Why Did God Send The Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ and to lead believers into all truth. On the eve of His crucifixion while still in the Upper Room, the Lord Jesus said to the disciples, "The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
The Holy Spirit came to enable you to know Christ through a new birth and to give you the power to live and share the abundant life which Jesus promised to all who trust and obey Him.
The Holy Spirit inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. As you read the Bible, He reveals its truth to you. I read passages of Scripture that I have read many times before, and suddenly, at the moment I need a particular truth, a certain passage comes alive to me. Why? Because the Holy Spirit makes the Word of God relevant and meaningful when I need it. It is a living Book inspired by the Spirit, and only Christians who are filled with the Spirit can understand the true meaning of God's Word.
I pray and -- except for the prayer of confession -- I cannot expect God to answer my prayer unless I am walking in the Spirit. I witness, and no one responds unless I am controlled and empowered by the Spirit.
I cannot live a holy life apart from the help of the Holy Spirit for, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control."
A minister friend said to me, "I don't like all of this talk about the Holy Spirit. I want to talk about Jesus Christ." I reminded him that that was the reason the Holy Spirit came -- to exalt and glorify Christ.''
It is impossible to even know Christ apart from the regenerating ministry of the Spirit. It was Jesus of Nazareth, Himself, who said, "Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." It is impossible for you to become a Christian, to understand the Bible and other spiritual truths, to pray, to live a holy life, to witness or do anything for the Lord Jesus apart from the person of the Holy Spirit of God.
Adapted from the Transferable Concept: How You Can Be Filled With The Holy Spirit, by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Cru. All rights reserved.
“The power of the Holy Spirit.”--Romans 15:13
The Power of the Holy Spirit
June 17, 1855
C. H. Spurgeon
“The power of the Holy Spirit.”--Romans 15:13
Power is the special and distinctive prerogative of God, and God alone. Power belongs to God. God is God: and power belongs to him. If he delegates a portion of it to his creatures, yet it still is his power. The sun in the heavens, although it is “…like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course” [Psalm 19:5], yet it has no power to move through the universe except as God directs it. The stars, although they travel in their orbits and no one can stop them, yet they have neither power nor force except that which God daily infuses into them. The tall archangel, near God’s throne, who outshines a comet in its brilliance, and who excels in strength and listens to the voice of the commands of God, still has no strength except that which his Creator gives to him. As for Leviathan, who causes the sea to boil like a pot that one would think the ocean was white: as for Hippopotamus, who could almost drink up the Jordan in one swallow, and boasts that he can inhale rivers; as for those majestic creatures that are found on earth, they owe their strength to him who formed their bones of steel and made their muscle of brass. And when we think of man if he has might or power, it is so small and insignificant, that we can scarcely call it such; yes, when it is at its greatest-when he waves his scepter, when he commands vast armies, when he rules nations-still the power belongs to God.
This exclusive prerogative of God is to be found in each of the three persons of the glorious Trinity. The Father has power: for at his word the heavens were made, and by his strength all things continue, and through him they fulfill their destiny. The Son has power: for like his Father, he is the Creator of all things; “Without him nothing was made that has been made” [John 1:3], and “in him all things hold together” [Colossians 1:17]. And the Holy Spirit has power.
It is concerning the power of the Holy Spirit that I will speak this morning; and may you gain a practical example of that attribute in your own hearts, when you sense that the influence of the Holy Spirit is being poured out on me, so that I am speaking the words of the living God to your souls, and the power bestowed on you when you feel the effects of it in your own souls.
Holy Spirit Working
We believe God created the Heavens and the Earth. We believe that Mary was with child by the touch of the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus died and rose from the dead. Then why can't we believe in an all powerful God who can and does do miracles not only in Biblical times but always even up to today and beyond?
Holy Spirit Fall on me.
The question is asked, what is the Holy Spirit? This should never be asked the question should be; WHO is the Holy Spirit? He is the Helper and convictor of sin and our teacher. John 14 through to 16 shows He is no an it but a who and one we cannot do without. The one who came and touched the lives of thousands of those who gathered at Shavuot (Pentecost) Acts 2
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know your bodies are a Temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God.You are not your own, for you were brought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Five fold ministry
Evangelist to save and to gather
Pastors to nurture comfort and protect
Prophets to direction and vision
Teachers to training and growth
Apostles to spread the word to the places sent.
The Holy Spirit Burns in our Lives
Gifts of the Spirit - what are the gifts used for?
Scripture indicates that the gifts of the spirit are equally valid, but not equally valuable. Their value is determined by their worth to the Church. In dealing with this matter, Paul used the analogy of the human body. All members of the body have functions, Paul declared, but some are more important than others (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). The service of each Christian should be in proportion to the gifts, which they possess (1 Corinthians 12-14). All believers, as members of the body of Messiah, must be serving together in order for the body to be fully functional. That is why a Church needs Pastors, Teachers, Helpers, Servants, Administrators, those with great faith, etc. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit working together are needed to produce the full potential of the church. Since the gifts of the Spirit are gifts of grace, their use must be controlled by the rule of love - the greatest of all the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13).
The Holy Spirit is:
He is our very life – Genesis 2:7 - Breathed life into mankind.
He is like a dove – Luke 3:22 - The Holy spirit descended like a Dove.
He is like a covering – Luke 24:49 - The Holy Spirit will settle upon you.
He is like living water –John 7:38 - Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
He is like a comforter – John 16:7 - The Comforter will come to you.
He is our Teacher – John 14:26 - He will teach you all things.
He is the Power from high - Acts 1:8 You shall receive the power through the Holy Spirit.
He is like wind – Acts 2:2 – There came a sound of a mighty rushing wind.
He is like a fire – Acts 2:3 – Tongues of fire settled on them
He is in our hearts – 2 Corinthians 1:22 – Given the Spirit in our hearts.
He is like a pledge – 2 Corinthians 5:5 – He has given us the pledge of the Spirit.