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Acts: The Holy Spirit Our Greatest Need

David Shin


David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK



  • December 2, 2017
    11:30 AM


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Well today we conclude our fall series of messages it's hard to believe it's in the. On the Holy Spirit and I have enjoyed studying and growing as a result of my own personal journey with the Holy Spirit in my day to day Christian experience and I thought it would be good for us before we get into the heart of today's message to do a brief review because of with the sleep deprivation I find that I have even forgotten what I preached a few weeks ago and I am one invite you to pull out your study guy and I want to go through some of the key passages and thoughts in relationship to the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit is the most urgent of all our needs and to seek this should be our 1st work it is the greatest gift that Jesus wants to give to each one of us and in your study guide you'll see this familiar text that we have referenced John Chapter 16 verse 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth it is to your advantage that I go away for if I do not go away the Helper will not come to you but if I depart I will send him to you Jesus is speaking to the disciples this is right before he goes back to haven't and he tells them look it's a good thing that I'm leaving. The disciples are probably stunned that's not a good thing but he says it's actually advantageous to you that I leave and the desire of ages expands on this notion of the advantage of Jesus leaving and sending the humped the comforter the helper desired ages page 669 the Holy Spirit is Christ's representative but divested of the personality of humanity and independent there of cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally let's stop right there Jesus when he came to the surface took upon him the form and became a human being and with that he divested himself of the ability to be everywhere at once so he went to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit it goes on Therefore it was to their interest that he should go to the Father and send the Spirit to be his successor on earth no one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ by the Spirit the Savior would be accessible to all in this sense he would be nearer to them than if he had not ascended on high the beauty is that Jesus went to heaven but through the Holy Spirit he can be with us anywhere we may be even in Anchorage Alaska imagine that he can be here even though he's in heaven and it is through the Holy Spirit who is not limited by space and time he could be everywhere at once and we went on in 1st John chapter 3 verse 24 says and by this we know that Jesus in us by the Spirit whom he has given us. The Holy Spirit will bring the presence of Jesus into us this is a beautiful concept that Jesus can live within us you've read those texts in the New Testament Christ in me the hope of glory Well how does that happen it is through the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit comes into us and through the Holy Spirit the presence of Jesus is able to dwell within us and don't you want Jesus not only with you but in you I long for Jesus to be inside of us and this is the miracle of grace and I don't understand exactly how this all happens but the Bible is clear that through the Holy Spirit Christ dwells within us here's another reference in effusion chapter 3 verse $16.00 to $19.00 that he would grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through his wives through His Spirit in the inner man that notice is part that Christ may but do well in your hearts through faith that you may be rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints What is the with length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes the knowledge that you may be filled with all the fullness of God This is a mystery but it can be experienced Jesus can and desires to dwell within each one of us through faith through the Holy Spirit and as we noted in earlier presentations we as human beings are not only physical mental. Intellectual individuals but we are also spiritual people that have the capacity and potential to be filled with the Holy Spirit and also the capacity to be filled with an unholy spirit as well remember Peter said to N.I.S. why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit so we are spiritual vessels and I don't understand all of the mechanics of how this all works and there are some things in life that you have to experience to truly know one of my favorite apples you know what kind of Apple this. Is the Honeycrisp Apple and to the best of my knowledge this was an apple that was genetically modified not that's right words it's not G.M.O. But you know what I'm saying and if you have never tasted Honeycrisp Apple you're missing out I want to encourage you do that and it is one of those things that you can do a doctoral dissertation on. You can read all about it I can try to come up with all the adjectives to describe what it's like how the feeling is when you bite into it it's not like a Red Delicious where it's kind of mushy I don't like that it is crisp and the juices just seem to just run down your mouth and there is an explosion of sweetness on your palate but you can not no. The experience unless you experience in there you can sit it on your table you can dissect it you can analyze it you can write papers about it but until you experience it until you put it into your mouth you will never truly know what it is like and that's the way the Gospel works and that's why Psalms 34 Verse 8 says Oh taste and see that the Lord is good it is experience. There are certain things that you cannot explain but you know it's true in the right you know in your heart of hearts that it is true but you can't explain it how do you explain Jesus living within us through the Holy Spirit I can't explain it but I can tell you that I've experienced it and that it's real and that it's transformative and until you experience it too I can't put into words exactly what it is like I was a young person that had gone through our whole system of education from kindergarten all the way through college and graduate school this this has been my experience but there was a time for a long period where it was simply intellectual I did not really know it and until that summer. When I was 18 I know I still look like I'm 18 people tell me but I when I was 18 longer than you think don't let this baby face for you when I was 18 I knelt down. In Pennsylvania after a canvassing program and a friend of mine made the appeal do you want to invite Jesus into your heart and I was ready and I knelt down and I invited nice and I said those words and I said Jesus I want to invite you into my heart today I can't explain it but in that moment Jesus came inside my heart it was a beautiful extra I remember getting up the next day and I said what just happened and every day I made that same invitation asking Jesus into my heart through the agency the Holy Spirit and there was a gradual unconscious transformation that began to develop in my life and I can't prove it I can't explain it but I know that it is real because I've experienced it much like I can't tell you what it's like to eat a Honeycrisp Apple and to you taste it for yourself the Gospel is experience. We have to taste and experience. And as we invite the Holy Spirit in there is a transformation that takes place in relation chapter 5 years 22 this is the fruit of the spirit the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace longsuffering another word for patience kindness gentleness faithfulness got the order of mixed up and self-control against such there is no law now how many of you can use more love in your life how many of you want to be a more loving person. How many of you want more peace in your life long suffering that's another word for patience how many of you can use more patience in your home in your marriage as parents how many of you can use more gentleness and self-control the beauty of the Spirit filled life is that as Jesus comes into your heart there is a transformation that takes place I have this used in earlier presentation These are the fruit of the Spirit and you can see that these are the natural results of a Spirit filled life and as we talked about in our Sabbath school today have you ever tried to watch fruit grow sat there in front of an apple tree to watch the apples grow it is painful but the beauty of it is that even though our own spiritual growth may be unconscious that daily as we receive of the Holy Spirit there will be fruit as a result Amen it's unconscious but over time by the grace of God Someone may say to you Look what's going on in your life and you're like whoa and the fruits are being manifest we becoming a more loving and lovable Christian through the grace of Jesus Christ and I praise God that we're all the work in progress Amen it's not about the destination he continues to work in our lives but fruit is the natural byproduct of the Holy Spirit living within each one of us now the bible also indicates that there is certain fruit or certain manifestations of an individual that has the absence of the spirit. The book of Acts talks about individuals that are filled with the Holy Spirit and they have certain fruit that are manifest love joy peace long suffering patient these are the natural results but the absence of the Spirit also has visible results the Bible tells us that we should not judge individuals we are not to judge motives but the Bible does say by their fruits you show what you shown know them we're not to judge motive but there are certain evidence is that there is an absence of the spirit in the life. Here is. Are Here are some of the visible manifestation it's of a absence of the Holy Spirit let's go through them here collation Chapter 5 the same chapter on the fruit of the Spirit just before that in verses 1921 now the works of the flesh are evident which are adultery fornication uncleanness lewdness idolatry sorcery hatred contention jealousies outbursts of Wrath selfish ambition dissension heresies and v murders drunkenness revelry and the life of which I tell you before hand just as I told you before in time past that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God These are visible manifestations that arise naturally out of an individual that simply has the absence of the Holy Spirit this is not necessarily talking about the extreme of demon possession this is simply talking about an individual that is working out the natural inclinations of the sinful heart they will manifest itself in certain behavioral X. turn all characteristics. Now there are some things on this list that are immediately so a porn site you think of murder whoa or sorcery these are things that were just like oh my I would never do such a thing but you'll see that sandwiched beef between the things that are so up or and are things that are very very common and prevalent let's look at the some of those things that are in between sorcery and murders look at the things that are their hatred contentions jealousy Have you ever been jealous before. Outbursts of Wrath Have you ever lost it and just went over the top selfish ambition dissension heresy envy Have you ever been envious So these are things that we all struggle with from a carnal perspective these are things that are that are common and the natural inclination of an individual it's easy to go and point our finger you know and say oh those murders or those idolaters out there but this list is all in compassing this is a list that all of us you know if we're honest with ourselves can say look I struggle with some of these things is the natural inclination of the heart and this is simply when we do not have the Holy Spirit these fruits are the natural manifestations of what takes place so the practical application of the Christian experience is rather than going through here and trying to pluck off these bad fruit. Is to daily invite the Holy Spirit in that's the ground of our Christian experience and as we daily invite the Holy Spirit in he begins to work in us and through us not that we don't struggle that we don't fall but through the pattern of our lives and inviting the Holy Spirit in the transformation begins to take place in our lives and before long we begin to look more and more like Jesus Christ there's also another thing that takes place when the Holy Spirit comes into our our lives there is a character transformation but there's also a transformation of what we call spiritual perception and in 1st Corinthians chapter 2 verse $12.14 it says now we have received not the spirit of the world but the spirit which is what is to say from God the Holy Spirit so that we may know the things freely given to us by God This is an important consideration for us to recognize in terms of the priesthood of all believers is the Holy Spirit limited to just the pastor no praise God if not the Holy Spirit is given to all believers everyone has this excess ability so when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives not only does he change our character but he gives us the ability to know spiritual things and this gift is given to all I think of that statement in the book education that says that the Bible was given for the common man. Generically speaking of course the common man and woman the Bible was given in the language of the people and through the agency of the Holy Spirit all of us have access to knowledge of biblical truth and we cannot have this false separation between clergy and laity and say oh the pastor is the one that should interpret the scripture for us no no no no the priesthood of all believers implies that all believers have access to knowledge of God through the Holy Spirit that is the beauty of the gospel so when Jesus comes into our heart not only does he change our character but we are able to perceive and understand spiritual things. I was listening to a sermon by Rob Bell and he made this application of spiritual knowledge and he said and quoted from the text that said the full has said in his heart there is no God The Old Testament passage the fool has said in his heart there is no God and he went on to expound and say that the issue with atheism is not so much an issue of the intellect according to scripture it is an issue of the what is an issue of the heart in other words morality according to Scripture is the. Key ingredient that determines spiritual knowledge it is not intellect it is your own heart that determines the spiritual perception so the invitation of the Spirit into our own hearts is what enables us to know but the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are what for they are foolishness to him nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned So the the fundamental foundational aspect of understanding Scripture we we cannot even engage in that without the Holy Spirit because we're talking from 2 different vantage points the person that is the natural man which simply indicates the individual that has the absence of the Spirit which is manifest by all the things that we listen English and Chapter 5 that the conversation can not even progress if you are not coming from the vantage point of 2 individuals that have submitted themselves to the Holy Spirit Now this is not to say that there is not disagreement but it does show that the 1st thing in any type of feel logical conversation is humility Amen humility and to come before God say Lord I need help I need the Holy Spirit to not only change my heart but also to give me spiritual perception. Jude chapter Jude verse 18 through 20 they said to you in the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires they are people who divide you who follow me are instincts and do not have the Spirit this is an indication of what's going to happen in the last days there will be scoffers they will come in and divide and they're going according to natural instinct and the Bible indicates that this shows an absence of the spirit but you dear friend by building yourselves up in the most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit the Bible brings out that as we approach the end of time there will be a clear delineation between those that are filled with the Holy Spirit and those that are filled with an unholy speared Now the Bible also indicates that as we receive the Spirit of God daily that it is possible to also grieve the Holy Spirit in other words daily I have the choice whether to allow the Holy Spirit to have access to my heart it is cooperation with him that is required but at any point I can grieve the Holy Spirit I can say I don't want him to transform my life anymore now the question is what can we do that will grieve the Holy Spirit here it is and if he's in chapter 4 verse 3332 and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption let all bitterness wrath anger clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice and because one to another tender hearted forgiving one another even as God in Christ for gave you. I want you to notice that the way that we grieve the Holy Spirit. Is not through an intellectual action but according to this the way that we grieve the Holy Spirit is through our interpersonal relationships of how we treat each other do you see that and I would argue that how we treat each other is as important as the gospel how we interact with each other and how we dialogue with each other and how we relate to each other is fundamental in the Bible indicates that we can be a Spirit filled person and yet engage in activities and actions that are not cerebral and intellectual so much as interpersonal and if through our interpersonal relationships we are wrathful bitter anger and our evil speaking then the Bible tells us that essentially what we have done is show of the Holy Spirit out the door in other words we can be a Spirit filled person and yet through these actions we can escort the Holy Spirit out that is what the Bible is indicating and yet on the converse of that the Bible says and be kind one to another tender hearted forgiving one another even as God in Christ for gave you in other words inviting the Holy Spirit in involves cooperation and any time we can choose to escort him out and according to this text the primary way that we escort the Holy Spirit out is through how we treat each other how we engage each other do not grieve the Holy Spirit because one to another tender hearted forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you. Dennis Smith in his book 40 days of prayers of this if you find that you have grieved the Spirit Don't be discouraged asked God to forgive you and he will proceed on 19 then and ask God in faith to fill you in a new with His Spirit and He will do that too according to Luke chapter 11 verse 13 that is the beauty of the Gospel Jesus is always there and if we have grieved him by escorting the Holy Spirit out he's always at the door wanting to come back in there have been times that in my Christian experience we don't believe in one saved always saved neither do we believe in once filled always filled and there have been times in my Christian experience when through a situation or circumstance I have lost it you know what I'm talking about we all fall short of the glory of God I've said something or I've related to someone that was in a less than Christ like way and sometimes I have been absolutely right in my position but I was absolutely wrong in the way that I gauge that individual and you know how the Holy Spirit works and it is it happens like this I'm saying these things and I'm so right but I'm so wrong in the way that I am diminishing the other individual you know and we have a passive aggressive way of doing that don't we and you know or I should say I do and so you diminish the other individual and as you are saying those words because you're so right but then I'm like oh I'm so raw and there's some times when I'm like OH NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO but but you feel like it's going to be so good to spew the vitriol. It's just and then and then as it goes out you're like oh no no no I feel and especially when the other person responds in a different way I go away and you hear that still small voice don't you David. You were right but you were so wrong and the sweet spirit says you know you're grieving me you're making me sad and there is this conversation that takes place but they deserved it you know how it goes and a lot of self-justification rationally and you go through this internal battle and you know you ask the Lord for forgiveness and the Holy Spirit so Sweden says you know you're forgiven and then says you know you need to go to that person so you go to that person and you'll find that 99.9 percent of the time when you go to that individual and you say you know what without giving a lot of fine print of excuses you say I am sorry I hurt you what is their response very gracious very gracious and this is the journey with the Holy Spirit that is the journey that we go through we can grieve the Holy Spirit but he is always there and he says he would choose our hearts and through this internal dialogue with the Holy Spirit there is a softening influence that takes place and we all need that softening influence Amen we all need the sweet spirit of Jesus and one of the greatest continual reminders when I am tempted to view a person or a circumstance a certain way the Holy Spirit comes to me and says David how have I related to you. And it is through that vantage point that I recognize that the Lord has given me a chance as any as given you chance after chance after chance after chance always so patient so varying so long suffering so bearing with us through the whole experience that he says Look what I have done with you in this relationship I want that to be channeled out to other individuals the Holy Spirit the greatest gift that can be given to each one of us and I know that all of us have heard his voice AMEN on a continual basis through this experience I think of David in some 51 he says Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a steadfast spirit within me and do not take your Holy Spirit from me you know the context of some 51 he has just murdered a man and taken his wife prior to that he committed adultery with her and fathered a child later on so it is through this context that we have this prayer and the beauty of how grace works and how God related to David Create in me a clean heart this is a prayer that we all can pray and renew a steadfast spirit within me and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Our final quote This is a beautiful promise desire of ages $173.00 Take this and meditate on it claim it when the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart it transforms the life sinful thoughts are put away how many of you want sinful thoughts to be put away things that come across your consciousness evil deeds are announced love and humility take the place of anger envy and strife joy takes the place of sadness and the countenance reflects the light of heaven friends we as a community of faith we need the Holy Spirit. Individually and corporately in our homes in our marriages in our parenting in our in our work place in our associations with one another we need the all of the Holy Spirit to smooth and soften and subdue our hearts on a day to day basis to be broken in and built up through his presence and through his working and how many of you would like to say with me Lord Jesus. I want you to live within me through the Holy Spirit how many of you want that so that you can reproduce your character my life Father in Heaven Lord there is nothing good within us naturally but we praise you. That through the Holy Spirit that you can produce a loving and lovable Christian in each one of us Father we would long to be like you we long to have the character of Jesus and we thank you that big break by be holding we become changed even as by the spirit of the Lord Lord. Create in us a deeper desire for the spirit and for the presence of Jesus to abide in our hearts create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us for we asked these things in Jesus name. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio overs or if you would like to listen to more service lead to visit W W W audio verse or.


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