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(By Dr. Charles Stanley)


Prayer:
Father God, in Jesus’ name, we come to You with thanksgiving in our hearts today. The joy of the Lord is our strength. We desire to live a godly life unto You, and in the presence of others. Glory be to God! Hallelujah to Jesus! We praise Your holy Name. This week is a blessed week because of what our Lord did for us. Thank You for forgiving us. Thank You for Your mercy and grace on our lives. Thank You God, You answer our prayers according to Your perfect will. Help us to know that You know exactly what we need, and what is best for us. Grant us this day the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom as we study this lesson. Help us and all that study this lesson to learn to depend on You only even through others as You lead us. This we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Subject Lesson: Dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

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Every believer in Jesus is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but the apostle Paul also tells us to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The Greek verb signifies that this is a continuous action of filling. It means to live in obedience to Him, relying on Him to equip, empower, strengthen, teach, and guide us each day. Only as we depend on the Spirit will we be and do what God desires.

How do we depend on the Holy Spirit?

John 14:26:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” As Christians, we understand that salvation is not a matter of earning God's favor by our own effort. Rather it is transferring our trust from what we can do to get ourselves to heaven to what Jesus Christ has already done. Yet, the same Scripture that tells us that we are not saved by good works tells us that we are saved to do good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). To put it another way, the God who has saved us from the penalty of sin now intends to change us--to remove the sinful habits and selfish attitudes in our lives so that we can become more like His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29). To accomplish this goal, God has not left us alone to live the Christian life in our own strength. Actually that would be impossible. But God's power can do the impossible--that is, enable us to live the Christian life. The following study is designed to help you understand the work of God's Holy Spirit (the third member of the Godhead) and how you can cooperate with His daily work in your life.
What does the Holy Spirit do?
He united you to Christ at the moment of conversion; He caused you to believe (2 Thessalonians 2:13). He placed you into Christ's body (1 Corinthians 12:13), and He is the bond that makes you belong to Jesus (Romans 8:9).
He assures you that you belong to God. He teaches you to call God, "Father" (Romans 8:15-16). He is God's seal of ownership and your guarantee of complete salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
He is making you to be more like Jesus Christ. By progressively freeing you from sinful habits and transforming you into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). By empowering you to replace ungodly habits with godly fruit such as love, patience, and self-control (Galatians 5:18-23).
You can do what pleases God because His Spirit gives you power. He is your life and strength. That is why you must not ignore Him or try to live the Christian life without depending on Him. His work will not cease until it is completed at Christ's second coming when our bodies will be transformed to be like Christ's body (Philippians 3:20-21).
Because the Holy Spirit is at work in you, you need to understand...
How You Can Cooperate With His Daily Work In Your Life
Cooperating with the Holy Spirit means dependence on Him and His divine resources. We must keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Keeping in step with the Spirit sounds very mysterious. Actually it means that we submit to and rely on the Spirit. We look to Him for help--daily trusting Him and praying to Him for understanding and strength (Ephesians 1:17-18). We must be filled with (or controlled by) the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18); being filled by the Spirit has the idea of control by (Note the contrast with drunkenness). It has the idea of being totally saturated with (Colossians 3:16).
To be filled with the Holy Spirit and to have Christ’s Word dwell in you mean the same thing.
God’s Spirit always works in and through His Word.
Cooperating with the Holy Spirit means the disciplined use of His divine resources. Change occurs as you learn to put off the old ways of thinking and responding and put on God's new ways of thinking and responding. This begins by daily renewing your mind with the life-changing truth of God's Word (Ephesians 4:22-24; See verses 25-32 for some specific examples). As you learn to practice the truth, you gradually become more and more-godly--like Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 4:7).
The word train” in 1 Timothy 4:7 is an athletic term. It means: daily sustained effort. Just as it takes practice to be skilled in a particular sport, so it takes practice to be skilled in living the Christian life. God does not expect you to be perfect; He expects you to be growing. Your part in growing is exerting daily sustained effort to apply His Word to your life.

Who do you turn to for daily guidance on how to live or what decision to make?
Scripture tells us the only Guide worth trusting is the Holy Spirit. He is the One who knows our past completely, from the moment we were conceived to the present, and who also knows our futures, from this day to eternity. He knows God’s plan and purpose for us today and for each day of our lives. He also knows what is good and right for us.

Jesus repeatedly referred to the Spirit as the “Spirit of truth.” Note what He said about the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life: “He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13). The Spirit of truth is like an inner compass in our lives—always pointing us toward what Jesus would be, say, or do in any given moment.

God desires to make His will known to you. He wants you to know what to do and when to do it. Therefore, you can trust the Holy Spirit to be your daily Guide! After the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit on the disciples, they found themselves led in profound ways by the Spirit. The verses below give just a few examples of how the Holy Spirit dealt with His people in ways that provided very personal and specific guidance. What He did for them then, He desires to do for you today.

“The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings” (Acts 11:12).

“While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” (Acts 13:2).

“They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” (Acts 16:6).

The leaders of the early church relied on the Holy Spirit to give them this kind of specific, personal guidance, and we are wise to do likewise. Both Romans 8:14 and Galatians 5:18 refer to our being “led by the Spirit”—the norm of the Christian life.

You may ask, “Are there any conditions placed upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives?”

Yes.

First, we must stay yielded to the Spirit. We must say yes to the Spirit when He prompts us to take a certain action or say a certain word. We must give mental assent to the Spirit’s direction, and then we must actually obey His prompting and follow through by doing or saying what He has called us to do or say.

The Spirit often speaks to us in the stillness of our hearts with a word of conviction or assurance. When the Holy Spirit is directing us away from something harmful, we very often have a heaviness, feeling of trouble, foreboding, or uneasiness in our spirits. When the Holy Spirit is directing us toward helpful things, we tend to feel a deep inner peace, an eagerness to see what God will do, and a feeling of joy.

How can you know if you are yielded to the Holy Spirit? You are yielded to Him when you can say to Him, “Here is what I desire. But if Your answer to this is ‘no,’ it’s all right. I’ll do what You say.”

Second, we must believe and obey His guidance. We are much more likely to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say if we are actively listening for Him to speak. We are much more likely to see the Holy Spirit’s direction if we are looking for Him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is a “rewarder of those who seek Him.” We are to be diligent in seeking His guidance, asking for it, watching for it, anticipating it, and receiving it.

The Holy Spirit has come to reveal the truth to us. He has come in His all-knowing ability to impart to us what we need to know in order to live obedient and faithful lives. Trust Him to guide you, now and always!


Week #5

Questions:

1). What does it means to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit?
2). How do we depend on the Holy Spirit?
3). What does the Holy Spirit do?
4). How can we do what pleases God?
5). What do it means to cooperate with the Holy Spirit?
6). How does God’s Holy Spirit works?
7). What does the Word train in 1 Timothy 4:7 means?
8). Who do you turn to for daily guidance on how to live or what decision to make?
9). What do you think about this statement “are there any conditions placed upon guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives?”
10). How do the Holy Spirit speak to us?
11). How can you know if you are yielded to the Holy Spirit?
12). What did the Holy Spirit come to do for us?

Weekly Stay Focus:
Weekly Life Principle:
Weekly Prayer Focus:
Closing Prayer:
Weekly reading assignments: (Hebrews 9-10)


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Week #5 Questions/Answers

1). What does it means to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit?
When an individual accepts Christ as personal Savior, the Holy Spirit gives the believer the life of God, eternal life, which is really His very nature (Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4), and the Holy Spirit comes to live within him spiritually. The fact that the believer’s body is likened to a temple where the Holy Spirit lives helps us understand what the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is all about.
2). How do we depend on the Holy Spirit?
The Spirit is the purchase of the Son, bequeathed to us through his death, resurrection, and ascension to God's right hand. He gives the Spirit to give us life and to secure, seal, sanctify, and assure us. It is by the Spirit that we live, walk, worship, pray, serve, and suffer. The Spirit opens eyes, strengthens hearts, enables holiness, and fills us with the fullness of God. We depend on Him by seeking to hear His voice through trust.
3). What does the Holy Spirit do?
He assures you that you belong to God. He teaches you to call God, "Father" (Romans 8:15-16). He bring things back to your remembrance. He is God's seal of ownership and your guarantee of complete salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
He is making you to be more like Jesus Christ.
4). How can we do what pleases God?
We must obey Him in the fullness, and love Him back. Accept the Holy Spirit and not ignore Him or try to live the Christian life without depending on Him.
5). What do it means to cooperate with the Holy Spirit?
Cooperating with the Holy Spirit means to depend on Him and His divine resources, and by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit; we must submit to Him.
6). How does God’s Holy Spirit works?
God’s Holy Spirit always works in and through His Word.
7). What does the Word train in 1 Timothy 4:7 means?
It means daily sustained effort. Just as it takes practice to be skilled in a particular sport, so it takes practice to be skilled in living the Christian life through the Holy Spirit.
8). Who do you turn to for daily guidance on how to live or what decision to make?
The Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth; He will not speak on His own , but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come, (John 16:13).
9). What do you think about this statement “are there any conditions placed upon guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives?”
Yes there are! We must stay yielded to the Holy Spirit, and we must say yes to the Holy Spirit when He prompts us to take a certain action or say a certain word, and then we must obey the Holy spirit and follow through with it.
10). How do the Holy Spirit speak to us?
The Spirit often speaks to us in the stillness of our hearts with a word of conviction or assurance. I can actually say, this is true !!
11). How can you know if you are yielded to the Holy Spirit?
You are yielded to Him when you can say to Him, “Here is what I desire. But if Your answer to this is ‘no,’ it’s all right. I’ll do what You say.”
12). What did the Holy Spirit come to do for us?
The Holy Spirit has come to reveal the truth to us, and He has come in His all-knowing ability to impart to us what we need to know in order to live obedient and faithful lives.


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Weekly Stay Focus: Freedom in the Spirit

Wherever the Spirit of God goes, freedom follows. If His Spirit dwells in you, you will experience more freedom than you have ever known. You will no longer be inhibited by selfishness and resentment. You will be free to do what you were created to do; live in right relationship with your Creator. Don’t struggle to free yourself. You haven’t the power or the strength. Invite God’s Holy Spirit to come inside your heart and free you in the process. This is good advice to stay focus!


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Weekly Life Principle: Counsel (Life Principle # 27)

We waste time not asking God what He wants. When we make important choices without seeking His counsel, we’re heading for danger. If we’d only ask for guidance and commit to His will and timing, we would see Him move in astounding ways to help us.

Are you ready for God to make you the most fruitful person you can be? Then, no matter how busy you are, take a few quiet moments to seek Him. You’ll find this time spent with God will be the best investment you make every day.

Quiet your heart so you can listen to the Lord and enjoy His presence. Then find out what He desires in your situation and pray for that. Rest in His love for you, trust in His provision, and allow Him to order your steps. He will keep you from moving in the wrong direction or wasting your time. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor!


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Weekly Prayer Focus: Speak Lord Jesus

Do everything in dependence on Me. The desire to act independently apart from Me springs from the root of pride. Self-sufficiency is subtle, insinuating its way into your thoughts and actions without your realizing it. But apart from Me, you can do nothing: that is, nothing of eternal value. My deepest desire for you is that you learn to depend on Me in every situation. I move heaven and earth to accomplish this purpose, but you must collaborate with Me in this training. Teaching you would be simple if I negated your free will or overwhelmed you with My power. However, I love you too much to withdraw the godlike privilege I bestowed on you as My image-bearer; Use your freedom wisely, by relying on Me constantly. Thus you enjoy My presence and My peace.

Read: John 15:5; Ephesians 6:10; Genesis 1:26, 27.


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Week # 5 Bible study: Devotional

Walking in the Holy Spirit

KEY PASSAGE: Galatians 5:16 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:2, 26 | Zechariah 4:6 | John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:8-14 | Acts 1:7-8 | Romans 8:5-7, 11,14-16 | 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 | Galatians 5:25 | Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:11-12 Colossians 1:16 | 1 Peter 1:13

Many believers go their entire Christian lives and never understand the necessity and work of the Holy Spirit.

Yet this topic is one of the most important ones in the Bible. Apart from the Holy Spirit, you and I simply cannot live a godly life. It is His ability that empowers us to resist sin and obey God. He helps us interpret Scripture and enables us to fellowship with the Lord. Without Him, no one can have a genuinely fruitful Christian life. The apostle Paul knew the significance of relying on the Holy Spirit. He wrote, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Although we are new creatures in Christ, each believer still has the flesh operating within him or her. The flesh is our tendency to sin or to rebel against God’s will for our lives. By walking in the Spirit, you and I can have the power to overcome the flesh and live victorious Christian lives.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Along with God the Father and Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity. As such, He was equally involved in the creation of the world (Gen. 1:2, 26). Like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is a Person, with a personality, a will, and emotions. He is not an impersonal force.

What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? He . . .

1).Teaches believers and reminds us of what we have learned (John 14:26). He brings to mind verses and scriptural truth we may have forgotten.
2). Convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).
3). Testifies about Jesus, rather than Himself (John 15:26). He reveals our need for Christ and shows us how to depend on the Lord.
4). Guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
5). Dwells within every believer (Rom. 8:11). He lives within us from the moment of salvation.
6). Guides our steps and helps us discover the Father’s plans for us (Rom. 8:14).
7). Assures us that we are saved. He “testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom. 8:16).
8). Gives us spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11).
9). Empowers us, especially for evangelism (Acts 1:7-8). The disciples waited for the Holy Spirit before sharing the gospel even though they had walked with Jesus for three years.
10). Equips us to minister to others (Eph. 4:11-12).
11). Helps us pray. The Bible says He intercedes for us “with groaning too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26).
12). Seals our salvation (Eph. 1:13). God chastises believers who sin.
However, our status as His children doesn’t change.

What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?

This phrase means to live each moment in dependency on the Holy Spirit, sensitive to His voice, and obedient to Him. As we go through each day, we should be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit with us. We should be totally submitted to Him. That means we must be sensitive to the initial promptings of the Holy Spirit. When He speaks to our hearts, you and I should immediately obey. For example, we may be convicted to turn away quickly from things that tempt us to sin. The Spirit can give us the right words to encourage a hurting person, or lead us to do something unusually kind for a stranger. He may even guide us to take a different route. Sometimes it will become clear why the Holy Spirit directed us one way and not another; other times, we may never know why. However, the wise man or woman will obey the Spirit’s voice at once. The Holy Spirit knows all things, including the future, and His guidance is always for our benefit.

Setting our Minds on the Things of God

There is no doubt that we are in a spiritual battle. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is available to help us wage war against sin. The key to victory is in setting our minds on the things of the Spirit, not the things of the flesh (Rom. 8:5). In other words, we don’t think about how to gratify our sinful desires. Instead, we choose to focus on things which glorify and honor God. The Spirit of the Lord will equip us to live godly lives if our minds are set on Him. Three things work against us as believers: the world, the flesh, and the devil. This means that aside from direct temptation, Satan works through our own sensual desires and the world’s system, or way of thinking and operating. Remember that the devil can’t force believers to sin. He can tempt us—and will certainly try to do so. But we can resist Satan’s lies through the power of the Holy Spirit. How do we do that? We should begin before we are even faced with temptation. If we have made up our minds to obey God, no matter what, we are far more likely to win the spiritual battle and not act sinfully. On the other hand, if we entertain temptation as an option and imagine what it would be like to fulfill sinful desires, we will almost surely give in to temptation eventually. Why? Because the mind governs how we speak, act, and handle different situations. That’s why the Bible says “prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit” (1 Peter 1:13). What we think about determines, to a great extent, how we live.

Surrendering to the Holy Spirit

I challenge you to begin each morning with a prayer that goes something like this: “Father, I want You to guide me today and lead me. Speak to my heart. Make me sensitive to what is happening around me in the lives of those I meet. Fill me with Your supernatural joy, and use me today for Your purposes. I surrender fully to You.” If you yield your will to the Holy Spirit and depend on His ability rather than your own, He will enable you to live a life that is pleasing to Christ.

Respond Personal:

Do you want to live with real peace, contentment and joy in life?
Do you want to have the power to overcome temptation or persevere through adversity?

The answer is found in total surrender and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Set your mind on the things of God and trust the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide you, enable you, and empower you to obey His voice. When we remain sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance, depend upon Him totally, and obey Him, we have life at its very best.

When you think of the Holy Spirit, what image comes to mind?
Reread 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. What spiritual gifts has the Holy Spirit given you?
How are you using these gifts to glorify our heavenly Father and further His kingdom?
How does the Holy Spirit help us distinguish between good and evil; Clarity and confusion; Truth and fiction?


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Closing Prayer:

Lord God, I want to do thing Your way. Give me/us Your wisdom so that I/we can make the most of every opportunity. Lord, in our trials and tribulations help us to depend upon Your Holy Spirit to comfort us and live a joyful life unto You. Lord, we spend most of our time looking for things. From the lofty (meaning, purpose, security) to the mundane (bargains, missing earrings, mislaid phones), we are always seeking. Help us remember, Holy Spirit, that nothing matters more than to seek the face of God. In Your presence all is well; all is beautiful. We long for intimacy with You, Lord Jesus. We depend upon You always and forever; AMEN.

Weekly reading assignments: (Hebrews 9-10)

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