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LUKE 24:49

49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from oil high.

Life in the Spirit

In studying the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer who has been born of the Spirit and baptized with the Holy Spirit, we see many things.

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We find that the Holy Spirit in us bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God (Rom. 8:16).

We find that "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14).

We also find it is the Holy Spirit who quickens: "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 [or make full of life] your mortal bodies [your death-doomed bodies] by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Rom. 8:11).

We find how the Holy Spirit helps us pray. For exam­ple, in First Corinthians 14:14, Paul said, "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth ...."

Or, as The Amplified Bible has it: "For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive — bears no fruit and helps nobody. Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit — by the Holy Spirit that is within me; but I will also pray intelligently — with my mind and under­standing; I will sing with my spirit — by the Holy Spirit that is within me; but I will sing (intelligently) with my mind and understanding also" (w. 14,15).

Then we read in Romans 8:26,27: "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities [or weaknesses]: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought...." One of our weaknesses is that we know not for what to pray as we ought!

".. .But the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."


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By putting these verses together, we can see that in groanings and in praying with other tongues, it's the Spirit helping us pray for things we don't know how to pray for as we should. But, thank God, He knows. Thank God for the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer!

Let's look again at what Jesus said to the disciples about the Holy Spirit in the fourteenth chapter of John:

JOHN 14:16,17


  1. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
    another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

  2. 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.


Many translations read, "I'll not leave you helpless. I'll send you another Helper." The Greek wordparakletos that's translated "Comforter" here means "one called alongside to help."

The Amplified translation brings out the sevenfold meaning of the Greek word in this sixteenth verse: It means Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby — and He's all of these.

The Holy Spirit as Teacher

In addition to helping us pray and witness, that anoint­ing helps us by teaching us.

In verse 17, Jesus called the Comforter the Spirit of truth. He said in 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. "


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The Holy Spirit never testifies of Himself. He testifies of Jesus.

Jesus speaks to us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not here on earth today with a flesh-and-blood body, because His body was resurrected, and it's now flesh and bone (Luke 24:39), the blood having been shed for our sins. With a flesh-and-bone body, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God (Rom. 8:34) and "ever liveth to make intercession" for us (Heb. 7:25).

So He's not here in the natural, but, thank God, the
Holy Spirit is, and Jesus speaks to us by the Spirit. When
the anointing teaches you, that's Jesus teaching you,
because He said, "7 will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for
ever"
(John 14:16); and when He — the Comforter, the
Helper, the Paraclete — has come, "he will guide you into
all truth " (John 16:13). Thank God He does.

This verse continues, ".. .for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.'1''

Jesus said more in the 15th verse: ".. .he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."

So these are other works of the Holy Spirit: to guide us into all truth; to take the things of Jesus and show them to us; and, in John 14:


JOHN 14:26


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 att things to yout remembrance, -whatsoever I have said unto you.

Did you ever notice how the Holy Spirit will bring to

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your remembrance Scriptures that you hardly knew — maybe you read them once? Praise God, that's His work in the believer.

John, writing in his first epistle, First John 2:20, calls this anointing "an unction."

1 JOHN 2:20

20 But ye have an UNCTION from the Holy One, and ye

know all things.

The Spirit of Revelation

The Holy Spirit is supposed to show you all things. In First Corinthians, Paul talks about the fact that "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Cor. 2:9).

Often we read that verse — I guess we've all been guilty of it sometime or other — and said, "Now isn't that wonderful? He's going to provide things we've never seen and don't know about." But that's not what God's talk­ing about at all. The very next verse says, "But God HATH revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (v. 10).

Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of revelation. He'll "take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."

John said, "You've received an unction, and you know all things." The reason we don't know more than we know is because we haven't listened to that Teacher — the Holy Spirit is a Teacher.

Then in the 27th verse of First John 2, John writes, "But the ANOINTING which ye have received of him ABIDETH IN YOU, and ye need not that any man teach


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you: but as the same ANOINTING teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

Notice that the anointing which you've received of Him abideth in you. Where is the anointing? IN YOU. Doesn't that sound like what Jesus said in John 14:17?



JOHN 14:17

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.

He shall be where? IN YOU. Automatically we think

of First John 4:4: ".. .greater is he that is IN YOU "

Here John calls that anointing "he," because He is a divine personality. "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." I doubt seriously if any of us have ever taken advantage of Him who dwells in us, living in the fullness of what that means. If this is the case — if He dwells in us — then immediately we don't have to be afraid of anything that's in this world, because we have Someone in us who's bigger than anything in the world!

"Yes," people complain, "but you don't know what I've got to put up with!"

I don't care what you've got to put up with. He's bigger! He's greater!

In First John 2:27 we saw the phrase, "ye need not that any man teach you." That doesn't mean that God hasn't set teachers in the Church! That doesn't mean we don't need teachers! The Holy Spirit will not contradict Himself.

Did you ever stop to think that when a man teaches under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it is not man teaching us something — it's the Holy Spirit teaching us?

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The Holy Spirit will teach us, and when we hear the Word taught, the Holy Spirit also will bear witness with our spirit if the teaching is right.



Beyond the Bible

A certain teacher caused a lot of trouble once for a friend of mine, a man who had been a Bible teacher for 35 years. My friend had taken his Bible class to this man's meetings, but found his teaching began to be increasingly in error.

Finally he handed the man his Bible, saying, "You're going to have to give me chapter and verse for that. You're going to have to show that to me in the Bible."

The traveling teacher handed the Bible back to him, saying, "Oh, you won't find what I'm preaching in that thing." (When you start calling the Bible "that thing," you're in trouble.)

"Oh, no," he said, "I'm way out beyond that thing."

If you've gotten out beyond the Bible, you've gotten out beyond the Holy Spirit, because the Bible says that the Spirit and the Word are one [agree], as John states in First John 5:7.

What was amazing to me was that my friend, a man who was saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and a Bible teacher in a Full Gospel church, got taken in by this false teacher and lost half his class!

On the other hand, a young Chinese woman, who had been converted only two weeks earlier in a tent meeting, went to the same teacher's meetings One night but realized he was in error. She told me, "You know, something on the inside of me told me, 'Don't go back.' So we never went back."

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She was just a baby Christian — she didn't even have the baptism in the Holy Spirit yet — but she listened to the Spirit who was in her.

I think what happens to us is we go by our heads in­stead of our spirits after we have been Christians for many years. Often our heads have been educated at the expense of our spirits.

The Spirit of God will teach us. That's what the Spirit of God was teaching the Chinese woman: "That's not right. Don't go there."

Of course God put teachers in the Church — teaching is one of the fivefold ministries, and that's one way God teaches us. On the other hand, the Teacher is also in us. He'll let us know when it's right and He'll let us know when it's not right. And every believer has that anointing in him or her. We don't need to pray for it. We've got it.

Why Christians Are Defeated

Oh, how real He is! If people would start developing that consciousness of the indwelling Spirit when they first become Christians, He would manifest Himself. But too often they haven't been taught correctly.

They thought they got an "experience." They kept try­ing to have another experience like that one, but it wasn't an experience at all; it was Someone — a divine Personality — who came to live in them. He is a heavenly Being: the Holy Spirit.

So often we have been defeated because we weren't taught this — or we were taught something that isn't so, and we have had to "unlearn" it. It's a lot harder to "unlearn" than it is to learn. Before we can walk on with

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God, sometimes we've got to "unlearn" some things.

We must learn to look to our (human) spirit, even when our mind can't grasp what we're hearing. I've heard men preach, I've listened to tapes, and I've studied books — and my head just couldn't grasp it. But on the inside of me, it felt like something was turning flips. I knew my spirit, because of the Holy Spirit within me, was telling me, "That's so." But even with this witness, I've had problems accepting these things. Have you ever had such problems, or am I the only one?

What we think, or the way we've been taught often hinders us from moving into the Spirit realm. It also will keep us from praying in tongues.

Paul said, "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spiritprayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful" (1 Cor. 14:14). Our understanding, or, we might say, our mind — it would be the same thing — wants to get in on everything, but it can't get in on praying in the Spirit unless God gives the interpretation.

Therefore, our mind will try to talk us out of praying in tongues. Even after we've prayed a while, our mind will say, "Well, what good did that do?"

Then, of course, the devil will side in with that un-renewed mind, agreeing, "What good did you get out of that? You don't know one word you said! Isn't that foolish? Anyway, that didn't sound much like a language."

That's our problem: We pass judgment on something instead of listening to what God's Word says about it. God even said in Isaiah 28:11, "With stammering lips and another tongue will he [God] speak unto this people." So, bless God, if you just stammered, that's the Holy Spirit,

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too! Accept it and go on with God. Expect more, and He'll give you more.


The Temple of God

We saw earlier the text from First John 4:4: ".. .greater is he that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world." Here John is talking about the Holy Spirit who is in us — "Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). He dwells in us by the power of the Spirit.

In First Corinthians 3, Paul uses different terms to say the same thing John said. John said, ".. .the anointing which ye have received of him abideth IN YOU...." (1 John 2:20). Here Paul is saying, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth IN YOU?" (1 Cor. 3:16).

Look at First Corinthians 6:19: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

Then notice this second letter Paul wrote to the Corin­thians. He must have wanted to reemphasize this truth:

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-16


  1. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
    for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteous­
    ness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

  2. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part
    hath he that believeth with an infidel?

  3. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
    for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,

    I will dwell IN them, and walk IN them; and I will be their

    God, and they shall be my people.


The believer is called a "believer," and the unbeliever is called an "unbeliever."

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The believer is called "righteousness," and the unbeliever is called "unrighteousness."

The believer is called "light," and the unbeliever is called "darkness."

The believer is called "Christ," and the unbeliever is called "Belial."

The believer is called "the temple of God," and the unbeliever is called "idols."

That's shouting ground, isn't it? "Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them [live in them, in other words] and walk in them...."

So there is an individual (or personal) anointing of the Holy Spirit that abides IN each one of us. We need to learn to take advantage of it.


Chapter 3 How the Anointing Led Me

The text we just studied from First John says, "the anointing which ye have received of him abideth IN you. . . [and] teacheth you of all things." What is that anointing for? It's to teach you all things!

I remember the night I was born again: I was born again the 22nd day of April 1933.1 know that an unction or anointing came into me that very night. I am just as conscious of it on the inside of me as I am of my two ears on the outside of me.

The Holy Spirit began to try to teach me a lot of things, but my head wouldn't go along with it. I didn't know to listen to Him. So often we have been religiously brain­washed. Our heads are all cluttered up with religious things, and we have not been trained to listen to and follow our spirits.

But it was there on that bed of sickness as a 15- and 16-year-old invalid that I got into the Word, and the Spirit of God taught me about divine healing.

Five doctors had told me, "You're going to die — that's all there is to it. You can't live. There's not one chance in a million for you to live."

But something inside me — that anointing that teaches you all things — that inward "something" — said, "You don't have to die. Not now. Not at this age. Not as a teenager. You can live. You can be healed!"

I said, "Can I?"

Something inside me said, "It's all in the Book. Get in the Book. The Bible — that's where it is!" And thank God I got in there, and He taught me. I didn't have an

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earthly teacher.

It was difficult, however. It's easier to learn spiritual things if you have a human teacher, because you can see the teacher, listen to him or her, and the witness of the Holy Spirit on the inside of you will let you know whether or not they're teaching what is right.

Thank God, He taught me. I listened to Him, and He led me right into the Word, right into faith — and right into healing.

What if I never had listened? I never would have been taught; I would have died and gone on to glory and missed doing what God called me to do; and we wouldn't have any RHEMA Bible Training Center. I'm so glad I learned to listen!

I saw after my healing that if I had listened to what that "something" on the inside of me had been trying to tell me, I would have been out of that bed a lot sooner. I was an invalid 16 long months before I was healed.

I'll challenge anybody anywhere that if they've got the Holy Spirit living inside them — the One who is the Author of the Bible — He'll lead them right into divine healing. If it's the same Holy Spirit who authored this Book, He's going to teach you what's in there.

When He opened the Word to me, I acted upon the Word. I didn't know anybody who believed in divine heal­ing, so I didn't have anybody to pray for me. I learned to listen, thank God, to my spirit.

On the inside of me was this voice teaching me. It said, "You believe all right as far as you know, but that last clause of Mark 11:24 — "and ye shall have them''1 — goes with the preceding clause, "believe that ye receive them."

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MARK 11:24

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Like a flash, I saw it. What I'd been trying to do was get healed first — have it first — and then I was going to believe it. He said, "Believe it first, and then you'll have it."

So I began to say, right out loud in my room, "I believe. I believe. I believe I receive healing for the deformed heart. I believe I receive healing for the paralysis. I believe I receive healing for the incurable blood disease."

And while I was saying that and praising God for it, that anointing in me — IN me — said, "Arise. People who are well ought to be up at 10:30 in the morning."

I thought for a moment, How am I going to get up? Fm paralyzed. But when I made the effort and acted upon the Word, the power of God came down on me and went through me like a bolt of electricity!

I stood upright on my feet and was healed — and I have been healed ever since. I say this to the glory of God: I've had half a century of divine health.

The last headache I had was in August 1933, but don't misunderstand me: I'm not opposed to doctors. Thank God for them. Medical science will help people as much as it can. If I'd have needed to go to a doctor in the past half century, I would have gone — but I haven't needed to. I've sent other people to the doctor, however, paid their bills, and bought their medicine. (Doctors often can keep people alive until we can get enough Word in them to get them healed.)

My healing came about by my listening to that inward

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anointing that teaches you all things. I listened, obeyed, and off the bed I came.

I would challenge anybody who is born again (because you're born of the Holy Spirit): The Spirit will lead you into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was that same Spirit — that same anointing that teaches — who led me into the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

After my healing, I began to seek out the fellowship of those who believed like I did.

Some Full Gospel people had come to our town. Even though there were a lot of things about them that I didn't understand and didn't agree with, I didn't criticize them. I welcomed them with open arms. I was glad to find somebody who believed in faith and healing that I could fellowship with. We need fellowship.

Now, you don't have to go to Full Gospel services too long until people start preaching and testifying about the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. When they did, I closed my ears, because I didn't know whether it was right or wrong. I thought, I'll just put up with a little fanaticism to have a little fellowship around faith and healing. I was about to enroll in a Baptist seminary.

Yes, you can be thoroughly saved, get people saved and healed every Sunday, see miracles performed, and still close your ears to other things of the Word. God will bless you all He can, because He's out to bless you. He's not out to "get" you, praise the Lord.

He'll confirm His Word. If you preach about salvation, people will get saved. If you preach about healing, people will get healed.

I preached water baptism, and people got baptized in water. I preached prayer, and people prayed. I preached

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living right, and people lived right. But none of them got baptized with the Holy Spirit, because I never said anything about it!

'This Holy Ghost Business'

Walking down the street one day in April 1937 in my hometown, I said to the Lord, "Now, Lord, who's right about this Holy Ghost business?

"My church says that if you're born again, you're born of the Spirit [and that's true, but a half truth does more damage than an untruth]. They say that's all there is to it; it ends right there." And I began to quote Dr. So-and-so and another renowned Baptist minister.

Then I said, "Now, these Pentecostal people say that they're baptized with the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4. But one or two other Baptist fellows whom I like real well tell me there is an experience subsequent to salva­tion called the baptism in the Holy Spirit — it is an en-duement of power from on High — but you don't have to speak with tongues. I'm prone to follow them. Who's right about this? "

I didn't have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but I did have Him in me, because I'm born of the Spirit and His Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I'm a child of God.

The minute I asked "Who's right?" that anointing in me began to teach me. No, there was no thundering voice on the outside; it was just that still, small voice, as we call it, that every believer has.

On the inside of me, He spoke up so plainly. He knew that I knew the Word, for I read it constantly. (Before I ever started preaching, I had read the New Testament 150

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times and portions of it more than that.)

He said, "What does Acts 2:38 say?"

"Oh," I said, "Acts 2:38 says, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remis­sion of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'"

That inward voice said, "What was that last statement you just said?"

I said, " 'And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.' "

"Well, what does the next verse say?"

I answered, "Acts 2:39 says, 'For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.' "

"What promise is that?" the inward voice asked.

As I hesitated, that inward voice said, "Quote that last clause of verse 38."

I said, " 'And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.' Yes, Lord," I continued, "I believe that all right. I believe in the Holy Spirit now. It's those tongues that I don't believe in and don't know about."

And that inward voice said, "What did Acts 2:4 say?"

Very glibly, I said, "Acts 2:4 says, 'And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to ... ' Oh, I see it. I see it! I see it! '... and BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance.' "

The same Spirit I was born of and became acquainted with on the bed of sickness taught me about divine heal­ing and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit led me, for the unction abides in me.

Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is receiving the same Spirit. It's a deeper dimension. It's entering into

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the fullness of what God has for us.

So walking down the street in my hometown, I immedi­ately said, "I'm going down to the Full Gospel pastor's house and receive the Holy Spirit right now." (That's pretty good for a Baptist boy pastor.)

It was the custom among Full Gospel people in those days to have tarrying services to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I think it's fine to wait on God, but don't tarry to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Get filled first and then tarry. I think that's one place we've missed it. We ought to have tarrying meetings — waiting meetings.

When I told the pastor, "I came down here to receive the Holy Spirit," the first thing he said was, "Wait."

I said, "It won't take me long to receive." If you've heard my story, you know it wasn't eight minutes until I was talking in tongues.

I prayed, "Lord, I came down here to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I know I have the Holy Spirit in me in the New Birth."

I quoted to the Lord what the Scripture said in Acts 2:38. Then I said, "Lord, I received my salvation — my New Birth — by faith. I received my healing by faith. Now I receive this experience by faith. I want to declare by faith that I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Glory to God, I have it. And now I expect to speak with tongues. Hallelujah!"

We didn't say "hallelujah" in my church, but I said it half a dozen times. It felt like somebody had built a bon­fire inside me. It began to burn and it blazed up. It seemed like I could "see" strange words coming up, and it seemed like I knew what they would sound like if they were spoken. I started speaking them out.

I talked in tongues for an hour and a half and sang

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three songs in tongues, glory to God.

That anointing — the same Spirit — the same voice — that led me into divine healing of a deformed heart and almost total paralysis led me right into this experience. He'll teach you, too, if you'll listen to Him.


Every believer has that anointing.

Notice I didn't say every Spirit-filled believer. Every believer has that anointing in him.



Chapter 4

Ministering Healing Without an Anointing

The Scripture doesn't say, "These signs shall follow those who are baptized with the Holy Spirit"; it says, ". .. these signs shall follow them that BELIEVE... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17,18).

I'd tell my Baptist congregation that. I'd preach it from the pulpit, but I didn't lay hands on them publicly. When I'd visit them in their homes, I'd read this to them.

"See, it says right here. We believe, don't we? Don't you believe on Jesus?"

"Yeah, I believe on Him, all right," they'd say.

"I'm going to lay my hands on you, and God is going to heal you," I'd tell them.

After coming into Pentecostal circles, I found from talking to the pastors that while I was a Baptist boy preacher, without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was getting a higher percentage of my people healed than any five Pentecostal pastors were their people. Some said they seldom got anybody healed. It was a common occurrence with me. The difference was that I was teaching faith and prayer. I didn't have any anointing; I didn't feel anything; and nothing went out of me into them.

One of these early experiences with healing involved the pianist of the little country church I was pastoring. When she wasn't there one Sunday, I asked about her and was told she was in the hospital and was scheduled for surgery the following morning.

I got up very early the next morning to get to her before

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they gave her a shot and I couldn't communicate with her. The sun wasn't up yet when I arrived at the hospital.

I read the Scripture to her. I said, "I'm going to pray for you. Here's what the Bible says."

I had a little bottle of olive oil, and I told her, "I'm going to anoint you with oil." Then I said, "Here it says that these signs shall follow them that believe. They will lay hands on the sick. I'm going to lay hands on you."

Although I was used to seeing people get healed, I didn't expect it to happen as fast as it did. When I started praying for her, she exclaimed, "WHOOOO! I've got it!" and jumped right out of bed. She never was operated on. Now, if that'll work for the Baptists, it'll work for anybody! And I didn't have the baptism with the Holy Spirit yet.

I saw healings like hers as a Baptist preacher when I didn't have any special anointing to pray for the sick, and I never felt a thing. Being Baptist, I didn't know I was supposed to feel anything. Yet God honors His Word.

When I changed over into the Full Gospel ministry, I didn't get a "new" Holy Spirit, or a different Holy Spirit. He's not twins. He's not triplets. There's just one Holy Spirit — but the anointing may be varied. Actually, He does all the work of God.

My fellow ministers and Bible teachers among the Southern Baptists had warned me against going among Full Gospel people. One outstanding Bible teacher, a graduate of a famous Baptist seminary, said, "Kenneth, now you be careful about those Full Gospel people."

"Why?" I asked.

"That speaking in tongues is of the devil," he said.

I didn't know whether it was or wasn't. I just knew

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the Pentecostals were right in believing about divine heal­ing, so I kept fellowshipping with them. It strengthened my faith to be around people who believed in healing. After I got filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues, I almost ran to find that Bible teacher.

And in case he didn't bring it up, I brought up the sub­ject myself.

He began to warn me again: "Now you want to be careful about those Full Gospel people."

"Why?"

Before he criticized them he said, "Well now, I'll admit they live better lives than we do, and in a lot of ways they're very fundamental in their beliefs — but that speak­ing in tongues is of the devil! "


"Is it?" I asked.

"Yes," he said. "It is."

I asked, "Then the Spirit that gave them utterance in tongues is the spirit of the devil?"

"That's right."

I said, "If that's so, then the whole Southern Baptist movement is of the devil."

He nearly swallowed his Adam's apple. He eventual­ly came up for air, sputtering, "Why — what are you talk­ing about?"

"Well," I said, "the same Holy Spirit that I was born of in the Baptist church — the same Holy Spirit — gave me utterance in tongues, and I spoke with other tongues. It was the same Holy Spirit — the same Spirit."

"Oh, no, no, no, no — don't say a thing like that!"

"Why?"

"Oh, it can't be so."



I said, "How do you know?"

34 Understanding the Anointing

"I just know."

I asked, "Have you ever spoken in tongues?"

"No."

"Well," I said, "don't be a fool, then. You're a Bible teacher. In Proverbs it says a fool answers a matter before he hears it. Don't be a fool. You've never spoken in tongues. You're not qualified to speak on the subject. Now, you know the Spirit you got in the New Birth, don't you?"



"Yeah."

"That's the same Spirit I got among the Baptists when I was born again. It was the same Holy Spirit. It was the same Spirit I've had all the time — I didn't get another spirit. And He is the One who gave me utterance in other tongues."

"Oh, that can't be so. I—I—I—I'll give that a little further study and then I'll get back to you."

Some 46 years have passed, and he's never gotten back to me yet.

The point is, that unction IN you is to teach you, and, thank God, He will.




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