The Work Of The Holy Spirit … Is More Than What Is Written!
01 John 4
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood
The Holy Spirit, which is not restricted by death or time, is the same Spirit which dwelled within the disciples, guided them and spoke to them. The same Spirit dwells within you, guides you, speaks to you. The Spirit of truth helps you with discernment. The Spirit of truth has you walking in revelation as the early church did.
Okay lets look at some Scriptures…
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Though the Holy Spirit enriches the Scriptures, it is in more than the words of the Book that was inspired by the Spirit of God. The same library of books which states that there is not enough paper in the entire world to write the words of Jesus, and the same library of books that state, Jesus was filled with Spirit without measure, tells us that we should not restrict or try to measure what words the Holy Spirit can speak!
The chapter goes on…
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
You are a child of God, not only filled but led by the Spirit of God!
Listening and hearing without obeying at the correct point of timing is pointless. You are more than an audience for God, you are ambassadors for God. Ambassadors requires action, movement. Do not move until you hear, the same applies of do not merely just listen and hear. They all come together as a package. No part of listen, hear and obey on time, stands on its own.
Back to Romans 8, it goes on to say …
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
So not only does Jesus cry out to God being Father, we do too … the same Spirit Jesus had ‘without measure/in full’ we all have “by measure” ~ being born again. We are no longer of this world we just live in it temporarily while we wait to see the kingdom of God fulfilled in the New Heavens and New Earth.
How do you go on to do greater things than Jesus? simply by being the beloved of God, being vessels of the same Spirit Jesus had. We literally carry God’s Spirit and Love all around the world, it no longer is in Jesus alone! This is why Scripture stating that Jesus said it was better that He went. The beloved of God all have a measure of this same Spirit in them, which is why the Body was designed to work together to be completely effective for God and why it is not effective, when all disjointed and broken up, disagreeing on things which really are of this world and not of heavenly things. You are not slaves, you are liberated!
Do not be deceived. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, is the same Spirit that dwells in you now, meditate on that some.
The Spirit of God was there before the beginning, in the beginning, is there in the now, will be there in the end and will be there beyond the end.
So if you along with the disciples are the beloved of God, with whom He is well pleased, then it stands to reason you can walk, talk, and do what they did in the early church! The ‘movement of the Holy Spirit today’ can not be restricted and boxed up!
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children
Just because people speak of things in the spiritual, does not mean it has to be some big mystical spiritual experience, however it does mean you need to be led by the Spirit of God.
At some point your going to need to take a step of faith and trust God. It is that simple in listening and obeying … trusting.
When working, moving and praying in the spirit … time and distance becomes irrelevant, because it is irrelevant to spiritual things. Therefore, do not worry on such things if time and distance separates you from other parts of the Body of Christ, because the Spirit of God unifies you in the one place. This is how you feel and know in your spirit when someone has been praying for you in the spirit, no matter if in the same room physically or not. Do not let the enemy lie to you that distance matters in such things. Be strong and bold in your faith.
39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
More to this faith life than merely studying the Scriptures, more to the Holy Spirit than what is written in the Bible.
23Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people;
and walk in the whole way that I command you.
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
Jesus is not dead…He conquered death, He is alive and in heaven, He speaks not only to those that were in His vicinity on earth when He walked the earth ~ through the Spirit, He speaks to the entire world through God’s children who are born again, and temples of the Spirit.
How can you be the literal hand of God to the lost, the broken, the hurting and the rejected, bringing God’s Love, Peace and Kindness if you restrict God to the ‘work’ in the Bible alone? We are no longer slaves, we are liberated, we should not enslave the Holy Spirit within us, we should also liberate the Spirit of God and let God flow through us to those that it seeks out. When you are open, allowing the free flow of the Spirit of God, God’s Spirit will direct you to exactly whom it seeks out, knowing the needy, it also directs you in what you say or do.
Talking about and reading the Bible is a far distance from believing, knowing, putting into action what you talk and read about. Debating, being a theologian and reading, is not the same as obeying.
Merely reading the bible is a works. God is in there, but not only in there.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
That is the foundations of faith based in the supernatural and not a faith’s foundation based on facts.
Ultimately it is far easier for things to be uprooted from the head (knowledge) than it is from the heart.(The Holy Spirit burns the truth in the heart)
So when things of faith are simply rooted in the mind, of facts, then they will easily be dislodged and you end up blown around on any old wind. Holding onto the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, is as much as eating a poisonous apple.
Yet when things of God are rooted deep in the heart, then no wind will dislodge that, this is your faith as based on Ephesians 3 above. No matter where you are or what is happening to you in your life, the peace of God which surpasses ALL knowledge will be with you, and your faith this way will carry you through. This is eating fruit from the Tree of Life.
So be spirit led by God: My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me
So remember …
LISTEN out for God speaking …
HEAR what it is He is speaking …
OBEY what He has spoken … on time!
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Spring up, O Well, and in my soul
Spring up, O Well, and make me whole
Spring up, O Well, and give to me
That life abundantly