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How to Keep Your Spiritual Fire Burning | Part 2

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October 4, 2021 8:00 am

How to Keep Your Spiritual Fire Burning | Part 2

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October 4, 2021 8:00 am

In this message, Adrian Rogers shows how to keep the spiritual fire ignited in the Church on the Day of Pentecost burning.

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Are you watching the spiritual fire. God is given you listen to Adrian Rogers if you work in the fire burning don't live to the Holy Ghost. Don't pretend something that you're not don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God don't live to the Holy Spirit.

Don't quit the spirit back to Francis. You just put fire, we need that five that illuminated five and energizing five dollars spirit is sent by God the father to guide us to lead us.

He gives us fire to light our path and we need to be very sensitive to the spirit of God because he is so easily acquaintance welcome to the worth finding the day of Pentecost in acts chapter 2 marked the birth of the church. Adrian Rogers said Bethlehem is God with us. Calvary is God for us. Pentecost is God in us know in part one of today's message Pastor Rogers revealed that when we are filled with the spirit. It acts as a holy flame illumines consumes, transforms, empowers and attracts us. There are four ways to keep this fire burning you have your Bible turnout acts chapter 2 is Adrian Rogers reveals how to keep your spiritual fire burning you know that John Wesley used to say this.

He said that I just set myself on fire people come to watch me burn and and fire has power to many of us are reading the Bible like it's a math book rather than a love story. By the way, that would start fires on a lot of churches are ready to burn these early Christians. They had a fire that water couldn't drown in swords could kill and and jails could not hold all of this is the fire of God. And that's the reason. On the day of Pentecost God gave these great emblem of when and five non-wildfire and I'm not talking about painted fire about real fun sometimes when you talk about getting all five people afraid were don't become fanatics on average church is not much danger that can be like putting a card and a policeman around the graveyard to keep while demonstration from breaking out from those who sleep there. I believe the reason that the culture getting many of the members of Bible believing churches is because there's an empty place in people's heart.

They they want something that is real they want passion they won't fire not just mention all of the things that fired and you need to keep the fire burning in your heart because this church is not going to stay on fire until the members. Pastor people in staff and deacons and teachers that we ourselves all fire so I want to give you four things, three of them negative and one of the positive. If you would keep the fire burning and they all deal with the Holy Spirit, who is the spirit of fire in the spirit of burning number one principle number one, don't lie to the Holy Spirit. Don't lie to the Holy Spirit. If you lied to the Holy Spirit you're playing with fire and you're going to get burned in acts chapter 5. Let me give an example of somebody who lied to the Holy Spirit next chapter 5 I read this, but a certain man named Ananias and Safari. His wife sold a possession and kept back part of the price. His wife also being privy to it. That is, she was in on the be and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles feet. They were having a love offering say, so she brought it late in the apostles feet. But Peter said Ananias, why has Satan filled I'm hard to live to the Holy Ghost just on the school that to lie to the Holy Ghost and keep back part of the price of land wanted remain.

Was it not Dino and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power.

That is, you don't have to give it. Nobody twisted your arm, why has thou conceived this thing in my heart that is not lied an amendment and to God and analyze hearing these words fell down and gave the ghost that means he by the ghost was the spirit was in him. And great fear came upon all them that heard these things, and the young man arose wound them up and carried about an American.

They they carried this man out of the church service. Now what happened is this there was a great wave of revival that was sweeping near the church. First, there was addition then there was multiplication and the devil want to cause division and subtraction. Devil want to get in on the arithmetic also has a lot he did, he began to work through the people in the church directly.

Ananias and Sapphire. He'd already tried to stop the church by persecution found out that only made it grow so Satan said if I can stop him. I'll join them in our work from the inside. And so we got in the hearts of Ananias and Sapphire are as we go to see what caused Ananias and Safari to lie to the Holy Ghost. The root of their sin was pride.

Now listen to me, is pride that causes you to lie to Holy Ghost the root of the sin was pride.

There was a man named Barnabas who gave exceptional love offering you and people were grateful for. Barnabas didn't do it to show off the Barnabas was not ashamed.

Let it be known what he had done. The Bible says way to let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven and what Barnabas did was a spontaneous show of love, Ananias and Sapphire wanted to get in and bask in the glow that so they sold a piece of real estate told everybody they were going to give everything they receive to the Lord that they didn't have to do it Peter said it was in your power. You didn't have to give anything you could have given part but don't lie and say that you've done something that you have not done the reason that they did this simply was pride they want to be praised.

They want to be petted and nothing puts a man more in jeopardy and spiritual things than pride.

There's nothing that will put out your spiritual fire quicker than pride because the Bible says that God resists the proud, and he gives grace to the humble. The Holy Spirit of God is poured out the spirit of grace upon people are humble about the root of the sin was pride and the fruit of their sin was pretend they pretended more than they had.

They wanted credit again. I want to say it's not that they refused to give that was in the power.

Peter said, but they were acting as hypocrite read the Bible and you find out that Jesus Christ reserved his sternest words for hypocrites Frank that I had to search my heart before I could preach this message. I mean all my means I my survey bring to you, pretend to be more holy than you are. Are you telling people things that you don't believe are even worse things that you do believe in don't practice, you see that a put out the fire.

There is pride that leads to pretense and I believe that many of our churches are filled with that I've seen congregation standing, saying, I surrender all, all to Jesus I surrender all to him I freely give.

And frankly, that's a lie.

They have not surrendered all they have not given all freely to the Lord Jesus Christ that we sing take my silver and my goal not I might when I withhold how many commendations really really mean that.

Take my silver and my goal, not a might what I withhold may withhold with all our might. I've seen congregation sing on Sunday morning Faith of our fathers. Holy faith we will be true to the told dad everything that had no income tax on the night. I mean they stay home to watch the sun and I movies but they will sing on Sunday morning Faith of our fathers. Holy faith we will be true to the that's what Chris said is lying to the Holy Spirit about who calls that Peter said Ananias and Sapphire. Why has Satan put in your heart to live to the Holy Ghost.

It's a strategy of Satan to sabotage the spirit of revival I did and I say he tried intimidation, persecution that didn't work.

The cause of Christ admin heart far more by hypocrites within the church than by enemies without inside the church to listen to Mantel about how to keep your spiritual fire burning if you live to the Holy Ghost you're playing with fire is serious to tell a lie to anybody more serious to tell a lie to a judge try serious and much more that the lie to the Holy Spirit of God to lie to God is not only serious folks is limited wise food because the Holy Spirit was there when the deal was made. The Holy Spirit was only inside the Holy Spirit, new everything. You can't fool God. Abraham Lincoln said, you fool some of the people all the time all the people sometimes can't fool all the people all the time. You can fool God. Anything I may want to try to live for God it serious is foolish and you say what was God capriciously got struck Ananias bed and later Safari did know God had warned them as a matter fact is that why Satan fell on hard to live to the Holy Ghost. That means that the Holy Spirit of God had been speaking to them because he is the illuminating fire of God.

It was willful and it was inexcusable and God made them an example to the coming generations. Have you ever wondered why God doesn't strike hypocrites dead today in the churches. Why did he strike Ananias and Safari. Why doesn't strike hypocrites dead in our churches today because God took certain individuals and he made them an example. Let me give you some examples of examples that you chapter 7 even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities round about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. He left Sodom with the smoking ruins. As an example then in first Corinthians 10 verses 10 and 11. How does God feel about murmuring neither murmur he is.

Some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer and all these things happen under them for examples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world to come. When God killed those people in the wilderness with poisonous serpents, why doesn't he kill people murmur today with poisonous serpents, God has given an example why did God strike Ananias and Sapphire, then why doesn't he strike every grid bid. God has given the example we need to learn. We need to be on guard against hypocrisy. Ask yourself this question, is there any hypocrisy in me and my pretending a devotion to Jesus Christ that I don't really had are you going in and out among your brother and serving as a deacon serving on the staff singing in the choir to sing what you don't mean hypocrisy. That's why to house and you're playing with fire memo on the line to Holy Ghost number two. Don't grieve the Holy Spirit.

Now if you read the Holy Spirit you go to dampen the fire wall. What grieves the Holy Spirit unconfessed unrepented of sin in your life during this time to Ephesians chapter 4 I like to be with.

In verse 25 wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and sin not let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil that is don't give a beach at a campground to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give them the needed let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. I watch verse 30 and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

He says here don't grieve the Holy Spirit and then a prefaces that an follows that with a litany of sin sends of the flesh sends of the spirit. Everything from malice to an unforgiving spirit and he says this grieves the Holy Spirit of God. Now when you grieve the Holy Spirit of God, you dampen the fire of God.

You see the spirit of God is burning, will he is passionate love the word grieve is a love word. Did you know that you can only be grieved by somebody that you love, you think about when the neighbors kids do wrong that vexes you when your kids do wrong that Grecian AC only is a person grieve. If they love the person who is doing wrong.

I have been grieved by people when they do wrong so grieved. Somebody told me a while back about a preacher who'd fallen into immorality, shame to tell you when I heard it. I fell to my knees and I wept like a baby. I could not stop crying when I heard about what this man had been, because I let my and I agree that the Holy Spirit of God loves us so much that when we have filthy sin in our hearts and in our lives. Unconfessed unrepented of sin that grieves the spirit of God, and it dampens the fire. I don't have any unconfessed unrepented of sin in my life that I know I would be a fool of fool to try to live the Christian life while harboring sin in my heart and my life is that what you think you are some no, that's normal. Christianity is not abnormal. Don't get the idea that we all supposed to have a little pet since yes we fail. Yes, we stumble is the reason why says be angry and Sam not let the sun go down upon your wrath right don't harbor that sin don't go to bed with that same no wake up with it how wonderful he started a clean and pure. The lift your hands and praise the Lord and not grieve the precious blessed Holy Spirit of God who loves us so much that his heart is broken, unconfessed sin in our lives now if you will keep the fire burning don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God don't live to Holy Spirit number three. Don't quit the spirit. Don't quench the Spirit. First Thessalonians chapter 5 in verse 19 says, not the spirit that you quench the spirit you just put fire out. We need that five that illuminating fire that energizing fire, we need that purging cleansing fire Holy Spirit is sent by God the father to guide us to lead us. He gives us fire to light our path and we need to be very sensitive to the spirit of God because he is so easily quench there been times in my life. I'm afraid that I've quench the Spirit of God spirit of God is spoken to me and I've not obeyed the spirit of God. I can remember a time with deep remorse. First, the church ever pastor I had told the Lord I will talk to every person in this town that I can about you.

I will go to at least every house and I have worked and worked and worked and worked and there was one house kinda down the road a long distance, and the Holy Spirit sin be moving my heart saying go to that house method will I've been in a and I will go I was driving later down the street I saw a woman coming driving automobiles both hands in the air. She was screaming at the top of her voice. I pulled over and asked what was wrong. She pointed to the orange grove there in front of that very house and said he's dead he's being. I went into that orange grove and there I saw that man with a high-powered rifle.

He put it up as he reached down and pulled the trigger today was his body was already blue and rigor mortis to come.

We don't have Matt Fielden and shot himself.

I can see that scene in my mind right now. I wondered that I quench the spirit that was the one house I did not go to and that has stayed with me all of the state's don't lie to the Holy Ghost don't quench the Holy Ghost don't read the Holy Ghost when God spirit speaks to you may quit my soul to answer him my feet is God speaking to you about something somebody you need to get right with some money.

You need to give some restoration, you need to make some witness that you need to bear, then do it do it because you can put out that plane you can quench the spirit malice in the light of the Holy Spirit don't grieve the Holy Spirit don't quench the spirit. But let's come right back diverse again in acts chapter 2 verse four be filled with the spirit. They were all filled with the spirit.

I remember again Ephesians 5, verse 18. Be not drunk with wine. When the success but be filled with the spirit that don't get the idea that you are a vessel in the Holy Spirit is some sort of liquid power that he pours into you, like you would fill a job known. You are a temple and refill the Holy Spirit means that he is the key to every room. First rent is 619 what know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which you have of God. Have you given him the key to every room, every closet, how you filled with the spirit of God. Just be completely committed where the spirit is Lord there is liberty just simply say here I am Lord, take my life.

Every ounce, every inch every nerve every fiber every possession is yours. I give you the key to every room, every closet complete commitment and continual control. This verse of Scripture one thing I left out when I told you that it was the imperative mode is passive voice and plural in number but it is in the present tense. It means it is continual action actually be being filled is what it says be being for why does he say don't be drunk with wine but be filled with the spirit. Why did I say don't steal, but be filled. The spirit wanted to say don't commit adultery but be filled with the spirit out as a person get drunk with wine is speaking here not only in contrast with comparison as a person get drunk with wine he drinks how does a state drunk as to keep drinking be be well is talking Aaron comparison Veeck just constantly be being filled with the Holy Spirit of God. It is the present tense continual action as we are letting God's Holy Spirit Phyllis so how you feel the spirit where there is a complete commitment. There is continual control as we are drinking and letting him have his life in us. And then there is constant claiming just say Lord I claim your power right now that's the what I did on my knees before I came out here to preach this message on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to on the day of Pentecost, the disciples went out on the day of Pentecost, the lost came in and God was glorified by the New Testament church. I want the fire to burn brighter and greater than it has ever burned. Are you with me with me folks. Let's keep the fire burning. Thank God there's the there's a win this planet. What would happen if everybody comes on Sunday morning were spirit filled believer would let Holy Ghost fire burning in them.

Will you say, by God's grace, I will be at least one I will by the grace of God, Lord God, I pray that you will help us that we will learn to let you have your way come Holy Spirit be continually cleansing and filling me and fill us individually and no father, help us not to play games. Not to pretend not to lie to the Holy Spirit not to grieve the Holy Spirit quench the Holy Spirit, but to be for thinkable and not today. If you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus Christ. We loved our for you and insightful resource on their website. It's are discovered. Jesus paid there you'll find answers, you may need about your faith as well as a response section. We can share how this message or others have made a difference in your life. Simply go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab at the top it says Discover Jesus can't wait to hear from you today. Now if you like to order a copy of today's message. Call us at 1877 love God and mention the title how to keep your spiritual fire burning can also order online it LWF.org/radio or rightists and loved worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183. Do you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit resisting grieving and quenching spirit and be totally committed to give him continual control and constantly claim this was so glad you joined us for today's broadcast. We hope will tune in next time for more from Adrian Rogers writing online, where was wrote to us recently on Facebook and set this up, put it to you this way there's no trouble in your life that you can find a message from Adrian Rogers to help where he was the greatest Bible teacher of our time full of life-changing advice that stir the soul blessing to hear how past Rogers messages that help you grow in your walk with Christ. When you donate to the ministry this month we will send you a hard copy of a brand-new resource good morning, inspired by the Bible study methods found in Adrian Rogers teachings this devotional point you to Scripture to prayer and to praise every day.

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