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The Struggle is Not Over Until You Changeover (1)


The changeover for the struggle to be over is about changing over from the present solo Christian prayer life to a new one based on fellowship or personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. The struggle to obey God and to be faithful to Jesus Christ to the end, as all born-again Christians promise to do at the time they get saved, after accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, is over the moment they establish a new prayer life based on the fellowship.

 

I got the above-stated idea after reading about a testimony given by Benny Hinn, the Jewish American Pastor and Evangelist, on page 110, paragraph 2, of his famous book, Good Morning Holy Spirit. The moment he changed over to the fellowship prayer life, the struggle which had been going on in his old Christian prayer life was over for him. And as a sign that the struggle had ceased, he experienced the peace of God that gave him a peace of mind, as anxiety, tension and worry vanished from his life.
Benny Hinn saw the ending of the struggle as a fulfillment of the New Covenant prophecy in Ezekiel 36:26-27, where God promised to end the struggle to obey Him by delivering us from the power of sin (heart of stone), and giving us obedient hearts (heart of flesh). Then, He would put the Holy Spirit inside us to empower us from within to obey Him and be faithful to Jesus to the end.

Thus, the New Covenant prophecy to end the struggle, which could not be fulfilled in his old Christian prayer life, was fulfilled in the new fellowship prayer life. Therefore, unless the born-again Christian changes over to this new fellowship prayer life, the struggle will not end for them.

I found two supporting pieces of evidence from the Bible to support the changeover to the new to end the struggle in the prayer life of Jesus and the apostle Paul.  Jesus had a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit during the forty days in the wilderness and after. In a new prayer life based on that personal relationship, the Holy Spirit ended the struggle for him, and he experienced peace of mind which he described as supernatural peace “not as the world gives” (Jn. 14:27). This was to serve as an example to us to changeover for the struggle to end for us.

The apostle Paul became a psychological wreck with high stress levels as he struggled in vain in the old solo Jewish prayer life to obey God; for he could will what was right but could not do it because of the operation of the power of sin in his life (Rom. 7:15-24). But the moment he was converted and baptised with the Spirit, the struggle was over for him. In the new prayer life based on fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit ended the struggle for him, and he experienced the peace of God that gave him true peace of mind (Phil. 4:7).

Convinced about the truth of the changeover to a new fellowship prayer life with the Holy Spirit to end the struggle, and experience peace of mind (a zero stress level, which can easily be scientifically measured) as evident in the lives of Jesus, Paul, and Benny Hinn, I was forced to become born-again at the age of 57; and changed over from the present solo Christian prayer life to the new one. I established fellowship with the Holy Spirit and pleaded with Him to end the struggle for me, too. He did and I experienced the peace of God, which gave me true peace of mind. The surprising thing was that the ending of the struggle was followed by breakthrough miracles in my life that answered my unanswered prayers, and much more.

When I shared my experience with the Ibadan born-again Christians they all wanted to change over for the struggle to end for them also, have peace of God and breakthrough miracles that would answer all their unanswered prayers. They insisted on a fellowship prayer life programme for the changeover, but Benny Hinn had claimed that fellowship is a personal thing which every born-again Christian had to do for himself/herself (page 132, paragraph 5, line 5 from the top).

But we prayed to God about it and, based on the elements of fellowship such as comradeship, friendship, and partnership, which Benny Hinn had explained on pages 78-79, we came up with: The Changeover to the Holy Spirit Fellowship Prayer Life Programme.

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