Monday, May 12, 2008

The Holy Spirit and Who is in control?

I went to my brother's church yesterday and I really enjoyed it. Different from mine but in a good way. The sermon focused on Acts 2 which is describing the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to believers. I'm not going to recount his sermon (go listen for yourself if you would's a good one).
I just want to list my highlights:

1- The power of God Himself is living inside of why do I live a mundane life at times with no passion for anything?

2- If we are wondering what the CHURCH is supposed to look like we need to only read Acts 2:42-47 (42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.)

This NOT what my church or any other that I've been a part of looks like...and guess what I'm to blame for it. Time to change me!

3- You CANNOT be the Holy Spirit in someone else's life. Pastor Dan said that we often try to control others lives in the name of "making sure they do the right thing or guiding them" is not our job to do that...whew...that sure frees me up to not try to control my husband, son or friends!

4- Realize that we need to work with the Holy Spirit - we are to put things on HIS shoulders not our own....I can't do anything but He is cabable of everything.

5- (This one stepped on my toes and then went up to my legs and stomped on my chest and then hurt my heart and head).....
To determine who is in control of my life (ME OR GOD) I need only to look at how much I pray. Yeah....that one hurt...I AM going to change this one. Time to spend time with the one Person that cares about Wendy more than Wendy does.

I hope that maybe the Holy Spirit pricked you with something here. Be bold and call me to account on these if you like...I need it!


kodiacbear said...

Wow Wendy, Great Insight. I love it.

Here's a link that you may like that relates:

Love You and Miss You-ang