Have you ever felt too weak to face temptation? Or wondered how to live a victorious Christian life? Has your Christian witness at times seemed powerless?
Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit makes all the difference. The presence and power of this heavenly gift provides the key. Empowered by the Spirit, we can live the life God designs us to live. In this lesson we will study Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit for each of our lives.
1. Just before His ascension to heaven, what command did Jesus give His disciples? Why did Jesus give this command?
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” Luke 24:49.
Jesus commanded His disciples to __________________________________ in Jerusalem.
He promised that His disciples would be _______________________________with power.
The disciples were to wait before they went. They were to receive before they gave. Jesus always invites us to come to Him before we go for Him. He must do something in us before He does something through us.
2. When would the disciples receive this power from on high?
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
“When the ______________________________________________ has come upon you.”
Jesus knew that the Great Commission could not be accomplished without the Great Promise. His disciples were powerless to accomplish the task in their own strength. The descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost empowered the disciples to proclaim the gospel mightily.
3. What preparation did the disciples make to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost? List two things you find in the text below.
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (Acts 1:14).
“These all continued with _______________________ in __________________________
The disciples were unified in Christ’s mission to take the gospel to the world. This unity of purpose drove them to their knees to seek the power of God together. As they united in prayer, God moved mightily. The Holy Spirit was poured out in abundant measure (see also Acts 2:42; 4:31; 12:5).
4. What did Jesus share with His disciples about His heavenly Father’s desire to fill them with His Spirit?
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13).
If we know how to share ____________________________ with our children, how much
more will God give the _____________________________________ to those who ask Him?
Prayer opens our hearts to receive all that Jesus has for us. He is anxious to give us His Spirit. He invites us to pray, not because He is reluctant to pour out His Spirit upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it.
5. List a major condition to receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:15, 16).
“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32).
God knows we are serious about receiving the Holy Spirit if we _____________________________
His commandments and ______________________________________________________ Him.
The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, reveals truth, and leads us to live a life of obedience to God. If we refuse to surrender some cherished sin, or rebel against the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we will never be filled with the Spirit. A prayerful, surrendered heart and an obedient life are the best preparation for receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Convicted, guided, and empowered by the Spirit, we are led to obey the Spirit’s promptings.
6. What is the result of yielding our lives fully to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Rom. 8:14, 15).
We receive the Spirit of__________________________________________________________.
What a glorious privilege! Through the Holy Spirit we are delivered from the bondage of sin, receive divine guidance, and are adopted into the heavenly family as sons and daughters of God. As we kneel before God’s throne asking for the Holy Spirit, surrendering our lives to Him, claiming the promised gift by faith, our Lord will joyfully grant it. Today open your heart to the wonderful blessings of this promised gift. God wants to do more for us than we can imagine. He invites us to daily “live” and “walk” in the Spirit (see Gal. 5:25). May His Spirit flow into your life today to draw you closer to Jesus and enable you to live a life of victory and witness.
Next month’s study, End-time Symbols of the Holy Spirit, will be a continuation of the series “Empowered by the Spirit.”