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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. 


#1—Add to Your Faith, Virtue

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#1—Add to Your Faith, Virtue

Virtue isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something that grows supernaturally by the fruit of God’s Spirit within us.

Virtue from The New Testament Greek word, arête is defined as: 1. Moral excellence; 2. goodness, and 3. a necessary ingredient in the exercise of faith.

Miguel de Cervantes said, “Blood is an inheritance; but virtue an acquisition.”

Virtue is far more than just moral excellence and goodness. There’s power in virtue. There’s a force behind virtue that causes us to stand up for truth, righteousness, and justice.

Virtue from the Old Testament Hebrew word, chayil means: 1. a force, whether of men, means or other resources; 2. an army; 3. Wealth; 4. valor, and 5. Strength.

It’s virtuous to take a stand against racism and prejudice. It’s virtuous to defend the cause of the widow, the orphan, and the unborn. It’s virtuous to stand for the weak and those who have no voice. God’s Spirit within us wants to produce men and women of valor who stand for what is right no matter what the cost.

Most commentaries believe Psalms 45 was a prophetic psalm written about Jesus. Psalms 45:4 says, “In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!”[1]


[1] GW

Downloading God’s Word

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Downloading God’s Word

If you are very computer savvy, you likely have the Microsoft program called Word downloaded to your computer? Do you have the eternal Word of God downloaded to your spiritual computer?

All of my life I’ve heard pastors preach on the importance of Bible study, and throughout my pastoral life I have repeated this theme again and again. I’m a passionate student of God’s Word. I always have been. I know the positive affect that a lifetime of Bible study can have on a person, and it’s all good.

Are you aware that God cares deeply about the time we spend in Bible study?

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”[1]

That tells me God cares about my personal Bible study—my growth in His Word.

Another version of that same verse reads, “Do your best to win full approval in God’s sight.”[2]

Do you know what the percentage is of those who regularly attend church and regularly study their Bible at home? 12%! I want to raise that percentage. It’s not enough for me to be master of the Word of God if the people I teach are not also becoming masters of the Word.

I came across something called “The Diary of a Bible.”[3]

January 1—Family has made New Year’s resolution to read me every day. They read Matthew 1.

January 15—Been resting quietly for a week. The first few nights they read me regularly, but

evidently have forgotten me.

February 11—Owner used me for short time. He was asked to substitute for Bible class and had to look up some verses during breakfast. Went to Bible class, but was put in car between services.

March 7—Spring cleaning going on. I was dusted and put in old place. Had been in owner’s car for several weeks.

April 20—Grandma here for visit. In her lap all afternoon. She spent most of her time on I

Corinthians 13 and also chapter 15.

April 21, 22, 23—Read by Grandma every afternoon this week.

May 4—I have a few green stains on my pages Some early Spring flowers pressed in me.

June 18—I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full of clippings from the newspaper. One of the girls got married.

July 27—Packed in suitcase with clothes and other things. Off on a vacation, I guess.

August 10—Still in suitcase, though nearly everything else has been taken out.

August 14—Home again. Put me back in my old place. Quite a journey, though I do not see why they wanted me to go.

September 29—They used me once today. One of them is quite sick. Right now I am shined up and on the center of the coffee table. I think the preacher is coming over.

October 19—Have lots of company on table. A comic book, TV Guide, Time magazine, and a Movie World are on top of me. Wish I were read as much as they are.

November 11—Owner came home from worship services today upset about something the preacher had said. Snatched me up to hunt for a verse, but never could find the one he was looking for.

December 26—Family got new TV set. Shelf I am on needed a bit more room, so they put me in a cabinet. Expect to get out around January 1st.

I believe one of the main reasons more Christians are not serious students of God’s Word is because of a lack of motivation.  My goal is to motivate you! Do you feel inspired?


[1] KJV

[2] 2 Timothy 2:15 GW

[3] Author Unknown, Retrieved from

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