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Losing The Power - Part 1
1/14/2014

"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 how we will receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Christ and become “born again.”  The Holy Spirit is God, and is part of what is known as the Trinity of God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 

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. 

Q:         So just how does this happen?  As Christian men and women, how can we hinder the power of the Spirit of God in our lives?

There are seven ways. Let’s take a look at the first three 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 to be set apart for God’s use.  When we abandon our commitment to live our life unto the Lord, and instead choose to 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God has told them not to do, or they have openly refused to do the things God told them to do, then the power of God is withdrawn.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 into our life somewhere, we need to address it immediately.  We should be willing to ask ourselves,

·      Am I doing anything (even something small) that God does not want me to be doing?

·      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 believer’s 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 of material desires, and the building of a material kingdom that will only burn away one day.  It is natural to have these fleshly desires but we must always take every thought captive and be committed to submitting to God’s will for every situation.  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 said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

I want to encourage you to meditate upon this today.  We need God’s power to live victoriously—apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

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 Christian walk when you have felt weak in your abilities to do what you know to be right?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s remember we have been consecrated to God.  Let’s choose to live our lives for Him, and not for ourselves.  When we stumble in sin, let’s be swift to confess it and repent of it, and ask for a fresh filling of His Spirit (Eph. 5:18).

Father, thank You for Your Spirit in our lives.  Help us to identify any areas in which we are in sin.  We pray for a fresh filling of Your Spirit today Lord.  Empower us to live victoriously and to be strong in our commitment to live for You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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