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INTRODUCTION
Yesterday we looked at wrestling for our faith and we shared that we need to contend for the doctrines of the word of God.
I am not sure if we are recording this but if you want a copy of the sermon the audio team can assist from the back.
Today we want to continue the same theme of faith since we are in 10 days of faith and so we can fully maximize the days of faith.
Today we want to share on Faith to Follow the Holy Spirit.
I think one of the greatest contributions to the church has been the pentecostal church.
She is the newest kid on the block.
The oldest protestant denominations are the presbyterians who began somewhere in the early 1500s followed by the lutherans in 1517,
then the anglicans came along in 1534, followed by the baptists in 1609,
then came the African inland church in 1895,
and lastly the pentecostals in 1900 -
so you see she is the youngest church denomination.
But she has restored to the church what has been called the AGE of the Holy Spirit.
She is the largest denomination in Africa and 10000 people are giving their life to the Lord in Africa and latino countries under the auspices of the Pentecostal churches.
Of the members of the Godhead I think the one most neglected is the Holy Spirit.
and part of the reason is how the bible tends to describe him.
You see for God the Father there is such concreteness about him.
You see for God the Father there is such concreteness about him.
We see him in the OT thundering through the pages, might power, judgment, love.
With Jesus we see him in the NT loving, forgiving, being one of us, crying, sleeping.
So its easy to identify him.
With the HOLY SPIRIT, we are left unsure, because most of the times when he is described it is inanimate terms, he is described as water, or a fire, or a wind, or as a river.
So we are not really sure how to relate with him.
Sometimes we refer to him as an it.
We see him in the OT thundering through the pages, might power, judgment, love.
With Jesus we see him in the NT loving, forgiving, being one of us, crying, sleeping.
So its easy to identify him.
With the HOLY SPIRIT, we are left unsure, because most of the times when he is described
it is inanimate terms, he is described as water, or a fire,
or a wind, or as a river.
So we are not really sure how to relate with him and so sometimes we refer to him as an it.
and that is wrong because he is a person, he has a mind, he has emotions, he has a will…all the characteristics of personhood
Of the members of the Godhead I think the one most neglected is the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we refer to him as an it…… and that is wrong because he is a person, he has a mind, he has emotions, he has a will…all the characteristics of personhood and just like the Father and the son he is God.
The OT was the age of God the Father and the NT gospels was the age of the son and when Jesus left he sent to us the Holy Spirit so in essence the Church cannot function without the Holy Spirit, he is the overseer, the administrator of the church.
He hears what Jesus tells him and then he executes, he takes from Jesus and then he executes it in the Church.
But not only in the church but in our individual lives the Holy Spirit is the most important person in our christian walk.
He is the one who gives us birth into salvation, he is the one who sanctifies us and he is the one who will glorify us.
He is the one who is in to confirm that we are the children of God.
Without the Holy Spirit there would be no creation, no human race, no NT, No church, No salvation, No holiness, and no heaven.
So today lets look at Faith to Follow the Holy Spirit.
That is wrong because he is a person,
he has a mind, he has emotions, he has a will…all the characteristics of personhood
just like the Father and the son he is God.
just like the Father and the son he is God.
just like the Father and the son he is God.
The OT was the age of God the Father and the NT gospels was the age of the son and when Jesus left he sent to us the Holy Spirit
so in essence the Church cannot function without the Holy Spirit,
he is the overseer, the administrator of the church.
He hears what Jesus tells him and then he executes, he takes from Jesus and then he executes it in the Church.
But not only in the church but in our individual lives the Holy Spirit is the most important person in our christian walk.
He is the one who gives us birth into salvation,
he is the one who sanctifies us and he is the one who will glorify us.
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Without the Holy Spirit there would be no creation, no human race, no OT or NT,
Without the Holy Spirit there would be no creation, no human race, no OT or NT,
No church, No salvation, No holiness, and no heaven.
So today lets look at Faith to Follow the Holy Spirit.
No church, No salvation, No holiness, and no heaven.
So today lets look at Faith to Follow the Holy Spirit.
So today lets look at Faith to Follow the Holy Spirit.
I Faith to follow the Holy Spirit begins with A hunger for God
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a hunger for God is the first characteristic we have to possess if we are going to follow the Holy Spirit
Faith to follow the Holy Spirit begins with A hunger for God-
a hunger for God is the first characteristic we have to possess if we are going to follow the Holy Spirit
A hunger for God-
Listen to psalms 63:1- O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
Selah
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
This are called psalms of David.
There was something about David that he just thirsted for God, he had a hunger for God.
No wonder God called him a man after my own heart, and no wonder the Spirit of God would regularly fall on David.
This was the difference between Saul and David.
Saul never would seek the Lord unless he was in some kind of trouble and thats when he would go fasting and wearing sackcloth and all that but when times were ok.
Saul had no interest with God at all.
But not so with David, when he first became King, his thoughts soon turned to how can I bring the ark of the Lord to Jerusalem.
And when they were finally able to bring it.
We all know the story.
He danced until his fumble shoes came out and his clothes fell off.
This was a man who hungered for the Spirit of God.
The ark of the Lord was brought to Jerusalem.
Soon after that he started telling Nathan the prophet that he needed to build a temple for the Lord.
You see his thoughts were constantly on God and how he could please God and how he could do this and that for the Lord.
That is called Hungering for the spirit of the Lord.
ILLUSTRATION
When I was dating my fiancee who finally became my wife, I never got tired of that girl, everyday seemed to be like I had met her for the first time— yaani that was hunger wah!!.
I would pick her up every night from KIM which used to be at university way, walk her to Kencom take a bus to Adams arcade, drop her home…this is kidu 8:30 pm and then walk home from Adams arcade to Madaraka where we lived and as the scriptures say this seemed to me but a few minutes because of my love for that girl-
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