Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Andrew Yeo, Sunday, 22 September 2019
How To Move In The Power OF The Holy Spirit
The church must be the place where the power of the Holy Spirit is demonstrated; it is more than just signs and wonders. If we read through the Scriptures, we will realise that we have the same Holy Spirit in us as in the apostles mentioned in the Bible. In Luke 9:1-2,” When Jesus had called the Twelve disciples together, He gave them the power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. Then He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
The seventy-two returned with joy and said LORD, even the demons submit to us in Your name. He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (Luke 10:17-18)
Who are called to move in the Power of the Spirit? The believers.
And these signs will accompany those who believe. In My Name they will drive out demons, and will speak in new tongues. (Mark 16:17)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth. (Acts 1: 8)
What does it really mean to move in the power of the Holy Spirit? When the Holy Spirit comes upon the early church, they realized that they are empowered with:
Courage (Acts 4:13)
When the apostles were filled with Holy Spirit they had the boldness to share the gospel to the people around them.
Conviction (Acts 2:37)
The Holy Spirit’s conviction “cut men to the heart”. Pastor Andrew shared about how he reached out to a person who was so much against God. Yet, when he told the person to repent, he repented and gave his life to God.
Communication (Acts 4:8)
Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and even though he had no doctrinal training, he was still able to share the message. God anoints our mouth when we are sharing the gospel to non-believers.
Conversion (Acts 2:41)
Those who gladly receive his word were baptized and many lives were transformed.
Healing (Acts 3:1-8)
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are gifted with the gift of restoration. It is God who heals and we are his vessels to reach out and pray for the sick.
Confrontation with Dark Forces (Acts 5:16)
Those who were tormented by unclean spirits - they were all healed in Jesus’s Name. The blood of Jesus is powerful, even the demons are subjected to Jesus’s authority.
Divine protection (Acts 12:5-11, Acts 16:16-40)
Paul and Silas experienced divine protection in prison. God preserves the life of His ministers.
Philip was led to go into the desert (Acts 8:26-40). The Spirit said to Philip to go toward the South, there he met an Ethiopian eunuch, he had come to Jerusalem to worship and he was reading on the book of Isaiah. Philip told him the good news about Jesus and he baptized him.
Peter was led to go to Cornelius’s house (Acts 10) - salvation took place.
Paul was led to go to Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10) - revival happened in Macedonia
We must be baptized in the Spirit in order to move in the Power of the Holy Spirit. We must believe that God can use us. God is willing to use imperfect vessels like you and me to set the captives free. We have the power to pray for the sick, to cast out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit and invite the power of the Holy Spirit into our life. If God can use a donkey, God can use us. We must seek God for His power daily and act when God directs us.