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TRANSCRIPTION | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | How To Have More Of The Holy Spirit, Part 2

 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Hey, everybody, welcome to 3trees Church Online. On Wednesday nights, we do a time of Bible study together. Tonight, I'm actually going to be recapping Sunday morning’s message. So, we're going to kind of go back through some of the points and take a little bit of a deeper dive on some of the things that we talked about. So, if you have any notes from Sunday, if you want to grab those, maybe you can add to them. Or, if you didn't get a chance to take notes on Sunday, today would be a great time to kind of lean in with us. Let's take a look at what the Lord, I believe, wants to show us in this series that we're in. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So, the series that we've been looking at is called the silent divorce, and it's based on the Word and the Spirit. The ideology that God does not want us to experience the wWord separate from the Spirit or the Spirit separate from the Word, but that God desires for us to be Word and Spirit Christians who are building Word and Spirit churches. And if you haven't had a chance to listen to either the Sunday morning messages that have transpired thus far in this message, give it a go. I believe it'll speak to you. I believe it'll bless you, and it's something I feel quite strongly about, something God's really dealing with me about, as we enter into this next phase of raising up churches to the glory of Jesus Christ. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You know, tonight, we're going to look at the seven things that we talked about on Sunday, okay? Now, we're not going to go through all seven of those, we're going to hit a couple of them and do the deep dive. And so the title of Sunday's message dealt with a question, how can we have more of the Holy Spirit? How do you do that? Now we understand that the Heavenly Father is God for us. We understand that God, the Son, Jesus, represents God being with us; but God, the Holy Spirit, that represents God being in us. And as I've said many times in teaching and preaching ministry, it's an incredible thing to think about God being for us. I mean, even greater, perhaps, to think about God being with us. But everything goes to the next level, when you start to talk about God being in us. God in us. Jesus said, I believe it's the reason he said this, that it's better for him to go than to stay. It's to our advantage that the Holy Spirit come. That's what Jesus told his disciples when he was discussing with them the fact that he was going back to heaven. He said, it's to your advantage that I go, because if I go, that helper is going to come. So we know that the Holy Spirit is a helper to us. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So how can we have more of the Holy Spirit? Well, I believe the first way that we can do that is to know your Bible. It goes right back to this concept that we're talking about that God wants us to experience Word and Spirit, Spirit and Word. Over and over again in the New Testament, you see how God wants to marry the manifestation of the Spirit with the truth and the guidance of his Word. In fact, even when Jesus in Mark chapter 16, was getting ready to depart from the disciples, and he was telling to go and preach the Gospel in all the world, one of the things that he said to me, he says, you're going to preach the Word, and the Holy Spirit is going to confirm the Word with signs following. We see Jesus as he's getting ready to begin his ministry, he goes down into the Jordan River. And according to John, chapter one, Jesus was the equivalent to the Word being made flesh and dwelling among us. And the heavenly father spoke as Jesus was in the Jordan River, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove. And we see even Jesus mirroring Word and Spirit being married in his ministry and in his life. So, if you want more of the Holy Spirit, get to know your Bible, know your Bible better. I think a lot of people maybe they don't know their Bible because they don't read their Bible. And so I've learned this actually, a man named R.T. Kendall, did a lot of study on the subject of Word and Spirit. And some of his commentaries impacted me greatly. But he talks about when you're getting to know the Word, there's six or seven things that you should focus on learning. Now, we talked about these on Sunday, but I just want to recap them briefly. That number one, you should learn the place of the law in God's scheme of redemption. Now think about that, learn the place of the law in God's scheme of redemption. So oftentimes, we hear the law talked about in Paul's writings, we hear the law talked about in the Old Testament, even in the Psalms, but when you're thinking about the law, do you really understand it? Do you really understand the scheme that it was to play in God's plan for redemption? 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Know the Psalms and the Prophets. The prophets make up two sections of your Old Testament Bible, the Minor Prophets and the Major Prophets. What that basically means is Minor Prophets or smaller books, Major Prophets are larger books, and of course the Psalms is the largest book in the entire Bible; It's a collection of hymns, many of them written by David. Get to know those. So many of them speak to your soul. Your soul is your mind, your will, your emotions. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Another thing is, understand the teachings of Jesus. One guy used to say it this way, read the red and pray for the power, referencing the fact that so many of Jesus's words are written in red letters in most Bibles. Be acquainted with the miracles that are in the Bible and how the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, it enrafts the history of the early church that's given to us in the book of Acts. Fall in love with the writings of Paul and of all the Apostles and know that you're reading God's own word. Now, I know we talked about those things on Sunday. I'm not trying to be repetitious just for the sake of being repetitious, but I want to give those to you again, because many of you are going to get a Bible reading plan. Many of you already have a Bible reading plan. Well, while you're reading through, be looking for these things, and let God formulate an understanding of Scripture more clearly in your life. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so when we think about know your Bible, again, 2 Timothy 316, all scripture is given by inspiration of God. It was the Holy Spirit that helped inspire the writers for us to have this word to start with. And listen, the men were not perfect, but the Word itself is perfect. That's what God is telling you is that the Scripture is given by his inspiration. You know, Peter, in his writings, he affirmed the writings of Paul as being Holy Scripture, being inspired by God. It's recorded in 2 Peter chapter three, verse 15. And considering that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation, as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom that was given to him, he wrote to you, as also in all of his epistles, to speaking in them of these things in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught an unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do all the rest of the Scriptures. So when you're reading the Word of God, even the writers of the Word of God, were being used of God to confirm that each other's writings were of God, even if they're not the easiest to understand, as many of Paul's writings are. Peter also said this, he said, If anyone speaks, let him speak the oracles of God. If anyone ministers let him do it, as with the ability, which God's supplies that in all things, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. Get to know the word of God, if you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You know, another thing that we talked about on Sundays, if you want more of the Holy Spirit, you need to ask for it. Third thing if you want to have more of the Holy Spirit, you need to seek God and wait. You're not always just going to snap your fingers and get what you want from God. Sometimes, it's going to require that you wait, and that you ask and you shall have it given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open to you. Let's talk about that fourth one that we looked at on Sunday, and this is another we're going to be a little bit of a deep dive on, and that is to live a holy life. Live a holy life. I think there is such a misunderstanding about the concept of holiness. I feel like in many ways it's something that a lot of us just don't really even try to comprehend. It's almost as though it's something that is unattainable. And so because it's unattainable in this natural flesh, we're just like, well, holiness is something I'm never going to be able to measure up to, so I guess I just won't really focus on ever being a holy person. But that is actually not a scriptural approach, and it is not God's plan for your life. You need to understand that holiness must be taught. In fact, I believe the reason that we have the epistles of Paul, the letters that he wrote to the churches, the reason that we have the epistles of Simon Peter, the letters that he wrote to the churches that he was influencing, was a major reason for that so that they could teach holiness, and then those of us that would later have the scriptures to hold in our hands as a Bible as an Old Testament, a New Testament, that we would be able to have a standard for holiness and instruction on how to live holy. Just because it's a struggle to live holy, does not mean that we just settle for being unholy people. In fact, the Bible says this and Hebrews chapter 12, verse 14, “Strive for the holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Strive for holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Strive for it. So without it, you don't see the Lord. So here we are saying, we want more of the Holy Spirit. Well, if you want to see more of God in your life and you want to experience more of God in your life, then what God is saying that he needs to see a striving inside of us for holiness, that our hands would be clean, that we're not going to touch anything that' not of God or not God's pleasure for our life, that our hearts would be pure. We're not going to harbor bitterness and unforgiveness and lust, that our minds would be renewed, that we're not crafting schemes and trying to craft things in a vindictive way where we can get back at somebody, but our mind is going to be renewed. So hands, clean; heart, pure; mind, renewed. Like, live a holy life, pray for holiness. The Bible goes as far as to say that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, that our bodies are designed by God to house, the Holy Spirit. And we're going to learn even this coming Sunday, that the Holy Spirit, he doesn't want to hang out in atmospheres that are unclean. He wants to be a part of perfecting atmospheres and bringing excellent atmospheres, holy atmospheres, especially in our lives. And so we can't live our life as though our body’s an amusement park and just whatever it wants, and let our lust be like riderless horses that have no reins. We have to choose to strive for holiness. And then what we learn is that his will, yield to the Holy Spirit, lean on the Holy Spirit, he'll help us in those regards as we become a temple for the Holy Spirit. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If you want to go really, really deep for a minute, let's think about something here. There is a picture in the Old Testament, it's in the book of Ezekiel, alright. And it talks about the fact that there is this temple, and that this temple has a river that is flowing out of it. All right, and it says that the temple has a door. So, the temple is here, it has a door, and Ezekial said he saw a river coming out of the door. And what he talks about, and maybe you're familiar with this passage of text, it will ring a bell with several of you, is that it says the river began to rise. And so as he waded out into the river, he discovered that at first it was ankle deep, and then it was, I think, waist deep, and then it gets to like shoulder level, and then it gets to swimming level, if I have those measurements right. The bottom line is it's rising. The river is rising. And notice where it's coming from. It's coming from a temple, it's coming out from under the door specifically, and that river is rising. That river was meant to symbolize the move of God in the earth, the move of God's Spirit in the earth. Now, let's come over into the New Testament and let's look at something that Jesus said, and it's recorded in the book of John roundabout, chapter seven. Jesus looks up at the people of this audience, and he says, “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water. “He says, “And this will be a result of the Holy Spirit at work in your life.” JOHN, chapter seven, verse 37. Now when you think about the out of your belly is going to flow rivers of living water, and it's going to be like a river, and it's going to be a result of what the Holy Spirit is doing in you. I believe that Jesus was mirroring in John chapter seven, what we get to see over in the book of Ezekiel roundabout chapter 47, that the your body, your belly, that the temple of the Holy Spirit field with a river, your mouth, the door, releases that river of the Holy Spirit, and that river begins to rise in the earth. And I think that directly ties with Habakkuk chapter two, verse 14, which says that in the last days, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, that there's going to be a flood of the knowledge of God's presence, I think, directly connected to people who are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. Even the Bible in Joel chapter two, and in Acts chapter two, when it talks about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It talks about it being like rain, it talks about former and laddering being together, talks about it being as though it's a flood. It talks about raining down in an overflow gully-washing kind of way. And so I guess to summarize everything that I'm trying to say to you on this subject, or that I feel like God would have you to know, is that if you want more of the Holy Spirit, then strive for holiness, understand that your body, you're life, is a temple designed by God,to house the Holy Spirit after you've experienced the Lord Jesus Christ and his amazing grace. And that then as you welcome the Holy Spirit into your life, and you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit on your life, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, He is going to be inside of you like a river that is waiting to be released and that you got to open your mouth and you got to speak the things of the Holy Spirit. Whether that's praying in the Holy Spirit, operating in the fruit of the Holy Spirit, whether that is operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, whether that is decreeing the Word of God with the anointing and the special grace and touch of the Holy Spirit, like Peter was talking about, the oracles of the Holy Spirit. You'll notice that that river flows the most and with the greatest level of current when you mix it with the Word of God. And so when the Spirit of God on the inside of you gets hooked up with the Word of God on the inside of you, and you open your mouth, and you begin to declare the promises of God over your life, and you begin to declare the goodness of God over your life, and you begin to see your faith start. And I think you can walk into your house and is dead and dried up as some of the situations you're dealing with might be, begin to open your mouth with the Word of God and the Spirit of God and decree the oracles of God in that home. When you begin to go through sickness and you go through battles, and you open up your mouth, and you put the word of God with the Spirit of God, watch the river begin to rise. I just want to decree that and believe that over some of you that your mouths are going to become like floodgates for the Holy Spirit. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The prophet Isaiah even talked about that. He said, lift up your head oh ye gates. He was talking about that our mouths, we are gates for the presence of God, the river of God, the Word of God to be released. And there are people in your life that you deal with on an everyday basis that they need the river of God to be released into their life, and you're gonna have to open your mouth, and be a part of seeing that come to pass. So how to have more of the Holy Spirit, first thing we talked about is you're going to have to know your Bible. Second thing, you're going to have to ask for it. Third thing, you're going to need to seek God and wait. The fourth thing you're going to need to live a holy life. And then we talked about on Sunday, how that you're going to need to learn to seek honor from God, not from people, and then value the fruit and the gifts equally. And then this last thing is that we would be a witness to people. And so if you want to look at those other seven a little more deeply, you can go back and look at the messages from Sunday. Maybe they can even put the link in the comment sections for you, so that you can be able to do that. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But I want to look finally at, witness to people, okay. You want more of the Holy Spirit. We’ve deep dived into the reason we need to know the Word, and we took a little deep dive in to live a holy life. This is the last deep dive we're going to do from Sunday's message. If you want more of the Holy Spirit, you're going to have to choose to witness to people. Acts, chapter one, verse eight gives us the mission statement of heaven for the Holy Spirit. It tells us that the Holy Spirit came to the earth to empower us to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. You'll never experience more power in your life than when you are choosing to witness for Jesus Christ, when you're choosing to let other people know about the good news of Jesus, that they can be rescued from hell, and that they can be promised Heaven. And my mind goes to the parable of the 10 virgins. It's recorded in Matthew chapter 25. And in Matthew chapter 25, we learn that it basically paints a picture of a last day's event in a figurative way. And what was supposed to happen in Jewish culture is that the bridegroom would tell the bride that he would be coming to get her once his house was finished. So he's gonna go over here and build a house for her. And when the house is finished being built, he's gonna come back and get her. This could take an extended period of time. And so the way that he is to know that she still wants to go with him when the house is finished, is she’s supposed to put a lamp in her window. And so she doesn't know if he's coming in the morning, or he's coming in the evening. She just knows he's coming. She don't know what day he's coming. She just knows when he gets the house finished, he's running to her house to get her. The way that he is to know that she still wants to go with him is the lamp is to be kept burning. That's the Jewish culture of the day in which Jesus gave Matthew chapter 25. And we know Jesus talks about I'm going to heaven, I'm going to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I'm going to come again. And we know that the book of Revelation says that we, those of us that are saved, are the bride of Christ. And so when the bridegroom comes back, he expects to find our lamp burning. Now when we think about that lamp burning, over and over again in Scripture, oil is associated with the Holy Spirit. Fire is associated with the Holy Spirit. Light is associated with the Gospel. And so what I think is figuratively being said there is that God expects to find a church that has kept itself pure, which is why Matthew 25 was talking about virgins that have kept themselves pure, hands clean, heart pure, mind renewed, and we are waiting with our fire burning, our oil field in that lamp, being a witness to anybody and everybody, letting our light shine so that the works of our father not be known in the earth. And so don't let your fire go out. Don't let your oil run out. Don't let your lamp go out, that when the eastern sky parts and Jesus returns for his church, that he will find your lamp burning brightly. Let your light shine. Don't hide it under a bushel. You can sing the song on your own, alright. H

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Here's what we're going to do. Think about as you go out into the highways and the hedges, into your places of influence, into your family, into your community, into your workplace, I want you to think about all the places that your lamp needs to have oil in it, your lamp needs to be lit, your light needs to be shining, you need to be a witness so that you can have more of the Holy Spirit in your life. Think about all those places. And if you need to pause the broadcast for a moment, that's fine, but we're going to take communion as we close out this time together. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You know, Jesus, the Bible says he took the bread, and he blessed it, and he broke it, and he gave it. And it tells us that he took the cup, and he told him that in the way that the bread represented his body, the cup represented his blood. That's what we get to tell people about, is about the broken body and the spilled blood of Jesus Christ. If people don't have that knowledge, they don't get heaven. It is the cure for man's eternity. We have a responsibility to let people know about the broken body and the shed blood. And Jesus said, I want you to take together a Lord supper, a time of communion. And he said when you do it, I want you to remember me. I think one of the reasons that he wanted us to remember him is because it motivates us to see what he did to see what he gave. There's no greater gift that any man can give that he would lay down his life. He laid down his life. He was beaten and he was battered. He was beyond recognition. Psalm 22, “Though a bone was not broken, every joint was out of socket.” He took the wrath of the world, the wrath of sin so that you and I and every other person that we can share the Gospel with might come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. How is it that we can so easily just trample his blood under our feet, not keep oil in our lamps, not keep our fire lit, not let the light shine. Listen, let's get more of the Holy Spirit so we can be more effective witnesses, and as we witness we will find more of the Holy Spirit.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I’m going to ask you to take and eat of the bread as you reflect upon the broken body of Jesus Christ. The cup represents the blood, blood poured out, blood shed. It hit Jerusalem soil over 2000 years ago. But through the Spirit of God, it is brought to the life of every sinner that's willing to confess and call on Jesus as Lord. The fountain still flows from Emmanuel's veins.

Thank God for the blood. I’m going to ask you to take a drink of the cup. I’m going to ask you to not turn the broadcast off yet. I’ve got a few things I want to share with you in regards to housekeeping. Right before we do that, let's pray. Father, I ask you to help us. Lord, we want more of the Holy Spirit, the help of the Holy Spirit, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, the teaching grace of the Holy Spirit, the holiness of the Holy Spirit. God, to think about we ask you for more of the Holy Spirit and don't even contemplate the reality that within his name is the need, the desire for holiness. So God, may we know your Word. And we ask you for more of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis, may we set aside time, maybe even 30 minutes a day, an hour a day or more where we just seek and wait on the Holy Spirit. May we strive for holiness, God, to live holy life. Father, we pray that we're going to become people that are going to value the gifts and the fruit equally. That Lord we're going to be people who don't just go through the motions of a religious experience, but that Lord we're going to seek honor from you, not just people. And that Lord, we will effectively witness to other people, that our lamps will still have oil, that our light will still be burning. Fire burning, light shining for Jesus. Let it be done in Jesus’ name. This church said, amen. Amen. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Thank you for being with me this evening. I’m going to give you guys a couple of updates. You know, this period in COVID, man, what a year and a half this has been. Maybe it's not even been a year and a half, it feels like it. Maybe it's been a good season for you. I've heard some people say it’s a time where they've actually gotten refreshed and renewed. I've heard others say that they're more exhausted and tired than they've ever been. I can tell you that our team, our team at the church, and especially in the realm of church online and production. I mean, they have worked tirelessly, they have worked hard. Production teams have shown up early and left late. And so as we go into the summer months, one of the things that we're going to do, and we got a lot of things planned for the fall, and especially going into 2022. And we're going to need all hands on deck, and it's going to be, I believe, a supernatural season for our church, especially as we gear up to go into 2022. What we're going to do the remainder of the summer, especially as we're getting some new gear, you guys helped us pay for that gear, we're getting that gear in, it's still gonna take a few weeks to get it in and get it built, do some things like that. We're gonna take a break from the Wednesday night broadcast in the month of June and the month of July. So there'll be no Wednesday night broadcast in June and July. Now here's the reason we're doing that. It's not because we don't enjoy this, it's not because we don't love bringing you the Word and helping to disciple you. What we want to do, we want to give a little bit of a break to our production and creative teams. And Matter of fact, it would mean a lot to me if even in the comment sections, you would just let those folks know how much you love them and appreciate them. Because some of them don't just work on Sunday, they also help us on Wednesday nights and all throughout the week, all the stuff that you see captured and brought before you. And so again, there'll be no Wednesday night broadcast the remainder of June or July, we're just going to take a little breather, a little break, let's production, church online, amd creative teams, some of them, get a little rest and enjoy the summer as we gear up for the things we have planned in the fall and in the new year. 

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The other thing in regards to I believe a pretty big announcement for us is that we are going to be hosting a student's camp. It's going to be the month of July 25 through the 28th. It's another reason that we need all hands on deck in June and July. When I even talk about people getting a little bit of a break, I'm not sure how much of a break it's going to be as much as it's reappropriating our human resources. In that July 25th through 28th, we're going to have a camp. We're partnering with a local hotel. So, even though we're not going to a campground, our kids are going to get a camp experience. They're going to have morning services, they're going to have evening services, and then in the afternoons, they're going to be going out into the community, and they're going to be ministering, doing outreach. You can sponsor a kid for $125. And then if you want to help them to go to Kentucky kingdom, the day after the camp is over, you can sponsor the whole package for $160. If you are a student, or if you have a student and your home, ages 12 through 19, it was previously 13 to 18, we've changed that it's ages 12 through 19, and you want to go you need to get registered as quickly as possible. The spots are limited, and once they're full, they will be full. There will be nothing we can do in regards to special favors, etc. When it's full, it's full, alright? So, age 12 to 19, you go to 3trees.com, you'll see a registration link there. And we're giving you the best rate we possibly can. In fact, the $125 rate only covers about half of the overall expenses, if even that. So, $125 if you just want to do the camp, or the day after the camp ends if you want to go to Kentucky kingdom for his whole package for $160, and that includes the food, everything. So, can't wait to hang out with you guys. I believe it's going to be an incredible time. We're calling it revive. And I would say this if you're wanting to sponsor a student for Revive, be sure to use that keyword Revive when you're giving online, or if you're using one of the giving envelopes, just write it on the giving envelope. So be praying with us that it's going to be a great time. Can't wait, I think it’s gonna be awesome, alright. This coming Sunday, we're gonna see it all locations and church online. We're gonna continue the series. In fact, I think we'll probably close it out, at least we're going to come close to doing that I believe. I feel strongly about what I get to share with you. In fact, as I was telling the staff the message that I get to preach this Sunday is my favorite of all three that we currently have laid out for this series. So, be sure to be there. God bless you. I promise you this if you go with God, he’ll go with you. Greater things are yet to come.

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