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.
It’s because we simply haven’t 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 don’t 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, there’s 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 you’re doing so you can get the plug in the right place, apply the right amount of pressure (you don’t use a hammer to drive the plug in), and make sure that the plug in turned in the right direction.
You can’t 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 doesn’t come by osmosis. It doesn’t 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 God’s 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 can’t play of the newer games? We all want the best don’t we? Well, what makes us think that God will settle for any less than our best? He doesn’t give His power to people who refuse to worship Him. He doesn’t empower those who refuse to work for Him. He doesn’t anoint those who won’t seek after Him.
God loves all of us, but His righteousness, justice and holiness won’t 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, “And 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.”
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.