If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Matthew chapter twenty-six. Matthew chapter twenty-six.
When you reach the book of Matthew chapter twenty-six,
please signify by saying amen. Would you stand for the
reading of the Word tonight? Matthew chapter twenty-six.
And when we get there, please look at verse seventeen.
17. Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the
disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that
we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18. And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto
him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the
passover at thy house with my disciples.
19. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and
they made ready the passover.
20. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
what You do and for what You say. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Father, as I decrease I ask that You would increase. Let
the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
You may be seated in the house of God.
If ever there were a group of people that felt as though their
world was going to collapse around them, it had to be the
disciples that were there in that house.
Jesus told them that one of them was going to betray Him.
Then He told Peter that, “You are going to deny Me.” Then
He told them (glory to God) that He was leaving them. It
would seem as though all hope would be gone. Everything
(glory to God) that they that was going to collapse. Their
encouragement would come to nought.
But in the midst of all the warfare, in the midst of the words
that Jesus spoke, there was hope. Yes, there was. For Jesus
promised that He was going to send another Comforter in His
You see, when it looks like things are not going to line up,
when it looks like things (glory to God) are not going to go
your way, you have got to understand there is a Comforter.
He said in the book of John chapter fourteen that this
Comforter would come, and that He would abide with you
forever. He was speaking, of course, of the Holy Spirit, God
who lives within the heart of all that believe.
We are... We use the word “comforter” to mean someone
who sympathizes with us. But when we look at the way Jesus
was using the word “comforter,” He was using it as somebody
that goes alongside us.
You see, the Holy Spirit is there to encourage you. But He’s
not there to tell you just keep your chin up. He’s there to give
you strength when you need strength. The word was deeper
than just the word “comforter.”
The word “comforter” means (glory to God) to be called
alongside of. You see, the Holy Spirit is called alongside us,
because He is there to help us. He is there to aid us. He is
there to teach us. He’s there to keep us. He’s there to lead us.
The Holy Spirit is in this place tonight.
And many of us are going through things (glory to God) that
we don’t understand, and we don’t comprehend. But the Holy
Ghost will reveal what it is God is saying to you tonight.
You may be in a place tonight where you’ve lost your
direction. You may be in a place tonight where there’s
confusion all around you. But if you call on the Holy Ghost,
He’ll come alongside you and give you that encouragement
that you need.
When we look at the Holy Ghost in the book of Romans
chapter eight, even when we don’t know what to pray, the
Bible says that He makes moanings and groanings that can’t
be uttered. When you don’t know what to say, He’ll say it for
you. He’ll come between you and God. And He’ll begin to
talk to God for you.
I don’t know what position you’re in right now. But if you
got the Holy Ghost, you don’t have to worry about it.
You see, too many times we look at the Holy Ghost as not the
part of the Trinity. In other words, I mean we don’t reverence
Him as God. We know the Bible says God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. We reverence the Father
and we reverence Jesus. But we leave out the Holy Ghost.
We don’t give Him the honor that’s due who He is.
We’ll call on Jesus. We’ll scream the Name Jesus. But Jesus
sent another comforter. You see, we’ve got to get this
understanding in us. The Holy Spirit is Jesus in the earth
You see, the disciples had Jesus with them to teach them and
to guide them. But He knew that we could not do this thing
on our own. So when He went back to heaven, He sent the
Holy Ghost. He’s your teacher. And He’s your guide.
You see, it’s alright to have a relationship with the Father and
Jesus. But I’ve got to get in a place where I got a relationship
with the Holy Ghost. Who am I preaching to in this house
tonight? He’s the one that’s in the earth right now. Let me
say that again. He’s the one that’s in the earth right now.
And I can talk to Him, and He’ll talk back to me.
The Bible says, “Who knows the mind of God except the
Spirit of God?” But if I don’t have (glory to God) a
relationship with the Spirit of God, how am I going to
understand and know the mind of God?
We’re talking about the Holy Ghost tonight. You see, we’ve
got to get to a place in our walk with God. It’s alright to get a
little goose bump. Do you hear what I’m saying? It’s alright
to get a little shout. But do you got a relationship? He goes
alongside us to give us strength when we need strength.
Our English word “comfort” comes from two Latin words.
The word “come” means “with.” And the word “fort” means
“strength.” In other words, He is with strength. And He
gives unto us strength.
So a comforter is not somebody who puts, who... It’s not
somebody that just, you know, wants to, “It’s going to be
alright, baby. It’s going to be alright.” That’s not what He
does. He gives you the strength so you can finish this walk
that God has called you to. You can’t do it, and I can’t do it
without the Holy Ghost.
Jesus told His disciples that the Father would send another
comforter. In other words, He was saying don’t fret about it.
You see, because they had come to the point where they really
knew Jesus and they loved Him. And they understood that for
what He called them to that they could not do it without His
You see, we have got to get the understanding that what God
has called us to, we cannot do it without His aid and without
His help. It’s bigger than we are.
He encourages us, just like Jesus encouraged the disciples.
That’s what He does.
When we look at our Bibles in John sixteen and verse
thirteen, it says,
13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will
guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew
you things to come.
You see, too many times we’re walking in darkness and we’re
walking in blindness. But see, if I understand my relationship
with Him, He’s going to show me things to come. Do you
hear what I’m saying?
You see, He becomes my eyes. You see, when I begin to
minister to you, it’s not me ministering. It’s the Holy Spirit.
He becomes my eyes so I can see for you. But He’ll be your
eyes so you can see for yourself.
He said, “If you really know Me, then I’m going to show you
things to come.”
When we look at our Bibles in the book of Acts chapter ten,
and verse nineteen and twenty, it said,
19. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto
him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them,
doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
When I have a relationship with Him, He’s going to give me
instruction. Look at your neighbor and say, “He’ll give me
You see, I can’t do anything until I get instruction. You see, I
can’t put my hands to the things of God until I get instruction.
I can’t even guide my life until I get instruction.
When I make Jesus not just Savior, but Lord, that means that I
want Him to have complete control. And not just Jesus, but I
want the Holy Ghost.
The Bible says in John, First John, greater is He that’s in us
than he that’s in the world. I’ve got greater than on the inside
of me. Therefore, no matter what obstacle comes up in my
way, I am an overcomer. Because I have God inside of me.
In Acts chapter thirteen and verse two, it says,
2. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I
have called them.
He directs the selection of Christian leaders. You see, too
many times we as leaders in the body of Christ, we put people
in places where we want to put them. But see, if I don’t allow
the Spirit of God to minister to me about who needs to go
where, then the work is not going to get done. And God is not
going to be in it. And when God is not in it, it’s going to
come to nought.
You say, “Well, I can do a better job than they can do.” But
you may not be called to that job. Hello, somebody.
You remember what happened with Saul? God wanted to be
their judge. He wanted to be their king. But just as we are,
we are people that like to see something physical. So instead
of understanding that they had something divine and
something greater than flesh, they wanted flesh.
And when we look at Saul, he was anointed to be king. But
he wasn’t God’s choice. He was the peoples’ choice. Who
am I preaching to tonight? You see, when I allow the
peoples’ choice to be in place, then the Spirit of stubbornness
and the spirit of rebellion is going to be able to come in so
easy, and cause not only that person to miss God, but
everybody else that’s following them to miss God.
The Holy Spirit has got to let us know who needs to lead and
who needs to follow. Do you hear what I’m saying? He
gives us who He wants in place. That’s what He does.
When we look at our Bibles in Acts sixteen and verse six, it
6. Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the
region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to
preach the word in Asia,
Somebody say, “He chooses the field of operation.” You see,
too many times we think that we’re supposed to just go out.
Hello. But if I spend time in prayer, He’s going to tell me
where to go and where not to go.
You see, He knows what’s in that place before you get to that
place. And if I’m really in tune with what God is telling me
to do, He’ll put an unction in me to say, “Uh, uh. Don’t go
there. Go here.”
And when I go where He wants me to go, then I’m going to
be productive in my witnessing. But if I’m in a place where
God is not telling me to be, then I’ll find that there’s nobody
He’ll tell you where He wants you to minister. See, you can’t
just minister anywhere. You got to allow the Spirit of God to
lead you. Hello, somebody.
You get out there and He ain’t called you there, the devil will
try to beat you half to death. The spirit of rejection will fly on
you so fast. It’ll make you want to never go out again.
He will give us where He wants us to minister.
I went to a place. Lord, have mercy. And I’m going to tell
you like it is. If I had prayed I wouldn’t have went there.
Preaching up a storm. Sweat drenching all off my body. And
it was just as dead as a doornail in the house.
If I had listened to the voice of God, I would have never gone
there. Somebody say, “It ain’t just about a paycheck.” Oh, I
need to tell somebody that tonight. You’ll get yourself in a
position that you never wanted to be in, thinking about an
offering. You’ll spend more time trying to pray devils off of
But when you go to the place where God has called you, the
Anointing of God is going to move through the place.
We went to Atlanta three days for a revival. The Power of
God was all in that place. And God moved by power and
demonstration in the Holy Ghost. Why? Because He sent us
If He didn’t send you there, then it won’t be productive. He
choose the field of operation. I don’t choose it. You don’t
choose it. He chooses it. That’s what the Holy Spirit will do.
He guides us. He leads us. He tells us where to go.
When we look at Romans chapter eight and verse fourteen, it
14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, (and we love
this here) they are the sons of God.
Obedience to the Spirit of God proves our sonship. It proves
that we belong to Him. Do you hear what I’m saying tonight?
When I walk in a place of obedience to the Spirit of God, He
acknowledges me as a son. But when He’s ministering
something to my heart and I deliberately disobey him, as
evangelist said, I become a bastard child. And He is not my
Those that are lead by the Spirit of God, those that are
obedient to the Spirit of God, those are the sons of God.
In John six and verse sixty-three it says,
63. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are
This is what Jesus said. It’s the Spirit that will quicken you.
Jesus said, “The words that I speak, they are spirit and they
are life.” In other words, they give life. The Spirit will
quicken you. He will quicken your mortal body with the
things of God.
But it’s according to my relationship. If I don’t have a
relationship with Him, He can’t quicken me. But when I
know Him and He knows me, He can quicken me and cause
me to be obedient unto Him.
Tonight, saints of God, it’s time to get to know the Holy
Ghost. It’s time to start really acknowledging Him.
Even as I’m standing here preaching and teaching the Word
of God, His Presence is in this place. I still feel His
Anointing in this place.
When the king comes into a room, they roll out the red carpet,
and they honor him. And they bow to him. How much the
more shall we bow to the Holy Ghost? How much the more
shall we reverence the Holy Ghost when He comes into the
place? He is God. He is God.
Think about your relationship with Him. Think about it. Do
you really have a relationship with the Holy Ghost? I hear
some of you saying, “I don’t really know.”
If you don’t, it’s time to get a relationship with Him. It’s time
to get a real relationship with Him, that He would lead us and
guide us in the direction that He wants us to go. And He will
lead us into all truth.
When I have a relationship with Him, He will keep me out of
error. Too many times we get into a place of error, especially
with the gifts of the Spirit. We get into a place of error where
we overstep our boundaries with the Holy Ghost.
You see, it’s so easy when you’re ministering through the
gifts of the Spirit to think in your natural mind that you know
what God is talking about. But see, if you put your mind to it,
you going to cause yourself to get in some trouble. See,
because you might think that you already know the situation.
But God can be talking about something totally separate and
And then if I think in my carnal mind that I know what’s
really going on, it’ll cause me to add to what God ain’t
But when I have a relationship with Him, I let the Spirit of
God move the way He wants to move.
Do you have a relationship with the Holy Ghost tonight?
Even in the midst of our worship, we try to be sensitive to
people. Because we begin to get tired. But the Holy Ghost is
still moving in the place.
You can get down on your knees and worship Him. You can
sit in your seat and worship Him. But just stay in a position
of worship. When you get tired, sit down. But worship Him.
He searches for the true worshipers. And He’ll begin to move
like you’ve never seen Him move before. We’ll begin to see
the Glory cloud around the church, when we really have a
relationship with Him.
Take an inventory. Do you just know the Word, but you
don’t know the Holy Ghost? Is He just somebody that we
just talk about every now and then? Or is He someone that
when we wake up even in the morning we say, “Good
morning, Holy Spirit. I give You glory and honor. What is it
that You want for me?” And when you really get a
relationship with Him, He’ll rush into the room. He’ll say,
“You are My beloved.”
He’s looking for people that are like that, somebody that just
doesn’t want something from Him, but just wants to worship
He already knows what you got need of. But just worship
Him anyway. He’s the one that’s going to tell you how to get
what you need. So worship Him. Worship Him.
The Bibles says in the book of Romans five and five that the
love of God is even shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost, which is given unto us. We can’t even love right
without the Holy Ghost. It becomes phileo and not agape,
doesn’t it? But see, when I got the Holy Ghost I can love you
with agape love. I can love my brother and my sisters with
agape love. And that’s what He wants from us. That’s what
He’s looking for out of us.
Lift up your hands to Him tonight. You can sit right where
you are tonight. But all I ask is that you worship Him,
because His Presence is here. He’s in this place. He’s here
Whatever you got need of tonight, just put it on the altar. Put
it on the altar. And say, “Holy Spirit, I’m going to worship
You in spite of what I’m going through, in spite of what I
have need of.”
As I’m looking at some of you, you’re so serious about this.
And that’s what it takes. Because He’s serious about you.
He’s so serious, hey, about you. He’s so serious about you.
Holy Spirit, have Your way with us. See if there be any
wicked way in us. Try our hearts, Lord God. Lead us in the
way everlasting. Our eyes tonight, our mouths, our hearts,
our hands, our feet, our minds, Holy Spirit, belongs to You.