The resurrection of the dead by Pastor Don
In our Friday Bible study, we are still going over the foundational truths mentioned in Hebrews 6:1-3, and have been focusing these past few weeks on the foundational truth of the Resurrection of the Dead. (Heather’s note, this past Friday we moved to another topic.) This time we looked at Romans 8.
Pastor Don said we have to be ready to be able to reproduce ourselves. It is no longer enough just to attend church, but we need to be able to communicate the truths to those who come seeking so we can help others grow strong in the Kingdom of God.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Pastor Don told us this is a most powerful verse. The word “Him” is capitalized, and it means God the Father. This verse has the Trinity in it. God the Father, Jesus (the Son) and the Holy Spirit. The Father’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and it is not a one time experience.
The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. It is that person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, that dwells in you. We don’t want Him to have to vacate on a regular basis because of our behavior (we always have the Holy Spirit in us, but the Holy Spirit can be less or more active in our lives based on what we do). We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit. God loves us unconditionally, but we can grieve the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does indwell us, but can be grieved if we allow rage and discord and mood swings take control of our lives and we begin to lash out at God and at others. Then the Holy Spirit will be grieved and we won’t be aware of His presence. (Heather’s note, this is not the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit which is a different thing.) As we grow in our faith we will begin to have the peace of God that passes all understanding in the midst of our difficulties. We need to stay sweet, be nice, and be steady.
(Heather’s note. God is good, I had a question about the above paragraph because I didn’t think I was explaining from my notes very well, and this morning I was reading Smith Wigglesworth, On the Holy Spirit which is a collection of his sermons, on page 36 I read this, “So the baptism of the Holy Spirit says to me, “You have an anointing.” The anointing has come; the anointing remains; the anointing is with us. But what if you have not lived in the place in which the unction, the anointing, can be increased? Ah! Then the Spirit is grieved; then you are not moved. You are like one who is dead. You feel that all the joy is gone…Is the Unctioner still there? Yes. When He comes in, He comes to remain. He will either be grieved, full of groaning and travail, or He will be there to lift you above the powers of darkness, transform you by His power, and take you to a place where you may be fully equipped.”)
Everybody thinks they are mature in the Lord, until pressure comes. A person steps on your toes, sits in your pew, cuts you off in traffic, then what is really inside under that pressure comes out. We want to stay humble. If someone cuts you off, how do you react? The level of the Holy Spirit’s grieving is relative to your level of maturity. The Holy Spirit would be more grieved if you had been saved 5-6 years and stepped off the pulpit and cursed at people, than if you were just saved last week and were not aware that the way that you live reflects love for Christ.
When someone is just saved, instead of legalism, love them into right behavior. Share the Word of God and love them. The water of the Word will wash them and change them. If you are a mature believer and you sin, God holds you accountable for what you know and the way you know.
The Holy Spirit resides in you. He is not there with handcuffs. He wants to operate in your life on the inside, and He expects to be able to have a say about what you are doing.
If you want to know more about the Holy Spirit read John Chapters 14-17. The Holy Spirit leads you into truth, comes alongside to represent you when satan accuses the brethren day and night. We need to be aware there is a battle going on.
The Holy Spirit raised Christ, and He (the Holy Spirit) will give life to your mortal bodies. Both your physical and after you have died, your spiritual body. There is a twofold message hidden in Scripture, that the Holy Spirit can give life to our mortal bodies and our spiritual bodies. Pastor Don told us, if we are dying, don’t fabricate a death scenario, never give up. We have to face the medical reality and do what is necessary, but never quit believing God can restore. We can speak to any part of the body and tell it to get better, or to hold on. The Healing Covenant comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. When you are sick stir up the gift that is in you.
When you are in physical pain it is hard to focus, but when you can focus your mind stir up your faith. That is why it is good to have Scripture memorized and in you, because you may not be able to pick up a Bible. It is also why it is important, before a problem sets in, to have a habit of worship. The main way we can stir up our faith is through worship. The assumption is you have the Holy Spirit. Every Spirit filled born again believer has the Holy Spirit come and reside in them.
Many people believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an anointing for service, and not just for them, but just so the Holy Spirit can work through you, but you can also ask for help from the Holy Spirit for yourself. Therefore, when the atmosphere changes, and the Holy Spirit is indwelling, the Lord will direct what to be done and how.
When we went to Israel we had a period of deep worshipping and the atmosphere changed. Many were grooving in the Spirit, but some did not jump into the fray. Those who watched and did not worship did not receive the benefits of those who worshipped. God will honor all of us if we make ourselves available. The best way to do this is to stir up the Spirit through worship. Stir up the gift in you. Worship to the Glory of God. Worship is mentioned in the Word, and we combine praise and worship. Worship that humbles you elevates God is Grace full.
We have missed it in Grace. God gives us Grace. Healing is quick. Sometimes we worship on our faces, like a dog kissing his master’s hand because of the dog’s love for the master. When we are in that attitude of worship, the indwelling Spirit is magnified. When God is magnified in you, everything else is diminished -disease, problems, poverty, etc.
Pastor Don told us about a Texas preacher who was given up for dead, and he decided he was going to worship God. He was so weak he couldn’t speak loud, just worship. He was going to worship out loud, right where he was. He said, “Praise the Lord,” in little more than a whisper. He kept saying, “Praise the Lord.” His voice got stronger and stronger and louder. He got some strength in his body, rolled over and fell to the floor. Crawled on the floor to the back porch so he could praise God there. Then decided that, if he was going to die, he wanted to die under the tree in his back yard. He dragged his body over to the tree, continually saying, “Praise the Lord.” When he got to the tree he was screaming praises to God, standing up, shouting, yelling and praising the Lord.
When the presence of the Lord comes, things have to change. Also on the other end, the Holy Spirit will give life to the mortal bodies where the Spirit dwells. Some wonder why to get the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of tongues, yet we know with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes power beyond what we can think or imagine.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Jesus was crowned with glory and honor. He took death for everyone, although everyone does not accept this gift of salvation. He was the Passover Lamb, and did for all what is commemorated during the Passover service since the time of Moses.
Hebrews 2:10 AMP For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering.
Jesus died to bring many sons to glory, and Jesus went to Glory. Therefore we too are brought to Glory through the suffering He went through for us. We too are perfected through His sufferings.
When we suffer, we often ask God, “Lord, why did I have to go through this?”
Jesus obeyed God, even though it meant that he suffered on the cross. And Jesus was perfected through his suffering.
When we go through the process of trying and failing, working and not having it work out, failing and failure, doing it wrong over and over, and then finally getting it right, we learn to obey God. We learn that, when we don’t obey God we suffer, but that is not what happened with Jesus. Jesus obeyed in his head and heart, He perfectly obeyed. We, on the other hand, feel we have to go out and try and test and then we learn to obey. Far better to learn to obey God first off, rather than learning through trial and error.
Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil
Jesus died so the power of satan is destroyed.
Pastor Don shared we don’t have to always learn through trial and error. We have the Scripture to show us the right way to believe, so we don’t have to keep doing the same mistakes and learn through tough situations. We can also see what happens to others in our lives and people in the Bible and learn from that.
Pastor Don talked about when his brother Jerry started sneaking cigarettes. His parents were angry about the sneaking and smoking, and yet, Jerry was old enough that they wished he wouldn’t smoke but couldn’t prevent him from doing that. He kept smoking. Pastor Don, who at the time was 10 years old, watched his brother, and saw that after he started smoking his brother would get up in the morning coughing his face off, and heard him say, “I need a cigarette.” Pastor Don asked himself why did Jerry need something that made him nervous and cough his face off, and he told himself, “I will never go there.” (Heather’s note, Pastor Jerry does not smoke anymore!)
Pastor Don told us we need to learn that making a decision to act in obedience is better for us than making a decision to obey after you act it out and realize disobedience does not pay. Sure saves a lot of unnecessary grief.
Jesus did not actively test the law, he meditated on it and decided it was better to obey. Yet, just like us, Jesus was tempted. It is not a temptation if there is no real temptation. So in Luke 4, Jesus was tempted by satan. He just came from being baptized, and was perfectly capable of saying yes to the devil, but Jesus chose obedience to God.
Pastor Don told us to think of the ramifications of a bad day and take steps to prevent them from having. One morning he had a nightmare where he was driving a car to meet an appointment, ran out of gas, couldn’t get to the pump because the gas station was closed. He said what he did in the dream was to put on worship music. He told us the Spirit says we can deal with our nightmares before we wake up. Negate the dream and don’t give in to the stressful situation of the dream, stay calm. He did all that before he even woke up from the nightmare. Pastor Don told us the enemy would rather Pastor Don would succumb to the stress in the nightmare and wake up ready to jump down people’s throats because he woke up in a negative mood. But Pastor Don defeated that plan of the enemy before he even woke up. That is why we need the Word of God in us and a habit of worship, for that will do more to confound the enemy.
The study continued with more in Hebrews 2, which I will share with you tomorrow. I figure you would rather have two shorter things to read than one long one.
Have a blessed day,
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