Holy Spirit

Why Knowing About God Isn’t Enough

Do you know about God, or do you know Him? Beloved, God has so much more for you than simply knowing facts and history about Him—He wants you to experience Him! In this short clip, Frank reveals why the Lord Jesus Christ came to live inside us.


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Why Knowing About God Isn’t Enough

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There are two Greek words in the Bible for knowing. First there is the Greek word oida. It means “to know in the mind;” it means “to know the facts.” But there’s a second word for knowing that we really need to understand and it’s gnosco. Gnosco means “to know by experience.”

Let’s explore the difference between these two words. I can’t come to you and say, “I know (gnosco) Abraham Lincoln,”  I don’t know him by experience. I have no relationship with him. The word I would use here would be oida. “I know Abraham Lincoln.” I’ve read the history books and I know the facts about his life. So which word do we find in the New Testament when it talks about us knowing God? It’s not oida—it’s gnosco. This is so very important because so many people live in oida. They know about God, they read the Bible, they know the facts, they study the history, and they know about God but they don’t know Him. Do you realize how sad that is?

Let me illustrate this again. I don’t want to know about a kiss. I don’t want to oida a kiss. Oida is the facts: two mouths coming together, exchanging tongues and saliva fluid. Yuck. I don’t want to know that. I want to experience it! Isn’t that strange, especially after that definition? But you want to experience it too, because that’s the first act of giving yourself to another human being and receiving another human being. And that’s gnosco, my friends, the Lord Jesus Christ came to live inside of us. Why? Well, so He could empower us, so we could experience Him so that we could know Him, not by mind only, but by experiencing His love.

I don’t want to know about love. I want to be loved, don’t you? And that’s why the Holy Spirit came inside of you. So you could experience the love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, kindness, and goodness of God and know Him (gnosco) by experience.

What a great God. Have a great day!

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Want Others To See God in Your Life? Here’s What Not to Do

What does it mean when the Bible tells us to not quench the spirit? Today, Frank untangles a confusing verse for us, as he reminds us that the Holy Spirit will never overpower us or control us; it is always up to us to allow Him to transform our lives.


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Want Others To See God In Your Life? Here’s What Not To Do

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 there’s a very curious verse. It says, “Do not quench the spirit.” That’s puzzling because “quench” can be used so often in a very positive way, especially when we’re talking about thirst. When I’m thirsty, what do I want to do? I’m going to quench that thirst. When I have a desire, what do I want to do? I want to quench that desire by fulfilling it. But here it’s being used in a very negative fashion. “Don’t quench the spirit.” What does that mean? I think the key to understanding this verse is to realize that throughout both Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit is viewed and represented as fire. Fire is a very powerful commodity. Fire purifies everything that it touches. That’s the important part. The Holy Spirit has come into our life as a fire to empower us so He can purify us in our walk. Wonderful! Do not quench that!

Let’s think about this clearly. Fire has one real enemy and that’s water. Water can put out the fire. The Bible talks about water—living water—and so we want to draw a real life from God as living water but by implication there are other kinds of water. There are other things that can temporarily satisfy our soul, never satisfy our spirit, but certainly satisfy our soul. When we take satisfaction from those things, we are quenching the power of the Spirit to completely satisfy all of my needs. So we’ve got to be very careful here, my friends. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never overpower your life. He will never overtake you, never control you. And also, He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will always be available to you. But in the moment when you quench the spirit, you’re looking to other things than God as a life source, and you’re not allowing His power to transform you into the image of Christ.

Don’t quench the spirit, let Him energize your life in a way that transforms it so that the world will be able to look at you and see you as a letter of God and say, “There goes a man or a woman who knows God. I can see it in the way they live.”

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Father Sees and Understands Your Struggle!

Can any comfort be found as we face unthinkable circumstances we never dreamed we would face? How do we survive the pain and sorrow of a world that we were never designed to live in? In this video, Frank invites us into the truth that we are not alone and that there is One who understands our grief and pain and will walk with us through it.

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Seek the Mind and Heart of Christ

Jesus came to bring us GRACE, but also to bring us TRUTH. Jesus came to bring us Father's LOVE but also His MIND!

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Side by Side or Inside?

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

Sometimes, I hear people say that they wish they could have walked with Jesus side by side. That is a nice thought, but unfortunately betrays a lack of understanding and experience of the glory of the New Covenant that Jesus established.

In John 14, when the disciples were concerned that He was leaving them, He told them that when He went away, the Father would send "another" comforter. Here is a great choice of words by the Holy Spirit written word. He did not choose the word "heteros" which means another of a different kind. He chose instead the word "allos" which means another of the same kind.

When Jesus went away and returned to His throne, LISTEN,
He sent back One, the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Jesus Himself.

Now let's ponder Jesus for a minute - He was so patient with the disciples, He defeated temptation, He had compassion for the hurting and the struggling, He rescued the adulterous woman from condemnation by the community of legalists, He intimately conversed with the outcast Samaritan.... hmmmmm, no wonder they did not want Him to leave. Where in this world are you going to find a friend like that, Who is so loving, and gracious, and merciful, and POWERFUL!?

The answer is, "INSIDE YOU!"

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us. No my friend, as good as it would have been to see Jesus on the outside, it is more glorious to experience Him living inside us through the presence of the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Him. The compassion, mercy, grace, and power of Jesus lives inside me through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This is the glory of the New Covenant!

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Father's Word

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His   heart   with   me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

Some call it the "Bible". The word is simply a transliteration of the Greek word "biblos," which means book. Others call it the "Scriptures," a word that means sacred writings. I prefer to call it "Father's Word". I like that.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me,
Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved. 
Father's Word.

The supreme purpose behind Father's word to me is to lead me to an intimate dependence and experience with "His Word" the Lord Jesus Christ, by and through the presence of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit dwelling in me.

I love Father's word for leading me to the Living Word - Jesus. I fear though, that there are some these days who in their finding the "Living Word - Jesus", are neglecting Father's word - the Bible - that was written for us, to us, to lead us to the "Living Word - Jesus"

I fear sometimes that we become so smart, that we fail to remain teachable and humble and students of Father's word so we can know the Living Word - Jesus.

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More To Come?

God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

In Ephesians 1, Paul tells us we have the Holy Spirit as the pledge of our inheritance that we will receive from being made a child of God. This is a wonderful thing to ponder! Earlier, Paul states that it is through faith that we were adopted into the family of God. Now, this adoption gave us equal standing with Jesus in the family of God! We receive the same inheritance as our brother, the Lord Jesus. 

In fact, in Romans 8, it tells us that we are joint heirs with Jesus. Wow! What a great thought. But it gets better...

The Holy Spirit, Paul says, is our pledge that this inheritance is indeed ours. The word pledge is the word "arrabon", and it literally means down payment. When someone receives a down payment, it is a pledge that there is more to come. But how can that be?

Our pledge, our down payment that we have received
is no other than God Himself, God the Holy Spirit.

How can anyone receive any more when they have already received God Who is everything?

The only thing I can surmise is that God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

Eternity is going to be forever discovering how good, grand, glorious, loving, merciful and kind God is to us. Amazing!

Prayer: What It Is - and Is Not

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PRAYER!

I don't know about you, but that word instantly puts an image in my brain of heads bowed and eyes closed, but I do not believe that is what the New Testament teaches prayer really is. Paul said we should be "praying always" - if we did that, how could we ever get anything done? It would be kind of hard to drive to work with our eyes closed and our head bowed, don't you think?

Further, have you ever read the account in the Gospels where the disciples were unable to cast out a demon, then Jesus Himself cast out the demon? When the disciples asked Him why they could not cast the demon out, Jesus told them that this kind of demon is cast out only by prayer.

BUT READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY! Jesus Himself DID NOT PRAY when He cast the demon out! The event is recorded in three different gospels and none of the writers says Jesus prayed first. (But i think He was praying...)

So, what is prayer? It is an attitude of humble and intimate sharing of the relationship we have with God as we go through our daily lives... it is simply remembering we are not in this life, facing the circumstances of life, by ourselves and with our own resources. We are in union with God.

My personal conviction is that the disciples could not cast out the demon because they were using "prayer" or the name of "Jesus" as a formula or method (which we are all prone to do)... Ours is a journey of faith in a Person. We do not reduce this incredible reality to a question of "what works" but "Who works"... Prayer is seeking to experience Jesus in ALL that we do. Driving on the interstate, shovelling dirt, changing diapers; these are all opportunities to be praying without ceasing because they are all opportunities to live in the Spirit at the same time we are living in this physical world.