These qualities of Christian wisdom are not available to humanity without the indwelling or implanting of the Holy Spirit: “…longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. However learned, godly, and eloquent a minister may be, he is nothing without the Holy Spirit. The Importance of the Holy Spirit Who is the Holy Spirit? The new believer is "born again of the Spirit". THAT should be the way we live and breathe as individual believers. It would appear that you can be filled with the Spirit and depressed. If there is anything we truly do need, it is the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives! The Spirit of the Lord is a gift to us. In Matthew 25:13, the watching we are enjoined to do is linked to our own spiritual condition. Spurgeon preached a sermon from this text. What is essential? We can do it because He is the one at work in us to WILL and to DO HIS good pleasure. Prayer is like breathing in the sense that an oxygen-deprived life is a marginalized life. Another example of this need is that of the Ethiopian eunuch, who declared in response to Philip’s inquiry as to whether or not he understood the Scriptures: “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:31). Bruce. Not only healing, but other gifts of the Holy Spirit begin to flow from the powerful anointing of the Spirit of God in your life. The supply of oil in our possession shows our state of preparation! It is in faith that all those who believe posses the Holy Spirit tha… Well, on one level, I would differ with them. Your one-stop online-hub for Calvary Chapel, by The Holy Spirit has many things to say to us about who Jesus is and what it means that He lived here on earth as a man. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:13). That enabled them to be witnesses (John 15:27). Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught" (Isaiah 50:4, ESV).2. It is a relationship that is far greater than that of an orphan somehow regaining a lost parent. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit… makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. But this is ONE area of our lives where we should NEVER be scratching our heads asking — I wonder what the will of God is for me? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. The local church as it ought to be, as it is waiting for the coming of the Lord. I RARELY have guests on a Monday night when I am in town. PRAYER assumes the Lord’s presence — not His absence! Paul is an excellent example of how knowledge without the application of the Spirit does not work the righteousness of God. "And may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.". If you are going to warn or exhort or comfort someone, surely the ministry of the Spirit and the testimony of Jesus is going to be a part of it. At the same time the more rejoicing the more praying…Holy joy and prayer act and react upon each other. And there can be no devotions without DEVOTION! Tuesday, May 07, 2019. by Dr. Paul Chappell “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Through fire and through water, through life and through death, 'rejoice evermore. Spiritual gifts mean that God can use normal old ME. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. We are so conditioned by the course of this world to measure the supernatural in terms of the SPECTACULAR. You might be cut to the heart by the disloyalty or ingratitude of those in the community of believers who ought to have been your friends BUT — Paul said, “rejoice always.”, “There is no limit to the exhortation. He spent time in the Word of God that day. Our heavenly Father has His door OPEN ALL the time! There is NOTHING in the universe that can touch the joys of being set aside for the master’s use. I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. However shrewd, and clever, and wise in the things of this world, we are all dead towards God. like the rest of mankind. Here’s why it’s so important to be involved in a community of men and women who are living out their lives in Jesus together. Because the work of the Kingdom of God is eternal in scope and consequence, it is a work that can only be accomplished in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:22–26). Those on the receiving end may not bear witness to it — they might discern that what the person said were their own thoughts and their own inclinations — they were voicing their own desires and claiming that it was a revelation from God! THIS is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus! There is need for every individual Christian to understand the importance of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit plays an important role in this process (John 14:25–28). His consciousness was still alive. The next question then is: do we have enough? With His commands come His enabling. Jesus is the master who hung on a cross in our place and poured His own blood into the ground so that we could be set free from the taskmasters who never loved us, always lied to us and always failed us. Are we using it in an appropriate manner? It is the declaration of that which cannot be known by natural means." It’s how we lived and breathed. Paul also encouraged the Ephesian brethren to: “[pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). If the fruits of the Spirit are evident in our lives, and we are using those fruits to honor and glorify our Father, He can bestow upon us the gifts of His Spirit—gifts which Paul details at length (1 Corinthians 12:1–31). Don’t warn the unruly. Preaching the Gospel in a Christ-like manner is enabled because of the Holy Spirit with the end results of helping people be healed of their fractured relationships with our Father in Heaven. When I am in this mode, the Holy Spirit continually prompts me to pray for people and situations. Paul has given to them a picture of the living, breathing community of believers. In fact, the unaided human efforts to live the Christian life are worse than futile. The Necessity of the Holy Spirit: Part 1. THIS is so challenging to me — because it is my LIFE’S WORK to study and teach these very truths. We are left like orphans—outside, alone (Matthew 25:11–13). Baptism With the Holy Spirit: All Saints Partake of. That does not mean that you should be phony! Without the Holy Spirit, we would not be here. "Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind" (Ephesians 2:3). But that same background has also provided us with a fairly keen sense of what is contrivedSome of you might have a low view of prophecy — or the exercise of spiritual gifts — because you have seen the abuses and contrivances of the gifts in certain nationally known “ministries.” Perhaps you grew up in a church culture that was a microcosm of those ministries. ", You might have slanderous reports about you being spread in the community of believers, or have someone in the community of believers accusing you of things you would never even dream of doing. “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession” (Ephesians 1:13-14). We with our lamps fueled by the Holy Spirit of God are the light. Paul explained this to the brethren in Rome: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. One suggestion of such belief is the promise of another helper, or intercessor (paraclete), that is found in the Gospel According to John. The parable of the ten virgins, representing the Church, focuses on our preparedness for the coming of the Bridegroom. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:15–18). God can use any of us to foretell or tell forth the mind of the Lord. Just as the greatest need of the lost is to be saved, so the greatest need of the saved person is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Valerie and I were in the process of seeking the Lord as to whether or not He was sending us to Grass Valley. The whole of the Christian life is something supernatural. It is carried along by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit Is a Helper Who Teaches and Reminds A podcast hosted by Scott Cunningham and Chaz Celaya interviewing worship leaders, songwriters and artists. Above all else, the Holy Spirit is necessary to help us overcome this world and produce the fruit that our Father desires. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14–16). We need to know the Holy Spirit as a person, not a person like we are, but a person, and I say that he's a person because he has all the traits of personality. Being able to speak in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit, not a fruit! Without the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ promises to be with us would be unfulfilled. God’s gift (singular) to believers is holy spirit (not capitalized). Paul’s command presupposes the message may contain a mixture of the valuable and the worthless.1 AGAIN — that sets apart the New Testament GIFT of prophecy from the Old Testament OFFICE of the prophet. Those hearing the prophecy are to judge as to whether or not it agrees with what the Holy Spirit has said in the pages of Scripture. The Holy Spirit is not an it, he's not an influence, he does influence us, but he's Prior to the return of Jesus as the Bridegroom, the Holy Spirit forms a vital function in building Christian relationships. Rather, the New Testament gift of prophecy is reporting in merely human words what God has brought to mind. I believe that God has told me that it’s for YOU!" The Holy Spirit is also important because he is the guarantee of your inheritance in heaven. But some simple orthodox statements are in order. Speaking to His followers, Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13–14). “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? One morning, I was sitting with our friend John Wickham in his old, blue Mazda, and he was just telling me how he had read that morning in the book of Haggai — chapter 2 — where it says that after they had finished rebuilding the Temple, it was nothing close to the magnificent temple Solomon had built. This will prepare us for a wonderful future with Jesus Christ and our Father, to which we look forward as pictured by the forthcoming “fall” Holy Days. The menorah or candlestick was the only form of light in that darkness. Those teachings are just as relevant to us today as we seek to follow His example of doing all things to the honor and glory of our Father in heaven. As a result, we are probably more comfortable around such things than those who have never been exposed to such things. There are some spirits that NEED quenching. It was needed for the offerings, lamps or menorah, and anointing of the priests and kings. The Holy Spirit's power was made manifest to a great number of people that day, resulting in the conversion of about 3,000 (Acts 2:41). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.". Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit… from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:11–12). He is the God who speaks — The opening chapter of the first book of the Bible we find 10 times — “God said….”. SIN was our master. We can never forget that life in the Kingdom of God, and the work of the Kingdom of God is outside of mere human capacity. I was able to thank God for how my son — having just heard the news in my office — was carried along by God and went out and led Metro in the worship of Jesus. ", "Brothers, pray for us. But I was able to thank God that our dear friends Michael and Pam Rozell were at Metro THAT night, and I was able to go straight home to be with Valerie after opening the evening in prayer — and they loved on Ashley and brought her home after the service. Paul’s comment is not that that we do not know how to pray in terms of the mechanics of prayer, but rather we often don’t know the exact needs that should be addressed. Time and again we read the Old Testament prophets saying, “Thus says the Lord.” The Old Testament prophets spoke the very words of God. It is no less supernatural today than it was in the Book of Acts. As He sat discussing the need for the Holy Spirit, Jesus told those with Him that they would accomplish even more than He had done: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. THE WAY to abstain from every form of evil is to HOLD FAST to that which is good. Furthermore, the Spirit would “guide you into all truth; for [it] will not speak on [its] own authority, but whatever [it] hears [it] will speak; and [it] will tell you things to come. It is not a luxury but a necessity for all. The principal instruction about the Holy Spirit, however, was given by Jesus Christ at the Passover, reinforcing what He had stated months earlier on the preceding Last Great Day (John 7:37–39). But we were able to thank Him for his nearness to us. You live in this body. The Necessity of Word and Spirit. But the Holy Spirit instructs us here to NOT despise such utterances. Based on what Jesus stated to the disciples, let us consider seven reasons why we need the Holy Spirit. Stop praying. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. We are so glad that he obeyed the Lord and stepped out in faith and shared it with us in humility and love. That is why we are not to DESPISE prophecy or hold it in contempt, instead, we’re to be open, weigh it out, put it to the test of Scripture — hold fast to what is good.One of the most needful and common forms of prophecy in a community of believers is TELLING FORTH the mind of the Lord.Valerie and I had just gotten some disturbing news and medical advice from her doctor. We were able to thank God for the string of tender mercies He wrapped us in (Our two oldest children were in town on the very day we got the news). H ow does the Holy Spirit manifest in the lives of believers? You really should read your bible and stop making up things. 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