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SermonHoly Spirit Power Follows God
An all-creatures Bible Message

Holy Spirit Power Follows God
 
A Sermon Delivered to
The Compassion Internet Church
 
24 May 2015
 
Frank L. Hoffman, Pastor

Scripture References

John 16:4-7
Acts 2:12-21
Romans 8:26-27

Holy Spirit power follows God and His heavenly will.
 
Unfortunately, most people who claim to have the Holy Spirit or have been baptized by the Holy Spirit or have been born again do not appear to really have the Holy Spirit power within them, for they continue to follow the cruel ways of this world and add to the corruption of creation, particularly when it comes to animals.
 
In the heavenly will of God, there is no place for human caused pain, suffering, or death, for we are to be the peacemaking children of God who help free creation from its present corruption.
 
This is what having Holy Spirit power is all about.
 
This is the Holy Spirit power Jesus wanted all His disciples to have, as He discusses in John 16:4-7.

4. "But these things I have spoken to you, that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

In other words, Jesus was a living example of living in the Holy Spirit power of God, but without His physical presence, the Lord wanted all of us to have our own Holy Spirit power to help guide us in the heavenly will of God.

5. "But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?'
 
6. "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
 
7. "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
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This is very important for us to understand; for we only are able to have true Holy Spirit power for ourselves because Jesus has left this earth and gone into heaven.
 
Holy Spirit power cannot be faked, though some may try, for true Holy Spirit power is easily seen in the lives of all true children of God.
 
Those who are not true children of God are even easier to spot for their acquiescence and indifference to the cruel ways of this world can be easily seen in what they eat and wear, for if what they eat and wear is the product of suffering and death, then it is of this corrupt world and not of God.
 
The corrupt people of this world do not understand why people who have Holy Spirit power appear different from worldly people; note how Peter responds to them in Acts 2:12-21Ö

12. And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
 
13. But others were mocking and saying, "They are full of sweet wine."

People who donít eat, wear, or otherwise use animal products are also often mocked for their compassion, just as we certainly have been.
 
Those who are being accused of being full of sweet wine are speaking in their Holy Spirit power, which a lot of people try to fake.
 
And because so many people fake this mode of speech while still living in the corrupt ways of this world, others who see them have cause to doubt, but Peter has another point to address about those who truly have Holy Spirit power.

14. But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give heed to my words.
 
15. "For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day;
 
16. but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel [Joel 2:28-32]:
 
17. 'And it shall be in the last days,' God says,
'That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind [flesh];
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;

The translated term ďmankindĒ literally means ďfleshĒ in the original Hebrew, which we believe is the true intent of Godís message, for God does seem to pour forth His Spirit upon all flesh, which would include the animals even if they donít exhibit the human characteristics of having Holy Spirit power, for only humans were charged with protecting the whole of creation from harm and freeing it from its present corruption.

18. Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.

In other words, God will not hold back His blessing from anyone, but that does not mean that we will all receive it, for we must be open to receive it.

19. 'And I will grant wonders in the sky above,
And signs on the earth beneath,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
 
20. 'The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.
 
21. 'And it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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This is speaking about true believers (children of God) calling on the name of the Lord, for anyone can say words without believing or having faith, and that doesnít bring about salvation.
 
Letís now take a look at Romans 8:26-27, which takes place after the Lord has called upon peacemaking children of God to help free the whole of creation from its present corruption.

26. And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
 
27. and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
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This is a great help for all true children of God, but the vast majority of people in the world donít seem to really believe, for they continue to live in the corrupt ways of this world with all its pain, suffering, bloodshed and death.
 
And, what is even worse, they do everything in their power to defend their way of worldly living by taking Bible passages out of context, even to their own detriment.
 
Letís take a look at an example:
 
In the beginning, God gave us only plant foods, and people lived a long time; but after they started eating animal flesh and byproducts, their lifespan fell way back, similar to what we have today.
 
The Lord tells us that in Godís heavenly will, there is no pain or death, so we can most likely conclude that there is no illness, either, such as the many chronic diseases we have today.
 
Furthermore, many doctors and studies have concluded that people who eat a whole (unprocessed) plant food diet live longer, and have very few of the common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.
 
So, why wonít most people realize that living according to Godís creation and heavenly intent is the best way to live for a long and healthy life?
 
Is it because they value their worldly friendships more than they value their relationship with God?
 
This also shows a lack of love for their friends that Jesus tells us we are all to have, for by going along with the crowd they allow their friends to get sick and die earlier in life than God intended, and to cause thousands more animals to suffer and die because of their indifference and selfishness.
 
Their words and actions sure seem to confirm this for they lack, or more accurately they reject, the Holy Spirit power to guide them into the heavenly will of God.
 
None of us have to live this way.
 
We can and should be filled to overflowing with Holy Spirit power, and live as peacemaking children of God.
 
Amen.

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