by Tony Alamo
When Christ with His Father by the Spirit abides in us, we have the divine dynamics enabling us to stand aside and allow Christ to live out God's life in us in the world as He did when He lived in a human body two thousand and one years ago. 1 The only possible way that the blessing of revival can become permanent is if each true believer knows that what he has received in the fellowship of the saints can be personally secured and increased to him through the blessed ministry of the Holy Spirit, which dwells in him. 2 However, most Christians are not conscious of the Holy Spirit's presence in them or aware of the meaning or purpose of His function in them.
Philippians 2:12-13 states, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh IN YOU both to will and to do of His good pleasure." If we are true believers, we will be afraid to disobey the Spirit's teaching and guidance in us. This is because we know we are not dealing with a human or with human work, but with the Holy Spirit doing the work of God both in and through us. It isn't for we ourselves who are in God's ministry to think things out or to work things out with our carnal brain, which should be under subjection to God. 3 The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is to be the One who teaches us all things, guiding us through every day, one day at a time. 4
When Moses stood before the bush that was burning, the Lord commanded him to "put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground" (Ex. 3:5). Those of us who have the Spirit of the Triune God living in us and are conscious of His power and guidance living and working both in and through us are also conscious that we are standing on holy ground. It is Christ with the Father by the Spirit who is the willing worker and the doer in us. 5
We must always, by God's Spirit in us, separate ourselves from the world, that is, sanctify ourselves by the Spirit away from the world, because we are in God's service and it is He in us doing His work. 6 When we are abiding in Him and He in us, we are most certainly standing in the presence of God and are standing on holy ground, even more so than Moses, since Christ never lived in anyone by the Spirit until the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 16-18). "It is God which worketh IN [US] both to will and to do [His work]" (Phlp. 2:13).
"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Phlp. 2:12). You may have wondered what God means when we hear we are to work out our own salvation. In this same text Paul tells us, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have ALWAYS OBEYED" (Phlp. 2:12). This means God's work was at all times done by the Spirit both in them and through them. By His Spirit living in us as it did in Christ, God's work can at all times be done by Him in us, just as it was in every apostle. 7
Christ, by the Spirit of God living and working both in and through Him, had become obedient unto death. 8 In Philippians chapter two, verses five through eleven, we see this was the work of Christ. Because of His obedience and His abasement, He as God and man was highly exalted "above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phlp. 2:9-11). Therefore, we must also obey by our being abased and mortified by the Spirit's presence living and working both in and through us. 9 We see the Holy Spirit (verses 12-13) doing His work in Jesus, who was obedient unto death.
Death and the desire to put our self-will to death by God's Spirit residing in us is against our carnal nature. 10 Our carnal nature will fight every thought of losing our carnal lifestyle. 11 Just as Jesus through the Holy Spirit gave Himself, who was without sin, to God by His death in our stead, He brought an end to His work of sacrificing Himself for the sins of others. 12 The work of the Holy Spirit brings us into fellowship with the dying Christ, who was dead and is now alive. The Holy Spirit makes us willing to let our own will and carnal self die by the power of Christ's life abiding in us. 13
The Holy Spirit makes us willing to take the place where the death of Christ has put us. 14 "He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again" (II Cor. 5:15). No human is able to enter this place where Christ, by His power, has put us. 15 The Holy Spirit is the One who leads us into a willingness to join the fellowship of Christ's dying and risen life with joy and with love. 16
Jesus told His disciples, now also in My (physical) absence go on yielding to the Holy Spirit who will teach you to follow the Lamb. 17 This will make you most willing to die to yourself with Christ so that you might be thrilled to serve Him faithfully by His Spirit in the new life He has given you. 18 You must do it in fear and trembling, 19 because it is God who is working in you and through you in this condemned, demonic world, so that sinners might be saved. 20 The kind of fear of God we need to have is to never disobey the leading or prompting of the Holy Spirit, no matter which way He leads, so that He might use our whole being as His workplace to give God great glory. 21 We are to leave everything up to the leading of the Holy Spirit. 22 The quicker our fear is centered on never shunning the Lord's leading by the Spirit, the quicker we shall never fear anything else. It is at this point of spiritual growth that we can seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Then all things shall be given to us. 23
The Holy Spirit is everywhere. He is very near. He is in those of us who are born again of the Spirit. 24 He wants you under His control and His power so that He can transform you. 25 You must fear to lose even one of His promptings, because everything He does both in and through you has to do with labor that is eternal. 26 Eternity, infinity, is final. 27 It is by our experience of being ever fearful of losing even one of His promptings that we may increase in our knowledge of God's love, because when we obey His prompting, we will experience a multi-faceted miracle. We will also experience more faith and more fear of God. Love and the fear of God are teammates. 28 They work hand in hand, regulating each other in us. They never disagree. 29
The establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth began two thousand years ago when the Messiah, who was a man with God in Him, was born in a manger in Bethlehem of Judea. 30 In His ministry, He tells us all, "The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation...behold, the Kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21). In the Gospels, Christ, the Messiah, tells us how the Messianic Kingdom on earth, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, can be and must be in us if we are to live eternally in Heaven. 31 He tells us how we can become a part of the Messianic community on earth. 32 The bottom line is that the Messiah Himself must enter us by the Spirit, that is, He must wake up our dead spirits by entering us with the light and life of His eternal Spirit. 33 Once the final person receives the Kingdom of Heaven or Messianic Kingdom into their hearts here on earth, there will be no further salvation. 34
The Kingdom of Heaven must be received in us while we are on earth because once a spirit that is unregenerated leaves the human body, it no longer can be saved or redeemed. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). There is no such thing as reincarnation. 35 Every work of man, whether good or evil, will be tested by God's Word at judgment. 36 Every work shall be weighed in the balance. 37 Since we don't know what each day will bring, today could be your day of judgment. 38 Forsake your pointless life and begin letting Christ with His Father by the Spirit enter your spirit to bring it to life. 39 The Spirit of Christ is equipped with the power to overpower your carnal spirit, soul, mind, and flesh, giving you the victory over your entire being, as well as victory over Satan, sin, the demonic world, death, Hell, and the grave. 40 The Lord loved you so much that He died, resurrected from the dead, and ascended into the heavens for the purpose of sending into you His same victorious life by the Spirit, if you but ask. 41 All you need to do is ask. 42 Ask now and you shall receive now by saying this prayer:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
World Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Hearing God's Prompting" footnotes:
1. John 14:16-20, 23, 15:4-7, 16:7-8, 13, 17:21-23, 26, Rom. 8:10-11, I Cor. 3:9, 16, 6:19-20, 15:10, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 3:16-21, I John 3:6, 24, 4:4, 5:12 return
2. John 15:9-11, 16, Eph. 1:4-11, 2:10, 18-22, 4:11-16, Col. 2:9-10, I Thes. 5:23-24, II Thes. 2:13-17 return
3. Prov. 3:5-7, 26:12, Rom. 8:5-7, I Cor. 2:5-7, 16, Phlp. 2:5, I Pet. 4:1 return
4. Luke 12:11-12, John 14:26, 16:13-14 return
5. Matt. 10:19-20, John 5:17, I Cor. 3:16-17, 6:19-20, 15:10 return
6. John 17:17-19, I Cor. 1:2, 30, 6:11, II Cor. 6:14-18, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 5:25-27, I Thes. 4:3-4, 5:23, II Thes. 2:13-14, Heb. 13:12, 21, Jas. 1:27 return
7. John 14:12 return
8. John 8:28-29, 11:25, 14:1, 6, 10-12, Philip. 2:8, Col. 2:9, Rev. 1:8, 21:6 return
9. Rom. 6:3-6, 12-13, 8:9-11, 13:14, I Cor. 15:10, Gal. 2:20, 5:24-25, Col. 3:3-10 return
10. Gal. 5:16-21, 24, Matt. 13:20-22, 19:16-26, Luke 16:19-31, John 3:6, Rom. 7:15-23, 8:1, 3-9, 12-13, 13:14, I Cor. 2:13-14, 15:50, II Cor. 4:11, 5:17, 7:1, 10:2-6, Gal. 2:20, 6:8, Eph. 2:3-7, 12-13, II Tim. 4:10, Heb. 10:38, Jas. 4:1, II Pet. 2:10, I John 2:15-16 return
11. Matt. 13:20-22, 19:16-26, Luke 16:19-31, John 3:6, 6:66, Rom. 6:19, 7:5, 7:15-23, 8:1, 6, 13, Gal. 5:16-21, 24, II Tim. 4:10, Jas. 4:1, I Pet. 3:21 return
12. John 5:14, Heb. 10:26-27, Rev. 1:18 return
13. Matt. 13:23, Rom. 7:15-25, 8:1-17, I Cor. 2:13-16, Heb. 10:38-39 return
14. Zech. 4:6, Acts 13:47, 49-52, 20:17-24, Rom. 5:1-5, ch. 8, I Cor. 15:9-10, Gal. 5:22-25, Eph. 2:19-22, 4:14-15, 17-32 return
15. Matt. 11:28-30, John 3:6, 10:7, 11:25, 14:6, 15:4-5, Acts 4:12, Rom. 8:1-7, 9, 11-14, 35-39, I Cor. 15:45-50, Rev. 1:8 return
16. Zech. 4:6, Matt. 6:33, 13:23, Acts 13:47-52, 20:17-24, Rom. 5:1-5, ch. 8, I Cor. 2:13-16, Gal. 5:22-25, Heb. 10:38-39 return
17. Luke 24:49, 19:12-13, John 14:26-28, 16:7-16, Heb. 13:5 return
18. Neh. 8:10, Luke 6:22-23, 10:20, John 10:10, 28-29, 11:25, 15:11, 17:2, Rom. 5:1-2, 8:15-16, 15:13, Gal. 4:6, 5:22-24, Eph. 1:19-23, I Pet. 1:8-9 return
19. I Cor. 2:3, II Cor. 7:15, Eph. 6:5, Phlp. 2:12 return
20. Ezek. 36:27, Matt. 9:13, John 14:20, 15:3-5, 17:21-23, 26, I Cor. 3:16-17, 6:19-20, II Cor. 6:16-18, 13:5, I Tim. 1:15 return
21. Rom. 8:1, 4, 31, Gal. 5:16, Phlp. 2:15 return
22. John 14:26, Rom. 8:1, 4, Gal. 5:16, 25, Eph. 5:8-11 return
23. Matt. 6:33 return
24. John 3:3-8 return
25. Rom. 12:1-2, II Cor. 3:17-18, Gal. 5:16-25 return
26. Matt. 16:19, John 6:27, 15:2-8, 14, 16:13-15, II Cor. 5:10, Gal. 6:8, II Tim. 4:1-2 return
27. Dan. 12:2, II Cor. 5:1, Rev. 14:9-11 return
28. Deut. 10:12-13, 20, Job 28:28, Prov. 3:7, 14:27, 16:16, Eccl. 12:13, John 14:15, 21, 15:9-10, I John 2:4-6, 5:2 return
29. Amos 3:3 return
30 Isa. 7:14-15, Luke 2:6-12, John 1:10-14, 7:42 return
31. Matt. 6:10, Luke 17:20-21, John 14:23, 17:11-22 return
32. Rom. 6:4-11, 8:1-6, I Cor. 12:12-14, II Cor. 4:11, Gal. 3:26-28, Col. 1:27-28, II Tim. 1:8-10 return
33. John 3:3, 5-7, 36, 5:24-26, 6:63, Rom. 8:2, 10-11, I Pet. 1:23, I John 5:11-12 return
34. Matt. 13:40-43, I Cor. 15:22-24, Rev. 14:15-19, 22:11 return
35. Gen. 3:19, Job 16:22, 18:5-18, Psa. 104:29, Eccl. 12:5-7, Heb. 9:27 return
36. Eccl. 3:17, 12:14, I Cor. 3:13, II Cor. 5:10, I Pet. 1:17, Rev. 20:12-13, 15 return
37. I Sam. 2:3, Prov. 16:2, Dan. 5:27, I Cor. 3:13, Rev. 22:12 return
38. Prov. 27:1, Luke 12:16-20, 21:34-35, Jas. 4:13-14 return
39. John 6:63, Rom. 8:1-2, 5-11, II Cor. 3:6, Gal. 6:8, Eph. 2:12-22 return
40. John 16:33, 17:1-3, Rom. 8:37-39, Eph. 6:13-18, II Tim. 4:18, I John 2:13-14, 4:4, Rev. 1:18, 2:26-27, 3:21 return
41. Matt. 27:26-66, 28:1-7, Luke 24:36-51, John 14:12, 16:7-8, Acts 2:22-42, Rom. 8:34, I Cor. 15:3-7, 10, II Cor. 5:14-15 return
42. Joel 2:32, Matt. 7:7-11, 21:22, John 16:24, Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:9-13, Jas. 4:2, I John 3:22, Rev. 3:20 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
12. John 14:6 return
13. Acts 4:12 return