Summary: This message talks about the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in Belivers.
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT # 2. 1 Corinthians 12:1; 4-11.
This is the second part of The ministry of the Holy Spirit.
In the first message we looked at that the Holy Spirit is a person.
We also looked the fact that The Holy Spirit has a Ministry to become our guidance Counsellor before we are saved.
Then we looked at the truth that The Holy Spirit is Gods signature that we are part of the family of God. We saw that 2 Corinthians 5:5 tells us that we are made for the purpose of having the Holy Spirit within us. Then we looked at the fact that many Christians never receive all of the Holy Spirit that the Lord wants them to have. One of the main reason for this is that most Christians don’t realize that what we receive of the Holy Spirit at salvation is but the first installment of the promise of the Lord. I also shared with you that another key reason is that when we seek to have all of the Holy Spirit in order for that to happen the Holy Spirit must have every bit of our lives.
1. The Holy Spirit is Gods Coach that is given to help us walk, act and live like Jesus.
Would you please underline those last three words. The word Live in Greek carries the meaning of a person actually walking. The Christian walk is one that begins with salvation and from there it is an uphill walk. You have often heard me say that it take great courage to live the Christian life. You may remember that I shared with you that after salvation we try to live our lives the way we think that Jesus would want us to live. One of the key factor of the Holy Spirit activity in our lives is to get us to the place where the Holy Spirit has every bit of our lives. During this process we will find the following.
A. There will be conflict within us.
Galatians 5:16. Live by the Holy Spirit's power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do.
We will have conflict between what we want to do and what Gods Holy Spirit wants. I believe that this is one of the area that most Christians have a major problems with simply because they never open door # 2 and walk through. After walking through door #1 we do a pretty good task of living our Christian life the way WE THINK THAT THE LORD WANTS US TO LIVE. Every saved Christian fit here. We live by the knowledge that we have acquired, whether it was in church, from a friend, from books and from the education system. The Holy Spirit task is to guide us to the right knowledge but since we are running our lives He can only make suggestion and show us the way we should go. The final choice is our alone. The problem is that since our natural desires are still in control usually the choices we make are more in line with our natural desires than our Spiritual desires. Because we are saved our choices, though they may favour the natural they still have a lot of the Spiritual influence. We need to understand that during this time every choice we make is filtered through all the information that we have acquire and the task of the Holy Spirit is to get us to pick His suggestion over everything else that is there in our minds. I know that I have probably picked on this subject a lot but this is one of the area where the final choice that is made usually has nothing to do with the teachings of the Word of the Lord. We have an epidemic in the evangelical church of young people living together in sin and the church not even mentioning it or say that it is wrong. When two young Christians come to this place in their lives they look at what is happening in the world and in the church and because the church has decided that the Lord God is wrong and they are right these young people end up living in sin.
SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE: The only way for our lives to progress spiritually is to keep in step with the Holy Spirit.
B. There will be conflict in the world.
Galatians 5:25. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is God’s coach that is given only to those who accept the offer of Grace and mercy. After salvation the Holy Spirit is in every Christian as a guidance counsellor and the Holy Spirit task is to lead that Christian to a deeper relationship with the Lord. If that Christian is in the habit of rejecting the urging of the Holy Spirit then they will come to a place where they will not even hear of sense the Holy Spirit in their lives. When the Holy Spirit is working with the unsaved he doesn’t have the effect upon their lives the way the Holy Spirit is suppose to effect Christians. Jesus said that in the world you would have trouble. In other words if we are alive, the world we live in is going to do a very good job of trying to mould us into something that isn’t of the Lord. The Lord wants to help us to live our life in such a way that our lives reflect the standard of the Lord.