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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. 

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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?

 

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John Helps Us See Jesus in the Flesh

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John Helps Us See Jesus in the Flesh

There’s another reason God sent His Son in the flesh.

God sent his son, Jesus, so we could see God, we could touch Him, we could hear His voice and feel His love for us.

So John writes, The Word of life existed from the beginning. We have heard it. We have seen it. We observed and touched it. This life was revealed to us. We have seen it, and we testify about it. We are reporting to you about this eternal life that was in the presence of the Father and was revealed to us. This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy (1 John 1:1-4 GW).

By the time John wrote his letter to the churches, some were already following a false doctrine that claimed Jesus wasn’t really human. They believed that Jesus did come and appear as a man, but He was not in really human. He was a Spirit. He ate with man: he suffered with man: he even experienced death, but it was for appearances only.

They doubted the gospel narratives and mocked the supposed miraculous conception and birth of Jesus, questioning whether He was even on earth before His ministry began at the presumed age of 30.

Even in this very day, there are many people who seek to to discredit both the divinity or humanity of Jesus, or flatly deny His existence on earth.

In John’s letter to the churches, his passion was to show Jesus as fully God and fully human. John wants us to know that Jesus lived life in the flesh, so we could live victoriously over the flesh.

John says, “We saw Him. We touched Him. We heard Him.”

In fact, even though Jesus is not here, we still see him! The truth is, we still touch Him! Jesus is still changing our lives, still helping us to overcome the brokenness around us and in us.

And nothing has changed! We too can experience Jesus. He touches our hearts. He speaks to our minds. He fills us with joy.

Watch or listen to the complete message here.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

 

Ephesians 5:18 is written in something called the “present imperative” which means to do something over and over, and over again. It’s not a “one and done!” So this verse could read; “Be filled again and again and again and again with the Spirit. Don’t run out! Don’t run without the Spirit’s power.

That verse in the Message Bible says, “Drink the Spirit of God, drink huge draughts of Him.” In the Amplified Bible, it says to “Be ever filled and stimulated by the Spirit.”

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about ten women. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. Read the story here. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A1-13&version=GW

How do we know if we are full of the Spirit? There must be evidence!

If we were tried by a jury of our peers, would they be able to point to any clear evidence that we consistently live filled with the Spirit? What would that evidence be?

One strong evidence is the Fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5 the Apostle Paul gave us a list of the fruit of the Spirit. These qualities are clear evidence that the Spirit is living within us. The fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.[1]

Paul didn’t call them fruits of the Spirit. We shouldn’t think of them as nine fruits of the Spirit. It’s not like we might get six out of nine of them. No, if we live filled with the Spirit then all nine fruit will clearly be seen in us.

If I’m truly filled with the Spirit I will consistently exhibit genuine love, authentic joy, true peace, real patience with others, kindness for all, a gentle spirit, a faithful heart that shows up, can be counted on, and I maintain control over my body and my fleshly desires.

That’s how I can know if I’m full of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is obvious in my life—the same is true for you. Take a moment and think about it—what evidence do you see in your life?

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[1] Galatians 5:22-26.

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