TOPIC:“Dynamic Spirit-Filled Living”
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he
may abide with you forever…But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.”
A prominent Christian leader wrote during the 1960's that the doctrine of the Holy Spirit has been "the undiscovered country of Christianity, the dark continent of the Christian life, the land where our spiritual resources lie, but lie undeveloped." Though that statement is still true, I believe today the Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood member of the Godhead. By many He is unknown, but by others He is misunderstood. There are thousands of Christians who completely fail to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church of today. Certainly the continued misunderstanding of the Holy Spirit is too evident to deny and impossible to justify.
Today we find believers confusing baptism with fullness, the gifts of tongues with spirituality, and I am constantly hearing and reading of believers worshipping, glorifying and praying to the Holy Spirit. This is wrong and must not be done. All of our adoration, worship and glory must be given to Jesus Christ. Even Jesus said of the Holy Spirit in John 16:14: “He shall glorify me.” I am literally appalled at the lack of real biblical teaching on the fullness of the Holy Spirit. A. W. Tozer was right when he stated: “Satan has opposed the doctrine of the Spirit-filled life about as bitterly as any other doctrine there is. He has confused it, opposed it, surrounded it with false notions and fears.” Tozer was right!
People are everywhere talking about the Holy Spirit and asking questions. Many are not finding satisfactory answers. Because of this, I want us in this message to look at what the Word of God has to say about the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.