The Man God Uses – Spirit Filled, Spirit Led
This Sunday I’ll be teaching a message aimed at Fathers, and as a run-up to that message I’ll be sharing some of the aspects of being a man of God – The Man God Uses.
(Ladies, don’t feel left out… these principles are relevant to you as well!)
When the Apostle Paul arrived at Ephesus, he found the gospel message had already arrived, there were some disciples of Christ there. When Paul met them, he asked an interesting question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2)
When they told him they’d never heard of the Holy Spirit, Paul baptized them, laid hands on them, “And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.” (Acts 19:6)
Now let’s be clear, Paul wasn’t a member of a “pentacostal” denomination, trying to make sure they spoke in tongues to validate their salvation. That wasn’t the case at all.
Paul understood an important fact of the Christian faith: It is by the filling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we are able to walk in the fullness of our faith.
Have you ever wondered how the disciples, who scattered at Jesus death, the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, after Jesus death and resurrection were suddenly turned into powerful witnesses for the gospel?
The answer is found in Acts chapter 2:
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
From that point forward the disciples became men who boldly declared the gospel, even in the face of death:
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)
At Calvary Chapel, we believe in the second blessing of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit enters into us at the point of salvation, and resides in us always.
But we also believe, based on the teaching of the word of God, that the Holy Spirit will also “fill” or “come upon” the believer, empowering us for ministry in our everyday life.
It doesn’t happen at a special service where Christians run around and act silly. The Holy Spirit is available to us every moment of every day, in the moment when we need His help, His wisdom, His guidance, His power, or all of the above!
And the man (or woman) that God uses is the man that desires to be filled with, and led by, the Holy Spirit of God each and every day.
We can change the world, one life at a time…