Part of knowing God is knowing the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also plays a role in finding freedom and He definitely helps you live out your purpose. Actually, you can’t do it without Him.
A few weeks ago I was asking the Lord, “What do you want me to preach next?” And He said, “I need my people to know how to live filled with the Holy Spirit. They can’t accomplish what I need them to do without it.”
That’s why we are doing this series. Because God needs you to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Gifts of the Spirit
Last week, I explained the nine gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians chapter 12: Word of knowledge, word of wisdom, gift of faith, healings, miracles, prophesy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpreting tongues.
It’s important that we understand and operate in these gifts because they enable us to lead people to Jesus. Jesus needed spiritual gifts to reach people, and so do we.
If you have questions about these spiritual gifts, go watch the message on our website at nolimits.church. If questions still come up, shoot me a message. I’d be glad to help you.
The Purpose of the Holy Spirit
The week before that, we talked about the purpose of being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives you the power, boldness, and truth you need to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done, to lead people to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is what empowered Jesus to work miracles. It’s what enabled Him to speak mind-boggling truth. It’s why He was so bold when confronting religious leaders.
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and He passed it on to us so that we could do not just the same things He did, but even greater miracles than He did.
Obedience to God is required.
You may remember three weeks ago when we kicked off this series talking about how obedience to God is required to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can’t hang out with sin. So, if you keep hanging out with it, you are unqualified to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
I’m not talking about your salvation. Salvation is a free gift by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on a cross so you could be free from the penalty of your sin.
But, if you want the power of God to manifest in your life – if you want the favor of God to be evident in your life – you must pursue obedience.
The best part is, obedience is easy when it comes from the right place. Yet, most of us go at it the wrong way. We try to put on a perfect performance for God.
He’s not looking for your performance. He’s looking for obedience that comes as a result of knowing who you are to God.
Search the Scriptures
I had a few people come up to me after this message and ask how they can find out who they are to God. And I get it, the Bible is a big book. This probably feels like finding a needle in a haystack.
But for these truths to settle into your heart, you are going to have to put in the effort to search out the scriptures about who you are in Christ.
And don’t just stop there. You’ll need to write them down, put them on your bathroom mirror, and speak them out loud several times a day.
Although I know I can’t do this for you, I can give you a head start. So today, I am going to have five different people come up and share who they are in Christ.
These are people who have already put in the work to find out who they are in Christ. And their testimony is going to help you understand who you are in Christ.
- Chris Wills
- Amy Mitchell
- Mason Chatneuf
- Darla Bell
- Cary Sims