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Maintaining a Spirit-Filled Life

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  1:04:40
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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a supernatural encounter that has life altering implications.

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What is a Spirit-Filled Life?

It starts with a breath
++The wind
++The Spirit
Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
What happens when the Holy Spirit comes?
The Holy Spirit
++Will come upon you
++With power
++Will make your life a witness
What is the kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God
++Is where the king rules
++Is where his will is done
++Is the place of Power
1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV 1900
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
1 Corinthians 4:
What did the Holy Spirit do for us?
It is the Holy Spirit
++That delivers us
++That empowers us
++That brings his Kingdom
Colossians 1:9–17 KJV 1900
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Colossians 1:13 KJV 1900
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
What things did Paul pray for?
Colossians 1:14 KJV 1900
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Spiritual Maturity is linked to a pursuit
Read Proverbs 2:1-5
Proverbs 2:1–5 KJV 1900
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, And liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, And searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.
The Holy Spirit comes
++As an answer
++As a response
++To lead us
++To Guide us
John 14:16 KJV 1900
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:26 KJV 1900
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:26 KJV 1900
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
What happened on the day of Pentecost?
John 15:
Acts 2:1–4 KJV 1900
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Holy Spirit
++Came suddenly
++Came Powerfully
++Filled them all
Why do we need to maintain this experience?
He Leaks

Things fall apart

Read 1 Corinthians 15:50
1 Corinthians 15:50 KJV 1900
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
What does this scripture tell us about the natural process in this world?
In a fallen world
++Nothing goes from bad to good
++Rotten things do not become fresh
++Failure is guaranteed
John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
1 Corinthians 15:54 KJV 1900
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Corinthians

What is the evidence of it?

Things fall apart

What is the evidence of it?

The believer begins a spiritual life
++The New Birth
++Water Baptism
++Baptized in the Holy Spirit
This is only the beginning
Just as the 1st century believer face opposition to their faith so will we
What happened to Jesus after he was Baptized?
Matthew 4:1 KJV 1900
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mattew 4:1
What does his temptation teach us?
Jesus is
++Our Lord
++Our Saviour
++Our pattern
When did Christ begin his work?
In His temptation
++Power of the word
++Provision of the word
++Purpose of the word

How do we keep Spiritual vitality?

Seek the Holy Spirit’s refreshing

Acts 3:19 KJV 1900
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Acta 3:19
Ephesians 5:18 KJV 1900
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
2 Timothy
2 Timothy 1:6 KJV 1900
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
We must remember
++The work that God has done
++Activate the gift
++It is in you
2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV 1900
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
We must examine ourselves
++Validate our Faith
++Build it up
Jude 20 KJV 1900
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
What is praying in the Holy Ghost?
Acts 4:31 KJV 1900
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Pray Without Ceasing

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
1 Thessalonians 5:
1 Thessalonians 5:17–19 KJV 1900
17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit.
What are we commanded to do?
Spiritual Vitality is found in
++Prayer - Intimacy
++Thanksgiving- Identity
++Bold trust-Sensitivity

Be Fervent in Worship

How does worship help you keep your spiritual vitality?
Ephesians 2:6 KJV 1900
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Psalms 100:
Psalm 100:4 KJV 1900
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Ephesians 5:18–20 KJV 1900
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:

Meditate on the Word

How does Meditating on the word help you keep your Spiritual vitality?
John 6:36 KJV 1900
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
Psalm 119:92–93 KJV 1900
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. 93 I will never forget thy precepts: For with them thou hast quickened me.
Psalms 119:
James 1:22 KJV 1900
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1
Matthew 7:26 KJV 1900
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Walk by Faith

How does walking by faith help you keep your spiritual vitality?
Galatians 5:5 KJV 1900
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
1 Corinthians 5:5–7 KJV 1900
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
2 Corinthians 5:5–7 KJV 1900
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
1 Corinthians 5:

Live a Yielded Life

How does living a yielded life help you keep your spiritual vitality?
John 5:19–20 KJV 1900
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
John 5

Cultivate a Sensitive Spirit

What is an advantage of a Sensitive Spirit?
Hebrews 3:8 KJV 1900
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
1 Thessalonians 5:19–20 KJV 1900
19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings.
1 Thessalonians

Walk in Obedience

How does walking in obedience help you keep your spiritual vitality?
Ephesians 4:29–31 KJV 1900
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Ephesians 4:29-
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