Holy Spirit - The Miracle Within
Sermon shared by J Jeffrey Smead
Summary: The Holy Spirit is "The Miracle Within" each Believer. Are we open to the leading of the Holy Spirit?
Tags: Holy Spirit General, Holy Spirit In Believers, Blessing, Holy Spirit, Miracles, [more] (add tag)
Audience: General adults
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One night a wife found her husband standing over their infantï¿½s crib.
As she watched him looking down at their very first child, ..... she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: ..... disbelief, delight, amazement, skepticism, enchantment.
Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, .... with eyes glistening she slipped her arm around her husband. "A penny for your thoughts," she said.
"Itï¿½s amazing!" he replied. Itï¿½s just amazing.
"I just canï¿½t see how anybody ..... can make a crib like that for only $66.95."
Now Ladies does that sound like something a man would say?
I am sure that my wife Lee is at least one saying ..... Amen!
Here lay one of the greatest miracles in Godï¿½s creation... and all this father saw .... was a crib.
He did not see what lay within.
But he wasnï¿½t unique. Many times people look upon Godï¿½s handiwork ....... and only see the outside manifestations... never the miracle that lays within.
Whether it is the miracle of the birth of a new baby or the miracle of the birth of a new Christian; There are many who see only the outside framework and miss the miracle that lays within.
Godï¿½s word tells us that something very exceptional lies within each Christian.
When we obey Jesus by repenting of our sins and being buried in Christian Baptism we have the promise that we shall receive the "Gift of the Holy Spirit."
Dr Luke informs us in Acts "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, .... And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
The Gift of that Miracle that lays within our very being.
In fact, in Ephesians we are told that Godï¿½s Holy Spirit is a mark of Godï¿½s ownership of us, Hear Paulï¿½s words:
BIBLE "Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit" END (Ephesians 1:13)
There are those who believe that the Holy Spirit is some kind of inanimate object ...... much like the crib that held that new born baby.
They see only the crib ..... not miracle that lays within.
These people accept the idea that Godï¿½s Holy Spirit can live within us, ..... but they do not think that Spirit does very much.
Thus they miss out on the miracle of what the Holy Spirit can mean and give to each one of us.
Christ clearly states the importance of the Holy Spirit to each believer:
Hear our Lordï¿½s words to us BIBLE "It is for your good that I am going away.
Unless I go away, the Counselor (the Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin." END
Jesus is saying .... that when He left, ....He would send His Spirit in His place. ..... His power within us.
The Holy Spirit, The Miracle that lays Within, does many things:
* He helps us to understand the deep things of Godï¿½s Word
* helps us in our prayers
* guides us
* teaches us
* and empowers us for ministry with spiritual, supernatural gifts
But perhaps the most intriguing thing the Holy Spirit was sent to do is implied in Acts 1:8.
BIBLE "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." END
Notice the text says .... First that they would receive the Holy Spirit ..... and then they would be his witnesses.
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