Luke 4:1-13

Luke 4:1-13

Good works are not what the Father is looking for... Obedience to His Word is what He's looking for.The Holy Spirit doesn’t come upon us [like in the Old Testament], He indwells us. We, then, are full, as Jesus was full, of the Holy Spirit. You know, we sing some songs, and I like the songs, but it says, I want more of the Holy Spirit, I want more of the Holy Spirit, but the fact is, you have all of the Holy Spirit. You can’t get any more in because He’s all in. We need more of us in obedience to what the Spirit wants to do while He’s in us. And this is the exciting thing about the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t come and take control of our life. He doesn’t turn us into robots. He comes to indwell us, to speak to our hearts, to remind us every moment of every day of Who the Father is, and the love that the Father has for us, and the Word that He has spoken. And it is through the power of His Spirit that we, then, can overcome our issues of sin, and walk in a right relationship with God the Father, accomplishing the things that He desires for us to do. We can not accomplish or even come close to accomplishing the things that the Father wants for us if the Holy Spirit was not in us.

There’s a lot of people who try to do good works, but good works are not what the Father is looking for… Obedience to His Word is what He’s looking for. And now, He may have us, through the indwelling of His Spirit, to do good works, but then they’re His works that He’s accomplishing and using us as vessels to be a part, but it is still His works that He’s accomplishing. He is not going to be impressed by any good thing that we try to do, because the good that we do is done out of selfishness…

And as we get our lives right with the Lord, when we invite Him in and He indwells us, then He takes over the authority of our lives…

God is still the King of this universe. He still sits on His throne. He still has authority over all that He’s created. He has not lost any part of His position just because we’re tempted. This is the other thing: we think, “Well, if God is truly on His throne, if God is really in control, then why am I suffering so much? Why am I tempted?” Because we’re in the flesh, and our flesh is in sin, and just as Jesus’s flesh was tempted, our flesh will be tempted…

And as Adam brought sin into the world, Jesus brings forgiveness and perfection back into the world. He brings that ability for us to have love relationship with the Father once again, but it starts with our worship, our desire, our longing to know that God Who created us, and it is written that we should do that…

We have been given very clear direction of how to love God and how to live for God, and you know what? I do believe that it is appropriate for us to ask for God’s blessing, but God’s blessing comes in greater forms than hundred dollar bills. Blessing does not mean a nice, shiny paint job on our car, and it doesn’t mean a three bedroom house. It means that God is interacting with us and helping us through and guiding us and being our strength, and then sometimes, sometimes, that those blessings may possibly be in the form of material things in our life. But I personally think that the materialism is a distraction to us. That so often we attach ourselves to the materialism, and we forget that God wants to be honored with or without those things… It’s not about luck. It is about honoring God for Who He is and what He’s called you to do…

You know, we’re also told, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” and the greater part of resisting the devil is doing it through God’s Word, knowing God’s Word, but understanding what God’s Word is for. It’s not to justify my position in this life, it is not to justify who I am or where I’m going, but it’s always to show me God’s love. To show you God’s love. To introduce you to the God Who created you and to make you a part of what He’s doing in creation. God’s Word is to bring us to a place of understanding the heart of God, not understanding how I can get away with things.

Dave Elkins

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