Supernatural: The Fullness of the Spirit: Part #2

Supernatural Cover FINAL with Bevere quote front onlyThe Holy Spirit in Acts:

Although the Book of Acts is called the Acts of the Apostles, it could also be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit. If you read through Acts, almost every single chapter records the Holy Spirit being directly involved in the lives of the people of the church. In the very first chapter of Acts, Peter stood up and gave a message that referenced the working of the Holy Spirit: “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke…” (Acts 1:16).

Look at this sampling of Scriptures and see how often the people of God heard His voice:

  • Acts 8:29: “Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and overtake this chariot.” Because Philip heard the Spirit’s voice and responded in obedience, an Ethiopian encountered Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
  • Acts 10:19: “While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are seeking you.” Because of Peter’s obedience to the Holy Spirit, the doors were opened for the church to begin ministering to the Gentile world.
  • Acts 13:2: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Because the church heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, two men of God were called to go out as missionaries, preaching the Gospel.
  • Acts 15:28: “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.” In this story, the church was praying for God’s wisdom in a situation that could have been potentially divisive. The Holy Spirit gave them wisdom, and the result was “they rejoiced over its encouragement.” (verse 31). We need to hear the Spirit’s voice in the church today.
  • Acts 16:6-7: “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.” Not only did the Holy Spirit tell them where to go, He also told them where not to go. As a result of the disciples following God’s voice, they were given an opportunity to minister in Macedonia, where a merchant named Lydia and her family were saved. All because they learned to follow the Spirit’s leading.

The key phrase in Acts 13:2 is: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit spoke.” The believers heard the voice of the Lord during worship, prayer and fasting. One of the places we most clearly hear the Spirit speaking to us is during times of prayer or worship. When we focus on the Lord and shut the door to all of the distractions in our lives, we can more clearly hear His voice.

Jesus gave us a wonderful promise in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Jesus didn’t say that only pastors and prophets would hear His voice, but rather that all of His sheep – all Christians – would be able to recognize His voice. Why? He said, “I know them.” That speaks of an intimate, personal relationship. This is the first and most important reason for us to learn to hear the voice of the Spirit – to get to know Jesus better. But secondly, Jesus said, “They follow me.” Not only does God want us to obey what is written in the Bible, but He wants us to learn how to hear His voice and follow His leading in our day to day lives. Jesus himself said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19). We need to learn how to do what we see the Father doing, and say only what we hear the Father saying. When we do this, we will become more effective in our ministry, and see more lives transformed.

Over and over, we see the church in Acts following the leading of the Spirit. It was a normal, every-day occurrence for them to hear the Spirit speak. God is a God who is always speaking. It’s time for us to start listening!

The Holy Spirit With Us, In Us, and Upon Us:

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17).

“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me.” (Acts 1:8).

There are three important things we need to understand about the Holy Spirit if we want to experience His fullness: The Spirit with us, within us, and upon us. These are three different stages or experiences that we can have with the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Holy Spirit With Us:

“He dwells with you…”

Before you ever became a Christian and called on the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was with you, drawing you to Jesus. Jesus said, “And when (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit was with you, convicting you of your sin, showing you your need to get right with God, and impressing upon you the reality of the judgment that waits at the last day. The Holy Spirit shows us our need for a Savior. “No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3b).

  1. The Holy Spirit In Us:

“He will be in you…”

When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. When Jesus Christ becomes the Lord and Savior of your life, you become a new creation in Christ. What an amazing thought! “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Although many Christians have experienced the Holy Spirit being with them, and in them, not all of them have experienced the fullness of the Spirit – where God’s Spirit comes upon them, empowering them for ministry.

  1. The Holy Spirit Upon Us:

“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you…”

One of the last instructions that Jesus gave His disciples was to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. He told them that He would baptize them with God’s Spirit. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is already in you. But now God wants His Spirit to come upon you to give you power and boldness to minister to others.

One of the phrases the Bible uses to describe this experience is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. That word baptism means to be immersed, or filled to overflowing, with the Holy Spirit. When we talk about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, no longer is the Holy Spirit simply in us, He is now flowing out of us. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit.” (John 7:37-39a). We need to cry out for a fresh infilling of God’s Spirit, to be filled to overflowing in our lives.

If you have no passion for the things of the Kingdom of God, no boldness to tell people about Jesus, no excitement about worship and reading the Bible, then you need a fresh infilling of the Spirit. Pastor Jack Hayford says, “A normal response to having received the fullness of the Holy Spirit is to gain a deeper compassion for the lost, a greater readiness to serve, or a more heightened hunger for spiritual pursuit.”

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Dear reader, have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit like the disciples did on the Day of Pentecost? Jesus has a wonderful gift that He wants to give to you today. The first and greatest gift that God offers to us is the gift of salvation. When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are saved, forgiven, and adopted into God’s family. But the Lord has another gift that He wants to give to His children. Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” (Acts 1:8). How do we receive this gift of the Holy Spirit? Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you… how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:9,13b). If you ask, you will receive. This is an essential gift for us to have if we want to do the stuff.

Do you remember the story of the disciple Peter?

“Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.” (Mark 14:66-72).

Before Peter received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he was afraid to take a stand for Jesus. He was afraid to let people know that he was a Christian. After Jesus was nailed to the Cross, Peter even gave up being a disciple, and went back to being a fisherman. But something supernatural happened on the Day of Pentecost. After the Holy Spirit came upon Peter, the same man who had been afraid to witness for Jesus in front of a little servant girl now ran out into the streets and preached to a crowd of thousands of people. And it wasn’t a watered down sermon either. No! He preached: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:36-37). Peter preached, and three thousand people got saved. What made the difference in Peter’s life? One thing: The power of the Holy Spirit.

Allow me to share with you the personal testimony of my baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was saved in August of 1989 in a farmhouse outside of Lacombe, Alberta, when my friend Jerrold Lewis shared the Gospel with me. During the first year after that experience, I never told anyone that I was a Christian. I was so afraid of what people would think of me if they found out. What if they made fun of me? I had the smallest pocket size Bible that you can imagine and I would hide it deep down in my pockets. There was no way that I would tell anyone that I was a follower of Jesus. One year later, in September of 1990, Jerrold asked me if I had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I said, “The what?” He said, “The Holy Spirit.” He then went on to explain to me that I needed power to live the Christian life, and that God was offering me a wonderful gift that would empower me to be a witness for Jesus.

That night I prayed a simple prayer and said, “Lord Jesus, would you please fill me with the Holy Spirit?” In that one moment of time, everything changed for me. When I got back home to my friends and family in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, I was no longer afraid to tell people that I was a Christian. I started witnessing to my family and friends. I walked into the high school that I had just graduated from and started passing out Christian tracts that explained the way of salvation. There was a new boldness on the inside of me to tell people about Jesus. I would preach to a dog if it would stand still long enough! Before I had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I never led anyone to the Lord, I never prayed for a sick person to be healed, and I never shared a prophetic word with anyone. But after the Holy Spirit came upon me, I started telling people the Good News about Jesus, I started praying for sick people to be healed, and I began an exciting adventure of following Jesus and doing the stuff. God is no respecter of persons – what He did for me, He will do for you.

If you have never received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then I want to invite you to pray this prayer right now:

Heavenly Father, I thank you that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I am one of your children. I am asking that you would fill me with the Holy Spirit, and give me power and boldness to be a witness for you. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

If you prayed that prayer from a believing heart, Jesus has promised to fill you with His Spirit.

Perhaps you have already received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at one point in your life, but the fire isn’t burning brightly any more. You need to be anointed with fresh oil. Just because you have already received the baptism of the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that you don’t need any more of God in your life. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be continually filled with the Spirit. Peter for example was filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:4, but Luke tells us that Peter was filled with the Spirit again in Acts 4:8, and again in Acts 4:31. Although the Baptism of the Holy Spirit itself is a one-time experience, we need to be continually refilled with God’s Holy Spirit. Pray this with me:

Father, I’m not content with where things are at in my life. I want more of You. I want to be filled with Your Spirit to overflowing, to make a difference in the lives of those around me. Lord I pray also for a release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in my life – prophecy, gifts of healing, and working of miracles. Freely I’ve received, now help me to freely give. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Concluded tomorrow…

  • “The Fullness of the Spirit” is one of the chapters from my book: “Supernatural: Contending for Signs and Wonders Today.” Contact me today if you would like a free copy of the e-book version of this study in the Book of Acts!
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Supernatural: The Fullness of the Spirit – Part #1

Supernatural Cover FINAL with Bevere quote front onlySupernatural: The Fullness of the Spirit

THE BIG IDEA: If we want to see the church become more glorious and powerful, then we need to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

“But the Spirit-filled life Christ calls us to is one of divine fullness and powerful ability to spread the love of God. He wants us to receive His power and then touch the world around us as we can only do when we have the might of the Spirit in us.” (Jack Hayford, Spirit-Filled).

 

The Most Shocking Thing That Jesus Ever Said:

When Jesus walked the earth two thousand years ago, He made many shocking statements. He said, “Before Abraham was, I am,” claiming to be God. He said, “Destroy this temple (His body), and in three days I will raise it up,” claiming power over death. He said, “Love your enemies! The last shall be first! Whoever desires to be great shall be your servant! Whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it!” But the most shocking statement Jesus ever made is found in John 16:7: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away.” It is interesting that Jesus, the Truth Himself, felt the need to preface this statement by saying, “I’m telling you the truth.” Why? Because He knew that His disciples wouldn’t believe Him!

This declaration must have caused the disciples to shake their heads saying, “Jesus, what are you talking about? How can it be better for us if you go away when you’ve been so good to us? You have been our helper and our comforter; you’ve healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out devils. You’ve brought people hope, and you’ve shown them love, acceptance and forgiveness like they’ve never seen before. Jesus, that makes no sense at all!” Perhaps the disciple Peter was the most vocal one at this point and said, “Jesus, for the first time, you’ve finally said something that isn’t true. It can’t possibly be to our advantage if you leave us.” Not too many years after this, Peter would preach a sermon about Jesus and talk about “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38). So how would it be to the disciples’ advantage if Jesus left them?

The only way we can get this Scripture to make sense is to read the second half of this verse. “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). Who is this Helper that Jesus is talking about? He is the Holy Spirit. Jesus was telling His disciples that it was to their advantage that He went away so that He could send His other self, another Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18).

Jesus had a very strategic plan when He came to the Earth. For three and a half years, He went around changing lives, healing the broken hearted, comforting those who mourn, and setting the captives free. Then He called His twelve disciples together and said, “This is good, but it’s not good enough. I can only be in one place at one time, and there are so many lost and broken people in the world. I want you, my disciples, to go out and do the same things that I did.” So first He sent the twelve out two by two. Jesus “called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1). After that, Jesus said, “This still isn’t good enough. There are too many people who are hurting and sick.” Then Jesus “appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:1-2). Then He said, “That’s still not good enough. There is a whole world that needs to hear the Good News. There’s a world that needs my healing touch. There’s a world that needs to know the love of God.” Then Jesus gave the Great Commission to all of His disciples:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18).

Doing What Jesus Did:

What did Jesus mean when He said, “It is to your advantage if I go away?” When Jesus walked the Earth as a man, He was limited to being in one place at one time. Jesus said, “It is better if I go, because if I return to Heaven, then I will send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will not be confined to being in one place at one time.” Today, the Holy Spirit lives inside of all believers. Everywhere we go as disciples of Jesus, the same Spirit that was on Jesus is on us to go and do the same things that Jesus did. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12). Wow! Jesus said that we would be able to do all of the same things that He did, and even greater things. I wish we believed that Scripture in the church today. If we did, we would pray more, lay hands on the sick more, and we would see more lives changed.

We do the same things that Jesus did – and greater things – in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every miracle that Jesus performed, He performed as a human being empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus didn’t do the miracles He did as God. It’s true. For the first thirty years of Jesus’ life, He never performed a miracle. He didn’t heal one stubbed toe, and he didn’t cure one tiny little hangnail. Jesus didn’t heal anyone until the Holy Spirit came upon Him at His baptism. “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.” (Luke 4:14). Some of you might wonder why this is an important distinction. Is it not true that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, and part of the Godhead? Absolutely. But when Jesus left the glories of Heaven, the Bible tells us that Jesus “made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.” (Philippians 2:7, nlt). The Message Bible paraphrase says “When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!”

Although Jesus was totally and completely divine, He was also totally and completely human. As a human being, Jesus got hungry. He got thirsty. He got tired. He experienced all of the things that we experience as human beings. But at the age of thirty, the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus, empowering Him to do all of the miracles that He did. Why is this distinction important? If Jesus did all of the miracles that He did as the Divine Son of God, then we wouldn’t be able to do the same things that He did. But if Jesus performed all of the miracles that He did as a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered man, then we can do the same things that Jesus did if we are filled with that same Holy Spirit. God wants us to be anointed with the Holy Spirit so we can go around doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil.

There is one thing we need to realize if we want to be world shakers and history makers: it’s not by might, it’s not by power, but it’s by the Spirit of the Lord. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He supernaturally enables us to do something that would be impossible for us to do in the natural.

So many churches today have neglected and forgotten about the Holy Spirit. There was a time when Paul was preaching in Ephesus and found some disciples and he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2). There are many Christians today who are ignorant of who the Holy Spirit is, as well as His gifts and fruit.

I am reminded of a humorous story about a children’s catechism class that was learning the Apostle’s Creed. Each child had been assigned a sentence to repeat. The first one said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord…” When he had completed his sentence, there was an embarrassing silence. Finally, one child piped up, “Teacher, the boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here.” I wonder if that isn’t a picture of the church today.

We can relate to God as Father, because most of us have had earthly fathers, and we know something about the father-son relationship. We can relate to Jesus as the Son of God, the human being who walked on the Earth, our Savior, and our best friend. But many Christians have a hard time relating to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let us take the time to consider who the Holy Spirit is, and what He does.

Understanding the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Holy Spirit is a Person – the third member of the Trinity.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19).

“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7).

When we are talking about the Holy Spirit, we are talking about a person. He is not a force or a power, but a person. The Holy Spirit is not a bird! When Jesus was baptized, Matthew tells us that the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove. Notice that word like – it is not saying that the Holy Spirit is a dove; it is merely saying that He descended, perhaps gracefully, like a dove. Another reason why many think of the Holy Spirit more of a force than a person is because of some of the word pictures the Bible uses to describe Him. He is referred to as a mighty wind, a consuming fire, and refreshing rain. But the Holy Spirit is not any of those things – those are just words used to describe His nature. If you use the good old King James Version of 1611, you will notice that he is referred to as the Holy Ghost. This was a poor translation, because He is not a ghost. He is a person. Because He is a person, we can have a relationship with Him, just like we do with the Father and the Son.

  1. He Helps and Comforts us.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16).

When Jesus walked on the Earth as a human being two thousand years ago, He was a Helper. He helped people, blessed people, and encouraged people. Then when Jesus got ready to return to Heaven, He promised to send another Helper, who would come alongside of us as we journey through our lives on Planet Earth. The Holy Spirit is always with us, to comfort us when we go through difficult times. In one of the most beloved Psalms of all time, King David writes, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4).

  1. He reveals God’s Love to us.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5).

Do you know how much God loves you? If you do, then you should say, “Thank you, Holy Spirit.” He is the one who reveals God’s love to us. Not only does He share with us the information that God loves us, He actually pours out that love into our hearts so that we can experience it personally. “See what love the Father has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children!” (1 John 3:1, cjb).

  1. He makes us more like Jesus.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Jesus. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives when we become more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. When we walk in the Spirit, we become more Christ-like.

  1. He leads and guides us.

Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14).

There are two parts of the will of God for every person’s life. There is the general will of God, and the specific will of God. The general will of God for our lives is in the Bible. It is the same for you as it is for me. God wants us to be kind and loving and forgiving. That’s the general will of God for everyone’s life. But there is also a specific will of God for every individual’s life. Who does God want you to marry? Where does He want you to work? Where does He want you to live? What gifts has He given you, and how does He want you to serve Him? The specific will of God for everyone’s life is different, and we need to learn how to tap into the Holy Spirit to discover God’s wonderful plans and purposes for our lives.

Thank God for the wonderful person of the Holy Spirit, God in us, who helps us, reveals God’s love to us, makes us more like Jesus, and guides our lives.

Continued tomorrow…

  • “The Fullness of the Spirit” is one of the chapters from my book: “Supernatural: Contending for Signs and Wonders Today.” Contact me today if you would like a free copy of the e-book version of this study in the Book of Acts!
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Super: Naturally! #2: Anointed Me – #Sermon of the Week

SUPER: NATURALLY! #2: ANOINTED ME: EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Community Church)

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Super Naturally Anointed Me

ILLUSTRATION: We need to be plugged into the power of God!

A man went into a hardware store and asked for a saw. The salesman took one from the shelf and said it was their “newest model, with the latest in technology, guaranteed to cut ten cords of firewood a day.” The customer bought it on the spot. The next day he returned, looking exhausted. “Something must be wrong with this saw. I worked as hard as I could and only cut three cords of wood. I used to do four with my old saw.” The salesman said, “Here, let me try it out back.” They went to a woodpile, the salesman pulled the cord, and as the motor went Vvroomm, the customer jumped back and exclaimed, “What’s that noise?”

JESUS WAS ANOINTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3, NKJV).

  • Jesus quoted this Scripture in His first sermon and said HE was anointed!

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).

“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).

  • That helper is the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants all of us to be filled with the Spirit!
  • He is a Person – the third member of the Trinity – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19)

– He is not a ‘bird’ (dove); He is not a force/power; He is not a ‘ghost’ (as in the KJV)

THE BIG IDEA: In the same way that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, God wants His SUPER to come on our NATURAL so we can be anointed to transform people’s lives today.

THREE THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17).

  1. The Holy Spirit WITH US – convicts us of sin, draws us to Jesus & salvation
  2. The Holy Spirit WITHIN US – when we are saved/born again – new creation

“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me.” (Acts 1:8).

  1. The Holy Spirit UPON US – empowers us for ministry (baptism of the Holy Spirit)

– God’s SUPER coming on our NATURAL!

ILLUSTRATION: Jug of water with a cup, pour into the cup, fill the cup to overflowing.

1.  JESUS ANOINTED THE TWELVE:

“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2).

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8).

2.  JESUS ANOINTED THE SEVENTY:

“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest… And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:1-2,9).

3.  JESUS WANTS TO ANOINT ALL OF HIS DISCIPLES:

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18).

  • If you are a disciple of Jesus, then Jesus wants YOU to go into the world with His power!

I. EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT:

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:4-5).

  • That Greek word baptismo means to be immersed in the Holy Spirit.
  • It’s like the process a cucumber goes through to become a pickle.
  • To be anointed = to have the oil of the Holy Spirit smeared all over us!

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

  • God wants His SUPER to come upon our NATURAL so we can change people’s lives!

II. FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT:

“And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4).

  • Jesus told His disciples to not do anything until they were baptized with the Spirit.

PRAYER: For people to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Church Website:         www.beausejourchurch.ca

Pastor’s Blog:              https://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/

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The Weekend Funnies – enforcing the law and role models

It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon for me today. My wife Liza and I have been battling a real bad head cold for the past week, and this morning, I had the opportunity to sleep in. Getting a little extra rest definitely helped me to feel better! Here are your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. Remember, “A merry heart does good like medicine!”

Calvin & Hobbes - enforcing the law

Calvin & Hobbes - uplifting role models in comics

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2015 Bill Waterson.

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Shine a Light on Slavery! #justice #humantrafficking #enditmovement

It’s hard to believe that slavery still exists in our world today, but it does.

chris and hannah enditToday, February 27th, is “Shine a Light on Slavery” day. As a part of the end it movement, my daughter Hannah and I have drawn a red X on our hands to join thousands of others using social media to help raise awareness of the fact that slavery still exists, and that we need to raise our voices and do something to stop it!

endit“Slavery has many forms and names, but it’s still slavery. And it’s still wrong. Can you imagine being forced to work without pay, trapped, unable to walk away, subject to violence or the threat of violence, by another person as they control you? Own you? Isolated, yet hidden in plain sight. This is reality for those trapped in slavery today. In the year 2015. Slavery is illegal in every single country in the world. Yet it still exists.” (www.enditmovement.com).

Three different kinds of slavery: Bonded labor, forced labor, and human trafficking:

  • Bonded labor is one of the most common forms of slavery in the world today. Bonded labor victims are often born into slavery, forced to repay a loan, sometimes from generations before. Indebted, often through deception and a system stacked against them.
  • Forced labor is any work or service someone is forced to do, against their will, under the threat of punishment, with little to no pay. This is most frequently found in labor-intensive, under-regulated industries, such as agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, mining, quarrying and manufacturing.
  • Human trafficking is when someone is taken away from their home, family, or community and transported to another city or country, many times under a false promise of employment or a better life. Victims are stripped of their identity, then forced to work against their will, with no hope or way to return home. (www.enditmovement.com). 

Here are just a few different organizations that are making a difference fighting slavery in the world today. Check them out, and find out how you can help!

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do JUSTICE, To love MERCY, And to walk HUMBLY with your God?” (Micah 6:8). This is what we are all called to do. Refuse to do nothing!

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Super: Naturally, Indeed! (When God Came Down)

Playing in the rain

How can you describe a move of God when He shows up? In Isaiah 64:1,3, the Old Testament prophet declares, “Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! When you came down long ago, you did awesome things beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! And although there weren’t necessarily any mountains shaking this past Sunday morning, our church definitely sensed God’s presence as it was manifested in a powerful way! I don’t know about you, but I’m so hungry for more of God in my life, my family, and in our church…

After an awesome time of worship where we welcomed the Holy Spirit, my wife Liza got up and gave a prophetic word that launched us into a time of prophecy, prayer, ministry, and continued worship. (You know it’s God moving when a preacher/teacher doesn’t get up and share his prepared message!) During the prophetic flow, one of our elders, Andy, got up and shared a Bible story from the life of Jesus from Mark 4:35-41 & 5:1-20 about Jesus setting free the man who was possessed by a legion of demons.

Another member of our church, Bill, came up and shared a message too about how God is wanting to work a mighty work in our midst – soon – and the only way that will happen is as we acknowledge and welcome the Holy Spirit, then when we start doing the work of the Holy Spirit, mighty things will take place. We also heard from a couple other people in the service as well – such a good family time in God’s presence. After that, I shared a Scripture from Isaiah 61:1-4:

  • 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
  • Because the Lord has anointed Me:
  • To preach good tidings to the poor;
  • He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
  • To proclaim liberty to the captives,
  • And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
  • 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
  • And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 
  • 3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
  • To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning,
  • The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
  • That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord,
  • that He may be glorified.”
  • 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations,
  • And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.

It’s the kind of service that can’t really be described, you had to experience it. That being said, if you missed the service, you can listen to or download the audio MP3 which has clips of the worship, prophetic words, prayer and ministry. I believe there’s an anointing upon this message that will bless and encourage your spirit! Do you need a fresh touch from God? Then find 42 minutes where you can get alone with God and listen to this audio message and be blessed and challenged in the Lord. Receive!

Our church family is praying and believing God on Sunday mornings to not only learn more about the Holy Spirit and the Church in the Book of Acts, we are also believing for ever deeper experiences with Him as well. I want to challenge you – in whatever church you attend – go expecting for an encounter with the living God, amen? Pray that God would pour out His Spirit upon us to anoint and empower us to do minister His healing to broken hearts and freedom to captives!

Check out the link to this new song by Jesus Culture and Kim Walker-Smith simply called Holy Spirit. This is one of the songs that we sang this past Sunday morning when God came down. May it stir up your heart to welcome the Holy Spirit in your life as well!

Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your Glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord.

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The Weekend Funnies – Calvin the Almighty and Eternal Creator

Here’s your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Enjoy…

Calvin & Hobbes - snow creation

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2015 Bill Waterson.

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