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Holy Spirit 101 - Part 2
10/20/2011

Holy Spirit 101-Part II

"...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. Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

We are looking at a 2-part devotional on the Holy Spirit so we can understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit in light of His total work in us as Christians.  In part I of this study we looked at the first of three biblical truths to help clarify this so let's take a look at the next two.  The second biblical truth we need to know about the Holy Spirit is:

2.    The Holy Spirit is the power of transformation in our new lives as followers of Jesus.  When we receive Jesus He begins a lifelong process of change as we become more like Christ.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

When we receive Christ by faith, we begin an immediate personal relationship with God.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit and we are set free from the power and bondage of sin in our lives (Rom. 6:5-7).  It is at this time when the Holy Spirit starts this transformation process in our lives and we begin to become more and more like Christ as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in everything we do.  To quench the Holy Spirit's leading is to stop the transformation process.  We then return to our fleshly ways, which had us in bondage to start with.  We see the Apostle Paul speaking to the Galatians about this very thing.

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3 (NKJV)

3.    The Spirit unites the Christian community in Christ.

As Christian brothers and sisters we are a part of God's family we are one body made up of many parts.  So the Holy Spirit lives within each of us, and He unites each of us individually to the whole body of believers (Rom. 12:4-5).   It is important for us to know, every one of us as a disciple of Christ have the Holy Spirit living within us each of us should be having experiences daily with the Spirit of God working within our lives and the lives of those around us.

I want to encourage you today to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all you do and say.  Ask to be filled each day (Eph. 5:18), and ask for His power to change anything in your life you know to be wrong.

STUDY QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit empower us to do as specified in Acts 1:8?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you a good witness of God's grace, mercy, and His free gift of salvation to others?

APPLICATION:  Ask God to empower you today to do His will in everything that you do.

Father, thanks for Your power, and Your Word to guide me in all I do.  I praise You for giving me the Holy Spirit to guide me and to show me what to do in each and every situation.  Fill me afresh with Your Spirit today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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