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April 6, 2022 6:00 am
God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise so you open up God's toolbox not brilliant, not oppressive.
Just us. Filled with the Holy Spirit empowered by the whole by the Holy Spirit's instruments of the Holy Spirit that winning we follow God's calling for us. We don't work alone, God's helper is living inside us today on connect with Skip shares how the Holy Spirit works through you to reach the world with the gospel.
Now we want to let you know about a resource that will encourage you and challenge you to build your purpose impact your world with the truth of Jesus Christ. People find comfort in the status quo. Others just can't wait to challenge it. If this were a recovery meeting, I would begin by saying my name is Skip and I'm a nonconformist. You go with the flow swim against the current truth is going against the status quo can be difficult, but finally Jesus requires that Daniel shows how God can transport one person's willingness to find what's normal.
I like to think of it this way when the ways of life came crashing down. Daniel decided to go surfing, to write these waves. These waves are the will of God for my life to learn how to master these things to get propelled forward to soar about the status quo. I think the defined normal way of saying thanks for your gift of $35 and more to help connect more for the God part will also include the booklet 100 and I here for Rick Warren. These two resources will help you stand out from the crowd for God's glory connectwithskip.com/offer to get online securely today or call 892 1888 John chapter 16 as we dive into her study with Skip Heitzig. That's what the Holy Spirit does. He brings you the place forgiven and that guilt taken what is the Holy Spirit.
The produce I discovered most people need convincing.
They need convincing. Most people don't admit their centers.
Most people I meet in the world don't even believe in the idea of sin there blaming everybody else for the way they are want to blame their environment. I am the way I am because when I was a kid, my dad forced me to eat spinach paid members… An angry attitude because of that, so they're the reason I am the way, or they want to blame their genetic structure. I'm biologically prone and predisposed to a certain behavior. I have no choice at all this and this game has gone all the way back to the Garden of Eden is exactly what Adam did when God busted him for his choice.
He blamed his wife back. He blamed God.
He said it's the woman you gave me. But the Holy Spirit does have a way of convincing the human heart of the need of the human heart, shining the bright light of truth into that life, by the way, convicting convincing is not your job is the Holy Spirit shop we get into trouble when we try to take that job over because it usually doesn't come out as conviction. It usually comes out as condemnation does make people feel really bad like a little girl who sold Girl Scout cookies she sold hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies and so they asked her how were you successful in selling so many, she said. Actually it's quite easy.
You got a look people right in the eye and make them feel guilty. She said it works every time it might work selling Girl Scout cookies. It does not work in sharing the gospel.
Jesus said no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws them in the way he draws them is by the Holy Spirit. So he's going to convict the world and notice in verse nine. The sin is singular of sin, not sins. He's knocking to come along and say you. You spoke badly to your neighbor or you were speeding like you are always speeding this morning or you stole something when you were younger. Your conscience usually does a pretty good job of that know the Holy Spirit will convict people of sin. Singular.
That is a very particular type of sin that their conscience would never convict them of ever. What is that it says unbelief of sin, because they do not believe in me. That's the sin. The Holy Spirit convicts people of unbelief. People in the world on their own, do not see unbelief is a sin hack.
It's a badge of honor for them it's a badge of honor that they'll say things like, I don't believe in Jesus, I am not as weak as you are. I don't need to believe in something other than myself outside of myself. I don't need to believe in God, I am much more enlightened and intelligent than you are. They don't see unbelief as the thing that separates them from God forever, but the Holy Spirit will convince them of that is the worst sin because it prevents forgiveness of all other sins. John chapter 3Q believes in the sun is not condemned, he who does not believe is condemned already, because he is not believed in the name of the only son of God.
John chapter 5 Jesus said, you do not believe John chapter 8, you do not believe in me. John chapter 14, you do not believe in me. It's that sin will convict the world of sin, because they don't believe in me. Second thing he'll do is convict the world of righteousness. Verse 10 because I go to my father and you see me no more. What on earth does that mean well most people think if there's a God, if there's a heaven I'm probably good enough to go there. I may not be perfect. I may not be 100% righteous, but but I have a righteousness I'm better than a lot of people and I believe that in the end my good deeds will outweigh my Betty.
That's how most people live their lives by a relative righteousness. But then Jesus came into the world and suddenly you have the perfect standard of righteousness. Suddenly, no matter who you are next to Jesus you a much imperfection extra perfection simply accentuate accentuates imperfection. That's why Isaiah the prophet, though he was a prophet when he saw God said what was me. I'm undone. I'm not that special. Next to God. Years ago I had the opportunity to speak at the Billy Graham training center at the Cove. I'd spoken there for for many times but on one particular occasion I got really nervous because I happen to be at lunch that day with Dr. Billy Graham at his house and he smiled and said, to come to hear you speak to and I'm hoping that some happens were he's busy and he didn't because it's not easy to give a message in front of Billy Graham to make it worse. The topic I was assigned to speak on that night was evangelism yeah this Skip to tell Billy Graham how to do evangelism. This is not good.
You see, what, when you know a little bit about evangelism your speaking to the world's most effective evangelist ever born was let more people to Christ in history than anyone else. It's a little daunting, so you have a perfect standard of righteousness in Jesus Christ. Jia you have people saying you know I think I'm to go to heaven and that there is a God, I'll be there because I think my good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds.
No, this is what Jesus said he is convict the world of righteousness, because I go to my father and you see me no more than explain that is only one person who ever walked this earth who, at the end of his life at the right to go directly on his own merit into the presence of God. Only one person that's Jesus Christ. He died he ascended into heaven, God highly exalted him and gave him the name Lord above all other names. So, unless you possess the righteousness of Jesus Christ, you will never see God. You will never see God unless you are that righteous.
Didn't Jesus say unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of God unless you possess the righteousness of Jesus, you will never see God. So the sin that condemns you is unbelief. The righteousness that saves you is the righteousness that only Jesus possesses and folks that happens to be the gospel. The gospel is you come convicted of your sin admit that you're a sinner asked Jesus to save you by simple belief and then God gives to you the righteousness of his son imputes that to your account. Second Corinthians 521 God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. It's the exchange so now God. If you believe will see you as if you are as perfect as Jesus was. That's righteousness and hell convict the world of judgment verse 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judge the Holy Spirit will convince people that there is indeed a coming judgment, a time of accountability and that if you reject Jesus Christ you will face that judgment, but he says this of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. When Jesus died on the cross Satan's kingdom was effectively over I know is that a lot of free time. Since then, and that chain is pretty long and he is done a lot of damage but is fate is sealed.
The cross ruined him. That's Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 there's coming a seed of a male child will be born in/the head of Satan. Colossians chapter 2 at the cross. He disarmed principalities and powers its Hebrews chapter 2 he destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. So when Jesus says of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judge. He is arguing from greater to lesser saying that if God destroyed the most powerful evil force in the universe. You will not escape. You will not escape. If he judge the devil than anyone less than the devil who rejects Christ will face judgment.
You know, I've always always seen as a healthy sign when when people are thinking about future judgment always seen.
It is good I peers about an FBI agent wanted to come and meet with me and sat in my office and he's kinda shuffling his feet.
He was really embarrassed. He said you know I'm I was on the airplane the other day and I'm flying and I started thinking what happens if this plane goes down and thought to die and suddenly I was overcome with a fear of death, and he looked at me goes that's weird how is not weird that's that's smart.
That's a healthy thing to be afraid to know know you understand. I'm an FBI agent. I faced death many times a big guns pointed at me. I've shot people they shot me. I've been on SWAT teams. I've learned to deal with fear as an answer? Are you right with God. You have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ his son explain with them and he said no. I said, you should be very afraid, very afraid because there is a coming judgment, a coming reckoning. If you think you're going to approach God in that condition you want to be afraid to die. I said you want to be unafraid that I want to be unafraid of bullets and viruses and anything else receive Christ. Right now, let him clothe you with his righteousness and walk out hero bold saved human being and he did great right there to receive Christ. His life changed forever. That's the Holy Spirit's job to do that convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, but there's 1/3 component not only his presence. Not only is pressure but also his people in my statement is this is people are instrumental so what I mean by that is the spirit of God and the people of God work in tandem to gather they work in tandem together again.
Look at verse seven nevertheless I tell you the truth it's to your advantage that I go away, or if I do not go away, the helper will not come for the next two words to you disciples to you, he's coming to you, but if I depart, I will send them to you disciples. Verse eight and when he has come implied and that is when he has come to you, he will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment. He's coming to you so that when you are involved in this process he will be behind the scenes working but you are very much a part of so look back.
If you don't mind look back in chapter 15 at verse 26 and 27 again when the helper comes, whom I will send from the father, the spirit of truth proceeds from the father later this he will testify of me away to the next verse, and you also will bear witness because you have been with me from the beginning presented testify the Holy Spirit and me together in tandem working to get the yes is the Holy Spirit who does the convicting, but he always does it through human channels. He works through people.
We are God's instruments virtually every conversion in the book of acts was the Holy Spirit working through a Christian witness who preached a sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter Peter preached Peter.
Peter wasn't a seasoned sermon. Kaiser's Terminator theaters up there preaching he notices the people were cut into the heart cut to the heart. That's conviction, how they get convicted. When Peter but God used Peter the Holy Spirit through the message of Peter both together both together you say what what what about Saul of Tarsus.
He didn't have a Christian witness. He was on the road to Damascus. All he did. Yeah, the Lord spoke to him on the Damascus Road but remember what the Lord said to him, said Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me.
It's hard for you to kick against the goads products.
That's the conviction.
Some something in his heart was was goading and prodding him convicting him convincing him. He had just watched Stephen die a martyr's death with joy in his heart, and ever since he saw that and heard him testify of Jesus that is been eating away at his soul, and so the Lord said it's hard for you to kick against those goads that conviction of the Holy Spirit placed to the martyrdom of Stephen. Then there was Cornelius in the book of acts and Cornelius had an angel appeared to him. She got an unbelieving Roman soldier having a conversation with an angel that ought to be interesting and you would think. Once the angel has the unbelievers attention. He's going to preach the gospel to the unbeliever. In doing here and do it. The angel says to Cornelius will call for Peter and when he has come. He's going to tell you and your family had a get saved you just do it because God always uses human instruments so if you look in God's toolbox is pretty unimpressive. Tools us out that the defendant, that's right out of scripture right first Corinthians 1. You see your calling brother and not many mighty, not many noble nominee Weiser called for God's chosen the foolish things of this world. That's my life verse by the that's my life. For some people ask that's that's it. God's chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise so you open up God's toolbox. Not brilliant, not impressive, just us blacked us filled with the Holy Spirit's empowered by the Holy Spirit's used by the Holy Spirit's instruments of the Holy Spirit. That's a winning combo. That's how the Holy Spirit works in the world.
Now, as we close this we get back to the task. Same task.
Different generations, 20, 20 some of us were mass.
We are a covert thing going on so it's not 2000 years ago, but the same task going all the world and preach the gospel to every creature when you hear that you might immediately think too big of a task too hard to many unsafe people. I want to give you a few takeaways number one, you and I are called not to be manufacturers just distributors.
You know the difference. You're not called save anybody. You can't manufacture their salvation. I've had people say to me. I remember two years ago you saved me.
I didn't save anybody. I'm just a distributor. I may have said something that the Lord used but it's his message. It's his gospel. I did make this up. I'm not the manufacturer understood distributor you plant the seed you get the message. And God takes it does great things with Seth number one number two I think the in the enormity of this task is what keeps us going, not the smallness of the task fact check. It's called the great commission is not called the mediocre commission or the small commission is called the great commission. It's a great task. The Communist Party in Soviet Russia years ago learned that they could recruit more people to their endeavor by telling them that the task is huge, almost impossible, but worth them giving their lives for this. If we had more young people sign on because we discovered people want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
There's nothing bigger than this going all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes will be saved and number three I want to close with this last little tidbit. Great works are done by the combination of smaller parts. Great works are done by the combination of smaller parts you can do it. All I can do it all put together. We put our parts together, great things can happen so I can going all the world and raising kids at home that your part. You are depositing truth into those little hearts so they will grow up and be able to withstand the onslaught of weirdness and falseness that will be there culture you think it's bad now will they grow up.
That's a great noble task. We just need to see that whatever we do is worth it. A man was at a construction site and there were a group of stonemasons all working on stone. They're all doing exactly the same task. The man asked one of them.
What are you doing and the reply was I'm chipping stone. He said like I just like I hate my job.
I'm chipping stone. He ask a second man what are you doing, he said I making a wall doing the same thing once chipping stone that is making while he ask her third what are you doing, he said I'm building a cathedral. Guess what were building the kingdom Holy Spirit and us together on this earth, we are building the kingdom, then perhaps escape hijinks message from the series 2022. Skip to share. You can help keep this broadcast going strong connecting you and others around the world with the gospel. It's a great comfort to me that no matter where we go or what we do God's ever present in our lives or home ministry is based on the desire to connect friends like you with God and with his word. But we need your help to keep these teachings going out to you and to others would be so grateful if you shared a gift today to keep this radio ministry going strong here so you can do that right now to get today simply call 800-922-1888 that number again is 800-922-1888 or visit connect with.com/donate. That's connect with.com/donate your generosity helps keep this biblical encouragement coming your way and going out around the world to help change more lives. Tomorrow is Skip's own made heights and explains what the Bible itself has to say about the Holy Spirit and why this matters to which you know the thoughts of God know what God think you know what's going on up there in heaven well according to Scripture you can to a certain extent through the Holy Spirit have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, to a certain extent the thoughts of God because the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God