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HOLY SPIRIT

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HOLY SPIRIT

Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?     1 Corinthians 3:16

Have you ever thought how awesome it would have been to see and be with Jesus if even for only a day?  And if you could only see one miracle, hear one speech, you would never again doubt and you would live as a completely sold out disciple of Christ’s.  Jesus understands our desire to know..to be sure He is real and with us.  It was never His intent to walk on this earth for a short period of time and then leave us alone to wonder if it is and was all real.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”     John 14:16-17

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”     John 16:7

When we commit our lives to Christ as His disciples, He immediately indwells us with His Spirit.  All that was promised to the disciples is now available to us.  Sadly, most Christians never take advantage, participate with, or rely on this great gift and power that is promised to all of His sons and daughters.  Never forget that the Spirit dwells in all disciples (1 Corinthians 3:16) and by that Spirit we know and experience Christ.

 

What are the marks of a person filled with the Spirit of God?  The chief evidence is moral not miraculous….The Spirit’s first fruit is love.  Love is the strong bond between the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit.  This is not only because gifts without love are valueless, but also because love desires gifts as a necessary equipment for the service of others…

This fruit is the best available evidence of the indwelling fullness of the Holy Spirit.  By calling Christian character ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ Paul was teaching that it is both supernatural in origin and natural in growth…Invariably we reap what we sow.  We can determine in advance what we shall reap by deciding what we shall sow.  By the sowing the apostle appears to be referring to the whole pattern of our thoughts and habits, our life-style, life-direction and life-discipline…everything that engrosses our interest, absorbs our energy and dominates our mind.    

                                                         John Stott, Baptism and Fullness

 

Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, "How can I get the air out of this glass?"  One man shouted, "Suck it out with a pump!"  Moody replied, "That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass."  After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass.  "There," he said, "all the air is now removed."  He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by "sucking out a sin here and there," but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.    

                                                         Today in the Word, September, 1991

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How can you begin to learn to listen to and experience the Holy Spirit in your life?
  • What is the difference between listening to the Holy Spirit and going by worldly intuition or ‘gut feelings?’
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Somehow Christianity has become a nonmystical religion.  It's about a reasonable faith.  If we believe the right things, then we are orthodox.  Frankly whether we ever actually connect to God or experience His undeniable presence has become incidental, if not irrelevant.  We have become believers rather than experiencers.  To know God in the Scriptures always went beyond information to intimacy.  We may find ourselves uncomfortable with this reality, but the faith of the Scriptures is a mystical faith.  It leads us beyond the material world into an invisible reality.  We become connected to the God of eternity.  Who you are at the core is spirit.  God is Spirit.  To walk with God is to journey in the spiritual realm.  Erwin McManus-The Barbarian Way

To believe in God is one thing, to know God another.  Both in heaven and on earth the Lord is made known only by the Holy Spirit, and not through ordinary learning.     Staretz Silouan

The Spirit will teach us to love the Word, to meditate on it and to keep it.  He will reveal the love of Christ to us, that we may love him fervently and with a pure heart.  Then we shall begin to see that a life in the love of Christ in the midst of our daily life and distractions is a glorious possibility and a blessed reality.    Andrew Murray

The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation.  We are not all we were made to be when everything in our ilves and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Holy Spirit.   Francis Chan, Forgotten God

We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low.  We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone...[We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.    A.W. Tozer

The Christian's life in all its aspects--intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness---is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it.  So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all.    J.I. Packer

So, if you say you want the Holy Spirit, you must first honestly ask yourself if you want to do His will.   Because if you do not genuinely wnat to know and do His will, why should you ask for His presence at all?  But if you decide you do want to know His will, there will be moments when you have to let go of the fear of what that might mean---when you have to release your grip of control on your life and decide to be led, come what may......God cares more about our response to His Spirit's leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year.....God wants us to listen to His Spirit on a daily basis, and even thoughout the day, as difficult and stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane.  My hope is that instead of searching for "God's will for my life," each of us would learn to seek hard after "the Spirit's leading in my life."   Francis Chan, Forgotten God

 

verses related to this topic

  • Joel 2:28

    Joel 2:28

    And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

  • John 14:16-17, 26

    John 14:16-17, 26

    “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. (26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

  • John 16:8

    John 16:8

    “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;

  • John 16:13

    John 16:13

    “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

  • Romans 8:9

    Romans 8:9

    However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

  • Romans 8:26-27

    Romans 8:26-27

    (v.26) And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;

  • 1 Corinthians 2:12

    1 Corinthians 2:12

    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God,

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16

    1 Corinthians 3:16

    Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

  • 2 Corinthians 3:18

    2 Corinthians 3:18

    But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

  • Acts 6:8-10

    Acts 6:8-10

    And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including by Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

  • Acts 10:19-20

    Acts 10:19-20

    While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you. But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgiving, for I have sent them Myself."

  • Galatians 5:25

    Galatians 5:25

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

  • 1 John 2:27

    1 John 2:27

    As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

  • 1 John 4:13

    1 John 4:13

    By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

books related to this topic

  • Forgotten God

    Forgotten God

    Francis Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him. He reminds us that we were not created and saved merely to survive our time on earth. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit and are reaping the disastrous results.

  • Baptism and Fullness

    Baptism and Fullness

    Stott’s scholarly work puts together the words of Jesus and the New Testament writers to present a sane and powerful picture of the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • Renovation of the Heart

    Renovation of the Heart

    Dallas Willard gives a powerful exposition of how we can live the new life that is ours from our beginning relationship with Jesus. It makes clear that the goal is not a transactional contract but a new and vital life-changing relationship.

  • The Barbarian Way

    The Barbarian Way

    Erwin McManus calls you to return to the ancient, primal, and dangerous faith of Jesus and His early disciples. Let go of a sanitized Christianity and get back to the powerful, raw, and ancient faith that chooses revolution over compromise, peril over safety, and passion over lukewarm and watered-down religion.

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