Who is Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 3:17).  Jesus promised that He would not leave us without a Comforter when He returned to Heaven (John 14:16), but He would send Holy Spirit (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit was His promise.  And Holy Spirit would testify of Jesus (John 15:26).  The way to know Jesus, the way to know the Father is through Holy Spirit.
Share a personal testimony on a experience with Holy Spirit.
Sealing of the Holy Spirit
Read Ephesians 1:13-14.  What happened when you believed the Gospel? 
 When you received Jesus into your life, the Holy Spirit came to live within you.  He has sealed you and secured you in Christ.  You are eternally saved and will one day spend eternity in Heaven.
What is Holy Spirit’s role in our lives?
•    John 14:26 

•    John 16:8, 12-15 

•    Romans 5:5 

•    Romans 8:26-27
Fruit of the Spirit
Christ-like characteristics are described in the Bible as good fruit.  Read Galatians 5:22-23.  The Holy Spirit works in our lives to make us like Jesus.  As we develop our relationship with Holy Spirit, we will begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit and look more like Jesus. WE LOOK LIKE WHO WE LOOK AT.
Read John 15:1-8.  How can we bear fruit?  

Receiving the Spirit
Read John 20:22. Jesus breathed on the disciples and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.  But what did He command them to do in Luke 24:49?

He commanded them to wait until they were clothed with power.   This was the promise from the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5)- (see D-ship lesson on Baptism of Holy Spirit)

Other scriptures to read:

Ez 36: 22 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. 23 "I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD," declares the Lord GOD, "when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. 24 "For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

My response this week:

•    Continue spending time with God each day.

•    Look up scripture about Holy Spirit and study them

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