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Part 2 of Smith Wigglesworth on Gifts of The Spirit

    © 19 Colin Melbourne, Transcribed and annotated from The Pentecostal Evangel 1923
    Part 1

    Power From On High

    I believe there is an avalanche of power from God to be apprehended, if we will but catch the vision.

    Paul wrote at one time, 2 Cor. 12:1b KJV;

    I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

    God has put us in a place where He expects us to have His latest revelation of that marvellous fact, CHRIST IN US, and what that really means.

    We can apprehend Christ fully only as we are filled and overflowing with the Spirit of God.

    Our only safeguard from dropping back into our natural mind, from which we can never get anything, is to be filled, and yet filled again, with the Spirit of God, and to be taken on to visions and revelations on a new line.

    Beyond Human Plans

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    Whatsoever Is Born of God

      © 24 Colin Melbourne

      Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

      By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

      Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

      1 John 5:1-5 KJV

      Who, What, Why?

      Have you considered why the Holy Ghost writes WHATsoever is born of God, rather than WHOsoever is born of God, since Christians are the subject here?

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      The Secret Place

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

        I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

        He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

        Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

        A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

        Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

        There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

        Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

        Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

        He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

        With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

        Holy Bible Psalm 91 KJV

        The crown of life is for the overcomer.

        It is not for those at ease in Zion.

        We must be in a place where God can depend upon us to keep going until we see the victory, never giving in and knowing no defeat, always making our stand by a living faith and gaining the victory.

        Faith is the victory.

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        Coming to the End of Yourself

          © 24 Colin Melbourne

          Before The End of The World

          Holy Bible, Isaiah 64:1-65:7 KJV;

          Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

          When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

          But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

          But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

          Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

          Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

          Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

          Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

          I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

          Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

          Accursed Humanity

          The Prophet Isaiah caught a glimpse of our depravity, and mankind’s futile attempts to justify ourselves before a holy righteous LORD: Have you?

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          For Them That Love Him

            © 20 Colin Melbourne

            And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

            And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

            Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

            But as it is written, 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.

            But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

            Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

            1 Cor. 2:1-12 KJV

            Whoso Eateth My Flesh

            Here the Holy Ghost points us to the source of all spiritual power and blessing: The LORD Jesus Christ, God’s Lamb sacrificed bearing our; sin, shame, guilt, sicknesses and infirmities.

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            Catholic or Roman Catholic?

              © 18 Colin Melbourne

              Q: What is the difference between catholic and Roman Catholic? Trevor (NZ)

              A: The word catholic is a middle English adjective in common usage meaning; all-encompassing, or indiscriminate, as used in such phrases as; Berkshire sows are not fussy what they eat, their diet is very catholic.
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              The term Roman Catholic refers to the pseudo-Christian cult based in Rome. A demonic religious system created to ensnare the gullible with a false gospel, and pay allegiance to the Pontif as “Vicar of Christ on Earth”. The Roman Catholic church is currently promoting the Ecumenical Movement, attempting to unite nominal Christians under their headship.

              Genuine Christians reject such folly

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              Angels or Demons?

                © 11 Colin Melbourne

                Angelic Visitations

                Q: I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, and now feel at peace for the first time in my life. However, I hear a lot of people talking about ‘guardian angels’, and I’m unsure whether these ‘angels’ are really good spirits sent by God, or demons trying to mislead us. I know the Holy Bible tells us that the Angel Gabriel visited Mary, mother of Jesus, but do they really talk to people like you and me? Jessica

                A: Welcome Home! Father’s been waiting for you all your life.

                Isn’t it wonderful to have real peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ?

                The Holy Bible says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Rom. 5:8.

                What a price to pay for you and me.

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                Sour Grapes in the Bible

                  © 19 Colin Melbourne

                  Q: Is there a biblical reference in the use of the expression, ‘sour grapes’, meaning jealous?

                  A: I take it you mean when the expression is used, for example, by a poor loser in a competition, and she criticises the winner.

                  Onlookers sense her criticism is resentful and unjustified, so they say the comments are; “just sour grapes.”

                  That use of the idiom, signifying hurt pride and jealousy, is not found in the bible, being merely an English colloquialism.

                  However, Jews used the expression ‘sour grapes’ in proverbial form such as in Jer. 31:29-30 KJV;

                  In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

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                  Test the Spirits

                    © 11 Colin Melbourne

                    Please read Part I first

                    How to Test Spirits

                    The LORD’s angels can, and do, appear to Christians today; and a true angel of God will not object to you verifying its credentials before accepting anything as genuine.

                    Why? Because the Bible instructs us to. Read 1 Jn. 4:1-6 carefully.

                    Today many Christians are spiritually dense like Nicodemus, Israel’s teacher, whom Christ rebuked for being ignorant about spiritual matters. (Jn. Ch.3) Read how the Lord opened the eyes of one such minister, in this excellent book: Deliver Us From Evil

                    A reminder about some basics of prayer

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                    The Word of Reconciliation

                      © 19 Colin Melbourne

                      Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

                      And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

                      Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

                      For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

                      2 Co. 5:17-21 KJV

                      Sinners Have Been Reconciled

                      The heart of the Gospel is that God has come to Earth, in Christ, paid the whole world out of debt to Himself, and holds nothing against any sinner.

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