by Tony Alamo
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it[!] Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked?” (Eccl. 7:12-13).
“Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his WORKS” (Matt. 16:24-27).
“But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not WORKS, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have WORKS: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my WORKS” (James 2:14-18).
When Jesus says, “Follow Me,” He means, walk in the Holy Spirit that the WORK of God may be accomplished. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 4:18). The Spirit of God led Jesus “into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” (Matt. 4:1). The Lord says we are to be led by the SPIRIT OF GOD so that we know that God is doing HIS SPECIAL WORK through us.1
Jesus says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your HEAVENLY FATHER give THE HOLY SPIRIT to them that [seek] Him?” (Luke 11:13). You may ask, “Why should I seek the Holy Spirit?” It is because you don’t have GOD’S POWER OR GUIDANCE; you don’t know what work you are to do, or when to do it, without the Holy Spirit guiding you.2
I hear pastors teaching that we are to be imitations of Jesus, of THE FATHER, of Paul; but this is not true. Jesus wants you to be filled with the real Holy Spirit, not to be anything that is imitation.3 The false teaching of these people is why there is no great move of God!
There are two real spirits. One is the SPIRIT OF GOD, the other, the spirit of the devil! You have to choose which spirit you will walk in. It will be one or the other. You must choose which one it will be! (Josh. 24:15, Matt. 6:24).
GOD WORKED ALL OF HIS works by the HOLY SPIRIT.4 The SPIRIT OF GOD moved upon the face of the waters (Gen. 1:2). No man can imitate that! Christ also has His work. He, after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven became the HOLY SPIRIT, the COMFORTER. Jesus told His disciples, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another COMFORTER, that He may abide [live] with you for ever; Even the SPIRIT of TRUTH; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him [Jesus]: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). Jesus then tells them it is Him by saying, “I will not leave you COMFORTLESS: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode [home] with him” (John 14:18-23).
People try to imitate what Jesus did in His ministry. This is not possible. When Jesus with our Father lives in us, He will do a work of His choice in us. Before David, King of Israel, sinned, he was the apple of God’s eye.5 David had many wives;6 Jesus didn’t have any. David slew Goliath.7 Jesus didn’t; He slew the devil.8 Abraham had several wives;9 again, Jesus didn’t. Moses, Gideon, and many others had many wives as well.10 Samson killed a thousand Philistines.11 Jesus didn’t; Jesus destroyed Satan. Jesus rose from the dead; He destroyed death, Hell, and the grave, and gave us salvation.12 No one else ever could have done this, but Jesus!
WALK IN THE SPIRIT
We have our testimony; Jesus has His. “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). We have the testimony of Jesus because He tells us what to do, and we do it. The prophets prophesied by the Spirit; the Apostles also, after Pentecost, did as well.13
Don’t imitate but, “Let him hear what the Spirit saith” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). He that has a spiritual ear, let him hear what the Spirit SAITH!
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Give your heart to Christ the COMFORTER now, that He and THE FATHER by the Spirit MAY ABIDE IN YOU. To be saved, say this prayer to God:
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 your cross daily and follow Jesus for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, 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 with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, submit yourselves one to another, 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 bless and reward you abundantl.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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1. Ezek. 36:27, John 14:15-20, 23, 26, 15:4-5, 16:13-14, 33, Rom. 8:10-11, I Cor. 3:9, 15:10, 57-58, II Cor. 5:17-21, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 3:16-21, Phlp. 2:12-13, 4:13, Col. 1:10-11, 27-29, II Tim. 1:14, Heb. 13:5-6, 20-21, I John 4:4 return
3. Ezek. 36:27, John 14:15-20, 23, 26, 15:3-7, 17:21-23, 26, Rom. 8:10-11, I Cor. 3:9, 16-17, II Cor. 6:16-18, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 3:16-21, Phlp. 2:13, Col. 1:27-29, II Tim. 1:14, I John 3:24, 4:4, Rev. 3:19-21 return
10. Gen. 29:15-30, 30:3-4, 9-10, Ex. 2:21-22, Num. 12:1, Judg. 1:16, 4:11, 8:30, 10:3-4, 12:8-9, 13-14, II Sam. 12:7-8, I Chron. 2:42-49, 3:9, 7:4, II Chron. 11:18-21, Heb. 11:8-10, 21, 23-29, 32-34, 36-40, James 2:23 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