Yesterday we ask why are so many people live a Spirit-less life when God wants us to live a Spirit-filled and Spirit-powered life.
There are many reasons, but we want to just look at two briefly. The first one, if you are taking notes, is this:
SOME AREN’T AWARE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Acts 19:1-3: While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Many peole say, “I’ve heard of the Holy Spirit, but I don’t really know what He does, I know there is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but I just know that is about it, the extent of it.
When I was growing up understood God the Father, makes sense. I have a Father. God the Son, Jesus; We’ve all seen pictures and read stories of Jesus so that made sense, Then, there was the Holy Ghost that just seemed really weird to me. Ghost?
Then there were times when would meet Christians from another church and everything would be ‘Holy Spirit’ and people would be speaking in weird languages; that just seemed very foreign, something that I didn’t understand that seemed very, very unusual and weird to me. I think there are places were when it comes to the Holy Spirit, there are some that would actually over-emphasize the Holy Ghost. But, what is probably a far more common problem is an under-emphasis. We know there is the Trinity, but when we think about Holy Spirit, it is usually for those over there, the Pentecostals or Charismatics.
In the Passage above we read Paul asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit?” And they answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” We heard about Jesus, we knew John the Baptist, but who is the Holy Spirit?
Christians all over the world are going through life without this power, without this victory, without the strength. And, on the other side, there is a Spiritual power from God in Heaven that is greater than you could ever imagine. Read Romans 8:11: The very same Spirit, that raised Christ from the dead is available to every believer. He will fill you, direct you, comfort you, guide you, counsel you, convict you, empower you; and it is available.
So many people are living a Spirit-less life, because they are unaware of the power and the presence of God, the Holy Spirit.
Why are so many people living a Spirit-less life? Many are just simply unaware. But tomorrow we will look at a second reason.