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									                              The Lord’s Day – February 22, 2009
                         Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost – Part 4”
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Bible Reading: Romans 15: 1-16

Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost.” – Part 4

This message is a continuation from last week.

Again we find that our title this morning is culled from verse 13 of our bible reading.

As we saw last week when we look at the verse from which we glean our title, we can see
four benefits that the Holy Ghost gives to every true child of God.

Again as we saw last week the number four in the bible is an interesting number, because
it is the number of balance.

We find this in our world that we live in.

A chair has four legs.

Lose one of those legs and the chair becomes unbalanced.

Your car or truck that you drive has four corners, lose one of those tires and you are in
trouble.

Most buildings have four corners.

There are four seasons in the year – spring – summer – fall and winter.

In our bible reading this morning we find four gifts of the Holy Spirit listed for us.

Notice what the Holy Ghost does as presented to us in verse 13

   1.   Fills us with all joy.
   2.   Fills us with all peace.
   3.   Fills us with belief.
   4.   Fills us with hope.

If you want to be a balanced human being, you need the Holy Ghost in your life which
comes into you at conversion.

Dear believer if you want balance in your life personally and corporately as a group of
believers we need to be yielded to the “Power of the Holy Ghost” in our lives!

Balance is important and a key element in our lives both individually and corporately as a
group of believers.
                            The Lord’s Day – February 22, 2009
                       Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost – Part 4”
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This is something the God looks for in His people.

NB: Proverbs 11:1 – “A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is]
his delight.”

NB: Proverbs 20:23 – “Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a
false balance [is] not good.”

As we consider “The Power of the Holy Ghost” we quickly find in scripture that this
subject cannot be limited to just verse 13 and surrounding verses, but really the power of
the Holy Ghost is a subject that easily exceeds the boundary of our bible reading this
morning!

The Power of the Holy Ghost is found throughout the New Testament!

The word “Power” as found in our theme this morning is the Greek word “dunamis” – it
means the following:

    1.   Miraculous power (implying a miracle in itself).
    2.   Ability.
    3.   Abundance.
    4.   Power.
    5.   Strength.
    6.   Violence.
    7.   Mighty (wonderful) work.

All those definitions make a wonderful list of what the Holy Ghost does in a true
believers life!

The first definition is “Miraculous Power” we touched on that last Lord’s Day.

In order for you and me to be able to get to heaven, we need to be born again.

This is something that our Lord Jesus Christ taught Nicodemus so long ago.

NB: John 3:3

Those precious words have been used to win millions to Christ throughout the centuries!

Even to this present day, if one wants to be saved they need to be “Born Again.”

It is interesting that the Lord should speak those words to a very religious man; it isn’t by
chance that those words would be directed to him.
                           The Lord’s Day – February 22, 2009
                      Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost – Part 4”
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Nicodemus was full of religion, that he hoped would get him to heaven, but the words
that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus were words that told him that his religion would never
save, no matter how devoted or sincere he may have been!

Sincerity and dedication to a particular religious system does not save!

That is what Jesus was saying to Nicodemus when he told him – Nicodemus you need to
be “Born Again.”

Those very words about being “Born Again” go beyond what man can do.

NB: John 3:4-7

Nicodemus was puzzled by the words that Jesus spoke; notice his questions in verse 4

“How can a man be born when he is old?”

“Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

Notice the words that Jesus spoke in verse 5 as He replied to Nicodemus’s question.

“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God.”

Jesus said that one needs to be born of water and of the Spirit.

What does it mean to be born of water and of the Spirit?

The water is something that Jesus gives!

Notice the words that Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.

NB: John 4: 1-29

Notice those words that Jesus said to the woman of Samaria.

NB: John 4:10 and verses 13-14

It was and is the Lord Jesus Christ that gives “living water.”

NB: Ezekiel 36: 25-27 (pg.939) – in speaking to the nation of Israel, which is also a type
of the Church, we see the water and the spirit are mentioned.

This living water starts from the Word of God, because God refers to His Word as water.
                           The Lord’s Day – February 22, 2009
                      Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost – Part 4”
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NB: Ephesians 5:25-26 (pg.238)

The true Word of God is water that satisfies the thirsty soul!

The Word of God leads men and women to saving faith in Christ who gives that living
water that will well up for eternity.

NB: John 7: 37-39

Not only does the Lord Jesus Christ give living water but with that living water which He
gives He also baptizes with the Holy Ghost!

The Lord Jesus Christ knows those that are truly converted and as a result He baptizes
them with the Holy Ghost!

In scripture we find that this is something that Jesus does.

All four Gospel accounts bear record to this:

Mathew 3:11 – Mark 1:8 – Luke 3:16 – John 1:33-34

NB: Mark 16:15-16 - here we see the Great commission.

The word baptized as found in Mark 16:16 is not in reference to water baptism but rather
the baptism of the Holy Ghost! We learn that from the context of what is being said.

If water baptism saves then salvation becomes a work and not all of grace as per
Ephesians 2:8-9

Water baptism is an outward sign to all that you are saved!

NB: 1 Peter 3: 18-21 (pg.282)

Back to Mark 16:16 and pay special attention to the word “believeth” in Mark 16:16 it is
the Greek word “piesteuo” which means “to have faith – in or upon” or “to put in trust
with.”

As Christians we have put our faith in Christ and Christ alone! Once we do that God
enables us to be born again!

In the Lord’s conversation with Nicodemus we find Jesus teaching Nicodemus that one
believing look at Christ will save! We see the “Dunamis” of God, causing that
miraculous miracle of the New Birth!

NB: John 3:14-16
                           The Lord’s Day – February 22, 2009
                      Title: “The Power of the Holy Ghost – Part 4”
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In God’s plan of salvation it can only be Christ and Christ alone! When one adds
anything more then Christ then the Gospel of Christ is changed and made ineffective!

This is the error which the believers at Galatia fell into and also something that had to be
corrected in Acts 15

Refer: Galatians 5: 1-4 (pg.232)

NB: Acts 15: 1-11 & 19-21 & 28-29



*********** Add the increase - Lord Jesus Christ I pray - Amen. ******

								
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