Day 37 - Works of the Holy Spirit Pt. 4

Happy Memorial Day,

In the Days of Awakening

We began week 6 with taking a deeper look at revival; what it means and how can we facilitate its arrival.

Today, we are going back to our study of Mark and the Works of the Holy Spirit.

Revival Quote: “All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven.”   -  Henry Blackaby

Hebrides Revival Account 

THE PRAYER OF FAITH

"Within 48 hours the drinking house, usually crowded with drinking men of the village, was closed. 14 young men who had been drinking there were gloriously converted. Those same men afterwards could be found three times a week with others down upon their knees before God, praying for their old associates and for the spread of revival. It was in this village that within 48 hours, many young people had surrendered their lives to Christ, and could also be found in the prayer meetings!

Among those converted the following night was a young boy of 16, named Donald. Donald became an outstanding prayer warrior and was asked often to pray in the meetings. One day Duncan Campbell found him in the barn with his Bible open. When interrupted he quietly said, 'Excuse me a little Mr. Campbell, I’m having an audience with the King."  - Quote from The Famous Hebrides Revival By Kathie Walters 

The Works of the Holy Spirit 

The names and terms for the Holy Spirit relate to his power, activity and presence in the worldoften indicating the nature of his actions or the gifts which he conveys to believers.

  • Washed, Justified & Sanctified by Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:16; I Cor. 6:11; I Pe. 1:2)

Ministry is sanctified: that I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the nations, ministering the gospel of God, so that the offering up of the nations might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

BelieversSuch were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God…Who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

  • Our bodies are the temple of Holy Spirit (I Cor. 16:19)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

  • Joy of the Holy Spirit (I Th. 1:6)

You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

  • Renewing by the Holy Spirit, (Rom. 12:2; Tit. 3:4-5)

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit(Titus 3:4-5)

Renewing G342 anakainōsis (Thayer) a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better.

  • Partakers of the Holy Spirit, (Heb 6:4)

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit.

Partakers G3353 metochos (Thayer) sharing in, partaking; a partner (in a work, office, dignity).

  • Spirit is abiding in your midst (Hag. 2:5; Mt. 18:20; Acts 2:22)

According to the promise that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit stands and abides in the midst of you; fear not… For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them. [Exo 3:14]

God the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are One so when one is with us they are all with us!

  • Word of God / Prophesy Came by Men Moved by Holy Spirit  (2 Pe. 1:18-21)

So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.


Holy Spirit in Mark

Kingdom Parables and Kingdom Power

Chapter 4

There is no direct mention of the Holy Spirit in this chapter. But Jesus teaches parables under the anointing of the Spirit. In this chapter of Mark verses 26-29 a parable of the Seed growing is shared that doesn’t appear in any of gospel. Jesus said,  26 "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground. 27 He sleeps at night and is awake during the day. The seeds sprout and grow, although the man doesn't know how. 28 The ground produces grain by itself. First the green blade appears, then the head, then the head full of grain. 29 As soon as the grain is ready, he cuts it with a sickle, because harvest time has come.

This parable teaches the supernatural character of God’s Kingdom. Man is responsible for sowing the seed (kingdom message), but only God can produce the effects (harvest) of its truth. 

We also see in this chapter Jesus’ authority given to Him by the Father and the Spirit to silence the wind and waves.

ACTION

  • Read: Mark 4 - Write down what the Spirit shows you. 

  • Ask Holy Spirit to teach you of His acts and His ways.

  • Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Ask Holy Spirit to cause your eyes to be open to discern the times.

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh infusion of the reverent fear of the Lord.

  • Ask Holy Spirit to impart in you a greater hunger for righteousness.

  • Agree with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for oneness / unity among the Body of Christ.

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…go out, do good, heal those oppressed by the devil.

35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus along in a boat just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A violent windstorm came up. The waves were breaking into the boat so that it was quickly filling up. 38 But he was sleeping on a cushion in the back of the boat. So they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to die?” 39 Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, "Be still, absolutely still!" The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very calm. 40 He asked them, "Why are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith yet?” 41 They were overcome with fear and asked each other, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”  - Mark 4:35-41

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! 

- Isaiah 64:1-2