Life SOULutions
March 9, 2019
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    John 17:21–23 NLT
    21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
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    Satan is busily finding ways to divide us to weaken our witness for Jesus Christ...
    Clicks...
    Suspicious of each other...
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    We Receive Power by the Holy Spirit

    Acts 1:1–8 NLT
    1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
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    The proof one is baptized in the Holy Spirit is effective witness regarding Jesus Christ.
    You know if someone is baptized in the Holy Spirit by their fruit/actions
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    Matthew 7:15–20 NLT
    15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

    The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead

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    The Holy Spirit is a Person, not a liquid or a charm
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    Matthew 28:19 NLT
    19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    John 16:13–15 NLT
    13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’
    Acts 5:3–4 NLT
    3 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. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
    2 Corinthians 13:14 NLT
    14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    The Holy Spirit Does at Least Seven Things

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    1. Teaches
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    Luke 12:12 NLT
    12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”
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    2. Convicts
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    John 16:8 NLT
    8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
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    3. Directs God’s Work
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    Acts 13:2 NLT
    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.”
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    4. Helps and Intercedes
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    Romans 8:26 NLT
    26 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.
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    5. Seals Us for the Day of Redemption
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    Ephesians 4:30 ESV
    30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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    6. Inspires
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    2 Peter 1:21 ESV
    21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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    7. Makes Us Holy
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    1 Peter 1:1–2 NLT
    1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.
    The Holy Spirit:
    Teaches
    Convicts
    Directs God’s Work
    Helps and Intercedes
    Seals Us for the Day of Redemption
    Inspires
    Makes Us Holy

    The Holy Spirit became Available to Us in Full Power at Pentecost

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    Pentecost: from the adjective meaning “fiftieth,” a reference to the fifty days between the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of the First Fruits
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    Acts 2:1–4 NLT
    1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
    Acts 2:15–18 NLT
    15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.
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    Prophesy: Tell, Reveal, Foretell
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    Acts 2:38–39 NLT
    38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

    We Must Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit

    John 3:5–7 NLT
    5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’

    We Must Ask for the Holy Spirit

    Luke 11:13 NLT
    13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

    The Holy Spirit Causes Us to Be Effective Witnesses for God

    Luke 1:15–16 NLT
    15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.
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    John the Baptist
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    Luke 1:67 ESV
    67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
    Acts 4:31 NLT
    31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
    Acts 7:55–56 NLT
    55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
    Acts 11:24 NLT
    24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
    Acts 1:8 NLT
    8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
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    How we treat each other is a powerful witness for good or evil
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    John 17:21–23 NLT
    21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
      • John 17:21–23NLT

      • Acts 1:1–8NLT

      • Matthew 7:15–20NLT

      • Matthew 28:19NLT

      • John 16:13–15NLT

      • Acts 5:3–4NLT

      • 2 Corinthians 13:14NLT

      • Luke 12:12NLT

      • John 16:8NLT

      • Acts 13:2NLT

      • Romans 8:26NLT

      • Ephesians 4:30NLT

      • 2 Peter 1:21NLT

      • 1 Peter 1:1–2NLT

      • Acts 2:1–4NLT

      • Acts 2:15–18NLT

      • Acts 2:38–39NLT

      • John 3:5–7NLT

      • Luke 11:13NLT

      • Luke 1:15–16NLT

      • Luke 1:67NLT

      • Acts 4:31NLT

      • Acts 7:55–56NLT

      • Acts 11:24NLT

      • Acts 1:8NLT

      • John 17:21–23NLT

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