Bless This Mess: The Blessing of the Holy Spirit
4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5 1. The Person Of The Holy Spirit: Seeking His presence over His presents. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me. Romans 15:30 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Revelation 22:17 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials. Acts 5:9 You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit. Acts 7:51 Big Question: How have I been trying to live the Christian life by my own strength? Will I invite The Person of The Holy Spirit into every area of my life every day? 2. The Power Of The Holy Spirit: Its not about getting more of God, but rather God getting more of me 17“ ‘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.18Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. Acts 2:17-18 4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work...Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. 1 Corinthians 4-5,31 Big Question: The gifts of The Holy Spirit are to be given away for His glory. Where have I bought into the lie that God can’t or won’t use me?