Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What the Holy Spirit Does In Us and Through Us

WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES IN AND THROUGH US

1. The Spirit helps us when we are in precarious situations and need to bear witness(Mark
13:3,3; Luke 12:12)
2. The Spirit teaches and reminds us of what we need to know and remember. He is our
comforter, our advisor, our encourager, and our strength. He guides us in the way we
should go (psalms 143:10, John 14 - 16; Acts 9:3'1; Acts 13:2; Acts 15:28; I Cor. 2:9-
10; 1 John 5:6 - 8).
3. From the Spirit we receive power to be God's witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is .the
Spirit who draws people to the gospel, the Spirit who equips us with the strength·we need
to accomplish God's purposes. The Holy Spirit not only initially draws people to God
. the Father, but He also draws believers closer to Jesus (Acts I :8; Romans 8:26; Eph.
3:16). . .
4. By the power of the Spirit we put to death the misdeeds of the body. The Spirit sets us
free from sin, which we cannot get rid of on our Own. This is a lifelong process we
entered into, in partnership with the Spirit, when we first believed (Romans 8:2).
5. Through the Spirit we have received adoption as children, which leads us into intimacy
with the Father, instead of a relationship based on fear and slavery. The Spirit bears
witness to us that we are God's children (Romans 8: 15-16).
6. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. He does this both before we initially enter into
right relationship with God and as we journey through this life as believers (John 16:7 -
II; 1 Thess. 1:5).
7. The Spirit brings us life and freedom. Where the Spirit is, there is freedom, not bondage
or slavery. In our world that is plagued with death, this is a profound truth that points to
real hope (Romans 8: I 0-11; 2 Cor. 3: 17).
8. By the power of the Holy Spirit we abound with hope because our God is a God of hope,
who fills His children with all joy and peace (Romans 15:13).
9. As members of God's kingdom community, each of us is given a manifestation of the
Spirit in our lives for the purpose of the common good. We all have something to offer
because of what the Spirit gives to us (I Cor. 12:7).
10. The fruit of being led by the Spirit of God includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These attitudes and actions will
characterize our lives as we allow ourselves to be grown and molded by the Spirit. The
Spirit is our sanctifier (Gal. 5:22 - 23; 2 Cor. 3:18).
11. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. When we don't know what to pray for or what
to do, He actually intercedes on our behalf. He gives us strength in the midst of uncertainty
and asks the Father to work according to His will (Rom. 8:26 -27).

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