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The Holy Spirit and You | A Helper

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April 6, 2022 3:00 am

The Holy Spirit and You | A Helper

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April 6, 2022 3:00 am

You may encounter the Holy Spirit or His work in your life on a daily basis, but you may not realize it. Yet His work is vital in keeping us spiritually energized, and headed in the right direction. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie has insight as he continues his series in the Gospel of John called “Life.” To tell a friend about today’s teaching, just invite them to go to harvest.org and look for the title, The Holy Spirit & You, Part 1.

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You're listening to a new beginning with Greg Laurie, a podcast supported by harvest partners for more ways to deepen and challenge your spiritual walk and roll and pastor breaks free online courses sign-up@harvest.org today pastor Greg Lori brings us an overview of the third person of the Trinity, known as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is a little tricky to rub your mind around God does the holy spirit. However, the Bible tells us that work in your life is going to seal you guys you are you doing how are you doing you again and again.

Live daily basis, but you may not realize his work is spiritually energized the right direction today on a new beginning. Greg Lori has inside as he continues his series of the gospel of John a friend about harvest. Look for the title Holy Spirit you were the gospel of John, so turn your Bibles to John. John 14 you know the Bible of course tells us that God is our father in heaven. That's all. Our Lord taught us to pray in this way, you said pray our father who art in heaven, most of us we can grasp that some of us had great fathers, some of us not so great. Some of us didn't have a father but maybe we know of father out there so we can sort of get a picture in our mind of God as a father. In fact, in the parable of the prodigal son that Jesus told he compared God to what father went to sons and when one of the sons one is straight. The father missed the sun and was anxious for his return. So, God is presented to us as a father, and then God is also presented to us as the sun.

Jesus said, he that is seen me has seen the father. So you wonder what is God like, look at Jesus.

That's what God is like. Because Jesus was and is God.

So Jesus was walking among us as a human being.

He was hungry was thirsty. He was fired he experienced joy, anger, all the things that we experience as human beings were the poorest. He never said and for the most part, we can wrap her mind around the idea of God as the sun, the son of God, God the father.

Then there's the Holy Spirit.

And because God is a straw human being. Father, son and Holy Spirit. It's a little tricky to wrap your mind around God as the holy spirit doesn't help that the King James version calls him the Holy Ghost now insisted where what the Holy Ghost are about a little five-year-old girl. He didn't quite grasp the concept of God is all Holy Spirit so she said praise father, son, and holy coast and so she wasn't still trying to figure it out, but we might think of the Holy Spirit is kind of a force sort of like Star Wars trust the force, Luke, you know, so we think the spirits like a fortress, God the father is God the son, and theirs is kind of force out there called the Holy Spirit, but that is actually not true.

No, maybe we think that because in Scripture. The Holy Spirit is compared to when fire and comes on Jesus in the form of a dove.

However, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit has a distinct personality and it also tells us that the Holy Spirit is God. In fact, are even specific sins we can commit against the holy spirit including grieving, quenching, resisting, and most notably blaspheming him, and in fact blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the only sin that is actually unforgivable. While talk about that at the end of the message, but it's interesting grieving the Holy Spirit you know only a) can be green if somebody cuts me off on the freeway. It doesn't grieve me at just ticks me off right. But if my wife cuts me off or my son cuts me off for someone that I love about what that might be more grieving. If a stranger insults me I'm irritated but if your best friend or your spouse and soul to your grieve. You see it's different because it's a relationship we can grieve the holy spirit. So why did the Holy Spirit, what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit. What does the Holy Spirit want to do in our lives will read about that in just a moment, but sort of deck set the stage were in John chapter 14 and it's open with these very familiar words of Jesus in verses 1 to 3 that Jonathan shared with us last Thursday. Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions that were not so I would've told you. I go to prepare a place for you that I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you want to myself that where I am you maybe also these words of Jesus abroad comfort, hope and perspective to millions and millions of people for over 2000 years to people who are grieving to people who are afraid to people who are stressed out and are agitated to people well just like us.

Jesus says let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid that we live in such troubled times right now no reason research is shown that the US is the most stress ridden nation on the planet. And guess what the onslaught of technology is only added to that, because now we we get everything on demand right. I mean the moment a new story of breaking our phones are blown up in our pocket right because you're getting the newsfeed or friends or text community. Are you watching what's going on. We click the link you were watching live video. These are the days were living in this generation.

According to experts is the most stressed-out generation in American history of some research was done. The reveal the college students have the anxiety level of psychiatric patients in World War II.

Imagine that these are the days were living and so these words of Christ are so relevant.

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid to know Jesus continues on in verse 16 of John 14 and I pray the father and he will give you another helper. Underline those two words. Another helper, that he may abide with you forever. The spirit of truth in the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him three goals with you, and shall be in you.

I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you a little while longer in the world will see him no more. But you will see me because I live you will live also.

And at that day you will know that I am in the father and you and me and I and you and he who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me and he who loves me will be loved by my father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him or reveal myself to him.

Judah is not Iscariot said to him, Lord, how is it that you manifest yourself to us and not to the world. Jesus answered and said if any man loves me, he will keep my word and my father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. He that does not love me does not keep my words and the word what you hear is not mine but the fathers who sent me these things I've spoken to you while being present with you but the helper, the Holy Spirit whom the father will send them my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I've said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. There, so this is a pivotal point in the Gospel of John, Jesus is saying to his disciples that so I'm going away Warren growing me, you can't come right now but I don't want to be stressed out and agitated and worried I gone to prepare a place for you, to come back and receive you to myself.

But in the meantime, I'm not going to leave you alone or Comfort Plus. I'm not gonna leave you without help her whole I'm been a long send the Holy Spirit. Verse 16 all pray the father, who will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever. Another helper is interesting. It this is from the Greek word Paraclete totes Paraclete totes. It's funny, I do spellcheck on my notes and I am I spellcheck up wanting the spell of this parakeet know were not talking about a parakeet I used to have a parakeet and reviewer had one good little bird.

But know this is the Paraclete does. This is the Holy Spirit and what it means is Paraclete just means one who was called alongside the help and another translation of the word as an advocate even another translation puts it this way, another friend for you. Another friend for you. So when Jesus walked this earth. Those disciples had a privilege that we don't have. They can reach out and grab him by the shoulder, they could ask him a question, they could look into his eyes, they would hear the timbre of his voice. They were with them in person and there he was in no way saying I'm going to leave you but I'm in this send the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is get into our unique work in your life is going to seal you is going to guide you is good advocate for you is going to empower you is get up till you again and again is your great glory will have the second half of this message just a moment. We really enjoy hearing with Pastor Greg's teaching and preaching are impacting lives.

Pastor Greg, I grew up with a Christian father had told me about God's love for me when I was 16 my dad died at that moment I said how can a God of love do this to me so I walked away from God.

Over the next 11 years, God sent people and I like to nudge me back to faith and then about a year ago I was listening to you on the radio in my car at 4:30 AM one morning and finally I prayed with you leading me to ask Jesus into my life. I started listening to your podcast every day and reading the new living translation Bible for me as well. Thank you for doing God's work. Bless you were encouraged. We hear stories like that because it helps us know how these messages are impacting people. Pastor Greg studies God's word touched your life. If so, would you let him know drop an email to greg@harvest.org that's great@harvest.org. What were learning today about the Paraclete toes about the helper Holy Spirit and his work in our lives. Pastor Greg continues now in another way, the word Paraclete doses used is one who pleads it, because before a judge, like a legal assistant or an advocate or for like of a better word and attorney or a lawyer. The Holy Spirit comes to our side. Studies are case and helps us to plead this to someone else and that is the judge. By the way, the same word Paraclete toes is used to describe what Jesus does as our advocate.

First John 21 we read my dear children, I'm writing this to you see will not send. If anyone does and we have an advocate with the father who pleads her case before the father is Jesus Christ. And he's truly righteous. So what you think it will way so wait whose my advocate is in Jesus Christ, or is that the Holy Spirit can you ready for this boat you up to advocate you want to talk about a dream team here is our work here in a court of law, God the father is the judge at the right side of God the father is God the son, who is your advocate. He's your attorney. He's talking to the judge. Meanwhile your other advocate. The Holy Spirit is standing by your side and helping you directing you so you can plead your case and here's one of the great thing to know. By the way, the judge's son is your attorney case and that works out really well in your favor is when things start falling apart.

The sun turns of the father and says hey dad, we know that Greg is guilty of the things he's charged with.

But we all know what I did for him at the cross of copy zero. I'm not word you to approach God. That's right, you're not worthy and you never were and you never will be. Can we just get that out of the way. Want to brawl that your music is noteworthy. You never were party on your best day ever you want even close to being worthy, you know that day when you got up at five in the morning and read the Bible for an hour and then you prayed for people all around the world and you share the gospel 18 times and you went to church that I remember that day that really awesome bait you want even worthy on that day, and anyone worthy on the next day when you slept and forgot to read your Bible, you didn't tell anyone about Jesus objective. Few people were offended by your behavior in any Mrs. service that night know you were worthy on that day anyone worthy on your best day. It's never been about your worthiness. It's always been about your advocate, Jesus Christ, who paid the price for your sin in the Holy Spirit who helped you to plead your case no. There's a lot of misunderstanding concerning the role in working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of both believers and unbelievers remember rights of the Holy Spirit is not in it. It's I him.

It's a personality because later in John 1680. Jesus says of the Holy Spirit when he has come, he will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. So in the Holy Spirit is not in Eddie's again for agreeing to be considered a person here she must possess certain characteristics. First among those is intelligence, then there is will then there is a motion so to be a person or to be a personality you must have intelligence, you must that will. You must have a motion trees don't have a motion rocks don't have a motion cars don't have emotions. Sometimes we may think of a car is a someone we talked I've talk to cars before. Usually old cars that don't start because old cars are called a lookup of their they always are breaking down, and you didn't really are you serious you can do this to me right now you're like talking to the car right but we know that's not a real personality. No animals have personalities they have, will they have a motion many always know we is down with the dog right. Dogs are so expressive and sometimes it even looks like they're smiling, you know they're just tongue thing in the tales wagon.

Everything is good to know they lick you cats. No one can figure them out, and even when they lick you there tongue is like sandpaper and in the upper they do it still ever personality a bad one but a personality. Reptiles are being said have will very limited intelligence and not much of a personality I used to collect reptiles. I don't know why. Now, in retrospect, but I had turtles and snakes and lizards and you name it I had it and not a lot of personality but but in contrast God as a person.

He has a personality so the Holy Spirit is a personality in the Holy Spirit is intelligence he has intelligence first Corinthians 210 says God is revealed these things to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. So the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God. Objects don't know things buyers don't know things plans don't know things, but the Holy Spirit knows things. Also, the Holy Spirit has a will.

He is a will, because we read in first Corinthians 12. Speaking of the gifts of the spirit that God's Holy Spirit distributes it says he gives to each one of these gifts as he will. It's a Holy Spirit to decide what kind of birds and gives each believer will receive in acts 1528.

The apostles were talking about different issues and they said it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us so Holy Spirit had a will and the Holy Spirit expressed his will listen to this. The Holy Spirit has a motion I mention he can be grieved, quenched, resisted, even lied to a little bit more on that in a moment, but the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer seeks to convict them of their sin or better translation would be convinced that there's nothing I can do to convince you that you're a sinner in need of a Savior.

No clever analogy on no illustration is going to do it.

Only the Holy Spirit can do that and I trust in the work of the spirit. When I present God's word that he will touch a person's heart and show them their need for Christ of why we need to pray for people as we share the gospel and once a person believes and is convinced of their need for Christ in asked price. The coming of their like it's a Holy Spirit that gives them the inner assurance that there are a believer. Romans 818 says his spirit bears witness with our spirit, there were the children of God. How many of you are children of God, raising and no, I would just dare to say the reason you know your children of God, as you have that inner witness is not just of the Bible says you are. You believe the Bible and what it says that there's something deep inside of you that says yes I am a child of God, and I know I am a child of God. You know where that came from from the Holy Spirit.

His spirit is very witness with your spirit that you are a child of God and not only can I sense that I am a child of God, but I know it when I meet another child of God. Maybe we've only known each other for five minutes before there's an immediate connection is there a fellow believer in the same Holy Spirit that lives in the lives in them as well. Those are things that the Holy Spirit does insights on what the Spirit does in our lives and are so much more to come. Pastor Greg is titled today study the Holy Spirit in you. Part one and then can we just say thank you thank you to those who not only listen on a regular basis but also pray for us and not only listen and pray, but also invest yesterday. We appreciate that listener partnership yes and we have some unique ways to say thank you, don't wait that's right. And you know who you are out there that support us and thank you so much and God bless you I was a good walk up to you and shake your hand and have a few moments with you and I do run into people all the time. Dave, wherever I go, that listen to our radio broadcast that the part of their daily routine were thankful for that.

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