And when I got into my master’s program, I had a 4.0. I’d have to do three semesters in school just to get four points put together.
When I transferred from the University of Kansas to ORU, a bunch of the courses I took my freshman year didn’t transfer because I didn’t do well in them. You know, you have to have good grades for those courses. And those of you who transferred to ORU, you know what I mean.
Freshman biology and freshman English at the University of Kansas did not transfer. I won’t tell you what my grade was. You can just figure it out for yourself. But when I got back here, things began to change. And I learned how to use the Holy Spirit, who is in me.
And I don’t mean that in a controlling way, but I learned how to allow Him to flood up in me—(Tongues)—I can pray in tongues any time, night or day. And I don’t do it for show. I don’t do it to say that I’m better than anybody else. You’ll hardly ever see me do it in a public place in such a way to draw attention to myself, because that’s not what I use my prayer language for. I use it to try to get help.
Most of the time I do it very quietly, and most of the time you would never know that I was doing it because I’m not doing it for you. And I’m not talking to you. I’m only doing it this morning as a demonstration so that you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
I was standing on the platform in Niger three weeks ago, and there were 30,000 people out there, a lot of sick people. I see crutches and canes and wheelchairs. I see blind people. I see deaf people, people with cancers on their body. They’re all looking to me.
You know, I told you in chapel last week that the first question they asked me when I got to the country is, “Are you the Messiah, or are you the antichrist?” This is a 98 percent Moslem country.
I am not your President because I am the smartest guy in the world. In fact, I’m not smart at all. But the Holy Spirit in me is real smart. And when I stop and pray in tongues and then stop after that and pray in my own language, God begins to give me direction.
And I quickly learned that when I studied—because I was a junior, I hadn’t graduated yet—then my studying changed. Now this will get a lot of your attention real good. Don’t you have mid-terms coming up here real soon? When I studied—now it didn’t work when I didn’t study. The Holy Spirit is not going to bring to your mind what you didn’t study. It’s not the panacea, the answer for all. “I don’t need to study for that test. I’m going to pray in tongues all night, and God’s going to give me the answers.” Students, that is not faith. That is presumption.
What I learned was that I could study the material, and after I had studied it, then I could pray in the Spirit when I got in there for the test, for the exam, or for the paper, whatever I was writing, and it was amazing how what I had studied came to my mind so that I could pass.
How many of you would like to pass? I came to ORU so I could make F’s. No, no, no. You’re paying all that money to flunk out? No! And you don’t just want to pass. Nobody wants to make a C minus, you know. (End of Side #1)
. . . but there’s some areas that I’m especially not talented in, and I thank God, to me those C’s were A’s, you know, in some classes that I took, you know. But I wanted to do better in that, especially in my major area. I wanted to make good grades in my major because I wanted to excel.
Well, I found a secret, that when I studied the academic material and then when I got ready for the test and I began to pray in the Spirit, God would reveal to my mind what I’d studied. And suddenly I went from being maybe a C+ student, I started making B’s and A’s.
Psyche, represents the psychological part of you, which is the soul realm. The psyche area is your soul realm, which is made up of three areas—your mind, your will, and your emotions.
You know, if you ever wondered why they use to call it soul music, it’s because it speaks to your mind, your will, and your emotions. Okay?
Your psyche is your soul realm. And when man got into sin, his spirit became smothered or subdued by his psyche. That’s how that happened. But now when we repent, that all turns around. I left that out, and I needed to go back and clear that up on the soul realm.
Now when the Bible speaks of baptizing, baptizing in or with the Holy Spirit, we immediately visualize something on the external, like somebody being put into something. But the word baptize literally means completely suffused, completely suffused. It is used in the classical Greek language to describe a sunken or water-logged ship.
So, really, to tell you the truth, it doesn’t matter whether you subscribe to the idea of Jesus immersing us in the Holy Spirit in the external sense, from the outside, or from the inside, because when you are suffused, you are totally surrounded.
You put a ship at the bottom of the ocean, and it’s got water outside, inside, above, below. It’s totally suffused. When a ship sinks, it is totally suffused with water. That is a picture in the classical Greek language of how the Holy Spirit comes upon us.
Now in John 7:38—this is a critical scripture—John 7:38, Jesus said, “He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, Out of his belly”—the King James says—out of his heart, out of his innermost being, “shall flow rivers of living water.”
Now picture this scene. Jesus is standing there next to the temple in Jerusalem. He’s with His twelve disciples. They’re standing there on what was described as the last great day of the feast.
And it was just that one word from one of his teammates that caused him to go home that night, get his Bible, begin to study. And that night in the quiet of his own room, without anybody leading him, he repented of his sins and gave his life to Jesus Christ, when he was one of the top two or three running backs in all of NFL.
Now the reason I tell you that story is because when you got saved, you, once again, as we were created, elevated your spirit man over your mind. I want you to get a picture of this. The word repent means change your mind. Repentance is a change of mind. Repentance is not a change of heart. It’s a change of mind.
Repent literally means change your mind. But it is a double-meaning word. It’s not only change your mind and act differently, although it certainly is that. But it is also change the position of your mind.
Therefore, when you got saved and when you repented and asked God to forgive you and cleanse you, you changed the position of your mind. Before that, your mind was in control. Your mind was in the driver’s seat. Everything else was subservient to the mind.
But when you repented and were born again, you elevated your spirit man above your mind, and you put your mind in subjection to your spirit so that you could be led by God and not led by your mind. Are you getting this? It’s important for you to understand this because you’ll be explaining this to people all of your lives.
When you get saved, your spirit man is elevated above your mind, which is the way God created mankind in the first place. So there is the beginning of the reattachment. That’s what I’m driving at this morning. Repent means to change your mind.
All right, now write down the word psyche, p-s-y-c-h-e, psyche. This is the root word from which psychology comes from.
And she said, “No, I’ve got to find this shoe.” And she finally gave up and went to the line. While she was paying, the Lord said, “Go look in the top row of size 5.” And she said, ”What? I’m not going to do that.” And He said, “I said, go look in the top row of size 5.” She said, “Lord!” And He said, “I said, go look in the top row of size 5.”
So she did, and there was her other shoe. And she said, ”Oh, God, that’s so cute, You giving me a shoe.” And He said, ”It’s not about shoes; it’s about obedience. If I can’t trust you to listen to me about a shoe, how can I trust you with my children?”
And I said all that to say this to you: There’s a fire shut up in each and every one of our bones right now. And I’m going to become contagious whether you like it or not. And Richard’s going to become contagious, whether you like it or not. There’s a time to say, and then there’s a time to do.
There’s a time, and then there’s a time to impart. And then there’s a time to pray, and there’s a time to say, and then there’s a time for the fire shut up in your bones to become contagious.
And I want to ask you a question: How many of you were here last night? What you saw last night, God clearly spoke to me, and he [Richard] kept talking to me last night, saying, “Why couldn’t I talk? Why couldn’t I talk?” Because it was not the time to pray, and it was not the time to say. It was the time to be.
“The basic sickness, and every sickness, I believe, is spiritual sickness. I venture to say this, that if you could be healed in your spirit, every last one of you would be well in your body. But the whole problem of cleaning up man is cleaning up his spirit. Let me change it and make it my business.
“Healing is in three planes, isn’t it? Spiritual healing, healing in your body, and healing in your soul. Basically, the sick person, that is sick in their body has probably been sick in spirit quite a long time. After the wholeness has gotten down into his soul, it passes into the body.
“I cannot tell you, brethren, what this truth that I’m telling you has meant to my life because now I can trace every physical change in my body to a spiritual condition when my body began to respond to my spirit.”
And this was the story that I had looked and looked and looked for.
“I was called to the home of a man who was 82 or 83 years of age, the day before yesterday. He has been sick now over two years. He had blood poisoning in his teeth, and it went through his whole body. I went into his presence with a well spirit.”
There you have it. This thing hit me like nothing else has ever hit my soul or my spirit before in my life.
“I went into his presence with a well spirit, a conquering spirit. Now I don’t think of this when I was there. I thought of it later. When I went back today I saw the effect of it. I was there with a triumphant, victorious spirit, and his spirit caught the contagion from me!”
What are you contagious with? This man was whipped. He had sat there in that chair, and he was whipped. He was defeated.