One does not need to be a prophet in order to clearly see that a line is being drawn in the sand between the world and the church. As the world cascades towards a seemingly cataclysmic doom, the Church is busy trying to slam on the brakes with preaching that is doing very little if anything to stop the inevitable. Instead of being anti-decaying agents to a world that is steadily rotting, we are busily shouting at the darkness, proclaiming how off and awful the church is, or prophesying the latest headlines from our favorite news outlet. I believe with everything in me that Jesus is coming back soon and we, the church need to be about the Father’s business. This belief is so strong in me that it is what gives me purpose. It’s the reason I continue to do what I do. It’s caused to me to love people more that I could have ever imagined, and it drives me to do everything within me to insure I take as many people as I can to Heaven with me some day.
It’s the reason I believe the Church needs a reformation and a reboot of the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit.
Here are three things we MUST learn about the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit is the Most Important PERSON in the Room.
First let me state clearly that I am not about to write a how-to manual on what it looks like when the Holy Spirit is in the room. It’s my belief that He is there regardless of if we feel His presence or not. In other words, whether we are shouting, dancing, or running, singing quietly, being solemn or even sitting while just thinking about the next ball game, He, the Holy Spirit is still present. He’s there if we are conscience of His presence, and He is there when we are not. He’s there when our doctrine is good, when it’s bad, and yes, He’s even there when we sin.
The point is, Jesus sent Him to us. He is the greatest gift and blessing ever given to the believer. He is with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. He knows everything that there is to know about everything, and He will NEVER leave us. And the truth still remains, we NEED Him.
It’s never been a question of how much of the Holy Spirit is in the room. It’s a question of, “How much of me will I allow Him to have, use and work through?” Am I yielding my way to His, or am I expecting Him to yield His way to my agenda, my ways, and my perfect self-controlled world? If He could literally walk out of the room, would we even notice?
I believe that one of the major things the church has got to get to is a conscience reminder that He is present, He is here with us, He wants to help and do great things with us. Every song we sing, whether there are flashing lights, smoke, or even when singing out of those old fashioned hymnals, He’s there. We just need to really make Him the most important person in the room.
As leaders, we need to teach and model to our people that total reliance on Him and honor to Him is the beginning point to the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
2. Everything we read that Jesus did in the Gospels, the Holy Spirit wants to do in and through us.
Before we even try and breach subjects surrounding anything supernatural, let’s look one of the things Jesus said about the Holy Spirit. In John chapter 14, and verse 26, He tells us:
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
The word for Counselor here is the Greek work Paraclete. It means several things all summed up in one. He’s telling us the Holy Spirit will be our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate, Intercessor, Standby, Strengthener, and our Helper. In short, Jesus told us that He would be sending us someone just like Him. Just as Jesus was a Helper to the disciples, so is the Holy Spirit a Helper to us.
In the church I grew up in the Holy Spirit was rarely mentioned unless it was at an Altar call. He was known as our Convictor. The picture was that He was only in our church for the grand finale. After all of the singing we did about Heaven, the preaching our pastor did about Hell, He (the Holy Spirit) steps up to the stage to bring conviction to what was preached and sang.
How much more could have been done, could we have experienced, and how many more people would have come to Christ if we had just been more aware of His presence and had the realization and sensitivity to what He wanted to do?
He wants to do so much more with us. We just have to get back to where we treat Him as He is, the most important person in our church.
After all, It was Jesus in referring to the coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit who said:
Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, the one who believes in me will also do what I’m doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I’m going to the Father. John 14:12
3. The Holy Spirit is not the part of the God Head reserved only for Pentecostal/Charismatic Doctrine.
The last century was viewed by many as the Century of the Holy Spirit. This was mainly due to the phenomenal growth that took place and is still taking place among those of the Pentecostal and Charismatic persuasion. Speaking in tongues, personal prophecy, and claims of miracles have been the drawing cards for this massive world-wide movement.
And even though it seems like we charismatics have more of the Holy Spirit in our circles, it’s just not true. Maybe we have just yielded more. Maybe our continuous conversations and sermons about Him have made us more aware of His presence. Speaking in tongues and prophecy were never the ultimate pinnacle of our spirituality, but contrary to that, they were always meant to be the starting point for our service here on earth. Many P/C’s have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and stopped right where they are, never going any deeper with God and experiencing His best in all areas of their life. The crime in doing that is that we fail to understand the real reason we were Spirit-filled in the first place; to be powerful and equipped witnesses to the life-giving, and saving power of Jesus.
I have to believe that wherever there is a willing and yielded heart, there’s a place for the Holy Spirit to do miracles. In fact, I believe it’s a willing and yielded heart that is necessary for him to do anything in, through or for us. But we can’t relegate the miraculous to just what we can see. There are miracles happening around us daily. There are times when we have been rescued from pain or even death and have not realized it. There are miracles in relationships and families. There are scientific discoveries being made today that were prayed about decades and maybe even centuries before. I could go on and on.
Our relationship with the Holy Spirit has got to go beyond our own spiritual immaturity whereby He is only thought of when we want or need something from Him. He is God. And in order to enjoy the very best of Him, we are going to have to start honoring Him as the most Important Person in the Room.
See you Sunday!
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