Summary: Has anyone ever asked you, "Why do I need Holy Spirit?" If so, what did you tell them? Here is a study that may help us more thoroughly answer this question!
Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune Godhead. Often, when God makes Himself known, He will do it through a Holy Spirit manifestation. The three most common “known” forms of God’s presence are:
1. The Omnipresence – Ever present God (Whether we feel Him or not)
2. Indwelling Presence – The presence of God that we feel inside of us at times.
3. The Manifest Presence – The “Made-Known” presence of God. (Burning Bush, Upper Room etc…)
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR TEACHER
John 14:26 - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
B. Through Discernment
1. Beware of False Prophets
15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16. Ye shall know them by their fruits…
C. Holy Spirit will help us get understanding
Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
1. Spiritual understanding comes through Holy Spirit enlightenment.
II. HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELPER, ENABLER
John 14:16 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
A. The fact that Jesus gave us Holy Spirit as “another Comforter” doesn’t mean that Jesus (our original comforter) has abandoned us!
1. When Jesus returned to heaven His role was expanded.
Hebrews 7:25 - Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
a. He interceded for us on the Cross and now He continues that work at the right hand of our Heavenly Father.
b. Jesus is able to be involved in our lives forever because of His intercessory work on our behalf before the Father.
B. Holy Spirit helps us through tough times
1. He helps us through grief and sorrow.
2. He helps us through life adjustments.
3. Holy Spirit is with us for the duration. (God’s power, wisdom and direction never leave us)
1. We receive power AFTER Holy Spirit comes on us…
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
a. Holy Spirit is the motherboard.
b. Everything God gets to us, or through us, will come because of the blood of Jesus and through Holy Spirit!
2. There are some things that we just can’t do alone…
a. Paraclete – One called alongside to help!
III. HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES US
John 16:13 - Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
A. Guiding is different than leading!
1. Illustrate a tour guide.
2. The guide has the back story.
3. The guide has the knowledge.
B. Holy Spirit is our inside man!
1. “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak,”
2. He also shows us things to help us better understand.
C. Question: How long has it been since you have felt Holy Spirit guiding your way?
1. Share a personal example of God’s guidance in your life… (When the Lord spoke to me that Donna would be my wife)
2. Guidance comes through a lifestyle of dedication to God. Guidance comes through:
a. Bible Reading and/or Bible Study
b. Prayer & Fasting (Our call to Florida)
c. Can be confirmed through prophetic words…
D. God will guide you too if you let Him!
• We all need Holy Spirit in our lives