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Stephen Kendrick – Film Festival: General Session

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Walking by the Spirit

At the final general session of the Christian Worldview Film Festival tonight, Stephen Kendrick, Producer with Kendrick Brothers’ Films, shared a message about walking by the Holy Spirit. Using Galatians 5:16 as the centerpiece, he encourages believers, especially filmmakers, to be completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit, emptied of self, and any unconfessed sin in order to do battle against the flesh.

Galatians 5:17-18 describes the war, “The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and Spirit against the flesh, for these are in opposition to one another, but if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

“People have this idea that God is trying to take away our fun,“ Kendrick admitted. “God has created every good thing in life – food, music, friendship, intimacy…all the pleasures of life.”

James 1:17 describes it perfectly, ”Every good and perfect thing comes from God.”

“God wants us to enjoy these things in a God-honoring way, where there’s no guilt, no shame, no debt, no regret, and no consequences….If we would just enjoy things God’s way, we could enjoy life without sin, shame, and consequences.”

Gal 5:24-26 says, “ Let us live by the spirit and also walk by the spirit.”

“In filmmaking, this is the key, to get out of the good ideas we have and get into the God ideas,” Kendrick insisted.

Kendrick shared how when they made Facing the Giants, they had the opportunity to go on Oprah. Their pastor prayed about it and said he didn’t have a peace about it, so they turned it down.

Then when Facing the Giants got a PG rating for ‘explicit Christian content,’ the media frenzy and free earned media God gave them $8 million in free promotion without Oprah. In a surrendered posture of prayer and seeking the Lord through His word, God ‘downloaded’ the wording to ‘the resolution’ so integral to the message of Courageous into Stephen’s mind right when he needed it. God did it again in his brother Alex’s head when God gave him the idea for Fireproof.

With the adoption of Kendrick’s daughter, Mia, again, in a posture of reading the word and praying, decided to adopt. Kendrick described it not as an audible voice, but like God was whispering in his heart and He directed the miracle and timing of that decision.

God would then teach him a lot about identity through his personal study in the book of Ephesians to get them ready to make a movie about identity, the Kendrick’s up and coming film to be released in August, Overcomer.

What does the Holy Spirit do?

Kendrick cited John 14:14, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it,” and then shared 14 different ways the Holy Spirit helps believers. Whether it’s the conviction of sin, giving us the power and words to share the Gospel, reveal His truth, washing our hearts, giving us the fruit of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit equips Christians to experience lives of power, joy, and obedience.

“God knows we can’t do anything to live in obedience to Him without help. He puts His Holy Spirit in our hearts to help us begin to live out the Christian life,” Kendrick emphasized. “Trying to live the Christian life without Holy Spirit is like riding a stationary bicycle; you can pedal all you want but you’re not going anywhere.”

“I’m seeing more and more divine appointments when I’m surrendered and walking closely with the Lord.”

Kendrick then gave a series of examples of how God ordained (what the world would call chance meetings) ‘divine appointments’ with people throughout the filming of all of their movies, but particularly their latest film, Overcomer.

While location scouting in Columbus, it started by God telling them to go to the 4th floor of a hospital, and in the process brought one divine appointment after another with pastors and relatives and others God put in their path in ways only He can that demonstrated the power of being surrendered to the Holy Spirit. When we are humbly surrendered to Him in a posture of prayer and through the word, He makes us uniquely in tune with the Holy Spirit and available to show us His mighty, sovereign works.

How do I WALK by the Spirit?

  1. Believe in Christ and be saved – Eph. 1:13
  2. Be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Mt 28:18-20
  3. Be repentant – no hidden sin – Eph. 4:25-32. Confess our sins. Get the immorality out of your life that might be quenching the Holy Spirit and His work in your life, so you can hear from Him and be joyful and go about doing His work for you. When you have unforgiveness in your life, can’t be walking in the Spirit.
  4. Be kind, loving, and forgiving – Eph 4:32
  5. Be filled with the Spirit – Eph. 5:18
  6. Be prayerful and be in the word – Eph. 6:17-18
  7. Be obedient to the word of God and HS promptings – Gal. 5:25

“We’re talking about God here. He’s more powerful than a nuclear reactor. You wouldn’t walk into a nuclear reactor without being covered head to toe,” Kendrick warned.

So don’t think you can fool God by trying to ask to be in intimacy with or covering of the Holy Spirit while still having unconfessed sin in your life.

“The kingdom of God is at hand and He is alive and well and on His throne. If we have the Spirit within us, we need to learn to walk by the Spirit within us,” Kendrick related.

Throughout God’s word, I’m seeing and learning if we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit.

“We don’t need any more good movies, we need God anointed movies,” he exhorted. “The world is full of talented filmmakers, but there is a battle going on. Battle of truth against the enemy. So much darkness, addiction, depression, believers need to be in tune with the power source of the Holy Spirit and be surrendered to Him and pray and walk with Him.”

Love, joy, and peace is found through the Holy Spirit. Guess who empowers us to walk in obedience to the Lord? The Holy Spirit.

“We need to quit playing games and get right with God. Surrender to Him.”

So Kendrick concluded asking, “Do you know Christ, and are you surrendered to Him? Are you living your day being prompted by His leading and Him ordering your steps?”

Watch what happens when you are listening and living in alignment with His word.

Written by Terri Hall

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