The Holy Spirit: the Unblocking, Pt. 2

christoffer-engstrom-189369-unsplashGod is so extravagant; look at the way He made the universe (at least, so far as we can even see!). He created people – you and I – with the capacity to choose or to not choose Him. He chose to make us, imperfect and flawed as we are, for the purpose of pursuing and wooing and loving us to no end.

In relation to the pursuit of the Holy Spirit, we can respond in one of three ways: pursue Him back, reject His pursuit completely, or merely co-exist with Him. God’s intention for us is the first of these – fullness and abundance and intimacy with Him. His story – His very purpose – is one of pursuit.

Part 1: The Holy Spirit participates in creation (including the creation of you and me!); the Word implies anticipation and expectation when He creates.

  1. Genesis: 1:2: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Part 2: The Holy Spirit fills specific people for divine purposes.

  1. Numbers 27:18-20: So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey.
  2. Judges 6:34: But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.
  3. 2 Samuel 23:2: The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.
    1. If every part of your life is comfortable and in control, where is there room for the Holy Spirit to move?

Part 3: The Holy Spirit is on Jesus, leading Jesus, and in Jesus.

  1. Matthew: 3:16-17: And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
  2. Matthew 4:1: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
    1. Why did the Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness, knowing that he would be tempted there? And why does He do the same in our lives? Because, often, the way to green pastures and still waters and lands of milk and honey isn’t around but though the wilderness. God promises to lead you, not leave you.
  3. John 20:21-22: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 

Part 4: Jesus promises the Holy Spirit would be with you and in you.

  1. John 7:38-39: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
  2. John 14:15-17: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Keys to Unblocking the Holy Spirit:

  1. Unrepentance –> Repentance
    1. Acts 2:38: And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    2. Galatians 5:16: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
      1. We have to be careful and intentional in our repentance; we’ve equated repentance with confession. There’s a difference between talking about it and turning from it.
  2. Disobedience –> Obedience
    1. Acts 5:29-32: But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
      1. Obedience is not hindrance. Rather, it’s a means to abundance.
      2. Start simple. Ask yourself: God, what was the last thing you asked me to do that I haven’t done?
  3. Disunity –> Unity
    1. John 17:20-23: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
    2. The enemy likes to use unforgiveness and comparison to tear us apart.
  4. Apathy –> Prayers of asking
    1. Luke 11:5-13: And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
    2. Jesus withholds nothing from us. All He wants is for us to ask!

Biblical references: Genesis 1:2; Numbers 27:18-20; Judges 6:34; 2 Samuel 23:2; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 4:1; John 20:21-22; John 7:38-39; John 14:15-17; Acts 2:38; Galatians 5:16; Acts 5:29-32; John 17:20-23; Luke 11:5-13

Questions:

  1. What unrepentance do you have in your heart?
  2. Where have you disobeyed God?
  3. Where is there disunity in your relationships?
  4. Where do you need to start asking instead of being apathetic?

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Mosaic Community Church

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. He said the other is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We commit to loving God because He loves us. We commit to loving people the way Jesus does, selflessly and with integrity. This love compels us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, inviting everyone to be a part of His family. As we love God and love people, the world will change.

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