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Why be filled with the Holy Ghost?

Today I preached a message on the subject of backsliding in our new fall series. First I covered the fact from a biblical basis that one can indeed, backslide. (This is debatable with some people.) One of my points was that one key ingredient to standing firm is to be filled with the Holy Ghost. It is very hard to stand on our own - trying to do this thing - if not impossible. We need the empowerment of the Spirit.

I asked the church today, "why be filled with the Holy Ghost?" and I answered the question and told them, it's not just so you can speak in tongues. You must be filled with the Holy Ghost so that you will not be a stupid church member.

That's right, you heard me right.

The Holy Ghost came so that you and I do not have to be stupid church members.

John 14 talks about this:

Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. "All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:23-26

The Holy Ghost was sent to teach us all things - and remind us of everything Jesus said. The spirit helps us in our weakness. The Holy Spirit helps us to stand against sin so that we won't do stupid stuff anymore that gives us life long negative consequences.

If you are doing stupid things, perhaps you need to be filled with the Holy Ghost, or re-activate your prayer life and utilize your prayer language more...or again.

Just think about it.


Melissa Davis said…
Pastor Deanna,
You never cease to amaze me in your writing. Never thought of it that way but it is indeed true and a point to ponder upon.

You have a unique boldness to speak the plain truth - I know that's one of the reason's you're so loved. (smile0
My Dad has been praying for years that his children would daily have the mind of Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
I don't think we have done anything too stupid lately. ;)

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