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February 9, 2017, 8:51 PM

The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost


Howdy to all interested parties! It is with great excitment that I announce the completion and availability of my newest book: The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost.

Already I have been notified that it is in the process of being translated into Portugese in order to reach the lost and instruct the saved in Brazil!!! Glory to God!

Here's the book summary:

The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost provides answers to many perplexing questions that many people have about the Holy Ghost. Such as, “Why do the majority of Christian denominations disagree with teaching the essentiality of receiving the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking with other tongues?” “Can a person manifest the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ without having received the Spirit?” “Did the Holy Spirit operate only in the New Testament?” And, “What is the purpose for and work of the Holy Ghost in the life of a Christian?” 

In an age of increasing spiritual darkness and the proliferation of false doctrines – even by those who once believed truth – the light of God’s Word shines even brighter. The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost traces the history of the Holy Ghost as It moves within the Old Testament  to Its New Testament indwelling  and continued manifestation through the church and individual believers using the gifts and fruit of the Spirit. It is suitable for new converts, theologians and anyone in between. 

Print Edition: $8.00

Kindle Edition: $4.99

***Please leave a comment below if you purchase either edition! I would love to know how it is being used to strengthen the saints and bring revelation to the lost.

Thank you for your interest and may the Lord Jesus richly bless you!

 



Comments

11-19-2017 at 9:27 PM
Steve Walker
Tremendous book! When applied this book WILL make you more effective in His Kingdom. Thank you brother...
03-05-2017 at 3:11 PM
Brent Crosswhite
Just got my copy! I have enjoyed the journey as the author takes me through the halls of Truth. The Purpose Work of the Holy Ghost turns the light on to the blurred lines and misconceptions about the Holy Ghost but yet leads into a deeper realm of understanding.
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January 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

The Fine Art of Apostasy Pt. 1



I find it amazing that many things folks once backslid to do are now permissible to do and still be saved. Truly we are seeing the scripture fulfilled: "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." 2 Peter 2:19-21

Beware when you hear these who have discovered the liberty of rebellion make the statement - "What's the difference between..." Their question is not an honest one. They are looking to justify carnal reasoning and sinful actions. Never is that question asked in the fear of the Lord desiring to draw closer to the righteousness and holiness of the Lord Jesus.

Just as carnal believers rejected Jesus, Paul, John, and the rest of God called prophets and preachers - so do the same spiritually rebellious reject God called voices today. Do they feel liberty? Yes! Do they talk in tongues? Yes! Do they see miracles? Yes! However, all of those things are signs pointing towards salvation NOT salvation. Salvation is still based upon obedience to God's Word - ALL of it - not only the parts that one enjoys.

Most of the generation of Apostolic folks I was raised around no longer believe what was once taught and preached. They will say they believe Acts 2:38 but not the standards - the two are inseparable. Several have went off into false doctrine. Many are backslid and reject the Pentecostal/Apostolic experience - calling it legalistic and Pharisaical.

I have always thanked God that although there was much physical and sexual abuse directed towards me by folks in the church, I never doubted the absolutes of Acts 2:38 salvation, standards of separation, and the need to evangelize our world that Bro Howard Davis preached and practiced.

I had no desire to hang out with backsliders and allow them to vomit their hatred, bitterness, and unbelief on me. I simply accepted the fact that Joe Savala was angry, bitter, and morally messed up and could never live successfully for God. Almost 23 years ago God in His mercy allowed me to return home under the leadership of Bro N.J. Wilson and I made up my mind to serve Jesus Christ according to the Truth that had been instilled in me throughout the years. Since that time, it's never been for sale and it never will be.

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints." Jude 1:3

More to come....



Comments

06-20-2018 at 10:14 AM
Brian Enochs
Awesome, thank-you for posting. You can be a follower of Christ and not be a disciple. Follower's get some fringe benefits, a good meal, miracles... But, it requires a commitment to be a disciple. Sort of like the farmer's breakfast. (the chicken & the pig) A disciple receives eternal life for their reward.
03-20-2017 at 6:53 PM
Bill McNulty
Amen and Amen . This is exactly what is needed . . . a clear note and a certain sound ! Thank You ! By the way my daughter was excited and said she heard you testify at IYC .
01-06-2017 at 1:59 PM
Russell Frazier
Delusion is a final destination....
Great post!
01-05-2017 at 5:01 PM
Clif Crosby II
Amen
01-05-2017 at 3:37 PM
Brent Crosswhite
The bitter backslidden seems to always have their arm drawn back into a fist instead of holding to the plow. it takes both hands to hold on effectively. Thanks for the "Certain Sound" I hear while reading this message.
01-05-2017 at 3:29 PM
Rick McGuffey
All of Pentecost needs to read this. Thank you!
01-05-2017 at 3:25 PM
Ron Townsley
Thanks for saying it.
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January 4, 2017, 10:39 AM

The Holy Ghost Dove - Why?


Excerpt from my soon to be released book - The Purpose and Work of the Holy Ghost:

John the Baptist, cousin of the Lord Jesus, did not know who the Messiah would be. However, God had told John, “…upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost” (John 1:33, KJV). From this we can conclude, that what John heard and saw was a private revelation to confirm to him the Word of God, and the identity of the Messiah. The revelation was never intended to establish a triune concept of the Godhead.

Notice the following comparisons of the same event:

  • “…and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove…” (Matthew 3:16, KJV)
  • “…the Spirit like a dove descending…” (Mark 1:10, KJV)
  • “…the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove…” (Luke 3:22, KJV)

It is from these passages of scripture that some consider the Holy Ghost to be a ‘third person’ of the Godhead. Of course, there is a tremendous difference between the shape of a bird and the shape of a person.  It is understood that there are not many Spirits of God but rather an unfolding revelation of how THE Spirit of God operates His sovereign will in various ways. None of the gospel writers were present when Jesus was baptized. However, all recorded the story as it was related to them and it is likely that Matthew, John, and Mark heard the story straight from the mouth of Jesus. [1]

However, the scriptures state that the Holy Ghost was “…like a dove...” It was not a dove: rather the Spirit of God took on a “…bodily shape like a dove...” so that John the Baptist would see the sign upon Jesus Christ, as He was being baptized.

For comparison, the scripture states that the day after John baptized Jesus, “…John seeth Jesus…and saith, Behold the Lamb of God…” (John 1:29, KJV). Few, if any, believe that John the Baptist saw a literal lamb walking down the road. It is understood, that John was speaking of Jesus and linking Jesus’ ultimate human destiny to be the sinless and spotless sacrificial Lamb [2] for all humanity, and to simultaneously fulfill the Old Covenant’s laws and judgments for sin.[3]

Why? Why did God choose the appearance of a dove to manifest His Spirit upon the man, Jesus Christ? [4] No one knows for sure but there is room for opinions so long as they do not pervert the truth of God’s sacred Word!

We do know the Lord God purposefully chose the animal type that would forever be linked with His Spirit. He did not choose the fox for its cunning, the cheetah for its swiftness, the lion for its power, or the peacock for its beauty. No, God Almighty chose the lowly dove with which to associate His Holy Ghost.

The first mention of a dove is recorded in Genesis chapter eight, after God had judged the wickedness of the ancient world with the Great Flood.[5] Noah released the dove three times. The dove found no place to rest during its first flight. When it returned from its second flight, it had an olive leaf in its beak.

The olive leaf merits some discussion. The olive leaf is symbolic of new life, hope, and peace, as is the Holy Ghost.[6] When the olive is crushed, olive oil is produced. The olive is a type of Christ, who was crushed at Gethsemane. And the oil is a type of the Holy Ghost, poured out on the Day of Pentecost. [7]

Throughout the Bible, the anointing oil was poured upon God’s chosen vessels. The anointing oil of the Spirit is also upon every believer. [8] In addition, the scripture instructs the New Testament believers to anoint the sick with oil during prayers for healing of the body and the mind.[9]

Pardon the road trip - let’s get back to the Dove. On its third and final flight, the dove did not return. This indicated that the dove had found a place of rest other than the ark, and that the earth was ready for humanity to live upon it once again.

Now, the characteristics of the dove merit consideration. Doves are not carnivorous and constantly move their wings except when they are gliding to rest upon a certain place. Doves are most generally pictured as white in color, and within the scriptures, the color white most frequently represents purity and or holiness.[10]  A dove cries easily when it is harassed or in great danger, and the Christian believer intercedes for both personal needs and those of others through the power of the Holy Ghost [11]in times of distress and indecision. The dove is known as a harmless creature. Likewise, the saints have been instructed by Jesus to be harmless as a dove.[12]

 So, it can be inferred in a very credible sense that the Holy Ghost was momentarily manifested in the form of a dove for three significant reasons:

  1. A visible sign to and for John the Baptist
  2. To reveal the character of the Spirit upon and within Jesus Christ
  3. To reveal how the Holy Ghost was to influence future New Covenant believers

 

End Notes:

[1] Early Christian authors such as Papias, Irenaeus (author of the Muratorian Canon), Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, and Jerome, were unanimous in attributing this gospel to a "Mark" who was a close associate of the Apostle Peter (“Gospel of Mark.” ReligionFacts.com. 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 28 Sep. 2016. www.religionfacts.com/gospel-of-mark)

[2]…You know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:18-19, KJV)

[3] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil (Matthew 5:17, KJV)

[4] Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you… Acts 2:22 (KJV). The phrasing of this verse does not allow for a trinitarian or even “twinitarian” theology. Peter, in speaking to monotheistic Jews, was establishing the fact that the man, Christ Jesus, was the incarnation of the Mighty Spirit of God that they claimed to serve and love.

[5] The world was judged once by water, but the second judgment will be that of fire. (see 2 Peter 3:1-10).

[6] For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17, KJV).

[7] …the Holy Ghost…Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior (Titus 3:5-6, KJV).

[8] …hath anointed us, is God. Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:21-22, KJV).

[9] Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church: and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14, KJV).

[10] …they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy (Revelation 3:4, KJV). Another meaning for the word ‘white’ in the text is to be bright or shining which denotes glory. An alternate consideration is the white of leprosy as evidence by Miriam (Numbers 12:10-12).

[11]…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26, KJV)

[12]…be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16, KJV). That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God… (Philippians 2:15, KJV)



Comments

01-06-2017 at 2:02 PM
Russell Frazier
Read the transcript, all I can say is wow! I will definitely everyone of my Bible school students purchase this book.
01-04-2017 at 12:27 PM
Rick McGuffey
I enjoyed reading this excerpt and wait with anticipation for the final book. Joseph Savala's works just keep getting better... and they started out really good!
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October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

WORK EXPERIENCE



Do you have any work experience? That was the question asked most when I was a younger man looking for work. I always had a job but often grew bored with what I was doing and went on to better (I thought) opportunities. For your enjoyment, I am presenting two of my work experiences when I was somewhere between 17-19 years of age. If you like these ones, I have a few more to share. REMEMBER: Those who say something can't be done, should never interrupt those who are doing it!

      Del Taco is a restaurant chain in Southern California. Have you ever been to a drive thru? If so, you know how boring the order takers are. Well, I asked the management not to put me on the mic but they did anyway. Within a few days, people were lining up not just to order but to hear what I would say. My greeting would go something like this (thanks to Bob Newhart), “Hello and thank you for coming to Del Taco, please keep all hands and feet in the ride at all times. If you would be so kind to give me your order, it will be waiting for you at the completion of the ride.” This went on for about two weeks. The owner loved it and sales began to increase during the lunch period.

      On that fateful day, the manager (a lady), told me that I was being stupid and folks didn’t think that it was funny. So, in the interests of wanting to be the best employee I could be, I asked the next carload of laughing adults if they thought the greeting was stupid because my manager thought it was. They replied that the manager was stupid. Well, the manger was standing behind me and upon hearing the response was less than excited about the conversation. When the lunch rush was finished, she asked to talk with me in private – private conversations have never boded well for me and so, I had some trepidation.

     She informed me that she knew that I was trying to steal her job from her and that she would not allow it. I assured her that becoming manager of a Del Taco was not my highest aspiration in life and that she was slightly unhinged if she thought so…that’s not totally correct, I told her she was crazy. And it came to pass, that she remained secure in her management and I became unemployed. 

      Lesson: My work experience taught me to never be a threat to a female fast food manager. I learned from that experience and never worked fast food again.

     Then there was the time that I left a sand blasting  job before the Fed’s closed it down for tax evasion. No surprise there, they had evaded paying me too. So it was that I spied a ‘Help Wanted’ sign for a flower delivery driver. I walked in filled out the application and was given the job. As I was leaving the owner said, “By the way, the vehicle is a stick shift. Is that alright with you?” I answered in the affirmative!

       At the time, I rented a room from a elderly lady. One room was shared by me and a fellow room mate named Dan. We had worked together on the sandblasting job.  Dan, had a truck and it was a stick shift. I told Dan about my new employment opportunity. He asked if I knew how to drive a stick and I said, no BUT you do. So it was that Dan taught me how to drive a stick shift in about two hours. On the way to church, he had me drive up the side entrance onto a hill...I almost rolled into the car behind me several times BUT we made it and I had learned to drive a stick shift.

      Things went fine my first day on the job. I made several deliveries and was enjoying my new driving skills. Until I came to a four way stop. When I arrived at the stop, I was the only vehicle there. As I made the left hand turn, the truck  began to jerk and stop, jerk and stop. This was not good! Within the next five minutes, there were cars at all four stop signs. I was now in the middle of the intersection hopelessly jerking ahead a few inches at a time. 

       I am forever indebted to the kind hearted truck driver who leaned half way out of his truck yelling and encouraging me to ‘put it in first’, while questioning my intelligence and insisting that my mother was a canine. 

       Lesson: If not for this work experience, I might still be trapped in the middle of a four way stop and would never have the pleasure of hearing the truckers words of encouragement echoing in my ears EVERYTIME I drive a stick shift almost 30 years later.

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in operation - John Ruskin



Comments

01-05-2017 at 6:36 PM
David Boyd
There's just way too much talent wrapped in Bro. Savala! Great singer. Doctrinal preacher and COMEDIAN! Love the stories and keep up the good work.
12-19-2016 at 11:55 AM
Brent Crosswhite
What a dose of a good medicine called laughter I had reading this today!
10-12-2016 at 8:27 AM
Bobby Ikerd
Hahaha. You made my morning. This was great reading while sipping my coffee. Tell us more!!!
10-11-2016 at 11:21 PM
Peter Connell
Funny stuff. I have a few of those experiences myself, and a few interviews that we're learning experiences as well. Keep writing!
10-11-2016 at 3:47 PM
Mark C
I enjoyed reading these today! You really should publish a book about some of these things!
10-11-2016 at 3:43 PM
Rick McGuffey
Funny stories, Brother!
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May 17, 2016, 10:07 AM

SOLD



It may not be for silver, it may not be for gold, But by the tens of thousands the Prince of Life is sold, Sold for a godless friendship, sold for a selfish aim, Sold for a fleeting trifle; sold for an empty name.

 
Sold in the mart of science, sold in the seat of power, Sold at the shrine of fortune, sold in pleasure’s bower, Sold for your awful bargain none but God’s eye can see,  Ponder my soul the question; shall He be sold by thee? 

Sold! Oh God, what a moment! Stilled is conscious voice; Sold! And a weeping angel records the fatal choice, Sold! But the price accepted to a living coal shall turn, With pangs of a late repentance deep in the soul to burn.

~ Source Unknown ~

 
 ~ The book of Jude is thought to have been written between 65-69 AD. Jude was most likely the Lord Jesus’ half-brother (Matthew 13:55). In his writing he said, “…there should be mockers in the last times, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 1:18-19).  Jude describes a group that practiced separation unto the sensual. Just as Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver, there are those that continue to sell out Jesus for the sensual trinkets of this world – lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life(1 John 2:15). People sell what they do not love.

God help me to always “keep myself in the love of God”, so that I will never sell you out for the sensual! I choose to be souled out for Jesus. ~ JPS

Reprinted from the book: Read This...Seriously!

http://jpsministries.org/christian_books&productID=3531 

 


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