Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
May 27, 2012:                               "Filled with the Spirit!"

Sun AM Worship                               

Text: Eph: 4:17-5:116 (King James Version)         

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

When we choose to live to satisfy the flesh then it's passions and desires are never satisfied.  Sin will only create a thirst for more; the desires of the flesh will

 

Many Christians [today] are like deep-sea divers encased in suits designed for many fathoms deep, marching bravely forth to pull plugs out of bathtubs. Like Tadpoles looking for another mud-puddle to swim in when an ocean is available.

 

Ephesians 4:17   This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Ephesians 4:18   Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Ephesians 4:19   Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Ephesians 4:20   But ye have not so learned Christ;

Ephesians 4:21   If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Ephesians 4:22   That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:23   And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Ephesians 4:24   And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:25   Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:26   Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Ephesians 4:27   Neither give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4:28   Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Ephesians 4:29   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.

Ephesians 4:30   And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:31   Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Ephesians 4:32   And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:1   Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5:2   And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5:3   But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Ephesians 5:4   Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Ephesians 5:5   For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5:6   Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:7   Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Ephesians 5:8   For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Ephesians 5:9   (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Ephesians 5:10   Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Ephesians 5:11   And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Ephesians 5:12   For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

Ephesians 5:13   But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Ephesians 5:14   Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ephesians 5:15   See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Ephesians 5:16   Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

 

Let's pray. Father, 
Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Batteries are a great portable power source. Batteries come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to power just about anything you can imagine. Perhaps the best of all batteries is the rechargeable kind. I have a rechargeable battery on my cell phone and another for my drill motor. I recharge the batteries when they get low instead of throwing them away!

Do you know how well my camera or my cell phone or my
drill motor, would work if I never put them on its charger?


The batteries start out strong, but as they are used they get weaker and weaker.
The battery must be recharged in order to be effective.

Each of us need to be regularly recharged with the Holy Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:16   This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:17   For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Galatians 5:18   But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Galatians 5:19   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Galatians 5:20   Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Galatians 5:21   Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Galatians 5:23   Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:24   And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Galatians 5:25   If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

Just like rechargeable batteries are renewed or refreshed when they are put on their charger, we too are energized for life by the Holy Spirit.

 

Paul says not to live under the control of the flesh which leads to death, but to live like Jesus which gives us life; be filled with the Spirit.
We make the choice to live our lives to please God then the Spirit helps us say no to the desires of the flesh;

When we choose to live to satisfy the flesh then it's passions and desires are never satisfied.


Sin will only create a thirst for more; the desires of the flesh will become our master.

Impurities in a transformer create an eddy current (a contrary or circular current).
When an eddy current develops, energy is wasted and the power is blocked or trapped within the transformer.
As the power circles inside the transformer it gets hot and burns out.  
Sin is like an impurity within a transformer; sin will sap our spiritual strength.
When we feed the desires of the flesh it thirsts for more and more. A cycle of sin will circulate within our lives.

God's desire is that His power and love will flow through Our lives, but sin disrupts that flow.
 Either the impurity of sin will be removed from our lives or we will eventually self-destruct.

We must make the choice to live like Jesus, to be set free from sin in order to continually live the Spirit-filled life.

If we are going to live a Spirit-filled life, then we must turn away from sin and daily live like Jesus.

Is there some hidden sin in your life that you need to let go of? Don't let the impurities of sin keep you from being filled with the Spirit.

Perhaps you have been desensitized to sin in your own life. Have you stopped feeding the
flesh??

 

A cup that is filled with water is stagnate; over time that fresh water will become polluted and spoiled.

 The Dead Sea is such a cup filled with water. However it keeps everything put into it; nothing flows out, so it is lifeless.

When Jesus said the infilling of the Holy Spirit would be like rivers of living water(John 7:38).

A river is not stagnate; it flows and moves giving life to everything along its banks. Jesus said, Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

God wants us to be filled with the Spirit like a garden hose with a sprinkler attached to it; when the water is turned on the hose is filled, but it can't hold it in. The water showers and refreshes the everything it touches.

We need to look for opportunities to share the love, grace and power of Jesus that is within us by His Spirit.

 

However, it's not good enough to just get plugged into God once.
The daily routine of life has a way of draining our strength not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well.


God's desire is that we remain strong "Fully Charged," and  He makes that possible for us conditionally.

We must continually come to God to be recharged or refilled with the Holy Spirit.

 

We draw strength and life from the Spirit; apart from the Holy Spirit we have no strength or spiritual vitality .

1 John 1:4   And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1 John 1:5   This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 John 2:1   My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

 

Leviticus 20:23   And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

Leviticus 20:24   But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

 

Psalms 119:10   With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

Psalms 119:11   Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Psalms 138:6   Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Psalms 138:7   Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Psalms 138:8   The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.