Harambee: The Holy Spirit and You
* Harambee is a Swahili word meaning "coming together."
Has it ever occurred to you that there could be much more to the Christian life than what you are now experiencing?
In this lesson, we will introduce you to a person who has characteristics similar to jazz music. He puts vigor and liveliness in our walk with Christ. He has a rhythm all His own. Though out of step with the world around Him, He has perfect syncopated beat with the Master Composer, which is God, the Father. This person is the Holy Spirit and we are told in Galatians 5:25 to "keep in step with the Spirit."
True or False
The Holy Spirit:
___ comes upon you after water baptism.
___ is a force that hits you like a brick.
___ comes and goes as He pleases.
___ enters the life of only special Christians.
The first reference to the Holy Spirit is found in Genesis 1:2. He has made several appearances in the Old Testament, but it is in the New Testament that we have a more complete revelation as to who He is.
The Holy Spirit is a personthe third person of the Trinity. He is not a vague, impersonal force. Therefore, He should not be referred to as "it." He is equal in every way to the Father and the Son, Jesus.
What are three characteristics of the Holy Spirit?
His Rhyme and Reasons
What is the Holy Spirits role?
What is the chief reason the Holy Spirit came? (John 16: 14)
What will be the logical result when the Holy Spirit controls your life?
At the moment Christ came into your life, what were some things the Holy Spirit did for you?
Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit from the moment of spiritual birth, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by Him.
Where does Gods Spirit live? (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19)
Suppose you wanted to make a glass of chocolate milk. You get a glass of milk and pour in some chocolate syrup. Technically, you have made chocolate milk. However, if you look at your glass and even taste the contents, it doesnt taste like nor resemble chocolate milk. The chocolate is resting at the bottom of the glass. But, when you stir up the added ingredient and let it filter throughout the milk you begin to see and taste a mix that resembles chocolate milk.
Can a person be a Christian and not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in him? (Romans 8:9)
Can a person be a Christian and not have the Holy Spirit filling him? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
As believers, we can invite Christ to come into our lives but push Him into a back room so He cannot do what He came to do for us to give us an abundant, fruitful life (John 10:10; John 15:5). Jesus is not interested in being the "flavor of the month."
Christ must be Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.
Sold Out or Sell Out?
The Holy Spirit is our only power source for consistently living the Christian life as God would have us do. However, it has been said that 90% of Americans who claim Christ as their Savior live defeated lives. These carnal (fleshly/worldly) Christians continue to ride on a spiritual roller- coaster, seeing little or no spiritual growth. They experience no victory over sin and temptation.
Why are so few Christians filled with the Holy Spirit?
What barriers in your life are you aware of that exist between you and God?
Are you willing to surrender those areas to the Lord?
If not, what is holding you back from doing so?
Soul for Real
In Ephesians 5: 18, what are we commanded to be?
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we do not get more of Jesus, He gets more of us!
Why is it important to be filled with the Holy Spirit? (Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23)
What is Gods promise? (Hebrews 11:6)
"When a Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is filled with Jesus Christ. He no longer thinks of Christ as One who helps to do some kind of Christian task but, rather Jesus Christ does the work through the Christian." Dr. Bill Bright
What is one prerequisite to being filled with the Spirit, according to Matthew 5:6?
Read Romans 12:1-2. With sincerity, we are to present every area of our ________________ to Christ.
How are we filled with the Holy Spirit? (Matthew 7:7-11; Hebrews 11:6)
Will the Holy Spirit fill you if you ask Him?
How do you know? (1 John 5:14-15)
Do you desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
One way of expressing your desire and faith is through a prayer like this:
"Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against you. Thank you that you have forgiven my sins through Christs death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to take control of the throne of my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit as you commanded me to be filled. Thank you for your promise to do this if I ask in faith. Thank you for taking control of my life and filling me with your Holy Spirit."
Unlike salvation, being Spirit-filled is a daily, moment-by-moment decision and commitment to let Christ live His life through you.
More Than a Feeling
Did you sincerely ask God to fill (direct and empower) you through His Holy Spirit?
Did you feel any different?
Then, how do you know you are being filled with the Spirit?
Over time, there will be results in your life:
What specific change in your life do you want to trust God for?
Gods Word and not our emotions is our final authority.
What power source are you plugged into?