Today’s message summary of May 29, 2016 from Assistant Pastor Travis Jackson:
The day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-12) is a day that should be celebrated! It was the day that the Holy Spirit poured out over all of the people and made His presence known. Not long afterward, Peter came forth and proclaimed that this was to happen, and that it was time for people to acknowledge the presence of the Lord and that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
What does it mean to be filled by the Holy Spirit, and what is it to be sanctified by the Spirit?
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work that it is begun in regeneration and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
–New Hampshire Baptist Convention
Sanctification is a progressive difficulty of holiness, it is a difficulty that requires submission to the Holy Spirit, so that he can purge the sin out of our lives by which he shall conform us into the image of Jesus Christ.
–Travis C. Jackson
If the Spirit is not sanctifying you, then something else is.
The human nature is sinful. All of us are encapsulated by our physical form–our bodies. Sin is the result of our bodies dictating how we live. It leads to death.
Romans 8:13 ESV
For if you live according to the flesh you will die.
For those who are not in the body of Christ, the death is not just physical, but also spiritual. Living in the flesh leads to this spiritual death outside of Christ. The flesh desires to live in sin–with our eyes, with the tongue, and in boasting of worldliness.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The more that you allow sin in your lives, the more that it will but dents in your souls. Sin is nothing to play around with.
Solomon, one of the greatest and wisest of all time, was still a fool. Don’t take this the wrong way, but in a lot of ways we are a lot like Judas because of our sin and fleshly behavior.
You must acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior in order to avoid this spiritual death. You must be born again.
The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh.
If there is an ongoing internal struggle between the Spirit and the flesh, then it requires a call for the presence of the Spirit to help you grow in sanctification.
We always value, in the flesh, what we feel is more important than God.
So now it is not longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
This message is about sanctification. We are reliant upon the Holy Spirit to grow in Christ. We are unable to do anything according to our own power and strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me…For when I am weak, then I am strong.
No one can ever boast of defeating sin on his own accord.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
The Spirit must be at the forefront of your thought life and process of thinking.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
You have to judge for yourselves by which accord you are living.
Are you living for the flesh, or for the Spirit?
…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
The Spirit must lead in every waking moment of your life. It will allow for your ongoing sanctification in Jesus Christ with his constant presence.
The Spirit desires for each of us to be sanctified by the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
When you think of holiness, think of God’s perfect attributes. Since He commands us to “be holy,” our response is to behave in such a way where our actions are indeed matching His character. If you desire to be Spirit-led, then be holy.
Greek words: “Filled”
example, if an individual is drunk with wine the consumption of the wine controls the person’s emotion (Ephesians 5:18)
to take one’s fill of, glut one’s desire for, satisfy, satiate (John 6:13)
to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full with emotion
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
To be filled with the Spirit requires your living and broadcasting these attributes. These are God’s own attributes.
Be sanctified in the Holy Spirit.
Be prayerful to do these things and defeat the flesh. Seek the things of the Spirit with His godly attributes and live for Jesus Christ.