You don't have a problem with stealing cars and murdering people and committing fornication and rape and armed robbery and all of that. And he tells us it is because of the great and wonderful work of the Holy Spirit. They ran to the houses of them that had slain Caesar and burnt them to the ground. I have to walk around in this human body. It means you meditate. It's so wonderful, you know, to be aware of the fact as Christians that we possess the Spirit of God. I mean, you could beat the stuff in the head to death, you think, and it will pop right up again. It's to be controlled by the Spirit of God. Don't kid yourself; the battle will go on as long as you live. 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. It's interesting to note as you move further along in the book of Acts that you see this again and again. We will never be condemned. You owe it nothing, no debt, give it nothing. You've been made a new creation. And if you notice the passage, you will notice that following that statement is a list of results: speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, giving thanks, submitting. Thou that makest thy boast of the law through breaking the law, dishonorest thou God? The spiritual person has the Spirit of God. And don't let anybody come along and say, "I have the spiritual secret. May I just add another thing? And then when they found one of those men, they said he was full of faith and power. He prays, he says: "I bow my knee before the Father," you know, "and I pray for you and I pray for you.” And he says, "I pray that you will...that you will be able to comprehend," right? They're woofing on us, folks. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. Chapter 2, "If there is therefore any consolation in Christ, if therefore any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit," and there's some more privileges, "if any tender mercies, if any compassions, then you fulfill my joy that you be like minded.". You are now beginning to live the Christian life, which isn’t a standard of performance nor a code of ethics, but a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Many people who do not really know God nor fully understand the scriptures, try to live out of their own strength and power. Tag: Holy Spirit Empowers Us Bible Verse. And that's really what I want us to understand tonight. God never asks us to do what we can't do, that would be futile. Or are you one of those like the Jews in Malachi's day who say, “what a weariness it is.". (Hebrews 5:7-9.) Let's look at the other side, the pattern. Verse 12 says, "We have received . Oh that's a comforting thing. Second question: how much do you love the Word and prayer? But what he is saying in verse 1 is, it isn't that, it's that I treat you with the meekness and gentleness of Christ. We need to be putting it to death. Recognize that it's there. And that's the flesh wanting to feel better about itself. He is saying, yes I believe I'm saved by grace but I also know that everything in my being wants to pursue that with all my heart. We have to kill sin. So, when you came to Christ and you were forgiven of your sin, it didn't end your responsibility, just started it. And someday He will change our outside, says verse 11. Listen, I'm going to say something that might shock you. We don’t have to search the Scriptures very far to see that just as Jesus was foreshadowed and prophesied in the Old Testament, so was the Holy Spirit’s coming. And I think the most graphic illustration of that is found in Acts 1:8, and you just need to listen to it ‘cause you're familiar with it. And then verse 3, "For though we walk in the flesh,” in other words, in the sense that we're in the world, though we have to be a part of that, "we do not war after the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." If it be not, why do you dissuade men from it? The Holy Spirit Changes Us by Giving Us the Power to Resist Evil When we were unsaved, we were free to sin and did not feel a holy conviction because we lacked the Holy Spirit in us. Are you here when His people are here worshiping Him? To enable Smart Transcript, click this icon or click anywhere in the transcript. The land was promised to us and the land is ours, it's been given to us by the Lord, we just have to believe enough to go in and take it, right? This is not an exercise in theatrics. There are lapses. There are too many people running around loose thinking they got set loose by grace. If they be false why do you need righteously troubled men...why do you righteously trouble men with them and put them into such fright without a cause? Now, let's follow the plan for victory. "Not by might nor by power (on a human level,) but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." I mean, it's silly enough to say, "Well, you know, I'm not a murderer, but I just enjoy acting like one.” Or, "I'm not a homosexual, but I just like to act like one." He says you owe nothing to the flesh, nothing at all. But it's also a word of equality. Right? And when He asks us to kill sin, He says in verse 13, through the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of that life. And they are not seeing the fullest kind of victory over sin they could see for the glory of God and the blessing of their own life. Now you spend the rest of your life trying to kill off sin. "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Romans 8:13). alert(""); You know nothing to the flesh. . Look with me for a moment at 2 Corinthians chapter 10, 2 Corinthians chapter 10. So don't let anybody drop any big spiritual secrets on you and tell you they've arrived because they haven't. And I'm hurrying to draw this together. For the Spirit [] teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. But what you lose sight of is the fact that those other things in your life that mark your personality, like anger and bitterness and ill will and all of that that you don't ever deal with. And that is the most convincing of all arguments. It is powerful. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. And as a result of that, we are in tremendous debt to Him. Beloved, the text is simple. Here are a few ways that the Holy Spirit “speaks” to us both for our good and God’s glory: He reminds us about all that Jesus has taught. And as you saturate your soul and your heart and your mind with the truth of God, it begins to flesh out in a Spirit-controlled behavior. God’s power is available to us because of his Holy Spirit in us. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). 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.