Self-empowered or Spirit-filled? 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 not a fan by Kyle Idleman
Self-empowered or Spirit-filled? Title make fans uncomfortable? Fans trying to follow Jesus without the Spirit get frustrated by failures… exhausted Followers know they need the Spirit. Jesus last words to followers: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Self-empowered or Spirit-filled? Can God really live in us… guide us…? Foolish! For an unbeliever, for a fan. Not foolish for followers! ‘Jesus said it, I believe it, that settles it!’ Make room for the Spirit, get us & sin out. That’s ‘dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.’ (H.C. A. 88) Another insight to being Spirit filled… Pastor Kyle says on p. 93:
Self-empowered or Spirit-filled? “Being filled with the power of the Spirit begins with an honest acknowledgment of our own weakness. The truth is that most of us go to great lengths to disguise our weaknesses.” Do we want to be called ‘foolish’ publically? When our side loses, if immorality gains? Corinthians lived with immorality, disputes. Keep your eye on ‘Christ crucified’!
Self-empowered or Spirit-filled? Foolishness to the world are great wisdom! God’s wisdom shines on and in followers! Focus on grace of the cross brings unity. “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges the Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” (1 John 4:2) Can/do we ‘die to self and live in Christ’? Fans self powered, followers powered by God, Cross of Christ, filled with the Spirit!