This broadcaster has 1450 podcast archives available on-demand.
Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.
April 7, 2022 3:00 am
View and subscribe to Pastor Greg’s weekly notes.
Learn more and subscribe to Harvest updates at harvest.org.
A New Beginning is the daily half-hour program hosted by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Southern California. For over 30 years, Pastor Greg and Harvest Ministries have endeavored to know God and make Him known through media and large-scale evangelism. This podcast is supported by the generosity of our Harvest Partners.
Support the show: https://harvest.org/support
See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You are listening to a new beginning with Greg Laurie, a podcast made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God.
Visit our website and learn more about harvest email@example.com when you become a Christian. The Holy Spirit see what does that mean what difference does the Holy Spirit. She'll make in our lives. After Grigori explained in this life is live property the Lord Jesus Christ to be sealed by the holy spirit. We know are more powerful than we are on a roll, but we also know that our God is on all powerful Holy Spirit third version of the God takes up our cause. Today is a new beginning. Grigori points out, the role was replacing the wife of the believer foundational insight series called my job is available at harvest wind of the lease, 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 that set the stage were in John chapter 14 and it's open with these very familiar words of Jesus. 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 for 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. 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, for he dwells 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, though, there's a lot of misunderstanding concerning the role in working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of both believers and unbelievers. Remember I said 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 it easy yeah for being to be considered a person here she must possess certain characteristics. First among those is intelligence, then there as well. 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 God as a person.
He is a personality so the Holy Spirit is a personality in the Holy Spirit is intelligence. He is 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 till the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God.
Objects 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 spiritual gifts. 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 ask Christ to come another 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 raised her hand up no, I would just dare to say the reason you know your children of God, as you have that inner witness is not just that the Bible says you are. You believe the Bible and what it says but there's something deep inside of you that says yes I am a child of God that I know I am a child of God. You know where that came from from 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'm 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 me, lives in them as well.
Those are things that the Holy Spirit does something also Holy Spirit does when you become a Christian. He seals you he seals you. Ephesians 113 says after you trusted her. The word of truth and receive the gospel you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance and the redemption of those who are God's possession. What is that even mean back in the old days the days which is as written when goods were shipped from one place to another to be stamped with the wax seal. This is before Amazon.com little drones flying around rocking out packages would you say they will do soon. I just hope they don't weapon eyes right so if you are delinquent in your payment you have trouble with the little drone I don't know. But then the old days they would send documents from one place to another and they would take these documents and they would seal them and they would have the Signet of the person who sent the document. So let's say a document was sent by a king.
It's like a scroll of parchment with a wax seal and the king signet ring was stamped in the wax soap you saw that document you dare not open it because that is a private correspondence from the king to someone else so the Bible says your seal of the Holy Spirit. It's as though God is good as Mark on you. Let's use a different illustration second ID tag right when I travel I wait for my suitcase and in the another. The promise of the people of suitcases that look like mine because most people have black suitcases, but I have a pink one with with the Smurf on it, and no such are but no IIII was sober suitcase and so it comes out but I always check my ID tag because the other day I picked up my bag. I'm walking out and some lady starts chasing me and says you took my bag and said no this is my and I checked the ID deck and sure enough it was her back but just like mine that for you chicken ID deck so if someone wants to steal that bad Bill think twice. So here comes the devil, to wreck havoc in this life, to destroy this life, will away wait is my data. Let me check the ID deck property of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He backs off the backs up.
That's what it means to be sealed by the Holy Spirit. But it's interesting because it also goes on to say he's a deposit, guaranteeing your inheritance until the redemption of God's possession. He's a deposit so you go to buy something you may put up deposit. Maybe you see a car you want to buy. Yes, I want to buy this car but I want you to hold it for me for a week guys so I really can't do that will help if I put a deposit down good faith okay and then so you put your deposit down so that means that you're putting a certain amount of money down on the car or whatever it is you're buying. Maybe it's a home so I want you not want to buy this on Monday to put a deposit down on it so the hold another one gone forever, but the hold it for a period of time for you, so here's a gotta say I want you to know I mean business when I say one day you will join me in heaven. I mean it and just so you know I mean business. I'm giving my Holy Spirit to you as a down payment because that's what the word means as a down payment to reassure you that I'm in a keep all of the promises made to you, Mr. Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message in just a moment, emails, letters and phone calls from listeners are so encouraging to us and they let us know the effectiveness of these studies master Greg, this letter has been a long time coming. In 2017 has been, and I lost our three-year-old son to a set nonsense began asking questions and no answers seem to be found. One evening I was watching TV and came across your message is about to change a channel that something can help me to watch you are giving your testimony, the more I watch the angrier I became thinking, oh great another pastor with a perfect fit in my what is he now got moment you began to share about the passing of your son Christopher, your testimony, saved my life because for so long I thought I deserved what had happened to our stand because in my obedience to God's word and hearing your testimony for God. Maybe realizing that doesn't waste her pain then and there I set my heart and seeking God.
I started listening to your podcasts and devotion and wouldn't you know it you are in a series called hope for hurting hearts I know it was the leading of the Holy Spirit for me to tune in. Thank God for that moment is perfect timing, grace and love and thank you Pastor Greg you have done more than you realize were so blessed to hear Greg's messages have comforted this woman would you like to share a personal story with us. If so, drop Pastor Greg an email and let them know. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org that's great that harvest.org today.
Pastor Greg is presenting a message called the Holy Spirit in you.
Part one. Let's continue, but also the Holy Spirit do. He teaches us look in verse 26. Jesus is the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things, and I said to you, the Holy Spirit can open up passages to us an incredible way that comes as we study and read the Bible you want the Holy Spirit to illuminate Scripture, you must read Scripture or listen to Scripture, but get Scripture in you, you can't just hold the Bible of your head and pray that it just jumps in there somehow.
You know you want to read it and process it within the Holy Spirit can bring it to life in a passage can just jump off the page of your head that happened in it so relevant for some and send you a verse and it just so appropriate for what you're facing. And sometimes you're in church or listening to a message in its sole it's like it was written for you and your thinking he's the greatest preacher I've ever heard. I'm not referring to me.
Of course, but whoever might be preaching, but it's not that he is the greatest preacher you've ever heard that that the Holy Spirit is taking the word of God and is bringing it home to your heart because that's part of the work he does in the life of the believer is not some great insurance.
The great God is Holy Spirit is illuminating the word, and that's one of the things that the Holy Spirit does. He sheds more light on the original light first Corinthians 29 says it's written. I have not seen yours there heard, nor is it entered in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him, but God is revealed these things to us by his Spirit, because no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God, so that the Holy Spirit doing that for you. Listen to this, the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers and our obedience to God. He helps us in our prayers and our obedience to God. The diverse 15. Jesus is if you love me obey my commandments and allows the father knew give you another advocate who will never leave you. This is the key that unlocks the treasures of heaven in the Old Testament, the law of God was given and effectively law of God said don't do those things, thou shall not have any graven images performing thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Thou shall not lie. Thou shall not steal, thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall not covet. A lot of the a lot of notes and so is an Old Testament believer, you would try to not do those things that were wrong before God and keep his commandments, but in the New Testament. It's different because now those commitments are written in our heart and we do them out of love.
We do them because we want to not because we have to. If you're a Christian that's living in a law like relationship with God, and you see the Christian life is a bunch of restrictions you're missing what it's all about. Because if you really love God with all of your heart, soul and mind, you will not want to do those things that displease him that's exactly what Jesus is saying right here. He's saying if you love me obey my commandments you know I love my wife so I will be faithful to my wife I love my wife so I will not lie to my wife so it's not fear of what will happen if I do the wrong thing, but rather it's a love causing me to want to do the right thing is a double what if I'm torn between two lovers within your an idiot. For starters, and effect. As you know love either you do is love yourself. So if you really love someone you want to please them.
And if you really love Jesus shall keep his commandments. Let me flip it over so I don't keep his commandments to.
I really love Jesus and a lot of you say oh I love the Lord of love the Lord is get drunk way, what about the system be drunk with wine people to those with yeah whatever schedule you are disobeying God. I really love Jesus but I'm in a slander that person over there is still a flat-out lie like I really love Jesus but I'm a look at porn now. I really love Jesus but it's still a blank care. Do you really love Jesus, you say you love him, but if you going to deliberately do things his word says you should not do.
Do you love him. It would be questionable. What best note also Holy Spirit does.
He empowers you for service gives you power but diverse 17 the spirit of truth in the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor does it know him, but you know, for he dwells with you and will be in you see for a believer. This time they were so effectively living in the old covenant until Christ died and rose still the old covenant head so the Holy Spirit wasn't in them yet.
So here's what Jesus is saying he's going to come in you a window that happened that happened in the upper room number. We read in John 20 after Jesus died and rose again.
Christ appeared to them in the room and he said receive the Holy Spirit and he breathed on them and the Holy Spirit came and lived inside of so now when you become a Christian. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you, but there's even another dimension of power. You can experience because over and ask 18 it says you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you to be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem today as Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth, so the spirit comes in you when you become a Christian.
But then the spirit can come upon you with the dimension of power giving you a boldness or courage to be a witness for Christ or to share your faith that happened on the day of Pentecost when all those believers what the Holy Spirit in them were waiting for power from on high, and God spirit came on them. Remember that story. Listen to this. After that happened. Peter said this promise of the Holy Spirit is to you and it's to your children and it's to your children's children and to all that are afar off, even as many as will call on the name of the Lord our God to here's a Peter saying this promise of what happened on Pentecost is available to believers today.
We don't need another Pentecost anymore than we need another Calvary what happened at the first Calvary is sufficient what happened at the birth Pentecost is sufficient. I just need to take hold of it and ask the Holy Spirit to empower me and fill me again and again and again and you refill some people you know you need to get more refills and others.
We all need a refill of the spirit important thoughts about the way the Holy Spirit helps us in our daily walk with the Lord. There's more to come as this message continues. Now, if you enjoy these teachings in God's word want to drop Pastor Greg an email and let him know his email address is email@example.com affect that one.
I put Pastor Greg on your prayer list.
Pray that God continues to use him to touch lives through these daily studies and if you can invest in this outreach that would be wonderful were completely listener supported. These studies couldn't come your way without the generosity of our listeners yesterday were so thankful for that investment.
No matter the amount yeah that's right what is that mean that means give whatever you can give some can give just a little bit and that's okay.
Some can give more some frankly can give a lot. Give what you can give and this will help us to continue this radio broadcast in your area and also look into some new areas in the future. So do what you can do, do it quickly if possible, and in advance. I want to say thanks for whatever you can do yet is right and you can make a donation firstname.lastname@example.org why you're there.
Get the details on the resource would like to send you to thank you for your generosity. It's a book called the case for heaven by New York Times best-selling author Lee Strobel through a number of interviews with experts in their fields. He's able to make a strong case for the afterlife and the existence of heaven and hell the subtitle as a journalist investigates evidence for life after death and will send you this book to thank you for your investment go to harvest.org and get all the details, or call us at 1-800-821-3300 reaches anytime 24 seven at 1-800-821-3300 ever start your day off wrong, you know, things started badly and just kept going downhill. A lot of it has to do with your focus where your mind is centered as the day starts want to plug into Pastor Greg's daily devotions there free of charge.
It's good encouragement to keep your eyes fixed on Christ. You can read each day's devotion or listen to the audio version. Your choice. Sign up today free of email@example.com. Next time, important information about the dangers of resisting the spirit and insulting God spirit more from Pastor Greg series in the Gospel of John. Join us here on a new beginning.
Pastor and Bible teacher Greg Laurie and will my harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God learn how to do, harvest partner, sign up for daily devotions and find resources to help you grow in your faith harvest.org