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Holding on and Safeguarding the Holy Spirit’s Power Within Us

Updated: Apr 26

Introduction: 


How do we hold on and safeguard the Spirit’s Power Within Us. Is the Holy Spirit an Unquenchable Flame: Can We Extinguish the Holy Spirit’s Power? What are Warning Signs of Losing the Holy Spirit? How do I know the Fire in my life is fading away? Does Grieving the Spirit risk us losing Divine Power? Is it possible to move from Fullness to Famine? Can We Lose the Holy Spirit? These are pivotal questions in the life of every believer. It is important that we explore the Boundaries of Grace in our lives. Through scriptural insights and practical guidance, we will understand how our actions and attitudes can impact our spiritual stamina, lifestyle and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us delve into the Word of God to uncover how we might hold onto and enjoy the experience of the precious power of the Holy Spirit within us by discussing the pertinent subjects below.


The Danger of Compromise: Samson’s Lesson (Judges 16:19) 

Samson, a man of incredible strength, was set apart to God from birth. Yet, he compromised his spiritual vows by indulging in sin, ultimately losing his God-given power. His story is akin to a fortified city whose walls are breached not by direct assault, but by the slow erosion of its foundation. Similarly, when we compromise with sin, we erode the spiritual fortifications that the Holy Spirit provides. We must remain vigilant, upholding our spiritual commitments without compromise.


The Cost of Disobedience: Saul and David’s Fall

  • Saul’s Rebellion (1 Samuel 13:13-14; 15:9-11, 23):  Saul’s disobedience to God's commands led to God rejecting him as king. Saul’s life mirrors a ship that, by neglecting to follow the charted course, veers off into dangerous waters and is ultimately lost.

  • David’s Repentance (Psalms 32:1-5; 51:11-13):  Unlike Saul, David returned to God with a repentant heart after his sins of adultery and murder. His psalms teach us that while disobedience can distance us from God’s power, heartfelt repentance restores our spiritual vitality.

The Peril of the Fleshly Walk (Romans 7:14-23; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:17) 

Walking according to the flesh is like sailing against the wind. The spirit desires to move us forward, towards godliness, but the flesh pulls us back. The Apostle Paul describes this struggle vividly, reminding us that to indulge the flesh is to stifle the Spirit's transformative power in our lives.


The Trap of Covetousness (Luke 12:15; Hebrews 13:5)

Covetousness diverts our focus from spiritual treasures to earthly ones. Like a tree planted by streams of water that instead stretches its roots into arid soil, a believer who covets earthly wealth will find themselves spiritually barren.


The Poison of Pride (1 Peter 5:5; Philippians 2:5-8)

Pride is a subtle poison. It is like putting a cap on a steaming geyser; it prevents the outflow of the Spirit's power. As Christ humbled Himself, even to death on a cross, we too are called to embrace humility to remain filled with the Spirit.


The Neglect of Prayer (Matthew 26:41-45)

Neglecting prayer is akin to neglecting to eat. Our spirits starve and weaken when we fail to communicate with God. Prayer recharges us, fills us, and aligns us with God’s will, ensuring that the Holy Spirit flows powerfully in and through us.


Ignoring the Word (Psalm 119:105, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 138:2) 

To neglect the Word is to wander in darkness. Just as a lamp guides us in the night, so does Scripture guide our lives. Without its light, we are prone to stumble and fall away from the Spirit’s power. Psalm 37:31 says, The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip. and Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.


Final Exhortations: Guarding Against Spiritual Pitfalls

  • Do not lie to the Spirit (Acts 5:3).

  • Do not grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

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

  • Do not insult the Spirit (Hebrews 10:29).

Conclusion: 


As we strive to safeguard the Holy Spirit's power within us, let us be ever mindful of the pitfalls that can lead to its loss. May we live lives marked by obedience, humility, and devotion, continually fostering a relationship with God that is alive and vibrant. Let us hold fast to the Spirit, ensuring His power remains active and evident in our lives.


May the peace of God dwell within you throughout this week. If you've been touched by today's message and wish to explore deeper faith, join us for Sunday services at AFM in Canada. Together, we can grow in love, strengthen our community, and uplift each other in our spiritual journeys. We look forward to welcoming you into our family. Blessings and grace be upon you.

Senior Pastor

Leo T Mukumba

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