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The Holy Spirit And The Believer

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The Holy Spirit And The Believer

Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

The Holy Spirit helps a believer to understand things. He will guide us in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will (His desires) and His thoughts. Many times it is hard to understand the Word of God without the help of the Holy Spirit (our Helper). God reveals the truths in His Word to us through the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 NKJV
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom of God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:
‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him’
But God has revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

The early believers continued steadfastly in the doctrine of the apostles. There was a uniformity in the early church concerning what they believed about Jesus Christ. The early church did not have a Bible so they relied on the word of the apostles (apostles’ doctrine). The people were not double-minded about what they believed, nor did they have a double standard. They did not change their mind about what they believed because of persecution, or because God’s way seemed too hard. The early church did not allow the world to set their standards or their beliefs. They had the mind of Christ. They relied solely on the apostle’s doctrine. There was unity in the early church because all of them continued steadfastly in the words given to them from God through the apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit. They continued to learn God’s ways and to do what He instructed them to do.
We too must have the mind of Christ. The Word of God must dwell in us and be made alive by the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

We must be a disciple of Christ. We must know His ways and we must follow His ways. We must know what the Word of God says and then we must act upon what we know. We must not just be a hearer of the Word.

Romans 2:12-13 NKJV
“For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified….”

James 1:21-27 NKJV
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Each believer must have a teachable spirit and receive the Word of God with meekness (without resistance). As we hear and obey God’s Word (remain steadfast in the Word of God) it will keep us from falling into sinful behavior, which will lead to spiritual death. We must apply the Word of God to our daily lives. We are only deceiving ourselves if we hear the Word but do not obey it.
God has given His Holy Spirit to us to help us obey Him. The Holy Spirit gives us power to live for and to obey God and His Word. When we reject the Holy Spirit’s instructions (His leading in our lives) we are actually rejecting God.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for Your Holy Spirit who helps me understand things and guides me in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit I have the ability to understand Your Word, will, desires and thoughts. Thank-you for reveling Your truths in Your Word to me through the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to continue steadfastly in the Word. May I not have a double-mind about what I believe, or have a double standard. Help me to stand firm even in the face of persecution. Cause me to have the mind of Christ and may the Word of God dwell in me and make me alive by the Holy Spirit. Help me to apply Your Word to my daily life. I desire to know Your ways and follow them. May I have a teachable spirit and receive Your Word with meekness.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

The Holy Spirit And Sanctification

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The Holy Spirit And Sanctification

Believers have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and their bodies are the temple of God. The Holy Spirit dwells in the believer therefore, their bodies are vessels to be used for a holy or pure purpose and for the glory of God. We must allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit enables a believer to live a holy life.

Enable means to provide with the means or opportunity or to make possible, practical, or easier. Enable can also mean to allow something to be done.

The Holy Spirit guides, empowers, directs, and leads the believer, as well as convicts us of sin and bad habits. The Holy Spirit will speak to us and He will correct us in order for us to avoid sinning against God. However, He does not force us to obey – we always have a choice. When we listen and obey the Holy Spirit it makes the process of sanctification possible and easier.

John 16:13 NKJV
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Dear Father,
Thank-you for the work that You are doing in me. I have been regenerated by Your Holy Spirit and my body is Your temple. May I always remember that my body is a vessel to be used for holy and pure purpose. And for Your glory. I desire to allow the Holy Spirit to work in me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, enable me to live a holy life – guide, empower, direct, and lead me. Convict me of sin and bad habits. Help me to be attentive to Your voice – may I listen to and obey the Holy Spirit.
Thank-you that the Holy Spirit will tell me thing to come and will prepare me for them.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Endowed With Power

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Endowed With Power

Ephesians 5:17-18 NKJV
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”

The early church was a group of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit that spread the Good News. They waited in the upper room until they receive the promised gift from the Father. Only after they received the gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, did they go out into their world with the gospel.

Acts 1:8 NKJV
“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.”

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they began to fulfill the great commission – they were controlled and energized by the Holy Spirit. Each of the first believers had experienced a life changing encounter with God. They did not leave their encounter with the same way, they were changed. Too many times today people will come to the altar and experience an encounter with man then leave the altar unchanged.

Throughout the church today the question is often asked, “Why don’t we see the church of Acts today?” The answer is simple, we haven’t tarried in the upper room for the endowment of power. The same gift is offered to believers today, however fewer and fewer believers are asking for and receiving that gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And even less are truly walking in the Spirit.

All across the world there is a vast majority of people that have had an encounter with man (good song, good sermon, good program, etc…), but not a life changing encounter with God. Man, and the things of man, can not transform man. Only God can change and transform man – each one of us must come into the presence of God. Only in God’s presence are we changed. People can not be a witness for Christ if they have never really experienced an encounter with Him. In a court of law, a person can not testify with hear say – everything that a person bears witness of must have been personally seen or experienced by the person giving the testimony. The same is true in the spiritual realm -you cannot testify to (be a witness of) what you have not personally experienced. We can not testify to what we have not personally seen or experienced.

If we want to be an Acts church, we too, must be endowed with power. The only power that can transform us or our world comes from the Holy Spirit.

Dear Father,
By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we not be unwise, but understand what Your will is. Cause us to desire to be filled, and refilled, with Your Spirit. Cause us not to get in a hurry or become distracted, but may we tarry in the upper room until we receive the gift that You promised. Then may we go out into our world energized and empowered by the Holy Spirit, as we fulfill the great commission. Cause everything we say and do be controlled by the Holy Spirit. May each and every person that claims the name of a believer to experience a life changing encounter with Jesus and Your precious Holy Spirit. Don’t allow them to leave their encounter the same way, cause each one to be changed.
Fill each believer with a desire for more of You and for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And cause each believer to make the choice to walk in the Spirit. May our lives be a living testimony to those around us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Guard Your Passion

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Guard Your Passion

The Holy Spirit desires to deposit a fiery passion within you. This passion will enable you to minister in His power under His anointing. The Holy Spirit’s anointing, power and gifts are very precious and should carefully be guarded. Anything that contaminates the Spirit’s flow in our lives hinders the work of His gifts and power through us. It will also effect our passion for Jesus.

GUARD WHAT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO YOU

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will help to guard against unsound teachings. Like Timothy, we need to carefully guard and hold fast to what the Lord had entrusted to us.

2 Timothy 1:13-14 NKJV

“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”

1 Timothy 6:20 NKJV

“O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge”

We must remain committed to the truth that God has taught us through His Holy Spirit and His Word. You must know what you believe and why. Over time compromise, false teaching, or a watered down gospel may try to creep into your life if you fail to remain steadfast. These things (compromise, false teaching, or a watered down gospel) will have a negative impact on your passion for Jesus.

 

GUARD YOUR HEART

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will help guard your heart. Out of our hearts flow the living waters of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the living water flowing from within our lives.

John 7:37-39 NKJV

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Just as we must guard the purity of fresh drinking water, not allowing anything to contaminate it, so we must guard our hearts. One definition of pure is not mixed with anything else. Our hearts cannot be filled with the things of the world and the things of God at the same time. Be careful to let nothing contaminate your life. Be holy, set apart for God.

Matthew 12:34 NKJV

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

As a person thinks in his heart, so is he. We must be careful with what we see and hear because thoughts get into our hearts through our eyes and ears. When you take ungodly things into Your mind and allow them to settle in your heart it will lead to actions that can put out the flame of your heart’s passion for Jesus.

Matthew 15:18-19 NKJV

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

 

Dear Father,

By the power of the Holy Spirit help me to guard my heart’s passion for Jesus. May I be careful to hold fast to what You have entrusted to me and remain committed to the truth that You have taught me through Your Holy Spirit and Your Word. Help me to guard against compromise, false teaching, and a watered down gospel. May I keep my heart with all diligence. I desire to be set apart for You. Help me to be careful with what I allow into my heart.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Stephen Is Filled With Boldness

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BEAUTIFUL HOLY SPIRIT

Luke 12:11-12 NKJV

““Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

We have been given the promise that when we (believers of Christ) are persecuted the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to say.

Acts 6:10 NKJV

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.”

Stephen is a wonderful example of God fulfilling this promise. When persecuted, Stephen, was filled with a mighty boldness. When he spoke it astounded and convicted those hearing and it opened the windows of heaven.

Acts 6:51-56 NKJV

““You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.” When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

Although it led to his death, Stephen witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We too must boldly open our mouths, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and proclaim the Good News, regardless of the sufferings we might face.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for the promise that You have given us. When we face persecution for Your name’s sake we do not have to fear, for You will fill us with power to speak Your words. I ask You, O Lord, to fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit that I might be filled with boldness to witness and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. May I declare with boldness Your Word regardless of the adverse opinions or the suffering I might face. Put someone upon my heart that needs to hear about You and Your great love for them and give me the right words to say to them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.