Cultivating the Presence of the Holy Spirit
1 June 2014
· John 16:7 “Nevertheless, I tell you a truth. It is to your advantage that I go away, for it I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
· The greatest gift that God gives to each of us – the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit.
· Helper = NT 3875 One called alongside to help us – role description – life coach.
· Notice vs 13 – 15
· “Guide you into all truth.”
· “Speak what he hears.”
· “Tell you things to come.”
· Reveal Jesus to us.
2. Holy Spirit can be experienced (felt)
Rom.14:7 “Kingdom of (heaven – God) is not eating and drinking (rule keeping) but is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
· Righteousness right standing as a son in the presence of God.
· Peace can be experienced, felt, is an internal referee. (Col. 3:15)
· Joy can be experienced, felt, characteristic of the Holy Spirit.
(Gal. 5:22, Rom. 15:13)
· The life of the Spirit is an energising force that you can experience. (Phil 2:13)
· God is everywhere – the problem we have is experiencing Him, feeling His presence.
· We need to train our spirit and soul to become conscious of the Holy Spirit, aware of Him.
3. Every Person can ‘Enter’ the Presence of God
· Enter = to experience the reality of the Holy Spirit; not mean to go somewhere.
= to become aware, conscious of what is true – God is with me.
· Heb. 10:19 “Having boldness to enter the holiest of holies by the blood of Jesus.”
· “Draw near” =NT4334= to approach, come near to someone.
· You can train yourself to become aware of the Holy Spirit – hear, see, feel.
· E.g. Worship Service – people tend to think:
(1) Trying to bring God down
(2) Trying to get into some place
These are wrong concepts that produce striving.
Worship Service = becoming aware of what is always true – God is with us.
4. Practical Ways to “Enter” (experience) the Presence of the Holy Spirit
Expressing thanks and appreciation for who He is and what He has done.
Opposite: Complaining, Negative, Critical, Ungrateful.
Ps. 69:30 Magnify Him with Thanksgiving.
Focus attention upon Him by acknowledging who He is and what He has done.
Ps 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.”
Heb. 13:15 “Offer sacrifice of praise, fruit of lips, giving thanks …..”
III. Meditation: Fix mind upon Him
Col. 3:2 “Set your affection (mind) on things which are above …”
Ps. 16:8 “I have set the Lord before me.”
Meditation: Use imagination to fix mind on the truth.
Imagine the truth – what it looks like – what it feels like.
Where your mind goes your heart opens up to.
Heb. 4:16 “Let us come boldly to the Throne of Grace …”
Need to resist and overcome negative, condemning thoughts (Rom. 8:1)
Confidence is based on knowing and holding what the Word of God says about us.
Rev.1:10 “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard a voice ….
Don’t be passive – expect a response, expect the Holy Spirit to respond.
Expect = to hope, anticipate, look for.
Tune into impressions – sensations – see, hear, feel.
Rev. 4:1 “I looked and I saw….”
Focus means eliminate distractions and give your attention to one thing.
Ps. 27:14 “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen …”
Waiting is not passive – it is resting in the Love of God in anticipation of intimacy.
VIII. Respond to Holy Spirit impressions
Mk 4:24 “To him that has ears to hear – more shall be given.”
As you sense the promptings presence of the Holy Spirit – respond
Pursue more – speak and act upon what you are receiving: Journal.
IV. Yielding – intentionally responding to impressions and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Mt. 8:2 “Unless you are converted and become as little children in no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Children are trusting and responsive to adults.
Eph. 4:28-30 “Don’t Grieve the Holy Spirit”
Identify attitudes and actions that grieve the Holy Spirit and quickly address by repentance and confession.
VII. Practice His Presence
Develop a lifestyle of tuning into and responding to the Holy Spirit.
1 Thess. 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”