The move of the Holy Spirit Part 1
Synopsis of Bible Study 01/21/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
When we get saved, we receive at that moment the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are sealed by Holy Spirit of God. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:13 (KJV).
The Holy Spirit of promise was the promise of Jesus. Jesus promised after he left, the Holy Spirit would come. Verse 14 says, “14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph 1:14 (KJV)” It is the Holy Spirit that sustains us until Jesus comes back. We have to see the Holy Spirit as a sustainer to help us navigate thru life.
Our past is a result of the Holy Spirit’s power. 13 Hold on to the pattern of right teaching you learned from me. And remember to live in the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard what has been entrusted to you. 2 Tim 1:13-14 (NLT). Whatever God puts in our lives, it is sustained by the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit.
We must look at the Holy Spirit’s relationship to God and the son, Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of God head. The title of the Holy Spirit is often associated with the Father and Son. However; people failed to notice the significance of the Holy Spirit. 19 How blind! For which is greater, the gift on the altar, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Matt 23:19 (NLT).This is significant because of what is found in 1 John 5:7 (7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7 (KJV).This scripture talks about the 3 being one which is the Father (God), the Word meaning Jesus the son, and the Holy Ghost. They work together as one, however; each identity has a distinct personality, but at the same time, they are all God. For example: H20 has three properties, water, ice, and steam, yet they are all still water.
God was above us at first. Emanuel (Jesus) was God with us. The Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is God in is. Some people treat the Holy Spirit like an “it”. Ex: “Something told me not to do that” We have to remember the Holy Spirit is God. Within you right now is a great deposit, the “Holy Spirit”.
Inside of you is a reservoir of power to give you what you need. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting his own ideas; he will be telling you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever he receives from me. John 16:12-14 (NLT). You don’t have to look outside of you to have what you need. If you are saved, you have within you the Holy Spirit.
Attributes of the Holy Spirit
a. He is called God. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Acts 5:3-4 (KJV)-When Ananias held back her offering Peter starts by asking why her heart lied to the Holy Spirit, but ends in saying she lied unto God. This shows that the Holy Spirit is also called God. God then is in you.
b. The Holy Spirit is eternal-14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:14 (KJV).
c. He is omnipotent or all powerful- 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:34-35 (NLT). You might ask where the power in the scripture is. The Woman is pregnant by the Holy Ghost, yet she is a virgin. You can’t get more powerful than this. Inside of you is such a reservoir of power, yet you let the things outside you become more powerful than what is in you. You have to realize that inside you is all the power you can ever need.
d. The Holy Spirit is Omniscient or all knowing-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 14:26 (KJV). The Holy Spirit of God will teach you all things and bring back to remembrance things you have been taught in the word of God.
1. Why then do we come to church if the Holy Spirit will teach us? If the preacher is before you preaching, they have been sent by the Holy Ghost. You have to know that what they say is not them. It has been inspired by the Holy Spirit. The preachers are simply downloading into you what the Holy Spirit has inspired for them to tell you. What is preached is something relevant to you. The Holy Spirit gives the revelation to you. He calls back to remembrance the things in the word that we may have learned, but forgotten. Ex-Some people can’t pass test well, but they know material. All they need is someone to jar their memory. Like this, when you are tested in life, the Holy Spirit brings back into remembrance the word that you have learned. Some people don’t study, so what they are asking for is not a call back into remembrance. They are asking for a miracle. The Holy Spirit can’t call to remembrance what you haven’t learned.
e. The Holy Spirit is omnipresent or everywhere present. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalms 139:7-8 (KJV) The Holy Spirit is everywhere. Some people say they don’t want to go some places, because the Holy Spirit is not there. The Holy Spirit is there. It might not be manifested, but it is there, because the Holy Spirit is in you. Everywhere you go, the Holy Spirit will be. Ex-You might have a gas heater. You may have the pilot light on, but the fire is not lit. People might smell an awful smell from the gas, because it is not lit. The smell reminds you that the gas is there, even though you can’t see it. The fire is the manifestation of the gas.
Attributes and works of the Holy Spirit:
a. The Holy Spirit was active at the time of creation 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen 1:1-2 (KJV). The Holy Spirit was moving during the creation of the earth. The ability we have to create is the product of the Holy Spirit within us. The act is when we speak it. There are things inside you that are blowing your mind, but you don’t have the courage to speak it.
b. The Holy Spirit was active in the regeneration of fallen man4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:4-5 (KJV). We must also be reborn with the Spirit, in order to enter heaven. It is the ability of God that can allow you to start over again.
c. The Holy Spirit was actively involved in the resurrection of the body. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11 (NLT). God got up with all power in his hands and put it in us. We have to realize that we have resurrection power. Ex-Having the Holy Spirit inside of you is like trying to push a ball under water. Because of what is inside the ball, you can’t hold the ball under the water.
d. The Holy Spirit was active in the inspiration of scripture. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Tim 3:16 (NLT); 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves 21 or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT). The Holy Ghost spoke to man and inspired them to write the book (bible). The prophets spoke and wrote what was inspired by the Holy Ghost. We try to interpret the bible with our minds instead of with our spirit man. You can make the bible appear to say anything that you want it to say if you interpret it with your mind Ex-Interpreting the bible with you mind instead of the spirit will cause you to think women can’t wear pants to church or that if you don’t speak in tongues, you are not saved. This is why you can’t rely on your mind to interpret God’s word. Ex2- In the most humble way possible, Bishop explains how he has studied the word in some of the best Ivy League schools in this country. He explains he was classmates with some of the most brilliant spiritual people ever. He explains that he brought one attribute to class that most didn’t. He brought his spiritual foundation. He explains he did not go to seminary for knowledge. He explained he went to seminary for a greater revelation of his informed faith. The sprit of God has to be over your mind, so you won’t interpret the word for your own agenda. Misinterpreting God’s word can mess up a denomination. The only way to get the essence of the bible is through the Spirit of God. This is the reason we start the service with praise and worship. Praise is the thing that cuts through the mess you been through all day long. Worship pushes you into the presence of God. You got to be open to what the Spirit of God is saying to you through God’s word.
e. The Holy Spirit has a mind. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:27 (NLT). -The Spirit of God has a mind and is intelligent. The Spirit of God and God will not cancel each other out. Ex-The spirit would not allow you to shout and fall on the floor and roll under the pews while the word is going forth. The congregation would not be listening to the word, because they would be concerned about you. You would actually become a distraction at this point. We associate everything emotional with the Spirit of God, but the Spirit of God is not about emotion. You can’t associate the Holy Spirit with emotionalism.
f. The Holy Spirit has a will. 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Cor 12:11 (KJV) Everywhere he leads you is according to God’s will. When you walk into the room and say something don’t feel right, that is the Holy Spirit saying, “Get out!”
g. The Holy Spirit has emotion. . 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Eph 4:30 (NLT).When you receive the spirit during the church service and you leave the premises cursing, this greives the Holy Spirit. All the things that we do that is against God’s will, greives the Holy Spirit.
Life of Jesus
a. God emptied himself and became like us. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Phil 2:4-7 (KJV).God humbled himself as a man and became obedient to death. He became an example to show us how we should allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us through difficult times.
b. This issue is the emptying of one’s self. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:14-18 (KJV) The will of God only manifests when we are led by the Holy Spirit. When Jesus taught in the synagogue, he explained that the Holy Spirit was on him. We have to empty ourselves to allow the Holy Spirit to manifest within us.
c. The world will never understand the power of the Holy Spirit. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. John 14:15-17 (NLT). The world has a hard time seeing the Holy Spirit. Anything that we do that seems impossible is possible because we are being led by Spirit of God. Ex-Bishop shares that when he first started Pastoring Mt Zion in 1992; Pastors would laugh because the first area he worked with in growing the church was college students. Pastors felt it would not work, because college students move away. If Bishop had not followed the spirit, the church might not have had the same impact that it has today. We have to learn to do what the Holy Spirit tells us to do, when we are told to do it. We need to stop listening to the opinion of others.
The s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g of our faith.
a. In order to receive this last point, you must empty yourself of all of you denominational upbringing. This point will expose some out of the box teaching that challenges most denominations including Baptist. Lots of folk miss this point that we are trying to make:
b. Some people think you have to tarry for Holy Ghost or if you don’t speak in tongues you don’t have the Holy Ghost. This is not entirely true. At this time we would like to introduce the new birth experience. 5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. John 3:5-6 (NLT); 20 As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his side. They were filled with joy when they saw their Lord! 21 He spoke to them again and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:19-22 (NLT). Some people didn’t believe Jesus had risen. In verse 21, Jesus had risen, but not ascended. He reveals himself to his disciples so that they would know who he was. He showed his hands and side to the disciples. The disciples had been with Jesus all this time didn’t realize they were being set up to lead. Jesus was preparing them to be released into something great, just like some of the folk reading this right now. This scripture illustrates how the disciples had not focused on the Spirit of God.
c. In verse 22, Jesus breathe on the disciples and said receive the Holy Ghost! At this point the Holy Ghost had been received. Now if you go back, God breathed on Adam and he became a living soul. We are not living if we are not fulfilling the desires of God. The disciples were dead men walking until God breathed on them. We ought to be saying breathe on me Lord all the time, so that we may live.
Here is the stretch!
a. Jesus tells the disciples to go to upper room. In Acts 1:8 ( 8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)), Jesus said you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come. People try to interpret Acts as theological instead of historical. The Holy Spirit had already come at the time of Pentecost. We received the Holy Ghost when we got saved or in other words when he breathed on us. We became living at that point. All we had to do is receive him.
b. Then what is the tongues at Pentecost about? Yes the tongues talked about at Pentecost were legitimate tongues. The tongues mentioned in Acts 2:1 was legitimate, but they were assigned tongues. These tongues had a mission. They were to share the gospel on the earth. In order for this to be obtained there was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit displayed by the speaking of these tongues in a language that men could understand. During Pentecost, each person understood what was being said in their own tongue. This was to be sure that man could understand that Jesus had risen and the Holy Spirit had come. We as Christians took this out of context and told people that they were not saved, unless they had the manifestation of this tongue. This encouraged some people to imitate it. The unsaved and some of the saved saw this imitation so much that the legitimate gift of tongues was not received.
c. Now look at Acts 2:1-4 again. 1 On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. Acts 2:1-4 (NLT) Here is the theological s-t-r-e-t-c-h! You have the Holy Spirit in you, because you got it when you got saved. The only thing missing is you haven’t been filled! The ultimate goal is to have the Holy Spirit manifested in your life. We have all heard the story of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37. In Ezekiel 47 the writer speaks of seeing water seeping under the doors. Water represents the Spirit of God. Some folk are comfortable with the water (representing the Holy Spirit) being ankle deep. Some are satisfied at waist or chest deep, but there are some out there that wants to be totally engulfed by the water. We should wake up every day saying less of me and more of you God. In other words, you can have the Holy Spirit and not be totally filled (waist deep). The only way that you can be totally filled is to move yourself totally out of the way and let the water overtake you. Only then will you see the manifestation of the Holy Spirit which is shown through tongues.
d. Some of you have the Holy Spirit in side of you and never experience the manifestation. The scripture says, “12 “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 (NLT),” You have to say lord empty me, I want to experience it all. Some of us have a part in us that says we want it all and another part that has allowed our spirit to be clogged. We need to get back to that place where we use to discern things spirit. In this season, we are like a clogged sink. We have so much mess clogging up our flow that we can’t get the full manifestation of the Holy Spirit. We need to realize that inside of us is so much power, but it is lying dormant. The Holy Spirit is saying if you need me, I will be here. The Holy Spirit says, “Just call on me if you need me”, while he watches us try to fight stuff we don’t have to fight. If you just empty yourself, you can experience all of the Holy Spirit in the manner which God intended.