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Unplugged - Losing The Power Part 1

Unplugged - Losing The Power
Part I

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

In a previous devotional titled, "Get Plugged In" we looked at some Scripture telling us that we will receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Christ and become "born again."  This Spirit is God and is part of the Trinity of God as is God the Father, and God the Son.  But having the Holy Spirit within us is different than the Holy Spirit coming "upon" us, as the above Scripture shows us.  When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we are Given Power to do various tasks for God with a unique boldness.  This power can be lost though relegating us as ineffective.  

So just how does this happen?  How can a Christian hinder the power of the Spirit of God in their lives?

We will find out by looking at 7 ways.   In Part 1 we will look at the first 3 ways of how the Spiritual power is lost.

1.     The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in our lives when we as believers go back on our separation to Him.

When we gave our life to Christ we were given the Holy Spirit and were made holy, which is set apart for God's use.  When we abandon our commitment to live our life unto the Lord, and instead go back to living as the world, we forfeit our entitlement of having the Power of His Holy Spirit within our lives.  

2.     The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in our lives when we as believers participate in sin.

When a Christian does the very things God has told them not to do, or they have openly refused to do the things God told them to do, then the Power of God is withdrawn.  If sin has crept in somewhere, we need to address it immediately.  We should be willing to ask ourselves,

Q:    Am I doing anything, even something small, that God does not want me to be doing?

Q:    Is there something that God wants me to do that I have neglected?

If this is the case, then we simply need to set the matter right, and the power of His Holy Spirit will return.  We see this truth in the life of David who was guilty of an awful sin.   When David dealt with his sin and confessed it and repented, he again received the power of the Holy Spirit (Ps. 32:1-5; 51:11-13).

3.     The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in the believers life through Self-Indulgence.

If we want to have the power of God, we must practice self-denial - the ability to say "No" to our fleshly desires.  The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit don't go hand in hand.  If we're going to lead a spirit-filled life, we cannot have our minds consumed with the acquisition and building of a kingdom that will only burn away one day. We can see this being spoken of in the Book of Galatians.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Galatians 5:17 (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul knew this very well, and I believe this is the very reason he wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:27, "I discipline my body and bring it into subjection."

In Part II of this message we will look at 4 more ways that we can lose our Spiritual Power.

STUDY QUESTION:  List 3 ways that the Power of the Holy Spirit is lost in a believer's life.

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify times within your life where you have felt the power of God's Spirit not present.  Can you see a parallel in the things listed here in this message, and the loss of power within your life?

APPLICATION: Make sure you have not gone back on your consecration to God, or your commitment to Him.  Confess daily any known sin that you may have in your life, and be willing to ask Him about any that may be hidden.

Father, thank You for Your Spirit in my life.  Help me to identify any areas in which I have fallen.  I pray for Your Spirit in fullness today Lord.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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