Monday, May 16, 2011

The Ghost 02: Power of the Holy Spirit-Follow Up

Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions, and scriptures can help you take the next step.

With your Bible, read Acts 1:4-5, 8.

In this passage Jesus tells us that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we not only feel His presence, but He also gives us His power.
Describe a time when you were aware of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Read 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.
These verses show us how the Holy Spirit gives us the power to share Christ boldly to others.
When have you had a conversation with someone and the Holy Spirit gave you the words to speak? 
Who is the Holy Spirit prompting you to boldly share Christ with? What has been holding you back from sharing Christ?

Read Romans 8:26 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
According to these scriptures, the Holy Spirit gives us power when we are weak. 
Share a time when you were weak and the Holy Sprit gave you power to overcome your weakness.

Read Romans 15:13 and Ephesians 3:16-19.
These verses show us that we receive hope and the ability to experience the fullness of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
How has experiencing the power Holy Spirit in your own life affected your relationship with Christ? 
What are some areas of your life that you are relying more on your strength rather than the power of the Holy Spirit? 
How can you begin today to rely more on the power of the Holy Spirit?

next steps
You may want to choose one of these ideas to help you experience more of the power of the Holy Spirit during this series.

Check out Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. 
In this book, Francis Chan offers a detailed understanding of the Holy Spirit and teaches us how to embrace and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction. This book is available at most bookstores and online.

Earlier, you identified someone that the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to boldly share Christ with. So this week, do it. Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to strengthen you, calm you, and give you the right words to say as you share Christ with this person.

These prayer tips can guide your time alone with God each day. Praying with a friend or a small group might help you stick to it.

Pray and ask God to help you experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life in deeper way. Open your heart up to the Holy Spirit.

Confess those areas in your life where you are struggling. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to overcome these weaknesses.

Talk to God about any concerns you have and any trials you may be enduring. Allow the Holy Spirit to instill within you a spirit of hope.

Allow the Holy Spirit through prayer to strengthen and enrich every area of your life so that you may experience the fullness of God. Remember, He’s praying for you too!


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