Pastor Allan was speaking as I took notes and present his digested message for you.
“Open up the door of your heart. The Holy Spirit is here but it up to you to say, “Come in Lord Jesus.” Restore, renew, revive and make me after your will.
Allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in you. We always want to make sure we allow room for the Holy Spirit in our services. God desires to fill us to overflowing, where we simply can’t contain it all; so the Spirit will flow out from us.
Last week the Scripture was to work out your own Salvation. This does not mean we earn salvation by our works, but that we have a part to work on our relationship with our Lord. We want to serve God when no one is watching. God picks us up and then He lifts us up.
In Psalms 51, David cried out: Oh Lord have mercy on me, blot out my transgressions, give me a clean heart and draw me closer to you.
David was a man after God’s heart, and yet he was humble to repent and make sure his heart was right.
Repentance is not a one time deal. We need to remain tender to the Holy Spirit and repent daily.
David continued to pray: I will open my lips to praise you and may my spirit be broken and contrite, as a sacrifice to you, for that is your desire.
The Word of God says to forgive and to pray for those who despitefully use you. We must repent if we are holding grudges, bitterness and resentment toward anyone.
We must be like Jesus, and walk as He would walk, and act as He would do; We want others to desire Jesus as they observe our example. Our hearts must be right and holy and our will and desire to be like Christ. This is our part – to be humble before God.
Isaiah 66:2 - - I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, poor in spirit, with a contrite heart, and trembles at my word.
We need a ready and willing mind – a teachable spirit and to humble our self by allowing the Holy Spirit to Correct us. We should be willing for God to take us to the “wood shed,” when we are stubborn and rebellious. The Holy Spirit desires to guide us gently but we must cooperate with Him and remain humble.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to break down the walls of your heart. Harden not your heart, but be willing to surrender and to humble yourself.
The Farmer cultivates the land, removing the rocks and digging up the hard places. He removes the garbage found there, before he can plant the seed.
Our hearts should be prepared to receive the good seed of God’s Word.
Often we hang on to things and we hate to let go - - refusing to release those very things that are hurting us.
God wants to work in you, as you submit to His voice and allow Him to dig around in your heart and remove all the rubbish and nonsense. God is ready to manifest Himself, but you have a part to allow the sharp cultivator to dredge up the shallow ground and to dig deep into the dark hiding places of your heart.
It is time to focus on what God desires to do in your heart. It is not worth it to hold on to the dross, so let it go.
God desires to do a new thing, to take the old and replace it with that which is new and fresh.
All it takes is to humble yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way with you.