Continuing in the Spirit
(May 2013 - Week 4)
(1). Galatians 3:3 After beginning with the Spirit, are you now
trying to attain your goal by human effort?
(2). Romans 8:5 But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
(3). Galatians 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
(4). Jude 20-21 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
(5). "The Church is the Body of Christ, and the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. He fills the Body, directs its movements, controls its members, inspires its wisdom, supplies it's strength. He guides into truth, sanctifies its agents, and empowers for witnessing. The Spirit has never abdicated His authority nor relegated His power.” [Samuel Chadwick, Methodist Preacher (1860-1932)]
(6). Prayer thought: Our strength, our flesh, and our attempts to direct God in how to answer prayer are in conflict with the Spirit. We will not pray successfully if we do not pray in the Spirit. We’ve been given the Holy Spirit to live in us and the invitation to know and pray according to the Father’s will.
Praying in the Spirit
(May 2013 - Week 3)
(1). Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
(2). Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
(3). 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived"-- the things God has prepared for those who love him-- 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
(4). God searches the heart where the Spirit dwells and knows the mind of the
Spirit. The Spirit who dwells in our hearts searches the deep purposes
and the will of God to us, and reveals those purposes and that will of God,
“that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” [E. M.
Bounds, The Reality of Prayer, page 375]
(5). Prayer thought: pray in the Spirit for all kinds of prayer and requests, we need to know both ourselves and God. But we are not very objective. The Spirit of Truth intercedes for us, knowing both our weaknesses and God’s purposes. He teaches us to pray in the same way.
The Person of the Spirit
(May 2013 - Week 2)
(1). John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to help you and be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
(2). Acts 5:3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
(3). 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
(4). “Clearly the Holy Spirit is not merely a quality to be found in the divine nature … He is a holy intelligent person.” [John Owen, The Holy Spirit]
(5). Prayer thought: As a person, the Holy Spirit speaks both to us and through us. Because the Holy Spirit is a person, he cannot be deceived by anything we may think, say, or do. He is able to show us how to pray, even as Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
Knowing the Spirit
(May 2013 - Week 1)
(1). Acts 2:17-18 "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy."
(2). Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
(3). John 16:13 -15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.
(4). You cannot work out God’s will, but His Holy Spirit can; and until the Church, until believers grasp this, and cease trying by human effort to do God’s will, and wait upon the Holy Spirit to come with all his omnipotent and enabling power, the Church will never be what God wants her to be, and what God is willing to make of her. [Andrew Murray, Collected Works and Sermons]
(5). Prayer thought: We’ve received the promised Holy Spirit and have become children of God. The Holy Spirit now takes from Jesus and makes it known to us. We also learn what Jesus is interceding for as the Holy Spirit makes it known to us.