The need for the Holy SpiritBro. David Chancellor
9/19/2010 6:00 PM
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Of our own abilities, we have a very limited offering. God looks on the heart. God can see what we can’t see. As people, we might look capable and have good qualities, but without God, we’re nothing. We need what God has to offer. With God, good things can happen. While we’re dependent on Christ, Christ asked us to be partners with him. The best partner is Christ. We need Jesus and he has invited us to be joined together with him.
2 Corinthians 6:1
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
We should be workers together with God. We need to work to help bring humanity to God. We want it to be God and us together.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Without Jesus, we can do nothing, but it was important that he leave. We needed a closer partnership than a human relationship. Jesus had to leave. The partnership was still there… just closer.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
We need the kind of partnership where he is in us. The disciples (and we) needed an abiding presence. We need his Spirit to dwell in us. He wants us to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus was restricted by the limitations of the physical body. When he left us his Spirit, we can all be in partnership with him.
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
A problem arose in Jerusalem at the beginning of the church: the Grecian widows were being neglected. The disciples saw there would be a problem with a church divided between Greeks and Hebrews. They solved the problem by selecting some to handle the work. Qualifications for the workers were: "…seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom…" The qualifications are the same no matter how seemingly insignificant the work. Everything about God’s work has those requirements. These guys went on to do greater work. Stephen became a martyr, and his life touched Paul’s.
We can and need to be full of the Holy Ghost to do the work of God. Without this, you can’t be effective for Christ. People ought to be able to tell when you’re partnered up with Christ. The world needs to see Jesus at work in the lives of his people. It will be manifest when the Spirit of God is there. Jesus went to the Father so he could send the Comforter. It’s there for everyone. We can be qualified for his work. Charity work is part of the work of God through showing forth the Spirit and nature of Christ. Be ready and willing to help others. Whatever God calls us to do, we need the Spirit of God to do it effectively. We all need Jesus and the power of God. We won’t succeed without it. God reaches to all kinds through his people. Without him, we can do nothing. We’re dependent on him to achieve his purpose.
Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Put your faith in Jesus and count on him. Trouble will come; bring in a better partner who will supply all you lack. We must believe in Jesus. Jesus can supply what you need. He can give words when you need them. Be faithful to do what God gives you to do. We have to have the Spirit of God to be able to do this. Manifest the graces given to us by Christ.