Influenced By The Spirit
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Here we see Jesus full of the power of God and also led, or influenced also by the Spirit of God. Only people that are influenced by the Holy Spirit are given the power of the Spirit. The power of God without the influence of God is destructive. The word of God tells us in the book of Judges that; “The Spirit of the Lord came on Samson mightily, and he tore a lion as if it were a lamb“. The Holy Spirit was the physical strength of Samson. But we know that Samson repeatedly grieve the Spirit until finally the Spirit left him and he knew it not. We know that afterward Samson lost everything including his life. The power of the Spirit without the influence of the Spirit is destructive.
Paul tells us in his epistle to the Romans: “ For if you live after the flesh, you shall die, but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh you shall live.” Paul is telling us that if are influenced by the flesh, it will lead to death, but if we are influenced by the Spirit He will lead us to life eternal, for as many as are led, or influenced by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Jesus is the Son of God that was lead and influenced by the Spirit of God. Who are you following? God will always empower those that He influence. We can easily see this in the book of Acts.
But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your to lie to the Holy Ghost, and keep back part of the price of the land. Peter being under the influence of the Holy Spirit knew that Ananias had lied about the money that he had received from the sale of some land. Peter under the influence of the Spirit had the boldness to pass judgment on a fellow believer. Peter left that meeting and was walking down the street and the people started to bring the sick on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them, even them that were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed, every one of them. Peter was influenced by the Spirit and the power of the Spirit rested on his life.
I am so blessed when the bible shows us someone used of God that was not what we call a preacher. There is a man in the bible by the name of Stephen. He was full of faith and of power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. This man was not an Apostle, Yet he was influenced by the Holy Spirit. Acts seven records one of the longest messages in the new testament, brought forth by Stephen. The fact that this message is recorded in the bible tells me that it is inspired by the Spirit. At the end of Stephen’s message it is recorded that as they stoned him to death he was given a vision of Jesus standing on the right hand of God. The bible says that Jesus went to heaven to sit at God’s right hand, but when He look from heaven, saw them stoning Stephen, Jesus stood up to receive him. I know that Stephen was influenced by the Spirit because before he died he asked God to not lay this sin to their charge. You cannot do this in your own strength. I heard a wise person say; “ somebody is influencing somebody all the time”. Who is it that is influencing you? If it is the Spirit of God, you are operation under the power. Use it to the glory of God
Bernard A. Jones.
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