Summary: In our text we see just how the Holy Spirit works within our lives to bring about stability.
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
© 4/2001 Mark Beaird
2 PART SERIES / Part 2
Text: John 16:13 and 14:15-18 used at PPCOG 3/5/03
The human body is a most remarkable machine. It can maintain a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees no matter what the weather is outside. Whether a man is at the Arctic Circle or the equator, his body temperature is about the same. There is an inner mechanism that makes the difference. The Holy Spirit dwells within the Christian to achieve this kind of stabilization in terms of spiritual health. Whether we face good times or bad, whether we are tempted or receiving spiritual nourishment, the Holy Spirit keeps us stable within.
--Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
In our text we see just how the Holy Spirit works within our lives to bring about stability.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT COMMUNICATES WITH THE HEART OF THE BELIEVER.
A. The Holy Spirit guides us into the truth of God’s Word.
John 16:13 reads, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” NIV
The future of every believer involves many things such as: trials, joys, but it all involves our service to Christ. The believer is never led into all truth for purely his or her own benefit. We are to use the truth to reach out to others.
“God’s Holy Spirit orchestrates our lives to touch others--strangers, friends, work-related people, service-industry workers and more--if we would just open up and be ourselves. How? Be free to be in love with Jesus in front of people. Be an ambassador through whom he can introduce himself. There is a world out there, hungry and searching for Jesus and his love. Don’t keep him to yourself.”
-- Becky Tirabassi, From Wild Things Happen When I Pray. Copyright 1993 by Becky Tirabassi. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Marriage Partnership, Vol. 11, no. 2.
B. The Holy Spirit communicates spiritual truths to ensure our spiritual growth in Christ.
In John 14:26 Jesus said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” NIV
Spiritual growth only takes place when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as He leads us in accordance to the Word of God. And He always leads us according to the Word!
In Ephesians 5:15-21 Paul tells us, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” NIV