The Holy Spirit and You
Through the Holy Spirit, you can have new life. Hear Billy Graham explain the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and how you can have a relationship with Him in this 1983 message from Sacramento, California.
A true friend doesn’t run away when someone fails; they run to the person. Your friends don’t need you as much when everything is going great, they’re seeing dreams come to pass, success. Celebrate with them, that’s exciting, but when they really need you is when things aren’t so great. They’ve made mistakes. Life has thrown them a curve; the medical report wasn’t good. When their faith is low, that’s when you can make the biggest difference. They need some borrowed faith. They need you to believe for them while they can’t believe. They need you to speak victory while they’re too discouraged.
From our archives, the Billy Graham classics.
And now tonight, I want you to turn to that passage that Ralph Bell, uh, read to us, uh, a moment ago.
He talked about the comforter. And that comes from
a Greek word, and I’m not a Greek scholar. Please don’t get me wrong.
I’m not trying to show off how much or how little I know. But it means advocate,
a one who helps alongside that word comforter.
And that is what the lord Jesus Christ was promising just before he was to die on the cross and be resurrected and ascended to heaven that he was to send a comforter someone to help alongside.
Now, the apostle Paul wrote and said, Now concerning matters pertaining to the spirit, I would not have you ignorant.
Now we’ve all been aware that in the past few years, we’ve had a movement called the charismatic movement.
It hasn’t been limited just to certain denominations.
It’s been in all denominations, whether episcopal, a Roman Catholic, wherever.
For example, down in Southern Poland, where the pope comes from, we held a crusade down there in a great, uh, role, and there was a great charismatic movement in Southern Poland and in across the border into Germany.
And we sensed that god was working in those people in a new way.
Now some people interpret it one way, and some interpret it another way.
And people mean that we’re having a renewal, our revival in our churches are among our people, and they call that charismatic.
And others may have certain gifts that they call evidences of the charismatic movement.
And so forth, I’m not going to try to
get into all of those differences tonight.
Because I would be here all night, and I’d be here all week and all month and for a year, because there are some differences of interpretation.
But think you know what I’m trying to
say, but it’s impossible to understand the Bible, Christian Living, or the structure of the church without understanding something of the person and the work of the law of the Holy Spirit.
Timothy Leary, the former Harvard professor was on a network, uh, program just a few days ago.
He said that he believed in the use of drugs as a route to tune in to god and to turn on to god.
Well, the route is the Holy Spirit, not drugs. The scripture teaches that he’s a person.
He’s not an agent or an influence. He’s god.
And we’re never to refer to the Holy Spirit is it.
Now there are some mistranslations in the authorized version because in those days, when this was translated several hundred years ago, they referred to certain, uh, things about the Holy Spirit is it because it was anuta.
But he is not something, but he’s someone. And holy indicates that he’s holy within himself.
Holy spirit. Now, some places and be authorized, it’s translated ghost, as it was in those days.
The word spirit was called ghost, but it didn’t mean ghost in the sense that we mean ghosts today, some film out of Hollywood in which a ghost comes along.
The it is used in contrast to that which is flesh and material.
Now, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is coequal with God father and god the son.
There is a trinity. God the father, god the son, god the Holy Spirit, and no one can explain.
Like the little boy, that, uh, the little girl that was in her classroom, and
she was about the third of fourth grade, and they asked how many of you can explain electricity, and one little girl lifted up her hand.
And the teacher said, alright, well, what is electricity?
And the little girl thought for a moment and bit her lip, and she said, I forgot.
And she and the teacher said, well, that’s too bad because you’re the
only one that ever knew. Now the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is omnipotent.
The word omnipotent means all powerful.
In Micah, three eight, it says, I’m full of power by the spirit of the lord.
And then the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is present everywhere at the same time.
Whether shall I go from thy spirit or whether shall I flee from thy presence, said the Psalmest in one thirty nine seven.
You can’t go anywhere. And get away from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is everywhere.
And that’s the reason when you have a sense of guilt put there by the Holy Spirit many times.
That guilt will go with you, even if you travel to a faraway island trying to get rid of it.
The Holy Spirit convicting you of sin. The Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus Christ, who is the truth.
One young man remarked who had been converted to Christ, to induce spirituality by taking drugs is like trying to turn on your TV set by kicking it.
And many people do that. I found out that it’ll work sometimes.
So that’s not a very good illustration.
But there are those that think that because of drugs or some trans or some hypnotism that they can have the same experience that you have with the Holy Spirit is wrong.
It’s false. You cannot.
Oh, yes. There’s, uh, meditation, and there are all kinds of things that can give you a high
but the real permanent high comes from the Holy Spirit.
And he gives you a high even in your low moments.
And some of you that are watching by television have been convicted by the Holy Spirit, and you need Christ He’s trying to draw you tonight to cross to the cross of Christ, where that sin can be forgiven.
And there’s a tell phone number on your screen now that you can call and a counselor standing by now to answer your questions help you to make that commitment to Christ or to talk to you about whatever problems you may have in your life.
Now the Holy Spirit not only convicts, but he gives new life.
The Bible says that we’re dead in sins.
Do you realize that you’re a walking dead person You’re dead toward god. You’re spiritually dead.
Your soul is dead. Your spirit is dead. Your body is alive. But you’re dead. The real you is dead.
Now, what needs to be done for a dead person? He needs to be made alive.
And that’s the work of the Holy Spirit, to make you alive. Jesus said you must be born again.
And that word actually means to be made from above, born from above, born by the spirit of god.
You see, man without god is dead. And life is at best of bore.
Except a man be born again. He cannot see the kingdom of God. Have you been born again?
Has that happened to you?
We’ve got that expression born again, born again, born again, and people are getting a little bit tired of it.
Because people saying
I’m a born again Christian or he’s a born again Christian.
I’m not so sure, but what it hasn’t become a a phrase really doesn’t mean what we really mean biblically about being born again.
Back when mister Carter was, uh, president and running for president.
They they called him a born again Christian, and he certainly was a born again Christian.
But, uh, then they began to use that word born again describing automobiles.
And they had a ad on television said this is
a born again automobile. And then they said this was born again and that was born again it became a a phrase that was used out of its context.
It means born from above, and Jesus it to a religious leader, a person who’s more religious than most anyone here tonight.
Nikodemus, a professor of the and he said, you need to be born again, nicodemus.
And I will put my spirit within you and cause you to
walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments and do them. God says through ezekiel.
He do well it with you and shall be in you. Jesus said in this fourteenth chapter of John.
No he not that you’re the temple of god and that the spirit of god do well within you.
The Holy Spirit comes to live within you.
And when you receive Christ tonight, the Holy Spirit will come to live in you to help live the Christian life in you and through you.
He also empowers us for service,
but he shall receive power after that.
The holy ghost has come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses under me. Power, supernatural power.
And I want to tell you, and I’m I’m not going to boast I say with all humility, I believe that my preaching, and I’m not a great preacher, by preaching standards.
If you took a group of theological students and they studied my preaching, they wouldn’t put me as a great preacher.
But I believe that god has given me power in preaching.
And there’s the power of the Holy Spirit.
When you lift up Jesus Christ, And when you present him,
there’s a power there. There’s a power in the cross. There’s a built in power
in the gospel. The power of the Holy Spirit.
And then he produces the Fruit of the Spirit.
When you receive Jesus Christ, You want to be a person of love and joy and peace and long suffering and gentleness and goodness and faith and meekness and temperance self control.
That’s produced for the Holy Spirit. Those are attributes of Jesus Christ himself.
Love, joy, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self control, He had it all.
You can have it all, but it has to be done by the Holy Spirit through you.
You cannot of yourself live the Christian life. You’ll be a total flop and failure. It has to be
the Holy Spirit living it through you and producing it in you, and he will do that.
You see, if you take up Romans in the seventh chapter, that’s a chapter of defeat.
But then you pick up the next chapter, Romans eight, and you’ll the Holy Spirit is mentioned eight times, and it’s a chapter of victory.
You can have victory in holy spirit. We’re told
to walk in the spirit.
the Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit opens and shuts doors.
And I found that true in our ministry that he opened some doors. He closed his others.
And one of the greatest tasks that we have is deciding where to go, which city to go to next because we have invitations from many parts of
the world. And where should we go next?
should we put out emphasis.
And then as we see all these computers coming, and we see new channels opening up on television, and we see new medium of communication opening up.
We ask ourselves just how can we use this effectively for spreading the gospel of Christ.
And this is where the Holy Spirit comes in to help us and to lead us and to guide us and direct us.
And we constantly are are concerned about it and on our knees about it.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you
in the same hour what you ought to say.
He comes to teach us and to guide us and to open and shut the doors.
And then he magnifies and glorifies and exalts the lord Jesus Christ. He shall not speak of himself.
If you find a person coming along, saying
the Holy Spirit, the Holy
Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Spirit, never about Jesus Christ, you can know that that man is not speaking from the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit exalts Christ. He exalts the lord Jesus Christ.
He did not come to talk of himself. And then he fills us.
The scripture says, be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the spirit.
And that means to be continually filled with the spirit.
You have to be emptied of yourself and your own desires and your own gratifications.
So you can be filled with
the Holy Spirit, and that’s a command. Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? You can be.
By faith, you can say all the every known sin in my life has been forgiven.
I’ve confessed every known sin by faith. I believe I’m filled with the Holy Spirit.
But also you can sin against the Holy Spirit,
and the worst of all sins
of the sins against the Holy Spirit.
You can anger the spirit. As I pick up the Bible, I do discover the wrath of the spirit.
The translation from the septuagint as we read in the in in Psalm how often they rebelled and grieved him in the desert, the translation is they disobeyed and angry, the spirit of God.
They rebelled and angered his Holy Spirit. Therefore, he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them.
Wouldn’t it be terrible to have the Holy Spirit as your enemy? Because you’d angered him.
The word grieve means to make very angry.
And I would urge every one of you to be very careful lest you rouse the wrath of the spirit.
My spirit shall not always strive with man.
God said way back in Genesis six in the days of noah.
And the spirit of god ceased striving, and the flood came, and the world was destroyed, except for eight people.
The Holy Spirit can be lied against. In acts five, ananias and sapphara.
Now it’s not and the men, but unto god said, Peter, they acted a lie.
They pretended to be what they were not. They were hypocrites. And they acted out a lie.
The Holy Spirit can be tempted.
How is it that you’ve agreed together to tempt the spirit of
the lord. Many times sinners say, well, if god is god, let him strike me dead.
There was a fellow years ago down in Tampa, Florida where I was, and he stood out there with a watch.
And he said, alright, he was an atheist. He said, if god is god,
I’m gonna give him one
minute and let him strike me dead. Nothing happened.
And some old brother on the front row said, you cannot exhaust the patience of god in one minute.
But it is like the story of the old eagle that I heard about on an iceberg on Niagara River.
And he had landed there to eat on the carcass of a sheep.
And, uh, as he was floating down,
he was getting closer and closer to the falls.
And as he got closer to the falls, somebody from the shore yelled off and said, watch out old legal.
Watch out. You’re near the falls, but Eagle thought to himself with my strong wings,
I can get up off this in a second.
But just as he came to the falls, he lifted those wings, he found that his feet were frozen in the ice, and he couldn’t, and he went screaming over the falls.
You can tempt god.
Thou shall not tempt the lord thy god.
You can wait too long.
You can tempt god too long,
and the day of the time will come when it’s no longer possible.
And then the Holy Spirit can be resisted.
You do always resist the Holy Spirit as your father’s did, so do ye.
You can resist the Holy Spirit.
And some of you tonight know that you need Christ, but you’ve been resisting the Holy Spirit.
That’s a sin against the Spirit. A solemn thing to resist
the Holy Spirit. You detect his voice and yet you deliberately do nothing about it. It’s a dangerous thing.
He that despised Moses’s law died without mercy under two and three witnesses of how much sora punishment suppose ye shall be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the son of god, and have counted the blood of the covenant wherein thou, you he was saying defied an unholy thing, and it
done despite under the spirit of grace, resisting the Holy Spirit.
Tonight, you’re going to have an opportunity to receive Christ into your heart and to make sure of your relationship with him.
The Bible says because there is wrath beware lest he take thee away with his stroke when a
great ransom cannot deliver thee. My spirit shall not always strive. There comes a time
when you go beyond a certain point, and your heart gets so hard that even if the Holy Spirit speak to you.
You can no longer hear.
That’s the reason the Bible says, come to Christ in your youth before the evil days come not.
When your heart is tender, come to Christ.
Anytime you hear the voice of the spirit of god saying come, you better come then and now.
You may never have that moment again.
He that harden at this heart being often reproved shall suddenly be cut off and that without remedy,
a friend of ours. This morning, was driving.
And he came up over a hill, and he was going very slowly, and he had his wife and his daughter with him.
And a man wasn’t familiar with that particular territory, and he came over the hill.
And he hit the side of their car.
And by the time she got to the hospital, she was dead.
Never dreaming this morning when they got up a happy little family that she would be gone before noon.
How quickly it all happens? Come when you can.
Come to Christ when you have a chance, you have that tonight.
He that being often reproved shall suddenly be destroyed
in that without remedy. Both not thyself of tomorrow. For thou knowest not what a
day may bring forth.
We don’t know that we’ll be alive tomorrow.
You don’t know that if you’re alive, you’ll have another chance like this. Come while you can.
You’re voting tonight. Every one of you are gonna cast a vote.
This is Election Day. You’re going to vote either for Jesus Christ or you’re going to vote for the devil.
Jesus with you the Holy Spirit in you.
You say, what do I have to do?
Three things First, you must repent of sin, and the Holy Spirit has to help you in your repenting.
And then the second thing is by faith you receive Jesus Christ who died for you on the cross by faith as your savior and lord and master And then thirdly, you are willing to obey him in all the little things that he’ll speak to you about and teach you of his word.
You must be willing to say yes
to all that. You must be willing to turn your life over to him, and he becomes
the master. He becomes the pilot of your boat or the captain of your airline, of your airliner.
You’re like a plane going through the sky.
And all of a sudden, the Obama will come, the destruction will come, unless you let Jesus in the cockpit and become the pilot.
He knows all the instruments. He’s been over the the root before. He knows all the dangers.
You turn your life over to him.
He’ll help you in your marriage as you heard Johnny and Ken a moment ago tell so beautifully.
Turn your life over to him as master and lord and savior.
If you have a doubt of your relationship to god tonight, you make sure or you might be like that priest.
You may be in the church, but not sure of your relationship to god. Make sure tonight.
I’m going to ask hundreds of you to do what we’ve seen hundreds every night do here in Sacramento.
I’m going to ask you
to get up out of your seat right now and come and stand in front of this platform symbolicly and say, I do want to receive him.
I do want to know that my sins of a given, that I have eternal life, that I’m ready to meet god.
Why do I ask you
to come? Because every person Jesus called in the New Testament, he called in public.
Every person, think of it in in public. There’s something about coming forward openly.
Like when I got married, I got married in front of witnesses. You come to Christ in front of witnesses.
And give you a life to him.
If there’s a doubt in your heart about your relationship, you come and settle it tonight. Hundreds of you.
Thousands of you that god is speaking to. The Holy Spirit do not resist the Holy Spirit.
Do not say no to the Holy spirit tonight. You come. He’s drawing you to the cross.
We’re going to wait. And after you’ve all come, I’m going to say a word to you and have a prayer with you.
Give you some literature that you can take home and help you in your Christian life.
It’s very important that you do this, and it’s important that you come.
And after you’ve come, you can go back and join your friends, and they’ll wait.
If you’ve come in a bus or with a group, they’ll wait, but come and make this settle this tonight.
Don’t wait another minute. There may not be any other time for you. Time may be running out.
Young or old, man or woman, Catholic Jewish, Jewish, whatever your background. The door is open for you.
You get up and come. We’re going to wait on you.
Now from everywhere, from way back here and over there, And I’m going to ask that people not leave the service of this holy moment.
It disturbs so many people, but you come quickly. You may be in the choir.
God has spoke to you, you get up and come.
The number on your television screen is the number that you can call for spiritual help and counsel.
Please write the number down the line is busy. Wait a few moments and call again.
People will be there to help you as long as the calls keep coming you.
You that have been watching by television can see that here in Sacramento, California, hundreds of people have been coming to make their commitment to Christ tonight, drawn, we believe by the Holy Spirit.
God, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to you.
I’m going to ask you to pick up your telephone and call the number you have seen on your screen and make that commitment over the telephone.
If it’s busy, call back again or and again, the counselors will be there all evening.
May god help you to make that commitment and be sure and go to church next Sunday.
God bless you.
You can make that same commitment right where you are.
Just pick up the phone and call the number you see on your screen.
Special friends are waiting to talk with you and pray with you about this most important decision.
Again, this evening, as you can see on your television read, many are making their commitment to Jesus Christ.
It is also a time of commitment for you. We’d like to help you. And as Mr.
Graham has just told you the same helps we are giving these tonight.
He will send to you if you would just write for them.
If you just prayed that prayer with my father or if you have any questions about a relationship with Jesus Christ, I would just call that number that is on the screen.
There’ll be someone there to talk with you, pray with you, and answer those questions.
And remember, God loves you.
If you would like to commit your life to Jesus Christ, please call us right now toll free at one eight seven seven seven seven four five five nine.
That’s one eight seven seven seven two forty five fifty nine.
Or you can write to us at bill Gram, one Billy Graham Parkway, department c, Charlotte, North Carolina two eight two zero one.
Or you can con tactice on the web twenty four seven at peacewithgod dot tv.
We’ll get the same helps to you that we give to every who responds at the invitation.
On behalf of Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham evangelistic Association, thank you for watching, and thank you for your prayers.
Jesus Christ Thomas that he is going to return to the earth.
And ladies and gentlemen, Jesus Christ is going to keep back from back.
Are you ready? The hope of the coming of Christ ought to make us walk as disciples of the lord Jesus christ.
to be fault, and we are to be light in the world, and we are to work as though Christ may not come for a thousand years.
But where to live is Zui may come tonight.