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Pastor Shane Ham : The Holy Spirit

The Creed · 40:24 · Recorded August 1, 2021

The Holy Spirit

Romans 8:5-17 (NLT2) 5Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 9But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 12Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

1. He is God.

2. He is spirit.

3. He is a person.

What does it mean to be “filled with the Holy Spirit”?

To be filled with a person means to be deeply affected by that person.

What does the Holy Spirit do?

1. He floods your life with truth.

Romans 8:7 (NIV) …the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

John 16:13–14 (NIV) 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. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

2. He mediates the presence of Jesus in your life.

3. He sets your heart on God’s word.

4. He gradually turns you into the likeness of Christ.

John 16:8 (NIV) When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

5. He enables you with power.

6. He gives you confidence of your right standing with God!

How do I get him?

John 14:16-17 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the 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.

You need to want God.

You need to lay down your ego.

You need to invite Him in.

Talk It Over
  • Shane talked about “who” the Holy Spirit is. Which of the three definitions he listed has been the most difficult to grasp?

  • Who in your life has caused you to change your behavior by their powerful influence? A parent? Teacher? Mentor? Friend? As we look at being “filled” with the Holy Spirit, what specific changes can you identify that were a direct result of him deeply affecting your life?

  • In what ways have you felt the convicting, nudging, or prodding of the Holy Spirit? He is the one who causes us to recognize a wrong thought or action. Are you attuned to his work in your heart?

  • We know that the Holy Spirit helps us to think and act in ways that are pleasing to him. Review Galatians 5:22-25 and consider how he helps you “keep in step with the Spirit” and display these fruits of in your life. Has he been working on the fruit of patience or self-control in your life? Something else? Thank him for never giving up on you!

  • How can you know you are part of God’s family and are in good standing with him? Reread Romans 8:16. Pray or journal your praise to God that his Spirit is constantly with you to remind you that you are a child of God!

  • In the last section, Shane gave us simple steps to have the Holy Spirit in our life. Have you taken these steps? You can do it today! Pray a simple prayer telling God you want him in your life, confess that you can’t manage life on your own, and ask him to be your Savior and send the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you. He’s wanting to do it!

  • Parents, the Holy Spirit helps us live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God. We can see the result of living his way by the “fruit” we bear. Read Galatians 5:22-23 with your children and look for ways you can see the “fruit” or result of living a God-centered life.

Talk It Over
  • Shane talked about “who” the Holy Spirit is. Which of the three definitions he listed has been the most difficult to grasp?

  • Who in your life has caused you to change your behavior by their powerful influence? A parent? Teacher? Mentor? Friend? As we look at being “filled” with the Holy Spirit, what specific changes can you identify that were a direct result of him deeply affecting your life?

  • In what ways have you felt the convicting, nudging, or prodding of the Holy Spirit? He is the one who causes us to recognize a wrong thought or action. Are you attuned to his work in your heart?

  • We know that the Holy Spirit helps us to think and act in ways that are pleasing to him. Review Galatians 5:22-25 and consider how he helps you “keep in step with the Spirit” and display these fruits of in your life. Has he been working on the fruit of patience or self-control in your life? Something else? Thank him for never giving up on you!

  • How can you know you are part of God’s family and are in good standing with him? Reread Romans 8:16. Pray or journal your praise to God that his Spirit is constantly with you to remind you that you are a child of God!

  • In the last section, Shane gave us simple steps to have the Holy Spirit in our life. Have you taken these steps? You can do it today! Pray a simple prayer telling God you want him in your life, confess that you can’t manage life on your own, and ask him to be your Savior and send the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you. He’s wanting to do it!

  • Parents, the Holy Spirit helps us live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God. We can see the result of living his way by the “fruit” we bear. Read Galatians 5:22-23 with your children and look for ways you can see the “fruit” or result of living a God-centered life.

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