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Why Do You Want Him
Scripture: John 5:1-6; John 5:14; Acts 8:18-23; Jam...
So again I ask you, why do you want the Holy Spirit in your life Is it for supernatural power Is it for your own betterment and purposes Or is it because you want to experience all that God has for you Is it because you love the church and desire to be a better servant to your sisters and brothers Whatever the reason is, it better be for the purposes of God. When the Holy Spirit gives to each of us our gifts, he does so for a reason.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Why Do You Want Him?

The Christianís life in all its aspects Ė intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness Ė its supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it. So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will no believers and no congregations at all. J. I. Packer

True or False: I want the Holy Spirit in my life!

If your answer is yes, then I have to ask the question, Why? Why do you want the Holy Spirit to come and dwell inside you?

John 5:1-6 (NIV)
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"

I remember the first time I read this passage; I thought the question at the end was somewhat a stupid question to ask. Of course the guy wanted to be healed. But why did Jesus ask this question?

The next time Jesus saw the man, do you remember what he said to him?

John 5:14 (NIV)
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

So I guess I have to ask the question again, why do you want the Holy Spirit? The statement Jesus said to the man at the pool, does this fit or apply to the question I just asked you?

Do you remember this passage of scripture? Simon and Philip

Acts 8:18-23 (NIV)
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."

James goes even farther with this statement. I donít hear it preached much but a few weeks ago I introduced the thought as a true or false question.

True or False: It is the un-promised request that God answers with a ďnoĒ.

James 4:1-3 (NIV)
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

So again I ask you, why do you want the Holy Spirit in your life? Is it for supernatural power? Is it for your own betterment and purposes? Or is it because you want to experience all that God has for you? Is it because you love the church and desire to be a better servant to your sisters and brothers? Whatever the reason is, it better be for the purposes of God. When the Holy Spirit gives to each of us our gifts, he does so for a reason.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11 (NIV)
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Everything the Holy Spirit does is intentional. He gives to you and me specific gifts to accomplish specific things for His purposes. The Spirit desires to use us when our hearts are aligned with His vision and when we have a desire to see the church grow in love for God and others.

On a scale from one to ten, how much do you love the church? How much does that love impact the growth of the church? Note, I didn't intend the growth of the church to be in numbers but in spiritual maturity that also cause other to love God more and more. I believe that growth in numbers is a by-product of the maturity growth we experience as we love God and the church more and more.

True or False: The Spirit works to glorify Christ (John 16:14), and yet so many who emphasize the Holy Spirit seems to draw attention to themselves.

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul addressed this problem. Some on the church were so focused on what the Holy Spirit was doing in their lives, it cause mass confusion as everyone tried to speak in tongues at the same time. They weren't interested in what God was doing in the lives of others; they wanted the church to know what God was doing in their life. The focus was totally on them.

A sure sign of the Holy Spirit working in a church is when Christ is magnified and the needs of others are met. Self-glorification has no place in the church. The focus is on the work of God and the church being built up.

1 Corinthians 14:12 (NIV)
Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

How many of you believe that miracles still happen today?

Here is a fact I think most people donít realize, there really aren't that many miracles in the Bible and the manifestation of miracles are clumped into certain segments of history. There are four periods of miracles in the Bible and each period had a common core to it, there was a major turning point in the history of God with his people.


Other than those time periods, there really weren't many miracles recorded. So this leads me to ask this question, what are the purposes of miracles? Why do they happen and are they abundant in nature or rare?

I bring this fact up for a reason, miracles happen at the discretion of God and the last clump of miracles existed during the time of the Apostles. History shows us and the Bible teaches that after the Apostles died along with the first generation of Christians, the supernatural ability to pass on the powers through the laying on of hands also ceased. Even Paul predicted that they would come to an end. Why would they end? Because there was no longer any need for them.

1 Corinthians 13:8-11 (NIV)
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

Why were the miracles found in Acts necessary? What were their circumstances and what were the intended results? Edification of the church, to build the church up and to pass on the truths about God and His plan.

Were they ever used to prove that God was real or to prove a fact?
Were they ever present to help someone believe better?
What usually happened when the church went looking for miracles?
What is the perfect and what is the imperfect.

Definition of perfection: the quality or state of being, a: freedom from fault or defect, flawlessness, maturity.

Definition of Imperfection: Grammar Of or being the tense of a verb that shows, usually in the past, an action or a condition as incomplete, continuous, or coincident with another action.

When we look into scripture, what is considered perfect, flawless. absolute truth and totally complete? Godís Word?

What can be said through prophecy, in tongues, or through knowledge outside of scripture that we need to know to follow after God and accomplish his will? What do we need in addition to the Holy Spirit to be totally capable to do Godís will?

Today, what is the greatest miracle that the church needs to focus on? The heart of the lost won over to Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit changing a person into the person effective for Godís purposes.

Are you a follower or a leader?

True or False: In my relationship with the Holy Spirit, I am a leaderÖI want to lead the Spirit where I want Him to go.

The irony to all of this, the Holy Spirit was given to us as a gift to direct us where God wants us to go. He is not this passive power that we can wield as we choose. He is God Almighty, a being who requires that we submit ourselves to be led by Him. Do you really want to be led?

To be honest, to be led by the Holy Spirit is actually a scary reality.

Here is the hard fact to accept as a Christian, the Spirit is beckoning. The real question is will you follow? Are you willing to give up something youíre not ready to give up? What if he leads you where you donít want to go? What if he tells you to change jobs? To move? Are you willing to surrender to him no matter where He wants to take you?

Why do you want the Holy Spirit? Or do you?