Christian Living, Personal

Musings on the Holy Spirit

* Personally being challenged preparing messages for the series ‘Ghost’ about the Holy Spirit. I think it was Jim Cymbala who said, “My attempt at ministry will be an absolute exercise in futility if I am not expecting and experiencing divine help through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

* “I will live for God wholeheartedly by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (from my prayer journal in January ’09)

* Greatly looking forward to singing Fire Fall Down song @ VERTICAL.

* You will never improve the flesh, but only coax it in line for a day or two.

* There is not one good thing in my flesh. The flesh attracts sin like a magnet. See Romans 7:18.

* “I am sorry for my independence and fruitless attempt at living without dependence on the Holy Spirit. I recommit to living in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (from my prayer journal in February ’09)

* Galatians 5:16 – “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” i.e. – it is IMPOSSIBLE to be walking in step with the Spirit and sin at the same time!

* Many Christians have gone to the cross for forgiveness but not Pentecost for power.

* I’m looking forward to giving away thousands of Bill Bright’s Spirit-Filled Life booklets at this weekend’s services.

A few of the awesome statements from Forgotten God by Francis Chan:

* When was the last time I undeniably saw the Sprit at work in or around me?
* The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do.
* The Holy Spirit works to glorify Christ (John 16:14), yet so many who emphasize the Holy Spirit seem to draw attention to themselves.
* If everyone gave and served and prayed exactly like you, would the church be healthy and empowered? Or would it be weak and listless?
* It is easy to use the phrase “God’s will for my life” as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes.
* When Jesus calls us to take up our cross, He is doing much more than calling us to endure the daily, circumstantial troubles of life…It is a call to radical faith.
* I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through.

One Comment

  1. Pastor Bruce,
    First, I want to say how much I needed last weeks message on the Holy Spirit. For some reason,it seems that it has always been taught in a way that to me seemed so hard to comprehend but your message truly enlightened me. Interestingly enough, I was checking out my facebook this week and came across a “youtube” entry about a 92 year old Christian woman who was in the process of being robbed in a Walmart parking lot and being led by the Holy Spirit was able to witness to her robber and actually brought him to tears. God truly blessed me with her story and I thought you might want to check it out for yourself. (under YouTube-elderly woman witnesses to man)I pray that the “Ghost” series will help me to let the Holy Spirit lead me just as this lady did. I thank God for you and for Biltmore Baptist.
    June

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