TEACHINGS

The Nature, Ministry & Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I. The Names / Nature of the Holy Spirit

Holy                            Eph. 1:13                                The Holy Spirit

The Lord                     Acts 5:9                                  Spirit of the Lord

Christ                          1Pet. 1:11                                Spirit of Christ

Father                          Matt. 10:20                             Spirit of the Father

God                             Matt. 3:16                               Spirit of God

Truth                           John 14:17                              Spirit of Truth

Grace                          Heb. 10:29                              Spirit of Grace

Adoption                     Rom. 8:14-15                          Spirit of Adoption

Life                             Rom. 8:2                                 Spirit of Life

Glory                           1 Pet. 4:14                               Spirit of Glory

Promise                       Eph. 1:13-14                           Spirit of Promise

Comforter                   John 14:16-17                         The Comforter

Wisdom                      Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of Wisdom

Understanding            Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of Understanding

Counsel                       Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of Counsel

Spirit of Might            Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of Might

Knowledge                  Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of Knowledge

Fear of the Lord          Isa. 11:2                                  Spirit of the Fear of the Lord

** Note: Compare the Holy Spirit in Isa. 11:2 with the Lord Jesus Christ in Isa. 9:6 **

II. The Work of the Holy Spirit – (not exhaustive)

A. Gives & sustains life – Gen. 2:7, Job 33:4, John 20:22

B. Reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment – John 16:8

C. Teaches & guides man into all truth – John 16:13

D. Dwells inside of believers – 1Cor. 3:16

E. Fills & empowers believers – Rom. 15:19, 1Cor. 2:4

III. The Presence & Power of the Holy Spirit

A. The Holy Spirit brings you into God’s presence – Ps. 16:11, Ex. 33:14

B. The Holy Spirit helps in prayer – Jude 20, Rom. 8:26

C. The Holy Spirit inspires us to worship – John 4:24, Phil. 3:3

D. The Holy Spirit leads us to give thanks – Eph. 5:18-21, 1 Thes. 2:13

E. The Holy Spirit gives us power – Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, 1 Thes. 1:4-5, Eph. 3:16

F. The Holy Spirit performs miracles through us – John 14:12, Heb. 2:4

G. The Holy Spirit liberates us to love – Col. 1:3-5,8; Gal. 5:22; Rom. 15:30

H. The Holy Spirit produces the good harvest in us – Gal. 6:7-8

I. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in us – John 15:4-5; Gal. 5:22-23

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

IV. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – I Cor. 12:4-11

A. Word of wisdom
B. Word of knowledge
C. Faith
D. Healings
E. Miracles
F. Prophecy
G. Discerning of spirits
H. Tongues
I. Interpretation of tongues

V. The Ministries of the Holy Spirit – I Cor. 12:28-31

A. Apostles
B. Prophets
C. Teachers
D. Workers of Miracles
E. Workers of Healings
F. Helpers
G. Administrators
H. Speakers in Various Tongues

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The Nature & Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Soul Healing

INTRO:

We are created in the image of God, a trinity – Spirit, Soul and Body.

We are a spirit:

    • eternal

    • born again or dead in sin

    • alive

    • communicates with God

    • communion with Holy Spirit

We have a soul:

    • mind

    • will

    • emotions

    • inner you

    • gets wounded

    • gets attacked

We live in a body:

    • flesh

        • will die

        • shell

        • glove

We feed our soul and spirit just like our body… but what kind of food?

TV, movies, music, words…all go into the soul.

John 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.  ~  Jesus

    1. God alone satisfies the soul.

Psalms 107:9 For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in His salvation.

Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    1. Man sins against his own soul.

Proverbs 6:32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.

Proverbs 8:36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

    1. Our soul is hungry and thirsty.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

Psalm 63:8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

    1. We can pour out our soul in prayer to God.

Hannah:

1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.

1 Samuel 1:15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

    • Our soul is of extreme & eternal value.

Mark 8:36-37 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

Matthew 16:26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

    • We can have godly soul ties.

David & Jonathan:

1 Samuel 18:1 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

Acts 4:32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

    • We can have ungodly soul ties.

Sampson & Delilah:

Judges 16:4-5,16

Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.  And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”

16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,

    • The soul can be broken, hurt or wounded.

1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.

Mark 14:34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

Job 19:2 “How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?

Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.

Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

    1. Wisdom blesses the soul.

Proverbs 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

Proverbs 19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.

    • The soul can be saved, restored, redeemed.

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Psalm 34:22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.

    • Words affect our soul.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

    • Greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart & soul, strength and mind.

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

Mark 12:33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

    • We must purify our soul.

1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    • God alone keeps our soul.

1 Peter 2:25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and (Bishop) Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 4:19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

Psalms 121:7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.

    • God alone heals the soul.

Psalm 41:4 I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

CONCLUSION:            

God wants to heal your soul to HEAL YOUR LIFE!!!

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

As goes your soul, so goes your life, health, relationships, finances, etc…

Does YOUR soul magnify the Lord???

Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

The Song of Mary

46 And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

HOW?  How is the soul healed or restored?

               1.  FORGIVENESS

               2.  DELIVERANCE

               3.  THE WORD

4.  THE HOLY SPIRIT

How to protect your soul, keep the anointing, stay clean, live holy…

    1. No sin – Choose not to sin willfully, knowingly, choose life, choose God

    • No Offenses – Forgive often and quickly

    • Prayer – Pray without ceasing, Communion with the Holy Spirit

    • Worship – Worship, sing, praise Him often, daily, and in your heart

The Dry Bones Live

Text:  Ezekiel 37

1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.

2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

3 And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? So I answered, O Lord God, You know.

4 Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!

5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9 Also He said to me, Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.

I.  PROPHECY!!!!!  

Change your world with your words!!

Matt. 17:20

So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

II. BREATH!!!!!

Get to know the Breath of God – the precious Holy Spirit.

Genesis 2:7

 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

John 7:37-39

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

BY MY SPIRIT!!!!!

Not in your own strength, flesh or effort…

Zech. 4:6

 So he answered and said to me: This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, Says the Lord of hosts.

Spirit vs. Flesh war…

I Cor. 2:9-15

9 But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which mans wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

Be ready!!!  He’s coming!!!   We need the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit!!

Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matt. 25:1-13

1 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.6 And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us! 12 But he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Just Love Him

I.  Why should we love the Lord?

            A.  It’s the supreme commandment of all time.

                        Everything else follows after this.  Jesus said on this one hangs all the                                                      law and the prophets – all the rest of the Word follows or is a result this one                                       commandment.

            B.  Benefits & blessings follow.

                        (We’ll get to that in a minute!)

            C.  Because He hears our cries.

                        He’s always there for us – faithful and true – He never fails…NEVER!

            D.  Because He first loved us.

                        The Father gave His only beloved Son – for us.  Jesus gave it all…

            E.  God Almighty desires our love!

                        WOW!!  Who are we that He should want OUR love?  But He does!!

II.  What does it mean to really love the Lord?

            A.  Obey Him

            B.  Honor Him

            C.  Worship Him

            D.  Keep His Commandments

            E.  Hate Evil

III.  What are the blessings of loving Him?

            A.  He will abide with you.

            B.  He will manifest Himself to you.

            C.  He will hear & answer your prayers.

            D.  He will deliver you – out of trouble & from the wicked.

            E.  He will preserve your soul.

            F.  He will bless your children down to a thousand generations.

            G.  On and on and on….

IV.  How do you know if you really love Him?

            A.  You love & keep His Word.

            B.  You hate to sin and confess it quickly to be restored to fellowship with Him.

            C.  You love your brothers and sisters in Christ.

            D.  You hunger & thirst for His Presence and sweet communion with Him.

            E.  You spend time with Him.

            F.  You want to know Him more.

            G.  You love to be with Him and His people.

V.  What will hinder you from loving the Lord?

            A.  Sin

            B.  Getting Offended

            C.  Unforgiveness

            D.  Not loving your brothers or sisters – church people!

            E.  Lack of prayer

            F.  Lack of worship

            G.  Not reading the Word

Scriptures

Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

1Co 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

De 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

De 11:1 ¶ Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

De 11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

De 11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

De 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

De 19:9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:

De 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

De 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

De 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Jos 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Jos 23:11 ¶ Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. {yourselves: Heb. your souls}

Ps 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Ps 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Ps 116:1 ¶ I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Mt 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mr 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Lu 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

(KJV)

De 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

De 10:12 ¶ And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Ne 1:5 ¶ And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

Ps 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Da 9:4 ¶ And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

Mr 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Jas 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? {of the: or, of that}

1Jo 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Ps 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.

1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Co 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

Re 2:4 Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love.

Just love Jesus…

CALLED to War

I.  We have an enemy.

1 Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Luke 10:18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Eph. 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

II.  We are at war.

2 Cor. 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

1 Ti 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

2 Ti 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier.

III.  Spiritual warfare is real.

Re 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

Re 12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

IV.  We have been given armor & weapons to fight & win.

2 Cor. 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…

Eph. 6:10-18

10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–

19 ¶ and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

V.  We have been given power & authority over the enemy in Jesus Name.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

VI.  Therefore, let us stand up & fight and WIN, in Jesus.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 2Co 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Mt 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Next time / to think about:

1.) How do we wage war? 

2.) Why do we wage war? 

3.) What’s the cost? 

4.) What’s the prize?

5.) Who are some of God’s Warriors in the Bible?

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

I. All 4 Gospels record Jesus’ Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Matt. 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mark 1:8 “I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 3:16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

John 1:33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

II. Jesus said they needed the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

A. Ask:

Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

B. Receive:

Acts 1:5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with[a] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Acts 8:15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

Acts 8:18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,

Acts 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

1Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.

III. Discussion Questions:

According to Matt. 3:11 & Luke 3:16, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is also called a baptism by ____________.

According to Jesus in Acts 1:8, He would give them _____________ which would make them

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3. What is the initial result of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? (Acts 2:4) ________________

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In the Gospels, John compared the baptism of the Holy Spirit to his baptism by water.

How are they similar and how are they different? ________________________________

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In Acts 2:4, who was filled with the Holy Ghost? ________________ How do you know? __________________________________________________________________

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit was also called here being _____________ with the Spirit.

Who baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit? ________________

According to Acts 4:31, what is another result of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

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According to Acts 9:17, when was Paul (Saul) baptized in the Spirit? Before or after

salvation? ______________ How do you know? ______________________________

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How did Paul receive the Holy Spirit? _______________________________________

What is the significance of the laying on of hands? _____________________________

________________________________________________ – Acts 8:18; 1Ti 4:14

IV. Study Questions:

What’s one way to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Why is it so important for believers?
How is it different from being saved?
What are the results or fruits of being filled with the Spirit?
Do you need to get filled with the Spirit more than once? (Hint: Eph. 5:18 Amplified Bible: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.)

V. Study of Cornelius

Read Acts 10 about Cornelius and answer the following questions:
Was Cornelius a believer? ________ How do you know? __________________________________

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In v.44, “the Holy Spirit __________ __________ all those who heard the Word.”

What happened here? __________________________________________________

Was this salvation by faith or baptism by fire? ______________________________

What was the visible evidence of it? _________________________________ – v.46

Did this happen before or after Pentecost? ______________

In v.46, how did the Jewish believers know that these believers had just been baptized in the Holy Spirit? _____________________________________________________

In v.47, Peter asks, Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water seeing they have just been baptized by the Holy Spirit? What is the difference? _____________________________________________________________________

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VI. What are the different phrases for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

____________ _____ ________ – Matt. 3:11 & Luke 3:16

_____________ ________ _the_ ___________ – Eph. 5:18

_________ _________ – Acts 10:44

____________ _the_ ________ _of_ _the_ ________ ________ – Acts 2:38 ____________ ________

the_ _________ _________ – Acts 11:16

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