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THE HOLY SPIRIT

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THE HOLY SPIRIT
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“There is a real difference between adding the Spirit to your life and actually following Him minute by minute. If you add the Spirit to your life, you’re not open to change; you just want to enhance what you’re already doing. This is not what the Spirit came to do. On the other hand, if you begin following the Spirit’s leading in your life, you will find yourself changing.” ~ Francis Chan, Remembering the Forgotten God
Focal Text: Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Introduction:
Being led by the Holy Spirit involves the desire to hear, the readiness to obey God’s Word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and his promptings. Live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Then the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will be behind your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires. Paul describes two forces conflicting within us-the Holy Spirit and the sinful nature. Paul is not saying that these forces are equal-the Holy Spirit is infinitely stronger.
Big Idea: The Holy Spirit changes us and it makes our lives better.
How do you know that the Holy Spirit is active in your life?
I. Evidence - Galatians 5:22-23 - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control-we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his. We must know him, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfill the intended purpose of the law-to love God and our neighbors. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
5:23 Because the God who sent the law also sent the Spirit, the by-products of the Spirit-filled life are in perfect harmony with the intent of God’s law. A person who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit fulfills the law far better than a person who observes the rituals but has little love in his or her heart.
A. Actions-The invisible power of the Holy Spirit in those who are brought into living union with Christ produces “the fruit of the Spirit,” suggesting the unity of the character of the Lord as reproduced in them, namely, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance.”
B. Attitude -As the visible expressions of hidden lust are the works of the flesh.
How do you know that the Holy Spirit is active in your life? I. Evidence
II. Intimacy- a state of close relationship - Galatians 5:24-25
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
5:24 In order to accept Christ as Savior, we need to turn from our sins and willingly nail our sinful nature to the cross. This doesn’t mean, however, that we will never see traces of its evil desires again. As Christians we still have the capacity to sin, but we have been set free from sin’s power over us and no longer have to give in to it. We must daily commit our sinful tendencies to God’s control, daily crucify them, and moment by moment draw on the Spirit’s power to overcome them.
5:25 God is interested in every part of our lives, not just the spiritual part. As we live by the Holy Spirit’s power, we need to submit every aspect of our lives to God-emotional, physical, social, intellectual, vocational. Paul says that because we’re saved, we should live like it! The Holy Spirit is the source of your new life, so keep in step with his leading. Don’t let anything or anyone else determine your values and standards in any area of your life.
A. Preferences Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Intimacy-a state of close relationship.
B. Passions Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
How do you know that the Holy Spirit is active in your life? I. Evidence
II. Intimacy
III. Integrity-the quality or state of being complete or undivided - Galatians 5:26 - 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
5:26 Everyone needs a certain amount of approval from others. But those who go out of their way to secure honors or to win popularity become conceited and show they are not following the Holy Spirit’s leading. Those who look to God for approval won’t need to envy others. Because we are God’s sons and daughters, we have his Holy Spirit as the loving guarantee of his approval. Seek to please God, and the approval of others won’t seem so important.
A. Humility-Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
B. Symmetry-the quality or state of being complete or undivided
In conclusion,
How do you know that the Holy Spirit is active in your life? I. Evidence
II. Intimacy
III. Integrity
In OUR church sanctuary, all along the back wall, there are exit signs. It means you can leave the sanctuary through those doors. But when you follow the exit signs and leave the sanctuary, you still in the building. The exit sign does not take you outside of the building. There is another exit door on the other side of this exit door that takes you outside the building. So, if you’re trying to leave the building, the first exit sign is not sufficient for that. It takes you outside of this part of the building, but it doesn’t take you out of the whole building. There’s another exit sign for that.
This is the way exits work with temptations. We are told that with our temptations, we will have a way out, an exit that will help us to endure. Most people think that the exit God provides will get them out of the problem. The exits usually provided lead us to another hallway with another exit sign that leads us to a hallway to endurance. Where does the exit sign take you? It doesn’t take you out, it takes you through.
Do you feel the Holy Spirit is active in your life? Why or Why Not?
How might you experience the Holy Spirit’s presence more freely using the principles from our lessons?
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