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Title: The%20Altar

The Altar
Understanding The Altar
  • The OT altar was a place of sacrifice.
  • Its a sacrifice to come to the altar.
  • Some will bring sacrifices to the altar.
  • The OT altar was a place of death.
  • Some will come to put things to death.
  • Some will come to repent repentance is death to
    lifestyle. In all of the above cases, they will
    need our help.

The Altar Worker
  • Gods expectation is that we study his word to
    become a workman a workman that needs not be
    ashamed if hes working.
  • We get trained and in turn, train others so the
    church can grow.
  • 2 Tim 215 Study to show thyself approved
    unto God a workman that needeth not to be
    ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Altar Worker
  • In Mark 16 casting out devils is listed ahead of
    speaking in tongues as signs that follow
    believers. Its important that we are well
    equipped to do Gods work.

At The Altar
  • Being equipped thoroughly is not just knowing the
  • basic Word of God but knowing how to be
  • Sensitive to the voice of God.
  • How to follow the spirit.
  • How to minister to somebody to receive the Holy
  • How to minister to help them with their shame.
  • How to do spiritual warfare.
  • How to have a personal and intimate relationship
    with God, helping others hunger and thirst for
    that same relationship.

The Workman At The Altar
  • God wants to do His works through you.
  • Each of us has a different gift from God.
  • Our being thoroughly furnished, equipped or
    complete for every good work is His desire in
    effectively ministering to others.
  • 2 Tim 317 That the man of God may be
    perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good

What We Impart
  • You impart not understanding of knowledge but a
    spiritual transmission what they dont have,
    they now have.
  • Acts 36 Peter said, silver and gold have I none
    but such as I have, give I thee
  • Freely you have received, freely give.
  • You cant give away what you dont have but you
    can be used of God to give.

What You Have - Invest
  • God expects us to take what weve received and
    invest it invest it in others lives so that
    they can take that deposit and gain growth and
    interest on it for God.
  • This is the will of God. Its the spiritual

Why People Come to the Altar
  • Help / Problems in life.
  • Healing.
  • Deliverance.
  • Repentance.
  • Receive Gods Spirit.
  • Pray for loved ones / others.

Laying It All Down At The Cross
  • What do you want God to do for you today?
  • Do you want God to fill you with the Holy Ghost?
    Its good for them to say so because saying so
    strengthens their resolve to be filled.
  • Be sensitive to the spirit leading .. if you
    dont feel anything move to the next person

How People Received
  • Acts 21 they were all with one accord (same
    passion, same burden, same voice).
  • Acts 814 when they laid hands on them they
    received the Holy Ghost.
  • Acts 1034 while he yet spoke the Holy Ghost was
    poured out.
  • Acts 191-7 Paul laid hands upon them and they
    received the Holy Ghost.

What Qualifies You?
  • You must have a sincere compassion and burden for
    that person.
  • You must have faith theyre going to receive it.
    Faith is projected like a radio signal. Doubt is
    transmitted in the same way so believe and do not
    doubt in your heart.
  • Have faith in God and God will pour out his

What They Battle
  • Fear afraid they wont get it. They must believe
    to receive.
  • Doubt not sure about this. Read Acts 10 for they
    heard them speak with tongues and magnify God and
    Peter said can any forbid water that these should
    not be baptised.
  • They have to repent of their sins.

What We Battle
  • Doubt Too often we substitute physical exercise
    for faith because our faith is limited.
  • Our limited faith and doubt will be transmitted.
  • We cannot rely on emotions but rather the power
    that works in us.

  • Did you speak words or sentences you did not
  • Tell them to relax people who are tense are less
    likely to receive.
  • Listen put your ear down to their mouth to hear

Things That Will Hinder
  • Unrepented sin.
  • Unbelief/doubt/low self esteem/unworthiness.
  • Unyieldedness/unwillingness to let go.
  • Disobedience/rebellion.
  • Fear
  • Evil spirits
  • Intoxication

How To Pray For The Seeker
  • Dont lay hands on people too quickly - wait
    until the anointing comes.
  • When faith comes into your heart that theyre
    going to receive the Holy Ghost, lay your hand
    upon their head (and dont do it like they have
    leprosy or something), do it with faith and

Transmitting and Expecting
  • There is a transmission when hands are laid upon
    the head in the proper way. It must be done by
  • When you say Receive ye the Holy Ghost, expect
    them to receive it!
  • Dont take your hand off of them until they
    receive it. Allow faith to come into their heart
    keep your hand there.

  • First, repent. You cant get the Holy Ghost
    without repenting.
  • Speaking in tongues is a process of learning how
    to submit or yield to God. Encourage them to do
  • The spirit gives the utterance but they have got
    to speak. Encourage them to give the spirit
  • Desire - seeks after God. Blessed are those who
    hunger and thirst after righteousness for they
    will be filled. Matt 56

  • Get your attention right on Jesus get your mind
    on the Lord. Visualize Him.
  • Have faith that God is going to give you the Holy
    Ghost. Youre going to walk out of here with the
    Holy Ghost.
  • Worship the Lord the Holy Ghost comes in
    worship. Halelujah is the highest praise.

  • God does not respond to begging. Begging does not
    move God to do anything. God responds to
    repentance and faith.
  • If they sound like theyre begging, tell them to
    stop begging but rather believe that He is a
    rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
  • Hell give it when you believe youre going to
    receive it.
  • This isnt about unworthiness for all have

Actions Toward Receiving
  • Desire him will all your heart get your
    attention on Jesus Christ
  • Faith have faith that hes going to give you
    the Holy Ghost and because of your faith
  • Worship the Lord. When you do these things youll
    feel an invisible power come near you thats
    the presence of God to give you the Holy Ghost.

Actions Towards Receiving
  • When you feel that power (unction, anointing) in
    your heart, believe this is it.
  • And as you praise him, your tongue wants to speak
    words or sentences you cannot understand.
    Continue to give your voice and forget about
    saying halelujah or praise the Lord let the
    Lord put the words in a language that you never
    learned in school.
  • Thats what we call speaking in tongues.

Elements to Receiving
  • Faith is necessary to receive anything from
    God. Paul reminded the Galatians that they had
    received the Holy Ghost by believing what they
    heard. Gal 32
  • Jesus said that the spirit will flow through
    whoever believes in me. John 738
  • We must inspire faith in the heart of the seeker.
  • Prayer the Holy Ghost is given in response to
    believers prayer. Earnestly seek Gods face.

Elements to Receiving
  • Obedience Acts 532 Peter said God gives the
    Holy Spirit to those who obey him.
  • The primary purpose for receiving the Holy Ghost
    is to receive power to witness. Acts 18
  • God is ready to empower those who are ready to
    obey His command to share the gospel with the

Elements to Receiving
  • Yieldedness to God is vital to receiving. The
    seeker should be instructed to yield their entire
    being to the Lord. This includes their whole
    mind, body and spirit.
  • Its through yielding that the Holy Ghost can
    fill the person, take control of their vocal
    chords, and speak through them in other tongues.

Ministering To Others
  • Working the altar is about feeling after the
    spirit on both sides you seek for a leading
    while they seek for an infilling.
  • What about those who claim to be born again?
    Assure them that if they are born again God is
    ready to flow a river of living spiritual water
    through them that begins in the belly and comes
    out of your mouth. John 738 Thats the Holy
  • Remind them of the promises everyone who asks
    receives Luke 119-10

What Not To Do
  • Speak in one ear while someone is speaking in the
  • Speak when its NOT the Holy Spirit giving you
    what to say. Leave flesh behind.
  • Block a minister who comes to pray.
  • Shake their heads, yell in their ears, speak in
    tongues in their ears to where they cant hear
    their own thoughts.

It Is Gods Altar
  • Be respectful of it.
  • Be mindful of it.
  • Be careful with it.
  • Be sensitive in it.
  • Souls are saved, healed and delivered here. The
    devil wants them to doubt. God wants them to

The Altar