This is perhaps the greatest gift that we have in this life: that the living God lives in you and with you. If we lived in this reality, everything would be different. You – yes, you – can hear the voice of God. We are sons and daughters of a loving Father, the bride of Christ, a friend of God, the sheep of the Great Shepherd, and a body with Jesus as the head. Bill Johnson said, “I would rather make a bad decision with faith than a good decision without any”, and that’s what we want; to make decisions out of faith, without fear of being wrong. Either way, God will be with us.
Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit is like learning a new language. We learn to hear God in the little things, not just the big ones. Be humble and risk; we have to practice and apply His word to our lives. The Holy Spirit is speaking…would you be humble enough to learn and listen?
Why does it seem like we can’t hear Him at times?
- I don’t believe I can
- James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- I’m unprepared to obey
- 2 Timothy 4:1-4: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
- Jonah 1:1-3: Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
- The authority of God in your life isn’t real until it’s been tested. You’ll know you’ve been obedient when you’re struggled to obey God; if submission is easy every single time, you’re letting yourself play His role.
- That being said, God’s way isn’t always the hard way. The more we mature in our faith, the more what we want to do will align with God’s directive for us.
- He is empowering me to make the decision
- #Sanctification, ya’ll!
- Romans 8:14-17: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
- Hearing God isn’t a superpower or a trick, it’s our identity.
So, what are we to do when it seems like you’re not getting specific direction?
- Search the Scriptures.
- Ask other people to pray with you and share what they believe God is saying.
- Pursue wisdom from church leadership.
- Get as much information as possible and then ask:
- What will glorify God the most?
- What will bless others the most?
- Make the decision. Risk in faith!
Biblical references: James 1:5-8; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Jonah 1:1-3; Romans 8:14-17
We – Mosaic, and followers of Jesus – believe that everybody on the earth can hear the Holy Spirit. If you’re a believer, you can hear Him because He is in you and with you. If you’re not, you can hear His voice because He is constantly wooing you, trying to win your heart, and ceaselessly loving you. We don’t ask the question, “can I hear the Spirit?” but rather, “how do I hear the Spirit?” because He speaks is so many different ways; we see this across the Bible (He speaks like a friend in Exodus 33; in 1 Kings, His voice is a still small whisper, etc).
The Holy Spirit doesn’t seek to you so that you can seem a magician, gain fame and glory, or to avoid personal responsibility in the name of “God said” (a classic example: the break-up due to “God said..”). He doesn’t speak so that we can know the will of God for our lives because (spoiler alert: we already know!). We see in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
…and to God be the glory, for the verse following is a directive for us in order to hear Him: Do not quench the Spirit. His primary interest is not to give you orders; He wants to talk with you and walk with you, to hear your story and what makes you sing and what makes you sad. And why? Why does He speak?
- He wants to teach you Truth, Peace, and Courage
- John 14:26-27: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
- He wants you to live freely
- Galatians 5:16-18: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
- The ‘law’ = the idea that your dos and don’ts define your identity and declare your value. No! That’s not what God says! He speaks freedom over and over again, despite all the things we do and do not do.
- He wants you to walk in the manner of His greatness
- Colossians 1:9-11: And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…
- We have equated skepticism with intellect.
- James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- We have to begin with faith. We can’t expect to hear from the Spirit when we are cloaked in doubt. We hear by faith.
There are parameters to keep in mind:
- The Holy Spirit won’t contradict the Bible.
- He won’t contradict the Spirit of Jesus.
- It will usually be affirmed by church leadership.
- It we be reinforced by our church community.
- It should bear fruit.
He speaks in so many ways: through the Bible, other people, nature, books, dreams, visions, words, visions, an audible voice…It’s up to us to trust that we can hear Him! He speaks in big picture and he speaks in specifics of the day-to-day. Expect that you can hear Him, and you will.
Biblical References: John 14:26-27; Galatians 5:16-18; Colossians 1:9-11; James 1:5-8
John 14:15: 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.
The Holy Spirit is in me for me, and He is with me for others. We are missing out on the gifts and blessings of the Spirit so often when we are asking solely to see miracles for ourselves; let the aim, instead, be seeing the needs of those around us and expecting for the Spirit to move through us. So often, we put up a wall – let’s climb over it! – and stop looking for God to move for our own personal experiences rather than the benefit and salvation of others.
- Discover Theology
- John 7:38: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
- You are a Christian if you have heard and believe (can I get an Amen?) and if you are a Christian, you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. You have a small deposit of Heaven living inside of you, a taste of what’s to come. It’s a belief – and a fact – that we have God within us; what it’s not is a feeling.
- We need to apply what we know to be True without making our feelings True.
- “It is quite right that you should feel that ‘something terrific’ has happened to you…accept these sensations with thankfulness as birthday cards from God, but remember that they are only greetings, not the real gift. I mean that it is not the sensations that are the real thing. The real thing is the gift of the Holy Spirit which can’t usually be—perhaps not ever—experienced as a sensation or emotion. The sensations are merely the response of your nervous system. Don’t depend on them. Otherwise when they go and you are once more emotionally flat (as youcertainly will be quite soon), you might think that the real thing had gone too. But it won’t. It will be there when you can’t feel it. May even be most operative when you can feel it least.” – C.S. Lewis
- Discover Expectancy
- Ephesians 3:14-16: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…
- Expect to be strengthened by the power of God. There is power available to you to be free, to have hope, to be comforted. Do you expect these things?
- Discover that God grieves
- Ephesians 4:30-32: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.\
- We have the capacity to both delight and to grieve the God of Heaven and Earth.
- Grace doesn’t redefine, diminish, or approve of sin. What is does is redeem the sinner.
- Discover Hunger
- Ephesians 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…
- We fill this hunger with so many cheap substitutes (and even good things, too!). But, in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we have to make room for Him.
There are realities to discover about the Spirit that is in you and with you. Are you willing to make space to allow Him to move?
Biblical references: John 7:38; Ephesians 3:14-16; Ephesians 4:30-32; Ephesians 5:18
God 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 Samuel 23:2: The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Matthew 4:1: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Unrepentance –> Repentance
- 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.
- Galatians 5:16: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- 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.
- Disobedience –> Obedience
- 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.”
- Obedience is not hindrance. Rather, it’s a means to abundance.
- Start simple. Ask yourself: God, what was the last thing you asked me to do that I haven’t done?
- Disunity –> Unity
- 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.
- The enemy likes to use unforgiveness and comparison to tear us apart.
- Apathy –> Prayers of asking
- 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!”
- 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
- What unrepentance do you have in your heart?
- Where have you disobeyed God?
- Where is there disunity in your relationships?
- Where do you need to start asking instead of being apathetic?
Mosaic, family and and friends alike, we are so excited to start our new series, “The Holy Spirit: with You and in You”. How many of us do not realize that we are meant to be receiving from God on a daily basis? How many of us think that salvation is a one-time transaction? This morning, we are going to be talking about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Contrary to what some of us may believe, the Spirit is not a what, nor is He a force (like a power or an element). Rather, He is a “whom”, a relational, intimate being, exemplifying the Father heart of our good God.
John 4:13-15: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
5 Truths about being filled with the Holy Spirit:
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit elicits the following:
- creative gifts, leadership gifts, charismatic gifts, wisdom, revelation from God, praise, boldness, grace, faith, power to perform miracles, personal healing, authority, conquering over powers of darkness, and joy
- This is the diversity of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit! So often, we think it looks like one expression (we’ve reduced His presence to goosebumps in worship or tears in prayer), but this is far from the Truth.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit is repeatable.
- There is 1 initial entrance, yes, but then there are multiple fillings
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not preclude one from suffering.
- He does not promise the absence of pain (on the contrary, he guarantees suffering to all those that follow Him).
- The promise is that the Holy Spirit will be with you in that pain.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit often comes at a time of intercession, affliction, or moments when God is calling someone into a particular ministry.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit is always associated with greater:
It is also important to note that being filled with the Holy Spirit is never going to work without a childlike faith. There will be moments in which we have to choose to believe that God lives within us. So, what’s our part to play here?
- I must be filled (as believers, it’s our duty and responsibility).
- Luke 24:49: And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
- I may be filled (as believers, it’s an honor and a privilege).
- John 7:37-39: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 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.
- I will be filled (or, I am willing to be filled, and further: I am willing to do whatever it takes to be fulfilled). There’s a difference between wishing and willing, ya’ll.
- Ephesians 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…
- It might require repentance. It might take some “de-cluttering” of the soul.
- I shall be filled.
- This is the faith declaration moment.
- Acts 2:38-39: 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. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Biblical references: John 4:13-15; Romans 8:11; Luke 24:49; John 7:37-39; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:38-39
- What truth of the Holy Spirit are you struggling with today?
- What “rooms in your house” do you need to invite the Holy Spirit into? What needs to be “decluttered” so that He can enter in?