Friday, March 16, 2012

Bible Study

So, picking up from last time, we talked about how we shouldn't be afraid of the Holy Spirit because unlike what we've seen on TV, God never intended it to be such an over-the-top, scary, concept. Let take a look...

1.       The Holy Spirit is a gift from God not a right, which means that He can take it away. Psalms 51:11 says “Do not reject me. Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me.” Acts 2:38 “Peter said to them, ‘Repent and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’”
2.       God treasures the Holy Spirit. Matthew 12:32 Whoever speaks about the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
3.       Disciples of God should be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:8 “I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
4.       The Holy Spirit gives us words to speak. Mark 13:11 “When they arrest you and hand you over for trial, do not worry about what to speak. But say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” We also see in Acts 2, how Peter when he was filled with the Spirit was able to lead the first Spirit revival in history. He spoke to thousands, effortlessly and many non-believers were saved. Acts 4:31 “When they had prayed, the place where they had assembled together was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of the Lord courageously.”
5.       The Holy Spirit helps us prophesy. Luke 1:67 “Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied…”

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