Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Andrew Newbold, Freedom Revolution Ministries, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 7 May 2017.
BEING FILLED TO BE SPILLED
Today we will learn about being filled with the Holy Spirit and impacting the world.
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,” (2 Corinthians 3:5 NASB)
There are three kinds of believers –
1. Believers who loved God and want to share with others
This group of believers finds it difficult living in the faith in a natural way. They are like a phone that is purchased for the first time, use it until the battery goes flat, and never to be used again. If we want to use the phone, we need to charge it so that the phone can be powered up. Likewise, this group of believers needs to invite the Holy Spirit into their lives so that their spiritual lives can be recharged by the power of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives.
The Bible tells us in Acts 1:8, "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
The early church drew the power of the Holy Spirit and, as a result, thousands were saved in a day!
2. Believers who believed in the power of the Holy Spirit but do not share it
This group of believers just wants an experience of God for themselves but not to share it with others. They attend many conferences and revival meetings to experience God's presence, but do not want to share it with others.
3. Believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit and spill it out to the World
This group is filled with the Holy Spirit and their lives are spilled to be a blessing to the world. They are eager to reach out and impact the world as they are anointed by the Holy Spirit to serve.
Our focus is on this third group of believers.
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7 NASB)
God wants to speak and reveal Himself to you. Do you know God intellectually or personally? Christianity is about knowing God personally.
In Genesis chapter 1, God created the Heaven and the Earth. God gave authority to Man to have dominion over the earth. We are responsible to bring God's message to the world. Adam and Eve lost that relationship with God when they sinned against God.
In order to do God's will we need to be connected to God and the Holy Spirit is our connection to God.
For about 4000 years, the Holy Spirit did not dwell permanently in any individual but when Jesus came, He was filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. He brought an impact wherever He went.
At the Cross, Jesus took our sins, infirmities, and curses. We are now made clean by the blood of Christ that the Holy Spirit can dwell in us. As believers, we are the carrier of the Kingdom of God.
Where we are placed is not an accident, because God has put us there to reflect His glory wherever we go. We may be the only Christian in our workplace but God wants us to shine there and bring glory to Him. In Acts 3, Peter was an uneducated fisherman but because He had access to the Holy Spirit, he imparted healing from the Holy Spirit to the lame man.
“Who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6 NASB)
“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."” (Luke 24:49 NASB)
The disciples became bold and spilled their lives to many. They were overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit. They took the Gospel to the world boldly.
In the Old Testament, men were required to come to Jerusalem three times a year. They needed to put aside all their work and their busy schedule just to come to God. Likewise, we need to be filled till we overflow so that our lives can spill over to others and be a blessing to them.