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In The Power of The Spirit

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October 27, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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In The Power of The Spirit

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  • Allen Jackson: Says, "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power
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  • of the Spirit, and news about him spread
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  • through the whole countryside."
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  • Jesus lived in Galilee.
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  • It's the northern part of Israel.
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  • It's a regional statement.
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  • It's like saying he returned to middle Tennessee.
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  • He returned to Galilee.
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  • Jesus had spent almost 30 years in Galilee and he had been
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  • for the most part anonymous.
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  • They all thought he was Joe and Mary's boy.
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  • He played soccer with their kids.
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  • They went to school together.
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  • Nobody exceptional.
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  • He grew to adulthood.
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  • He worked in the carpenter shop.
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  • He filled this place like all the other young men
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  • in the village.
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  • And when he was 30 he made a trip south to be baptized
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  • by John in the Jordan River.
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  • And when Jesus was baptized, all four gospels record that
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  • the Holy Spirit descended upon him.
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  • And God said, "That's my boy.
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  • And I'm pleased with him."
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  • And then it says the Spirit led him into the wilderness, where
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  • for 40 days Jesus fasted and prayed, and at the end
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  • of that, he was tempted by the devil.
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  • Remember the story.
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  • And then Luke records next that he returned to Galilee
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  • in the power of the Spirit.
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  • And the news about him began to spread all over
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  • the whole region.
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  • There's a marked change in Jesus' life once the Spirit
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  • of God descended upon him.
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  • It began his public ministry.
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  • It was the three year window of time, that's going to lead
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  • him to the cross on Golgotha.
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  • Now I would suggest to you that if Jesus needed the power
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  • of the Spirit to accomplish or to fulfill God's assignment
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  • for his life, that the same might be true of you and me.
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  • But Jesus didn't just rely on his awareness of heaven,
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  • or some other aspect of his personality.
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  • He was dependent upon the power of the Spirit that you and I are
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  • equally dependent upon the power of the Spirit.
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  • So we've got to learn a bit more about this.
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  • It's not optional for us if we're gonna fulfill our
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  • God assignments.
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  • So I wanna take a few minutes and just offer you some ideas
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  • to get a bit more acquainted with the person of
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • He's a person.
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  • The Holy Spirit is not like Casper the friendly ghost.
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  • The Bible refers to him as a person.
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  • The Greek language is highly inflected, it's not accidental.
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  • It very intentionally refers to the Spirit of God is
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  • a person.
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  • In fact, let's start in Genesis 1 and verse 1.
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  • That's very near the beginning of the book.
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  • They only thing ahead of that is the Table of Contents.
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  • It says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens
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  • and the Earth.
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  • And the Earth was formless and void and darkness was
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  • over the surface of the deep.
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  • And the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters."
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  • Now I am not a Hebrew scholar.
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  • I've studied Hebrew and I know a little bit about it.
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  • Know just enough Hebrew to get in trouble when I'm
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  • on the streets in Jerusalem.
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  • But I can tell you this, that in Hebrew, one of the plural
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  • endings is I-M, im.
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  • In English, to make a word plural, we add an s,
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  • or maybe es.
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  • Well in Hebrew one of the ways you know the word is plural is
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  • it ends with im, I-M.
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  • There are three words in those two verses that are plural.
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  • Maybe unexpectedly.
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  • It says, "In the beginning God" and the word that's translated
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  • God there in Hebrew is Elohim.
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  • It's plural.
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  • El is God in the singular.
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  • Elohim.
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  • So in the third word of the Bible, "In the beginning
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  • God."
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  • We have the first hint.
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  • The first opening of this idea of God the Father, God the Son,
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  • and God the Holy Spirit.
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  • It'll be presented more fully later on in Scripture,
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  • but in the third word of the Bible, it's introduced
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  • to us.
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  • And I would submit that we want a relationship with God
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  • the Father, with God the Son, and with God the Holy Spirit.
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  • It's not unique to this passage at Jesus' baptism, when Jesus
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  • presents himself to be baptized by John, it says the Holy Spirit
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  • descended upon him in a physical form and then a voice
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  • from Heaven said, "This is my son and I'm pleased with him."
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  • So in one scene, we have God the Father, God the Son, and God
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  • the Holy Spirit, the Trinity.
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  • Now there are parts of the Trinity that are
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  • beyond my intellectual capacity, but I've never felt violated my
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  • intellect, it's been pretty easy for me to accept.
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  • The technical language for it is one essence in three persons.
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  • Libraries written with books about this.
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  • But I think there's a physical expression of our lives that
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  • make it pretty simple to get to.
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  • How many of you know what water is?
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  • You know the chemical composition of water?
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  • It's H2O.
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  • Bunch of scientist in the house, okay.
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  • It's one--one compound but it comes in three different forms.
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  • In one form it's a liquid, which is essential to your wellbeing.
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  • Won't make it without H2O.
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  • But if you freeze it, it takes on a totally different set
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  • of physical properties, doesn't it?
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  • Or if you heat it up enough it becomes a gas, and has a whole
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  • another set of physical properties.
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  • So you can have steam or ice or liquid water, same exact
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  • chemical composition, but three very different physical
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  • expressions.
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  • I know, it's not the same but it helps me get my head
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  • around at least the periphery of this idea of God the Father,
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  • God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
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  • You want to know each one.
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  • And if you leave any aspect of the Trinity out, you forfeit
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  • a significant part of how God would interact with you in
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  • your life.
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  • And I think we've tend to, we kind of have an idea of God
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  • the Father and Jesus as much simpler.
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  • We have the gospels, but when it comes to the Holy Spirit, we
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  • have treated him more I think with fear and anxiety.
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  • He will never violate your will.
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  • He'll never make you do something you don't want to do.
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  • He'll never force you into a behavior that you don't
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  • choose for yourself.
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  • If the Holy Spirit were going to violate your freewill, how
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  • many of you know he would've stopped you from sinning long
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  • before you engaged in that choice?
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  • So you don't have to be afraid if you meet somebody says
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  • I didn't want to do it, but the Holy Spirit made me.
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  • No he didn't.
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  • People say to me, "Pastor I really hate to say this to you,
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  • but the Spirit's making me."
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  • No.
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  • I think you're pretty much surfing that wave all
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  • the way home.
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  • 'Cause I don't believe the Holy Spirit will violate your will.
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  • You don't have to be afraid of him.
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  • That's Elohim.
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  • There's a second word there it says, "God created the heavens,"
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  • plural.
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  • In Hebrew, Shamayim.
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  • There's more than one heaven.
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  • There's the heavens above the Earth, where you look
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  • up in the night sky and you see the stars and the planets
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  • and the wonder of God's creation, but there's also
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  • the heaven that is God's home.
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  • Not only God's dwelling in the midst of the stars, it's
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  • a different location altogether.
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  • It's the seed of his kingdom.
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  • The spiritual kingdom.
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  • God is Spirit, the Bible tells us, created the heavens
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  • and the Earth.
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  • So the word heaven can have more than one meaning.
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  • Not spooky, we have many words that have more than one meaning.
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  • And then it says the Spirit of God was moving
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  • over the surface of the waters.
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  • Waters is plural in Hebrew.
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  • Mine.
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  • There's more than one implication for water, we'll do
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  • that on another day.
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  • Then the purpose for the Holy Spirit, why do we find him doing
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  • in Scripture.
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  • Jesus was our Redeemer, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin
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  • of the world.
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  • What's the role of the Holy Spirit?
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  • What does he do?
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  • How does he interact with human beings?
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  • It's an important question to have an answer to.
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  • And one of the things we see consistently through Scripture
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  • is the Spirit of God empowers people, human beings for
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  • God's purposes.
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  • He brings God's power to bear in the life of human beings.
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  • So that God's purposes are accomplished in us
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  • and through us.
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  • Outcomes beyond what we can do in our strength with our own
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  • intellect, with our own power.
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  • We get help from Almighty God, through the presence of
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • Sounds pretty intriguing to me.
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  • I can give you many examples, but I chose one from the Old
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  • Testament in the Book of Judges.
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  • It's not a book about courtrooms and long black robes.
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  • The Book of Judges is that the judge is a title
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  • for a leader of the tribes of Israel.
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  • No central government.
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  • When they needed a corporate response, God would raise
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  • up a leader, a judge.
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  • Gideon was a judge. Deborah was a judge.
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  • Berak was a judge.
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  • Samson was a judge.
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  • The adversary confronting the Israelites in Samson's
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  • generation were the Philistines.
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  • They would attack the Israelites, they would
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  • plunder their crops.
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  • They kept them in a humiliated place.
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  • So God raised up a leader to defeat the Philistines,
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  • and he gave Samson crazy strength.
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  • Crazy strength.
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  • Look in your notes, Judges 15 in verse 14.
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  • It says, "The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power.
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  • And the ropes on his arms became like charred flax
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  • and the bindings dropped from his hands.
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  • Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it
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  • and struck down a thousand men."
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  • When the Spirit of God came upon Samson, it gave him
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  • physical power.
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  • He could--you could bind him with ropes and the Spirit of God
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  • would come on him and he would snap them as if they were burned
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  • in two.
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  • He could take the bone of an animal and overcome
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  • a thousand trained soldiers.
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  • Dude.
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  • What enabled him to do that, it says the Spirit of God came
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  • upon him.
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  • So the question, understanding the obsession
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  • of the Philistines, is what is the secret of Samson's strength.
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  • How can he do that?
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  • Now that's a very insightful piece of information because if
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  • Samson had been 6'8" and 260 with 2% body fat.
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  • And biceps that looked like my legs.
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  • They would have known why he was doing that.
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  • He's bigger than us.
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  • He's stronger.
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  • I don't think Samson was looked like some inhabitant of the gym,
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  • pumped up with steroids.
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  • I think Samson looked a lot like, like one of us.
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  • What do you think I meant?
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  • I think it'd be really funny, if we get to heaven, Sampson is
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  • about this tall...
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  • squeaky little voice, "Hi, I'm Sam!
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  • Watch me pick up a boulder."
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  • Philistines had no idea how he can do it.
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  • So they recruited somebody to betray him.
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  • They didn't know he had a covenant with God.
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  • They didn't understand the source of his strength was
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  • the Spirit of God.
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  • They thought he had to have some secret water source or
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  • some vitamins.
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  • He'd ordered some cream off late night television.
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  • And Delilah betrayed him.
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  • And he finally told her the source of the covenant he
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  • had made with God.
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  • That he was a Nazarite.
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  • It's a commitment his parents had made before he was
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  • ever born.
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  • And when Samson was asleep, a part of that vow was you
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  • wouldn't shave your head.
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  • She shaved his hair.
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  • We're gonna step back into it, it's in your notes.
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  • If the Holy Spirit brings empowerment to our lives,
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  • there's another aspect of his relationship with you you need
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  • to know.
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  • He gives you an awareness of spiritual things.
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  • And Delilah awakens Samson, it's the same chapter, Judges 16
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  • verse 20, she said, "'Samson the Philistines are upon you.'
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  • And he awoke from his sleep and he thought, 'I'll go out as
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  • before and shake myself free.'"
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  • They had caught him many times.
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  • They bound him with new ropes and old ropes.
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  • They'd done all sorts of things to limit him and every time
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  • the Spirit of God would come upon him and he would
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  • free himself.
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  • It says, "But he didn't know that the Lord had left him.
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  • And the Philistines seized him and they gouged out his eyes.
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  • And they took him to Gaza.
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  • And they bound him with bronze shackles.
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  • And they set him to grinding in the prison."
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  • Usually would use an animal, a beast of burden, an ox
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  • or a donkey to turn a millstone, to grind the grain and to mock
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  • the enemy of their people.
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  • They use Samson instead of an ox.
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  • And it says, "The hair on his head began to grow
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  • after it had been shaved."
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  • It's one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
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  • It's an expression of the grace of God.
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  • Samson was not the most moral character.
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  • Had many weaknesses.
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  • And in his own unbridled choices, he forfeited
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:37.030
  • the blessing of God upon his life.
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  • And he paid an enormous price.
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  • But the commentary in Scripture is that the hair on his head
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  • started to grow again.
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  • God hasn't forgotten his covenant with Samson.
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  • It also tells you the Philistines may not have
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  • been the brightest bulbs in the box 'cause if somebody
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  • that had tormented and had physically overcome my best
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:59.000
  • soldiers and the key to his weakness was no hair.
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  • I would have assigned somebody to shave that man's dome
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  • morning, noon and night.
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  • He would've never had stubble on the top of his head.
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  • And they let his hair grow.
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  • But that's not really the point of this particular--I want you
  • 00:14:17.010 --> 00:14:20.180
  • to go back in verse 20, where it says Delilah said--to Samson
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:23.240
  • said to himself, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free."
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:27.030
  • He didn't know that the Lord had left him.
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  • One of the very valuable roles of the Holy Spirit in your life
  • 00:14:30.180 --> 00:14:33.270
  • and mine is that he brings to us discernment.
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  • Discernment is kind of a fancy religious word.
  • 00:14:36.170 --> 00:14:38.230
  • It means spiritual awareness.
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  • Aware that the Holy Spirit is present or not.
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  • You want to know the difference.
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  • If Samson had understood that the Holy Spirit wasn't present,
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  • I think he was clever enough he'd have climbed
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  • out of a window and said there'll be another day fellas.
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  • But he didn't know.
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  • The ability to recognize the spirits around you, whether
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:02.210
  • they're holy or unholy.
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  • You cannot imagine how vulnerable you are to deception
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  • without the help of the Holy Spirit.
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  • male announcer: From the opening chapters of the Bible
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  • to the end, the Spirit of God and the power of God are
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:21.060
  • connected, even synonymous.
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  • And we all, at some point, have places in our lives
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  • where it would take no less than the power of God
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.010
  • to bring an acceptable outcome.
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  • That's the topic of Pastor Allen's unique new book based
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  • on eight of his teachings called "Unleashing the Power
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Allen: Let's start with the first expression of the power
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  • of the spirit, the power of transformation.
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  • The power of the Spirit of God to bring change to your life
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  • internally, to be a Christ follower.
  • 00:16:10.040 --> 00:16:13.220
  • Essentially, the story of being transformed from the inside out.
  • 00:16:13.230 --> 00:16:18.250
  • It's not about joining in the right organization,
  • 00:16:18.260 --> 00:16:21.170
  • or building the right systematic theology, it's a story
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  • of transformation from the inside out.
  • 00:16:24.210 --> 00:16:27.210
  • That's what the Spirit of God does, but we need a power
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  • greater than ourselves.
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  • It's more than the exertion of our will, or the force of
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:34.120
  • our character.
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  • We need a power to help us overcome the more unseemly parts
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  • of ourselves.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:16:42.230 --> 00:16:45.090
  • Well, that power is described as the fruit of the Spirit,
  • 00:16:45.100 --> 00:16:49.050
  • with a capital S.
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  • Look in Galatians chapter 5.
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  • "I say live by the Spirit," that's a capital S.
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  • It's the Spirit of God.
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  • You understand that you are a spirit, right?
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  • You are a spirit.
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  • You have a body.
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  • But you are a spirit.
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  • God knew you when you were being knit together in your
  • 00:17:08.010 --> 00:17:10.060
  • mother's womb.
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  • He knew you before the creation of the World.
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  • Your Spirit is eternal.
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  • Your body, your earth suit is on a count down clock.
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  • Sucker has an expiration date.
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  • Just like milk at the grocery store.
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  • It's better if drunk by this date.
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  • And we have some better by dates.
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  • It's another discussion.
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  • You are a spirit.
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  • You live in a body, and you have a soul.
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  • Your mind, your will, and your emotions.
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  • But the Spirit of God relates most directly to which part
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  • of your person do you imagine?
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  • Your spirit.
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  • It's the part of us that is most directly in God's image.
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  • So here's this discussion.
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  • Live by the Holy Spirit and you won't gratify the desires
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  • of your sinful nature.
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  • How many of you know you have a sinful nature?
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  • If you don't know you have one-- how many know you live
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  • with somebody that has a sinful nature?
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  • Don't raise your hand or you'll see it on the way home.
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  • For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Holy
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  • Spirit and the spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:16.070
  • They're in conflict with each other so that you don't do what
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:19.050
  • you want.
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:20.160
  • Isn't that our story?
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:21.260
  • We come to church.
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:23.070
  • God I want to do the right thing and you don't even get
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:24.170
  • out of the parking lot.
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  • Or how many times have you said, "I'll never do that again"
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  • and you do that again.
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  • There's this conflict in our lives, but the good news is
  • 00:18:30.120 --> 00:18:33.130
  • there is a power present to help us overcome that sinful nature.
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  • And the more we learn to cooperate with the Holy
  • 00:18:39.240 --> 00:18:41.180
  • Spirit, the more we can diminish the role of that ungodly part
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  • of us.
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  • We don't have to deny it, excuse it, justify it, explain it.
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  • It can be defeated.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • What's the outcome of that?
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  • The fruit, the evidence, of the Spirit's presence in your
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:59.270
  • life becomes evident.
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  • He lists nine ways, we see that happen.
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  • "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
  • 00:19:03.210 --> 00:19:06.150
  • kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:09.130
  • and self control.
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  • Against such things there is no law.
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  • Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature
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  • with its passions and desires."
  • 00:19:18.110 --> 00:19:20.060
  • We have to take those sinful desires and say no.
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  • Our soulish self says, "I think, I feel, and I want."
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  • And I have to say no.
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  • But I really want--I understand but no.
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  • "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step
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  • with the Spirit."
  • 00:19:39.090 --> 00:19:42.120
  • Now that's a description of growing up in Christ.
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  • Allowing the Holy Spirit to call the cadence for your life walk.
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  • It's not just what I want or what I feel.
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  • But I will pause and say to God, "What do you want?
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:20:00.270
  • How do you feel about this?
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  • Help me understand."
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  • And I will do my best to yield my will to you.
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  • Now here's the good news.
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  • The same creative power of God that hovered above the Earth
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  • in Genesis 1 is present in you to help you overcome.
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  • Wow.
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  • Wow.
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  • It's what makes Christianity different.
  • 00:20:33.170 --> 00:20:36.050
  • It's why it will improve the quality of our lives, in our
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:38.150
  • homes, in our communities.
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  • It's not a political initiative or an ideological initiative.
  • 00:20:41.230 --> 00:20:45.020
  • It's the power of the creator of all things present in his
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  • creation, who will cooperate with him.
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  • To let the character of God be expressed through us.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:58.090
  • That's an amazing thing.
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:00.240
  • No wonder the devil hates the Jesus story.
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:04.050
  • If you want to destroy human beings, the best way to do it is
  • 00:21:04.060 --> 00:21:07.230
  • to limit their awareness of Jesus and their participation
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.260
  • Now, let's look at a second expression of the power
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:16.280
  • of the Spirit in the New Testament.
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  • This is about the power to flourish.
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:23.090
  • The power for transformation is about internal change, how you
  • 00:21:23.100 --> 00:21:26.100
  • and I become different persons.
  • 00:21:26.110 --> 00:21:27.280
  • The power to flourish is about the power of God present
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  • in our lives to help us as we interact with the world
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  • around us.
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  • This is beyond us.
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  • Expressions of the power of God, expressions of the Spirit of God
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  • in the world around us.
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  • The Bible refers to these as the gifts of the Spirit.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 12, about spiritual gifts,
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  • "Brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant."
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  • So we've got our first instruction.
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  • Ignorance is not an excuse.
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  • Well, where I grew up we didn't talk about this much.
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  • Okay.
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  • Maybe that was our pastor.
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  • We don't want to stay ignorant.
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  • "You know that when you were pagan somehow or other you were
  • 00:22:02.220 --> 00:22:04.270
  • influenced and led astray to mute idols."
  • 00:22:04.280 --> 00:22:07.210
  • Apart from God you elevated things in your life to the role
  • 00:22:07.220 --> 00:22:11.130
  • of God's, mute things, things with no power, but you served
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:15.190
  • them, you gave them a priority, as if they were the first
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:19.160
  • priority of your life.
  • 00:22:19.170 --> 00:22:21.060
  • Maybe the pursuit of pleasure or success or happiness
  • 00:22:21.070 --> 00:22:25.200
  • or a relationship.
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:27.010
  • It could be something or someone, but you served it
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  • as a god.
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:32.070
  • But now we've chosen to worship the one true living God.
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:35.180
  • "And therefore, I tell you that no one who is speaking
  • 00:22:35.190 --> 00:22:37.230
  • by the Spirit of God says Jesus be cursed.
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:40.230
  • And no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:44.180
  • There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit.
  • 00:22:44.190 --> 00:22:47.100
  • There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:50.090
  • There are different kinds of working but the same God
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  • works all of them in all men.
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  • Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:57.280
  • is given for the common good."
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:00.130
  • The Holy Spirit, the manifestation means he's
  • 00:23:00.140 --> 00:23:02.100
  • revealed, made evident.
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  • For all of our good and he's gonna list nine separate gifts
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  • or manifestations of the Spirit.
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  • "To one there is given through the spirit, the message
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  • of wisdom.
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  • To another the message of knowledge by means
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.100
  • of the same spirit.
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  • To another faith by the same spirit.
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  • To another gifts of healing by that one spirit.
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  • To another miraculous powers.
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  • To another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits,
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  • to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still
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  • another the interpretation of tongues.
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  • All of these are the work of the one and the same Spirit
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  • and he gives them to each one just as he determines."
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  • Nine manifestations of the presence of the Spirit
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  • of God.
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  • And this in this context, it's in community.
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  • This isn't personal or private.
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  • It's in the context of the life of the believers.
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  • The Holy Spirit is made evident in these ways.
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  • Now there's two big rock ideas, we want to take away.
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  • One, don't be ignorant.
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  • Don't say, "Well, let's kind of messy and I don't
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  • understand it.
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  • So I'm just gonna withdraw."
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  • Don't stay there.
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  • Say, "Lord help me. I'd like to know."
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  • And then it says to us that the Spirit has given--in that
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  • last verse, it says they're all the work of the one in the same
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  • Spirit and he gives them just as he determines.
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  • The Holy Spirit is the determiner of where these
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  • expressions of power will be released.
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  • Again, he's not gonna violate you.
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  • He's not gonna embarrass you or humiliate you or overpower
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  • you or take over your vocal cords or make you roll
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  • on the floor and bark like a dog.
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  • He won't do that.
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  • Well I saw somebody do something bizarre and they said it was
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • Well I saw someone serve food and they said they were a cook
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  • and I don't think so.
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  • But I didn't quit eating.
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  • I saw somebody drive yesterday and they thought they
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  • were qualified.
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  • I would beg to differ, but I didn't get rid of my car.
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  • I have observed the trend in Christiandom recently
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  • over the breadth of my life.
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  • There's a desire amongst some of us to find somebody who will
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  • prophesy, speak the word of God over our lives, tell us what God
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  • has to say to us.
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  • Tell me where to go and what to do.
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  • I'd love somebody to speak over my life.
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  • Understand the temptation of that.
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  • But folks that is a very dangerous idea to cultivate.
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  • There are times and places where that is appropriate and I have
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  • seen it, but as a pattern for living, Jesus said, "My
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  • sheep will know my voice."
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  • What you want to cultivate is a recognition of the spirit
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  • of God in your life, so you understand his invitations
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  • and his promptings and his words, amen.
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