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Let The Holy Spirit Work

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In the first four chapters of the Gospel of Luke, we see repeated references to the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of John the Baptist and his family and Jesus Christ and His family. When you read these chapters you understand that the Holy Spirit orchestrated everything.

He filled John the Baptist from his mother’s womb, 1:15. He conceived Jesus Christ in Mary’s womb, 1:35, Matt 1:20. He filled Elisabeth, who blessed Mary, 1:41.  

He filled Zacharias, who prophesied, 1:67. In Lk 2:25-27, He was upon Simeon, revealed to him that he would see the Lord’s Christ, and led him into the temple when Mary presented Jesus to the Lord. In Lk 3:16, John testified that Jesus would baptize His converts with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the bodily shape of a dove, 3:22. In Lk 4:1, Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit, 4:14. In Lk 4:18, Jesus read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”

All of these great works are the work of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is here now working. We must not grieve him, Eph 4:30. We must not quench Him, 1 Thes 5:19. We must let the Holy Spirit do his work.  

Let the Spirit regenerate you – Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” According to Jesus Christ in Jn 3:3-8, you must be born again; you must be born of the Spirit. If you aren’t born again, you aren’t saved.  

When you are saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:13; seals you for eternity, Eph 1:13; and bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God, Rom 8:16. If you aren’t saved, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit regenerate you.

Let the Spirit fill you – Eph 5:18 – When we’re saved, the Spirit indwells us, Jn 14:17. Each day, however, we must be filled with the Spirit. It is through Him that we have the power to do God’s will. Jesus didn’t want the disciples to start witnessing until they had received power from the Holy Ghost, Acts 1:4-8.

When Peter answered the elders, rulers, scribes, and priests in Acts 4:8, he was filled with the Spirit. The disciples were able to speak the word of God with boldness because they were filled with the Spirit, Acts 4:31. In Acts 9:17 and 13:9, Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 13:52, the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Spirit. Let’s do what Paul said, “Be filled with the Spirit.”

Let the Spirit teach you – Jn 14:26, Jn 16:13 – Jesus said the Holy Spirit “shall teach you all things… and guide you into all truth.” So, when you read your Bible, when you study your Bible, when you listen to the teaching and preaching when you read what other men have written about God’s words, you must let the Holy Spirit teach you the truth.

The reason that so many people get fouled up in the Bible is that they are not being taught by the Spirit; they are being taught by men only, Is 29:10-14. Let the Spirit teach you God’s words.

Let the Spirit lead you – Rom 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Gal 5:18 says, “But if ye be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.” The difficulty we have with being led by the Spirit is that we are typically led by our own spirit. For many of us, this means that we are led by our emotions. We must rule our spirits instead of being ruled by them, Prov 25:28.

The most common emotion that controls you is fear. But “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Tim 1:7. We must recognize when we are being led by our flesh, our lusts, our pride, our fear, our anger, or whatever else might lead us. Let the Holy Spirit lead you, instead.

Let the Spirit comfort you – Jn 14:16-18 – Jesus said, “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”  Let the Spirit comfort you. For some reason, many of us feel more comfortable being uncomfortable. The Lord doesn’t want us to be without His constant comfort.

When you are not being comforted by the Holy Spirit, who continually dwells within you, something is wrong and you need to search out the cause with the Lord.  He will show you the true source of your discomfort.  Acknowledge it, repent of it, if need be, and let the Holy Spirit comfort you.  We are sheep and sheep must be comforted at all times.

Conclusion: As you saw the great work of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the gospel, so you will see the great work of the Holy Spirit in your life when you let the Holy Spirit work. If you’re not saved, He will regenerate you today if you will trust Jesus Christ. If you are saved, let the Holy Spirit fill you, teach you, lead you, and comfort you. His work in you, when He has complete control, will be pleasing to God and very powerful in your life.

Jerome

WE ARE STRANGERS 

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According to 1 Pet 2:11, you and I are strangers and pilgrims in the earth. When you live your life for Christ (Phil 1:21), when you are not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:), when you abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Pet 2:11), when your speech is as the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11), when your conversation is in heaven (Phil 3:20), when you keep looking for that blessed hope (Titus 2:13), when you keep preaching the Word (Acts 8:4), and so forth, people in this world think you are strange. And, you know what? To them you are strange. The Lord said you and I would be. We are strangers in this world. We are strangers:

Because the Lord is our God – We live in a world of strange gods. Deut 32:16 says of Israel, “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods.” Men are naturally drawn to gods that are strange. And yet when we preach about the true God, they think we are strange. In Acts 17:18 they said of Paul that he seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods; because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection. He was telling them the truth and they thought he was preaching something strange. This world will worship the antichrist in due time.

He is the strangest of the strange gods. He is a liar, our God is truth. He is a murderer; our God gives life. He has the power of death; our God has the power of resurrection from the dead. He is the ruler of darkness; our God is light. He is a destroyer; our God is the Creator. He will burn in the lake of fire forever; our God lives forever in the new heavens and new earth. You need to be very careful not to become ecumenical in this world, just so you can get along with everybody in it. You are a stranger. And your God is very strange to the people who love their gods.

Because heaven is our home – We know that this world is not our home, we’re just passing through. We are like Israel when they were taken captive in Babylon, Ps 137. They asked, “How shall we sing one of the songs of Zion in a strange land?” We sing here but our singing won’t be anything like it’s going to be when we get home. You’ve never heard anything like what you’re fixing to hear in heaven. Imagine Christians trying to duplicate the world’s music with Christian lyrics. You know what the problem with them is. They have made this world their home. They have made this strange land their home. This is not our home. This world is being run by the devil.

It won’t be run right until Jesus comes back and begins to rule. When he is ruling, the trees will shout and clap their hands and sing. Everything in heaven and on earth will praise the Lord. What a chorus of singing we will hear. When worldly people come to church and hear a bunch of Bible-believing Christians singing hymns about heaven, they don’t like it. They want what they’re used to hearing out in the world. Our music sounds strange to them. Indeed. It should. We are strangers in a strange land. Be careful not to get rooted and grounded in this world. Jesus will have to uproot you at the rapture. If you’re uncomfortable right now, you have become too comfortable in this world.

Because the Bible is our doctrine – We believe the Bible and it is the authority for our lives. We are to go by what it says; not by what men say. We are to live by the Bible’s words. We are to raise our children by what the Bible says. We are to handle our work, relationships, and finances according to God’s commands. This world runs by a completely different set of rules than its Creator established for it. The world is run by the god of this world, the devil. That’s why Paul said, “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines,” (Heb 13:9). Abortion is a very strange doctrine to God. Same-sex marriage is a very strange doctrine to God.

Evolution is a very strange doctrine to God. According to Col 2:8, you are to “Beware lest any man spoils you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” When you quote the Bible in this world, people think you are strange. Well, according to the Lord, you are. The words of God sound so strange to people who don’t want to believe in God and His Words. Despite this, we must keep preaching His Words because there are still people who will hear them and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Once they get saved they won’t think you are strange, at all. And, if they draw close to God and His words, they will think this world is a very strange place, particularly right now.

Conclusion: Worldly people have no connection with their Creator. He created everything that they enjoy. Yet, they have no gratitude, they give Him no glory, they have no desire to see Him, and they have no fellowship with Him, in the meantime. In fact, He is the only person and the only thing that matters in life. He is the Lord, His heaven is our home and His Words are our constant companion and guide until we get there. If your friend or family member thinks you’re strange because of these things, then so be it. God doesn’t think you’re strange, at all. To Him, you are accepted in the beloved.

 

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A COLLISION WITH GOD

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Paul was living his life blamelessly (Phil 3:6) and with a good conscience toward God (Acts 23:1) that what he was doing was right. But he was dead wrong. Even witnessing the preaching and the death of Stephen and the pricks to his conscience that followed were not enough to convince him he was wrong. He needed a head-on collision with God. He had that collision on the road to Damascus.

When the Lord appeared to Paul, Paul asked him, “Who art thou Lord?” He didn’t realize that he was talking to Jesus Christ, the risen Savior. So, the Lord replied, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest…” From the moment of Paul’s head-on collision with God, everything in his world changed. Paul got saved, he left his old job, he was called to preach and he became an apostle and the author of 14 books in the New Testament. He went from persecuting and killing Christians to loving and feeding them and sacrificing himself so that many more lost souls could come to Christ.

What led to this dramatic change in Paul’s life was his head-on collision with God. Do you realize that you might need a head-on collision with God? A head-on collision with God will:

Reveal who He really is – For Paul to be doing what he was doing before he got saved, he had to have a wrong view of God. He was looking at God through his Pharisee’s eyes. God to him was a master to be served according to the law and Jesus’ followers were to be exterminated. In his mind, there was no way that God had manifest himself in the flesh of Jesus’ body. No way was Jesus God manifest in the flesh. When Paul saw Jesus he knew then that he had to be God because he was the risen Savior. The resurrection of Christ is the hope of Israel and not only did Paul realize that Jesus was God, the Messiah but he also immediately realized his immense goodness and mercy and holiness and long-suffering because he let Paul live and he put him in the ministry. In a head-on collision with God, you see God magnified way above your current opinion of him.

Reveal who you really are – Paul had no idea that the followers of Jesus were the true children of God and that he was a religious, hell-bound sinner. Until he could see how wrong he was he couldn’t see completely how right Jesus is. In a head-on collision with God, you get God’s perspective on your life. You see yourself the way that God sees you and not the way you have been looking at yourself. You are convinced that you are the foremost of sinners (1 Tim 1:15).

Humble you before Him – Paul went from the vicious persecutor of Christians to the humble of a servant of Christ. When he realized who Jesus really was and what he really was, by comparison, he trembled. He only asked, “what wilt thou have me to do” and he did just what the Lord said. When you have a head-on collision with God you no longer concern yourself with imposing your will on God. You only want to know and do his will because you don’t want to mess up your life any more than you already have.

Stop you in your tracks – God put the brakes on Paul he halted him on the road to Damascus and that was the end of Saul the persecutor, he became Paul the preacher. God stopped Balaam and made sure that Balaam had no way to turn He let that prodigal son run completely out of his own resources and out of all of his cockiness and then he dealt with him. When you are up to no good, God will usually let you run a while and then He will pull the plug on you right in the middle of your disobedience at a time when He can get your attention. In a head-on collision with God, you don’t have any wiggle room and that’s just the way God wants it.

Set you on a new course – God didn’t just stop Paul from persecuting Christians, He chose Paul for the ministry. He took Paul out of his old life and gave him a brand new life. Paul went from inflicting the pain to receiving the pain. Paul went from putting out the fire to fanning the flames. When you have a head-on collision with God, the Lord expects you to repent and change course. He has a plan for you that is very different than the plan you had for yourself. And He intends for you to get on track with his plan the moment He stops you from going any further down your path. He won’t be in a hurry with you because he wants to repair the damage from the collision and then he’ll get you started in another direction.

Conclusion: On your new course, God will change you into what He wants you to be. Remember though that some people like Balaam have this collision and then veer off the track again because of shallow carnal repentance. You don’t want to do that it will be worse for you later than if you had never met up with God. Don’t be hasty you need a deep, spiritual, permanent repentance. Real repentance is the key to turning away from who you were and becoming who God really wants you to be.

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REVIVAL – WHAT is IT??

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By Leonard Ravenhill

Revival…..another definition would be to recover, repair or restore.

Hosea 10:12 says: “Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord till He comes and reigns righteousness upon you.” What is fallow ground? Fallow ground is ground that has been fruitful, and then it has been plowed over, and no seed has been sown in it, and therefore it has become unproductive.

Notice, there is a human emphasis here — it says that we are to break up — you break up your fallow ground.

Now take another aspect of it here in Psalm 85:6 “Would Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee.” So, there is an absence of joy, of vitality — there is an absence of ecstasy. The very word “revive” presupposes life. You can only revive what has already had vitality — life that has become sick, weak, or apathetic.

I think the nearest analogy I can give you is a recent case of a man who apparently drowned. He had been under the water for an incredible amount of time. Then somebody pulled him out and worked and worked on him, and eventually, life came again. This is actually what it means to revive, It means to revitalize. It means to restore lost power. It means to recover lost energy.

In the Acts of the Apostles 3:19, we read, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Whatever else we say about revival we have to recognize this, that revival is an act of mercy in the sovereignty of God.

It may cost millions of dollars, as it often does, to have one of our huge, modern, so-called revivals. You have to pay vast sums of money for time on TV, for example — perhaps a million dollars a night. That’s incredible, that’s unthinkable to me in the context of Biblical revival, or even historical revival.

Why doesn’t revival need to be advertised? For the simple reason, that fire is the most self-advertising thing that there is, whether it is a physical fire or a revival fire. It draws people like a magnet.

Sometimes revival is totally taken over by sorrow. Sometimes revival is totally taken over by joy, ecstasy ’till you don’t know whether you are in the flesh or whether you’ve gone out of the earth. Sometimes revival is taken over by stillness.

There are times when you go to a prayer meeting and the power of God is there. There is stillness and you feel it is creative. You feel, “Now something is building up around here, somebody is going to come out shortly with a heart bursting… with some agonizing prayer…” Revival cannot be rationalized. Again, one of the offensive things about revival is you can’t put your finger on the spot, usually, as to how or why or where it began. It is supremely an act of God.

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God’s Grace – Trin-i-tee 5:7

Song God’s Grace Artist Trin-i-tee 5:7 Album Trin-i-tee 5:7 Hits 1998

 

Lyrics

Everything you need is right here
All of your problems, yes I’m aware
And when you’re down, I’ll be right there
You can call on Me cause
I hear your prayer
No other name can put joy where there is pain
He will do it for you but first, you gotta know that it’s by god

Chorus:
It’s by God’s grace
All things through Christ Jesus
No weapon formed against me shall prosper
I’m so glad to know (so glad)
It’s by God’s grace
All things through Christ Jesus
No weapon formed against me shall prosper

Say you got laid off
Can’t pay your bills
Sick, can’t get well
My Jesus heals
He’ll brighten up your darkest day
Put trust in Him
And he’ll make a way
Anyone the son sets free – is free indeed
He will set you free
But first, you got to be a believer and know that it’s by God

It’s by God’s grace
All things through Christ Jesus
No weapon formed against me shall prosper

Come on in before the sun goes down
Even though the devil’s got you bound
Know you’re tired of going round and round
Take the Word and knock him down
He’ll forgive you of your sins
Open up and let Him in
Let the Lord show you His love
By the mighty God, we’re conquerors