Acts 1:4-5 NKJV – acts of the Holy Spirit – in the Greek it just says “acts”
-commanded not to leave Jerusalem. We no longer have to wait because it has been given = the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the gift to the world.
The Holy Spirit is the gift to the believer.
Eternal life is in you right now.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
We are not defined by our humanity. Focus on spiritual experience. Learn to walk in eternal life:
not a religious tyrant; but with cheerfulness, scrub toilet – do dirty jobs with good attitude and smile on your face.
Jn 4:10, 14; 7:37-38
Water in both stories, but separate experiences.
Told Mary not to touch Him because as a high priest He was goint to go before the Father… with His blood.
When you believe, something happens in your spirit. Grow. Have a fun life.
The WELL produces 9 fruits; the RIVER produces 9 gifts = which areAS the Spirit wills.
Fruits = for your benefit.
Gifts = for other people.
The Current River in Missouri is the best in the United States… from 11 different springs.
Jones Conservation area located at the bridge where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers come together = quiet, like a marriage = two rivers coming toether… not a dam.
Acts 1:8 – river coming UPON you…
there is a river IN you too.
You have authority over demon spirits, the authority you had from the foundation of the earth.
YOU have authority in your life.
You need discerning…
The devil makes sure you encounter crazy people.
Some people over do it and are so excited about their belief… don’t witness to your family, believe for nice people/christians.
We dedicate babies and baptize those who believe = if kids ask questions they are ready.
One of the 9 gifts = speaking with other tongues.
Acts 2:2 – Spirit of God came UPON them.
Acts 14:1 – Mom of Jesus – and – His brothers
Speaking in tongues is NOT linquistic ability. He would love to be able to communicate with people of all languages. Speaking in tongues is the language to speak to heaven with.
Acts. 2:12… they all doubted (different translation that NKJV)… people are either amazed, perplexded or doubt or mock or receive it (speaking in tongues).
Baptism of Holy Spirit is something more. He wanted more of God. Like 4-wheel-drive.
Acts 2:4 = The Spirit/ utterance
I Cor 12: 27 – 30
Verse used to say tongues have passed away or that tongues are not for everyone. This is MINISTRY GIFTS, NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. A publice evidence or ministry. Paul’s rules: If speak tongues, then someone stand and give interpretation.
I Cor 14 = Pual speaking in tongues
I Cor 13:8 – 10 = Love never fails … He, which is perfect
We still need the power of the Holy Spirit to HELP lost humanity.
I Cor 14:2 = speak to God in tongues
Your mind, body and spirit each have a voice.
For 45 minutes of prayer as a teenager… when he wanted to watch, “Little House on the Praire” BUT he hungered for God and fellowshiped with Him outside.
“Helps” = together – against – take holds = The Holy Spirit take hold with us… ex. Like moving a piano with someone helping you pick it up.
When his g’pa was dying, he didn’t know what to pray, so he prayed in tongues/ intercede in the Spirit. Tongues is a private thing = not in K-mart or walking the streets. In tongues, you can feel the river flowing through you… knew g’pa wouldn’t die until John’s son was on his lap… he had been married for a year and had David 5 years later… he knew he would have a son… he prayed to see his future: back of wife’s curly hair, son and daughter on each side… Janna had a perm in her hair at the time when kids were the age he saw them. He has a picture of David on g’pa’s lap Christmas 1980 (David born in August)… g’pa died in Jan. of 1981.
Pastor Jeff’s ongoing series: “Advantage” is all about the Holy Spirit.
Pray before the drunk guy is driving at you. Pray about the spirit to change timing… to change location… so the drunk is not near you… let God stop it earlier.
We are not perfect in life, we will need bandaids.
Spirit filled christians.
He is out of time and no time to go over… book of Acts:
Chapter 2 = sitting while received – 5 places
Ch. 8 = apostles laid hands on
Ch. 9 = prayed and laid hands on.
Ch. 10 = sit/believe and receive
Ch. 19 = Asked if received.
4 spoke in tongues, but Simon “saw” and wanted it.
Private thing. A continuous stream that doesn’t dry up.
Ex. He laid hands on a lady, and she busted out in tongues and praising god.
He doesn’t pray in tongues in public or around his extended family, but does here at Sunday night prayer.
CHOICE is yours… helps if you are hungry and ready to receive… helps if you don’t have questions in your head. Had all of us pray together… dismissed those who wanted to eat and others could come up front to have hands laid on them.