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April 5, 2019 6:00 am
How do you know if you're filled with the spirit. Is it a feeling is that the evidence of something outward manifestation or spiritual gift will here's a clue when your actions line up with your words and your life is characterized by love, joy and peace and integrity. There is a strong indication that your filled the spirit. Now here's the question, how does work that talk about today how you feel.
Welcome to this Friday edition of living on the Chip Ingram, Living on the Edges of international discipleship ministry between the Bible teaching of Chip Ingram and chips currently in a series called stop thinking today. He explains how to tap into the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and that it's his power that helps us live without hypocrisy. Now, with part two of his message how to overcome hypocrisy in your heart. Ephesians chapter 5.
Here's Chip. I want you to know you can know in a New York minute. When the spirit of God has you saturated and in control by the speech that comes out by the private thoughts that you have by what happens in terms of your attitudes and by your relationships now the big question is God. How do I allow your spirit to control my heart so that the kind of fruit that you want to produce every tree number Jesus comments cherry trees produce sherries orange trees produce oranges. Guess what kind of fruit.
The spirit of God produces the spirit of God produces first something inside of you, love and joy and peace in your vertical relationship with God and in the spirit of God produces something in your relationships with others.
Goodness and kindness in the sense of caring for other people, and in the spirit of God in terms of your own discipline will produce faithfulness and gentleness, which really means a willingness to yield, and self-control. When those things are being produced what you know for sure is the spirits and control.
Now I want to do something I'm gonna take a theological aside. Okay, now you gotta come back and get a copy very specifically practically about how on Monday morning through Saturday night. How to be filled spirit. All right, but in the church. There's been a lot of confusion I heard what you just heard years ago, but there were all kind of messages out there about how to be filled with the spirit I heard from one group and I knew that the baptism of the Spirit and other people said I need to be filled with the spirit people symbols all the same thing and some people said you only know if you're filled with the spirit that if you're filled then you have this experience and is manifested by this gift or this gift but if you're not filled and there's this and I mean I get so confused I went on a two year journey to try and get more of God.
I mean I you name the meeting I went to the meeting I went to the back rooms yeah I let people hit me on the four head.
I did what ever book you can read if there is more of God to get. I wanted to get.
I did not understand the difference between the baptism of the Spirit and the filling of the spirit and I did not understand it all.
The role of the gifts in the body of Christ and how those very valid and important. The gifts in the body of Christ have absolutely nothing to do with living a more holy life. They are in absolutely no evidence of the spirit operating in fullness in your life and they are not about how to live more and so what I want to do on the top of this page is walk-through very briefly, the difference between the baptism of the Spirit and the filling.
So follow first baptism does not equal filling are two different things. The baptism, the spirit is the non-experiential un-repeated work of the Holy Spirit at regeneration is the moment that you're saved whereby were placed in the body of Christ. Acts two prescriptions 12, 13 Romans 89 I've given them to you studied the filling the spirit. By contrast, is the unobstructed or unhindered control or influence of the spirit upon every believer's life and you notice multiple passages in acts because happens over and over and over and over. Now let me give you baptism is this filling is this an Omega summary in a be for if you're brand-new. This is like and what is he talking about the worry about couple years and will help you been around the block for a while. This is critical to know is you want to grow in holiness have God's Spirit control your heart and life baptism. The spirit occurs only once in each believer's life, filling the spirit is repeated the baptism.
The spirit never happened for the day at a cost it's about the church. No one was baptized dip identified with the church because the church didn't exist. It was Israel filling the spirit occurred in the Old Testament Saul would be filled spirit. I just read in Judges Gideon was filled with the spirit and power. David, in fact was filled multiple times with the spirit for special use by God. Baptism, the spirit is true of all believers. You might jot down first Prince 1213 if you do not have the spirit of God, you are not in Christ that says filling in the spirit, not necessarily experienced by all believers.
You can have at 905, it can be gonna 950. The bats in the spirit cannot be undone. Jot down Ephesians 113. The moment you are saved, the spirit of God comes into your life and not our elite are you sealed in the spirit adopted in God's family, the baptism of the Spirit is that act by the spirit of God places you in God's family, a non-experiential legal issue that occurs you are placed in the family of God called the church, by contrast, the filling of the spirit can be lost. So one result in a new position. The other results in power.
Baptism occurs when we believe in Christ. The filling, the spirit occurs throughout the Christian life baptism. There's no prerequisite except belief in Christ is the day that your saved filling depends on yield now, let me walk through one more thing. So by way of summary baptism, the spirit filling the spirit are not the same baptism, the spirit is what occurs when you believe in your place in the body of Christ. The filling of the spirit is what happens, moment by moment you have it, lose it, have it lose it you don't lose the spirit member you're losing his control over your heart and life as evidenced by your speech, relationship, attitudes, etc. now here's where the confusion comes from early in my journey. I had a very godly young man and people who help me were very sincere. This is not a you know a critical word against fellow brothers and sisters who would seek see things differently, but many people have taken their view of how to live a holy life. The spirits work out of the book of acts and what you have in the book of acts is not a prescription for how the church should run, but it's a description about how the early church group and so what what I had was a friend told me not to approach would be like the early church. I said yeah he said will look at acts chapter 2 said I look the next chapter 2, he said that they believe in Jesus.
I said yeah he said that they have the spirits power as it will no.
90 days later.
What there at Pentecost. The spirit falls.
He says that's the pattern you see, you become a Christian. He told me in the later on. You get the fullness of the spirit in the baptism of the Spirit and that's where you get the power and so I went around looking for the power.
What he didn't tell me what I didn't know until later is if you study the entire book of acts, baptism and fullness are not the same. Number one, number two, there is no normative pattern for how gifts in the filling of the spirit align as we put the chart up here and I want what you know if this is of interest to you on the bottom of the page.
There's a series for parts on the doctrine the Holy Spirit. But what you see here is asked to acts eight, acts 10 in acts 19 those of the four times with the baptism of the of the spirit occurs and what you see in those four is that in each of those times.
You have a different response. You have a new group being formed. The Jews came into the body of Christ. Acts two.
The evidence we have. They speak in this other language is an outward confirmation. Acts eight you have the Samaritans. There, the halfbreed asked you Non-Jew Jews and Samaritans hate one another. So what happens is, can they really be a part of God's family. They believe in the Peter and John come down a day or two later and say yeah gods in this and as they bless them. They speak another language then you have acts 10.
The Gentiles joined the church and when the Gentiles joined the church.
The pattern changes. There is an second experience as Peter's talking. They believe and they evidence the speaking another language and then you have acts 19. Some of John's disciples, took off on their own were trying to tell everyone that they why they were gone. Messiah came, and Paul explains to them in the point I want to make very simply is that when you look at the baptism the spirit. The only time that happens is when there is a new group to be placed in the body of Christ. There is not a uniform idea of them necessarily speaking in tongues and you'll notice in acts two and acts eight happens after their salvation. But in acts 10 and 19 happens at their conversion and there's a very key role that Peter has been the leader of the church and all I want you to see from that little chart we can develop it more in another time is simply this, the book of acts gives no normative pattern for how gifts in the spirits filling work together. You can't make one there. You can't say it happens afterwards.
At the time it does have a time does it the baptism of the spirit has to do with God.
Building church. Nowhere in the New Testament in any of the epistles that are teaching about how to live out this faith. Are we ever commanded to receive the baptism of the Spirit never is there any correlation throughout the New Testament that when you have the baptism of the Spirit.
You're necessarily going to speak another language, but that doctrine among my I mean people that I love deeply.
My mom and dad came to Christ to the Pentecostal movement so there's no ax to grind here but you can spend a lot of your life and energy chasing and experience thinking when I speak another language or when I have this moving spiritual experience that I'm filled with the spirit you can know when you're filled with the spirit. When the fruit of the spirit is being manifested in your tongue, your thoughts, your attitudes in your relationships, and my heart goes out because I've been on that journey where you go from meeting to meeting to meeting to meeting, trying to get more of the Holy Spirit. Listen carefully you have all the Holy Spirit you will ever get. And you don't need anymore. He doesn't come in installments when you prayed to receive Christ, the spirit of God came into your life.
You didn't get 77% of them and you know another 23% to be named later. You got all of him. The question will be able to find in just a minute is does he have all of you. Now back to our main topic.
What I want to talk about now is how does it work for principles to help us get there. Number one the issue. As I said is not getting more of the Holy Spirit. It's him getting more of you, and I came up a little picture.
There's actually a booklet called my heart Christ home was instrumental written by Robert Monger and the picture that I came up with in my mind it really help me. Is this picture here, the spiritual life. You see the furnace down there in the corner. You know what HS stands for Holy Spirit good. The furnace is in the house. Okay, what's the furnace to the furnace creates heat and if you see all those little blocks those in the vents. Imagine those as the vents in your house when the furnace creates the heat to go through a duct system and there's a vent in each room. If the document is open.
What happens the heat out of the furnace comes in and the more heat it begins to change the atmosphere of the room right it begins to exert influence over the entire room. But if the furnace is going. It can go very, very strong. The doctors close Santa Claus.
It work. The doctors close in the family room or if the doctors close in the work room. The heat of the Holy Spirit can go in different parts of your life, but appear to have really not impact some others. The issue is not getting more of the Holy Spirit when you prayed to receive Christ, he is in you, his power is available, the same that raised Christ from the dead is available.
Here's the issue. The issue is allowing him beyond the prayer room and beyond the private thinking and to open every dock as God leads you and to allow the spirits influence to begin to take control in every area of your life and that's why some of you and some of us have met people and this is true of your life to degrees true in my life. Degree ever met someone and you prayed with them and there was a real sense man they are really in touch with God and then you saw maybe a worker in a ministry setting. And you thought man I mean this is authentic.
God is really working and then have you gone home may be a just got lunch with them or something you think will this guy treats his wife worse than a dog you know where there's were there's a lady in a similar situation and I mean she is just cold and mean and harsh with her kids. But what can she teach Bible and you look at then you think, and what's what's going on here in your life and mine.
We are at various levels allowing the Holy Spirit control and sanctification or walking with God becoming more holy living like a child of the light is incrementally opening the docs to every area of your life, including the closet. The stuff that no one knows about the stuff it's too painful to look at where you literally open the dock and let the Holy Spirit begin to deal truth in life and love and forgiveness and restoration and then what happens is the change happens from the inside out and that outside this thing you are this house you begin to exhibit the characteristics of Christ in more and more every situation as of the issue of being filled with the spirit isn't getting more of him. It's him getting more view. Second principle is that were never told to seek an experience or a gift is an evidence of being filled with the spirit, I'm all for spiritual gifts. I believe God uses them greatly. I'm all for big experiences. I want as many as God, give me just make sure that your gifts and experiences don't equate those with whether filled with the spirit or not. We'll spend your whole life seeking experiences rather than focusing on the Lord.
Third, probably most important, the conditions for being filled.
There's conditions are three conditions to allow to open those ducts of the spirit of God is working in your life. Condition number one is obedience yielded dedication. The apostle Paul. After teaching who we are in Christ for 11 chapters in chapter 12 verse one of Romans says. Therefore, I urge you, beloved brothers, in light of God's mercy that you present point in time your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your reasonable or logical sense of worship and then look at verse two and do not be conformed to this world.
Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold operating under the flesh, but what have your mind transformed by the renewing of your mind that your life or lifestyle might prove or demonstrate what the will of God is, which is good, acceptable and perfect. And so what you see is the way the Holy Spirit works and fills you, he will transform your thinking, your attitude, your mind, your worldview, perception that you what you want to really know how to get filled with the Holy Spirit.
Let me show you a chart as I was reading through New Testament, I came upon a very interesting passage in Colossians 3, Ephesians and Colossians were called twin epistles written about the same time to two different groups look at the parallels Colossians 316 says let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Now let's look at the parallels between being filled with the spirit and being filled with God's word when you're filled with the spirit. What's true of you speaking to one another and him songs and spiritual songs when you're filled with the word teaching and admonishing one another with songs, hymns and spiritual songs.
Does anybody see parallel when you're filled with the spirit, singing, making melody in your heart to God when you're filled with the word singing with thankfulness. See the parallel when you're filled with the spirit, always giving thanks for all things filled with the word, giving thanks through him to God when you're filled with the spirit submitting to one another when you're filled with the word whatever you do do on the name of Jesus. Submission apply and then after that both epistles talk about what relationships and family and children look like when you're filled with the spirit. Do you see the parallel between being filled with the spirit and being filled with the word spirit doesn't do some mystical work where he just changes you.
He uses the raw material of God's word. Even Jesus said what man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God when he ties something up front.
If you are not in God's word on a very regular basis not just to read it to read it to think about it to digest and obey. You will not be filled with the Holy Spirit is impossible. The raw material. The spirit of God is the word of God it so that you can have your mind renewed every morning, every night so that the spirit of God can put truth in your mind and you'll know the truth and truth will set you free. The first condition being filled with the Spirit is obedience to God and to his word.
The second condition is an undefeated life and I just mean perfection. What I mean is when you know about sin.
I'm sitting in the parking lot I just send I blew up at my kid. God is convicted, may I get a choice I either repent of that sin, or I say you know what I'm tired. He deserves this.
I know I was wrong in there and your music practice. I'm up after with your kid.
I've quench the spirit I'm in this for you spiritual fruit is not can be born until I do. I either apologize to him confess to God. The word is repent for repent and just have a change of mind. I was wrong. This is wrong behavior. This is not godly repent, seek forgiveness be restored asking to fill me fresh.
If you're involved in activities that you know are wrong. You will not be filled with the spirit, if you're involved in a relationship you know is sinful, you will not be filled with the spirit if you're not handling your money in a way that God is made clear to you should handle your money, you would not be filled with the spirit, if you're watching material or reading material the you know doesn't honor God and you have this twinge of guilt. And you know it's wrong.
If you keep doing it. You will not be filled with the spirit Ephesians 430 and 31 notice what it says and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Don't create him.
Don't making sadness is about a relationship what's it say get rid of all bitterness and range in anger and brawling and slander, along with every form of malice that I love the next verse and be positive kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, how just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Condition number one obedience to God and his word condition number two an undefeated life.
That means you deal with known sin. Condition number three is a dependent life.
John 15 is the picture of the vine and the branches. This dependency that you need. God is practicing the presence of God. It's it's talking to a measure getting dressed and when you're shaving and and in between times when you drive in the car. It's this link all the time and I need you. Galatians 516 says walk or live by the Spirit in you will not let fulfill the desires of the flesh, it notices it's a walk it safe. You take a step and stumble. You take a step and stumble. God understands this is about perfection. This is about having altogether.
It's about obedience to God's word is about dealing with what he shows me in the living with a sense of dependence with a child to a father in the final one here is remember this is not mechanical. It's relational.
This is not about okay I would be filled with the spirit three chapters a day. One night, but see him to pray for 7.5 minutes. Dear God, I love you I love everyone blessed the world. Good deeds under due to good deeds today and all I got a track and also about Christ. Here you are not Christ.
Go try that when you think about building a relationship with another human being. What you do time commitment conversation, listening scheduling time away to be together a connection of the heart doesn't involve discipline sure did you always want to spend time with someone you want to get close to you don't always feel like it, but you do it, but is not about legalism or rules. It's about a heart relationship. The best picture I can give you is just I'm committed to building intimate relationship with my wife and my kids, but that he does not like okay Mondays I give her candy Wednesdays. I sent her flowers hi honey how are you not mechanical.
Do we set aside Fridays, a day each week. Yes we do we commit to every day have a timer. We really talk yes we sit down and do some planning about what we do with our money in our time. Yes, we plan a couple three weekends a year to get away. Yes, but it's about your heart. It's about wanting to be close and God longs to be close to you. He wants to fill you with the spirit he wants to saturate your life with his love and his joy in his peace.
But before you walk out the door you are at the fork in the road you can be run by you, or you can yield to the spirit of God right now and begin a journey of being filled with the spirit and it will change your heart and you will increasingly become less and less hypocritical. We bow your head and just privately talk with God and just the for asking God, asking God if you show me the first step to be filled with your spirit. From what I've heard today and I will do it. You pray that it's a quiet and he will show be right back to if you're just joining us, you're listening to living on the usage with shipping chips message how to overcome hypocrisy in your heart is from his four-part series stop faking it for a limited time, the CDs of stop faking it are available at a significant on-air discount price and the MP3s can be ordered free of charge for complete ordering materials call us here at 1-888-333-6003, or if you prefer to shop online. Just visit our website LivingontheEdge.org and while you're there, check out the companion series were discounting transformed the miracle of life change to great series lots of discounts. Check it out today will trip before you come back with your application for today's teaching. I'm just thinking about all those people are ready. I mean really ready to get going with a new plan out what would you recommend. Well Dave what I can tell you is this, is that the only one that can change your life is the Holy Spirit and we talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit and letting him have control.
And obviously he does the work.
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The key perspective is this is relational, it's not mechanical.
The filling of the spirit is a relationship with the person of God is not an activity.
It's not an exercise.
It's not a mechanical list of things to do. It is the living God dwelling in you and you allowing him to take over more and more control so that what comes out of your life your mouth your heart and in your relationships is the spirit of Christ living through you as we wrap up today's program. I want to say thank you to those who make this broadcast possible through your generous financial support.
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