Equipped: God Is In Me – Holy Spirit
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday January 22, 2017
Theme – God is with us, He is for us, and He is in us. God is in us in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power, direction, and guidance to accomplish what He wants through each of us.
God is with us
We can have conversation with God by our prayers. God is with us when we talk to Him in prayer.
We should find a quiet, private place to have conversations with God.
One of the most important components of prayer is the expression of our thankfulness.
In response to our expressions of thankfulness, God will give us a peace that even surpasses the understanding we receive in prayer.
Philippians 4: 4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
God knows our needs even before we pray them. Matthew 6: 8b - “ . . . For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
We should not complain when we pray. When we pray, we should ask God to bless others – even those we perceive as our enemies. In doing this, we trust God to deal appropriately with those we like and those we dislike. Genesis 12:3 – “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
God is for us
Throughout the entirety of Scripture God consistently and abundantly declares how He is for us.
God’s actions in life do not always make sense to us. Jesus’ actions did not always seem logical or consistent. However, God always knows what He is doing, and He always considers our best interests. Romans 8:31 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
God is in us
Jesus knew the Holy Spirit was needed by us; that we would accomplish more with the Holy Spirit than we would with just Jesus by himself.
John 16: 5-13 – “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 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. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot hear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
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.”
We need to have faith that the Holy Spirit’s work is active in our lives and is to our advantage.
Mark 4:35–41 tells the story of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. During this story, Jesus asked the disciples why – during their panic – they didn’t exhibit faith. Verse 40 is, “But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
We, also, should not be fearful during trials. Rather, we should have faith that Jesus is with us and will say, “Peace, be still!” (verse 39) to our storms.
The Holy Spirit is active
The Holy Spirit is the power and direction and guidance to accomplish what He intends through us.
We, at any time, are able to ask God for new - or a renewed - infilling of the Holy Spirit’s presence, and His peace that surpasses all understanding.
Reflective Questions for Equipped: God Is In Me – Holy Spirit
In the first part of this message Pastor Stephen reviewed some of the ideas from his previous messages about “God is with us” and “God is for us.” What was revealed to you for the first time by this review of those ideas?
Why are we individually able to accomplish more with the Holy Spirit, than we would if we relied solely on Jesus?
Why are we corporately (collectively) able to accomplish more with the Holy Spirit, than we would if we relied solely on Jesus?
How often do you feel you need a new infilling of the Spirit? What do you do when those times come along?
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