Positioned for the Presence
“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you know him intimately because he remains with you and will live inside you.
Seeking the Presence (yearn)
Corporate vs. Lifestyle
We seek the presence to solve our current circumstance, not worship in holiness and thanksgiving.
We come into the corporate environment yearning, having to break through the layers of guilt and shame, and frustrations before we can catch a glimpse of the light. Just when we break through, the service is over.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
We hide behind the bush, waiting for God to call us, and we don’t step out from behind the bush and present our lives to God.
Holy Hands to a Holy God (I Timothy 2:8)
Set aside = holy = being different then lets be different!
We want the fix, not the process. We want the miracle, not the blessing.
We come for a miracle and not be set aside and made Holy.
The miracle is a quick fix, but the holy life IS the blessing.
The Holy life gives the Holy Spirit the permission to:
Help You Remember Who You Are
Help You Choose Obedience
Holds You To Your Repentance (True Identity)
Compels Us To Show Mercy To Others
Obedience is the change we need to see the supernatural become a reality.
Presence – the understanding and revelation of God’s intentions and implementing those intentions in our lives.
SPIRIT INTRODUCED – Worked with your choice to help you make the right one
WORD FORMED – He disabled the devil and sin
SPIRIT ENABLES – The manifest intentions of God in your life
Living in the Light – Living in Holiness
When God commands – it’s all in. Let there be light, and there was a flicker???
The light was God’s intention, and the Word made his intentions manifest, and there was light.
Living in the supernatural (blessing) means living in the expressed intentions of God. (Word/Jesus)
If we want the blessing, we need to follow the Word.
Can’t halfway follow Jesus!
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
If the Holy Spirit is sent to make us Holy, He is making us Holy by showing us how to follow Jesus. And we desire the supernatural blessing in this life, then we should want to listen to the Holy Spirit.
We will never stumble into Holiness or Righteousness…
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.
Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible.
This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Living by the Spirit’s Power
Obedience is the ability to live according to His promises AND His commands and not long for the promises without accepting the commands.
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Under the Influence of the Word
What if we are so intoxicated by our circumstances, errors, guilt, hurt that we are not even aware of their influence?
|Promote yourself||Deny yourself|
|Hate those who hurt you||Love|
|Pursue things||Pursue God|
|Live for now||Live for eternity|
|Pursue happiness||Pursue holiness|
Holiness – Intentionally living out the intentions of God
To live a Holy life, I have decided to_________________________________