Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Holy Spirit Filled

Holy Spirit Filled

There was a committee of ministers meeting many years ago in a certain city talking about the possibility of having D.L. Moody come for a city-wide revival. One minister who did not want to invite Moody stood up and said, “Why Moody? Does he have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?”

There was silence. Then an old, godly minister spoke up, “No, he does not have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on D.L. Moody.”

That pretty much says it all. Does the Holy Spirit have a monopoly on you? How much does the Holy Spirit have? Is He content with just part of us?

In John 14:16-18 and 16:5-15 Jesus begins to get very specific in His description of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. He says that His ministry will look just like His, except that He will indwell all believers at the same time. He says that if we let Him, He will empower those same believers to live and look like Jesus as well. With this in mind, why is it that we settle with living in a mediocre fashion by relying on our human strength?

Look at the last words Jesus said to His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Are you living in the power of the Holy Spirit? A.W. Tozer, a theologian in the early 1900s who was born into poverty and was self-educated due to his home situation, said, “Though every believer has the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit does not have every believer.”

For the power of the Holy Spirit to be active in your life, you need to empty yourself of this world in order to be filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. We don’t give the Holy Spirit something to work with, we give Him a dependent heart so He can move freely. The Holy Spirit not only desires to indwell you, He wants to live through you; to not only be in you but be on you, in power. He is a person like Jesus, who has a mind, will, and emotions and wants to gift and enable every Christian for supernatural living.

Pray for this to be so in your life. Read the Words of God and allow them to fill your mind and heart. We can do this because God has planned to be this in our life.

I’m Looking forward to a great day on Sunday.

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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