Armed With The Holy Spirit

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 10/28/2018

Foundation Scriptures:
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  Luke 4:14-21 KJV

1. Tests and Temptations.
a. Jesus was baptized in the Holy Spirit and power.
b. He was led into a time of fasting and prayer by the Spirit of God.
c. At His lowest point, physically, the devil tried to take advantage of Him to stop His mission and steal His anointing.
d. Luke 4:13 KJV ­— And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
e. When the seed of the Word is sown, the devil is there to steal it, if He can.
f. When someone receives the call and the anointing, the devil comes immediately to harass and hinder you from going any further with it.
g. There is a price to pay to carry the anointing.
h. You are not better, or greater, than Jesus.
i. If Jesus faced temptation, then you will also face it.
j. If the devil tried to harass Jesus, he will try to do it to you, too.
k. A servant is not greater than his master.
l. Matthew 10:24 KJV — The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
m. The good news is that Jesus defeated the devil and frustrated his evil plans — and you can, too!
n. Jesus stood on the Word.
o. He returned from the wilderness armed with the Holy Spirit and the power of God.

2. You Are Not Alone.
a. Jesus sent you the Holy Spirit — the mighty, third person of the Godhead.
b. The Helper; the Comforter.
c. You will be tested.
d. You will be proved.
e. Many countries have a National Bureau of Standards (NBS).
f. Their function is to set a certain standard and certify that companies and other entities adhere to those standards.
g. They offer systems certification and product testing.
h. They will put their mark of approval on a product, assuring buyers that products are safe, fit for purpose and offer redress (in case of a malfunction).
i. There is also a spiritual testing and proving.
j. Will you stand the test to carry this anointing?
k. We live a daily life and do regular things but carry this treasure in earthen vessels.
l. 2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV — But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

3. Armed with Holy Boldness.
a. Walking and leaping and praising God.
b. Acts 3:1-6
c. Verse 6-8: Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
d. Persecution and prayers for boldness.
e. Acts 4:1-37
f. Verse 29-30: And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

4. Armed with Signs, Wonders and Miracles. 
a. Ananias and Sapphira.
b. Acts 5:1-11
c. Healings, miracles, and deliverances.
d. Acts 5:12-41
e. Verse 12: And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people...

5. Armed with the Anointing. 
a. Acts 6:1-15
b. Verse 8: And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 

6. Armed with Fearlessness in the Face of Death.  
a. Stephen’s message. 
b. Acts 7:1-53
c. Fearless in the face of death.
d. Acts 7:54-60
e. Verses 51-55: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

7. Persecution Causes the Gospel to Spread.
a. Acts 8:1-40
b. Verse 4: Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 

8. Supernatural Encounters.
a. The conversion of Saul.
b. Acts 9
c. Verses 17-18: And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.