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The Friend Within

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January 8, 2022 12:00 am

The Friend Within

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January 8, 2022 12:00 am

Gain knowledge on the role of the Holy Spirit—the third person of the Trinity.

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Love them to this weekend, and that's podcast with Charles Stanley learn how to rely on the Holy Spirit.

The friendly men, in particular the theories and life-threatening return please the John chapter 14:3 verses 16 through 18 of this is the second message in our series on the life, the winds and the title of this message. The friend with them. John chapter 14 verses 16 through 18.

This is the constellation chapter of the New Testament right before the Lord Jesus was crucified overnight before he gave almost the most profound teaching about the Holy Spirit to be found anywhere in the Scriptures.

Expression 1415 16 so he says beginning in verse 15 if you love me, keep my commandments 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 cannot receive, because it sees him not need a northbound you know him, for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you. It is absolutely impossible to experience all to understand the life and wins without understanding the meaning and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. There is no way for us to live a victorious life.

There is no way for us to have victory over sin is no way for us to comprehend and to experience the life that all of us are looking for. Until we understand the minister. The spirit in the life of the believer out of the will. The problem this morning. First of all of her introduction of this message to clear up. I hold one of the basic problems of misunderstanding and that is the fact that the apostles of Jesus day live in a transitional period in the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon a man, for example, the spirit of God came upon Saul the spirit of God left Saul even in the early days of the New Testament. The Bible says that Jesus of the Holy Spirit would be with them. Then he said he will be in you, for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. So the spirit of God was working with the apostles during Jesus day. Then something happened and he said he will be in you at Pentecost. It's a whole different story.

So what you and I have to ask is what the apostles teaching about our relationship to the Holy Spirit following Pentecost when the spirit of God baptized every believer in the Christ. Anything before that you and I cannot settle this experience.

This experience that experienced on till we come to Pentecost and thereafter.

The key question I repeat, is this not what did they experience, what did the apostles teach we ought to experience after the day of Pentecost and the reason I call this message the friend within is because Jesus Christ said it is expedient for you that I go away if I go not away, the company will not come but if I go away.

I will send the comfort that he will be in you with you and upon you balance to look at two or three things here back to John chapter 14, first of all, that is the coming the promise of the coming of his friend who lives with an average single believer and if you go back to our John shop Matthew chapter 3 for a moment and you recall when John the Baptist was preaching in the 11th verse of the third chapter he said I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, which was not the same of what Jesus offered but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire move over to John chapter 7, the Bible says in the last day of the feast in verse 37 of the seven chapter listen in that last day that greatly of the fees, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst that in coming to me and drink and listen.

He that believe it told me, as the Scripture had said, out of his belly out of the spirit out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water, life and power. What did he mean by that Jesus explained in verse 39 but this spake he of the spirit which their watchlist which they that believe on him should receive the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus Christ was not yet glorified and I watch that verse because that is a key to understanding the work of the spirit and the likely look at it again, he says, but this spake he of the spirit which they that believe on him should receive for the Holy Ghost of the Holy Spirit same Greek word, the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because that Jesus Christ was not yet glorified.

That is he saying in this particular passage the spirit of God is coming as a gift and something is going to happen. You he says out of you shall flow rivers of living water, and rivers of living water service symbolical of power. There's tremendous power and might and energy in moving waters and likewise there is light, so if you turn to John 14 again now and you see in the 61st year. Listen to what Jesus said because he is the whole Trinity in one verse, and Jesus speaking will pray to the father. He that is the father shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever, even the spirit of truth, there is a whole Trinity, God the father will give you another comforter, the Holy Spirit, knowledge, and watch what he saying in this verse. Look at he says I will pray to the father and he shall give you another comforter, that word, comforter, Paraclete test, which means the one who walked by myself and I watch the he says he will give you another comforter, the Greek work follows another means another one just like what just like me.

Jesus said I am going to heaven.

The father is going to send you another just like me, one who walks by your side one who's going to teach you. One is to bring all things to your limits.

One who's going to empower you. He's going to send you another comforter watchlist another comforter, that he shall abide with you. How long forever, and I watchlist you not safe today and lost tomorrow save the day and most of all he says when the spirit of God comes into you. He's going to abide with you forever when you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.

He says you feel the spirit of God, and you still unto the day of redemption, which means until the day that God called you home and your eternal redemption begins in heaven. He said the spirit of God is going to abide with you forever. Look verse 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it's either not need annoyed him, but you know him, listen, watch, since here's a key he brother where with you, and he shall be where in you. I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you watch that verse. He says I'm going away, but unluckily you comfortless I'm going away, but he says I will do what I will come to you when did Jesus Christ come to them. The next year that I was a look at is this.

He says the spirit of God is the friend of every single believer. He says he's coming he's going to be your company. Chapter 16 says he's going to be your teacher is going to be your comforter. He's going to be a convicted. He's got beat up your mind and he's gonna remind you of everything the Bible says that Jesus Christ would have you to remember so that the work in the ministry of the spirit is absolutely essential to you living a victorious life without falling constantly in the sin, the life that all of us are looking for the life of joy and peace and happiness and effectiveness is directly related to the work and the minister. The spirit but it's important that you not know how to relate to the spirit and you see he's made a promise. The spirit will come in and remind you of something in the New Testament.

Every time the promise of the Spirit is coming is always for the work of witness, listen to me carefully to not get your life out of balance. On any given area of the spirit, but get in the middle of what God says and he says his ultimate purpose for unknown thing is that the Holy Spirit is to bear witness Jesus Christ saving power to this godless unbelieving hell bound world.

That's what he said in acts chapter 1. That's what happens the next chapter to the spirit of God anointed and feel those apostles and they began to preach the word of God and the mighty things that God had done and was doing and would do through the Lord Jesus Christ and his when the spirit of God came at Pentecost. What did he do the spirit of God coming at Pentecost did what he baptized believers into the body of Christ first Corinthians, with the just for a moment you will and chapter 12 and verse 13 he says in this chapter on the gifts as well as chapter 14 he says in verse 13 of chapter 12 first Corinthians 4 x 1 spirit we are all baptized into one body, members here's what you now need to understand the spirit of the living God. At Pentecost did what he baptized every single believer in the body of Christ, so that from that moment on every single person who is saved is sealed baptized in the spirit of God. He wants all of me. He wants all of you PCs allowing our government say something that they the spirit of God came in your life. The day that you were saying I want tell you you got everything you got the supernatural power of God living within you. He says he that is within us is greater than anything in the world who in the world is he that is within us. He says the spirit of God is indwelling. Every single believer. The only way you and I will ever be able to live this life and serve God effectively is to be indwelt by, and then have the spirit of God, who indwells us release throughout so that everything got most of the will was an innocent pours into his heel be free to do so when somebody says if you got the baptism is the question we get the baptism.

The question is has all night is sovereign God all lead to the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and the overwhelming rule of the spirit of God in my life. That's what it's all about. That is what is all the purpose of all of this, the spirit of God coming into your life to seal you the spirit of God coming into you like to write your name in the Lamb's book of life, all that has two purposes behind what well first of all is the producer the spirit of God comes into our life to produce this in to produce something that you and I cannot produce in a morally says the 15th chapter. John abide in me and I of the branch cannot bear fruit of itself is no fruit on you because the branch except it abide in the vine. What is it that produces fruit set the runs in the bond runs the branch produces the fruit branches don't produce branches bear what bonds produce. Listen to what he says. The ultimate purpose of the spirit of God living within you, and living within me.

The friend that God has sent to live within us center produce something in you and made all of us want, but we can't do it ourselves.

What is well look, if you will, in Galatians chapter 5 for just a moment. Galatians chapter 5 and let's began with verse 19 because I want to show you what you and I can do. Somebody says he's a self-made man, I will describe you a self-made man the works of the self-made man are manifest.

Which of these he's an adult. He's a fornicator he's unclean to the seriousness of zealotry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, accumulations, rats, stripes, additions, heresies, endings, murders, drunkenness, ramblings of such like, of which the I tell you, because I also told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God who wants to be a man who self-made not. That's the click the spirit of God came to indwell every single believer to do what to produce. Through this, listen the fruit of the spirit. Verse 22, which is low joy and peace, long-suffering the patient's gentleness in goodness and kindness faith weakness or humility at temperance or self-control is not a single one of us who don't want that in their life, but how many times are we more guilty of the two verses before that struggling striving wanting to do better at telling God he will do better in human strength. Listen, God knows you cannot be in a better than you are you as good as you ever been good as you ever became any better because what because man with in himself can never match up to the righteousness of Christ and the purpose of the spirit of God coming.

He's the Holy Spirit, our friend who comes to live within is coming to produce through us what we could never producer listen if you don't make that first. Everything else is a farce in politeness and write everything else will tumble and Jim is going to be first. The second reason that the Lord said is this the spirit of God came into our life to equip us for the service that God wants the carrot in each one of our individualized now. You hear people say what have you got this here or do you have that give no I don't have that. Well you want to get the same gift that I get but you know. Look, if you will. In first Corinthians chapter 12 verse 11 chapter 12 prescriptions but all these worketh that one and the selfsame spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. Who is it that determines what gift we have, who is determines what manifestation of the spirit of God. Most manifest for you in the it is the work of the Holy Spirit to watch this he says is expedient for you that I go away if I go the way you like company if he comes he's going to do many things besides being competent teacher in God but one thing he kept promising them. He said tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until you be in food with power from on high, and ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me. He first of all want to produce his life. Secondly, it is the Holy Spirit indwelling us who choose as your gift the Holy Spirit indwelling you choose is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within you. Choosing the work of service that you were the carrier if it is the gift of service if it is the gift of mercy the gift of prophecy the gift of teaching. The gift of giving, whatever it may be the gift of serving.

He's the one who makes the difference now is that not logical.

Watch this if it is the spirit of God comes into our life and seals and sanctifies us and sets as a part of a child of God and comes to equip us by energizing us and giving us the power that we need is it not listed. Is it not his rightful position as Lord of my life to designate which gift which manifestation for which work please call me to do so that he was on this trip out of this manifestation want to say something when you die auto self and you say Lord Jesus, I want to ruin my life I heal not call rule but I yield to the single rule of the Holy Spirit. I'll take his gift.

I'll take his manifestation as many gives as manifestations as he desires is his choice not mine.

Then my friend, we have begun to walk in the spirit read and liberated to become and to do what God wants us to do and it is also deciding what I'm gonna do for God because remember this isn't what we do heed the call that the laws of the you know the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is the door. Listen. He then called the Almighty God will also do it. How does he do it. He sends his spirit to seal and equip and to empower and energize us to do what to become.

First of all, producing the fruit and to perform. Second of all, through the power through the wisdom through the ministry through the work for the manifestations of the spirit of God so that it all boils down to this. All him. None of us how in the world can we ever most of anything under any condition except Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus and he alone, and he says the spirit of the living God is the friend that he sent into your life and my life and he's going to be there abiding forever. You will never face any circumstance in light under any condition. Whatever may happen without this you will not have already tapped in to the supernatural Littleton power of the spirit of God raises is he that limit within us and he that's in the world. Everything will ever need. We presently oppose that. Amen. So now it's a matter of whether we're going to be willing to allow him who lives within to live through center perform through laws what pleases and honors him so that if you are saved by the grace of God. You trusted Jesus Christ as your personal savior (the spirit of the living God is indwelling within you. But here's the question, is the spirit of God, who is indwelling. You ruling your line because using the friend within is therefore ever the question is for the rest of our life. Once we say, what are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to accomplish through you and through me.

Thank you for listening to the friend within, if you'd like to know more about her family were in touch ministries intact start enlarging this podcast is a presentation at in touch ministries Atlanta, Georgia


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