With Shawn Boonstraw
Coming to Davenport,
Power Over Sin
ALL POWER BELONGS TO GOD
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
God, our Father, is the constant giver of all gifts and blessings we individually enjoy, from the song of the birds to the bud on every flower to the raindrop to the functioning of our heartbeats, our thought processes, and our mental stability. He upholds and tends to every detail of our natural world as well as to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Acts 17:28. He keeps careful watch. He numbers the hairs on every head (Luke 12:6, 7)
God is almighty, all-powerful. And because He loves us, He gives us the power we need to live happy, successful lives.
WE HAVE NO POWER OF OUR OWN.
We cannot overcome temptation and sin without the power and guidance God gives us moment by moment.
Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:4, 5.
Our only power comes when we are connected to Christ with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The Life flowing through the vine and the branches that produces fruit is the Holy Spirit. The fruit is our character changed to be like God’s, and lost sinners won to Jesus. We are part of the Savior’s team, workers for Him and with Him when our wills are yielded to His will, working toward His objective.
When we keep close, abide, we have the promise of help to accomplish everything that is within the will of God. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
We come to Jesus asking Him to be our Savior when we recognize that we are sinners and have no power over sin. We humbly confess our sins and turn away from them (repent). We choose to yield our will to His will. We earnestly, urgently, helplessly ask Him for forgiveness and cleansing from sin. And Jesus says, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. John 6:37. God cleanses us and changes our desires and our will and puts His Holy Spirit within us to teach, guide, help, comfort, and unite us with Himself. (See Ezekiel 36:25-27 and John 17:21. We become one with Him)
Our spiritual life begins when we receive His Spirit. The Holy Spirit in us changes our character into likeness to God by producing in us Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, meekness (submission), gentleness, goodness, faith, and self control (Galatians 5:22,23). The Holy Spirit “sheds abroad” (multiplies) the love of God in our hearts (Romans 5:5).
JESUS TELLS US TO ASK CONTINUALLY FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus says we must be born of the water and the Spirit or we cannot enter into the Kingdom of the Heaven (John 3:5). In Luke 11:13 Jesus tells us that the Father is more willing to give us the Holy Spirit than parents are willing to give good gifts to their children.
Jesus says ASK, SEEK, KNOCK. We must earnestly desire the Holy Spirit to help us live daily free of sin and empowered to do the will of God and of Jesus who loves us and died to save us. We are to continually seek the Holy Spirit for connection with and unity with Jesus. “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” 1 Cor. 6:17 Ask every day for the Spirit: “If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” Luke 11:13 Amplified version
And He has promised to give us whatever we ask in faith in the name of Jesus, asking according to His will, and for His glory (John 16:23, last).
STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH THAT GOD WILL HELP YOU
Do not wait till you are face to face with temptation to ask God to send the Holy Spirit to help you. Walk with God. Walk in the Spirit daily. Daniel prayed three times each day. We can too.
Read God’s word every day. When we read scripture, our mind comes in contact with the mind of God and we allow the Spirit to speak to us.
“…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NOTE: prove: demonstrate ; represent; show to the world by doing)
If we wait until we meet temptation to ask for help, we will probably fail because our faith will be weak. If we keep close to our Heavenly Father and don’t allow sin to go unconfessed, we will have stronger faith. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”, Titus 3:5
WE ARE ALL SINNERS . WE MUST DEAL WITH OUR SIN. 1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Each day we need to begin by:
Confessing every sin we have committed within the past 24 hours. (1 John 1:9)
- Ask the Holy Spirit to bring each offense to mind. Freely confess and choose to turn away from the sin. Repent and determine not to ever do that thing again. God will give you the power when you need it. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Ask God’s help to overcome that offense. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you power to overcome anything you may find in your upcoming day. (Luke 11: 9-13)
Surrender. Yield your will to God’s will to obey and be led to help where He wants you. (1 Peter 5:6-7), (James 4:6-8, 10), (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Read one story from the life of Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John in the Bible (Jesus said “the Words I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life” John 6:63.) Look for the working of the Holy Spirit in that story. Ask God to fill you with the same Holy Spirit that filled Christ in that story.
Believe. Humbly claim His promise in John 16:23 to give you your request because it is according to His will to save you from sin and to give you His Holy Spirit. And tell Him you believe it aloud. Speaking the words strengthens your faith.
- Then go into your day watching for the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit and the opportunities to work with Him to avoid temptation and to help others.
We have a High Priest in heaven praying to the Father for us. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the will and the desire to overcome temptation.
Hebrews 4:14-16 “14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
When we are born again, we recognize that we are helpless to change ourselves, and we ask Jesus to save us. So God changes us and gives us a new heart and puts His Holy Spirit in us. Now we are born of the Spirit. Ezekiel 36:25-27. God unites us with Himself (John 17: 21). He makes it possible for us to live righteously because He puts His Holy Spirit in us, and only as we obey Him do we receive power over temptations to sin. We must choose to obey.
GOD GIVES THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUALLY
Jesus says that God is more willing to give us the Holy Spirit than we are to give good gifts to our children. Luke 11:13. The Holy Spirit has power to: Give hope (Romans 15:13), Sanctify (Romans 15:16), perform mighty signs and wonders (Romans 15:19), and create life (Job 33:4).
Ephesians 3:14-20 “14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 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”
Ezekiel 36:25-27 “25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].”