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January 15, 2021 12:00 am
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You know I've seen some guys on television got really really weird. They were talking about the Holy Spirit. I've seen some people get really really weird about what they term as Christianity. But I'm not gonna let that drive me away from the truth and the reality of God's or just because you've seen some weirdness and obscene stuff had nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. But somehow they blame them. I've seen some weird stuff, but I'm not going to pull back from experience with the Holy Spirit. Just because some people have gotten off in left field and it's amazing to me that the Holy Spirit who talks about keeping the unity of the spirit has become one of the most divisive issues in evangelical Christianity today. That's an amazing thing must grieve the Holy Spirit welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee. David is the senior pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina today were blessed to have one of David McGee's associate pastors here with us yesterday. Are we supposed to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us Bob it's going to be.
As believers we should be filled with the Holy Spirit today. Pastor Dave explains what this means is he continues in the Gospel of John chapter 14. Now here's David McGee with part two of his teaching in Jesus name John chapter 14 verse 16 and I will pray the father and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever that the word comforter here are helper comforter in the King James helper in the new King James is the Greek word Paraclete. These note comforters and interesting work to because comfort it it comes from two words, meaning, alongside fortis or for mean strength means with strength see when comfort we think warm fuzzy pat on the back.
Yeah, it's that, but it's a whole lot more. It's coming along somebody else with street in their moment of weakness and that's what were called to do and this is what it say in the Holy Spirit will do. Remember that next time you're caught up on the comfort somebody and be careful that you're coming alongside him was strength and that you not necessarily let me speak frankly don't just enter into the pity party really loves him and shown the strength of the Lord in that moment of need.
Verse 17 the spirit of truth in the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know I'm free dwells with you and will be in the ministry of the Holy Spirit is probably one of the least understood ministries of the Godhead. There's a lot of un-biblical teaching. There's a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with the ministry of the Holy Spirit that's laid out in Scripture. So what we want to do is for the moment. If you can. I know that you've probably had different experiences and different teachings about the Holy Spirit. But this morning, please, put that all behind you and let's see what the word of God has to say about the Holy Spirit. One of the reasons error comes in is that the whole counsel of Scripture is not talk concerning the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In other words, you take one over single all you see this will supply list everything is the same.
Let's see what the Holy Spirit, the minister of the Holy Spirit has to say. The Bible has a say about the sink and introduce you to three Greek phrases I don't I don't stress.
A lot of original language stuff, but this is going to be important. These three words are para if your student evolving may want to jot these down Param which means alongside of an in EN, which means in you and epi which means to be upon you or to be filled to overflowing, filled to overflowing, so those are the three Greek words that describe our relationship with the Holy Spirit, para, which means alongside of in which means NU epi which means to be upon you are filled to overflowing before conversion. The Holy Spirit is along side of you okay when you're an unbeliever the Holy Spirit is not dwelling in you and I'll tell you why, because God cannot reside where there is sin, so if you're an unbeliever :-) it's never asked for the forgiveness of your sins. The Holy Spirit can't reside in you. Now I know that this flies some people go everybody got a little bit a spirit of God in them. Don't see that in the Bible. It's like the saying will everybody is God's children. Again, I don't see that in the Bible Jesus told some people, he said your of your father the devil, so apparently there's two father is going on anyway but so alongside this is the relationship that you also see a hole in the Hebrew Scriptures come alongside see this is why David prayed a prayer and he said created me a new heart of God take not from me. Your Holy Spirit is a there's a worship song that sings that we don't do it here. You know why is it doesn't apply anymore. See when it's in this relationship, then you can say don't take your Holy Spirit from me. But once God gives you, the Holy Spirit is not a jerk it back to take it from you. That's old covenant.
You can grieve the spirit and things you do things you say so. This is para alongside, then we have the in EN and that's when Holy Spirit is in you. This happens at conversion when you asked the Lord to forgive you of your sins that were going to dig into Scriptures here in just a moment, and I'm gonna show you the next event that happens and that is the epi and that is when you are filled to overflowing. That's what we will.
We want this epi experience. We want to be filled now to be filled what you got it.
You gotta ask the Lord to fill. You gotta take it in. I talked about the para that again is the relationships might doesn't know Jesus is never asked for the forgiveness of their sins house with the Holy Spirit and here is one of the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, to convict somebody that doesn't know the Lord of their sin that some of you go. I never heard that is about ministry always but it's in the Bible it talks about in John 16 chapter 16 talked about another places that is when you're convicted of your sins and and perhaps you can remember when you set the service. Perhaps it was here, perhaps it wasn't that long ago when you sent the service and you thought you know what I need what he's talking about. I'm sitting here and I'm I've got my sins and I don't know what to do and I don't know how to deal with this.
That was the ministry of the Holy Spirit convicting you, or convincing you of your sent. That's not some revelation you came to without the work of the Holy Spirit that something the Holy Spirit was convincing you and keep in mind that is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. That's not your ministry logo for preaching the metal and now see because here's what sometimes we think we think we have to convict somebody of their sins.
You can't do that.
You cannot convince somebody of the need for Jesus that is a work of the Holy Spirit you can be used the words that you speak is the Holy Spirit speaks through you, can be used to trawl them to himself, but that is a work of the Holy Spirit and you know what he does a beautiful job as a young believer in John 316 for God so loved the world.
John 317 for God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, I thought it will.
There's my ministry all do it all condemn. I got me the ministry of condemnation. Praise God. Some people think that's their ministry. God's not condemning enough people all around and do it. He didn't know any better I guess.
And we set up Arctic to go in content, but you know that's not that is not God seen this is the beautiful thing. You may sit and share Jesus with the money talk about verses and talk about their 13 Jesus at some point the conversation ends and then they turn around and they walk off that you can't go to their house and knock on their door or knock on their window late at night going repeatedly. You can't will you can't do that legally okay with the Holy Spirit know he can but will you keep them up at night you need Jesus to wake him up in the morning sun's not right, you're missing some this is not all there is, you'll speak to you will be faithful will be faithful to convict them of their sins. That is when the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit to those who don't yet know then when you ask for the forgiveness of your sins, the Holy Spirit, the relationship changes from that para to the end to the EN and then you have the Holy Spirit in you.
John chapter 20 verse 21 so Jesus said to them, peace to you as the father has sent me, I also send you. Verse 22 and when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, receive the Holy Spirit now before this point. This is after the resurrection.
Before this point in time G. The men could not receive the forgiveness of their sentence so the Holy Spirit could not be in them once they receive the forgiveness of their sins, then the Holy Spirit could be independent and certainly when Jesus said receive the Holy Spirit. What you think happened they receive the Holy Spirit. They got the Holy Spirit bounced many of us stop there. Okay well okay so I got it when when I was forgiven when he met when it John chapter 20 right after the resurrection is before the book of acts is only before the book of acts in the sequence of events in the Bible.
It's before timewise after Jesus told them to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus says to them in acts chapter 1 verse eight but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. There we have the epi word and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth were there. It means filled to overflowing again. This verse comes after the verse in John now and a lot of us.
We hear levers with the power powers good all power. Everybody wants power right, the emphasis not on the power, it's on the Holy Spirit and what you hear me say something and he went to refer to the Holy Spirit not it. Don't refer the Holy Spirit, is it use use the proper progress not it.
It's he, there is a power that's needed for us to be witnesses.
There is a power for us to live our everyday life as Christians that we soon desperately need. It's like down a review of her district was this guy because Gandhi goes you know I understand you got chainsaw for Sony suggests as well as a good string sources a great chainsaw to have any trees in the day. Can you cut though the chainsaw is about 2023 and one day custody got got a sensor goes over gushers and chainsaw goes a cow take takes it back home, call sky like a week later goes as chainsaw is not working out. He said yeah I got can't cut born wintry day country a day I'll come over me come over and help out unit, so goes over the guys house.
He opens the case. He takes the chainsaw out and he pulls the string.
The chainsaw starts up and the guy goes what's that noise see the guy had been sitting there with a chainsaw that wasn't running sewing on the tree going Jesus things not doing what it's supposed to do. Reminds me of a lot of Christians set noise's power will be right back with more from David McGee on cross the bridge right now.
Here's a word from associate pastor DA Brown want to take just a minute to pray for seven cities in our listening audience.
South Portsmouth Westport, Kentucky, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs or Woodinville Heflin and Jennings, Louisiana, Lord, thank you for the cities.
Thank you for those mayors. The police chiefs the government officials. The town councils will we pray that you give them wisdom and discernment.
We pray that they will look to your word for advice on how to lead Lord help us to be praying for them consistently and be a place of encouragement, not division and their lives.
Father anyone in the city's who hasn't yet put their trust in you. We pray that you would convince them and encourage them to recognize how much you love them so much that you died on the cross for them.
Hello, we pray for revival in the 20 cities in Jesus name, amen, amen.
Thank you brother and now get back to David McGee as he continues teaching verse by verse. Acts 19 verse two says he said under them, and this is Paul, he says, have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed they set on him. We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost not many people find themselves in this position, claiming receive the Holy Spirit. I have even heard that you need to receive the Holy Spirit and many people teach that you don't need to ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit.
Now wait a minute that's not good.
Bob have had discussions with people that took the stance and from a scriptural standpoint, it is extremely, extremely weak, you can't. You can't get that from this book that were not supposed to ask for the Holy Spirit that God no longer fills people to Holy Spirit Scott dispensationalism, I disagree with it because it's not a biblical concept map and in in terms of that in terms of the promise of the Holy Spirit acts chapter 2, verse 39 says, for the promise is to you and your children and to all who are far off as many as the Lord our God will call me ask you question where in that verse. Do you see that at some point, God's not going so people to Holy Spirit anymore diverse of people say that God doesn't fill people dispiriting words in first Corinthians 13. You can read it for yourself and you know what it if you read it and in on your own you go will that's what this verse means the call me email me please. Chances are you will not see it in there that somebody else has to say well you know with it. This is this is a verse that really says that and you know reminds me that saying it if you torture the data it will confess, meaning you can get any Scripture view bend hard enough to say what it is you want to, but you're gonna be ripping it out of context.
The life lesson years we should be filled with the spirit we should be filled with the Holy Spirit.
We should have this experience of asking for the Holy Spirit and we should ask every day after that. Lord, fill me again daily renewal of the Holy Spirit. See, because this is what happens either people say yeah the daily feeling is cool, but that one time experience is not a people say that one time experience is great but you don't need a daily fill equipment Scripture teaches both Ephesians chapter 5 verse 18 just be filled with the spirit someone encourage you. I would encourage you to ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit and not understand some of you may have some fear and it even when I said that you may have some anxiety you.
You may be sitting there going totally Holy Spirit you know I've seen some guys on television were got really really weird. They were talking about the Holy Spirit. I've seen some people get really really weird about what they term as Christianity.
But I'm not gonna let that drive me away from the truth and the reality of God.
So just because you seen some weirdness and obscene stuff had nothing new Holy Spirit, but somehow they blame them obscene somewhere and stuff but I'm not going to pull back from experience with the Holy Spirit. Just because some people have gotten off in left field and you know what Jesus understood, and that this would be an anxious thing that this would be a fearful thing and it's amazing to me that the Holy Spirit who talks about keeping the unity of the spirit has become one of the most divisive issues in evangelical Christianity today.
That's an amazing thing to me must grieve the Holy Spirit and perhaps you're sitting there using a well, you know. But you know if we really needed to ask for the Holy Spirit. What Jesus tell us – from Holy Spirit or master question. It if we knew if we could figure out that Jesus did point us towards that point us towards asking for the Holy Spirit. Can we be in agreement that we need to ask the Holy Spirit can we do that Luke chapter 11 verse 11 says of a son ask for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone. Harvey ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish. He asked for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.
There is guys. Jesus told us that will give us the Holy Spirit if we ask for now and I know what's going on in some of your heads, and some of your heart right now you got never heard this. I've never been told I need to ask for the Holy Spirit in Owego. Verse by verse.
So as were looking at this Scripture is were looking at this passage, I'm going to teach on now were not going to get in into the gifts and those sorts of things that they were going to be an act soon and will and will be talking all about the gifts but right now let's talk about the giver, the giver, God wants to give us Holy Spirit lower than we ask for what legitimate reason might you have this morning for not asking for the Holy Spirit. If you've got a legitimate one. There's no legitimate reason. See the ones that you'd come up with. Well I saw the guy on television. I'm sorry that's not a legitimate reason to get obscene people grossly misrepresent Christianity before that didn't mean that God wasn't true or that Jesus wasn't true or that being saved wasn't a biblical fact, it just meant they got off track. So this is something that we need to ask for. And if you get questions we don't get offended by questions here were not trying to hide anything. We're trying to be as open as we can and we will point to the book, we will we will all about manual from headquarters going well this this little manual from headquarters does were supposed to not work on point of the book and say this is what the books of the books is be filled with the spirit of the book says WishList asked for should be enough if you want to follow Jesus and believe the word of God that should be enough. Verse 18 I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you is the Greek word is will Sonos the is if you're in the King James. You probably have comfortless I will not leave you comfortless so the new King James is a little closer I will not leave you orphans who come to you. What a sweet thing. Jesus is with his disciples and their he's picking up there afraid they're worried he's going. Don't be worried the way I'm going away but I'm going to be back in the schism not leave you like an orphan that a beautiful thing to understand that concept for us three verse 19 will come back a little while longer in the world will see me no more, but you will see me because I live you will live also may go back to the orphan thing, because there's just something that to me is is really beautiful in this.
As I was studying one day I spent some time at discount.
I contemplated this Romans chapter 8 talks about us being adopted for some of you that that's special significance for others of us that maybe were born into a traditional family doesn't it doesn't ring true saw me take a couple minutes unless let's get the picture. Let's say that your orphan because in fact we all were orphans spiritually and you're in the orphanage and people come by and they took the children they want to take home and day after day you you get excited you come into the room because you know that somebody's going to be chosen and you keep hoping that you and so you should you show up in your run in there in your hope and it's you and day after day, you're not the one that gets chosen somebody else's day after day. This goes on to the point that when you hear the somebody's common.
You don't even get excited anymore. You don't even really want to show up at your supposed to. You got to see you go when somebody else gets chosen every top and then one day you hear that the best father in the world is, the best father. That's ever been seen by the orphanage has the cattle on a thousand hills, more love than anybody can imagine. And he shows and with your disillusioned, cynical heart you go to that room and to your amazement. His eyes meet yours and he says I want that and in your mind you're thinking there's better kids here to choose pieces no I want you while you were yet be informed in the womb I knew you. Now I'm choosing is not gonna leave just north he wants to adopt you into his family.
All he knows.
He knows all the bad things you've done in the stuff that's happened in your life, but he still wants the doctor and because Jesus lives we can have life. He was to give you life. It's interesting when we tried to find life and so many different things access or drugs or alcohol. You know when we were dead nurse is a very accurate description in the channel and it doesn't have to be that way is if you're here this morning and you're hearing what I'm saying the Lord's giving you another chance. Friend, you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now own Legion. A short simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. God wants you to pray this prayer so much that he died to give you the opportunity and the ability to ask him to forgive you. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I can have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things. Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen it friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again. Jesus said he would not turn anybody away who comes to him and he came for those people who knew they needed forgiveness.
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