The Bible says all manner of blasphemy and sin against the Son of man shall be forgiven you. But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, this is serious business. Don’t play with the Holy Ghost. Understand who He is and watch how you act around Him. If you blaspheme against Holy Ghost, the Bible says, you won’t be forgiven in this world nor in the world to come. If the Spirit does not dwell as a controlling power in your life, you do not belong to Christ and if you do not belong to Christ, there is no entrance into the kingdom for you.
Who is the Holy Spirit?Opening prayer – Let us bow our heads now and pray
Our loving Father in Heaven, we ask you now in the name of Jesus to bless us. Lord we cannot bless ourselves. We ask you Father to please enlighten us. Remember Father the words that David spoke in 2nd Samuel Chapter 23 verse 2 when he said the Spirit of the Lord spake by me and His Word was in my tongue. Father I am asking you please put your words in my tongue and put understanding into the hearts of your people in Jesus name we pray, Amen
- True Light – John 1:9
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
- True Worshippers – John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
- True Bread – John 6:32
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
- The True Vine – John 15:1
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
- True God – John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
- if there is a true light what does that tell you immediately? there’s false light
- if there are true worshipers you know immediately, there are false worshipers
- if there is true bread you know, there is false bread
- if there is a true vine, there is a false vine and
- where there is a true God, there is a false God
Now, let us focus on true God, the only true God, says Jesus Christ. Then how does God distinguish himself from false gods?
Let us take a look. Let us go to Psalm 96:4-5 – 4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods. Which means that there are other gods. Now there really are no gods with respect to power, but God is fair. God allows some sort of recognition to these so-called gods and so the Bible says for the Lord is great and greatly to be praised, He is to be feared, respected above all gods. Verse 5 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. You notice the word but. For all the gods of the nations are idols but. Now here is God distinguishing Himself from all the gods in verse 4 and the idols in verse 5 and how does He separated Himself? give me one word? creation
Let’s go Jeremiah 10:3 – 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it moves not. Now what is Jeremiah describing? The construction of what? An idol 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Jeremiah is stressing the helplessness of these gods. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. 10 But the LORD is the true God Now here we have a distinction: the true God as opposed to the false God – but the Lord is the true God. He is an everlasting King, He’s the Living God. Look at verse 11 11 Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. 12 He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
Jeremiah is highlighting the qualifications that make God, God and that is the fact that He can create. The false gods cannot create. They are created. From Lucifer down to an idol of stone. They are created. Listen to me carefully. I want this to sink in like water through the soft fertile soils of your mind. God’s defense of His Deity. God defends His claim to be God by appealing to the fact that He possesses the natural ability to do what? to create. Which means creator is God’s fundamentals status or role. I hope I’m using the right word. Why do I say that, you may say, well what about Savior? yes. The second member of the Godhead is Savior but had there been no sin there would have been no Savior but have there been no sin they would have still have been a creator. Listen to me, you need to understand that God as creator must be at the very foundation of your relationship with God. That’s why the Bible begins- in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth not in the beginning God saved mankind. Now I am NOT belittling the salvation of God but we must understand that salvation can only be carried out by someone who’s first a creator.
If God not been created, He could not have saved! Savior needed creator, creator does not need Savior because in the new world the role of Savior will cease. The role of creator will continue, come on say Amen for God as the creator! Let me repeat I am NOT belittling the role of Savior but that is temporary. God is creator.
Now let’s go to Genesis 1 let’s read from verse 1 in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the word God, in that verse is plural. It does not mean they are three Gods, it means there are three persons in the Godhead. For instance, you have a husband, his name is Smith. I believe the most common name in the United States Mr. Smith then you have Mrs. Smith then you have little Johnny Smith and you have little Sally Smith. How many Smiths do you have? 4. How many families? one. Is little Johnny Smith as much a Smith as Father Smith? Yes. Is little Sally Smith as much as Smith as mother Smith? Yes. We have four in one.
In Genesis chapter 2 verse 24 the Bible says therefore shall a man leave his father, that’s the man, that’s one and his mother and cleave to his wife and they 2 shall be one. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost – how many Gods? one God. But three-in-one. The Bible says in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now verse 2 and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Our title for this evenings message Who is the Holy Spirit? Now verse 1 tells us who were involved in creation. Verse 2 identifies one of them. Who created the heaven and the earth according to verse 1? God. Never hesitate to give God credit for creation, don’t bite your tongue. Who created the heaven and the earth? God that’s right. The Bible says God inhabits the praises of His people not half dead praises. Always take the opportunity to recognize God. It drives the devil mad puts him on medication. So, when you can say God is good, say it. When you can say the heavens and the earth were created by God say it when you can. Say there’s no other god but God say it and verse 2 says and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The Spirit of God was involved in creation.
Let’s go to Psalm 104:30 as we continue with the subject who is the Holy Ghost. We are establishing now the divinity of the deity of the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit. Psalm 104 verse 30 – 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The spirit was actively involved in the process of creation. You see creation was carried out how? by the Word of God. The Word of God has power because the Word of God is imbued with the very Spirit of God that’s why Jesus says in John 6:63 the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life not just physical life because the physical life is in you as an animal. We’re talking about eternal life, everlasting life, the very life of God is in His word. Because the spirit imbues the word. And so, when Jesus said, the second member of the Godhead, let there be light, the operation of the Holy Spirit through the word brought the light into existence. Can I explain all the details no. But the Bible says in Psalm 33 verse 6 by the word of the Lord were the heavens made and all the host of them, by the breath of his mouth and the Hebrew word for breath is the same Hebrew word for spirit
What am I saying? I am saying, as we continue with who is the holy spirit: The Holy Spirit is God.
Let’s go to John 14: 6 I’m sure you know that verse it 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Let’s identify or let’s focus on truth. Jesus says, I am the way, the truth. Let’s isolate truth. Let’s go to 1st John 5 – our subject is who is the Holy Ghost or who is the Holy Spirit. That generally unknown member of the Godhead. 1 John 5:4 – 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. Now if Jesus declares I am truth and the Holy Spirit is recorded as being truth, then the Spirit is equal to the Son and the Son makes it so clear He and His Father are one. So, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one. One in power they are qualified they, are co-equal, they are co-eternal.
Let’s go back to John 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Now let’s go to Romans chapter 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Jesus says I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life. The Bible says for the law of the spirit of life. I need more amen than one, yes. Don’t you like God? Aren’t you glad the power that comes to bring Christ, the Holy Spirit has all the power of God and the Son? Would you like an inferior kind of power? When you have the Holy Ghost, you have everything Heaven has, because when you have the Holy Ghost, you have the Father and you have the Son. Is someone glad? Amen. For the law of the spirit of life, He is life and He is truth, He is God
Let’s go to Psalm 8. I should warn you that there is no way in the world anyone can exhaust the subject of the Holy Spirit in one sermon, don’t expect that or in one series. You cannot exhaust God. But I want to lay some things on your consciousness and I want you to leave reflecting on what you hear. It is truth that sets you free not opinions. I don’t care how much you love the opinion and how far back it goes in your family tree I can respect it but only truth sets you free. Only truth sanctifies you. Psalm 8:3, this is David speaking – 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; Now David says when I consider thy heavens the works of thy fingers, the fingers of God. What is that? Let us go to Exodus chapter 8. Let’s go visit Pharaoh and his magicians. Exodus 8 we shall read verses 18 and 19 as we continue who is the holy spirit or who is the Holy Ghost. Exodus 8 verses 18 and 19 the Bible says 18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so, there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
You see Moses and Aaron had brought forth lice at the power of God. The Egyptian magicians somehow had copied the earlier miracles. When Moses and Aaron turned water to blood, the magicians did something that looks so close it seemed almost identical because the devil cannot do exactly what God does. Amen! I am so glad that the devil cannot do exactly what God does because he’s limited. Whatever it was they did it looked like blood. Then when Moses and Aaron brought frogs the magicians did something similar. Maybe they knew where the frogs live, so you can go get frog, that’s not so miraculous. Now Moses and Aaron they cast dust into the air and out came lice. The magicians they tried it. The Bible says it didn’t work. So, there were dust upon men and upon beast verse 19 19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, this is the finger of God. What did they mean? Let us go to Exodus 31:18 18 And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
Now we have this finger again. What is this finger of God? That can produce miracles? that can stop the forces of Satan? that can create?
Let’s go to Matthew 12:28. Let me set it up for you. Christ has been accused of casting out demons using the power of the devil. What a tremendous insult to the Son of God. And Christ is defending Himself, He cannot do that and so He says in verse 28 of Matthew 12 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Now, go to Luke 11 :20. Jesus speaks of the same incident. This time Luke is talking about or writing about and Jesus says 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Now if you look at Luke 11: 20 and Matthew 12:28 what conclusion must you draw? The finger of God is? the Spirit of God.
The expression finger is just a symbolic expression to refer to the active power which is the Holy Ghost. So, when David said when I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers (Holy Ghost) , the Holy Spirit was an active force in creation. Let me explain it this way. When I use the word force, the Holy Spirit is a person don’t get me wrong. He is not electricity. He’s not energy. Energy can’t convict you of sin. God the Father, God the Son God the Holy Ghost, they’re all equal yet they have different functions. If only human beings can be so united. The Father, the Son the, Holy Ghost are equally God. Yet they have all agreed they will occupy different functions without giving up the fact that their God. God authorizes, Jesus Christ commands what God authorizes and the Holy Spirit brings it into existence. Let me put it this way, now this is a very amateur attempt on my part. Who can fully explain how God functions. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost must have come together, they’re always working together. They decided let’s create.
- God the Father said I approve. I give my permission to create a new world new people. God said Son see that gets done.
- Jesus said yes Father. He says to the Holy Spirit, come. When I speak it, activate it!
Now let’s just isolate the Holy Spirit. He can only be involved in creation because He is God. If I say nothing else tonight understand me clearly, the Holy Spirit is God as much as the Father is God and as much as the Son is God.
Let’s go to 1 Peter 1:9 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. What it simply means is that what faith leads to is salvation. The end means the outcome. Faith leads to salvation. Receiving the end or the outcome or the culmination of your faith even the salvation of your souls 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who is Peter talking about these prophets? Which prophets Oh come on don’t take so long you’re embarrassing me. Which prophets? the prophets where in the Old Testament. Of which salvation, the prophets have inquired and searched diligently who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you. The grace being what Christ would come to do unto whom? 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. What, who inspired the Old Testament prophets? The Holy Spirit who is the spirit of Christ. All Scripture is given how? by inspiration of God. Now Angels are sent to help people understand the scriptures. Angels participate in passing on the scriptures. Angels are not empowered to inspire you to write Scripture, are you listening to Me? No Angel can inspire you to write Scripture. The Angels assist us in understanding. The only power that can inspire Scripture is the Holy Ghost. Why? because the inspired Word has the very life of God in it and no Angel can produce that. Jesus said as we read earlier in John 6:63 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. An Angel cannot produce it. I say again the Spirit of God is? God. The Holy Spirit is? God. Don’t hesitate to give God His credit, don’t be reluctant to give Christ His credit, don’t be slow to give the Holy Ghost His credit.
The Bible says all manner of blasphemy and sin against the Son of man shall be forgiven you. But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, this is serious business. Don’t play with the Holy Ghost. Understand who He is and watch how you act around Him. The Bible says you can talk badly about Jesus, blaspheme Jesus, now I don’t recommend that you do it, but if you do it, there’s a possibility of forgiveness. If you do it against God – the Holy Ghost, the Bible says, you won’t be forgiven in this world nor in the world to come. You better understand who the Holy Spirit is. You can’t blaspheme against an Angel. Are you getting this? You cannot blaspheme against an Angel. You blaspheme against the Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost is God. You can blaspheme against God, you can blaspheme against Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost you don’t blaspheme against an Angel; the Holy Ghost is? God.
Now, we’ve identified the Holy Ghost, He creates, He is truth. He is life Let’s go back to
- John 14:6, 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. We have seen that the Holy Spirit is life.
- Romans 8:2 – 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. This law of the spirit of life we have seen as Jesus is truth the Holy Spirit is truth.
- 1 John 5: 6 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. Now Jesus says I am the way
- Galatians 5:16 – 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. What is Paul saying: this I say then do what? walk how? in the Spirit which is in the right way. The word way isn’t written but it’s understood; to walk in the Spirit is to walk in the way. Christ says I am the way, the Bible says walk in the way which is the Spirit. Christ says I am the truth, the Bible says, the Spirit is truth. Christ says I am the life, the Holy Spirit is the life. The Spirit is as much God as Christ. You blaspheme Him, you in a world of trouble, not even Jesus can get you out of it. And when Jesus can’t get you out of trouble, you’re in trouble.
Now the Holy Spirit dwells in just about everyone. Let me explain that quickly. When I say, it dwells in, He affects everyone. It is only the Holy Spirit that could convict you of sin. Are you with me? Therefore, He has to interact with everyone; the sinner and the saint. The sinner, to bring that person to Christ. The saint, to repent. Now, the Holy Spirit also works on those who have gone past the bounds of mercy. He works on them to restrain them in the amount of evil they do. You know people make fun of Christians. Let me repeat tonight what I said last night. If God were to pluck every child of His from the earth now, the earth would go up in a fireball. The reason why this world is in not in more chaos is because the Holy Spirit is still restraining the evil in men’s hearts. It is the spirit alone that can restrain the devil. It’s a serious business and if the Holy Spirit is not in you, you don’t belong to Christ.
Now if that is true, the intelligent question you should ask is this, how do I get the Holy Spirit into my heart so that I may belong to Christ? I’m not sure you will like the verse am about to take you to, but I have to do it.
Let’s go to Acts chapter 5 reading from verse 30 this is Peter and John speaking to the Sanhedrin one of the many times, they were arrested and had to defend the faith. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Now, I know you haven’t told me this but I know I feel it in my bones. Some of you are saying that preacher stresses obedience too much. I know you say that you haven’t told me I know you say it. You know why I stress it? Because obedience is the foundation for happiness on earth and in Heaven. God gives the Holy Ghost to them that do what? Obey! How else you get the Holy Ghost? that’s not the only condition, it is the foundational condition everything Springs from that.
Let’s go to Acts 2:37 and 38. Now Peter has come just about to the end of his message on the day of Pentecost powerful sermon. The Bible says 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Bible guarantees. Peter says under the inspiration of the same Holy Ghost, remember he was filled with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost says, you want me in you? repent be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
How badly does God want to give you the Holy Ghost?
Let’s go to Matthew chapter 7. Let me say again there’s so many things I need to say about Holy Ghost, I can’t say them tonight. I just want to lay a foundation. Matthew 7: 7-11 Jesus says in verse 7 – 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Now the question becomes what is this good thing?
Let’s compare Scripture with Scripture Luke chapter 7 verse 11 & Luke 11 verse 13 – what is this good thing that God much more wants to give Us? Luke is writing about the same incident. Luke 11 verse 13 – 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Now we put all those together. How do you receive the Holy Ghost? you ask and when you ask, the Lord says I’m glad you asked. Now here’s how you get it, repent. God says you ask me, here’s how to get it, repent, be baptized, obey me. I will give you the Holy Ghost because your Savior Jesus Christ promised it before He left.Because your Savior Jesus Christ knows, without the Holy Ghost you are not His. Paul says the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Without a Holy Spirit, you have no conviction you belong to God.
In John 16:7, this is Jesus speaking to His disciples. He’s about to go to Calvary through Gethsemane. Jesus in many ways His final words: 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. But there are conditions for receiving Him. We tend to read the Bible in an isolated way. You know John 15:7 7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. But the word of God has to abide in us. We just love John 14:14 if you should ask anything in My name I’ll do it so we run around in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus and think it is a magic formula like abracadabra, open sesame. It doesn’t work like that. If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, then you’ll ask whatever you need to ask, because My Spirit in you will tell you what to ask for and you’ll get it. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth it is expedient for you that I go away for if I go not away the comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart I will send him.
Here’s some insight into how Father Son and Holy Ghost function. As much as the Holy Spirit is God, He obeys the commands of the Father, the Son and you can’t get human beings to do that. We’re not gods. Jesus said I’ll send him. Look at John 14:26, this is Christ speaking. He says 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Now, if you don’t have the Holy Ghost how will you understand God’s Word using your degree from USC? The Bible says God has hidden these things from the wise. He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you. Now notice in verse 26 of John 14, Jesus says whom the Father shall send but how does the Father send Him? In My name, the authority of Jesus.
Now, let’s go to chapter 15 verse 26 this is still Christ speaking. And we’re closing off the subject who is the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit John 15:26 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: Now, verse 26 of chapter 14 says God will send the Holy Spirit. Jesus says in verse 26 of chapter 15 I will send the Holy Spirit. No conflict, because when the Father sends the Holy Ghost. He sends the Holy Ghost in the name of Jesus. The Father gives commands to the Holy Ghost, the Son gives commands to the Holy Ghost.
Now when Jesus walked this earth as a human being in His humanity, He subjected Himself to the leading of the Holy Ghost in His humanity and so Luke 4:18 could say, Jesus said the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me for He has anointed Me, but when Jesus was triumphant He sent the Holy Ghost. Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost. Acts 10:38 – 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. No Holy Ghost, no power and I have not even gotten into the gifts of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance against such there is no law. But let me tell you quickly, there’s no law against it but there’s a law for it. For those of us who love lawlessness there’s no law against it, there’s one for it and that’s the great law of love. We have not gotten into the gifts of the Spirit. The Spirit gets all these things from Christ and brings them to us. No Holy Spirit, no Christ. No Christ, no salvation. No salvation, hell . That’s not what you want. It cannot be what you want. God offers you the power of the Holy Ghost and since God cannot lie, Christ has promised the Holy Ghost to them that obey Him. To those who repent and are baptized, ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Let me tell you something, the greatest need you have is the Holy Ghost. You may think the greatest need you have is a bigger house. No that’s not your greatest need. Your greatest need is to be filled with the Holy Ghost and that’s my greatest need for the person who has the Holy Spirit has all that Heaven has, because Jesus says all that the Father has are mine therefore the Holy Ghost shall take of mine which is all that the Father has and give it to you.
You want the best for your children you also want the best for yourself. The best for us is the gift of the Holy Ghost. He brings Christ power to us. He teaches us the truth which sanctifies. The minute the Holy Ghost enters your life I say, as the controlling power, He touches us about every life in some way or other but the minute you invite the Holy Ghost by accepting Christ as the controlling power it is at that very instant that eternal life begins for you – no Holy Ghost, no eternal life. Let me repeat, the Holy Ghost affects every single person under the Sun in several ways for those who have passed God’s mercy and cannot be saved the Holy Spirit still restrains them from doing all the evil they can possibly do. But God is gradually withdrawing the Holy Spirit. This world is about to see some terrible times. The Holy Spirit wrestles with sinners who’ve not yet had a chance to hear the word. He convicts their hearts. Then the Holy Spirit works in the believer to let the believer know, this is wrong, repent; to give the believer power to resist the devil to enlighten the believer in the Word. The Holy Spirit affects everyone but only the person who receives Christ who then gives that person the spirit to function as the controlling power in the life the instant you invite the spirit as the controlling power that instant eternal life begins because the Spirit is the Spirit of life.
Don’t leave this place without letting God know from your heart; I want to be filled with your Holy Spirit. No spirit, no life. Christ that’s how Christ dwells us. Christ, remember He’s divine and human, He still has human form, He can be everywhere that’s why He said I’ll send a comforter, that’s how I’ll dwell in you by the comforter. He said I will not leave you alone I will come to you in the person of the comforter the same way the ambassador of Canada for the United States has all the authority of United States government behind him because he speaks only what the government stands for. The Holy Ghost is the ambassador of Heaven and all of Heaven is behind Him with Jesus Christ as commander-in-chief to back up whatever Holy Spirit does.
Get the Holy Spirit into your life. If you’re not sure you have the Holy Spirit of God I ask you now as your brother in Christ as God’s messenger to you, have you repented? have you considered baptism? are you obedient to God? If you don’t have the Spirit of Christ, you are none of his.
How many of you will say Lord, this message has opened my eyes, I want your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of life. If you will say that and I believe all of you will, stand up to your feet. I want the Spirit and you alone can search hearts and see where there are deficits. Lord am I obedient? Acts 5:32 – 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Have I repented? Am I planning to be baptized?
Closing prayer –
Heads bowed as you consider what you put on that card, eyes closed
Father in the name of Jesus. Listen to every crying heart, answer every earnest prayer, heed every desperate plea. No one in this room wants to be lost some of us may be thinking based on this message, I don’t have the Holy Ghost if that’s the case Father, convict them that the method of receiving the Spirit is simple obedience to Christ, repentance from sin and where needed, baptism in the name of the Father the Son, and the Holy Ghost. My God, my God, have mercy upon us. Convict us to receive the Spirit at your invitation in Jesus name I pray, amen!
I need to know as God’s representative which one of you will commit yourself. You’ve all stood I know that but if in your heart, you think you do not have, you are not led by the controlling power of the Holy Ghost don’t leave this place in that condition because the devil tries every minute to snuff out your life in a moment when you’re not ready. Let me know on that card, I want the Holy Ghost simply because you have not yet given the life entirely to Christ. Perhaps you’ve not repented of sin that’s presently in your life. The Holy Ghost does not dwell in the heart of an active sinner. Let me say that again, I did not say the Holy Ghost does not dwell in the heart of someone who makes mistakes, no He does and He convicts. The Holy Ghost which means Christ as His representative does not dwell in the heart of the active sinner. That’s no way to live in a dangerous world if you think in your heart you have not consciously deliberately invited the Spirit into your heart by submitting yourself in loving obedience to Christ. I want to know that card that you’re making that decision tonight. I want there to be no blood on my hands and blood will be on my hands in the eyes of God if I do not present this to you as clearly as I possibly can. If the Spirit does not dwell as a controlling power in your life. You do not belong to Christ and if you do not belong to Christ. And if you do not belong to Christ, there is no entrance into the kingdom for you. But don’t allow the sacrifice of Christ to be wasted in your life. Make sure the Spirit of God is in your heart before you leave this place by surrendering to Christ laying down the life of disobedience and rebellion against God and I’m not talking to all of you. I believe most of you have already done that. I’m not speaking to all of you but the few who are still rebelling lay down the rebellion tonight and let Christ put His Spirit of life into your heart. Do it 100% and eternal life will begin for you tonight.Let me pray again
Father my words are week. I pray that that same Spirit of which I spoke will do its work on hearts soften resisting heart’s. Lord fling wide doors of the hearts that are ajar and enter in dwell there as a guarantee of salvation. Help us to lay down my God all rebellion against you that we may receive the Holy Ghost promised to them that obey you, who repent and when necessary are baptized. Please hear this humble prayer and let us make that commitment now I pray from my heart in Jesus name, Amen!