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Summary: Continuing with the Holy Spirit theme this sermon looks at the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-27). Jesus asks us to dethrone the gods in our lives so our hearts are prepared to be directed by the Spirit.

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What we Believe Series

Preparing to be filled with the Holy Spirit – February 17, 2008

Acknowledge Dr. Henry Schorr (Mark 10:17-27 NIV)

o Were in series called what Christians believe about God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Baptism and Spiritual gifts

o Were focusing on God the Holy Spirit

o Lord willing next week we’ll speak on ‘how to be filled with the Holy Spirit’

o But let me clear about one thing

o There is a world of difference between being baptized or receiving the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit

o The moment the person becomes a believer the Holy Spirit of God takes up residence within you (Romans 8:9B)

o That is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11)

o The Apostle Paul wrote that if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, he does not belong to Christ

o It is one thing for you to have the Holy Spirit

o It is an entirely different thing for the Holy Spirit to have you

o When your life is under the direction and control of the Holy Spirit of God then the Spirit of God has you

o That is what the Apostle Paul called ‘being filled with the Spirit’

o The Holy Spirit wants to release his power within us

o The Holy Spirit wants to transform us into a new person

o He wants us to be Christ like, living a Christ centred life

o The Holy Spirit wants to reveal his plan and purpose for our lives

o The Holy Spirit wants to use us to impact this area where we live

o But he can only do that to the extent that we are willing to transfer ownership and the direction of our life to his control

o We must yield our lives completely to Him

o A common strategy of marketing agencies is you can get something for nothing

o One time I received a call from a young lady

o She said congratulations you have won an all expenses paid trip for four to Disney World in Orlando Florida

o At first I was excited

o Little did I know that everyone won the trip

o They were attempting to sell time sharing

o Timesharing is expensive

o It is something I didn’t need and couldn’t afford

o That is the something for nothing philosophy

o Unfortunately this is also used in religious circles

o Some movements seem appealing

o They even have a flavor of Christianity

o One message is if you give a faith gift of $1000 or more – you will receive ten times more back

o The message is for a minimal investment there is a big payoff

o That type of message avoids the true cost of following Jesus

o Jesus did not promise automatic wealth, health and automatic happiness

o If wealth was automatic then why did Jesus say ‘the son of man has nowhere to lay his head?’

o What Jesus taught was there is a cost to following Jesus

o Jesus told us to count the cost of following him

o Most of us do not think seriously about that

o Sometimes we glibly say “Jesus I will follow you wherever you go”

o Have you ever felt that way?

o Have you ever had a power surge go through you where you thought Jesus I will do it all for you

o I know I have

o I will follow you anywhere

o Name the cost

o Count me in


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