The Holy Spirit

14 day Devotional, Prayer & Study Guide  By Joe and Sharon Thrower

Now that we've spent a little time in Acts, we are going to do a deeper study of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. During these two weeks we are fasting - asking The Holy Spirit for more of Him.  Jump in , it will do the "BODY" good! 

First things First

         Before we embark upon this wonderful experience of discovering who the Holy Spirit is, and how He plays an important part in our lives, we want to make sure that He is living/dwelling within us. 

         God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  When we believe on, accept, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; He promises that His Holy Spirit will come and live in us.

Please ponder the following spiritual truths from God’s Word.

1. God Loves You.

“For God so loved the world [this includes you and me], that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16).

2.  Jesus Is The Only Way To God.

“Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6).

3.  You Are A Sinner.

“There is none righteous, no not one.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  (Romans 3:10,23).

4.  The Result Of Sin Is Spiritual Death.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 6:23).

5. Jesus Paid The Penalty For Your Sin.

Jesus, Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness.”  (I Peter 2:24).

6. You Can Be Saved From Your Sin.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

(Romans 10:9).


A Life Changing Experience

         Before we can know God, we must be in right standing with Him.  

That’s what it means to be made righteous or to be cleansed from all unrighteousness.  If you want to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, pray this prayer sincerely from your heart:

Dear God,

     I now understand that I am a sinner and that you loved me enough to send Jesus to pay the penalty for my sin.  Please forgive all my sins and make me clean in Your sight.  I invite Jesus into my heart and life to be my Savior.  I will turn from my sin and live for Jesus.  Amen.

         If you prayed this prayer and sincerely meant it, then you are a new person inside.  The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 

(2 Corinthians 5:17) From this day on you will never be the same.  The Holy Spirit entered your life to help you live a new and changed life in Christ.  Your life will take on a new meaning as you seek to discover the special plan God has for you.  By reading the Bible, God will guide you and give new direction for your life.  Knowing God and living for Jesus is indeed a life-changing experience.

GETTING STARTED IN YOUR NEW LIFE

Here are a few suggestions that will help you get started in your new life with Christ.

      a.   Get connected with a church family.  Attend regularly, a church where Christ and the Bible are preached.

      b.   Learn to know Jesus better by reading the Bible every day.  You could start with the Gospel of John.

      c.   Talk to God in daily prayer, in the name of Jesus.

      d.  Tell others that you are a new Christian.

      e.   Praise God:  in prayer, in worship, and in conversation with others.

      f.    Tell others about salvation through Jesus Christ.


5/15/17                                                         Day 1

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

         What do you know about The Holy Spirit?  What does the Holy Spirit mean to you personally?  Jesus promised in His apostolic commission that the Holy Spirit would give us power to be His witnesses.  “But you shall receive power when The Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8).

         The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is not some vague, ethereal shade, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with the Father and the Son.  All of the divine attributes are ascribed to the Holy Spirit.  Personality is composed of intellect, emotions and will.

1.  In Corinthians 2:11, what indicates that The Holy Spirit has intellect?

2.  In Romans 15:30, what indicates that He has emotions?

1.   Does the Holy Spirit have a will? (I Corinthians 12:11)? ______________

2.  Read John 3:18. Summarize this passage in your own words.

Prayer Focus:

            Invite the Holy Spirit to lead your life.

            As Him to help you to live your life totally obedient and surrendered

            unto God.

            Begin to praise and thank God for His Son, Jesus, who died for your

            sins; for His indwelling Holy Spirit; and for who He is.

            Continue to pray for whatever the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.


5/16/17                                                          Day 2

The Nature of The Holy Spirit

         The first reference to The Holy Spirit is made in Genesis 1:2. His influence is noted throughout the Old Testament, but it becomes more pronounced in the life and ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Finally, after our Savior ascended to be at the right hand of the Father, the place of power: He sent The Holy Spirit to be the “Comforter” or “Helper” (John 14:26) and John 15: 26).  The Greek word for comforter or helper is Paraclete, meaning the “one called along beside” the Christian as a companion and friend. Also, the one who “energizes,” “strengthens” and “empowers” the believer in Christ.

What do we learn about the nature and operation of The Holy Spirit in each of the following references?

1.  John 14:16

2.  I Corinthians 3:16

3.  Romans 8:2

4.  John 16:13

5.  Hebrews 10:29

6.  Romans 1:4

Prayer Focus:

            Adoration:  Begin to worship and praise God for His Holy Spirit, for His greatness, and for who He IS.

            Confession :  Confess and ask for God’s forgiveness for any sins that The Holy Spirit may be bringing to your mind.

            Thanksgiving:  Thank God for His Son, for His perfect care, for your family, for food, clothing, shelter, continue to thank Him for. . .

            Supplication:  Pray for any unsaved loved ones.  Pray for your individual family members.  Pray for your neighbors.  Pray for your church family and leaders.  Pray for whatever/whoever else that The Holy Spirit may be bring to your mind.


5/17/17                                                             Day 3

Why The Holy Spirit Came

         The Holy Spirit came to bear witness to The Lord Jesus Christ and to glorify Him.  As Jesus had come to exalt and reveal The Father; The Holy Spirit was sent to exalt and glorify The Son, Jesus Christ. It logically follows, then, that the more we allow The Holy Spirit to control our lives; the more we shall love and serve The Lord Jesus Christ, and the more we shall be conscious of His loving presence.

            1. Read John (16:13-14).  What is the chief reason why the Holy Spirit came?

            2. What will be the logical result when The Holy Spirit controls our lives?

            3. According to John 15:8, how is The Father glorified?

            4. Read Romans 9.           

Prayer Focus:

            Adoration:  Begin to sing a song of worship unto God.

            Confession:  Confess and ask forgiveness for anything that the Holy Spirit may be bringing to your mind.  Forgive anyone who has wronged you in any way.

            Thanksgiving:  Thank God for a new day, your family, for His provisions, for waking you up today, continue to thank Him for. . .

            Supplication:  Pray for spiritual, physical, relational, and financial growth of your church family.  Pray for the manifestation of the power of The Holy Spirit in your church services and your personal lives. Pray for whatever else that The Holy Spirit may be bring to your mind.


5/18/17                                                         Day 4

How is the Holy Spirit related to Every Christian?

Read Romans 12:1-8; I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 5:18

         At the moment of spiritual birth every Christian is regenerated, in-dwelt, sealed, guaranteed, baptized and filled with The Holy Spirit.  The act of regenerating, indwelling, sealing, guaranteeing, and baptizing the Christian into the Body of Christ; by The Holy Spirit, is a positional relationship and may or may not be accompanied by an emotional experience.

         As a result of this relationship with Christ, every Christian has the potential to witness with power, and to live a life of victory over sin.  This potential power, the life of Jesus Christ in every believer, is released by faith as the Christian surrenders the controls of his life to The Holy Spirit.  Since it is the ministry of The Holy Spirit to glorify Christ; Jesus Christ now has unhindered opportunity to work in and through the believer to perform His perfect will.

            1.  The Holy Spirit does a number of things for and to a person when he/she becomes a Christian (time of spiritual birth).  What are they?

                             A.  John 3.5

                             B.  I Corinthians 3:16

                             C.  Ephesians 4:30


                             D.  I Corinthians 12:13

                             E.  II Corinthians 5:5

            2.   Summarize in your own words what The Holy Spirit does for the Christian according to:          
           A.  Romans 8:16


           B.  Romans 8:26-27                

 

Prayer Focus:

            Praise and worship God.

            Confess any sins.

            Thank God for. . .

            Pray for the leaders of our land on the National, State, and Local levels.

 


5/19/17                                                            Day 5

What is the Spirit Filled Life?

      1.   What is the main reason we are to be filled with the Spirit? (Acts 1:8: Acts 4:29-30)

      2.   According to Ephesians 5:18, is it commanded or suggested that we be filled with the Holy Spirit?

      3.   What are two additional results of being filled with The Spirit (Ephesians 5:19,20)?

      4.   Can a person be a Christian and not have The Holy Spirit dwelling in Him (Romans 8:9)?

      5.   What work of The Holy Spirit is necessary for successful Christian living and service (Ephesians 5:18)?

         The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-filled life.  The Spirit-filled Christian is one who, according to Romans 6:11, has considered himself dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Christ is now on the throne of the life.  He Is Lord!  The Holy Spirit came to exalt and glorify Jesus Christ.  In order to be filled with The Holy Spirit, a Christian must be dead to self.  When he is dead to self, The Lord Jesus Christ, Who now has unhindered control of his life, can begin to express His love through him.

         Every Christian must be filled with The Holy Spirit in order to have the power to be a more effective witness for Christ.  Every biblical reference to the filling of The Holy Spirit, in both the Old and in the New Testament, is related to power for service and witness.

Prayer Focus:

            Praise and worship God.

            Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit may be bringing to your mind.

            Pray for our children and students at our schools and Universities.

            Pray for the infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit.

            Pray for any personal needs, desires, wants, concerns.

            Thank God for His goodness, His Spirit, His Son, and for who He is.


5/20/17                                                          Day 6

Why are so few Christians Filled with the Holy Spirit?

      Basically, the problem involves the will.  Man is a free moral agent.  He was created by God with a mind and will of his own.

      1.   Read the following scriptures: I John :15-17; Galatians chapters 5,6; and Acts 5:1-11.

 

 

      2.   How does Paul describe himself in Romans 7:19, 20, 24?

 

     

           3.   Why are there so many unhappy Christians? (Galatians 5:16,17)?

     

 

           4.   What are the reasons so few Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit?

                          A.     Psalms 119:105



                              B.     Proverbs 16:18



                            C.     Proverbs 29:25

 

                 The lack of knowledge of the Word of God, pride, fear of what man will think, secret sins, worldly-mindedness, and lack of trust in God are some of the many reasons that so few Christians are filed with The Holy Spirit. There are so many more.  Name at least three more.

Prayer Focus:

            Praise and worship God.

            Confess any sins.

            Thank God for whatever comes into your mind.

            Pray for our policemen, firefighters, safety workers, those in our armed forces.

            Forgive and pray for anyone who has hurt, wounded, or mistreated you in any way.  Ask God to help/bless them.


5/21/17                                                          Day 7

How Can a Christian Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
Part I

A desire to serve Christ and help others find Him should be your motive for being filled with The Holy Spirit.

Read Romans 12:1-2; I John 5:14-15; Acts 6:8; Acts 7:60

Steps on how to be filled with the Spirit:

      1.    What is the admonition found in Ephesians 5:18?

 

 

      2.    Why do we need to be filled with the Spirit? Read Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 1:8

 

      3.    What is the prerequisite to being filled with the Spirit according to John 7:37 and Matthew 5:6?

 

      4.    If our desire to be filled with the Spirit is genuinely sincere, what will we do? (Romans 12:1-2)

        

         The fruit of The Spirit is never an end in itself, but only a means to the end that we win men and women to Christ, which in turn will bring glory and honor to Him (John 15:8).

         There can be no unconfessed sin in our lives.  The Holy Spirit cannot fill an unclean vessel.  The Holy Spirit waits to fill you with His power.  Do not resist Him any longer.

Prayer Focus:

            Praise and worship God.

            Confess any sins.

            Give thanks to Him for . . .

            Pray for a fresh filling and baptism of His Spirit

            Pray for your nation, Israel, the nations of the world.