15 Minutes With Jesus / Robert Haymes
The Promise Of The Spirit
Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. You can follow us on line at roberthaymes.com . Today’s program is called The Promise Of The Spirit. Let’s turn to Gal 3:13&14, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Let’s turn to Isaiah 32:15-18, Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places… Isa 44:3, For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; Thank you Lord! Praise your name! Joel 2:28&29, And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. In Acts 2:16&17, Peter said on the Day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out, But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh… John 7:38&39, He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Gal 3:29, And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. John 14:15-18, If you love Me, keep My commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, in the King James Version it says, another Comforter: the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. John 16:5-15, But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, Where are You going? But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
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. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. Notice, He is called the Spirit of Truth. Acts 1:4-8, And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? And He said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 2:1-4, When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Notice, it says that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Verses 32&33, Peter was preaching on the same day, after the Holy Spirit was poured out, and he said, This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. Verses 38&39, Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, that’s the Gentiles, as many as the Lord our God will call.
Let’s go to Rom 8:3&4, For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 7:6, But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. Gal 3:29, And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 5:16-25, I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
In John 1:14 we read, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The Father sent His beloved Son into this world to be our Savior and to die for our sins on the Cross at Calvary. Jesus was with His disciples, leading them every day to do the Father’s will, teaching them and preparing them for the work they were going to be doing preaching the Gospel. One day He told them that He was going to go back to be with the Father, but that He would not leave them alone. He said, When I go to be with the Father, I will pray to Him, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever. He said, I will not leave you alone; I will come to you. This was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples. Following that day, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness. The Lord was working with them by the Holy Spirit, doing mighty works and leading them in their ministries, with various gifts of the Spirit being ministered according to the will of the Father. They were walking in the Word of God with the Holy Spirit leading them. Jesus was with them by the Holy Spirit, working in them and through them. So has it been since those days, as it is taught in the Scriptures, the Gospel has been preached by the Holy Spirit, and people have repented and believed, and been baptized in water for the remission of their sins, both Jews and Gentiles, and they have received the gift of the Holy Spirit; been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and He has been with them, comforting them and guiding them into all truth; leading them into the works that the Lord has for them to do. Jesus has been with them, working in them and through them by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, I will not leave you alone; I will come to you. When we have the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us, leading us and guiding us by the Spirit. He said, My sheep hear My voice; they know My voice, and they follow Me. He also said, The voice of a stranger they will not follow. So we know His voice by the Spirit. He said, Take up your cross, denying yourself every day and follow Me; that’s how you will be My disciples. We hear His voice by the Holy Spirit and we follow Him by the Holy Spirit, just as in Acts 13, when the Holy Spirit said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to do. When they heard His voice, they obeyed Him, and He continued to lead them in their ministry, and so they were following Jesus, not relying on their own understanding, but in all their ways acknowledging Him, and He was directing their footsteps by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, in His body, cannot be with everyone in every place on the Earth. When He was on the Earth, He had about 120 people following Him. But when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the disciples, He was able, and is able today, to be with every disciple who is loving Him and keeping His Word, by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is present with His true disciples now by the Holy Spirit, wherever they are upon the Earth. So you see that this is much more than praying in tongues. This is: Do you want Jesus in your life every day, denying yourself; taking up your cross and following Him to do the will of the Father by the Holy Spirit; to love Him and keep His Words, and bring Him glory as you obey Him to bear fruit in your life? This is: Will you yield to Him, for Him to be truly Lord of your life through the Holy Spirit, or will you harden your heart, not to yield to the Spirit, but to rely on your own understanding to do your own will: what you want to do, and find some false prophet to tell you everything is ok, when you are not even following Jesus? Humble yourself today, that you may find grace in His sight, if you are this way. Call upon the Lord, confessing your sins, and ask Him to baptize you with the Holy Spirit! It’s a blessing folks! Receive the Holy Spirit today! God has not changed; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Jesus said, Shall not the Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. Then you can truly follow Jesus. Remember, Jesus said, Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, is going into the Kingdom of God, but he who does the will of My Father. How do you know the will of the Father? Well, you might say, It’s written in His Word. Yes, that’s true. But how do you know the will of the Father for you today? What you have to do, according to the Book of Jude, is you need to pray in the Holy Spirit and build yourself up on your most holy faith, and as you pray in the Holy Spirit, the Father will begin to move in your life for that day. As you deny yourself and take up your cross, not relying on your own understanding, He will lead you. Receive the Holy Spirit! Keep yielding to the Holy Spirit as He guides you in all truth and leads you to do His will; to do the Word of God. Then you will truly be following Jesus. We must all learn to walk in the Spirit every day, and not fulfill the lusts of our flesh. Ask God for His grace to help you to do this. Do you want this? Or do you just want to do your own will, pleasing yourself? Those that are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons and daughters of God. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. If you walk after the flesh, you will die, but if you, through the Spirit, do put to death the deeds of your body, you shall live. Choose life!
Interpretation of a message in tongues:
I am God Almighty. If you will listen to My servant Rob this day; if you will hearken to these Words, which are My Words, it will go well with you. But if you refuse and reject My Words, you condemn yourself, says the Lord. Do not be surprised on that day, when I reject you because you have rejected My Words; rejected My will, and turned to do your will. Come to Me I say! Humble yourself now! Receive of everything I’ve given you, says the Lord, and you will prosper.