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The Holy Spirit is for You, Today

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The Holy Spirit is for You, Today

There are some who teach that the outpouring of the Spirit and the ability to have a Spirit language was only for the early church. It’s not for today. (See Acts 1:3-9.)

Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers of the 1800’s wrote: “First of all, remember that whatever the Holy Spirit was in the beginning of the church He is now. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! So whatever the Holy Spirit did then He is willing and able to do now. His power is in no way diminished and we shall greatly offend the Holy Spirit if we suppose that it is. Every member of the Body of Christ should be anointed by the Holy Spirit.”

Here are some great questions you might want to ask yourself:

  • Am I walking in the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • Am I seeking for more?

Before you found Christ you probably searched out the claims of Christ. You probably asked questions or began attending church, reading the Bible. Why? You were searching for more to life than you had found.

And one day you found Christ. One day all the tumblers in the lock aligned and you were transformed.

It’s the same with the Holy Spirit. Start a personal journey today. Seek out the claims of God’s Word regarding the power of the Holy Spirit. And remember the promise of Christ. Those who hunger and thirst shall be filled!

You can watch or listen to the full message here. 

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Holy Spirit – Power from on High

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Holy Spirit – Power from on High

Years ago, I had a visit from a nearby pastor. He told me about his experience with the Holy Spirit (baptism and prayer language). He said he would never teach this to his church because they wouldn’t understand! “I don’t want to turn anybody off,” he said.

I thought about it. I kinda felt the same way. I didn’t want to turn anybody off. I wanted to turn them on to power of the Holy Spirit!

To be perfectly honest with you, there have been many abuses and misuses of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Some hyperemotional churches have turned off sincere Christians.

They haven’t elicited hunger. They’ve caused confusion and set some against the authentic power of the Holy Spirit. If that’s you, I’m sorry!

So where’s the balance? Lakeview embraces the work of the Spirit as long as it’s done decently and in order, building people up.  We don’t in any way seek to come across as trying to be superior on the subject of the Holy Spirit. We’re trying to learn. We’re seeking to grow.

This is the age of the Spirit and we don’t want to miss what God is seeking to do.

The coming Age of the Spirit was clearly on the mind of Jesus. Towards the end of the Last Supper Jesus said, “I have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into the full truth. He won’t speak on his own. He will speak what he hears and will tell you about things to come” (John 16:12-13 GW).

What was on Jesus mind three days later, the first time He met with the disciples after His resurrection? The Holy Spirit

That Sunday evening, the disciples were together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were glad to see the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:19-22 GW).

Luke recorded this about that conversation: “What comes next is very important. I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until HE arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high!” (Luke 24:49 MSG).

And 40 days later on the day Jesus ascended what was on His mind? The Holy Spirit. It’s the last thing Jesus talked about. HE IS COMING!

You can watch or listen to the full message here. 

The Advantage of the Holy Spirit

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The Advantage of the Holy Spirit

The Disciples saw Jesus operate under the influence of the Holy Spirit as John 3:34 says; “Jesus had the Spirit without limit!”

No doubt they thought, I wish I could do that, but it’s only because Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how God used Him because He’s God.

Jesus said, that’s not it. You too are going to be filled! And the closer Jesus came to leaving, the more He talked about the coming Spirit. At His Last Supper He said. “I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 GW).  Then he said, “If you ask me to do something, I will do it. If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever” (John 14:16-17 GW).

And in John 15:26 he promised a helper: “The helper whom I will send to you from the Father will come. This helper, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, will declare the truth about me” (GW). Also in  John 16:7 he said he had to go: “I am telling you the truth: It’s good for you that I’m going away. If I don’t go away, the helper won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (GW).

I like the ESV: “I tell you the truth, it is TO YOUR ADVANTAGE …”

There are so many different ways the Holy Spirit desires to provide us with an advantage.

  • He baptizes us.
  • He renews our spirit.
  • He gives us the power to live holy. He reveals God’s Word.
  • He imparts spiritual gifts and then He anoints as to excel in our gifts.
  • He indwells us, fills us, leads us, empowers us.
  • He fills our mouth with words from God, sets us free from the bondage of sin, reveals truth in every situation, prophesies to us and through us, gives us power over the devil, and reveals all things concerning Christ.

That is by no means a complete list of all that He does!

Are you experiencing the advantage that the Holy Spirit has for us?

Ask yourself, are you better off as a result of His work in you?

Do you utilize His power in your everyday, walking around life?

 

You can watch or listen to the full message here. 

The Holy Spirit is for Everyone Today

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The Holy Spirit is for Everyone Today

Peter led those who didn’t understand the Holy Spirit to God’s Word “Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say. These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning. Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about” (Acts 2:14-16 GW).

Who was the prophet Joel? He was an Old Testament prophet, prophesying about a coming age. Joel gave them hope! Things are going to change in the age of the Spirit in a big, big way!

And … that’s the age we’re living in. “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed (Acts 2:17-18 GW).

Joel said, in this new era the Spirit will no longer work in only a select few; prophets, priests and kings. He will work in everyone. Peter said, that day is here! It has arrived. And here’s the upshot. God desires to empower all of us – male and female, young and old, rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless.

Every difference that mankind has used to separate and differentiate has been overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit working in all of us!

As you read through the Old Testament clearly the Spirit came on a select few, and it came occasionally, in limited amounts.

Notice Joel’s language; “God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone!”   

I’m not going to give you a dab of the Holy Spirit occasionally. I’m going to pour Him into your body. The Spirit will empower your voice! He will work through your hands! He will infuse you with visions and dreams.

The Holy Spirit is for everyone!

Peter led those who didn’t understand the Holy Spirit to God’s Word “Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say. These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning. Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about” (Acts 2:14-16 GW).

Who was the prophet Joel? He was an Old Testament prophet, prophesying about a coming age. Joel gave them hope! Things are going to change in the age of the Spirit in a big, big way!

And … that’s the age we’re living in. “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed (Acts 2:17-18 GW).

Joel said, in this new era the Spirit will no longer work in only a select few; prophets, priests and kings. He will work in everyone. Peter said, that day is here! It has arrived. And here’s the upshot. God desires to empower all of us – male and female, young and old, rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless.

Every difference that mankind has used to separate and differentiate has been overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit working in all of us!

As you read through the O.T. clearly the Spirit came on a select few, and it came occasionally, in limited amounts.

Notice Joel’s language; “God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone!”   

I’m not going to give you a dab of the Holy Spirit occasionally. I’m going to pour Him into your body. The Spirit will empower your voice! He will work through your hands! He will infuse you with visions and dreams.

The Holy Spirit is for everyone!

You can watch or listen to the full message here. 

The Work of the Holy Spirit

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The Work of the Holy Spirit

At Lakeview Church, we always lay out each new year by praying and seeking God for the upcoming teaching series. We felt God leading us to come out of this prayer season by putting a strong focus on the work of the Holy Spirit.

It’s amazing how many Christians know almost nothing about the Spirit. Maybe they grew up in a church that avoided the subject. Some churches don’t focus much about the Holy Trinity. They don’t know much about the Spirit because they haven’t been taught much.

What keeps people away from the truth about the Spirit is ignorance and fear, and both of those have been around since the beginning of the church.

The day God poured out His Spirit, questions arose that very day. Notice the two reactions: “All of these devout men were stunned and puzzled. They asked each other, “What can this mean?” Others said jokingly, “They’re drunk on sweet wine” (Acts 2:12-13 GW).

Isn’t it amazing that it’s still true about the Holy Spirit? Some are curious because they’ve never been taught, and others mock because they don’t understand. When it comes to spiritual matters, we ought to be very careful about ignoring, mocking or even attacking the things we don’t understand.

Peter gave some great advice regarding the Holy Spirit’s work on that day. Seek to understand. “Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, ‘Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say’” (Acts 2:14 GW).

If the work of the Holy Spirit is new to you, I hope you follow Peter’s advice. Seek to understand. Seek to open your heart to all God has for you. Become a seek-er!

You can watch or listen to the full message here. 

Your Fierce Desire to Serve God

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Your Fierce Desire to Serve God

Anything that we turn to, to fulfill us, to satisfy our longings, to heal out brokenness, to redeem our depravity, will ultimately become our god.  You take a person who was born and raised in poverty and they broke out, usually they point to their wealth or intellect as their deliverer. You take a wealthy person who was raised knowing they could have anything they wanted in the world, they turn to pleasure and addictions to deliver them from the hollowness of possessions and position.

At the core of it all, whether rich or poor, whether privileged or disadvantaged, whatever we turn to apart from God will lead us down the wrong path; it will bring us to disappointment and disillusionment.

An idol is anything or anyone you place before God.

What is your IT? What is the thing that delivered you from the hollowness of your childhood or the brokenness of your adult life?

If the answer is not God Himself, then the thing you are counting on to bring you true peace and fulfillment will ultimately let you down. This world does not and cannot satisfy. The god of this world is in constant competition with the true and living God. The question is, who will sit on the throne of our heart, God or the god who is this world?

The competition between those two gods is severe. That’s what James meant when he wrote, “Unfaithful people! Don’t you know that to be the world’s friend means to be God’s enemy? People who want to be the world’s friends make themselves God’s enemies. Don’t think that there is no truth in the scripture that says, “The spirit that God placed in us is filled with fierce desires.”[1]

There’s a ‘fierce desire’ within us put there by the Holy Spirit to serve God. When we bow down to the god of this world it leaves us empty.

 

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[1] James 4:4-5 GNB

He Has What You Need—Every Time

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He Has What You Need—Every Time

I’ve had many occasions when I’ve ministered to someone in my office, and the things that came out of my mouth, I know they didn’t come from my intellect. They came from the Spirit’s wisdom. I’ve had people come back and say you, that changed my life! And the truth is, most of the time I don’t even remember saying it!

I’ve gone back and listened to sermons I’ve preached and thought, That’s awesome. I didn’t remember even saying it. “But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”[1]

The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, knowledge, insight, understanding and power for each and every situation we can face in life.

If we are filled with the Spirit He will show us and give us what we need every time.

Isaiah 11:2-3 was written of Jesus, “but the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us.”[2]

Listen to how the Spirit will work in us; “It is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.”[3]

I am convinced that all who live, filled with the Spirit, will have moments when they feel led to lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. They will have moments when they are moved by faith and see the miraculous hand of God in their situation or on behalf of another.

 

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[1] Mark 13:11 GW

[2] GW

[3] Ibid.

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