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November 2017 - The Holy Spirit

The Holy Ghost is a genius. If you will listen to Him, He will make you look smart. - B.B. Hankins

The Holy Ghost is not just smart; He is a genius. When you listen, cooperate, and respond to Him, He will make you look smart. When the enemy has a scheme or strategy to come against you or your family, the Holy Spirit will warn you. He’s a genius. He knows what the devil has planned. The Holy Spirit also knows what God has planned for you. He is concerned with every area of your life. If you will listen to Him, He will make you successful.

Since He is a genius, He knows everything. He knows the mind of God and everything that Jesus has purchased for us.  It is great to have a genius living in you. The Holy Ghost is also a gentleman and will not interrupt you. Until you stop and recognize Him, He will allow you to keep doing what you are doing.  You must stop and say, “Alright, what would the Genius like to say?”

I heard Dad Hagin say the Lord told him, “If we would be led by the Holy Spirit He would make us rich.” He said the word “rich” means to have an abundant supply. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, He will bring us into the blessing of the Lord and we will be a blessing to others. The Holy Spirit will help you in every area of your life. He will help you know who to marry, where to work, what kind of car to buy, when to buy a house, and what to do with your money. The Holy Ghost is a genius. He knows everything.

 

THE MIND OF A GENIUS

 

The death, burial, resurrection, and the Word of God are essential to faith. However, if that was all you needed, God would not have sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes what Jesus has done for us and translates it into personal victory.  In John 14, 15, 16 Jesus teaches much about the Holy Spirit.  Whole chapters of Paul’s epistles are devoted to teaching the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit transmits the mind of Christ to us, but we must learn to recognize, respond and yield to Him.  We can think like God when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. If you want to study the mind of a genius, be filled with the Holy Spirit. He gives us uncommon intelligence, insight, and understanding.

 

WIN THE CASE

 

P.C. Nelson wrote the book of fundamental Bible doctrines for the Assemblies of God. He was a Greek and Hebrew scholar, fluent in 32 different languages. The Greek word for Comforter is Parakletos, which means Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. P.C. Nelson explains the Holy Spirit, our Advocate has excellence in these three areas: 1) His exceptional knowledge  2) His expertise in protocol and procedure  3) His persuasive speaking ability.  When the Holy Spirit is working on our case we have a tremendous advantage. He has a reputation for winning cases. William Barclay tells what the Comforter provides for you:

 

The kind of comfort and consolation in distress which keeps a man on his feet when left to himself, he would collapse. It is the comfort which enables a man or woman to pass the breaking point and not break. One who is called in to help in a situation with which a man by himself cannot cope. He exhorts men to high deeds and noble thoughts.

 

One of my heroes of faith, Smith Wigglesworth, wrote a book, Ever Increasing Faith.  Here are a few powerful statements about the Holy Spirit from that book: “It’s impossible to over-estimate the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not only a luxury.  It is a Divine command.”

 

MAINTAIN A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE

 

This month we are so excited to offer you 2 CD sets on the Holy Spirit and the book, Let the Good Times Roll.  We believe as you feed on the Word – you will maintain a SPIRIT-FILLED life!  The Holy Spirit wants to be your BEST FRIEND and help you in every situation.  For your offering of $35 or more we will send you these messages. 

One of the assignments we have is to strengthen ministers and leaders.  When my dad was a young pastor, he was encouraged every Monday morning by a visit from one of his church members who believed this: “If you can keep the lead mule going, you can keep the whole mule train moving!”  That is what we’ve been doing this fall in several leadership meetings. We’ll soon be in the U.K., the Las Vegas Supernatural Leadership Conference, and Bogota, Colombia, where pastors attend from many South American countries. Remember, your prayer gives the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ and your financial partnership helps us to fulfill this vision:  Bless a pastor, bless a church.  Bless a church, bless a city.  Bless a city, bless a nation!  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


In Christ,
Mark and Trina Hankins

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May 2017 - My Momma Runs!

MY MOMMA RUNS

My dad and mom pastored a full gospel church in West Columbia, Texas for more than 50 years. The Christian Center has grown to be the largest church in West Columbia and the largest Full Gospel church in the area.  When my parents first moved to West Columbia, I was only a year old and my older brother, Mike, was four.  Mom was sick and mentally tormented for the first two years in West Columbia. Dad not only pastored the church, but also had the pressure of all the family responsibilities.  Dad began to have heart trouble.  During this same time, while playing outside with Mike, I stuck my thumb into a bicycle chain and cut off my thumb.  I don’t remember ever having two thumbs.  The church was small and struggling, and we were poor.  It was a tough time for us.

However, in the middle of this struggle a man gave my dad some books on the authority of the believer, the integrity of God’s Word, and who you are in Christ.  Dad began to read and study the material and gained a new understanding of God’s Word.

 

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  - Psalm 119:130

 

Dad began to speak the Word to Mom and had her repeat it after him. She began to say, “I am who God says I am.  I have what God says I have.  I can do what God says I can do!”  As my parents saw who they were in Christ and spoke the Word, faith arose in their hearts.  They knew that victory belonged to them in every area of their life.

IT’S NOT NECESSARY, UNLESS IT’S NECESSARY

As I grew up in church, there were some unusual services. Sometimes while we sang, Mom would begin to praise God rather exuberantly and shout, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!” With glory and joy on her countenance, she would shout “Wooooo” and run around the church!  Dad was a little more dignified.  After Mom ran, Dad would say, “Now, some of you don’t think that is necessary.  It’s not necessary, unless it’s necessary.”  While the congregation tried to figure out what Dad had said, Mom and others who had joined her would finish their rejoicing.

 

He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God...                                           Psalm 40:2-3

 

I did not understand the magnitude of my mother’s deliverance, until I was seventeen and running from God.  I had an automobile accident coming home from a party with a backslidden friend that totaled several cars.  We walked away without a scratch.  My backslidden friend said, “If your mom wasn’t praying, we would have been killed.”  I agreed. 

SATAN HATH DESIRED TO HAVE YOU

When I got home, Mom was sitting in a rocking chair.  She spoke the words that Jesus spoke to Peter, “...Satan hath desired to have you, that he might sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,” Luke 22:31,32.

Although good changes had begun in my life, not long after the automobile accident, three friends and I ended up in the county jail.  I called Mom from the jail and she said, “Your dad has church tonight (it was a Wednesday night), so just prop your feet up and stay a while.”  Dad and four deacons came to jail after church and put up bond for me so I could go home.  After that incident, I sold my ‘55 Chevrolet and that sobered me up for a while.

ARRESTED BY GOD

One Sunday God had a surprise for me.  I was sitting on the back row cutting up and God “arrested” me.  An unannounced guest speaker, F.E. Ward, came to church that Sunday.  Brother Ward was a big, stocky preacher. You never knew when he was going to show up, and that Sunday I was not prepared for what was about to happen. 

I was sitting on the back row with my backslidden friends when Brother Ward went to the platform and said he felt led to do something.  He pointed to the back and said, “I want the pastor’s son to come to the front.”  I was shocked!  My friends made a comment, “You’re a dead duck now.”  As I got up and headed down the aisle, I began to repent under my breath: “O God, forgive me of my sins.  Please don’t tell that preacher what I’ve been doing.  If You tell him and he tells everybody, my dad will kill me.”

All the blood drained from my face, I was afraid and embarrassed as I stood in front of the whole church.  I was only seventeen, but I thought my life had come to an end.  Instead, I heard the voice of F.E. Ward say, “Sit down on the altar.”  As I sat down, he began to speak to me under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  As he spoke to me about God’s plan and purpose for my life, the presence and love of God overwhelmed me, and I began to cry.  I surrendered my life to Jesus again, and my heart was changed by the love of God.  I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY THAT THE LOVE OF GOD IS THE GREATEST FORCE ON EARTH.

I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM

Dad’s preaching and Mom’s praying and running around the church began to make sense to me.  I started studying the scriptures that showed me my redemption in Christ. I began to daily meditate on who I was in Christ.  I would say, “I am who God says I am.  I have what God says I have.  I can do what God says I can do.” The power of God’s Word started a work in me, and I began to understand my identification with Christ.

My Mom still ran around the church up until she went to Heaven a few years back.  The church was much bigger in her later years and there were a lot more educated and prosperous people in the congregation.  She didn’t care she would say, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!”  She would shout “Woooooo” and run around the church.  The only difference is I would shout and run with her.

TRIUMPHANT PARTNERSHIP

2017 is a year of triumphant expansion for the Church!   Second Corinthians 2:14 in the Conybeare's translation says, “Thanks be to God who leads me on from place to place in the train of his triumph, to celebrate his victory over the enemies of Christ.”   Through the power of partnership, a great impact for the spread of this message is being made.   Your continued prayer and financial partnership is making this message and resources available to more people than ever before.  We will send this power-packed gift to you for only $30:  Faith Laughs at Impossibilities (4CDs), The Good Fight of Faith (4CD’s), The Voice of Faith (3CDs), and The Secret Power of Joy book.  It will supercharge your faith.  We are standing with you, declaring blessing and increase in your life as you celebrate Christ's victory everywhere you go!

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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