We ended yesterday’s excerpt by stating… ” God’s desire is for you enjoy your relationship with Him! ”
This is borne out by Scripture for God has said,
“You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; … ou have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12: 18, 22-24 NIV
For that reason He has commanded us to, “stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I Tim. 1:7
How do we accomplish this? By coming away from the world’s way of doing things “excess” as Paul tells us in Ephesians chapter 5 and by being filled with the Spirit of God.
I want to share with you three keys to being filled with Spirit and for the sake of memory each key begins with the letter R
Being filled with the Spirit involves…
Recognizing the Spirit. Specifically we need to recognize that if we are born again then the Spirit of God now lives inside of us. Born again is not a term we use a lot anymore. Maybe we should use it more because it helps us to understand what actually happens when a person becomes a Christian. Christianity is not just a decision of the mind. It’s not just a changing of philosophies. In fact, at the heart of it becoming a Christian is not about us deciding anything at all. It is more about us accepting and receiving the truth and the truth is that we are all born dead in our sins. It is about accepting the fact that from our conception we are sold under sin and we are completely helpless to change that fact no matter what we decide. Truthfully, as a non- Christian the best I can do is trade socially unacceptable sins for socially acceptable sins. It makes me look better to other sinners but it never changes my standing with God.
Becoming a Christian is about realizing that the only way I will ever become acceptable to God is if I let Jesus into my life to do His work. And when I accept and invite his work He sends the Holy Spirit to live in me and I am born again. Paul tells us that when we are born again by the Spirit of Christ we are no longer counted guilty of sin because we are no longer the same people. We have literally been spiritually born again and we have become new creations in Christ capable of doing and being things we were never capable of doing or being before. The time has come for us to start being filled with the Spirit by recognizing that as we are born again we are lived in by the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit doesn’t live in a building. He doesn’t live in Cornerstone church. He lives inside the people of Cornerstone church. For this reason Paul the apostle said in I Cor. 1:19 “19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Not only does He dwell in us, He owns us. Holy Spirit is not a renter. God does not sublet. He owns!
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Cor. 6:20
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2 :9
When you were born again you became the renter and Holy Spirit became the landlord. How does that change your view of your relationship with God?
Join us for more tomorrow!