Empowered By The Holy Spirit - How Does The Holy Spirit Work

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

link to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHZJn2Oq3Iw#t=18m01s 

 

1. What have we done with the Holy Spirit?

⇒ Often neglected, misunderstood, the Holy Spirit (HS) is co-equal in the Trinity (the “Spirit of God”, Rom 15:19), thus a Person with personality and feeling, not mere force or certainly not a ghost. He is the one through whom all that God does in the world is accomplished.

⇒ In the OT, the HS was involved at Creation, enabled “heroes of faith” to do His work as it could not have been done otherwise (Zech 4:6).

⇒ Jesus was conceived by the HS & ministered in the power of the HS to do good, heal, teach, preach, train the disciples. Through the HS, Jesus offered himself without blemish as a sacrifice at Calvary (Heb 9:14) and by the same mighty power, Jesus was raised from the dead (Rom 8:11).

⇒ HS, as the “another Helper” promised by Jesus (Jn 14:16), birthed the church at Pentecost. From Jesus = “God with us”, it was now HS = “God in us”. HS indwells all true believers affirming us as children of God, causing us to bear His Fruit (Gal 5:23), sovereignly distributes to each His spiritual gifts.

Question: Are we filled with Him, the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18), pervaded by His power and influence?

 

2. How do we “work” with the Holy Spirit?

Andrew Bonar, 19th century Scottish minister: “All merit is in the Son, all power is in the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit works powerfully when:

a) We P_______ in the Spirit (Eph 6:18) with P_________ & thanksgiving (Eph 5:19,20).

b) We stay as O______ even as we serve Him (Eph 4:1-16).

c) We W_________ for Him (Acts 1:8) and do what we W_________ Him doing (Eph 5:15-17)

d) We E___________ our weaknesses to Him (2 Cor 10:9-10).

e) We R_____________ control to Him (Eph 5:18, Gal 5:25).

 

Questions:

1. What has been your own experience of the Holy Spirit?

2. The Holy Spirit is God’s agent on earth to do His will in and through us. How can you specifically allow Him better access, to keep on being filled with Him?