January 29th, 2023

The Comforter, Helper & Guide 

5 REASONS SOME CHRISTIANS ARE AFRAID OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

  1. Religious tradition. Many of the hardline Jewish people in Jesus’ day couldn’t handle it when He touched lepers, healed a bleeding woman or talked to Samaritans because He was breaking old religious rules. Tradition prevents us from being open to anything new, even if God is the one providing the new path. Many Christians have been taught that the spiritual gifts in the New Testament don’t happen anymore, so they have built-in skepticism.
  2. Fear of the supernatural. The book of Acts is full of accounts of healings, angelic visitations, doors opening by themselves and demons coming out—accompanied by screams. I’m not sure why a Christian wouldn’t want to see such miracles today. Maybe they watched too many horror movies about demons? Fear can cause someone to live in a box of limitation. I hope more believers today will ask the Holy Spirit to do His supernatural work through them, because we need New Testament-style miracles now more than ever!
  3. Dependence on logic and reason. Many Christians today have built their faith completely on an intellectual foundation. They love apologetics and eloquent sermons, but they forgot that the apostle Paul—who was a masterful scholar—actually put more emphasis on the subjective realm of the Holy Spirit than on scholarship. Paul wrote: “…my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4). God gave you a mind, but if you continually lean on your own understanding you will limit Him!
  4. Unresolved emotional wounds. I’ve prayed with many Christians who have endured sexual abuse, parental neglect, violence, divorce or other forms of dysfunction in relationships. Sometimes people can be so emotionally crippled by life that they can’t open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s transforming power. They want the Spirit to heal them, but they must be lovingly coaxed out of their hiding places.
  5. Fear of full surrender. This is perhaps the most common reason why many followers of Jesus don’t want to swim in the deeper waters of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit-filled life requires a total surrender to God’s will. We must be empty if we want to be filled with Him. We must be able to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done,” or else He cannot work in us. We must give God an unqualified yes.

People don’t fully surrender to God because:

1) they feared He would require a job change, and they wanted financial security; 

2) they didn’t want to give up a romantic relationship that they knew was wrong; 

3) they were afraid God would send them to a distant continent as a missionary; 

4) they worried that He would require them to reconcile a broken relationship; 

5) they didn’t want friends and coworkers to know they were Christians.

PRAYER: “Father, I renounce all fear in Jesus name. Forgive me for keeping You at an arm’s distance. I want everything You have for me, even the things I don’t understand. Fill me with Your Spirit, and give me boldness so I can be a testimony. And let Your signs, wonders and miracles follow me as I share the gospel of Jesus. Amen.”

  • HOLY SPIRIT IS DISCIPLINE

2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

  • HOLY SPIRIT COMFORTS US

2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4

(3) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 

(4) He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

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  • HOLY SPIRIT IS FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

2 Corinthians‬ ‭13:11&14‬ ‭

(11) Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

(14) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

  • HOLY SPIRIT IS MANY THINGS

Romans‬ ‭8:9-16‬ ‭‬; 26-28

(9) But 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.) 

  • HOLY SPIRIT ASSURES US WE BELONG

(11) The 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. 

  • HOLY SPIRIT CONFIRMS ETERNITY 

(12) Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 

(13) For 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. 

(14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 

  • HOLY SPIRIT LEADS US

(15) So 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.” 

  • HOLY SPIRIT OVERCOMES FEAR

(16) For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”

  • HOLY SPIRIT BEARS WITNESS

(26) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 

(27) And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 

(28) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

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  • HOLY SPIRIT PRAYS THE WILL OF GOD
  • HOLY SPIRIT CAUSES US TO KNOW

HOLY SPIRIT HELPS

1 CORINTHIANS 2:

(4) And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 

(5) I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

  • VS. 4/5- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS understand the Scriptures 

(6) Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 

(7) No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 

(8) But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 

(9) That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, 

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  

(10) But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 

  • VS. 9/10- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us know the unimaginable riches/PROMISES of God.

(11) No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 

  • VS. 11- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us know God’s thoughts.

(12) And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 

  • VS. 12- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS unlock our unique destiny and purpose. 

(13) When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 

(14) But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 

  • VS. 13/14- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS with our words

(15) Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 

(16) For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”

  • VS. 15/16- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us KNOW

ACTS 1:8

Power to operate In Life- Acts1:8- 

HAVE WE RECEIVED HOLY SPIRIT SINCE WE BELIEVED 

Acts 18: 

(24) Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. 

(25)He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. 

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19:1-6

(1) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 

(2) he said unto them, have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost

(3) And he said unto them, unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 

(4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 

(5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 

(6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 

 RECAP OF PREVIOUS WEEKS:

JOHN 14:16– And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—”

Helper- 3875 paráklētos 

3844 /pará, “from close-beside” and 2564 /kaléō, “make a call”) – properly, a legal advocate who makes the right judgment-call because close enough to the situation. 

3875 /paráklētos (“advocate, advisor-helper”) is the regular term in NT times of an attorney (lawyer) – i.e. someone giving evidence that stands up in court.

One summoned, called to one’s side, especially called to one’s aid; 

1. “one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate”

2. universally, one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor1 John 2:1 

3. in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father.

How does Holy Spirit HELP:

  • VS. 13- Holy Spirit Helps with the identity and purpose of prayer.
  • VS. 14- Holy Spirit Helps with our confidence in believing God keeps HIS PROMISES. 
  • VS. 17- Holy Spirit Helps with the truth of knowing and seeing God.
  • VS. 18- Holy Spirit Helps us know we are never helpless or orphans.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:

(4) And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 

(5) I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

  • VS. 4/5- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS understand the Scriptures 

(6) Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 

(7) No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 

(8) But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 

(9) That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, 

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  

(10) But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 

  • VS. 9/10- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us know the unimaginable riches of God.

(11) No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 

  • VS. 11- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us know God’s thoughts.

(12) And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 

  • VS. 12- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS unlock our unique destiny and purpose. 

(13) When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 

(14) But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 

  • VS. 13/14- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS with our words

(15) Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 

(16) For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”

  • VS. 15/16- HOLY SPIRIT HELPS us KNOW

BE FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT

  • Humility is the key to break Worldliness
  • JAMES 4:4-7

(4) You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 

(5) Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 

(6) And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 

(7) So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

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  • Keep on Asking, Keep on receiving!
  • LUKE 11:9-13- 

(9) “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 

(10) For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

(11) “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 

(12) Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 

(13) So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.””

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  • EPHESIANS 5:16-20

(16) Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 

(17) Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 

(18) Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 

(19) singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 

(20) And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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EX: David Said take not your Spirit from me.

EX: Samson didn’t know Holy Spirit had left him.

  • Holy Spirit is received through the laying on of Hands

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve. 

What HOLY SPIRIT DOES

  1. Shows us
  2. Teaches us
  3. Helps us
  4. Guides us
  5. Comforts us
  6. Counsels us
  7. Won’t condemn you
  8. Leads us
  9. Produces Fruit in us
  10. Gives us Gifts

ACTS 1:8- HOLY SPIRIT IS THE POWER

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