Acts 19:8-22

Acts 19:8-22

Acts 19:2Vintage message from May 18, 1997.

But [do] you know how you know that you have the Holy Spirit in your life?…When your life begins to change after you’ve received Jesus…What are the fruits of the Spirit? What are the things will be displayed if we have the Holy Spirit? Love, peace, patience, kindness, joy, long-suffering. Right? If these are the things that you’re experiencing, if these are the things that you’re noticing in your life, you can be assured that you have the Holy Spirit, because these are not the things that come natural to our flesh. These are only things that come natural to the Holy Spirit of God. And then if you happen to have the experience of speaking in tongues, praise God. If He happens to bless you by using that gift through you, praise God. But you know what? Just like Paul, I believe I would say I would much rather hear someone who can preach the gospel well, who could hold up God’s Word and share it accurately, understandably, and move a person’s heart to change. I believe that’s a much greater gift to have, the gift of teaching. Or, the gift of encouragement. Have you ever had people come to you that were discouraged?…Encouragement is a gift that comes from the Holy Spirit…
There’s so many gifts within the list of gifts, and understand that as we talk about the gifts, that I’m going to tell you that, in fact, you do not “have” any of these gifts. As a Christian, these gifts are not yours…You know what your gift is? Your gift is having the Holy Spirit inside of you. The Father gave the Holy Spirit these gifts to use in and through the believers in this world, to encourage one another, to build one another up, to strengthen one another, to make the body of Christ the body of Christ…
And look at the church today. You find in many places that’s where the emphasis is, is on what the Holy Spirit does through us rather than on the Holy Spirit…He’s accomplishing one thing: to make us whole as a body. Not for us to believe or know that we can have special gifts or special power or special ability, but that the Holy Spirit Himself can work in and through each and every one of us to be part of the body and encourage and build up the body.
Dave Elkins