Summary: How we can move into more of what God wants for us as Christians.
People of the Spirit
Holy Spirit part 6
JCC 16.05.10 am
Acts 6 1-5
This came at a time when the church was growing rapidly
V2 the twelve summoned a multitude of believers
A dispute arose
Hellenists: Jews born in foreign lands and speaking Greek
Complaints about the distribution of alms
However menial the work they had to be filled with the HS
The twelve were too busy praying and studying the word
These were not the leaders of the church who had spiritual authority
Notice how they decided on their choice of workers
Men filled with the Holy Spirit and of good reputation
One of them was Stephen who became the first martyr for Jesus
Stephen was full of the Spirit
Sanctified to God
Sold out on God
Be shaped by the purposes of God, not by our human ambitions
Stephen didn’t complain and say, ‘I’m not going to serve the food out, I want to rule and have a high position
He knew what servant-hood was and happily carried out what the Apostles delegated him to do
He put down his carnal nature in favour of what the apostles had chosen him to do. Why?
Because he understood what being filled with the Spirit really meant
It wasn’t about doing miracles and dancing around singing and speaking in tongues in church
Although there is nothing wrong with that
But it was about fulfilling his call and purpose
Being filled with the Spirit causes us to know what we should be and we shouldn’t be doing
Understanding what it means to be filled with the Spirit, means to understand what God desires for us
Submitting to His Lordship
As I said last week, you can have Jesus as saviour, but not necessary as Lord
We need to submit to the Lordship of Jesus and walk in the Spirit
No matter where he leads and no matter what the task he has however menial you may think it is
Why do so many Christians shy away from this life of total surrender?
They want the highway to heaven, but not the path of the Spirit on earth
It is a mystery to me, the levels of people commitment
I don’t understand why we want to miss out on so much
Why do we settle for the crumbs when we can have the whole feast?
When we settle for a small diamond when we can have the treasure chest
God wants to give us the riches of heaven and the reveal the hidden treasures of darkness to us
Why have second best when the best is right in front of you?
Have you been to the beach?
You know if the tide is coming in or going out
It’s the same with knowing if the Spirit is moving in the church
And I’m not speaking about some of the fake manifestations we see so much of today
We should all desire to move out in God into the river of blessing
The tide is coming in people what are we going to do?
Ezek 47:1- Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.
A prophetic picture of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the last days