Generation Z


In case you haven’t heard, the generation to follow the ‘Millennials’ is Generation Z.

Allot of negative commentary has gone out regarding Millennials and younger generations. If you want to know my take on that, please read THIS POST.

I want to tell you about the service we had the morning of March 11th. Incredible move of God. Declarations were spoken over the younger people who had all gathered on the platform and prophecies spoken over them coupled with much prayer all over the house.

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Let’s talk about Generation Z for a moment. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends, but demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years.

The people who coined the term ‘Generation Z’ probably never gave a moment’s thought to what Z is in Hebrew.

‘Z’ in the Hebrew alphabet (aleph bet) is Zayin (pronounced: Zah-yeen).

It is the 7th letter in the Hebrew aleph bet.


The 7th letter. Come on Bible scholars, what is 7 in the Bible?
That’s right, Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual).

We could go a thousand directions from here, so much ties to this letter and this number, but we will simply go to what it looks like…

The Letter Zayin

This is Zayin. It basically looks like a sword with a crown on it. Another letter of the Hebrew aleph bet is ‘Vav’. Zayin looks like a crowned Vav.

The meaning behind Vav is ‘Man’.

Since everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus, we must assume this has something to do with Him.

Hmmm…the crowned man equipped with the Sword of The Spirit.

Note: The sword mentioned in Hebrews 4:12 is a short sword sharpened on both edges of the blade. The two edges represent the two primary portions of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, both of which are about Messiah.

There is so much more to this one letter and it’s meaning I could write a book but let’s move on and talk about G.Z.

The Tabernacle of David is being restored and these younger generations, though different in many ways from we older codgers, are going to rise up and usher in a Great Awakening.

Whether you believe it or not, whether you understand it or not, here is my point of this entire post…

Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21).

We have a choice to speak either. Either death…or life.

Parents – Grandparents – Legal Guardians – whoever you are with influence over children, I charge you, I challenge you to speak life over your children.

I charge you to take the time once a week, make it a family appointment, to lay your right hand on your children and speak positive blessings into their lives.

Lay your right hand on them and declare their future, declare their destiny, declare their protection, their anointing, their birthright in Jesus Christ their Lord.

If you have children under your care, they are your responsibility. Don’t waste the time you have with them sitting in front of the television watching worthless junk. Don’t think you have done your spiritual duty toward them because you take them to church every Sunday. We parents have far more responsibility than that.

I know the readers of this blog are from a wide variety of backgrounds and come from a variety of denominations.

Some of you are accustomed to the laying on of hands and speaking blessings and declarations.

Some of you are not.

If you are accustomed to it, Hallelujah! God still blesses His spoken Word.

If you are not accustomed to it but you feel in your spirit the need and importance of blessing your children and declaring His Word over them, then I will try to help by giving you a model to follow (Please note this is not an end all-be all blessing and declaration. As you get more comfortable with it, ask The Holy Spirit what to say).

A Beginning Prayer

You could start by praying this yourself…
Father, We praise You for Your love and faithfulness. We thank You for Your protection and care over our family. Thank You that You give us the power to love and the wisdom to lead and teach our children. We know You’re for us; that You fight for our family today. You are Redeemer, Restorer, and Friend, we believe You have good in store for our family. We confess, some days, parenting is tough. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that You would make us more like You, more aware of Your constant Presence in our lives. Help us to release our children to You, so that You are free to fully accomplish all that You desire in them and through them. Please fill our family with Your truth and cover us with Your favor. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessings to speak over your children

(I have paraphrased the verses below. If you would like to read them directly from Scripture, by all means, do so).
Blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Courage – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

Contentment – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

Encouragement – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Endurance – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2

Faithfulness – “Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Sam. 12:24

Favor – “For You bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

Forgiveness – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Fruitfulness – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Generosity – “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19

Godly Relationships – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Prov. 13:20

Grace – “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

Health – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2

Honesty – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Hope – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Humility – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Integrity – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9

Joy – “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Kindness – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Love – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1

Obedience – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

Patience – “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19

Peace – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Protection – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. …For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:1-2, 4, 11

Provision – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Purity – “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.” Psalm 119:9

Purpose – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

Respect – “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

Safety – “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

Salvation – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Self-Control – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Servant Heart – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Strength – “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

Submission – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Thankfulness – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

Trust – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Value – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:9

Wisdom – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10

Wise Instruction – “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13

Do this….regularly and see what God has for you…and your children…just around the corner.


Let’s Talk about the Natural Man


Let’s pick up where we left off last week…

When I say, “The Natural Man“, what is your first thought?

STOP What is your first thought. What word or phrase comes to mind?

  • Fleshly?
  • Carnal?
  • Sinful?
  • BAD?

Would it surprise you to know that there is nothing at all wrong with the natural man?

The carnal man? Yes. The Fleshly man? Yes. This is that part of us that has wrong thoughts and attitudes but the natural man, God created. God created Adam and Eve as natural people. There is nothing wrong with having a natural good time. There is nothing wrong with having a natural party. Too many religious people think that having a party and having a good time is BAD.

Look at the Bible. God’s people are having good times regularly. There is nothing like getting together with like-minded, God-loving, Spirit-filled people and having a party! Dancing and singing, Woo-Hoo!

God created us to have some fun. The problem is when the carnal man enters in and adds in too much alcohol, adds in lude and rude language, adds in things of a fleshly, sexual nature. Therein lies the problem.

What do the natural man and the spirit man have in common? After all, we are body, soul, and spirit. Three in one. (Does that remind you of anyone you know? F, S, & HG) Yes, three in one ideally working together.

So again, what do the natural man and the spirit man have in common?

First of all, let’s understand that everything God created and established on earth is a reflection of its perfect counterpart in Heaven.

What does that mean? It means for example, a husband and wife’s relationship on earth is a reflection of what our relationship with The Lord should be in the Spirit realm. So the husband/wife relationship is pretty important, huh?

That is exactly why marriage was the very first institution God set up when he said for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall be joined together with his wife and they two shall be one flesh. It is also why He constantly refers to Himself as ‘The Bridegroom’ and to His church, ‘The Bride

I hope you get the picture. Everything God created and established on earth is a reflection of it’s perfect counterpart in The Spiritual Realm.

That means that everything you can do in your natural man, you can do in your spirit man.

For example…

  • You can see in the natural and (get ready) you can see in the Spirit.
  • You can hear in the natural and you can hear in the Spirit.
  • You can speak in the natural and (Glory to God I’m getting excited!!!) you can speak in the Spirit.
  • And just like the Apostle Paul said, you can sing in the natural and (I just jumped up and dropped my computer, Hallelujah!!!!) you can sing in the Spirit.

Are you starting to track with me?

Now here we go…think about the following question…

Question: How do you get better at something in the natural?
Question: How do you grow your natural man stronger?

Did you say, ‘Practice’?
Did you say, ‘Exercise’?

Of course, you see where I’m going here. Practice makes you better at a thing. Exercise makes you stronger in your natural body.

So does practice in the spirit make you better at spiritual gifts. Exercising those gifts makes you stronger in your spirit man.

Make sense?

Where do you go from here? How do you practice and exercise and grow your spirit man?

Ask God….

  • to show you something (see) in the Spirit.
  • to let you hear something (preferably Him, lol).
  • to give you a word of knowledge.
  • to give you something to prophesy.

Now here is the hard part. Ready….

shut up and listen!

I don’t mean to be rude here but seriously, be quiet and listen. There will be time for praising God after you hear from Him. In fact you will WANT to praise Him after you hear from Him.

I will go ahead and tell you that if you are not accustomed to hearing, really hearing from God, then it may take some time. STAY THERE. Listen. It is many times a still small voice. A thought. An image. Be sensitive and know it is Him.

Do you remember the passage that tells us that for everything there is a time? Well, in your prayer closet there is a time for quiet and a time for noise.

Be quiet. Then after you hear from God, MAKE SOME NOISE!!!! Praise Him with everything you have. Dance before Him like David danced with all his might.

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You were not made to be quiet. You were made to be a lion.

Our quiet time has been too quiet. We need to cry out to God!

If you do, you may find that God has something for you…just around the corner.

Please Don’t Try to be More Spiritual


Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m going to be” or “I want to be more spiritual “?

If so, let’s talk about that for just a moment, as this has been on my heart lately.

1 Cor 2:14, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you say for example, “I don’t understand the Bible“, that statement is very Biblical. The natural man cannot understand the Scriptures.

What we must first understand is that we are a spirit2 Cor 4:16. My outward man, the flesh, is perishing, as is evident by my grey hair. But my inward man, my spirit, is renewed day by day (if I am doing things that renew it, like prayer and worship).

It is important to understand we are a spirit, we have a soul, but we live inside of a body.

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So have you ever tried to be more spiritual?

How much more spiritual can you be than spirit? For you are a spirit.

If we don’t understand that, we will always find ourselves trying to be more spiritual.

What we are really trying to do is to turn the natural man spiritual.

If you succeed at this, all you will do is become religious. The Pharisees did this. They tried to make the natural man spiritual.

  • They had the outward form.
  • They had the language.
  • They had the actions.
  • They had the modest dress.
  • They prayed big prayers.
  • They didn’t smoke.
  • They didn’t cuss.
  • They didn’t chew.
    They did everything the natural man thinks is spiritual.

We have to come to the realization: we are a spirit, and the natural man and the spiritual man are two different things in one.

In 1 Peter 3 he begins the chapter talking about the outward show and then says, But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The hidden man of the heart is your spirit.

Let’s Talk about the Natural Man

(I promise I’m getting to a point)

When I say, “The Natural Man”, what is your first thought?

STOP! Answer the question. What is your first thought? What word or phrase comes to mind?

  • Fleshly?
  • Carnal?
  • Sinful?
  • BAD?

Would it surprise you to know that there is nothing at all wrong with the natural man?

Come back next week and I will tell why there is nothing wrong with your natural man (and I’ll get to the point).

You may just find out what God has for you…just around the corner.

Ice Cream!!!


Ice Cream!!!…

Way back in 1990-something we attended Malesus Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. One year a revivalist by the name of Harold Danley came and preached revival services.

I will never forget those services! Brother Harold brought some Holy Ghost fire into that church building. He preached the hard truth and, just like with the Pharisees of old, some people got upset.

But just to let you know how good it was, one deacon’s wife was saved and one lady in her 40s who had grown up in that church in a prominent family was radically saved, as well as some others.

I will never forget an analogy Bro. Harold used to describe how good salvation is and how a person can’t really understand how good it is until they experience it for themselves (for real).

He told the story about a missionary to Africa, deep in the jungle where no man has gone before…wait that’s another show. Anyway, this missionary had befriended a little native boy. It was a sweltering day in the depths of that humid jungle. They were talking and the missionary made the comment, “I sure wish I had a chocolate ice cream cone.”

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The little boy cocked his head quizzically and asked, “What’s an ice cream cone?” The missionary jerked his head toward the boy, “You don’t know what an ice cream cone is?”, he asked. Then immediately realized that no, he wouldn’t know what it was. All the little boy had ever known was the jungle. No ice cream here.

He began to try to describe an ice cream cone. “Well”, he said, “it’s cold and creamy…” “What is cold?”, the little boy asked.

The missionary thought for a moment and realized there would be no way to get the message across regarding just how good an ice cream cone is. The only way to know would be to actually experience an ice cream cone for himself.

He grabbed the little boy, jumped in the jeep, and took off. Over the mountains and through the streams they headed toward civilization. Finally, they reached a small store in the middle of nowhere. Believe it or not, they actually had ice cream.

The missionary bought some, handed it to the boy, and ever so cautiously he barely touched the tip of his tongue to it.

His eyes grew wide!

Then he wrapped his tongue around it about four times and devoured it in a slurp or two!!!

His point was this is how salvation is. You just can’t explain to someone just how good it is, they have to experience it for themselves.

I have come to learn that salvation is not the end-all, be-all of a believer’s life. In fact, salvation is just the beginning of the adventure.

There is so much more!

I have also come to learn that salvation is not the only thing that is difficult to explain and that one needs to experience for themselves. Most things with God are that way.

Take the Holy Spirit for example.

  • We can talk about Him.
  • We can sing about Him.
  • We can read about Him.
  • We can listen to others talk about Him.

But there is nothing like experiencing Him, The Spirit of Jesus.

Like the believers in Acts 19:1-6. They had been saved but had not experienced the Holy Spirit. But boy, when they did!!!!!

Ice Cream!!!

Listen to The Lord Jesus explain Spirit-filled people…
John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

We can’t understand that. Nicodemus couldn’t understand it. We have to experience it for ourselves.

Like the believers in…

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Billy Graham

There is nothing more we can say here at EKM that has not already been said by multiple media outlets.

We will only add that we Rejoice that Dr Graham is home with his Lord and Saviour and we pray for the family who will miss him until they see him again.

Welcome home, Billy, thou good and faithful servant.

Back to the Future…Part IV


Dr. Emmett Brown: Roads?!? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

It’s been fun using ‘Back to the Future’ to look ahead at what God has for His people.

This will be the final installment of this series. If you haven’t read parts 1-3, I encourage you to do so (so it will make a little more sense).

We have talked about the “Old Corn”.

We have talked about the “Wine”.

Finally, we will talk about the “Oil”.


There is a filling of the Spirit on the INSIDE, represented by the NEW WINE of the Spirit in the wineskin, which you can read about in the previous post…

There is also an anointing on the OUTSIDE of the OIL of the Spirit.

  • This is the anointing that sets you apart from the world;
  • This is the anointing that empowers a believer to speak with boldness, authority;
  • This is the anointing that empowers the believer to walk in courage and power;
  • This is the anointing that empowers the believer to be an effective witness;
  • This is the anointing that brings revelation of the Spirit where He promises to teach you all things and reveal things to you.

When and how does this happen? Read Acts 19:1-6 here.

Time is short. Those who have gathered to themselves the corn, wine, and oil will be part of His rule on earth during the thousand year reign.

Are you ready? With all that is going on in our country and in our world, we are on the edge of a new spiritual dynamic.

Some of you right now are summoning all the powers of a negative attitude you can muster but that’s because you’re thinking in terms of the flesh. I am NOT speaking in terms of the flesh but in terms of the Spirit!!!!!!!

God is doing some things that will blow the doors off of dead religion churches!!!! There is a generation of little ones being raised up with the spirit of the restoration of the Tabernacle of David in them (Praisers, songwriters, song singers, worshipers, dancers).

Many times we talk about the younger generations as though they are lost causes; they are not! God has many of them marked for His purposes and if we older fuddy-duddies in our 40-year-old choir robes and red-backed hymnals don’t go with the flow of God’s Spirit, we WILL be left behind!

The message doesn’t change but the way it is presented does. I still tell my wife I love her over the phone but I’m not talking to her over a Bell South, landline, wall-mounted, rotary dial telephone. I have a new shiny Galaxy S8!!!!!!!!

Jesus shook up the old religious fuddy-duddies of 2000 years ago and He is shaking up the same spirit today!!!!


The question is,

  • are you going to choose the religious path of the Pharisee or
  • will you take a chance, stepping out in faith and taking the Bible for what it says, trying a little new wine?

Acts 2:21

Luke 11:13

Luke 3:16

Oh yeah….there is fire!!!!

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Update: I wrote this a while back and scheduled it to post today (2/19/2018). It just so happens that I heard one of the most anointed and powerful messages on the upcoming generation that I have ever heard yesterday (2/18/2018).

If you’d like to hear this message from Pastor Kevin Wallace, please click Here. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes so prepare time to watch it. It is WELL worth it.

Blessings on you and yours.

Back to the Future III


Marty McFly: Hey, Doc. Where are you going now? Back to the future?
Dr. Emmett Brown: No, already been there.

Continuing from last week, the next thing Moses promised was wine.

You know the history. Mary goes to Jesus and says, “We have no wine”. And then she tells the servants in John 2:5, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

I want you to understand that if you want to partake of the new wine, then whatever He says, do it (even if it means leaving your home of 20 years, lol). Listen to me closely, we cannot like one part of the Bible, believe it, and obey it and not another part just because we don’t like it or because it doesn’t line up with what Mamma and Daddy said or what our denomination said.

Allow me to insert this right here before we continue. Joel 2 is happening right now in certain parts of the world. Don’t miss it!

Now, I want you to look very carefully at verse 6, John 2:6, And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

First of all, there were 6 pots. What does the number 6 represent in the Bible? Man. So these pots represent man.

Now, what kind of pots were they? Stone. That is very unusual because we know from archaeology that just about all their pitchers, bowls, and pots were made from clay.

Why stone? I began to study what stone has to do with us and I came across 1 Peter 2:5 talking about the church; born-again folks, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

These living stones were built up into a spiritual house, the body of Christ, those of us who are born-again.

So what does Jesus tell them to do with the pots? John 2:7, Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

So first…FIRST (everybody say, “first”) First He fills them with water.

What are we born of first? Jesus tells Nicodemus in the next chapter, John 3:5, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

We are first born of water and then Jesus just gave away what happened to the water in the stone pots next, right? Bear in mind, this was a miracle of creation. Turning water into wine is not as simple as adding a packet of kool-aid. It is creation, and we are created a new people when we are born-again.

We are first born of water, then of the Spirit. That is the only way a person can enter into that Kingdom of God we talked about (Romans 14:17).

Here is where I am going to get a little rough. According to the Word of God, one cannot put new wine into…OLD wine-skins (Whew! I just felt the Holy Ghost!).

The old bottles are those who, through their traditions and doctrines of men, will not change. (I feel I have to say this and I’d like you to think about it seriously. Our traditions actually make the Word of God of no effect, Mark 7:13. The Holy Spirit can break those traditions in us and open us up to things we have never considered before. Talk about freedom!!!!)

They are so set in their ways, unwilling to admit they MIGHT be wrong about something, they are unable to receive the new wine. They have become hard and unusable, like an old wineskin.

These old wineskins only want teachers who will tickle their ears, and that does not just mean preaching easy things.

It can also mean preaching and teaching them only the things they have settled in their own minds as being the truth, having no ear to hear a fresh word from the Spirit, no heart to receive a fresh fire from the Holy Ghost.

“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.” Matthew 9:16

This Scripture has the same meaning. If we try to patch up our old beliefs with a new belief, then the tear becomes worse. We need to throw away the old garment of religious tradition and put on with humility the new robe of righteousness. We cannot patch up the old.

I confess before you that just a few short years ago, I held some beliefs that I thought were true, simply because I had heard them for so long from people who I loved and respected for years, THANK GOD, only to find out these things I was taught were NOT true. THANK GOD that by revelation of the Holy Spirit, straight from the Word of God did I find out that Jesus Christ IS the same yesterday, today, and forever, and every promise is still true from beginning to end.

It’s not easy for some of us old Baptists or old Methodists, or old you-name-it, to understand. Many times we are like Nicodemus trying to understand Jesus on the very same point.

Luke 5:39 says, “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better.”

Most of us who have been in church for years have some kind of ingrained teaching from the old, man-made church system and it is VERY difficult to get past things we have thought were true since we were kids from family, teachers, preachers, you name it.

When we have these old beliefs, it is easy to say the old wine is better. All this stuff about overcoming the old man and putting on the new man, being filled with new wine, walking in the Spirit, it’s not easy to grab hold of when we are so rooted in tradition.

Moses said we would gather corn, wine, and what? Oil.

There is a filling of the Spirit on the inside, represented by the new wine inside the wine-skin.

Next week, we’ll have the final installment and talk about the OIL.