Fullness of the Holy Spirit III
Synopsis of Bible study 7/14/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
As we have been saying, the fullness of the Holy Spirit Deals with less of us and more of Him. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and because of this, we need to understand how to give him full reign over our life.
In John 14:7 it says 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. – The world doesn’t see him, nor does it know him. In the scripture, Jesus is really talking about the Spirit of God’s presence. When Jesus leaves, he leaves the Holy Spirit (God’s presence) with us.
The moment you got saved, the Holy Spirit came in and sealed the deal. –Ephesians 1:13-14 says 13In 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, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory
What does it mean to be sealed? We are talking about ownership. It is a seal of ownership. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says 21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
- A seal-We are talking about a seal of protection. The Holy Spirit backs up our salvation. Lots of the attacks that we experience are spiritual. Ex- It’s like we got saved with a white shirt on, and then a bull’s-eye was put on it. Many can testify that their attacks intensified on them after getting saved. This was because of the seal. We belong to God now and Satan don’t like it.
- An anointing- 1 John 2:20; 27 says 20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.; 27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. – The anointing according to this scripture is the power and presence on your life. People don’t see you. Instead they see the God in you. Ex – Jesus said in Luke 4:18: 18The 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, – In other words, Jesus said he had been anointed to come do all that he did. Jesus took the attention off of him and put it on God. When you are anointed, you want the glory to go to God rather than you. You minimize so that God will maximize. People look at you and what you do and say that only the anointing could enable you to do what you do.
In Ezekiel 47, water is used as a symbol of the anointing. Ex-“From your bellies will flow rivers of living water…” is one phrase mentioned in the bible that is an example of this.
There is a lesson in Ezekiel 47:1-5 relating to the anointing:
- Verse 1Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. -Water was coming from under the house.
- Verse 2Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. – Verse 2 talks about Ezekiel being led towards the east gate. We have to note that the Hebrew people believed East was where Jerusalem was which was the way they faced when praying. The right side represents power. So this verse is saying Ezekiel was let towards Jerusalem and water representing anointing came out on the right side.
- Verse 3And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.-Verse 3 talks about a man measured how far Ezekiel could go out into the water.
- Verse 4Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. – In verse 4, the water was ankle deep.
- Verse 5Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over – Ezekiel was knee deep, then he was waste deep in verse 5. Then it became a river that he could not pass over. All he could do at this point is swim or tread in it.
- Ankle Deep – There are people that desire to move in the presence of God (or the anointing represented by the water mentioned above) every day. They get at ankle deep and are cool. This is just enough for them. They just want enough to say they are anointed. This leaves too much of you exposed.
- Knee Deep – There are others that are knee deep into the anointing. Here they are pretty good, but there is still too much of you showing.
- Waste Deep – Then there is waste deep. This is tricky, because you think you are there. You think you are all the way in it. At waste deep we still want to kick it. If you want to really get the fullness of the Holy Spirit, you have to let go of yourself. It is about less of us and more of him. We have to go out into the deep and we have to go swimming. It can’t be just about what we want to do. We want to get to a place where it over whelms us. It is all about him!
- Gives me a pledge. Ephesians 1:14 says 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. – At the act of salvation, the Holy Spirit guaranteed that we would inherit something and possess it to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says 21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
- When you accepted the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, confessed it with your mouth, something was released in the heaven and it was sealed with by the Holy Ghost. Why did we accept Jesus Christ? Because the wages of sin is death and gift of God is eternal life, what then are we trying to possess? The answer is eternal life. We got saved to try and go to heaven. When this thing is over, we got two choices. They are smoking or non-smoking. We want non-smoking.
- Question: Do you know for sure that you are saved? Do you believe that you are going to heaven for sure? Do you believe that you have done some stuff that could put going to heaven in jeopardy?
- Here is the issue: We got to wrestle with the fact that if we do things that put our salvation in jeopardy, what happens to our inheritance. For instance can we still smoke crack and go to heaven? Can we shack up and still go to heaven?
- Sin – Sin is to miss the mark. This means you don’t necessarily intend on missing the mark. Because you have the Holy Spirit, when you sin, conviction makes you feel horrible.
- Iniquity – Iniquity is sin that has graduated to a lifestyle. Iniquity is I like it, no one can tell me it is wrong, but this is me. We try to dilute the word to soften the blow, but the truth is it has become a lifestyle. Sin is in what you do, but iniquity is in what you become. Ex- We might have had a whorish moment, but we are not a whore. I might have had a drink, but we are not an alcoholic.
- What do you do? Ex- Bishop explains that his father is Joseph Walker Jr. He said that his father would never un-son him no matter what he did. DNA makes Bishop the son of Joseph Walker no matter what. What his father could do however, is disinherit him. Joseph Walker could say to Bishop, “You are my son, but you are going to forfeit what I wanted you to have.” Just like this, when we got saved, the DNA or the process of being saved says we are God’s child. The things that we do will not cause us not to be his son, but we can however forfeit what God intended for us to have (eternal life). The bible even says some people will say they cast out demons in Jesus name, but Jesus will say, “Depart from me ye workers of iniquity.” Notice: Jesus says worker of iniquity, not sinners.
- The question remains, if you slip up (sin), will you go to hell? The answer is, probably not, but if you are shacking up or doing something that has went past sinning and has become part of who you are, then statistically we wouldn’t play those odds. Nobody is perfect, but there is something we must understand. When Jesus left, he left the Holy Spirit to help us overcome iniquity. When we continue to live in iniquity, then we discredit the power of God. Great is he that lives within us than he who is in the world. We have to go deeper into the water or into the anointing. If you are struggling with something, it is time to go swimming! We all got some work to do. If would be honest.
- God is an enabler. John 16:26 says 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:. 1 John 2:1 says 1My 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: – Sin has to create for us a momentary amnesia. Sin has to make us forget for a moment what we know. This is why you have to put your tapes up and your crosses up before you do anything sinful. We don’t want to be reminded of what we know. When you sin Satan wants you to be in the moment where you don’t remember what you know. The Holy Spirit reminds you of that word. How many times have you had that happen in your life? The Holy Spirit brings back to remembrance what we know.
- What the sprit does is convicts and reveals Jesus Christ to men. John 16:8-11 says 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
- He restrains sin in the world. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 says 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
- He regenerates to new life. Regenerates means to start again. Ex- We got saved at early age, got wild, and then had a new birth experienced. Titus 3:5 says 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
- He baptizes into Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
- He empowers and reproduces the character of Jesus Christ in those who submit to him by faith. Galatians 4:19 says 19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
- He promotes spiritual maturity. Galatians 3:1-3 says 1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
- He teaches: gives understanding in the word. John 14:26 says26But 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.
- He applies truth to our experience. Romans 8:16 says 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
- He gives capacity for burdens and direction for witnessing. Acts 1:8 says 8But 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.
II. Let’s distinguish between sin and iniquity.
III. 12 things to meditate on
10. He gives capacity for ministry. 1 Corinthians 1:12-14 says 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
11. .He gives power to our prayer life. – Powering your prayer life is what this is about. Many have been in services where you have heard people talked in tongues. We will differentiate between the gift of tongues and heavenly languages.
- Tongues came as spiritual gift given at Pentecost. It was a language spoken and in a setting such as church where a person could stand up and address the church in another language on behalf of the Lord. Afterwards someone would stand up and interpret what was said. It is supposed to edify God. In another example of this same tongue, a Pastor my say something in the gift of tongue and immediately after he interprets it. This is someone who has both the gift to speak it and interpret it.
- Heavenly language-Paul Morton wrote a book called, “When Kings Fall.” He had a mental breakdown. He allowed his mind to get over the sprit. God allowed him to have a breakdown to get his life back in order. He talks about the devil took him in his mind to a place and the Holy Spirit had him in a classroom. When they would ask him questions, he would try and answer. The Holy Spirit was trying to get him to shut up, because the Holy Spirit was complaining that he was always talking and not listening. The devil was trying to taunt him the whole time the Holy Spirit was teaching him. The devil was hearing him praying in the moment and was trying to take him out. Bishop Morton finally realized that he needed to take his prayer to another level. It was a heavenly language. The devil was not able to understand and could not intercept it. In that place the devil left him alone because he could no longer intercept it. Every time he got tired, he prayed in the Spirit to be pulled back up. Some of you have done this in your prayer life. You got to a place that was desperate and this heavenly language flowed out of your life and it scared you to death. Because you are under this teaching, there will come a moment where you will be in a place with so much warfare, you will have to submit to place in prayer that you have never been. It will be the Holy Ghost praying for you. Don’t go home and think tonight will be the night that it happens. Just know that now that you have been subject to this teaching, it will happen. We miss a lot of things. When Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, all we hear the writers say is when Jesus said let this bitter cup pass from him. Jesus had to be saying more in his prayer for blood to come as sweat from his head. While Jesus was praying, he went to another place. There was a correlation between this time of prayer and his worship.
12. He promotes meaningful worship. John 4:24 says 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. – Worship is a place of so much vulnerability. Men don’t want to worship, because of the vulnerability of it. Even the lifting of our hands in a service, most men are hesitant to do. What if someone comes and put a gun in your back? It will break you down to that point you don’t even care about raising your hand. Until you realize a power greater than your own that you will go into worship. This is when you are willing to leave the ankle deep. Lifting up your hands is surrendering. When you come to place that you can lay prostrate on the ground, you get out of yourself and position and say whatever ain’t right, take it out of me. You don’t worry about who sees you. At that moment, you are at a point where you will let out of you belly what you can’t do in the flesh. What if everyone around you could get to that place? We only have a portion of the church worshiping like this. The devil picks and chooses. When the devil sees you are sealed, he knows he doesn’t have a chance.