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Seek First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Matthew 6:33)

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S.H.I.N.E.-Holy Spirit’s Work-Understanding Sanctification

Salvation-three parts

Justification-Past event. “I was saved (justified) when I was 8 years old.” Declared innocent by God. Guarantees Heaven.
Sanctification- Present activity. “I am being continually saved (sanctified) right now.” Becoming innocent. Experiencing Heaven on earth. Earning rewards in heaven.
Glorification- Future event. “I will be finally saved (glorified) at the resurrection when Christ returns.” Will finally actually be innocent. Will be in heaven.

What all does the Holy Spirit do?

Romans 8:9 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
What distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian?

1. The Holy Spirit indwells all genuine believers.

Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Philippians 2:13 ESV
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Romans 8:9 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
What distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian?
Ill: Zipper- Tennis Player, Pro-- Stiffen up, Get pride, fall flat on my face.
2.
Example Passages
Galatians 3:3 ESV
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
Galatians 5:16–26 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 8:9 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
What distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian?
· The Holy Spirit indwells all genuine believers.
Galatians 4:6 ESV
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
7.
2 Timothy 1:14 ESV
By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

2. The Holy Spirit is active in the entire salvation process.

a. He convicts the world of sin.
John 16:8 ESV
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
b. He convinces us of Christ.
John 15:26 ESV
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
John 16:14 ESV
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
11.
Ephesians 6:17 ESV
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
c. He draws people to the truth.
Revelation 22:17 ESV
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Acts 7:51 ESV
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
d. He frees us from the bondage of legalism so we can enjoy the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Galatians 5:18 ESV
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
e. He washes us, and enables us to become born again followers of Jesus.
Titus 3:4–6 ESV
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
f. He comes to dwell in us at the moment of our salvation.
Acts 2:38 ESV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
g. He insures our future with Christ in heaven!
Ephesians 1:13–14 ESV
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
h. He gives us assurance of salvation.
Romans 8:16 ESV
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
1 John 4:13 ESV
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
i. The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness with boldness!
22.
John 16:7 ESV
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
j. The Holy Spirit is our helper.
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3. The Holy Spirit empowers us to develop godly character.

a. He transforms us into the Lord’s likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
b. He empowers us to exemplify godly character qualities and attitudes.
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Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
c. He gives us strength.
Ephesians 3:16 ESV
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
d. He enables us to overflow with hope!
Romans 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
e. He fills us with joy!
Acts 13:52 ESV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
f. The Holy Spirit helps us overcome temptation.
Galatians 5:16 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
.
Romans 8:5–6 ESV
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
g. The Holy Spirit teaches us.
John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
1 Corinthians 2:12 ESV
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
h. The Holy Spirit directs us where and how to share our Christian witness.
Acts 8:29–31 ESV
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Acts 16:6–7 ESV
And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.
Acts 11:12 ESV
And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.
i. The Holy Spirit helps us receive God’s love into our hearts.
Romans 5:5 ESV
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
j. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us.
1 Peter 1:2 ESV
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
k. The Holy Spirit unites us and baptizes us into one body.
1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
l. The Holy Spirit compassionately intercedes for us as we pray.
Romans 8:26–27 ESV
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
m. The Holy Spirit empowers us to confront false teachers.
Acts 13:9–10 ESV
But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?
n. The Holy Spirit is actively involved in the resurrection of all believers.
Romans 8:11 ESV
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

4. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to carry out certain ministries for the common good.

a. The ministries are called spiritual gifts. They are listed in Romans Chapter 12, 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, and Ephesians Chapter 4. Every Christian has at least one of these gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:7 ESV
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
b. The Holy Spirit fills us.
Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
God’s way of empowering you to live a victorious Christian life is by filling you with the Holy Spirit, moment-by-moment. You will be filled with (directed and empowered by) the Holy Spirit as you:
1. Live by faith.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
2. Confess and turn away from all known sin.
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
3. Consciously yield each area of your life to God’s control.
Romans 8:14 ESV
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Ill. Sponge
Do you want God to fill and control your life?
We need first confess all sins. We need to be clean, usable vessels for His use.
Next, pray and yield all area of your life to Him. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and control the following specific areas:
· Thought life
· Time
· Personal Discipline
· Ethics
· Money
· Relationships
Most of this session is taken from: Hanks Jr., Billie. A Call to Joy. Salado, Texas: International Evangelism Association, 1994).
Hanks Jr., Billie. A Call to Joy. Salado, Texas: International Evangelism Association, 1994).

Acting a Miracle!

Read
Galatians 2:14 ESV
But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Read
Philippians 1:27 ESV
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
Ask yourself this question: Is every part of my life “in step” with the Gospel?
There is a way of life that fits the gospel! Yes, we already learned the cross of Christ cancels our sin and completes the righteousness that is the basis for our Justification.
BUT---what sometimes is forgotten in that the cross of Christ also unleashed the power of sanctification in our lives. In other words, the ability to live a life “in step” with the gospel is enabled by Christ’s work on the cross!
Let’s explore this together:
First-When it comes to sin, always remember that they are CANCELED first and then CONQUERED. Not the other way around. This is key.
In the death of Christ we died.
Romans 6:5 ESV
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Romans 7:4 ESV
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
In your own words, what are these verses saying?
-We have been united with him in a death like his.
e.
f.
Romans 6:11–12 ESV
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
What is passage saying?
-You also must consider yourselves dead to sin. AND no longer let it reign in your mortal body.
2. In the death of Christ we were bought.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
What are we to do? Why?
3. In the death of Christ we were forgiven.
Ephesians 4.32
Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
What are we to do? Why?
So, We died, were bought and were forgiven all because of the cross of Christ. Right? And in all three cases, that is supposed to lead to living a holy life. Yes or no?
THEREFORE- The link between the cross and my conquered sin is:
MY EMPOWERED WILL: My will, engaged to fight sin with blood-bought power.
Not sure? Go back and look—every verse above that refers to the work of Christ also calls for an act of the will on our part. It is engaging our will!
The sin is CANCELED first! Then Conquered. How is it conquered? By our empowered will.
So where does the empowerment come from?
Romans 8:13 ESV
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
This is a prophecy of a new covenant from God for His people.
1 Corinthians 11:25 ESV
In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Jesus ushered in the new covenant. By dying, Christ secured the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.’
SO----The link between the cross and my conquered sin is a
HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERED WILL.
Romans 7:6 ESV
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Romans 8:13 ESV
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Peter 4:11 ESV
whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Who is working?
Who is willing?
Who is serving?
Who is putting sin to death?
But where does the power come from?----
The will of the Spirit.
The will of Christ.
The will of God.
The will of grace.
God intends part of our experience of sanctification be the conscious, willed, opposition to specific sins on our lives. PART because here are some sins he takes away immediately. Others without much effort. BUT some are much tougher.
Can you list some sins here that are tough to get rid of:
Try not to limit your list to just sins of action. What about sins of the mind and mouth? Like anger, gossip, hatred, pride, malice, selfishness, etc.
Read again.
Philippians 2:12–14 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
Philippians 2:12–13 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13–14 ESV
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
Two things to note about this passage:
“work out your own salvation” -
Greek word katergazesthe means to produce, bring about, effect. It is also in a tense that pictures this as a continuous, sustained action.
We are to work out our salvation from anger. Or work out our salvation from lusting. Or we are to work our salvation from self pity. Or work out our salvation from (name any sin here that you are struggling with).
So, I am to BRING ABOUT, EFFECT, or PRODUCE deliverance from these sins all with my HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERED WILL. WOW!
3. “fear and trembling”
God is in me working! How amazing is that!
Key thing to remember: I am not waiting on a miracle, I am acting a miracle.
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