Summary: “The Holy Spirit is a person in and of God and a presence who dwells within a spirit filled believer and as a result there is tangible difference in that persons life. the symbols of the Holy Spirit reveal to us who he is and what he does in our lives.
Series: Holy Spirit Rises
Joke: You Might Be Charismatic or Pentecostal If ...
You think the fire safety slogan "Stop, Drop, & Roll" is the title of a new book on Holy Spirit etiquette.
You stay home from church because you’re afraid some prophet will read your mail in public.
Your closet is divided into two sections - clothes that are appropriate for falling and those that are not.
You try to pray down fire from heaven on the dry cleaning outfit that ruined your suit.
When you break a fingernail, you blame it on spiritual warfare.
You think that the movie FREE WILLY is an instructional video on deliverance by the Happy Hunters.
You develop a slight hand tremor, and 40 people ask for your prayers during ministry time.
You lie on the floor to nap through boring sermons and are perceived as super-spiritual when you get up.
You speak King James English when disciplining your kids ... "Be-hold, thou hast sham-ed thyself , and sham-ed thy Gawd! To thy room!"
You praise God daily that your no longer a _______________ (fill in the name of the denomination you came out of).
As you can see from our funny side of life today we discover some people just don’t understand people who seek to be filled with Holy Spirit and desire to move out in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Quote: Mike McCartney, “The Holy Spirit is a person in and of God and a presence who dwells within a spirit filled believer and as a result there is tangible difference in that persons life!”
Summary of the 11 attributes of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Holy Spirit possesses a divine personality and personally chooses people for ministry assignments (Acts 13: 2).
2. The Holy Spirit communicates with us (Rev. 2: 7).
3. The Holy Spirit searches out the deep things of God to make them known to believers (1 Cor. 2: 9– 12).
4. The Holy Spirit is the one who makes Christ a living reality to the believer (Eph. 3: 16–17).
5. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8: 9).
6. The Holy Spirit is coequal with both the Father and Son as part of the mystery of the triune God.
7. The Holy Spirit is God’s Agent of change and transformation on this earth sent by Jesus to us – the question is do you want Him to come into your life and transform you! (Acts 1: 4, 8; 2:1-4).
8. The Holy Spirit can be grieved – can be offended and hurt. The Bible warns us not to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit in our lives or in our churches. We need to be cautious that we do not forsake the Word of God, or be rebellious, sinful and divisionary, we need to make sure we do not forbid the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and we need to make sure that prayer stays at the forefront of our spiritual lives – both independently and in the corporately (Ephesians 4:29-32; 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22)
9. The Holy Spirit is our personal tutor sent by Jesus to enlighten our hearts and minds to the teachings of the Word of God, to be able to understand and grasp the concepts of the Bible and the spiritual realm in which we all live. He instructs us in what is right and wrong. He leads us to truth –He instructs us and guides our decisions in life – He teaches us how to flow in His spiritual gifts and to understand what Jesus has already taught (John 16:1-15).
10. The Holy Spirit resides in a Spirit filled believer, in other words we are told from Scripture that our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit and He lives inside of them in the heart of a Spirit filled individual. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
11. The Holy Spirit is presented to us in the Bible as symbols to help us understand who He is and what He does. Here are three of them: Fire from Matthew 3:11-12 and Acts :1-4; wind from Acts 2:1-4 and Water from John7:37-39
• In Summary:
• We can be set on fire by the Holy Spirit and become a fuel source for others spiritually. We can burn brightly for the Jesus and make a difference in this dark world.
• We can be filled with the breath of God and blow where He wants us to go so that our lives bring the breath of life to bear on other lives. In essence the Spirit within us can blow into another person’s dead lungs and bring them back to life just like a person doing CPR on another person in crisis. Would you like to see the dead raised to life?