Holy Spirit Series
“We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone…. [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.”
-A. W. Tozer–
The Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and has basically been forgotten. While no evangelical would deny His existence, there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year, and many of them do not believe that they can. What’s more, the benchmark of success in church has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit. There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most churchgoers operate today. For many churchgoers, there is an apparent absence of the Spirit in any manifest way. And this is the crux of the problem…
We ignore the Holy Spirit! The degree to which this has happened (and I would argue that it is a prolific disease in the body of Christ) is directly connected to the dissatisfaction most of us feel with and in the church. We understand something very important is missing. The feeling is so strong that some have run away from the church and God’s Word completely.
There are two different lives of churchgoers today. Those living without the Holy Spirit and those living with the Holy Spirit. It is easy to spot those living without the Holy Spirit. They operate in their own strength and are only capable of accomplishing “human-sized” results. The other group of churchgoers live in the power of the Spirit. The evidence in their lives is supernatural; the church cannot help but be different and the world cannot help but notice. We cannot afford to live without the Holy Spirit because the world is not moved by human actions nor is the church is empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit.
John 14:15-18 teaches us quite a bit about the Holy Spirit and how He is the One that you need most to help you live! The Holy Spirit is a person, not an “it”. This is important because if we think of the Holy Spirt as an “it”, we often ask what “it” can do for me. Instead, when we treat the Holy Spirit as a person, we ask “How can the Holy Spirit have more of me?” The first way is a pagan idea, the second is the Christian way of thinking. When we treat the Holy Spirit as a person who lives inside of us, we can and are willing to surrender to His will.
The Scripture also teaches us that the Holy Spirt has the same deity as God and Jesus. The Holy Spirit has the same divine attributes: omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 points to the fact that if/when we recognize the deity of the Holy Spirit, we will not foolishly rely on our ourselves (limited wisdom, limited resources, etc.), but rely on His work and resources. Which leads to understanding the role of the Holy Spirit as a Paraclete, or advocate. The Holy Spirit gives you strength to stand up for what is right. It is not to make your life “easy”. The Holy Spirit guides you according to God’s word so that people may see your good deeds and the glory would be given to God!
To view the service & listen to the full sermon by Pastor Armand on 8/16/20 click here: The One Person That You Can’t Live Without Pt 1