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1 HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT The Main Thing: God gives us the Holy Spirit so we can successfully live the Christian life. Be filled with the Holy Spirit by faith, understanding who the Holy Spirit is and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Q: What do you know about who the Holy Spirit is and what His role is in our lives? Read John 16:5-15 Q: List everything you learn about the Holy Spirit from this passage. The Holy Spirit is God Himself (not just an idea or force) and we have a relationship with Him equal to God the Father and God the Son. When Jesus ascended to heaven, He didn t leave us alone. Instead, He sent us the Holy Spirit to indwell us, to fill us, to lead, and empower us. He did not leave us as orphans. Instead, the Holy Spirit is His constant presence with us. Q: If an outsider were to look at our lives, would it be obvious to them that the God of the universe indwells, leads, and empowers us? LIVING IN OUR OWN STRENGTH Read Romans 7:14-25 Q: What do you observe about Paul s tone and the way he felt? Q: Can you relate to how Paul was feeling? Are there specific areas in your Christian walk where this struggle is particularly strong? God cares about our character as well as our actions. Look at the following example of one command in the Bible. These were some of the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples, and it s a command that applies to all of His followers. Read Matthew 28:18-20 Q: What response does this passage prompt in your heart and in your life? Do you feel able or unable? Afraid? Guilty? Excited? etc. 1

2 Q: The proper response to all of Jesus commands, including His command to make disciples, is obedience. However, if we try to obey in our own strength, we will experience frustration. Have you experienced this in your own life? LIVING BY THE SPIRIT Read Romans 8:1-8 Q: What do you observe about Paul s tone and the way he felt? The key to the victorious Christian life isn t to try harder. The key is not to read the Bible more, to pray more, or to do more ministry. While those things are important, they are not going to save us. Paul tried that (chapters 6 & 7), but all it brought was defeat and frustration. Instead, the key is to be directed and empowered by God s Spirit. HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT Read Ephesians 5:18 Q: Why does Paul make a comparison between drunkenness and being filled with the Spirit? Q: What does it mean to be filled? SPIRITUAL BREATHING Spiritual breathing is a word picture that can help you experience moment by moment dependence upon the Spirit. Exhale: Confess your sin the moment you become aware of it: agree with God concerning it and thank Him for His forgiveness, according to 1 John 1:9. Confession requires repentance: a change in attitude and action. Inhale: Surrender control of your life to Christ, and rely upon the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence and power by faith, according to His command (Ephesians 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14-15). Q: How often do you breathe physically? Q: How often do we need to breathe spiritually? Q: Would you like to ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit in prayer right now? 1) Acknowledge to God that you desire to be filled 2) Confess any sin in your life 3) Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit 4) Thank Him by faith that He has filled you 2

3 WHAT CAN WE EXPECT WHEN WE ARE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT? Read Galatians 5:22-23 Q: According to these verses, what is the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit? Read Acts 1:8 Q: According to this verse, what is the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit? Q: Earlier we talked about how it s easy to feel frustrated when it comes to sharing our faith. Practically speaking, how do you think the Holy Spirit could help us experience victory in this area? Application and Action: Surrender to the Holy Spirit and trust Him by faith that He will empower you to share the gospel with someone this week. Share the Spirit-filled life with someone this week. How did it go? Disciple click here to give your feedback 3

4 The Holy Spirit and His Role in Our Lives Category Description Scripture His Names Holy Spirit - He is holy Spirit of Grace - means by which we experience God s grace Spirit of Truth - abiding in us through truth and Spirit Spirit of God - presence of God Luke 11:13; John 20:22, Acts 1:5 Hebrews 10:29 John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13 Isaiah 11:2 Spirit of Glory 1 Peter 4:14 Counselor/Helper - offers guidance John 14:16; 16:7 His Personhood In relationship with the Father and the Son Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:16; Acts 10:38; Isaiah 11:2 His Attributes Has a relationship with believers: revealing truth, wisdom, etc Has capacity to love, to grieve - He has emotions Has a will, he is an agent - decides to whom he apportions gifts Holy Spirit is God - Peter equates the Holy Spirit with God Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 Isaiah 63:10; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 15:30 1 Corinthians 12:11 Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:18 Eternal Spirit Hebrews 9:14 He is everywhere - omnipresent Psalm 139:7 Searches the mind of God 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 His Works Present and involved in the creation of the world Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30 Initiates prophecy 2 Peter 1:21 Brought about the birth of Jesus Luke 1:35 Convicts us of sin - evidence of Holy Spirit at work in our lives John 16:8 4

5 Gives new life - we were once dead Helper/Counselor - leads us into truth, gives wisdom John 3:5-6 John 14:16-17; 16:7, Confirms our adoption Romans 8:15-16 Enables us to understand John 16:12-14; 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 Acts as intercessor Romans 8:26-27 Raised Jesus from the dead Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 3:18 Sends out missionaries Acts 13:4 Functions as our seal -guarantees our inheritance in heaven Romans 8:23; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30 Lives in believers Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19 Empowers us for holy living Galatians 5:16; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 3:18 Empowers us for effective witness Acts 1:8; Acts 4:31, 33 Gives gifts to the church 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 5

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