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Strengthening Your Walk – Lesson 9: Holy Spirit Empowerment

Scripture Text: John 14:15-26

Memory Verse: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

Lesson Aim: To outline the impact the Holy Spirit should have in the life of the believer.

The Holy Spirit (Spirit of God) is first mentioned in Genesis 1:2. There the Spirit of God is involved in creating the heaven and the earth and everything else that is in them. The work of the Holy Spirit is awesome. He is alive, creative, powerful, influential, and overwhelming.

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Holy Spirit made an incredible impact on the Day of Pentecost. The disciples were empowered, giving them unsurpassed zeal and fervor. The fearful, cowering disciples were transformed into powerful witnesses. Rivers of living water began to flow. People received salvation, were healed, delivered, set free from demonic oppression and filled with gladness and joy.

That same experience  is  for  us  today.  Every  believer  should  seek  for  the  power  that  comes  from  being full of the Holy Spirit. The following paragraphs discuss five areas of empowerment that result from the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

  • The power to witness (Acts 1:8). The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power to be witnesses of Jesus Christ—not a doctrine, not just an experience, but of Jesus
  • Power for prayer. This experience should produce a revolution in the believer’s prayer life. Notice Romans 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of ”

In this aspect of prayer, the believer becomes a temple in which the Holy Ghost conducts a prayer meeting. When you are baptized with the Holy Ghost you become an instrument of the Holy Spirit, and He prays through you. Ephesians 6:18 and Jude 20 encourage praying in the Spirit. You may not always pray in your understanding, but the Holy Spirit can.

  • Teaching and understanding. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance…” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher of the Scriptures. He is also the great revealer of Jesus. The Bible is the written Word. The Holy Spirit is the author of the written Word. What better teacher could we want?
  • We need supernatural guidance and direction to live in victory. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself … and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13). If we live merely in the natural, we will go wrong many times. Noah had a supernatural revelation of what was coming to the earth. He was given the steps to take and the way to safety. Likewise, in these chaotic days we need to have contact with heaven in a very real and personal way.
  • According to 1 Corinthians 12:13, “In one spirit we were all baptized into one body.” God had a unifying purpose in baptizing believers with the Holy Ghost. It is not to separate them, but to unite them.

Interact with God’s Word:

  1. In what ways does the Holy Spirit enable a believer to be a witness for Jesus? Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 5:16, 43-46; John 14:26
  2. In what way does the Holy Spirit impact our prayer life? Romans 8:26-27; Jude 1:20
  3. How does the Holy Spirit impact our understanding?1 Corinthians 2:9-14
  4. In what ways can the Holy Spirit guide us? John 16:13; Acts 11:12; 13:2; 16:7
  5. How does the Holy Spirit bring unity? Ephesians 4:1-4, 11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:13