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6.5.2020 Holy Spirit the Helper

Word for the Warrior June 5, 2020

Take a listen~~may Holy Spirit minister to you: Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here by Kim Walker-Smith

What does the Holy Spirit do? Is he like a dove that just flies around-looking for someone to fall on? Not at all! Let’s take a look at all he does in the lives of believers & unbelievers alike!

He is the believers’ Helper (John 14:26.) He indwells believers and seals them until the day of redemption—this indicates that the Holy Spirit’s presence in the believer is irreversible. He guards and guarantees the salvation of the ones He indwells (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). The Holy Spirit assists believers in prayer (Jude 1:20) and “intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26–27: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. )

The Holy Spirit regenerates and renews the believer (Titus 3:5). Believers receive the new birth by the power of the Spirit (John 3:5–8). The Spirit comforts believers with fellowship and joy as they go through a hostile world (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Spirit, in His mighty power, fills believers with “all joy and peace” as they trust the Lord, causing believers to “overflow with hope” (Romans 15:13). Sanctification is another work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. The Spirit sets Himself against the desires of the flesh and leads the believer into righteousness (Galatians 5:16–18). The works of the flesh become less evident, and the fruit of the Spirit becomes more evident (Galatians 5:19–26). Believers are commanded to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), which means they are to yield themselves to the Spirit’s full control. The Holy Spirit is also a gift-giver. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them” (1 Corinthians 12:4). The spiritual gifts that believers possess are given by the Holy Spirit as He determines in His wisdom (verse 11). The Holy Spirit also does work among unbelievers. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8, ESV). The Spirit testifies of Christ (John 15:26), pointing people to the Lord. Currently, the Holy Spirit is also restraining sin and combating “the secret power of lawlessness” in the world. This action keeps the rise of the Antichrist at bay (2 Thessalonians 2:6–10). The Holy Spirit has one other important role, and that is to give believers wisdom by which we can understand God. “The Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10–11). Since we have been given the amazing gift of God’s Spirit inside ourselves, we can comprehend the thoughts of God, as revealed in the Scripture. The Spirit helps us understand. This is wisdom from God, rather than wisdom from man. No amount of human knowledge can ever replace the Holy Spirit’s teaching (1 Corinthians 2:12–13). How we need the Holy Spirit!

Are we good to go forever then? Having this treasure in earthen vessels, we get jostled, cracked and leaky. We get used up. And if you're going to go on one tank of gas for the life of the car, good luck with that. One filling until Jesus comes back or until you die, good luck with that too.

You have in the book of Acts, the Apostles being filled in Acts 2. You have at the beginning of Acts 4 Peter "being filled" with the Holy Spirit (or refilled), and the Church being filled with the Holy Spirit. At the end of Acts 4 the whole Church is filled yet again with the Holy Spirit, it's a fresh filling. Kind of like a car. You've got a full tank of gas but after you've gone 300-400 miles you've got to stop and fill it up again because you've used it all.

Stephen is a man who, according to Acts 6, right before he was martyred it says "being filled with the Holy Spirit he says Father, don't count this against them and into your hands I commit my spirit." You've got it with Paul in Acts 9 and yet when he stands up to speak in the synagogue in chapter 13 at Antioch of Pisidia, it says "and being filled with the Holy Spirit." You've got half a dozen examples in the book of Acts, of all of those re-fillings of these really important people.

We need the regular empowerment of God in no way different than a car needs gas.

PRAYER TIME: Dear Holy Spirit, we welcome you ---& we have just learned how many functions you have in the lives of born again believers. You have shown in the Bible why it is a good idea to be refilled often. So, we come today, seeking a refilling of your Holy Spirit—or maybe a FIRST FILLING for some of us! Fill us up, Holy Spirit! To Overflowing! We raise our hearts & our hands & our faith to you & receive your infilling! Praise You! Amen

Here’s a lovely song to sing along with: Fill My Cup, Lord by Bob Burger

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