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Summary: Our service is useless and fruitless with the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit

Isa 61:1-4

Theme - Our service is useless, hopeless, and fruitless without the Spirit of God’s facilitation.

Why are some people so unfulfilled with their work, study, or relationships? Unless you are willing to admit your helplessness you will miss out on the Spirit’s blessings. Stop being satisfied with your present level of knowledge of truth. Much of your present information may be distorted by opinions. Without the energizing of the Spirit, no one can gain internal or external satisfaction. Throughout history the success of any great person of God is directly proportional to the degree of his response to the Spirit’s leading. Success is only achieved as the Spirit of God gives His blessings. The greatest plans of men are but mere speculation unless they are endorsed by the Spirit of God. He alone causes the growth of the kingdom of God in quantitative or qualitative measures. As the will of God cannot be known without the Spirit, neither can service be completed without His management.

Only through His revelation can we know His will.

Only through His Spirit can we have the power to complete His purposes. Stop trying to serve God in your strength or insights. It is harder to conceal ignorance than to get truth. Save yourself a lot of wasted efforts. Ask the Spirit to guide, bless, and make your fruitful in all good works. "You are our father, Lord. We are like clay, and you are like the potter. You created us." (Isa. 64:8)

Question - What are the reasons that people try to serve God without the Spirit’s empowering.

Prayer - Lord, help us to live by the Spirit so we will not carry out the desires of our flesh.

Jan 19th John 16:5-11

Theme - Jesus is the only dispenser of the Holy Spirit.

Why do people try to get the benefits of the Spirit without going through Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Being ignorant of the Spirit is not as shameful as being unwilling to learn of Him. Could it be that many are seeking the benefits of the Spirit without having to accept Christ’s prescription for gaining the fullness of the Spirit? Jesus was the only one who originally gave the Spirit and His power. Many people are afraid of the conditions that Christ sets for having a relationship with Him. Jesus requires repentance, faith, and acceptance of Him as Savior. One cannot enjoy the fruits of the Spirit unless one is willing to identify with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Receive Him as a substitutionary payment for your sins. Do not think that you can take the Spirit without Jesus or visa versa. Let us fully embrace the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We need all three equal dimension of the Trinity working through our lives. Do not think that your elders, Pastor, or church can give you a greater measure of the Spirit. We never get more of the Spirit. He only gets more control of us. Submit to the Lordship of Christ. It is permissible to be ignorant as long as we are not going to make a career of it. Ignorance of the Spirit is not the real problem. It is not being willing to admit our need for His teaching, that causes all the difficulties.

Question - Why do some people emphasize the Spirit more than Jesus or visa versa?

Prayer - Lord, help us to go through Jesus to seek the Spirit’s power and blessings.

Jan 20th John 14:15-21

Theme - The Spirit is our chief intercessor, interpreter, defence counsel, and comforter.

Why do some people fail to draw upon the Spirit’s many consoling roles? Many of the most firmly based beliefs are held in ignorance of the Spirit’s roles. If you think education of the Spirit is costly, try ignorance - it costs a lot more. The Spirit continually comes alongside those believers who ask Him for help. He is only as far away as our prayers. While many attempt to battle on their own, the believer is blessed with an intercessory advocate. As Moses passed the Spirit of victory to Joshua; as Elijah passed the Spirit of blessings to Elisha; so Jesus passed the Spirit of truth and power to those who believe in Him. The Spirit is always eager to interpose on our behalf, in times of need. He continually mediates to, through, and for believers with our best interests at heart. His pleading never goes unheard when we call to Him for deliverance. Why not use your right as a believer to gain every blessing of the Spirit. He wants to bestow on you and your people good and perfect gifts. He never gives grudgingly or out of necessity. Do not forget that ignorance of the truth is what keeps our prisons growing. "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." (Isa. 41:13)

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