Summary: God has given you the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of power. When you set out to do something for Him, know that His Spirit is in you to empower you to do way more than you would ever be able to do on your own.
September 13, 2015
A Last Sunday we learned how the Holy Spirit is 1/3 of the Holy Trinity; The Spirit is not an “it”, the Spirit is a person; He was present at creation, empowered Jesus’ ministry, birthed the Church at Pentecost, convicted you when you were lost & brought you to Jesus.
1 My last point was if the Holy Spirit is in you, the longer He is there, the more you begin to show. (Ms. Pam.)
2 I love to cook at the house, church . . . I do not own a hand held blender (I have one in my camper, not at the house) I do have a one old egg whisker . . . and black & decker drill that I’ll insert the old egg whisker into.
a It’s got power, fast, quick and . . . it’s a drill!
b God has given you the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of power.
aa When you set out to do something for Him, know that His Spirit is in you to empower you to do way more than you would ever be able to do on your own.
bb Don't be intimidated. You're not going in your own strength. You are going in the power of the Holy Spirit!
c If you go without the Spirit, you can expect weak results.
aa But with the Spirit, you can expect amazing, miraculous results.
bb "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).
B The Holy Spirit is power that is inscrutable, will be taken advantage of, will be used (in the bad sense.)
1 He is God, He is Holy, and He will be in the presence of sin.
a Those who believe they can live in sin and still flow in the power of the Holy Spirit are headed for disaster.
b When the Holy Spirit is flowing in your life, spirit . . . you are not in control . . .He is.
aa He will not be managed, fit into a human mold.
bb He will recalculate your steps so you go where He wants to lead you.
2 For some believers this sounds hard, loss of freedom, but that’s because they don’t understand, “. . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” -2 Cor. 3.17 (NASB.)
C The Holy Spirit is power that cannot be contained.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” -John 3.8 (NASB)
1 Trying to put the brakes on, steer, control the Holy Spirt is like trying to rope the wind . . . stand in the Mississippi and try to change it.
a Ezekiel the prophet said, (Ezekiel 47.1-12 NASB)
b Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” -John 7.37-38.
2 We have been told by our Savior that from the Temples/Tabernacles of our hearts there would be a river of living water . . . like a mighty fire . . . the Holy Spirit of God wants to set our lives on fire “for our God is a consuming fire.” -Heb. 12.29.
a He will break every dam of denomination, jump every fire line of traditionalism.
b He can’t be stopped . . . won’t be stopped however, . . .
we can sin against Him.
C When we sin against the Holy Spirit, there are consequences & how do we sin against Him, the Holy Spirit?
1 Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
a “blaspheme” means to speak disparaging of and to speak in an insulting way.
b Matt. 12.31; Hebrews 10.29
c Those who speak of the Holy Spirit that way are doomed for eternity.
2 Lying to the Holy Spirit
a Ananias & Sapphira made a pledge to the church that they did not perform.
b Acts 5.33
c Be careful about promising/pledging this & that to God & not following through: By the way, you promised to live for Him, gave Him your life.
3 Testing of the Holy Spirit
a Points to Sapphira because Peter speaks to her about “testing” the Holy Spirit (Acts 5.9).
aa Test is (peirazo), means to scrutinize.
bb root word means “to experiment.” (Our word for piracy comes from this word.)
b Ananias/Sapphira were trying to “pirate” what belonged to God.
4 Trafficking the Holy Spirit.
a A sorcerer Simon was found (Acts 8.18-20) to be trying to sell the Holy Spirit for money.
b The Holy Spirit cannot be bought or sold.
5 Resisting the Holy Spirit.