This is a special Extra Tuesday episode featuring a message Dallas preached in May of 2021 at The Healing Place in Shreveport, Louisiana. In this particular message Dallas takes time to talk about the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is a promised gift from God, but what is the purpose of Holy Spirit? How does Holy Spirit affect our lives?
Today’s promise deals with the Holy Spirit, but I have a Question for you…
What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? As Pentecostals, we tend to lean into the conversation about the power that comes from on high—the power to heal the sick and make the blind see. The power to speak in the tongues of men and angels, have words of wisdom and knowledge—the power to cast out the demonic and declare the gospel to the world.
But the purpose of the Holy Spirit is far more than these outward demonstrations that are meant to draw and point others to the glory that is Jesus and the salvation that only he can provide. There is another great work that Holy Spirit does, and it’s a work that takes place in YOU and me. Let’s look at our verse.
John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Here we see that Holy Spirit is someone meant to come alongside us to help us and teach us. I believe that He teaches and helps us the most by the third thing listed in this verse; “bringing to your remembrance.”
When we are in our most profound times of need, Holy Spirit reminds us about what the word of God says to do and not to do. When we are confronted with false teaching or presented with a difficult passage to understand, Holy Spirit leads us and teaches us through discernment and illumination of the scriptures in the context of the passages that we examine. Not that it’s an automatic download. We are still responsible for being diligent in the study, but Holy Spirit leads us and guides us. There are many more ways that He helps us and teaches us…
TS: Today; however, I want to focus on three specific things that He reminds us…
God’s view of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgement
As Christians, it’s easy to get into a habit of church life. To come into the church or log on into an Online Worship Gathering; stamp our spiritual time cards, and move on, all the while becoming numb to the things God really wants to do in us and through us.
John 16:7-8 (ESV) Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.
The conviction of the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave when the unbeliever becomes a follower of Jesus. Holy Spirit will continually remind us and convict us of how God views sin, how He longs for us to walk in righteousness, and how His judgment is impartial; how He judges the worst of us and the best of us the same.
Why? – Because as we are reminded of these things, a stirring should take place in our spirit men. It should drive us to strengthen our walks with Him. It should remind us to have the compassion that Jesus had when He looked out at the crowds in need.
TS: the next thing Holy Spirit reminds us of is our Identity
Holy Spirit Reminds us of our Identity
Romans 8:15-17 – For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Holy Spirit doesn’t do anything halfway; while He works to stir us to better ourselves, He works to remind us of our true identity in Christ. Far to often people step out of their Idenity becase they feel like they can’t live up to what God has called the to be.
REMEMBER Holy Spirit comes along side us to help. He doesn’t take over. He helps us. We have to put the work into growth but He’s there very step of the way helping us to do this. While He helps us; he reminds us of who we truly are.
YOU ARE A SON AND DAUGHTER OF GOD.
He is literally the poured out love of God in our lives
Romans 5:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been pourd into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Holy Spirit both testifies to you are a child of God and that God loves you! He cares about you!
But it doesn’t stop there. It’s more than a one time experience.
Acts 13:52 And the discipels were continually filled with joy and the Holy Spirit
As we are continue to lean into the Holy Spirit allowing Him to remind us of the teachigns of God, there is a shift and change that takes place in our lives. We begin to devlope the fruit of the spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindeness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control….”
As we lean into Holy Spirit we should be stirred to be in the word more we should be stirred to pray more. We should be stirred to be more like Christ.
But like I said this is not an automatic action. YOU and I must do the the work.