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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. 

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The Power of Connection

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The Power of Connection

Do you remember what happened to the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night Jesus was arrested? They scattered—they ran off to their homes—each alone. Have you ever wondered what they did for the next few days, after that horrible night? They separated from one another.

That’s a picture of what happens to us when relationships are broken, when we experience deep disappointment at church, or when we fall into personal sin. We separate. We scatter. We run off to hide.

I always feel compelled to share a disclaimer after reading Acts 2! That was the ideal church model, but the church has always been made up of broken people, who have come from dysfunctional homes. Pain happens in the context of relationships. It’s inevitable. But GROWTH also happens, and I dare say growth won’t happen without some relational pain.

72 hours after the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples couldn’t stand the separation any longer. They gathered in the upper room. And there, Jesus showed up!

Jesus revealed Himself to them.

They experienced the fulfillment of Jesus promise: “Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them.”[1] They came together, united, and they touched Jesus. That night Jesus revealed things they would have never seen had they remained separate and alone.

But there was one who didn’t come. Scripture doesn’t tell us why Thomas didn’t show, but it does tell us the result on his faith. Thomas missed out on the revelation of Jesus. He refused to believe until he could see it for himself.  That’s exactly the point. There are certain revelations, certain faith building moments that are only revealed where two or three are gathered in His name.

We give Life Groups a lot of flexibility.  Some are heavily focused on study of the Bible. Others line up around prayer. One group meets to make prayer shawls. The prayer shawl ministry plays an important part in the food pantry ministry. Some around the breaking of bread. But all groups seek spiritual relationships that lead to life.

If you don’t have a LIFE GROUP you’re connected to, explore our groups here, or contact Drew Bontrager, Connections Pastor at drewbontrager@lakeviewchurch.org. He’d love to help you get connected to a group where you share an interest.

Listen to the full message here.

[1] Matthew 18:20 GWT

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