Google+ 05/17/13 Fill er Up!!!

John 1:32-33

 

Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.

I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me,

‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 

 

Is today's Scripture a surprise for you?  Were you aware of John the Baptist's testimony?  John tells us that he did not know Jesus was the One!  How did John the Baptist then know who Jesus was?  He listened to the instructions of God.  I must confess that God has given me many instructions over the years.  Some of them are the same ones He has given you.  God wants all of us to be faithful, obedient, and dedicated to Him.  God wants all of us to know His Son Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  The Bible gives us instructions on how to handle virtually every circumstance in our lives.  So why don't we listen?  It is "Holy Spirit" week for us so I am sure you know the answer before I write it down!  In order to communicate with God effectively, through His Son Jesus Christ, we must be indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  My sermon this week for Pentecost will expound on this idea, but for now, let's make it simple.  Without the Holy Spirit, we belong to someone else other than God. The times I have refused to listen to God have been the times that I have allowed something or someone else to occupy God's space and time.  I have mentioned this concept before, but let's explain it in scientific terms.  When science creates a void or vacuum, the process removes everything, leaving nothing.  Don't go to sleep here!!!  Nothing then becomes something.  The removal of one thing often precipitates the addition of something else, voluntary or not.  Our lives will not remain a void by removing the Holy Spirit from them.  Something else will eventually fill the void.  In other words, if you stop going to church on Sunday morning, you won't continue to do nothing in its place.  We will not stop and stare all Sunday morning for very long.  We will fill that time slot with another activity, presumably not a Godly one.  So to sum this up, our disobedience, as it pertains to listening to the Holy Spirit, leads to our obedience to something else, probably satanic in nature.  God and Jesus knew exactly what they were doing when they left the Holy Spirit to dwell in us until Christ's return.  We need the help!  Remember, regardless of what we think, the void we create doesn't last long.  Jesus came out of the desert being filled with the Holy Spirit.  What was the first thing that happened to Him?  Satan tried to tempt Him three times.  Because Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, Satan's attempts failed miserably.  If you want to defeat Satan today and listen to the Holy Spirit, stop by your spiritual "gas station" and say "Fill er Up!!!"