Summary: The Wonderful Multiple Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Theme - The Spirit of God has been sent by the Father to live in every believer for the revealing of truth.
What are some advantages of having someone tell you the truth? The man who finds truth lights a torch for his friends. Truth is immortal. The Holy Spirit lives within each believer to reveal the truths of God. No longer forced to live in darkness, the Spirit instructs us in matters too deep for human minds to comprehend. He is not merely an influence or a power. He clarifies, illuminates, and gives understanding to the Spiritually minded. Some may try to manipulate the Spirit through ceremonies, gifts, or clever tricks, but He is not fooled.
He is the leader who directs us to do the Father’s will. His aim is to bring the maximum glory to God by helping the accomplishment of His will. He seeks to expand His kingdom and righteousness through all peoples. The Spirit guides us into all truth. Truth may seem to lead you away from the opinions of men, but it will lead you in the footprints of Jesus. Nothing can be ultimately accomplished without the Spirit’s guidance. "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." (Rom. 12:9)
Question - What are the ways that we can be assured that the Spirit is speaking to us rather than another spirit?
Prayer - Lord, help us to gain discernment into all truth through Your Spirit.
Jan 2nd I Cor. 12:7-11
Theme - The infinite advantages of knowing the characteristics of the Spirit.
What are some advantages of knowing someone intimately? Intimate acquaintance with a person gives you the capacity to trust that individual deeply. No one who ever lived was as trustworthy as Jesus. His life was filled with meaning through serving others. The Spirit enables us to know and trust Jesus in ways that help us serve others.
The Spirit gives us the capacities to know and trust others. You can count on the Spirit’s leading. In the same way, believers who know the Spirit of God will have motivation to accomplish the Father’s will. They are continually tuned into His frequencies. Believers should not grow discouraged. They can move forward with the assurance of His ability to reveal the answers to complex problems. They can gain supernatural knowledge that affords them benefits in making wise decisions.
Terrible disasters are prevented by those who are in constant touch with the Spirit’s voice. Equipped with His almighty power, believers can go anywhere, to anyone, at anytime, with the full authority of Jesus’ name. Through His deep love, believers can love their enemies in times of persecution. The Spirit of God is one person who we cannot afford not to know intimately. The Holy Spirit speaks through your life even when you are not speaking. "I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psa. 34:4)
Question - What are the disadvantages of failing to know the Spirit?
Prayer - Lord, help us to learn more of you through your word and obedience.
Jan 3rd I Cor.2:6-10
Theme - The Spirit reveals supernatural wisdom that supersedes all else.