Filled to Spill; Luke 1:67-80
Sunday message with Pastor Donnie 02.16.20
1. Zach is Back, are you?
2. God uses men to speak.
3. Your life is before God
4. Are you a light or a shadow?
Let’s recap last week’s study. We learned that God’s timing is always perfect. He set in motion the perfect day to do a surgery because the body of man would be ready like never before to have this happen to it. We learned that rejoicing together is always amazing and lastly we learned that the Beetles did not create the 8th day.
67 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
This is such an amazing point to set a campfire ring around. The Spirit came upon Zacharias. We know that there are different fillings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon him and he spoke or prophesied. Prophecy is speaking forth for God and of course speaking forth of things to come.
Don’t forget that Zach here would have 3 months with Mary also. 9 months his mouth was shut. I would imagine he read and prayed and wrote many things during this season. Many things probably swirled in his head and the Word of God was deep within him. He was a well of “oh my goodness” and “what revelation would have been continually spinning in his head”. I love how God has given us the Holy Spirit. We know the Holy Spirit is a person and is real and is the 3rd person of the Godhead. We receive the power of the Holy Spirit by Jesus. By believing in Jesus and His finished work on the cross we are sealed in the Holy Spirit, but Jesus said he would give us power as it says in Acts 1:8.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
That same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us, as Jeremy Camp sings but that verse is found in…
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you
That leads us to the first point
1. Zach is back, are you?
In this room there are many of us who walk and talk the Christian language but for the lack of a better term, we lack fire and faith. We lack love which is the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said he would send the Comforter and give us power. Do you lack power. Do you lack desire?
A light bulb, even if it is solar needs power, this power is quite fascinating. As we discussed a scientific story last week, can we learn a bit about solar light.
Solar energy is produced due to the photovoltaic effect. A photovoltaic panel (also known as solar cell) converts sunlight into electrical energy. The solar cell is made up of multiple layers of crystalline silicon and chemicals that create layers of negatively-charged electrons and positively-charged spaces. When light passes through the solar cell, it excites the negatively-charged electrons and pushes them into the positively-charged spaces. Those spaces then transfer the electron stream as direct current of electricity through the wires in the solar cell for use or to a battery where the power is stored until it is needed.
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What does this all mean? It needs to have a power source to store that energy to then be given out. Zacharias had 9 months of stored energy. Do any of you know how much stored energy you have? It’s there, you can be filled just like Zacharias, however, I would encourage you to be filled with the Word also so you can grow in the power that God has given us. It’s truly, truly amazing.
Let’s look at what Zacharias said when he was first able to speak after 9 months of silence…
68 "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began,
2.God uses men to speak.
THOUGHT - When we read the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, we should read it reverently and with a sense of awe of t