Exodus 4:1-5 - Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
How many times have you in your life thought, I don’t have the tools, the experience, the wherewithal to complete a task or to do something that wasn’t easy or second-nature to you?
In your spiritual walks, by a show of hands – who has dealt with one of the following?
So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.
So who was Moses? Do you remember his profession?
Continuing in Exodus 4 –
He said, “A rod.”
And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
God didn’t send Moses off to find something or make something or go to learn something – God took Moses as he was and used what he had – to make a miracle. Moses’ only task – to be obedient.
But what about today? A lot has happened between Exodus and Revelation. Jesus was born in the flesh – fully God and fully Man.
So, have something for all of you to consider. While Jesus was speaking with some of His disciples, he mentioned something rather profound in John.
John 16:7 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Earlier in the book of Luke, John actually says something rather profound as well and something that for years I didn’t understand:
Luke 3:16 - John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire? What, another baptism?
Who here has been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
For those who haven’t, at some point you might want to talk with one of your pastors or priest… on what I’m about to discuss.
So, going to pause here for a minute and just tell you quite frankly, there are a ton of schools of thought about this topic. One thing that is mostly agreed upon is that this baptism of the Holy Spirit is not required for salvation. Baptism of the Holy Spirit is also often related to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – which brings up other schools of thought. So, here is scripture – just utilize your discernment.
Acts 1:8 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 5:32 - "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
John 14:17 - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
We did a study on the armor of God many months back and I want from Ephesians, to bring focus on something.
But before I read that, I want to read a piece from Psalms:
Psalm 78:41 - Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
We can limit what God does in our lives.
Ephesians 6:10-20 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
We can also limit the work that He could do in our lives, by ignoring what the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts, we can limit the power that He can manifest in us, we can limit the potential that God wants in our lives. OR – we can step into the full armor of God… And pray in the Spirit.
So on that note,
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
I have personally experienced several of these gifts. When I first heard and then read about all of this – I was not in the place to receive it – as some of you may be experiencing the same thing right now.
But I believe these gifts are part of what Jesus’ promise was, when He said he was sending the Helper to us – the Holy Spirit.
I want to convey one personal experience, which was between the time I left my old church and started into my current church.
And Jennifer – Just today. Prophetic friend…
1 Corinthians 12:27-31 - Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
It is certainly something very different that just worshipping and listening to someone speak about the good news on Sunday morning. But it is right here in the bible and if you believe the bible is truth, then it’s certainly worth investigating. I encourage you to spend time in the word, to spend time praying and talking with God about this lesson.
I Kings 19:11-12 - Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
Matthew 16:16-17 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
John 6:60 – John 6:66 - Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Isaiah 30:21 - Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.