I remember when I was born again, in Helotes, Tx near San Antonio, TX ; God also filled me with the Holy Spirit all at the same time, why did He do that? because that is what I was asking God to do, when I was reading in the 2nd chapter of Acts and 120 people were filled with the Holy Spirit; I was thinking in my mind that, that was salvation and I ask God that I wanted what those 120 people received in the 2nd chapter of Act and I became a new creation in Christ full of the Spirit at the same time that I was born again: (See 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.)
After that I was full of faith and I wanted to pray for everybody, and also to see them healed. Then I ran into other so called “believers” and I noticed that they were not full of the abundant life that I had and I became confused. These all happened at a time when I had been interviewed by a company based in El Paso, TX and I was told the job was going to be in Del Rio, TX and that it was mine, if the managers in Del Rio, TX would approve of me.
So I went to Del Rio and met the managers there. I talk to each one of them in the main office but when I met one manager named Fred, I knew as soon as I saw him, that he was a real believer in Jesus just like I was, so I said to him “you are a believer,” and he said, “you are one also.” And in front of all the other managers he hugged me. Later he told me, “I am a brand new spirit filled believer and now many of my “Christians friends” have turned against me including my wife, who took me to the church for the first time. I have prayed to God to send me a real believer just like me, and here you are, the answer to my prayer.”
I have said that a new creation is someone that is full of God’s Spirit (Jesus lives in you) just like the Father lived in Jesus when He walked on this earth. Jesus as a man, would only do what his father told him to do. The new creations should only do what the Holy Spirit or the spirit of Jesus tells him to do. When we know the true Word, and we act on that Word we will be doing what Jesus told us to do. Faith on the grace of God (what Jesus did by His dead, burial and resurrection) is what Jesus wants for us to have.
Fred and I were born again, filled with the Spirit, and we were excited about life. We would go pray for someone in the hospital, and then we would continue praying, stopping in every room, asking, “can we pray for you,” and when people would say yes. We would order the bad spirits to leave in name of Jesus, like a spirit of cancer, or infirmities, or diabetes and such. Many were healed and we were not surprised, after all it said in Mark 16:17 “These are the signs will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; They could hold snakes. If they drink poison, it won’t hurt them. They will put their hands on sick people and the sick people will become well.” John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” John 14:20 “On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
After that we started the Full Gospel Businessmen in Del Rio, TX. The “Full Gospel Businessmen Association” was originally started by people that were just like Fred and I. My wife’s uncle J.C. went to a Full Gospel meetings in Harlingen, TX. and he told me about it and I told Fred. Full Gospel Businessmen was good for Del Rio and I have many wonderful memories of so many speakers that came to Del Rio at that time. We saw believer’s come together and the power of the Lord worked in all of us. We had many physical and spiritual healings.
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