Lord Change Me: The Power Source

Sermon by James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel on November 20th 2011

1A) The exhausting life. – The desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  This is not God’s desire.

Pastor James said that this message may be the single most important breakthrough he’s had.

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (Romans 7:15-19 ESV)

I do not have the ability to change without God.

Where does the Christian power come from?  Pastor James said that this book on that topic by Charles Price changed his life –For Real.

2A) The exchanged life.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:24, 25 ESV)

The power for the Christian life is not you.  It is Christ in you.  It’s about resignation and surrender to let Jesus work through you.

Jesus Christ is alive right now. He is here right now.  It has never been His intent to stand off to the side and watch us live our life.  Christ died for me and wants to live through me.

Pastor James read and talked about this book by W. Ian Thomas, The Saving Life of Christ

Other verses on the topic:

  • Galatians 2:20
  • 2 Corinthians 4:11 – wow!
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24 look at verse 24 to see who will do it!
  • Romans 5:10

3A) The empowered life.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:1-13 ESV)

1b) Spirit filling defined. – Ephesians 5:18 is the pinnacle of new testament teaching on the filling of the Holy Spirit. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. To be overcome by a power greater than your own. To be controlled by. It’s not talking about having a little bit. Its saying “be filled”.

 2b) Spirit filling analyzed. – At conversion we get all of the Holy Spirit.  The question we need to ask is-does the Holy Spirit have all of me? One baptism, many fillings.

3b) Spirit filling illustrated. – Ephesians 5:18 says to not be filled with drunkenness but with the Holy Spirit.  When you are drunk, you have no control over your tongue, body or emotions.

4A) Proof of the Holy Spirit.

1b) Leading. v. 14 – The Holy Spirit will and does lead you.  You have to let it.

2b) Confidence. v. 15a – One of the truest indications of living life in the flesh is fear.  Living life in the Spirit, you will have confidence in your salvation and your place in God’s kingdom.

3b) Intimacy. v. 15b – God is our Abba Father – this is especially true for men as men need to look to the Father for replenishment.

4b) Security. v. 16 – It’s the job of the Holy Spirit to confirm that you are part of God’s family.  When you sin or grieve the Holy Spirit you are deadening yourself to the Spirit’s voice.  If you repeatedly do this you will eventually silence the Spirit’s prompting.

 5b) Identify. v.17 – What does God have in store for you as a believer?

5A) Hindrances to Spirit filling.

1b) Grieving the Holy Spirit. Doing things we shouldn’t – the spirit has to hear everything you say.  See everything you look at.  Participate in what you do.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30 ESV)

2b) Quenching the Holy Spirit. Not doing things we should.

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV)

6A) How to be filled with the Spirit.

1b) Confess. 1 John 1:9 – Confess your sins

 2b) Ask. Luke 11:9-13 – Lord will you fill me with the Holy Spirit and drive out the darkness and doubt.  Do for me what I cannot do. Bring glory to yourself where I cannot.

3b) Believe.  Mark 11:24 – Believe.


Moment by moment just lead me God.

Ok now get off of the flesh on “auto-pilot”.

Christ Follower, Fortunate Husband, Home-school Dad, Blessed Dad of 4, Bible Reading, Video Game Enthusiast, AFOL, Worn Out & Fully Redeemed.

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