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The power of the Holy Spirit-1

 

Receiving the fullness of God through the Holy Spirit

Pator Jim Huthmaker

 

 

Scripture readings:

John 3:1-7

Matthew 3:11-12

Luke 4:14-19

 

3 things that stop people from receiving everything that God has for them:

 

1. Ignorance. A lot of people are ignorant of God and His word. They have not made the discovery of who Jesus is. People are ignorant of the bible. People believe what they are taught. Christians don’t read, study, and meditate in their bibles like they should.

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2. Misinformation. Not studying the word out for yourself but just listening to someone. When preaching or teaching the word, it should be backed up by His word. We can’t give our opinions of the Bible. The Bible is ever revealing.

 

3. Denominational Doctrines. We put God in a box. People choose to believe “this” even though the Bible says “this”. For example, a couple of months ago, I had a conversation with someone who was maybe in their 70s who had some ailments. She said she was a Christian and was believing and trusts God, so I started sharing the Word with her, that God wants her well and that God wants the best for her. I started talking to her about healing and how Jesus wants her well and that healing in the Bible. I shared, 1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. The conversation stopped. She said “no, this is just what God has handed me. This is what he has dealt me. I’ll just work my way through it” and she would not receive. I told her I love you and God loves you and the conversation was over. She believed that God hands things to you and you have to accept them and that God is a good God sometimes and He is a bad God sometimes. That’s bad doctrine. That’s denominational doctrine.

 

What’s the answer to these 3 things that stop people from receiving everything that God has for them?

The answer is, it’s in the word. We are to study the word. We are to meditate on the word.

 

Bible Doctrines on the Holy Spirit

 

1. We need to be born of the Spirit

2. We need to be baptized of the Spirit

3. We need to operate in the power of the Spirit

 

Where Jesus was born of the Spirit

John 1:32-34 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

 

The Holy Spirit will direct our paths. All we have to do is seek Him. We have to seek and submit to Him. God is not a dictator.

 

When the Holy Spirit came in.

Acts 1:4-8 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

What Jesus is saying in the above scripture is tarry. They wanted to go out. They were full of the gospel. Jesus had taught them for a couple of years. Jesus is saying tarry for a while, don’t go out yet, if you go out on your own, you’re working in the flesh, you’re working with your mind. Jesus is telling them to wait. The Holy Spirit is going to come down.

 

Acts 2:1-4, 16-21, 38-47 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.  40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

Every man needs a leader. Do you know of anyone who works without a leader? In any kind of workplace, do you work without a leader?

Every man needs a leader and there is no leader greater than the Holy Spirit. A man can not lead himself. We must be lead by the Holy Spirit.

 

John 14:1-12, 15-31 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.  12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 25These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.  29And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.  30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 31But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Paul said, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all (1 Corinthians 14:18).

When you speak in tongues, it is communication with God, the Father. It’s just a part of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It is evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit.