Session 8 – God’s Power, The Holy Spirit, and Grace
YOU CAN NOT DO WHAT GOD IS ASKING YOU TO DO! SO NOW WHAT?
Christians are monotheists; we believe in one God. But we are also Trinitarians; we believe in three “persons” of the Trinity — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Who is this third member of the Trinity? What actually does he do? What is his on-going role in my life? What does it mean to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit? Do I have to do anything, or does he do all the work? Where would we be if it were not for the work of the Holy Spirit?
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
GOD’S PLANS ARE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO ACCOMPLISH
We have learned that God has a specific plan for each of us that includes being changed over time into the likeness and image of Jesus so we can walk in our calling and purpose and gifting (the Bible calls this becoming a disciple). We also learned that we absolutely cannot do what God asks on our own.
BUT GOD DOES NOT TEASE OR LIE, SO NOW WHAT
We desperately need God’s supernatural power for this to happen. So, what is that power, where does it come from, and how do we have it do for us that which we cannot do on our own?
The “power” is called Grace and the one who applies it in our life is the Holy Spirit. They are both critical components to achieving God’s plan to see you transformed.
Grace is an undeserved free gift from God of power to supernaturally do in your life what you cannot do (1 Corinthians 15:10, 1 Peter 4:11, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Romans 12:6)
Some examples of how God uses grace include:
- Accomplish Your “election” ( He chose you – Ephesians 1:4)
- Calling, saving and forgiving you (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 1:10, Titus 2:11-12)
- Sending Jesus (John 1:14, Titus 2:11)
- Causing you to believe (Acts 18:27)
- Redeeming and adopting you (paid for your sin and brought you into His family – Ephesians 1:5-10)
- Gives power to endure (Corinthians 12:8-9)
- Justifying you (declared you innocent – Romans 3:23-24)
- Sanctifying you (changes you – Romans 6:1, Romans 6:15, Titus 2:11-14).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
There is only one God who exists in 3 persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the trinity). We discussed the Trinity in more detail in session 1.
The Holy Spirit is God’s personal presence and power in your life (Jude 1:20). He is our personal God-given agent of change. the Holy Spirit is ready and willing to apply the grace (power) to change you into Jesus likeness and image as you cooperate (Romans 8:29, Romans 12:1-2, Romans 8:14, 1 Corinthians 2:9-11).
The Holy Spirit is fully God, yet distinct from God the Father and Son in role responsibility. He is called the 3rd person of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). He is given to help us stop sinning, be changed, and do the things that please God (Galatians 5:16-25).
As part of your salvation, the Holy Spirit:
- Brought conviction
- Showed you God’s righteousness
- Warned of judgement (John 16:7-8)
- Opened your heart to be drawn by God (John 6:44)
- Regenerated you (gave you a new life – 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Made you spiritually alive (John 3:5-6, Titus 3:4-6)
After salvation, the Holy Spirit:
- Dwells within you (Ezekiel 36:27, Acts 2:38, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:16-17)
- Places God’s stamp of ownership on you, becomes your guarantee of God’s promised salvation, and then protects you (Ephesians 1:13-14
- Pours God’s love into your heart (Romans 5:5)
- Is our helper/ counselor/comforter (John 14:16-18)
- Convicts of sin John 16:9
- Teaches (John 14:25-26)
- Intercedes (Romans 8:26)
- Gives gifts (1 Corinthians 12)
- Guides into all truth (John 16:12-14, 1 John 2:27, Galatians 5:16)
- Glorifies God (John 16:14)
- Produces Godly character called fruit (Galatians 5:19-24)
- Giver power to do what we cannot do ourselves (Acts 1:5-8, Philippians 2:12-13).
For your spiritual safety, always keep in mind that The Holy Spirit will never contradict written scripture.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Being transformed into Jesus’ likeness and image in not automatics. Ask God for grace and then cooperate with the Holy as He applies these gifts of grace to your life (Mark 9:23, Matthew 19:26, Romans 12:1-2, Luke 12:12).
God’s grace and the Holy Spirit are critical to your walk with God. He is the one who both shows us what God wants us to do, and then activates the gifts of power to do it.
The next session is #9 – Walking Daily with God, His family and the world