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APRIL 10, 2005

WALKING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 4:1-11 (MARK 1:9-13) 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 24:49; ACTS 1:8 

   And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  

INTRO: Outside of a sermon on Salvation a sermon on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the most important sermon you can hear. 

   Jesus wants His Church to be a victorious church. 

   As much as Jesus wants His Church to be victorious, Satan wants the Church to be defeated. 

   Jesus did not leave us helpless, but has promise to send the Holy Spirit to empower us so we can live a victorious Christian life. 

   What is a victorious Christian life? A life that brings glory to God in spite of its circumstances. 

   The reason many Christians fail to live a life of victory is because they are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

   There are those who contend that the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed on them in the upper room. 

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  

   Jesus breathing on them is the sign of the new birth. 

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  

   When Jesus breathed upon them in the upper room He was preparing them for the infilling of the Holy Spirit or else why would have Jesus instructed His disciples to seek and wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit that didn’t happen until several days later.

LUKE 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  

ACTS 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  

   There are several things we can learn about living in the power of the Holy Spirit by the example Jesus left us. 

I.  JESUS HIMSELF WAS BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

MARK 1:9-11 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  

ISAIAH 11:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;  

ISAIAH 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  

ISAIAH 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  

ACTS 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  

NOTE: Jesus did not need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit any more than He needed to be baptized in water by John but He allowed Himself to be baptized in order to be an example unto us. 

JOHN 13:13-17 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  

II.  IT WAS THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT JESUS

     WAS ABLE TO DEFEAT SATAN. 

NOTE: We are incapable of defeating Satan in our humanity. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  

NOTE: We need the empowering of the Holy Spirit in order to defeat Satan and live a victorious Christian life. 

Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.  

ZECHARIAH 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.  

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  

NOTE: Any time God has a plan for us, Satan will always seek to turn us away from what God wants to do through us. 

MATTHEW 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  

MATTHEW 13:38-39 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  

1 PETER 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  

1 PETER 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  

   A.  TURNING THE STONES INTO BREAD. 

NOTE: Seeking to meet a legitimate need outside of the will of God. 

   B.  JUMPING FROM THE TEMPLE. 

NOTE: Seeking to bring glory and praise to us instead of God. 

   C.  WORSHIPPING SATAN. 

NOTE: Compromising in order to avoid the cost. 

III.  WE DO NOT NEED TO FEAR THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

1 JOHN 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 NOTE: Satan knows he cannot defeat the Christian that is filled with the Holy Spirit so he wants to keep us from seeking that which God has promised.

   A.  SATAN HAS TWO TRICKS TO KEEP YOU FROM BEING FILLED WITH

         THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

NOTE: Satan used the issue of tongues to confuse and distract Christian from seeking the Holy Spirit. 

  1. He tells you that you don’t need it and those who claim to have it are on his side.

1 CorINTHIANS 14:37-39 (GW) Whoever thinks that he speaks for God or that he is spiritually gifted must acknowledge that what I write to you is what the Lord commands. But whoever ignores what I write should be ignored.  So, brothers and sisters, desire to speak what God has revealed, and don't keep anyone from speaking in other languages.  

  1. He gets you to seek the manifestation instead of the giver of the gift.

NOTE: There is no place in the Word of God that says you must speak in tongues to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but there is no place where it says that you won’t.

   It is when we seek the manifestation that Satan can give us a false manifestation and we think we have the Holy Spirit when we really do not. 

   That is when we think the gun is loaded but Satan knows that it is not. 

CONCLUSION: If we are serious about living a victorious Christian life than we must seek the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and trust God to fulfill His promise. 

LUKE 11:9-13 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

APRIL 17, 2005

THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR COMFORTER AND COMPANION” 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 14:16-21, 23-24, 26 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  JOHN 16:7 

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  

INTRO: Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for the time He was going to leave them. 

   Jesus, understanding how their state of mind would be, sought to prepare them by telling them that He would not leave them alone. 

      The disciples would be at best confused and perplexed. 

v      They would have witness Jesus’ death

v      They would have witness His resurrection

v      What would they think when they witness His return to heaven 

JOHN 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  

NOTE: The world Comforter, (par-ak'-lay-tos) has three major meanings: 

  1. One who pleads another’s cause before a Judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate.
  2. One who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor.
  3. In the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant.

I.  IT WAS NECESSARY THAT JESUS WOULD LEAVE. 

JOHN 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  

NOTE: There are times in our lives when changes must be made that we do not understand nor want. 

   The disciples did not want Jesus to leave them but it was for their own good that He did. 

   A.  JESUS WORK ON EARTH WAS FINISHED. 

NOTE:  He had finished the task that His Father had given Him to do. 

JOHN 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  

JOHN 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 

   B.  HE HAD A NEW TASK TO FULFILL IN HEAVEN. 

ROMANS 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  

1 TIMOTHY 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  

HEBREWS 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  

   C.  IF HE REMAINED ON EARTH IN HUMAN FORM HE WOULD BE LIMITED

        TO BEING AT ONE PLACE AT ONE TIME. 

   D.  HE HAD TO LEAVE SO HE COULD SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

II.  IT WAS NECESSARY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD COME. 

NOTE:  It was Jesus’ task to redeem fallen man and bring him back into a proper relationship with God. 

   It is the task of the Holy Spirit to empower, equip, guide, teach, comfort, correct, convict, help and many others things in order for the Church to fulfill the task God has give her to do. 

   The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as an IT.  But the Holy Spirit is a person, the third part of the Trinity.  

JOHN 14:9-11 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.  

   God is made up of Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  These three are one, yet they each have their own identity.  The Father is the Father, the Son is the Son and the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit and all three are God. 

ACTS 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  

   As we refer to the Father and the Son as persons, so should we refer to the Holy Spirit as a person. 

   Jesus knew that the Church would need the Holy Spirit many times as a Comforter, Helper and Companion.

   There are many tasks that the Holy Spirit does but we just want to look at these three: 

   A.  COMFORTER 

JOHN 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  

  1. During times of sorrow
  2. During times of failure
  3. During times of loneliness
  4. During times of disappointments

   B.  HELPER. 

MATTHEW 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

Comforter (parakleôton ): one called in, one called to the side of another. The purpose is to help in any way possible.  

1.       There is the picture of a friend called in to help a person who is troubled or distressed or confused.

2.       There is the picture of a commander called in to help a discouraged and dispirited army.

3.       There is the picture of a lawyer, an advocate called in to help a defendant who needs his case pleaded. 

There is no one word that can adequately translate paracletos. The word that probably comes closest is simply Helper.  

  1. When fulfilling a task
  2. When facing temptation
  3. When we are discouraged

ROMANS 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  

   C.  COMPANION. 

Exodus 33:14-16 And he said, my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  And he said unto him; if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.  For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.  

  1. In times of trouble
  2. In times of joy
  3. In our work
  4. In our pleasure

 CONCLUSION: Jesus has kept His promise, “Never to leave us or forsake us”, by sending us the Holy Spirit.

THAYER’S GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT; Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Pg. 483

THE PREACHER’S OUTLINE AND SERMON BIBLE; John 14:16, Deeper Study # 1

 

APRIL 24, 2005

A LESSON FROM THE HONEY BEE 

SCRIPTURE READING: II KINGS 7:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  2 Kings 7:9  

   Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.  

INTRO:  “Lesson From A Honey Bee” 

   Consider the story: 

v      Four men caught between a rock and a hard place. 

o        They had leprosy

o        If they enter Samaria they would starve to death.

o        If they stay where they were they would starve to death.

o        If they went to the Syrian camp…? 

v      They found the Syrian camp empty of the enemy but filled with great            treasure. 

v      They satisfied their own need first. 

v      They thought of the needs of others and went and told them. 

v      Their message was met with unbelief. 

v      Once their message was checked out the needs of the others were also met. 

NOTE: This story runs in strange parallel with our story of salvation.   

I.  WE WERE CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. 

   A.  WE WERE SINNERS (LEPERS) 

NOTE:  We cannot save ourselves and no one else can help us.

   B.  IF WE STAYED THE WAY WE WERE WE WOULD DIE. 

   C.  IF WE WENT BACK TO THE WORLD (SAMARIA) WE WOULD DIE. 

   D.  THE ONLY SLIGHT HOPE WE HAD WAS TO GO TO THE "ENEMIES’

         (GOD) CAMP AND HOPE THAT HE WOULD BE MERCIFUL. 

Romans 5:10 (GW) If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of his Son will save us.  

II.  WE FOUND THAT THE ENEMY (GOD) HAD PROVIDED GREAT

      TREASURES FOR US. 

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9 But as Scripture says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." (ISAIAH 64:4) 

Psalm 32:1-2 (GW) Blessed is the person whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned.   Blessed is the person whom the Lord no longer accuses of sin and who has no deceitful thoughts. 

JOHN 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  

   If we have truly found the Grace of God to be a great benefit to us how can we keep silent? 

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.  

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!  

III.  WE SATISFIED OUR OWN NEED FIRST. 

NOTE: Until we have experienced the saving Grace of God we will see no urgency in telling others. 

John 4:28-29 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  

IV.  WE SHOULD THINK OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND GO AND

       TELL THEM WHAT WE HAVE FOUND. 

Psalm 40:8-10 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.  I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.  

NOTE: When we first came to Christ we couldn’t wait to tell someone else about what had happened to us.  But the longer we been saved, the lower that fire seems to burn within us. 

ONCE I HAD A SECRET LOVE

Author Unknown

Once I had a secret love

That lived within the heart of me

And to soon my secret love

Became impatient to be free.

 

So I told a friendly star

The way that dreamers often do

Just how wonderful you are

And why I’m so in love with you.

 

Now I shout it from the highest hill

Even told the lowest daffodil

Now my hearts an open door

And my secret love’s no secret any more. 

 

RevELATION 2:4-5 (GW) However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone.  Remember how far you have fallen. Return to me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first. I will come to you and take your lamp stand from its place if you don't change. 

 NOTE: The Holy Spirit comes into our lives for two major purposes: 

  1. To empower us to live a life victorious over sin.
  2. To empower us to live a life that brings glory and honor to Jesus Christ.

ACTS 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  

   Witnessing to others what God has done for us, and warning them of the pending judgment in not an option. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?  

   We are never to young or to old to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Isaiah 11:6 … and a little child shall lead them.  

Psalm 71:14-18 But I will always have hope.  I will praise you more and more.  My mouth will tell about your righteousness, about your salvation all day long.  Even then, it is more than I can understand.  I will come with the mighty deeds of the Almighty Lord.  I will praise your righteousness, yours alone.  O God, you have taught me ever since I was young, and I still talk about the miracles you have done.  Even when I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God.  Let me live to tell the people of this age what your strength has accomplished, to tell about your power to all who will come. 

   We will never properly fulfill the task of Foreign Mission until we first address Home Missions. 

   If we fail to care for those whom we know and love, how will we ever care for those who we do not know. 

V.  WE ARE OFTEN TIMES MET WITH UNBELIEF. 

2 Kings 7:17-20 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him. And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: and that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.  And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.  

JOHN 3:18-19 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  

VI.  THOSE WHO DO BELIEVE ALSO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS AND

       TREASURES OF SALVATION. 

Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  

CONCLUSION:  We must remember, it is our task to tell others of God’s Salvation, it is up to the Holy Spirit, to convict and convert them. 

EZEKIEL 2:6-8 (NLT) "Son of man, do not fear them. Don't be afraid even though their threats are sharp as thorns and barbed like briers, and they sting like scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls. For remember, they are rebels! You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won't listen, for they are completely rebellious! Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in being a rebel. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you."  

Our Daily Bread; M. R. De Haan, M.D. April 19, 2005

 

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