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Power To Speak The Truth

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Power To Speak The Truth

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.”

Acts 2:40-47 NKJV
“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

After Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit he was filled (endowed) with power. He boldly told the people that they needed to be saved from sin. He said to them, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” In order for a person to be saved (become a believer) they must first come to a realization that they personally have sinned against God. They must then be sorry and ask for forgiveness, and turn away from their sins. They can not try to hold on to God and the world at the same time. The Holy Spirit enabled Peter to speak the truth to the people, and the Holy Spirit softened the hearts of the people to accept the truth. After the people received salvation they were baptized. They then followed the first believers in the Apostles’ doctrine, in fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer.

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Paraclete – The Holy Spirit

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Paraclete – The Holy Spirit

John 15:26 KJV
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will sent unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”

John 15:26 NKJV
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

John 15:26 NIV
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.”

The dictionary defines the word paraclete as Holy Spirit. Paraclete comes from the Greek word parakletos, which means advocate or intercessor. It also means called to one’s side. Paraclete also means encourager and comforter. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. Jesus sent Him to be with us. In other words the Holy Spirit as been called to be at our side. But not only at our side, He indwells every believer.

John 14:15-27 NKJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 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 things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

A few things that the Holy Spirit does for us are:

(1) He is our legal Advocate.
(2) He is our Comforter.
(3) He is our Encourager.
(4) He is a Gift Giver
(5) He is our Helper.
(6) He is our Intercessor.
(7) He is a Peace Giver.
(8) He is a Restorer.
(9) He is a Strengthener.
(10) He is our Teacher.

Our Comforter

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Our Comforter

The Holy Spirit is our Comforter

 

John 15:26 KJV
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will sent unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”

A comforter gives strength and hope, eases grief, and consoles. The word comforter can also mean “one to run to our side and pick us up.” Sometimes the Holy Spirit’s comfort comes from Him directly, and sometimes He will empower and strengthen someone else to speak the words you need to hear that will give you comfort.

Our Advocate

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Our Advocate

The Holy Spirit is our legal Advocate.

John 15:26 NIV
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.”

An advocate is one who pleads the cause of another, counsels for defense, one who defends, or one who supports / promotes.

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