Summary: HE the Holy Spirit is not an IT, He is GOD, And we need his powerful indwelling presence
THE PERSON OF THE SPIRIT
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Maybe you come from a church background where you have been around the moving of the Holy Spirit all your life
Maybe you come from Church background where the work of the Holy Spirit is a Mystery?
Maybe you had no church background
You Prayed and gave your life to Jesus
Found a good church
Where they are experiencing all kinds of things… speaking in tongues…
Maybe you don’t Understand it all….
Buy you know it’s real - CUZ something’s stirring…
Others around you are asking “Did you Get it?” “You need it
HE the Holy Spirit is not an IT,
He is GOD,
And we need his powerful indwelling presence
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
But when we seek to be filled
we need to understand WE don’t GET IT
When we get FILLED
HE GETS US..
WHEN I GET HIM I AM SAVED, WHEN HE GETS ME TOGETHER WE CAN TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN…
I thank God for the River flowing in my life
But for some of you it’s time to move forward to the place where you are flowing in the river of God
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PERSON AND PERSONAL
According to a Barna survey 61% of protestant Christians hold the view that the Holy Spirit is Not a person or living entity, but a symbol of God’s presence
He is so misunderstood…
But he is person
A. JESUS SAYS SO…
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--
The word ANOTHER is used in two ways in the NT
Another thing of a different kind
Another of the same kind
Jesus says THE Holy Spirit is another of the same KIND a counselor
“He is another just like me” One called along side to help – Paraclete.
B. HE BEARS THE 3 PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE A PERSON A PERSON
The Bible Says - 1 Cor. 2:11
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
AN IT does not know the thoughts of GOD
The Holy Spirit is living and has access to the deep things of God
Further he knows what’s in our thoughts
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
The spirit is that person that has full access to God and me and there is nothing in my life that he does not know…
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The context of that verse is
When we are tempted to act and talk like the world it grieves the HS
When we are tempted to Gossip
We immediately sense the presence of someone who is not pleased with what’s happening
It grieves him… he has feelings – he is a person
The Holy Spirit has
1 Cor. 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
He gives gifts as he wills
OUT OF HIS WILL HE DOES MANY PERSONAL ACTS
He Speaks – Acts 13:2 initiates ministry of Paul and Barnabas
He Testifies - john 15:26 – bears witness to Jesus
He Teaches - John 14:26 – He teaches all things concerning the LORD. He makes ALIVE the person of Jesus in our lives…
He Convicts John 16:8-11
He Intercedes for us. Rom. 8:26
He Guides John 16:13
He directs us
He reveals God’s word to us…1 pet 1:21 –
WE ALSO KNOW
C. HE IS A PERSON BECAUSE HE RESPONDS TO PERSONAL TREATMENT
If you Say nice things about me. Feed me, be kind to me - I’m there
Say bad things about me and treat me poorly
I will need a lot of GRACE to get along with you….
The Bible tells us that the PERSON of the Holy Spirit
Resisted – acts 7:51
Blasphemed Mt 12:31-32 Refusing what the Spirit is saying about Jesus