And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
But it is actually best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Counselor won’t come. If I do go away, he will come because I will send him to you. John 16:7 NLT
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES YOU THE POWER
• OF SALVATION.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:5-6
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16
• TO WALK IN GOD’S WILL.
But 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. John 14:26
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. John 16:13
• TO SHARE CHRIST BOLDLY.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
• TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE.
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 NLT
So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants…These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. Galatians 5:16-17 NLT
• TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:4
A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
• DON’T RESIST THE SPIRIT.
“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” Acts 7:51
• BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
TALK IT OVER
1. The trinity is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What (if any) ideas did you have growing up about the Holy Spirit?
2. Read Ephesians 4:30-32. Describe a time you believe you resisted or grieved the Holy Spirit?
3. Read Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Cor. 12:27-31. The Holy Spirit gives each of us gifts to minister. Describe two of your spiritual gifts. How are you using them to make a difference? (If you are not using them, how could you?)