Bible Study – The Holy Spirit and you.

Bible Study - The Holy Spirit and you.
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BIBLE STUDY

TOPIC: INTRODUCING YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT – JOHN 16: 1 – 16                                                                              August 1, 2017

Who is the Holy Spirit?

  1. In the Bible, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ruʹachand the Greek word pneuʹma. Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit.

The holy spirit is God’s power in action, His active force – Micah 3:8, Lk1:35

 

  1. He is the third divine person of The Trinity: The “Triune God” manifested as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; each aspect itself being God. Genesis 1:2

 

  1. Holy Spirit is the presence of God dwelling within believers of Christ and enables them to live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. As the third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the part of God that dwells on earth, acting as a daily influence on Christians.

 

  1. The Holy Spirit could be compared to Electricity, a sort of divine, heavenly Electricity. Your body, particularly your hands, could be the conductor of His awesome power while your tongue is the switch that sets the current flowing. That is why powerful Christians are Christians who pray in tongues often.

 

Some Attributes of the Holy Spirit

  1. Jesus sends His Holy Spirit to His followers so that they can grow and change into the righteous people of God and have the qualities needed to lead others back to Him.
  2. A Comforter – John 14:16
  3. The Holy Spirit is a helper or enabler – Rom 8:26, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38
  4. Teacher – John 14: 26
  5. He Prompts us to act right – e.g. In the Case of David in 2Sam15:31. In 2Sam 17 his prayer was made manifest
  6. Witness – Romans 8:14-16
  7. – John 16: 8 – 13 Jesus refers to the Spirit as a “Counselor” who will guide us in our everyday lives. One way he’ll guide us is by convicting us of sin. And this is really a good thing: God wants us to get rid of the things that displease him, and the only way to identify those things is to be convicted by the Spirit. The Spirit works through our conscience to make us aware of sin in our lives.
  8. He performs miracles – Healing etc Rom 8:11, Acts 3:1 – 9
  9. He Directs/Steers/Convinces/Restrains – 1Cor 12:3
  10. He commands and directs His people. Acts 13:1-3
  11. He can be prayed to and asked to intercede on a person’s behalf – Rom 8:26 – 27
  12. He also gives believers gifts – Galatians 5: 22-23.

 

How to Receive Indwelling of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-5

One prepares to receive the Holy Spirit through prayer, rejection of sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord.

There is nothing else one needs to do to receive the Holy Spirit. Believers receive the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit automatically, simply by exercising saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Filling is an ongoing process that can happen daily as an individual empties himself of his own desires and replaces them with those of God. It is the idea of being permeated and driven by the Spirit of God as one yields everything to his control.

 

The Holy Spirit entered you when you decided to give your life to Christ, to become a Christian. But we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to help us do the things God wants us to do. When we’re growing as Christians, we should allow the Spirit to take control over more and more areas of our lives.

 

Can Holy Spirit leave us?

1Cor 6:19, Eph 4:30

There can be no loss of power without a cause or causes. When the power diminishes or vanishes, the first thing to do is to try and locate the why of it Power could be lost through (i) absorbing false doctrines – Eph. 4:14Eph. 4:14 (ii) innocent amusements – Prov 9:17-18 (iii) flattery – Prov 29:5 (iv) the “oil” drying up.

What can we do if He leaves us?

To get the fire going again, we must (i) trim the wick i.e. restitute our ways, (ii) obtain oil afresh, (iii) go back to the source of fire (iv) stay put till we become so conformed to the source that we can partake of His nature once again.There can be no loss of power without a cause or causes. When the power diminishes or vanishes, the first thing to do is to try and locate the why of it Power could be lost through (i) absorbing false doctrines, (ii) innocent amusements (iii) flattery or (iv) the “oil” drying up. To get the fire going again, we must (i) trim the wick i.e. restitute our ways, (ii) obtain oil afresh, (iii) go back to the source of fire (iv) stay put till we become so conformed to the source that we can partake of His nature once again.NO LOSS WITHOUT CAUSE
There is no smoke without fire. There can be no loss of power without a cause or causes. When the power diminishes or vanishes, the first thing to do is to try and locate the why of it Power could be lost through (i) absorbing false doctrines, (ii) innocent amusements (iii) flattery or (iv) the “oil” drying up. To get the fire going again, we must (i) trim the wick i.e. restitute our ways, (ii) obtain oil afresh, (iii) go back to the source of fire (iv) stay put till we become so conformed to the source that we can partake of His nature once again.
Eph. 4:14; Pro. 9:17-18; 29:5; Mf. 25:27; 25:9; Ps. 34:4-5; Rom. 8:29; II Cor. 3:18; Phi. 3:21; II Pet. 1:4; I John 4:17.

  1. 2. RETENTION IS BETTER THAN RECOVERY
    It is good to regain lost powers, but it is better still never to lose the powers. If you do not want to lose your powers but instead you want the powers to increase, here are some suggestions on what to do. (i) Keep in continuous touch with the source, whatever it costs (ii) your desire and thirst for Him must be intense and continuous (iii) you must have a deep and continuous burden to serve Him, passionately, desirous of winning souls (iv) you must be temperate in all things (v) you must constantly keep your body under even as you feed on the word (vi) you must forget past glories and aim higher each day and (vii) you must constantly increase your flying time: i.e. hours of prayers, the type of praying that shuts all else out except God.

the Holy Spirit could be compared to Electricity, a sort of divine, heavenly Electricity. Your body, particularly your hands, could be the conductor of His awesome power while your tongue is the switch that sets the current flowing. That is why powerful Christians are Christians who pray in tongues often. But suppose a once powerful Christian lost his power, how can he regain it? How can a powerful Christian remain powerful?the Holy Spirit could be compared to Electricity, a sort of divine, heavenly Electricity. Your body, particularly your hands, could be the conductor of His awesome power while your tongue is the switch that sets the current flowing. That is why powerful Christians are Christians who pray in tongues often. But suppose a once powerful Christian lost his power, how can he regain it? How can a powerful Christian remain powerful?

It is good to regain lost powers, but it is better still never to lose the powers. If you do not want to lose your powers but instead you want the powers to increase, here are some suggestions on what to do. (i) Keep in continuous touch with the source, whatever it costs (ii) your desire and thirst for Him must be intense and continuous (iii) you must have a deep and continuous burden to serve Him, passionately, desirous of winning souls (iv) you must be temperate in all things (v) you must constantly keep your body under even as you feed on the word (vi) you must forget past glories and aim higher each day and (vii) you must constantly increase your flying time: i.e. hours of prayers, the type of praying that shuts all else out except God.It is good to regain lost powers, but it is better still never to lose the powers. If you do not want to lose your powers but instead you want the powers to increase, here are some suggestions on what to do. (i) Keep in continuous touch with the source, whatever it costs (ii) your desire and thirst for Him must be intense and continuous (iii) you must have a deep and continuous burden to serve Him, passionately, desirous of winning souls (iv) you must be temperate in all things (v) you must constantly keep your body under even as you feed on the word (vi) you must forget past glories and aim higher each day and (vii) you must constantly increase your flying time: i.e. hours of prayers, the type of praying that shuts all else out except God.

 The Holy Spirit and you

  • Cultivate the habit of praying to the Holy Spirit to help you even in little things
  • God contrasts being filled with the Spirit with being drunk. Somebody who is drunk with wine or alcohol is controlled by and consumed by alcohol. But somebody who is “drunk in the Spirit” is controlled and consumed by the Spirit, who helps us live holy lives.
  • In John 14, for example, Jesus says the Holy Spirit will comfort us when we’re hurting. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus says (14:18), promising that the Spirit will bring us peace (14:27).
  • Jesus also says the Spirit will help us recall the things we’ve learned about God (14:26)—which also means the Spirit will help us when we tell others about our faith.
  • In John 16, Jesus refers to the Spirit as a “Counselor” who will guide us in our everyday lives. One way he’ll guide us is by convicting us of sin (16:8). And this is really a good thing: God wants us to get rid of the things that displease him, and the only way to identify those things is to be convicted by the Spirit. The Spirit works through our conscience to make us aware of sin in our lives.
  • Romans 8 tells us the Spirit will help us stop sinning and do the things that please God. A verse later in that chapter also tells us that the Spirit helps us pray (8:26). We’ve all gone to God and said, “Lord, I’m just not sure how to pray or what to say.” The Holy Spirit helps us in those times, and actually intercedes for us, saying the prayers for us.
  • Now, the Holy Spirit can’t do all the work for us. We’re still responsible to do our part—especially to consistently read our Bibles and pray, asking the Spirit to show us the truth and teach us how to live.
  • It’s important to remember that the Spirit will not prompt us to do anything that goes against Scripture. People sometimes justify their actions by saying, “My conscience told me … ” We need to make sure we’re listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, not the voice of our own desires. And we know which is which by checking this voice against the truth of God’s Word.

 

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