How Can a Christian be filled with the Holy Spirit?
1. How then are we filled with The Holy Spirit? (Matthew 7:7-11)
2. Will the Holy Spirit fill you if you ask Him?
3. How do you know? (I John 5:14-15)
4. What must you do when you have asked Him to fill you? (Hebrews 11:6)
5. Now that you have asked The Holy Spirit to fill you, thank Him. God is dependable; His Word is true. If you were sincere, He has filled you. What should your attitude be from this day forward? (I Thessalonians 5 :18).
Do you believe that you are filled with The Holy Spirit at this moment? If so, thank Him that you are filled. Thank Him for His indwelling presence and power. Thank Him by faith for victory over defeat, for effectiveness in witnessing. Praise God and give thanks continually.
Pray for your co-workers, classmates, neighbors.
Confess any sins.
Pray for all government workers.
Pray for the elderly, lonely, homeless, orphaned, widowed.
Pray for whatever/whoever else that the Holy Spirit is bringing to our mind.
How Can a Christian know when he/she is filled?
Read Galatians 5:16-26
1. What is the primary way that we can know if we have been filled with The Spirit? (I John 5:14,15)
2. When you asked to be filled with The Spirit, did you feel any different?
Do not depend upon feelings. The promise of God’s Word, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
3. What will The Holy Spirit demonstrate in and through your life, as a result of His filling you? (Galatians 5: 22,23)
4. What is the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
5. What mannerisms, language, activities and inconsistencies in your life do you feel hinder The Holy Spirit’s fruit, power and gifts?
6. What happened as we are occupied with Christ and allow The Holy Spirit to work in us? (II Corinthians 3:18)
Jesus promised that we would receive power after The Holy Spirit has come upon us. After receiving power, we will naturally want to be His witnesses wherever we are. (Acts 1:8). There is a difference between the fruit of The Spirit, and the gifts of The Spirit.
When the fruit of The Spirit (Galatians 5: 22,23), is developed the Christians becomes more mature spiritually. The maturing of the fruit of The Spirit is a lifelong process which goes on continually as Christ is being formed in the life of the Christian. Some Christians give greater evidence of the fruit of The Spirit than do other Christians because of a greater degree of yielded-ness to His working.
The more we acknowledge ourselves to be dead to sin and give allegiance to The Lord Jesus Christ, and His life within us; and the more we allow Him, through the power of The Holy Spirit to live out His life through us; the more evidence will be the fruit of the Spirit.
Praise and worship God for the evidence of The Holy Spirit in your life.
Confess what fruit of the Spirit is lacking in your life.
Ask and thank the Holy Spirit for His help in aiding you to develop/cultivate the fruit of His Spirit in your life.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and in the Middle East area.
Pray against terrorist attacks all over the world.
Pray for the persecuted church missionaries, and the Bod of Christ.
Pray for a closer/surrendered walk and relationship with God.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Read I Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:11.
There are three different things that need to be distinguished in a person’s life. There are: 1. natural talents/abilities. 2.the fruit of The Holy Spirit. 3. gifts of the Spirit.
At our natural birth, we are given gifts of talent and abilities. Someone may be able to play musical instruments, others may have a natural talent towards art, carpentry, sewing, or memorization of facts. These are only a few examples.
The list could go on and on. These are examples of natural talents and abilities given at one’s natural birth into the world. Natural talents can be the avenue in which our spiritual gifts are used.
When we are born again, and receive Christ into our lives; The Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. The fruit of The Spirit is the manifestation of a spiritual life; a Spirit-led life. If the Holy Spirit is in control and leading your life, you will exhibit evidence or fruit of His control. Review Galatians 5: 22,23.
At conversion, when we are born again, The Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us; He then gives us spiritual gifts. These gifts are given to us at our spiritual birth. These gifts are given to every believer to empower him/her to serve within the framework of the Body of Christ.
In simple terms, a spiritual gift is a Spirit-given ability for Christian service. God is a God of variety. There are many gifts.
1. What are the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12:3-8?
2. Match the gift from this passage of scripture, to its meaning/description. You and a friend can compare.
A. ____________________ is sympathetic
B. ____________________ leadership
C. ____________________ speaking to men to edify, encourage, comfort, urge, the act of persuading or encouraging someone to do something usually to improve behavior.
D. ____________________ helping others.
E. ____________________ instruction.
F. ____________________ service.
G. ____________________ comfort, instruct, encourage, strengthen, support others.
Sing a worship song to the Lord.
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit may be bringing to your mind.
Thank God for His Indwelling Spirit.
Thank Him for the gifts of the Spirit.
Pray for a closer walk and relationship with God.
Thank God for His Son, Jesus Christ, the sacrifice of His son in dying for your sins, and for placing you into the family of God.
Pray for your lost loved ones.
Continue to pray as the Holy Spirit leads you.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Read I Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30. The gifts here are listed into three natural categories. List them.
The word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discerning of spirits are called revelation/mind gifts. The gift of prophecy, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues are called gifts of inspiration/vocal gifts.
The gift of faith, gift of healing, and working of miracles are called power/working gifts.
Explanationof each Gift
•Word of wisdom: This is supernatural insight, or revelation into the divine will and purpose, showing how to solve any problem that may arise.
•Word of knowledge: That is supernatural revelation of divine knowledge, or insight in the Divine mind/will/plan; and also the plans of others that man could not know of himself.
•Discerning of spirits: This is supernatural revelation, or insight into the realm of spirits to detect them or their plans, and to read the minds of men.
•Prophecy: This is supernatural utterance in the native tongue. It is the miracle of divine utterance, not conceived by human thought or reasoning. It includes speaking unto men to edification, and to exhortation and comfort.
•Divers kinds of tongues: This is supernatural utterance in other languages which are not known to the speaker.
•The interpretation of tongues: This is the supernatural ability to interpret in the native tongue what is uttered in other languages not known by the one who interprets by The Spirit.
•Gift of Faith: This is supernatural ability to believe God without human doubt, unbelief, and reasoning.
•Gift of Healing: This is supernatural power to heal all manner of sickness without human aid or medicine.
•Working of miracles: This is supernatural power to intervene in the ordinary course of nature and to counteract natural laws if necessary.
Worship, praise and thank God for His spiritual gifts.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what your gifts are.
Ask Him to show you ways in which you could serve your church and others with your gifts.
Ask Him to heal all of your inner hurts, bitterness, and wounds. Forgive those who have hurt, wounded, disappointed, rejected, and mistreated you in any way. Pray for them to be healed, helped, saved, and blessed.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in the rest of your prayer time.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1. Read Ephesians 4:11-13. List the 5 gifts mentioned in these verses.
In the previous lessons, lessons ten and eleven; you learned about the gifts that The Holy Spirit gives to the Christian once he/she gives their life to Christ. In this lesson, we will learn about the gifts of people, that Jesus Christ, Himself gave to the Body of Christ to help grow the Body of believers, into the ways of God, and into spiritual maturity.
These are five different types of ministers that are gifted to The Body. They are usually placed in leadership of a Body. That is the reason why you may see a difference in the way a minister/preacher of the gospel, presents the message. It is because of what type of gifting that Jesus bestowed upon them. Each type of person/gift is needed to bring balance into the overall ministry and equipping of the Body of Christ. Let’s look at each one:
a. Apostles: a delegate, one sent with full power of attorney to act in the place of another, the one doing the sending remains behind to back up the one sent. God sends them to do what He; Himself would do if He went. This is one who is sent. This one has the ability to serve in another culture. This is the missionary gift. This one is also a church planter.
b. Prophet: One who speaks for God; preachers of righteousness; they forth tell and can foretell. Prophets instruct, warn, exhort, rebuke, and remind others of God’s Word relevant to a particular situation in a current context. The gift of prophecy is The Spirit-given ability to proclaim the written Word of God with clarity and to apply it to a particular situation with a view to correction or edification.
The prophet can be the most misunderstood/rejected of the fivefold ministry gifting because of the types of messages that they may be instructed to give by God. Some of the messages may be ones of correction and warning.
c. Evangelists: A bringer of glad tidings; soul winner. It is the special ability to communicate the Gospel message in relevant terms to unbelievers. It is the gift of proclaiming The Good News of salvation effectively, so that people respond to the claims of Christ in conversation and in discipleship.
d. Pastor: shepherd, one who tends the flock. Those with this gift will guide, graze(feed) and guard the flock. Some may have the shepherding gift, but may not be called to the office of pastor.
e. Teachers: Those who teach The Word of God. The gift of teaching is the supernatural ability to explain clearly and apply effectively the truth of The Word of God.
2. What are the seven duties of ministers? (Ephesians 4:12-13)
Pray for those who are in leadership in your congregation.
Thank God for the gift of people that He has placed in your life.
Pray for the ministry of angels to be activated in your life, your church family, and the lives of your family and friends.
Pray for revival in America, the healing of America, the plans /purposes of God to be established in America: and the enemies plans/purposes destroyed for this country, your life, your family’s lives, your church, and the lives for those you have been praying for.
How can a Christian continue
to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Read Ephesians 5:18. “Be filled” in the Greek, means “keep on being filled constantly and continually.”
1. How to continue being filled with the Spirit:
a. In prayer, we must not only pray for ourselves, but
for_____________. (Ephesians 6:18; I Samuel 12:23)
b. We must___________________ daily (Acts 17:11)
c. We must abide in Christ. How do we do that?
(John 14:21; John 15:10)
d. Read Ephesians 4:30-32. How do we grieve the Holy Spirit?
e. How do we get rid of sin in our lives? (I John 1:9)
f. What does the Holy Spirit want to do for us? (Romans 8:13)
The Spirit-filled life is an obedient and abiding life. Begin each day by asking God to cleanse your life according to I John 1:9. Present your body to The Holy Spirit according to Romans 12:1-2, and ask Him to keep you filled with His power. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to men who are lost. Be sensitive to His leading. Expect others to come to Christ through your witness. Don’t quench The Spirit by failing to respond. Rejoice in all things, praising God even in adversity I Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 8:28.
Put into practice what you have observed, through the previous guided prayer focuses. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into praise, worship, confession of sins, thanksgiving, and prayer requests.
Review and more facts on the Holy Spirit
Using the following Scriptures, give more facts about the Holy Spirit.
1. John 14:16-26: He is our ______________________________.
2. Romans 8:14: He L______________________ us.
3. II Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:21: He C___________________ us.
4. Acts 1:8: He gives us P________________________.
5. Ephesians 3:16: He S_________________________.
6. I Corinthians 6:19-20: He I_______________________ in us.
7. John 16:8: He C_________________ us of our guilt.
8. John 16:26: He T___________________ us.
9. Ephesians 4:30; He can G_____________________.
The Holy Spirit can lead us by The Word of God (The Bible), by inner promptings, by other believers, by dreams and visions. Please be aware that not all dreams and visions are of God. Some are caused by our emotions, demonic influences, our own inner desires, something we ate, something physical or emotional that may be going on inside of us.
It is wise to seek guidance and confirmation from mature/spirit- filled believers when you are unsure about the source of your dreams and visions.
The Holy Spirit changes us, gives us power, gives us strength and lives in us. He corrects us, teaches us, and can experience sorrow and other emotions. He is part of the Holy Trinity: God The Father, God The Son, God The Holy Spirit.
10. Name at least five other things that you have learned about the Holy Spirit. Share and compare your results with others who have participated in this study.
Put into practice what you have observed through the previous, guided prayer focuses in this study guide. Allow The Holy Spirit to lead you into praise, worship, confession of sins, thanksgiving and prayer requests.