Unleashed Part 3

January 22, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

UNLEASHED – Living The Spirit-Filled Life (Part 3)

 

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

 

Many get stuck on the question of QUALITY or QUANTITY, but either way at a minimum we should be doing what Jesus did.

 

Things to know regarding the SUPERNATURAL works of God:

 

  1. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people throughout the entire OLD Testament.

 

  1. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people throughout the entire NEW Testament.

 

 

  • Through JESUS.
  • Through the 12 apostles. (Matthew 10; Luke 9)
  • Through the 72 disciples. (Luke 10)
  • Through the first church ministry WORKERS; Phillip & Stephen. (Acts 6 & 8)
  • Through other CHRISTIANS and Leaders; Paul, Barnabas, Agabus, Lucius, Manaen (Acts 11, 13, 14, 21)

 

 

  1. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people (individuals and groups) throughout church HISTORY; Justin Martyr, Tertullian, St. Francis of Assisi, Waldensian Community, Martin Luther, Quakers, John Wesley and the Methodists, Edward Irving, John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, F.F. Bosworth, William Branham, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, Gordon Lindsay, T.L. Osborne, Morris Cerullo, John Wimber, Reinhard Bonnke, Todd White, to name a few from each century.

 

Jesus taught that all believers were to live SUPERNATURAL lives.

 

Mark 16:15-18 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

 

Note the CANDIDATES and the CONTEXT.  

 

  1. Signs, Wonders, and Spiritual Gifts are testimonies and CONFIRMATION of God’s truth and power.

 

1Corinthians 2:4-5 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

 

There’s always the potential of being argued out of an argument, but it’s hard to be argued out of an EXPERIENCE.

 

Hebrews 2:1-4 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

 

Note: We don’t USE the Holy Spirit, He uses us; “as He wills” not as we will.

 

We do not exalt experience over TRUTH. Experience must always be filtered through and contextualized with God’s Word, otherwise it can be misleading.

 

We do not chase or worship WORKS or MESSENGERS, only the triune Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  The point is never a gift or experience; it is JESUS!

 

  1. God WARNS about the dangers and deception of chasing and exalting works or messengers, and that satan will do supernatural things to lead astray even the sincere.

 

Matthew 24:24-25 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

 

There are REAL and FALSE versions of everything God has made.

 

Don’t allow the false and abuse to DISCREDIT the true and real, but be on guard.

 

2Thessalonians 2:9-10 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

 

You can RECOGNIZE the false by:

1) Does it GLORIFY Jesus Christ as Lord or someone/something else?

2) Does it ALIGN with or against truth/God’s Word?

3) Does it SERVE [move people forward in] the truth?

 

Hebrews 12:3 …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…

 

At ALL times and circumstances, keep your FOCUS on JESUS.