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THE HOLY SPIRIT – OUR HELPER

 

John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (NKJV)

 

John 15:26, “But when the HELPER comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father?” (NKJV)

 

John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (NKJV)

 

HOW DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE US IN OUR EVERY DAY ROUTINE OF LIFE?

 

I. BY THE BIBLE

 

II.BY OUR CONSCIENCE

 

III. BY COUNSEL FROM THOSE WHO HAVE AUTHORITY OVER US

 

    A. The Holy Spirit helps guide by parents.

Eph. 6:2-3, “Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.” (TLB)

 

    1. To honor parents means to obey them.

 

    B. The Holy Spirit helps guide us by Pastors.

 

Heb. 13:17, “Obey your spiritual leaders and be willing to do what they say. For their work is to watch over your souls, and God will judge them on how well they do this.” (TLB)

 

IV. BY GIVING YOU PEACE IN YOUR HEART

 

Col. 3:15, “And let the peace of God RULE in your hearts.” (NKJV)

 

IF YOU ARE TRYING TO DECIDE IF SOMETHING IS RIGHT OR WRONG FOR YOU TO DO, ASK THESE QUESTIONS:

 

    (1) Is it Scriptural? If not, it is wrong.

 

    (2) Does your conscience bother you about it?

 

    (3) Do those who have authority over you agree that it is right?

 

    (4) Do you have the Peace of God about it?

 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP IN A SITUATION? HERE ARE SOME MORE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO RECOGNIZE HIS HELP:

 

    (1) As you think about the options, do you have more peace about one than the other options you have?

 

    (2) Do any of the options conflict with the Word of God?

 

    (3) Do the people that God has said you should listen to have peace about your course of action?

 

    (4) Do you have a real peace in your heart from God that it is the right thing to do at this time?

 

LET ME REMIND YOU THAT JESUS SAID THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BE OUR HELPER, NOT OUR DICTATOR.

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DOES GOD HELP US TO KNOW WHAT TO DO BY SPEAKING TO US TODAY?

YES, HE DOES.

 

  1. HOW DOES GOD SPEAK TO US TODAY?

 

  1. First and foremost by His Word – The Bible.

 

  1. Second, by the Holy Spirit that is within us.

 

  1. HOW DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAK TO US AND HELP US TODAY?

 

  1. He guides and helps us in several ways.

 

  1. By our reading the Bible

 

2 Peter 1:20, “For no prophecy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet        himself. It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God.”
(TLB)

 

  1. By bringing Scripture to our mind to help us with what we are dealing

 

John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (NKJV)

 

  1. By listening to the preaching and teaching of God=s Word

 

  1. By speaking to us through our conscience

 

  1. By counsel from those who have authority over us

 

Heb. 13:17, “Obey your spiritual leaders and be willing to do what they say. For their work is to watch over your souls, and God will judge them on how well they do this.” (TLB)

 

  1. By giving us peace in our heart

 

  1. By wisdom

 

Eph. 5:15-18,  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”; (KJV)

 

III. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THE VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ASK, “WHAT IS THE

WISE THING FOR ME TO DO?”

 

  1. The Holy Spirit leads and directs according to what is wise and unwise.

 

  1. How do we give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to guide us with wisdom?

 

  1. By asking Him what is the wise thing to do

 

  1. Three questions we need to ask to make wise decisions:

 

  1. What is the wise thing to do in light of my past experience?

 

  1. What is the wise thing to do in light of my present situation?

 

  1. What is the wise thing to do in light of my future plans and dreams?

 

  1. Probably, the Holy Spirit has been trying to guide you a lot more than you realized. Maybe

you have been listening. Maybe you haven’t.

 

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER. HOW TO BE WISE. ASK:

 

  1. Is it scriptural?

 

  1. Do the circumstances permit it?

 

  1. Do you want to do it with all of your heart?

 

  1. Does your conscience feel good about it?

 

  1. Is it the wise thing for you to do?

 

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THE HOLY SPIRIT OUR HELPER

 

We have learned the Holy Spirit communicates with us first and primarily by our reading the Word – the Bible.

Then:

  1. By bringing Scripture to our mind to help us with what we are dealing with.
  2. By listening to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
  3. By speaking to us through our conscience
  4. By counsel from those who have authority over us.
  5. By giving us peace in our heart.

 

 

  1. WE ARE COMMANDED TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT. WHY?

 

  1. SO WE CAN WALK THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

 

Gal. 5:16-21, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you SHALL NOT FULFILL the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (NKJV)

 

  1.   We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit SO THAT WE WON’T   

   be doing the works of the flesh all the time .

 

  1.   We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit SO THAT WE WILL           have the fruit of the Spirit.

 

Gal. 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self‑control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (NKJV)

 

Why are we commanded to be filled with the Spirit?

   B. So that we can have power to do the Lord’s work.

Acts 1:8,”But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(NKJV)

 

  1. SOME THINGS WE NEED TO DO TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

 

  1.   BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT STARTS WITH THE MIND.

 

  1.   Every outward action whether good or bad is committed in the mind first.

 

   B. If you want to be filled with the Spirit, you must begin to guard your

       mind.

 

  1. Your mind must be filled with the Spirit before you will see any fruit of the

          Spirit in your actions.

 

Phil. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (NKJV)

 

  2. The battle before the battle is in the mind.

 

Rom. 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)

 

2 Cor. 10:4-5,  “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (NKJV)

 

  1. We are not responsible for every thought that pops into our mind. We are

       responsible for what happens to that thought once it pops into our mind.

 

  1. You judge a thought by asking: Is it Truth? Is it Good? Is it loving? Is it Kind?

 

Heb. 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.” (NKJV)

 

 

WORK ON LETTING THE HOLY SPIRIT FILL YOUR LIFE BY OBEYING THE HOLY SPIRIT 

 

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