DEVELOPING A PASSION FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Sunday 28th June 2020
George Methodist Church
With Peter Veysie
Context of Ezekiel and their restoration on the one side of this scripture and the vision of the dry bones in chapter 37
Most of us if we had to be honest would find it very easy to identify how we feel and see God the Father as our Creator and God the Son as our Redeemer, but as soon as we are asked to try and explain the Holy Spirit it becomes a little bit more difficult.
Most Christian bizarre behaviour is accredited to the Holy Spirit and yes there are times when we will do strange things due to his relationship with us, (like feeding a stranger, speaking in another language or blessing a person with encouragement), which sometimes breeds a certain amount of reluctance and fear to get close to him.
We are going to get up close and personal with the Holy Spirit starting with this small prayer, which you can pray in your hearts quietly or out loud in faith expecting that God is going to interact with you today.
Let’s pray – Come Holy Spirit and touch our hearts today and give us the light of your mighty power.
Some of the things that may still be going on inside of us are the following:
As we look at scripture the Father is clearly the one in control who made the heavens and the earth. Jesus the Son had human flesh and we can identify with him as a man. This seems like enough in that the Father has won our salvation through the Son – Jesus. So why do we need to go further and discover the Holy Spirit? The bible is full of text and information about Father and Son, but what about the Holy Spirit?
Lets start off where Jesus left off –
In John 14 we are exposed to the Lord with his disciple in the upper room where they are celebrating the Passover. Jesus tells them that he is going to leave them, however, that they would not be left alone. They were disturbed and confused when he told them this. Vs 1 –6.
Jesus realised that they were confused and in vs. 12 he encourages them in the work which they would do – greater than his. (How can this be?)
They can’t do this alone and so Jesus introduces them to his third person – The Holy Spirit vs. 16 and 17. Up until now the Spirit had been alongside of them, however the transition of power would be that the Holy Spirit would live in them. These frightened fishermen would be filled with a boldness that could only come from above. A critical word in this passage is ‘forever.’
This would not be able to happen before Jesus went away on the day of Ascension.The foundation of the world is birthed in and through the Holy Spirit. We need to know that he was there from the inception of time, however, his time of working in and through Jesus was only transferred later when Jesus ascended into the heavens.
The Holy Sprit’s unparalleled dynamic.
The disciples were called on to wait for the Holy Spirit Acts 1: 4- 8.
This would bring about an anointing, which would change and transform their lives forever. They would be indwelt by the Holy Spirit to confirm truth.
His affirming will for us. Acts 2: 1 –41.
They were filled in order that they would proclaim the gospel with power. 3000 people added to their number. In spite of the enormous amount of opposition, they were inspired to ‘keep on keeping on’ Bob Dylan.
They were imprisoned and even stoned but this did not stop them in their bold proclamations. (Acts 4: 13)
The unknown can make us scared.
We have traditions, which can keep us back.
Our own simple excuses cause resistance.
How do we therefore instil a passion for the Holy Spirit?
If we look at the disciples their was the spark of Pentecost. (Acts 2:36) At Pentecost the people were amazed, bewildered, and they marvelled.
We need to step back though to see how this is illustrated in scripture. If we look at the pre- Pentecostal disciples they were.
impulsive,temperamental,easily offended and prejudiced.
But the Post Pentecostal disciples were different in every way. As we look at them in the book of Acts:
Their human weaknesses were transformed – they had supernatural abilities to speak in other languages. (Acts 2: 5 –11)
In Acts three Peter and John heal the lame man. All glory goes to God. Michael Cassidy used a wonderful scripture on Friday morning at ‘TGIF’ Jeremiah 9:23 – “Glory only in this – that he understands and knows me.”
Their reluctance was changed into a bold confidence. (Acts 2:38 –41)
Fear and intimidation was transformed into invincibility. (Acts 4:18-20.)
The disciple’s lonely grim feelings of abandonment were transformed into joyful perseverance. (Acts 5: 41,42)”They had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name.”
Was this just positive thinking, or a better environment (more openness to the Way in Jerusalem) or just mutual encouragement from each other?
I think that the only answer for them and for us was that “They received power from on high” Acts 1:8.
The drama of this powerful relationship with the third person of the Trinity continues and we need to ask ourselves as to whether our story is inclusive of that power or not. If it isn’t then we might be in danger of telling a ‘me’ story. If it is then all glory will be to the one Who was who is and who is to come.