Summary: God has provided His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us in our lives and most live far below where god wants us because we do things in our own strength instead of being lead by His Spirit.
Last week we began a new series called discovery.
We started right out of the gate about spiritual warfare.
Most people see a monster behind every act of evil and every tree or they have no idea that they are in a spiritual battle.
We saw that we are in a spiritual battle every day. Believers and non-believers. We saw that there is a battle between good and evil.
We saw that there is a battle for your soul as God who loves you from Satan who wants to destroy you.
Satan is a created being that decided before time that he wanted to be God and overthrow the throne of God. One day Jesus will return and judge and do what He has said He would do.
We know that God has defeated Satan. He tells us in His word that we can live victorious in spite of the spiritual battle because the Holy Spirit of God dwells inside the believer.
That is the 5 minute recap of last week.
This week we look at the Holy Spirit of God and how He works in our lives.
When the church was started, 120 followers of Christ were gathered in one place desiring”the more of God” that God promised.
One preacher describes today as the average Christian, the average church, is bogged down between Calvary and Pentecost. They are stuck between Calvary’s forgiveness and Pentecost power.
Bethlehem- “God with us”
Calvary- “God for us”
Pentecost- “God in us”
It is not until we have God in us that we are able to live the life that God desires.
The church started in a blaze of glory.
Believers went out there and made an impact. No denying it!
Every main line church will agree that the Spirit of God dwelling within us will move us to do the things that God intended the church to do and be.
The church was on fire! No one could put it out!
“You might as well try to hear without ears, or breathe without lungs as to try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart.” (People try it everyday)
People have all the answers of what the church needs to do; what the church needs to buy; what programs the church needs from some mega-church.
What the church needs today is the same thing it will need tomorrow and everyday after.
It is the fresh move of the Holy Spirit of God to fall fresh on us! Not two or three people, but the entire congregation. We need a revival of change.
We make our flames- at best they are weak.
We lack excitement for God
We lack the power of God
We lack the Holy Spirit dwelling in our lives.
120 believers went out of that gathering and made an impact.
So much that Peter had to come back to the crowd to explain what was happening because they had no clue.
Acts 2:15-2:21 Read from Bible and set up
We make excuses- that was then!
We tried, but they won’t listen.
Pentecost is not a denomination- it is a moment of God!
We are privileged to be living in this day and age and at such a time and on this side of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit, to work through our lives and we are missing what God wants to do!
Peter sermon in Acts
“Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Did you get that? He, the Holy Spirit of God, the 3rd person of the Trinity...Father, Son, Holy Spirit came to empower the people of God.
Out pouring of His Spirit is not a onetime thing for a onetime event. It was for all who repent and believe.
It is not wither you have a right to receive the Spirit of God, it is wither you desire to receive His Spirit.
The promise is for all, but you decide if you will accept.
Prevenient grace is God’s love going after you when you had no love for Him. His Spirit draws you to Himself and if you make Him Lord of your life, He will come into your life and save you from sin.
“How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask?”
The more is given to those that ask.
Those that are not satisfied doing things in their own strength.
“D.L. Moody was once asked why he urged Christians to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit. Well, he said, I need continual filling because I leak!”