07.5 Revelation – Holy Whole not Holey

Holy Whole not Holey

When God calls us, we are broken.  The reading we did from Acts 2 said the people were “cut to the heart” by Peter’s words.  We are broken, cracked, empty, a sieve.

God does not wait for us to create a perfect vessel for His spirit to abide within.  He waits for us to recognize that we are truly broken in pieces beyond our own repair to even hold things together.  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit isn’t something that we hold in our hearts, it is something that holds our hearts together.

But God doesn’t leave us broken.  The song of Amazing Grace is not celebrating what wretches we are, but that God would take us while we were wretches and transform us into something different.

Unfortunately, that transformation is not a “one and done” event.  The Holy Spirit as at work daily in our lives.  And, like any other repair job, He first must dig and scrape out the rotten, rusted, weak and infected parts of our lives to then lay a foundation of something new.  This part isn’t fun.  It hurts.  It cuts to the heart.  But, would we want less?  Would we want a builder to construct on a weak foundation?  Would we want a paint job on top of wood rot?  Would we want a band-aid covering up a cancerous growth?

Ephesians 4 gives instruction for living a Christian life.  But it is an order that we cannot fulfill on our own.  I can be humble some of the time.  I may be humble most of the time, but am I truly humble in thought, word and action all the time.  I can forgive others, but do I forgive them as God forgave me.  Always?  All it takes is one instance and it isn’t always!

But, God can.  God with us can.  God in us definitely can.  God is gracious and good.  He is strong and mighty.  He is love and compassion and peace.

Ephesians 4 is not a rubric by which to grade your performance.  If it were, we all have failed.  It is an explanation of the ways the Holy Spirit will, from the inside, be transforming your (and my) life.  How He will be cleaning out and patching the holes in your heart, mind and soul.

When D.L. Moody was asked why he had to be filled with the Spirit so often he said simply, “Because I leak.”

 

My Answers:

11.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bear with one another in love; keep the bond of peace; keep faith in one body and one Spirit and one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God over all

12.
Am I a body with a soul or soul with a body?  Which defines you?  The now of the everlasting?
As Christ sacrificed His life for mine, He has given me eternal life and my calling is to serve Him (not myself) with this body at this time.

13.
With great struggle – magnification of my own sins in light of others around me whom I am called to care for.  The preparing of the foundation to build upon is painful, but through God all is possible – even holiness.

07.2 Revelation – God’s Will

God’s Will

In Acts 2:1-21 we receive insight into God’s will.  The apostles were gathered in the city in the upper room in obedience to God’s will, expressed to them by the directions given by Jesus at his ascension.  The Jews were in the city in obedience to the law and the calendar for the Festival of Weeks.

In the writings from Joel, as recited by Peter starting in vs 17, we further see God’s will through His “I will” statements:

  1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people
  2. You sons and daughters will prophesy
  3. Your young men will see visions
  4. Your old men will dream dreams
  5. I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophesy
  6. I will show wonders
  7. The sun will be turned to darkness
  8. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Notice that these are not probability statements they are assurances.  These things will happen.  There is no risk or doubt.  God promises and delivers.

These will statements are all promised, secured and fulfilled by God.  Our only work is to “call on the name of the Lord.”  It is not by works or measure.  It is not us, it is the Holy Spirit in us that gives us the words to call out and to be saved.

My Answers:

3.
2 groups of people – the ones waiting in the upper room and the 3000.  Those in the upper room believed in all they had seen, now received the H/S to dwell within them.  They plus the others in the city were Jews.  All were sinners.  All were convicted of sin and called to repent and receive the gift – 3000 did and received the living water that Jesus promised

4.
The Holy Spirit from inside of me speaks words (particularly to the kids) that I don’t know that I have – He has given me words and a voice that is not my own.  This voice of the H/S is true and real today in believers and will be magnified even greater in the end days during the time of wrath.

5.
The kids.  My co-workers.  Through the testimony not only of my words but of my actions.  That they may see the spirit at work in me (not me but the spirit) and see what is missing from their lives.  We all feel empty without the H/S, it is the only one who truly fulfills.