Welcome, Holy Spirit, #3 | Jim Hammond
Pastor Jim gave his third installation of his series entitled, “Welcome, Holy Spirit.” He talked about how people say, “Jesus lives in your heart.” But actually, Jesus presently sits at the right hand of the Father. It is the Holy Spirit that lives and dwells inside us. Pastor Jim brought a greater awareness to the fact that it is the Holy Spirit that daily guides and directs us. The book of Acts describes the acts of the apostles as they went forth into the world preaching salvation through Jesus, His sacrifice and resurrection. But Pastor Jim illuminated how there was an overwhelming number of scriptures in Acts where the Holy Spirit is mentioned, where the Holy Spirit directed and guided the apostles in everything they did. And it is still the Holy Spirit directing and guiding the body of Christ today!
Dive Deeper
1.    John Bevere’s book that he wrote with his son, Addison, called “The Holy Spirit: An Introduction.”
2.    Dr. Cheryl Salem’s book “The Holy Spirit”
There are many scriptures in Acts where the Holy Spirit is directing and guiding the New Testament believers.
In the book of Acts, you read how people testify about the Holy Spirit… lied to the Holy Spirit… the Holy Spirit being a witness to things… people resisting the Holy Spirit… the Holy Spirit showing them there was going to be a famine… the Holy Spirit telling them to go with certain people and don’t have any misgivings about it… asking the Holy Spirit and then them commenting, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit”… people were being sent out by the Holy Spirit… being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to go to Asia… they tried to go to Bethia, but the Holy Spirit said, “No, you can’t go there”… Paul is compelled by the Holy Spirit… the Holy Spirit giving Paul resolve… asking people, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit?”… Paul being compelled by the Holy Spirit to go into Macedonia… the Holy Spirit making certain people overseers in Acts 20:28.
If you read the book of Acts and just focus on the verses that have anything to do with the Holy Spirit, it will open your eyes to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in a way you’ve never realized before.
James 4:5 is the main scripture for the series: “Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?” (Amp.)
Do you suppose that the scripture is “speaking for nothing”? That’s what “for no purpose” means.
The Holy Spirit yearns for you… it’s a love so deep, that He is jealous for your love. If you need advice and you go to someone else before you consult Him, it makes Him jealous.
John Bevere says, “Ask the Holy Spirit directly to show you what you can do daily to more freely abandon yourself to His friendship.” You have to yield yourself to Him.
We are to ask the Holy Spirit directly for the Spirit of grace. That’s one of His names in the Bible.
Ask Him to shower you with His love of acceptance and peace.
Learn to “be still” before Him. For some, it’s hard to just be still. It’s something you have to practice. God knows you’re waiting on Him, eventually those thoughts clear and you start to hear Him better. And it gets to the point where you can be in a workout class with secular music blaring and you can hear Him clearly.
He’s yearning for you to welcome Him. Do you welcome Him?
First Corinthians 12:5–7, “There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
There are differences of administrations. There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God.
The Father initiates the operations and administrations, the diversities of those operations. It’s very clear that the manifester of all this is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings it into play… into action.
If you’re going to build a house, you hire an architect, a general contractor, and then you have subcontractors that actually build it. You could say God the Father is the architect. Jesus is the general contractor. And the Holy Spirit is the subcontractor that does the actual building. He’s building your house!
Read About It
Acts 20:28, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
James 4:5, “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
First Corinthians 12:5–7, “There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
Discussion Questions
The Holy Spirit yearns for you. Do you welcome Him into your life?
Do you “practice the presence of God” in your life?
Can you think of ways you might have caused the Holy Spirit to be jealous, ways in which you didn’t put Him first?  

Recent Sermon Notes

Focus on Effect | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac began a new series entitled, “Focus on Effect.” He started off by telling us the topic of the new series is something we probably think we already know about, but in fact, we don’t know enough about it as we probably should. The scriptural reference was 2nd Corinthians 4:17–18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Though Pastor Mac has taught on this passage before, he said he’s “gotten a glimpse of a different side of this mountain. And I’m seeing it from a perspective that has really impacted me in a positive way.” He added, “And I want it to be that way for you all as well.”

Are We in the Days of Noah? | Jim Hammond

Jesus’ disciples asked Him what the signs will be of His coming. Jesus said it will be like it was in the days of Noah: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Fellow believers, we are in the days of Noah. All they thought about in the days of Noah was eating and drinking and the like. They were not thinking about the flood that was coming. So it is today!

A Deception of Palestine | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim ministered a special God-directed message for the congregation entitled, “A Deception of Palestine.” He talked about how there is a division in the body of Christ worldwide, where believers are allowing themselves to become deceived when it comes to the present and ongoing deception regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It’s important that Christians do not allow themselves to be persuaded by worldly and ungodly leaders and news systems. It’s important they know what the Word of God says and exalt it as God’s truth.

The Seven Mountains of Influence Lance Wallnau

This last weekend, we had a very special guest minister, Lance Wallnau, at our weekend services. Lance is well known for his revelation of the “Seven Mountains of Influence” and how these mountains of influence shape and change the world. He preached about how God is calling the church to make disciples of nations. And in order to do that, we need strong, territorial churches that are raising up believers to go out and become the “head and not the tail.” Lance basically taught on the same thing at all three services but much of the information he shared in each service differed. So in light of that, if you want to hear his full message, it would be beneficial for you to listen to all three messages.

A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing | Dennis Burke

This past weekend, Living Word’s Guest Minister Dennis Burke taught a message entitled, “A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing.” He shared that it is understood that as members of the body of Christ, we have a clear sense that we are living in the last days. And even if these are not the last of the last days, we understand that these are our personal last days. So we must treat this time with a sense of commitment and a sense of design from the Spirit of God for our lives to make an impact, to make a difference. In fact, that’s what we’ve been designed for!