Today, we will be looking at something that is weighing heavy on my heart. As I work with the students in our church our desire is to create an excitement for the things of God in them, an excitement to know Him more. That is our goal and it has got me thinking. How many of us are living our lives with that same excitement? When was the last time that we got up early excited to pray, read our Bible or worship Him? Now I understand that many of us do these things, many of us even enjoy them. But when was the last time we were so looking forward to it that nothing else was going to stop us? This morning my heart is that each one of us be inspired to pause and evaluate our own hearts. If the passion, the excitement is gone, let’s seek after God’s heart and get it back. This Sunday morning is a time of introspection but also a time for us to come together and regain that excitement for the things of God. Let’s grow together today!
Expressions of intimacy with the Spirit, including praying in tongues, have a proper time and place.
• Don’t ignore, despise, or abstain from the gift of tongues because some have misused it.
• When you pray in tongues, you are speaking the mysteries of God, and you can ask Him to give you the interpretation of your prayers.
• The Spirit’s power is given to the humble. Humility unlocks the door to God’s mysteries.
• We can pray in the Spirit when we need wisdom, desire to worship God on a deeper level, or want to intercede for others. The Spirit exponentially expands our abilities in all these areas.
• God’s direction often comes in the form of peace; when we pray in the Spirit and have peace about something, the Holy Spirit is bearing witness with our spirits and telling us to move forward.
• Praying in tongues refreshes, rejuvenates, and builds up our entire being.
This week we will conclude our Series, “The Power of the Holy Ghost”.
The Holy Ghost at Work in the Life of Holiness
The moral crisis of contemporary society is a pointed reminder of the need for a new morality. This goal is not achieved by lowering former standards of morality to correspond to present behavior. Such a move is simply to condone immorality and to develop an amoral society. Rather, in harmony with the doctrine of the holiness of God, the goal should be realized of achieving in a new way a morality in keeping with the Scriptures and the character of God. The realization of such a goal is possible only by supernatural power such as is provided by the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost. This sets the stage for an effective expression of a life on high moral standards in keeping with the character of God. Although this achievement of moral excellence may always be relative in this life, it is tied in with the power of the Spirit in his life and the degree to which the Holy Ghost fills him and directs him.
In order for us to enter into a close relationship with another person, we must first seek to understand what makes that individual tick. A greater knowledge of a person’s likes, dislikes, aims, and ambitions will help develop a deeper friendship. Likewise, if we are to be intimate with the Holy Spirit, we must first seek to understand His personality. As we discovered in the last message, Jesus made this astounding statement to His disciples: “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). This is the same Jesus who once said, “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:35 AMP). Jesus, the greatest teacher who ever lived, the One who revealed mysteries that had been hidden since the foundation of the world, is attempting to convince His closest followers that the Spirit of God—not Jesus Himself physically present—would be the best companion for them and the generations of believers to come.