Your campus:

About

Watch

Grow

Connect

Give

Miscellaneous

View service times »

Message

The Invisible Man - Part 3, The Invisible Man Speaks
Miles McPherson - March 22, 2009

Message Recap

This is week three of Pastor Miles' series about the characteristics of the Holy Spirit. Today our pastor explained what the Invisible Man sounds like.

1. The Invisible man sounds like a small, still voice.

As the Lord passes by Elijah in 1 Kings 19, He causes many loud and powerful noises, but His actual presence is not found in the noise.

And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12

A great way to get the attention of a loud child is to whisper. They'll stop what they are doing and try to hear you. God knows, just as parents do, that yelling doesn't work very well. If we want to hear the Holy Spirit talk to us, we have to listen for that small, still voice.

If we want to hear the Holy Spirit talk to us, we have to listen for that small, still voice.

2. The Invisible Man sounds like a groan in the heart.

Have you even had those moments when you knew something but couldn't explain why and had a hard time explaining it? That is the Holy Spirit talking to us. We don't understand it, at least not on a conscious level, and that is why we can't verbalize it.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26

The Spirit knows what we need and knows how we should pray. He helps us pray to the Father the way we should.

3. The Invisible Man sounds like a child crying "Daddy" to God.

When we were children, on whom did we call on for support and protection? We called on Dad. Fathers are supposed to encourage, protect, and provide. Our Heavenly Father does this for us now, if we let Him.

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"

In many ways, we are still children who need help. The Holy Spirit helps us to ask our Father for that help.

4. The Invisible Man sounds like Biblical truth.

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send to My name He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all things that I said to you."John 14:26

We all have voices in our heads telling us to do one thing or another. So how do we recognize the Holy Spirit?

Some voices guide us to godly action, but other voices tempt us to do things that are wrong. For example, we may think about the money we could save if we slightly alter the facts on our tax forms, but we must ignore the voice that suggests cheating; it is not the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always consistent with Biblical principles.

5. The Invisible Man wants us to speak like Him.

In the beginning, God spoke everything into existence. This is an incredibly powerful testament to the power of spoken words.

God isn't trying to hide or keep that power from us. He tells us throughout the Bible to be careful with words, as they wield incredible power. He shares this power with us and trains us to be more like Him so that we can create things to glorify Him. The Holy Spirit is the one who guides us along that path. But first, we have to listen.

Message Resources

Recent Series

Giving Up Christmas
December 2016
Ownership
October - November 2016
Pain: Where is God?
September - October 2016
At The Movies
August - September 2016
The Bible
July 2016
I Doubt It
April - May 2016
Love Wins
February - March 2016
The Disciple
January 2016
All In
October - November 2015
Fight Club
September - October 2015
Are You Ready?
August 2015
Superman
July - August 2015
True Lovers
April - June 2015
My Story
March 2015
Presence of God
February 2015