In this summer series, we examine spiritual truths brought to life by great movies. Due to copyright laws, we are not able to show clips from the films in this series online so for this week, Pastor Vince shared what we could learn from Black Panther.
We often abandon the Holy Spirit inside of us, in our time of need.
T’challa returns to his homeland to take his rightful place as the king of Wakanda after the unexpected death of his father. According to tradition, anyone from any tribe can challenge him in the absence of the king. According to the Wakandan rituals, T’challa is stripped of his powers (supernatural speed, strength and stamina) and is forced to fight for his identity. Ironically, this is how many Christians fight their spiritual battles. We often abandon the Holy Spirit inside of us, in our time of need. Pastor Vince speaks to us about how the Spirit is maximized in our life and the two ways it matters the most.
1. Be consistently filled with the Holy Spirit.
In Eph 5:19, we are told to be filled with the Spirit:
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Eph 5:19
In order to face our spiritual battles with clarity, we have to have the mind of Christ. We have to spend time with Him. When we choose to fill ourselves with things such as sexual immorality, drugs, alcohol, anger, bitterness, greed, etc., we cloud our vision of what God wants to do in our lives.
When we are hydrated, whatever is in us has to come out. If we consistently fill our minds with negative thoughts and imagery, those things come out. In Luke 6:45, we are reminded out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
This dogma is illustrated in Black Panther. T’challa’s cousin, the villain, Killmonger has been filled with bitterness and rage over the years. He vows to take the thrown and plots against the nation of Wakanda.
Galatians 6 lays out the principle of sowing and reaping, a natural and spiritual law. It’s a natural law because it works in our world. Whatever you invest your time and energy into, you will yield the greatest results. For instance, if you go to the gym and eat well, you will be in better shape than if you sit on the couch and eat junk food. Similarly, if you are consistent in spending time with God, meditating on His Word, and asking for wise counsel, you are going to see great spiritual results in your life. On the other hand, if you are constantly consumed with rage, hate, bitterness and unforgiveness, those things will flow out of you.
Sow seeds of righteousness. Stay connected to the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not abandon Him in your time of need. He will give you power over the devil and victory in your life. Be alert as to what God is doing in your life and in the lives of other people. Ask God to show you today if there is anything in your life that you have been filling up with that is not of the Spirit.
2. Listen and obey the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Thess 5:19, we are told Do not quench the Spirit.
The Bible warns us not to quench the Holy Spirit. Often, the Holy Spirit speaks to us in a small still voice, that might even sound like our own thoughts. He might be asking us to pray for someone or invest in someone either, financially or spiritually. When we rebel against that voice, we quench the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Maybe He has been asking you to serve at church or join an rGroup. Maybe you are giving Him excuses as to why you do not need community. All of these things quiet the spirit of God in our lives. We need to be very careful not to do that.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:14
Are you leaving areas of opportunity open for sin to creep in and wreak havoc on your life? Sin is a lot like termites. It eats at the foundation and eventually the house will crumble if left unchecked. We need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, blocking the attacks of the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we submit our will to God, we get what is called the fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
These are things you will get in your life as you continue to submit to the power of the Holy Spirit.