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Bible Days are Here Again

25 Jun

Bible days are here again!
By Dr. Jonathan Doctor
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I. The first sign to hit the church during a Move of God is THE FEAR OF THE LORD.
   A. Holiness is a result from the Fear of the Lord (Acts 2:43-47 )
               1. The Fear of the Lord causes believers to not mess around with sin.
              2.The Fear of the Lord is the major missing piece today in many camps.
             3. Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
            4. Don’t talk bad about God’s men and woman who are serving Him.
II. Miracles signs and wonders come after the Fear of the Lord. (Acts 3:6,16)
      A. Only when The Church today walks in the Fear of the Lord and in Holiness, in Love will we see miracles signs and wonders.
     B. Once we walk in the fear of the Lord, God is free to move mightily in our midst.
III. Unity and oneness in the spirit comes during a move of God
     A. The people went from house to house breaking bread and Praising God
IV. Complete Prosperity came as a result from a move of God.
     A. God’s presence prospers
V. Prayer and Praise increased during a move of God (Acts 2:47 Acts 3:1)
     A. Only by prayer can we maintain the anointing and move of God.
VI. Singleness of heart, total contentment.
     A. They had some joy.
VII. Mighty results in evangelism (Acts 2:47 Acts 3:19)
      A. The Lord added to the church daily (not Sunday) such as were to be saved.
      B. They all became ministers (Acts 5:42)

 

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Power From On High

15 Aug

Paper by Jonathan Doctor
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Before there was an Azuza Street, there were the great revivals led by the great revivalist Charles Finney. Charles Finney knew about revival, how to start one, and what were the ingredients in a great Revival. We can earn a lot from these great revivals, but the Bible records the First Holy Ghost Revival that became a soul-winning, church planting army. Before Charles Finney’s Revivals there was The Day of Pentecost; when one hundred and twenty (including Mary the mother of Jesus) were waiting for the Promise of the Holy Spirit. They were promised by the Lord Himself to be clothed with a Power from on High. They were told to wait until they received this baptism of Power, this baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told them to wait before they GO and begin to fulfill the great Comission. Jesus told them to get equipped with the Power of the Holy Spirit BEFORE they GO and minister and spread the Gospel.To be effective in the kingdom of God we must have the Power and fire of the Holy Ghost. Some may ask “what is the fire of the Holy Ghost?” It is the power that is available to those believers willing to give their lives to serve Jesus. Jesus said in Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

To be “endued” literally means to be clothed; and “power from on high” literally translates into passion.Passion is another way of expressing the fire of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet John the Baptist declared that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire. The Passion and Fire of the Holy Ghost was imparted to the disciples on the day of Pentecost as they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. To be baptized literally means to be saturated, to be immersed and completely filled.

The disciples would not be effective unless they had the Fire and Passion of the Holy Ghost as a result of this baptism. As we see the effectiveness of the church in the book of Acts, it is all because of Passion, because of the Fire of the Holy Ghost. That burning Passion moved the church to do many works with a zeal that could not be stopped. Titus 2:14 declares that Jesus redeemed us that we might be a “zealous” passionate on Fire people. The only way for us to get fired up and zealous for good works is to receive our day of Pentecost and receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself for service.

The effects of the Fire of the Holy Ghost are many, it revolutionizes the one whom the fire comes to. It revolutionizes the minister; in Acts 4:33 it declares that the apostles gave witness of the resurrection with great Power, great passion and Fire. This Fire caused the disciples to spring into action. They could not just sit back and watch their generation go to hell. They possessed a true understanding of the passion that Christ had for humanity.

When our lives catch fire and are consumed with passion our greatest desire will become ” God, here am I send me”. The effect of this Fire of the Holy Ghost will stir you up to a point that you cannot keep from being involved, you cannot help but “Go Ye”. When we are consumed with passion we will be compelled by the Love of God to go beyond ourselves.

The Passion and the Fire of the Holy Ghost will motivate us to believe God for big things, and will ignite our imagination and creativity. We will take the limits off of God and ourselves. Christ like passion wakes you up in the morning, keeps you rejoicing during the day and causes you to dream big dreams when you lie down at night.

The Fire and Passion of the Holy Ghost will also cause you to become deeply devoted and earnest about your mission. It will also cause you to become extremely determined to be successful in your efforts. It will also cause you to become bold and courageous no matter how much adversity you may experience. It will also cause you to become persevering, no matter how long it takes to accomplish the mission God gave you.

The Vision that the Lord has given the church takes a Passion, a Fire and Zeal to accomplish. Before we go and try to do anything for the Lord, before we try to do our part of His Vision we must get Powered up with the Holy Ghost. We must wait until we are clothed with power from on high. We must seek the Lord and get our Power Clothes on. Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Ghost and Fire, Go to Him and ask for a Real Deal Baptism to accomplish your work for him with an on Real Zeal and Passion that will get the job done.

In ministry the #1 key ingredient is the Holy Ghost. We cannot do the works of the ministry on our own efforts and emotional zeal but only by the supernatural Grace from on high. God’s Supernatural Grace and Zeal will empower us to reach this generation with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with signs that follow.

Catch the Vision and Fire of the Holy Ghost today and seek Him until you are ignited with the Fire of God! Be Stirred Up, Ignited and fanned into a Flame again and Spread the Fire from House to House – Fulfill the Acts 20:20 Vision. Ignite the Fire of God in your home, church and city. start Fires wherever you go and be a Holy Ghost Arsonist and Stir up the fires of revival. Like when a Fire starts to go out and becomes ashes… you must stir up the logs in order to get the flame going again…. you must poke at it and stir it up. Likewise Stir up the Gifts of God – the Flames of God- The Passion of God within you and your fellow brothers. We need this Fire going again in order to win souls and spread the Gospel….

Receive ye the Holy Ghost
In Acts 19:2 Paul asks a group of people who appear to be believers a question. He asked, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?” That implies to me that it is possible to be a believer and still not receive the Holy Ghost. Otherwise, why would Paul even ask such a question? Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? When you get saved, the Holy Ghost comes into your heart and begins living inside you at that point. But the Holy Ghost does not necessarily have control of your life at that point. It’s as if I went into your home and stood in the doorway, but I’m not in the rest of your house. And I can’t go into the rest of your house until you let me, until you receive me into the rest of the house. It’s only when I go into the rest of the house that I can say that I have an influence over the balance of your house.

Now in Acts 19:2 when Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost. The average person thinks that receiving the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is passive. They think that they’re supposed to sit out there and tarry and long for and wait and hope, and maybe God will, or maybe God won’t, zap them and they’ll feel this great big flash and upheaval. They’re waiting for God to reach down and slap them in the mouth with the Holy Ghost, knock them sideways, and blind them like He did Paul on the road to Damascus (that was a special case). But when Paul asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost, what he meant was, “Have you accepted the Holy Ghost since you believed.”

Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Joh 20:22 And when he (THE RISEN SAVIOR) had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

Act 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. …………..

Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The word receive is used 261 times in the New Testament It is the Greek word lam-ban’-o A verb, which is used: to take, to get hold of; to have – accept, catch, obtain, take. So with this in mind, Paul is saying in Acts 19:2, “Have you actually actively reached out there and grabbed hold of the Holy Ghost, have you made Him your own, have you received Him, have you accepted Him, have you caught Him, have you taken Him?” This is not something we just sit back and passively get zapped with. It is something that WE DO.

If you believe in Jesus Christ you have the Holy Ghost IN YOU, but the LORD has more to give! We can be filled with to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, that’s what the “baptism in the Holy Ghost” is. It is another experience after believing in Jesus Christ and being born again, it is when the Holy Ghost flows out of us and is upon us for ministry. (John 7:37-38) The Holy Spirit IN us is mainly for us, the Holy Spirit UPON us is power for service, its for other people, God wants and needs us baptized in the Holy Ghost, so His work will be done on this earth.
How do we receive (TAKE) the Holy Spirit? We receive (TAKE) by faith, NOW! FAITH IS ALWAYS DOING IT NOW! ( Mat_21:22, Mar_11:24)

The reception, the receiving, the taking, the catching of the Holy Ghost is something we do. And that is an act of faith. We just haul off and do it. So here’s what we do. We recognize that the Holy Ghost is here, He came in this way at Pentecost, He’s never left yet, and He’s going to stay here. Now I have the choice to either accept Him as the third person of the Godhead or not. If I don’t, I don’t have his power. But if I do, I have His power and everything He brings with Himself.

Ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Ghost, then receive, The Bible says you shall RECEIVE POWER AFTER the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and ye shall be witnesses for Jesus. (Acts 1:8) Faith is an act. It’s active voice. It’s something you do NOW, There’s always a NOW action involved.

You have been given a ministry (2Co 5:17-20 ). The Ministry of Reconciliation means letting people know that God is not mad at them, let them know what God did for them through the Cross.You are Ambassadors for Christ

2Co 5:19MSG God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
2Co 5:20 We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
You are the mouthpiece for God to a lost and dying world. The primary reason you have been filled with the Holy Ghost is so that your witness will be effective and powerful.

Rom 10:14MSG But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?

Rom 10:15 And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!

We are the Laborers that we have been praying for. God has called you to bring the Truth to the masses of people Don’t even attempt to do the work of God without being empowered by the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49 Acts 1:8) Your ministry is the extension of the Ministry of Jesus
Christ.The word “empowered” means: To enable, to qualify one to do a particular job, adequacy to achieve an intended purpose. Being filled with the Holy Ghost makes you adequate to perform the assignment given to you by Jesus Christ. You have unlimited potential to reach cities and nations when you have been filled with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 4:33)

Act 2:1MSG When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Act 2:2 Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale
force- -no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.
Act 2:3 Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks,
Act 2:4 and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

This “wildfire” move of the Holy Ghost continued and had a great impact on society. When you are truly empowered by the Holy Ghost, you are so filled you spill over to others and nothing can stop you but you. The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to make their efforts effective. They became bold, courageous and determined to fulfill their mission, the great Commission.

Mat 28:18MSG Jesus said…. “God authorized and commanded me to commission you:
Mat 28:19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are to be a witness to everyone you meet, far and near.
To fail to impact the world is to fail our mission. We have a Great Comission and a Great Responsibility that we will be accountable for on the Day we come before the Judgment Seat of Christ. We cannot even begin to try to do this great work without “Power from on High”. Receive the Power and be Be Enthusiastic about fulfilling the Call God has placed on your life. Stay enthusiastic and full of excitement about witnessing and ministering. Enthusiastic means in the Greek: To be packed full of God.

Rom 12:11MSG Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master
Rom 12:11AMP. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Rom 12:11GW Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

Receive the Power from on High before you minister or go out to Minister and witness. The Holy Spirit should make you different so that somebody notices and says, “That person has been with Jesus” Remember, the primary reason you have been filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit is so that your witness and ministry will be powerful and effective. If you believe you are one of God’s last Days ministers of Reconciliation make sure you have been TRULY FILLED AND EMPOWERED with the Holy Ghost. The Power from on High is to empower you to win souls, it is not just so you can sit in church and pray in tongues. The power from on High will move you to more than that, greater than that, it will move you to serve and win the lost at any cost.

How To Start a Revival

15 Aug

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Paper by: Jonathan Doctor

Charles Finney (1792-1875) knew about Revival, he knew how to be a soul-winner. Charles Finney was a man with a message that burned through the religious wood and secular darkness of his time. Finney was a lawyer by trade and did not come to know the Lord until he was nearly thirty years old.

Charles Finney was criticized for nearly everything like most people who are being used by the Holy Ghost. Finney had made enemies of his day, in his culture and among the religious. Dr. T.L. Osborn in his book “Soul-Winning” says “criticism is admiration awkwardly expressed, people often criticize those ahead”. One of the main reasons why Finney was criticized among the religious was because Finney believed that man could start a revival, that we could actually initiate a revival. He defied the belief that some were predestined to be saved and some predestined to go to hell. Finney says “there is no salvation in the doctrine of election and that unless a man repent he will be lost.” It was Finney’s belief that motivated him to evangelize the lost, to confront sinners, to initiate revival in the church. Finney’s passion caused him to be one of the greatest revivalist of all time. He led about 250,000 souls to Christ which is a big number considering the time he lived in.

Charles Finney’s books reveal his secrets to revival, In chapter 1 which is entitled “How to start a Revival” he says “Revival is renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility”. Charles Finney knew how to stir up the hearts of man to seek God, to go to the Lord with repentance, to equip the church to win souls. The book of James says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”, with this promise who does the initiation? The person has the initiative to “draw near to God”.

2Ch 7:14 NLT Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

The Lord gives us the initiative to Go to Him, Jesus said “ask, and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you”. The Lord through the prophet Jeremiah said “Call unto Me and I will answer thee”. God has given His word that we can initiate things.

You know it’s time for a revival when there is a lack of brotherly love, and Christian confidence among believers. You know its time for a revival when there are dissensions, jealousies and evil rumors within the church. You know its time to initiate revival when the church has no interest to serve, no concern for those dying and going to hell. You know it’s time for revival when sefishness and pride and no fear of God is in our churches, homes and culture.

Revival is needed when there is a worldly spirit upon the church, a compromising spirit, when the leadership is living in sin, when the Word of God is watered down and neglected in personal devotion. Its time for revival when you see “Christians” conforming to the world in music, dress and talk. Revival is at hand when we see sinners be careless and stupid, you know its time for a revival to WAKE UP the church to get to work.

It is as much the Christians duty to wake up as it is the fireman’s duty to wake up when a fire breaks out. The church and the Christians in the church must now WAKE UP to put out the fires of hell that are consuming the wicked. We must WAKE UP to get the sin out of our hearts and lives, out of our churches.

Is it time for a fireman to be asleep when people are burning up? The fireman would feel guilty and be guilty of neglect of duty for not waking up, for staying in their comfort zone. The Christian will suffer the same guilt and be guilty of neglect of duty as they sleep while souls around them are going to hell for ever. Instead we must REVIVE, WAKE UP. It is our responsibility to WAKE UP and revive.

Charles Finney says “the fact is, Christians are more to blame for not being revived than sinners are for not being converted.” A church cannot continue without revivals, without revivals the church will have more die in a year than new believers added to the church. One of the first things we must do to start a revival is prayer; serious praying for revival.

A church who has the Spirit of Prayer for revival will also have a deep concern for souls. The Greek word for “Watch” is gregorio it means to be AWAKE and watchful, vigilant. We get the term “Prayer Vigils” from gregorio. It is like the watchman, keeping watch of dangers and someone who is always aware of the situation. Jesus told us to “watch and pray” he used the same word.

Mat 26:41 KJV Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

We must not grieve away the Holy Spirit when He comes as a result of our prayers. Unless we remove the sin from our hearts He will not stay, one cannot continue in their hidden sins of the heart like pride, and and expect a baptism in the Holy Spirit. Unless we “grieve NOT” the Holy Spirit, He will NOT stay.

Hos 10:12 NLT I said, …..Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Hos 10:12 KJV Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

We must prepare our hearts for Revival by breaking up the fallow ground of our hearts.

Eze 36:26 nlt And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Eze 36:27 And I will put My Spirit in you so that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.

Revival consists of two parts: 1st that which affects the church and 2nd that which affects sinners. The Bible talks a lot about having a hardened heart, a stony, stubborn, a non teachable or correctable heart and attitude. The heart is like soil, whatever you plant in it will produce a harvest given that the it is good ground and not full of weeds or even worse is nothing but a hardened ground. Stubborn people have this kind of heart, and unless this ground is “fallowed” or broken up, un hardened, than that person will suffer going to hell. The Lord spoke a great deal against the hardened, heart person, the “stiff-necked” who will not repent or change. Stubbornness is as Idolatry.

We see a great example of how to break up fallowed ground and start a revival in ones heart by reading about Samuel confronting Saul.

1Sa 15:23 KJV For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.

1Sa 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

You can break up the hard fallow ground of your own heart by self examination. Soften up the ground of your heart by looking inside and examine your motives, examine your thoughts and intentions of your heart. Make it a point to do this, don’t be in a hurry and let the Word of God, the Spirit of God give you a supernatural heart examination. The Lord is The Great Physician and let Him do a little heart surgery to you, He is The Lord of the Harvest, let Him plow your ground and up root the bad seeds and roots of bitterness, let Him up root things that would grieve the Holy Spirit. Let the Lord of the Harvest plant and bring forth a harvest.

As He points out these issues, stop and repent, and plant the seed of the Word of God in its place. Sow the seed of the Word of God in your heart concerning the issue at hand. The Lord of the Harvest knows how to plow, uproot, sow and water.

Self examination is opening up your heart and looking at your life and allowing the Lord to like a computer virus scan in your system looking for “threats” and things that contaminate your system’s function. Self examination is looking at your true character, examining your sin one by one and cutting its life source. It will revive and resurrect your conscience, causing it’s sensitivity to come back. Don’t have a seared conscience and be stubborn. A seared conscience is someone who has no or little conviction and is so used to resisting the Holy Spirit that they have a seared conscience.

Examine yourself in light of the Word of God and find out why do you do the things you do, why do you say the things you say, examine your character and motives of the heart.

Self examination of your sins is a detailed examination and remember don’t just repent of “sin” in general but confess every one of them to the Lord. When you committed those sins you did them one at a time and it would only be Right that you repent of them one at a time and completely focus on uprooting it and replacing it with God’s Seed – The Word.

As you examine your heart don’t forget the sins we commit that would be considered “omission” like the things we NEGLECT, like not being thankful. Ingratitude is a sin that needs to be repented of, there is no blessing that you have received that did not come from the Lord. God’s Grace saved you and continually blesses you, do not neglect your duty to thank God.

Another thing we must look at is our lack of Love for God. How would you feel if your wife or husband that loved you so much now is bored of you, takes you for granted, and doesn’t pay much attention to you anymore unless they want something. How would you feel if their passion for you was gone? Repent and make it right and revival will come to you.

Another sin of “omission” would be of neglecting the Word of God and Prayer; allowing doubt to creep in to negate what you used to believe. The God of Truth has promised to give the Holy Spirit to those (of His) who ask Him (Luke 11:13) Do you believe this? Do you expect Him to answer?

Poor spiritual attitude is a sin that must be repented of, a lack of concern for unbelievers, a lack of love for the brethren; are you keeping your accounts straight with God?

The sins that we willingly commit out of our free will of choice also must be repented of. Vanity and Pride are things that must be put out, the Word of God says that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (1 Corin. 5:7). Do you put more effort on your outside appearance than you do on the inside appearance to God? When you get ready for church do you get ready spiritually, or is it all about outward appearance? Man looks on the outside appearance but God looks at the heart.

Do you have a critical spirit? Remember the times you had a bitter spirit about a brother and spoke against him in a way that was not in love. Have you ever slandered a brother or sister? I am getting in your business now like Samuel did Saul, like Nathan did David, now its Jonathan and you. Do you have a lack of seriousness in the things of God? Don’t be offended these are things that hinder revival, get them out of your heart and you will experience Revival, Refreshing and Remission with the Presence of the Lord again.

If you are like me you are repenting as you are being ed in the heart. We all need a Nathan who will point his finger at our nose and say “Thou art the man!” Deception is a lie and done with intention, do you have a lying spirit? Have you ever lied to get your promotion or to receive an extra benefit? Cheating and hypocrisy and robbing God are sins that must be repented of individually and each one dealt with separately. If you sinned against God get it right, if you sinned against man, get it right and do your best to fix it with the person before moving on. Jesus said to not even give an offering unless you deal with the issue of the heart concerning your brother.

As I, by the Grace of God, try to revive and resurrect your conscience from the and call it to accountability with God and His Word, your ground, your heart will be ready to experience revival with your spirit burning aflame. As Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift of God within you” as Peter said in his epistle to “stir you up by way of remembrance” I hope I stirred you up to seek God to correct these issues and to be good ground for the spirit of prayer and revived to evangelize the souls around you.

The secrets to Revival are not secrets anymore, we must come back to our first Love, we must not be luke warm, we must return to the Lord and get our hearts in sync with His through repentance, repentance from religious works, prayer and going back to making the first thing first.

When we come to the Judgment Seat of Christ we will each give an account to Him for what works we did and did not do. I exhort you today to go back to your first love and go back to doing what He told you to do. Remember the sleeping fireman, and don’t be a sleeping Christian. Don’t lose the Life of God, the Zeal of the Lord is in you, that Divine Spark of Life that came from Heaven is in you ready to explode. Keep yourself examined to be free of revival and blessing hinderances.

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