Summary: Without the Holy Spirit, you and I simply cannot lead successful lives, but with the Holy Spirit on the inside of you, there is nothing that can stop you from being a victor.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit.
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Introduction: Many believers never understand the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in their lives. Do you want to live fruitful and victorious Christian lives? Remember without the Holy Spirit, you and I simply cannot lead successful lives, but with the Holy Spirit on the inside of you, there is nothing that can stop you from being a victor.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit of God is the common theme which runs throughout the Bible.
He was there at creation. Genesis 1:1-2 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The Holy Spirit was hovering, waiting to create. The moment God spoke the word “Light” the Spirit sprung into action and the universe was created.
Judges 14:5-6 5Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. 6The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.
In Judges 15:14-16 when the Holy Spirit came upon Samson, he single handedly killed a 1000 Philistine soldiers.
1 Samuel 16:13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.
Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
John 14:15-17 15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Acts 2:1-4 1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
We cannot examine everything about the Holy Spirit today but we know that the Holy Spirit is a person. Our God is one God who manifests himself in 3 persons and one of those 3 persons is the Holy Spirit. If in the OT the Spirit of the Lord came upon select individuals, In the NT the Holy Spirit is a free gift for everyone who believes.
In Romans 8 we learn about the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit indwells in every believer.
Dwells - to remain constantly at home.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
When you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, when you were saved, that very instant the Holy Spirit came to live within you and he has been dwelling with you ever since. You might have not seen him with your eyes of flesh. You have many times in your life missed the Holy Spirit because of the business of life, pressures of life, or circumstances, but he has always been there. He has never left you. He has never forsaken you. The Holy Spirit of God dwells with and in you, if you know Jesus as your saviour.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do 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. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
In the OT, God dwelt among men there in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. In the time of Solomon and the great temple there in Jerusalem, God dwelt among men there in the holy of holies there in the temple. As a matter of fact, his presence was visible as the form of the shekinah glory. No one saw that except the high priest who went into the Holy of Holies once a year but there God dwelt among men.