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I call these lessons "face to face" communion with the Holy Spirit. I do so because back in 1980 when I was first reading through the bible after being born again and Spirit filled, the following verse just "jumped out" at me.

I knew it was the Holy Spirit talking to me personally, even though I was aware the apostle John wrote the letter to an individual person. 2 John 1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

As the years passed by, I would hear from the Holy Spirit occasionally, but very infrequently. When Sue and I began attending the Prayer Center under Pastor Dave Roberson, we learned how to better locate the "ear" of our reborn human spirit. We learned how to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit from our own thoughts. I offer these lessons as examples of what we have learned from this method of "face to face" communication with Him. To accompany these Face to Face lessons is the tape series called, "Hearing God's Voice" on the Walking in Maturity page. I strongly encourage you to listen to those audio teachings for yourself but more than that; I exhort you to "do" what is taught on them. In those four teaching you will hear what we learned about locating the ear of our reborn human spirit so we could more easily discern the voice of the Holy Spirit

In a nutshell, I pray in the spirit for a while, then stop and listen to those tongues as they continue to roll in my spirit. I then repeat the process again and again. Eventually, those tongues change to English. When that happens I begin speaking out loud into my micro-cassette recorder the words I am hearing. Then I transcribe the tapes.Of course, some of the things He has spoken to me are personal and private, as you would expect. I have done my best to remove those sections from these printed materials. I have left in, however, many things that more generally apply to my calling, just to give examples of how the Holy Spirit will lead any person, no matter their gift in the body, into more and more fruitfulness in the operation of their call.

I hope these are a blessing, a help, and an encouragement to you.
Your fellow servant for Christ,
Gary Carpenter

Hear the word of the Lord to you, my son. I have longed for this day to communicate with you. I have not left you in the dark but I have come as a bright light to guide your path. Know and understand that the Lord your God loves you ... has longed to lead you by the hand. To take you as his child and to lead you into vast, enormous places where you know not. To guide you safely through all sorts of dark and forbidding ways, but with the path in front of you always being so lit that there is no need to fear, there is no lack of safety.
I am your Friend. I am your Counselor. I will not lead you in paths away from the Lord. For this purpose I have been sent ... to guide you. Not only into the truth of the knowledge of His Word, but into the truth of the knowledge of His will for your life.

You will come to trust Me completely. You will come to rely on My voice in the face of all contradictory circumstances. You will come to rely on My leadership even when the entire world gives opposing counsel.

Welcome! Welcome! I embrace you, says the Spirit. With arms outstretched I embrace you with the embrace of love from your Father and from the Son.

New realms are now opening to your mind. I will blossom your understanding beyond this veil of the natural into that realm of the Spirit where light prevails.

Welcome to the realm of the Spirit, says the Lord. Welcome to My rooms of fellowship and to My rooms of counsel. These shall be great days. You shall do exploits. Those things that you have seen in your heart from your youth, they are now, quickly, shortly upon you says the Lord. Gird yourself up! Gird yourself up! The press shall be great. The throngs shall be enormous. But My peace and My counsel is yours, says the Spirit of Grace.


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