Totally Given to God
- Date: February 3, 2012
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalms 46:10)
- From Holy Ghost Power
As the Spirit of God is ministering to us, He wants us to see that it's all about Him, it's all about the glory of God. He is a jealous God and He is a consuming fire and the Holy Spirit will not move in an environment of people taken up with themselves. We must be a people living for the glory of God, for the testimony of Jesus, if we're going to see this move of the Holy Spirit that I believe most of us desire. But it's got to be more than desire; it's got to be more than want. It's got to be a craving; it has to become an obsession. We've got to want the presence of God more than the next breath we take. Are we there as a people? I know that it's an individual thing that has to be done, beloved, but as a people, a company of believers, we've got to have an environment conducive for the Holy Ghost to move. Are you hungry for Him? Is there a panting for that visitation of the Holy Spirit like the hart does the brook?
Beloved, where are the healings? Where are the words of knowledge and the words of wisdom? Where are the prophetic utterances that are more than just generic statements? Where is the fruit of the Holy Spirit? The fruit of the Spirit drives out all of the pettiness, the bitterness, and the bickering in our marriages, with our kids, with our parents, and among us. Where is the environment where the meek and Holy Spirit can be dominant and manifest the glory of Jesus Christ? I want that, don't you? We need that if we're going to finish this race in this hour that we're coming into. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name" (Mark16:17). These sign shall follow. Amen?
In Luke, it says, "And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, [and I like this next phrase] waiting for the consolation of Israel: [and in this waiting look what it says] and the Holy Ghost was upon him" (Luke 2:25). See, we don't like to wait, "waiting for the consolation." Go to Jerusalem and tarry. And we tarry five minutes and then our schedule picks back up.
If there is a pause in our worship service, in our singing, our minds can begin to wander. Is it uncomfortable to sit quietly and wait to hear the Spirit of God speak to us? We start getting antsy if we have to wait too long even in coming to the altars after a service to wait upon God for needs that are among us. The Lord wants to move in our midst. Beloved, we're a people that--there's no question in my mind--want God to be glorified, we want Jesus to be exalted. And yet we're also a people that are still in the process of coming to grips with who we really are: how weak we really are, how carnal we really are, and how worldly we really are. And we look around and say, "Oh we're better than all those folks." That's a sign of carnality in itself. If you want to compare yourself with somebody (which we shouldn't) let's compare ourselves with Simeon. Let's compare ourselves with this great cloud of witnesses and ask who we really are and what our treasure really is.
It's not an enjoyable thing to face. We've given much of our lives, and we're giving more than possibly we have before. The question is has He got all of it, because He doesn't settle for anything less than all. Amen? Now, we would like to think He has all our life, but how do we respond to the big decisions and pressures that come? How are we doing about loving those that hate us? Do you have your ambition under control, is self-righteousness under control, and is this selfness, selfishness under control? Are the weights and sins, the distractions of the world, the entertainment, addiction of our nation, are we walking free from these things? It's a question that each of us has to ask. If this stuff is not dealt with, the Holy Spirit will not move here. He is very easily grieved by this environment of selfishness. Now, we can pretend that it's not here, but the fact is it's in every one of us that are Adams kids. Amen?