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They Were All Filled with the Spirit (3 of 5)
Introduction: We are talking about the activity of the early church in Acts 4:30-31. We believe the model of the first church is our model and pattern to follow. Our desire for this church is that the Spirit of God will be ''on'' and ''in'' the church, covering every aspect of church life, just like the early church. The church today needs to experience the empowering presence of God in and among us. The Holy Spirit is the enabler, the powerful force in the church. In this message, we are looking for powerful prayer to take place as the Holy Spirit fills us. Spirit-filled, Spirit-driven, Spirit-empowered praying happens when ''they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.'' Let us receive this powerful truth for our prayer journey.
I. THE DYNAMICS OF A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
A. ''THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT''
1. Spirit-filled prayer is saturated with the living presence of God, enabling us to pray with power beyond ourselves.
2. Ephesians 6.18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people). (Amplified)
B. SPIRIT-DRIVEN AND SPIRIT-EMPOWERED
1. Spirit-driven praying:
a. Zechariah 4:6 So he answered and said to me: ''This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.''
b. A Spirit-filled life incorporates Spirit-driven praying
2. Spirit-empowered praying:
a. Invades the impossible
b. Stretches with expectation
c. Unleashes the power of God
d. Breaks through the obstacles
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN YOU, ON YOU AND THROUGH YOU
A. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN YOU
1. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
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