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Eddie Long Said What?

November 24, 2010

“We don’t want to accept that God calls us gods!…But just as soon as you realize that, ‘I am a god.’  And as revelations reveal, ‘I am a king.’ He is King of kings. He is God of gods!”

…”Yes!  Ye are gods!” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: You are Mighty.

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“I know who I am!  And, and, and, see, when you know who you are– wherever you go, as a god, as a king– you have an entourage.  You have security.

I don’t make poor gods!  You know why some of you haven’t got a financial breakthrough?  It’s because, first–You ain’t recognized who you are. And you don’t recognize as a god you have territory.  So God cannot release your wealth because you still don’t know you have a territory.. But just as soon as you realize that, ‘I am a god.’  And as revelations reveal, ‘I am a king.’  He is King of kings.  He is God of gods!  But you know what?  Some of you still, you will go to work and mess this up in a testimony.   ‘I was at church and Bishop Long said — I ain’t say you were gods!  God said it!  Show them the Scripture.” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: You are Mighty.

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“You need to understand when folk start talking about stuff and how evil things are.  You’ll look at them and say, ‘But, I ain’t going out like that!’  Well how come?  Because, I’m god!  I’m little ‘L.’  I’m not going out like men.  I believe what God said about me!  How you going to kill god?  That’s a good question.  How you going to kill god?  How you going to kill him?  So if you look like Him then you’ll talk like Jesus. What did Jesus say?  ‘Ain’t nobody going to take my life.  When it’s time to go I’ll lay it down.’  But ain’t nobody taking my life.” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: You are Mighty.

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“We don’t want to accept that God calls us gods!  Because, if you accept being, don’t, don’t–I’m not starting a cult! I’m reading Scripture.  The Almighty sits in the congregation of His reflection–El (God), who is mighty.  Watch this, and we can’t accept God calling us small g-o-d.” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: You are Mighty.

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“You have been saved too long to be broke!…You wanna know why you broke?  Cause you’re friends are broke and you assemble around that problem…The door was open.  Which means you already rich.  You decided to live poor!  You already healed!  You decided to be sick!…God ain’t broke!…And it won’t, it does not take Him a long time to fill your pockets.

Do you believe that this situation can change?  Then speak to it!…Talk your way out of it.  Prophesy your way out of it. Stop looking at what you see and call what you want it to be.  You’re on fertile ground and whatever you speak got to happen!  Whatever you say got to happen!” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: There’s Power In Your Word, Part I.

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“Watch this. Watch this… There is power in your words. Everything that you have been speaking is coming.” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: There’s Power in Your Word, Part II.

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“My whole objective in life is to be His image, His duplicate, His witness and to show folk what He look like because, before nobody seen Him. Somebody say, ‘I want to see God.’ Here He is, look at me!” – Eddie Long, Ministry Tape: God Is After Himself.

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“He said, ‘Did I not say you are gods?’ Son of the living God. I didn’t say you were God. Little ‘g’. See you’re gonna go out here and just mess it up… He said if you don’t understand that you’re mighty! And Elohim (gods) stands in the congregation of El (God)… But God said if you can believe that you’re a king, if you can believe you’re my chosen- if Elohim could get you to act like El…” – Eddie Long, TBN Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 29/03/ 2004.

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“Gen.2:7 be fruitful and multiply… up until now there was no God formed ( you got to get this said several times) Man was made from the dust of the ground… Now I know you thought this but I going to help clear this up, look at me y’all.”Watch this (repeated 4 times)“When God formed in Gen.2:7 I had the egg and the sperm in me, everything that a woman and everything that man is was in one. So he formed a body and put himself in you” your not getting this, you gotta get this, he called it man. In Gen.2:21 took a rib, he did this because God wanted to reproduce himself.” – Eddie Long, TBN, Broadcast on 07/11/2003.

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“Jesus took away Satan’s keys and power at Calvary, and it is up to us to come along behind and subdue and have dominion over every evil work and every servant of evil.

I am subduing!  I have dominion and I walk in royalty!  Because, guess what?  For all you that think I just preached blasphemy, my Bible says, ‘He is King of kings.’  Which means there has to be some kings.  He is, ‘Lord of lords.’  Which means there has to be some lords.” – Eddie Long, TBN Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 29/03/2004.

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“You’re not a king if you don’t have any spoils!  You’re not a king if you’re not ruling and conquering and having dominion! Where you’re taking finances out of the world’s system and bringing it into the Kingdom! …Praise-A-Thon is not a telethon!  It is a reporting of the kings of what the have done!” –  Eddie Long, TBN Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 29/03/2004.

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“When you understand the Greek of that and understand that word means duplicates. That we be duplicates of Him.” – Eddie Long, TBN Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 29/04/2004.

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“You need to get up and understand that you are mighty in God.  You need to get up and understand that Elohim (gods) stands in the congregation of El (God).  You need to get up and understand you are, He sent!  And if all you got is $5.00 to give now, give $6.00!” – Eddie Long, TBN Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 29/03/2004.

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“We go to church buildings that still have a mortgage.  Which means the bank owns God’s house.  Which means that we go and make love to God in a house that Satan owns!” – Eddie Long, TBN Spring Praise-A-Thon, Broadcast on 04/04/2005.

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“We have power in our mouths. Life and death is in the power of the tongue. And in a moment, touch somebody and say, ‘In a moment.’  No, I said, ‘In a moment,’ we are about to change this world.  In a moment, there’s going to be an opening of your mouth–not like church service!  … we are going to set the atmosphere for this city that will touch this state and nations abroad.” – Eddie Long, TBN Historic Edition: Silent No More, Broadcast on 03/04/2005.

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“Whenever God sends you somewhere you are Him. If God sent you, it ain’t you going it is Him, “I am he sent, arise and shine for your light has come.” – Eddie Long, TBN, 05/11/2004.

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“God said, well, let me tell you something, we’re in Las Vegas now because I want you to take a risk with me. Matter of fact, the deal is good on the front side, because I am the one that gives you the ability to get wealth. I give you 100 percent and only ask for 10 percent back. And then I’m gonna take your 10 percent and protect your 90 percent, and then if you’re (unintelligible) tithe or offering, I’m going to give you 30-, 60-, 100-fold over that. I think that’s a good deal.” – Eddie Long, National Public Radio, Transcript: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130589821, 15/10/2010. (Accessed 17/10/10).

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“We’re not just a church, we’re an international corporation.  We’re not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can’t talk and all we’re doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around this world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation. You’ve got to put me on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there that’s supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering.” – Eddie Long (regarding his compensation package), Atlanta Constitution Journal: http://yolandapierce.blogspot.com/2010/09/not-just-church.html, 28/08/2005. (Accessed 17/10/10).

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“The doctor can X-Ray you and say, ‘You got cancer.’ And then you go home and God let me see, does Christ have cancer? If Christ don’t, I don’t have cancer. All I need to do is get a picture of what he looks like. Because, if I can see Him I become like Him.” – Eddie Long, BET Manpower 2003, Broadcast on 27/06/2004.

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“That connection is declared and because we’re like God it has to happen!  Declare it!  ‘We’re like God!” – Eddie Long, “Rise To A New Dimension I”, International Gathering of Champions, 2004.

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“All of us together, say it!  All of us together, you didn’t do that right!  Slap somebody, say, ‘All of us in this place now together are like God!” – Eddie Long, “Rise To A New Dimension I”, International Gathering of Champions, 2004.

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“Watch this, because when Jesus said, ‘I have come to get ‘That’ which is lost.’ It was not those, it was ‘that’. We try to make it ‘Those’, but He said, ‘That’. I got to get close to you. What is ‘That’? I’m going to tell you. What was lost with our identity? It started in Genesis 3. And when God spoke and then the Devil talked to Eve and he said, ‘If you do this, He’s afraid that you’ll be like God.’ They were already like God! And because they didn’t believe what they were already, they got robbed of who they were.” – Eddie Long, “Rise To A New Dimension I,” International Gathering of Champions 2004.

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“I would love to sit with you and walk with you through the Bible to show that Jesus wasn’t poor…” – Eddie Long, The Atlanta Journal-
2005 AJC report: Bishop Eddie Long benefits from his own church’s charity: http://www.ajc.com/news/2005-ajc-report-bishop-619032.html By John Blake, published 08/28/05.
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“Please hear this: I have been accused. I am under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man but this thing, I’m gonna fight… I want you to know one other thing, I feel like David against Goliath but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.” – Eddie Long, Project Q, Bishop Eddie Long: ‘I am not a perfect man’: http://www.projectqatlanta.com/news_articles/view/Bishop_Eddie_Long_I_am_not_a_perfect_man?gid=6409, 26/10/2010.

(Thanks to ‘Let Us Reason’: http://letusreason.org/Wf51.htm)

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Phil Pringle Said What? (IV)

November 24, 2010

Note: All quotes are from Phil Pringle’s book, ‘Faith’ (2001). This book is still promoted by him and are promoted in his colleges. His college library has shelves dedicated to his material. He still promotes ALL his books to this day. Some quotes will seem out of place or uninteresting. I’d encourage you to compare them to his other quotes. These quotes are for the purpose of critique and review.

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“All these books, did something for my spiritual life. However, one day I came across a book to end all books. There are books that God himself places in or hands and they are able to impart the life they speak of. They impart the gift of the writer. The book was called “Ever Increasing Faith” – the biography of Smith Wigglesworh. He was an English plumber who excercised an extraordinary amount of faith and dedication to God. I read only the first page and was so set on fire that I put it down, went to the centre of town and witnessed on the streets for the rest of the evening. When I managed to pick it up again I completed reading it. As I read I discovered that he never read any other book than the Bible. That cured me of reading any other books! For about eighteen months that is. As I read, IT FELT AS THOUGH THE MAN WAS LAYING HIS HANDS ON ME.

Faith was pouring into my spirit from every page.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 8.

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“… Faith is to be covering every area of our lives for successful combat against Satan.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 9.

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“Hebrews Chapter 11 tells us that the secret to the accomplish-ments of all the ancient heroes of scripture is attributable to one quality at work in their lives – FAITH.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 11.

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“Faith is what God responds to. Without faith nothing happens except worry, fear and doubt.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 12.

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“Not only does the absence of faith displease God but He is unable to do the things he wishes when faith is not being exercised.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 12.

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“Faith moves God to action” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 12.

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“Faith is a spirit. It is an attitude. It is confidence in the heart.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 12.

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“Faith is knowing something that no-one else does.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 12.

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“We live in a world full of doubt. It is a Thomas generation. Man has placed his trust in the wisdom of man instead of in the Word of God. This has left him weak, worried, spiritually impoverished and far from God, without any hope in a problem-sick world.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 13.

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“There is no doubt that it is the men and women of faith who have changed the world. You are to be one of this uncommon breed of people who transform this world. Those who “conquered kingdoms”, by faith. – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 13.

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“Faith is the collateral of heaven. It is what you use to trade with in heaven.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 13.

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“The source of faith is the Word of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 14.

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“It was also true that Job was the wealthiest man in the East. There is a direct correlation between the measure of God’s Word in our lives and the measure of prosperity we enjoy.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 14.

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“When we have no room for the Word of God in our lives we have no room for success.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 14.

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“There is a marked difference between truth and the facts. People are very quick to let us know what the facts are. However, our faith, focus and fight are based on the truth, not the facts.” – Phil Pringle Faith, 2001, pg 14.

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“God’s Word stands high in opposition to many of the situations we face. We are to make the choice. We believe God’s Word, or we believe the “facts”. If we are to enjoy the great blessing of God, we need to choose the truth every time. Truth versus facts.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 14-15.

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“Truth versus facts. Joshua was told that when he meditated in the Word of God (Joshua 1:8) he would also have success. This is something we must have. For God and for ourselves. The alternative is horrifying.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 15.

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“Faith is the collateral of heaven. It is what you use to trade with in heaven.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 13.

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“The bible opens heaven’s gates and discloses the gates of hell. It rewards all who heed it and condemns outright those who spurn it. It will be opened at judgment to condemn sin and exalt righteousness. It is indestructable. Countless attempts have been made to destroy it. Jesus Himself said it will never pass away. The Bible fits the soul of man like a key to a lock. Thousands of miracles happen all around the world every day to people who claim Bible promises for themselves. It is always up to date on any subject.” – Phil Pringle Faith, 2001, pg 16.

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Faith is an attitude you have within you. – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 22.

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“[Continued] I have come across enough believers who desperately attempt to confess, see, pray, act and receive. All are legitimate elements of faith. Yet many remain depressed, disappointed and void of the victory they so ardently seek. Each problem that they attempt to overcome results in their being overcome, leaving them defeated and often confused. They are neither confident nor assured of anything, but just “hoping” that going through the motions do the trick. But it won’t, because hope is not faith. Let me say it again – Hope is not faith. Joy is the fruit of faith every time.– Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 22.

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” [Continued] You cannot have faith and self pity in the same body.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 22.

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In the new Testament, Paul’s lifestyle left people on the sideline everywhere. It seems that the man had boundless energy, undeterred purpose and an attitude of pure drive that would send today’s most ardent PMA (positive mental attitude) experts to distraction! He perpetually believed that everything would work together for good. Some of the most outrageous things that could possible [sic] happen to an individual happened to Paul. He saw every circumstance through the attitude of faith. He had a feeling within him. He felt that he could not be conquered. He knew His God to be the truth. He made sure that his emotions and mentallity agreed with God’s Word. He would bring his attitudes and emotions into a reflection of what God was saying, no matter what the circumstance.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 23.

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“I’m not talking here about some aneamic substitute for faith called ‘positive thinking’. That may be one of the fruits of faith, but understand clearly that it is not faith itself. Faith begins with an attitude, a spirit within us, a feeling of incredible confidence. A feeling of undefeatable victory over all the circumstances. This feeling makes impossible mountains appear like miniature hills. It makes you feel on top and not underneath.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 25-26.

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“… Faith is shown to be essential in the foundation of a successful Christian Life.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 27.

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“One of the signs of an anointed, Jesus ordained minister is that his fruit remains.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 28.

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“The victory that overcomes the world IS our faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg30.

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“There’s little point in blaming God for not doing things if we ignore His laws.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 35.

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“Jesus lived a perfect life. His whole life was perfect. His emotional life – perfect. Speech life – perfect. Relationship life – perfect. Conduct – perfect. Morals – perfect. Obedience – perfect. Nothing was lacking. His entire life, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, was “without spot or blemish”. The only perfect man ever to live on planet Earth. He went before God in heaven and presented His life before the judgment seat of Heaven. God inspected and signed it off as being perfect. It was a life lived at the highest level. God had lived the perfect life as man on earth. This life could live with God. This life could enter heaven. This life could be admitted to the throne room of God, the loftiest position in all of heaven. This was the very life of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 29-30.

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“Remember, it was people of faith throughout all Scripture who achieved the great exploits of God. The list in Hebrews spells it out with absolute clarity. It was not joy, it was not love, it was not brokenness, it was not fasting. It was faith!” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 30.

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“It [faith] is the essential ingredient in the victorious Christian’s life. The victory that overcomes the world IS our faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 30.

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“We become joint-inheritors with Christ of all, that’s right – all things. What did he inherit? ALL THINGS! (Hebrews 1:2) After thorough investigation into the word all in the Greek, Hebrew and concordances of all kinds, it is apparent that the word “all” actually means “all”. This truth must sink deeply into our spirit and into the highest revelation in our mind. This is salvation. Faith in this truth sets a man and a woman free.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 33.

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“The plain fact is that our foundation for the great Christian life that God is offering us must be firmly intact. The foundation is faith. Faith based upon the facts in God’s Word. This is the rock that the Church is built on. This is the rock that can’t be moved.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 33.

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“If prayer is not being answered something is wrong. Prayer exists to be answered.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 36.

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“God doesn’t respond to need. He responds to the person who is observing His laws. We are to learn the ways of God. He walks with us as we walk in His ways. As we look at the secrets to answered prayer, we will discover they ways of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 36.

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“NEED and DESIRE are the motivation for praying. Both of these are genuine motivations for seeking God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 36.

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“The basis for faith in prayer is – God loves me – God is a good God, and it is God’s will to answer my prayer. These points are so important I would encourage you to stand up right now, walk around the room and repeat them aloud. God loves me. God is a good God. It is God’s will to answer my prayer.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 36.

“There are seven clear steps to answered prayer.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 36.

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“… Throughout the Bible we see God responding to faith rather than need.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 37.

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“I earnestly believe in a close, deep, personal relationship with the Lord. However this does not guarantee answers to prayer. Faith does! Faith is the master key that unlocks all of heaven’s doors. It’s the collateral of God. It’s the currency of heaven. Without it, we are unable to purchase anything from God. He issues the invitation, “Come, buy wine and milk, without price, without money.” How do we buy without money? With faith, that’s how.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 53.

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“Faith persists. Faith is persistent and does not faint. It makes decisions. It is determined to obtain the promise of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 53.

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“The main point here is that we are to desire something before faith can come into play. Our desires are of value to God. It’s His well to fulfill our dreams. When we are delighting in the Lord, our dreams and desires are formed in His Spirit, timing and purpose.” – Phil Pringle Faith, 2001, pg 39.

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“If a man knows what he wants, then he is in a position to decide that he will get it. This is faith. The determined decision of a man with desire.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 43.

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“Prayer is the most powerful ability the believer has access to.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 46.

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“Here we are talking about the prayer of faith. This is when we know what we want, have decided that we are going to have it, then asking God for it. We ask Him to enable us in obtaining it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 46.

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“I earnestly believe in a close, deep, personal relationship with the Lord. However this does not guarantee answers to prayer. Faith does! Faith is the master key that unlocks all of heavens doors. It’s the collateral of God. It’s the currency of heaven. Without it, we are unable to purchase anything from God. He issues the invitation, “Come, buy wine and milk, without price, without money.” How do we buy without money? With faith, that’s how.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 53.

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“Faith persists. Faith is persistent and does not faint. It makes decisions. It is determined to obtain the promises of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 53.

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“Faith is a time rebel. It travels through time into the future, it feels the experience of a yet future event. But it feels that event in the “now”. Faith is not pretending that it’s there. It is not hoping that it’s there. It is not imagining that it’s there.

Faith knows it’s there because it has the substance of the experience, or the thing, in itself. Faith is a substance of a “thing” it feels the “thing” existing within the heart right now. Because it exists inside me I know that it exists. Somehow my faith has rebelled against normal time restrictions, travelled out into the future, plugged into this thing and translated the substance of it back to me here in the now.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 55.

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“Faith locates us with God in the timeless world of eternity. It’s a time rebel.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 55.

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“Faith deals with primarily with two arenas. The future and the invisible. Obviously both are invisible but one deals with the unseen reality of the present while the other deals with the unseen reality of the future. When we pray and the substance of an unseen reality enters our spirit (our “knower”) it has a two way effect. Firstly, the reality that our faith has put us into contact with, feeds into our spirit an assurance of that “reality”. Secondly, it’s as though an umbilical cord is connected from our spirit to that prayer request and we feel the answer to our prayer as we continue to pray over the request. This faith contacts us with our future, with our destiny. If we let go of our faith we lose direction. We “make shipwrecks” of our lives, Paul says to his young disciple in 1 Timothy 1:19.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 56.

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“We believe that we have the answer to our prayer before our five senses tell us so. The Amplified Bible interprets Hebrews 11:1 as “Faith perceives as a reality what is not revealed to the five senses.”

Faith is like an additional sense. A spiritual sense… Thus we walk by faith, that is, an inner substance, an inner reality that cannot be seen by anyone else. The conclusion is that we don’t wait until we receive a thing before we believe that we have it. We get it before we get it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 56.

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“Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him for righteousness (Romans 4:3). He grew strong in faith by giving glory to God. What was he giving glory to God for? He believed that God’s word had already made him a father… In all that time there was no change in the circumstances that he was facing. But all the time Abraham continued to locate himself with God and give glory to God for something that had already happened.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 57.

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“… If we believe that the moment we pray God has said “yes”, and answered our prayer, we will give Him thanks. This is one of the highest expressions of faith. Worshipping God for what is about to happen.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 57.

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“When this principle first began operating in my life I had never heard anyone so much mention the idea of receiving a thing before receiving it. If they had, I may have written them off as having had too much pizza the night before! It sounds strange to the natural man. But that’s always the way with the laws of God. They are indecipherable to the natural man. In Isaiah 55 God declares His “ways are not our ways”. He says that His ways are “higher” than our ways. Like the difference between heaven and earth, flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom. It’s a spiritual Kingdom. It runs on spiritual principles. We must understand these principles and operate within them if we are ever to do anything of eternal value for God. Trying to build a spiritual Kingdom by means of the flesh is a sure recipe for burn-out and failure.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 58.

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“In Matthew 16:19, Jesus said that He would give us the keys to the Kingdom. Faith is the major key that opens every door in the Kingdom. It is a master key. Therefore it is imperative that we understand the ways of faith. Because these keys are the ways of God the natural man cannot receive them. They are spiritually understood. They are foolishness to the natural man. When a gift of the Spirit operates. Then we are able to impart that gift to others and teach them how to function in it also.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 58.

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“Faith is a creative force. When we operate by faith, we employ the creative power of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 66.

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“Faith deals primarily with two arenas. The future and the invisible. Obviously both are invisible but one deals with the unseen reality of the present while the other deals with the unseen reality of the future. When we pray and the substance of an unseen reality enters our spirit (our “knower”) it has a two way effect. Firstly, the reality that our faith has put us into contact with, feeds into our spirit an assurance of that “reality”. Secondly, it’s as though an umbilical cord is connected from our spirit to that prayer request and we feel the answer to our prayer as we continue to pray over the request. This faith contacts us with our future, with our destiny. If we let go of our faith we lose direction. We “make shipwrecks” of our lives, Paul says to his young disciple in 1 Timothy 1:19.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 56.

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“We believe that we have the answer to our prayer before our five senses tell us so. The Amplified Bible interprets Hebrews 11:1 as “Faith perceives as a reality what is not revealed to the five senses.”

Faith is like an additional sense. A spiritual sense… Thus we walk by faith, that is, an inner substance, an inner reality that cannot be seen by anyone else. The conclusion is that we don’t wait until we receive a thing before we believe that we have it. We get it before we get it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 56.

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“Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him for righteousness (Romans 4:3). He grew strong in faith by giving glory to God. What was he giving glory to God for? He believed that God’s word had already made him a father… In all that time there was no change in the circumstances that he was facing. But all the time Abraham continued to locate himself with God and give glory to God for something that had already happened.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 57.

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“… If we believe that the moment we pray God has said “yes”, and answered our prayer, we will give Him thanks. This is one of the highest expressions of faith. Worshipping God for what is about to happen.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 57.

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“When this principle first began operating in my life I had never heard anyone so much mention the idea of receiving a thing before receiving it. If they had, I may have written them off as having had too much pizza the night before! It sounds strange to the natural man. But that’s always the way with the laws of God. They are indecipherable to the natural man. In Isaiah 55 God declares His “ways are not our ways”. He says that His ways are “higher” than our ways. Like the difference between heaven and earth, flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom. It’s a spiritual Kingdom. It runs on spiritual principles. We must understand these principles and operate within them if we are ever to do anything of eternal value for God. Trying to build a spiritual Kingdom by means of the flesh is a sure recipe for burn-out and failure.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 58.

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“In Matthew 16:19, Jesus said that He would give us the keys to the Kingdom. Faith is the major key that opens every door in the Kingdom. It is a master key. Therefore it is imperative that we understand the ways of faith. Because these keys are the ways of God the natural man cannot receive them. They are spiritually understood. They are foolishness to the natural man. When a gift of the Spirit operates. Then we are able to impart that gift to others and teach them how to function in it also.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 58.

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“Faith is a creative force. When we operate by faith., we employ the creative power of God. Every time I talked to my lawyer I would chuckle inside knowing that I already had what he was telling me I would never get. If I ever had doubts coming at me, I would speak the promises of God. Mark 11:22-24 became a permanent thought pattern in my mind and mouth. I would speak those scriptures so many times every day I felt as though they were shredded by the end of the day. Every time I spoke the Word, my faith would build and doubts would be defeated. The Word is the sword of the Spirit. It is double-edged. One edge builds your faith, while the other defeats the devil.

When Christ fought the devil in the wilderness, He used scripture. No His own words, but the words of Old Testament writings. “It is written,” He said time and time again. The power of the Word of God is enough to create worlds and defeat devils. It is also powerful enough to bring reality to your dreams. Whenever I speak out the promises of God in my mind I connect them with the particular project I’m currently involved with. It injects faith and reinforces the faith inside me that what I’m praying for will come to pass.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 66-67.

“Remember you don’t need faith, for what you can see. You need it for what you can’t see.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 68.

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“When we receive a thing today in our faith that we are yet to receive physically, this connects us with our future. It’s like a long cord tied to your spirit and the yet future event. Holding faith is holding that cord and drawing your self into your destiny in God. All that needs to happen then is that we pass through time realising that we are (Hebrews 10:23) to

“hold fast to our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.”

If we let go of our faith, we lose the connection with our future and begin to drift. Faith is the one thing that will keep you in God. It will keep your heart tight and your mind clear. It’s not always easy to be a faith person facing the impossible. But “hold fast.”

He is faithful that promised! – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 68-69.

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STEP FIVE – SPEAK IT

“Confession needs to be a faith to the heart…”

Mark 11:23 says

Whosoever shall say to this mountain, be thou removed and cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatever he says.

Kenneth Hagin rightly points out that the word “say” occurs three times here, whereas the word “pray” occurs only twice in the following verse in regard to gaining answers to prayer. We can enable the answers to our prayers or disable them, by the words of our mouth. This would be one of the most powerful and wonderful truths in the universe. Hebrews 10:23 declares that we are to

hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He that promised is faithful.

The word profession, “what God is saying”. Amos 3:3 asks the question:

How can two walk together except they be agreed!

Unless we learn to agree with God we will be unable to walk with Him. What God says about situations is very different from what we say. We say we are weak. God says we are strong. In fact, in Joel 3:10 we are admonished,

Let the weak say I am strong.

This is the “confession of our faith”. We are to hold fast without “wavering” because it is easy to waver in this area. We can find ourselves digging a grave with our mouths. The words we speak contain great power.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 70-71.

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[Continued] “We can find ourselves digging a grave with our mouths. The words we speak contain great power. However, it is important that we focus on the positive aspect of the power of the tongue rather than the negative, otherwise we will find ourselves with problems rather than answers.

It always seems so unfortunate that the incredible truths of God’s Word can become great bondage to people, when they remove the spirit of Scripture and develop cold doctrine, devoid of God’s intentions. When we ignore the spirit of Scripture we reduce truth to formulae, empty ceremonies and at worst, superstitions. The Word of God is extremely powerful and must be “handled accurately”(2 Timothy 2:15).

Scripture says that the combination of a believing heart and a faith filled mouth can remove literal mountains. And I mean literal, as in physical, geographically located big hills. The context of this statement from Christ was that once He had cursed a fig tree, and it was dead. It wasn’t a “spiritual” fig tree, so he is not now referring to a “spiritual” mountain. No, He is probably pointing to the very mountain, they are standing on.

This idea that it is a spiritual mountain is an attempt to make it seem reasonable. Yet God has always displayed His miraculous power in the physical realm. He opened the Red Sea, brought fire out of heaven to consume a sacrifice, changed water to wine, and healed sickness. These were in the physical. For some strange reason we think that if it’s “spiritual” it’s easier to cope with…

To explain the mountain as a spiritual thing is to attempt to explain away the fact that Jesus is opening our minds to the incredible possibilities of faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 70-72.

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“ [Continued] Let’s remember that faith involves the heart as well as the mouth. When people grasp the importance of possibilities of “speaking it” they may become excited about the possibilities of confession and ignore the fact that it needs to be a faith of the heart. This just leaves them with just a lot of positive statements and not necessarily a real faith.

Faith is not just a positive confession. Faith is positive. But being positive is not necessarily faith. When our hearts believe one thing and our mouths are saying another we are deluding ourselves and lying to others. This is where I have seen many come unstuck. They think that if they just say the right thing that they will be alright.

This reminds me of a bad joke I once heard. It’s about a Catholic, a Baptist and a Pentecostal all in hell… The Pentecostal said, “Well by faith I’m not here!” (As I said, a bad joke.)

However, there is an element of truth here, which we should not ignore. Deluding ourselves as to the reality of the situation can have some disastrous effects. It’s on this basis that many have “thrown out the baby with the bath water”. Faith in all its facets is essential to the health of every believer’s spiritual, emotional and physical life.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 72-73.

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“Again we see the correlation between the heart and the mouth. The heart must be in harmony with the mouth and the mouth with the heart. Saying the right words is not like some magical formula that will make a thing happen. A positive confession is not like saying “Abracadabra, Open Sesame”. This thinking has the disastrous effect in the reverse.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 74.

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“When people begin to believe that ahatever they say they will get, they become neurotic about their conversational life. The Scripture does not say you will get what you say. It declares (Mark 11:24) you willget what believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. As I said earlier, what a tragedy to see a wonderful truth of God become a bondage to Christians. They have somehow begun to focus on the negative things they say will come to pass.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 74.

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“I remember walking into our auditorium one evening and mentioning to one of the people that it was “cold in here.” She chided me and replied, “You’ll get what you say.” I said “I know, but it’s still cold in here.” How ridiculous. I’ve asked people how they are. They reply something like, “Oh, I’ve been having a rough time, oops, no, everything is just fine, not a problem in the world.” … The poor guy doesn’t know where he is! He can’t even carry on a normal conversation anymore.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 74-75.

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“I know that there are some people who are perpetually negative. I sincerely believe that if you want to fly with the eagles you cannot afford to walk with the turkeys. I will walk away from those people when they start to attack the vision.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 75.

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“When people have trusted God to move just because they are saying something positive, their faith takes a real beating if it doesn’t happen. They begin to judge God through their circumstances and feel that He has let them down that He doesn’t love them, and certainly they are not about to try again. – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 76.

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Just yesterday, a gentleman came to my office to talk about his life. He is a memberof our church but not attending at present because of his disappointment with God…He and his wife have been faithful, beautiful members of our church for years. However, he began to expect God to do all sorts of things for him, believing he was in faith. When these things didn’t happen, his faith that God do anything for him died.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 76.

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“With faith present, God is well able to deal with the impossible. Without faith, God is restricted in what he can accomplish here on earth.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 82.

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“Romans 10:8, 9 reveals the heart is our believing machine. The heart can only hold one major emotion in it at any one time.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 88.

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“The Word of God is none other than Jesus. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. When we receive the Word we receive Jesus. When we speak the Word we are speaking Christ into that situation… The Word of God is the power of God unto salvation. Paul says that if we want Christ to come to us we don’t have to go either heaven or hell to get Him. No, He is near to you, even in your mouth that is the Word of faith we preach. This means that Christ and the Word of God are one and the same.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 90-91.

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“This is what came into Abram and Sarai’s lives. God. And this event changed their destiny and made them the father and mother of a multitude. It made them the heroes of the faith for all eternity and a model for the lives of all the generations of believers.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 94.

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“It was painfully obvious that child-bearing days had long gone for Abraham and Sarah. But now they were relating to one another as though they had given birth to a multitude. They were transported into God’s time zone by their faith. They were looking back on their future. Faith had put them where God was. They could view their lives from God’s perspective. This is why Abraham “grew strong in faith giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). He already had the answer. He could see it. He could feel it. He decided it would be so. He was committed to what God said in spite of the circumstances and the opinion of everyone else. He had asked God for it. Now he knew it had already happened… As far as Abraham was concerned it had already taken place. He was simply catching up with reality as he patiently passed through time.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 94-95.

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Self talk has become fashionable in many circles of people attempting to improve themselves in any number of areas of their lives. It’s truth that has been in God’s Word for thousands of years. We should develop a set of statements that we regularly speak to ourselves. This creates a faith about who we are and what we can achieve. Here are some examples.

I like my life.

I love my job…

I’m a happy person.

I’m a peaceful person…

I eat the right kind of food.

I read the right kind of material.

I think the right kind of thoughts.

I speak the right kind of words.

Inside the sun is shining everyday.

I find solutions to problems.

I find answers to questions.

I find what I’m looking for.

Doors open to me.

My mind is healthy.

My emotions are stable.

I’m happy with the way I look…

… I love serving God.

I’m a creative person.

I’m a fit person.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

I’m glad about my past.

All things are working together for good in my life.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 94-97.

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“A long after that experience, I looked back and realized that many of the elements I had seem in the imaginations in my mind were a duplicate of what actually happened. I had stumbled on to a principle of God. As I investigated the Scriptures, it became obvious to me that God spoke to His servants from the beginning of time through visions and dreams. Here we’re looking at the vision of faith. As soon as a real faith for anything arrives in your heart, you will see that thing.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 94-97.

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“Hebrew 11:1 says that

“faith is the… evidence of things things not seen.”

That is, it is the seeing of things that are not seen. He Amplified Bible translates this as:

“Faith perceiving as reality those things that are not revealed to the natural senses.”

To perceive is to see. The kind of vision and perception we are talking about is of the mind. A faith vision is an incredibly powerful creative force. Peter says that we are able to “see Him who is invisible.” As I’ve said before, faith deals with two arenas – the invisible future and the invisible present. Both are invisible to the natural eye. But not to the “spiritual” eye. Faith can see a reality that is invisible.

This also relates to the realm of impossibility – a thing you can’t see ever happening because of the impossibility of it. Experience can tell you that it doesn’t happen. The Knowledge tells you that it can” happen. The facts tell you it wont happen. Yet your faith tells you that it’s a reality. It will happen. You can see it happening, against all the odds. You need faith for what you cannot see, not for what you can see.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 99-100.

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“There has never been a Sunday in the history of our church when no-one has received Christ as Lord and Saviour. Besides the many saved in outside crusades, we have seen approximately nine thousand people receive Christ over the last nine years.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 101.

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“The first seeing is the seeing of faith. The second is the seeing of actual reality coming to pass.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 101.

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“There is a screen within our mind upon which three projections are jostling for prime time… But then there is God. He has a projector with a preset, wonderful destiny as the main feature. As we enter the Spirit through praise and worship, God will form His vision within our thionking. We pray the prayer of faith. The vision of the answer comes to mind and we see it, in living colour. Jesus himself gained faith from the Father through visions. He declared that He did nothing that He did not first see His Father doing. If Jesus could see His Father do it, He had no doubt that He could. Once the vision of the fulfillment of your dream has been planted in your mind, bring it in to your prayer life.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 102.

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“Once the vision of the fulfillment of your dream has been planted in your mind, bring it in to your prayer life. Each time you pray the picture to mind and meditate on it. Pray over it. See it happening. Destroy all the images of failure. Replace them with the image of success.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 102-103.

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“Right now in my life I spend much time dreaming over my visions of faith. I know this works. I would be a fool to ignore it. Remember, one of the mightiest keys in the Kingdom of Heaven is faith. Vision is a major part of faith, for we walk by faith and not by sight. Faith is directly contrasted to natural eye sight.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 103.

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“In Ephesians 3:20 Paul says that

God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.

The Greek word for “think” here is “no’eo.” This literally means “to conceive and perceive.” Once we are visualizing some-thing, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 103.

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“God speaks to Jacob in a dream, telling him to make some rods of poplar. He was to strip them and make them spotted and speckled. He put these rods in front of the sheeps and goats when they mated. The plan was to produce spotted and speckled animals from solid coloured ones. This is highly unlikely and those that are speckled and spotted are very rare. So it was against all the odds that Jacob was working. However, he believed God. He put the rods in place. Now it may seem as though Jacob was hoping that the animals would be influenced by the rods and produce what they were looking at, at the time of conception.

There is a truth in this. People will become the vision that you place in front of them. They will become what you show them they can be.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 103.

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“But the main function of the rods was to influence Jacob himself.

Every time the animals came to the watering troughs and mated, Jacob would see the spotted and speckled rods. He could see these sheep giving birth to spotted and speckled offering. He had already seen this in a dream God had given him (Genesis 31:10 – “in the breeding season I once had a dream which I looked up and saw…”). The rods reminded him of the vision he received from God. When he saw them, his faith was renewed and he could see thousands of spotted and speckled sheep and goals. His faith made it happen. God responds to faith. Faith is seeing what cannot be seen. Faith is birthed in our heart by visions from God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 104-5.

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“Abraham was the same. God told Abraham to look towards the stars. In the coolest desert night there was an uncountable multitude of stars in the clear heavens above. God simply said to Abraham, “So shall your see be.” God said “Look at the sand. So shall thy seed be” (Genesis 15:5). From that time onward, Abraham had the vision of stars and sand in his mind whenever he thought on his future. He knew he and Sarah would have their own child and from him would spring an uncountable multitude. Like stars, sand and dust. His faith was strong. He held to the vision of faith in his heart.

All of it came to pass.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 105.

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“James boldly declares that “faith without works is dead”. It’s like the body without the spirit. He likens faith to our body and the actions of faith to our spirit.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 106.

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“Faith is lifeless unless you act on it. T.L. Osbourne says: “When the promises of God are believed and acted upon they become the power of God”. We can do all the things we have previously talked about about: desire, decision, prayer, speaking faith, seeing the answer, but if we don’t act our faith it is all to no avail.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 107.

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“Works must always accompany faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 107.

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“Faith is lifeless unless you act on it. T.L Osbourne says: “When the promises of God are believed and acted upon they become the power of God”.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 107.

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“We can do all the things we have previously talked about about: desire, decision, prayer, speaking faith, seeing the answer, but if we don’t act our faith it is all to no avail.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 107.

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“God has three modes of accomplishing things here on earth. He works in us, through us, and for us. He works in us from one degree to the next. He is at work increasing our faith. This is so that He can work though us. This means that we will see God move through our moving. As we begin to move, God moves.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 108.

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“Fear paralyses faith. It is the worst enemy of faith. Most problems the world faces have their roots in fear. The “fearful” are at the top of the list of those who are thrown into the lake of fire.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 108.

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“Whenever I’m involved in a faith project, which seems to be about every day of my life, thanks be to God, I ask the Lord to show me what to do as an act of faith. Sometimes I find that all He requires is some small act of faith. Other times, He is looking for a big one. Whatever it is the act of faith always releases faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 110.

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“Faith cannot operate independently of God. We should never want it to. Faith is a gift in our lives enabling us to serve God, not ourselves.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 110.

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“Faith has to do with the invisible. Patience has to do with time.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 110.

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“Faith secures what you want. Patience gets it to you when God wants to give it. He does not want us to operating independently of him.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 116.

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“Joshua felt embarrassed. But he knew God’s voice and as he walked around the city, his faith grew day by day.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 116.

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“Faith has legs. Boldly step out and… DO IT!– Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 117.

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“Our minds need faith. We need assurance in our minds. Mental faith is not something we hear a lot of.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 119.

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“The symptom of a weak mental faith is an overactive condemning conscience. It is indecision for fear of making the “wrong” decision. It is second guessing yourself every time you take a progressive step.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 120.

“The two trees that Adam and Eve were given the choice of eating from were the tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The latter sounds like a conscience doesn’t it? This knowledge of good and evil was obviously death for this was the warning God gave them against eating it: “lest they die”.”– Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 120.

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“… The power of the conscience must not be under-estimated. Once awakened, it can become a monster in the mind of the eager Christian who only wants to please God. He will imagine that anything that his conscience says, is appropriate action to take in order to achieve a walk with God. This is faulty thinking and requires adjustment. The conscience can be educated. It needs to be educated. Guilt can be the most effective way of oppressing and binding the spirit of any believer.

The conscience can very easily be a friend of the devil in his effort to wear out the saints.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 120-121.

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“Many Christians have been raised in environments where guilt has been used freely used to manipulate them into being religious. This produces a dead Christianity. God motivates his people with faith, love and hope, not fear, doubt and guilt but sincere Christians find it easy to believe that their conscience is the voice of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 121.

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It’s our faith that justifies us before God.

If our faith is damaged, then so is our relationship with the Lord. We should live within the boundaries of our faith and continue to nourish our spirit with the Word of God so that we grow in faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 121.

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“The key then is to live in faith, with the mental resolution not to come under condemnation.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 127.

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“A poor self image is not just a minor handicap boundaries of our faith and continue to nourish our spirit with the Word of God so that we grow in faith.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 130.

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“It is impossible to have two emotions within your heart at once. There will either be fear or faith. When you are building faith you are starving fear.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 134.

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[In reference to Hebrews 10:35] “This is saying that when we begin to doubt and fear and indulge in unbelief, we begin to “shrink”. Our self image actually begins to diminish. The account in Numbers 13:33 puts it even more succinctly:

We saw giants there. We were grasshoppers in their sight, and so we were in their own sight.

They saw themselves through the eyes of others. A self image is the way you see yourselves. “Image” means reflection, picture, reproduction. Our self-image is held within our minds. It is formed by the words people speak to us… That’s why it is so important to impart courage into one another all the time. We are to give each other an image to live up to, not one to live down to.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 135.

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“The only men who kept their self-image intact were Joshua and Caleb. Both these men preached a great positive message to the congregation, that they should take the land. Their poor self-images could not hear good news.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 136.

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When we believe the negatives we diminish in size. When we diminish in size, we move backwards. When we move backwards, we move towards destruction. When we believe God and have a healthy self-image we move forwards. When we move forwards we move towards victory, salvation and the power of God. We fulfil our destiny. We possess our Promised Land.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 136-137.

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“We are the image of God in the earth. We are extensions of His character. We are exhibits of His power on earth.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 136-137.

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“We are made in the image of a being who created the entire universe in just six days. He did it with the words of His mouth. Can you see yourself doing this? He said in Mark 11:23

“if you tell a mountain to be removed and don’t doubt in your heart, it will move.”

Jesus told a tree to die and it did. He also walked on the water. In the original creation, we find that Adam use his mouth to name all the animals. This was to know dominion in the world he lived in.

We name our worlds too. Many “opportunities” that we face we call “problems”. From that point on, the image of God in us has empowered those words to make it a problem. We name our world all the time. Often to our disadvantage. Adam was shown the power of the tongue. He was to rule over the entire earth in this manner.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 137-138.

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“Jesus told a tree to die and it did. He also walked on the water.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 137-138.

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[Continued] “One of the effects of the curse was that Adam would have to work by the sweat of his brow to subdue the earth. If he wanted to cross water, he would have to build a boat by the sweat of his brow. Jesus just walked across it. If Adam wanted to move a mountain he would have had to dig it out of the way. Jesus said you could just speak to it and it would animal. The same with the tree. The same with anything. It all depends on whether we see ourselves as mere men or actual sons and daughters of the Most High God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 138.

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[Continued] “We have been made in His likeness. No matter what you may encounter giants, demons, problems of any kind, if they see an image of God approaching, they are going to scatter.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 138.

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[Continued] “The Bible sees you in a particular way. It sees you as totally forgiven. It sees you as completely righteous before God. It sees you healthy, happy and prosperous. If this is not the image inside your head you need to take time out to destroy the old and plant the new.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 138.

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[Continued] “Get quiet. Get on your own. Put the Bible in front of you. Find the scriptures which talk about who you are in Christ. Think about them. Apply them to your circumstances. See yourself winning. Believe this. Truth works!” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 139.

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[Continued] “Good self-image begins with a healthy self-love. This is a feeling of well-being towards yourself, about who you are. It is respecting yourself. It is liking yourself.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 139.

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(Note: Pringle Goes on to demonstrate that ‘self-image’ gives us the faith to conquer Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. What about Goliath’s ‘self-image’. Nebuchadnezzar?)

“But life runs on laws. One of these laws is the law of self-image. The way we see ourselves will become a reality.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 142.

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“Yet the source of faith should always be the Word of God. The Bible is the source of everything we need for this life. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that the mighty promises of Go have given us

“… everything that pertains to life and godliness.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 143.

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“If God clothes the grass, how much more will He clothe His own children? But this is just the beginning of a sense of self-worth.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 144-143.

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“The Old Testament reveals Him as “el Shaddai”. The mighty provider. He is not “El Cheapo”. He provides in abundance. He provides the best.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 147.

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“For example, some have said that if man were meant to fly God would have given him wings. Not so. God did mean us to fly and so He gave us a brain. By the invention of aircraft we can fly higher and faster than any bird.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 148.

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The promises of God become the power of God when they are believed and acted upon. – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 149.

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“A famine had hit the land. Food was scarce and water was precious. But God’s man was living with plenty. Every morning and evening the ravens delivered a delicious breakfast and a gourmet dinner to Elijah!… Elijah was living on the supply of EL Shaddai.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 151.

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[Continued] “After a while the brook began to run out of water. The Lord instructed Elijah to go to Zarephath. On the journey Elijah wonders what kind of extraordinarily wealthy widow the Lord is sending him to. Obviously she has inherited a fortune from her late husband and doesn’t know what to do with it! What better purpose than to look after God’s man? He arrives at Zarephath and spots a woman, “thin, almost ready to die”. And when he discovers that this is the widow we can imagine him turning with his face to the sky and asking God if He’s made a mistake.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 151-150.

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“God always keeps us in the area of faith so that we trust in Him. Elijah begins to work a miracle. But it’s a miracle any of us are well able to perform. It’s a miracle based on the law of giving. The widow had nothing but a handful of meal in the house. She was gathering sticks to start a fire, cook the meal and share it with her two sons. And then there was only the prospect of death. There was no more food. But Elijah was walking in faith. He knew that God was a provider. He told her to do as she intended but to give the cake to him to eat. This is one of the toughest things I see God asking a man to do in the Bible. Here is Elijah who’s been living on the “good of the land” up at the brook Cherith and now he’s asking this poor, scrawny widow and her two sons to give him their last piece of food. But Elijah understands the law of sowing and reaping.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 152.

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“When Paul told the Philippians that God would supply all their need, he was basing it on the fact that they had just sent him a generous financial gift. Their generosity would trigger one of the most powerful spiritual laws in existence. It is the law that the widow of Zarephath discovered when Elijah told her to give away her last meal.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 153.

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“For the provision of God constantly to be at work in our lives we must activate the laws of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 153.

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“In 2Corinthians 9:6-11 Paul shows us how it works. Firstly the MEASURE you sow will be the measure of your reaping.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 153-154.

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[Continued] “If a farmer scatters seed over a small corner of his field there’s little point in his expecting to reap a harvest from that entire field. If he sows a hundred seeds, the absolute best he can do is to reap a hundred plants.

If he sows a hundred thousands seeds through, and covers his field, he can expect to reap an enormous harvest from the entire field. Scripture says that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly.

Secondly, WHAT you sow is what you will reap. Jesus said:

“Give and IT will be given to you.”

About eighteen years ago I gave away my only guitar to a person who really wanted one. Ever since then we have been given guitars! At least once a year. So we just keep getting and giving guitars.

In 1976 I gave away a suit to someone who really liked it. Ever since that time I haven’t had to purchase one of the many suits I’ve needed over the years. It’s the most astonishing thing I’ve seen. This may not happen exactly like that in every area. But when you give with faith and cheerfulness in your heart you are sowing seed.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 153-154.

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[Continued] “If a farmer plants tomato seeds he doesn’t expect to reap apples from them. The kind of seed you sow will be what you reap. This is obviously the greatest need our economies have. We have based all our economies on getting, not giving. We get to get more, not to give. That’s the law. The more we attempt to grasp for ourselves the less we will actually keep. But when we learn to give we experience the blessings of God upon our finances.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 155

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[Continued] “This especially applies in the world of tithing. Tithing in one sense is not actually giving. The tithe belongs to God, not to us. Malachi the prophet says that when we keep the tithe we are actually “robbing God”.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 155

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[Continued] “When Jericho was taken by the Israelites, it was devoted to destruction. The city was the first-fruits of the Promised Land. Joshua issued the command that no-one in Israel was to have anything of the city of Jericho. The city was destroyed completely. Nobody took any of the forbidden goods. They were under the “ban”. Except for one man, Achan. He stole a bar of gold and garment from the city. When they attempted to take the next city they were defeated. The blessing of God was no longer with them. The entire nation of Israel was defeated by a puny town call Ai because this man had taken something that belonged to God. He had bought a curse upon himself, his family and the entire nation.

When we withhold the tithe we bring upon ourselves a curse. We are holding onto something that belongs to God. However, God has given us the opportunity of giving it to Him. As we give God the tithe He commands a blessing upon us. This blessing will be so large that:

“there will not be room enough to contain it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 155-156.

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[Continued] “Many other promises accompany the giving of the tithe. But it must be given to God. It goes to His storehouse. That’s the church where you are a member – where you are pastured and fed the Word of God. Some I know give their tithes to ministries outside the church. That’s the offering that you can do with as you please. But the tithe belongs in God’s House. (Try picking up a loaf of bread from one baker’s shop and paying for it at another. I promise you it won’t work!) For a financial blessing to flow, we must be generous to both God and man in our giving of money. We reap WHAT we sow.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 156.

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[Continued] “Thirdly, WHEN we sow determines when we will reap. We need to sow well before we plan to reap. The time to sow is not when you have a need. You are to be constantly sowing your world with generous actions of faith. Oral Roberts has called this “seed faith”. Anyone who plants a seed has faith that it will become a plant in time. We all realize that it’s not going to happen overnight, but faith and patience inherit the promises of God.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 156-157.

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[Continued] “Fourthly, the QUALITY of what we sow is what we will reap. We are to be provided from God’s abundant storehouse. Paul said:

“according to His riches in glory.”

Not according to our bank balance. Not according to this world’s expectations. Not according to how religion has said He will do it. But according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 157.

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[Continued] “Imagine, if your son went off to his friends with a bicycle that had no seat, had buckled wheels, flat tyres, a broken bell and twisted frame, and he told his friends that you had given it to him for his birthday. You’d be highly embarrassed, especially when the parents of the others saw it. You would feel ashamed, and so you should, if you had given him a bicycle like that. But this is how some Christians think God provides for them. With broken-down, second hand things that don’t work. God is a good God and not short of supply. He owns the entire earth. There are billions of barrels of oil in the earth. There are millions of tons of gold, silver and copper in the earth. There are diamonds galore. There are millions of animals, cattle and creatures of all kinds. There are five billion people. He owns the entire earth and all it contains, including the wealth of all the humans on the planet. If He so chooses He is quite able to move the wealth of the wicked into the bank accounts of the righteous.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 157-158.

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[Continued] “God has no shortage of supply. And if He did find that He was short of anything, He would simply create more, as Jesus did with bread and fish and wine. Never underestimate God’s great ability to supply for you. The trouble in provision is not God. It’s with us. If we can correct our thinking, enlarge our thinking, we will enjoy the abundance of God’s quality provision.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 157-158.

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“The victorious Christian believer delights in giving because it’s in harmony with his new nature. We live to give, not to get.– Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 158.

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[Continued] “The young lad who came to Jesus discovered that we reap what we sow no matter who we are. The laws of God are no respectger of persons. They work for young and old, big and small people, yellow or white people, rich or poor people. No matter who you are, God’s laws will work for you. A lad approached Jesus with his lunch. He was concerned for Jesus. He had been teaching for a long time and hadn’t eaten anything. Jesus took the bread and fishes and broke them. Distributing them to the disciples, He told them to give to the people. 5000 men. Possibly 20,000 people in all. Everyone ate and was filled. At the end of the day the boy took home 12 baskets full of leftovers.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 158-159.

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[Continued] “Many times I’ve heard people say, “God will supply your need, but not your greed.” The feeling that gives me is that whatever I desire will fall into that greedy category. I get the feeling God is a person whose last desire is that we should enjoy ourselves in any way at all. I’m glad that people like that aren’t God. They would have given us a black and white vision with nothing much else but potatoes and water for food. That’s about all we really need. But God does not provide for our need at subsistence level. He provides accorsing to “HIS RICHES IN GLORY”. – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 159.

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[Continued] “The boy went home with far more than he needed. Jesus created about 180 gallons of wine at the wedding. No wedding is going to need that much wine. And it was the best wine. He provides an abundance of the best.

The earth shows clearly the beautiful abundance of God, it contains an absolute extravagance of things we don’t need. Peacocks, pineapples, mangoes, lobsters, zebras, flowers of a million different kinds.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 159-160.

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“This is where many come adrift. Because the prayer is not being answered in their time frame they let faith go. This is the aborting of a dream. Don’t faint.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 163.

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“Martha’s faith was tested when her brother Lazarus died. She had called for Jesus when her brother was just sick. Jesus did not come immediately, but waited four days. During this time Lazarus died. When Jesus finally did arrive, Martha chided Him. She said that if He had come sooner her brother would not have died. Jesus asked her if she had faith. She said she believed that her brother would rise in the resurrection. She had faith for the future and the past. “If you had been here yesterday it would all be fine not, but now he is dead. The future is all we can hope for. He will rise at the resurrection.” But Martha had no faith for the present. She failed in the test of faith, but that wasn’t going to stop Jesus from acting. He would teach her the ways of God. He spoke and Lazarus was raised from the dead!” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 166-165.

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“Peter says our faith emerges from the fore like “gold”. This is what we do business in heaven with. It is the currency, the “gold” of heaven… FAITH!” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 165.

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“He [Satan] began by saying to Eve “Hath God said…” He attempted to bring doubt into her mind as to whether she had heard from God correctly. She only had a second-hand revelation anyway. Adam had received the command to not eat from the tree. So the revelation was not so strong in her. She replied to the devil.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 167.

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[Continued] “One of the first rules of warfare is never enter into conversation with the devil. He is cunning, evil and wise. He will always win a debate. He has been at it for centuries.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 168.

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“Luke 4;1-13 tells how, when Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He responds not with conversation, but with commands based on the Word of God. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. It is what we do battle with against all the schemes of the devil. We fight our war against the powers of darkness with the scripture.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 169.

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“The most powerful weapon we have is the Word of God.

Ephesians 6:17 says,

“Take up the sword of the spirit.”

God won’t do it all for you. You have to put the armour on. It isn’t automatically going to fall on you. You “take up” the Sword of the Spirit. How? By speaking it.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 169.

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[Continued] “In the first round in this fight against the Son of God, the devil takes a beating. He felt the impact and power of the Word so he himself comes back with Scripture. He’s capable of using quotations from the bible himself. He appeals to Jesus to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple so that the angels will rescue Him. Surely this would settle once for all that He was the Son of God… Jesus is undeterred. He speaks the Word back with a near fatal blow to the devil.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 170.

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“They marched against the Hitties, Amorites and Jebusites. Today we don’t face any of these enemies but we do face enemies like the “Billites”, the “Taxites”, the “Family-feudites”! The “Billites” arrive in your letter box… It looks innocent enough, but when you open it, an enormous giant jumps out of it. You look at the figure at the bottom of the page and wonder if it’s an offer on the house! … This is what warfare is all about.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, 2001, pg 170-171.

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“The devil flees. The attitude with which we resist the devil in warfare is not one of polite request. It is meant to be a stern rebuke. Angered repulse. Urgent, earnest resistance.

When the Israelites entered the land of Canaan they were told by God to be absolutely ruthless with their enemies and destroy them completely. They marched against the Hittites, Amorites and Jebusites. Today we don’t face any of these enemies but we do face enemies like the “Billites”, the “Taxites”, the “Family-feudites”! The “Billites” arrive in your letter box. They look innocuous anough. This one’s from the electricity company. It looks innocent enough, but when you open it, an enormous giant jumps out of it. You look at the figure at the bottom of the page and wonder if it’s an offer on the house! All the joy, peace and love is stolen immediately from you heart. You walk through the house flicking off all the lights. You turn off the hot water, shouting at everyone that they’re not to have another bath for a week. That night you eat raw vegetables around a candle. Many things happen that can steal our peace.

This is what spiritual warfare is all about.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 170-171.

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[Continued] “Don’t let the devil keep stealing your peace and joy. Stand up and resist. Fight. Don’t just roll over and see your health, prosperity, provision and soundness of mind all just be taken from you. Refuse it. Fight to maintain your possessions. Your inheritance will be contested. Warfare means taking the land. Then it’s defending your possessions once you’ve got them. Be spirit in your fight against Satan. Use the mighty Word of God. Bring those strongholds to the ground. Get angry with your real enemy, the devil.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 171-172.

You’re born of God to win.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 172.

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Bill Yount Said What?

November 22, 2010

In a Vision, I Saw a “Spiritual Sonogram” of a Very Pregnant Church!

“I saw in the Spirit a “spiritual sonogram” of a very pregnant church. When there’s a pregnancy you can take a sonogram to see how the pregnancy is coming along. As I was watching this pregnancy come into its final stages, complications were developing. There was great pressure with extended labor pains and frustration in many churches.

A Sonogram Will Show You How Many Babies You Are Going to Have!
The reason why many churches are having a difficult pregnancy in giving birth to what God wants to bring forth is because – there are “TWO IN THE WOMB!” The reason they feel so restricted is because a “DOUBLE BIRTH” is taking place! The Lord is about to give them double for their trouble!

An Unexpected “Double” Answer to Prayer for a Great Harvest!

I sense in the Spirit that many churches have been praying and crying out for a great harvest and unknowingly have conceived in their “spiritual wombs” more than one seed for more than one birth to advance God’s Kingdom. I sense this is a season of “double portion or blessing” – “giving birth to twins” for many churches.

Many leaders may fail to see God’s bigger picture. There may be double births taking place in one church. Some will think it’s the enemy trying to divide their “vision” of reaching the Harvest, but it’s actually God’s multiplication system being punched in to “bless” churches with more of His greater vision to reach the lost by birthing more than one vision in a church.

“There is a Kingdom that scatters and yet increases.”

Sometimes Two Church From One

Don’t be surprised to see the Lord birth two churches out of one in some congregations. This may look on the surface like division or a “church split.” Some may even feel like they are being pushed out of a church through unpleasant, complicated circumstances – but this often is a normal part of the Divine birthing process, for some would never leave the womb without God’s “ways and means committee.” Many times this is God’s way of planting churches to fulfill His plans more effectively.

Many of God’s people see a church as rejecting them and pushing them out instead of realizing that that church is actually giving them birth. It’s important to realize that the church you came out of became your “spiritual mother” who birthed you. “Honor her all the days of your life.” Leave a blessing behind you. Some “spiritual fathers” who have founded churches and later have had to watch many in their congregations seemingly desert them – fail to see with God’s perspective. These “spiritual fathers” have actually been used to mature their flock enough for them to leave the nest to fulfill their call in a different place.

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.—Ecclesiastes 11:5-6

Twin Purposes
Some churches may have “Twin Purposes” inside of them. Similar purposes but different enough that there is the need and necessity for a godly separation to let them both live. In the natural, twins are looked upon as a blessing, although we know they will need TLC – tender loving care! As in the natural as well as in the Spirit, it is not wrong to have twins; they are a double blessing.
It’s interesting that verse five in Ecclesiastes 11 (above) talks about the womb and pregnancy and verse six talks about the sowing of seed for a harvest. These seem to go together in God’s Kingdom.
So is your church having trouble or is it having labor pains?” – Bill Yount In a Vision, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/9337, I Saw a “Spiritual Sonogram” of a Very Pregnant Church!, 20/11/2010

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Phil Pringle Said What? (III)

November 22, 2010

“Well we’re going to receive our tithes and offerings right now. We’re going to get excited about all the great things we can accomplish with our giving. And if you don’t have a card on your seat, raise your hand. There’s cards that are there for you to use, record credit card details – you can use that for giving and there’s a machine up the back that many people use. A lot of people on line watch us online or during the week, use the online giving facilities there for giving as well.

Let me just talk to you out of a scripture that’s known by everybody. Probably Billy Graham’s most famous scripture, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. John three, sixteen. Every believer in the world should know it. But you know, it applies clearly to salvation. And every one of us need to actually own that scripture as our own so that we actually- we actually align ourselves; our emotions and our will, our intentions with God Himself. When it says ‘God so loved the world’, we need to put ourselves in there and say, ‘I so love the world, that I will give the only begotten son’.  And for us to actually achieve that, to spread the Word of God around the world; to plant churches, make disciples, empower saints, build bible colleges- all of it is done through your giving. Through your generosity. And so this morning I just got a text from Andrew Kubala. He’s in Invercargill and he said- what did he say to me? He said-(Ah-Oh that’s Dave Sumrall- he’s bringing six pastors… Amen!) Oh here it is:

“Great news! … I’m in Invercargill.”

Has anybody been to Invercargill? It’s like the last place on earth before you hit non-earth. And it’s like right under down there. Just across the road is that Stewart Island where they have mutton birds, hiding down holes. And nobody- nobody lives down there! Yet he got ninety people saved, amen! Incredible! Incredible!

And then he’s been back at his home town in Gore. The West Coast of the lower South Island of New Zealand. And I mean do you know that New Zealand is the furthest most place on earth from Jerusalem? And when Jesus left he said, ‘I want you to preach here in Jerusalem, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. From the uttermost parts of the earth, there are some good things that’ve come outta there. Amen! Heh! One or two! Amen!

And what I am saying is that he and Janine are based. We have an office over there. All of that is- we’re able to do that because of your giving, your tithing, your faithfulness. You fulfilling what God’s called you to do, in bringing your tithes and your offerings into the House of God. You know this last couple of months we were in Bali, like two months ago. Might be less than that. Six- FOUR WEEKS!? I can’t believe that. Ok. Four weeks ago. And they told me there that there were forty eight people from Myanmar, eight people from Jakarta and two churches we were planting and that added up to fifty eight churches. And I said, ‘Wow! That’s astonishing!’.

And I came back here and another brother who’s working up in Indonesia, said he’s just met a group of pastors who want to become part of what we are doing and are just hanging out to do that. And that was thirty six churches. And then Simon came back from the European conference and he met a guy in Bulgaria who has sixteen churches. And he wants to hook in as well. And so in the last like six weeks, we have grown by nearly a hundred and twenty churches in the whole movement.

A hundred and twenty- a hundred and twenty churches. And that’s besides starting Hong Kong and a few other places we’re planting churches as well. Now you know, I remember when I said like, ‘Church, isn’t it  amazing? We are planting one new church- growing by one new church every three days’.

Now I said that to you about six weeks ago. And I said, ‘I’m looking forward to the day when we are gonna be growing by one church a day’. And you all sat there ‘n said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah! Pastor, nah. Don’t get too excited. I mean as if that’s ever going to happen’. Well it’s happened right now in Jesus’ name. That’s  just in four weeks time!

I know you were doubting out there but it’s okay. I have my moments too. And so you and I believing together- we’ll start to see ten churches a day being planted and growing. We gotta reach this world. And every time a church is planted, it’s not about the numbers or all this kind of thing. They’re exciting. But it’s about how many more thousands of people will come to Christ all around the world. Today and C3 churches all around the world, they’ll be about two thousand people that will come to Christ. That’s just in the existing churches. Now once these new ones are coming in and they come into Christ, they become disciples, they become empowered and they become ministries themselves- the whole process keeps on growing and expanding. That is because we have decided to own the purpose of God in our own heart.

We will so love the world that we will give sacrificially; the best of our lives for God gave the best that He had, His Son. He didn’t give us an angel He didn’t like, ‘I don’t like him much. And uh, he’s got a broken wing anyways – off you go!’. He said- He found what He considered the most priceless, most valuable sacrifice in His world that He could make for the salvation for the souls of men and women everywhere. And so He sent Jesus. And so that’s the emotion. The will of God is easy. The bible says God is not willing that any would perish. He’s not willing that any should perish. So I’ve got to own that as my will.

I am not willing that any should perish. What’s my will in this life? Is it to own this sort of car? To buy a muffler for my motorbike? Is it to- what is the intention on the inside of me? Is it to become a sports star? A rock star? To become some other kind of star? You know is it to make a lot of money? Is it to build a big business? My deepest purpose- and deepest purpose- is that I am unwilling that anybody should perish and I will use all the forces I can get a hold of to bring people to Jesus Christ, to make them born again. Amen!

And so that is why here every week without apology, we will say, ‘let’s bring our tithe and our offerings into the House of God’. Because even though you are not an Invercargill, you are there today preaching and winning ninety people to Jesus Christ. Even though you can’t be in our conference maybe in Bali when we’re praying over forty eight new churches coming into the house, coming into the C3 movement, you are there every time you give you are partnering with us. We can’t do that unless we do this, what we’re doing right now.

And every time I’m preaching to whatever it is, several hundred million people around the world through television, you’re doing that. People in Siberia that I’ve had come down to Moscow for a leadership conference. They’ve said, ‘We’ve travelled eight days over Siberian wilderness to get here, amen!’ I said, ‘How you know about us?’. They said, ‘Oh we put a rubbish tin lid up towards the satellite, put a little wire down into our TV set and there you are preaching in the middle of Siberia for goodness sake!’.

That doesn’t happen without cameras and screens and projectors that break down every now and then. But you know – and we just need a new one, amen. We just found that out this morning. Amen! We just can’t get. We just can’t do all these things unless we are here. So I want to thank you on behalf of Jesus, amen! And behalf of the church and behalf of the thousands of people who have been saved. Hundreds of thousands of people who have been saved… And the hundreds of thousands that are going to be saved: all through Asia, all through these areas of the world that you have been a participant in making this happen, in Jesus name. Let’s take our offering here today and bring it to the Lord.

Father, I thank you that this is not just about numbers and it’s not just about money. It’s about the souls of men and women being saved for eternity. And Lord there is no other higher purpose in all the world that we can give ourselves too. So we pray that Lord, as the love of God and the will of God are our own, that Jesus you’ll equip us and enable us to give sacrificially, to give our best, to give our all for the great purpose for salvation and the building of the church, in Jesus name. And everybody said, amen!” – Phil Pringle, (43:43-52:46), Sunday, 9am Morning Service, Christian City Church Oxford Falls, 24/10/2010

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How Then Should We Preach?

November 19, 2010

Here is a simple guideline to follow when preaching.

PREACHERS CHECK LIST

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In Preparation:

LIVE Who you preach!

TEST Who you preach!

REMAIN BIBLICALLY SOUND in Who you preach!

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In Action:

MAKE THE GOSPEL Who you preach!

RELY ON THE SPIRIT Who you preach!

KEEP CHRIST FIRST in Who you preach!

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In Reaction:

BE ACCOUNTABLE for Who you preach!

BE OPEN FOR CORRECTION Who you preach!

ALLOW PEOPLE TO QUESTION Who you preach!

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Preaching isn’t about WHAT you preach, it is about WHO you preach!

It isn’t preaching if you’re not preaching Jesus.

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Rick Joyner Said What?

November 2, 2010

“There are many levels of prophetic revelation… The beginning levels include prophetic “impressions”. These are genuine revelations. They can be extraordinary specific and accurate when interpreted by those who are experienced and sensitive to them. However, it is on this level that our “revelations” can be affected by our own feelings, prejudices, and doctrines. I have therefore resolved not to use such expressions as “thus saith the Lord” with any revelations on this level. …” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 9.

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“The next level of revelation is conscious sense of the presence of the Lord, or the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which gives special illumination to our minds. This often comes when I am writing, or speaking, and it gives me much greater confidence in the importance or accuracy of what I am saying.”

I believe that this was probably experienced by the apostles as they wrote the New Testament epistles. This will give us great confidence, but it is still a level where we can still be influenced by our prejudices, doctrines, etc. This is why I believe, in certain matters, Paul would say that he was giving his opinion, but that he thought he had [the agreement of] the Spirit of the Lord. …” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 10.

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“Open visions” occur on a higher level than impressions; they tend to give us more clarity than we may have even when we feel the conscious presence of the Lord, or the anointing. Open visions are external, and are viewed with the clarity of a movie screen. Because that there is far less possibility of mixture in revelations that come this way.” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 10.

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“Another higher level prophetic experience is a trance, such as Peter had when he was first instructed to go to the house of Cornelius and preach the gospel to the Gentiles for the first time, and such as Paul had when he prayed in the temple in Acts 22. Trances were a common experience of the biblical prophets. Trances are like dreaming when you are awake. Instead of just seeing a “screen” like in an open vision, you feel like you are in the movie, that you are actually there in a strange way. Trances can range from those that are rather mild, so that you are still conscious of your physical surroundings, and can even still interact with them, to those where you feel like you are literally in the place of the vision. This seems to be what Ezekiel experienced rather frequently, and what John probably experienced when he had the visions recorded in the book of Revelation.” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 9.

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“The visions contained in this book all began with a dream. Some of it came under a very intense sense of the presence of the Lord, but the overwhelming majority was received in some level of a trance.” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 9.

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“I was encouraged by some to write this as an allegory, in third person like The Pilgrim’s Progress, bit I decided against it first for several reasons. First, I feel that some would have taken this to be the result of my own creativity, and that would have been wrong. I would like to be this creative, but I’m not.

Another reason was that I FELT that I could be much more accurate if I related it just as I received it, and I did my best to convey these experiences just the way that they were received. However, I consider my memory of details to be one of my greatest weaknesses. At times I have questioned my own memory for certain details in this vision, and I think that you should therefore have the liberty to do the same. I think that this is right with any such messages. Only the Scriptures deserve to be considered infallible. As you read, I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to truth, and separate any chaff that may be present from the wheat.” – Rick Joyner, The Final Quest, pg 10.

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Phil Pringle Said What? (II)

November 1, 2010

Note: All quotes are from Phil Pringle’s book, ‘Moving In The Spirit’ (1994). This book is still promoted by him and are promoted in his colleges. His college library has shelves dedicated to his material. He still promotes ALL his books to this day. Some quotes will seem out of place or uninteresting. I’d encourage you to compare them to his other quotes. These quotes are for the purpose of critique and review.

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“Remember ‘The head moves quickly but the heart moves slowly’. We need time for our heart to become involved and our spirit nourished. We begin most of our meetings with songs and worship. We enter with praise to God. We may sing a song twice and feel the anointing begin to fall. Should we stop prematurely for some reason, we may be unaware that our people are just beginning to grasp it with their hearts. The ‘feeling of God’ is beginning to come upon the congregation. Sing it twenty, thirty times if the power of God remains on it.

When we decide to break with traditional ways of doing things, allowing the Spirit to move, we will experience many things our hearts crave for. And God’s.

Awake to the Holy Spirit and do what He wants. This creates faith. This creates atmospheres for salvation, healing, prosperity, hope and joy.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 19-20.

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“Paul calls us ministers of the Spirit. If we are responsible for ministry in a service or small group meeting, Paul’s words mean we can interpret what the Spirit is saying to any gathering of God’s people. We should be carrying the Holy Ghost into meetings. We should emerge from the place of prayer with His power on us. Jesus told his disciples, ‘wait’, until clothed with power from on high.

We don’t stand in the pulpit naked of the power of God. Rather, ‘clothed’ with the Holy Ghost power. This is numero uno on the priorities for a New Testament minister.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 20.

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“Atmospheres are affected heavily by the anointing of God. When an anointing for salvation is in a building, people find it easy making the decision to receive Christ. This applies to all the gifts of the Spirit. Under the anointing for healing, people receive healing easily. The same applies to prophecy, baptism in the Spirit, prayer, preaching and deliverance. There are anointings for all of these areas. Without that anointing, we vainly struggle in the flesh while attempting spiritual results. Luke 5:17 says:

‘The power of the Lod was present to heal them.’

This means the power of God can linger, waiting for the man of God to release it into those he is ministering to. In this atmosphere, it is the connection of the Word of God with faith that brings supernatural results.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 21.

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“The story of Moses reveals that lifting hands to God has spiritual power. (Exodus 17:8-13).” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 22.

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“The power of an atmosphere occurs at the descending of Old Testament Shekinah glory: visible evidence of God’s presence.

It arrives at Solomon’s temple dedication. [Excerpts read from 2 Chr 5:13-14 (NKJV)]

The priests collapsed, unable to remain standing. Their strength left them. They fell before the Lord. This same cloud hovered Israel as they traversed the Sinai desert. By day, it gave cool shade from a hot sun. At night it became a pillar of fire, warming God’s people in a freezing wilderness.

Straying from this supernatural covering, bought death from the sun by day and death from the cold by night.

God’s people have always been warned. Stay close to the presence of God. Stay close to the ‘cloud’. Our homes should be filled with an atmosphere of God. It should be there when people visit us. It acts as an attitude conditioner.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 23.

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“The Holy Spirit is a dove. He only rests on what is clean and calm. Doves will not settle on anything unclean or restless. That is why the dove returned to Noah in the ark. The turbulent sea provided no resting place.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 29.

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“We learn to carry the presence of God into our churches, homes, into our work places. The Ark of Moses’ Tabernacle was transported on the shoulders of priests alone. God ordained it so… It was carried by men. Chosen men. Men ordained by God. Priests.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 27-8.

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“On the Day of Pentecost twelve men stood, supernaturally speaking other languages, also carrying the presence of God.The baptism of the Holy Spirit. The ‘Ark’ of the New Testament.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 28.

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“God chooses Joshua over Caleb to be the leader who enables Israel to possess their land. The reason? Joshua lingers in the presence of God in the tabernacle even after Moses had left. (Ex 33:11)” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 28.

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“The Old Testament describes numerous manifestations of the Father. The Son and Holy Spirit occasionally appear, but it is clear Who was emphasized to the Earth from Creation to Malachi. The Father.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 35.

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The Bible is the tangible mind of God.– Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 45.

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“Faith knows feelings are unreliable as a basis for action. Neither does faith rely on our natural senses… It does not depend on the ability of man.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 46.

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“Initially I have no physical evidence of what I am believing… However, I definitely believe the Holy Spirit is pouring out of my life into others as I preach. When counselling, the Holy Ghost flows from me to that person. When I worship, the Spirit of God is flowing out of me into the heavens as a river of inspired praise to God. When I pray or prophesy over someone, the Holy Spirit is pouring into their life. How do I know this is so? Not by the sight of my eyes. Not by my feelings. I am assured by the unfailing Word of God. It is so!

Other scriptures also point to this. As we believe God’s Word and act on it, the truth we believe becomes reality. It translates from being a principle on paper to reality in this physical world. God moves in response to faith, without which, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 46.

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“Faith sees God at work in us. Faith sees God at work through us. You believe as you pray. The power of God brings answers. Faith sees answers before they happen. Fear sees failure and despair. Both faith and fear use the imagination. Fear comes naturally to the human heart. Faith does not. It is a decision to believe. By this decision, doubt is displaced. By faith.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 47.

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“Oral Roberts says he has never seen God use a discouraged man. The Spirit moves through men and women who are bold, confident and assured. Our confidence (faith), is based on the Word of God, and what we hear from God. A Rhema. This is the source of faith.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 49.

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To hear God’s voice we must be still… The second aspect of stillness is that we stopGod is waiting for His people to wait for Him!– Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 50-51.

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“Visions from the prophets are given to motivate their hearers to action.

One of the most sensational things on earth is a vision from God. Vision ignites fire in our spirit. It births the ‘prayer of faith’. It is imperative we see in the Spirit so we understand the will of God.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 59.

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“Visions possess greater significance than just entertainment! Visions have power.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 66.

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“As mentioned earlier, Joseph is gifted in interpreting dreams. His life is mostly spent serving and interpreting the dreams of others. He fulfilled the will of God in his life by helping others achieve the purpose of God in theirs.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 67.

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“Right now as you read this, I believe an anointing of the Holy Ghost will come upon you. This anointing will be like honey and oil mixed together. It will be sweet and flowing. If you just allow your consciousness to move towards God right now, you will sense His presence. As the anointing settles, stillness comes over your mind and heart. This prepares you to hear from God. This enables ‘the eyes of the heart’ to be opened, to see in the Spirit.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 69.

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God is not a poor communicator.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 69.

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“… A person with the gift of prophecy is able to prophesy at almost any time they wish.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 72.

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“A minister feels compassion for the people he is called to. This prompts him with a particular spiritual desire towards them. To heal them. To give them guidance. To lead them. To prophesy over them. Love fans gifts into flame.

Gifts of the Spirit are given to the minister, empowering him to build up the church. This means to increase it both horizontally, by adding more people to the Kingdom, and vertically, by bringing maturity in the believers. Occasionally I see words over people.

I see visions very easily under the touch of God. Many times I have told people what I see. I occasionally prophesy over members in church. Many times they are new people. One person decided to stay as the result of a word directly spoken over them. A responsible administration of the gifts plants people securely in God’s house. This member reasoned that – “If this is where God is going to speak to me, I’m staying!” People want to be where God is moving, where He is speaking, healing, doing things. Gifts build the church.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 72-73.

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“Angelic tongues are communications from God to man. This is an unintelligible (to earthly ears) message. It seems unintelligible, but is a definite language. It is the language of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1). It is a message from God, via an angel, spoken by a believer, to the church. It mostly happens in calmer periods during corporate worship or prayer. It comes as an authorative, bold proclamation from God. Angelic tongues need interpretation. The Bible says the person giving the message should pray they also interpret (1 Cor 14:13). If unable to do so, they are not to give the message unless an interpreter is present. Uninterpreted, the message has no meaning and no edifying power for the church. It is an unearthly, heavenly language, demanding spiritual ‘decoding’.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 76-77.

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“Romans 8 tells that the Holy Spirit prays through us. Sometimes those prayers are completely in tongues.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 78.

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“People sometimes share their visions or dreams with me. Often they don’t understand their meaning, even though they feel they are significant. As they speak, clear understanding comes to me. This is a gift of interpretation at work.

Effective ministry must include the ability to move in supernatural interpretations of the unknown. We are Ministers of the Spirit.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 78-79.

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“The gift of prophecy does not make a person a prophet. Prophets foretell future events with accurate detail. Times, names. Dates, places, past and future events are revealed to the person occupying this office. A person with the gift of prophecy does not major on details such as these but speaks in general terms. The specifics are in the ears of the hearer. The hearers understand clearly what the Lord is saying to them regarding the details of their lives, even though no specifics are mentioned in the prophecy.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 79.

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“Some critical people express their opinions through prophecy. This must be guarded against. The people themselves will imagine this is how everyone operates gifts of the Spirit. It opens the door for self-deception. In addition, the meeting will fall flat after such a ‘word’, grieving the Spirit. True prophecy brings the feeling of God to a gathering. It does not subtract from the atmosphere, but adds to it. If prophecy condemns people, it is not from the Lord. The anointing descends as prophecy comes. People rise in victory, praise and worship.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 80.

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“In excitement people prophesy things way beyond what God is saying. Paul says to prophesy ‘according to your faith” (Romans 12:6). Can you believe what you are prophesying? If not, don’t say it. You’ll impart more doubt than faith. If you get excited while you are prophesying, do not allow emotions or desires to take over and say something like: ‘God is going to save the entire city.’ When this doesn’t happen your faith in the gift is damaged. Others’ opinion of your ministry is not helped.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 81.

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“Prophecy must be judged. Only those approved should be able to prophesy to gatherings of God’s people. ” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 81.

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“Because we do not tolerate people delivering spurious messages or acting strangely in meetings, our people feel confident bringing unsaved people, or Christian friends, without embarrassment.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 82.

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“Prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort, to build up, challenge, and encourage. Here’s an example of what a prophecy should sound like:

‘You are my children, I know you each by name, I have called you, saved you and brought you into my family…’ (i.e. edification, building up)’… Therefore take my love to the world. Seek out those who are lonely and confused and freely give them what I have given you…’ (i.e. exhortation, challenge)’… And I will be with you, supply all your needs and confirm your words, for I am for you. Therefore who can be against you..?’ (i.e comfort, giving hope and promise.)” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, pg 82.

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“The New Testament minister should be able to discern what God is doing. We are to understand the movings of the Holy Spirit, what He is doing. We should know what the ‘mood’ of the Spirit is. We should be able to discern the atmosphere of a place, whether good or bad. Demons restrict the moving of the Spirit; they hinder the release of God’s people in faith, prayer, fellowship and worship. We should be aware of any demonic activity and deal with it in the name of Jesus, so that we pray with effect.

Discerning of spirits is given so we correctly perceive the true motivation of people’s actions and words. Understanding their spirit, we approach each situation with our eyes open. That is exactly what revelation gifts are for; the revealing of things hidden to the natural man. Remember, all the gifts of the Spirit are to be used with love. If I understand a person’s spirit, I can help them, even though they may be unwilling to uncover it themselves.

All gifts are also operated by faith. John 7:37 says those who believe will receive and release the Spirit. Faith is always linked with a willingness to act for God. Unwilling to act, we never see how a thing is possible.

In other words, we will not receive faith for accomplishing God’s work, if we do not act… When people resist a positive idea, and refuse to get involved in doing anything, they become spectators. They watch from the sidelines, generally critical, never kicking any goals of their own. The people who say “yes’, and show a willing heart, to help, to work, to act, always find faith and reasons why it ‘can be done’.

Discerning of spirits gives knowledge of angels and their activities. In the early 80s our church experienced rapid growth. Literally hundreds of people were joining our church. We had also established other churches in the city. Each week on  a Friday afternoon the pastors of those churches and our own pastors came together to pray. One particular Friday angels were also present. I had never seen angels before or even sensed them as I did at that moment. They were doing something that day, but I couldn’t understand what it was. That night we held our weekly prayer meeting. Here again I was aware of angels. They were moving quickly around the room. They had rods in their hands. Again I didn’t have understanding of what they were doing. On Sunday in our morning worship service , once more angels were moving amongst the congregation. Finally it ‘clicked’. The rods in their hands were measuring rods. They were measuring our church! On Friday they had measured our leadership. On Friday night they had measured our prayer meeting. Now Sunday morning they were measuring our worship. The congregation were measured on the way in and on the way out of Church. Our attitudes, effectiveness, desires, faith, vision, vision and obedience were all under the scrutiny of God. I related this to the Church. We were excited. Others knew God was visiting us.

During these ‘discernings’, I did not actually ‘see’ an angel. I simply discerned that angels were present.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, Chapter: The Gifts of the Spirit, Revelation Gifts, 3. Discerning of Spirits, pg 86-87.

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“… The speaker, Bob Mumford, asked people to stand if they felt the message had touched home and they wanted to receive from God.

We were at the back of the hall, not being particularly involved with the meeting. But both Chris and I did want to hear from God, so we stood. As soon as we did I was face to ace with an angel. His face was the most beautiful I had ever see. He was like a flame with a body. He was about the same height as I. His head turned to heaven. At the same time he drew a sword from his side. He lifted the sword, looked back in my face and let the sword fall on my shoulder in commissioning fashion. He then pronounced one word. ‘Ready.’ It was all over within seconds. I was breathless.

I knew it related to the time angels with measuring rods had visited our church. I also knew it related to our current building change-over plans. Within two weeks we received permission to proceed into our building.

My conclusion was that the angels had measured us to see if we were ready for greater growth. Then a tailor-made situation had been created for that. The new building was that situation. Although we saw the Council being the cause of delays, perhaps God had been waiting for us to be in a place where we could cope with greater growth. We operated far more effectively once in that new building. Our church planting exploded all over Australia and began to reach major cities around the world.

Understand when, why and what, God is doing. This is how we keep in step with Him. The discerning of spirits is how we achieve this.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, Chapter: The Gifts of the Spirit, Revelation Gifts, 3. Discerning of Spirits, 1994, pg 88.

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POWER GIFTS

1. FAITH

All gifts of the Spirit are qualities that should be active in our lives as Christians. Some gifts are more active in us than others. These also seem more easily accessed. For me, the gift of faith is a major spiritual thrust, weaving its way through my whole Christian life.

Ever since I was born again I felt strong drawings to faith. I read everything I could lay my hands on about it.  I listened to preaching that filled me with faith in God.

The gift of faith is the ability to believe for positive results under impossible circumstances. It believes God will bring to pass things unheard of. The gift of faith makes things happen that would not otherwise have occurred. The gift of faith knows it has something before it even exists. It grants assurance that nothing is impossible. This gift lived in Joshua and Caleb concerning Canaan. It lived in David running to Goliath. It lived in Peter walking on water. It lived powerfully in him again speaking to a cripple at the Gate Beautiful telling him, ‘Rise and walk’.

The principles of faith must be grasped for this gift to be active.

The Word of God feeds this gift. Faith lives because of hearing the Word of God. Faith speaks. Faith creates things through speaking. Paul talks of the ‘word of faith’ which we preach (Romans 10:18). 2 Corinthians 4:13 refers to the Psalmist saying ‘he believed, therefore he spoke’. Faith’s first expression is speech. It prophesies something will come to pass. It commands things to happen. It speaks to circumstances, inanimate objects and situations, commanding changes. And changes happen. Faith gets the job done. Hebrews 11 attests bundantly to that. Fath hears the rhema of God, then acts. God shows complete contempt for those who hear the word of God, but do not believe it or act upon it.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 89-90.

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“[Continued] The gift of faith is identified by unnatural boldness in prayer and preaching. It deals with others.

It is visionary. It views the future with absolute assurance and hope.

It thinks positively. It hates negativity.

It feeds on who we are in Christ and also our potential in Him.

It speaks to other people, to situations and often to itself.

Faith dreams and meditates on the finished results of prayer. It does not ponder anxieties.

It lifts others by inecting faith into their lives. It imparts the ability to believe and trust God.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 90.

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“[Continued] Faith is smiling, happy and victorious; undefeatable. No matter how bad a situation becomes, no matter how much opposition arises, faith knows what it has will not be denied.

Faith already has the answer and knows it cannot help coming to pass.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 90.

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“People receiving prayer should not do away with their medication. They should see their doctor. Let him verify the healing. Jesus told lepers to see the priests, so they could confirm their cleansing. (Luke 17:14).”– Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 91.

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“Pretending doesn’t heal anyone. Faith does! Pretending only prevents real faith from growing. While pretending to have a faith bigger than it is, we hinder real faith from rising. Honesty is part of healing too.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 91.

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“If people are not healed, do not accuse them of sin or of having insufficient faith. You may be the one with insufficient faith. Even Kathryn Kuhlman, one of Christendom’s greatest healing evangelists, said she did not understand all there is to know about healing. She never tried to justify why healing didn’t happen. To her, healing was a wonderful mystery… We shouldn’t reach conclusions about things we don’t understand.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 92.

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“Faith is not the only reason people receive healing. Sometimes people have no faith at all. Yet they are healed. Sometimes those praying for them have little faith anything will happen yet healing takes place… Kenneth Hagin recognized the need for deliverance or healing by a fire in his hands…”– Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 93.

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“We look for what we want out of life. ‘What’s in it for me? My rights. My great goal is to… This is my ambition’.

All of this builds self-centred lifestyles pointing us to destruction.

Luke 17:3 (NKJV) ‘Whosoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’

Here is one of those extraordinary Biblical paradoxes only grasped by a spiritual perception… We are no longer motivated by selfish pursuit but by the desires of Christ. – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 98.

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“The anointing should not be traded for anything.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 100.

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“If our conversation is sick, the Spirit will be quenched. We may think we can just as we want and the Spirit will remain with us. This is untrue. Our lives must be ordered to walk the ways of God. Our conduct must please Him. The Spirit rests on the man or woman who lives this way; those who seek to serve God and others, rather than self.

Our lives are to be clean and holy. We are on a quest for purity. We live calm, restful lives because our hearts are just that. The Spirit walks with us because we have separated ourselves from the world. We are not soiled with this world’s dirt.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 100.

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“My good friend and great Christian statesman Lester Sumrall, preaches annually in our church.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 105.

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CHAPTER 9

SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT

People falling over under the power of God has become common in Spirit-filled gatherings…

It is a phenomenon occurring throughout Scripture. In the garden of Eden God places Adam in a deep sleep as He forms Eve (Gen 2:21). Abraham, (Gen 17:17), Daniel (Dan 10:9), John (Rev 1:17) all fell before the Lord. We may imagine that this was an act of conscious worship. It may well have been, but both Daniel and John say that all their strength left them and they became like dead men. This indicates more than just falling down to worship. They collapsed before the Lord.

In 2 Chronicles 5:14, at the dedication of a new temple built by King Solomon, it is ‘filled with a cloud and the priests could not stand’ to carry out their ministry.

Saul, the persecutor of Christians, is knocked from his mount en route to Damascus…

… When soldiers approach Jesus to arrest Him for trial, they ask if He is the one they are looking for. He replies ‘I am’. All the soldiers ‘went backward and fell to the ground’ (John 18:6).” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 107-8.

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“God wants us to enjoy supernatural happenings.” – Phil Pringle, Moving In The Spirit, 1994, pg 110.