Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Grow 08- Part 4
by Erik Momsen
There is no Christian life without the Holy Spirit. There can be religion but no relationship with Jesus the risen Son of God and no life. This is why there is a lot of Christian religion in the world but far less faith in Christ Jesus. Paul is clear about the ultimate importance of the Spirit.
"Indeed, those who are under the control of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not of the flesh but under the control of the Spirit, since God's Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then the one who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you." (Romans 9:8-11)
Paul says it is impossible to be accepted by God without the Spirit in us.
The Spirit controls our lives and becomes stronger than fleshly desires.
Our bodies are dead because of sin but the Spirit in us will ensure that the Father raises us from the dead.
THE SPIRIT WAS LONGED FOR AND PREDICTED
“But this is the agreement which I will make with the people of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my law in their inner parts, writing it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you: I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you, causing you to be guided by my rules, and you will keep my orders and do them." (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
“And after that, it will come about, says the Lord, that I will send my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, your old men will have dreams, your young men will see visions: And also I will pour out My Spirit on the slaves and on the slave women in those days.” (Joel 2:28)
The ultimate goal of Jesus was not just to die for sin, but to create a people who would be different because of the Spirit living in them !!! They would have spiritual power and have a heartfelt desire to live Godly lives.
KEYS TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT:
THE SPIRIT IS PROMISED
The infilling of the Spirit is the natural state of the Christian. It is unnatural to be without the Spirit. Jesus promises; "How much more will the Father give the Spirit to those who ask." (Luke 11:13)
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SHOW, IT'S ABOUT THE GO
The last words of Jesus on earth start with "GO". God is a God on a mission. The church has experienced outpourings of the Spirit on many occasions but a unwillingness to "Go" has quenched the work.
The early church was known for its prayer life and wherever a church gets serious about prayer the Spirit starts to move. Prayer prepares our hearts for what God always wants to do.
Acts 1:14 "They joined together constantly in prayer along with the woman and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers."
Acts 2:1 "When the day of pentecost came, they were all together in one place."
Acts 2:42,46 "Devoted to prayer ... they were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts."
Acts 4:31 "After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."
Paul tells us, "Eagerly desire the greater gifts" (1 Corinthians 12:31) and a chapter later "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." (14:1)
Receiving the Spirit is not a passive thing. The Bible calls us to passionately love God and desire His will and ways.
FAN INTO FLAME
Paul tells Timothy to "fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands." (2 Timothy 1:6). By this he implies that the gift can burn low and needs focus.
FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
All the working of the Spirit must be kept in balance by the three greater gifts of Faith, Hope and Love. Love, more than other gifts, changes hearts and hence eternities.
Date Added: 2008-03-20
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