Praying in the Spirit

prayinginthespirit just click on this link and enjoy the message. There are a couple of testimonies from Aboriginal people, it may be hard to hear coz they speak softly! Just turn it up! First Communion is taken and then the message.

After the sermon today, many people responded, either just wanting a touch from God or to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. I prayed for two men who did receive the baptism of fire! I praise God for that. They were filled because they were hungry for God, and God responds to hunger. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they SHALL be filled.” (Matt 5:6) The other ladies who were praying for the ladies (in our church, being mainly Aboriginal, men pray for the men, and women pray for the women…you don’t wanna get that wrong!) also had testimonies about women today receiving the baptism, and others nearly there!

Outline of sermon: Praying in the Spirit. 29/03/09

Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the spirit on ALL  occasions with ALL kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and ALWAYS keep on praying for ALL the saints.”

There are many types of prayer, but ALL prayer must be in the spirit. If it is not, it will not be effective, simple as that. It doesn’t matter the occasion, Eph 6 verse 12 says we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces, so we must fight with spiritual weapons. Prayer is a weapon, and must be in the spirit.

Zech 4:6, “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit’, says the Lord of Hosts.”

There are two most effective ways to pray in the spirit. The Word of God (which is the sword of the Spirit) and praying in tongues. The following scripture speaks of both:

Jude 20 says, “building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

1 Pray the Word!

How do we build ourselves in our most holy faith? Well, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word. So we need to pray the Word, confess the Word and live by the Word. This is the first form of praying in the Holy Spirit.

The Word is the sword of the Spirit, and is most effective in fighting against the enemy. This is the foundation for all prayer in the Spirit, it must be according to God’s Word, if it is not, nothing will happen.

1 John 5:14-15 says that if we pray according to the will of God, He hears us. What is the will of God? It is His Word! If we are praying according to the Word of God, we are praying His will, and we know He hears us, and will answer us.

John 16:13 says that when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. What is truth? It is God’s Word.

So when we are praying the truth of the Word of God into any situation, then by faith we are praying in the Spirit.

2 Praying in tongues.

1 Cor 14:2: praying in tongues means you are speaking to God, and it is a mystery to everyone else, including the devil. If you pray in tongues, no one else but God will be able to understand you. The devil will not be able to hinder your prayers, you have an audience with God alone, so this is a powerful and effective way of praying in the Spirit.

Now, to show you that according to Jude 20, praying in the Spirit IS praying in tongues, verse 4 of 1 Corinthians tells us anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies (or builds up) himself, and what does it say in Jude 20? BUILDING YOURSELVES UP on your most holy faith, praying in the spirit…or praying in tongues!

While speaking directly to God with no hindrance, you are building your most holy faith in the Spirit, praise God!

In verse 18, Paul says “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all.” If Paul the apostle prayed in tongues, I think we need to as well!

Now yes, the whole of 1 Cor 14 speaks about how IN CHURCH it is better to prophesy than to speak in tongues, but it does not in any way undermine the importance speaking in tongues has in the church. Speaking in tongues is more for your own private prayer time, if anyone is to speak in tongues at church, it should be interpreted, otherise be silent.

So how do we receive this gift? In Acts 19:1-6, Paul laid his hands on them, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in tongues and prophesied. Firstly, you must hunger for more of God and seek God for it. You can have anything the Word says you can have, but you gotta seek God and not give up. Secondly, you need to let people who have this gift pray for you. Go out front after church and let the elders and pastors pray for you, and don’t give up! God wants you to have this special gift, it will build your life in the Spirit and will build your faith!

When you start to speak in tongues, God will give you the gifts of the Spirit, spoke about in 1 Corinthians 12, in greater measure. When the Ephesians were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, with it came the ability to prophesy!

Do you want more of God? Then seek Him in faith ’till He shows up and moves in your life.

Pray the Word, and pray in tongues…pray in the Spirit on ALL occasions…don’t give up. God bless,

Rob.

3 Levels of Faith

3 levels of faith just click on the link to listen, enjoy!

Brief outline of sermon from Sunday 22/03/2009

Intro: 3 levels of faith:  NO FAITH, LITTLE FAITH and GREAT FAITH. Our goal is to reach great faith. Romans 12:3 says that God has given each a measure of faith. In Luke 17:5, the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. Matt 9:29, Jesus says “according to your faith, be it unto you.”

If one has no faith, he gets nothing from God. If one has little faith, he receives little from God…but great faith is our aim. Great faith moves mountains and requires you to step out boldly, coz faith without works is dead.

Let’s look at the 3 levels of faith that Jesus talks about in the Bible.

1) NO FAITH. Mark 4:35-41. Trust God to deliver and protect you.

In this passage, Jesus calms the storm, and tells his disciples,”why are you so afraid? Do you still have NO FAITH?” Fear and faith do not live together. You can’t have faith in God and live in fear.

The reason they also had no faith, was because they didn’t know who Jesus was. In verse 41, being terrified said to eachother, “who is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him!” People who have no faith do not know Jesus…these people need salvation!

2) LITTLE FAITH. Matt 6:30; 16:8 and Luke 12:28.

All three scriptures above deal with daily needs. Every time Jesus mentioned “little faith” He was referring to daily needs. Basically, if all we’re worrying about in life is food and clothing and material needs, we have little faith. I want the next kind of faith, I want to move beyond this little faith I have and do great things for God.

3) GREAT FAITH. Matt 8:10; 15:28 (read both stories, of the Roman Centurion and the Canaanite woman) TRUST GOD FOR THE MIRACLE.

Jesus said of both these, the centurion and the woman, that they had great faith. Why did they have great faith? Both of these two are very similar, they both had a child who was sick and dying, and they heard about Jesus. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God – Jesus IS the Word!

The Roman Centurion, if you read the story, amazed Jesus by the fact that he knew authority, and he trusted that just at the Word of Jesus, at his command, so to speak, his son would be healed, and because of this, Jesus said he had GREAT FAITH! And so his son was healed.

The Canaanite woman, even after being called a dog, refused to get offended, desperate for her child to get healed, responded to Jesus in faith, and received her miracle. He said He was only sent to Israel, and it wasn’t right to give the children’s bread to the dogs, but she responded with, “yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their Master’s table!” She wouldn’t give up!

So where are you at? What kind of faith do you have, and d you long to have great faith, the kind of faith that changes things in this world?

Let me encourage you, whatever you are facing, trust Jesus and don’t give up, and He will reward your faith!

Great faith causes one to step out and causes God to move your mountain, so let’s pray for an increase of our faith, to actually see the power of God work in and through our lives to the lost.

I know where I live in Halls Creek, that there are many who need Jesus, they need a miracle, and they won’t get it unless there are men and women of great faith, rising up to take a hold of God and stepping out boldly, with the authority we have in Jesus’ name.

Like the Roman centurion, we need to know our authority in Christ, Peter and John in Acts 3 said to the beggar, “silver and gold I don’t have, BUT WHAT I HAVE, I GIVE YOU…IN THE NAME OF JESUS…”

We have the name of Jesus, so let’s use it, having GREAT FAITH in the power of God!

Blessings,

Rob.

All flesh is as grass…

Well hello everybody!!! My name is Robert Battye, I live in Halls Creek WA and I would like to start off by telling you about myself and what Jesus has done in my life. I will be using this blog as a journal every now and then and updating it on things God is doing in Halls Creek, and in my life here.

Born in Elizabeth SA on Feb 25 1981, I was raised in a christian home, which I thank God for. I have great parents who were faithful to God in bringing us up in the ways of God. I have two older brothers, I am the youngest, and most spoilt, lol! I won’t mention my family’s names at this point, just in case they don’t want to be mentioned on the net!

The first 5 years of my life were at semaphore south, right near the beach, that’s right…I was one of the beach boys, ha ha!  I loved the beach, and still do, the expert sand castle maker! (try beat me!)

Then at the age of 5 we moved to Whyalla…I was shattered, leaving my cousins who lived down the road from us and the beach and whatever else a 5 year old cared about…but eh, i got over it quick…but i always missed my cousins, especially the one my age, who i used to play with all the time…nyoorn!  Whyalla was amazing…yeah, salt bush, red dirt, and the beautiful BHP…what an amazing view that was to behold coming into town for the first time…and in fact, every time!

Anyway, to make a long story short, skipping all the ins and outs of my fun childhood…which it was mind you, Whyalla really was a great place to grow up and it stirred in me a love for the bush and I always used to think of running away into the bush and seeing what was out there. Every time we drove to adelaide and went through Pt Augusta, I always looked down the road towards Cooper Pedy and wonder in amazement what was out there, longing to take off and explore…but eh, I was too young, and the though the thought excited me about running off by myself to explore, i just couldn’t bring myself to do it…where would i get fed? Yes, I would miss Mummy’s cooking too much…thus, my stomach motivated me to stay!

However, I grew up, learned after all these years to work to support myself, and at the age of 23 I went exploring the outback!!!

But backing up now, at the age of 15, it was then that I gave my heart to the Lord. Though I grew up in a christian home, I never really knew Jesus personally…I just always asked forgiveness from him for all the mistakes i made for the day when I was on my bed at night…then made them all again the next day! and so was the routine till i was 14, when i saw a demon on the end of my bed and hid under my covers repeating in fear the name of Jesus…I started then to realize that I needed God in my life, and so started to actually want to go to church…for a while, then I lost that fear and just continued on in my own ways. I was drawn away by the crowd, wanting to please my mates at school instead of God, but again, after a scary encounter, almost drowning at Pt Lowly, I thought about my life, and I knew Jesus was real.

I still never fully gave my heart to Him untill I was 15, in october 1996, at a youth camp in Barmera, Lake Bonney (we had moved to the Barossa Valley at this stage). I didn’t know what it was called then, but I felt a hunger for God at that camp and responded to the call for salvation, and it was from then I stopped smoking,  stopped caring about what my mates thought about me, and started to read the Word of God like there was no tomorrow, just devouring it every night (to the neglect of my homework mind you, maybe God cared about that, maybe He didn’t, but He was sure speaking to me in those days and revealing Himself to me, so maybe He didn’t, He just wanted me to be with Him most of all! I am not discouraging homework or responsibilites, please hear me, I really wish I did better at school, and later on I sure did learn how to study and work hard…but there are more important things, eternal things that God wants us to know and live in more than the temporary things of this world).

One week after that camp, the Lord showed me a scripture I hadn’t read in a dream, and when I woke up, I found it exactly where it was in my dream. The scripture is found in 1 Peter 1:24-25:

“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of the grass; the grass withers, the flowers fall away; but the Word of the Lord endures forever.”

Out of this the Lord spoke to me saying the world and it’s ways are not worth living for, live for God, live to share His Word that eternal and is truly life giving. Everything in this world is empty and passing away, so hold onto God.

Since then, in my teens I stayed in His Word, by the age of 23, I hungered to go out on the mission field, and through a series of events, felt God lead me to the outback, to where I am living now, Halls Creek WA. I have made many mistakes, coz of not staying in obedience to His Word, have learnt by experience that “all flesh is as grass,” but the main thing is not how many times you fall, it’s if you get back up and try again. I will always get back up, I will never quit, coz Jesus never did. I once did, and for two and a half years I was out in the world, trying to make it on my own, but ya can’t. No one can make it without God, if ya haven’t found that out yet, I pray you find it out before ya die, or before Jesus comes back.

God bless you mob and take care,

Rob “Jungari” Battye 🙂