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Joy in the Holy Ghost

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. - Romans 14:17

I love this quote from C.S. Lewis, a respected author who had some great things to say about joy. He said, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” In other words, Heaven conducts its most serious business in an atmosphere of joy. In the Kingdom of God, there is some business being taken care of!  While you rejoice, transactions are made and prayers are answered. People may warn, “You better take this situation seriously!” When you apply the blood of Jesus and then rejoice, you can tell them, “I am taking this extremely serious!”

My mother used to “take care of business” by shouting and running around the church. My dad would comment as she ran, “It’s not necessary unless it’s necessary!” Is it necessary? Yes! If God sits in the Heavens and laughs until He sees all His enemies under His feet, then we the Church, citizens of His Kingdom, should take our place in Christ and conduct Kingdom business with Him in an atmosphere of victory, knowing the good work God has begun, He will finish!

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh....Psalm 2:4

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6

When the Body of Christ meets together, it is for the purpose of worshiping God and “taking care of business.”  I like what William Barclay says about the church. 

The Greek word for Church is ecclesia and was originally used to describe a gathering of the citizens of Athens. Its decisions conformed to the laws of the state and its powers were to all intents and purposes unlimited. It declared war, made peace, contracted treaties and arranged alliances. It was ultimately responsible for the conduct of all military operations. It raised and allocated funds.  It comes from the Hebrew root word which means “to summon.” In the Hebrew sense it means God’s people being called together to listen to or act for God.

William Barclay, New Testament Words

The book of Acts emphasizes the place where they were assembled was shaken. There is always “some assembly required” for the power of God to shake the earth. (Acts 4:31). There was a corporate prayer meeting and a corporate faith as they lifted their voices together.

Hebrews 4:16 tells us what we’ll find at the throne of grace when we come boldly by the blood. We can obtain mercy and find grace to help us in the time of need. Then we take our place in a great assembly of the Body of Christ in Heaven and earth and participate in Heaven’s business carried out in the earth. but ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels…” (Hebrews 12:22 – 24).

What is the business that Heaven, earth, angels, God, and Jesus are taking care of? The business of the kingdom is to enforce all that Jesus bought for the Church at the cross. God is using the Church to display His wisdom to principalities and powers. Remember, Heaven conducts its most serious business in an atmosphere of joy. The atmosphere of joy releases power to do miracles. It will destroy the works of darkness until that day when the God of Peace forever crushes Satan underneath our feet (Romans 16:20). We live in the consciousness of the triumph of Christ. We are the triumphant Church!

My dad’s church knew how to take care of business.  A prophecy or message from God would be declared and then, there would be great joy in the Holy Ghost! I used to wonder what was going on! Now I know that needs were being met, bodies were being healed, and the joy of the Lord was mending broken hearts! That’s what happens when the church comes together. There can be a song, prophecy, tongue or revelation. When people believe the Word of God that comes forth, they can receive it with joy unspeakable and full of glory! I call that “gathering the spoil.” It is the Kingdom culture.

This month we want to offer you the 4CD set Joy: The Serious Business of Heaven and our book, The Secret Power of Joy.  For your offering of $20 or more, we will send you these resources that will stir up the joy of the Lord and help you take care of the business in your life supernaturally.  You can also listen to all of our messages on the MHM app for free or download the MP3’s from the website www.markhankins.org. 

A MESSAGE TO OUR PARTNERS

Thank you again for your generous partnership with us.  We will be going to Nigeria soon to minister to thousands of believers in Lagos and Abuja.  We will be training pastors in the Word of Faith and the work of the Holy Spirit.  Our next missions trip will be to Bogota, Colombia where we will have pastors, leaders, and Bible School students from several Spanish speaking countries.  Together we are leaving a rich deposit of the Word of faith and strengthening believers to live in the reality of who they are in Christ. Thank you again for your faithful partnership with us.

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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Speaking of His Glory

The glory of God is multi-faceted and includes all the goodness of God. Let’s begin by getting a good definition of what the glory is. The glory of God is the manifested presence of God. It is a demonstration of His goodness not only in the world, but in our lives personally.

There is not one English word that can fully describe what the Bible word for glory actually means. One commentary I read many years ago said that all of these words are included when you use the word glory: wealth, numbers, commerce, power, wisdom, promotion, superiority, dignity, authority, nobility, splendor, valor, magnificence, extraordinary privileges, and advantages. It is ALL the GOODNESS of God!

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders….The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.…The voice of the Lord splits lightning….The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble….The voice of the Lord makes the hinds bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple everyone is saying, Glory!  Psalm 29:3-9 (Amplified Bible) 

…in his temple doth everyone speak of his glory.  Psalm 29:9

THE GOD OF GLORY                                                                    

God is called the God of glory in Acts 7:2. In Ephesians 1:17, God is the Father of glory. In Psalm 24:7-10, He is the King of glory. In 1 Corinthians 2:8, Jesus is the Lord of glory. In Hebrews 2:10, we see that Jesus died to bring many sons into glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that we are changed from glory to glory. 1 Peter 4:14 says, “…the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you.” In 1 Corinthians 2:7, the Apostle Paul says of his revelation, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” Jesus is the Lord of glory and came that we might enjoy the same glory (John 17:22-24).

THE GLORY: CONTEND, CONTAIN, CARRY

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.... Colossians 1:26-27                

As New Covenant believers, God has called us to be carriers of His glory. We contain and carry the glory of Jesus. The glory of God is one of the most outstanding characteristics about Him. Even though God is everywhere, His presence is not manifested everywhere. Now is the time for us to lift our voice and contend for the glory of God to be manifested in this generation. As you lift your voice and speak of His glory, there will be a radical change of scenery in your lives today.

Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness….The glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind together.” The Lord has spoken – it shall be. The voice says, “Shout…”  Isaiah 40:3-6 (TLB)

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is designed to carry the glory of the Lord in these last days. The prophet Habakkuk saw a vision of the glory.                  

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14

GLORY: GET LOADED                                                                    

The Old Testament word for glory is kabod. It simply means heavy - as in heavy or loaded with the goodness of God. In 2 Chronicles 5:13-14, when the people praised God saying, “The Lord is good and his mercy endureth forever,” the glory filled the temple. “Heavy” filled the house and the priests could not stand up. The manifest presence of God filled the temple. Today we can be so filled with the glory of God that we get loaded with His goodness and saturated with the life of God.

RICHES IN GLORY: TAP INTO THE TREASURY

Whenever we say glory, we are including all the goodness of God. We are carriers of His glory and this is why satan hates us and tries to hinder us. But he cannot succeed because, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.

There are five references that use the words riches in glory.

  1. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18)
  2. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)
  3. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
  4. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory. (Romans 9:23)
  5. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Our prayers, our faith, and our giving allow us to access to God’s treasury and the riches of His glory! 

ACCESS INTO THE GLORY BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. Hebrews 10:12

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. Hebrews 10:19-20

Only through the blood of Jesus can there be remission of our sin, presenting us holy and unblamable in His sight (Colossians 1:22). Hebrews 2:10 says, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

We can now go into the glorious presence of God with boldness and confidence. Whenever the blood of Jesus is acknowledged and honored, the Holy Spirit, who is the glory of God, shows up.

Through the blood we have access with boldness and confidence into the presence of God where we experience all the goodness of God. When we receive by faith, the free gift of righteousness, God’s glory (His light and brightness) is manifested. That’s when we are filled with joy, we experience change, we are healed, and every need is supplied!

A YEAR OF THE GLORY OF GOD

2024 will be a year like no other – a year of the glory of God.  We are carrying the Word of God, the fire of God, and the move of the Holy Spirit around the world in our generation.  Thank you for being a faithful partner with Mark Hankins Ministries.  You are a vital part of the distribution of the Word and the move of the Holy Spirit in this season.  We expect an increase in the glory and the goodness of God in 2024 in your life.  It is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9

We want to invite you to our special Supernatural Leadership Conference in Alexandria, LA, March 5–8, 2024. Every year our Leadership Conference is a time of visitation of the glory of God, times of refreshing in the presence of the Lord, and instruction to help us prepare for 2024.  We would love to have you join us for this powerful conference.  For more information and to register, visit www.markhankins.org.

This month we want to offer you our book and CD set, The Glory: Experiencing the Goodness of God.  We believe these resources will stir you up to believe for all that God has for you in 2024.  The glory of God is the goodness of God in extravagant manifestation, and we are believing with you for that in your life.

Thank you once again for your faithful partnership with us.  Together we are changing the world with the Word of God.  We believe God is opening new doors for the Word to reach even more people.  We declare to you our partners that, “My God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:19 (AMPC).

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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