February 12, 2020
Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all the ways that God wants you to go.
· Essential = Absolutely necessary, extremely important, crucial, key, vital
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him."
· William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army: “The chief danger of the 20th Century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without Hell.”
Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Luke 3:21-22 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
· 1. Jesus was baptized in the Holy Spirit – imitate him
Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert
· 2. Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit; controlled by – imitate him
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Literally keep on being filled)
· BE FILLED = be controlled by or come under the influence of the Holy Spirit (HS)
Luke 4:2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
· Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit – imitate him
· Being filled with the Spirit allows us to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
· 4. Jesus ministered in the power of the Spirit – imitate him
John 14:16-18 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. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
· GOD the HS is a person we can know personally
· Jesus teaches there are 3 essential personal relationships we can have with the Holy Spirit
John 14:17…... But you know him, for (1) he lives with you and (2) will be in you
· Relationship 1 – Convicted by the Spirit
John 16:8 When he (The HS) comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
· Relationship 2 – Indwelt by the Spirit
· Every CF has the Holy Spirit living INSIDE of them.
John 20:21-22 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
· Relationship 3 – Empowered by the Spirit
· The Power of God is not the ability of man
Acts 1:4-5 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Being filled with the Spirit is absolutely
essential in the life of every CF!
· 1. DESIRE the gift
John 7:37 "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
· 2. ASK for the gift
Luke 11:13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Luke 3:16 John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
· 3. RECEIVE the gift by faith
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
· 4. Go and change your world for God
All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.