Summary: We daily need “…to be filled with the Holy Spirit,” because it doesn’t take long for the Holy Spirit’s power to ebb away.
Exception of computer ~ no invention has impacted our world like the cell phone. Motorola made the 1st cell phone available to public @ a whopping $3,500 didn’t sell well 1st mobile phone call was made on June 6th – 1946 in St. Louis The 1st text was sent in 1989 (took a long time to catch on). In 2000 approximately (17) Billion texts = TODAY (8) Billion texts sent every day = or 92,000 text message’s every second of every day
FYI I’m the most technically challenged of all of your pastors
But even (my phone) has GPS + Fox News + movie reviews + Weather Channel = (4.27.11) deadly tornadoes ~ visiting parents + power outage = phone’s radar gave warnings
But for all the advantages of having a cell phone ~ it’s virtually of NO VALUE unless it’s CHARGED UP!
Every night we plug it into an electrical outlet (attempt to plug into that power source) & normally the cell phone is good to go in the morning.
Ever noticed that wherever you serve, that sometimes you feel very empowered + effective but that other times you just feel powerless & not very useful.
There’s actually a scriptural explanation for these ups’ & downs’; Bible indicates that we daily need “…to be filled with the Holy Spirit,” b-c it doesn’t take long for the Holy Spirit’s power, like the energy from a cell phone to ebb away.
An early biblical example of this is
When Moses came down from Mt Sinai, his face was a-glow b-c he had been in the presence of God ~ so Moses put a veil over his face when he talked to the people.
The reason he covered his face was not just so that people would not have to squint; II Corinthians 3:13 says the reason he covered his face, was b-c he didn’t want the people to see that “…the radiance was fading away.”
If there was a marquee on our foreheads that could indicate our spiritual energy level; for some of us it would be flashing in red ~ ‘Low Power = power fading away!
Experience shows that we can’t get done ~ what God needs to be done by our own power.
EVEN JESUS COULD NOT as a human being made of flesh
Philippians 2: 6 – 7 explains that, “Though Jesus was God He did not think of equality w-God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave.”
As a man w-human limitations ~ check out how Jesus went out to serve & do ministry:
(R) Mark 1: 9 – 13 or p. 761 = same as us
Remainder of time we will tackle this question:How can we be filled w-the Holy Spirit (other words) How do we stay ‘In-Sync w-God’?
Analogy (2) things that you need to enjoy any car you purchase:
1. 1st = is a set of keys: keys unlock the car + keys help you open the trunk + most cars need a keys to start up the engine; not going anywhere w-out the keys!
• Keys are to the car like conversion is to the Christian life: you enter the Christian life thru only one way = the KEY is Jesus!
• (R) I John 5: 11 – 12 or p. 943 in pew Bible
2. 2nd = essential you need for your car is fuel: Too bad we can’t save money by filling up our gas tanks w-water from our garden hose w-hopes our cars will run.
• Most cars are designed to run on fuel. What the fuel is to the car, the Spirit of God is to the authentic Christian life!
• (R) Colossians 2: 6 or p. 903
I. God’s command to “…be filled w-the Spirit”
A. (R) Ephesians 5:18 or p. 898 in pew Bible
1. This is a command – not a suggestion = it’s an urgent imperative, not a casual option.
a. Paul contrast being filled w-liquor & being filled w-Spirit other words something will control you ~ ‘…to be filled w-liquor’ means alcohol will control you.’ Paul commands that we ‘…be filled w-the Spirit’ which means that God dominates you.
b. “…be filled” is a command - which means I play an active part - I will not be filled if…
i. I have unconfessed sin w-in me - - explain in a few moments
ii. I cannot be filled w-the Spirit while at the same time I’m conducting my life in the energy of my flesh + relying only in myself
c. Looks like = total dependence upon God’s mighty power = Cardiologist prays early each morning, “God unless you show up its going to be a bloody mess,” = my prayer journal each morning ~ I ask God to go before me, pray James 1:19 = Quick to listen + Slow to speak + Slow to anger: please let people see Jesus in me