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What if I told you this morning that The Holy Spirit is indeed speaking to you, but maybe you’re not on the right frequency.
I want to teach you this morning how to tune into an effective way that the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Let’s go to Luke 1:39 this morning where it reads,
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.”
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
The Bible says, that as soon as Elizabeth HEARD the voice of Mary who was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, who was impregnated with Jesus at the time, as soon as Elizabeth heard her voice, this caused the baby inside of her to leap, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The spirit that Mary was carrying caused this promised miracle child that Elizabeth was carrying to leap on the inside of her.
📝 The Holy Spirit causes things that God is trying to get your ATTENTION on to LEAP on the inside of you.
This is why when you get in certain environments, the destiny that you’re impregnated with begins to leap. This is why when you get around the right people, just like Elizabeth in that moment, what God has placed inside of you begins to leap!
This sudden inner leap is also referred to as to be QUICKENED by the Spirit.
“It is THE SPIRIT that QUICKENTH; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
“But if THE SPIRIT of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but QUICKENED BY THE SPIRIT:”
1 Peter 3:18
He causes things to come alive to you. He awakens things in you.
When He does this, my best advice to you is this, today’s sermon title…
DON’T WASTE THE LEAP
The Holy Spirit doesn’t just leap on the inside of you, just for the sake of leaping. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just quicken you, just for the sake of quickening you. DON’T WASTE THE LEAP. Don’t turn a blind eye to what He’s trying to awaken to you.
This morning I want to take a look at a couple things that causes the Holy Spirit to leap inside of us. This morning we’re going to take a look at…
📝 The leap for SIN.
📝 The leap for SOMETHING MORE.
📝 The leap for SOMEONE ELSE.
First and foremost, there is a leap on the inside from the Holy Spirit when it comes to our sins.
📝 When the Holy Spirit leaps on the inside of us because of our sins, this leap isn’t a leap for joy, this leap is a CALL FOR CHANGE.
Please understand this about sin before we go any further...
📝 Sin is a THIEF. Sin is a LIAR. Sin OVERPROMISES and UNDER-DELIVERS
Jesus indeed introduced the Holy Spirit in John 16:7 by saying,
“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.”
Immediately in the next verse Jesus tells us of one of the highest functions of the Holy Spirit. Verse 8 goes on to say…
“And when he comes, he will CONVICT the world of its SIN, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.”
Convict: (a) I reprove, rebuke, discipline, (b) I expose.
Powerful example of this…
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.”
“And they which heard it, being CONVICTED BY THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
📝 The Holy Spirit reveals the Father’s LOVE towards us by convicting us.
“The Lord corrects the people HE LOVES and disciplines those he calls his own.””
“Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats his children. Don't all parents correct their children?”
“God corrects all his children, and if he doesn't correct you, then you don't really belong to him.”
The Holy Spirit knows…
📝 You will never CONQUER what you’re not willing to CONFRONT.
The Holy Spirit knows…
📝 Whatever you IGNORE you EMPOWER.
📝 Whenever you ignore SIN you empower it.
Whenever you ignore PROCRASTINATION, you empower it. Whenever you ignore EXCUSES, you empower it. Whenever you ignore UNFRUITFUL HABITS, you empower it.
THE LEAP FOR SOMETHING MORE.
There’s a leap that’ll take place on the inside of you to remind you that…
📝 I wasn’t created to SETTLE, I was created to SOAR.
This is why when you get around the right people, that talk about dreams and visions, creating a better future, changing generations, having multiple streams of income, writing books, recording songs, starting schools, and other non profit organizations, the Holy Spirit begins to leap on the inside of you to remind you that you were created for SOMETHING MORE!
1 Corinthians 2:9 says it like this,
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, Neither have entered into the heart of man, The things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
“But God hath revealed them unto us BY HIS SPIRIT…”
1 Corinthians 2:10
📝 The Holy Spirit wants to reveal to me my SOMETHING MORE.
Ephesians 3:20 describes your something more like this…
📝 "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER that worketh IN us,”
“But you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you...””
“But God hath revealed them unto us by His spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD.”
1 Corinthians 2:10
📝 What I’m looking for can’t be found in the SHALLOW, it can only be found in the DEEP.
“DEEP CALLS UNTO DEEP at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.”
I believe the same thing that Jesus said unto Peter is the same thing His spirit is saying to you today…
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP and let down your nets for a catch.””
Don’t let down your nets in the shallow. Don’t let down your nets in what’s easy. Don’t let down your nets in what’s known. Follow the leap into deep where eyes haven’t seen, where ears haven’t heard. But it’s there where you will find His spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you SOMETHING MORE.
DON’T WASTE THE LEAP.
THE LEAP FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about MY FATHER’S BUSINESS?””
📝 The Holy Spirit is about the Father’s business of PEOPLE.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT ME EVERYWHERE—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.””
📝 The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH ME to lead others to Jesus. The The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH ME to pray for whosoever. The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH ME to meet needs. The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH ME to be about my Father’s Business.
“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;”
“who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.”
“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.””
What was it about this day? What was it about this moment? Was this their first day at the temple? Was this their first encounter with this man, or was this the first time they felt a leap?
DON’T WASTE THE LEAP
“And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
“So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”
The leap inside of you is connected to someone else’s leap.
This man began to leap into his future. This man began to leap into his new beginning. You will experience leaps on the inside of you that’s not just about you. The leap inside of you is connected to someone else’s leap!
The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH YOU to lead others to Jesus. The The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH YOU to pray for whosoever. The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH YOU to meet needs. The Holy Spirit wants to WORK THROUGH YOU to be about the Father’s Business.
“For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And HOW CAN THEY HEAR ABOUT HIM UNLESS SOMEONE TELLS THEM?”
“And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!””
I’m not sure if the Holy Spirit is talking to you about, The leap for SIN, The leap for SOMETHING MORE, The leap for SOMEONE ELSE this morning, but my best advice to you is this. Don’t waste the leap. That leap is there for a reason.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t just leap on the inside of you, just for the sake of leaping.
WHEN WILL YOU MOVE ON THE LEAP?
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE. Luke 3:16
The fire of the Holy Spirit is here to burn away our sins that so easily holds us back.
The fire of the Holy Spirit is here to burn away our hesitancy from going deeper.
The fire of the Holy Spirit is here to burn away our fear of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ask the Holy Spirit to set a fire down in your soul this morning to burn away those things. Then and only then will move on the leap.