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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 2014

 

MARCH 2, 2014

 

“THE COMFORT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 14:23-27

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 14:16 (KJV)

 

    And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.

 

INTRO: The first question we might ask; “Why did Jesus need to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples and to us?”

 

   What would have happen had Jesus never ascended to His Father in Heaven?

 

   Jesus knew He was going to leave His disciples and when He did they would be consider orphans.

 

NOTE: Jewish definition of orphans is: of little esteemed, neglected, and is obliged to wander about in obscurity and darkness or to strip or make bare, despoil, destitute of comfort, direction and support, to wander as prey to misery and disease, to sin and to death.[1]

 

   When Jesus ascended they would no longer have Him in their physical presence.

 

   Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit so they would not be orphans, but the Holy Spirit would be their comforter, advocate, teacher, guide, counselor and helper forever.

 

John 16:7 (KJV) 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.

 

Comforter: the Greek word: par-ak’-lay-tos 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.[2]


   This Greek word is used 5 times; four times as comforter and once as advocate (I John 2:1).

 

   The second question we might ask; “How does the Holy Spirit comfort us?”

 

I.  HE WILL COMFORT US BY HIS PRESENCE

 

John 14:16 (KJV) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.

 

NOTE: Loneliness is a very destabilizing feeling.

 

Psalm 38:11 (KJV) My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.


Psalm 102:1-7 (KJV) Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.  By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.


Psalm 142:4 (KJV) I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

 

   Paul experience loneness

 

2 Timothy 4:16 (KJV) At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

 

NOTE: It is comforting to know that we are not left alone as orphans.

 

   We must remember that the Godhead is three yet one.

 

   Where one member of the Godhead is there are the other two.

 

   Jesus said, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9

 

   A. AS WE GO THROUGH OUR DAILY LIVES.

 

   The Holy Spirit is not just regulated to spiritual activities.

 

Genesis 28:15 (KJV) And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

 

   B.  HIS PRESENCE WILL GIVE US REST.

 

   When we become weary and tired, we can find rest in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

Exodus 33:14 (KJV) And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

 

Isaiah 28:12 (GW) He will say to them, “This is a place for comfort. This is a place of rest for those who are tired. This is a place for them to rest.” But they weren't willing to listen.

 

   C.  HIS PRESENCE WILL GRANT US COURAGE AS WE FACE

         LIFE’S BATTLES.

 

   We are in a war with Satan and sin in all three aspects of life; physical, emotional and spiritual.

 

Deuteronomy 20:1 (KJV) When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

 

   D.  HIS PRESENCE WILL COMFORT US AND GIVE US THE VICTORY IN THE TRIALS OF LIFE.

 

Psalm 9:9 (KJV) The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

 

Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

   E.  HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US EVEN WHEN WE ARE SMALL IN NUMBER.

 

   The presence of the Holy Spirit is not dependent upon our size.

 

Matthew 18:20 (KJV) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

   F.  HIS PRESENCE WILL BE WITH US UNTIL THE VERY END

 

Matthew 28:20 (KJV) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

CONCLUSION: If we want the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, we must allow the Holy Spirit to reign in us.

MARCH 9, 2014

 

“THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 16:7-15

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 16:13 (KJV)

 

   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 

INTRO: Are you satisfied with your knowledge and understanding of God?

 

   Or do you hunger and thirst for a greater understanding?

 

Psalm 25:4-5 (KJV) Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 

   As God is the Father of Truth, so Satan is the father of lies.

 

John 8:44 (NLT) For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

   He deceived Eve by telling her a half-truth which is a complete lie.

 

   How valuable is the truth to you?

 

Proverbs 23:23 (KJV) Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

 

I. THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

 

NOTE: Three times Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth.

 

   A. THE WORLD CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

John 14:17 (KJV) 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.

 

Romans 8:5 (KJV) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

 

   B. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SENT FROM THE FATHER

 

John 15:26 (KJV) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 

   If we are hungry for the Holy Spirit we must ask the Father for Him.

 

Luke 11:13 (KJV) 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?

 

   C. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TRUTH THEREFORE HE CANNOT LIE

 

NOTE: Because the Holy Spirit is God He has the attributes of God one of which is God cannot lie.

 

Romans 3:4 (NAB) Of course not! God must be true, though every human being is a liar…

 

Titus 1:2 (GW) My message is based on the confidence of eternal life. God, who never lies, promised this eternal life before the world began.

 

Hebrews 6:18 (NLT) So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

 

   D. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTHS

 

John 16:13 (KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 

·         What He teaches will be in complete harmony with the God Head.

 

NOTE: Jesus will speak to His disciples and to us through the Holy Spirit.

 

·         He will reveal to us things to come

 

Matthew 13:11 (KJV) He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 

1 Corinthians 2:910 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God"

 

·         He will guide us into a deeper understanding of Jesus and His teaching

 

John 15:26 (KJV) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 

John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you"

 

John 8:31-32 (KJV) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


John 13:7 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

 

John 16:25 (KJV) These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

 

·         We must rely on the teaching of the Holy Spirit and not that of man.

 

1 John 2:27 (NLT) But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

 

·         The Holy Spirit will teach us the difference between the truth and error.

 

1 John 4:6 (KJV) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

CONCLUSION: If we have a hunger to walk and live in the Truth, we must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and not walk in our own understanding.

 

Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

 

Proverbs 3:5-8 (NLT) Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

 

MARCH 16, 2014

 

“LIVING IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 24:44-49

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Acts 1:8 (KJV)

 

   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: One of the first things a new believer realizes is that it is hard to live a Christian’s life.

 

Genesis 3:15 (BBE) And there will be war between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed: by him will your head be crushed and by you his foot will be wounded.

 

   Satan’s is at war with God’s people.

 

   We are unable to war against Satan in ourselves.

 

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) 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 (GW) The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments

 

   Jesus knew that soon following His Ascension His disciples would be scattered and the Church would die.

 

   He promised the Holy Spirit that would give them the power they needed to live a victorious Christian life.

 

   It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are to live in victory over Satan and sin, and do the work God has called us to do.

 

Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) 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.

 

   We must not shrink from the difficulty of the task; we must rest in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

 

I. DOING GOD’S WILL IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.

 

NOTE: Too often we use our inabilities to make excuses why we do what God has called us to do.

 

ILL: Moses: Made excuses five times. Exodus 3:11, 13, 4:1, 10 & 13

 

   Gideon, Judges 6:15 & Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1:6  

 

   A. WHEN GOD CALLS US, HE WILL EQUIP US.

 

Mark 6:7-9, 12-13 (GW) He called the twelve apostles, sent them out two by two, and gave them authority over evil spirits. He instructed them to take nothing along on the trip except a walking stick. They were not to take any food, a traveling bag, or money in their pockets. They could wear sandals but could not take along a change of clothes…So the apostles went and told people that they should turn to God and change the way they think and act. They also forced many demons out of people and poured oil on many who were sick to cure them.

 

NOTE: Too often we look at the storm we are in and fail to consider the One who is in the boat with us.

 

   B. THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

NOTE: We must remember Whom it is that we are serving.

 

   It is a sin when we fail to have faith in God’s power or provision.

 

Romans 14:23 (NIV) But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

 

NOTE: It is our understanding who God is that determines our faith.

 

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

NOTE: We must stop looking at our limitations and begin to look at God’s unlimited power.

 

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

   C. JESUS PROMISED TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EMPOWER THEM.

 

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

  

   Jesus knew that they were incapable to doing it in themselves so He promised to send the Holy Spirit to empower them.

 

Luke 24:49 (NLT) And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.

 

NOTE: God does not want His Church to live a defeated life.

 

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us

 

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

 

   D. EMPOWER US TO BE A WITNESS FOR HIM.

 

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.


NOTE: Jesus promised two things: They would receive the Holy Spirit, and they would receive the power to be witnesses.

 

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

   We are to be witnesses in two different ways:

 

1.     By what we say

 

2.     By how we live

 

   Sometimes our witnessing is in conflict; we say one thing and do another.

 

James 4:17 (NLT) Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

 

CONCLUSION: We are incapable of living the Christian life in ourselves; we need the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

MARCH 30, 2014

 

BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 1:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 5:18 (NLT)

 

   Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

 

INTRO: Jesus wanted His disciples to be prepared for what lay ahead of them.

 

   He knew that they would face times of hardships, doubt, fears and persecution.

 

Matthew 24:9-12 (NLT) “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.  And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.  And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.  Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.

 

   Jesus knew they would not survive in their own strength, so He would send them the Holy Spirit, who would be their helper, advocate, counselor, and comforter.

 

John 16:7 (BBE) But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

 

   Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be there to help them in their time of need.

 

Matthew 10:16-20 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

 

NOTE: The promise of the Holy Spirit was not just for the disciples but is for all who would accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

Acts 2:38-39 (NLT) Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

 

   There are four things we need to do in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

I.  WE MUST HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR.

 

Acts 2:38 (NLT) Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

NOTE: The Holy Spirit will not enter into a vessel that is still filled with sin.

 

John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

II. WE MUST DESIRE TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

NOTE: The flesh hungers after the things of the flesh, but the spirit must hunger after the things of the spirit.

 

   The hunger & thirst for the things of the spirit must be greater than the hunger for the things of the flesh.

 

Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?


Psalm 63:1 God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;


Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.


Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

 

   The things of this world will not satisfy.

 

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

John 7:38 (NLT) Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

 

III. WE MUST ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

Luke 11:13 (NLT) So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

 

   The Holy Spirit will give us the strength we need to live the Christian life God wants us to live.

 

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

 

   The Holy Spirit will fill our hearts and lives with joy.

 

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom  nothing is prepared: for this day for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

 

John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 

IV. WE MUST WAIT UNTIL GOD POURS OUT HIS SPIRIT ON US.

 

Luke 24:49 (NLT) “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

 

NOTE: One of the hardest things to do is to wait.

 

Luke 11:9-10 (NLT) “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

   There are many Scriptures that promise us wonderful things if we are willing to wait for them.

 

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

CONCLUSION:

 

·         Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior?

·         Are you hungry for more of God then you have?

·         Have you asked God for the infilling of His Holy Spirit?

·         Are you willing to wait on Him until He answers your prayer?

 

 



[1] Adam Clarke

[2] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary

 

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