And very clearly it says in verse 13 that the power of victory is through the Spirit. I read the Bible and I don't get it either. It's there functioning, it's there doing its thing so that when you want to do good you can't do it. It is powerful. Back to verse 3 for a minute, What the flesh could not do in that it was weak...or what the law, rather, “could not do in that it was weak through the flesh." I'll say God promised His Word, I believed and He promises to save me. He's not describing a Christian there. You know what Haggai the prophet said in chapter 1 a couple of times? It has such intimacy with the soul." Is it your highest joy? We are not under condemnation because we have been made new creations. Because I tend to think of him in a different category, don't you? Sure. It says: "Seeing that you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit." That's a marvelous thought. But believers are those who are in the constant process by the Spirit's resident power of killing the deeds of the flesh. Tremendous, "For if you live after the flesh you shall die." We ought to remember this. All the flesh can do is to debilitate you and hold you down in the pit in which you were born. And you remember earlier, don't you, that the one who lives in the flesh is already dead. Sep 29, 2018 - Explore Glynda Offutt's board "THE HOLY SPIRIT Empowers us HE is our SAVIOR HELPER GUIDE COUNSELOR COMFORTER", followed by 446 people on Pinterest. And by the presence of the Spirit of God in a life, there comes the capacity to overcome the flesh. And so, the people of victory are the brethren, the ones who know and love the Lord and belong to His family and are His children. debtors.". Can you take it or leave it when it comes to prayer? And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because (or, that) he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. The Spirit frees us from sin and death. And as a believer, you ought to be explosive; the power of God ought to be blasting its way through you. I just hear the voice clearly now; calling for radical changes my life, rearranging my priorities and taking my material possessions and finances to an almost zero to finish at Truett.This has been the extremely scary but the faithfulness of God has opening my eyes to things I have not seen. Old Testament Promises. And as a result of that, we are in tremendous debt to Him. Anything that empowers us TO BE better than we can be in our own strength should be … God desires fruit in our lives for a much more practical purpose. It killed the Savior. It means you meditate. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. “Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.Then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9 NLT).. Verse 8 in Philippians tells us to focus our thoughts and verse 9 encourages us to practice what we have learned. Listen to me now. And Baxter went on to say, "Many a tailor goes in rags that makes costly clothes for others. Bible Arena » POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS CHRISTIANS – Matthew. And many Christians are like the ten spies and came back and they had the grasshopper complex. Are you here when His people are here worshiping Him? Shall those lips censor and slander and backbite your neighbor that cry down these and the like things in others? Right? Therefore what? Will you proclaim Christ's governing power and yet condemn it and rebel yourselves? And back in 16 you have the psalms, the hymns, the spiritual songs. Humanness can't overcome humanness. The Holy Spirit comes upon you and engulfs you. Lord, bring me into a communion with You that only grows richer and more splendid the longer it lasts. No other argument is as convincing as the experience of victory over sin. But it's a debt you ought to feel and want to pay. Does it tear up your heart? I have to walk around in this human body. And the second reason I know I'm a Christian is because in my life I see victory over sin and that can't happen to one apart from Christ. I love that. And what he's trying to say to the guy is you better do what I ask you, you owe me one. My theology was sound. How are you doing? You don't owe anything to the flesh. They feel better being moral than they do feel being immoral. It needs no engine by which to work. At a particular instance, the Pharisees (a religion sect) attempted to trick the Son of God with a question that would grant them an excuse to rouge him into committing violating their rules. We never sit down honestly and look at the Word of God and read it and meditate on it and pray over it and say, "0 God, search me and know my heart." You can look at salvation from the side of God and His sovereignty, or the side of man and his behavior. And as I said earlier, there's no victory for people who are not in the family of God. But the anxiety of that tension is resolved in the understanding that you can have victory over the flesh because you have weapons that you can fight with that are not fleshly. In other words, you've got the battle in verse 17 and over in 24 and 25 it's resolved as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. It's there. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is here to help us. Holiness Comes from the Holy Spirit. And may we yield to that available victory in us for Christ's sake. - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for what we should pray for as we ought we know not: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. No condemnation, no judgment will ever come upon us who are in Jesus Christ. And we allow sin to get hidden and camouflaged and we don't want to talk about it and we laugh it off and those little sins that are sort of Christian sins, we just sort of laugh about, "Well, I have a weakness in that area," etc., etc. There are too many people running around loose thinking they got set loose by grace. And we don't hate sin, and we don't see the horrible character of sin so we don't ever get about killing it. Oh, this is such an important understanding in Scripture. You grow as you kill sin. Register. And there is no capacity within the human, within the flesh, within the unregenerate man to deal with sin. You see, the key is in appropriation. And the problem of it is if it gets a foothold somewhere it will go into some other area. Verse 4, we are not under condemnation, because rather than violating God's law, by the power of the Spirit in Christ we fulfill God's law. So that he can move in the next verse and say, "Now therefore this is how you ought to live." You don't want to act like they do cause you're not one of them anymore." If it be not, why do you dissuade men from it? I owe Him something for that. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. We have a debt in a small way. It's not an assuming of death, it's an actual killing. Question: "What does it mean that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment?" We walk in the Spirit according to His power. You see, the promise of no condemnation is the last in a string of pearls, the pearls that are the result of justification. And you ought to be and I ought to be so utterly humbled by what God has done for us that we want so desperately to somehow repay in a small token way for that which He has given to us. Or are you more into recreation? We learned that back in chapter 7, didn't we? In other words, when I look into myself, I find no resource for doing good. Point number one is the power of victory, the power of victory. That's alright. The root of the word "spiritual" in the original is just like the root in English — it includes the word spirit! If it be not, why do you tell men so? It's been republished many, many times. This is the reason we pray in the name of Jesus. And when He asks us to kill sin, He says in verse 13, through the Spirit. The Greek word translated witness in this verse is where we get the English word for “martyr.” Jesus was telling those standing there, they would one day be called upon to die for their faith in Him. 1 Corinthians 2:10 - But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. I find no capacity to gain the victory over the flesh. alert("You must accept the privacy statement"); Kill sin. I mean, what reason for that? You're not even a Christian so why would you want to act like that? We owe nothing to the flesh. You know, when I came to Grace Church, It was really early in my spiritual development. And the rate goes up the older you get. We don't owe the flesh anything. sin against Thee." I tend to think that he would speak down to me. Look with me for a moment at 2 Corinthians chapter 10, 2 Corinthians chapter 10. There is a difference. And it just comes down the line till finally, as I read yesterday, 18 adolescents kill themselves every day in our country. That is for dead and dying unbelievers. Thank You, Father, for the wonderful open-heartedness and the hunger of these precious people who have gathered in a great multitude tonight, knowing what they would hear and wanting to hear that they may better be able to glorify Thee. A person who allows the Spirit of God to rule him will prevail over any trials and temptations they might be faced with. If we're going to know victory over the flesh, if we're going to know the killing of sin in our lives, it's going to be in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must pray for the Holy Spirit to fill us so that we can be fulfilled and live happily. We will never be punished for our sin. He's not even threatening a Christian there. The Holy Spirit will enhance the person’s strength and knowledge to properly handle a difficult situation to glorify God. That's holy living in the power of the Spirit. And I confess, I agree that it is somewhat debilitated by the power of the flesh but nonetheless, the potential is there. Now, as a Christian, you're no longer after the flesh anyway. You're in debt. The rest of the world will never be able to overcome their human corruption. "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and love...and lusts and if we live in the Spirit let us also (What?) Therefore, if you're not seeing victory, the problem is not a lack of power. Or in the Bible, talks about renewing the inner man day by day, you know what that means? When He indwells us we are constituted children of God; when He infills, empowers and works through us we are constituted servants of God. John Owen put it this way, "It has no doors to open. When you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you, and you’re already filled cup are immersed into the vast ocean of the Holy Spirit. He says this to Philemon, verse 9, "You owe yourself to me." He said, "Because he has no desire for the things of the Lord and he habitually seeks the things of the flesh. And I believe that before I can ever be so bold as to apply it to your life, I have to apply it to my own life. Why do you want to act like something you're not? "I'm not a lecherous, lying cheat at work but I just like to make everybody think I am." And the people of victory are the brethren. And it's slow. Listen, it's no mystical deal. Upon that, the people went into an uproar and cried out against the murderers and they took their tables and their stools and set them on fire. What did he say? We've grown accustomed to them. And then he goes on down here, talking about it, and finally he says, I'm never going to get there till (verse 21) when the Lord changes my vile body and gives me one like His. Only God has the capability to fill our life with song. You kill sin by obedience. In other words, you have this tremendous tension, this tremendous anxiety of a man who hungers after God's law, who longs for God's best, who loves God's truth, who desires to obey God's principles but he finds within him a hesitancy. That is the sweetest sound of any word that could ever have fallen from the lips of God. Pretty easy to evaluate where we are, isn't it? Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. That is exactly what it means to be filled with the Spirit, to be totally under the control of the Spirit. And I think true prayer has to have a strong element of confession, true prayer gives the heart the sense of sin's vile character. Oh, it doesn't mean that there's any merit in our payment. Registered User I can never return to Christ, I can never pay Him back for my salvation, can I? Now that is an axiom. "Now I Paul," he says, "myself, beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence," that is in my person when I'm with you, "am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you." Spiritual means "of the Spirit" — from the Spirit or involving the Spirit. Only He is the one who can save us and redeem us. This time it doesn't say "be filled with the Spirit," it says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly.". You find the same thing in Philippians. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, your cup was filled with the Holy Spirit. You'll just see the decreasing of their resurrections. And this looks at the behavior. And if they have, they won't be talking, they'll be dead. And the longer we're saved, the greater the debt because the more grace He gives, the more the debt increases. There must be a saturation of the life so that like a computer, whenever your buttons are pressed, your involuntary responses are godly. And instead of that, he didn't kill the king, he didn't kill the animals, he brought them back. But again, if you're a person who habitually (present tense) lives after the flesh, you give evidence of being on your way to eternal death. #4 SERIES ON THE HOLY SPIRIT "THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS! walk in the Spirit. I mean, you could beat the stuff in the head to death, you think, and it will pop right up again. I mean, it's as if the whole sweep of the thing, all the privileges, this is the privilege of victory. To disable, click the icon. You've got to know that, folks. You have chapter 1, great privilege, marvelous privilege. Have you noticed? The Holy Spirit empowers Christians as they bear witness to the gospel. Your flesh? He outsmarted them with a response that kept them confused. And you look at the world and you can see, though, that there's something built in men and it is the residual image of God that does not want to be immoral. That's the kind of power. This is the commitment of my own heart. And we must be about this business. "I reach to the things that are before and I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Now let us look at the second reason that God will be giving the gift of the Holy Spirit. The flesh can't obey God's law. They have reached a place of deception where they think or where they want us to think that there's a victory that isn't ultimate...or that is ultimate when the truth is it can't be. Therefore. Consider your ways, he said, consider your ways, consider your ways. And if you see me as being humble and appears to be faintheartedness, it's the meekness and gentleness of Christ, but I can be bold if I need to be. Get a good understanding of what you're like. Yes, there's a sense in which I dwell within a house of flesh. The Spirit empowers us for victory over the flesh. Through the power of the Spirit, as you obey, you purify your heart. We like them. They can't adapt to their situation with a sense of honest joy in true fulfillment. In verse 21 you have the parents, in verse 22 the servants, chapter 4 verse 1 the masters. We thank You. So the power is in us to kill sin. You owe it nothing. Yeah, but I haven't known all the power that I'd like to know. It doesn't mean you flip out into some sort of ecstatic experience. And I want you to see this. I'm not just concerned about the big gross sins that make the newspapers. You've got to know who your enemy is. Why be all concerned?" And if you find the pursuit of your life the things of the flesh, if you like your fleshly activities and they are the bent and the pursuit, my friend, you give evidence of being a person on the way to death, not life, not life. Kill them all. And so, we must understand the privileges that call us to the responsibility. Verse 12 says, "We have received . Do you know the judgment of God that they who commit such things are worthy of death? And so, I want to say at the very beginning that what I say tonight is not only to you, it is to me as well, and has been as I've prepared to share with you. A temptation comes, you can choose to do the sin or obey God. You've been freed from sin and death. The deeds of the body? Chapter 6 talks about children, talks about parents in verse 4, servants in verse 5, masters in verse 9. But fruit in a bowl that merely sits there looking pretty doesn’t do a whole lot of good. He will be sending the Holy Spirit not to take His place, not to start a new ministry but to be another Helper. But it's also a word of equality. At times. And as you meditate on that, the Word of God begins to ferret out of your lives the things it condemns. Christianity is Christ! Now let me just make a simple conclusion. And that's where Paul is when he said, "0 that I may know Him," you see. And he goes down talking about anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, dirty talk out of your mouth, lying and just a whole lot of things. In the eighth chapter, same thing in verse 5: "They that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh." The rest of the world will never know victory. The word "brethren" is a word for "Christians." Tag: Holy Spirit Empowers Us Bible Verse. And if you go back into chapter 6 and 7, you see how Paul talks about the flesh, the mortal body, the body of sin, the body of this death. Since you're not after the flesh, you don't want to act like you are, do you? It tries to foment out of temptation until finally it can bring us disaster. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. It's slow. Scripture always refers to the power of the Holy Spirit in relationship to witnessing and glorifying God. If you live after the flesh, you're spiritually dead, he says. Power to overcome the disabilities of being human. } Holy Spirit is the best gift and tool that God has given human beings. But we have a debt. But he doesn't say "Hey, boy," to me, he says "Hey, brother.” In other words, there's a term of equality. And that is so incomprehensible and so marvelous a truth that the apostle Paul does not just leave us with that truth, but he marches us through the eighth chapter of Romans, which tells us why that truth is indeed a truth. The Holy Spirit wants to enable us to respond properly concerning such carnal desires. Get that right off the bat. Now, beloved, I believe that this is the answer. 1 Corinthians 2:10 - But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. He helps us . I was talking to a fellow the other day and he said, "You know, we've got a guy in our organization who says he's a Christian. Oh that's a comforting thing. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). It's a word that carries a note of love. And we need to know that the power is there and based upon the privileges that we have as the people of God, we can go in and possess the land. And I went through a period of really wondering whether I was saved. Sin is powerful in a believer. It will affect every relationship. Power for what? And some were condemning him and saying when he's around he's a coward and when he gets out of town he writes these really hot letters. They are spiritually what? How about this one? This has been important and needful for us. But the bent, remember that? . In other words, there's a resource there that can enable you to have victory over Satan and victory over demons and victory over the flesh and bring everything in your life into captivity to the obedience of Christ. INTRO: One of the greatest events in the New Testament was Pentecost. Look at Philippians for just a minute, chapter 3. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. First of all, we are not to live after the flesh. Carnal, fleshly, because there was division, strife, and argument. None. And, Father, start with me to make me all that You want me to be, and all of us and may we, through the power of the Spirit of God, kill the deeds of the body, and because we are Your children we know we will, but we wish to all the more that we may be to the praise of Your glory. He was set on God. And so all it means here when it says, "Be being kept filled with the Spirit," doesn't mean fall backwards in some trance. Acts 5:32. Great encouragement to my soul. Verse 18, Paul says, "I know that in me," that is in my flesh, "dwells no good thing. Let your Spirit subdue every situation for me so that I can live peacefully and happily to glorify your Holy Name. Now have you noticed how hard it is? And he says, "O wretched man that I am," verse 24, "who will deliver me out of this body of death?" You know where it comes? You find the same thing in Galatians. So, when you came to Christ and you were forgiven of your sin, it didn't end your responsibility, just started it. Thirdly: Meditate on the Word of God. It gives you four chapters of the privileges and then in 5 says, "Now therefore, don't get yourself entangled with the yoke of bondage anymore, but go on to the freedom in Christ." But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. The word "mortify" is used in 1 Peter 3:18 of the death of Christ. Here are just 10 of the supernatural ways the Holy Spirit wants to empower you today: 1. Have you met those people? I don't want to act like I was already perfect, I want to apprehend that for which I have been apprehended. So, Paul is making a powerful point. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”. Will you make it your work to magnify God when you have done dishonor to Him as much as others? (we’ll look at this more today) And we also saw that the Spirit empowers us. Christians Are Untouchable When Filled With The Holy Spirit (Passage: Matthew 21) Jesus operated with Holy Spirit to defeat his foes when he was on earth fulfilling his ministry. What are we hooking up with? For we were created unto what? It is a very practical exhortation. It says, if you through the power of the resident Spirit are killing the deeds of the body, then you give evidence of being one who is truly a possessor of life. When you confess your sin, what it does every time you confess your sin specifically to God, it renews your hatred of sin. And as I got into it, it took me all the way back through the whole epistle. He finds a power within him that holds him back and it's summed up at the end of verse 25. This is a truth that finds its way through the Scripture again and again. To enable Smart Transcript, click this icon or click anywhere in the transcript. Most of the time in life we can manage a certain equilibrium between anger and happiness. For it says in verse 4, this is true of those who walk after the Spirit. It comes from spending hour and hour and hour and hour after hour looking at the same portion of the Word of God until your soul is literally and inextricably woven together with that truth. Only God has the capability to fill our life with song. You know what? I fight with those weapons that are spiritual. He's saying I want to be gentle like Christ is gentle. 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