Tuesday, May 10, 2016

C1604-B The Power of the Holy Spirit (Teaching #2)

C1604-B The Power of the Holy Spirit (Teaching #2)
(God is at work in your daily life and the Spirit turns you into another man)

In today’s teaching we want to continue our series on the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, and in our next meeting we will focus on the revelation that, when His Spirit comes upon us, we will be changed into the Image of Christ. But first, let’s see how God is at work in our lives, orchestrating events as He leads us towards our destiny and identity.

Our theme verse for this teaching has been Acts 1:8:
“But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)

With this in mind, let’s see how God worked in an Old Testament person’s life, and in our next meeting we will see how He worked in a New Testament person’s life…

“Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man” (1 Samuel 10:6)

Later we will see how we apply this "another man" to Christ, as we are changed into His image, but for now, remember that all the promises of God are for the receiving of both men and women in Christ. It says,

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)

Like Saul, we might find ourselves living uninteresting lives, busying ourselves with menial tasks, but God is at work! Itt says,

“ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)

This does not mean only the good things that work out are for our benefit, but it says ALL things work for our good. That means the good and the not so good. ALL things work for our good!

As we plan and go about our daily lives, God is working and leading us:

“A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9)

Even though Saul later became a backslider king, we can learn from his life. It says,

“ Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11)

The issue of the lost donkeys caused Saul find his way.

Oftentimes when we run out of resources and come to the end of ourselves, and have no answers in our own wisdom, that is when God shows up and destiny kicks in.

The very problem, namely that Saul was looking for the donkeys, was something God called “I will send a man”. Our adverse situations are often the Lord actively at work, sending us.

It’s often a matter of timing:

At God’s time everything will be in place. You will be at the right place at the right time, and God will put the right people in your life.

God has already deposited His plans into our spirit

The prophet Samuel told Saul that he would tell him “all that is in your heart”. There were things in Saul’s heart that he was not even aware of. Likewise, YOU know there is something great in you. You might not know what it is right now, but in God’s timing it will be manifested.

That which our human natures think are the keys to success and victory are not God’s keys. God looks at your heart, and to that which He has deposited into it.

It is the Holy Spirit that turns us into “another man” (1 Samuel 10:6)

In our next teaching we will discuss the radical change God brings in our lives by the Holy Spirit!