Phil's Blog
  • August 19, 2014 - iHolySpirit's Mission

    This being my first entry, it seems appropriate to use it to talk about what purposes I believe God has in iHolySpirit.

     

    As the name would infer, the "i" stands for internet. This website and ministry's function is primarily to teach the Word of God in its most salient and effective form and  trust that God will empower the various media used to accomplish all the acts described in Isaiah 61 and affirmed by Jesus Christ in Luke 4:

     

    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

    because the Lord has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor.

    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

    to proclaim freedom for the captives

    and release from darkness for the prisoners,

    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

    and the day of vengeance of our God...

                                                               Isaiah 61:1-2

     

    I believe that, as the remarkable faith of the Centurion demonstrated (Matt. 8:5-13), the commands of God are carried out swiftly and precisely in the spiritual realm of the Kingdom--His Word never returning void. We expect that His Holy Spirit so inhabits the teachings and ministry of iHolySpirit that:

     

         -The poor in spirit will be made rich in the treasures of the Kingdom.

         -Those whose hearts are broken for the Lord will find all their comfort and

           healing in Him

         -Many--both believers and not-yet-believers--will be set free from their

           their bondages to the world, the flesh, and the enemy.

         -The light of His Holy Spirit will increasingly shine through His Word that

           many will be--not only released from spiritual blindness--but will begin

           themselves to shine with God's light of righteousness and holiness,

           causing many to glorify God because of the miraculous transformations

           they see as the Kingdom is manifested around them.

          -Along with all these blessings for the humble comes the destruction of

           the Kingdom of Darkness of this Age and all God's enemies who inhabit

           it.

     

    The ways of the Holy Spirit are very mysterious and beyond the under-standing of the natural mind. We at iHolySpirit rely on God's Grace to obey Him at all times, pray at all times thankfully and joyfully, and speak His Word without compromise or fear of any but the Lord Himself.

  • August 23, 2014 - Our Daily Bread = The Holy Spirit (Part 1)

     

    If I never teach anything else, and this great truth is the only message that reaches the Body of Christ in these last days, it would be enough. And that great truth is that fact that when Jesus teaches us, along with His disciples, to pray in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, and He says, "Give us this day our daily bread," He isn't talking about physical bread!

     

    "Why is this so important?" some may ask. Others may cover their ears, shout "Blasphemy!" and rip their shirts. Hopefully, most will slap their heads with their palms and say, "Yes, of course! Why didn't I think of that?"

     

    I admit it seems preposterous that we could have misunderstood Christ's original intention in the phrase, with Christians reciting it (more like rattling it off) countless times over the centuries. But after studying this subject for about twenty years, I'm absolutely convinced of the truth of the this premise and the conclusions it infers.

     

    Before doling out and delving into the proof texts--of which there are many--it seems best to answer the first question above, "Why is this so important?"

     

    It's extremely important--life and death important--because for two millennia we have been wasting much of our prayer time and effort asking for the wrong things! We've been praying for food that prolongs temporary life, but not for that food that brings ETERNAL LIFE--the Bread of Life Himself, Christ, the Holy Spirit of God! I'm not saying that people haven't been praying to receive the Holy Spirit--of course not. But so much opportunity to worship and pray in the Holy Spirit and Truth has been lost because of this lack of understanding.

     

    This all begs the question, "Why would Jesus say 'bread' if He didn't mean 'bread?'" For the same reasons He taught in parables. For the same reasons He said Lazarus had "fallen asleep" instead of, as He finally said, "Lazarus is dead." For the same reasons He said about the bread and wine at the Last Supper, "This is my body ... This is My blood." Jesus spoke the mysteries of the Kingdom of God exactly as He heard them from the Father Who was in Him. The truths behind the metaphorical language can only be understood by revelation from the Holy Spirit. They are impossible to grasp with the natural, sin-infested fleshly mind.

     

    But the Bible interprets and explains itself. Let's begin with what Jesus said in this regard at the Last Supper, "Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language, but will tell you plainly about my Father." (John 16:25)

    Apparently happy about this promised change, the disciples replied, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech."

     

    This lack of understanding was an ongoing problem for the disciples, but much more so with the religious leaders and general public. After the feeding of the five thousand, we read in Matthew 15 that Jesus and His disciples were crossing the lake, Jesus told them to beware of the levin of the Pharisees. He was, again, speaking metaphorically about the hypocrisy, blindness, and pride of the those puffed up by man-made religion. The disciples assumed He was upset that they didn't bring any bread. This is another of the many times recorded in the Gospels when Jesus expresses His astonishment at their lack of faith and understanding of the language of the Kingdom. What He says next is precisely the point I'm making in this message, "How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread?"

     

    Think about this statement for awhile. Search out the Bible for other references to bread--especially where Jesus talks about it. Chapter 6 of John is a great place to start.

     

    We'll continue on this subject in my next entry. In the meantime, please watch my second video teaching, "Consuming God," in which we go through John 6.

     

    May God richly bless you and fill you up to the fullness of Christ by His Holy Spirit!