Before Bishop Keith Butler began his message, he read out two psalms, Psalm 100, and Psalm 14: 46, with everyone present.
Then, he sang Psalm 100.
And, he admonished everyone to remain filled with the Holy Spirit from 1st Corinthians 14: 26
“How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”
Starting out his message from Ephesians 5: 15 – 20… he continued his teaching from the previous session, on being filled with the spirit.
He went on to clarify that in verse 20, this scripture tells us how to act in order to be filled.
In Verse 19, however, Hymn means songs of celebration that the lord gives.
A spiritual song: this is a song given by the Spirit – you don’t write or pre-program the song. The Spirit gives this song for your edification.
What He’ll give you will just be what you need. And, God will give spiritual songs to bless each other.
Colossians 3: 14 – 16
When we’re filled with the Spirit we can have revelation. For we edify each other when we stay in the position of being filled in the Spirit.
Ephesians 5: 18
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit;”
It is in being in this position that we see God doing exceeding abundantly and far above…Ephesians 3: 20
And, it all starts with walking in love and in faith and being filled with the fullness of God.
One who is filled in the Spirit is one who exercises Colossians 1: 12. Giving thanks gets you filled with the Spirit.
A spirit filled person gives thanks to God because God has given us an inheritance. Hallelujah!
Stay filled everyday by thanking God for being delivered from the of darkness.
Based on Colossians 3: 15, Bishop Keith Butler encouraged everyone to be thankful because of the peace of God. Then, let the peace of God be the umpire in your affairs. You don’t have to be in a situation where you don’t know what to do.
So be thankful because you always have guidance; for this reason, you won’t buy a house because it looks good. You don’t buy a house by liking where it is. Rather, you’ll listen, like Kenneth E. Hagin would say, to the velvety smooth feeling on the inside – the peace of God on the inside.
Be thankful that you don’t have to be in a situation where you would be taken advantage of.
And, as instructed in 1st Thessalonians 5: 18, We are to give thanks in all things. To do this means to express gratitude in the midst of the mess.
Thanksgiving, the Bishop said, opens doors for more! A lack of gratitude shuts down the Spirit.
And as Colossians 3: 17 charges us, whatever you do, give thanks. God doesn’t like your complaining; it is a direct product of unbelief!
ANYTHING YOU GIVE, THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT WILL BRING IT TO YOU.
What are you giving? Thanks? Or, complain?
Philippians 4: 4
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.”
Rejoice? Why? Because he wants you to be filled with the Spirit!
Verse 5…To let your moderation be known means that you are not moved by extremes.
Staying filled with the Spirit keeps you in a place where He does exceeding, abundant, and far above.
Ephesians 5: 21
“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
A function of being filled with the Spirit is that you become submissive.
It is submitting one to another secures peace in the home.
Submission is required to stay full of the Spirit. And, when one can’t stay submissive, it’s because there is pride. And remember, pride goes before a fall.
Using Hebrews 13: 7, 15, Bishop Keith Butler went on to expound on the connection that submission has with offering up the sacrifice of praise and the giving of thanks.
A sacrifice is what you do or give when you don’t feel like it. But you don’t have to feel like praising or giving thanks to actually do so.
And using James 4: 7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God may have asked you to do something, and you may have refused, and you have this weight or burden concerning it. Submit to God, and resist the devil, resist what the devil is saying to you in your head.
End the struggle – resist the devil by simply submitting to what God is saying to you: say what God has said to you, out loud from your mouth. Then, give thanks!
In the body of Christ, said the Bishop, we must have this level of reactiveness!
1st Peter 5: 5
“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble0
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”
…so that you don’t miss your season, you need to be clothed with humility.
In Verse 8… it talks about the devil seeking who to devour. But think about it, if the devil is seeking who to devour, it only means that there are some who are not devour-able.
When you are filed with the spirit, the game the devil plays never works on you!
And, according to 2 Corinthians 12: 9, God promises that His grace will be sufficient in the face of that recurrent issue. His grace is a manifestation of His power.
Therefore, you are never to approach God complaining, but with thanksgiving.
The supply of his grace, being the manifestation of his power, is his strength that will be made perfect in your weakness. This strength is dunnamis. And, dunnamis is power.
When you are submissive, grace will be released and you’ll be filled with the Spirit.
Also understand that victory is a day to day thing, and the big thing in accomplishing this on a daily basis, is consistency!
Bishop Keith Butler also admonished that as much as you are a preacher you need to also have a personal study routine. But that alone, is never enough, you need to stay filled with the Spirit.
In closing, the Bishop quoted from 1st Corinthians 14: 4 and stated that everyone who prays in the Spirit, expresses gratitude and remains submissive cannot be defeated by devil!