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Our Crucial Need For The Holy Spirit

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October 15, 2020
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Pastor Doug Batchelor is an energetic speaker of vision and deep spirituality.

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Our Crucial Need For The Holy Spirit

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  • male announcer: Thispresentation is brought to you
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  • by the friends of the AmazingFacts Ministry.
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  • Doug Batchelor: When we rejectthe work of the Holy Spirit in
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  • our lives we are basicallyburning the bridge that God uses
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  • to bring us to salvation.
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  • Doug Batchelor: You know, I'dlike to go to a familiar passage
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  • in John chapter 3, and it's thestory where Nicodemus comes to
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  • Jesus, and I'll begin with verse1.
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  • "There was a man of thePharisees named Nicodemus, a
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  • ruler of the Jews, this man cameto Jesus by night and he said,
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  • 'Rabbi, we know that you are ateacher come from God, for no
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  • one can do these things that youdo unless God is with them.'"
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  • And Jesus, anticipating what wasreally on his heart, "He said to
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  • him, 'Most assuredly, I say toyou, unless one is born again he
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  • cannot see the kingdom of God,'"We've got to know what that
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  • means because he's prettydefinite there.
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  • "Nicodemus said to Him,'How can a man be born
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  • again when he's old?
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  • Can he enter the second timeinto his mother's womb and
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  • be born?'
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  • And, Jesus answered, 'Mostassuredly, I say to you, unless
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  • one is born of the water and thespirit, he cannot enter the
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  • kingdom of God.
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  • That which is born of flesh isflesh, and that which is born of
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  • spirit is spirit.
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  • Do not marvel that I say to you,"You must be born again," the
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  • wind blows where it wishes andyou hear the sound of it but you
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  • cannot tell where it comes fromand where it goes; so is
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  • everyone who is born of thespirit.'"
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  • So that's what we're talkingabout, what does it mean to be
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  • born of the spirit, and we wantto discuss the importance of the
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  • work of the Holy Spirit in thelife of the believer, and the
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  • necessity for us to have theHoly Spirit.
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  • We not only want the initialrefreshing that you get when you
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  • commit your life to the Lord,when you're baptized you should
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  • receive that gift of the spirit.
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  • It says there in Acts chapter 2,"Peter told the believers,
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  • 'Repent and be baptized everyone of you and you shall receive
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  • the gift of the Holy Spirit, forthe promise is unto you and your
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  • children and many as the LordGod shall call.'"
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  • So there's a promise, He givesus His spirit when we first come
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  • to Him but then the spirit cancome in waves.
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  • Peter, James, John, they werebaptized with the Holy Spirit,
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  • probably by John the Baptist, Imean when they got baptized by
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  • John the Baptist, but then theyreceive the Holy Spirit in
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  • Pentecostal power at Pentecost,Acts chapter 2.
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  • So we want that latter rain,baptism of the Holy Spirit, we
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  • need it in the last days.
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  • In the last days when sinabounds, God's grace does much
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  • more abound.
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  • When the spirit of the devil iscome down with great wrath
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  • because he knows his time isshort, God's people, through the
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  • power of God the Spirit, need tocompensate and have a double
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  • portion, as Elisha prayed for,of the Holy Spirit.
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  • So we're gonna talk now aboutthe biblical priority of the
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • Some people are a littledismissive about the importance
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  • of the Holy Spirit, they don'ttalk about it, they don't preach
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  • about it, and the Bible makes apriority of it.
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  • In the beginning, you go toGenesis and it says, "The Spirit
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  • of God moved upon the face ofthe waters," go to the end of
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  • the Bible where you seeRevelation and it tells us, "The
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  • Spirit and the bride say,'Come.'"
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  • The ministry of Jesus begins, hecomes out of the water, he is
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  • anointed with the Holy Spiritand then, after Christ dies and
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  • ascends to heaven, his finalwords are, "Go ye therefore,
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  • teach all nations, baptizingthem in the name of the Father,
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  • and the Son, and the HolySpirit."
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  • So you see this priority thatGod gives to the Holy spirit
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  • through the Bible.
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  • Now, I should probably pausehere and say, who, what is the
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  • Holy Spirit?
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  • Now, I mentioned that like thatnot because the Holy Spirit is a
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  • what, but some people talk aboutthe Holy Spirit like
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  • it's electricity.
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  • Biblically, the Holy Spirit is aperson, He has all of the
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  • characteristics of the person,He is the third person in
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  • the Godhead.
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  • Acts chapter 5, verse 3, "Petersaid, 'Ananias, why has Satan
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  • filled your heart to lie to theHoly Spirit?
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  • You've not lied to men but toGod.'"
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  • Peter was telling Ananias youdidn't lie to some electrical
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  • force, some radiation or x-ray,you lied to God 'cause the Holy
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  • Spirit is the Spirit of God, itis a separate individual.
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  • In Acts chapter 7, verse 51, itsays, "You do resist the
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  • Holy Spirit."
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  • Ephesians 4, verse 30, "Do notgrieve the Holy Spirit,"
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  • grieving is an emotion ofanguish, it says the Holy Spirit
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  • can be grieved.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:19, "Do notquench the Spirit," the Spirit
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  • of God burns within our heartsand we can quench his work by
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  • resisting him, that's how youlead on towards the sin against
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • Acts 13, verse 2, it says, "Asthey prayed and fasted, the Holy
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  • Spirit said," Holy Spirit'sspeaking as a person speaks.
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  • Notice here, the Holy Spiritspeaks, He intercedes, Romans
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  • 8:26, I'm just gonna give theseto you quickly 'cause I don't
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  • have time to read them all.
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  • He commands, Acts 16:6 and 7, Heappoints, Acts 20, verse 28, He
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  • leads, Romans 8:14, He reproves,John 16:8.
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  • The Holy Spirit has intellect,emotions, will, He can be
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  • grieved, He has everything thata personality would have, He
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  • doesn't have a body.
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  • Now this is where it gets alittle complicated, people have
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  • a hard time as humans, that evenJesus said, "God is a spirit,"
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  • we try to package God in ourterms and it's
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  • so incomprehensible.
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  • Now God the Father and Son,evidently, have a form because
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  • it describes Their eyes andTheir hands and Their feet and
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  • many other facets, but with theHoly Spirit, the spirit comes
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  • down like a dove on Jesus at Hisbaptism; Holy Spirit comes down
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  • like tongues of fire atPentecost; Holy Spirit comes
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  • like wind, and so sometimes theHoly Spirit's compared to water;
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  • it's more of these quintesentelements that we see that are
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  • figurative of the Holy Spirit.
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  • And so there's somethingmysterious here, but keep in
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  • mind the Holy Spirit is aperson, Jesus said, "It's
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  • expedient that I go away; if Igo, I will send the comforter
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  • and He will be with you, He willbe in you."
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  • So Christ is with us through Godthe Spirit, Christ comes from
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  • the Father to reveal God theFather, God the Father is a
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  • separate person revealed throughChrist, and Jesus is revealed to
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  • us through the Holy Spirit.
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  • So, second point here is agood relationship with the Holy
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  • Spirit is a life and deathissue.
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  • John, 1 John 5:16, bible tellsus, "There is a sin leading to
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  • death, and I do not say that youshould pray about that."
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  • And people often wonder, whywould it be considered more
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  • dangerous to sin against theHoly Spirit than to sin against
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  • the Father or the Son?
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  • And that's based on theseverses, let me read this to you
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  • from Matthew chapter 12, verse31.
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  • "Therefore I say unto you, everysin and blasphemy will be
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  • forgiven men, but blasphemyagainst the Spirit will not be
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  • forgiven men.
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  • Anyone who speaks a word againstthe Son of Man, it will be
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  • forgiven him, but whoever speaksagainst the Holy Spirit, it will
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  • not be forgiven him, either inthis age or in the age to come."
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  • That's pretty serious, why isthat?
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  • Well you see, the Holy Spirit isthe person of the Godhead that
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  • brings us to conviction thatleads us to repentance, when we
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  • reject the work of the HolySpirit in our lives we are
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  • basically burning the bridgethat God uses to bring us to
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  • salvation; and so that's whyit's so important not to grieve,
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  • not to chase away the HolySpirit when He's bringing
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  • conviction to us.
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  • Now I need to stop right hereand explain, if you're wondering
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  • if you've committed theunpardonable sin, probably not,
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  • because the very fact you'relistening to this program shows
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  • you still have some spiritualappetite but don't continue to
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  • resist the conviction and thework of the Spirit in your life,
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  • that is a dangerous thing to do.
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  • For three and a half years,Judas wrestled with the idea
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  • that he should confess his sinto Jesus, that he should forsake
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  • his sin of stealing, he had beenrobbing money from the poor the
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  • whole time.
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  • And when Jesus knelt to wash hisfeet there in the upper room, I
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  • think Judas's heart nearlybroke, he wanted to tell the
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  • Lord what he had done, he wantedto confess and come clean, but
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  • in his pride he kept putting itoff and putting it off and the
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  • Holy Spirit left him for thelast time.
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  • It says, "Satan entered him" atthat point, that's why it's such
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  • a dangerous thing to continue toreject the work of the Holy
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  • Spirit; so we need to listen tothe voice of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Hebrews chapter 6, and thisverse frightens people, Hebrews
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  • chapter 6, verse 4, "For it isimpossible for those who were
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  • once enlightened and have tastedthe heavenly gift, and have
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  • become partakers of the HolySpirit, and have tasted the good
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  • word of God and the powers ofthe age to come, if they fall
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  • away, to renew them again torepentance, seeing they crucify
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  • again for themselves the Son ofGod and put him to an
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  • open shame."
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  • If, over the course of our life,we reject the best that God has
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  • to offer, which is what this issaying, what more is he going
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  • to do?
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  • He tells us, look, I gave myson, if that doesn't touch your
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  • heart what more can God do?
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  • And so be very careful aboutrejecting God's best because it
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  • can get where we don'tappreciate the plan
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  • of salvation.
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  • Three, we need the Holy Spiritfor life, for eternal life.
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  • Romans 8, verse 6, "For to becarnally minded is death, but to
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  • be spiritually minded is lifeand peace."
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  • Staying in Romans go to verse 9,Romans 8, verse 9, "But you are
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  • not in the flesh but in theSpirit, if indeed the Spirit of
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  • God dwells in you.
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  • Now if anyone does not have theSpirit of Christ he is not his,"
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  • and if you are not Jesus's, thenJesus said, "If you are not with
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  • Me you are against Me."
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  • There's only two masters,there's only two roads, you're
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  • either with Christ-- you mightthink, "Well I'm in some, you
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  • know, spiritual Switzerland, I'mneutral."
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  • No, if you're not with Christ,He said, "You're against Me,"
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  • that means you're with theenemy, you're with the devil.
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  • Hate to say it that way butthat's what Jesus said, he said,
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  • "If you do not have the Spiritof Christ then you are none
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  • of His."
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  • Romans 8:13, "For if you liveafter the flesh you will die,
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  • but if through the Spirit, youmortify the deeds of the body,
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  • you will live."
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  • The Bible tells us that this isa life and death issue, it's not
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  • optional, it's not that you say,"Well I want to be a Christian,
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  • I'm not sure I'm gonna be aspirit-filled Christian, I just
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  • want to be at a sorta okie dokieChristian."
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  • God is calling everybody to beSpirit-filled, if you're not
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  • Spirit-filled then what is it?
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  • I remember Thomas Edison, heillustrated that one time he, he
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  • told his scientists to measurethe volume in one of his light
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  • bulbs, and they went and gottheir calculators and started
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  • doing calculus formulas andgeometry, he said, "What are
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  • you guys doing?"
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  • They said, "We're trying tofigure out how to measure the
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  • volume in this bulb," and hesaid, he took the bulb, took the
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  • cap off the bottom, filled itwith water, took it over, put it
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  • in a square pitcher, said, "Nowmeasure it," they said, "Oh, so
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  • the way that you get the air outis by pouring the water in."
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  • If we want to get the devil andthe world out of our lives, we
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  • need to be filled with somethingelse; you cannot be filled with
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  • the Spirit if you're full ofother things.
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  • So the way to be ready toreceive the Spirit is to empty
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  • yourself, to choose to let go,you come to the place where you
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  • take up your cross and you say,"Lord, not my will, Thy will
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  • be done."
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  • Jesus said, "If you seek to saveyour life you will lose it, but
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  • if for Christ's sake you let go,then you will find your life;
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  • and what profit is it if yougain the whole world and you
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  • lose your soul?"
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  • So beginning as a Christianreally starts with emptying
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  • yourself so that God can fillyou with what really lasts, and
  • 00:12:42.845 --> 00:12:48.050
  • that's the Holy Spirit.
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  • Doug Batchelor: Furthermore,point number four, we need the
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  • Holy Spirit for obeying.
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  • Romans 8, verse 13 and 14, "Forif you live after the flesh you
  • 00:13:30.392 --> 00:13:35.764
  • will die, but if through theSpirit," now how do we do it?
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  • We touched on this already but Iwant to emphasize this point,
  • 00:13:38.968 --> 00:13:41.937
  • "Through the Spirit youmortify," mortify means you
  • 00:13:41.971 --> 00:13:44.907
  • kill, "Through the Spirit youmortify the deeds of the body,
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  • you will live.
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  • For as many as are led by theSpirit they are the sons
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  • of God."
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  • In Ezekiel 36, verse 27, "I willput My spirit within you and
  • 00:13:55.751 --> 00:14:00.923
  • cause you," God says, "I willgive you the Holy Spirit and I
  • 00:14:00.956 --> 00:14:04.193
  • will cause you to walk in Myways, and to keep My
  • 00:14:04.226 --> 00:14:07.062
  • commandments," now how does thisall happen?
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  • You know, the power reallycomes, the Holy Spirit gives us
  • 00:14:10.900 --> 00:14:14.470
  • the new heart, the new heart isa loving heart, it's a heart
  • 00:14:14.503 --> 00:14:18.741
  • where you love God and you loveyour neighbor.
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  • Paul says, "Love is thefulfilling of the law," Jesus
  • 00:14:22.478 --> 00:14:26.081
  • says, "All of the commandmentsare fulfilled in this: that we
  • 00:14:26.115 --> 00:14:29.551
  • love one another," and it's allboiling down to loving the Lord.
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  • And Jesus was quotingDeuteronomy chapter 6, when He
  • 00:14:34.690 --> 00:14:37.559
  • said, "Love the Lord with allyour heart, mind, soul and
  • 00:14:37.593 --> 00:14:39.561
  • strength," and then Jesus quotedLeviticus chapter 19:18, when He
  • 00:14:39.595 --> 00:14:43.799
  • said, "Love your neighbor asyourself."
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  • The first four commandments dealwith our love relationship with
  • 00:14:46.368 --> 00:14:50.472
  • God; if we love God we're notgonna worship other gods; if we
  • 00:14:50.506 --> 00:14:54.944
  • love God we're not going to takeHis name in vain or miss our
  • 00:14:54.977 --> 00:14:58.614
  • time with Him or insult Him bylikening Him to idols.
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  • Likewise, if we love ourneighbor, when God gives us this
  • 00:15:03.452 --> 00:15:06.055
  • new heart and the gift of lovein our heart for God and our
  • 00:15:06.088 --> 00:15:09.358
  • fellow man, we're not going tosteal from them or kill them or
  • 00:15:09.391 --> 00:15:12.928
  • rob them or steal their spouse,and you can go through the
  • 00:15:12.962 --> 00:15:16.398
  • litany of those last sixcommandments.
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  • And so love is the fulfilling ofthe law, that's why Jesus said,
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  • "If you love Me, keep Mycommandments, and I will pray
  • 00:15:22.671 --> 00:15:25.975
  • the Father and he will give youanother Helper, that He might
  • 00:15:26.008 --> 00:15:29.311
  • abide with you forever-- theSpirit of truth, whom the world
  • 00:15:29.345 --> 00:15:33.549
  • cannot receive because itneither sees Him or knows Him,
  • 00:15:33.582 --> 00:15:38.087
  • but you know Him for He dwellsin you and He will be with you."
  • 00:15:38.120 --> 00:15:43.092
  • Now this is sort of adouble-sided sword, God gives
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  • the Spirit to those that obeyand God gives the Spirit so we
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  • can obey.
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  • Living the Christian life isfrankly impossible without God,
  • 00:15:52.935 --> 00:15:57.573
  • following Jesus and living likeJesus is attempting an
  • 00:15:57.606 --> 00:16:00.943
  • impossibility without the Spiritof God.
  • 00:16:00.976 --> 00:16:04.480
  • I remember we were in Russia, 25years ago, yeah, 1992, we went
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  • right after the iron curtainfell and I went to the city of
  • 00:16:10.386 --> 00:16:13.622
  • Stavropol, and did some meetingsthere and we saw
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  • something interesting.
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  • The buses, the city busses wererather fall, and the busses
  • 00:16:17.226 --> 00:16:20.929
  • actually used tires but they'reattached to overhead electricity
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  • which means that the bus driverhad the freedom to drive away
  • 00:16:26.468 --> 00:16:29.805
  • from the electricity, he had tostay kind of on a line that was
  • 00:16:29.838 --> 00:16:32.408
  • painted and he was relativelysure that this spring-loaded
  • 00:16:32.441 --> 00:16:36.145
  • mechanism was touching the wiresup above.
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  • Well this one bus driver went toturn a little wide and he got
  • 00:16:38.981 --> 00:16:42.251
  • disconnected, and he gave out ashout and a bunch of people got
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  • out of the bus.
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  • I mean, the thing was just deadin the water stopping all the
  • 00:16:49.024 --> 00:16:51.060
  • traffic, and we watched thepeople piled out of the bus,
  • 00:16:51.093 --> 00:16:53.695
  • they got behind the bus, theystarted pushing the bus back
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  • into the right line.
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  • The driver had a pole, I guessthis happened more than once, he
  • 00:16:58.333 --> 00:17:01.036
  • reached up with his insulatedpole, he pulled the
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:03.172
  • spring-loaded mechanism backunderneath the power, everything
  • 00:17:03.205 --> 00:17:06.275
  • with back up again, they allclimbed back on the bus and they
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  • took off.
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  • Well, that's that's the key, youwant to be connected to
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  • the power.
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  • Now what would you think if thedriver told everybody to get out
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  • of the bus, and say, "We'regoing to push our way through
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  • the rest of our bus stopstoday?"
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  • That wouldn't make any sense butthis is how so many Christians
  • 00:17:21.824 --> 00:17:25.527
  • operate, they're trying in theirown strength without the love of
  • 00:17:25.561 --> 00:17:29.031
  • God, without the Spirit of Godthey're trying to push their way
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  • through living a victoriousChristian experience, where what
  • 00:17:31.967 --> 00:17:35.003
  • they have to do is connect withthe power; and I'll tell you,
  • 00:17:35.037 --> 00:17:38.874
  • there's a lot of power in theHoly Spirit that's available
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  • to us.
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  • You read in the Bible, God givesus so many examples of
  • 00:17:43.445 --> 00:17:47.182
  • extraordinary power.
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  • The Spirit of the Lord comes onSamson, and one man, you know he
  • 00:17:49.485 --> 00:17:53.155
  • takes on 1.000.
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  • Not only did it happen withSamson, it happened with David's
  • 00:17:54.723 --> 00:17:57.092
  • mighty men, it happened withDavid and Goliath, and the bear
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  • and the lion, so the Spirit cangive you whatever strength you
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  • need for the task.
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  • "God is faithful, He will notsuffer you to be tempted above
  • 00:18:05.834 --> 00:18:09.471
  • what you're able, but will withthe temptation provide a way
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  • of escape."
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  • Whatever temptation you face,you know, God told Paul, "My
  • 00:18:13.942 --> 00:18:18.514
  • grace is sufficient," He will,through the Spirit, give you
  • 00:18:18.547 --> 00:18:21.950
  • whatever you need.
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  • So you never need to say, "Itwas too much, I couldn't handle
  • 00:18:23.352 --> 00:18:25.521
  • it," through Christ you can doanything.
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  • You can't live the Christianlife, you can't walk on water,
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  • but if you keep your eyes onChrist, you can walk on water
  • 00:18:31.727 --> 00:18:35.531
  • just like Peter did, that's thekey.
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  • It's impossible to live theChristian life unless God works
  • 00:18:38.133 --> 00:18:41.703
  • a miracle and you keep your eyeson Christ, then you can do
  • 00:18:41.737 --> 00:18:44.740
  • the impossible.
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  • We need the Holy Spirit forinstruction and for guidance.
  • 00:18:46.408 --> 00:18:51.680
  • John 6:63, "It is the Spiritthat quickens, the flesh profits
  • 00:18:51.713 --> 00:18:56.618
  • nothing; the words that I speakto you they are spirit and they
  • 00:18:56.652 --> 00:19:00.622
  • are life."
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  • John 14:26, "But the Helper, theHoly Spirit, whom the Father
  • 00:19:01.990 --> 00:19:06.795
  • will send in My name, He,"notice again the He, "He will
  • 00:19:06.828 --> 00:19:10.799
  • teach you all things, and Hewill bring to your remembrance
  • 00:19:10.832 --> 00:19:14.770
  • all things of what I have said."
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  • You know, you have God theFather, God the Son, God the
  • 00:19:18.073 --> 00:19:20.375
  • Spirit connected with Jesus'sbaptism, when Christ began His
  • 00:19:20.409 --> 00:19:23.779
  • life of ministry, all persons ofthe Godhead we're involved in
  • 00:19:23.812 --> 00:19:27.182
  • that, and all the persons of theGodhead are involved in our
  • 00:19:27.216 --> 00:19:30.752
  • conversion, but God then bringsthe Spirit into our lives.
  • 00:19:30.786 --> 00:19:34.957
  • "When Christ came out of thewater, He was led of the
  • 00:19:34.990 --> 00:19:38.093
  • Spirit," the Bible says, and Hebegan to perform His miracles at
  • 00:19:38.126 --> 00:19:41.763
  • that time because a new powercame into His life, so we need
  • 00:19:41.797 --> 00:19:45.234
  • it for instruction.
  • 00:19:45.267 --> 00:19:46.802
  • Holy Spirit's never gonna tellus anything to contradict what
  • 00:19:46.835 --> 00:19:49.571
  • the holy Word says, he willbring the word to
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  • our remembrance.
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  • John 16, verse 13, "However,when He, the Spirit of truth,
  • 00:19:53.675 --> 00:19:57.613
  • has come, He will guide you intoall truth.
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  • He will not speak on His ownauthority but whatever He hears
  • 00:20:00.782 --> 00:20:04.653
  • He will speak, and He will tellyou things to come."
  • 00:20:04.686 --> 00:20:08.290
  • You'll hear that still smallvoice and God will guide you,
  • 00:20:08.323 --> 00:20:11.159
  • He'll say, "This is the way,walk ye in it."
  • 00:20:11.193 --> 00:20:14.263
  • 1 Corinthians 2, verse 14, "Butthe natural man does not receive
  • 00:20:14.296 --> 00:20:18.700
  • the things of the Spirit, forthey're foolishness to him, nor
  • 00:20:18.734 --> 00:20:21.937
  • can he know them because they'respiritually discerned."
  • 00:20:21.970 --> 00:20:24.473
  • Even to understand the Bible weneed the Holy Spirit, to
  • 00:20:24.506 --> 00:20:28.543
  • understand the Book that wasinspired by the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:28.577 --> 00:20:32.080
  • Bible says, "Holy men were movedby the Holy Spirit," how much
  • 00:20:32.114 --> 00:20:35.984
  • then do you need the Holy spiritto understand the holy Word?
  • 00:20:36.018 --> 00:20:38.887
  • Pray before you read the Bible,God will speak to you.
  • 00:20:38.920 --> 00:20:41.790
  • Not only does faith come byhearing the Word, I think the
  • 00:20:41.823 --> 00:20:44.026
  • Holy Spirit comes through us aswe read the Word and we pray for
  • 00:20:44.059 --> 00:20:48.230
  • the Holy Spirit to betterunderstand it.
  • 00:20:48.263 --> 00:20:51.266
  • That's why Jesus said thatprayer, "He that has an ear, let
  • 00:20:51.300 --> 00:20:55.404
  • him hear what the Spirit says tothe churches," and the word here
  • 00:20:55.437 --> 00:20:58.407
  • there means not just to audiblyhear it but to be willing to
  • 00:20:58.440 --> 00:21:02.444
  • obey and to listen.
  • 00:21:02.477 --> 00:21:04.379
  • I was reading a book about thesemen that were crossing Saudi
  • 00:21:04.413 --> 00:21:07.382
  • Arabia and sometimes, the Arabs,you know, they pretty much saw
  • 00:21:07.416 --> 00:21:10.786
  • their way around by the stars atnight but sometimes they'd be in
  • 00:21:10.819 --> 00:21:14.323
  • a sandstorm where they couldn'tsee the sun, moon, or stars.
  • 00:21:14.356 --> 00:21:17.426
  • On occasions like this, some ofthe caravan leaders carried with
  • 00:21:17.459 --> 00:21:20.962
  • them a homing pigeon, and to thehoming pigeon's foot they tied a
  • 00:21:20.996 --> 00:21:25.467
  • long strong thread, and whenthey were lost in a storm they
  • 00:21:25.500 --> 00:21:29.871
  • would release the pigeon whowould fly in a circle for just a
  • 00:21:29.905 --> 00:21:32.841
  • moment, and he would tug in theperfect direction they needed to
  • 00:21:32.874 --> 00:21:36.311
  • go; they had this built in GPSsomehow that homing pigeons know
  • 00:21:36.345 --> 00:21:40.882
  • exactly what direction to go,and that would guide them.
  • 00:21:40.916 --> 00:21:45.420
  • So as we've got God's Spirit,that dove, He directs us, He
  • 00:21:45.454 --> 00:21:49.191
  • helps us know which way to go.
  • 00:21:49.224 --> 00:21:51.727
  • We need the Holy Spirit foreffective praying, we must pray
  • 00:21:51.760 --> 00:21:56.565
  • for the Holy Spirit and yet weneed the Spirit to pray.
  • 00:21:56.598 --> 00:21:59.735
  • Luke 11:13, "If you then, beingevil, know how to give good
  • 00:21:59.768 --> 00:22:04.439
  • gifts to your children, how muchmore will your heavenly Father
  • 00:22:04.473 --> 00:22:07.776
  • give the Holy Spirit to thosethat ask?"
  • 00:22:07.809 --> 00:22:09.745
  • So, start out and pray for theHoly Spirit.
  • 00:22:09.778 --> 00:22:12.581
  • When I kneel in the morning tobegin my devotions, I get down
  • 00:22:12.614 --> 00:22:15.784
  • and pray right there and say,"Lord, please give me Your
  • 00:22:15.817 --> 00:22:17.586
  • Spirit so I even know what Iought to pray for."
  • 00:22:17.619 --> 00:22:20.589
  • And it's like you read in Romans8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also
  • 00:22:20.622 --> 00:22:26.061
  • helps us in our weakness, for wedo not know what we should pray
  • 00:22:26.094 --> 00:22:29.564
  • for as we ought, but the SpiritHimself makes intercession for
  • 00:22:29.598 --> 00:22:34.469
  • us with groanings that cannot beuttered."
  • 00:22:34.503 --> 00:22:37.139
  • You know, I like singing, like alot of people I like singing but
  • 00:22:37.172 --> 00:22:39.741
  • I may not have the best voicebut I like singing surrounded by
  • 00:22:39.775 --> 00:22:43.879
  • people that do sing, I sound somuch better.
  • 00:22:43.912 --> 00:22:47.015
  • I feel better about my singingwhen I've got them around me to
  • 00:22:47.048 --> 00:22:49.985
  • help keep me on key and that'sthe way it is with the
  • 00:22:50.018 --> 00:22:53.221
  • Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:53.255 --> 00:22:54.589
  • We pray with the Spirit toChrist, praying in the Spirit.
  • 00:22:54.623 --> 00:22:59.561
  • In Ephesians chapter 6, verse18, "Praying always with all
  • 00:22:59.594 --> 00:23:03.165
  • prayer and supplication in theSpirit, being watchful to this
  • 00:23:03.198 --> 00:23:07.469
  • end with all perseverance andsupplication for all
  • 00:23:07.502 --> 00:23:10.639
  • the saints."
  • 00:23:10.672 --> 00:23:11.973
  • Notice, all-all-all, Bible says,"Pray without ceasing."
  • 00:23:12.007 --> 00:23:14.409
  • So you know a Christian shouldbe praying for the Spirit,
  • 00:23:14.443 --> 00:23:17.379
  • talking to someone about theLord, you don't know what to
  • 00:23:17.412 --> 00:23:19.381
  • say, send up a prayer; drivingin your car, pray to stay
  • 00:23:19.414 --> 00:23:23.485
  • connected to the Spirit.
  • 00:23:23.518 --> 00:23:25.420
  • You know when bats go out, nowsome bats fly at night and some
  • 00:23:25.454 --> 00:23:28.356
  • bats fly in the day, but batsuse sonar, and you can't hear it
  • 00:23:28.390 --> 00:23:33.094
  • but they are constantlysqueaking, with special
  • 00:23:33.128 --> 00:23:35.363
  • instruments they can pick it up.
  • 00:23:35.397 --> 00:23:37.499
  • And bats are constantlysqueaking this very
  • 00:23:37.532 --> 00:23:39.901
  • ultra-high-frequency that theycan hear with their very
  • 00:23:39.935 --> 00:23:42.804
  • sensitive ears and some of thebats that fly at night, and
  • 00:23:42.838 --> 00:23:45.841
  • their eyes are virtual vestigialremnants, they can't even
  • 00:23:45.874 --> 00:23:48.743
  • hardly see.
  • 00:23:48.777 --> 00:23:51.279
  • They map everywhere they'regoing, they can spot bugs in the
  • 00:23:51.313 --> 00:23:55.217
  • air from the sound but they haveto constantly keep singing, they
  • 00:23:55.250 --> 00:24:00.021
  • constantly keep making thatnoise so they can constantly
  • 00:24:00.055 --> 00:24:03.525
  • calibrate where they are.
  • 00:24:03.558 --> 00:24:05.393
  • As soon as they stop, they getlost and crash into things, and
  • 00:24:05.427 --> 00:24:09.764
  • that's how it is.
  • 00:24:09.798 --> 00:24:11.099
  • We don't want to lose ourspiritual vocal cords because
  • 00:24:11.132 --> 00:24:13.502
  • it's through our constantlycalibrating where we are in
  • 00:24:13.535 --> 00:24:16.872
  • God's will, through the Spirit,through connecting with prayer.
  • 00:24:16.905 --> 00:24:20.408
  • It's the Spirit that helps us topray and pray for all of the
  • 00:24:20.442 --> 00:24:24.546
  • Spirit that you can possiblyget, this city-slicker moved to
  • 00:24:24.579 --> 00:24:28.817
  • the country and he wanted to bea real country boy so he asked
  • 00:24:28.850 --> 00:24:32.521
  • his neighbor if he could buy amilk cow, neighbor had several
  • 00:24:32.554 --> 00:24:35.590
  • milk cows at his dairy, saidsure, sold him a milk cow.
  • 00:24:35.624 --> 00:24:39.160
  • Few weeks later, he said, "Youknow that milk cow you sold me,
  • 00:24:39.194 --> 00:24:41.830
  • not putting out very much milk,"he said, "At first, it seemed
  • 00:24:41.863 --> 00:24:45.734
  • like there's plenty of milk,"and he said, "Now I'm hardly get
  • 00:24:45.767 --> 00:24:48.236
  • in any."
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:49.571
  • He said, "Well you've beenmilking it twice a day, right?"
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  • "Well no," said, "Sometimes Idon't need that much, so
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  • sometimes I just need a pitcher,sometimes we just need a cup
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  • And the farmer said, "Man, ifyou want that cow to keep
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  • How do we get that experience,friends?
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  • those who ask?"
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  • Keep knocking, keep seeking,keep asking, every day plead for
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