Indwelt by the Spirit

Indwelt by the Spirit

 

Ezekiel 36:25-28 (ESV) ~ I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

We have talked about the effects of justification, and regeneration or new birth.

• Justification is the act of forgiveness that restores our covenant relationship to God. We are freed from guilt and are declared to be righteous.
• Regeneration is the new birth, which implants new life in us and partially restores the image of God in us.
• The strength to walk with God in the restored relationship and the sustenance of the new life within us are provided by the Holy Spirit, who comes to dwell in our hearts when we become a Christian (Romans 5:9).

 

Before His crucifixion, Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would come…

John 14:16-17 (ESV) ~ And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

 

Peter preached to the crowd and explained that the promise of Jesus was meant for everyone who becomes a Christian…

Acts 2:38 (ESV) ~ And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

How does the indwelling of the Spirit transform us?

John declares that the Spirit will guide believers into the truth, tell us things to come, and glorify Jesus …

John 16:13-14 (ESV) ~ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

Paul states a similar point …

Romans 8:26-27 (ESV) ~ Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


What a Wonderful God We Serve

What a Wonderful God We Serve
 

Philippians 4:19-20 (ESV) ~ And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

  • God promised to supply all the need of His dear people This is one of the great promises of Scripture:
  • There is the great Provider: God Himself. No matter what the need is, the need is not greater than God. God can and will meet the need. But note the pronoun “my.” It is “my God” who shall provide for the needs. A person must make sure…
    • that the God who can really provide for needs is his God.
    • that he knows God personally—well enough that he can trust and depend upon God to meet his need.
  • There is the great assurance of provision: “my God shall supply.” There is no question about the provision being supplied. God is God; therefore, He can provide, and He will supply whatever provision His dear child needs.
  • There is the great provision: “all your needs.” This promise does not refer only to the physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter. It refers to mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. It refers to any need that arises, engulfs, or confronts the believer. No need will be omitted or overlooked. No need is too big or too little. No need is unimportant—not to God, not if His dear child is really experiencing the need. But no matter what the trial or need is, God will supply all our needs.
  • There is the great resource: “according to His riches in glory.” Take all the riches and wealth, glory and majesty of heaven—it is all available to meet the needs of God’s dear people. There is no limit—not even a fraction—to the great resources at God’s disposal. God can provide for any need.
  • There is the great Mediator: “By Christ Jesus.” This is critical to note, for God does nothing apart from Christ. No person can approach God without coming to Him through Christ Jesus. This is the key to having our needs met: surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ and asking God to meet our needs in Him. We must always remember that God has only one child: the Lord Jesus Christ. God loves Christ so much that He will do anything for the person who honors Christ by sacrificially giving to share the glorious news about Him.
  • And lastly, God is to be praised as God and as our Father.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


Go Forth

Go Forth

 

Matthew 10:5-15 (ESV) ~ These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

 

Just a few thoughts on this passage of scriptures:

  • A person is sent forth by Jesus; he does not choose to go forth. If he does, he goes forth in his own strength and power. He cannot expect the power of Christ.
  • The ministry is not a profession; it is a commission. Christ calls and commissions. The man who chooses to be a minister without a true call and commissioning of the Lord experiences four things:
    • He finds himself ministering primarily in his own strength.
    • He often finds his heart void and feels the constant pressure of having to come up with human ideas and human programs. He has difficulty maintaining a sense of meaning and purpose for both himself and his people.
    • He senses a real void and shortcoming in proclaiming the gospel and in doing the work of the ministry.
    • He often wonders what good is really being done. He just lacks the sense of a real call within; therefore, there is no outside godly connection to comfort and assure him that he is in God’s will. He is left to seek comfort and assurance only from himself or from some other human source. There is no supernatural Spirit or power to encourage him.
  • Why just to the “house of Israel” in the beginning?
    • He is to demonstrate love for his own family and friends first. If he does not love those of his own household, how can he love those whom he does not know?
    • He is to learn how to bear witness with those who are more likely to respond instead of react. Such knowledge better prepares him to face the world and its negative responses.
  • Next, we need to understand what we are to do when we go…PREACH
    • Preach that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Note the message is a given message, given by the Lord Himself. The disciples were not to proclaim their own ideas nor the ideas of others. They were to preach the message given by the Lord. No matter the generation, the message needs to be repeated and repeated.
      • It is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
      • It was the message of Christ (Matthew 4:17, 23).
      • It was the message of John (Matthew 3:2).
      • It was the message of the apostles and ministers of Christ.
    • Romans 14:17 (ESV) ~ For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  • As we minister, we must share freely.
    • Their power was a given power. It came from the Lord Himself. God gives His servant the gifts and power to preach and minister as He has called him (1 Cor. 12:28f; Ephes. 4:11-13). The gifts and power are of God, not of the man himself. The gifts and the power of a man come freely from God; therefore, he is freely to give all he has. All the energy and all the toil necessary are to be poured into preaching the gospel and into ministering to people.
    • Their power was to confirm that God does love and care for the world and that the message being preached was actually from God.
      • God loves and cares for people.
      • The minister is a minister of love and care.
  • Several other things as ministers we must do. Will look at those at a later time, but I wanted to get to the last thought. Not everyone will receive.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert