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Summary: This sermon is a part of the Holy Sprit series looking at the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. Today's Message looks at God's heavenly invasion of the Holy Spirit upon and within the life of His people.

The Holy Spirit

A Heavenly Invasion

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There’s an age-old dilemma that accompanies our desire to live the way Christ wants us to live, and to walk on the narrow road leading to heaven, and that is, while we want to do what is right, we just can’t, and while we know what we’re doing is wrong, we are helpless within ourselves to stop it.

The Apostle Paul has this same dilemma and he said it like this.

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” (Romans 7:15 NKJV)

So, how can we gain the confidence to move beyond our own self-destructive tendencies so that we can move beyond our fears and defeat the enemy that saps our spirits, demoralizes our incentive, and prevents us from moving forward?

Now, while sin is the major culprit that pulls us off the narrow path and unto the side of the road, there is another subtler detour we run into, and that is the multiple distractions from all the programs offering to help.

• Got a problem go to counseling, join a support group, read this book, do these four steps, take some pills, or wear this particular bracelet to reduce the pain.

Now, most of these aren’t bad, some actually help, but in the end they don’t destroy the real enemy or cause of our difficulties.

• They will not destroy the hold addictions have over us, nor do they stop the dark impulses of the human soul.

• And the promises we make to try and get better can never overcome the power of the world, our flesh, or the devil.

The power to overcome takes far more power than what we can muster.

When I read the Scriptures and the history of the church, what I see is God moving mightily on behalf of His people bringing both renewal and revival through a heavenly invasion.

The Lord speaks to this throughout the Scriptures, but no place more succinctly than what the Lord said to Zerubbabel through the prophet Zechariah.

“So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV)

The unfortunate part is that this is not the invasion we’re experiencing within the church or our society. Rather what we are experiencing today is a technological invasion and we’re confusing the two, replacing heaven’s power with humanity’s.

Heaven’s power, heaven’s invasion is nothing less than the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people. It’s the power to equip and inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.

All the resources we need are found in the abundant power and supply of this heavenly invasion by the Holy Spirit.

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:19 NKJV)

And Jesus knew this, which is why He told His disciples, “I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7 NKJV)

Jesus said that it was imperative, and it was to the disciples’ advantage that He leave, because if He stayed the Holy Spirit wouldn’t have come in this way. What this is saying is that the Holy Spirit, the Helper, Comforter, and Advocate who would lead and guide us into God’s truth, and through whom we can do greater things, could only be sent once Jesus left.

Consider the resources available to us through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit? It is this supply of power that is needed today. So no matter what difficulties confront us, we have a real power of God living inside of us to counteract these difficulties and bring us victory.

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

Jesus knew how much wisdom, discernment, and boldness we would need to survive and overcome this world. Therefore, without the power of the Holy Spirit, which is a power far greater than anything humanly available, and far greater than Satan and all his forces put together, we’ll never accomplish the tasks set before us.

The point is this, let’s not go anywhere until we’ve received this power. Or as one popular commercial said, “Don’t leave home without it,” or in our instance, “Don’t leave home without Him.”

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