit of fellowship with Him!

Those who know His name will lean on and confidently put their trust in Him. The Lord will not forsake those who seek Him!

Psalms 42:1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

The Spirit speaks (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Tim. 4:1; Heb. 3:7).

The Spirit may be spoken to, tested, grieved, insulted, or blasphemed (Acts 5:3, 9; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 10:29;

Matt. 12:31).

The Spirit sometimes uses the personal pronoun “I”,

Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

The Spirit lives,

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The Spirit guides, calls, commissions, and intercedes,

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Acts 20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

Do you desire more of the satisfying life?

John 7:37, 38 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John explains Jesus’ words further in verse 39 and tells us that by this (rivers of living water), Jesus meant “the Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is the source of our deepest satisfaction. He quenches our thirst. The Spirit lives!

God gave us His Spirit so that we can experience intimacy with Him now.

John 16:13-15 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

How wonderful it would be to walk with the Savior in the flesh as the disciples did.

Imagine three and a half years of close friendship with Jesus. They ate, slept, traveled, studied and ministered with the Man Jesus.

Side-by-side with the Redeemer, they witnessed Him feed the five thousand, raise the dead, and with sometimes just a word, heal the sick and cast out demons.

John 16:5-7 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

What is an advantage?

It is plus and gain, improvement, help, benefit.

What was that advantage?

It was the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

The disciples, as they walked with Jesus did not have the “advantage” that we have.

They did not yet have the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. They walked with this Man of flesh, as they walked with their brothers, sisters, or friends. Their hearts were not yet made the spiritual temples God created to enter into. The Holy Spirit had not yet come to fill them. They likely could not feel the glory (with the exception of the Mount of Transfiguration experience), as we do.

It is clear that Jesus says the Holy Spirit is inside of Him, but that He is also in addition to Him. The Holy Spirit is One just like Jesus and will do in Jesus’ absence what Jesus would do if He were physically with us.

The Holy Ghost is the Greatest Evangelist. He is a helper. He is One who is called alongside. He is Intercessor, Comforter, Helper, Advocate, and Counselor.

He is the One who counsels what to do, when to do it, how to do it, whom to pray for, how to pray for and He provides words of knowledge and accurate details.

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

In the final words of Second Corinthians chapter 13, Paul wants us to know three things:

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion (fellowship) of the Spirit.”

Grace, love, communion!

What Paul was saying was “May you have a revelation of the grace of Jesus, the love of God (talking about the Father) and not just revelation of the Holy Spirit, but communion and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.”

For Paul to say what he said, he had to have known the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

He was talking about something beyond operating in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

The passage did not say the communion of the Father, or of Jesus, but of the Holy Spirit “May the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

The word “communion” here is referred to in the Greek text as koininia. Communion in this context means unity, a close association, fellowship, close bond, or a partnership.

The underlying message is sharing.

Therefore, Paul was saying then, “May you experience and share the intimate bond, the closeness, the unity, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

Paul infers there is something a whole lot deeper to the Holy Ghost and to the anointing and the gifts of the Spirit.

He is saying that we can know koininia with Him and alongside of Him.

Koinonia is the anglicisation of a Greek word (κοινωνία) that means communion by intimate participation.

(Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

I have koininia relationship with the Holy Spirit. I chat with Him constantly.

We have a bond so close, I cannot even describe it. We share, talk, ask questions of each other and communicate openly.

I ask Him questions and He gives me answers and vice-versa.

There is freedom in our fellowship.

He is like a close buddy and confidante and accompanies me everywhere.

I keep in step with Him.

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

I do not have to wait for Him to come upon me, or manifest in some way, I just know He is there.

In the beginning of the revival in Litchfield I began to understand that there was something that I did not have and that was deeper intimacy with the Lord.

I did not know the Holy Spirit beyond the gifting or teachings I had received.

I knew His work and His presence, but I did not know His character.

I spent months diving into every Scripture verse I could find and studied Him in depth.

It created a hunger in me to know Him as close as a brother knows a brother, as a husband knows a wife and I pursued Him with every ounce of strength I possessed.

There, I would lift my hands and cry out to Him, “Holy Spirit come please, I want to know You. I am not satisfied only with Your power. I want to know You more than to operate in the gifts.”

Wham, I would be under the power vibrating as though somebody had plugged me into an electrical circuit.

I would weep, vibrate, shake and the charged atmosphere afterward lingered.

I could not wait to get home every day because the Holy Spirit would be there waiting for me.

I was so excited about this relationship, new intimacy and closeness.

Relationship with the Holy Spirit was beyond anything I had encountered, beyond the anointing and the moving in the gifts.

As soon as I would open the door to my room, it was as though the Holy Spirit was sitting there like a kid at Christmas waiting for me to get home from work so we could spend time together in His presence.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Knowing who He is requires spending time in His presence and getting to know Him on an intimate level.

It is not at all unlike living with a person, such as a wife, husband, or sibling.

It is a partnership and a fellowship; we confide, make decisions, encourage, and champion each other!

We eat, sleep, talk and have fun together; such is my relationship with the Holy Spirit, my precious Friend.

He does not have to tell me when He’s grieved, or touched, I feel and sense it.

I encourage Him and champion Him, “I love You, and honor You, Holy Spirit, I love the way Your Presence feels, I love to hear Your voice, I love to wake up in the morning and feel You flow through my body like electricity, I love that!”

I would talk to the Holy Spirit and say, “We’re going to have another revival meeting, Holy Spirit, isn’t that awesome? I cannot wait to present the Gospel with You. It’s You and I, Holy Ghost and we’re going to bring signs and wonders to the people!”

I often include the Holy Spirit in my Bible time.

I just say, “Holy Spirit, look at this verse, look what Jesus did and You were right there! The blind man’s eyes opened, wow.” This was koininia time.

Yes, God is with us always, but the manifest presence of God is Whom we seek in intimacy.

Fellowship and partnership with the Holy Spirit is heaven touching earth in the natural plain of our lives.

A “With You” Presence,

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

The Holy Spirit is with us and in us.

This “with us” presence is the communion, the koininia. We already know that the Holy Spirit is within us, but do we really understand that He is with us?

One day, I opened the door of my bedroom to leave and I felt His presence with me. His presence followed me down the hall and out of the building.

Sometimes as I drive, I will sense someone has joined me and discover He is sitting sidesaddle with me and I will suddenly become overwhelmed with joy.

It is amazing how everything in the Bible revolves around the Person of the Holy Ghost.

Creation did not even happen without Him. God sent forth His Spirit and created.

The Holy Spirit was involved in creating and sustaining all life,

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

Job 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

He was involved throughout Jesus’ life, too. Jesus did not do anything without Him.

The Spirit caused His conception (Matthew 1:2), descended on Him at His Baptism (Matthew 3:16), led Him into the desert (Luke 4:1) and anointed and gave Him power to preach the Gospel (Luke 4:18).

Jesus drove out demons by the Spirit (Matthew 12:28) and even died on the Cross with Him (Hebrews 9:14). That same Holy Spirit raised him raised from the dead (Romans 8:11).

Not one thing in Jesus’ life took place without the Holy Spirit.

Not one miracle. Not His birth, not His ministry, not His death. The Holy Spirit was with Him always. Jesus was completely dependent on Him. Jesus was a Man as totally dependant upon God as we are.

He was tempted in every way as we are.

The only thing different that Jesus had that we do not have is total dependence, faithful, brokenness, obedience and yield to the Holy Ghost.

That same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in and with us and we are invited to know Him intimately. How sweet is that?

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

The answer is in the very next verse, and it is because:

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Jesus is about to pray for the Holy Ghost to come, but the first thing He says before the Holy Ghost comes is to keep His commandments, because the key to more of the Holy Spirit manifesting in your life is obedience.

In order for this other Helper to help, we have to keep God’s commandments.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The more yielded, emptier, broken and obedient we can become, the more the power of the Holy Spirit can flow in our lives.

His power is the same for all of us. My Holy Ghost is not different from Jesus’. I do not have a smaller Holy Ghost than He did.

Children’s Holy Ghost is not a junior Holy Ghost. What junior levels of dependence, obedience and how we yield.

Our shortcomings in those areas are a form of godliness that denies the power. The Holy Spirit cannot penetrate our lives in power if we deny it.

The Holy Spirit is twenty-four-hours-a-day God consciousness.

He brings back what was lost in the Garden with Adam because of sin. He does what Jesus would have done in His place.

But the Holy Spirit multiplies it, that’s why Jesus said that it is to our advantage that the Holy Spirit comes.

The Holy Spirit has feelings and emotions.

There are things that grieve Him, wound Him and hurt Him. Likewise, there are things that cause Him to laugh and bring Him great pleasure.

The Holy Spirit is the sensitive communicator of the emotion of God. He is sensitive, emotional (in a wonderful way!), expressive, passionate, responsive, open and quick to respond.

He loves to be “romanced,” loves intimacy and loves to be loved and told that He is loved often.

Even though He knows we love Him, He yearns to hear it over and over again.

The Holy Spirit knows that you know that He is there and He knows that you are there, but He still wants you to acknowledge Him, think of Him, honor Him, cherish Him, woo Him and be attentive to Him.

Not only when you need Him for something; but simply because you want to be in His company; with Him, near Him.

He deserves special treatment your intimate, undivided attention.

He desires koininia with you and asks, “How much do you love Me?”

Most married men I know are protective of their wives. If someone says or does something wrong toward their wives; that protectiveness kicks in faster than you can say “peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”

God the Father and Jesus are protective of the Holy Spirit in much the same way, because the Holy Spirit is the one who gets hurt, wounded, or grieved, they watch out for Him all of the time.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:30, not to grieve the Holy Spirit.

It means, do not wound Him, do not hurt Him and do not cause Him pain.

Only someone with feelings can be wounded or hurt and experience pain.

One way not to grieve Him is to realize who or what He is not.

The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” He is not a power and He is not an anointing.

He is not “the gift” of the Holy Spirit, He is not revival, He is not the shaking and He is not the falling over. He is a person whom you can hurt, wound and grieve. He is the ‘with you’ presence.

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

God as an enemy is a serious ramification and we are not to take this lightly.

The word vexed means tormented.

The Israelites grieved Him; caused Him hurt, pain, wounded and tormented Him.

To understand the importance of the Holy Spirit to the Father, imagine the Holy Spirit as the emotions of the Godhead.

He is the one Who expresses feeling. He is the mushy gushy.

You cannot feel the love of God without Him, nor can you feel His presence without the Holy Ghost.

You cannot even say that Jesus is Lord without Him.

He is the one who enables us to feel God’s presence and hear His voice,

Revelations 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Everything comes through the Spirit.

The Spirit is the communicator of the voice of God and the emotion of God.

That is why God and Jesus are so protective.

There is something so precious, dear and wonderful about Him.

They do not want Him wounded or grieved.

The word grieves means to cause pain, torment and wounding. Do not do that to the Holy Ghost. Do not wound Him. Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking grieve Him.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Kindness toward one another, tender-heartedness, forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you pleases Him immensely.

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The Father and Jesus are so protective of the Holy Ghost, that the Bible tells us that the one unpardonable sin is to blaspheme against Him.

Mark 3:28, 29 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

It is the one and only sin without forgiveness.

It is not blasphemy against the Father, or the Son, but against the Holy Ghost.

What sets Him apart? Why Him? Why so protective over His emotions?

The Holy Spirit is a revelator. He is the revealer. He reveals to you the love of God.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

The Spirit comes and manifests to you the love that Jesus has for you.

He manifests to you the love and the forgiveness that is in the Father because Jesus satisfied the holy wrath that was in the Father demanding that sins be paid for.

That is why the Holy Spirit is so precious that God tells us not to grieve Him. That is why the Father is so protective of the Holy Ghost.

And that is why Jesus said that blaspheme against the Father, blaspheme against the Son shall be forgiven, but not against the Holy Ghost.

It is sad, but some of us use the Holy Spirit. We just want the Holy Ghost and His anointing because of what those things can do for us or our ministries, the miracles, the gifting and the prophecies that are going to open doors and opportunities for us.

We are using the Holy Spirit. Stop! This grieves Him. We need to become His resting place.

Genesis 8:8-11 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

Think of the nature of the dove. They are gentle and peaceful in the natural and then, whoosh they fly away when something disturbs or startles them.

If we want the Holy Spirit to rest on us with the olive leaf, then we have to stop sinning, stop grieving and stop hurting the Holy Spirit.

Every time we sin or fall subject to unbelief, whoosh, the Holy Spirit lifts.

He does not depart from us, but the manifest presence does.

The “with you” presence flies away, figuratively speaking.

If we want the Holy Spirit to rest, we have to avoid quick movements, those quick movements that fulfill our flesh.

Do you want to be a resting place for the Holy Spirit?

Do you want the Holy Spirit, the dove of God to rest on you with that olive leaf in His mouth?

Fall in love with Jesus and have an encounter with the Holy Spirit, because if you truly know the Holy Spirit, you will become quickly convicted and aware of those things that startle, wound, or hurt Him.

Ignoring the Holy Spirit, grieves Him. Let’s say I come over to your house and you lead me to the couch and say that you love me and that we are friends.

I sit there all day long and you know I am there, but you run around and do all the things that you need to do in your house, with barely a glance my way.

You do not acknowledge I am there, even though you know in your busyness that I am.

How would you feel if I invited you over to my house and did the same thing?

This is the tendency of the Church with the Holy Spirit.

We say, “Come Holy Spirit, come into my church and sit in that pew right there.

When I need the anointing, a prophetic word, power or blessing, I’ll call on you, but until then, just sit.”

The Holy Spirit loves romance and loves to hear that you love Him.

It is not enough to acknowledge that He is inside of you, but that He is with you.

He wants that eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart close contact. He wants the intimacy.

He knows that you love Him but wants to hear it.

Psalms 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

He wants to hear you say, “Holy Spirit, I love You, Come on over, sit with me!”

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

Deep, raw, hunger for intimacy with the Holy Spirit is only satisfied through expression.

However, many find it difficult to express this desire or any other things of the heart.

The psalmists did this very well and I believe this is why the psalms are so popular.

They not only provide us with models to follow, but they also inspire us to voice our own deepest feelings and aspirations.

Psalms express heart cries, wonderings, praise longings, thanksgiving and satisfy the innermost yearnings to do what we were created for…worship the King.

They take us from the heights to the depths and we can feel God Himself cry with us.

It is as if the Psalms give us a “kick start” because they help our emotions come to the surface as we identify with the cry of the Psalmists.

With this in mind, let us examine two particular verses composed with great sensitivity by the psalmist.

Psalms 42:1, 2 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

The word pant means more than just breathing rapidly and heavily. It also means to yearn eagerly. Do you yearn eagerly for God? Are you thirsty for the Living God?

The second verse found in Psalm 84:2 also describes an intense longing for God’s presence.

Psalms 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

It is time to know Him and be known by Him! God is issuing a personal invitation to you.

Revelations 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

He is looking for a response.

His Spirit is welcoming you to come into His presence to spend time with Him, alone, so that your love and passion for Him will reach new heights.

If you are willing to say “Yes,” He will fan the flames of desire for intimacy with Him.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me that when we really desire His presence, He will cause awesome things to happen and will release even those things we are not expecting. Isaiah the prophet said:

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

Yes! Oh God, tear open the heavens and come down! Isn’t that what we all want?

Today, I want to carry my open heaven with me; I live and minister under an open heaven and God continues to surprise me day-to-day.

I believe God’s favor came upon me because I pursued His presence and nothing more.

I desired Him alone, above all else.

I sought His presence, not the blessings His presence brought.

Today, people often pursue Him for increased benefits and sometimes that is their motivation for time in their secret place.

However, that is not a hunger for God but a hunger for the fruit. Yes, there are many blessings in that place, but when we desire Him and Him alone, when we seek His face; He gives us His kiss of love, which in my opinion, is so much better than any other blessing!

Perhaps the Holy Spirit is revealing that your love relationship with Him is alive, spontaneous and passionate. Great! You might even be thinking, how can I take that fire that I already have in my heart and make it an inferno?

Alternatively, He may be revealing that your level of desire and passion for Him is weakening.

If so, He wants to arouse and awaken your love for Him. He wants your passion to strengthen.

Understanding God’s Love for You,

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

Although this message from God was spoken to the inhabitants of Jerusalem through Ezekiel (the prophet), it is still a significant “now word” for us today.

It reveals so well God’s heart of compassion and love toward us.

He wants you to know that He sees your vulnerability and He is covering you with His love and protection.

That is the bottom line. You are loved! You are covered! And His love for you is whole-hearted.

By that, I mean His love isn’t just talk.

He doesn’t just whisper empty words into our ear! God is good!

He backs up His words with actions, confirmations and evidences of His love that we can see or perceive.

He wants the same from us He doesn’t want us to love on Him with just lip service with no action, passion, or emotion.

God wants us fervent in spirit.

The definition for fervent paints a picture of an erupting, boiling volcano.

He wants us to be fiery hot! Are you an erupting, burning volcano fiery hot? Boiling over is the word! Kindle the Flame!

The Father has created a holy and intimate place in the spirit called the Secret Place.

Psalms 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Reserved for true believers in Jesus Christ; this is a place of freedom where our love for Jesus can intensify our intimacy with the Holy Spirit and cause overflowing life-giving joy!

I am continually in this place of intimacy and my cry is “Holy Spirit, make me fiery hot!”

I want to be like John the Baptist.

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

God not only wants to brand many believers with His fiery touch, He also wants to impact lives deeper than we ever thought possible.

He wants to fan the flame in your heart! So it is time to ask Him for new passion, new fire and the gift of holy hunger.

In my life, this holy hunger caused such a passion in my heart for the one thing that is far above anything else and that is the precious presence of God.

Psalms 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

I weep when I pray this and I have prayed it often. “God, please, I have received such an outpouring of Your grace if that were gone if Your Spirit lifted from my life, it would all be over.

Please take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” And He hasn’t.

We can choose to stir up our love!

To stir up our love means to raise up, to excite, rouse or arouse to action.

Like warming up a musical instrument, we have to warm up our love and passion, stir it, warm it, awaken it.

The question is, “How do you warm up your love or arouse your heart for Him even more?”

Song of Solomon 3:5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

In other words, “Don’t let love come alive in your heart until you are ready for it because it will cost you. If you are not ready to abandon yourself to Him, then don’t even awaken it.” Are you ready to be a lover of God?

It is a choice to be passionate, to be hungry and to arouse your love for God.

The bottom line is you got it. We choose. Love is a choice.

What are you going to do with all of that hunger and desire for the presence of the Holy Spirit that you have asked Him to stir up in you?

How will you care for the love and passion that you have asked for?

Let me tell you, it is a commitment; it takes time, passion and sacrifice!

God does not want dull lovers or insensitive stewards of His blessings.

For the most part, the Church wants the passion but it remains lukewarm.

And we know what lukewarmness does to God. It makes Him throw up!

Revelations 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

You either want it or you don’t.

If you want it, you had better keep fanning that flame and keep the love exchange fiery hot!

The sad thing about those who are lukewarm is that they very well know that they are not hungry or desperate enough for God’s presence in their lives and barely realize that it is only by His grace that His love can come upon their hearts and supernaturally empower them to love the way that He wants them to.

The only way we can love passionately is to be intoxicated with the influence of His affection.

Did you get that?

With the influence of His affection and how to get influence? It’s Koininia, Communion and Relationship. The Word, Prayer, Worship and Hanging around lovers of God.

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