Summary: We are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world..." (Eph 6:12, NLT). Join us as we study spiritual warfare, angels, demons and the Holy Spirit. Adapted from a series by Craig Gro
Supernatural Pt2- Holy Spirit
(from a sermon series by Craig Groeschel- Supernatural)
Continue with series on the Supernatural.
Last week- talked in general terms about supernatural:
what you see w/natural eye- not all that there is.
real spiritual world- affects our natural lives.
Today- talk about- reality of- power/presence of- HS.
God has empowered us to live a supernatural life style.
Understanding the HS- essential for me to walk w/God
Jn 14:16-17 Spirit of Truth- HS
First- The HS is not an it, He is the third person of the God head.
Second- HS cannot be seen
Many struggle understanding- HS because He is invisible to- natural senses.
1 Cor 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
We must be born-again (encounter)-understand the HS
Third, the HS is not only with us, He is inside of us.
Rom 8:11 But 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.
i.e. If I lived when Jesus was alive, then if:
something went wrong, He could fix it for,
low on food, Jesus could multiply the food,
my dog runs in the street- killed- Jesus could raise the dog from the dead,I am about to sin- w/Jesus there I decide not to.
How could it get better than that?
Jn 16:7 “But 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.
The HS is not only with us, He is living inside of us:
He is our counselor/comforter/guide
He enables us to do anything God calls us to do.
Holy Spirit Gives You The Power
5 things- HS- enables us to do- HS gives us the power:
1. of Salvation
HS draws us to Jesus so we can experience salvation through the death/resurrection of Jesus.
Jn 3:3-6 story of Nicodemus
A mother gives us physical birth-
our Heavenly Father gives us spiritual birth.
We are spiritually born-anew when we invite Christ to be our Savior and our Lord.
Question: How do I know if I am really born of God? God tells us- He communicates that reality to us.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
His Spirit speaks to our spirit that we are His children.
We have a deep sense of assurance that we are His.
2. to Walk in God’s Will (the HS gives us the power)
When-do not know what to do-HS will guide/direct us.
Jn 14:26 “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 said to you.
He brings to our remembrance- how does the work?
Important we tuck God’s Word away into our hearts.
He is our teacher, counselor, guide-we pray/He speaks.
Jn 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
3. to Share Christ boldly (the HS gives us the power)
Some- afraid to talk w/others about spiritual things.
Afraid they will ask- question- do not know- answer to
The HS wants to empower us in this area.
1 Cor 2:4-5
My abilities are not that great, but when I open my mouth the HS will empower me/give me the words.
Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
4. to Live a Holy Life (the HS gives us the power)
When tempted-HS-enables us to turn away from sin.
Before Christ-easy to be dominated by sinful thoughts:
hold onto bitterness/unforgiveness, think a lustful thought and act on it, respond or behave out of jealously.
w/o- HS we are vulnerable to- temptation of- evil one.
When we know Christ we are filled with His Spirit and His Spirit gives us power to live a holy life.
HS renews our minds and we start to think about what pleases God instead of- desires of our sinful nature.