Summary: Perhaps you have reached a stage in your life where you feel like you are just going through the motions. Sunday comes, and Sunday goes, and you have traveled through it on auto pilot. It’s time to let the Holy Spirit warm your heart
Will you let the Holy Spirit warm your heart?
Do you remember what it was like to be a new Christian?
Do you still feel the same way?
Were you more excited and full of joy than you are now?
Did you spend more time reading your Bible than you do now?
Did you pray more than you do now?
Did you spend more time in church than you do now?
Did you spend more time with other Christians than you do now?
Did you want to learn more about God and how He works in you and through you then than you do now?
Do you think you loved God more when you were a new Christian than you do now?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then you are really in a place where you need some fresh fire in your life now.
If the journey that you are taking on your daily walk as a Christian is leaving you cold to the things of God - it’s time to turn back and turn let the Holy Spirit warm up your heart.
Perhaps you have reached a stage in your life where you feel like you are just going through the motions.
Sunday comes, and Sunday goes, and you have traveled through it on auto pilot.
Your routine has been the same, your attitude has been the same, you have come to church expecting nothing more than you did last week.
You are looking to receive something from God, but you don’t even think about what you could be giving to further His kingdom, or to be a blessing to others.
Maybe you are even expecting to experience less today than you did last week.
It’s time to let the Holy Spirit warm your heart
As Christians, as believers we are supposed to be in love. We’re supposed to love God.
We are supposed to be happy with the work He has done in our life.
We are supposed to be at a stage in our life where we want to learn and know more about Jesus.
We are supposed to want to be more like Him,
we are supposed to want to do what He has called us to do.
We are supposed to tell others about Him and and what He means to us.
It’s time to let the Holy Spirit warm our hearts
Have you ever said “I read the Bible, I go to church, why don’t I see any positive changes in my life?”
or “Why am I still struggling with a particular sin or sins even though I keep trying to repent and give it to God?”
or “Why doesn’t God work in our church like He did in the book of Acts or like other places I hear around the world?”
or “Why do I feel spiritually dry, why does my relationship with God seem stale or non-existent?”
All of these questions are symptoms pointing to the fact that it’s time to let the Holy Spirit warm our hearts
The Holy Spirit is the one that can bring change in our lives, the Holy Spirit is present here and now.
When we say God is with us, we are referring to the presence of God through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us of our sin
He speaks God’s truth to us (16:15),
He teaches us God’s word,
He changes our hearts, attitudes, and actions,
He gives us comfort and peace.
It is the Holy Spirit who produces fruitfulness of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (the hallmarks of a Christian life) (Gal. 5:22-23).
It is the Holy Spirit who brings healing
He is the source of spiritual refreshment.
He is the One to help us keep going and going and going in.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven he told his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).”
But some Christians fear having a personal experience with the Holy Spirit.
They are worried by the change that will come if they let the Holy Spirit warm their heart
And instead of living a Spirit filled life, experiencing the power of God, spiritual fruitfulness,
a changed lifestyle,
instead of living in a dynamic and living relationship with God they choose second best.
Today is Pentecost Sunday, it’s a significant day,
it marks the birth of the church - the day the Holy Spirit came and the church began.
While Elim as a movement will soon be celebrating 100 years of existence -
the Christian Church has been empowered by the Spirit for nearly 2000 years.