Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Tess Quek, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 14 May 2017.
Walking with the Holy Spirit
The knowledge that we have of the Holy Spirit needs to be put into application. We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16) and the Holy Spirit dwells in us (2 Corinthians 6:16). If we don’t have the Holy Spirit, we are not His (Romans 8:9). We are to walk with the leading of the Holy Spirit at all times. God wants us to be led by His Holy Spirit. We are never alone as the Holy Spirit is in us.
We need to listen more to our spirit than to our feelings and reasoning. If we walk by our feelings, we are definitely walking in the flesh. The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:16 that the desire of the flesh is opposite to that of the spirit.
Every human consists of three parts:-
Body – physical (feeling)
Soul – mind, heart and will
Spirit – conscience, still small voice.
We can easily get worried, fearful and feel condemned. Most of the time, we walk by feeling and reasoning instead of walking in the Spirit (Romans 8:16). When we speak in tongues our mind cannot comprehend but our spirit can. He utters mysteries in the Spirit to strengthen our inner man (1 Corinthians 14:2). We need to train our spirit to be in tune with God’s Spirit. If we can train our mind, we should train our spirit intentionally. God is seeking His children who are sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The church needs to rise up in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. If we do not purposely train ourselves, we will continue to walk in the flesh.
How to train our spirit?
Today we will learn about 4Ps.
1. Principle of Meditating the Word of God
In Joshua 1:8, God reminded Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Memorize the Word of God and speak to yourself daily even if the situation is not favorable. Remember, for God nothing is impossible.
2. Practice the Word
We can easily preach God’s Word without being the doers. Not everyone who calls God will enter the Kingdom of God but he who does the will of God will enter (Matthew 7: 21). Unless we put God’s commandments into practice by ourselves, it is not credited to us as righteousness. If our life is not right before God, then our preaching is contaminated. Our actions speak louder than our words. Our testimony is also through the way we lead our daily lives.
3. Prioritize the Word
In Proverbs 3:6, the Bible tells us that in all our ways we should acknowledge Him and He shall direct our paths. Sometimes we struggle to follow God because of our flesh. We need to learn how to follow the leading of the Word of God. Do we heed the advice of men or heed the Word of God?
4. Perform in Obedience
Obedience will increase the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is required of us even if we don’t understand. We need to pay the price, learning to submit under the authority of the Holy Spirit. Obedience requires sacrifice in our life and to deny our flesh. We need to continually fan the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in us. We should make a conscious effort to be intimate with Christ. Jesus Christ is the fountain of living water and the Holy Spirit is the stream of living water. We need to learn so that the Holy Spirit will flow out continuously and mightily.
Acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life daily. He will give us the blue print on how to solve our daily problems. Restore the intimacy with the Holy Spirit to be mighty men and women of God. As we walk intimately with God, we will do the works of God and we will reach the final destiny that God has in store for us.