The Old Paths, Part Three
Text: Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Remembering lessons from our Pentecostal roots:
1. Sin was sin and repentance was the answer.
2. Faith was a way of life, not a means to an end.
- We are saved by faith.
- We are kept by faith.
As Pentecostals, we believe that what God promised, and what God gave on the Day of Pentecost in that upper room to the 120, is still for us today. See Acts 2:1-4. 14-18, and 38-39.
3. Now that you are saved, you need to ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. See Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4-5, 8.
- All of us need a fresh outpouring - infilling - baptizing of the Holy Spirit! All we have to do is ask God and He will answer. See Luke 11:9-13.
We heard a lot about the power that comes when we receive the Holy Spirit. Too much emphasis was and has been placed on power and gifts rather than on the Person of the Holy Spirit. We have desired power over the Personal Encounter, craved gifts over experiencing the Giver, we've sought the remarkable more than the relationship with the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus left his disciples, He promised them, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth..." (John 14:16-17 NLT).
- God has not changed. He still fills us with His Holy Spirit. He still gives us power and gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12 and 14). But not to impress or wow us, or set us apart as superior. God fills us with His Spirit so that all may come to know Him as Savior.
- God empowers us so that we can be effective in winning others to Jesus!
- Our families are without God. Our communities and culture are becoming more and more godless. Our world is in crisis. But we have the answer and solution!
- Can we ask God to fill each of with the Holy Spirit, so that we can go out and be an effective witness for Him? It's that simple.
Posted on Sat, July 19, 2014
by Darrell Waller