but we arenít any more powered by the Holy Ghost today than we were last week, or last month, or even last year. Why is that so?

Itís because we simply havenít plugged into Jesus. We pass by him every once in while, but we never take the time or make the real commitment to get plugged in.

If you take the plug that powers your computer game and just pass it by the outlet once a while, I donít think that game will work for long. If you pass the plug by the outlet and just let it hang on the edge of the outlet, you might accidentally get a spark every once in while when it makes contact, but most of the time, thereís no power coming through the line.

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.