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Holy Spirit - The Miracle Within

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Sermon shared by J Jeffrey Smead

January 2013
Summary: The Holy Spirit is "The Miracle Within" each Believer. Are we open to the leading of the Holy Spirit?
Denomination: Anglican
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
One night a wife found her husband standing over their infant�s 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.

"It�s amazing!" he replied. It�s just amazing.

"I just can�t 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 God�s creation... and all this father saw .... was a crib.

He did not see what lay within.

But he wasn�t unique. Many times people look upon God�s 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.

God�s 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 God�s Holy Spirit is a mark of God�s ownership of us, Hear Paul�s 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 God�s 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 Lord�s 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 God�s 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.
Comments and Shared Ideas
Thank-you all for your kind words. May God Richly Bless You and your Families. Jeff
Ruth Rugg
May 2, 2014
Hi Jeff, I have been touched by your sermon "The Miracle Within". I have chosen to write a sermon on the Holy Spirit and I will be using some of your references. I have a tendency to use examples as well as I read that you are, so I would like to use some of your examples. Hope you don't mind. God Bless you
Thank you for your kind words you may use all or part of any of the sermons I have posted on this site or at www.eafligonier.org
Digna Irafay
December 25, 2013
What a simple powerful sermon, thank you for sharing this, I feel peaceful after calmly reading this and slowly understanding the power of the Holy Spirit whom i have been searching so dearly and so much to vividly feel his power with faith. Thank you.
Charles Gentry of Church Alive Ministries
January 26, 2013
As a Pentecostal I must say you prepared a mighty good sermon on the Holy Spirit. I concur.
Ephrem Hagos
January 22, 2013
I would focus more on "Holy Spirit --the Miracle Outside", to emphasize the outsourcing from Christ''s timeless defining moment in his death on the cross.
Thank you for your kind words. Blessings in Christ Jeff
Thank you for your kind words. Blessings in Christ Jeff
I''m bless! Touching sermon...Thankyou very much...May the Lord continue to use you as a channel to bless people''s lives...Keep on preaching Brother!
Anthony Jones
January 15, 2013
I did enjoy the reading on the Holy Spirit, such a clean, brisk, and refreshing message. I is important that we not forget who is responsible for doing the work. I am reminded of how many times I have allowed the working of the Holy Spirit to operate in my own life. One time in particular, I was running revival, I know we don''t have those now, only in the south, where I''m from. But once when I was running a revival, I forgot my notes. When I got to the church, I told my wife, I had left home and left all of my notes, many of which I got from sermon central, lol!!. But when I got to the church, making a long story short, the place was nearly full. I had to borrow a Bible from the host pastor, and I began to pray and ask God, Lord, I really need your help tonight. I sat there in my seat, I looked at my wife, and she began to pray, not really understanding the situation I was in. But she began to pray, and I was praying, palms were sweating, I was a nervous wreck. I told God, Lord, if there ever was a time that I really needed you, that time is now. Friend, let me tell you, that was one of the greatest revival I had ever witnessed. And I say witnessed, because it seemed like I was on the sideline, and someone else was doing the work. That night, I witnessed for the first time in my years of ministry blinded eyes coming open, just like in the Bible, many were healed, and delivered that night. So in closing it will do us well to cherish the gift in the crib.

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