5. THE POWER HOUSE
Today is the 5th and final day of our tour through the Sugar Mill. Yesterday we ended at the final packaged result, the refined sugar, either in bags or packets and represents the Christian who throughout his worldly life has overcome the world. Who is he that overcomes the world? 1 John 5:5 says, “Who is he that overcomes the world? But he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.” The believer loves Christ. Whether your love for Him is weak or strong does not count in this instance, although the next thing I am going to say to you will put a great challenge to you and me, and it is this: Who is he that loves Christ? It is he that loves and keeps Christ’s commands.
What happens when the believer keeps Christ’s commands? He becomes holy, he becomes sanctified, he is righteous in the sight of God. Through this, and not through our own works, we have eternal life, and are given fine white linen garments, to be forever with Christ, our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven.
However, all this cannot come about without a most important factor in our lives. What have we not visited yet in the factory? Can you guess? Let me tell you. It is the Power Station. Here steam is generated so that the huge turbo-alternators can be driven. These are the suppliers of electricity at high voltages.
How are these boilers fed so that enough heat is generated to boil the water in the Boilers? It would surprise you to know that neither coal nor wood is used to do this! Do you still remember that at the beginning when the chopped, hammered and battered sugar cane was fed into the huge Diffuser the juice was squeezed out of the cane by the De-watering Mills? All the left over small pieces of cane, called Bagasse, is stored away and left to dry. This bagasse is blown into the Boilers and is set alight, and this makes sure that the Boilers are kept hot. So you see nothing is left to waste. This Bagasse represents all the bad taken out of our lives and set alight. The forgiven Christian must never dig up the past or give the devil a foothold on past forgiven sins.
What is the Christian’s Power House?
I think by now you will have guessed that it is the Holy Spirit in our lives. Before we go any further I want to stress that the Holy Spirit is not a force or something abstract or a fluid as some claim the Holy Spirit to be – that is blasphemy! The Holy Spirit is part of the Holy Trinity or the Godhead, ie, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are three persons in one, each entirely inseparable from the other, and most important, all completely in harmony with each other. Because God is all-powerful, the Holy Spirit has the power of the Father.
On our own we have no power over the prince of this world. Without Christ, Listeners, you are bound to the sins of this world. Have no misunderstandings about this fact. These are solemn words and mean life and death to your soul. Have you really given proper thought to the future of your soul? Make up your mind quickly because tomorrow may be too late for you. Some of you and I may not be here any more tomorrow!
I have the assurance of my soul in Jesus. Have you that assurance? Seek Jesus. Keep seeking Him with all your might, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. If you are sincere, He will be found of you. Think carefully about what I am going to tell you now. You CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT come to Jesus just when it suits you, just when you require Him for selfish purposes. God is not to be mocked. Insincerity towards God breeds contempt towards God and this is dangerous.
Our, ie, the Christian’s, energy source is the Holy Spirit. I hope that you listened carefully to what I just said. I said that He [person] is the Source and not an energy – there is a big difference between the two and this is where a lot of people go wrong in their concept of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives we are not and cannot be spiritually re-born, or born-again as it is also known. As the blood-lines of Christ runs through from Genesis in the Old Testament right through to Revelations in the New Testament, so the Holy Spirit was, and still is, at work today and will be forever. All the men of God in the Scripture had their power from and in the Holy Spirit.
When a man becomes regenerated, ie, born-again in Christ, the Holy Spirit enters him, and not before. However, it is possible for you to quench and grieve the Holy Spirit by suppressing His work in you. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is a sin unto death, so be careful what you say about the Holy Spirit!
My brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t quench the Holy Spirit but rather walk in the Spirit. There are wonderful rewards if you do. Gal. 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall reap flesh corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
What have you? Have you the Spirit of Christ? If you have, then praise the Lord! I ask another question: If you have the Holy Spirit, have you the power, or rather, the fullness of the Holy Spirit? In other words, are you running at almost zero volts instead of the full voltage? Gal. 5:16 exhorts us to “Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. “ Eph. 5:18 warns us, “Be not drunk with wine, where in is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” The Greek translation literally says “Continue to be filled with the Spirit” The Greek is in the present continuous tense. This tells us that we can deplete ourselves of the presence of the Spirit if we are not careful; therefore it is the duty of every Christian to continue to see that he or she is always filled with the Holy Spirit.
For complete fullness of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life it is imperative to be baptized in the Spirit. (Read Acts 19: 1-6.) This is an additional experience to the initial giving of the Spirit to the believer at the time of conversion. You are urged to desire this in your life. Much can be said on the Holy Spirit and work in the believer’s life but this cannot be done in a single sermon like this.
Thank you for your patience during this tour. I sincerely pray that your life has been enriched and changed thereby, and that Jesus has become your personal Saviour.