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Cypress Creek Church — Pastor David Bamberry

May 16, 2021

Message: Living By The Spirit’s Power – Part 2

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Developing a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit

 

The Bible is a progressive revelation of how the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is/are developing an ever-closer relationship with mankind:

 

  • In the Old Testament, God dwelt in a physical tabernacle, located within the Nation of Israel.

 

  • Jesus became a human to be the “Immanuel” – “God with us.”

 

  • Now God manifests Himself as the Holy Spirit “within us.”

 

  • And someday soon we shall all live with God as a single family – us in Him and Him in us.


Getting to Know the Character of the Holy Spirit Better

 

1.  The Spirit glorifies and bears witness to Christ.


John 15:26--“I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.”

 

2.  The Spirit speaks, teaches, and gives direction.


Acts 8:29—The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 


Acts 13:2—One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” 


John 14:26—But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 


I Corinthians 2:13—When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.


Acts 16:6-7—Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 

 

3.  The Spirit searches everything and comprehends God’s thoughts.


I Corinthians 2:10-11—But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 


Romans 8:26-27—And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with    groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 

 

 


4.  The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts and has a will.


I Corinthians 12:11—It is the one and only Spirit Who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. 

 

5.  The Spirit can be lied to, grieved, and outraged.


Acts 5:3, 4— Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.”


Ephesians 4:30—And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 


Hebrews 10:29—Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.


Big Idea

 

Get to know the Holy Spirit and tap into all the ways He is here to help us 

live a successful Christian life.

 

 

 

All scripture is from the New Living Translation (NLT) unless otherwise noted.