2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 25)

Jul. 12, 2019 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, we will discover that it is not simply a relationship with facts and principles, but with a real person. Our lives will be profoundly affected when we hear Him speak to us, and we can answer Him. As the administrator of the new covenant, the Holy Spirit wants to lead, guide, and comfort us; He also wants to take the mystery out of life by revealing God’s will to us. To be successful in leading lives of grace, we need Him to empower us. Not even Jesus was able to succeed in His mission without the Holy Spirit; therefore, we need His help and direction even more so, in order to fulfill the assignment God has given us. Trusting in the Holy Spirit causes things to happen that we are not capable of making happen through our own efforts. Our Christian walk will be redirected in amazing ways when we let Him take the lead.

  1. The Holy Spirit guides us in our Christian walk. He administers God’s favor to us.
    1. We cannot live successful lives of grace without the Spirit of grace. We must acknowledge that He is real and that He lives inside us.
      1. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29).
      2. …Thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? (Hebrews 10:29, AMPC).
    2. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me (John 16:7-9).
      1. The Holy Spirit equips us to get the job done.
      2. We do not have to beg God to do something for us, because He already has. The Holy Spirit has already come, and He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5).
      3. The new covenant is not about us believing in ourselves, but about believing in Jesus. The Holy Spirit was sent to help us with wrong-believing in this area.
      4. The Spirit was not sent to make us feel guilty when we do wrong, but to convince us to trust Jesus.
      5. When we begin to think wrong, the Holy Spirit re-directs us back to Jesus. We must factor in the work the Spirit is doing in us in our grace lives. We have a tutor living in us and teaching us what we need to know.
  1. The Holy Spirit works in us to change our mindsets and align our wills with God’s will.
    1. So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28, NLT).
      1. For most Christians, sin is the central issue in their lives. However, Jesus has taken care of sin. It is now a non-issue with God, as it should be with us as well.
      2. Christ dealt with our sins when He died; now that He is risen, He will deal with our salvation when He returns.
      3. Grace does not justify sin. If we have been born again, the Holy Spirit in us will change us from the inside and produce better behavior in us.
    2. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
      1. We cannot change what we do until we first change what we want. We do not need to put any self-effort into trying to change ourselves. The Holy Spirit replaces our old “want-tos” with new “want-tos” that line up with God’s will.
    3. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
      1. This does not pertain to material things. When we see Jesus and want to be like Him, He shapes our desires and the things we want. The result is that our selfish wants change, and we begin wanting what is pleasing to God.
      2. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
      3. The Holy Spirit changes our attitudes and our motives.
  1. The Holy Spirit convinces us of God’s love for us by fulfilling multiple roles as needed.
    1. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God (Romans 4:25, NLT).
      1. In light of what Jesus did, we can trust Him in all areas of our lives.
    2. There are five attributes of the Holy Spirit that will produce His will for our lives.
      1. The Holy Spirit is a teacher who imparts knowledge. He promises to instruct us and help us navigate the path He wants us to follow.
      2. 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, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26).
      3. The Holy Spirit is a corrector when we need improvement or refinement. He keeps us in love and out of self-centeredness, which is the key to bitterness.
      4. The Holy Spirit is a director who knows exactly what we need to do in order to carry out God’s plan for our lives. He is our unseen partner responsible for our successes. God has a script for us to follow, and the Holy Spirit is the director of that script.
      5. The Holy Spirit is a planner. He spoke to the prophet Jeremiah about His plans; He has plans for us, as well.
      6. The Holy Spirit is a deliverer. We must let God deliver us, not ourselves, our friends, or our own resources. We look to heaven for our deliverance.

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