Plug Into The Power
Sermon shared by James May
Summary: If we are going to have the power of the Holy Spirit in operation in our lives, we must first get "plugged in", "turned on" and "fired up" with Jesus.
Audience: General teen
The fact is, unless you take the time to get really committed and plugged in you will never be powered by the Holy Spirit.
Plugging in that power cord on your computer game takes just a little more effort than passing by the outlet. It takes your attention and focusing on what youíre doing so you can get the plug in the right place, apply the right amount of pressure (you donít use a hammer to drive the plug in), and make sure that the plug in turned in the right direction.
You canít just show up at church, walk by your Bible once in while, sit through a worship service, and walk by the altar once a week and expect to be powered by the Holy Ghost. That power doesnít come by osmosis. It doesnít reach out and grab you like a magnet. You have to get close and work at it before that power will be in your life.
Young people can only be truly powered by the Holy Ghost after they have hidden Godís Word in their hearts through time spent in reading and studying the Word of God. You can only be powered by the Holy Ghost after you learn to get into the service and truly learn to worship the Lord with all your heart. You can only be powered by the Holy Ghost if you are willing to lay yourself upon the altar daily and give your whole heart and life to Jesus Christ.
How many of you would like to buy an old version of a computer game that turns on but canít play of the newer games? We all want the best donít we? Well, what makes us think that God will settle for any less than our best? He doesnít give His power to people who refuse to worship Him. He doesnít empower those who refuse to work for Him. He doesnít anoint those who wonít seek after Him.
God loves all of us, but His righteousness, justice and holiness wonít allow us to be used until our heart and attitudes are right.
There was an example of some young men who tried to use the power of the Holy Ghost in the wrong way, and it caused them to fall into some real trouble.
Acts 19:14-16, ďAnd there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.Ē
These seven young men found out the hard way that it takes more than just passing by the church to have the power of the Holy Ghost in operation in their lives. It nearly cost them their lives.
Do you find it hard to pray? Do you find it hard to study the Bible? Do you find it boring to come to church? Let me tell you why Ė itís because you arenít really plugged in to Jesus.
We find time to do anything else we want to in life, but we never have time for God. Itís no surprise then that we donít have the power.
When the young man tried to cut the log with that chainsaw without turning on the power, it was really hard. He tried to use it as an axe. He tried to use it like a normal saw, pulling it back and forth. He tried to shave with it. He tried to use it to trim the
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