THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
INTRO: In Luke 24:49, Jesus told His disciples that He was going to send what His Father had promised: “power from on high.” This is a promise of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit available to all of us today. In this sermon we’ll look at three conditions that need to be met to create an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit is able to work in our lives.
I. A Submissive Heart (Luke 24:49)
A. The Holy Spirit is submitted to the will of God.
B. It is necessary for us to be submitted to the will of the Holy Spirit.
C. We allow the Holy Spirit to flow in our life and bring us peace.
D. We’re never really submitted to the Holy Spirit unless we are able to wait in peace.
1. Peace tells us that Jesus is Lord of our life.
E. Our willingness to wait on the Holy Spirit is a test of our submissive spirit.
II. A Spirit of Unity (Acts 2:1; Ephesians 4:3; Psalm 133)
A. They (the apostles) were together in one place and together in one spirit.
B. The Holy Spirit is grieved by division.
C. There is a difference of gifts and abilities.
D. We have different opinions, but we are one body.
1. Unity is not the same as uniformity.
E. The enemy tries to divide the Body of Christ through gossip and complaining.
1. The devil understands the power of unity, so he seeks to bring division.
F. Proverbs says that God hates people who bring division.
III. A Sanctified Tongue (Luke 24:52-53; James 1:19, 3:1-12; Ephesians 4:29-31)
A. The number one instrument of the Holy Spirit is our mouth.
B. The Holy Spirit wants to speak through us.
C. We use our tongue to bring life or death, to bless or to curse.
1. We need to guard what we say.
D. We need to be quick to listen and slow to speak.
CONCLUSION: Are you ready for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life? Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you concerning one of these conditions? What is He saying to you right now? What will you do about what He is telling you?