Preaching, Teaching, and Notes Do we know the Power of the Holy Spirit? Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” I have felt of late that I need to explain a little about the power of the Holy Spirit, that I talk so much about…. His power is not like a balloon, where we are filled with this power and stay blown up…no. His power is pictured as a vine and branches (John 15:4), and as water (John 4:14, 23-24). It is something that must be continually received and used. It flows in us, for us; and through us to others, in our words, actions and just being, when we are right with God. It is not something we store….we are not granaries….but living expressions (epistles) of Christ, here…..and that is, by the Holy Spirit in in us. 2 Corinthians 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye have manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.” The Holy Spirit is God in us….pushing, pulling, directing, reminding us of Christ and His Word (John 14:26) and…. Is the well of water springing up to cleanse, refresh, strengthen, encourage. 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God.” It is continual……He is never stagnant within us. He is either giving us all He has for us, or we have shut down the flow from Him to us somehow; and are receiving little from Him. He is a Person of the Godhead, therefore we can grieve Him. Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” He is called the Comforter by Christ Jesus, because He was going back to Heaven and not able to stay with His disciples. He would not leave us alone, so…….He sent the Holy Spirit to be an abiding Person with us. John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world can not receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” He comes to us in power: the power of the saving grace of Christ, and imparts to us the faith, by which we overcome in the world. This faith is not “hope so” stuff….but living substance and evidence of God in our lives. By it we are given “spiritual sight” to see Him, and His will. 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” His Voice is an inner voice, which gives discernment to us about what we hear and see….is it of God, or man? (Hebrews 5:14) 1 John 2:20 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” And His power of love is constant….it is felt…for He makes us know that we fit into God’s family…. Romans 8:15-16 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” And that He will never leave us or forsake us….though correct us He will. Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation (our walk, not just our talk) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” We are to give ourselves to the Holy Spirit….in scripture it is called “yield”….for it is a term of subjection, and love. Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness?” All that the Holy Spirit does is to manifest Christ….in us, by us, and for us. For He was sent of Christ to abide in us, forever. [I am not really preaching, here….just giving reminders of what our Holy Guest within us does, and will do for us. I use the term “the power of the Holy Spirit” so often, I thought a little reminder of what He does, might be helpful. There is a lot more: He teaches us to pray, gives us the spiritual fruit of God within our lives, and helps us to come out of ourselves into the glorious liberty of Christ…..etc. He gives purpose to our days, raising them up into service for Christ, by yielding to Him; and He gives us songs in the night, amid troubles and doubts. There is so much more I, myself, and you, yourself can come to know about Him; for what He will do for us, personally, is always between us and our Lord. I send this out, with prayers, that everyone of us might “be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;”. (Ephesians 3:16)]

The Way of the Righteous

Psalm 1:6 “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Psalm 119:133 “Order my steps in Thy Word: and let not mine iniquities have dominion over me.”

This is the way of the righteous, that we should walk in it.

Hebrew 4:13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

If we would come to God with the full realization that this is true; we would all get honest with Him more easily.

In our souls, God sees all…all our doubts, troubles, desires, plans, everything.

And He wants everyone of His beloved children to come to Him with this full realization.

Hebrew 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

You know how you read a verse, and it is just like God is speaking to you about what you have been thinking about?

How quick it opens up to you the Light of God!

But notice it “divides” the soul and spirit: It shows you what is the Lord’s will (spirit) and what is yours (soul).

It gets into the very “nitty gritty” of every plan (joints and marrow).

And it discerns our thoughts (those that come and go) and intentions (those that stay and are considered) of the heart.

It is the “heart” here, because to be right-wise with God is a matter of the heart.

In all of our thoughts and intentions, how our heart is before God, is shown.

(In scripture, our hearts are the treasury of understanding…..and the source of whatever affects us.

Matthew 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”)

As Christians, our failures and our sins are fearful; and should be overcome by the faith of Christ and the Holy Spirit’s power…..

But where the heart is concerned, it is our attitude to these that matters for our spiritual growth.

Are we repentant, or just sad because we are not as good as we thought?

Are we seeing them as the Lord sees our sin, and backsliding; or are we flying through our confessions to Him, with half-hearted effort?

I believe it takes the power of the Holy Spirit, working in us, for us to get honest; and see things as He sees them.

The Holy Spirit will remind us, convict us, and then lead us to Christ: Who forgives us (1 John 1:9-10)……but it is His Way of removing the defilement of the conscience, so we can feel refreshed and clean in His love.

And be ready to move on with Him in the next step of our lives.

Psalms 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

We all need to get honest before Him, and let Him do the searching….this is important….

It is not us (for we are apt to think we know the reason for this action or that response) but it is His searching; and us listening, to His Word to us.

If He shows us things….He will make it clear….this is always between the Lord and us.

Let us walk in the Light of His Word; in the way of the righteous.

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